The Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED Lens is a World’s First, Costs $2,199.95

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 105mm f1.4 E lens (2 of 2)ISO 641-80 sec at f - 18

Yes, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a real lens. How many telephoto lenses beyond the 85mm focal length with an f1.4 aperture have you seen? The answer is probably very few, and if anything we’ve seen 200mm f1.8 lenses from Canon years ago. But the new Nikon 105mm f1.4 E lens is quite an interesting one. With 14 elements in 9 groups, 3 ED elements, 9 aperture blades, fluorine coatings and an 82mm filter size this is a very interesting and different lens from what’s been available and out there.

Of course, this lens is also designed for full frame DSLRs. Further, the Nikon 105mm f1.4 E ED is also not at all cheap: at $2,199.95 expect it to really only be used by professional portrait photographers.

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Inspiration: The 2016 EyeEm Awards Shortlist Announced


Lead Image by Yana Vasilyeva. Images used with permission of EyeEm.

The shortlist for EyeEm’s 2016 Awards have been announced. The top 20 entries from each of the 5 categories (The Architect, The Great Outdoors, The Photojournalist, The Portraitist, & The Street Photographer) are featured below and will be eligible to win their respective category at the EyeEm Awards Gala on August 27th in Berlin.

Congratulations and Good Luck to each of the Photographers noted below!

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Hey Portrait Photographers: Show Us Your Work!

Model: Grace Morales

Hey everyone!

We’re looking to feature portrait photographers for the month of August and if you’ve got a portrait project, a kick ass portfolio, or really amazingly stunning single portraits, we’d love to interview or feature your work right here on the Phoblographer.

We’re keeping with the themes that we’ve been working with as this month has been about photographers who capture, the previous month was about creative imagery.

Head on past the jump for the details.

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The Winners of the EyeEm Natural Light Portrait Mission

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Hey folks, we’ve finally got the winner of our Natural Light Portrait mission with EyeEm! Before I go on, I recommend that you download their app and give it a bit of exploring. You’ll find that you may like it more than Instagram when it comes to working with actual creatives.

The Winning image is the lead photo for this article and it’s by photographer Carl Jeffers. Congrats! Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com for an interview, though we’ll try to reach out to you too.

Our runners up and the reasons why we chose them are also after the jump.

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Inspiration: The Winning Photos of the 2016 Urban Photo Awards


Lead image is “Color Of The City” by Monika Krzyszkowska

The winners of the 2016 Urban photography awards have been posted. The selections in street, nature, sports, projects and portfolios all contain elements that surely make them award winning images. I served as a judge for the competition; and below what you’ll find are images from the winners.

A big congratulations all around!

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(UPDATED WITH SAMPLE PHOTOS) Phase One Has Two New Zoom Lenses From Schneider Kreuznach


All images by Antony Spencer. Used with permission.

If there is any company that’s been pumping out medium format lenses as of late, it’s Phase One. Today, they’re announcing two Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Zoom lenses for their XF camera system. With that said, they offer full frame 645 format coverage.

Both lenses sport a signature blue ring–kind of like how Canon has that big Red ring to signify that their product is an “L” lens.

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Lightroom Mobile for iOS and Android Get Big Updates

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android product images (2 of 3)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 5.0

A lot of us have been waiting for some of these changes for a while now; and today Adobe has brought some very big and really cool changes to their Lightroom Mobile app. iOS users are getting the ability to edit RAW images–something that we’ve been waiting for for a while now since finding out that RAW support was in the newest version of iOS.

Android users are getting a new pro mode for their camera that lets you control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc. More details are after the jump.

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Red Bull Illume Announces New Photo Contest for US Mobile Phone Photographers


Mobile phone image by photographer Toby Caughron. © Toby Caughron / Red Bull Illume

Today, Red Bull is announcing a brand new contest for their famous Illume contest. For the first time, they’re holding one specifically for smartphone camera users. The contest is giving those that use their phones extensively a chance to have their images join the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour as it makes its way across the US. The winner’s photo will be displayed on a special light box that will travel around the US in the tour.

Submissions are open today and end August 14th, 2016. When the submissions are closed, a number of judges will choose their favorite images.

The Red Bull Illume ceremony will take place on September 28, 2016 at The Art Institute of Chicago, and at that ceremony the Top 55 finalists, 11 Category Winners, and one Overall Winner will be announced. The images will be displayed at Millennium Park on custom 6.4 w x 6.9 h ft. light boxes for the very first stop of the 2016 Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour.

For contest rules and details, please visit the contest page.