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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED Product Images (1 of 12)

In this edition of Cheap Photo, lots of the previous discounts are still available; so you’d better act on them while you can. But Amazon seems to be clearing out lots of stock with deals on DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point and shoots, camera bundlesaccessories, and even lenses.

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Editor’s Note: this blog post was originally published over at the ISO blog by 500px and by  Grant Friedman. It, and the images used for the post, are being syndicated here with permission.

Fashion Week is an international series of events where fashion designers can showcase their latest collections and connect with other members of the industry. Twice a year, the fashion world converges on New York, London, Paris, Milan, and other sites across the globe for a week’s worth of fashion shows and events.

While for many, the focus of Fashion Week tends to be on the celebrities that attend the shows, what they wore, and the parties that followed, Fashion Week is so much more than that. This year, in New York City alone, over 300 designers held shows, making an estimated economic impact of over $887 million.

While Fashion Week is clearly important to local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, it is also an important event for all the photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, and members of the media that are needed to cover such a large event. While Fashion Week shares many similarities to other large media events, like the Academy Awards, for instance, there is one major difference, Fashion Week lasts much longer, and is held over a much wider area.

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Infographic by Kelby One

 

Photographers shooting weddings for a while typically know where they have to be positioned and sometimes get the opportunity to scout a location out beforehand. But before you even step into the venue, you should have somewhat of an idea. The folks over at KelbyOne created an infographic explaining where you should positioned. Each number corresponds to an area for the ceremony and has tips included.

For more though, you should check out our essential shot list for a wedding and our massive roundup of tips, interviews and tutorials for wedding photography.

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Photographer Arthur Morris recently did a video with Canon’s Digital Learning Center about finding the right locations for bird photography. One of the biggest tips: have the sun behind you and try to line yourself up in the right angle with the sun. This makes sense, as the subject will be front lit naturally and you won’t be dragging out a big flash. When shooting silhouettes though, you want to do the opposite.

Morris also states that birds take off into the wind and land with it because they don’t like having their feathers ruffled. That means that you shouldn’t have the wind hitting you in the face when shooting.

“As long as the wind and light are somewhere behind you, you’re in good shape.”

The video on scouting locations for bird photography is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Magmod flash modifier review images magsphere product photos (1 of 8)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

If a compact flash modifier promised to make the head of your flash 300% larger, what would you do with it? It would surely offer much softer lighting–or at least that’s what the Magmod Magsphere claims. The closest thing that we’ve seen to taking on the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible and offering a nice output came from a recent Kickstarter. The Magmod system isn’t totally revolutionary, but it is surely quite smart.

In fact, it’s so smart that it may change the way that light modifiers are attached to flashes in the future.

Trust us, Gary Fong is going to want to look very closely at this one.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Nikon D5500 clearly shows off the company’s continued evolution of their more entry level offerings–to the point where it pretty much seems to be targeting the mirrorless camera market. It’s small; in fact during our initial meeting with Nikon we found it to be comparable to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7 camera. And while it’s small, Nikon is still trying to do things that don’t sacrifice on build quality, feel, and features.

The Nikon D5500 sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF at the heart. Other specs include a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750.

Yes, these are all very cool features for an entry level DSLR (or a step above it.) But they’re still not our favorite thing about this camera.

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