First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 50s Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

For a few minutes at Photokina 2016, I was able to personally fondle the hottest camera announced at the show: the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This is a medium format camera targeted at the full frame 35mm camera user and is the second medium format mirrorless camera in the digital market. Oddly enough though, it isn’t designed to resemble a Mamiya 7 II or anything else from the film days despite the retro aesthetics. A number of jounalists and I were taken through a presentation where we were introduced to the team who worked on the camera’s design and specifications. Fujifilm’s intention here is to find a way to appeal to professional photographers and high end enthusiasts without competing in the pool filled with sharks that produce full frame 35mm sensor cameras.

So far: they seem to have the world’s attention.

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Review: Mastin Labs Presets (Adobe Lightroom)

Review and images by Daniel Schaefer

Editor’s note: we’ve also provided more samples to better illustrate our points.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a slew of companies claiming a be all end all digital solution to mimicking film emulsion through a simple yet effective preset process. While many of these companies essentially slap your images across the face with a practically instafantastic palette riding saturation, fade and clarity like bucking broncos, others take the time to take a subtle approach, leaving the tuning up to you.

In testing the Mastin labs family of presets, I found this company to definitely be in the second camp. The Fuji and Portra packs both have a very minimally noticeable effect on each image. While the tones changing visibly for sure, I’ve found more often than not, in my pursuit of a finalized image I ended up correcting away from the preset functions. The treatment of shadows especially unpleasant, the highlights shifting minimally, really the only difference being odd and typically undesirable shifts in color. the Ilford Black and white pack while equally iffy at times has a saving grace in the addition of a solid emulsion of Delta 3200, and a very useful red filter emulator for fans of high contrast skies.

Granted, Mastin also states that these presets are a starting point and designed to be manipulated.

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30 Inspiring Street Photographers To Motivate You to Shoot in 2016

All images used with permission from the photographers in our interviews. Lead image by Jamel Shabazz.

Street photographers are numerous on the internet–there are famous ones, up and coming ones, little known ones, and the ones that everyone immortalizes. Over the years, we’ve interviewed a number of excellent street photographers that you’ll want to check out right after the jump.

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Mario Palufi: Capturing Beautiful Moments in the Streets of Sydney

All images by Mario Palufi. Used with permission.

Mario Palufi is a 22 year old photographer from Indonesia living in Sydney. He’s a street photographer and absolutely loves the medium due to the inspiration he’s gained while shooting. He works light with minimal gear and instead focuses a lot on geometry and colors.

But most amazingly, he’s found great ways to deal with angry people on the streets.

 

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Carousel: Film Enlargements Manipulated by Chemicals

All images by David Drake. Used with permission

Photographer David Drake is an American artist and art director based in the UK. His practice has its foundations in photography, design, and mixed media–and his clients include The 1975, Django Django, Glass Animals, Haerts, Dawn Golden, Universal, Polydor, Sony, Warner Brothers, Mad Decent, XL, Vagrant, Dirty Hit, The Barbican, Aspall Cyder, Fortyounce London, and Hypebeast.

I found his work on Behance, and fell in love with the very trippy feel to his work. It’s almost like a combination of cross processing, shifting of tints, and alternative processes done in just the right way. Indeed, David has become quite skilled at doing this. But what’s even cooler is some of his personal work.

David’s “Carousel” is a special personal project that was all shot on a Hasselblad 500cm; the enlargements were manipulated using chemicals and available substances. And like the rest of his work, they’re just the right amount of trippy.

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Dealing with Epilepsy as a Photographer (NSFW)

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All images by Anastasiya Egonyan. Used with permission.

Photographer Anastasiya Egonyan is an incredible portrait photographer; and these days she tends to use natural light fo the most part for her work. But that isn’t necessarily only because of creative decisions, but more because she needs to. In our previous interview with Anastasiya, she revealed sometimes having fits of epilepsy that prevented her from working. She’s learned how to lessen the outbreaks, but they’ve in some ways come to shape her work as a photographer.

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Simeon Rusnak: Urban Geometry with the iPhone

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All images by Simeon Rusnak. Used with permission.

 

Photographer Simeon Rusnak hails from Winnipeg, Canada. “I shoot a variety of mediums, but for me the ideal camera is my iPhone; its portability, versatility and convenience are why I choose to use it on a daily basis.” he says to the Phoblographer in his pitch email. Simeon believes that we’re all some sort of photographer due to what mobile phones can do. But what he loves about the iPhone is the fact that it eliminates most of the challenges that a dedicated camera can offer. “…the auto settings of the iPhone allow one to concentrate on composition, light and the frame.”

One day he thought to himself: “Do I really need to bring out the DSLR or is mobile going to cut it for the purposes of the image?”

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The Friendliest Cities in the World for Street Photography

Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicolas Goodden

Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicholas Goodden

All images in this article are used with permission.

Street photographers experience harassment everywhere in the world for taking pictures and capturing a moment in public. However, everyone loves looking at the images and the art form is highly regarded and even mimicked in modern day advertising. Surely, it’s a great way to not only become a better photographer by shooting such a wide variety of subjects but it’s also great for just capturing beautiful moments as they occur in everyday life.

We’ve done some research and rounded up a list of the best cities in the world for street photography. This isn’t a definitive list by any means, nor is it in any particular order–but if you’re ever traveling to these cities, be sure to carry along your camera.

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Gray Malin’s Surreal Images of Summer Items in the Arctic

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All images by Gray Malin. Used with permission.

Not many people choose to venture to the Arctic–but if they did then they’d surely try to bring something to remind them of warmer times. That’s part of the influence of Gray Malin’s Antarctica: the White Continent. Gray used juxtaposition to make summery items stand out amongst the ice floes, glaciers, and the barren snow.

We talked to Gray about travelling to the Arctic, the idea and inspiration behind the project, and location scouting in the frigid cold.

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This 10 Week Solargraph Pinhole Image Was Shot With a Beer Can

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All images by Oli Stevens. Used with permission.

We’ve featured long solargraphs shot with beer cans before, but every time we run across new ones we find something incredibly fascinating. Take this 10 week Solargraph shot by photographer Oli Stevens. Oli is a Biochemistry Masters student, splitting his time between London and Oxford. He’s primarily a 35mm analog photographer who enjoys pushing the technical limits of film photography. What other way to push them than to play with a super long exposure and to work with the most experimental form of the craft: pinhole photography.

To create the image above, Oli created his very own camera from a beer can and used Ilford sheet film to shoot the image. We talked to him more about the setup, the camera, and his photography.

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Getting Started in Street Photography at Night

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It would be wonderful if we had the best possible light for each shot at any time of day. For better or worse, the golden hour is just that–a period of beautiful light that happens once before dusk and once after dawn, providing there are ideal conditions. There will be occasions when you’re photographing at night, when you’ll only have street lights, neon signs, headlights and similarly limited light sources. It can be somewhat daunting, but here are some tips for photographing at night. Continue reading…

Creating the Photograph: Adam Baron’s “Tico’s New ‘Do”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

When Adam Baron showed us the photo above that he had been working on, we were immediately intrigued. Adam is a featured artist in the book “Adobe Master Class: Photoshop Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists” Plus, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines. So when he talked to us about the pure creativity behind this photo, we were eager to share it with you guys.

Here’s Adam’s story.

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New “Focal” Camera App is One More Reason to Install Cyanogen Mod on Your Android Device

Cyanogen Mod Focal Camera App

The Android camera app market is highly competitive, and rightfully so. Mobile photography is so popular that neither manufacturers nor developers can afford not to invest in this market. And thus there’s a vast number of third-party camera apps available on the Android market. Some try to improve on Android’s stock camera app, some try to deliver extra functionality, while others try to bring you a completely new shooting experience. The guys from Cyanogen Mod–the number one Android firmware replacement–have taken on the task of creating a new camera app called “Focal”, which aims to improve upon Android’s stock camera by adding a bulk of new functionality. Details and promo video after the break.

Via PetaPixel

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Pentax’s New Evangelion Q10 Cameras Look Like You’re Playing Pokemon While Eating Shrooms

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Oh man! Which one should I pick? Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander? That’s what Pentax’s new Evangelion Q10 cameras remind me of. Sadly, I haven’t quite hit the mark. The new cameras, which retain the same specs as their Q10, simply sport a new coat. And they aren’t based off of Pokemon at all. Instead, they’re all about the Neon Generation Evangelion anime show. Interested in one of these pieces? You’ll have to act fast, there will only be 1,500 of them made–and they’ll go for around $660 a piece. Sadly, you’ll need to go to Japan to snag one of these puppies: which is perfect for the anime aficionado.

Seriously though Pentax, where is my Sailor Moon edition? I’d kill for a Tuxedo Mask camera.

Via Mirrorless Rumors via Engadget via Pentax Japan

Editor’s Note: Think Pentax has enough customization? Check out their wall of Q10 cameras.

Review: Spyder4Elite Color Calibration Tool (And Why It Is Too Much For Most People)

We’ve previously reviewed the DataColor Spyder4Pro, and we thought it to be good enough for the majority of creatives in the industry that declare themselves to at least by semi-professionals. One step above the Pro is the Elite, and on paper and in previous briefings, I thought it to not have much more capabilities than its sibling.

What I ended up with was a harsh lesson equivalent to handing a Nikon D4 to an absolute novice.

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Review: Olympus PEN E-PL3

Yes, I still had the plastic on the lens.

If you’re a frequent reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know that we are fans of the Micro Four Thirds format (M43). M43 bodies offer a great balance of size and image quality. Additionally, M43 cameras are often less intimidating than a DSLR for those looking to step up from point and shoot cameras (P&S) or advanced P&S camera. It is this group of people that Olympus had in mind when creating the E-PL3. So, is the E-PL3 the next logical step up from a P&S? Let’s find out.

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Field Review: Canon PowerShot S95 (Day 3)

An overcast day in midtown let me put the S95‘s mid-level sensitivity and high-speed shooting through its paces. The camera performs much better under clouds than under the sun. The less intense and more neutral lighting lets the S95 metering produce a more accurate exposure. These shots were taken in JPEG, with no post-processing done.

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