Darren Williams: Creating Wedding Portraiture Strobist Style

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All images by Darren Williams. Used with permission.

Darren Williams is a photojournalistic wedding photographer who integrates creative portraiture and strobism into his work. His creative vision can be described as almost painterly–for when you look at the work it seems magical in so many different ways. He’s based in North Wales though shoots throughout the UK and Europe.

And for Darren, getting the creative vision he wants it really all about the process.

 

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Cheap Photo: Memory Card Madness, Save Big On Your Storage Media

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As we like to do from time to time, today on Cheap Photo we are highlighting the storage media that all of us photographers need. These deals are always great to be up to date on, as in many cases they can save you some major cash on your next round of memory card upgrades. As per usual, our full running list is also included, with some new additions to sink your teeth into.

Check them out after the jump.

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Cheap Photo: Here Are 8 DSLR Lens Savings You Won’t Want To Miss

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Friday! That glorious day of the week where we get to sit at work, dreaming of all that we will accomplish over the weekend… but end up sitting on the couch for a date with Netflix. Today’s Cheap Photo Highlight is all for you DSLR owners, take a break from that binge session and take note, these are some of the best DSLR lens deals we are currently aware of.

Plus the rest of our full deal listing, after the jump…

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Cheap Photo: These Insane Sony Deals Are Expected To End Soon

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Hasselblad was the mirrorless company making all of the waves this week with the announcement of their new 1XD medium format mirrorless camera. But today we are talking about our first pioneering mirrorless company, Sony (You know, the company that gave us the world’s first full frame mirrorless system? I know, I know – full frame mirrorless is soooooo 2013!). They have some killer deals on lenses, even $600 off the original A7, but we expect them to be expiring soon. So come take a look after the jump and save some dough while you still can!

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First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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Cheap Photo: Save Big On Lenses By Buying Refurbished

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Money doesn’t grow on trees, in the ground, or come out of water faucets. You work hard for your money and I think we can all agree that saving as much of it as possible, whenever possible, is always good. Buying new is great, but buying new is spendy. What if I told you that you could save some major money on that killer lens that you have wanted forever, while at the same time getting what is essentially a brand new item? Too good to be true? No, it’s all about those refurbs

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How to Buy a Flash: a Photographer’s Guide

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Buying a flash for many photographers is pretty complicated. It’s simple enough for most people to understand megapixels, RAW, etc because camera manufacturers put enough marketing into it to do so. But they unfortunately don’t do enough to market their flashes and what they’re capable of. Instead, you as a photographer need to go into forums, stores, etc to figure it out.

Just like trying to explain why someone needs more megapixels or a better lens to a complete layman, it can be tougher to make someone understand why they need a new flash or how to buy one for two reasons: they don’t understand it, and they don’t understand or think creatively in terms of what it can do.

So here’s a breakdown.

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