How Much Do Imaging Sensors Really Matter Over Lighting?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer With and without flashes for a window lighting tutorial (1 of 2)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

For many years as a photographer, I’ve had one trick that has made all my product photography shine. Companies lease our product images, and on social platforms or messaging boards our product images are often used to showcase a lens or camera looking sexy. We wrote a while back about how we do product photos, but something that continues to be an issue with many photographers even today is whether or not you should have a new camera, an old camera, a full frame sensor, a Four Thirds sensor or an APS-C Sensor.

And I’m here to show you the absolute truth: with good lighting and a few tweaks of sliders in Lightroom, none of that matters when it comes to image quality. Of course, cameras can have different features that make them more or less attractive depending on the application. But in general, a more experienced photographer can take any camera you hand them and create a fantastic image no matter what.

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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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Gina Manning on Shaping Your Photos With Lighting

Photo by Amanda Macchia | @megalomandee

This is a syndicated blog post from photographer Gina Manning. It and the images here are being used with permission.

In this post I’m going to talk about how I used lighting in my last shoot! MOST OF ALL, I want to show just how much fun experimenting with light and its seemingly endless possibilities can be. You should start looking at lighting differently, if you in anyway find the thought of lighting your own photos scary or overwhelming – do read on.

Check out the BTS video of the shoot I’ll be talking about and breaking down in this article!

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Gretchen Robinette’s Beautiful Portraits of Afro Punk Festival Goers


All images by Gretchen Robinette. Used with permission.

Photographer Gretchen Robinette is a hard working photojournalist and music photographer here in NYC; and recently she took to the Afro Punk Festival to photograph many of the festival goers. According to Gretchen, only one man said no to her during the festival. You may already be familiar with her Unlimited Metrocard series, which focuses on street photographs of people on the subway.

We asked her about how she went about doing the portraits, why she chose the people she did, about the equipment, and about the similarities between musicians and festival goers.

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Contrast: How to Get The Most Out of Your Portrait Lens

Model: Bec Fordyce

Portrait lenses are available in all sorts of different focal lengths, prices and types. They’re the bread and butter of many of us as photographers, and they can help us put our creative vision forward onto pixels and film. These lenses, like all other modern lenses, are capable of doing awesome things overall.

In fact, you can make the output of an affordable $250 lens look like that of a higher end product before you even bring the image into Lightroom.

Here’s how.

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6 Great Lighting Upgrades for the Budget Minded Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Adorama Flashpoint Xplor600 monolight product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Lighting is such a major part of photography; whether artificial or natural, knowing how to use it, harness it, and bend it to your will is a key milestone in improving and growing as a photographer.You could easily spend $1,000+ on the most advanced ultra professional lighting setups that come with all the bells as whistles, but the reality is that even with a much more frugal budget you can create incredible images.

Today we are going to take a look at some great lighting options for photographers looking to  make the most of their budgets while improving their lighting ability. As always, these are items that we have reviewed ourselves so we can recommend them to you in full confidence. So lets just get started.

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