Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Letters to the Editor is a recurring series where Chris answers specific emails/letters that could benefit more than one photographer, interesting questions or questions that come in often. Have a question? Send it to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com with subject: Letter to the Editor: (Your name here).

In today’s letter, a reader that I’ve helped before looks for a specific lens for nature photography. No, today’s sponsored post by Zeiss isn’t a coincidence, he genuinely was thinking about getting one for the type of stuff he does and the quality that he wants.

As always, be sure to send in your letters for me to answer! And also be sure to check out our Kickstarter!

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PhotoCrowd is already a pretty cool way to display your portfolio in case you’re looking for an alternative to something like 500px, Flickr or Instagram. But what’s even cooler is that it’s offering a new built-in print store just in case someone wants to actually purchase some wall art. And if there is any way for you to truly show people your appreciation of the photographic arts, it’s by displaying the pieces in your home.

They’re offering prints, framed prints and wall canvases. Prints obviously are the most affordable while the frames will cost most and the canvas will be even more. Canvases are generally worth it though as they reflect the most light, and are often best for your home. Of course though, these are something that the more artistically mature may value since prints are so personal of an experience that can’t be had behind a digital screen.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus food photography (2 of 5)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.0

Food–it’s the thing to tugs at the hearts of everything that lives and breathes; especially when it’s presented in a beautiful way. Food photography is mostly done these days in a lifestyle format and with a normal human perspective to appeal to our senses. It’s all about the familiar; and for that reason a 50mm lens can do just the job that you need. Combine this with the colors and contrast that a Zeiss lens can give you right out of the camera, and you’ve got yourself an image making combination that is bound to make someone very hungry.

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All images by Steven R. Hazlett. Used with permission.

“I like to keep my work as open and free-formed as possible, but if there is a theme it is capturing the New York of my childhood, the city I was born into 30 years ago.” says photographer Steven Hazlett.

Steven is a photographer, teacher, and artist in resident based in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at SUNY Purchase College in 2013, teaches the art of photography at several non-profit organizations. A lifelong New York native, Steven and I both remember what it was like before our city got cleaned up.

As an ode to this memory, Steven started the Souls of New York photo project.

His style of photography is heavily influenced by his photojournalistic background, and has been part of the Eddie Adams Workshop alumni since 2012, when he began is photographic career. Steven has worked with such clients as Alicia Keys, Jungle City Studios, Madison Square Garden, and many more.

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Welcome to today’s Cheap Accessories post, our weekly look at some great deals on things that are not cameras or lenses. Today we have 26 deals for you to consider and we highlight deals on a 5-Pack of Sandisk SD Cards & a great carbon fiber Manfrotto tripod.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X Pro 2 more image samples (22 of 26)ISO 128001-40 sec at f - 1.4

Next week: I’m teaching you all how to not suck at Instagram marketing.

Just a reminder about the upcoming workshop being taught by yours truly about online marketing for photographers. You can save $30 on registration with discount code “thephoblographer”

More details are after the jump.

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Don’t forget about out Kickstarter! Please help us!

Sometimes you collaborations between camera bag companies and camera manufacturers (like Leica and ONA) and this time around we’re seeing just time. Fujifilm and Domke are partnering to create new editions of two of their camera bags. The Domke F-5XB and the F-803 are receiving a special refresh for these reasons with special Fujifilm X series branding on the bags. The branding is subtle and sticks with Domke’s overall low profile look.

The bags have waxed cotton canvas and leather accents. They come in a RuggedWear sand color and are available in a 10 inch and 13.5 inch variety.

The FUJIFILM X Series Domke F-5XB will set you back $149.99 while the FUJIFILM X Series Domke will cost $229.99.

Too bad they don’t come in black 🙁


Don’t forget about our Kickstarter Campaign!

Bored with your current photo filters? MacPhun just released 30 free ones if you’re a user of the Photos application for Mac. It’s called Filters for Photos; and it allows you to not only apply different filters but also lets you do it in selective amounts, fine tune them, selectively apply them in certain areas, etc.

Granted it’s not necessarily for the Lightroom crowd–though it would be amazing as either a Lightroom Plugin or on the iPhone. Either way, it’s fun just to experiment in your JPEGs if you’re bored this weekend.

MacPhun also created Aurora HDR and Noiseless Pro–the latter is one of my favorites. More sample screenshots are after the jump.

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