Review: Amber (A Personal Hybrid Cloud Device for Photographers)

LatticeWork enters the crowded hybrid cloud storage market with the introduction of their new Amber Personal Hybrid Cloud Storage Device

As photographers, the issue of where to store our images is an age-old challenge going back to the analog days of prints and negatives. While the shift to digital meant that most of our images now exist virtually, we live in an age where everyone has a camera in their pockets. The ever-increasing megapixel count has resulted in the continued growth of raw file sizes. Earlier this summer, we were introduced to a new NAS (network-attached storage) device called Amber from Silicon Valley-based startup LatticeWork. As the company’s cheeky marketing claims, Amber is not just “another pain in the NAS.” It aims to be a simple to set up and easy to manage hybrid cloud storage solution that leverages Artificial Intelligence to help keep everything organized and easily accessible. There are two versions of Amber available. Amber One comes equipped with a pair of 1 TB hard drives, while Amber Plus doubles the capacity of the included hard drives. For this review, we evaluated an Amber One, which was provided to us by LatticeWork. Storage capacity aside, Amber One and Amber Plus are functionally identical. Curious to know how it fared under real-world conditions?

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First Impressions: Amber Personal Hybrid Cloud Storage Device

Amber by LatticeWork sets itself apart from competing for hybrid cloud storage devices with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

We discovered the Amber One and Amber Plus AI-powered hybrid cloud storage devices from LatticeWork–which are designed as personal storage clouds that can be of huge use for photographers. As far as startups go in the increasingly crowded hybrid cloud storage market space, LatticeWork has one of the more celebrated pedigrees with its founder being a former director as well as one of the co-founders of Marvell Technology Group. For those not familiar with Marvell, their technologies are crucial in powering many of today’s leading-edge computers, networking equipment, and mobile devices. With ever-increasing amounts of images and videos being captured on a daily basis by photographers, videographers, and the layperson alike, Amber aims to provide a hybrid cloud storage solution that’s simple to set up and easy to manage, while leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to help keep everything organized.

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Review: Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag

The Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag is pretty comfortable and has some low profile features that, if improved upon, can make it the ultimate messenger.

The Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag was announced a few weeks ago, and we got a moment to take a look at Photo Plus East and called one in for review. The bag is a fashionable messenger designed with a few key but differentiating design features that add to its overall unique nature. Being made of cotton canvas, the Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag has an exterior that is soft to the touch. There is also a bit of wax on the exterior to protect it from the elements and the drunk at the event you’re photographing. With lots of pockets, dividers, and a big strap, it is also designed with standards that lots of camera bag manufacturers have implemented over the years.

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This Gold-Plated and Amber-Covered Leica Standard is Yours for $3,500

This golden Leica Standard could be one of the most luxurious-looking vintage cameras you can add to your collection.

For today’s vintage gem from the depths of ebay, we spotted possibly one of the most luxurious-looking Leica cameras out there. Gold-plated and clad in Royal White Baltic Amber, this Leica Standard will definitely make any photographer or vintage collector feel like royalty. If you’re keen on making space in your collection for this camera, it’s yours for $3,500.

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Instant Film: Knowledge from Richard P Lambert

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 All images by Richard P Lambert. Used with permission. This post is a collaboration with the Sub-Reddit r/Analog.

“If art is risk made visible, then I think Polaroids are a gamble worth taking,” says Richard P Lambert, a photographer who reached out to us from Reddit. Richard isn’t just any photographer though, he’s a lover of everything analog. If that isn’t enough for you, it’s worth it to tap into his knowledge about instant film and just how fascinating it can be for people who aren’t in the know.

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Richard P Lambert’s Experimental Analog Photo Love Affair

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 All images by Richard P Lambert. Used with permission. This post is a collaboration with the Sub-Reddit r/Analog.

“I’m interested in all kinds of analogue image making, from 35mm to wet-plate collodion to 6-month pinholes made from beer cans that the drunks leave in my hedge,” says photographer Richard P Lambert in his introductory email to us. Richard continued to grab our attention by speaking of some of his more experimental processes. “Using double exposures, soaking rolls of film in acid or burying frames in the park, I embrace the unpredictable and hopefully create something an honest yet weird way.”

For Richard, he’s all about doing whatever it takes to capture the moment exactly the way he sees it. “With the special effects being ‘in-camera’, these moments really did happen, but not quite like the way it has been recorded,” says Rich.

Indeed, Richard believes that you don’t need a whole lot of technical knowledge to create a beautiful photo.

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Amber: A Photo Studio Makes Honey Look Exciting

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All images by Oddds Studio. Used with permission.

Oddds was established in 2013 by Reinold Lim (Penang) & Sarah Tan (Singapore). The duo believe in aesthetics and how it draws attention to people. “Often we impart our work with references of philosophical values and new thinking.” which makes complete sense in regards to their project entitled “Amber.”

Oddds tell us that the inspiration came from their fascination with fossil.

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Animal Visions: Tom Chambers’ Enthralling Portraits of Wild Animals and Children

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All photographs taken by Tom Chambers. Used with permission.

Growing up on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, photographer and image manipulation artist Tom Chambers developed a fascination as well as a special connection with animals, both wild and domesticated, in his early years. This curious and almost mystical bond is one that he seems to naturally form with animals carried over into adulthood–and it has become inspiration to and a persistent theme in his fascinating work.

Kids co-existing and interacting in the same small but wildly fantastical space with animals, some of which are predatory and dangerous, seemingly dominate his work, his enigmatic images reminiscent of exotic British India or even glorious Renaissance Italy and subtly but effectively exploring the harmonious relationships between humans and animals.

Tom confronts and explores this theme even deeper in his series, Animal Visions, whose enthrallingly magical images are influenced by the magic realism style employed by early 20th century Latin American artists and feature birds, wolves, elephants, and even a beautiful white Bengal tiger. And while these animals are only composited into the images in actuality, his meticulous skill successfully help him create a sense of realness in the photographs, convincing his spectators on the authenticity of his fabled storytelling.

Magnificent and overall enchanting, Tom’s Animal Visions series will mesmerize even the most unyielding unbelievers. See the photos from it after the jump.

For more of Tom Chambers’ work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Michael Kamber and Louie Palu Talk About Photographing The War in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Stories from photographers on the front lines are sometimes amongst the toughest to swallow. And this one from Photographers Michael Kamber and Louie Palu are no different. Kamber is an NYTimes photographer and has been featured in Leica marketing videos about how his Leica M has survived near hell. But the video below isn’t about the gear. Instead, it is about incredibly powerful and captivating storytelling through images and words. Kamber talks about some of the tough times, such as when Saddam came out of power and mass graves were dug up so that families could identify they bodies. While hearing this is quite intense, seeing it is even more so.

The story and video is partially to promote a new book called, “Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq.” And the words from Kamber hit home even more as he talks about certain things that the US Government needs to think about and consider the next time that we get into a military venture.

Louie agrees, and states that traditional American journalism wasn’t the way that he wanted to talk about the war. The video is after the jump, and we strongly recommend a look.

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How and Where to Look for Photography Inspiration Beyond Instagram

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With Instagram increasingly becoming an echo chamber, consider these alternative sources of inspiration the next time you’re in a creative rut.

“To gain new perspectives, you have to be willing to change your surroundings.” Back when I was working in higher education, that’s what I used to tell my students whenever they were confronted with seemingly insurmountable problems. It’s helped them reframe the problems and to arrive at solutions on their own. This principle continues to hold true as I transitioned into a career in photography. Whenever I was faced with a creative rut, looking toward new sources of inspiration was often the spark I needed. Time and time again, it’s helped me see the world through a different lens (pun intended) and to approach my photography with fresh creative impulses. The next time you find yourself in a creative rut, consider these alternative sources of inspiration.

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A Bag That Loves the Great Wide Open: WANDRD FERNWEH Review

FERNWEH in German means wanderlust, and if you’re a photographer who loves to travel, the WANDRD FERNWEH may be the camera bag for you.

WANDRD has been innovating in the camera bag space since it hit the scene with its first Kickstarter campaign, and the company is continuing to forge ahead with new bags that have unique designs and even more unique names. The new WANDRD FERNWEH (pronounced FEIRN-VEYH) camera bag will aim to force its way into the competitive hiking and travel market. Bags in this segment have to be incredibly comfortable, be able to hold and secure large loads, and need to withstand rugged terrain. WANDRD sent us the FERNWEH to test out for a short period, and we have been putting it through its paces to see if it can do all the things listed above and more. Join us after to break for the full review.

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How You Can Win $3,000 of Fujifilm Gear and More Free Events

The Classifieds are quick announcements sandwiched into a long blog post for photographers during the Coronavirus scare.

We’re rounding up some important news that we haven’t seen anywhere else into a single long blog post. It’s your briefing on a bunch of stuff you may find interesting. All of these are from photography companies. You can see the entire list below. Want to be featured? Send your event/offering with a description and links to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. We will only feature free things right now.

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Three Ways Shooting in Black and White Improves Your Photography

Shooting in black and white can actually change the way we see things and boost our composition. This quick video tells us how.

We often hear about how black and white photography is a different experience for many photographers, and how it trains us to look at scenes differently. By stripping away the colors, we are forced to simplify our creative vision and focus on what’s important: the composition. In today’s featured video, Pierre Lambert reminds us exactly how shooting in black and white improves our composition, and thus, our photography.

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Exploring Why Photographers Did or Didn’t Pick Up a Camera on 9/11

What made some of our community members pick up a camera, while others chose to leave the gear at home and take in the traumatic experience of 9/11?

We all face the dilemma of photographing the moment vs. being ‘in’ the moment. Inarguably, our view behind the lens can be completely different than the view absent of one. We encounter it regularly when it’s a beautiful sunset, moments with friends, cute episodes with my cats, etc. These moments are superfluous and trivial in comparison to the gravity that is the traumatic experience of experiencing 9/11 firsthand. With that said, the question remains – do I want to document what I’m seeing, or experience what I’m seeing? To explore this concept, while also giving appropriate reverence to the anniversary we’re coming upon, we interviewed two wonderful photographers who lived in the city and were present the day of the attacks. Ron Jautz chose to leave his camera at home, while Thomas Donley grabbed his gear and ran out the door. While one chose to make photographs and the other chose to experience the moment, their answers reflect many similar sentiments. Continue reading…

Half a Million Historic Jack Rosen Photos Are Waiting to Get Digitized

When New Hope, PA photographer Jack Rosen passed away in 2006, he left behind a massive body of work that needs to be digitized and cataloged. Here’s how your support will help make it happen.

Jack Rosen was one of the best photographers of his time, yet it’s likely that many aren’t familiar with him and his work. That is what a crowdfunding project seeks to change, first by digitizing and cataloging the lot of negatives and slides he left upon his passing in 2006. It’s a monumental task for his son, who has taken the helm of the project ,dubbed The Jack Rosen Photo Challenge, which he’s currently funding on Indiegogo.

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Stian Klo Reveals the Stunning Color Palette of Northern Italy’s Autumn Landscapes

All photos by Stian Klo. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Whether you’re an intrepid travel photographer or a landscape photographer with a keen interest for detail, we’re sure that you pay a lot of attention to the colors of your chosen destinations. Norwegian landscape photographer Stian Klo, for example, showed us the various colors and moods that the snow-capped Finnish Lapland can produce depending on the time of the day. In another series, he reveals the rich colors of Northern Italy during his visit in Fall of 2018, giving us a tip on the best time of the year to visit if you want this color palette on your landscape photos.

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The Nikon F: 10 Milestones to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Iconic Camera

We’re pretty sure a lot of you still have a treasured Nikon F series camera lying around; today would be a great day to celebrate its place in the history of photography.

As much as 2018 was an important year for Nikon with the introduction of the Z Series of mirrorless cameras, this year is also a big one for the company as the iconic Nikon F celebrates its 60th birthday. The first in the company’s highly successful line of professional 35mm SLR cameras, it was one of the most advanced cameras of its time when it came out in April 1959. To honor the Nikon F and its legendary successors on this special occasion, here are some key milestones that we believe are worth the revisit.

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Getting Super Crisp Images All The Time is Easier Than You Might Think

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Follow these five steps and you have crisp images in no time at all!

We all want to make images that make people stop and say WOW, but did you know that if your images aren’t crisp they will probably just be filed away into a draw labeled meh? We certainly don’t want that, and we are sure they don’t either. Fortunately a new video has surfaced on the web that will show you five tricks which will help you make crisp images in a hurry! Join us after the break for more about what makes images crisp, and for the video too. Continue reading…

Grab This Rare Lamperti and Garbagnati Aerial Camera for $10,000

This super rare and super vintage aerial camera make an interesting addition to every camera collection (or camera museum even) out there.

If artifacts and items from a bygone era is your thing, we’re sure our latest vintage find will fascinate you. This very rare item may very well be one of the very first aerial cameras made. It could even be the only one of its model ever made! Go ahead and check it out to see if it’s something you’d like to add to your collection.

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This Stunning 24K Gold Leica M4-2 is Yours for $19,999

Fancy a gold Leica to add to your vintage camera collection? Better make some space and get your wallet ready; this one is a beauty! 

Another day, another rare vintage camera to drool over! Our latest find is yet another stunning rare item that’s guaranteed to make a fine addition on our camera shelves, and put a dent in our wallets; a 24K Gold Leica M4-2 with a matching, German-made, 50mm f1.4 Summilux lens.

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Can 24mm Prime Lenses be Used for Street Photography Successfully?

Wide angle prime lenses are fantastic, but can they be used successfully for street photography?

Many photographers will tell you that the ideal prime lenses for street photography are 35mm lenses, 40mm lenses, and the trusty 50mm lens. These three lenses are considered to be perfect for street photography because they closely replicate what the human eye sees naturally. Usually you’ll find that anything longer than 50mm just won’t capture enough of a scene to tell a story, while anything wider than 35mm can create images that lack intimacy. Recently photographer and YouTuber Pierre. T Lambert decided to try 24mm prime lenses for street photography. After the jump you can watch the video and can see what he found out.
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