Powerful Portrait Photography That Demands Your Attention

Portrait photography is a highly versatile genre. You have the standard “for my Linkedin” headshot right through to the self-analytical self-portrait. Of course, there’s a place for something basic, but they’re never the type of portraits that remain in the viewer’s mind. Instead, it’s the portraits that pushed a little further, explored the possibilities of the unknown, and verge on being bizarre that are remembered. If you’re looking for something that’ll make you say, “I can’t get it out of my mind,” stick with us because you’re in the right place.

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7 Photographers Maximizing the Strength of Their Canon Camera

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The Canon camera is a mainstay in the photo industry. Even after all these decades, new and experienced photographers swear by their Canon systems. It’s no surprise. After all, Canon does make quality cameras and lenses. But, of course, it’s no good having a quality camera if you don’t know how to use it. Thankfully, the photographers in this piece have made remarkable photographs and projects – their Canon cameras are just trusted extensions of their creative vision.

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The Canon 5D Mk IV is a Photographer’s Workhorse Camera

We’ve been waiting for a very long time for a replacement for the Canon 5D Mk III; and today we’re getting its successor in the form of the Canon 5D Mk IV. The replacement was well worth the wait and if you look at the grand scheme of things and what Canon is trying to do, it simply makes a lot of sense. The camera isn’t being positioned as high as the Canon 5Ds (which is a spectacular camera) but instead is going to continue to target the photographer that needs a workhorse camera, great video and a balance of both resolution and high ISO output.

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Karl Taylor Shows How Lighting Can Make Olympus and Canon Cameras Look Similar


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Bigger sensor, better photos. That is how photography is supposed to work, right? Wrong, it’s all about the lighting. Photography instructor Karl Taylor has a new YouTube video showing just how important lighting is in a head to head comparison between a Canon 5D Mk III and Olympus OMD EM10.

One would think that a full frame sensor would completely steamroll the entry level Micro Four Thirds camera with a much smaller sensor. However, a relatively simple two light setup evens out the performance between these two divergent cameras.

In the video Karl uses an Octabox 75 to light his background. Meanwhile, Karl has his assistant hold a large white board to bounce the softened light from an Octabox 150 onto his model, Sophie. At the end of the day both cameras resolve nearly the same image with some slight differences in skin tone. You can check out the video after the break.

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Reminder: We’re Giving Away a Canon 5D Mk III or a Nikon D800 With BorrowLenses.com


Our contest that we’re hosting together with BorrowLenses.com is still running until the 21st of June (end of day). We’re giving away either a Canon 5D Mk III or a Nikon D800–it’s your choice. For the second place, we have a $250 BorrowLenses.com gift card in store, and five runner-ups will each get a one year BorrowLenses.com membership. What you’ve got to do to enter? Be 18 years of age or older, and head over to our facebook page to participate. That’s it. The lucky winner(s) will be announced once the contest is finished.

And if you want to double your chances: SnapKnot have a similar contest going on right now. Check it out!

The Phoblographer Weekly Recap: May 19th 2013

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“The Phoblographer Weekly Recap” is a new feature where we recap the week’s most popular posts. Each weekend, we will present you the top ten posts of the week for your perusal. If you’ve missed any of our popular stories that week, you’ll find it here. Among this week’s top posts: Why Your Pictures Suck, Scientology Photoshops an Image, and Traps That Aspiring Photographers Get Caught In. Find the complete breakdown after the jump.

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How a Little Bead of Silica Gel Drove Me Absolutely Insane (And Screwed Up My Canon 5D Mk III)

Silica Gel: it comes in packets that we often don’t care about or toss to the side when we receive electronics, bags, or anything really. Like it or not, it helps to keep moisture out of our goods. Sometimes though, silica gel can explode in your bag and the process of getting it all out can be a bit tedious.

This is the story of how one little bead drove me insane for nearly half a day. Grab a cup of coffee.

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Mitch Aunger Teams Up With Dudes to Shoot Short Film of Dude Trying to Kidnap Young Girl: Shot on Canon 5D Mk III

Our very good buddy Mitch Aunger of Planet5D teamed up with Barry Anderson (who literally wrote the handbook on DSLR filmmaking) to create a narrative film. The new short films (embedded above) is said to be one of the first short films shot on the Canon 5D Mk III. Mitch also adds in that the entire film was targeted towards those working with low budgets since all of the bigger names out there seem to be moving towards camcorders like the C300 and above.

Mitch also recruited quite a cast and also had a good crew working with him. In the end, that is what any filmmaker will really want in order for the dynamics to flow smoothly.

If you’re looking for more videos shot with the 5D Mk III, check out this roundup of videos I found on Vimeo shot in NYC.

7 Videos Shot on the Canon 5D Mk III in New York

While our Canon 5D Mk III review is in the works, I’ve been hunting around looking for more video footage from the HDSLR. As the curator and creator of Vimeo’s NYC HD Video channel, I often run into lots of footage filmed in my very own home: New York City. Lots of creatives here have the new camera, and so I went on a search around Vimeo looking for videos already shot and uploaded to the community using the Canon 5D Mk III. Here’s what I’ve found:

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Editing Video in Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta: Canon’s Cinestyle Color Profile

Various rundowns and impressions have been posted over the internet on the impressions of Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta so far. For me, I wanted to see how the new video editing interface worked. This came after downloading the Technicolor Cinestyle Color Profile for my Canon 5D Mk II. To be quite honest with you, I don’t see why I couldn’t have just manually set the color, saturation, contrast, and sharpness settings myself. However, I do see how it allows the user to have more latitude with their editing providing you’ve got a working knowledge of color theory.

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A Photo from the Canon 5D Mk III?

Upon browsing through the Editor’s Choice area of 500px.com, I noticed this image. When you upload an image to the service, it automatically puts the EXIF Data in for you. However, it can be changed if you go in and edit the information. Apparently, Christopher Boffoli may have a Canon 5D Mk III. Christopher may have mistakenly put that in. If he did, then too bad. But if it really is an image from the 5D Mk III camera (that has yet to be announced), fanboys all around will be ecstatic.

He has comments on the image already asking about the Mk III but not replying at all. That just peaks my curiosity even more. What do you think? Could it be real? Why would he not correct it and prevent angry Canon fans from potentially ripping him apart?

Update: he has removed the camera information!!!!!!