A Simple Mind Hack to Always Keep You Motivated to Shoot Photos

This post is short, sweet, and to the point: if you want to ever stop being dominated by creative ruts as a photographer the best thing you can possibly do for yourself is to surround yourself in positivity and creative energy. Sounds crazy, right? You could say that, but it’s the truth and every business owner who has weathered being within inches of bankruptcy will tell you exactly that.

So how do photographers surround themselves with positivity?

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The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Sony E-mount

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.5

Sony has had a mirrorless camera system for a while. Originally called the NEX system, it has since been incorporated into the Alpha system. The company originally had only APS-C cameras, but they were the first to give the world full frame mirrorless cameras for the E-mount. However, the full-frame E-mount lenses are more expensive and much newer. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable options out there.

In our reviews of reviewing lenses, we’ve compiled lots of information from our Reviews Index and around rounding up our favorite E-mount lenses that won’t break the bank.

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Holiday 2012: Recommended Messenger Bags for The Sophisticated Urban Dweller

Camera bags carry the cameras we love to use, the items that help us accomplish those images we are after, and they make us look devilishly good while doing it. Nothing does this better than a well made messenger bag. Whether you really are an urban dweller, a suburbanite, or just someone looking for a new way to cart around your favorite kit, these excellent messenger bags were made to help you do it well. Find out which one might fit you perfectly after the jump.
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Holiday 2012: Recommended Items for the Discerning Film Photographer

I have been a dedicated film shooter for the last year after selling off all my digital equipment in a frenzy and learning to develop my own B&W at home. I have had some tough and frustrating times with film, but there is really nothing quite like watching the image come to life after waiting a spell since you actually took the image to see it. The payoff when I see client’s faces light up after seeing the images for the first time since the shoot is just too big to put a price tag on.

However, all this glory only comes from some serious learning and some special equipment. If you have been shooting a toy camera for any period of time you know how drop dead simple exposure science can be, but as you progress there are things you desire to do with you images that take more than just a chance exposure and leaving it up to Walgreens’ abysmal lab. To take your film photography to the next level with just a few wishlist items, take a short perusal of this suggested equipment list and prepare for even more film photography fun!

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The Complete Roundup of Lens Guides Written by the Phoblographer Staff

Here on The Phoblographer, we’ve published lots of stories on lenses. There are all the lenses we have reviewed in our Reviews Index, but then there are other specific guides that we’ve put together. For those of you that are content with your camera, here’s a complete round up of all our lens guides published so far.

And if you have any requests, please let us know in the comments below.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your DSLR’s Batteries

In the days of film, photographers had to worry about running out of exposures long before running out of power. In the days of digital cameras, that concern has been replaced by two: memory card space and battery life. Memory cards are easy to deal with; they’re inexpensive and small enough to keep several on your person at all times. Batteries, on the other hand, are a different issue. Unless you spring for extra batteries, you’re stuck with the battery that came with your SLR body, and maybe an additional battery for a grip. It’s economically unfeasible to treat batteries like memory cards, cheap and easy to replace. Fortunately, there are many techniques for stretching out your already long-lasting SLR even further on a single charge. Continue reading…

Field Review: Canon 1D Mk IV (Night 2)

Three events to shoot in one night—it’s the standard for most working photographers. They’re most likely packing two bodies, lenses, strobes, etc. The other night, I took the 1D Mk IV, one lens, one strobe, a microphone and a cable with me to three different events: the opening of the Pentax Boutique, Pepcom (a technology event) and finally to a Magnum Photos book signing party. How’d it do? Pretty darn well, actually.

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