The MagMod Magbox Is a Fresh New Take on the Softbox

MagMod is looking to change up the lighting game with the MagMod MagBox

People don’t like change, and often times things that could be done better or more efficiently aren’t done because people are comfortable with an inefficient way. MagMod has built their business on reinventing photography lighting accessories with their easy to use system based on magnets, and now they are back with their take on an off-camera lighting setup – The MagMod MagBox. But they didn’t stop with just reinventing the softbox in their image, they have also added the MagShoe and MagRing to fill out the system, making this even more a compelling product. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: These Mirrorless Camera Bundle Deals May Be Just What You Need

How about a midweek deal update on some of the best deals saving you money right now.

Who doesn’t love to save some hard earned cash on the new toys and gear that we want to add to our kits? In this quick midweek Cheap Photo update we are featuring nine deals for you that we think you could take advantage of. Want more? Keep scrolling for even more savings. First off, check out these Mirrorless camera bundle deals.

3 Featured Camera Deals

3 Featured Tutorial/Tool Deals

3 Featured Lens Deals

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Cheap Photo: Save Over $7,300 on These 10 Outstanding Deals from Photowhoa

Saving money is a good thing, and as awesome as it is to save money on gear, saving money on education and tools through Photowhoa is the gift that keeps on giving.

Today we are highlighting 10 of our favorite deals currently available right now over on Photowhoa. If you add up all the savings on these deals right now you would be saving yourself over $7,300 on these products vs if you just went out an purchased them elsewhere. There is a deal for everyone, so make sure and check out the links below for the ones that catch your attention.

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It’s the Little Things That Matter Most: An Intro to Shooting Macro Images

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Magazine. It is being republished here with permission.

My introduction to “real” macro photography came more than a decade ago when I was reviewing the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 1-5x Macro lens and Canon’s macro strobe setup. I had shot macro before, but this was my first time shooting with a lens that captured images greater than life-size, and it was a mesmerizing experience.I remember buying flowers so that I’d have a steady object to practice with, and I set them out on the dining room table in a nice sunny spot. At first, I took some images at the least magnified setting, the 1x power, and the images were lovely. With the Canon strobe system and some tinkering, I could really control focus and background lighting, and I took some nice photos.

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Tutorial: When to Use Constant Lighting vs. Flash

Knowing when to shoot with constant light vs. flash is one of the most important lessons to learn if you’re keen on doing studio photography

When you’re shooting in a studio, you’re typically also working with different lighting equipment which is often either constant light or flash. The key to making great shots in the studio is knowing when it’s best to use one over the other. Learn how the pros do it in an in-depth lesson from Adorama TV‘s On Set with Daniel Norton.

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How to Use a Softbox: A Visual Guide for the Photographer New to Lighting

Give lots of photographers a softbox and they’ll know nothing about using one; but it makes lighting so easy

Over the years, I’ve used many different lighting modifiers, but one of the mainstays has always been a variation of the traditional photography softbox. Along with the umbrella, it’s arguably the most popular option on the market. Photographers of all types use them, but they’re perhaps most commonly employed with studio portraiture and headshots. Softboxes take the fundamental values of light and find a way to shape and mold it. To understand this a bit better, think about how fairy lights, a desk lamp, and ceiling lights all affect a room differently. They’re all different shapes, sizes, and are placed in different ways. This idea will help you get through this article and ultimately guide you on how to use one. But in the end, you’ll need to figure out whether or not you actually need one.

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Five 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, 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 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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Everything You Need For Macro Photography

What you need in order to create great macro photography images

We have talked about it previously, but Macro photography is one of those niches in the photography world that can and does have a lot of overlap with many genres. The niche itself at the base level really only requires a macro lens, which for those unaware is generally considered to be a lens with a 1:1 magnification ratio or better( 2:1, 4:1, etc).

The idea with macro photography is to show us the details of small objects, so if you can’t even reproduce things at their full size on the image how are you going to show people more than they would see otherwise? You couldn’t. But as with all things photography related, what you can accomplish with a minimal kit is impressive, however, there are certain things that you should invest in if you are serious about Macro Photography. We are here today to talk about those things. Continue reading…