On Photowalking

A nice calm moment as the day ends

Sometimes I don’t want to work. I just want to go out on a photo walk. It’s meditation for me. It’s also a form of exercise. Spring is coming. Photowalking, one of my favorite activities, is on my mind—walking around taking photos in a city or a park. On a nice day, I can walk alone, or with people I know, taking photos and having fun. I use photo walks to test photo gear, socialize, and explore new areas. I have been thinking of how to make them better. Here are some thoughts, feel free to use them.

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How To Get The Most From Your Lenses

These days, camera lenses are available in every shape and size and to fit every budget. From the most basic kit zooms to exotic professional primes, it takes a little practice and technique to get the best results possible. Whatever lens you may be slinging along to your next shoot, here are four quick tips to maximize image quality.

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Review: Leica M7 with 50mm F1.4 Summilux

The Leica M7was loaned to me from Leica for review and for a project that I wanted to work on. Along with the M7, the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux was sent to me. They’re a great combo, but this was perhaps one of the rockiest reviews I’ve ever done. I also actually do not feel that the project is finished at all, but the combo gave me some great photos that absolutely will be used for it. Yes, this is a film camera.

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Why Your Lenses are More Important Than Your Camera

For professionals reading this blog, the importance of lenses is old hat. However, for casual users who are considering getting their first DSLR, they might not understand just how vital having the right lenses is for shooting. A good lens means everything in getting the right shot. It’s not just the amount of zoom you have or how wide it can get, but the quality of the glass, the maximum size of the aperture, and other characteristics.

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The Quick Beginner’s Guide to Using A Photo Studio

At some stage in their career, every photographer will have need and use for a photo studio. It is the place where the photographer has almost total control of what is being photographed. Some are intimidated by the studio. This posting is for those photographers and by the end of it, you’ll probably understand and love the studio more.

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Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens

During the course of time that I’ve been a photographer, I’ve blogged about the 50mm lens and just how incredibly useful it is. Overtime though, the 85mm F1.8 for Canon has steadily become my go to lens for many situations. Not only is it sharp, delivers wonderful color and very useful, but it gives a different perspective on the things you photograph.

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Olympus E-PL1 is Apparently Official

The camera in the teaser campaign picture that I said looked very familiar to the original prototype I photographed is apparently all official and such according to Gizmodo. The camera is aimed more at beginners and enthusiasts as this can be told by the price point of $599.99 with the M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens. The camera, in terms of specs, sounds almost identical to the EP-2.

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Sites to Get Your Photos Critiqued

If you want to get your photographs critiqued, there are sites on the web to help you. Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, etc there are ways to find out how to improve the quality of your work. Many of them are free and great resources to help you. Here is a list of some of the best places on the web to help you get your photos critiqued.

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Staff/Contact Info

The Phoblographer is a website that explores the psychology of photographers as they do their work. It also offers reviews, tips, tutorials, and news from a lifestyle point of view. The site explores the photography world and pop culture’s effects on the art form.

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The Staff

Chris Gampat: Editor in Chief

Chris Gampat forged the Phoblographer in the heat resulting from the effects of 2008’s economic recession. Today, he manages the delicate balance of the Editorial and Business sides of the site. Chris has worked all around the industry: PDN, PCMag, IGN, Geek.com, Imaging Resource, Magnum Photos, Gear Patrol, B&H Photo Video, American Photographic Artists, etc. He’s a former paparazzo, wedding photographer, and photojournalist. These days he’s mostly a conceptual photographer. His photographer can be found at The Gampat. He’s best known for a viral photo series around New York’s love of pizza! Quotes and interviews of Chris have been featured in national magazines, newspapers, and television such as the LA Times, Glamour Magazine, CTV, NYTimes, Michelin, Creative Live, Studio C41, etc.

If you’d like to contact Chris or are more interested in how he can help you, promote/review your product, contact him at ChrisGampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. Chris lives in the NYC area and is always happy to work with new vendors.

Mark Beckenbach: Copy Editor

Mark is a street photographer who has exhibited work in the US and internationally. He has lead photowalks, curated photography exhibitions and zines, and co-founded Back to the Lab – a community based organization in NYC focused on cultivating photography through workshops, guest speakers, and education. A New Yorker at heart, he currently lives in Shanghai with his wife, son, and dog. You can see his photography on his Instagram.

Dan Ginn: Arts and Culture Editor

Dan Ginn is a London based Street Photographer, with the main focus on color and simplicity. He has had his work international published through exhibitions, magazines and photo books. Dan is also a published writer, having written for several photographic organizations where he often talks about his journey through Street Photography.

To keep up to date with Dan, follow him on InstagramTwitter and make sure you visit his website too.

Hillary Grigonis: Reviews Editor

Hillary K. Grigonis is a Michigan-based photographer and tech writer. Hillary first developed her two passions — writing and photography — working at the local newspaper in high school and she’s been mixing the two ever since. As a freelance writer, she regularly writes about technology and photo gear. Her work has been published in Business Insider, Digital Trends, CreativeLive, and many others. 

After several years in photojournalism, she launched Hillary K Photography, where she focuses on weddings and portraits. Her photojournalism roots still show in her work that favors a mix of candid photography, and relaxed poses.

Hillary lives with her husband and three kids in the-middle-of-nowhere Michigan, where she also enjoys hiking, camping, crafting, and reading.

Feroz Khan: Junior Photo Editor

Never seen without a camera (or far from one), Feroz picked up the art of photography from his grandfather at a very early age (at the expense of destroying a camera or two of his). Specializing in sports photography and videography for corporate short films, when he’s not discussing or planning his next photoshoot, he can usually be found staying up to date on aviation tech or watching movies from the 70s era with a cup of karak chai.

Brittany Smith: Reviews Writer

Brittany is a commercial fashion and portrait photographer working in Montana and NYC. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local artisan coffeeshop, writing for photography education sites and publications, teaching fitness classes, or baking something fabulous.

To keep up with Brittany, follow her on Instagram or visit her website.

Ellyn Kail: Photographer Interviewer

Ellyn Kail is a writer and photo editor. She got her start as a junior at Sarah Lawrence College, when she spent a semester interning at The New Yorker’s photo department. Since then, her words have appeared in Feature Shoot, where she also serves as Editor, as well as VICE, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Narratively, and various other outlets. She lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband Tim and rescue dog Brenda.

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