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PopPhoto has a good little quiz going on. Can you guess the gender of the photogapher simply by the photographs taken.

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It’s no secret that we love pricey DSLRs. They represent some of the best imaging technology you can get. But sometimes that’s more than you really need. And let’s be real—some of us just don’t have the budget for an $8,000 Nikon D3X. That’s why we chose 10 cameras, many of them just announced, ranging from $300 to $499, that caught our eye with their relatively low cost and impressive features. [via Pop Photo]

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I’m looking for something small to keep in my purse at all times (especially those times when I don’t want to be carrying a large pack with a number of lenses. You know they have great practical use for things like family reunions and such. If you have experience with a smaller camera please send me your reviews. It will help in my final decision.

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Darren Rowse has a good post about the pros and cons of each of these lenses. With the exception of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
that came with the Canon Rebel XT when I purchased it years ago, I have two other lenses and both are prime. I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I really want a good zoom lens for times when I want to carry just the camera. That way I have a “multi-purpose” lens and can capture just about anything. I am definitely leaning toward the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4. While I would certainly love to own the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L. I full recognize that it’s size and weight can be prohibitive in some places. The 24-105mm f/4 is a much lighter lens and is about the same size as the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Check out the article here.

With all the recent hubbub about Photoshopped celebrities in magazines (which is frankly just a fact of life these days), French ELLE decided to feature three women with no makeup or Photoshopping for the April issue (the photos were shot by Peter Lindbergh). This is perhaps more shocking than any leaked photo of an un-retouched Kim Kardashian. It’s not lost on us that they chose three of the most beautiful women in the worl… [via American Photo]

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For wedding photographers, same-sex marriage shows signs of being good for business. Several states now allow gay marriages or civil unions. More states are likely to follow suit sooner or later, giving gay and lesbian couples across the country an impetus to throw weddings large and small.

Of course, they need photographers and other wedding vendors. But given the controversy around same-sex marriage, the gay and lesbian wedding business is somewhat fraught. Couples worry about which vendors are gay friendly. And photographers are apt to wonder whether they might alienate straight clients by shooting gay weddings.

Now a growing cadre of photographers, frequently driven by a strong sense of social justice, is actively marketing to gay clients. The photographers are counting on a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage around the country to help drive demand in the gay wedding industry.

Among them is photographer Charlotte Geary of Manitou Springs, Colorado, who shot her first same-sex wedding for a lesbian couple in 2006. [via PDN]

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If you spend any amount of time online you’re likely to have been exposed to the work of Trey Ratcliff, who is also known as Stuck In Customs. Having developed a unique approach and style of HDR he’s developed a rabid following, resulting in his work being viewed over 16 million times on Flickr. Trey has a wealth of knowledge to share in regard to his well received approach to using HDR and he’s been kind enough to take part in this weeks “3 Minutes with…” [via dps]

Read the rest of the story and the interview here.

I finally got around to covering a question that I get asked so often from readers here on the blog, and that is:

“What is the difference between off camera flash (like a Nikon SB-800 or SB-900, or a Canon 580 EXII), and a Studio Strobe?

If I have time, I sometimes answer people back with a direct email, but I’ve gotten this question so many times, I haven’t been able to answer them all. So, I thought I’d put together an example to show you my typical response to the question, which is purely my own opinion on the subject.

What I usually say is something along the lines of:

“Whether you use a small off-camera flash, or a studio strobe, what you get is a bright flash of white light aiming toward your subject.” [via Photoshop Insider]

Read the rest of the story here. You’ll also find that Scott has done the work of listing the pros and cons of each as well as provide a budget should you be so inclined to upgrade your lighting equipment. Thanks Scott.



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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn