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MOO designs business cards that are very popular with photographers. and for years I’ve been thinking that there has to be a new evolution of the business card. After a while, they just tend to pile up.

But MOO is now taking a new step forward. They’re calling it Paper+ and they have lots of different uses. In a video of theirs (after the jump) they show how viewers at a gallery can tap their phone to a card to find out more about art; but photographers can also save money on business cards by letting people just tap their card.

Of course, for us iOS users this may be tougher to do. But for Android and Windows Phone users, it’s much easier to work with.

They start out at $29.99; their demo video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Think Tank Retrospective Leather Camera Bag review prodcut images (1 of 11)ISO 1001-500 sec at f - 2.8

Think Tank’s Retrospective series of camera bags are very popular with photographers. They can carry lots of gear and are designed to take loads of abuse. For a very long time, they were my personal favorite camera bags not only because of these reasons, but also because no matter how much gear was packed into the bag, the shoulder strap provided loads and loads of excellent comfort.

As a refresh, Think Tank recently added leather versions of the camera bags. These versions are essentially the same bag but with lots more leather. For the more discerning of us, the Think Tank Retrospective 30 may be a great bag–but it comes with two concerns.

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It looks like the world of monolights are getting some new competition when it comes to TTL metering transmission. Profoto was the first to the pot, then Phottix and now Interfit with their new S1. The Interfit S1 is a 500ws monolight that they’re stating does both TTL transmission and HSS (high speed sync) with Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

The Interfit S1 can work function by either using a battery pack or AC power connectors, and the company claims that their 4500mAh Li-Ion battery provides up to 350 full power flashes in Manual and TTL modes and over 400 full power flashes in High Speed Sync mode. Said battery seems to be incorporated into the body of the monolight in the same way that Profoto does with their B1.

The Interfit S1 has a 7 stop power range and these can be dialed up/down in 1/10ths of a stop. When shooting in HSS, the TTL transmission can be dialed in in up to 1/3rd stops. This light also offers a very fast flash duration at 1/19,000th at minimum power and 1/1,000 at full power.

More tech specs and images are after the jump, and when the Interfit S1 launches in early December, the package will retail for $999.

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Chris Gampat BHInsight B&H Event Space (4 of 10)

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio, a retailer in the photo industry that is close to the hearts of many photographers, is currently facing quite a bit of public heat after a story run by Al-Jazeera America related the accounts and complaints of around 200 of their warehouse workers. To clarify, these are the accounts of warehouse workers in the Brooklyn Navy Yard–not at the superstore located at 34th and 9th in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.

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LomoInstantWide_Black_quarter right with film

It was only a matter of time until Lomography came out with a new camera to support Instax Wide film; and today is that day. Following the success of the company’s Lomo’Instant, Lomography is today introducing their new Lomo’Instant Wide. Essentially, it’s the Lomo’Instant camera but this time around it’s more tailored for the wide format film. With that said, it comes in a wide variety of colors too.

This camera has three shooting modes: Bulb, auto, and Fixed shutter speed for studio shoots set to a constant 1/30th. That means you’ll want to use a tripod. For the camera to set off studio strobes, you’ll need to connect said strobes to the camera via the built-in PC sync port. In that case, you’re probably better off hooking up a Pocket Wizard.

But then there is something else really cool: the lens cap for the 90mm f8 (35mm equivalent) lens can also act as a remote control for the camera. Three conversion lenses can be adapted to the 90mm lens on the front of the camera to shoot wider, closer up or with a splitzer effect.

The camera uses 4 A batteries and Lomography is promising that the first deliveries of the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide will be ready just in time for the holidays.

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All images by Sophie Gamand. Used with permission.

“With wet dogs, I am interested in capturing their most vulnerable moments. I believe that’s when they show the widest range of expressions.” says Photographer Sophie Gamand. Sophia always comes up with cool and crazy ideas when it comes to photographing dogs. First there was flowers, then there was #DogsinDenim and now the famous bathtime project she worked on is now a book available today for purchase.

“I was at a groomer for a personal project on dog grooming and he started bathing the dogs. Their expressions were hilarious! I wanted to laugh but at the same time a part of me felt so guilty that we inflict this upon dogs.” says Sophie about the inspiration for the body of photos. “The series became very successful and kickstarted my career. I won a prestigious Sony World Photography Award, and now my first book Wet Dog is coming out.” She now uses the influence she’s received to fight for causes that are dear to her hear like promoting animal adoption and fighting against the cruel fate of pit bulls.

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Today, Canon is announcing a slew of new cameras and lenses right before Photo Plus Expo 2015. No, they’re not DSLRs–but instead they’re quite a bit smaller. First up, Canon is announcing their new G5x and G9x point and shoot cameras. Both devices have WiFi, NFC, a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125-12,800, a DIGIC 6 processor, 1080p HD video at 24p, 30p and 60p, a new Star mode for photographing the night sky, star trails mode, and Star Time Lapse mode.

Canon is also announcing their new EOS M10. All the specs that you care about are after the jump.

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.

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Instant film has been around for many years, and though it isn’t quite instant, it’s still very cool and the fastest way to actually produce a tangible image.

How It’s Made recently shared a video of how Instant Film is made on their YouTube channel; and it involves an engineer wearing night vision googles. Liquid photo chemicals and dyes flow onto the surface of the plastic film and then it’s all evened out.

The video after the jump shows a lot more–but each piece of instant film also has development chemicals packaged with it. When the film passes through the camera’s rollers, the chemicals are evenly dispersed through the film plane providing the rollers are clean. But just for good measure, I often like to place the film on a flat surface and rub the bottom of my fist against it for a more even dispersion–just in case.

This video is being shared partially because this week in the second Roid Week of the year 2015, where photographers celebrate instant film. If you haven’t experimented with it yet, you’re seriously missing out.

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