Firmware 3.1 for the Leica SL2s Fixes Its Biggest Problem

There are some things I wish Leica brought to the Leica SL2s, but that they improved the camera quite a bit. But with firmware 3.0, they unwittingly created another problem. When shooting with the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron SL, I found it had slower performance than Panasonic and Sigma’s lenses. This really became noticeable when I’d stop the lens down and shoot in manual mode. But that’s apparently now been fixed. And we’ve updated our Leica SL2s review accordingly.

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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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Binly Documents the Often Forgotten Stories of Lao Americans

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“as Lao people, we often think about what home and homeland means to us”, says the multi-award-winning poet, dancer and photographer Krysada ‘Binly’ Phounsiri. “Bridging those connections in the medium of photography and art is an avenue I feel strongly for.” We’ve featured his wonderful work before. This time, Binly’s focus is on the history of Laotian Americans and people of Lao descent living in the US. He hopes to highlight the decades-long experience of their diaspora using his artistic talents as a photographer. Via an online project titled Secret No More, an Expression of Humanity, he plans to have these images in a gallery in San Diego when the pandemic situation becomes more favorable.

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How Street Photographer Ishay Lindenberg Looks for Surprising Moments

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My name is Ishay “Jesse” Lindenberg. I was born in Israel. My father is a psychologist, and my mom is a consultant. When I was a child, my dad had an old Zorki camera and a darkroom. My sister Yaara (r.i.p.) and I constantly asked him to develop with us. I loved the process; it was magical to me. Later on, I was accepted to a personal program in the Faculty of Art, where I studied and experimented with photography and arts more deeply. In the last few years, I live and work in Berlin.

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Steve McCurry Launches Two Virtual Photography Exhibits on YouTube

Whether you’re a Steve McCurry fan or want to get into documentary photography, these virtual exhibits will surely inspire you.

Steve McCurry is a photographer that often needs no introduction. But, chances are photography enthusiasts and beginners have only ever heard about him from his iconic “Afghan Girl” photo. The portrait of a girl with piercing green eyes, however, isn’t his only masterpiece. Today, we bring a couple of slideshows — or virtual exhibits, as they are called in the videos — showcasing some of his most outstanding works that depict food and reading. If you’re craving some photography inspiration, you’ve come to the right post!

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Nat Geo Photographer Ira Block on Processing His Home City After 9/11

National Geographic Photographer Ira Block has worked to ensure that we truly never forget 9/11.

“They weren’t panicking,” related photographer Ira Block as we sat in his NYC loft and examined images from 9/11. “They were instead trying to figure out what was going on.” The image Ira is referring to is one very typical of New York. We were all in plenty of shock on 9/11. Everyone was in a state of confusion throughout the day. Said photo, which is the lead image of this story, was shot by Ira while walking down 7th Ave. The photos Ira took were for himself. Though a National Geographic photographer, Ira isn’t a news photojournalist–but he started out as one. To that end, he wasn’t on an assignment that day and the images he shot were just for him.

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Kris Provoost Explores the Relationship Between Man and the City

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With man’s relationship with the city being complex and multi-faceted, it’s no surprise we’ve been constantly making our own explorations of this connection through photo essays. Street photography is one popular way to do this, architectural photography is another. In his photo essay, aptly titled HUMAN vs CITY: CHONGQING, Shanghai/Hong Kong-based Belgian photographer and architect Kris Provoost combine both disciplines for his portrayal of humanity in the metropolis.

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Dean Bradshaw Unveils “Real Life Superheroes” in Creative Portraits

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Superheroes always make fun subjects for creative projects, so it’s not surprising to find a lot of noteworthy photography projects out there. It’s especially the case for cosplay photography, as superheroes are among the favorites of the subculture. However, did you also know that there’s actually a subculture dedicated to real life superheroes? Don’t take our word for it — just take a look at this beautiful portrait project of Los Angeles-based photographer and director Dean Bradshaw!

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Philip Goldberg: Evoking Emotion Through Street Photography

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I’m Philip Goldberg, raised in the Detroit area, lived in Costa Rica and China for a combined total of about 35 years, and now back in Miami. There are certain constants in our lives. For me, photography has been one of them, from looking at photos of my parents when they were young, being raised on Life and Look magazines, and watching movies. I took my first courses in college, and used the weekends and some weekdays to shoot, then spent the remaining time in the darkroom, of course. I shot mostly black and white as color was confined to slide film, and color was expensive to develop and print.

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Skanda Gautam’s Fascinating Street Captures of Nepal Festivals

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Kathmandu-based photojournalist Skanda Gautam is one of our go-to photographers whenever we get curious about life in Nepal. It’s easy to see why with some of his work we’ve previously featured. We’re adding one more to our pile of favorites of his: the beautiful Culture Series in Nepal, which showcases some fascinating scenes during festivals in Nepal in February. If the country is still on your to-visit list, we’re sure these photos will inspire you to keep an eye out for the next festivals!

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Himalayan Winter: Frigid Frames on Film by Nandakumar Narasimhan

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The Himalayas is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, but also a resilient people battling some of the harshest winters on the planet. This was the premise that drew Singaporean photographer Nandakumar Narasimhan to its famous peaks in search of stories to photograph. He didn’t return empty-handed, as we can well see in his stunning collection of film photos.

Narasimhan’s series, titled Himalayan Winter: Frigid Frames from a Frozen Land, features a mix of portraits, slice of life, and landscape photos from his 2014 trip to the Himalayas. Visiting during the Himalayas in winter may be crazy for some, but he found the harsh climate “…seemed to make the people warmer in their care and hospitality”. So, he took his time in getting to know the locals and the surroundings before taking photos — something that definitely paid off and earned him some impressive shots.

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Mario Daniele Transforms Beach Scenes Into a Painterly Surf Series

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The mere mention of surfing gets us imagining scenes of stoked surfers riding these big hypnotic waves and the unique lifestyle they lead. We are reminded of those close-up shots of the surfers in all their energy, the beauty of the raging ocean, and the hard work countless photographers put in just to capture the perfect action shots. In this body of work by Italian photographer Mario Daniele, however, we instead view surf life as an exercise in minimalist photography but through what looks like paintings at times.

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Salvatore Matarazzo’s Ricoh GR II Snaps “Eyes From the Street”

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One of the first things we learn when we’re photographing people is to make sure their eyes are in focus. Italian contemporary street photographer Salvatore Matarazzo often takes this fundamental portrait photography lesson to his bold work. In his most recent series, he especially dedicated a collection to some of the eyes he met while out in the streets. Not quite like the posed street portraits usually see or think about, these photos are quirky close-ups that introduce us to the subjects that caught our featured photographers’ eyes.

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Salvatore Matarazzo Takes Us to a Vibrant “Pocket Beach” Vacation

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Along the stretch of the Marina Di Massa in central Italy’s Province of Massa and Carrara is a 2.5-kilometer beach that caught the attention of Salvatore Matarazzo in the summer of 2018. There, he documented the animated scene of locals flocking to the pocket beach for a quick and cheap vacation. If you’re looking for some fearless street photography to inspire you to get close and keep going for the shot, this set will do just that.

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Traversing “A World on Rails” with Street Photographer Skander Khlif

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We’ve been following the works of street and documentary photographer Skander Khlif for some time now, tagging along in his adventures around his hometown of Munich and destinations like Moscow and New York City. In his latest set, he lets us hitch rides aboard trains across the globe, en route to a destination simply called A World on Rails. If you’re looking for a photography project to do on your trips, you might get an idea from this collection.

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Bence Bakonyi Explores Freedom, Loneliness, and Solitude in “Floating”

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Solitude has been at the core of many concepts, making it one of the most widely explored ideas for creative projects. More than just showing lone subjects in somber settings, Budapest-based photographer Bence Bakonyi, in collaboration with graphic designer Kira Koroknai, thought of probing deeper into the other possible meanings of solitude. Read on if you’re looking for something to inspire your next conceptual photography projects.

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Useful Photography Tip #190: A Relatable Tip to Justify Your Costs as a Wedding Photographer

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Though this is partially written in satire, I think that it’s a wonderful point to sometimes make to couples who are about to elope–just how to justify the costs of your services as a wedding photographer. And for years, the tradition has been to talk about the memories that they’re going to have, but they completely understand that. But what they don’t understand is the viewpoint of more than just them. So to that end, you need to think a bit more like them.

I’ve given this serious thought over the past few months, and I think that telling couples about not only the great photos that they’re going to have of them is important, but also those of their guests. Go across social media, dating apps, etc and you’ll find so many photos of folks at weddings and looking their best. Social media avatars are often images that put our best foot forward. To that end, it’s great to not only sell the idea that the couple will have fantastic photos of them, but also their friends and family will get great photos too. So packaging all that in at your price point will ensure that every single person is happy. Of course, it means that you need to either be fantastic at shooting candid portraiture or proper portraits. For the latter, a photo booth can help.

But then the challenge remains: can you deliver?

7 Things That Traveling Did for My Street Photography

Street photography is something that I’ve found myself always diving into when I travel, even if I don’t really consider myself a street photographer. 

Photography and travel are so intertwined that it’s almost impossible for some of us to tell if we travel to take photos, or we take photos to travel. In my case, however, it’s often the former, especially when it comes to street photography. While I don’t really consider myself adept at street photography, it’s almost impossible not to do when you’re somewhere new or haven’t been in a long time. When you’re exploring a city that’s different from where you live (with a camera in tow), of course you end up with a collection of street photographs, even without the mindset that you’re doing it deliberately.

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Dominique Seefeldt Seeks Raw Styles and Emotions in Portraiture (NSFW)

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My name is Dominique Seefeldt, and I’m a 28-year-old photographer from Duesseldorf, Germany and I almost exclusively do people-photography. I’ve been shooting for almost ten years now and long time only lived it as a hobby going through various stages and genres, from still-life over automotive until I found my passion in people-photography. I switched from Canon to Fuji a while ago and now exclusively shoot with my Fujifilm X-Pro 2. I use 23/35/56mm lenses, with my current favorite being the Mitakon 35mm 0.95 II. For outdoor shots I almost always use available light only. Just indoor some flashes may make an appearance!

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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: A Critical Look at Street Photography

It is imperative for any street photographer to have sound knowledge of the streets they work within.

Knowing the back roads, the old towns, and the highly populated areas like the back of your hand all contributes to potentially obtaining the maximum artistic quality in your images. Of course it takes time to develop such awareness, something that can only come from an insane amount of walk time. In light of your hard work you may become somewhat of a human encyclopedia, filled with the all the answers to any questions one may have about the street you practice your craft in. But even then, after years of collecting such information, do you really know those beautiful streets as well as you say you do?

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