Three Modern Day Masters of Natural Light Street Photography

Ask a photographer what the most important aspect of a good photo is, and they will tell you it’s good light. 

Lighting will make or break a photograph. You could have the most interesting subject in the world, but if it isn’t lit well then you may as well forget about it. From softboxes to strobe lights; flashguns to Rotalights, we have come with wonderful ways of ensuring our sensors capture the best possible images. Unlike manufactured light, however, ambient light is much trickier to take control of. It often requires being a tad more creative and working with what you’ve got. That, overall, demands an adaptable mind that enjoys playing around. With the great work being produced underneath the earth’s sun – let’s take a look at the modern-day masters of natural light.

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Palette Gear Modular Controller Now Has Capture One Integration

Palette Gear brings their modular controller’s comprehensive tactile editing experience to Capture One macOS users.

Looking for a more precise editing tool to streamline your workflow on Capture One? Starting today, the customizable and modular Palette Gear is now available for the latest version of the photo editing software on macOS. This innovative tool boasts of being the first fully modular hardware controller for Capture One, providing users with powerful new features and functionalities especially developed based on feedback from expert users.

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Replica Surfaces Offer Picture-Perfect Backdrops for Your Product Snaps

Replica Surfaces may just be the tool you need if you do a lot of product and food photography — or just want more flattering flatlays on Instagram.

Ever wished you could make your product shots, food photos, and flatlays more appealing with some nice backdrops? Before you reach for pricey backgrounds or cheap options that may not suit your needs, you might want to check out what Replica Surfaces have to offer.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Photojournalist Frank Smith

Photojournalist Frank Smith shoots philanthropic work that’s brought him to some of the darkest parts of humanity. 

On our most recent episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we talked to Photojournalist Frank Smith–who has worked to be a very special photojournalist. Most of the work that we know from photojournalists are seen in media, but Frank’s is quite different. He’s often commissioned by non-profits with causes that stem in different countries. For example, he shared with us one particular story of being in a brothel in India and this being one of the scariest moments of his life.

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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

Yes, I’m saying goodbye to Flickr. It was only a matter of time, but nonetheless, there are a few things I’ll miss about the platform.

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss.

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Cheap Photo: Holiday Camera Deals on The Nikon D500, D750, D810 and More!

These Nikon camera deals will jingle your bells this holiday season.

There are some excellent Nikon camera deals for the holidays. The D3500 with two lenses is just $496.95!! The D5600 is a steal for just $696.95!! The D7500 with the 18-300mm lens can be yours for $1,776.95, saving you $220, and if you want to go Full Frame and get a camera that’s a favorite with pro photographers you can snag the D750 with 24-120mm lens and multi-battery power pack for $1,396.95; a whopping discount of $636.95!! There are also exceptional deals to be had on the Nikon D500, and the Nikon D810.

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We’ve Updated Our Canon EOS R Review: RAW Edits in Capture One 12

The Canon EOS R proves to have very versatile RAW files in Capture One 12.

With the Canon EOS R, we’ve found that the RAW files in Capture One 12 are surprisingly robust and yet even more capable than they are in Lightroom. Personally speaking, I bought the Canon EOS R because of both the lenses and how it renders skin tones. I still stand by this, but I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how good the image quality output is in general. The colors are fantastic, the high ISO output is more than good enough or both the web and prints, and the dynamic range has proved itself to be very useful.

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Dive Into the Painterly Nocturnal Seascapes of Antti Viitala

All images by Antti Viitala. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The sea has always been a captivating subject for artists, inspiring them to find new ways to depict the spectacular scenes. One of our latest favorite seaside works is by Cape Town-based Antti Viitala, whose surreal and aptly titled Nocturnal Seascapes set remind us how stunning these bodies of water are at night.

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3 Affordable Specialty Lenses That’ll Wake Up Your Creative Side

Why create images that look the same as everyone else’s when you can use specialty lenses and be radically different.

We as photographers always want images that are super sharp, have perfect color rendition, and have gorgeous bokeh, and while there is nothing wrong with that, ultimately a lot images that are taken end up looking the same. A quick scroll through Instagram will show you thousands of portraits or landscapes for example that are all technically perfect and pleasing to the eye, but honestly they all look the same, and it can be hard to tell one photographers work from another. It’s always nice to nail the perfect shot, but striving for perfection all the time can take the fun out of photography. These three specialty lenses will allow you to channel your creative side, be different from everyone else, and will make photography fun again. Continue reading…

My Affinity with Street Photography: A Love Story Like No Other

Street photography can get a negative press at times; accused of being stale and overdone, it’s often looked down upon.

I, however, love street photography and I want to tell you why.

I’ve practiced street photography for roughly six years now. When I first started, I would walk around the streets with an old Olympus bridge camera – taking photos of anything and everything.  I didn’t actually learn the term “street photography” until two years after I started practising it. After watching a Matt Stuart documentary, I said to myself “oh, that’s what I do” – albeit nowhere near to the same standard.

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Stroppa Gets Festive with New “Rudolf” Set and Active Strap Colors

‘Tis the season to get festive with the Stroppa holiday offerings!

Just in time for the holiday season, the folks behind the simple yet elegant Stroppa camera straps have launched some new stuff for stylish photographers. Aside from giving their Active strap line a splash of colors, they also put together an aptly named strap set for us to don our cameras with — or, for those of us feeling generous, gift our photographer friends!

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Canon Apparently Has a Focal Reducer for EF-M Mount in the Works

Canon is developing a Metabones-inspired focal reducer for the EOS M system that will convert a 50mm f1.4 lens to a 40mm f1.2–or at least that’s what a patent says!

Despite the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera being the most popular of Canon’s recent releases, the company has maintained its commitment to the EOS M APS-C mirrorless camera line. Looks like they’re busy cooking up something to prove this as well; reports have surfaced about a Canon patent for a Metabones-inspired speed booster for the EF-M mount.

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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds With These Presets, Guides, and Overlays

Save time and money with these outstanding Lightroom Preset and Photoshop overlay software deals.

As photographers we like being behind the camera more than in front of a computer. By using presets and overlays we can give our images a consistent look and feel, and we can get back outside, or back in the studio with our clients, much faster. Right now you can save a hundreds, and even thousands of dollars on some amazing Lightroom presets and Photoshop overlay bundles. The Mega Bundle of Lightroom Presets has over 9,000 presets for just $39! If you prefer to use Photoshop you can score over 3,000 overlays for the crazy low price of $39. If you have some winter shoots coming up and need some help with special effects the 1,700 Winter Overlays Bundle can be yours for $29. Perhaps you want to raise your Instagram game, or want to explore your creative side. If this sounds like you, check out all of the photography software deals after the break. Continue reading…

Share Your Best Shot on Flickr and You Could Win Prizes!

Flickr is inviting us again to share our best photos for Your Best Shot 2018. To make things more interesting, they have prizes this time!

With 2018 soon coming to a close, it’s time once again for us to go over the photos we’ve taken this year and share our ultimate favorite on Flickr for their annual Your Best Shot contest. Yes, you only have one shot at this, so make sure it counts — especially because there are prizes at stake this time.

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Cheap Photo: Jingle All the Way to Massive Savings with These Micro Four Thirds Holiday Deals

These Micro Four Thirds camera deals and huge discounts on lenses will make your holidays jolly.

Panasonic and Olympus both make fantastic Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses, and right now you can save some serious money thanks to these merry deals. You can grab the Panasonic GX85 with two lenses for just $497.99. That means you can save $502 on this deal alone. The Panasonic Lumix G7 with a 14-42mm lens can be snapped up for $497.99, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm lens is $499, while the newer MK III body with the same lens is just $599. There are massive savings to be had on top quality glass too. Continue reading…

Three Bang for Your Buck Lenses for the Discerning Cityscape Photographer

You don’t need to spend thousands on wide angle lenses to capture stunning cityscapes.

There seems to be a certain stigma that follows cheaper lenses around these days that really isn’t warranted or deserved; it is something that needs to change. There really isn’t such a thing as a bad lens anymore. Whether you’re looking at wide angle lenses, telephotos, or even super telephotos, you’re going to be able to get great glass for little outlay. When it comes to cityscape photography the wider the lens the better. After all, you want to capture as much of that stunning vista as possible, and fortunately there are some great wide angle lenses available that offer outstanding value for money. Continue reading…

Join Us on Instagram Live as We Interview Photographer George Byrne

The gorgeous Urban Geometry of Photographer George Byrne will be a big focus during our interview.

We’re deciding that we’re trying something brand new on the Phoblographer’s Instagram channel in the form of live interviews–and our first will be with Urban Geometry Photographer George Byrne. George Byrne creates large-scale photographs that depict everyday surfaces and landscapes as painterly abstractions. Borrowing from the clean, vivid clarity of modernist painting, he also references the New Topographics photography movement via a subject matter firmly entrenched in the urban everyday.

Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2011 – where he now lives and works.

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Cheap Photo: All of the Best Holiday Camera, Lens, and Software Deals. They’ll End Soon So Don’t Miss Out!

We have all of the best holiday camera deals, lens sales, and photography software deals all in one mega list just for you.

There are so many amazing camera deals this holiday season; not to mention massive sales on lenses, and Lightroom presets to Photoshop overlays too. The camera deals this year are absolutely mind blowing. You can get the incredible Sony A7R II for $1,598, the Fujifilm X-T2 with 18-55mm lens for $1,399, a Panasonic GX85 with two lenses for a ridiculously low price of $497.99, and the Nikon D750 with battery grip for $1,396.95. The Buy One Get Two Free Lightroom Presets Bundle for $39, and the Photoshop Buy One Get Two Free overlays bundle for $39 offer outstanding value too.

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Compress Your Images Without Compromising Quality with Squoosh

Remember when it took forever to download images on dialup? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Images on the web have been increasing in size throughout the years, and the displays we are viewing these images on have followed suit accordingly. High resolution desktop monitors and large mobile phone displays have become the norm, but unless you’re paying for the fastest internet plan, chances are these large images online will still take a second to load. This is where the recently launched browser utility Squoosh comes in. An open sourced project created by the fine folks over at Google Chrome Labs, Squoosh promises to “make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser.”

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