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All images by Chuck Baker. Used with permission.

Making your own cameras usually results in the creation of pinhole cameras, but photographer Chuck Baker recently created a large format 5×7″ camera after being inspired by a 20×24″ camera. He tells us that he wanted to create a smaller version and that the stuff that he collects from garage sales helped him to build a camera using an old film enlarger.

For the uninformed, 35mm film needed to use enlargers in order to print them at a larger size. These enlargers had lenses, bellows, etc. And in many cases they are indeed turned into cameras. But the story about this one from Mr. Baker really amazed us. His ingenuity inspired us–and his knack for tinkering helped him to create his own large format camera.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi Mobi Cloud intro (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

We were already pretty satisfied with EyeFi Cloud and their hardware solutions, but today the company is announcing some upgrades to the platform. For starters, anyone can now use it–and this moves comes from the trend that they’ve seen with people using all manners of devices to shoot and store their images. Indeed, the app was a great solution to store them to begin with because it automatically pulled images from both the phone/tablet and your camera. But it was previously only available to Mobi customers. Now, Pro users can use it.

By having the app on your devices, you can now organize everything in one spot. However, it will only store JPEGs–sorry RAW shooters.

But there are also a couple of new enhancements that were made. You can now make adjustments to your images, crop, rotate, organize into folders (which you were able to do before) and even view the EXIF data.

The app’s latest update is available today on iOS, Android and Kindle. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.


All images by Pete Taylor. Used with permission.

While the Holga is a camera that has been subject to many hacks, not many have put a Raspberry Pi camera in it. But Peter Taylor has done such a thing. But not only did he create the camera using Raspberry Pi, but he also modified the lens a bit and the camera overall to be a bit more accommodating to its digital overlord. By adding in a module and sensor similar to what you see in mobile phones, he was able to bring this classical camera to life in the digital world.

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Pro Tip: Despite the fact that we all love bokeh, don't ever let it get in the way of good composition and an even better vision for the end result.

Pro Tip: Despite the fact that we all love bokeh, don’t ever let it get in the way of good composition and an even better vision for the end result.

At the moment of publishing this piece, there is a little phenomenon going around the internet. Actually, it’s a pretty big phenomenon. It’s one that has, “Broke the internet.” You know what we’re talking about. The image of Kim Kardashian’s bare butt on a magazine cover is making its rounds. And this image is the absolute perfect example for what we’re about to talk about: moment vs 100% sharpness.

The other day I was in a cafe chatting with another photographer. He was rushing out edits to a magazine and I was editing photos for a review before trying to upload them to our site. We both occasionally peered over to one another’s monitors and started a conversation about gear, which then turned into a conversation about business, editing, and imagery in general.

We talked about how crappy images are crappy images because they don’t elicit an emotion or appeal to a sense of any sort. Imagery is sensual–it’s primarily visual but a good image should be more than that. A great image of sushi for example should entice you, make you hungry, make you want some of that sushi. It should get you excited or elicit some sort of emotion. If it doesn’t elicit any emotion, it should move you in some way that appeals to the human senses or psyche.

We got to a point where we talked about one of the images and color tweaking. Then we talked a bit about sharpness, and on one of his images he said something that we’ve been preaching on this site since day 1.

“Who cares if it isn’t 100% sharp, it’s going online and will probably be no larger than 1000 pixels anyway.”

And he’s absolutely, completely right.

Who the heck cares if your image of the amazing mac and cheese that you just made isn’t 100% sharp. Is it sharp enough so that when someone looks at the image as a whole that they can see the details? If that’s the answer, then you’re golden.

Who the heck cared a single bit about looking at the image of Kim Kardashian’s rear at 100%? Was anyone really wondering if there was chromatic aberration or purple fringing or if they could see the pores? Not a single person was–and instead they cared about the entire image.

And so when someone says that an image isn’t 100% sharp, if it’s sharp enough then that’s all that matters. If your focusing is a bit off but not so much that you can’t tell, then who cares? Focus on captivating people instead with a moment.



Hey folks!

We’re partnering up with Leica to giveaway a Leica T with the 18-55mm lens. Enter into our International Street Photography contest for your chance to score this camera right before the holidays.

More details are after the jump.

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Pro Tip: Get a dog's attention by putting a treat on top of your camera lens. More about that here.

Pro Tip: Get a dog’s attention by putting a treat on top of your camera lens. More about that here.

Taking photos of your dog isn’t just a big thing today, but it was all the rage even years ago. Back in 1956, Kodak created a television commercial showcasing how to take better photos of man’s best friend. They state that dogs have personalities all their own, and to just go in for candid photos as you let the dog be its natural self. But what they also state is that you should bring in someone that the dog knows or use a treat, ball or bone.

The commercial features a mother using an old Kodak Brownie–a camera designed essentially for the lay person that knew little to nothing about photography. They also use an old school flash gun and bulb that requires the bulbs to be changed after every shot.

If you’re a German Shepherd fan, you’ll want to continue on past the jump. But if you want to take better dog photos, you’ll probably want to check out this old Useful Photography Tip.

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