May 16, 2021

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Challenge: Can You Tell the Difference Between Real Film and a Preset?
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If you look around on loads of Facebook groups and Instagram accounts, they’ll try to pass of film presets for the real thing. Sometimes folks will think that their images really are how film looks. But that’s not always true. In fact, a lot of the time it couldn’t be any further from the truth. Luckily for you, we’ve reviewed a ton of film emulsions and even used a bunch of the preset editors. We’re giving you a bit of a challenge. Can you tell me what’s a film scan and what’s a film preset? Our answers are all the way at the bottom of the post. How many can you get right?Kodak Tri-x is a very tough one to guess correctly. First off, we’re not saying which emulsion. And the look is essentially just black and white film with more pronounced mid-tones. Lots of folks think they know the look of Tri-X. But they don’t. What do you think? Which photos are real film scans? Which photos are presets? Are some of these presets with a dust simulation on them?
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What We Know About Canon’s New Flagship, the EOS R1
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Rumors are one of those things that we sift through on a weekly basis. So when Tech Radar picked this up, we decided to start paying attention. Photo by EOS R3 from Canon. It looks like some of the supposed specs for the new Canon EOS R1 flagship are starting to make it into the wild. Naturally, people are starting to ask whether it will be enough to challenge Sony’s A1 and, almost as importantly, how much is this thing going to cost. Two pieces of good news we can get out of the way right off the bat areRumors are one of those things that we sift through on a weekly basis. So when Tech Radar picked this up, we decided to start paying attention. Photo by .
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Lessons Learned on Making Something from ‘Nothing’ as a Photographer
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One of the most constantly joyful aspects of photography is the ability of the medium to allow the creator to make something from nothing. Nothing doesn’t mean forgetting and leaving the lens cap on but instead studying things that are not epic or poetic in a way that renders them aesthetically. I’ve seen beautiful photographs made of leaves, folds in newspapers, overflowing bins, and many other things we would otherwise pass by. This idea that photography can visually elevate the mundane is nothing new, and plenty has been written and discussed about the ways this can be practiced. It is central to many genres, including street and still life, where the everyday can become larger than life. However, I am not so certain that the same can be achieved when it comes to telling a story in a way that accurately describes what happened when what happened wasn’t too interesting.
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3 Camera Messenger Bags Our Photographers Use All the Time
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Sometimes all you need is a smaller bag than a backpack. That’s why lots of photographers love reaching for camera messenger bags instead. They’re positively perfect for mirrorless cameras. And if you’re not planning on bringing a whole lot around with you, why not get one? Of course, there’s a concern about weight distribution. But these bags are the most comfortable and ethical options we’ve used. We went through our camera bag reviews and our Reviews Index to figure out what camera messenger bags were best. Here’s our selection.The Phoblographer’s various product round-ups are done by the staff. Our philosophy is simple: you wouldn’t get a Wagyu beef steak review from a lifelong vegetarian. And you wouldn’t get photography advice from someone who doesn’t touch the product. We only recommend gear that we’ve fully reviewed. If you’re wondering why your favorite product didn’t make the cut, there’s a chance it’s on another list. If we haven’t reviewed it, we won’t recommend it This method keeps our lists packed with industry-leading knowledge.
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5 Great Photographers Shooting Strobist Style to Inspire You
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Ask any photographer that has worked in the past 10 years, and they’ll tell you about their strobist experiences. It all stemmed from David Hobby’s popular website. Then it became a huge deal on Flickr. Then on Instagram and YouTube. Some folks will tell you that you can do it all with LEDs and Photoshop. But honestly, that’s not true. A flash acts with a camera’s shutter speed and the laws of physics to actually shoot photos differently. They give you an extra pop that you really just can’t get with LED lights. And why would you bother spending extra time in Lightroom or Photoshop if you got it perfectly in-camera? We talked to a bunch of strobist photographers over the years. Here are a few of our favorite stories.
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3 of Our Favorite Manual Focus Lenses for Street Photography
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When is the last time you truly felt like you were being romanced by a lens? For many street photographers, that only comes with manual focus lenses. As a play on words, street photographers like to zone focus. Colloquially, that means that you’re focusing on a specific zone away from you. But one could also interpret it to say that you’re in the zone when you’re shooting. With manual focus lenses, you’re always going to get what you need and want as long as you’re careful. That’s not always the case with autofocus. So we looked at our Reviews Index to find some of the best manual focus lenses for street photography.The Phoblographer’s various product round-up features are done in-house by the staff. Our philosophy is simple: you wouldn’t get a Wagyu beef steak review from a lifelong vegetarian. And you wouldn’t get photography advice from someone who doesn’t touch the product. We only ever recommend gear that we’ve done full, thorough reviews with. If you’re wondering why your favorite product didn’t make the cut, there’s a chance that it’s on another list. If we haven’t reviewed it, we won’t recommend it at all. This method keeps our lists packed with industry-leading knowledge.
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Photo Of The Day By jeffurbahn
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Blue Hour Scale” by jeffurbahn. Location: Colorado.“This photo was taken on an early morning on the Blue Lakes Trail on our way to the summit of Mount Sneffels,” says the photographer. “As we hiked, I was in awe of the scale of the peaks that rose around us on all sides. I asked my friend Brandon to stand on this small rock outcropping surrounded by tall evergreens and taller peaks in hopes of capturing that feeling of smallness and awe that I was feeling.”Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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Canon Might Be Planning Super Cheap Super Telephoto Lenses
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A newly published patent suggests that Canon might be trying to bring a catadioptric optical system back to its camera lens lineup. If the “mirror lens” designs do materialize, we would likely see super telephoto lenses that are much smaller and cheaper than equivalent Canon lenses currently on the market. Northlight Images spotted a Canon patent (US Patent 20210141240) titled “Optical System and Optical Apparatus” that was filed in October 2020 and published on May 13th, 2021.“An optical system includes a first optical element having a first reflective surface concave toward an object side, a second optical element having a second reflective surface convex toward an image side, and a lens unit disposed between the first optical element and the second optical element,” Canon writes in the patent’s abstract. “Light from an object travels to an image plane through the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface in this order. A movable unit configured to move during image stabilizing includes at least one of the second optical element and the lens unit.”
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10 Basic Landscape Photography Composition Tips
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Composition in landscape photography is of utmost importance for creating amazing photos. It is basically the way we put the objects in our frame to carve out meaningful images. There are many rules of composition like the rule of thirds and centered compositions, but I feel that there are a lot more to that than just these rules. Landscape photography is about perception, it is about how we can depict nature in our own way. Obviously following the rules will give us good images but breaking them will give interesting and different images. Other than rules, I have experienced a lot in composition while shooting landscapes. Here are my top 10 most important tips for landscape photography composition.
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The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Doubles as a Smartphone Shutter Release
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If you own a Nintendo Switch and an Android smartphone, did you know that the two can be paired for photography? It turns out the Joy-Con controller can be used as a remote shutter release for triggering photos without having to touch your phone. A Reddit user named Byotan recently shared this neat fact in this video showing the Joy-Con shutter release in action.To do this yourself, you’ll first need to pair your Joy-Con with your Android phone over Bluetooth. Press and hold the Joy-Con’s “Sync” button until the light indicators on the side turn on. Next, open your phone’s Bluetooth menu and you should see a new Joy-Con entry. Select this entry to pair your phone with the Joy-Con.Once the controller is paired, how you use it as a shutter release will vary depending on what device you have, and you may need to fiddle around to see what works for you (and if the left Joy-Con doesn’t work, try the right one, and vice versa).
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Asus Debuts the New Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip
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We covered Asus’ dedication to the flip-up camera on a smartphone niche earlier this week. Photo by ZenFone 8 Pro from Asus. Now things are official as Asus debuted their new top-of-the-line Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip, as expected. So what else is Asus bringing to the game aside from one novel feature on half of its marquee lineup? Here are the official specs from Asus’ US website (abbreviated, of course): Operating System: Android 11Processor: 2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform with 5nm, 64-bit Octa-core ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 660Memory: LPDDR5 8GBStorage: UFS3.1 128GB or UFS3.1 256GBDisplay: 5.9-inch 20:9We covered Asus’ dedication to the flip-up camera on a smartphone niche earlier this week. Photo by ZenFone 8 Pro from Asus. Now things are official as .
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The Lazy Way Around the Rule of Thirds in Photography
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Technically speaking, the photo above could be awful according to the rule of thirds. When you first start out in photography, you probably center your subject. It’s inevitable. And it’s also just aesthetically the most pleasing until we start to learn more. In truth, ignorance is bliss. But you’ve probably never realized something really fascinating about the rule of thirds. However, I think that all the great photographers who came before us and shot film surely did. You’d probably even know this if you worked with early digital. The truth is that most photographers end up using the focusing points closer to the center anyway. Why? According to the rule of thirds, your subjects should more or less be just off-center. In the most basic sense, that’s the lazy way around the rule.
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Read This If You’ve Ever Been Scared Before a Photo Shoot
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In the age of increased mental health awareness, it is important to address some mental health issues that photographers may have to cope with. For many, that is primarily anxiety. In this article, I will break down a few ways you can be less anxious before and during a shoot. Let me start with a personal story. At the joyfully stupid age of 17, through some connection of events, I was asked to come and shoot an event with 500 people. Some of them were CEOs and one of them was a minister. At that time, it was my biggest job ever — in fact, it was much bigger than anything before. To say that it was a challenge would be an understatement. In my arsenal, I had: a camera that took 1 CF card, a working lens, a semi-working lens, a poorly working Speedlite, a laptop from 2010, and a single hard drive. To add to the trouble, I was going to be in a different city without a camera store nearby to help should things go south.
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Stunning Single-Shot FPV Drone Tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium
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Manchester City recently topped rival Manchester United to take the Premier League title and to celebrate the internal content team has published this 3-minute and 40-second single-shot first-person-view (FPV) drone video that tours the entire Etihad Stadium. Single-take drone videos are starting to balloon in popularity thanks to the smash success of first-person drone pilot Jay Christiensen. Christiensen stunned the cinematography community with his viral video sensation of a single-take bowling alley video in early March. Since then, he and his team have produced two more videos, one featuring the iconic Los Angeles diner Mel’s Drive-In and the other sponsored by the Mall of America that pays homage to The Mighty Ducks.
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Great Prices on Refurbished Canon, Nikon, and Fuji Camera Gear
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We took a bit of a deep dive into the Amazon refurbished pages. There’s a whole lot on there! For those who don’t know, refurbishing a product is like taking parts of it that are old and filling it with new parts. In general, they’re pretty much brand new products. Amazon has loads of refurbished lenses, Canon gear, Nikon gear, Fujifilm gear, and even stuff from DJI.We found a bunch of cameras for you to choose from. There are some as brand new as the Fujifilm X-T4 that we’ve reviewed. But then there are a few like the XH1 that are a bit older. Either way, you’re going to be very happy with whatever you buy.Fujifilm X-T4 kit: $2,068.16Fujifilm XT2: $949Fujifilm X-T3: $949Fujifilm X100v: $1,339
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Havana Dancer: Photography and Moments of Love
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The light in the gutted movie theater is muted and I immediately begin to consider which camera to use, what ISO I can get away with, what is my fastest lens. The dancers we have come to photograph are changing into costume somewhere in the back of the building that serves as their rehearsal hall. The drummers who will accompany the dance chat and play an occasional riff on their congas or batá drums, smiling at the rhythms. Raices Profundas (Deep Roots) is a Havana dance company committed to preserving the African origins of Cuban dance and music, especially the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria. I have no idea what to expect from the performance.I arrived in Havana from the US the day before to join a group of photographers who would spend the week photographing Cuban dance companies. I don’t especially like the workshop environment, usually preferring to work alone. But traveling with an organized group was the only way to visit Cuba in 2020, and it also promised to provide access to several dance companies in the city. I am completely new to Cuba, don’t speak a word of Spanish, and have only my enthusiasm for dance photography to carry me along.
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Is Canon Developing a Relatively Cheap Super Telephoto Lens?
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Is Canon developing a relatively cheap super-telephoto lens? Photo by Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens from Adorama. A patent filing in October 2020 spotted by Northlight Images seems to suggest just that and it has more than a few people eager to see if the company decides to bring something like that to market. PetaPixel quotes the patent filing paperwork referenced by Northlight Images describing, “An optical system includes a first optical element having a first reflective surface concave toward an object side, a second optical element having a second reflective surface convex toward an image side, andIs Canon developing a relatively cheap super-telephoto lens? Photo by Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens from Adorama. A patent filing in October 2020 .
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Are NFTs Another Nail in the Coffin for Print Photography?
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As times change, so do the ways we consume our favorite things. NFTs are a big part of that. And in many ways, it was clear this time would eventually come. The internet changed the way we consume photography. But for many years, we still had the awareness that nothing could compare to a physical print. There was never any real value in a digital image – other than to the platforms that hosted them, until now.Okay, let’s face it, most of us are still trying to understand what an NFT is. And maybe more so, we’re trying to understand why some photographers are selling them for up to $20,000!I can’t claim to be an NFT expert, but I will explain them as best as possible, so we’re all on the same page.
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4 Beautiful Pinhole Photography Projects to Stare at for a While
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Pinhole photography is incredibly fun once you get the hang of it. It starts by throwing away the idea of absolute sharpness. Instead, you’re capturing a longer passage of time in a single photo. They say you can’t capture motion in a still photo, but they’re very wrong. We’ve interviewed tons of pinhole photographers over the years. And we’re rounding up just four of our favorites in this special post.Interested in learning more about Pinhole photography? These books will probably teach you all you need to know.In our interview, he said:In our interview, he said:In our interview, he said:In our interview, she said:All images used with permission in our interviews. Want to get your work on The Phoblographer? Let us feature your photos!
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Great Reads in Photography: May 16, 2021
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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy! Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America— LenscratchAcclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Silicon Valley culture expert Fred Turner join forces to give us an unseen view of the heart of the tech world.“With arresting photography and intimate stories, Seeing Silicon Valley makes this hidden world visible,” says Aline Smithson in Lenscratch. “Instead of young entrepreneurs striving for efficiency in minimalist corporate campuses, we see portraits of struggle—families displaced by an impossible real estate market, workers striving for a living wage, and communities harmed by environmental degradation.
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Redesigned Selfie Camera, Smaller FaceID Chip on iPhone 13: Report
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A new report alleges that Apple is not only planning to shrink the size of its FaceID sensor chip but also scale down the size of the large front-facing “notch” at the top of the display thanks mostly to a redesigned front-facing camera.Spotted by MacRumors, DigiTimes has reported that Apple plans to scale down the die size of the Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) chips that are used in the FaceID scanner. The move is reportedly being made to help the tech giant reduce production costs as more chips can be produced on a single wafer, which in turn reduces the total number of wafers that have to be made. DigiTimes also notes that redesigning the VCSEL chip may allow Apple to slide in additional features, but stopped short of speculating on what those features might be.
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Photo Of The Day By Theresa Ditson
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Grand Canyon Monsoon” by Theresa Ditson. Location: Arizona.“An electric storm rolled through the Grand Canyon this particular summer, bringing with it fast-moving clouds and lightning bolts and eventually a douse of rain as it came closer,” says Ditson. “No lightning trigger was used on this one, as I discovered I was missing my cable to connect it!”Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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10 Tips To Leverage Neon Lights for Stellar Portraiture
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Neon signs give off a unique light that can make for some stunningly colorful, glowing photographs. But the same properties that make them look magical to the human eye can also make them difficult to photograph.In the video above, I show you how to utilize neon lights to create unique portraits that transport your subject to another world. I’ve included some behind-the-scenes footage from a few of my actual neon portrait shoots, and I have some of the final images posted below as well as my top ten tips for getting the best out of neon light portraiture.Neon lights come in a variety of colors. I’ve found that using complementary colors is a great way to introduce color contrast in your photographs. Blue & Orange, Purple & Yellow, Red & Green — all opposites on the color wheel that tend to create the best contrasting hues.
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The Fujifilm X-E4 is the Last To Use X-Trans IV Sensor: Report
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The Fujifilm X-E4, announced in January, is the last Fujifilm camera to use the company’s X-Trans IV sensor, according to a new report. The sensor was first introduced on the X-T3 and later found its way into several other cameras over the course of the last three years. According to FujiRumors, Fujifilm will no longer use the X-Trans IV sensor that is the heart of the Fujifilm X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10 most recently the X-E4. The X-Trans IV is Fujifilm’s fourth-generation backside-illuminated 26.1-megapixel CMOS that the company says integrates the unique X-Trans color filter array to reduce moire and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter. This combines with its backside-illuminated structure to reduce noise levels and increase image quality.
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Fujifilm 18mm f1.4: Is a Megapixel War Looming on the Horizon?
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Word on the Internet is that a Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 lens is super sharp. We tested a pre-production version. There has also been speculation about an X-H2 coming soon. The talk surrounding both of these subjects revolves around resolution. It sounds like Fuji may be preparing themselves for an 8k capable future. With Canon having jumped in already and Nikon following suit with the Z9, it wouldn’t be surprising. Not into video? Well, 8k will have an impact on you as well. Having an 8k camera means having a higher megapixel sensor. Will APSC be joining the 40 megapixels-and-over club now? Read on after the break for more. A post by Fuji Rumors points out that resolution was a priority in designing this new lens. Fujifilm manager Ueno apparently said that resolution was one of the main goals in design. As a result, it sounds like the Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 is future-proofed against high-resolution cameras. Otherwise, there would be no reason to mention resolution as a priority. This does seem to back the theory that Fuji may be gearing up to produce an 8k capable camera soon. It also gives weight to speculation that Fuji is revamping many of its lenses in the future. If Fuji produces a 40-plus megapixel camera, they are definitely going to need lenses to compliment that.
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