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A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst - 1999

A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst – 1999 (World Press Photo – 2ooo)

All images are copyrighted Thomas James Hurst, and are being used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Thomas Hurst a 20-year photojournalist turned inventor. Spurred by an interest to see what war was like, he grabbed a camera, invented press credentials and flew to Bosnia in 1992. From there, he went on to work in some of the biggest conflict zones of the 1990s and 2000s. After nearly 20 years, he left photojournalism to become a pastor, which he eventually left to focus on COVR Photo, an iPhone case with a built-in prism that he invented.

In this episode, he talks about the early years of his photojournalism, what it’s like to learn the craft on the job, becoming an inventor, and more. A selection of his work, as well as the episode is after the break. If you’d like to see more of Hurst’s work, check out his website. If you’re curious about the COVR photo, check out our review, and he currently has a Kickstarter for the iPhone 6 version.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 70-200mm f4 Pro first impressions samples (6 of 8)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.

Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style.

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All images by Evan Thompson. Used with permission.

Underneath San Francisco is a network of old tunnels that very few photographers explore; but Photographer Evan Thompson has recently shared his photos of these very little known places with the world. He tells us that they’re still mostly a secret and that most folks keep it to themselves so as not to give away the secrets. He was inspired by the recent wave of photographers that love to go urban exploring and to places where no one else goes to.

We talked to Evan about the dangers of something like this and his creative vision in the network.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon T5i camera review product images (3 of 7)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.5

This edition of Cheap Photo features Amazon’s best selling cameras, with lots of the under $500. Plus, Adorama has specials on Lowepro camera bags.

Still worthy of note:

Lots of discounts on Amazon’s top sellers in Cameras, an Adorama $250 gift card with a Panasonic GX7 purchase, a great price on an Elinchrom lighting kit, Panasonic G7 kit savings, Fujifilm’s new products, and Zeiss rebates.

The new Canon 50mm f1.8 III is available for pre-order right now, but if you’re a Nikon user then know that bundle deals were also extended and end on the 30th of this month.

Here’s a Memorial Day Special over at Borrow Lenses.

Also check out these refurbished Nikon , Fujifilm accessories, Tamron Rebates, Tokina rebatesSigma rebates, and this Canon 5D Mk II deal with up to $625 in savings at $3,289. Adorama is offering up to $680 off of the Nikon D7100 Camera and bundles with an instant rebate (lots of those available too). Also included is a Free Wifi Adapter ($40 Value).

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All images by Travis Burke. Used with permission.

Photographer Travis Burke has 140K+ Instagram followers, and it’s easy to see why. Travis is all about capturing and finding beautiful areas in the great outdoors; and he tries to photograph it all with a unique perspective on life. Travis is tenacious and tries to conquer whatever the world throws at him.

It started when he bought a Nikon D300–which made him slow down and appreciate beauty in nature a lot more.

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All images by Leonardo Battaglini. Used with permission.

Ring lights are usually very fun, but photographer Leonardo Battaglini takes it to a whole new level with the way that his models play with the lights. “I stumbled in photography a few years ago… I decided (as many people) to buy a digital SLR and I starting to taking photos. I had no sense of composition, rules, etc. and my photos were mostly ugly and insignificant.” says Leo. “…Then, suddenly, I began to observe my photos and those of others and my mind started thinking and reasoning.”

After finding an image of the way someone was playing with a ring light, he was inspired and decided to make one himself.

“I used it with some models for two or three shoot but nothing more, just to experiment…one day, after a shooting I decided to let play the model with ringlight and ‘Playing with ringlight’ is the result”

Leonardo states that he tries to bring out a person’s natural personality when he shoots and that he doesn’t like treating a model like a dummy. This is also why he chose to render the images in black and white, because it can reveal details that color can’t show.

Leo’s other photos are after the jump.

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