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Chris Gampat Black and White Photo (1 of 1)

Digital has provided a surprising resurgence in black and white photography. The ability to create a monochrome image either in camera or later in Photoshop is much more accessible than having to work in a traditional darkroom. But it takes more than removing the color from an image to make a great black and white. Here are some tips that will help you to make exceptional black and white imagery.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Impact Quikbox and LiteTrek photos (10 of 17)ISO 200

Shooting with a flash in the middle of the day? Why would you do that? Believe it or not, you’ll want to use a flash during the day more than any other period. Well for starters, you can sometimes get better looking images than what a normal camera and lens can give you and you can also create images that might be otherwise tough to do. You’ll also find that shooting with a flash in the middle of the day can teach you a lot more about the way that light works.

If you want crisper, cleaner, sharper images and to boost the already great effects that natural light has, read on.

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If you haven’t heard of the Ray Flash before, you’re missing out. It is an adapter that takes existing light from your hot shoe flash and puts it into a ring shape. The look is highly valued by fashion photographers and in photo booths. Today though, ExpoImaging is announcing the Ray Flash 2. Besides a reworked external design, it mostly seems like the same product. A couple of the changes are a new universal flash head mount (the previous one needed to be paired with specific flashes) and the fact that it comes in a long or short version. The short versions are designed for smaller cameras like Canon Rebels; but according to the compatibility list it doesn’t seem to jive too well with some mirrorless options. The long version on the other hand works with lots of higher end DSLRs and the OMD EM5.

The Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter is now available in the U.S. through photo specialty resellers nationwide, or online at the ExpoImaging Store.  The Ray Flash 2 retails for $139.95.

We’re going to try to call in a review unit, but in the mean time you should check out our review of the original Ray Flash and our introduction to Ring Flash.

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There are lots of accessories out there that promise that they’ll take your pop-up flash’s light and make it look more professional. The newest (and perhaps the most complicated) addition to the bunch is called the Flekt. The accessory seems to work in almost the same way that a beauty dish does. To lay that out a bit more: your pop-up flash is a direct lighting source. The direct light is placed inside a small dish that reflects the light output back onto a panel. This way the light is being reflected and then bounced forward onto your subject.

Given the design, we also expect it to act like a beauty dish–which means that there is a range at which this would best be used.

The Kickstarter launches today: January 24th. And the video is after the jump.

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A new year brings with it a lot of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s no less so with photographers. And though we are always well intentioned, we can easily let life get the better of us. However, keeping our commitments to ourselves doesn’t have to be so difficult or challenging as long as we have some idea of how to achieve our photographic goals. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to be more creative and productive in 2014.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Octa Phottix review (1 of 6)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

Phottix introduced an Octabank earlier this year that is not only collapsible, but also fairly large at 43 inches. In the right situations, you can get some beautiful and soft light, but the overall feeling that you can get is also very punchy. And for the person interested in shooting fashion, this modifier is an invaluable and affordable piece of your kit.

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