Hey Posers: A Camera is a Tool, and So Are You

I’m a nice guy—or at least I believe I am. So when I was sent little segment from a conversation above on one of the most controversial internet forums, I became a bit hurt and a bit angry. Here are my problems:

* The statement of, “Being superficial and artsy seems to get you all the cunt in the world.” is really quite rude. First off, do you really have such little respect for women that you need to use such demeaning language about them?

* I’m the artsy type: before I was a photographer I was a creative writer. Before being a creative writer, I was a musician. I’m disgusted that the commentor lacks this much self-confidence as a man that he needs to fake actually being artistic, creative, and able to create compelling content.

* If you really need to lug around your DSLR to attract women then you need better social skills. Sure, everyone and their mother has a DSLR in NYC now and everyone and their mother don’t know how to use them. But trying to fake that you’re an actual artist? Are you serious? I shoot for an extra income because I love it, and because I’m actually artistic. I don’t need to fake it and I surely don’t need a camera in my hand to have the confidence to walk up to a woman with a friendly smile and start a conversation. If you understand that they’re human beings too and actually listen to them, maybe you’d be able to gain some respect for them and yourself.

I’m stopping here. Photographers: thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Field Review: Gary Fong Origami (Day 1)

After reviewing the Gary Lightsphere Collapsible and being very impressed with its usage in practical photography situations, the Gary Fong Origami ended up at my doorstep for review/keeps. It’s a very unique item unlike anything I’ve seen before. When I was being shown a demo of the unit back at Photo Plus, I looked at the unit in complete confusion saying to myself, “How the heck am I supposed to use this?”

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Gift Guide for the Photo Walker

Well The Holiday season is here and some people are still procrastinating, or still need ideas for the photographers in their lives. If you look over our previous gift guides, we have been thorough this year in our recommendations, but here is another. Does the photographer in your life like to go on long walks with their camera? Did they participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide photo walk this year? If they did, this is the Guide for them.

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Field Review: Pentax K-5 (Day 2)

The Pentax K-5 is a compact and sturdy camera, capable of creating images with excellent detail, color, and contrast. I’ve had a couple weeks with it, including shooting in a wide range of conditions and it’s been a joy to use. The camera’s unique degree of customization and range of novel exposure and JPG processing controls demand a little experimenting, but add flexibility, entertainment, and a few surprises to the process of getting to know this well-regarded little camera. Read on for Day 2 of our in-depth field review of the Pentax K-5.

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Impossible Project Hopes to Ramp Up PX 680 Color Shade Production; 8×10 inch format

Lovers of film, like the 20×24 Polaroid studio we visited, will be happy to know that the Impossible Project is still fueling creativity. Today, they are announcing that they plan to ramp up production of PX 680 color shade film and restart production of 8×10 large format film. To be honest, there is really little more to the press release but highlighting IP’s steps forward for the year (which are still quite tremendous in and of themselves.) But if you live in Tokyo or NYC, then you’ll want to check out the events they have going on. In which case, hit the jump and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

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How ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture All Relate to One Another

Here it is: the one chart you’ll ever need to understand shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. It will help you to create better black and white photos, it helps to explain why your lenses are more important than your camera, how to get the most of them, etc. If you don’t understand any of this, take a look at our guide to terminology. Or…take it with you.

This chart will help you with the dark art of metering and shooting out in the field, like at pop culture events. Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: This isn’t our chart. It was sent into us by a reader. Thanks Andrew!

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What Would You Do With a Lens This Long?

Well this is a sight: this photographer probably stood up to photographers next to him and said, “mine is bigger than yours.” I tried to find out which lenses these are, and lots of my co-workers weren’t able to figure it out. It begs the question: what would you do with a lens this big? Spy on people? Use it to clear out a crowd? Find the remaining members of the Wikileaks organization? We want to know.

Let us know in the comments below what you would do with this big lens (most likely a Nikon).

Please Support The Phoblographer

We love to bring you guys the latest and greatest news and gear related stuff. However, we can’t keep doing that unless we have your continued support. If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned, please do so by clicking our links first and then purchasing the items as we then get a small portion of the sale to help run the website.

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Spacious Thoughts: Landscape Photography and Seeing the light

In the first spacious thought, I discussed and suggested equipment for those starting out in landscape photography. I also had a nice gift guide for the Holiday season. Good landscape artists take time to think about their shot and its lighting, location, and composure. Pointing and shooting leads to shots that looks similar to everyone else’s out there. Landscape photography, like various things, is like the game Civilization V, you must think first before you move. Some of the most important things to contemplate in landscape photography are lighting, time of day, sun position, and weather. When these factors are combined they affect how you set up your image exposure.

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Field Review: Cotton CarryLite (Day 2)

Press shot of photographer with Carry-Lite and dual holsters.

Quick access to your gear without weight on your shoulders is something of a holy grail for many working – or walking – photographers, and the Cotton CarryLite certainly addresses those issues for many shooters. For day two of my test of the Cotton Carrylite, I took the integrated belt, shoulder strap, holsters and tethers out to shoot a couple of motorcycles for the bike magazine I work for.

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Nikon D90 Deal from B&H ending soon

I love the Nikon D7000. It’s a great camera, but it’s not really good enough to replace my Nikon D90. Being somewhat frugal, I have to recommend this deal from B&H. I first fell in love with the D90 when I saw the Chase Jarvis video showing off its features like the 12-megapixel sensor with high ISO sensitivity, video mode, and all of its other features. These features made it an ideal camera for me. The D90 has performed admirably for me this last year, and it can do so for you as well.

B&H Photo has a great deal on a Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens, the exact same kit I bought just over a year ago. If you are on the hunt for a new camera this holiday season, you have until 12-11-2010 to jump on this deal.

What Style of Photography Do You Shoot?

You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again” -Unknown

I do not know where there quote comes from, but it holds true in my photography philosophy. As a perpetual photo student I have been deciding what style of photography I want to be strongest in. While I do not want to dedicate myself to one thing, I do want to be good in a few. I have been researching the various styles of photography. I need an adventure: something beyond food, landscape, and street photography. I have attempted a little Photojournalism and Fashion. In this series, I will be delving into the different styles of photography out there.

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Review: Nero Multimedia Suite 10

Nero’s latest offering, Multimedia Suite 10, is an excellent toolkit for the video inclined. You can burn, rip, convert, back up, organize and edit digital media. The suite is divided into three programs: Nero Vision Xtra, Nero Burning ROM, and Nero BackItUp & Burn. In this post, I’ll provide a brief tutorial for creating a basic video with Nero Vision Xtra.

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Donate To Help Children's Hospitals Provide Toys to Children

Teddy Bear has a Message For You

Former ThePhoblographer staffer Will Greenwald is trying to organize a massive donation for Child’s Play and Penny Arcade. The point: to raise money for toys to be given to children’s hospitals. They’ve set up a special widget for you to donate to help the cause.

Now, I myself, Editor in Chief of ThePhoblographer, know what it’s like to ask readers for donations. But in a case like this, I can put aside our own link plugs to help you make your purchasing decisions. We’re going to ask that you please donate a small bit of money to help these kids out. I, perhaps like many of you, was a very lucky kid that was able to get almost any toy I wanted. But there are people out there though that are lot less fortunate.

So once again, we’d ask you to please take the time to click the links above, head over to Will’s site and place a small donation. Any little bit helps a child in these rough economic times.


Instant Rebate on the Olympus EP-2

We finished our review of the Olympus EP-2 a while back. We liked it: when paired with the right accessories. For the holiday season, the EP-2 is available with instant rebates: which include said items and is available only for a couple of days (so you can’t procrastinate.)

This is a great camera for the street photographer, the person looking for a more compact solution to bulk DSLRs, or the pro looking for something different. We understand that not everyone will want the K-x. However, this can be a great gift.

Why the Pentax K-x Makes A Stellar Holiday Gift

The K-x in Red

Sure, the Pentax K-x isn’t new and the K-5 and K-r seem very promising. But for the price point, this little camera is quite the bang-for-your-buck DSLR. Recently, I’ve been on the lookout for another camera system as a compliment to my Canon cameras. I almost pulled the trigger on a Nikon D3000 only to realize that it doesn’t have a lot of the features I really want. Then I remembered the Pentax K-x; and the reasons why it is the best entry level DSLR you can get this holiday season is below the jump.

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Use Our ThinkTank Photo Banner on the Side and Get a Free Bag

Today, we have a great announcement: ThePhoblographer is now partnered with ThinkTank Photo. If you choose to use our special banner on the side (or the previous link) and make purchases of $50 or more, you’ll get a special gift. Straight from the tank’s mouth,

“As a special offer to our friends, when you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online, at checkout you will be able to select a bag to receive for free. Be sure to let others know about this special deal. Enjoy your free bag!”

Alternatively, you can also check them out at Amazon if you’re interested. For you holiday shopping procrastinators, you can also check out our holiday gift guide. You’ll appreciate the deals.

ThinkTank is the trusted camera brand manufacturer of so many photographers.

Should You Consider Secondhand Photography Gear?

Back in the dim dark ages otherwise known as the 20th century, I bought a lot of second-hand camera gear. New gear was expensive and I preferred to spend my meager income on film and processing rather than equipment. I also convinced myself a camera was a dark box to hold film and a good lens was a good lens, regardless if someone had used it before me.

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