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Introducing the Hasselblad Masters Award 2018

Introducing the Hasselblad Masters Award 2018

The kind folks from Hasselblad are starting the new year strong by introducing their Master Awards of 2018. Divided in many different categories like Aerial, Architecture, Art, Beauty & Fashion and more. Sit back and witness captivating/gripping photography from creators (now masters and ambassadors for Hasselblad) coming from all over the Globe. Let's join their celebration for their most prestigious master awards. In case you have missed our review of the Hasselblad X1D, check it out now on ABDZ. In their words The Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners were selected by a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury - comprising internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts. Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will hold the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’ and be a brand ambassador for two years. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book. More Links To learn more about the Hasselblad Master Awards 2018 Follow @hasselblad_official on Instagram The Hasselblad Masters 2018 Aerial Category Winner | Jorge De La Torriente Miami, USA Architecture Category Winner | Kamilla Hanapova St. Peterburg, Russia Art Category Winner | Maria Svarbova Bratislava, Slovakia Beauty & Fashion Category Winner | Michal Baran Trim, Ireland Landscape Category Winner | Benjamin Everett Lopez Island, USA Portrait Category Winner | Tina Signesdottir Hult Torvastad, Norway Product Category Winner | Marcin Gizycki Warszawa, Poland Project//21 Category Winner | Nabil Rosman Kota Bharu, Malaysia Street/Urban Category Winner | Ben Thomas Kyneton, Australia Wedding Category Winner | Victor Hamke Leipzig, Germany Wildlife Category Winner | Karim Iliya Haiku, USA Hasselblad Masters 2018 Jury Tom Oldham – Photographer> Ali Rajabi – Past Master Martin Hausler – PhotographerKatrina Belkina – Past Master Swee Oh – Past Master Lars van de Goor – Past Master Tim Flach – Photographer Kevin Then – Photographer Bara Prasilova – Past Master Damien Demolder – Journalist Blair Bunting – Photographer Hans van Ommeren – Past Master Mads Nissen – Photographer Kevin Raber – Journalist It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye - the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their images deserve it. - Tom Oldham

Hasselblad X1D Review - the perfect medium-format camera

Hasselblad X1D Review - the perfect medium-format camera

Let me start this review by saying that is the best product I have ever reviewed so far! Still a novelty but we love making reviews on ABDZ. Being able to test products and share our thoughts to you guys is quite rewarding; we will work effortlessly to do more in the upcoming new year. On the other hand, smartphones have changed so much during the course of 5 years time. Our standards are also higher in terms of features of what we want of our phone. We want a big battery, waterproof, fast charging and etc etc etc. For me, it’s all about the camera, I personally love photography. We all have heard the saying: “The best camera is the one you always have with you”, yes I can agree to that. As a user of the Google Pixel, it’s quite clear that I was ditching my DSLR at times, quite frequently to be honest. Well my perspective definitely have changed after using the Hasselblad X1D and let me tell you why. This is the review of the world’s first 50mp compact mirrorless medium format camera, introducing the X1D by Hasselblad. I had the opportunity to try the X1D for one week, I tried my best to capture images in different situations including low light exposure. The results were so incredible that the images shown in this review are not edited, I really wanted to show you the quality of this camera and how this camera made me fall in love with photography even more. My gear for the review Hasseblad X1D-50C XCD 3,2/90MM Lens XCD 3,5/45MM Lens Hasselblad X1D Links To learn more about Hasselblad, check out hasselblad.com Follow Hasselblad on Instagram Subscribe Hasselblad on YouTube My first Impressions When you first hold the X1D in your hands, you can feel and see how much work went into the ergonomic and compact design. Every single detail has been carefully designed, I loved the grip where it’s also the battery storage. There is a great balance in the grip between big hands and small hands when you actually hold the X1D. Pretty impressive! I love the minimal approach and limitation of physical buttons on the camera where you have your AF/MF, ISO, option dial, shutter and power. It’s pretty much everything you need. The camera comes with a rear LCD screen with touch control; it’s sharp and gorgeous. The user experience of the interface feels just like a smartphone. You can easily access the settings with swiping and pinch to zoom. Within less than a day and you can be pretty familiar with the touch screen. It’s overall a very splendid camera to look, it's made of aluminium for a strong durability. There is also a note that says "Handmade in Sweden" that is just as big as the model signature. It’s a pretty bold statement and quite lovely. Hasselblad X1D Smartphone Vs Medium Format Sensor As I mentioned earlier, the best camera is the one you always have with you. The X1D comes with a 50 megapixels CMOS large sensor powerful enough to basically capture anything. It's a mirrorless design combined with autofocus lenses capable of taking very high-resolution images. I personally felt the autofocus was slow for my own style, I used the X1D for street photography where the action really is. It's not recommended to do so but I wanted to test the X1D as if it was suiting my own photographic style. Besides that, the pictures I took were just breathtaking, you become suddenly in love with the simple things of life because you are now equipped with a performance camera that can capture the true natural colours. Here is a vivid representation of what your smartphone sensor is compared to a medium format like the X1D. Smartphone Vs Medium Format Sensor Hasselblad X1D Gallery   Hasselblad 3F Raw File vs JPEG On the side of the X1D, there is dual slot for your SD cards, you would generally have them setup one for the RAW and the other one for JPEG. The X1D doesn’t shoot 50mp JPEG file, in fact the files are roughly around 5-6MB and 110MB for the RAW file. You can definitely use the JPEGs for sample and proofing but you won’t be able to have 50mp JPEG file. Shooting with the Hasselblad X1D During my week with the X1D, I took several rides around the city and tried to capture the city of Montreal in its authenticity. Shooting with this camera reminded of a beautiful track from a Korean movie: A Bittersweet Life, a song by Yuhki Kuramoto called "Romance". Yes, you have heard it right, I totally fell in love with the X1D. There is so much passion in the making of this camera that it becomes part of you are or become. This experience really has made me fall in love with photography, even more than what I was before. I use photography as a medium to express my creativity and with the X1D, I was able to go beyond photographing things in its purest form. What do you see with your eyes gets captured and the results are exactly what you saw. That's the beauty of the X1D because of its highest score on the DXOMark for its colour depth, dynamic range and low-light ISO. All the shots presented in this review are NOT edited. Shot on Hasselblad X1D Pros Stunning ergonomic and compact design 50mp medium-format pictures Worth the investment Cons Slow autofocus Battery life can be improved Final Words With the Hasselblad X1D, it is a clear statement that digital cameras are here to stay. We understand how technology has evolved and will continue to perfect the small sensor on the smartphones. But there is nothing more true to the essence of photography to carry your "big bulky camera" for a ride around your city, country or the world. Even though the Hasselblad X1D doesn't come at a cheap price, I would personally invest my money for my own perfection. More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow me on Instagram

Digital Photography: Winter Haze by Philip Karlberg

Digital Photography: Winter Haze by Philip Karlberg

Currently living in the North side of America, the month of December generally comes with what we truly love and also hate the same time. Snow! Again, there is still a beauty in watching a snowfall in the city and even outside of all its glory. We are following Sweden-based photographer Philip Karlberg in a beautiful series of digital photography of the archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden; entitled: Winter Haze. Philip Karlberg is a photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Philip had the opportunity to work with brands like such as Vogue, Swarovski, Bang & Olufsen and Volvo to name a few. You should check out his Behance for more of his work. A series shot in the archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden More Links Learn more about Philip Karlberg at philipkarlberg.com Follow Philip Karlberg's work on Behance Digital Photography  

The Thrive Portrait Project by Karen Wolrond

The Thrive Portrait Photography Project by Karen Wolrond

I stumbled upon this latest post topic by accident while researching my absolute favorite artist, illustrator and author, Lisa Congdon. I was initially going to post about Lisa (and I'll get to that) but as I was cruising along on her site I was so moved by her post about her participation in good friend Karen Wolrond's portrait project "The Thrive Portrait Photography Project" that I just had to share.  In October 2014, Karen decided to take a month-long sabbatical from writing her blog.  At the time, she was 47 years old, and more than any other time in her life,  she felt she was entering a great new stage, she was in a word, thriving. During this time, she began searching for blogs and other personal writings authored by people who were similarly situated, and feeling the same way she was feeling. Sadly, she came up empty-handed. This fueled her idea to embark on a new photography project that portrays women over the age of 40 who are thriving in their particular fields more than ever.  In the process of photographing them with her Hasselblad film camera  she asked her subjects to describe for her what it means to them to thrive.  The resulting responses were so poignant that it spawned the publishing of her inspiring book Make Light which you can purchase on amazon here. Peek the gallery below for the beautiful women that inspired the project.  lisa, 47, See more of Lisa's work at lisacongdon.com danielle, 42,  CEO and founder of Sway Group. nicole, 44, See more of Nicole's work at NicoleBlades.com kelly, 44, see more of Kelly's work at Mocha Momma kristin, see more of Kristin's work at thisis50 laurie, 45, See more of Laurie's work at Step Away From The Screen and Make Something. ABOUT KAREN WOLROND Karen is the former Chief Counsel of Landmark Graphics Corporation, one of the largest software companies in the oil and gas  industry, as well as the former Chief of Staff of Halliburton Energy Services.  Karen is also a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness, including the teachings of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.   In addition, as a self-taught photographer (and journaling evangelist), Karen uses creativity and self-expression to help clients from all walks of life discover their own their gifts and superpowers, develop their leadership skills, and learn how to use them in a way that allows them to thrive.