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Photo by Ray Demski. Used with permission from COOPH

When travelling, photographers don’t necessarily know what to do when it comes to getting some of the best shots. But luckily, the COOPH has a brand new video that they did with photographer Ray Demski in Venice about just that.

For starters, make your camera look nasty and get out there early in the day to go shooting. They also include tips about straps, tripods and much more.

Hit the jump for the video on the ultimate travel photography tips.

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The idea of a GoBo is one that many experienced photographers are aware of, but many inexperienced strobists may not know. Basically, you use a GoBo to go in between a light source and the subject in order to modify the look of the light. The folks at Good Light! magazine have a nifty trick for you involving the use of a large white shopping bag. Of course, it needs to be semi-transparent, but basically it turns into a softbox for a flash that can be used off-camera and diffuse a subject with very soft lighting because of how large it is.

They show it off by shooting the upper half of a subject–which makes sense due to the size of the bag. The photographer is able to effectively produce soft light onto the subject and give a great look by also killing the ambient lighting.

The video is after the jump give it a try and use a bag as a flash modifier.

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Model: Asta Paredes

Model: Asta Paredes

We’ve done a couple of tutorials on how to edit skin tones and make them look better in Adobe Lightroom, but today we’re sharing a video specifically walking you through how we edited a single image. You’ll see just how simple it really is to get perfect skin tones just by working manually with the color channels. The video is after the jump.

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With the announcement of the new Fujifilm X-T10 today, DigitalTev also has a new video to follow up. The camera is marketed at those who don’t reach for higher growing fruit, and Kai notices that immediately by switching out the kit lens to something a bit more serious. He likes the old school SLR feel and realizes that the X-T10 has better autofocus until the X-T1 gets a firmware update in June. However, he states that the eye detection AF doesn’t work and that this camera focuses faster than all of their previous ones.

As far as image quality goes, Kai states that this is the sharpest that you’re going to get with a croppd sensor.

Want one? Check out the pre-orders available at B&H Photo and Adorama. DigitalRev’s video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Panasonic G7 first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

It seems like Micro Four Thirds cameras are never really big secrets; at least that’s what Four Thirds rumors seemed to have right on point with the Panasonic G7. This is the company’s latest camera in their G series and is targeted at enthusiasts by combining the best of come of their other cameras and putting it all into this one. The G7 has the sensor of the GF7 and the processor of the GH4, shoots 4K video, and has improved autofocus performance that Panasonic claims works down to -4 EV.

We put a big emphasis on the word claims there; especially since we spent less than five minutes with the prototype that we handled at the company’s headquarters. The big feature that Panasonic seems to be pushing is the new 4K Photo mode that essentially just snaps full 4K video sized photos.

Providing this camera really can perform like this, it’s bound to win awards and drop jaws–but this camera still has some weird ergonomics.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Lily Drone (1 of 1)ISO 2001-550 sec at f - 4.0

Last week, we got to play with what’s possibly the future of drones and selfies. It was only a matter of time until someone developed an autonomous drone that followed you around and shot photos and video of it. It’s called the Lily; and when we met with CEO Antoine Balaresque in Central Park, we didn’t exactly know what to expect. The photo above shows a prototype of what the Lily looks like. The Lily is a drone that follows you around while hovering and documenting your life as it happens. To do this, it connects to a little device that you can put in your pocket or in a watersealed watch type thing.

Antoine tells us that the Lily features the same camera as the GoPRO Hero 3; so you know that it’s quality stuff. It shoots 1080p at 60p or 120p at 720p. Alternatively, it can also shoot photos.

To get it going, you simply throw it up in the air and it will take off. To land, you can have it come to your hand or as soon as it hits a surface it will detect that and stop the propellers. Lily is also waterproof up to three feet; so if it drops into the water you shouldn’t be too worried. Lily can record audio but the device that you have on you can also record the audio.

A demo video of the Lily is after the jump. It will initially be available for $499, but will skyrocket up to $999 later on. So consider this a promo deal to get interest.

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