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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 85mm f1.4 review product shots resized (2 of 4)

When it comes to apertures, what you should know about them is that they control two things in your images. The first is how much of your image is in focus or not. They work very much like your eye’s iris. In low light, your iris widens and in bright light, your iris closes up to adapt to all the light coming in. And with that said, your aperture also controls how much light comes in–and is therefore an exposure parameter when shooting.

Reddit user VeeDees recently made a gif illustrating the effects of depth of field on your images. As you can see, the image starts all the way at f1.8 and goes down to f22. By F22, you can see much more of the scene being in focus and not blurred out by bokeh.

Because of the way apertures work, there also can be diffraction that happens–and that all depends on the size of your sensor. With full frame 35mm cameras, diffraction starts to happen at f8-11. But with Micro Four Thirds cameras with a 2x crop factor, it begins to happen at around f4 and f5.6.

The gif showing how aperture affects Depth of Field is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (10 of 10)ISO 2001-80 sec

Are you excited? You’re about to make your first big photography purchase. When purchasing a new camera, lens, lights, or anything else photographically related you’ll most likely be spending quite a bit of money. Photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive profession, so you’re going to need to hunker down and do quite a bit of research. We’re not just talking about gear purchases–we also mean that you’ll need to do a lot of learning. But before you even get started in doing that, you’ll need to figure out the answer to a lot of questions.

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All images by Gabriel Torney. Used with permission.

Lasers, strobe lighting, and a beautiful starry background–what could be better? Gabe Torney shared this image on Reddit and it quickly hit the site’s front page.

“I have been really impressed with astrophotography and recently had a family vacation in Lake Tahoe where the stars are abundant. A family friend who was staying with us had brought his awesome laser and I figured it could play a big part in some photos.” says Gabe about how the image came together. “One of the nights, we drove away from the lake until we found a clearing deep in the wilderness. We hopped out of the car and looked up to see the sky glittering above.”

Gabe’s brother was the subject in the photo and used a Wicked Laser Arctic 3–which otherwise can be dangerous. Luckily, no aircraft were around and it was a clear sky.

Gabe used a Canon 5D Mk II with a 28mm f1.8 on a tripod with a shutter remote. To ensure that his brother (the subject) wasn’t completely whited out, his niece held a flashlight just off center. Gabe continues to tell us that after he posted it online that the community gave him other tips on how to better capture his subject in a crisper way.

It’s a fun idea and plays with lighting, long exposure technique, composition and backgrounds quite well.



 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG 2 product photos (6 of 6)

The Pentax WGII was one of the products that we aimed to make look great when we started moving fully into a lifestyle product photography regimen. Considering that it is a weathersealed camera, putting it on a table after a rain shower made complete sense.

“You guys are fancy.” said Les Shu of Digital Trends to me one day during a Panasonic meeting. When I asked why, he told me that it was because of our product photography. Mario Aguilar from Gizmodo agreed with him as he passed the LX100 onto me to shoot during a press briefing.

One of the features of the Phoblographer that differentiates us from many other websites is also one of our biggest reasons why many folks keep coming back: our product photography. Every couple of months, it evolves to feature new textures, lighting styles, and of course–the products. Our product photos involve fairly simple lighting techniques combined with Post-Production techniques that help to make the products pop out more on the screen.

Due to popular request on Twitter, email, Facebook and Instagram, we’re teaching you about how we shoot.

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Get excited! It’s the weekend and there are loads of really cool projects that you can work on. Here is a list of some you can do with a 35mm lens. Go challenge yourself!

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (3 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

All images by Mike Randolph of the Travel Photography Blog. Used with permission.

Sometimes we see some incredibly crazy comparisons between products. But the most crazy one that we’ve seen thus far has to be the most recent one by Mike Randolph. He dared to put the aging Sony RX100 against the brand new Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus mounted on the Sony A7r. Seems crazy, right? I mean, the the RX100 vs 85mm f1.4 Otus doesn’t really make sense.

For starters, the RX100 has a fixed zoom lens and a 1 inch sensor while the A7r has a full frame sensor with more megapixels and arguably the best 85mm lens attached to it. And the results? Well, they’d surprise you.

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