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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

In today’s Edition of Cheap Photo, we’ve rounded up your last chance for discounts on Canon and Nikon lenses and cameras. Plus you can get $300 off on the 5D Mk II and 6D. The listings are after the jump.

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DIY projects can be really fun, and filmmaker Dustin McLean has a cool tutorial on YouTube on how to make your own softbox. His is mostly targeted at filmmakers, but if you’re a photographer who uses constant lighting then you can use if for your own needs.

Dustin fully states that the $7 spent was just for the diffusion panel, but the softbox was otherwise made from cardboard that was painted black, given black tape on the edges for securement and to ensure that light didn’t escape, and added diffusion/reflective material on the inside. Most of this was all right at home and available to him–and chances are that it is available to you too.

The only tough part that we see is the opening for a flash or a light which we feel needs to be tight to ensure that light doesn’t escape.

The video on making a DIY softbox is after the jump.

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All images by Barry Slaven. Used with permission.

Photographer Barry Slaven tells us that he recently got rid of his website, but he’s been working on a project called “Healing Hands” for the past 10 years. He’s been shooting since the late 1960s and is entirely self-taught. Barry became serious about the Healing Hands project after he stopped operating in the OR. “All these photos are black and white, providing an almost abstract, ethereal rendition of the OR. Eliminating faces and personalities, as well as identifiable structures, enhances this effect.” says Barry. “I think eliminating the color eliminates much of the garish, scary, upsetting aspects of surgery and allows the viewer to experience the more subtle, almost sensuous act of surgery itself. I like to think of it as ‘artistic photojournalism’.”

Barry is well known in the operating room and is free to move about pretty much unnoticed to get the angles and views that his creative vision dictates. But before he goes in to shoot, he always asks for the surgeon’s permission. However, because there are no faces he never asks of model releases.

The images from the series are after the jump.

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When it comes to Timelapse work, many cameras have the feature built in but Triggertrap was one of the first modules and apps to make doing them simple by using your phone or tablet along with their USB dongle. The app has had a couple of refreshes and now they’re announcing Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This app does something that standard timelapse modes on cameras can’t do: saves sequences.

Have a specific sequence that you use for sunset shooting? You can save it here. What about shooting down 9th Ave as cars pass? Yup, you can save it.

Triggertrap also added a power saving mode that makes the timelapse stop before your phone runs out of battery.

Timelapse Pro works with our existing Triggertrap Mobile Kit and is available now on the iOS App Store for £3.99/$4.99. Yes, that’s pricey for an app; but if timelapse photography/video shooting is your thing, then it’s well worth the price of a cheap beer and a shot at some dive bars. A demo video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 15mm f1.7 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Street photographers generally need a few things when they go shooting. First and foremost, their camera bag (or bag of any sort) needs to be low profile and not attract any attention to them. In fact, they need to blend in as much as they possibly can. But they also need quick access to their gear and they need to be able to move quickly. While moving quickly can depend on the photographer’s specific speed, they no doubt will be able to move master if they have less weight on them. So with that in mind, a photographer needs a small, lightweight bag that won’t make them want to bring too much with them.

If this sounds like you, we’ve compiled a list of low profile camera bags that you’ll want to take a look at.

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When I reached 100 followers on Instagram, I thought I had arrived. Instagram was largely new to me, and a confusing place at first, too, because there were, and are, no metrics, unlike Flickr where I had put my photography up until that point. Instagram was the place to be, and if I could get enough traction, my worth as a photographer would be solidified in hearts and numbers. There were folks with followers in the tens and hundreds of thousands, some even in the millions. Wouldn’t that be nice? A massive following the thought wasn’t, and it took a while for me to shake it. [click to continue…]