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It’s a fact: technique outdoes the latest and greatest gear every time in a contest that can’t even be considered fair. When you combine this with a creative vision and the knowledge of how to achieve said vision, you can make yourself really stand out. But these days, more than ever, lighting can make you a better photographer. Here’s why.

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Claudia Americana

All images by Jorge Quinteros. Used with permission.

When I first met Jorge Quinteros, it was years ago when we both lived in Queens, NY and when I first started the Phoblographer. We met up occasionally in cafes talking about how to create better images and gear. But today, Jorge is one step closer to living the dream that most photographers only begin to aspire to. Jorge developed the skill of carefully curating his images and only posting key selects. He started putting these on Instagram and eventually was approached by brands and made well known by the popular photo sharing service itself.

We talked to Jorge about how he did this.

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infographic the photographer and the camera

Photographer Jeremy Cowart recently shared an awesome infographic on Facebook showing off the importance of the photographer. While the notion is that the world thinks that you need a better camera to take better images, it is once again in the hands of the photographer to capture the best images. We talked about this recently in a post about gear and photography; but it’s nice to get a reminder from a pro photographer about this.

More than anything, I think we should look to the mobile world to see that folks are being creatives everywhere with little to no work from their phone’s camera.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D810 Product Images-5

Rumors about replacements for the Canon 7D, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and others are popping about like hot oil from a skillet. With Photokina a few months away, there is a lot of interest in the new cameras and lenses that will be announced. This leaves many a shutterbug handling their credit cards in eager anticipation.

And while many photographers will upgrade simply because the can, the rest of us need to be a little more thoughtful about it. Though some of these cameras may boast an exciting new assortment of features, it may or may not be what we need. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

It was at a party a few weeks ago here in Istanbul that I asked a working photojournalist what she shoots with. Given that she’s worked in conflict zones, I was curious about her equipment. “Canon,” she told me. I pushed the line of inquiry a bit further and asked, “5D Mark II? Mark III?” She replied, “Yeah, 5D.” That essentially ended the conversation, and it wasn’t the first time a photographer’s given me a vague answer about gear. On many occasions, I’ve heard that it’s not about the camera, it’s about the person holding the camera, and that’s true. Yet, without the camera, we would all just be folks with an eye for composition and a natural sense of light, and the visual record of the past 150 years or so would be virtually nonexistent. The subtext underlying the resistance to talking about gear seems to be that it’s somehow amateurish and unimportant, and that notion is hogwash.

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fireworks for the 4th

When it comes to capturing fireworks, you’ll want to do a couple of things first. If you’re looking to do that this 4th of July consider some very basics. First off, you’ll want to get to and claim a good spot for you to see them. Some of the best are along a waterfront or on someone’s rooftop. When you claim your spot, you’ll want to settle in and not move until after the fire show is done.

When that’s been conquered, you’ll want to follow these short tips.

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