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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X30 first image samples (1 of 28)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

The title of this piece can almost make you say, “Duh” depending on what school of thought you’re coming from. Whether we choose to believe it or not, the iPhone is one of the most popular street photography cameras not only due to its small size and reliability, but for the fact that it has such a small sensor that it’s tough to not get a subject in focus. The sensor is indeed so small that it is tough to get something not in focus–so the photographer is forced to have compelling subject matter without relying on tricks like bokeh.

And by going on a similar train of thought, one can argue that smaller sensors indeed make street photography easier.

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julius motal the phoblographer project street 11

It’s the weekend, everyone. Get up and get out on the street. Here are some things to try this weekend when you’re out and about. [click to continue…]

 

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When a photographer travels they often want to carry a compact camera that is low profile, has great image quality, is reliable, and that they can tote around to both have fun and be artistic. Despite how much we always talk about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, they can slow you down so much more when compared to a good point and shoot fixed lens camera. While the typical moniker of a point and shoot camera has always been one that has been looked down on by many of the more bourgeois amongst us, these cameras have indeed become much better over the years. In fact, these compact cameras are so good now that it’s arguable that you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera.

Here are our favorite point and shoots that will make the travelling photographer drool.

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julius motal the phoblographer hitting your stride

In the beginning, street photo can be dizzying. There can be an inclination to photograph everything, which can lead to a large pool of images from which you’ll probably pick very few. Patterns start to emerge the more time you spend photographing wherever you are. Perhaps it’s something compositionally, or maybe you find that your best photographs are taken at a certain time of day or night because of how the light falls. Hitting your stride takes time, but as you fine tune your eye through constant practice, you realize what you’re good at.

Here are some suggestions to help you hit your stride.

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Review: Leica XE

by Chris Gampat on 10/09/2014

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica XE product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.5

Leica has long been known as a company that has paved the way for modern photography. But in recent years, they seem to be taking the back seat to many Korean and Japanese manufacturers. Still though, Leica has their core customers and considering economic disparity these days, there are many folks with deep pockets that want all their cameras. But Leica’s X series of cameras haven’t always been a big hit. Sure, they’ve got an APS-C sensor at the heart, a nice size, and beautiful looks–but when you start talking about the price you’ll want to cry a bit and wish that you were a trust fund kid living in Williamsburg.

But recently at Photokina 2014, Leica decided to try again. This time, the Leica XE has a 16.2MP APS-C sensor, a 24mm f2.8 lens, and a 2.7 inch 230 Dot LCD (which actually isn’t too bad in real life practice). But otherwise, the camera is still very much the same. Considering that Leica is slow to innovate, we can only expect so much.

What we didn’t expect, on the other hand, is to be this surprised by the camera.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 16-50mm lens review images (13 of 17)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 2.0

Here are the top 10 photography tips from some of the best contemporary street photographers interviewed and featured on the Street Photography London blog.

Here are their answers to the following question: What is the single most important piece of photography advice you could share or wish someone gave you when you started? (click on their names to read the full interview)

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Nicholas Goodden’s photography blog and is being republished with permission. We’ve featured Nick’s pixelated people project and his apocalyptic take on London. Be sure to also follow him on Twitter.
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