The Profoto B1X Is Promising the Widest HSS Flash Range, More Power

Profoto isn’t calling the new Profoto B1X monolight an update, but instead it’s a replacement in a pretty big way. Most importantly, the Profoto B1X is offering a lot more LED Modeling light power (which works great double duty for video) and 50% more power overall. Many other Profoto lights hold quite a bit of juice, so these are just extra icing it seems. Of course, these lights are being targeted at real working pros who absolutely need that type of light output power and not the semi-professionals or photographers that do well enough with just a single flash.

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Lens Review: Fujifilm 120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro (Fujifilm G Format)

The Fujifilm 120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro is one of the first lens offerings from the G Format lineup, and it’s a pretty decent lens overall. In fact, there isn’t a single major problem with it besides maybe its large size. But when it comes to performance, it’s very sharp, focuses quickly, has image stabilization built in, and beautiful bokeh. What more could a photographer want?

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Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “The Underground Club”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

I’ve done a number of posts for our Creating the Photograph series partially because they help me to show off a different way or thinking about a problem that needs to be solved on a set. So recently when working with the Fujifilm GFX 50s on a shoot, I tried to find a way to deliver that “club” type of look that’s becoming so popular again in photography. I’ve written about it before, but not a whole lot and not in terms of practical application.

So here’s my story.

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Creating the Photograph: Travis Singleton’s “There’s light in the dark side”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

In the early 90’s, photographer Travis Singleton got his hands on a Minolta XD-5 35mm film camera. then he took a break from photographer and went digital. Born on a small farm in rural Nova Scotia, he grew up on the east coast of Canada. Even during his younger days, he had an interest in photography. “As I didn’t have the money, I would buy the rolls of film to take pictures but often didn’t get them developed.” he tells us in an email. “Or I would put the roll aside to get developed later, only to forget.”

Fast forward way ahead to 2015, and his company, 20two19 Photography, started to get noticed through social media by local businesses, and has now worked with a number of businesses and professionals in town including the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, Dundas Museum, Dundas, WIllow Salon, The Red Door Cucina, the Dundas Farmers’ Market, Jax Sweet Shoppe and others.

Besides all of Travis’ commercial work though, he still manages to get creativity; and sometimes he finds the inspiration in his adorable daughter. When the family went to go see Star Wars Rogue One recently, he was inspired by the film to create this pretty awesome photo.

Here’s his story. Be sure to follow Travis on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Website.

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Making the Most of a 24mm Lens for Photography

The 24mm lens: it’s a classic focal length that for a very long time has been close to the hearts of many photographers. When I say many photographers, I’m really not kidding. There are great reasons why it’s the wide angle of a 24-70mm lens and there are great 24mm lenses on the market that are fairly compact and high quality. So if you’re getting into using a lens like this or considering it, check out these tips.

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Why the Fujifilm GFX Camera System Needs Better Lenses

In my previous review of the Fujifilm GFX 50s, I noted that while it’s a pretty good camera system, there isn’t a enough differentiating it from 35mm full frame systems to give it more of a competitive edge. Flash sync settings aside for professional photographers, there are some features about the camera that just don’t feel medium format in quality. Granted, Fujifilm isn’t flat out saying their system is Medium Format; though in truth there isn’t really much else that we can call it if it’s larger than 35mm full frame. I mean, bigger-than-full-frame-smaller-than-645 doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. But a lot of what makes the image quality isn’t the sensor, it’s the lenses. And that’s where the biggest problem is.

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Ivan Tsupka’s Portrait Lighting Experiments with On-Camera Flash

All images by Ivan Tsupka. Used with permission.

We’ve previously featured the experimental portraits of Ivan Tsupka; and something I’ve always loved about Ivan’s work is his openness to be very experimental with the work and concepts. So recently, he pitched his Flashing Lights series to us and showed in an email a lot of what’s possible when working with models, a flashy dress, and moving lights.

Here’s what Ivan did in his own words.

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Lomography’s New Disposable Cameras Are Pretty Adorable

Lomography has some really cool and fun options now available for purchase: disposable cameras. The new Lomography disposable cameras have been tailored and designed more for ease of use than anything else. Additionally, they’re a lot like so many others too in that they strive to get everything in focus, use flash, and also use 35mm film. The disposable cameras are available in a three pack set.

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