A Photographer’s Take: Why Work With Constant Lighting Vs Flash

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One of the debates so many photographers have with themselves when trying to evolve is whether or not they should work with constant lighting or flash. They’re both used by professional photographers often, and they’re both capable of delivering beautiful images. But they’re also both very different, not only in the look that they can deliver, but the way they are used. For what it’s worth too, the cost differences can be vast.

Here’s a quick introduction on constant light vs flash.

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How To: Creating Sharper Portrait Photos In-Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Milvus 135mm f2 review portrait sample images from Simon Chetrit (2 of 10)ISO 5001-500 sec at f - 2.0

Anyone can take a portrait photo, but making your image stand out from all the rest of the #instafamous photographers requires a bit more effort on your part that will eventually become common and a part of your routine portrait efforts. Most experienced portrait photographers know this already and chances are that if you are one of those people, you already have the necessary people skills to do this. But whether you’re a new photographer or one that’s been shooting for a while, none of us can ignore how important lenses are for us. Take for example the Zeiss Milvus 135mm f2 lens–arguably the best portrait lens on the market right now. It’s difficult to take a bad photo with it, but if you’re going to make the long term investment into the incredible Zeiss glass, we recommend knowing how to make the most of it.

Here’s how.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Do Professional Photographers Use TTL?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Godox Thinklite TT685S TTL product photos (4 of 13)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.0

One of the questions that has been typed very often into our search engine bar is whether or not professional photographers use TTL flash. It’s easy to see how this can become confusing as many photographers out there speak about only shooting in manual all the time. Considering that TTL metering is essentially the same as shooting in auto mode or P (for professional, or Program) mode, then it would just make sense that you shouldn’t use it because no professional shoots in auto, right?

Well, not really.

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First Impressions: Lumu Power Light Meter


Last year, Lumu launched a Kickstarter for a brand new Light meter for the iPhone that would be able to meter color, ambient light, and flash output. For anyone that uses a light meter of any sort, this sounds wonderful (sans being able to trigger a monolight via the meter). At Photokina 2016, I finally got the chance to see their unicorn product: the Lumu Power. The company claims that it will be delivered this November, and that they’ve had a number of holdups along the way. Sure, they’re late on delivering their Kickstarter promises, but they’re now ready to get it out to the public.

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Olympus Announces New E-PL8 Pen, 25mm f1.2 PRO, and More!


At Photokina 2016, Olympus is announcing their new 25mm f1.2 PRO lens in addition to many other long awaited products including the new Olympus Pen E-PL8 mirrorless camera. The camera is pretty compact and sleek, and boasts a load of features like a 180 flip screen for selfies, wifi, premium dials, rounder edges for your hands, leather textures, a touch screen, and so much more. One of the biggest features has to do with Video and how they work with Wifi.

Then there are new lenses like the ED 12-100mm f4 IS PRO lens which will be about the size of the company’s 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. It will also boast 5-axis stabilization with what Olympus claims to be 6.5 stops of shutter compensation.

Even more exciting though is their new 25mm f1.2 Pro lens coming in at $1,199.99. Olympus made a special design for this lens that moves only a single element when autofocusing. It’s also completely weather sealed and will ship in October. More details are after the jump.




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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Film Have Weird Colors at Night?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX with Kodak Portra 400 (4 of 11)

Very recently, we were asked about how to use film at night time. The reason: during the day a standard roll of color film will come out looking very nice and true to life. But at night, you don’t get quite the same results. So why gives? If you’re a digital photographer that later picked up film (the same way many of us did) then it’s easy for you to get super confused and possibly not even think about what’s going on here.

But in truth, it has everything to do with the white balance that you’d easily adjust in digital post production.

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Review: Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 FE lens review (1 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

There is very little on the market that can truly be compared to the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS lens; and for that reason it’s truly considered something unique. Very little, if anything at all, even compares to this lens in the mirrorless camera world.

For a little over $1,000 you’re getting a dust and splash resistant lens with quite a zoom range and a fairly compact size. Sure, it’s not an internal zooming lens but it’s still not too bad. On top of that, it’s designed for full frame mirrorless cameras. Considering Sony’s reputation, you can bet that it’s also going to be pretty darn good.

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