Five Items for the Serious Mobile Photographer

While some of you tend to scoff at mobile photographers in the same fashion that film photographers used to scoff at digital, Like it or not, there are photographers out there that can do an incredible job with their camera phones–much better than some dedicated camera users can do. As it is, Mobile Photography is fun and with it you can also create awe-inspiring images that focus really on the art behind the image more than anything else.

To help you get those photos and add a bit more versatility to what you’re capable of, here are five items we strongly recommend.

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It’s very true that many photographers can become addicted to photography gear–otherwise known as gear addiction syndrome. Essentially, it’s marketing and consumerism that fuels this in addition to the fact that they’re telling you that you’re not good enough. It’s possible that you may not be, but the only way to get better is to educate yourself…or is it.

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“I really like photography” is a statement that you probably hear from a lot of people. Depending on who the person is, what that statement means can vary greatly. It can be about “photography” which means literally just taking “pics” of stuff; which isn’t really what we’re talking about here. It can also be about looking at images as a whole and having a genuine appreciation for the moment or what the little slice of life actually represents.

Then there are the people who like to pixel peep every image that they see.

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When you’re first starting out shooting portraits, it can be kind of nerve wracking. But in all honesty, it’s simpler than you think. Once you’ve got the technical tips down, you’ll be able to focus on the artistic parts of actually creating a compelling portraits.

Here’s a checklist.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 85mm f1.8 review sample portraits Natalie (1 of 4)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 4.0

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While 50mm and 85mm lenses tend to be very popular for portrait photographers, something that’s a bit longer can offer arguably better image quality: the 135mm lens. Now, we’re not talking about the 135mm field of view, but instead about the focal length properly. There are a number of reasons why 135mm is such a magical number here but there are also some that don’t work as well. Mainly, you might not use a 135mm focal length if you’re working with a small studio, a confined space or if you want to be physically closer to your subject for better communications.

But here are the loads of reasons why they’re awesome.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Love: Exploring A Relationship in Monochrome

This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. All images by Nathan Hostetter. Used with permission. Don’t forget about our Kickstarter! Please consider donating to us if you want to see more content just like this.

“I wanted to show the relationship dynamic of a blue collar man and his white collar girl.” says photographer Nathan Hostetter when he emailed La Noir Image to showcase his project. This relationship isn’t a typical one though.

“The male subject comes from the working class and is adjusting to his new upscale life, and the woman is used to getting her way. The series reflects on the man alone, and the thoughts and emotions of two people that love each other, even if they don’t always understand one another.”

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Those of us who embrace the purist mentality that monochromatic images lend themselves to often end up applying it to all of our work. Indeed, black and white simplifies a scene and makes the human mind pay attention to nothing else but the shapes in a scene. Sometimes it’s tough to embrace; but with a little bit of inspiration, you’ll want to get out there and document the world in nothing else but black, white and all the shades in between.

To get you inspired, here are 10 photographers mostly shooting black and white with followings of under 10k to check out.

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13 Lenses for the Traveling Photographer

When it comes to traveling, photographers demand high quality and versatility from their lenses. Sometimes, choosing the right ones can be tough. A lot of it varies on the type of shooter you are and what kind of places you’re going to.

We’ve pooled our Reviews Index to round up some of the best travel lenses for you.

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FACT: No company in the world will pay you to perform a photographic stunt just so that you can take dank a picture to show your entire fam.

And to that end, we should discuss a relatively new trend in photography: rooftopping. This is an evolution of Urban Exploring, which usually involves groups sticking together and is a bit safer. It’s also evolved into contrasting beautiful things or people with grungy environments. To that end, Urbexing is okay though I don’t think that anyone should ever do anything illegal necessarily especially if they’re trying to promote themselves as a professional photographer.

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Lots of photographers who are in weddings, photojournalism or even just starting out prefer to use TTL flashes and metering over manual settings. But when they become more advanced, they start to do things manually. Why? Because just like automatic metering, they don’t always trust it. Automatic metering (which is essentially what TTL is) will give you what the flash system thinks you want based on a certain set of parameters.

But like normal exposure settings: metering is metering is metering. F2.8 at ISO 100 and 1/50th is going to soak up the same amount of light no matter what if all given situations are the same. So with that said, why isn’t there a universal standard for TTL flashes yet?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Direct flash Macro tutorial (2 of 3)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8
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