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Light Spirits

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Clement Morin is based Stockholm, Sweden and has been since 2011. He shoots editorial and commercial assignments but dedicates most of his time working as the photo editor for the Swedish photojournalist agency Kontinent. “I enjoy very much experimenting on my free time and since I discovered light paintings I got interested in creating original pictures in-camera–trying to do as much as possible in production stage rather than on the computer.”

His goal in the next winter is to develop this into a series with different scenarios that he wrote together with a friend who is helping him on this project.

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In Action

Need an easy way to make a monopod?

Purchase a 1/4 X20 screw about 1/2 in long (or the size screw of your tripod mounting hole on the bottom of your camera), and take a strong cord or strap (what every you have handy), and build your own!

Tie the cord to the screw (or glue it so you don’t lose the screw) on one end of the cord. Form a loop a bit larger than your foot at the other end of the cord or strap. Make the length of the cord just long enough so; when holding the camera up to your eye to shoot, the other end(loop) is in such a position that you can put your foot in the loop and pull the cord upward, tight. This tension will keep your camera steady for shooting. When done, roll it up and put it in your pocket. Cost? Under a couple of bucks even if you have to buy everything.

The mounting nut should be a “Self Locking Nut” so it will stay tight when inserting the thumb screw into the tripod socket.

This tip comes to us from Ronald Stein: Green Valley Camera club of Green Valley, AZ. More images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro zoom lens (1 of 7)

Around a month ago, we were called into Olympus’s offices to see one of their newest lenses targeted at the high end pro. They initially spoke about it when the EM1 was first introduced but said that it was still in the works. And today, the company is announcing their new 40-150mm f2.8 lens for the professional Micro Four Thirds camera user. As such, it features loads of pro oriented designs such as weather sealing, internal zooming and focusing, and even an interesting new collapsible lens hood that means that you never have to remove it and reverse it again.

As far as other features, the lens boasts 16 Elements in 10 Groups, close focusing to 0.7m, 9 aperture blades, a front filter of 72mm, weighs 760 grabs, 1 Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, 1 SED lens, 3 ED lenses, and 1 HD lens. We’re not sure what the latter is to be honest.

Olympus is also announcing a 1.4x teleconverter for the Micro Four Thirds camera line; that otherwise is very scant of details.

When the drops on the market, it’ll be priced at $1,499.99. More photos are after the jump.

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Here's Why You Should Emphasize the Eyes When Shooting Portraits - The Phoblographer

“I choose to see my subjects as people…not objects…” says photographer Joe Edelman in his latest video discussing why he shoots portraits with such heavy emphasis on the eyes. Indeed, many photographers state that they focus primarily on getting the eyes as they’re the metaphorical windows to the soul. But in addition to this, many people also tend to make eye contact immediately and the eyes are usually one of the first things that someone looks at in a portrait or headshot.

The video also shows loads and loads of Joe’s images where the eyes are more or less the center of his work as well and the story of how someone came into his studio and explained how they felt connection with the subjects that he shot because of working on getting the eyes right.

If we can give you a personal tip on this: use a flash and stop down the lens a bit to ensure that they’re sharply and accurately in focus. Using a flash adds specular highlights which make the eyes pop even more in an image and add extra sharpness that a lens and camera can’t otherwise deliver.

His video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nokia Lumia 925 review product photos (1 of 9)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 2.5

One of the toughest things to photograph at times can be an LED or LCD screen when a product is turned on. The reason for this because of reflections that could get caught in the screen or the fact that the viewer won’t be able to see very many details. In order to capture a screen while using a flash though, you’ll need to be able to strategically place your light and have a bit of knowledge about shutter speeds.

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photography reflector

Photographers have been using photographic reflectors for years because of the pure simplicty they offer when trying to fill in shadows on a subject or even diffusing a large light source. Oh, right! They can also block light. And while we’re at it, they can even add some sort of specular color to the scene. In fact, collapsible photo reflectors are incredibly useful and very versatile. It’s totally worth it for every photographer to have one in their kit because of everything that they can offer in a smaller and portable package.

Let’s take a look at some of the things that they can do.

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