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All images by Zach Ashcraft. Used with permission.

Zach Ashcraft is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He is also an avid landscape photographer and traveler, having visited 40 states. But when he pitched his work to us, we were most enthralled by not only his wedding photography, but his senior portraits. Senior portraits are one of the more profitable ways to make a living from shooting portraits, but it has less to do with the gear and more about working with parents and the budding adult.

Zach shared a couple of tips with negotiations, locations, and getting the right timing.

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Samyang New lens tease

Samyang is the same company as Rokinon, and they’ve currently got a new teaser on their Facebook page. It seems like a new Macro lens may be coming from their statement.

“With immense focus and unparalleled features, #Samyangoptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.”

It we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it’s a Macro lens and that since it’s bound to be fully manual focus the lens could be a true 1:1 Macro optic. Given that Samyang and Rokinon have both also worked on more premium versions of their lenses to ensure perfect color correction, this new lens may be a super premium optic of some sort.

However, we’re not sure what D-6 means. They wouldn’t tease a product coming in December starting this early. We’ll just have to wait and find out.

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All images by Ian Robert Knight. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Knight has travelled around to many places in Asia and as a trained portraitist, combined photographing people with the art of documenting the everyday occurrences around us. While street photography isn’t tough enough for many, it becomes even tougher when you put language barriers on you and not always knowing what areas you should be in. But Ian adapts, and shares with us some of his best advice when it comes to shooting street images internationally.

One of his best points: zoom with your feet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Composing portrait images with a 50mm lens not only has to do with the normal composition rules, but also with elements of a person’s body. For example, they always say that you should focus on the eyes, and the folks at Weekly Imogen seem to agree. Their first tip has to do with specific face placement. They state that the eyes should be in the upper third area of the image because of the natural way that it draws a viewer in and lets them explore the rest of the image.

Imogen also says that using natural frames helps. The rest of the video on the perfect composition of portrait images with a 50mm lens is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

When we test cameras, we always try to gauge how the autofocus performance works in various situations. We’ve learned how to get the best autofocusing performance from different camera systems and developed better practices to see how good the focusing really can be.

Now if you want your camera to actually autofocus better, you’ll need to know a couple of things.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLR Magic Bokehmorphic review photos (7 of 15)

While Bokeh is often used as a crutch to create a beautiful image. When used correctly, however, it can do a terrific job to help tell a story visually. We’re not going to encourage to never stop down. In fact, you need to when telling certain stories with images. However, we are going to let you know about a couple of key secrets on how to get the best from your lens and get the best bokeh.

In fact, we do this as part of our lens testing here at the Phoblographer.

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