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It’s a fact: technique outdoes the latest and greatest gear every time in a contest that can’t even be considered fair. When you combine this with a creative vision and the knowledge of how to achieve said vision, you can make yourself really stand out. But these days, more than ever, lighting can make you a better photographer. Here’s why.

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Shooting during the middle of the day can be tough sometimes. One option is to backlight your subject, but another option to give you better control over the exposure of your images and the evenness of light is to shoot in the shadows. Taking your subject into the shadows (such as the shadows provided by a building) allows them to have even light all over by cutting it down in the first place. In contrast, bringing them into the light provided by the sun on the other hand will create shadows under their nose, eyes, and chin–and depending on the situation that can look flattering or not; and it’s usually the latter. To be fair, during an overcast day, the clouds will fix this problems for you.

By keeping your ISO low, your shutter speed high, and your subject in the shadows you can also shoot with a wider aperture to therefore send the background into a bokehlicious haze. Considering the fact that you’re also shooting in the shadows, it is also usually a great idea to expose for the shadows or even spot meter. In general, you may want to be anywhere from 1/3rd to 1 full stop overexposed to compensate for the shadows’ darkness and to also even out the lighting on the subject. That’s how we shot the image above and were able to get the look above.

And always remember: not every single image needs to be an HDR.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Product Image 1

Yongnuo has announced a new Speedlite YN600EX-RT for Canon strobists. The radio-controlled flashgun comes with a variable electronic zoom head that shifts between 20 and 200mm, plus it can be tuned for high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second.

Once paired with a the YN-E3-RT radio the flash can also be set up to fire with E-TTL mode and manual power control. The best thing about Yongnuo flashes is users can ride on Canon’s official radio transmission protocol whilst being a cheaper alternative to Canon own Speedlite, the 600EX-RT. Just keep in mind the YN600EX-RT is not compatible with Yongnuo’s 2.4GHz triggering systems, including the RF-603 and YN-622.

Yongnuo has yet to release a price for the Speedlite YN600EX-RT but it should arrive this October. Until then check past the jump for more images and specs on this flashgun.

Via Lighting Rumors

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Mother Nature

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Tracie Maglosky is the first female Olympus Trailblazer; but beyond working with the company she is also a wedding and portrait photographer that hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. And for anyone that believes that only DSLRs can create great images that will please your clients at a wedding, Ms. Maglosky will surely prove you wrong. Tracie does what many true professional photographers do: work with ideas and creativity to give their clients the beautiful images that make their jaws drop. And that’s partially the concept behind the image above that was done for a maternity shoot.

Here’s Tracie’s story.

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Profoto Air Remote TTL-N

Hey Nikon strobists—you’re welcome. Profoto has announced its will release its Air Remote TTL-N wireless radio transmitter on September 15, which will allow users to remotely command Profoto B1 Air TTL radio-controlled studio monolight. In our review of the TTL flash for Canon bodies we found the Profoto B1 Air TTL to be amazing at providing even, soft lighting while at the same time acting like a light canon even with the sun out.

Now with the Air Remote TTL-N coming out soon, those with Nikon bodies will have the joy of using the Profoto B1 Air TTL as well. The new trigger will be practically the same as Canon’s version. In TTL mode it reads ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and the like to automatically adjust the power of the monolight just like a speedlight.

But before we get to the official launch of the trigger, Profoto is also announcing a new contest for Nikon test pilots to try out the Air Remote TTL-N (plus a Profoto B1) ahead of time. You’ll have to do more than sign up though. Profoto is looking to send out test units to photographers who come up with the “most creative and inspiring (yet doable)” photo shoot.

The best thing is photographers who get their hands on these early units will be able to keep them. You’ll have to post a story and your images to Profoto’s social channels but it’s a small cost to pay for roughly $2390 in lighting gear. The deadline to submit your best ideas is August 25th so act quick.

Profoto has yet to announce a price for its new Nikon trigger but we’ll hazard a guess it will cost $395 just like the Canon version. Check out a very percussion-filled video of this amazing lighting system after the break.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (6 of 8)ISO 8001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Editor’s Note: This is an OP-Ed. On the other hand, you can call it a rant. In fact, call it a rant.

Five years as an Editor in Chief, two years as a wedding photographer, a half a year at Magnum Photos, and two years as a working photojournalist taught me something: there is such a thing as a very bad photographer. Give them expensive gear, all the lights in the world and more and you’ll begin to see that if you don’t have the vision, creativity, and the know-how when it comes to working with a scene and creating something then there is a strong chance that you’re going to be creating useless garbage.

Trust us, we should know.

This year, the site is turning five years old–and we’ve been reviewing cameras since day one. The technology has become better and better and back then folks used to say that something is a good camera or a bad camera. To a certain point, this is still expressed in forums, in conversations amongst friends, and by people that have nothing better to do with their lives than be trolls. But I’m going to tell you the complete God’s honest truth right now about the world.

Are you ready?

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