The Importance of Finding Your Photo Family and Genuine Relationships

“When I say I found my photo family, I’m not trying to be cheesy or overzealous.”

I think the way each of us finds our way into photography is as special and unique as the background from which we each come. It’s a bit of our individual combinations of personality traits or the work we make behind the lens. Ultimately, we each reached a point where we realized there was nothing else we wanted to do with our lives. And somewhere along the way of that passionate pursuit, you hit a bump in the road and didn’t know where to turn, or perhaps you find yourself in that space right now.

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Cheap Photo: Holiday Savings from Canon, Nikon and More!

Independence Day! July 4th is upon us and that means camera companies have some new deals going on for you to take advantage of.

Who doesn’t love a good holiday to celebrate? These are always the best times to buy gear you have been thinking about thanks to companies looking to capitalize on the joy of a holiday to separate you from your money. This July 4th is no different and several companies have some good deals you should be taking a look at!

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Cheap Photo: Save Big on These 10 Nude Photography Tutorials

Are you interested in getting better at photographing your subjects in the nude? Well, maybe one of these 10 tutorials or workshops has the information you want.

Shooting good nudes is a lot harder than the uneducated individual may think; posing and lighting are key, as is the direction that you give to your model or client in order to produce the sort of results that you are after. So, if you have been struggling with shooting nudes, or if you are just curious about the process, then we suggest taking a look at one of these 10 excellent tutorials!

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Cheap Photo: Today’s Top Camera, Lens, and Tutorial Deals

Today’s top deals are ready for you, but the question is…is your wallet ready?

We are going to try something a little different with today’s Cheap Photo. Rather than highlight the new additions to the list right off the bat, we are going to highlight the current top three camera deals, lens deals and education/tool deals here at the start of the post. Make sure to check out the full listing for all of the great savings you can find on the interwebs today…

Top Camera Deals

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B0060MVJ1Q’ text=’Nikon D750′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’be0aef47-5f75-11e8-a0b1-272317ea4cb5′] – $500 Off
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00I9GYG8O’ text=’Panasonic GH4′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’62c9ec33-5f76-11e8-a1e7-cfa0a162dff4′] – $500 Off
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00ZDWGFR2′ text=’Sony A7R II’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ef267f89-5f75-11e8-a3f1-9714233a1e2c’] – $400 Off

Top Lens Deals

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00FSB79FU’ text=’Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F4 FE OSS’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’14f35bbe-5f77-11e8-ac2a-870d7260a2c9′] – $270 Off
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00HR6IPSE’ text=’Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ded39db4-5f76-11e8-8887-29c42ec918b4′] – $260 Off
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B014ULAFJA’ text=’Tamron SP 45mm Di VC USD’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’979ba71c-5f76-11e8-aa1b-3f9463b6a48e’] – $200 Off

Top Education/Tool Deals

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Opinion and Rant: Street Photography is Dead

Street photography isn’t dead and looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But to me, the term Street Photography is dead and for good.

I’m not talking about the term itself or where the genre is heading compared to where it was 5 or 10 years ago. I don’t really care about what social media is doing to street photography because I have a very well curated social feed so I only look at quality work that inspires me and that I admire. This is a result of the amount of junk being published by the millions with the hashtag #streetphotography.

At some point in my journey as a photographer, I adopted street photography as a way to learn the technical aspects of operating a camera and reading light, to try to find a way to express my views about the world and to nurture my creativity. It worked! Everything I learned during my early stage as a “serious photographer” is thanks to street photography. But there is a big problem, I fell victim to the trend; I read books, followed blogs, attended workshops and joined Facebook groups-all focusing on what others do and say. Now, because of that, my photographic judgment is fucked!

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Sony Expands Their PRO Support Organization To Meet Demands of Professionals

One area where Canon and Nikon always had a leg up on the most of the mirrorless brands was in their professional support divisions. These allowed pros to get priority services and support, as well as special access to deals, discounts, and events. Many mirrorless companies have launched similar programs in recent years, with varying levels of success. Today Sony has announced some updates to their PRO system which will no doubt make Sony Professionals happy. Continue reading…

JP Stones Documents Aztec Culture in Mexico Through Stunning Portraiture

All images by JP Stones. Used with permission.

“Mexico has a deep and fascinating history,” explains photographer JP Stones in his email to us. “None more fascinating than the Aztecs meteoric rise to empire, and equally spectacular fall. Many Aztec traditions and ceremonies held such a vital place within Mexican culture that they have survived over 600 years through to today.” In the hippie Mexican beach town of Sayulita, a partnership has been forged between the local Azteca community and photographers JP Stones and Brei Barron. JP describes the result as a series of cinematic photos depicting a cultural movement thriving beneath the surface of Mexico’s everyday life.

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Creating the Photograph: Trupal Pandya’s “Heads were to us what Money is to you!”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Trupal Pandya is quite the photographer. He’s documented head hunters in Nagaland, and soon plans to go back to continue documenting these people in an attempt to keep a working record of their culture. But he’s also got room to bring other people, and those that wish to go with Trupal can sign up for his workshop at his website.

In this piece, he talks to us about how he shoots some of the subjects.

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Black and White Street Photography/Urban Geometry Tutorial Adorama Workshop

We’ve got a new workshop setup for later this month. This Frameworks photography workshop is being done in collaboration with Adorama and is a two day intensive street photography/urban geometry workshop based in NYC. You can find the details at this link.

Also keep in mind: we’ve got another street photography workshop going on in LA (link) and a studio portrait workshop in NYC this weekend (link).

More details are after the jump.

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Don’t Invest in Photo Gear, Invest in Yourself

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It’s very easy to think that a new camera or a new lens is the answer to a photographic impasse. I have, on many occasions, scrolled through seemingly endless eBay listings of cameras I can’t afford, but they hold an allure because they’re new to me and ostensibly better than what I have. Yet, a new camera won’t make me or anyone a better photographer. Will it up the image quality on a technical level? Most probably, but it won’t up the photograph’s emotional resonance. The camera is the first step towards making photographs, but once a creative block sets in, a new (or used) camera or lens won’t do anything but make a hole in your bank account. There are things besides gear that can rejuvenate you.

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ISO 400: Eric Kim Talks About Street Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we talk with Eric Kim. While he may need no introduction for some, he is an international street photographer and educator. He’s known for the Eric Kim Street Photography Blog, which has been a tremendous resource for anyone looking to get their start in street photography. Kim started the blog when he realized that there were hardly any resources for street photography.

The blog has been somewhat of a journey for him. As he learns things about the craft, he turns them into blog posts. He interviews and features the work of other photographers, and he teaches workshops all over the world.

Here, he tells us more about what got him into the craft, what it means to be a street photographers, thoughts on his own work, and much more.

For more of Eric’s work, head on over to his website, check out his Facebook page, and visit the blog. Some examples of his work are down below.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400 – Ep. 003 – Mark Hemmings

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All images used with permission by Mark Hemmings.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Mark Hemmings, a travel and commercial photographer based out of St. John, Canada. A trip to Japan in 2000 proved to be a turning point for Hemmings as it caused him to realize that he wanted to be a photographer. With an old camera and several rolls of slide film, he photographed landscapes in Nagano, and before long, he transitioned to other genres of photography.

With his brother Greg, he opened up Hemmings House, a production company based out of St. John, where he serves as the Director of Photography. When he isn’t photographing commercially, he can be found somewhere around the world teaching workshops. He’s an avid mobile shooter, too, as he frequently practices street photography with his iPhone.

We previously interviewed Hemmings early last year. For his portfolio, check out his website. For his street work, see his Facebook, and for his iPhone pics, see his Instagram.

At one point in the episode, Hemmings speaks about the importance of Gertrude Käsebier’s Silhouette of a Woman/A Maiden at Prayer, a historical photograph which you can find here.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz pianist.

Sit back and enjoy this episode of ISO 400.

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The Importance of Having Photographers as Friends

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Depending on your approach, photography can be a communal experience or a loner’s art. When you’re in the early days of your practice, there’s a chance you might show your work to close friends, and they’ll most likely encourage you in your pursuit. If they’re not photographers, their encouragement will in many ways be superficial, and while the good remarks may feel good, they’re not substantively helpful. Thoughtful critique is key to any photographer’s development, regardless of genre. One of the best ways to get that critique, beyond workshops and portfolio reviews, is to develop and maintain relationships with other photographers. Continue reading…

10 Investments That Made a Difference in My Photography

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I have spent a lot of money on photography. Some of it was well spent, while in others it’s been a complete waste. It’s been easy to make an investment in something, thinking that it was going to better my photography. It’s only been on the long view that I see what has really made the difference. Here are some things that I found were actually money well-spent.

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Getting Into the Action with Sports Photographer Michael Clark

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All photos taken by and used with permission from Michael Clark.

In sports and action photography, it’s almost always the subject themselves – the athletes – that get all the glory. Rarely do the men behind lens, who in actuality get into the action themselves, get any recognition for the exhilerating shots they capture. So for this month, we here at the Phoblographer are seeking to give the floor to the sports photographers, without whom the best and greatest moments in sports would never be documented.

We recently chatted with sports photographer Michael Clark, whose work has been featured in several photography magazines including Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Pro, to get  insights on what it’s like to be a one.

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10 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Photography in 2014

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A new year brings with it a lot of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s no less so with photographers. And though we are always well intentioned, we can easily let life get the better of us. However, keeping our commitments to ourselves doesn’t have to be so difficult or challenging as long as we have some idea of how to achieve our photographic goals. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to be more creative and productive in 2014.

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Book Review: Effortless Beauty

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Sit down with a group of photographers and the conversation immediately revolves around gear. It’s about the piece of kit we just bought and the gear we’d like to buy. It’s about rumors about what the next best thing will be. It might not lead to anything that helps to improve our photography, but admittedly the conversations are so much fun.

However, it’s often been those conversations that have to do with process, which delve into the why of what we do which has left me inspired to pick up a camera and make photographs. It’s a conversation not often found in books, which are largely dedicated to deciphering the gear we lust over. But when such a book comes out, it can be a refreshing and enlightening alternative to what’s out there.

Effortless Beauty by photographer Julie DeBose explores a way of seeing, rather than dedicating time to a camera’s bells and whistles. Instead, she delves deeply into our unique way of seeing the world and how that can translate into effective and beautiful photographs.

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Photographing with Limitations

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As part of my photography workshops, I like to start off with a jarring but hopefully inspiring exercise. Because I know from personal experience how hard it can be to shake a photographer from old habits of seeing and shooting, I have come up with ways to shake things up. The result is not only something that helps my students, but that also helps me when I want to challenge myself in a new way.

With that in mind, I send students out with a shooting exercise which is meant to make them rethink not only how the see through the camera, but more importantly how carefully they choose a subject and compose their photographs.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published at The Candid Frame.

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