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Hey folks,

Back in December, in continuing with our featuring readers and great photographers, we’re asking our audience to show us your best food photos. Seriously, make us hungry. We want to see the best food photography out there.

In case you didn’t, you’ve hopefully noticed that we’ve started to do a lot more interviews and that we’ve become very discerning about the photographers that we feature. We’re looking for submissions, and we’d love to feature your work. You obviously keep the rights to your image and we will always give you guys the credit like we do in every post.

Overall though, we want to work with photographers. Even though we’re a site that loves gear, we’ve never thought that it was paramount and we want to work with photographers that put their creative vision and business savvy first. That doesn’t mean that we won’t work with enthusiasts though.

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.

– Show us websites

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your food photography is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.

Thanks folks!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

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If you’re in the mood for a little trip to Nostalgia land, then you should take a couple of minutes to check out this awesome video from 1972 about the Polaroid SX-70. But it’s about more than that, it starts out with a lot of educational history about photography. The special (which aired on PBS a while back) explains how the camera is used and even the science behind its design.

For those of us old enough to remember the camera in our younger days, this video is going to bring you back to a much simpler time.

Via Reddit R/Polaroid

Disclaimer: I’m a mod for R/Polaroid. And this is genuinely cool.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

DXOMark hasn’t been kind to Canon; and their latest tests are even more brutal. According to the site’s findings, there are many lenses that score higher numbers and are overall much sharper. One of DXOMark’s favorite lenses is the 100mm f2–and when you look at the sharpness you can see that the 40mm f2.8 STM is scoring higher digits. Sure, these lenses can’t totally be compared in terms of what they’re capable of, but what ever happened to the idea that L glass is superior to all others? Photographers still buy into that idea even though we know it’s not necessarily true.

Even more embarrassing: the company’s 50mm f1.8 II rates in higher than the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM.

Despite it being a completely new lens, it rates nowhere near many other new offerings. Sony, Zeiss, Sigma and Nikon seem to dominate the top 10 on the list. To Canon’s credit, nothing that is remotely close and a full frame lens is available for comparison on the site. The closest competitor would be the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, which we just got in for review.

Also, do keep in mind that these numbers are qualitative and don’t at all affect someone’s creativity.

 

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Today, DXOMark has released their findings and tests with the new Sony 90mm Macro f2.8 G OSS lens for Sony FE mount cameras. Of all the ratings on the site, this lens is one of the company’s sharpest and is only behind the Sony 55mm f1.8. Tested on the Sony A7r, this rating places it even ahead of the Sigma 35mm f1.4. In fact, the top 10 list is dominated by Sony and Zeiss with a bit of Sigma and Nikon slipping in there.

So what does this mean? Creatively speaking, nothing really because of just how great modern software is these days and that creativity doesn’t really rely on gear.

However, it should do more than enough to hush the complaints of those that say that Sony’s FE system doesn’t have a lot of lenses for their system. Both Sony and Zeiss have made lots of offerings for the still growing system. We’ve got lots of primes, lots of zooms, and many essential focal lengths.

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Earlier this month, we reported on claims of Wallpart stealing the images of many artists. A Change.Org petition was put in place to get them shut down. It got the signatures they needed, but the site is still operational.

According to Wallpart’s Terms of Service, the company states that they don’t steal from artists. According to the site

“Wallpart.com only helps the user to find the images interesting him, the site uses data of the most known third-party search engines. Process of search happens at user’s browser.”

In our previous reporting, they further stated that the images aren’t uploaded to their own servers and instead hosted on third party servers. Finally, they also don’t claim responsibility for the images that the users purchase–which quite honestly sounds very shady.

This morning, a reader emailed us to inform us about an image of his that was stolen. He won a contest that we did before, and found the image on their site. After taking a look through their site’s search bar, we found that not only our photos can be sold without consent, but those of many very big and famous photographers can also be sold.

Hit the jump for a better idea. If you go to the site and and do searches, you’ll find even more.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 FE review images (41 of 64)ISO 4001-1600 sec at f - 3.5

Ibarionex over at the Candid Frame recently hosted a street photography panel. Curator and writer Colin Westerbeck says that street photographers need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. Him and photographer and educator Julia Dean talk about the use of phones for street photography and what makes for great photos. Essentially, it’s all about editing your work down. While some photographers may have shot three rolls of film a day, these days it’s common for someone to shoot lots of images and edit them down to around three. They talk a bit about what street photography is how it relates to photojournalism.

The panel on street photography has a lot of great quotes and is a very interesting listen. Hit the jump, click play and have it run in the background.

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