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There are times when an activity or event needs more than a single image to tell the whole story. A photo essay or photo story provides the means to reveal several facets of the narrative in visually interesting and dynamic ways.

You don’t have to be a photojournalist to practice these techniques. You can apply these simple principles when you are photographing a family event, sports or a social occasion.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus product photos (4 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

It’s a fact: your lenses are much more important than your cameras. They almost define the image quality that will come from the sensor, and they far outlast any DSLR or mirrorless camera made these days. But in order to make sure that these lenses last that long, you’ll need to properly maintain them and calibrate them for the best performance.

And here’s how.

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4808_SB-700-AF-Speedlight-front Many think of flash as a tool you use only when there isn’t enough available light to shoot with. If it’s dark, simply pop up the built-in flash and make the photograph. Never mind that the photographs don’t look especially good. The direct, hard lighting a speedlight delivers may not produce fine-art, but at least it ensures that we got something usable. However, flash can be an incredible creative tool especially when you have the flexibility of an external flash to work with. It’s an investment that provides more than just power, but choices that can improve the look of a photograph. [click to continue…]

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Photographer Miguel Quiles recently set out to prove that you don’t need to best camera and lens setup in the world to deliver amazing photography results. Instead, he wanted to teach folks about how important lighting is. As part of a blog post for the Photoflex lighting school, he decided to pit a Canon 5D Mk III with an 85mm f1.2 L lens against a 7D with a 50mm f1.8. Then he used the same lighting setup with each camera kit, edited the results and compared them.

If you’re not looking at the images at 100% (and most clients that you’re shooting for won’t) you won’t really be able to tell the differences between the images, nor would you have any particular issues with them. In fact, with even more editing in Lightroom (which is really just the push and pull of a couple of sliders) you can make them look even more similar.

What Miguel was overall trying to show though is that you don’t need a really expensive camera setup to shoot better images; just effective lighting.

Check the video out after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lumopro LP-180 and Profoto Speedlite Speedring test with Natalie (6 of 10)ISO 12501-40 sec at f - 4.0

When a photographer is just trying to get into lighting they don’t realize a heck of a lot. It can also be very tough–and that’s why lots of them also say that they’re a natural light photographer. But just like riding a bike without training wheels, it takes some practice. As you continue to experiment with lighting, you’ll get better and better after trying it out and experimenting with what it can do.

Here are some basics to keep in mind.

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We are dependant on light to make our photographs. So, it is important to learn to evaluate the quality of light that we have to work with to determine the final look of our photographs. Identifying and recognizing the qualities of the light results in us making important decisions regarding exposure, white balance and even camera position. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make the most of the light you have to work with whether you are photographing people, landscapes, food or abstracts.

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