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ISO 400, 1/100th f2.8

ISO 400, 1/100th f2.8

What do you get when you cross an umbrella, a parabolic umbrella, a softbox, a beauty dish, and an octabank together? You get pretty much every well marketed light modifier that have been coming out in the past couple of years. Yes, there are some traditional softboxes or beauty dish, but they’re not looked at as the best of the best. Those modifiers instead are a cross between so many things.

This makes it so much tougher for the introductory strobists trying to understand how light works and how it falls, but it makes the understanding of it confusing for the experienced shooter too. Many of the more experienced strobists probably have an arsenal of light modifiers–umbrellas, softboxes, etc. They work well and have for years, but there is a very new generation of light modifiers out there that almost promise to be an all-in-one solution.

And for serious lack of better terminology, we’re going to call it the Light Source.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Astropad for Apple iPad (2 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Astropad was developed by former Apple engineers, and the app that they developed is targeted at photographers who retouch and want to do so with a graphics tablet of some sort. However, in this case they’re turning an iPad into something like a product from Wacom. Now, something like this could technically be done with Airplay, but to the creators of Astropad, that isn’t fast enough. To accomplish their goal of a near seamless and lag-free experience, they utilize a technology called LIQUID that claims to be twice as fast as Airplay and that relies on WiFi transferring of information back and forth.

For the most part, they’re doing a fantastic job.

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Infographic used with permission.

The folks over at KatchUp have created this very long and intensive infographic introducing photography to beginners. While everyone often tries to focus on the technical aspects, this infographic also tries to show you how to be a better artist.

The infographic includes things like exposure and apertures but also shines light on leading lines–something that isn’t really spoken about to beginners.

It’s above, and you’ll enjoy looking at it.

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When Cosyspeed came out with the Camslinger a while back, it proved to be a product that showed potential in the right camera market. Now, they’re back with the new Cosyspeed Camslinger Streetomatic–a new version that seems a bit larger, comes in new colors and can even act as a small sling for those of us who ride bikes often.

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All photographs are copyrighted and used with permissions by Spyros Papaspyropoulos.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Spyros Papaspyropoulos, a street photographer from Greece who is also the founder of Street Hunters, an online community and resource for street photography. The website is known, at least in part, for its series of Street Hunt videos, in which Spyros and his mates can be seen photographing on the streets of any given city, which makes for a good insight into process. There’s often a sense of humor in Spyros’s images that makes them wholly enjoyable. He uses a flash at any time of day, and he shoots almost exclusively in color these days.

A selection of his work and the episode are embedded below. For more of his work, check out his website, Flickr, and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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All images by Tracie Maglosky. Used with permission.

Wedding and Portrait photographer Tracie Maglosky isn’t only one heck of a creative, but she’s also the first female Olympus Trailblazer. We’ve featured her work before on the site, but this time around she’s outdone herself. Via her Facebook page, she shared a photo from an underwater engagement shoot that she recently finished. The idea had been cooking up in her mind for a while, but the execution and creating the images in her unique vision were quite a challenge.

We talked to Tracie about how she did it.

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