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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Interfit S1 product images (6 of 10)ISO 2001-30 sec at f - 2.8

When you look at the TTL Monolight market, you’ve got Profoto, Phottix and the latest option is the Interfit S1. Interfit hasn’t been a household name like Profoto, Phottix, Bowens, Elinchrom or Paul C Buff, but with the S1 we get the impression that the company wants to do more with what they have. Interfit is trying to give strobists almost every feature that you can get with Phottix and Profoto, but at a more affordable price in the S1.

Typically, that comes with tradeoffs. As of the publication of this review, those tradeoffs involve reliability issues that Interfit says they’re working on. But the rest seems solid.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 4V Design strap review (10 of 10)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

4V Design is a company that not only tries to design beautiful straps, but is doing something a bit different by attempting to innovate on the way that the basic functionality performs. Take the 4V Design ALA leather and canvas strap for example: it provides enough ergonomic comfort for use with a DSLR but also enough for use with a smaller camera. Then there’s the signature 4V Design shoulder pad and how incredibly comfortable it is.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (4 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

Here’s a full list of the best of B&H Photo’s Black Friday Deals Week savings for 11/24/2015. But also be sure to check out Adorama’s deals for DSLRs, Mirrorless cameras and Point and shoots. Plus all of Amazon’s Black Friday deals in cameras are quite tempting.:

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 4V Design strap review (10 of 10)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

A while back, I wrote a piece about how the Phoblographer’s staff shoots product photos, the mentality and the guidelines. The product photography was more of a general idea; and it’s evolved since then. This time around and due to popular requests on Twitter, I’m walking you through a full product photography shoot. Earlier in the morning, I went about photographing images for a review I’m completing of 4V Design ALA Leather Strap strap.

Now before I go on, I’m going to preface this with one big statement that I will talk about and hit home on many times throughout the review.

My product photos are less about the gear and more about the concept, composition, and colors. Again, VERY LITTLE OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE GEAR. In all honesty, I could do this with pretty much any camera, lens or light but I’d need to modify my workflow accordingly depending on the variables involved.

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A brand new Kickstarter is looking to change the way that photographers use light modifiers. It’s called the SunDisc–and it’s a new product that tries to solve the problem of whether a photographer should pull out their reflector or their softbox. To do this, the SunDisc provides multiple surfaces such as reflective white, silver or soft gold. When you want to use it as a softbox, you just take the reflective surface off and expand the reflector’s body to function as a softbox.

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All images by Benoit Lapray. Used with permission.

“Solitude is evident when looking at this photographic work for the first time. I therefore chose to develop these infamous characters from American comics, now recognised world-
wide for their fight against evil, striving for freedom and justice, alone, and in the middle of the country-side.” says Benoit Lapray about this series.

Photographer Benoit Lapray is highly influenced by his love of superheroes, this is evident in his project “The Quest for the Absolute.” On Behance, he showcases two parts of the series and states that the series is about loneliness and introspection. To do this, Benoit juxtaposes the mighty heroes in desolate landscapes. Benoit says that these photos embody “the contemporary revival of romanticism.”

He shot many of the images in front of the French Alps but there are lots of other locations depicted in the series.

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All images by Daria Khoroshavina. Used with permission. If the cinemagraphs aren’t working for you, click on them to bring them into a new page.

Photographer Daria Khoroshavina has been into photography for around four years, and her Behance page features lifestyle food cinemagraphs–which essentially takes the beautiful images that we often see and adds just a bit of animation.

Before getting into this type of work, she tells us that she learned it all from the internet and mostly did portraits.

“About a year ago I decided that I want to make cinemagraphs and chose food as a main theme. At first I considered it a side project, until it got more attention and I started receiving requests from clients who wanted cinemagraphs.” says Daria. “Some pretty amazing things happened to me because of this project, that’s why I love it so much and do my best to make it grow.”

Daria, like many food photographers, believes that the final image all depends on the final results and intent. She tells us that she considers moods and feelings like a cold morning after Christmas, lunch breaks with an old friend, wine in the afternoon, etc. “I’d like my pictures to be more complex in the future, to go beyond the food porn and express deeper ideas and I’m working on that.”

Daria’s inspiring cinemagraphs are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polarizing filter affects color lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-640 sec at f - 1.4

So what’s the point of a Polarizing filter? There are quite a bit of advantages and one of them is better colors right out of the camera. To that end, they also help with desaturated scenes caused by glare and reflections.

B&H Photo completed a six minute video all about polarizers; and they go into the use of both circular and linear polarizers. They state that when using Polarizing filters, the sun should be around 90 degrees to the side when shooting images.

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