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In a depressing move, Sports Illustrated laid off its last six staff photographers, reducing the photography department to the director of photography. According to an NPPA post, the move was a consequence of internal restructuring and economic constraints. So, like their forebears at the Chicago Sun-Times, they axed the last six people who knew their way around a camera.

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julius motal the phoblographer sony 70-200mm f2.8 G product image-6

I don’t always handle big lenses, but when I do, it’s the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM II (or it’s equivalent across camera systems). I’ve been a Sony shooter for a long time, but the closest I ever got to this lens was Minolta’s beercan, the 70-200mm f4. Times have changed, and with that, so has lens technology. The 70-200mm arrived in the same box as the Sony a77II, which has been a joy to use, and while this lens isn’t all that affordable, it’s a strong addition to anyone’s kit.

With a constant aperture starting at f2.8 and stopping down to f32, the lens also features a nine-blade aperture and some of the company’s other technologies.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

We’ve been waiting many years for it, and this year the Canon 7D MK II has finally come. Canon in years past has been a very conservative company when it comes to new products. Not many changes have been made to many of their previous offerings with the Canon Rebel series being the most obvious amongst these. The 7D Mk II though is a camera surely designed for current Canon customers and users.

With a modest bump in the megapixel count from 18 to 20.9MP, the 7D Mk II also delivers better high ISO results than many of its immediate competitors. And while this can be a huge selling point, there is something holding that back.

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IbarionexThePhoblographerPhotoStory01

There are times when an activity or event needs more than a single image to tell the whole story. A photo essay or photo story provides the means to reveal several facets of the narrative in visually interesting and dynamic ways.

You don’t have to be a photojournalist to practice these techniques. You can apply these simple principles when you are photographing a family event, sports or a social occasion.

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HDR Sample From The NEX-F3

While HDR processing is still touted by many, there are some situations where it just doesn’t belong. For the uninitiated, HDR photography has to do with the processing of an image that both lowers the contrast and brings out the most details in both the highlights and the shadows. The point of the final image is to create something closer to what the human eye may see. This is typically and traditionally accomplished by shooting images at different bracketed settings. For example, you’d shoot a perfectly exposed image, then one set that is brighter and another that is darker.

All of this has to do with the dynamic range of your camera sensor: which is why the process is called high dynamic range photography to begin with.

But there are scenes where HDR is unnecessary.

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gopro-pogo

GoPro cameras are tremendous fun. And so are pogo sticks. While you may not necessarily associate these two with each other, they do make a lot of sense in combination. Because when you mount a GoPro camera to a pogo stick … you get the idea. And that’s exactly what this group of professional pogo stick jumpers (is there a specific term for a person using a pogo stick?) did–they grabbed a couple of GoPros, attached them to their jumpy thingies, and set off to do some stunts. And the results are spectacular.

We could try and waste a couple more words to describe this video, but it wouldn’t really make any sense at all. Just take a look yourself, and you’ll understand. Head past the break for the video.

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