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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

“I don’t work for DxOMark. I’m not interested in numbers. I’m interested in what comes out of the camera.”

Continuing the trend of photographers talking about why they switched, Fuji Rumors shared a video from Lukas Gisbert-mora on why he chose to leave Nikon for Fujifilm.

First he talks about the problems first: which have to do with the battery levels and the video capabilities. This is what happens with cameras that have an EVF, but Fujifilm has lacked on the video capabilities for a while. They’re also only starting to pick up speed.

Lukas also admits that Fujifilm’s flash capabilities are nowhere near Nikon’s. In our testing, we have to agree. PocketWizards with a Lumopro LP-180 are much better–but that offers manual capability. If you want TTL usage, there aren’t many good radio trigger options with the exception of Yongnuo–and they’re hit or miss.

So why did he pick Fujifilm?

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Chris Gampat Shooting Landscapes (1 of 10)

Making your landscape images stand out from the pack isn’t exactly simple to do. In fact, landscape photography can either be the simplest or one of the most complicated forms of photography depending on how you approach it. It involves careful composition, lots of painstaking time, exploration, and commitment to getting the right image.

More than anything else though, landscape photography requires discipline. As a photo editor who views hundreds of images a day and goes through loads and loads of portfolio submissions, I can tell you what happens is that you often end up seeing more and more of the same thing.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica XE product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

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Yes, many of you photographers love to complain about vignetting. But you can actually embrace it and use it creatively. We’ve talked about proper techniques to making your images look sharper and making colors pop out more, but another way to emphasize a subject more in an image is to add a vignette to it. Chances are that based on your composition of a scene, the subject will be somewhere around the center or on one of the intersecting points of the rule of thirds. A vignette will make someone stare at your image and complete ignore the blacked out areas.

Of course, this doesn’t need to be a heavy vignette but we can’t tell you how many times we’ve used vignettes on product photos on this site and not a single person has sat there and complained.

If your creative vision calls for it, light vignetting can be a great thing and because of the way the human eye works, it will put higher emphasis on your subject in addition to making them pop out more on a screen or on print.

Beyond this, we recommend bumping up the contrast and tweaking the black levels. But those are all part of the process involving making your images look sharper that we linked to above.

Give it a try: and don’t be afraid to do something that the mainstream may say otherwise.



Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r review photos brooklyn bridge reddit walk (8 of 14)ISO 1001-60 sec at f - 4.5

Photographing buildings can be tough sometimes when it comes to working with big and crowded cities. Getting to the right spot, composition, and even exposures can vary greatly and what should be a very careful and slow process can sometimes be rushed. But it doesn’t have to feel that way if you just make it a habit to follow a couple of key practices.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image by Felix Esser

Fall (or Autumn as many of you prefer to call it) is upon us here in the US. Not only does that mean pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin ales, sweaters and real shoes but it also means that the leaves are changing colors. Instead of the bright color palette that we were used to over the summer, we’re now changing over to slightly darker colors. The leaves are no longer green as they change to yellow, orange and brown.

And the world becomes a plethora of colors. And while many guides focus on that, we’re not going to sit there and get all caught up in that. Instead, we’re actually going to try to teach you something.

Now that the season is upon us, here are some quick tips on photographing these short couple of weeks.


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China Danaxia Landform (1 of 1)

China has often been called a magical place, and if these photos from the Huffington Post are true, it probably really is. This is China’s Danxia mountain range and it is so darn colorful because of the fact that different layers of sediments of stones have been pressed together for years. The photo above is often featured on Bing. The Huffington Post is doubting the authenticity of how beautiful the place is. After some searching on Flickr, we came across this photo. It and others like it offers further evidence that the area is indeed real.

Pretty crazy, huh?

Via the Huffington Post