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julius motal the phoblographer technical precision

I’ve spent too much time taking technically sound images. By that, I mean images that have all the right elements: exposure, focus, composition, depth of field. When I discovered what bokeh was way back when, I had to get a lens that was an f1.something. The colors would pop, the composition was decent, there was a clear subject. They had all the trappings of aesthetically pleasing photographs, but they were artistically and emotionally bankrupt. I was dead set on making images that ticked off boxes that only the camera could tick off.

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This photograph has zero value.

This photograph has zero value.

What you see here is exactly the kind of photograph I made when I first learned about bokeh and got a lens that could really make it sing. I was driven by how well an f1.7 lens could make the background look like a melting mosaic. Photographing in parks was a particular joy for me. Look at those greens! Of course, the photographs were absolute crap, a complete waste of pixels and space. Yet, I put them online, thinking they were good because they had such pretty backgrounds. It took a while before I realized I was completely misguided.

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Samyang New lens tease

Samyang is the same company as Rokinon, and they’ve currently got a new teaser on their Facebook page. It seems like a new Macro lens may be coming from their statement.

“With immense focus and unparalleled features, #Samyangoptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.”

It we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it’s a Macro lens and that since it’s bound to be fully manual focus the lens could be a true 1:1 Macro optic. Given that Samyang and Rokinon have both also worked on more premium versions of their lenses to ensure perfect color correction, this new lens may be a super premium optic of some sort.

However, we’re not sure what D-6 means. They wouldn’t tease a product coming in December starting this early. We’ll just have to wait and find out.

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photography has quite literally changed the world; or at least that’s the premise behind this video by Matthew Rycroft. Inspired by Reddit’s Shower Thoughts, he created a video making crazy and true realizations about what the art form has done for culture. For example, before photography, no one knew what they looked like with their eyes closed.

The video is thought provoking, but also in general just quite interesting–you can check it out after the jump.

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All images by Ian Robert Knight. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Knight has travelled around to many places in Asia and as a trained portraitist, combined photographing people with the art of documenting the everyday occurrences around us. While street photography isn’t tough enough for many, it becomes even tougher when you put language barriers on you and not always knowing what areas you should be in. But Ian adapts, and shares with us some of his best advice when it comes to shooting street images internationally.

One of his best points: zoom with your feet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Composing portrait images with a 50mm lens not only has to do with the normal composition rules, but also with elements of a person’s body. For example, they always say that you should focus on the eyes, and the folks at Weekly Imogen seem to agree. Their first tip has to do with specific face placement. They state that the eyes should be in the upper third area of the image because of the natural way that it draws a viewer in and lets them explore the rest of the image.

Imogen also says that using natural frames helps. The rest of the video on the perfect composition of portrait images with a 50mm lens is after the jump.

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