Pauleth Ip Pauleth Ip

Paul is a New York City based photographer, creative, and writer. His body of work includes headshots and commercial editorials for professionals, in-demand actors/performers, high net worth individuals, and corporate clients, as well as intimate lifestyle/boudoir photography with an emphasis on body positivity and empowerment. Paul also has a background in technology and higher education, and regularly teaches private photography seminars. When not working on reviews and features for The Phoblographer or shooting client work, Paul can be seen photographing personal projects around NYC, or traveling the world with his cameras in tow. You can find Paul’s latest work on his Instagram over at @thepicreative.

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Which Look Is Right for You? Fujifilm Film Simulations Compared

Fujifilm has long been celebrated as the manufacturer of some of the world’s most-used film emulsions. Fujifilm wisely brought this analog legacy with them when they made the transition to digital. Many of these much-loved film emulsions are available in digital form as film simulations across Fujifilm’s X-series and GFX-series cameras. In fact, some would argue that these film simulations are the special sauce that makes Fujifilm cameras so endearing. These film simulations each possess unique characteristics and were created to emulate the look of the Fujifilm emulsions with which they share their name. Fujifilm X-series and GFX-series cameras give you the ability to apply these film simulations to your images in-camera. You can also “re-process” your images in-camera using different film simulations. Better yet, you can even see the effects of each film simulation in real-time through the EVF or the rear LCD while photographing. Our latest original infographic explores the various Fujifilm Film Simulations and how they compare to one another....
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The Most Modular Camera Bag Yet? The OneMo Backpack 25L Review

When it comes to camera backpacks, there is no shortage of options available on the market. The OneMo Backpack 25L from PGYTECH, a relatively new Chinese photography accessory maker, is the latest option to enter this crowded marketplace. It first began as a Kickstarter campaign and has since been fully funded. The OneMo Camera Backpack was designed with modularity and expandability in mind. On paper, the OneMo Backpack seemingly offers a lot of the features that modern photographers require in a camera backpack: weather resistance, customizability, the ability to hold tons of camera gear, etc. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and we’ve been testing the OneMo Backpack to see if it lives up to PGYTECH’s claims....
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Do You Really Need a Fast Aperture Lens, or Do You Just Want One?

When it comes to choosing lenses for our cameras, fast aperture lenses are often lusted over by many photographers. Most fast aperture lenses tend to be the most premium lenses available from camera and lens manufacturers. They can let in a ton of light, render shallow depth of field, and generally produce some of the best image quality around. Although there is certainly a lot to love about fast aperture lenses, their premium statuses often come with equally premium price tags. Do you actually need a fast aperture lens for your photography, or is your GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) acting up? If you’re faced with this dilemma, let our latest original infographic help you decide if a fast aperture lens is right for you....
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Why It’s Important to Learn How to Read Your Camera’s Light Meter

Light meters are designed to measure the amount of light available in a scene. In photography, they are used to determine the appropriate aperture and shutter speed values required to properly expose an image. Back in the film days, not many cameras came with a light meter built-in. Photographers had to rely on external handheld light meters to accurately determine the proper exposure. As time went on, camera manufacturers began incorporating light meters into their camera bodies. This made it much easier for photographers to expose their images properly. Fast forward to today, just about every commercially available digital camera has a light meter built-in. They play an essential role in your camera’s ability to create properly exposed images. There will be times when you may want to intentionally ignore what your light meter is telling you for creative or other reasons. To do that, however, requires that you understand what your camera’s light meter is telling you. Let’s dive into it....
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Be Sure to Read This Before Buying a Vintage Point and Shoot Camera

Vintage point and shoot cameras are be some of the funnest to shoot with. They are great entry points for photographers interested in shooting film but find more traditional vintage cameras to be intimidating. As their name suggests, simply point your camera at your subject and shoot away. You won’t have to worry about messing around with camera settings. If you’re looking to purchase a vintage point and shoot camera of your very own, here are all the things that you should be mindful of....
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These Softbox Tips Will Take Your Photography Lighting to the Next Level

Softboxes are one of the most popular light modifiers used by photographers. They are also very versatile and can be found in a variety of different form factors and sizes. A softbox gives you a great deal of control over your lighting regardless if you’re photographing in a studio or outdoors. Since our previous infographic on how to use a softbox for portrait photography proofed to be quite popular, we’re bringing you more softbox tips today....
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You’ll Want to Read This If You’re Planning on Buying a Vintage Camera

While we cover the latest and greatest cameras here on The Phoblographer, some of our favorites actually happen to be vintage cameras. Although vintage cameras lack most of the advancements we enjoy in today’s cameras, they offer a completely different shooting experience. They are products from a bygone era, more akin to mechanical tools rather than the full-fledged computers that cameras are today. The shooting experience is often much more tactile and evoke a sense of nostalgia. If you’re planning on purchasing a vintage camera of your very own, here are all the things that you should be on the look out for....
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Capture One’s Beyond Collection Gives Your Images a Film Inspired Look

Capture One is introducing two new style packs today: Beyond B&W and Beyond Film. These style packs take inspiration from timeless black and white images and classic film emulsions respectively. While created with classic film stocks and imagery in mind, the Beyond Collection aren’t designed to emulate the look of film emulsions like styles from RNI or Mastin Labs do. Both new style packs were created to provide a quick and repeatable workflow for photographers and photo editors. They are available separately for US $49 / €59 / £49 or together as the Beyond Collection bundle for US $79 / €89 / £79. Like other style packs from Capture One, the Beyond Collection styles packs installs easily with a simple double click and work right out of the box. We got a chance to test-drive these new styles prior to their public release. Head on after the jump to check out the results....
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Why Prime Lenses Are Better Than Zooms: All the World in a Single Frame

When it comes to choosing the right lenses for our cameras, some photographers gravitate towards zooms while others prefer primes. Those that prefer zooms love them for their convenience factor. Despite this fact, many photographers are happy to trade convenience away and opt to shoot with prime lenses instead. What exactly makes prime lenses superior to zoom lenses? Let us show you with our latest original infographic....
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This Photographer’s Custom Made Tilt Shift Lenses Look Like Sci-Fi Props

Tilt-shift photography is popular genre of photography that involves manipulating depth of field and perspectives. Real world objects often take on a toy like appearance in resulting tilt-shift images as a result. Specially designed tilt-shift lenses or adapters are required to achieve this effect practically in-camera. This can be both costly and challenging, resulting in some photographers opting to simulate the effect during post-production using programs like Photoshop instead. The same principle can be applied in reverse to magnify the depth of field, but there are no commercially available lenses and adapters that cater to this kind of tilt-shifting. This had led photographer Jin Kim to tackle the challenge with a DIY approach. We first learned about Jin’s custom made tilt shift lenses when his son shared a photo of one of them onto Reddit. What we saw looked more like a set piece from a science fiction movie rather than a lens that we’d normally mount onto our cameras. Our attention was piqued and we had to learn more. Luckily, Jin Kim was kind enough to share the stories behind his lenses with us. For the sake of clarity, please note that we have done our best efforts to transcribe this interview....
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Why Learning How to Read a Histogram Can Improve Your Photography

If you’ve spent any time playing around with the display on your digital camera’s rear screen, you’ve most likely seen what resembles a (sometimes multicolored) line graph. You’ll likely have seen something similar when editing your images in Capture One or Lightroom as well. This graph is called a histogram. Although it may look like something you had to learn in statistics class, histograms are actually very useful for photographers. While most human eyes can detect a dynamic range of roughly 20 stops, the most advanced cameras commercially available today top out at around 15. This is where the histogram comes in handy. It provides a readout of where your highlights, mid-tones, shadows, and the various color channels fall in relation to your camera’s exposure settings. If you’ve ever wondered why an image looks fine on the back of your camera but looks over- or underexposed when you import them into your raw editor, this infographic is for you. Understanding how to read a histogram will ensure that that your images are properly exposed, and that you’re recording the maximum amount of available light information into your raw files....
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These Multiple Exposure Tips Will Help You Expand Your Creativity

As photographers, it’s important to always explore new and different techniques in order to keep our creative muscles active. A popular way to exercise our creativity is by utilizing alternative photography techniques. Shooting multiple exposures is one such example. With origins dating back to the film photography days, multiple exposure techniques are still highly popular to this day. The images created through multiple exposure photography tend to take on a surreal, ethereal, or conceptual nature. One thing that they definitely won’t be is boring. If you’re looking for creative photography projects to help sharpen your imagination, consider giving multiple exposures a try!...
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No More Screwing Around: Haida M10 Insert Variable ND Filter Review

When it comes to neutral density filters, variable NDs are favored by many photographers for their versatility. Instead of carrying a bunch of individual ND filters of different strengths, VNDs cover a set ND range that can be adjusted on the fly. The way that traditional variable NDs are designed, however (where two rotating rings are essentially conjoined), can sometimes make them a pain to remove. A filter wrench is often required. Haida is looking to change the way photographers use variable NDs. By leveraging their M10 Filter Holder System, photographers no longer have to screw and unscrew filters, VNDs included. The Haida M10 Insert Variable ND Filter works in concert with the company’s own M10 Drop-In Neutral Density and Circular Polarizing Filters. When combined, the M10 Insert VND acts as a multiplier for the M10 Drop-In ND/CPLs’ ND rating. Depending on the amount of light reduction needed, simply swap out the corresponding Drop-In ND/CPL rather than unscrewing a VND and screwing on a stronger one in its place. Sounds great in theory, but how well does the Haida M10 Insert Variable ND Filter work in the real world?...
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The Century21 of Camera Straps: Woolnut Leather Camera Strap Review

When it comes to camera straps, some photographers treat them as a style statement, while others are perfectly content using the branded one that came bundled with your camera. Some photographers tend to prefer lower profile alternatives like wrist straps or carrying clips. Having used the Woolnut Leather Camera Strap for the better part of the last few months carrying a number of different cameras and lenses around, it certainly falls under the style statement category. Made from a combination of full-grain vegetable-tanned Scandinavian leather, natural German wool felt, and metal accents, the Woolnut Leather Camera Strap is most definitely an upgrade over bundled branded camera straps which are often uncomfortable. The middle portion of the strap, which tends to be the area that comes in contact with your body most often, is nicely padded. Even when carrying heavier cameras and lenses, this padding help to keep the Woolnut Leather Camera Strap fairly comfortable....
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Don’t Trade in Your Sony A7III Just Yet, the Nikon Z5 Looks Pretty Gimped

Today, Nikon is officially announcing the Nikon Z5. Part of the company’s Z-mount Full Frame mirrorless camera line, the Nikon Z5 is the company’s take on the “basic camera.” With that said, it’s competing in some ways with the Sony A7 III. Between its attractive $2,000 pricepoint and its advanced feature set, the A7 III was very well regarded and sold like hotcakes. Nikon is going after the same crown with the Nikon Z5. ...
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Master Shooting at Night with Superzoom Lenses with These Helpful Tips

Superzoom lenses are prized for their extra-long focal range coverage. Instead of having to swap lenses constantly, shooting with superzooms allows you to cover a lot of ground. Convenient as they may be, they come with some unique challenges, particularly when used at night or under other low light scenarios. Our latest original infographic covers some useful tips that you’ll want to keep in mind when shooting with superzooms at night....
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Make Sure You Read This Before Taking Your Camera Into the Rain

Years ago, weather resistant cameras and lenses were few and far between and photographing in the rain pretty much meant certain death for your equipment. With camera manufacturers creating more and more weather resistant cameras these days, however, it’s never been easier to shoot during inclement weather. It’s important to remember that weather resistant does not equal weatherproof. Our latest original infographic highlights some important things to keep in mind the next time you’re planning on shooting in inclement weather....
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Get Low. Lower. Even Lower. The Gitzo Mini Traveler Tripod Review

Tripods are a particularly useful tool when taking long-exposure photographs or working with extreme angles, and Gitzo’s Mini Traveler is no exception. Its compact design is its biggest selling point. The lighter and smaller a piece of gear is, the more likely that you will bring it with you as it’s less likely to weigh you down. Another thing to consider is that many public places now require permits in order to use a tripod. Some locations have even banned them outright. The diminutive form factor of the Gitzo Mini Traveler tripod helps you remain inconspicuous while allowing you to capture the image you had envisioned. We’ve been testing one out for the last few months, find out how it fared in real-world use after the jump....
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Give Your Images Some Flare With The Lensbaby OMNI Flare Expansion

The folks over at Lensbaby are releasing yet another expansion pack to their awesome OMNI Creative Filter System today. The Flare Expansion Pack is the third expansion that Lensbaby has released for its unique OMNI Creative Filter System so far. Consisting of four brand new glass Effect Wands, the Flare Expansion Pack is designed to give photographers the ability to easily introduce unique flare effects to their images in-camera. We got to spend some time with the Flare Expansion Pack prior to the public release. Head on after the jump for details on the OMNI Flare Expansion Pack along with a sample gallery of images we created using the new Flare Effect Wands....
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Tony Gale Finds Creative Outlet With Social Distancing Self Portraits

The novel coronavirus pandemic has been a huge blow to the photography industry. With most photographers being homebound and in socially distanced self-isolation, the normally simple act of creating has evolved into a new and unique challenge. This presented a unique opportunity for self-discovery for portrait photographer Tony Gale....
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Stylish and Compact: The Gorgeous Billingham Hadley Small Pro

Photographers tend to disagree about a lot of things. This is especially true when it comes to camera bags. The perfect camera bag simply doesn’t exist. A camera bag that may suit the needs of one photographer may be woefully inadequate for others. If you’re the type of photographer that likes to keep a low profile and travel with a compact kit, however, the Billingham Hadley Small Pro comes pretty darn close to perfection. At the time of writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the world. For photographers that need to get around, the ability to travel light has become more critical than ever. For the last couple of months, I’ve been using the Billingham Hadley Small Pro whenever I needed to test photo gear out in the wild (with a mask on while maintaining social distancing, of course). It’s allowed me to carry just enough gear I needed while maintaining a small footprint. The fact that the Grey Canvas & Black Leather version of the Hadley Small Pro looks absolutely gorgeous is undoubtedly a bonus. You can’t really go wrong with the other colorways available, though....
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How and Where to Look for Photography Inspiration Beyond Instagram

“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 towards 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 stuck in a creative rut, consider these alternative sources of inspiration....
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These Tips Will Help You Master Shooting Wide-angle Portraits at 24mm

Once upon a time, it would have been inconceivable to photograph portraits using something as wide as a 24mm lens. You may as well have bought a one-way express ticket to Distortion City. Thanks to advancements in modern optics design, however, that is a thing of the past. Portrait photography with 24mm wide-angle lenses is totally feasible nowadays. As long as you understand how best to utilize the focal length, it can lead to some truly creative possibilities. In our latest original infographic, we will be going over some important guidelines to keep in mind when creating portraits using 24mm wide-angle lenses....
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Put a Ring on It: A Quick Intro to Ring Flash Photography

When it comes to photographic lighting, ring light flashes rank pretty high up on the list of contentious topics between photographers. The mere mention of them can be enough to trigger some strobists to the point that they end up breaking into tirades. Years ago, ring lights were en vogue amongst beauty, fashion, and editorial photographers but fell out of favor as more directional lighting became de rigueur. Thanks to their widespread use by beauty bloggers, YouTubers, and reality television confessionals (many are lit using ring lights), ring lights are having a bit of a renaissance at the moment. They’ve become so ubiquitous that even most non-photographers will recognize the telltale halo-like catchlights they produce. Regardless of your opinion on ring lights, it’s important to remember that all light behaves identically because they obey the same laws of physics. As long as you’re utilizing them properly, ring lights can actually be very useful for a variety of different genres of photography. Let’s dive deeper....
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Op Ed: There Is No Good, Safe Social Media Community for Photography

When it comes to social media communities for photographers, Instagram is the reigning, undisputed champion today. Prior to Instagram’s dominance, the photo-centric social media landscape was a very different place. The photography social media space was very much like the Wild West back then. Platforms like 500px, Flickr, Google+, and Tumblr were all gunslingers trying to vie for dominance. Some of these platforms had their 15 minutes in the spotlight, managing to foster a community amongst their loyal userbases. Most of them, however, are barely able to hold onto their formal glory today. We’ve also seen contenders like Daisie, Ello, and Vero pop up throughout the years as well. While they have all been touted to be the next big thing, none of them really gained the traction needed to dethrone the 800-pound gorilla that is Instagram. Despite the growing dissatisfaction with Instagram amongst many photographers, we’re doomed to suffer its reign until a viable alternative presents itself. Where did all these competitors go wrong?...
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Make Your Own Golden Hour By Mastering This One Setting

Many photographers love shooting during golden hour because the ambient light imparts a soft, gorgeous warmth onto our subject matter. Those fleeting moments during golden hour often produce some of the most stunning images regardless if you’re photographing landscapes or portraits. Aside from the short window of opportunity, we’re also very much at Mother Nature’s mercy when photographing during golden hour. Weather conditions, cloud coverage, time of year, and a slew of other factors determine whether the ambient light is actually golden during its eponymous hour. All hope is not lost, however, even if Mother Nature happens to be a particularly cruel mistress while you’re out photographing. By mastering your camera’s white balance settings, you will gain the ability to control how intense golden hour’s effects will appear in your image. You can even simulate the appearance of golden hour if Mother Nature is giving you the cold shoulder. Let’s dive right in....
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An Imperfect MacBook Pro Alternative: Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 Review

For a long time, MacBook Pros were the go-to option for photographers and creatives alike in need of a mobile computing solution. That’s no longer the case with the recent influx of competitively priced and highly capable Windows mobile workstations. The Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 is one such example, packing a lot of firepower under the hood at a reasonable asking price. For US $1,999, you’re getting an Intel i7-9750H Hexa-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 discrete GPU, 32 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of solid-state storage. To top it all off, it’s got a stunning Pantone validated 4K display that covers 100% of the AdobeRGB color space as well. The spec sheet certainly looks impressive, but how well does it perform in the real world? Find out in our Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 full review....
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These Tips Will Level Up Your Backlit Portrait Photography Game

Backlighting your subjects is a popular technique used in portrait photography. It’s especially popular amongst portrait photographers that prefer to work with natural light. When properly executed, backlit portraits take on a natural and aesthetically pleasing quality. If you’re always wanted to give this style a try but weren’t quite sure how to pull it off, we’ve got you covered!...
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Showdown of the Portrait Photography Focal Lengths: 85mm vs 135mm

When it comes to portrait photography, many photographers will naturally reach for an 85mm or a 135mm prime lens. Both lenses are equally capable of delivering stunning results in the hands of a skilled portrait photographer. However, there are fundamental differences between the two focal lengths that give each unique advantages. Understanding them will allow you to pick the most appropriate option at your next portrait session....
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These Are The Best Focal Lengths For Capturing Candid Moments

Candid moments are happening all around us, and photography affords us the unique ability to distill and immortalize them into a single frame. Situational awareness is key. Most candid moments tend to reveal themselves as long as you’re paying attention to your surroundings. While there are no hard and fast rules that you must adhere to when it comes to capturing these “Kodak Moments,” some focal lengths certainly work better than others. Be sure to give these different focal lengths a go the next time you’re planning on capturing candid moments....
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They Don’t Just Make Filters Anymore: PolarPro Apex Tripod Review

Up until recently, PolarPro was known primarily as a manufacturer of photographic filters. That all changes today with the introduction of PolarPro’s Apex Tripod and Apex Tripod Base. Both are members of the company’s Quick-Release Modular System of camera accessories. Designed with interoperability in mind, they are joined by the Belay Camera Straps and the Traverse Camera Harness. The Apex Tripod is a mini tripod designed to work in just about any traversable terrain. As long as there’s enough room for you to deploy the Apex, you’ve got a stable platform from which to mount your camera. The folks over at PolarPro kindly sent over the Apex for us to try out ahead of its launch. Check out how it fared in the real world after the jump....
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One Zoom to Rule Them All? Fujifilm 16-80mm F4 Lens Review

Up until recently, Fujifilm’s 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR and 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lenses were the only options available for X mount cameras when it comes to standard 24-70mm zooms (35mm Full Frame equivalent). With the introduction of the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 R OIS WR, Fujifilm shooters finally have a third option available. With a focal range spanning the 35mm Full Frame equivalent of 24-120mm, the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 is essentially a 24-105mm standard zoom for the X Mount (with an extra 15mm of coverage at the long end). As its name indicates, the XF 16-80mm f4 is a weather-resistant and optically image-stabilized zoom lens featuring a dedicated aperture control ring. Weighing in at just 0.97 lbs / 440 g, it’s pretty lightweight as well. If you’re a Fujifilm X Mount shooter, the 16-80mm f4 could be the right lens for you....
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A New Wide-Angle Lens Appears: Fujifilm GF 30mm F3.5 First Impressions

Photographers shooting with Fujifilm Medium Format cameras are getting a new wide-angle prime option today. The Fujifilm GF 30mm f3.5 R WR is the eighth prime to join the company’s G mount lens lineup. It covers a 30mm focal length, which is roughly equivalent to 24mm in 35mm Full Frame. It’s also got a reasonably bright maximum aperture of f3.5 (which equates to approximate f2.8 in 35mm Full Frame). The GF 30mm f3.5 is also weather-sealed like the rest of the lenses in Fujifilm’s Medium Format G Mount. It’s relatively lightweight and feels very well balanced when paired with one of the GFX camera bodies (we tested it with the GFX 100). We got to spend some time with a pre-production prototype of the Fujifilm GF 30mm f3.5 R WR recently ahead of today’s announcement. Head on after the jump for our First Impressions....
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A New Way to Attach Filters: The H&Y RevoRing Filter System Review

Every so often, a product comes along and changes the way that we’ve always done something. That’s precisely what the H&Y RevoRing Filter System is trying to do with how photographers use Neutral Density and Circular Polarizing filters. For many photographers, ND and CPL filters serve critical roles in their photography workflow. The problem with traditional threaded round lens filters is that they’re limited to a single filter thread. If you’ve got a handful of lenses, each bearing a different filter thread, they would each require their own filter, and that can add up to quite a large sum very quickly. While filter holder systems help alleviate this by allowing you to use one set of filters across a bunch of different lenses, they often require you to juggle a lot of different components. With H&Y’s RevoRing Filter System, the only components you have to manage are the RevoRing itself and the various filters that you will need. The folks over at H&Y sent over pre-production samples of the RevoRing Filter System to evaluate ahead of its Kickstarter campaign launch. Does it live up to its promise?...
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They’ve Cranked the XT3 up to 11! Fujifilm XT4 Review

Following in the footsteps of a runaway hit will always be challenging. That’s precisely the shoes that Fujifilm has to fill with the X-T4. When the XT3 was released nearly a year and a half ago, it introduced significant upgrades to the X-T camera series. Although the X-T3 garnered near-universal praise, there was still room for improvement. That’s precisely what Fujifilm is betting on with the XT4. By incorporating much sought after features like a fully articulating touchscreen, in-body image stabilization, and a larger battery (all features that were absent in the well-received X-T3), Fujifilm is hoping to repeat the same level of success with the XT4. Does the Fujifilm X-T4 deliver? Let’s find out....
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These Useful Tips Will Help You Master Fireworks Photography

Fireworks are synonymous with celebrations throughout much of the world. Here in the United States, fireworks are quintessential spectacles during the Independence Day celebrations each year. Larger than life and adored by many, fireworks can add an extra layer of dynamism to your images if photographed properly. If you’ve never attempted fireworks photography before, it can seem like a daunting endeavor. Fear not, however. In our latest original infographic, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get started with fireworks photography. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these handy tips, you’ll be ready to create some truly stunning fireworks images....
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Why It’s Important to Learn the Focus and Recompose Method

The autofocusing systems in modern cameras are nothing short of technological marvels. Some of the latest cameras have hundreds of autofocusing points, making it incredibly easy to nail focus consistently. But things weren’t always this simple. Back in the nascent days of digital and when much of the industry was still shooting film, autofocus systems were significantly less sophisticated. Cameras that had autofocusing capability had only a handful of AF points at most. The Focus and Recompose method was a focusing technique that actually predates autofocusing and was used widely across the industry back when autofocusing was first introduced....
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Showdown of the Sony 50mm Lenses. Which One Is Right For You?

Sitting between wide-angle and telephoto focal lengths, 50mm lenses offer a lot of versatility. They are suitable for many different genres of photography ranging from landscape, portraiture, street, etc. Many photographers have lovingly dubbed their 50mm lens a “Nifty Fifty” as a result. 50mm lenses, particularly those with a maximum aperture of f1.8, also tend to be quite affordable as well. In fact, 50mm lenses tend to be one of the first additions that many photographers purchase after they’ve outgrown the kit lenses that came bundled with their cameras. If you’re just getting started with the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless camera system, here are four native E Mount 50mm lenses that you should consider....
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Going Old School: Introduction to Pinhole Photography

Looking back at the history of photography, pinhole photography is among one of the oldest techniques. The earliest mention of pinhole photography dates back to the mid-1800s and continues to be an accessible alternative photographic process today. It is particularly popular amongst film photographers. Getting started with pinhole photography requires very minimal equipment. All you’ll really need is a pinhole camera, and what qualifies as a pinhole camera can truly run the gamut. A conventional camera body can function as a pinhole camera by attaching a body cap with a pinhole drilled into the center in lieu of a conventional lens. Other options include handmade box cameras or even ones made from a beer can or even a roast duck! Interested in giving pinhole photography a go? Check out our latest infographic where we break down some pinhole photography basics:...
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These Film Photography Tips Are Super Helpful for Beginners

The reports of film photography’s death are greatly exaggerated. Check out these helpful tips to get started with film photography! While much of the photography industry is dominated by work created with digital cameras, film photography has been making a steady resurgence into the zeitgeist. We’re regularly seeing new film emulsions being introduced, and instant...
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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Buying a Used Leica

Vintage Leica cameras are prized by many photographers for their robust build quality, reliability, and tactile feedback. While much of the photography industry today is predominately digital, used analog Leica cameras of yesteryear remain highly sought after. The nostalgia factor is undeniable, but their overall pleasing shooting experience undoubtedly plays a huge part as well. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a used Leica, here are some important tips that you should be aware of: ...
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Infographic: Tips on Shooting Portraits with an 85mm Lens

For many photographers, the 85mm focal length is synonymous with portraiture. Whenever the topic of portrait photography comes up, the discussion inevitably involves the use of 85mm lenses. But why is the 85mm focal length so closely associated with portrait photography and how can you best utilize it in your portraiture work? That’s precisely what we’re covering today with our latest original Phoblographer infographic....
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Comparison: Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 vs Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G Master

It should come as no surprise that Tamron launched their 70-180mm f2.8 lens as a competitor to Sony’s native 70-200mm f2.8 G Master. This is an interesting move on Tamron’s part as Sony actually owns 12.06% stakes in the third party lens manufacturer. Fundamental differences in focal range and lens design contribute to the Tamron offering’s significantly lower price point. Let’s compare the two telephoto zooms and see whether the Tamron’s cost savings can outweigh the added functionally afforded by the Sony G Master....
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The History of Photography and One of Its Most Heartwarming Stories

We all love photography, but how much do you really know about its history? Join us as we explore some of the more notable developments. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs,” said Ansel Adams in a very famous quote. “When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel surely left...
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Do the Extra 20mm Really Matter? The Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Review

The Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 is a weather-resistant telephoto zoom lens designed to be an affordable, compact, and lightweight alternative to Sony’s own 70-200mm f2.8 G Master lens. It joins the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 & the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 to complete the third party lens manufacturer’s own “Holy Trinity” zoom lens lineup for Sony E mount. The 70-180mm features many of the same design elements found in Tamron’s other E mount offerings. These include moisture-resistant construction, accurate and quiet VXD linear focusing motor, and the same 67mm front filter thread....
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Torture Test: How Will a Protective Lens Filter Affect Image Quality?

Back in the analog days when everyone shot film, it was common for photographers to slap UV filters onto their lenses to help reduce haze in their images. While some photographers still swear by UV filters today, they’re primarily used as a means of protection rather than to reduce UV transmittance. Digital sensors in today’s cameras are significantly less sensitive to ultraviolet light than film emulsions were. As a result, UV haze is much less of an issue when shooting digitally. Nowadays, photographers that opt to mount UV or clear filters onto their lenses do so believing that they’ll act as a protective barrier for their front lens elements. Rather than exposing your front lens elements to foreign objects, these filters would act as a shield and take the hit instead. Another point of contention is that these so-called protection filters actually negatively impact image quality. We’ve previously covered situations where UV filters could come in handy, but what happens if you were to use a filter that’s already damaged? Let’s find out....
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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Second Curtain Flash Basics

When used properly, Second Curtain Flash can be a powerful creative tool to have in your arsenal as a photographer. The resulting images exhibit a unique aesthetic that many find visually engaging. “If Second Curtain Flash is a thing, then that must mean that there’s First Curtain Flash as well.” If a similar thought went through your head, you would be correct. Understanding the difference between First Curtain Flash and Second Curtain Flash will allow you to achieve this effect in-camera consistently. Let’s dive into it....
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Macro On the Cheap: ProMaster Close-Up Lens Review

Most of us are stuck at home right now thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, macro photography generally doesn’t require you to be out and about or to have to interact with others. As a result, many photographers have turned to it as a creative outlet while sheltering in place. Macro photography typically requires you to get up close to the objects you’re shooting. Normally, dedicated macro lenses are needed. Most non-macro lenses simply lack the minimum focusing distances required for macro work. But not everyone owns a macro lens, and during these uncertain times, purchasing one can be a decision that’s hard to justify. This is where the ProMaster Close-Up Lenses comes in handy. They are diopters that allow your lens to focus up close like a macro lens, making macro photography possible with your existing lenses. ProMaster sent over a pair of their Close-Up Lenses for us to check out. Let’s see how they fared in real-world use....
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COVID-19 Sent Photographer Michel Leroy Down AC/DC’s Highway to Hell

Michel Leroy is an entertainment and advertising photographer based out of New York. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, New York is one of the cities hardest hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Most of the photography industry in New York (and around the US as well) is in a holding pattern at the moment thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. To say that we’re living in interesting times right now would be quite an understatement. Creativity is what drives us as photographers. But how do you create when we’re all confined within our homes and the whole world is essentially on pause? Looking to social media for inspiration, Michel stumbled upon his friend Phil Adams’ recreation of Blondie’s Parallel Lines album cover using found objects from around the house. This project led Michel to do a similar project with his family. For his take on the concept, Michel decided on AC/DC’s classic Highway to Hell cover. With celebrity chefs and Olympic athletes amongst his subjects, Michel’s produced style lends an authentic connection to these personalities. His images reveal a level of comfort and vitality shared amongst friends, and you can clearly see this on display here....
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Facts About Image Stabilization: What Every Photographer Should Know

Image stabilization helps mitigate camera shake that’s prevalent when shooting handheld at slower shutter speeds. There’s no denying that it’s become one of the most desirable features photographers look for when purchasing new cameras and lenses though. Helpful as it may be, there are times when image stabilization can actually be detrimental. In this latest original infographic, we cover everything you need to know about image stabilization....
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