The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real

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Darth Vader riding a streetcar; Luke Skywalker hitting a home run at Rogers Centre; Yoda piggybacking a youngster to cross the road.

For some impossible realities. For others, like Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg, a daily sighting.

Thomas takes the wonderful streets of Toronto and mixes it with his childhood memories. The city succumbs to Thomas’s strong memories of renting the trilogy over at Blockbusters, through almost dying to get a Chewbacca action figure.

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These Camera Themed Ice Cubes Are A Perfect Fit To Photography Cocktails

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There are many way to show you love photography. but what happens when you put the camera down and just want a cold drink? Well, you can still have that strong photography connection with your camera by sipping your pop (or scotch) with camera shaped ice cubes made with the just-been-released camera themed ice cube tray - PhotoPhreezePhun™.

The set comes with a full set of camera related cavities that you can fill with water (or Jello?) and freeze – two cameras – a DSLR and a mirrorless, a lens and a hot shoe strobe. The press kit also shows the ice tray converted to chocolate cubes maker. I think the latter would be tastier :)

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Famous Film Scenes Recreated In Stop Motion Using Lego Bricks

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We have stated this over and over again, Creativity Trumps Gear. Every time. Of course lacking certain pieces of gear may stop you from doing certain types photo art. But you can create good art with almost as little gear as you have.

See this project from Morgan Spence, AKA Morgspenny Productions, he re-enacted 60 of the all time favorite films in Lego bricks and stop motion. It does take much gear to do this. Just a lot of time and a lot of love. To top it off Morgan is only 15 years old. How’s that for dedication?

Gear is not that fancy either. Morgan uses a Canon 60D, a few desk lamps, and builds the sets on his desk.

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Adobe Germany Sets Different Creative Cloud Pricing Based On Browsers

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A lot has been said about adobe’s move from the licencing model to the rental model which Adobe calls the creative cloud.

It started with adding a $9.99/ month photography package which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, but now we may be seeing the next step on the Adobe Creative Cloud pricing.

It turns out that browsing to Adobe’s creative cloud plans in Germany yields different pricing for different browsers.

If you visit the page in safari the photography package will be €9.99 and buying the entire CC bundle will be €49.99

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Elinchrom’s New ELC Pro HD Strobes (And Richard Terborg Getting Poked)

We saw many new flashes in Photokina, one of the units that we thought was worth mentioning are the new ELC Pro HD units. We talked with Richard Terborg, Elinchrom Ambassador, to get the inside on those strobes.

They come in two flavors: 500WS and 1000WS, both in a new streamlined body. The strobes are pretty much what you have come to expect of mid-range strobes but they do have some interesting features worth considering:

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Watch Beautiful Cinematic Footage Of Daredevils Skiing Wearing LED Suits

Sometimes it takes a huge corporation to invest the resources in making something amazing. In their push to advertise their ambilight TV technology Philips has created one of the most beautiful Sky movies I have ever seen.

Forget skiers with little GoPro cameras strapped to their helmets. How about lighting full slopes with massive amount of lights have having some of the world’s best skiers wear an LED suit and have a go at it.

To match the production value it was shot with a Red Epic Mysterium x3 Larius

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How To Get The Perfect Corporate Photo

Getting a good corporate photos has a lot to do with lighting. What should not come as a surprise if the fact that it also has a lot to with human interaction.

J.P. Morgan and the slanted lens crew walk through the ropes of a recent corporate shoot they did, and while they do talk about lighting (as always) I love the fact that they are investing a bit more time on this video about prep-work and talent direction.

The big take for me was not the lighting setup. It was the how to make sure the talent looks good and feels good, which definitely shows on the final image. (Yes, you will need to bring a steamer).

[One Light Corporate Image | The Slanted Lens]

How Many Hot-Shoe Strobes Are In A Monoblock?

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This is an interesting question. On the Red corner we have hot shoe strobes: they are (relatively) cheap, small and portable and recycle pretty fast, but they need lots of AA batteries. On the Blue corner we have monoblocks; They are big and more cumbersome but they give A LOT of light.

So whats the trade off, when are you better getting several small hot shoe strobes and when are you better off using one big light? This is not a trivial question to answer especially since hot shoe strobes measure in GN, while monoblocks measure in Watt-seconds. now with TTL monoblocks this becomes a really interesting question.

Neil van Niekerk did an empirical test trying to answer that question. His comparison addresses the power aspect while leaving convenience, price, light shape and modularity out, but even at that it gives a good idea about how to begin dealing with the trade offs involved.

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Yongnuo’s YN600EX-RT Now Selling, Looks Remarkably Similar To Canon’s 600EX-RT Flagship

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Earlier in august this year Hong-Kong based company YongNuo announced that they are releasing the YN600EX-RT – A Canon compatible strobe.

Some Canonistas, especially off camera flashers (AKA strobists) were pretty excited about this announcement. Mostly because the strobe was said to be compatible with Canon’s new 2.4GHz RT radio system that their 600EX-RT strobe features.  The RT is a pretty awesome TTL triggering and strobe control system working on radio rather then on IR. But, Canon’s strobe sells for about $499 while the new Yongnuo which appeared on eBay today only sells for about $185. Roughly a 1:3 ratio.

DIYP are the last to be blamed with lack of frugality, but looking at the images that popped up on YongNuo’s sites got me thinking. Look at the two photos on the top. See any resemblance (aside the obviousness of the names). The strobe on the left is Canon’s 600EX-RT flagship, and the right one is the new YN600EX-RT.

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