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Last year, the FlashQ tried to be a stylish off-camera flash and radio trigger combination; but it seems to be taking a step forward with its latest evolution. A new IndieGoGo campaign is showing off the Flash Q20–which can be a hot flash flash if you wish or taken apart to be an off-camera flash trigger via radio. Additionally, the Flash Q20 has a modelling light and an LED video light. They come in white and black and the flash head can tilt 90 degrees for bounce light.

The system has an interesting way of working. To increase the power, you click a button on the transmitter once. To take the power down, you press it twice–which is much more confusing than using a dial. The Flash Q20 has 7 stops of power and is controlled manually.

Tech specs and a video are after the jump.

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Photographer Lloyd Bishop shoots portraits and has also done behind the scenes work for many of the popular late night television shows that folks watch. It started with Jimmy Fallon falling in love with his work because of how he can get the shot and capture celebrities during the quiet moments. He did this for a while until he moved on to Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Tonight Show.

Lloyd says that each studio is a new challenge and a new setting but he always knows that he has very limited space to work with. Sometimes he gets two or three minutes with the celebrities and has  to have ideas in mind beforehand. He also states that he’s trying to capture a beautiful moment and not anything elaborate after talking to them and establishing a rapport. He always has backup ideas just in case his initial idea doesn’t seem to work for a portrait.

The video is after the jump.

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Midway through last year, I shut down my flickr account. While some may balk at the thought of having one, I found it to be a swell community, despite the fact that it was still clunky after Yahoo! updated the veneer. As I was figuring out the photographer I wanted to be, I realized that I needed to clean up what I had online, and my flickr account was the primary culprit because it had everything I put up since 2009. It was rife with awful photographs of flowers, lifeless scenes, and scenes where bokeh was the main focus because my 50mm f1.7 lens was a godsend. My photographs had no soul and no voice, and anyone who came across it would have no idea what to make of me as a photographer. It was this realization and slight existential crisis that instilled in me the importance of cleaning house.

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Just in case you wanted another reason to spend your hard earned money, Sony is announcing today a load of new lenses for the full frame E mount system: the 35mm f1.4, 28mm f2, 90mm f2.8, a 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens and converters for their APS-C lenses.

For anyone that has ever said that Sony doesn’t have enough lenses in their lineup, it looks like they’re pretty much ready to shut you up. The system now includes a handful of zooms and even more premium prime lenses.

Lots of the lenses have the Zeiss branding, but what we’re incredibly amazed by is the fact that the 35mm f1.4 has a working aperture ring that they’re starting is best for cinema shooting although it isn’t being branded as a cinema lens.

Techs specs and more images are after the jump. The Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 will $999.99, the Sony 90mm f2.8 will cost $1099.99, the 35mm f1.4 will cost $1,599.99, and the 28mm f2 will cost $449.99.

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Canon, Nikon and so many more are offering discounts right now on lenses, cameras and more.

In the edition of Cheap Photo, we show you some of our favorite deals and those that are about to expire. All the best camera deals, lens deals, and discounts are right here.

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Photographer Peter Hurley needs no introduction as a headshot and portrait photographer; and it’s always interesting to listen to his stories. For example, why does he say SHABANG during portrait sessions? Peter talks about it in the video after the jump and explains that it’s in reaction to a feeling that you get when you capture the perfect headshot from someone.

On a deeper level, he talks about not settling for mediocre images and instead getting the ones that elicit an emotion out of someone and creating images that move people. That’s what we should aspire to create.

“My inner artist wants to look at my screen and see a killer picture.” says Hurley.

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