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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Olympus PEN E-PL7 Product Images-9

Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, the company’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera since unveiling the OMD EM10 way back in January. The new compact system camera not only follows the OMD EM10 it also borrows much of its internals including a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, and three-axis VCM image stabilization system. It’s not the most original camera from Olympus, but if the E-PL7’s image quality is on par with the OMD EM10, users will be very happy with camera indeed.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 also features a new 3-inch, 104K dot touchscreen LCD that flips down a full 180-degrees. When fully flipped the screen sits below the camera body much like the Sony A77 Mark II and faces user for (what else, but) selfies. The new PEN also boasts 8fps sequential shooting without autofocus or 3.5fps with Continuous Auto Focus with tracking modes turned on.

On the software side, Olympus has improved its OI.Share smartphone software allowing users to control even more features of the E-PL7 though a Wi-Fi connected device. New features include a new custom self-timer for setting up a timelapse and “selfie interval shooting.” Olympus has also has added Live Bulb mode to OI.Share allowing users to control and monitor and control bulb photography from a mobile device.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September in black and silver colors for $599.99 body only or $699.99 when kitted with the M.Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens.

Lastly Olympus is introducing a black version of its M.Zuiko digital 12mm f2.0 lens, which should pair nicely with Olympus’ all black OMD and PEN cameras. As with the silver version the blacked out 12mm f2.0 lens will retail for $799.99. Check past the break for more images and specs. [click to continue…]


All photographs by Erik Johansson. Used with permission.

Swedish and Berlin-based mixed media photographer Erik Johansson has created astounding work that is perhaps only surpassed by his remarkable process. We featured an image of his earlier on. At first glance, his surreal images – essentially landscape photographs transformed into something more magical - rouse wonder in people, and upon closer inspection, they are dressed to impress, with every minor detail considered and perfected.

It’s his process, however, that really had us at hello. While many Photoshop artists use stock images to create their art, Erik is going out of his way to make his photographs more realistic and entirely his own. He meticulously draws, paints, creates miniature sets and cardboard cutouts, and shoots different spots and locations himself, all the while paying great attention to every single detail, before blending all these aspects together in a single photograph.

Erik tells the Phoblographer:

“To me photography is a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.”

Erik’s dedication to the craft is something we don’t see every day, which makes his work all the more inspiring. And with his painstaking creations, he actualizes images in his mind and molds them into something real for others.

As he points out, “I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas.”

See Erik Johansson’s breathtaking work and his behind-the-scenes videos after the jump.

To see more of Erik’s work, visit his website.
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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Today, we have a bunch of Micro Four Thirds bundle savings, Nikon refurb products, and loads more. Check out the deals after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer 50mm T1.5 AS UMC IF-lens

Romikon has announced a quintet of full frame cine lenses designed for videographers above their current existing line of products. The prime lenses cover a wide breadth of focal lengths including 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. The new lenses come in a variety of mounts for different cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha and E-mount, plus smaller Micro Four Thirds. They’re being coined as the Cine DS line and feature focus markings and aperture marking on more convenient locations on the lenses. Additionally, the company told us in a meeting that this line has been color checked for the entire lineup to work in conjunction with one another.

First and foremost Rokinon has announced a new 50mm t1.5 lens consisting of nine lens elements arranged in six groups. The front of the lens is also treated with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings to create a high contrast picture with faithful color reproduction. Rokinon has yet to announce availability for this new lens but it will retail for $599.

As for a non-cine version, the company says that it’s still on its way and may be announced before the end of the year.

Check past the break as we breakdown the other four lenses Rokinon has introduced today.

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Jessica Wohl, White Mask, 2012 © Jessica Wohl, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Jessica Wohl, White Mask, 2012
© Jessica Wohl, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

All photographs used with permission from Robert Man Gallery in New York.

The growing dependency on technology and decreasing reliance on our natural-born tools is where photo project The Embroidered Image is born. This is an exhibit curated by Orly Cogan for Robert Mann Gallery in New York City and featuring the handmade works of talented artists who are not unfamiliar to making use of their hands for their craft.

According to the gallery, “The photograph today is increasingly distanced from the handmade. With the proliferation of digitalization, seamless Photoshop retouching, and quick laser printing, pictures now more than ever are a product of the mind and the machine. In tandem, the photograph has become eminently reproducible. Yellowing silver prints and one-shot polaroids, once keepsakes saved in shoe boxes or pinned on walls, have been all but negated by online photo streams and jpegs from our iPhones. Yet a group of intrepid artists are working to reclaim the photograph as a unique and handmade object, through an entirely unexpected medium: embroidery.

In The Embroidered Image, mostly vintage photographs are recycled and reused canvases for stitch art, allowing the needle and thread to convey emotions, evoke atmosphere, or simply create masks over the original subjects. The artists, which inlcude Pinky/MM Bass, Matthew Cox, Orly Cogan, Flore Gardner, and Jessica Wohl, abandon digital tools for the more analog ones, creating surreal images that remind us of what we’ve seemingly forgotten or abandoned.

Like with everything else we have too much of, modern conveniences come with a price that some are not willing to pay. The Embroidered Image is but one proof that there’s a silent and growing backlash in different communities (culinary, art, photographic, …) on our world’s heavy reliance on modern technology, and many are quietly and artfully revolting, reverting back to the basics which forces us to rely on our senses, our creative thinking, and our god-given upper limbs.

See more images from the exhibit after the jump.

Robert Mann Gallery is upcoming exhibit is Free Range, Missouri-based photographer Julie Blackmon’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Free Range will be available for viewing from September 8 to October 18 at 525 West 26th St. in New York. 


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Bel Air Hands on Review (2 of 10)ISO 400

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.

The other night I was in a bar with a photographer that we featured here on the site recently. When we chatted, we talked about how the industry was going in general. She (the photographer) assists other larger names and does her own work on the side. For extra income, she thought about doing weddings with another photographer she is close with. The problem is that they didn’t want to deal with the editing process and everything else in the post-world that has to do with working with weddings. Additionally, everything that they found wasn’t worth the money and there are tons of low ballers out there. Essentially, that is also only one of the reasons why wedding photographers get paid what they do.

So after chatting with her and a couple of other photographers, we figured it out: just don’t post-process. If anything just shoot JPEG, cut the session down to the best images, and then hand them off to the clients. This goes for weddings, portraits, events, etc.

Again, we are not preaching laziness here–and if you take away from this article that we are doing that then you’ve obviously not read it. We’re preaching a way for photographers to make some extra cash on the side and still make the work profitable for them. If someone only wants to pay you $300 for a wedding and you’re giving them six hours of your time, just find ways to cut corners and make your time totally worth it and as profitable as you can.

On the other hand, if someone is paying you handsomely, put the according amount of work in and show that work off in your portfolio accordingly. Then always keep in mind that the high end photographers will never compete with the ones that only do cheap weddings because they are totally different price points. To the gear heads, it’s like comparing a Nikon D4s to a Canon Rebel.

Then in the end, just don’t tell anyone that you did it.