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Chris Gampat


The Nikon D5500 clearly shows off the company’s continued evolution of their more entry level offerings–to the point where it pretty much seems to be targeting the mirrorless camera market. It’s small; in fact during our initial meeting with Nikon we found it to be comparable to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7 camera. And while it’s small, Nikon is still trying to do things that don’t sacrifice on build quality, feel, and features.

The Nikon D5500 sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF at the heart. Other specs include a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750.

Yes, these are all very cool features for an entry level DSLR (or a step above it.) But they’re still not our favorite thing about this camera.

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Photographer Jeremy Cowart has started a brand new initiative, it’s called See University and it’s all about premium photography tutorials. Jeremy needs no introduction after Help Portrait and his celebrity/commercial photography. He’s undoubtedly one of the best in our day and age.

Since it is a training platform, there are fees just like any other university with the different plans offering loads of incentives. We had a bit of a preview before the launch, and it all looks like incredibly solid stuff with new tutorials being worked on constantly.

With Jeremy’s permission, we have the opportunity to present one of the videos to you guys absolutely free. After the jump, Jeremy spends a little under a half hour talking about natural light portrait/fashion photography and you get to go behind the scenes.

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“What matters is what turns out in front of you” states Sydney based street photographer Markus Andersen who is the focus of a short documentary called “Belly of the Beast” by Rob Norton. He says this about using film, digital, Leica or phone cameras. Markus shoots film personally because he likes it, but again he states that it’s just a personal preference. However, he’s much more interested in the world around him in black and white.

The documentary explores the way he works and sees the world to capture the images that he does by chasing the light, finding the right contrast, shapes, and so much more. But unlike other photographers, Markus doesn’t care if he wastes a single frame of film. He figures that it’s much better to attempt to take the shot and be pleasantly surprised than be disappointed.

More than anything though, he talks about his passion for street photography and how it isn’t the goal to become famous. Instead, you should aim to get the best images that you possibly can.

The documentary is after the jump and well worth checking out during a lunch break today.

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Last year, the FlashQ tried to be a stylish off-camera flash and radio trigger combination; but it seems to be taking a step forward with its latest evolution. A new IndieGoGo campaign is showing off the Flash Q20–which can be a hot flash flash if you wish or taken apart to be an off-camera flash trigger via radio. Additionally, the Flash Q20 has a modelling light and an LED video light. They come in white and black and the flash head can tilt 90 degrees for bounce light.

The system has an interesting way of working. To increase the power, you click a button on the transmitter once. To take the power down, you press it twice–which is much more confusing than using a dial. The Flash Q20 has 7 stops of power and is controlled manually.

Tech specs and a video are after the jump.

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Photographer Lloyd Bishop shoots portraits and has also done behind the scenes work for many of the popular late night television shows that folks watch. It started with Jimmy Fallon falling in love with his work because of how he can get the shot and capture celebrities during the quiet moments. He did this for a while until he moved on to Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Tonight Show.

Lloyd says that each studio is a new challenge and a new setting but he always knows that he has very limited space to work with. Sometimes he gets two or three minutes with the celebrities and has  to have ideas in mind beforehand. He also states that he’s trying to capture a beautiful moment and not anything elaborate after talking to them and establishing a rapport. He always has backup ideas just in case his initial idea doesn’t seem to work for a portrait.

The video is after the jump.

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Just in case you wanted another reason to spend your hard earned money, Sony is announcing today a load of new lenses for the full frame E mount system: the 35mm f1.4, 28mm f2, 90mm f2.8, a 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens and converters for their APS-C lenses.

For anyone that has ever said that Sony doesn’t have enough lenses in their lineup, it looks like they’re pretty much ready to shut you up. The system now includes a handful of zooms and even more premium prime lenses.

Lots of the lenses have the Zeiss branding, but what we’re incredibly amazed by is the fact that the 35mm f1.4 has a working aperture ring that they’re starting is best for cinema shooting although it isn’t being branded as a cinema lens.

Techs specs and more images are after the jump. The Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 will $999.99, the Sony 90mm f2.8 will cost $1099.99, the 35mm f1.4 will cost $1,599.99, and the 28mm f2 will cost $449.99.

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