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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Umbrella Reflector Hack (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.0

One of the absolutely most underrated light modifiers is the Umbrella Reflector. Typically used to hold an umbrella in place and provide more stability when attached to a monolight, they can also take the light output from strobes and monolights, give it a specific conical direction and soften it. For many years, however, these flash modifiers were limited to monolights and hot shoe flashes couldn’t really enjoy the benefits. But for what it’s worth, many hot shoe flashes have been designed with radio transmission as of late and were primarily intended for off-camera use.

Using a bit of tinkering at home combined with some inspiration from a beauty dish hack I did along with the Impact Strobos, I created an umbrella reflector that works well with a hot shoe flash.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (8 of 10)ISO 200

Magic Lantern: the hack that helped sell so many Canon 5D Mk III cameras to videographers, is supposedly being blocked in the company’s latest firmware. According to the Magic Lantern forums, the company blocks the initialization of Magic Lantern in firmware 1.3.3–which is very odd because according to the original poster, they can’t find any info on it. Nor can we, and nor can Canon Rumors.

Planet5D states that this isn’t the first occurrence of Canon blocking Magic Lantern. The team had to make adjustments for firmware 1.2.3 when it hit.

Deeper into the forum thread, users start to recommend that the person downgrade their firmware using EOS Utility. The users state that this works, though there is also stipulation and mentioning that Canon may block downgrading.

Magic Lantern is incredibly important to videographers because the team discovered a RAW CineDNG video output on the camera around a year ago. Then they found a way to record it, improved it, and then found a way to get it to 14 stops of dynamic range. But shortly after that, they pushed it to 15 stops. Shooting in RAW gives a cinema team a lot more versatility to create better video in the post-production phase on a budget. The only other way to do it would be to go for Black Magic cameras or snag something from the Cinema EOS line–but that is out of reach for many cinematographers.


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“Hey Jules, So I was trying to verify our Facebook page, and during the process it kicked all of my email addresses off as an Admin. Can you make me an Admin again. It looks like someone else took it over.”

“Oh man, sure. I’ll call you back.”

That’s how it started–the longest 24 hours of my career as the Editor in Chief of the Phoblographer began with simply trying to get our page verified.

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All photos by Jason Cheung. Used with permission.

If you’re using an older analog camera of some sort or just have a dim rangefinder in one of your cameras, photographer Jason Cheung created a workaround that seems pretty nifty. It involves a bit of thinking in a different way–while most photographers will instead try to brighten the focusing patch, not many think about dimming the rest of the viewfinder to make the patch stand out more. But that’s what Jason did–and he did it just enough for it to still be usable.

More after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Modification of a camera bag (1 of 11)ISO 1001-250 sec at f - 5.0

When you look at this bag, you wouldn’t think at all that it would be a camera bag. In all honesty, it isn’t. Inspired by the story of the Magnum Photographers who worked with Filson camera bags to design something super low profile, I decided to simply hack a bag that I’ve been using for years and years into something that can hold pretty much most of the gear that I need when I go on shoots. Of course, it isn’t enough when it comes to shoots requiring me to work with monolights, but for the most part this little bag handles almost every situation I tackle, is low profile, and allows my to have quick access to my gear.

A simple bag like this is what many camera bag manufacturers should be able to make affordably.

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The Lubitel is a very old TLR camera that is still made today in a different fashion by Lomography. The camera shot 120 film but there were tinkerers that made it into a Polaroid shooting machine. Photographer Ed Cole posted on Reddit about unearthing his father’s old hacked Lubitel. He asked George Cole, his father, if he had any photos available from when the camera was still brand new. Unfortunately, George stated that he doesn’t have anything. And while Ed tried to run some film through it, it wasn’t very much of a success due to the fact that the Polaroid used the old 88 film. Not even the Impossible Project makes that stuff anymore.

Still, it’s a very cool and notable find. More photos are after the jump.

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