1. Crawling Through The Bush - One Orchid At A Time


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    A short video about shooting native terrestrial orchids in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

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    • POLAROID BIG SHOT CAMERA strobist mod


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      A lot of people love the “vintage look” in photography these days. Of course, one thing is to obtain it with the plethora of software readily available or by applying “vintage filters”, like on Instagram, to a digital image, another thing is to get old technology to work for us, today, and create photographs just like we would have done 30, 40 or even 100 years ago. One of my all time favorites is the Polaroid BIG SHOT camera, a minimalistic medium format plastic contraption that Andy Warhol used extensively in the 70’s to take portraits of the rich and famous. Of course there are problems to solve if you want to keep shooting a Polaroid BIG SHOT today. Polaroid went bust, so the only usable instant film stocks on the market are the Fuji FP-100C (color, 100 ASA) and the Fuji FP3000B (black and white 3000ASA). The BIG SHOT has a marvelous 220 mm plastic lens with a center, left and right setting (aperture), center being normal, left darker and right lighter. According to tests carried out on the BIG SHOT group on Flickr, by member “monodistortion”, the lens aperture is (roughly) f /36.7 at the center setting, f/55 at its darkest setting and f/24 at the lightest one. The shutter speed varies (surprised?) from 1/52nd of a second to 1/43rd, averaging 1/48th of a second. With such specs you’ll soon understand you need a lot of light to expose your photographs properly. Unless you can use the brightest of sunlight on the brightest day, more often than not you will need a flash. The only flash that can be used on the BIG SHOT camera is the MAGICUBE (note: not the similarly named flashcube). A metal rod that pops up when you depress the shutter mechanically triggers the MAGICUBES, tripping a small wire and provoking each of the four small flash bulbs to pop. MAGICUBES generate a very powerful light, of duration of about 1/30th of a second, being diffused on the face of your subject by a Fresnel lens mounted right in front of it. Getting hold of these little marvels of a long gone technical ingenuity is getting difficult, the few you can find on ebay are usually overpriced and naturally are to be discarded after they flash. So, loving the remarkable images I get out of my BIG SHOT camera as much as I do, I actively started looking for alternatives. After long studying the remotest recesses of the World Wide Web, I realized there is a very sought-after plastic box called “National PW110 Adapter” capable to transform the mechanical trigger of the BIG SHOT into a PC flash sync pulse. Like most things from a bygone era this little sync box that attaches to the MAGICUBE receptacle is almost impossible to find, and the very few still around are being sold for ridiculous amounts of money to die-hard aficionados. So how can I keep shooting with this iconic portrait camera you can only focus by dancing back and forth? And what about using my studio strobes with it? Ingenuity turned out to be the solution: I Velcro-ed the smallest flash trigger transmitter I could find in my box of tricks to the BIG SHOT camera, then I stripped the wire that goes into it and I simply taped the two exposed ends above the metal rod that pops the MAGICUBES. Voila! : It worked! Not an elegant solution but it gave my BIG SHOT a lease on life! I am currently experimenting with different strobes and different settings, the biggest problems being able to match the extremely powerful light of the MAGICUBES and their very long flash duration. However, I am getting there, very happy to bring back to life yet another image-making machine from the past!

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      • One Speedlight, Multiple Looks


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        http://robertharringtonstudios.wordpress.com/ Sponsored by Expoimaging and California Sunbounce Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, join Bob Harrington for a speedlighting presentation. It doesn’t matter if you shoot portraits, weddings, fashion, events, high school seniors, or anything in between, you need to know how to control and direct light where you need it. Learn speedlight techniques that will enable you to manipulate light in any situation to create the images you want. You’ll learn how to achieve multiple lighting looks from basic to complex using just one light source and a few simple modifiers. Gear used for multiple Looks: * One Speedlight * California Sunbouce Micro Mini or Westcott 5-in-1 Circular Reflector * 2 Impact 42x72 or 2 Westcott 48x72 reflectors * That’s it!

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        • Mixing Light in the Field


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          Sponsored by Expoimaging, Westcott, and California Sunbounce. http://bit.ly/BHEventSpace http://www.robertharringtonstudios.com Using small flashes on location is often preferable to lugging around larger studio lights and battery packs or even gasoline powered generators. Whether you shoot fashion, weddings, families, seniors, or events, let Bob Harrington show you how to mix light on location with small flashes and simple lighting gear. Learn how to get great results on location with great new-to-the-market gear: Rogue Flashbender XL Pro, Westcott Rapid Box Octa, and California Sunbounce Micro Mini.

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          • Light Shaping by Tim Wallace - How to Light a Muscle Car


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            Lighting a car is not easy. Cars are big, they are reflective and they have almost no flat surfaces. Luckily for us, renowned car photographer Tim Wallace is happy to reveal some of the techniques he uses create the images that have made him a household name in the industry.

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            • Digital Photography Success


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              At http://yourphotocoach.info you will find Tips, Lessons and product reviews to help you improve your photography. Digital Photography Success is a whole program designed to teach you everything you need to know to be able to create beautiful photographs every time. You can click here 950f2d055zvd0x58jcjbnm8xby.hop.clickbank.net/ or go to http://yourphotocoach.info to access the program for more information.

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              • TableTop Product Photography On White - Your Photo Coach


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                http://yourphotocoach.info Your Photo Coach shows how to easily set up a small product studio in your home, and how to create successful commercial photographs of small products against a white backdrop. Perfect for selling things on Ebay and other web sites.

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                • Your Photo Coach - Instruction, Tips, Products to Improve Your Photography


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                  http://yourphotocoach.info Your Photo Coach is a photography blog dedicated to the Shutterbugs and Photography enthusiasts of the world. Here seasoned, professional photographer Stan Cox II offers tips and instruction as well as product reviews to coach you to improve your photography.

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                  • On location lighting basics: How to perfect your photos under sunlight?


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                    Alex uses artificial lighting to complement direct sunlight for amazing results. Equipment list: Cactus V5 transceivers http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17567 Cactus KF36 portable flash http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17195 80cm triangular foldable reflector http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17456 For more details, explanations and pictures: http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/blog/category/videos/ When Light Dances, Dance with us for updates: http://www.facebook.com/gadgetinfinity.hk Like & share: http://www.facebook.com/gadgetinfinity

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                    • Creative Storytelling Portraits with Bobbi Lane


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                      Join us as we present special guest photographer Bobbi Lane in a Webinar sponsored by PocketWizard. During this event, Lane will create a series of storytelling portraits for a high school senior. The concept of a storytelling portrait can elevate the quality of your photography by adding another dimension, adding impact and making your images more personal. Starting with concept and inspiration, Bobbi will explain the set and gear she uses to craft the lighting for the correct mood and emphasis of each portrait. Using the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio triggers gives Bobbi the creative freedom to control her lights from both her camera and her Sekonic Light Meter. You’ll have a front row seat behind the scenes as Bobbi takes us through her process, from inspiration to setup, and on to final image.

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