Hands-On: Canon S95

Today, Canon announced the S95, the successor to the beautiful and wonderful S90camera that was a huge seller. The upgrade adds 720p HD video, art filters and higher ISO settings. I saw and held a rough working prototype a little over a month ago.

Editor’s Note: The Canon S95 is available for pre-order by clicking the links in this story at the time of writing this update. It will be available for order in late August.

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Nikon Announces New Lenses and D3100 Camera

Today, Nikon has announced an update to their lens line as well as a new DSLR, the D3100. Most prominently, the D3100 features full-time auto focus modes while recording video. The lenses include an update to the aging 85mm F1.4 and the new 24-120mm F4 VR ED targeted towards professionals.

UPDATE: SOME ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER. SEE POSTING!

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REMINDER: Tomorrow Night is the Snapshots Meetup in Midtown NYC

Tomorrow night, the staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people will be getting together to have a meet up. There are loads of networking events out there in the technology industry, but not many for photographers. I’m looking to unite us all once a month, every third Thursday. We’re meeting at Stone Creek (140 East 27th between 3rd and Lexington) from 6pm to 10pm (maybe later). Come have a drink with us. We’ve got the front couch area to ourselves. Here are the details from the event:

Hey everyone,

I’m starting my own monthly networking get-together looking to gather people across the photo industry: PR reps, photographers, journalists, art buyers, studio techs, etc. It will be every third Thursday of the month. Come join us, grab a drink, some good food, and chat about the industry.

I’m really trying to get people to connect with one another: PR reps with journalists or with photographers, Art Buyers with Photographers, etc. Think social networking without the computer.

Email me for details: chrisgamapt[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hope to see you all there,
Chris Gampat

Field Review: EasyTag and Sigma 70-300mm DG (Day 2)

It was a dog day of summer, somewhere between 95 and 100 degrees on July 24, 2010. Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which could almost be considered a photographer’s holiday, was at hand. A bright, sunny, and brutal day for photography. Two of the things I carried while trying to keep the load light were the EasyTag GPS Device and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro.

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Canon Announces New 7D Studio Version

Today, Canon announced the release of the new Canon 7D Studio Version, which they coin as, “Ideal for professional school and event photographers which features four levels of ‘locking’ camera controls for studio environments.” On top of this is a new barcode system that links up with the image files put out by the camera by embedding the information into the EXIF data. Be sure to check out our review of the Canon 7Dand some work we did with wireless flash control. Additionally, check out how it did against the Nikon D300sin our head on review. According to the release, “The new EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Barcode Kit (EOS 7DSV and WFT-E5A with firmware change) will carry an estimated selling price of $ $2599. The EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Body Only will carry an estimated selling price of $1829.”

Editor’s note: Apparently the camera has been shipping for a while, but only now announced.

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The Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist

I just got an email with an image detailing with what to me, is one of the most complete and organized wedding image checklists I’ve ever seen. Take a look for yourself and learn from it. If you want to get more into weddings, our buddies over at Snapknot.com can help to promote you, but you can also check out our intro. Another tips that I can add is this: don’t use a Rebel for wedding photography. As you can see that wedding photographer got completely steamrolled. Instead, check out our equipment list. I typically bring all this to a wedding.

Big thanks to John for the email.

Meet the Staff of The Phoblographer At the Snapshots NYC Meetup This Thursday

So this Thursday, the staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people will be getting together to have a meetup. There are loads of networking events out there in the technology industry, but not many for photographers. I’m looking to unite us all once a month, every third Thursday. We’re meeting at Stone Creek (140 East 27th between 3rd and Lexington) from 6pm to 10pm (maybe later). Come have a drink with us. We’ve got the front couch area to ourselves. Here are the details from the event:

Hey everyone,

I’m starting my own monthly networking get-together looking to gather people across the photo industry: PR reps, photographers, journalists, art buyers, studio techs, etc. It will be every third Thursday of the month. Come join us, grab a drink, some good food, and chat about the industry.

I’m really trying to get people to connect with one another: PR reps with journalists or with photographers, Art Buyers with Photographers, etc. Think social networking without the computer.

Email me for details: chrisgamapt[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hope to see you all there,
Chris Gampat

The Essential Guide To Dog Portrait Photography

The Badass Pooches

Woof woof! Dogs are our constant companions and have been since the Stone Age. We love them, care for them, walk them, play with them, and in return, they give us great affection and protection. They are our best friends and though their lifespans are typically short, we always remember them. Here’s how to capture the looks and personality of your dog.

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Why Shooting Celebrities Sucks: A Reflection Photographing Julia Roberts on the Set of Eat, Pray, Love.

Julia Roberts: close up side shot

If you’re a reader of this blog, or if you’ve followed my work for a while, you’ll probably know of the dark secret in my time as a photographer. When I was right out of college, I had an extremely brief tenure with an agency as a celebrity photographer. One of my gigs was shooting Julia Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray Love which is now in theaters. The photos in this story were shot a year ago in Carrol Gardens in Brooklyn, New York where part of the movie was filmed. Though not my worst gig, it was a huge learning experience and began to solidify my exit from celebrity photography.

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Back To School Photography Gear Roundup

With school starting right around the corner, photography students will be getting ready to keep their shutters clicking. Granted, your Photography Department may offer you and other students cameras to use. But if you don’t want to go through the checking out/checking in process, you may want to take a look at this posting created especially for you.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best photography gear for students going back to school.

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OKCupid Finds Some Amazing Facts About Attractiveness in Photos

Alex and Serenity

A friend linked me to an article that dating site OKCupid has on their blog about how photography can make you more or less attractive. According to them:

– Panasonic/Micro Four Thirds cameras make their users look the best. Second being Leica.

– Interchangeable lens cameras make users more attractive.

– iPhone users have more sex (which makes sense because of Facetime)

– Android users like me have the least sex (no comment)

The posting goes on to talk about things like Bokeh, flash, and the times of day to take your photo. Bokeh does tend to mesmerize people when they look at the photos and flash (well, lighting in general) needs to be used to the best effects.

What do you think makes people be perceived as attractive in photos? Admittedly, a pretty girl holding a Nikon DSLR, Micro Four Thirds and Leica is attractive to me. Those myspace shots and the duck lips, not so hot.

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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Huge Savings on Panasonic GF-1

For a short time, the Panasonic GF-1 and 20mm F1.7 are being sold at a pretty steep discount: $649.95! You can help support this site by purchasing yours at B&H or Amazonfor what seems to be a limited time. Myself, I just may pull the trigger on this camera.

Announcing ThePhoblographer Flickr Group

The Phoblographer is about the happenings in the world of photography/videography and how technology affects it and us everyday. If you have learned something from us, found our tips useful and maybe found your photography changed by something on this site, please share your photos with us in our Flickr Group. Join this group and add your favorite images with an explanation. Tell us your story, and contribute and comment.

ThePhoblographer Flickr Group welcomes photographers from all experience levels to share their images. We are interested in how our photographer friends see the world and how our readers view things!

Leica X1 and a Canon Rebel Make Getty's Approved Camera List

The blogosphere is abuzz about the Leica X1making Getty’s approved camera list. Rightfully so in fact, it is the first camera with a fixed lens to do so. But I don’t think anyone else noticed a couple of strange thing about this list. Before I go on though, please note that this is a list that I used to have memorized by heart when I used to work for agencies:

– It seems as if this is the first time a Rebel, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, has made the list.

– The 30D and the D200 are still on the list.

– Olympus (and Micro Four Thirds in general) have created better cameras than the Olympus E3, and it is still the only one on the list. Cameras that I believe should be are the Panasonic GH1, Panasonic GF1, and the Olympus E-P2. At minimum, the Olympus E30should be present.

– The Pentax K20D is on the list, but not the Pentax K-xdespite the K-x’s wonderful sensor.

Am I the only one that think this is weird?

Battle of the Compacts: Sigma DP2s vs Canon G11

The reviews of the Sigma DP2s and Canon G11 are now complete, and the cameras can go head to head in ThePhoblographer’s first battle of the compacts. Please note that the Leica D-LUX 4/Panasonic LX-3 have been counted out of the battle as the successor has already been announced. But while you’re at it, you may want to check out this posting on small cameras for professionals. So let’s get to it!

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