That’s a Nice Camera. I’m Sure It Takes Great Photos

If you clicked this story, then this was probably said to you a few times. Photographers will let out a sigh of exasperation. Non-photographers will not have any idea as to why someone would be bothered by this. But yes, you have a nice camera. And it’s very capable of taking great photos. In today’s world, no one is making bad cameras. But there are tons of awful photographs made with the cream rising to the top in certain situations.

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Creating the Photograph: Sander Martijn’s “Diamond Jewelry Portrait”


All images by Sander Martijn. Used with permission. 

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Sander Martijn is a fashion photographer based in NYC, and also a former Phoblographer staffer. Sander’s style of lighting is extremely by the book but when combined with his creative vision works out quite well for the images that he produces. Late last year, he photographed something that many photographer find incredibly difficult: jewelry. Additionally, the jewelry was photographed on a model.

Here’s how he got the photo that worked perfectly for the magazine he shot it for.

This post is a modified posting originally found here.

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An Early Glimpse of Joe Giacomet’s Shots for the Cigar Sanctum Ad Campaign



All images shot by and used with permission from Joe Giacomet.

London-based photographer and cinematographer Joe Giacomet creates powerful photographs that are as dark as they are eccentric. He has a way of turning real everyday scenarios, with the help of amazing lighting, into thoughtful reflections of human emotions and conditions. When you look at his photos, it’s almost as if you’re looking into a parallel universe, one that is very similar but way darker and more cynical upon closer look.

But when new jeweler Cigar Sanctum, a company that makes jewelries for the passionate cigar smokers (set to launch on the 15th of February), commissioned him to photograph the advertising for their debut, Giacomet had a different vision, entirely.

“The subjects he photographed were not models but interesting characters in their own right, and all were dedicated cigar smokers. In his selection of subjects Joe showed how, in the world of cigars, a seemingly unrelated group of people can come together based on their love of cigars.”

The results from the shoot were as thought-provoking as his other, more skeptical images, however. Subjecting each man to the same aesthetics and exposing them in the same lighting conditions, he was able to create images of strong masculinity that fits the brand perfectly. More importantly, he was able to put the men all in equal footing and highlight their commonality – their love of cigars.

We’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the images from this fantastic campaign and we’re sharing them with you. See them after the jump. Be sure to also check out Joe’s Creating the Photograph guest blog post that he did for us.

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Mr. M Lets Your Leica Camera Dress Better Than You Can


MTV just called us and pitched a brand new television show called, “Pimp My Leica!!!” It will effectively allow you to put jewelry on your jewelry so you can ball out while you shoot out.

Just kidding–it’s not brand new.

Leica’s latest M camera is already a piece of fine jewelry in and of itself since they’re darned near impossible to get your hands on. But if you feel like that isn’t enough, then Leica Rumors found these latest pieces. They’re called, “Mr. M” and they are hot shoe covers and shutter release soft buttons–but instead they’re crafted to in the style of the jewelry that European snub-nosed aristocracy would wear. The pieces are by Jay Tsujimura and include sterling silver.

Now, if they made matching cufflinks, we’d be in business!