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Fstoppers Reviews – Neewer TT850 Li-Ion Flash

No AA’s? No problem! Late last year Neewer, a company previously bashed for making fake MB-D11 battery grips, released the TT850 speedlight (you may also find this same flash branded as the Godox Ving V850). While not offered by B&H, they can be found on eBay and Amazon, for around $100.  Typically I wouldn’t get too excited about a third party product but there is a particular feature that sets the TT850 apart from its competitors and put it at the top of my list. [more]

Back In The Day – The New York City Subway In All Its Former Glory

In 1985 there were approximately 40 recorded felonies on the New York City subway system. Every single day. It’s a wonder how young photographer Chris Morris mustered the courage to set off on to the mean (subterranean) streets and begin months of personal project work documenting the New York subway. [more]

Fuji Lenses Outselling Nikon Glass in Rebate Battle

Over the weekend Nikon announced new lens rebates for several popular lenses, but according to numbers we received this morning, Fuji is crushing Nikon in sales numbers, with hundreds more Fuji sold so far today than Nikon. The most popular lenses? The 27mm f/2.8, the 23mm f/1.4 and the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. [more]

Blackmagic Production 4K Camera Sees Major Price Drop & is Finally Shipping

So the much awaited Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is finally shipping, according to a press release put out by Blackmagic this morning. But on top of that, Blackmagic has announced a major price drop, down about $1000 to $2,995. That’s a big deal for those of you interested in the camera, especially if you were impressed by prior video footage we’ve shown here. [more]

Brian Friedman Shares Tips About How He Went From Part Time To Full-Time Music Photographer

I met Brian Friedman as we were both shooting various iHeartRadio festivals and concerts around the US a few years back. Brian is a machine. He’s passionate, hard working, and one of the best modern concert photographers I’ve ever met. [more]

Don’t Let Your Outfit Cause A Color Cast

Did you know that what you wear may have a huge influence on the look or your images? In portrait, landscape, or sports photography, you will most likely be working far enough away from your subject that you won’t notice the effects of your outfit on your subject. Let me show you what happened while shooting with a red shirt.

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Sigma Introduces New Camera Lineup: The dp Quattro

Sigma today announced the new generation of high image quality compact cameras “SIGMA dp” that incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor (generation name: “Quattro”). Sigma is saying it is unique and without peer among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional color film in that its multiple layers capture all of the information that visible light transmits. [more]

Capturing Wingsuit Flyers And Directing A Video Shoot At 10,000 Feet

Working at high altitude is always a challenge, but trying to follow fast moving objects that are actually people defying death is a whole other level of intensity. In this behind the scenes video for a Verizon Fios ad, Director Rob Cohen has wingsuit flyers recorded jumping off of a cliff, but then has to get creative to shoot the not-so-real landing. See how they did it and check out the final ad inside. [more]

Photography with a Conscience

It’s been 3 years since Fstoppers’ Patrick Hall posted on the Midway project, where Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan made us aware of the horrific plight of albatrosses living on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Since then Chris and his team have put together this short film documenting the tragedy that plagues the inhabitants of the island, where the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to kill. This short is a bit of a teaser for their featured film due to be released later this year. [more]

Nikon’s “Lens Only” Sales Are Live!

The new Nikon “lens only” rebates are now live - a total of 15 lenses are now up to $400 off, and the good news is that you don’t have to buy a DSLR body in order to qualify! If you were in the market for buying a lens, now is the perfect time. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Celebrity Photographer Luke Fontana

Luke Fontana is a photographer and person based in New York, specializing in celebrity portraiture. After three years in New York, Luke has nothing short of an impressive body of work. He is proof, above all else, that hard work and determination are the key ingredients of success. Having the mind of a comedy writer doesn’t hurt either – something you can witness in 120 characters or less here. [more]

Walking Dead Star Norman Reedus Replaces Crossbow with Camera

Renowned actor Norman Reedus, best known for his portrayal as Daryl Dixon in the television series The Walking Dead, is also an international artist and photographer. Step inside the inventive mind of Reedus by taking a look at his recently published book, The Sun’s Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head. It is filled with dark and gruesome images that exist somewhere between Reedus’s reality and our own. [more]

[UPDATED] “Wedding Chicks” Blog Breaks Terms of Service to Make More Money

Wedding Chicks has responded (located at bottom of article).

Advertising utilizing social media has been an uphill trend for those of us in the photography profession, but when does it become unscrupulous for a company to charge photographers for more exposure using their social media sites? When the social media sites say it’s against their terms of service, apparently. Wedding Chicks, a popular wedding blog, is doing just that to wedding photographers on Pinterest and other social media sites. [more]

10 Tips To Booking More Brides Using Skype Or FaceTime

Have you ever setup a meeting with a potential client, only to find out close to the meeting date that they’ve booked with someone else? If only you could have found a way to be in the same place at the same time as them to make the meeting happen earlier, they could have seen that you are clearly the better choice. With Skype and FaceTime you have that ability, and you should use it!

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Don’t Pose, Give Direction

If you are a lifestyle photographer one of your jobs is to make your images look natural- not stiff, not awkward, and definitely not staged. Your audience should see your images as moments that were going to happen regardless of whether or not you were there to capture it. The imagery that Roxy uses in their advertising is a spot-on example of this. Their photographic brand is made up of images of surfer girls living their carefree, summer lifestyle. Each image is a moment. [more]

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