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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 85mm f1.4 portraits extra (1 of 1)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 2.8

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In the photo world, there are loads and loads of tricks that you can use to make viewers of your images believe that you’ve shot something with either all natural light or with one primary light. And if you have only a single light to begin with, there are ways that you can make your image appear as if two lights were added to the scene. All it requires is a bit a strategic placement of your lights or some extra knowledge of exposures.

For starters, keep in mind that when working with an artificial light (strobe or flash) that your aperture will control your flash exposure while your shutter speed manipulates the ambient lighting in the scene. Somehow or another, you’re going to have to figure out a way to balance the two out.

So how do you do this?:

- A very large light modifier in relation to your subject: Usually a six or seven foot umbrella being placed in front of and slightly above your subject can make your scene look like it was lit with two lights when the according shutter speed is dialed in.

- One Light and a Reflector: When your light is on one side of the subject, either set the light to its widest zoom setting or put it into a large softbox.. Next, place a reflector on the other side of your subject–we recommend using either white or silver. Then use the shutter speed to mix in enough ambient lighting to fill in the shadows while balancing out the flash output.

One light and the shadows for evenness control: To make this one work, you’ll need to work outside and in a shadowed area of some sort. Bounce the light off of a surface or once again make the flash zoom out to its widest setting. After this, you’ll just need to mix the ambient lighting from the shutter speed accordingly. We recommend underexposing your shutter just a bit then raising the shadows in post.

Now get out there and go experiment.

Sony A7 Grip GServo-3697-20140810

As technology changes, so have I. With Nikon not releasing the camera I wanted, I purchased the Sony A7. As I got comfortable with the Sony A7 there were certain aspects of the camera that were weird at times. One important issue was the size. It is great for my small lenses but when I use a big lens I really wish that the Sony A7 were designed to be bigger. This is especially true when shooting portraits. Luckily Sony has prepared for this when they released the camera.  They also released the Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha A7, A7R and the  A7S.

And for the most part, it is the great equalizer.

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Different Generations and prototype of Liteblades

All images by Patrick Rochon

If you’re looking for a new tool to paint with light and play with long exposures, then photographer Patrick Rochon has just what you need. They’re called the Liteblades–and they’re not anything like what you may see out of Star Wars. In fact, Patrick used them to make the Super Chromatic photos that we featured a while back.

The Liteblades are new brushes for photographers assembled (handmade and lasercut) in Canada, and have seven different configurations: GODSPEED, WINGMAN, PHOENIX, SPACETIME, BLACKDIAMOND, MONOLITH, and FIREFLY. They’re all unique tools that have different shapes and sizes for whatever your imagination can think of.

You can head on over to his shop to check them out now where each goes for $99. More images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Though this seems to not have hit America just yet, Nikon Europe recently issued a product advisory notice on the D810 camera. It’s a strange problem that occurs during the shooting of long exposures and when the camera is in the 1.2x crop mode. Apparently what happens is that the camera’s images will show bright spots. Only certain serial numbers are affected and you can see if yours is subject to a free repair from Nikon.

For the most part it seems like a very rare problem and one that only occurs is a very unusual circumstance as we don’t see many folks doing long exposures in that specific crop mode on the camera.

The full product advisory notice is after the jump, but also be sure to check out our full review of the camera.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D7100 product images (4 of 7)ISO 32001-30 sec at f - 5.6

Looking for more deals on the hottest photo products from around the web? Here are some that you’ll want to get your hands on.

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The unrest between civilians and the police in Ferguson, Missouri is not going away anytime soon–and neither the National Guard nor Missouri Governor Jay Nixon can do anything to pacify the angry crowds. Now, it looks like the Police are turning their hostility onto journalists and photographers as well.

Following the death of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer on August 9 for stealing a pack of cigarettes, what should have been peaceful civilian protests to condemn the act and seek justice have often turned violent with the police firing tear gases and rubber bullets and with snipers at the ready while the demonstrators often erupting into chaos, both sides stuck in a endless cycle of aggression from each other.

It seems the police aren’t happy with the media presence there either. On Monday, August 18, veteran Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested and detained by police officers. He was arrested for allegedly refusing to relocate himself to the designated press area located opposite the protest zone.

Although he was later released and no charges were filed, Olson claims that he was “arrested for just doing my job.” His arrest came after Ferguson authorities signed a court declaration that “acknowledge and agree that the media and the members of the public have a right to record public events without abridgment” unless they pose a threat or prevent police officers from doing their job.

He isn’t the only member of the press that’s been arrested during the conflicts. Last week, two journalists - Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J Reilly of the Huffington Post – were also arrested by officers for allegedly “videotaping them,” prompting criticisms from both publications, condemning the acts as “military aggression” and an “assault on the freedom of the press”.

Via The Guardian