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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 Profoto B1 First Impressions sample photos (6 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 5.6

Lighting is something that is incredibly important to photography. In fact, the meaning of photography colloquially means to paint with light. But before you truly start to understand it, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with a bunch of terms first.

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Macro photography can be super fun. And with the warmer weather being right around the corner, there is no better time to get out there and photograph some beautiful new life than right now. To get better photos though, we recommend that you take a couple of pointers first.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax K50 image samples (3 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 8.0

When you’re starting out as as a strobist, you’ll immediately see just how much better your images can potentially become. But in order to make them even better, you’ll need to learn a couple of techniques that can help you get a creative vision across.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer PocketWizard Plus X First Impressions product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 5.6

If you’ve been really into lighting and studio setups, you’ll know that PocketWizard, Bowens, and Sekonic are top names in that industry. And for what it’s worth, the three companies are making a pledge to work even closer together. The three members of the MAC Group recently announced that they’ll be trying to incorporate better integration with one another’s products. Previously, this relationship was being built with Profoto–and much integration is still there. However, Bowens is a brand that is sold much more widespread for their affordability and for being the industry standard for light modifier mounts.

What this could mean is something along the lines of firmware for PocketWizard and Sekonic products, but what is also means is either totally new products in the pipeline for both companies. Of course, Bowens should be receiving a total revamp on theirs–which we find to be a tad archaic especially in their radios.

TTL transmission with Canon and Nikon cameras with Bowens lights, anyone? If the trio can do this, then it can change the wedding industry even more than Profoto has already done so. And when it comes to student discounts, very affordable gear may be easily had in packages come school season.

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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

Jenna Martin is photographer that hails from Montana. She began shooting conceptual photography back in 2012 and has since built a portfolio of work that is conceived in her imagination and brought to life by props and her camera. This type of photography is usually amongst some of the most elaborate as it requires a creative and imaginative idea to begin with but also sometimes needs the perfect lighting and the perfect post-production. When we saw her photograph of a cabbage dress, we were extremely interested to see how it was done.

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