You Still Have a Chance to Win Three Big Prizes in Our Contests

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It’s Black Friday here in America. And you still have a chance to win big!. Just a reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Show us your best portrait, and you can snag yourself an awesome portrait shooting kit from Phottix.

Have You Entered Our Three Contests?

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Hey everyone,

Once again: a reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Show us your best portrait, and you can snag yourself an awesome portrait shooting kit from Phottix.

We’ve Got Three Awesome Contests Going on. Go Enter!

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Hey everyone,

A reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Show us your best portrait, and you can snag yourself an awesome portrait shooting kit from Phottix.

Question: Do You See the World in 35mm or 50mm?

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We’re curious about the age long debate for you guys. While every photographer is taught that 50mm lenses give you a more normal perspective closer to what the human eye sees, many photographers have made very valid arguments for the 35mm field of view.

So with that in mind we wonder: do you see the world in 35mm or 50mm?

We’d love to hear your thoughts though. Click the poll below and also let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Do you see the world in 35mm or 50mm?

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Help us Get Control of Our Facebook Page

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UPDATE: WE HAVE CONTROL OF THE PAGE AGAIN

Upon trying to verify our Facebook page, it was hacked and taken over by an imposter who removed all of the site’s Editors as admins. Please help us get it back by reporting the page has hacked. Also if you can, try to state that Chris Gampat and Julius Motal are the rightful owners.

Thanks!

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EDIT: Click on what we show here, then on I don’t like this post for a post, then report it as spam, then click on that the account was hacked.

Thanks again everyone.

Win a Limited Run 20th Anniversary Edition Lomography LC-A+

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In honor of the Lomography company being one year away from legal drinking age (if you’re in the US) they’re teaming up with us to give away a special edition 20th anniversary LC-A+. One lucky winner will get one camera of a limited 1000 run.

The contest starts today and ends October 17th at 12AM NYC time. Sorry international folks, it’s only open to residents of the US and Canada this time around. But we promise that we’re working on more international contests.

Want to know more? Sign up for the contest here.

Rejoice! Comments are Back on the Phoblographer

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Hi everyone,

Today we’d like to formally announce that we’ve brought commenting back to the Phoblographer. For those of you that have been with us for a long time, we got rid of commenting a while ago because we simply wanted to move the conversations to our social pages. But more importantly, one of our competitors (and the only site that I truly consider as such) was hacked and usernames/passwords were stolen. To safeguard the community, we decided that it would be easier for us to remove them–especially with all the crazy virus scares that we had heard about during the time.

We’ve chosen a different route to commenting though. While many websites use Discus to allow folks to log in using pretty much any platform they want, we’re opting instead for Google + comments. Why? Well, we really appreciate the Google + community for starters, and we’re trying to find a way to embrace them more. So by logging in with your Gmail address or your Google + account, you can easily comment on the site. No, we’re not mining data from you and to be quite honest we have bigger fish to fry than to worry about what your password is–we’re just trying to create a better community of inspiration, learning, constructive criticism, and discussion and real events affecting the community as it shifts while maintaining complete security of the site.

Along with this, you may have noticed a slight redesign change. This is phase one what’s about to come and we think you should be as excited as we are about it. It’s been in the works for months and is fairly minor, but it will make both your mobile experience and general homepage experience much cooler.

Beyond that, as you can tell we’ve shifted in content production. We’re always going to deliver reviews to you. But we’re being more selective about our news and including more tutorials, features, and interviews in hopes that you’ll gain extra inspiration when you visit the site. Plus, we’re constantly searching for the latest and greatest deals.

And if we haven’t said it enough, we want to thank you for your continued support. We really appreciate you voting for us in our bid to win a giant $150,000 grant that will go towards contests and building the site–and despite the fact that we’ve hit the minimum number of votes we’d like to ask you to continue voting for us to see just how far we can take it. Just click here and type in The Phoblographer. Then vote.

Thank you. And we look forward to chatting with you every day.

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

We’ve Updated our Guide to Rokinon Lenses

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Just two quick FYI notes folks:

1. We’ve updated our Rokinon Lens Guide. And you can find it right here.

2. Want to quickly find a product or news that we’ve done. We’ve been working hard on optimizing the site for better search on Google and Bing. Simply go to your favorite search engine, and type in the name of a product or news bit with “The Phoblographer” without quotation marks after it.

So for example, typing Canon 50mm f1.8 review the phoblographer into Google will bring you search results for our review of the lens and other comparisons that we’ve done with it.

And as always, check out our reviews index for more.

You’ve Got a Little Bit of Time to Win a Sigma 35mm f1.4 and USB Dock

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Here are the rules:

Who: Open to anyone in the world 18 years old and over.

What: One lucky winner will receive a Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens along with a Sigma USB dock.

When: 12AM EST September 6th to September 20th 11:59 PM EST

Where: Click this link to head over to our special Facebook page

How: Enter in your best landscape photo. Users can choose to have their friends vote on the image. The Phoblographer and Sigma will not use the image in any way except to announce who the winner of the contest is. Additionally, we will need your email address in order to tell you that you’ve won and to sign up for the latest news from Sigma.

The photos for the contest are run through an external app called Woobox, which you can see in the link. The platform runs through Facebook, but it isn’t really on Facebook.

With that said, you aren’t uploading your images to Facebook, you’re uploading them to Woobox.

Win a Sigma 35mm f1.4 and USB Dock: Show Us Your Best Landscapes

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Are you ready to win the lens that everyone is drooling over? The Sigma 35mm f1.4 was awarded an Editor’s Choice award by us and Sigma is sponsoring the giveaway one lens in the mount of your choice to one lucky winner. The winner will also receive the Sigma USB Dock–which is perfect for updating the firmware of the lens and helping with calibration.

So how do you win one? Hit the jump for rules and regulations. We ask that everyone read them carefully.

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We Want to Know How You Created a Photograph

Pro Tip: Want to kill more ambient lighting but your DSLR will only sync with studio strobes to a certain shutter speed? The answer is a Vari ND filter that will cut down all light (both ambient and artificial) accordingly. Just remember to crank your  studio strobe power back up.

Pro Tip: Want to kill more ambient lighting but your DSLR will only sync with studio strobes to a certain shutter speed? The answer is a Vari ND filter that will cut down all light (both ambient and artificial) accordingly. Just remember to crank your studio strobe power back up.

Hey folks, we’ve haven’t been giving as much love to the Creating the Photograph series as we should have, but we’d like to bring it back.

It’s all about lighting, editing and concepts as well as education. If you think you’ve got something worth featuring, shoot me an email at chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

FYI: If You’re Encountering Problems With Our Website on Flipboard or Tumblr…

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Hey everyone,

We’ve received a bunch of emails complaining about problems with Flipboard. The problem is in regards to our feed not coming through and instead showing that we’ve been Sitelocked. The solution is to find the Gear symbol and clear your cache. And then refresh either our RSS feed or our Flipboard Magazine. If that doesn’t work, try it again.

If you’re having problems with our links on Tumblr for iOS, shut down the app, and restart it. That’s worked for us.

As some of you may also know, we’ve been removed from Flipboard’s Craft of Photography section. And we’re not pleased about it. In fact, we’re fighting it. We may provide them with a custom RSS feed that shows all our content.

We’re in communication right now with both Sitelock and Flipboard to try to fix the problems with reading our website, so please be patient. Trust us when we say that after our best traffic month yet, this is really annoying us.

Hang tight photogs. In the mean time, you’re best off checking out our site on the web.

-Chris Gampat