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Sometimes getting soft light for Macro images can be tough if you don’t have very much control over the lighting. But a new tip published on Lynda can help you solve some of those problems on the cheap. They’re telling you to attach an opaque white plastic cup to the front of your lens after cutting the bottom off and by using Gaffers tape. Once that is attached, put the cup down on top of the subject.

The effect is more stability (ie less camera shake), keeping the subject in one spot more or less, and soft light diffusion. In fact, we’d be inclined to also add that you should use the pop-up flash on your camera to add extra bounce light from the surface and also provide even more soft light.

Of course, you should consider that if you’re doing this in a spot with sufficient light, then you’ll really need to crank up your ISO.

Looking for more Macro tips? We’ve got a more in depth tutorial right here.


Chris Gampat The Phoblographer battle of the 85mm lenses portaits (7 of 9)

When it comes to working with off-camera flashes, many experienced strobists will tell you that no camera system’s TTL operation will be able to give you exactly what you want right off the bat. For that, you’ll want to work with manual lighting. But there are tricks to get a flash system to give you the exposure that you want if you understand how TTL lighting works to begin with.

This short guide is designed as an intro for those just stepping into the lighting game.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MyMiggo camera strap large review images (7 of 9)ISO 4001-1000 sec at f - 2.8

If you want a single photo of a still subject, there is no real good reason why you need to sit there shooting loads of images over and over again. This just results in you going through image after image after image until you find the one that isn’t blurry. Well instead of feeding into and working around the problem, the proper procedure involves eliminating the problem to begin with.

If your camera doesn’t have in sensor stabilization or your lens doesn’t have stabilization built in, then you should consider the techniques used by photographers years and years before the technology existed. No, we’re not talking about tripods–let’s be honest, they aren’t always practical.

Instead, here is how you eliminate camera shake to begin with.

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In addition to the new D750 that Nikon has announced tonight, they’re also announcing a brand new 20mm f1.8 wide angle lens. This adds onto the company’s 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8, 35mm f1.8, and 28mm f1.8. The new wide angle lens is designed for full frame cameras and offers a super wide perspective. It sports a nano-crystal coating on the lenses, whisper quiet autofocus, and will set you back $799.99.

The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, seven aperture blades, two ED elements, two aspherical elements, and roughly the same construction as Nikon’s other f1.8 lenses.

Nikon didn’t see a reason to stop at a lens though, they’re also announcing the new SB-500 flash. More details on that are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nokia Lumia 925 review product photos (1 of 9)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 2.5

One of the toughest things to photograph at times can be an LED or LCD screen when a product is turned on. The reason for this because of reflections that could get caught in the screen or the fact that the viewer won’t be able to see very many details. In order to capture a screen while using a flash though, you’ll need to be able to strategically place your light and have a bit of knowledge about shutter speeds.

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photography reflector

Photographers have been using photographic reflectors for years because of the pure simplicty they offer when trying to fill in shadows on a subject or even diffusing a large light source. Oh, right! They can also block light. And while we’re at it, they can even add some sort of specular color to the scene. In fact, collapsible photo reflectors are incredibly useful and very versatile. It’s totally worth it for every photographer to have one in their kit because of everything that they can offer in a smaller and portable package.

Let’s take a look at some of the things that they can do.

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