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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds first impressions product photos (1 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

The Canon 5Ds, the not-quite-successor-to-the-Mk III-but-a-hint-of-bigger-things-to-come, was announced earlier this year–and whoa did it make headlines. The camera packs a 50.6 MP full frame sensor that can resolve enough detail to prove to you that you need to take better care of your skin, weather sealing that is rated to be top notch, 41 AF points, and a new mirror system to minimize camera shake when handheld.

Indeed, not only is this one heck of an innovation, but not many lenses can even resolve something around 50MP.

We’ve had the camera in for a couple of days now–and we’re going to be spending lots of time shooting landscapes, architecture and portraits with it. And so far, we’re not sure that we’re worthy of this much power.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Window lighting tutorial photos (2 of 3)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

The photo above would not have been possible at a lower ISO without the aid of a flash. Additionally, it also gives us that beautiful window light look that so many food photographers love and crave. We’ve talked about window lighting tutorials before, but today, we’re releasing a video showing you how to do them.

The image above was show at ISO 100, but the image after the jump is at 6400. As most photographers know, at higher ISO settings you tend to lose the details in a photo. But just by adding a single flash, you get all the benefits of window lighting and the high details at lower ISOs.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Metz flash product photos (6 of 10)ISO 6401-50 sec at f - 4.0

While lots of the pro photographers teaching workshops may tell you to take the flash out of the hot shoe, it’s a necessity for many photographers who shoot weddings, photojournalism, and events. For these photographers, it’s pretty much the only option that is also the most convenient that allows them to focus on shooting. Bare flashes as they are aren’t the most effective, and the best thing to do is to modify the light output a bit to give you better images to deliver to your clients.

If you’re stuck leaving your flash in the hot shoe, then consider these flash modifiers.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

Let’s be honest here: no one is making a bad camera these days–and even further not everyone has a very good reason to need to upgrade their camera bodies. But everyone gets the itch to want a new camera–call it temptation. However, you don’t need one. We’re going to flat out say that it’s the photographer that creates the images, not the camera. But there are indeed things that you can do to make your images look better–at least technically.

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Model: Asta Paredes

Model: Asta Paredes

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Let’s think about the way that we naturally see light in the world: the sun, street lamps, ceiling lights and many more are all above us. So with that in mind, it just makes sense to say that the light that we ordinarily see on a consistent basis is above us, correct?

That’s the basis behind today’s Useful Photography Tip: to get more flattering light on a subject we recommend that you place your light source above your subject but not directly above lest you create shadows under the chin and eyes. Instead, bring it above and to the front to evenly illuminate the person’s features. That means that what you’ll be doing is shooting a photo subject with the light source (like a flash or strobe) behind you, above you, and facing down towards your subject.

If you’re using natural lighting like the sun, then don’t put the sun behind you. Instead, put it behind your subject and spot meter for their eyes. This is called backlighting. In fact, we recommend that any constant light be backlit unless it isn’t very intense on the eyes.

Remember, it’s all based on how we naturally see light when shooting a portrait.


All images by Sean Conroy. Used with permission.

Photographer Sean Conroy came up with a cool way to create a DIY softbox at home–and this one is quite sturdy. It involves using a clear plastic storage container and finding a way to affix a flash onto one of the sides to make sure that it doesn’t move. However, you’ll also need to cover one part with silver tin foil–but Sean used a silver shiny emergency blanket.

You’ll also need to sand down the bottom of the storage container because the light will be coming out of that. When you can’t see through the bottom clearly, it means that you’ve got enough diffusion. The results are rather beautiful.

More images from Sean are after the jump, but be sure to check out the hack on his blog.

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