Sep. 17—It isn’t just the photogenic nature of classic cars that drew Michael Furman to the field of photography. Give him a paper clip and a piece of paper, he says, and he’s fine photographing that.

It’s the light.

“I would gaze out the window in junior high school, watching the light play on the leaves on the trees rather than paying attention in class,” says Furman, who built a career photographing cars. Whether it’s a souped-up hot rod, a classic model from the early 20th century, or a custom job, a beautifully designed car interacts with light in ways that emphasize its striking contours, sleek profiles, and sexy curves.

“Looking at light in the room that I was in — seeing how the shadows fall and the different qualities of the light — was what got me through school.”

Although Furman, who lives in Philadelphia, spent much of

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Sep. 16—The Fine Arts Show at the Minnesota State Fair is called the state’s largest juried art exhibition. It usually features 300 or more works from thousands entered by artists across Minnesota.

A little math indicates that a leaves behind a lot of “rejected art.” Some of those pieces are on display through Sept. 26 in the annual “Rejected Exhibition” at AZ Gallery in Lowertown St. Paul. This year’s show has photography, paintings and some sculptures.

Organizer Jeff Henningsgaard explains in an email: “It all began when local photographers started posting their rejected images on social media. Some amazing images were shared and it was a great way for the community to rally around fellow artists and give support. The idea of starting their own show was brought up and Tomas Alvarez and (I) took on the challenge. This year, the show has opened to all types of art

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The art of portrait photography is one that’s got a whole lot to deal with talking to people. There needs to be a connection. And oftentimes, you should talk to someone before you shoot their portrait. But of course, you don’t always have the time to do that. So instead, you should make sure you’ve got the best gear you can. That means getting fantastic portrait lenses. We dove into our reviews index to get just what you’re looking for. And here are four of our favorites.

The Phoblographer’s various product round-up features are done in-house. 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

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