Tutorial: Zone Focusing With Super Wide Angle Lenses


One of the biggest strengths of manual focus lenses and the reason why so many photographers love using them has to do with a process called zone focusing–and Zeiss Milvus lenses like the 18mm f2.8 and 15mm f2.8 lens themselves well to this. For years the methods around zone focusing are what has allowed many photographers to outdo the fastest focusing autofocus cameras and lenses. Street photographers, landscape photographers, and many others have used the technique to ensure that they get sharp photos. When film photography was king, lots of photographers did this to ensure they got “the shot.” Digital photography and its inherent nature requires photographers to get even sharper photos.

When you’re shooting landscapes and architecture, you really want the best you can get. With manual focus lenses, sometimes the best thing to do is to use zone focusing.

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Has Digital Technology Ruined Street Photography?


This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with exclusive permission from Horatio Tan.

This is not going to be a popular opinion. However, in the course of starting a discussion, sometimes it is helpful to speak from a dissenting position. I want to talk about street photography.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love street photography. In fact, I have been known to do it myself. However, there is something about street photography that just isn’t sitting right with me. It has to do with what street photography has become, as a result of digital technology.

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We/You All Suck at Street Photography; and That’s Okay


Street Photography isn’t simple and instead is something that requires a number of incredible parallel factors to all line up accordingly–and when cameras start to do nothing else but constantly log life at a higher resolution, it will require human elements beyond algorithms scrubbing for “good images” to actually have someone call themselves an artist. The art form has obviously become more and more popular with Instagram, EyeEm, and VSCO becoming a norm for photographers and people who just like taking pictures. Everyone has the potential to become a fantastic street photographer; but not everyone has the affinity, devotion, and understanding of the art to truly make it work.

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Xpert Advice: Gaining Confidence With Street Photography By Using the LCD Screen

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X-T2 review initial product images (4 of 12)ISO 2001-450 sec at f - 2.8

Some of the most experienced street photographers wouldn’t dare not look through a viewfinder and let someone know that they’re in the act of capturing a photo of them. But when you’re just cutting your teeth, Street photography is a very intimidating task. There is that natural fear that you’re not going to know how people will react to you. For that reason, many street photographers like shooting from the hip. In truth though, many don’t leave this method because of the viewing experience that it allows. With the Fujifilm X-T2, you can use the tilting LCD screen to do just that with ease.

The Fujifilm X-T2 has an LCD screen with various displays. We recommend the Live View preview and slinging the camera around your shoulder or cross body. Then, simply go about shooting in the same way that medium format photographers used to: but looking down at the screen, focusing, composing and shooting. Be sure to choose a focusing point beforehand and set it to the largest focusing point setting; as that’s the easiest way to ensure that you get your subject in focus. The X-T2’s screen goes even further by also flipping out to the side, which can make photographing people at a higher level (in the case of sitting down and waiting for folks to go by) even easier by opening up more creative possibilities.

Before I go on, just a little bit of a disclaimer: street photography is all about intent. If you are photographing in this way because you simply want to document a beautiful candid moment, then please proceed. Be ready to explain yourself, apologize, possibly delete an image, or use the camera’s Wifi to beam the image to the person’s phone. Photography (especially street photography) is people work!

To make this even easier, we recommending using a wide angle prime lens from Fujifilm’s great offerings. These lenses have a focusing ring that shifts backwards and lets you do something called zone focusing. It’s a sort of manual focusing that lets you always get the subject tack sharp in focus as long as you keep a certain distance away from them. It’s how photographers have shot for years!

However, the wider lenses are also great because they focus faster. Due to the laws of physics and depth of field effects, the X Trans sensor inside the X-T2 has a 1.5x crop factor that makes an f1.4 lens have the same depth of field as an f2.1 lens in full frame standards. To that end, more is in focus and you can shoot at a faster shutter speed–making it better for street photography.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

Which One? The Sony RX1r II vs Leica Q Comparison


If you wanted to go for a premium point and shoot camera of some sort, then the best of the best is easily awarded to the Sony RX1r II and the Leica Q. With their full frame sensors and fast aperture lenses, they’re bound to be appreciated by many photographers. Both of them have been out for a while now, and with the price differences not too far apart from one another you’re obviously curious about which one you should get. For some, the answer is clear: you prefer a higher megapixel sensor and the 35mm field of view. Others however want to go for the 28mm f1.7 lens and don’t want to fill their hard drives up.

We’ve reviewed both cameras, so here’s what we think.

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Train Full Of Emotions Is a Series of Telling Portraits Shot on a Train


All images by Skander Khlif. Used with Creative Commons License. 

Choice of location for street photography shooting is extremely important, and Skander Khlif chose to shoot photos on a train. This isn’t necessarily a new concept–loads of photographers do this while commuting. But in this series of street photographs titled, “Train Full Of Emotions,” Skander managed to capture emotions in the eyes and behaviours of travelers in a train departing to Jaipur, India.

Skander moved very close to the people he photographed on the train, and he successfully established the direct eye contact in most of his portrait shots of strangers. He typically employs tight framing resulting in clean composition, drawing the attention to the facial expression and the sparkle of catch-light in the eyes of his subjects.

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The Silence of Munich is a Beautiful Street Photography Series


All Images By Skander Khlif. Used Under A Creative Commons License

Photographer Skander Khlif moved to Germany earlier this year, to Munich specifically, and in order to get to know his new surroundings a little better he took a free Sunday and hit the streets. The resulting series, which he titled The Silence of Munich offers an in interesting perspective on the German metropolis and its residents.

For his trip, Khlif went to the center of town, a place full of museums and other beautiful buildings of art and architecture. Khlif noted on his description of the series, “The first Sunday I had to present myself to my new city and at the same time get to know ‘Her’ better! The heart of every city is the museum area and so there I went!” 

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A Crisis of Purpose in the Age of Instagram


This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with exclusive permission from Horatio Tan.

Photographing for likes. Has the world come to this? Everyone is a photographer, and photographs are manufactured voluntarily by the thousands per second, streamed instantaneously to handheld devices around the world. We’ve seen everything there is to be seen. We’ve seen beauty in abundance. We’ve seen torrents of cruelty. We’ve seen gross excesses. We’ve seen notoriety. And we’ve seen nothing of consequence. We’ve seen more than we need to see, and so we’ve become desensitized. Nothing moves us, and nothing shocks us. We’ve seen it all with the swipe of a thumb.

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