Creating and Lighting Underwater Portraits


All images by Tim Davis. Used with permission.

“My biggest fear is that I will become stagnant and stale so staying near the edge if not hanging over it is where I want to be most days.” says Photographer Tim Davis about his work. Perhaps this is why he got so into underwater portraits–because so few people do them. Tim was born and raised in Wichita, KS and has owned/operated Tim Davis Photography there for 13 years. He tells us that he has 4 beautiful 12 year olds, Joey, Aiden, Sam and Brenna who have helped him become the man and artist he is today.

Well..that and slosely watching photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Joe McNally, Sal Cincotta, etc.

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Cheap Photo: These Insane Sony Deals Are Expected To End Soon

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Hasselblad was the mirrorless company making all of the waves this week with the announcement of their new 1XD medium format mirrorless camera. But today we are talking about our first pioneering mirrorless company, Sony (You know, the company that gave us the world’s first full frame mirrorless system? I know, I know – full frame mirrorless is soooooo 2013!). They have some killer deals on lenses, even $600 off the original A7, but we expect them to be expiring soon. So come take a look after the jump and save some dough while you still can!

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The Hasselblad X1D is the World’s First Mirrorless Medium Format Camera


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For everyone that has dreamed of a digital version of the Mamiya 7 series of cameras; the Hasselblad X1D is bringing you truly one step closer to that reality. Today, the company is the announcing the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. At the heart is a 50MP sensor with a cropped 645 sensor at the sensor area of 43.8 x 32.9mm. It’s capable of doing ISO 100 to 25,600. Additionally, it boasts dual SD card slots.

The Hasselblad X1D is handmade in Sweden and represents a totally new lineup in the company’s cameras. It has autofocus lenses, flash sync of up to 1/2000th, shoots HD video, has built in WiFi, and includes dust proof and weather proof construction.

More features are after the jump.

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Creating the Photograph: Alexander Co Dela Cruz, Jr.’s “Blue Diamonds”

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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 Alexander C. Dela Cruz, Jr. is a Strobist Events Photographer based in Manila, Philippines. You name it: he’s probably done it even though he’s only been shooting since 2012. Alex has done what photographers really should do: make a minimal investment in gear and really focus on just creating awesome images with what you have.

“I got literally hooked with photography back when I had my hands on my first camera ever – a Chinese-manufactured MP4 player with a VGA camera.” he tells us. “I then upgraded to a GE Point-and-Shoot, and eventually wanted better images and total control over them. I’m a self taught photographer and a proud one, getting inspiration daily from your site.”

That inspiration has translated into a number of awesome portraits. And to that end, Alex is very much a true creative.

Here’s his story on how he created the photo “Blue Diamonds.” Be sure to also follow him on Facebook.

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How to Properly Shoot a Photo in Portrait Orientation

Model: Megan Gaber

Do you know how to actually shoot a photo in portrait orientation? You’re probably going to say yes because what you’ve been doing so far has been effective enough. But trust me, it isn’t efficient enough. You’ll learn this even more when go shooting commercial portraits, weddings, concerts, events where you’re in a pit, etc.

I’m confident that you’ll find my method much more effective.

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The Phoblographer Answers: What is Flash Duration?

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If you’re a wedding photographer, photojournalist, portrait photographer, food photographer, or you do any sort of work involving just the use strobism or flash then what you should also know about is one of the most awesome tricks of any strobist photographer: flash duration. A flash duration is crucially important to any photographer that wants to get serious about their lighting and can open up a whole world of creative possibilities to various creatives. It’s part of how Jaroslav created the Milky Pinups, and how many other photographers can stop high speed motion without the ability to crank up their shutter speeds.

In all honestly, I think it’s magic.

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John Dykstra: Developing a Dark and Expressive Creative Vision


All images by John Dykstra. Used with permission.

“When I finally picked up photography, I knew well my intentions to be an artist, and that if I were to ever get into photography, I would never be doing commercial or documentary work: the aim was to develop the craft into my own artistic ambitions.” says photographer John Dykstra about his photography. “What I didn’t know was how quickly my love for photography would develop.” Earlier on this year, I found John’s work on Reddit and talked to him about the series that you see here. It isn’t complete, but he’s been working on it and it’s developed into one that touches on how people see the world around them.


John started out in the creative world drawing and then got into photography. And as he explains, it’s not a simple art form to master.

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