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Photographer Joe Edelman posted an awesome video tutorial a couple of years ago where he likened shooting a portrait photo to lighting an egg. After drawing a very happy face on said egg, he moved a light around but didn’t move the egg at all. By doing this, he was able to figure out how the light will look on the subject when they are photographed. This is much easier to do with a constant light than it is with a flash, but the concept can still apply.

The tutorial is much better illustrated in the video presented after the jump.

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It’s very, very tough to balance low amounts of ambient light with strobe output–but in the latest video from AdoramaTV, photographer Gavin Hoey does a rather solid job.

Gavin takes a model into the forest and captures multiple looks with her but the biggest challenge that he faces is how to combine strobe lighting with low amounts of ambient lighting. Of course, one might think to just overpower the ambient lighting–but what Gavin wants to do is mix the two–and that can be very tough to do.

Why so difficult? The photographer has to make a critical decision of either:

– Shooting the scene with a very slow shutter speed and a low ISO: therefore giving them a shutter speed that they probably can’t hand hold the camera at but still gain greater detail.


– Shoot the scene at a higher ISO and therefore get reduced chance of camera shake but also need to crank the aperture and strobe down conversely.

Gavin’s decision has to do with his creative vision for the image and he not only takes you through shooting the photos but also the post-production.

The video is after the jump, but it is almost 14 minutes long. So watch it during lunch because the knowledge of balancing Low Ambient Light with Strobe can be applied to so many creative ideas.

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Julien Douvier Cinemagraphs 5

All images by Julien Douvier. Used with permission.

Julien Douvier is a cinemagraph master. We’ve seen plenty of artful GIFs containing one small moving object. Julien, however, takes it to an entirely new hypnotic level with his frames of seamlessly looping motion from passing trains, this shot of a Ferris wheel above, to people walking down the street.

The 24 year-old Strasbourg, France resident says he has been creating cinemagraphs since 2013. At the time Julien says he did not even know there was a specific name for the images he created and it all started with a simple video he shot for a school project a year prior.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (3 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Canon has classically always supplied its own sensors for most cameras it makes, with one of the big exceptions being a possible Sony sensor for the Canon G7x. Now early reports from Canon Watch suggest Canon will soon release a new DSLR featuring a 46MP Sony sensor.

The announcement of such a camera will purportedly follow shortly after Sony announces a camera of its own featuring the high-megapixel sensor—the Sony A7r Mk II seems the most likely candidate. While the camera will have a high-MP Sony sensor, Canon will supposedly stick with its own color filter array and processing engine with plans to make color accuracy a big sticking point. In our experiences, that’s Canon’s biggest strength when it comes to their image quality.

A separate report from Canon Rumors support the rumors. The site heard from another source that Canon would introduce a high-megapixel camera in 2015. A few more details also suggest the camera will not have an EOS-1 styled body and should have a sensor with around 50MP of resolution.

Now for a spot of Fujifilm news, Fuji Rumors has learned the XF 16-55mm f2.8 will come in early 2015 without optical image stabilization. After wrongly stating that the fixed aperture zoom lens would feature OIS in the Fujifilm Magazine, Fujifilm quickly corrected itself with the following statement.

“The IQ of this lens is going to be amazing. OIS takes physical space, which means the lens elements can’t be precisely where they need to be to allow for the absolute best image quality. We feel that it will be a better lens without it.“

Fuji manager Hisashi Toshi said the price of the lens would be around 120,000 Yen (about $1,010) in an interview with Herald Corp (Google Translate). This is the second most expensive lens from Fujifilm—just a few hundred dollars behind the XF 50-150mm f2.8 and XF 56mm f1.2 APD—but it’s another sign Fujifilm is aiming for the high-end mirrorless market. 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Manual Camera and Triggertrap (5 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.2

There are many, many hacks that you can do with lighting to deliver a better image without spending hundreds of dollars to change the shape of the lighting. It has to do with thinking smarter about the light and knowing how RAW files work in post-production. Even if you’re not working with a flash, there are ways to make natural and ambient light help your subject look more attractive to most pairs of eyes.

Here are a number of ways without breaking the bank at all.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Conquering Mixed Lighting (1 of 3)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.0

Shoulders back and down, neck out and forward, fingers in the pocket. Higher shoulder pushed back slightly to even out the look of the posture. Everyone has a higher shoulder due to how they sit and wear bags.

Editor’s Note: Before you even think about accusing us of doing so, a guide on men’s poses will be published in the next couple of days.

When it comes to portrait poses, there has always been a very high emphasis on society making women look their best. Objectification aside, the best thing that you can possibly do for someone as a portrait photographer is to help them become more motivated and feel better about themselves by photographing them looking their best.

Over the years, we’ve tested lots of gear for portrait photography. Here are some basic tips and portrait poses for women that we’ve come up with and why we do them.

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