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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Manual Camera and Triggertrap (5 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.2

There are many, many hacks that you can do with lighting to deliver a better image without spending hundreds of dollars to change the shape of the lighting. It has to do with thinking smarter about the light and knowing how RAW files work in post-production. Even if you’re not working with a flash, there are ways to make natural and ambient light help your subject look more attractive to most pairs of eyes.

Here are a number of ways without breaking the bank at all.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Conquering Mixed Lighting (1 of 3)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.0

Shoulders back and down, neck out and forward, fingers in the pocket. Higher shoulder pushed back slightly to even out the look of the posture. Everyone has a higher shoulder due to how they sit and wear bags.

Editor’s Note: Before you even think about accusing us of doing so, a guide on men’s poses will be published in the next couple of days.

When it comes to portrait poses, there has always been a very high emphasis on society making women look their best. Objectification aside, the best thing that you can possibly do for someone as a portrait photographer is to help them become more motivated and feel better about themselves by photographing them looking their best.

Over the years, we’ve tested lots of gear for portrait photography. Here are some basic tips and portrait poses for women that we’ve come up with and why we do them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 review product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-400 sec at f - 1.7

It’s very easy to become obsessed with bokeh–look at the cinema and television industry. Watch famous movies of Tarantino, Nolan, or television shows like Arrow or American Horror Story and you’ll see that the world’s best cinematographers use lots and lots of bokeh. In the same way that cinematographers use bokeh to tell a story, photographers should use bokeh to tell a story and transmit a presence and feeling into the viewer that grabs them and forces them to pay attention.

We’re not at all saying that photographers need to be more cinematic–but instead we’re saying that many photographers need to start thinking about bokeh in a different way.

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Chris Gampat Melissa Perry Black and White Silhouette Inspiration (1 of 1)ISO 6401-60 sec at f - 4.0

Every now and then, we will publish a small but useful and effective tip in our series called Useful Photography Tips. With the year rounding down to a close and lots of you about to go on a holiday, we hope that you’ll be picking up your cameras and getting out there to shoot.

To help you along the way, keep in mind these many useful photography tips.

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The winners of our Leica, Fujifilm and Calumet contests have been decided. The two photo contests were two of the toughest that we’ve ever hosted with loads and loads of great street photography and landscape entries. But in the end, only a couple of folks are getting brand new cameras.

Did you win? Hit the jump to see for yourself.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Peak Design Slide Camera Strap review product photos (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Though we typically tend to review more fashionable straps, we in no way discriminate against those that try to appeal more towards the functional side of things–like the new Peak Design Slide camera strap. The strap feels essentially like a seat belt that can buckle you up to your camera as you cruise together down the road of life.

That was a pretty cheesy line, right?

Seriously though, the Peak Design Slide strap is a bit deceiving. At first, it looks like a typical sling strap like those from BlackRapid. But in actuality, it’s much cooler than that. In fact, it’s the single most versatile camera strap that we’ve ever seen and tested.

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