Better Travel Photography With Your Phone

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Travel Photography with your phone (3 of 8)ISO 2001-20 sec at f - 2.2

Travel photography and capturing the best moments is sometimes best left to your phone lest your big camera looks intimidating to people around you. As it is, modern smartphones have very capable cameras that do a great job as long as you use them just right. On top of that, when you’re traveling you don’t need a load of gear like 24-70mm lenses or 300mm primes all the time. Instead, you can create photos that you’ll love with whatever is in your pocket.

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Antony Spencer: Making Landscape Photographs That Stand Out

River Deltas

All images by Antony Spencer. Used with permission.

“In a mad dash to outdo the rest of the photography world, it seems to me that landscape photographers are learning to do whatever it takes to an image to make theirs stand out in the quest for popularity, especially online.” says photographer Antony Spencer. So many of the images we see on a day to day basis are of the same locations over and over again.” When you look at his work, it’s easy to see how he’s doing a pretty good job of holding himself to that statement.

Antony started out taking pictures as just a hobby 10 years ago–combined with traveling and being self employed it eventually turned into more than that. These days he’s working with the likes of Phase One–which is part of his belief that good gear and a creative vision go hand in hand.

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Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

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If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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(UPDATED WITH SAMPLE PHOTOS) Phase One Has Two New Zoom Lenses From Schneider Kreuznach


All images by Antony Spencer. Used with permission.

If there is any company that’s been pumping out medium format lenses as of late, it’s Phase One. Today, they’re announcing two Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Zoom lenses for their XF camera system. With that said, they offer full frame 645 format coverage.

Both lenses sport a signature blue ring–kind of like how Canon has that big Red ring to signify that their product is an “L” lens.

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Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques


This is a syndicated blog post from Sebastian Boatco. It and the images here are being used with permission.

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.

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How To: Better Street Photography Using Your Phone

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SNAP! Pro iPhone case review images product photos (1 of 8)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Street photography with mobile phones has grown in popularity over the years. They’re always on you, they get a lot in focus, and they force the photographer to really be in the zone and in the moment. It’s very simple to capture moments on the streets that can really captivate someone, but it’s also pretty easy for photographers who use traditional cameras to think too differently about using their cameraphone.

Here’s how you can go about getting better street photography photos with your phone.

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Best Bokeh on a Budget: 16 Lenses Under $350

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless extra sample photos (26 of 46)ISO 1001-500 sec at f - 1.4

When you’re looking for great bokeh, you don’t always need to spend lots of money on lenses. Sure, higher end lenses can end up having better bokeh, but through use of depth of field effects, maybe a flash and careful subject placement you can create images that have bokeh that pops.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index for a number of lenses with great bokeh and that are available for no more than $350. Check these out!

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Cheap Photo: Save Big On Lenses By Buying Refurbished

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 product photos (5 of 7)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.2

Money doesn’t grow on trees, in the ground, or come out of water faucets. You work hard for your money and I think we can all agree that saving as much of it as possible, whenever possible, is always good. Buying new is great, but buying new is spendy. What if I told you that you could save some major money on that killer lens that you have wanted forever, while at the same time getting what is essentially a brand new item? Too good to be true? No, it’s all about those refurbs

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