How Ivan Tsupka Shot These Striking, Ghostly Photos

All images by Ivan Tsupka. Used with permission.

“…you’re right, the market needs it rarely,” says photographer Ivan Tsupka to us in an interview. Ivan shoots fashion these days, but we’ve featured Ivan’s work before. A series you folks really loved is his Construction series. But his experimental portraits are unlike anything else. While Ivan’s work has changed due to the market, his more experimental side is what truly fascinates us. And if anything, it makes us wonder why modern fashion photography isn’t more experimental.

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Why Flash Duration Is the Photographer’s Secret Weapon!

Things changed so much for me when I learned about flash duration!

If there’s one thing that I adore about flash photography, it’s flash duration. This is a secret weapon so many new photographers don’t know about. But once you understand it and tame it, you’ll see how much better your photos will be. It’s is the subtle difference between that extra pop and a flat image! The 3D look that it can deliver is surreal. You’ll be able to see and experience it even when not looking at 100%.

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A Constant Light That’s Built Like A Tank: The LitraPro LED Light Review

Photographers in search of a constant light that is well built and waterproof will want to check out LitraPro. Just make sure you’ve got deep pockets.

Beginner photographers are often intimated by stroboscopic flash. As a result, those just getting their feet wet with photographic lighting often look to constant lighting as an alternative. Consequently, we’ve seen plenty of LED constant lighting options come to market in recent years. Their overall quality has improved as well. The LitraPro is one such example. It combines a waterproof aluminum housing with a maximum light output of 1,200 lumens and the ability to use a variety of light modifiers. That all sounds great on paper, but is the LitraPro up to the task under real world conditions? Find out in our full review.

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Lights, Camera, Action: LitraStudio Wireless RGBWW Light Review

The LitraStudio is a powerful weather-sealed RGBWW light perfect for creators from all walks of life.

Content creators tend to dabble in more than one medium. For instance, many photographers now have YouTube channels they make videos for, and YouTubers who do product reviews need lighting to showcase products. This is all well and good, but it also means you need to have lights to illuminate yourself, and you need a light source that you can use in your product photography. The LitraStudio claims to be versatile enough for all content creators, and it’s a product that might help consolidate your lighting, so we decided to put it to the test. Find out how well the LitraStudio performed in our full review.

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Fotodiox Announces Two New FlapJack LED Edgelights

Fotodiox FlapJack

The ability to shape light is a necessity for the success of any photographer. For photographers and videographers looking for soft, even light without bulk, and the ability to work unplugged, Fotodiox has announced two new FlapJack LED edge lights – the Studio XL and the 1.5×1.5. Each of the edge lights offer manual and DMX control of brightness levels and color temperature. Both the FlapJack Studio XL and the FlapJack 1.5×1.5 offer the same, even lighting, the ability to work in the studio or on-location, and to work without sacrificing the slim profile of previous models; now in two new sizes.
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Constant Lighting vs Strobes: Which is Better?

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What’s better? Constant lighting or strobe?

When any photographer wants to get into learning more about light, they’re bound to ask about constant lighting. As the years have progressed, constant lighting has become better and better, but it still isn’t the industry standard for many professional and high end photographers. Many still tend to lean towards working with strobes for many reasons–the specific looks that they give you are only one reason.

For your benefit, we’ve rounded up a number of pros and cons for using both constant lighting and strobe lighting. These lists are very subjective and can go on and on, but this one is designed to not overwhelm you.

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Make Your Own DIY Softbox for Under $20

Video thumbnail for youtube video Make Your Own Softbox for Under $20 - The Phoblographer

Providing that you have the determination to go out there and make your own DIY softbox, you can most likely save yourself a lot of money by just buying a couple of items off of Amazon or Walmart. YouTube Makeup tutorial artist Dorothy Jean Thompson did just that for under $20. She explains that she needed a softbox for her makeup tutorials and in that case, she also needed constant lighting.

She started by hacking a lampshade and getting a light fixture to stay inside. But of course, a softbox needs reflective properties on the inside of focus the light and make it directional–so she lined the interior of the shade with aluminum foil and also put a diffusion sock over the front. And like that, you have yourself a softbox.

The light worked well enough for what she wants to accomplish but it won’t give you results anywhere as effective as an actual softbox. Softboxes usually have very refined reflective properties and sometimes even have multiple diffusion layers to avoid hot spots. If Dorothy wanted even softer light, she could have gone for a bigger lamp shade or even a China ball.

Either way though, it’s a nifty trick and can still give you great results for the right subject. The video on how she did it is after the jump.

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