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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 35mm f2 WR vs Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 Comparison post images (1 of 5)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from RivasVS. It is being republished with permission. All words and images are from Chris Mollon and are being used with permission.

Hello, my name is Chris Mollon and I am a photographer dealing with a constant struggle for more gear. Okay, let’s be honest, that last sentence could have been about almost every photographer, simply take out my name, implement theirs and the statement would still true. This is going to be my story about how I found the greatest camera system ever made and why I left it to use something else.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 4V Design strap review (10 of 10)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

A while back, I wrote a piece about how the Phoblographer’s staff shoots product photos, the mentality and the guidelines. The product photography was more of a general idea; and it’s evolved since then. This time around and due to popular requests on Twitter, I’m walking you through a full product photography shoot. Earlier in the morning, I went about photographing images for a review I’m completing of 4V Design ALA Leather Strap strap.

Now before I go on, I’m going to preface this with one big statement that I will talk about and hit home on many times throughout the review.

My product photos are less about the gear and more about the concept, composition, and colors. Again, VERY LITTLE OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE GEAR. In all honesty, I could do this with pretty much any camera, lens or light but I’d need to modify my workflow accordingly depending on the variables involved.

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Does The Camera Matter in Photography?



One of the biggest cliché in photography today is stating that the camera doesn’t matter and all you need is vision or a good eye. Whilst this is in part true, and I’ll get to it in this article, it’s also a thought that needs to be challenged.

I started my professional life at a very early age. I left my parents’ home at the age of 14 to live in a city about 100 miles away with my older sister. At the age of 16 I then went on to live alone (is this actually legal?!). There I studied for 3 years how to become a chef. I had and still have a passion for food and cookery.

It’s not necessarily obvious but cooking is actually very similar to photography.

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This blog post was originally published on photographer John Rowell’s blog. It is being syndicated here with permission. All images are from Prasenjeet Yadav. They too are being used with permission.

I think this title deserves Pro-tips rather than quick tips, but anyway. National Geographic Explorer Prasenjeet Yadav shares his experiences and thoughts about being a storyteller. He once told me, “an image has a shelf-life, a story will last forever”. I cannot agree more! :) So please, take the time to read his views, take notes, get out and start your own stories! You can check out samples of his work through the piece.

You can follow his work on his webpage and Instagram

Currently, Prasenjeet is running a Nat Geo Your shot competition on “Urban Wildlife”. I strongly suggest you check it out and enter! :) [Assignment ends on Nov 29, 2015]

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Instant film cameras 2015 (1 of 8)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Polaroid cameras (which ironically don’t shoot Polaroid film anymore) are super fun for all types of people. When a photo is taken and a person hears the rollers of the camera and sees the print come out, a bit of magic appears on the person’s face. It’s like being transported back into the past, and that photo is a one of a kind that can’t be duplicated. This is part of the fun of Instant film photography.

If you know someone that’s really interested in instant prints, here are four instant film cameras that everyone is bound to enjoy.

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Image by Cosyspeed, Shot by Chris Gampat

Image by Cosyspeed, Shot by Chris Gampat

Before you begin this piece, calm down. No seriously, calm down.

You’re calm, right? Okay, that’s the closest to calm you’re probably going to get. To hop right into this, you should know that I (like many of you) love street photography. It’s a wonderful way for photographers to be able to hone their skills, express oneself and it’s a great way to improve your artistic eye. But considering all of the different types of photography that there are and where street photography’s position is in the world, it’s tough to believe that street photography could actually still be very important in such a saturated photography space.

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The truth about the world is that only photographers care about what camera you use these days. It’s nearly the end of 2015, and it’s more than possible for great images to be created with a camera phone, a point and shoot, and of course a dedicated camera. The world is less all about the gear that you’re using and instead more about wanting to know about your ideas and the photos you can create. There’s a bit reason for this; and it doesn’t have to do with the fact that photography is easier for folks to produce.

Instead, it has to do with the fact that photography and art in general is a language. But photography isn’t a language that can be spoken and expressed verbally, but instead it needs to be spoken and expressed visually. In the same line of thought: English is English no matter where you go. Sure, the British have many dialects, the Americans have many, Canadians have another and that just makes sense based on the area where one resides.

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The Best Modern Portrait Lenses Under $500


Some lenses are just designed to give better image quality than others, and some lenses do that while also keeping the price tag down. For years, the Phoblographer has been reviewing lenses in real life situations, and the Reviews Index has lots of those reviews in one spot.

After pooling through the index, the site has rounded up a number of great portrait lenses under the $500 price point for those of you on a budget. These lenses are modern, and are readily available on the market brand new from many trusted photography retailers. If you’re looking for something cheap with solid performance, these are the Phoblographer’s tried and true favorites.

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It’s incredibly common amongst folks in my generation to take photos of anything and everything to share on socail platforms; these people have been labelled by psychologists to be an “Oversharer.” It’s not just the millennials though, if you’re familiar with the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, you know that famed Street Artist Mr. Brainwash does the same thing to an obsessive compulsiveness that is easily seen in today’s millennials. If it’s actually recording a memory to be shared later on, that’s fine; but communities like Snapchat don’t really allow that.

In fact, pretty much every community has an emphasis on the fleeting moment that we care about for a couple of seconds before scrolling on.

A fleeting moment online is typically nowhere as effective as a fleeting moment experienced in person.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review photos (19 of 27)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.8

I’m going to preface this list by saying that anything that any manufacturer makes these days as far as lenses are concerned are all very good. Any lens in the hands of a skilled photographer can deliver jaw dropping results, but some lenses are still better than others.

Street Photographers need lenses that allow them to get close to the scenes on the streets while delivering vibrant colors, good sharpness, and overall autofocus reliability if they’re not using the zone focusing system.

The Phoblographer has reviewed lots of lenses, and after going through the reviews index and looking for great options under the $500 price point, the following lenses were chosen amongst others for the fact that their performance simply just stands out above the rest.

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