You’ll Have Lucid Dreams About This Wonderful Pentax Camera

I think creating another Pentax mirrorless camera would be pretty easy for them to do.

I’m about to propose an idea that’s positively insane. First off, it involves Pentax. They’re a camera company with an incredibly rich history. If you’re a film shooter, you probably swear by your Pentax 67. And currently, they’re choosing to simply stick to DSLRs. Why? I’m not sure. Gear Editor Brett Day I know still likes his Pentax DSLRs. But I’m visually impaired and have been long over them. Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis still owns a Nikon DSLR. Overall, there’s a minority of folks who still like them. However, I think that Pentax gave up prematurely on mirrorless cameras. Their last solid entry was the Pentax K-01. It was oddly received at the time with its APS-C sensor inside a K-mount body. We liked it back in the day, according to our review. I believe it’s time for Pentax to bring it back.

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How Photographer Steven Gindler Makes Jaws Drop With No Photoshop

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“I grew up in the 90s being exposed to Japanese anime thanks to Toonami, and this sparked my first creative interest; illustrations,” says photographer Steven Gindler to us in an interview. “My family is full of strict conservative immigrants who are all computer programmers, and I was set to follow suit. All left-brained people, with myself as the black sheep.” Steven’s tale is one that many of us find ourselves in. And though he’s the black sheep, his creativity has flourished. His ideas and the orchestration are ones that we rarely see. Yet, we’re drawn to them and his incredibly deep story.

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Looking for Something Fresh? Look at the Unique Work of Madhur Dhingra

All images by Madhur Dhingra. Used with permission.

“Black and white images hold inside them a strange sort of mystery which is totally absent in color imagery,” says Indian photographer Madhur Dhingra. Whether or not you agree with his words, there’s one thing you cannot doubt: his work, unique in its presentation, is full of mystery. Dhingra is a street photographer offering a fresh twist on an otherwise tired genre. Unconventional, his photography stands out from the pack, delivering an aesthetic that holds you for longer than a fleeting moment. We were truly in awe of his style, and excited to dig deeper into his process and 22-year relationship with the craft we love so much.

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Timothy Ozimec Shot Beautiful Milky Way Photos with Sony Xperia 1 II

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“…it’s like I’m uncovering the secrets of the universe and seeing the impossible,” says passionate photographer Timothy Ozimec. “What appears to the naked eye as a few hundred white dots in a black sky are revealed to be a veritable sea of stars among the cosmic latte plane of the Milky Way.” What’s more, Tim gets these images using the Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone, announced earlier this year. It’s opened his eyes to what could be possible with a more serious camera.

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Our Theory on Why the Sony RX1r III Could Face a Big Problem

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The Sony Rx1r II was a pretty decent camera. The idea is so simple; take a small camera, give it a solid lens, a good sensor, and an EVF, and people will buy it. Of course, it’s a luxury compact camera and the price reflects that. But I believe the Sony RX1r III will be even better if it hits the market. If Sony still cares about the product line, it’s being delayed for a very good reason.

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The Best and Worst Countries to Shoot Street Photography

You can shoot street photography in almost every country, but the experience is seldom the same.

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot street photography all around the world. My passion has allowed me to enjoy a fruitful life, and I’m incredibly grateful for the experiences I’ve had. It’s not uncommon for street photographers to combine their lust for the candid frame with their love for travel. We love to experience different cultures, and our cameras make it possible for us to document the variants in human nature. Having traveled the world, I’ve shot street in some spectacular places – and some less desirable places. Let me share them with you, as we look at the best and worst countries to shoot street photography in.

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How Black and White Photography Gives Your Work New Life

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I’m delighted that the world of black and white photography is a more accepted place than it was nearly a decade ago. We’ve come a long way from the days where it was looked at as just a crutch. Instead, it’s a movement. It took the age of Instagram, the analog revival, and the democratization of image-making for it to happen. Though black and white photography was often frowned upon in the photo industry, we can all speak to its importance in history. And more importantly, we can speak to its importance in the arts.

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Louis Dazy Explains How He Gets Double Exposures In-Camera

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Photographer Louis Dazy always amazes me. He works with film and has done a whole lot involving the neon portrait trend. But Louis takes it further. You see, Louis is an actual creative with amazing amounts of foresight. He’s honed his craft and doesn’t Photoshop. Even better, he does it all with film. He gets asked how he does this often. And Louis was elated to tell the world in an interview with us.

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The Best Photography Submissions of 2020 (What a Year!) NSFW

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Photography submissions come in thick and fast here at The Phoblographer. Each week we’re overwhelmed with photographers stating their case for why the world needs to see their work. Thankfully we love what we do, so spending time with new photographs isn’t a problem for us. Photographers have sent us some spectacular work throughout the year. And as 2020 comes to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the best photography submissions we received over the past 12 months.

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Dewey Keithly Did the Coolest Thing with the Fujifilm GFX100

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“The driver was able to reach up to 142 miles per hour,” says Dewey Keithly to us in an email interview. “We mounted the Fujifilm GFX 100 and the Red Komodo to the front of the fastest camera car in Utah on the salt flats…The in-body image stabilization worked flawlessly on the GFX.” I’m sure that if anyone wanted a really cool COVID 19 pandemic photo project, this would be it. I mean, working with the GFX 100 is great. And Dewey says that it’s flawless. But they all worked with a 1966 Porsche 906 LH and the owner/driver. 

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Brandon Kidwell Shows His Mastery of In-Camera Double Exposure

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“I think the pandemic has stifled me emotionally,” photographer Brandon Kidwell tells us in an interview. “I’ve been trying to keep a sense of normal for myself and my family here, but it’s been a challenge when there isn’t a line between work/home and play anymore; it’s all blurred together.” Brandon created the Sawdust of our Youth in early 2019. But I can imagine that in time, his creativity will blossom even more. Brandon is one of those photographers who I look fondly at when I dive into the site’s archives. His work is stunning and so much of a technical masterpiece. What’s more, Brandon uses no Photoshop when he creates his personal double exposures. Now, more than ever was a great time to talk about those with him.

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How Achuth Krishnan Did These Creative Photos Mostly In-Camera

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“This was kind of breaking free from the monotonous life I was having due to the virus,” explains photographer Achuth Krishnan to us in an interview. “This shoot was done after almost four-five months of being stuck at home because of the pandemic. And I needed to get out and start shooting.” Indeed, Achuth joins the great list of photographers who found new ways to be creative in the pandemic. Best of all, Achuth did these multiple exposures with very little Photoshop. We asked him how he did it.

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Camera Manufacturers Missed a Very Big Boat, and It’s Not Phones

The more I’ve thought about how photography has become a niche for hobbyists, the more I believe that camera manufacturers didn’t do enough to support the film community.

In the year 2020, I think photographers would be seriously overjoyed to hear about a brand new film camera released by one of the big companies. Or better yet, they’d love to hear about a film camera being reissued in some way or another. It would be something much different, and we all wouldn’t be as jaded as we are with the numbers war that camera manufacturers play with one another. Instead, it would be about creating: something incredibly crucial to zennials and millennials both. We’ve wanted something brand new that no one else is doing. We’ve wanted a unique experience. And if we keep going to eBay to support the used camera community, then clearly there’s a market for something new.

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Roland Kramer Makes the Coral Mountains Look Like Mars

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“Most of the pictures of this series were the reward after a long and strenuous hike, which made it harder to go back to places & shoot them again if I was not happy with the result,” says photographer Roland Kramer to us in an interview. “You have to constantly keep up with the weather forecasts, so you don’t get caught in a storm on high altitude.” Tack onto that all the difficulties with shooting infrared images. Roland saw this project as an evolution of his Strange Series photography project.

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How Pat Brownewell Is Teaching High Schoolers to Not Photoshop

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“It’s kind of cool that this thing, which was used to document death and destruction, is now being used to photograph bubbles and as a teaching tool for kids,” says Pat Brownewell. Pat is truly something special, and we know this from our previous feature! After honing his digital techniques to be flawless, he went back to large format film. And he’s done that with wedding photography. With the pandemic being what it is, wedding photography dried up, but Pat continued his craft by teaching. And now, he’s showing high school students how to get it right in-camera.

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Florian Pagano Believes in the Power of Film, Not Photoshop

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I am Florian Pagano. I am a French professional photographer based in Indonesia for 11 years. I started photography 20 years ago when I got an analog camera SLR and lenses from a retiring fashion photographer (Nikon F90x with 80-200mm and 50mm AF lenses). At that time, I wanted to exclusively use a process that didn’t involve a computer as I was spending most of my time on a computer as an architect.

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The Phoblographer’s List of Great Women Photographers in 2020

As each year goes by, we’re happy to see more and more women photographers get the recognition they deserve. The Phoblographer has long been committed to highlighting female photographers’ skills, and in 2020 we’ve been lucky to feature some inspirational work. It’s hard to put a list together of the best, especially when the standard is so high! But we spent our time separating the very best from the rest to show you the great women photographers of 2020.

Also be sure to enter our contest on Women Who Inspire You with Leica. You can win a Leica Q2.

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Gennaro Bassolino and His Fujifilm X100S Don’t Need Photoshop

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Dear Chris,

My name is Gennaro Bassolino I am a photographer from Florida but have been living in Asia for the past 10 years before COVID 19 forced me to return. I was living in Malaysia when I picked up a used Fujifilm X100s and that was when I really started shooting everything I could. It is one of those cameras that begs to be picked up. Its manual dials trained me in the basics of photography moving me away from automatic settings and into really taking control of all the variables.

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Dennis Murphy: A Great Advertising Photographer Who Barely Photoshops

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My name is Dennis Murphy. I’m an advertising photographer based in Dallas, TX. I’ve shot on four continents for clients such as Ducati, American Airlines, GM, Pepsi, and Nike. My greatest pride is that my photographs reside in the collections of both of my daughters.

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4 Painful Signs You’re Void of Confidence in Street Photography

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Street photography isn’t easy. That’s why so many people struggle to execute it to a high standard. It’s not just the creative aspect that’s difficult; it’s also the practical side. To do street photography well, you need a lot of confidence. Some have it right away, while others need to build confidence up over time. For those of us who have been shooting street photography for many years, there are some clear signs of a street photographer lacking in confidence. Let’s take a look at them.

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