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Today, Nikon is announcing three new lenses–and two of them are monsters. The company will soon be offering the new smaller AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4E EF VR along with new 500mm and 600mm lenses. The lens most likely to be purchased by folks is the 16-80mm f2.8-4, which is designed for APS-C sensor cameras and comes out to render a 24-120mm field of view. The ones that are more exciting though are the new 500mm and 600mm lenses. These are designed for photojournalists, sports shooters, and wildlife shooters.

And man, are they expensive.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds first impressions product photos (4 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Today in Cheap Photo, we’ve found new SanDisk and Lexar deals on top of all these deals that Amazon has currently going on.

Still hot! We’ve found discounts on loads of 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses. Plus, the new Tokina 24-70mm f2.8 lens is now available in both Canon and Nikon mounts,

Also still valid: Here’s your chance to get the Sony A7 at the cheapest price that we’ve seen it for yet. And just in case Amazon runs out, try B&H Photo or Adorama. We’ve also found deals on Pentax lenses, B&H’s Deal zone, a 70D bundle rebate deal,

If you’re still interested: the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is getting $100 off and going for $849. But be sure to check out our review before you go buy one, our comparison to the original and to the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art.

We’ve found a bundle deal on a Canon 70D Bundle for $789 after a rebate, plus Nikon savingsNikon summer bundle deals as well as so much more.

$400 off the Sony A7r, Zeiss lens rebates, $299 for the Olympus EPL5, a discount on the Fujifilm XT-1, $499 for the Olympus OMD EM5, $200 off on the Fujifilm X100T, Tamron lens discounts, Lexar card specials.

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All images by Ruben Juan. Used with permission.

Ruben Juan is a 22 year old graphic designed based in Valencia, Spain. He’s spent a big part of his life taking photos and these days works as a freelance photographer for skateboarding magazines and companies.

He’s sometimes known as “Rbnisonfire” online, and indeed, his images live up to this name. Recently, Ruben has been working on a series called Subterranean Kids where he followed young men into the underground parts of Spain and photographed them as they did tricks with their skateboards.

Dangerous? Yes. Super cool? Heck yes.

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If you’re in the US (where most of our readers are from) or Canada (where lots of readers come from), you’re going to be celebrating the celebration of your nation’s birth very soon. If you’re a reader of this site, then you’re probably going to have your camera in hand as you’re celebrating.

Don’t do that.

No, seriously–don’t handhold the camera. Instead, to get those trademark beautiful fireworks images you should get your hands on a tripod, point the camera and lens up to the sky, stop the aperture down, and use a slow/long shutter speed to capture those picturesque light trails.

As for lens choices, it really depends on where you’re standing. If you’re on flat even ground near sea level, then opt for a telephoto lens and pray for the best. If you’re on a rooftop of some sort or really high up on a building, then go for a wider lens.

Then when you’re all done, turn your lens to your friends and family and try to capture beautiful candid moments as you and your loved ones are celebrating.

And as always, have a happy celebration on Independence Day.

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There are apparently different metrics for success in photography. Some would measure success in the size of an audience. Others would measure it in the number of awards and publications. Some would measure it based on the actual quality of the work. And some would tie it solely to financial success. Last week, a piece called “15 Statements Poor Photographers Say That Rich Photographers Do Not” with 32 unsourced quotes – 15 by poor shooters and 17 by rich ones – was widely shared. It is, at the very least, bad journalism, and if both sets of quotes are to be believed, utter nonsense.

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Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

The trend of creating time slice images is starting to become more and more popular amongst photographers. For those of you who haven’t caught onto the trend that folks are going gaga for, it’s when you shoot images of a scene throughout a long period of time and combine them all into one image with sections of them starting at the earliest part and the other end of the photo conveying the most recent photo.

Doing this literally means working with layer after layer in photoshop and getting just the right amount of blending in the photo. It’s a heck of a lot of work, but Time Slice 1.0 is looking to change that in the same way that timelapses have been made much simpler.

The program compiles your photos and lets you select which ones don’t enter the final image. You can tell it to do things like take every other image. Then you import the photos and fine tune the settings to be radial, linear or you can add in other configurations.

Time Slice is available now for $19 for Windows, Mac and Linux.