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unnamed (8)All images by James Bitz. Used with permission.

One of the biggest fields of portraiture has to do with shooting portraits of high school seniors before they ship off to college. Quite obviously, they’re called senior portraits and are a type of environmental portrait that tells a bit about the subject.

Photographer James Bitz hails from Lincoln, Nebraska and is a master of the senior portrait. He has a unique creative vision that we describe as playful, authentic, down to earth, and overall beautiful. It started when he bought his first DSLR back in 2007–a Nikon D70.

Since then, he’s honed himself into quite the portrait shooter. And he shared a couple of his tips and tricks with us. But for even more, you should check him out on Instagram.

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Lake Street Dive.

Lake Street Dive by Julius Motal.

Many concert photographers will tell you to use primes if you can. The concept just makes so much sense–they have a fast aperture that will help you out in very low lit situations, they take up less room in a crowded music pit, and you can eventually learn to think and see the world in that single focal length. To that end, it makes the picture taking process much more instinctual.

We’ve tested lots of lenses over time, and have found a handful from pretty much every camera system that work out solidly. But we’d be fools to say that it’s all about the gear here. In the end, it’s your ability to get the shot and predict movement that will award you better photos.

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Today’s Cheap Photo deals round ups looks at a couple of really cool discounts. Canon, Nikon, Sony and more all have discounts, but Yongnuo flash triggers are the cheapest that they’ve ever been. We’ve got your round up of camera deals, lens deals, and photography accessory discounts right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Today, we’ve found a bunch of new deals. Film photographers are in for a treat because now there are savings on film. But there are new mirrorless camera deals and Nikon discounts in place. Hit the jump for our curated Camera, lens, and photography accessory deals.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (6 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

The post holiday savings on cameras, lenses, and more continue to add up. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and Olympus deals are abound, and here are the best.

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Screenshot taken from the original video

Screenshot taken from the original video

Not long ago, photographer Jason Lanier left Nikon DSLRs for Sony cameras, and he’s been at work creating loads of new photos ever since. Notice how we said the word creating–because he isn’t just snapping away, he’s finding awesome locations and coming up with cool ideas to capture on pixels.

Recently, Jason released a video where he was shooting a model in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit. What’s so cool about this one vs other warehouses is that there is a small waterfall coming in through it most likely due to destruction and weathering.

Jason had the idea to both front light and backlight a model, so he used the Sony A6000 (reviewed very positively) along with monolights then blended in the ambient lighting by using the right shutter speed. Jason captured a beautiful an contrasty image that plays on what the location offers.

Jason’s video is after the jump.

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