5 Tips and Tricks To Shooting Portraits Indoors with Available Lighting

Available Lighting for Indoor Portraits doesn’t have to be scary, it really doesn’t.

If you are shooting portraits, then you are probably doing at least a portion of your images indoors, especially during the winter months. You may be wondering how you can take advantage of available light indoors for portraits; maybe for stylistic reasons (you like the look of it better) or for other reasons (like not having to cart around a crap ton of lighting gear), whatever your reason is, it is totally possible to make the most out of available lighting for portraits indoors.

Today we are going to be talking about some tips and tricks that you can employ to get a better handle on available light portraiture indoors. It’s not as complicated as you are making it out to be in your head. It really just comes down to being able to see the light and knowing what you want to do with it in relation to your subject.

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Rejoice! Kodak T-MAX P3200 is Coming Back to Us!

Kodak has been dropping hints about Kodak T-MAX P3200 all week

One of the biggest things that the analog photography world needs is more fast, high ISO films; and today Kodak is answering that with Kodak T-MAX P3200. Kodak T-MAX films have always had a finer grain due to the structure of T-grain, and because of that, it’s ISO 400 cousin has some incredibly tight grain for an ISO 400 film. With that said, I’m sure that we can expect similar results with the new Kodak T-MAX P3200.

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NiSi Square Filters Could Be on the Way Soon for Smartphones

Smartphone photographers may want to keep an eye out for the mobile version of the NiSi Filters.

If you do a lot of smartphone photography, you might want to keep an eye out on this tip. In a recent video, Imran Mirza gives us a heads up that NiSi Filters is currently developing a mobile version of their square filters. It will come along with a holder that will allow it to work with any smartphone that has a camera.

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Cheap Photo: Save Big on Tamron’s SP 45mm F1.8 and Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 70

Today you can save big on some Tamron and Fujifilm Goodies!

We really liked the Tamron 45mm F1.8 as a stabilized fast prime for DSLRs, and thanks to it being discounted today it is now an even better deal. It’s definitely worth picking up if you are in the market for a ~50mm lens. As well, Fujifilm’s Instax lineup is just the best instant film option out there right now, and their Instax Mini 70 is also heavily discounted. Have a look…

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Vincent Brod Captures the Beauty of Early Mornings in the Great Outdoors

All images by Vincent Brod. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Nature is beautiful whatever time of day or year. However, those who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors — especially photographers — also know that nature becomes extra magical during the so-called Golden Hour. One such photographer, Frankfurt-based Vincent Brod, found himself in awe of the golden sunrise he witnessed while on a trip to a stunning lakeside.

While not at all related to Japan, In the Land of the Rising Sun is Vincent’s effort to capture a glorious morning he spent along the banks of Lake Plansee in Tyrol, Austria. While he didn’t tell much about the details of the trip, we can get an idea from his short description. “A sunrise that makes sleeping in the car totally worth it.” I can imagine he did a long drive with a friend to find a nice spot by the lakeside one afternoon, and decided to spend the night there to catch the sunrise the next day. It was indeed all worth it, and they have the photos to prove it.

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Shooting Portraits with Weird and Wonderful Props

If you plan to shoot portraits with props, you might get some ideas from this video.

Stuck in a rut with your portrait photography? Sometimes, all you need to get unstuck is doing something out of the ordinary. You can do this with some fun (or weird) props or even by trying out a different medium. If this is something that sparks your interest, this video from Weekly Imogen might give you ideas to play around and experiment with.

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The Sony HVL-F60RM Flash Embraces a More Traditional Form Factor at $600

With the new Sony HVL-F60RM, the company seems to be moving away from the Cobra head style.

If you know anything about Sony’s previous flagship flashes, then you know they had a very interesting design. But the company’s new Sony HVL-F60RM is slated to be their flagship, and is also taking the more traditional approach to design. It’s a guide number 60 flash that lights up a scene from 20mm to 200mm. Plus there is heat resistance built in–which means that the flash probably won’t explode on you when you’re shooting machine gun style as some do. Recycle time is at 1.7 seconds max, but when you use an extra battery attachment it can go down to 0.6 seconds. Additionally, there is integrated radio control, which Sony has needed for a while now.

There’s also dust and moisture protection–and all this will run you $600. That’s incredibly pricey if you ask me. More details are after the jump.

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The Sitka Leather Messenger Bag is an Everyday Carryall for Your Cameras and More

Here’s yet another elegant and versatile option to consider for your next camera bag purchase.

With the selection of camera bags out there getting more diverse, it’s great to see more beautiful and functional leather options in the market. If these are your camera bags of choice, you might want to consider getting a Sitka Leather Messenger Bag, which doubles as an everyday carryall for your work stuff. The Sitka Leather Messenger Bag looks like a promising choice for photographers, with its carefully considered and elegant design in full-grain buffalo leather in antique brown or dark walnut. Kodiak Leather, the makers of this everyday messenger bag, combined all the feedback they received from their previous leather bag campaigns to create this improved bag.

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