Field Review (Day 1): Leica D-LUX 4

Despite the fact that it has been out for a while now, the Leica D-LUX 4 is one of the point-and-shoots that I’ve always felt deserved some attention.Like its more economical sibling the Panasonic LX-3, it is a premium point-and-shoot that is meant for enthusiasts, pros that want a nice compact camera, and people that want better images and aren’t afraid to work a little bit for them. On December 11th 2009, Leica announced a firmware update for the camera. The update in lots pictures after the jump.

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A List of Cameras To Help Blind Photographers

Over at the Blind Photographer’s blog, I have a posting on what cameras a blind or visually impaired photographer can choose from to help them take pictures and reach their inner creativity despite what some may call for us, “a disability.” I personally see it as an advantage for me as I can see one way with my glasses on and another way without them. Amongst my choices are the Leica M9, Olympus EP-2, Panasonic GF-1, GH1, the Canon S90 and more. Head on over there for my reasons why. Also remember to please support The Phoblographer by please clicking the links and purchasing the items as we get a small portion of the monies spent.

Learner's Tips For Shooting Great Portraits

Alex in Central Park With Polaroid Look

So you want to take portraits? Great! There are a couple of basic tips and reminders that you should always check before you press that shutter button. Now that you’ve learned some of the terminology you can put it to good use. To aid with the process, here are a couple of basic tips for shooting portraits in the studio or anywhere else.

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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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Fuji Releases New HS10 and Loads More Cameras

Fuji has announced new additions to their series of cameras such as the XP10 which Fuji is saying is essentially “LifeProof”, and the Z70 which allows you to tag images for upload to Facebook and videos to be uploaded to Youtube which just simply tagging the photo in the camera’s menu. More advanced photographers will appreciate cameras like the new HS10.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Free Lensing

Free Lensing is a technique used by photographers to achieve certain effects such as extra bokeh in the photo or if the lens is tilted in a certain direction it shall create a light leaking effect on the photo as well. You can see the difference below in the 2 photos. They aren’t the best examples, as the technique takes some practice.

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Reader Question: A Camcorder For Trade Shows

Today’s reader question comes from my friend Jeffrey L Wilson who is the editor of He’s asking a question that lots of other tech journalists actually wonder about. You see, we all have our different niches, but when it comes down to more technical questions we all have our own specialized skills. Hit the jump; you’ve most likely been wondering the same thing.

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My Favorite Photo Sites To Check Out

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

As a tech blogger for years that’d had primarily online experience, I’ve developed quite the taste fora number of photo blogs in my Google News reader. I’m just going to get straight into this: here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite photo blogs and websites.

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The Facelift to The Phoblographer is Coming Tonight

Hey everyone, just letting you all know that the Phoblographer is getting a minor facelift tonight. The new look will accommodate to enable faster load times on mobile devices, slower internet connections, and the Apple Tablet. All this is being done while still delivering the superb image quality that we strive for here at the Phoblographer. The new look will also enable us to show readers who wrote each article. Currently, the staff consists of myself (Chris Gampat) and Vincent Pastore.

I’d also like to remind you all that we are now available at and to please update your RSS feeds as well.


The Apple iPad & The Blind Photographer

Tim O’Brien of Blind Photographers weighed in on the Apple iPad the other day and made a good argument for it being of great use to the visually impaired photographer. What he essentially says in the posting is how he finds it difficult to use a camera’s LCD screen sometimes to preview his photos. He says the Apple iPad would be a great solution to this as one would be able to get immediate feedback from his/her photography and be able to share it with others. He mentions an obstacle though, and this is an obstacle that a lot of photographers saw with the release of the iPad and that is that there are no ports on the side of the device. However as Tim points out though according to the Apple iPad Spec Page there is a USB kit for camera connection solving this issue.

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The Noob's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography is a popular technique used to capture light by slowing down the shutter. The formula is simple: slow down the shutter speed and for best results close the aperture (F stop.) This is best done with use of a tripod. What you get as a result is sometimes some very interesting effects such as the picture above. It’s best done with a DSLR or camera with advanced shooting settings like aperture and manual.

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We May Be Getting a Minor Facelift

Hey everyone, just letting you all know that since the site is starting to grow and because I have a new writer (Vincent Pastore) I may be changing the looks up a bit to accommodate to bylines. It may possibly also include me getting rid of the header up top.

The new site will work even faster on your phones as well. I’m open to insights though. I’m currently using the Pressrow Theme of WordPress.


Chris Gampat


Entry Level DSLRs are Better Than We Think

Most readers of this site use Entry Level DSLRs of some sort. Semi-pro and professional photographers like me don’t always tend to give those types of cameras the full credit they deserve. After seeing things like a Sony A350 survive time in a freezer and Fred Miranda’s Rebel XT survive a fall out of an airplane it can be said that quite a bit can actually be done with these cameras and that they probably can last much longer than we think. More after the jump.

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Times Square Has Changed

Times Square in the rain

My buddy Geoff Fox grew up knowing Times Square for what it was back in the old days, “scuzzy strip of sleaze.” He’s a weatherman and fellow photographer, and over at his blog he reminisces about what Times Square was and how it has changed for what he thinks was for the worse. The posting is complete with photographs of the new Times Square.

In my honest opinion. I’ve always hated the place. You get bored of it pretty quickly when you’re a very young New Yorker. More photos of the Square after the jump. Be sure to check out Geoff’s blog posting as well.

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