Cahute Preserves The Traditional Large Format Portrait Photography On Direct Positive Paper


All images by Cahute Studio. Used with permission. 

While the world now revolves around digital photography with the Megapickles race running rampant, there is still a movement of going back to and enjoying traditional approach in photography. Take Cahute for example–a portrait studio based in Finland that specializes in 8×10 large format camera on direct positive paper.

Cahute was founded by Jaana and Lorenzö, whom we had a pleasure of corresponding with. Jaana and Lorenzö strongly believe that photographs are made to last and should be in physical format that can be easily handled and passed on. They have a 1966 magnesium Calumet C1 camera and a 300mm Caltar lens mounted on a sturdy, heavy duty Linhof tripod #3233 in the older grey version. They claimed this creates a unique experience for people having their portraits taken in the studio, sitting still posing in front of an unusually large sized camera that exposed directly onto 8×10 paper. Continue reading…

How Much Do Imaging Sensors Really Matter Over Lighting?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer With and without flashes for a window lighting tutorial (1 of 2)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

For many years as a photographer, I’ve had one trick that has made all my product photography shine. Companies lease our product images, and on social platforms or messaging boards our product images are often used to showcase a lens or camera looking sexy. We wrote a while back about how we do product photos, but something that continues to be an issue with many photographers even today is whether or not you should have a new camera, an old camera, a full frame sensor, a Four Thirds sensor or an APS-C Sensor.

And I’m here to show you the absolute truth: with good lighting and a few tweaks of sliders in Lightroom, none of that matters when it comes to image quality. Of course, cameras can have different features that make them more or less attractive depending on the application. But in general, a more experienced photographer can take any camera you hand them and create a fantastic image no matter what.

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Has Digital Technology Ruined Street Photography?


This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with exclusive permission from Horatio Tan.

This is not going to be a popular opinion. However, in the course of starting a discussion, sometimes it is helpful to speak from a dissenting position. I want to talk about street photography.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love street photography. In fact, I have been known to do it myself. However, there is something about street photography that just isn’t sitting right with me. It has to do with what street photography has become, as a result of digital technology.

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Incredible Deal: The Sony FE 50mm F1.8 for $198!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.8 FE review images product photos final review (2 of 5)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Sony’s FE 5omm F/1.8 is not only one of the best deals in the FE lineup right now, it is also a killer lens in terms of image quality. Amazon has an insane deal on this lens right now bringing the price tag under $200, down from the already great normal price of $250.

We have loved this lens for its image quality and its fast focusing (in good light), as well as its killer bokeh. For the current deal price of $198 this lens is basically what we would consider to be a no brainer for Sony FE shooters.

If you are interested in picking it up you can find the deal over on Amazon, here.

Leica Announces Return of the Summaron-M 28mm f5.6, Titanium Leica Q


Today Leica announced two new product offerings, the arguably more exciting of the two is the return of the Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens. Additionally, there is an all-new Titanium color for the Lecia Q. The Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 expands the collection of lenses available for the Leica M rangefinder system and introduces a modern rendition of a classic Leica lens. While the new Titanium Gray finish available for the Leica Q offers an alternative color option for users wanting a camera that reflects their individual style. Continue reading…

This Image of a Human Placenta Looks Like the Tree of Life


All images by Sarah Boccolucci. Used with permission.

There’s an image on the LooksLikeFilm Facebook group that has been creating quite a bit of interest. The photo is by photographer Sarah Bocculucci–she’s a birth photographer,  has been studying photography since high school, and became really interested in it once her career as a professional dancer came to an end due to injuries. “I love all types of photography and have recently taken film photography up again- talk about humbling,” Sarah states.

For Sarah, becoming a mother was the most important and most transformative day of her life. “It may be hard for some people to understand why someone would want pictures during a time that is very vulnerable, often messy, and extremely intimate, but as a mother of four I totally understand the importance,” says Sarah. “The photos may not be ones you pull out when company comes over but they tell the story of a life. Birth isn’t a subject everyone is comfortable talking about but ask a 90 year old woman in a nursing home her birth stories and she can tell you them.”

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