Welcome to the New iLHP

As I had eluded last week, there will be some exciting changes coming for ilovehatephotography.

First and the most obvious, is the new look.  We’ve stuck with the old “Clean Home” theme since 2010, and it was about time to update things a bit with our new “Twenty Fourteen” layout. All of the topics are nicely arranged in the top menu and recent articles are on the left. Three different articles will be featured every week at the top of the page. Sometime it’s our most popular post, otherwise it’s a blast from the past. Either way, we hope you like our new look!

Second change is a biggy. ilovehatephotography is no longer a hookey single author blog. We are transforming it into an online magazine and an artistic collaborative between 4 photographers. Each artist have their own specialty. Each will start with an introductory article, but if you are eager to see who we are ahead of time, check out the About page. Our official launch date will be July 7, 2014. So stay tuned.

Lastly, and most importantly, we here at iLHP are committed to bringing you new original content every week. We have a lot of new ideas. In addition our usual gear reviews and discussions about the art of photography, we plan to bring you pro photographer interviews, exotic travel stories, tips and tricks on post processing, photographic critiques, and more. In the near future, we also plan on featuring amateur and semi-pro photographers like yourselves and give you a chance to publish your works here on this website.

We hope you are excited as we are. :)

 

Choosing the Right Portrait Lens: Part 2 (135mm)

Last time in Part 1, we looked at five excellent examples of AF and MF portrait lenses in the 77mm, 85mm, and 90mm focal lengths. That should have been it. But the choice isn’t so simple, because 135mm lenses are also superb candidates for portraiture.

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While the 85mm~ range lenses are more versatile for indoor, studio, and outdoor portraiture, the 135mm range is pretty much limited to outdoors use only (it is too long for most studios, and too slow for unlit indoor situations). While its use is more limited, the benefit is that 135mm lenses with large apertures are often less popular, thus more affordable. But the real reason you’d choose a 135mm over shorter portrait lenses, is its bokeh.

My priorities in deciding on a 135mm portrait lens will be slightly different. Although AF is even a bigger issue with such as long lens, I’ve chosen more MF lenses this time just because of all the great bargains and interesting possibilities that are out there. Again, I have considered the cost of the adapters as well.

The 5 Contenders

Here, again, are my top 5 prime candidates. Help me decide by taking the poll at the end of the post.

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5 Tips for Better Car Photography

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Let’s face it. Fast cars are awesome. But photos of cars are often so boring. It’s hard to capture the dynamism and power of the machines on a static medium. Here is a quick and easy guide to taking better car pictures. Here are the top 5 tips to better car photography. Continue reading 5 Tips for Better Car Photography