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All images by Alex Stanton. Used with permission.

“I absolutely love photography but don’t have much talent in that area so this is my way of paying respect to these brilliant cameras,” says artist Alex Stanton–a self-taught artist whose Etsy shop features cameras covered in concrete. But what would possess someone to cover a camera in the foundation of modern society?

Alex bought a bunch of cameras at a yard sale and kept them around as decorations for his home–the same way many people do. But after realizing how excellent they were and that film is slowly dying out, he decided to try to preserve them. “The concept of my work is that these cameras are petrified fossils of technology,” says Mr. Stanton. “If you were to dig them up or find one at the bottom of the sea floor a thousand years from now, this is what they would look like.”

Editor’s Correction: Alex’s cameras are actually solid concrete. He uses the old relics to make a mold then the mold has concrete poured in.

Addendum: Alex got so much traffic from this story that he’s offering Phoblographer readers a 20% discount

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All images by Tyler Stableford. Used with permission

In America, there is a current trend in placing a big value on things being American made or local. And nowhere is that value bigger than with food. Photographer Tyler Stableford hails from western Colorado and is surrounded by farmers–so he decided to do a documentary/fine art project on them. “The Farmers” was pitched to Canon, who agreed to sponsor the project and which was recently on display at Photoville 2014.

We talked to Tyler about gaining the trust of farmers, the rigors of doing a project like this, and the motivation behind it.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 3N product photo (1 of 1)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.0

Years ago when the idea of mirrorless cameras and systems was pitched, the premise behind it all was that overall it would create a lighter and smaller kit. And for the most part, manufacturers have stuck to that statement. But at certain times, they really don’t seem to be sticking to it. This concern comes up now more than ever considering that Sony has a full frame mirrorless camera system.

Photographer Tom Northencold wrote a piece recently about why he’s sticking to Micro Four Thirds. The answer: the weight differences vs his Nikon system.

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It’s true: film is still alive and kicking. In fact, this year we saw the release of many more film cameras than we’ve seen in such a short amount of time. It seems like manufacturers are finally getting it and that all the fun that is involved in shooting film is finally reaching a larger market.

To celebrate this recent trend, here are five new film cameras that you should get very excited about.

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Whether you’re thinking about getting into film, or you’ve magically picked up an old SLR and are confused about how to use it, hopefully this little guide can steer you in the right direction.

The actual process of shooting film isn’t that much different from digital. Assuming you understand how exposure works, then the principle is exactly the same.

If you come from shooting RAW on a digital camera then really you only lose three features.

– Ability to change ISO

– Ability to change White Balance.

– *shocker* Ability to preview your shot

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published at Peter Stewart’s blog. It has been syndicated with permission.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (4 of 10)ISO 200

Reader Ronald Stein sent us a really awesome tip the other day. Despite the fact that summer is about to end for many of us, lots of us are still going to try to get out and soak up as much sun as we can. Then, you’ll also need to consider the fact that you’ll need sunscreen. But before you go to pick up your camera and shoot, make sure that you wash your hands.

Why? Well believe it or not, sunblock deteriorates the exterior of your camera. According to Ron:

“It is a known fact that if one uses a sunblock, most any brand, that the residue left on ones hands, attacks the “Polycarbonate” that some camera manufacturers use in their manufacturing of the camera body handles. There is a substance in the sunblock that will melt and deform the handles on some camera bodies. So, be sure to wash your hands after applying any sunblock on any camera outing. It would also be wise not to even carry a supply in your camera bag due it leaking or a cap coming loose. Be safe – not sorry!!!!”

We checked the information with some of our friends at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio who lead us to this piece on the stress cracking of polycarbonate due to sunscreen. Apparently, it can have the most effect on curved edges of a camera.

To be fair though, I’ve taken our cameras to the beach often during testing right after applying sunscreen to myself. After that, I usually wipe my hands down on my towel and go around to shoot. None of my cameras have ever become deformed.

Either way, we’d still recommend that you stay on the side of caution.