The Best Smartphone Photographers Will Win the Mobiography Awards 2021

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We’re incredibly elated to announce that The Phoblographer is the media sponsor for the Mobiography Awards 2021. Mobiography was founded many years ago as a magazine for those seriously interested in smartphone photography. And it’s continued to grow over the years. I know too well just how difficult it is to run and organize a blog. And this is why we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The Mobiography Awards champion innovations in smartphone photography and smartphone-related digital art. Want to enter? We’ll give you all the essential details below.

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Are Fast Aperture Lenses Really Worth the Money? Probably Not!

Fast aperture lenses are all the rage for photographers who care about getting every little bit of light and bokeh. 

When you start out as a photographer, you probably go straight for the kit lens or small, fast aperture lenses like a 50mm f1.8 or so. There are reasons why some lenses are called Nifty 50–and it’s because at 50mms they can let in a lot of light and can help a photographer grow and improve for many years. In some cases they’re very affordable, but in other cases manufacturers will demand a premium for the lens. It all varies on a number of factors, so we’re going to take a look at a number of options out there.

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Essentials: Cecilia Gallery SD Card Wallet

Essentials is a revamped series featuring products that we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite sized posts.

I was introduced to the Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet during Photo Plus Expo of 2018. It was thrown in with the camera bag we reviewed and for me personally, it’s been a big upgrade over my old think Tank SD card wallet. The Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet is probably not for everyone, but it should be as it’s made pretty much better in every single way. Not only can it attach to any loop on your camera bag, but it has a secure clasp to keep your cards safe, is made of leather, and keeps everything nice and compact.

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The Hasselblad H6D-400C Can Shoot Up to 400 Megapixels

With the Hasselblad H6D-400C, you can get 400MP images using the multi-shot feature.

Though you may rarely need it, the new Hasselblad H6D-400C multishot camera is claiming to have some really big tech inside. For starters, it’s a camera body using the Hasselblad full frame 645 100MP sensors with 16 bit RGB color readout and 15 stops of dynamic range. If you shoot in TIIF multishot with 6 images to create a 400MP photo, your photos can be up to 2.4GB in size. Additionally, it had flash sync up to 1/2000th. When you’re in the studio, you’ll be able to utilize the USB 3.0 C readout when you’re tethered. What’s more, it also shoots 4K video and has a 3″ touchscreen LCD.

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The True Costs of Shooting with Film vs. Digital

Screenshot image from the video by Travis Mortz

It shouldn’t be an issue anymore, but the case of film vs. digital cameras remains a long-standing topic for both beginner and intermediate photographers. Among the most debated aspects of this is which one is the least expensive. If you’re just about to start with photography and are wondering which route won’t put a dent in your wallet, Travis Mortz of Forest Hill Film Lab weighs in on the specifics of this debate to help you decide.

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There’s a New Autofocusing Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE Lens for Sony a7 and a9 Cameras

Sony camera users rejoice: you’ve got yet another autofocus lens in the form of the new Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE offering. Just announced today, the Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE is the fourth offering of autofocus lenses Samyang has created for the Sony FE lineup of cameras. That means that the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 has a competitor, though this one is slated to be a lower end option (it doesn’t include weather sealing). To that end, you won’t want to take your camera and lens out in the rain unless you’ve got some Sony or Zeiss glass on there.

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Oliphant Backdrops Can Cost You Around $1000 Plus Shipping

Lead image by Deborah Ory and Ken Browar. Used with permission in our interview with the duo. Dancer: Xin Ying, Principal, Martha Graham Dance Company

When photographers think about backdrops, many of us tend to try to be savvy–but the more discerning amongst us tend to reach for Oliphant backdrops. In fact, according to a recent blog post on the Retouchist, they can command a pretty penny. They’re used by a number of fantastic photographers including Annie Leibovitz and a number of others. You’re bound to have seen them in many portrait photos and they’re known for giving off the look of a painting in a photo.

Deborah Ory and Ken Browar, who we’ve interviewed before, use Oliphant backdrops.

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The New Lomography Color Negative F²/400 Film Is the Result of a Crazy Experiment

Today we’re getting a brand new film in the form of Lomography Color Negative F²/400 Film. Well, at least it’s kind of a new film. The company describes the origin of the film as being originally made by an Italian filmmaker. In 2010, they bought the last of it; and then they let it age in the Czech Republic. While doing this, they did some experiments with it. Seven years later, they took it out and they’re really happy with the results.

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Infographic: The Cost of Adobe Creative Cloud vs Boxed Set



Adobe has faced quite a bit of a backlash across the web from commentors and creators due to the pricing and the decision to go for cloud updates. Though most of us here mostly get all we need done in Lightroom, Photoshop is still a big part of our community. Digital Camera Info recently put together an infographic to totally figure out the pricing plan and structure: making it easy for everyone to look at all that info in one spot.

The infographic is below, and for businesses and independent studios it seems like this may still be an excellent option.

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Why I Chose The Olympus EP-2 Over the Fuji X100

Her name is Mary-Jane: and she is my beloved Olympus EP-2. I’ve compared it against the Fuji X100 before, and many people couldn’t tell the difference between the two cameras’ image quality. But beyond the image quality, there are many reasons why one would want to consider other cameras over the Fuji X100. Now don’t get me wrong, I gave the X100 a very good review and it is indeed a well loved camera, but in the end we must not only remember that it’s the photographer that takes the images but also that some tools are easier to work with than others.

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Know Yourself: How to Choose a Point and Shoot

Maria Sharapova and her Canon Powershot Diamond Collection

We’re in a recession, so consumers (and photographers) naturally have to rely upon themselves to make smarter financial decisions. This can be tough, especially when choosing a camera. You probably have a camera right now and are not happy with it or you’ve got the money for one and are looking to make a purchase without breaking the bank. Throw what you know about megapixels, zooms, features, colors and compactness out the window right now. It’s time to know how to ensure that you’ll be satisfied with your purchase for a long time.

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