Look at the Gear Used by Sony World Photography Awards 2022 Winners

The National Award winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards were recently announced. While we don’t classify the success of a winning image based on what gear was used, it’s nevertheless a fun stat to read about. Here’s a breakdown of the cameras and lenses used (where the information is available) to produce the winning image for each country’s top photographers.

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The Queens Chef Project Spotlights the Most Important Tool of Chefs

“I am very lucky with the chefs whose first languages are not English,” explains photographer Drew Kerr, the man behind the Queens Chef Project. “There was always somebody who was available to act as an interpreter…” Drew took on a massive task; without any sort of large publication’s or outlet’s backing, he knocked on doors. His idea was to show off the most important item of various chefs in Queens, New York. Brooklyn and Manhattan get a lot of play, so it’s easy to forget the most diverse place in America. It’s home to various kitchen staff, your Uber drivers, and it’s where I was born and raised. Drew’s story has a special place in my heart.

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Apple’s Shot on iPhone Contest Has a Big Problem

Technically speaking, Apple’s New Shot on iPhone Contest has a minimum entry fee of around $1,000. It’s not a literal fee, but you can only enter if you’re using their latest iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Shot on iPhone contest has been around for years, but the prizes haven’t really gotten any better. Photographers as it is are hesitant about entering contests and what the contests actually do for photographers. And in this case, it’s a tone-deaf tech company that cares more about its product than about photographers.

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Laurence Bouchard Finds Magic and Whimsy in City Life

“Fatherhood has shaped my perspective,” the Tokyo-based photographer Laurence Bouchard tells me. “Having a daughter has changed the kind of places I visit, and without a doubt, I’ve found some very cool locations that I would never have been to otherwise. My wife usually works on Sundays, so I make a deal with my daughter: we go somewhere that interests me and somewhere she wants to go.” 

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Laurie Freitag Captures the Ephemeral Magic of Childhood

Laurie Freitag doesn’t have many photographs of herself as a young child. “It bothers me that I cannot remember much of my childhood before I was seven years old,” she tells me. She’s not alone; research suggests that most of us recall very little of that time. It’s a phenomenon known as “childhood amnesia,” and although we still don’t know much about it, we do know that the first seven years can be some of the most important and influential, even if we can’t picture them clearly.   

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Can You Tell What Photo Is from Bokeh AI in the New Luminar AI?

Creamy backgrounds generate bokeh envy. Smartphone companies, using artificial intelligence, have been trying to whet this appetite with portrait modes. But, now a major photo editing software is joining the fray. Luminar AI, a scaled-down, beginner-friendly version of Luminar, has just announced its fourth major update. The refresh includes the addition of a major new tool — Portrait Bokeh AI, The tool, made for portraits, recognizes the subject and offers a few different sliders to control the effect.

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Critiquing the Winners of The 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

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The winners of The 2021 iPhone Photography Awards are here. After reviewing thousands of photographs, sent in from photographers across 140 countries, the judging panel made their decisions. The standard was high, and the winners are evidence of that. “Congratulations to all the winners and their astute observations, sometimes moving and subtle, other times witty and surprising… always insightful,” wrote IPPA founder Kenan Aktulun. In this article, we will look at each of the winning images and offer our thoughts.

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Robert Claus Made All These Photos with His iPhone

All images and text by Robert Claus. Used with permission.

I’m seeking out the hidden beauty of a common local landmark by revisiting it over three winters and producing black & white images shot only on a basic iPhone. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to catch a major David Hockney retrospective at the De Young in San Francisco and was particularly impressed by a series of charcoal drawings he had done of a footpath through a wood in Yorkshire. Not only were the drawings technically flawless, but they were done over the course of a whole year, showing the same scene in different seasons. He explored the same concept with a stunning video installation that placed the audience in the middle of a clearing, with each of the four video walls playing a different season at the same time, so that viewers experienced the whole year all at once.

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Profoto TTL for iPhone Shows Us Just How Limited Apple ProRAW Is

Profoto updated their iPhone app to give it TTL and High-Speed Sync, but Apple ProRAW isn’t ready for it yet.

Recently, Profoto updated their iPhone app. The Profoto app has a camera built-in that lets you use flashes like the B10 as a strobe. Except instead of shooting with a real, dedicated camera, you’re using your iPhone. The recent update includes TTL algorithm changes and lets you use Apple ProRAW. We spoke with Profoto’s product manager and tested it out for ourselves. It’s a stark reminder of just how limited a camera phone’s sensor still is.

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Xiaomi’s New Smartphone Lenses Might Shake Up The Camera Market

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Cameras in smartphones are getting better all the time, and now Xiaomi’s new smartphone lenses could push mobile photography even further.

There’s a storm coming, and it’s making a beeline for the camera market. Sure, the photography world has weathered many smartphone powered storms. However, thanks to Xiaomi, this storm could do more damage than ever before. The Chinese smartphone giant has just teased two new retractable smartphone lenses that could take mobile photography to new heights. With the camera market still trying to find itself after the rise of smartphone photography, camera manufacturers may have to go back to the drawing board again. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Here’s How the Apple iPhone Triggers the Profoto B10 Professional Flash

If you’re a Profoto B10 flash owner, you’re going to enjoy the latest Profoto AirX update.

Not long ago, Profoto updated its Apple iPhone app to let the Profoto B10 trigger a flash with the Profoto Camera App. Let’s be clear here; no one is going to go out and buy the Profoto B10 just to shoot with their phone. I think that would be a pretty stupid idea. But instead, you now have an extra added capability. My Profoto B10 has a Sony transmitter, Canon transmitter, Fujifilm transmitter, and I can also personally use it to shoot photos. Better yet, I don’t have to use the constant light. Instead, I can enjoy the natural pop that a flash can give you. Profoto has developed a proprietary technology to do this. You can take a look at our Profoto B10 review and spot the update there for yourself. So how does it work? We spoke to Marko Pirc–who found his way to Profoto after working on the Lumu light meter for your iPhone.

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What Every Phone Photographer Needs: Wolffilms Lenses Review

If you want to get more out of the already great cameras on your smartphone, you might want to check out these Wolffilms lenses.

Smartphone or mobile photography is becoming even more popular these days thanks to new devices that not only have pretty powerful cameras in them but also because of AI features as well. No matter how good the cameras are, though, you are usually stuck with whatever lenses the manufacturer decided to stick on the phone. Additional lenses for smartphones that clip over the base lenses aren’t new, but the quality of these lenses has been improving. We recently received some Wolffilms lenses to review, and we decided to put them to the test on one of the lastest smartphones to hit the market. How will they do? Find out in our full review after the break.

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Can You Guess Which Smartphone Camera These Photos Were Shot On?

It’s a new year, so let’s kick it off with some smartphone camera fun.

Let’s be honest; smartphone photography started as a bit of gimmick. It was fun to think you could create a photograph with a tiny, pocket-sized device. Since then, smartphone photography has become big business, and many photographers are advocates for doing the core of their work on a mobile device. But, we don’t want to get too lost in all the seriousness that comes with the creative world. We want to go back to having a little bit of fun while checking out some cool photography. So we’re going to play a game. Are you ready?

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5 Photographers Show the Strength of the iPhone 11 Pro Camera

With the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple stepped up its smartphone camera game, opening up more creative options for its loyal supporters.

Remember when we all went crazy over a 2MP camera in a mobile phone? Now we have a smartphone camera that has not one, but three lens options built into it. Apple, by no means, is the only (or even the first) company to have this feature, but it’s certainly the most popular. In our developing world of tech, are three-lens options just another gimmick to keep us handing over our money? Or, will it help improve the quality of work from smartphone shooters? The below photographers answer these questions, as we take a look at five photographers proving the iPhone 11 Pro is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

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Get The ‘Film Look’ With The Now Free Hipstamatic X Analog Camera App

The Hipstamatic X Analog camera app will make turtleneck and vest-wearing iPhone hipsters grin from ear to ear.

Ever since cameras tuned into digital devices, photographers have wanted their images to have the ‘film look.’ There are literally dozens of apps in the iPhone App store that can give these looks. Photographers use filters that mimic film all the time in Capture One Pro and Lightroom, too, but those filters and apps usually come at a price. Now, you can pick up the popular Hipstamatic X Analog camera app is now free for all iPhone users to download. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Camerica’s Photography App Could Help You Earn a Little Extra Cash

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Travel, snap, earn; that’s the premise behind Artem Chystiak’s photography app Camerica.

There are so many photography apps in mobile marketplaces that offer the chance to make money by sharing your photos. But a new photography app from Artem Chystiak aims to put a little bit of a spin into things that could help make you a little bit of cash on the side if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. Join us after the break for more information about a potential new photography app called Camerica. Continue reading…

Review: Profoto B10 (The Best Light I’ve Ever Used)

The Profoto B10 is the perfect tool for a working photojournalist and location photographer.

When I first used the Profoto B10, I knew fully that this was the perfect light for me for many reasons. It’s the size of a 70-200mm lens, capable of HSS, has 250 watt seconds of power, offers cross compatibility across many different types of TTL systems, can function as both a stills and cinema unit with an LED lamp that changes color, has an app that allows even further tuning and control via Bluetooth on your phone, and is simply reliable. I know that the previous sentence is long winded and offers a ton of features, but for a very long time I was searching for a more or less self-contained lighting option that does all this. An all-in-one light such as the Profoto B10 is perfect for a journalist.

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9 Photographers Proving The iPhone Is a Great Camera

iPhone cameras have evolved over the last 12 years–with that, so has the quality of photography created on Apple’s flagship device.

“The camera is just a tool.” Is there any more evidence of this than the images being created with iPhones? A tiny camera that fits in your pocket, yet photographers are making professional quality images with it. From war photography, portrait, landscape and street, it seems no genre is left untouched when it comes to iPhone photography. To celebrate how things have evolved in the photographic industry, we’ve picked out 9 photographers that are making the most of this advance in smartphone technology.

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The Best Accessories for the Enthusiastic Smartphone Photographer

Do you have a strong interest in smartphone photography? Here’s some gear to help you take it to the next level.

Whoever thought we would be taking credible photographs on the same device we call our mothers on? Well someone did, hence why smartphone photography has become its own popular sub-genre. With that, it’s hardly a surprise that photography companies have created a plethora of accessories to help boost your smartphone photography experience. From lenses to tripods, mini LED’s to ring lights, smartphone photography can just about offer the same experience as the more traditional DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras. In this list, we have something for everyone. And don’t worry if you’re not an iPhone or Samsung user – we’ve got you covered too.

Below are seven accessories to help you build on your enthusiasm.

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Five Fantastic Street Photographers Using Their Smartphones

As smartphone cameras improve, many street photographers are opting to use it as their main weapon of choice.

Smartphone street photography has risen in popularity over the past five years. The cameras are getting crisper and the technology is getting smarter. The best part about them from a street photographer’s perspective is that photographers can carry them in their pocket, meaning it’s always readily available. The specs and capabilities are still lacking compared to the normal mirrorless, bridge, and DSLR, which means using them isn’t always an easy thing to do. There are street photographers, however, doing a mighty fine job when it comes to creating quality smartphone images.

In this article, we look at five who are doing great work.

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RNI All Films Gets Updated to Support Nikon Z6/Z7, Leica DLux 7, and More

 RNI has updated All Films Lightroom presets to v4.0.9 and includes native support for new RAW file formats.

While digital images are great, many photographers (myself included) are still in love with the unique look of film. Fortunately, there are things we can do in post to recreate the look of films we love. We can either spend hours trying to recreate the looks ourselves, or we can use Lightroom presets. RNI’s All Films has presets for negative, slide, instant, black and white, and vintage films, and now the preset pack has been updated to work with the new Nikon Z line, the Leica D-Lux 7, and many more new cameras. Join us after the break to find out more. Continue reading…