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The best camera is the one you have on you–or so the saying goes. What if you left the camera at home? There have been many occasions when I’ve been late to things because somewhere along the journey, I realized that there was a weight missing from my bag. The mere thought of missing the moment proved too harrowing, so I always had to double back to fetch my camera. Who’s to say what I could have missed by going back, not forward? This may sound like gobbledygook coming from someone who’s in the midst of a photo365 (a photo a day for 365 days), but there are benefits to giving the camera a rest.

Constantly trying to be aware of and capture the moment can often take you out of it. Photography for me and others, I’m sure, is an instinct. It’s a way to interpret and make sense of the outside world, and I feel stripped when I don’t have camera nearby. It’s become both an extension of my hands and my eyes, and in working through a photo365, I’ve maintained a constant awareness. This awareness is like radar. Dots will show up that indicate something is there, but I won’t know until I go closer. Those dots are moments that, if executed properly, become photographs worth looking at.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer's Introduction to Pinhole Photography (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.

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julius motal the phoblographer inspiration

There are times when the images just don’t happen. The places you shoot feel lacking, as if the colors are a bit duller, the shapes and lines softer and the people are absent. Your inspiration’s dried up, and your keeper rate has gone way down. What do you do? Shooting more will only yield greater dissatisfaction. Perhaps you try something new, but that, too, feels lifeless. The emotion’s gone from your photographs, and you want to find a way to give them the vibrance and the impact they once had.

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It’s a fact: technique outdoes the latest and greatest gear every time in a contest that can’t even be considered fair. When you combine this with a creative vision and the knowledge of how to achieve said vision, you can make yourself really stand out. But these days, more than ever, lighting can make you a better photographer. Here’s why.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-20 sec at f - 4.2

Years ago, I started a photo business of my own. And over time, I’ve made loads of mistakes. I’ve learned from them and figured out how to run a successful photo business. But I’d be telling you a complete lie if I said that it wasn’t a lot of hard work and many sleepless nights.

Want to create a photo business of your own? Here are some things that you’ll need to do.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (10 of 10)ISO 2001-80 sec

I have a confession to make: I wanted all the gear years ago. My entry point was the Canon 5D Mk II many, many moons ago. I wanted loads of L glass and I wanted to qualify for Canon Professional Services. Back then, you needed two pro level cameras, at least three of the lenses on their recommended list, and had to prove that you’re a working professional. It was going to be awesome. So I went on a quest. I started with a Canon 50mm f1.8–the nifty 50 that everyone gets first. After this I scored the 24-105mm f4 L. Next was the old 80-200mm f2.8 L. Then moved onto a 50mm f1.4. Then the 7D. Then a 35mm f1.4 L. Then an 85mm f1.8. Then flashes came into play. And triggers. And light modifiers. Before I knew it, my camera bag was getting really full and I needed another one.

But then other companies started to develop some amazing technology and I wanted a smaller camera. The Olympus EP2 became my next purchase after getting and using a bunch of Canon L glass and primes. It was small, could take great photos in the right situations, and felt great in the hands. But then the EP3 came out–and it was perhaps the fastest focusing camera in the world. And a spiral happened.

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