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All images by Daria Khoroshavina. Used with permission. If the cinemagraphs aren’t working for you, click on them to bring them into a new page.

Photographer Daria Khoroshavina has been into photography for around four years, and her Behance page features lifestyle food cinemagraphs–which essentially takes the beautiful images that we often see and adds just a bit of animation.

Before getting into this type of work, she tells us that she learned it all from the internet and mostly did portraits.

“About a year ago I decided that I want to make cinemagraphs and chose food as a main theme. At first I considered it a side project, until it got more attention and I started receiving requests from clients who wanted cinemagraphs.” says Daria. “Some pretty amazing things happened to me because of this project, that’s why I love it so much and do my best to make it grow.”

Daria, like many food photographers, believes that the final image all depends on the final results and intent. She tells us that she considers moods and feelings like a cold morning after Christmas, lunch breaks with an old friend, wine in the afternoon, etc. “I’d like my pictures to be more complex in the future, to go beyond the food porn and express deeper ideas and I’m working on that.”

Daria’s inspiring cinemagraphs are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polarizing filter affects color lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-640 sec at f - 1.4

So what’s the point of a Polarizing filter? There are quite a bit of advantages and one of them is better colors right out of the camera. To that end, they also help with desaturated scenes caused by glare and reflections.

B&H Photo completed a six minute video all about polarizers; and they go into the use of both circular and linear polarizers. They state that when using Polarizing filters, the sun should be around 90 degrees to the side when shooting images.

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Black and white vs Color comparison the phoblographer

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A while back, I posted a short tutorial on the secret behind sharper photos; to this date it’s one of the site’s most popular posts. But as I’ve been experimenting more and more with black and white photography, I’ve noticed something different. In that secret to sharpness post, I talk about the black levels and how deeper blacks help the eye to perceive that you’ve got a sharper image. It’s part of the idea behind the manipulation of contrast and mid tones in Adobe Lightroom.

While I’m not suggesting that everyone always shoots in black and white, if you want an image to appear sharper, you should convert it to black and white. But at the same time, don’t use this as a crutch to not getting good lighting and a sharp image to begin with. Just use it as a way to enhance the experience if you absolutely care about a critically sharp image that will make people on DPReview’s forums order Vaseline and Kleenex.

In general, high contrast and overly sharpened black and whites generally look much better than images in color.

You can view the images individually after the jump.

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One of the biggest cliché in photography today is stating that the camera doesn’t matter and all you need is vision or a good eye. Whilst this is in part true, and I’ll get to it in this article, it’s also a thought that needs to be challenged.

I started my professional life at a very early age. I left my parents’ home at the age of 14 to live in a city about 100 miles away with my older sister. At the age of 16 I then went on to live alone (is this actually legal?!). There I studied for 3 years how to become a chef. I had and still have a passion for food and cookery.

It’s not necessarily obvious but cooking is actually very similar to photography.

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Luke Ayers has been shooting for 12 years, and 12 the age of 25, he is a full time pro photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He mostly specializes in high end product photography, but he also loves to shoot portraits with speedlights and strobe just for the fun of it. When he emailed the Phoblographer to show off some of his portrait and strobist work, he showed us an image from his first ever fashion shoot for a haute couture label.

What’s even cooler is that Luke never had any formal training.

Here’s Luke’s story. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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All images by Peechaya Burroughs. Used with permission.

After finding photographer Peechaya Burroughs on Behance, it was hard not to fall in love with her whimsical and creative images. She studied Fine Arts, and after spending some time working for various advertising and graphic design agencies in Bangkok, she moved to Australia and undertook further studies for a Diploma of Website Production and Management at TAFE Sydney Institute.

She continued to work as a graphic designer; and perhaps that’s partially the root of how she get her ideas for her images. Peechaya says that she gets ideas from her children, and after talking to her about her work, we see how that totally makes sense.

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All images by Craig Ward. Used with permission. Some images by Bill Wadman.

Photographer Craig Ward is a British born designer and art director currently based in New York and he got into photography after he needed to capture some of his typographic work. But this grew into an exploration of the art form, and most recently resulted in a brand new project that he’s been pitching to the big New York based publications.

As many folks know, the subway is the heart of our transportation; and with so many people all around it’s bound to be a breeding ground for bacteria. Well, that’s exactly what Craig tried to find. In his project “Subvisual Subway” he showcases culture samples taken of the subway and photographed. While the images are scientifically beautiful, they’re also very likely to make a New Yorker think a bit more carefully about their commute.

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All images by Frederic Saez. Used with permission.

Photographer Frederic Saez has been working on a project to show the world a side of Cuba that is not given very much attention. Rather, his project “Residents of Palacio de la Mortera” tries to bring to light a side of Cuba asphyxiated by the economic blockade since 1962 installed on the island.

“As the average salary in Cuba is $17 (US equivalent) I choose to build this work through an illustration of their habitat. Very far from the tourist sight.” says Frederic. He continued to all that in Havana, most of the buildings are in poor conditions. In fact, only a few building are renovated in the center of Havana.

When Frederic entered the building, he tells The Phoblographer in his introductory email that the atmosphere seemed very much like the movie “Blade Runner.” He describes an out of service elevator, electric cables hanging on the walls, rusted steel everywhere, no light in the stairwell. In fact, Frederic says that if one person has a television on, that person will leave the door open and the windows open for others to watch. The reality of life for people living in this over aged building .

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