Jay and Varina Patel Talk About Capturing the Great Outdoors

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All photos by Jay and Varina Patel. Used with permission

Photographer duo Jay and Varina Patel are a couple that for many need no introduction. Both of them have enormous followings in what could arguably be considered the true hub for photographers right now: Google +. Jay and Varina travel around capturing landscapes and scenes while combining their skills in their craft with social marketing efforts and back and forth interactions.

When they had a couple of minutes to chat, we talked with them about what it’s like to be professional landscape shooters.

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Photographer Don McCullin’s War Stories Will Tug At Your Heart

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War changes everyone–including photographers. In fact, Don McCullin recently spoke in a short interview about the mentality of the photographer and the people in wars. He brings up a ton of situations such as photographing a dying person or someone about to be executed. Don states that part of how he stayed, “a human being” is by thinking about his children and taking care of his family. And instead of wars, he talks about how much he loves photographing landscapes instead of wars.

“I don’t want to be remembered as a war photographer. I hate that title” states McCullin towards the end of the short interview.

Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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Olympus Visionary Jamie A MacDonald’s Fine Art Photos of Clouds

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All images by Jamie A MacDonald. Used with permission

Olympus Visionary Jamie A MacDonald is a photographer that hails from Southern Michigan and has photographed landscapes of all types. In fact, black and white landscapes is what takes up lots of his portfolio at the moment, though he has shot everything from portraiture and more. While going through his portfolio, we were awestruck by some of the landscapes on top of lots of the interesting cloud formations in his images.

And while one might think that there isn’t much to capturing the right clouds, you’d be quite shocked.

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Introspective: A Photo Project Shot on Kodak Aerochrome About Self Discovery

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All images by Dan Zvereff. Used with permission

We first read about Dan Zvereff on Japan Camera Hunter, we were captivated by his images and his use of Kodak Aerochrome. The famous infrared film was designed for military applications and what it did was turn all greens into a shade of purple. But that’s just the short explanation, and we’ve got a more detailed and in depth analysis here.

Aerochrome was at the heart of Dan’s project called Introspective, where he travelled around the world for three months on a quest of self-discovery. Along the way he shot various landscapes and scenes in the Arctic, Europe, and Africa.

We talked to Dan a bit about the project and his incredible images.

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Five Wide Angle Lenses For Shooting Landscapes With Your Mirrorless Camera

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Mirrorless Cameras are one of the best conveniences and inventions for travelling photographers. They balance excellent image quality with a small portable package that you really can easily embrace. The cameras also work well when it comes to a number of shooting needs–and they’ve improved very much in the past couple of years. Although lots of landscape shooters will tell you to go full frame (and we’d argue with them to go medium format and large format) one can still take some positively stellar landscape photos with a mirrorless camera. And to do just that, here are a bunch of lenses that are at the top of our list.


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9 Photography Projects to Try Out This Weekend

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We know you’re probably bored. And to help you find some inspiration and push your photographic boundaries a bit, we’re encouraging you to just get out there try something new. It doesn’t matter what it is, but you’ll grow and you’ll probably even learn something about yourself or your craft. Just give something new a shot.

With all this said, we’ve gone through our database (after a fresh new website server move) to bring you a couple new ideas that you might not have tried before.


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Ian Plant on Photographing Nature and Some of the Best Places in the World to Shoot

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All images courtesy of Ian Plant and used with permission.

Ian Plant has been a nature and animal photographer for years now and has been published in many books. He’s travelled all around the world and has stories to last for days about both animals and travelling. As a photographer who picked up a camera and fell in love with his passion after leaving his day job, Ian obviously had a plan before he dove right into his passion. And for almost ten years, he hasn’t looked back.

We talked to Ian about nature photography, the best places in the world to visit, and tips on photographing animals.


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Useful Photography Tip #53: Tips for the Allergy Prone Photographer

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You remember that kid who was allergic to everything growing up? For the most part that was me, and phases of those allergies come and go with my immune system. Being a creative and journalist over the years, I’ve had to do shoots where I ended up with red eyes from pollen or totally sick for the next couple of days. And as a photographer, we all know that time is money and that any time lost needs to be recounted for with you working twice as hard after your recovery.

If you’re an allergy prone photographer, though, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind whether you’re hankering for capturing that perfect landscape, or the newly engaged want you to photograph them amongst some beautiful cherry blossoms.

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Review: Vanguard Auctus Plus 383CT with GH-100 Pistol Grip Head

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Vanguard’s tripods have been very impressive over the past couple of years. While they don’t have the household name that Induro and Manfrotto have had for a while, they’ve been gaining more ground as an affordable and all American-made solution to the market. Their Auctus Plus 383CT tripod is one of their flagships–and as a photographer that really hates tripods, I have to admit that this one is really quite awesome.

It also has become by far one of the simplest tripods that I’ve used while giving me all of the features that I really needed. But it has some quirks.

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Martin Stavars’ Black and White Cityscapes Will Leave You Speechless

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All images shot by and used with permission from Martin Stavars

Martin Stavars is a born in 1981 in Czestochowa, Poland and has always been fascinated with landscapes. Martin specializes in black-and-white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography and he has travelled around the world photographing cities. The photographs have won him many awards and they are now published in his book, “Megalapolis.

Beautiful can’t begin to describe Martin’s work as the images hold elements of both simplicity and complexity due to the compositions. When you look at them, the words ghostly, beautiful, hypnotic, and dreamy come to mind. Take a look at the rest of his work after the jump. Also be sure to check out Neutral Density magazine, where Martin is the Managing Editor.

Martin uses a Canon 5D Mk II with Canon 17-40mm f4 L and 24-70mm f2.8 L lenses. Plus he totes around a Hasselblad 503cw with Hasselblad 40mm f/4 Distagon lens. Lastly he always uses ND and GND filters.  He also always needs a tripod. “My photographs are available in limited editions on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper, their sizes ranging from 12”x12” to 40”x40”. Printed with Epson 11880.” states Martin.

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Review: Zeiss 21mm f2.8 (Canon EF Mount)

We’ve reviewed lots of Zeiss glass here on the site, and we’ve fallen in love with every optic. The 21mm f2.8 is a lens that one can describe as luxurious, sharp, and clinical. The lens is really quite a beauty and the perfect compromise between 24mm and 15mm. This focal length has also been very popular with street photographers and landscape photographers for a while.

Being a Zeiss optic though, it will surely command quite the price tag at around $1,843. But is it right for you?

 

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Sunday Boredom: Ask Us Anything About the Sony A99

Hey readers, we just got the Sony A99, 135mm f1.8, 85mm f1.4 (yes the Zeiss ones) 50mm f1.4 and HVL-F60M all in for review and we’ve been playing with them quite a bit so far. We understand that there is a ton of interest about the camera and the system overall. To help you guys out, we’d love to answer any questions you have about the camera, lenses, flash, and system.

But before you fire away, take a look at our studio tests with the A99, high ISO test sample, our landscape tests, and our first impressions. Plus, be sure to check out exactly which lenses will take full advantage of Sony’s new AF-D mode. If you’re in the market for a Sony DSLR, also be sure to take a look at which lenses we recommend for the system at the budget level.

Leave us a comment down below in the post. I’ve got nothing to do until tonight and will be happy to answer your questions.

Tackling Southern California with the Sony A99: Fast Cars, Helicopters, Sunsets and Aquariums

In the past 24 hours, I’ve been testing lots of new cameras from Sony. But the one that I seem to consistently reach for is the A99. By far, it has to be one of the best cameras I’ve ever tested and its versatility makes my jaw drop. It has also opened up a ton of possibilities to me: I’ve shot better sports photos with the camera, better landscapes (and I really think I suck at landscapes though some like my work) and I’ve also for the first time created video with very little camera shake while shooting handheld with a DSLR. The video will come in a later post, but here are my impressions for my experiences today.

Editor’s Note: be sure to check out our three way full frame comparison test, the NEX 6 vs the X Pro 1, our studio shoot with the A99, our first studio sample with the camera, and a high ISO/long exposure.

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Review: Canon 8-15mm f4 L Fisheye Lens

See that piece of glass in the photo up above? That is one of the most highly talked about Canon L lenses right now. Indeed, the Canon 8-15mm f4 L fisheye zoom lens is one of the company’s latest additions and also one of the lenses that cannot stay on shelves or warehouses. Even people that don’t like fisheye lenses are amazed by this portable eye of a fish.

But is it worth the hype, money and your time?

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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon

My first lens review with The Phoblographer was on the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. I truly enjoyed shooting with that lens and if I was in the market for an 85mm prime, Sigma would get my money. An 85mm lens is great for portraits but I, like many other people, find 50mm to be a more useful focal length for everyday shooting. Luckily for me, Sigma offered to lend me the 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM to test out. If this performs as good as its 85mm sibling, my wallet may be lighter by the end of this review. Continue reading…

The Best Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount DSLRs Under $300

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Though they’re not as much of a household name as Canon or Nikon, Sony has become a formidable force in the world of digital photography. Consult our reviews index for lots of our Sony reviews. But we know that any camera is nothing without the lens. Following the tradition of our Best Budget Lenses list, we’ve got a specialized index of some of the best Sony lenses under $300. So which ones make the cut?

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Spacious Thought: Winter Landscapes (as learned from this winter)

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Winter can be brutal. It can also open up great landscape photography opportunities. A lot of snow gives a lot of contrast. Getting to a good location in the winter provides challenges and affects composition. With hard work and some hot coffee, great images can be created. Here are some tips to help you out.

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The Best Budget Camera Lenses for Your DSLR and Mirrorless Camera

If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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