I was reading an article this morning about DSLR accessories and how a company, Zeikos is producing low cost DSLR accessories like batter grips, remotes, off-camera flashes and off camera flash cables.

The prices of these Zeikos accessories is much lower than the Nikon or Canon alternatives. I cannot attest to the quality but at that price they’re worth a buy for anyone hesitating because of the high price. Many of the prices are comparable to the Craigslist or eBay used prices on similar camera accessories used.

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Free Cinema Photoshop Action – Teal to Orange

Post Production
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Photoshop Actions are a fun and quick way to try different editing styles and learn how to use different tools and functionality in Photoshop. This preset is perfect for creating the trendy orange and teal color effect you see in movies.

Cloud Glow – a Free Lightroom Preset

Post Production
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Lightroom presets are a fun way to try different editing styles and learn how to use Lightroom. This preset is perfect for creating a soft and friendly glow on any portrait or head shot. It’s a killer drag-and-drop editing preset! Take a look at the great before and after examples and download the free Lightroom Preset.

White Card Point and Shoot Camera Trick

Tips For Photographers
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Digital camera pictures of close ups too bright? Try using this free easy white card trick with any white piece of paper you have in the house.

iPhone Apps for Photographers: Strobox

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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Strobox is a great free iPhone or iPod Touch App for photographers, allowing you to create lighting diagrams quickly and easily. And Strobox has more than 25 objects to use in your lighting diagram and the ability to share diagrams via email.

6 Online Photography Gear Rental Reviews

General Photo & Camera Tips
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Photography gear can be expensive – sometime rental for a special project or rental o try before you buy is the best solution. These 6 awesome rental websites are located across the country and can provide you with just about any of the portable gear you want to rent!

New Monthly Photography Newsletter

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Get the newest articles delivered to your inbox every month. We know you’re busy and a monthly recap will do nicely – we think :)

Official Rosco Strobist Kit

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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Under $10 an official Strobist kit. I’ve also recommended a Velcro strap and gel adapter that make using the new fun gels even easier and gives the rig a professional touch.

How does a Bounce Umbrella Work?

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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Learn how light works through diagram and explanation of how a bounce umbrella changes and diffuses light to modify the way you flash, strobe or any light source lights your subject.

How does a Shoot-Through Umbrella Work?

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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Learn how light works through diagram and explanation of how a shoot-through umbrella changes and diffuses light to modify the way you flash, strobe or any light source lights your subject.

What to Wear For Your Senior Portraits

Tips For Models
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Need an idea of what to wear for your senior portraits or head shots? Ladies take a look at this, here are 5 different outfits that will not only flatter your figure but also allow your smile and personality shine, not your clothes!

Bouncing a Flash off the Ceiling – Lighting Test

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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The best thing you can do with your flash is get it off the camera. But sometimes you can’t so you’ll have to do the next best thing – bounce your light off the ceiling. Here’s a demo and sample shots using the 5 different bounce settings on the Nikon SB600.

Beautiful Portrait Techniques

Tips For Photographers
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Teya Rutherford, Oxford MA / Orange County CA photographer shares some of her wisdom in a new article about flattering your subjects. I also strongly suggest you check out her Photoshop actions to really improve your Photoshop work flow.

Using Red Gel to Boost Greens in the Background

Flashes, Strobes & Lighting
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In this proof of concept I hypothesized that much like an orange gel adds orange to your foreground ie. adds blue to your background – red could add green to your background when using a custom white balance. Including lighting diagrams and details about the gels used – this is a great example of using gels creatively can achieve extraordinary possibilities. Take a look, you might learn somethign about how to creatively use those Rosco Gels in a new way!

Camera Mode: Program

General Photo & Camera Tips
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The typical progression when learning to use an SLR is to start at auto, then use aperture and shutter priorities as needed then to full manual – but what about those super important shots? What if you want to have control but make sure the camera has your back to get the shot just right. That’s where program mode comes in.

Don’t Just Stand Still and Look Pretty – Perform!

Tips For Models
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Here’s a great video showing how one fantastic model can move seamlessly between poses. Don’t think about your poses – move like no one is watching. Most of all have fun and play and be fancy free with your photographer in 8 out of 10 situations the reason why killer shots are born is because the model get into their zone!

Advanced Auto Levels in Photoshop

Post Production
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Photos feeling dull and lifeless? Apply this free advanced auto levels action to bring out what you saw in your viewfinder into your digital photographs. Perfect for snap shots, landscapes and still life.

Who Needs an Assistant when you have TriGrips?

Equipment
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One of my favorite photo tools in my arsenal is my reflector – I was luck enough to invest in one of the best models for a one woman photo show: a Lastolite 30″ TriGrip. This extremely versatile reflector may be all you need to reflect and diffuse any less than ideal lighting situations.

Where to Find Wide Seamless Canvas and Muslin for DIY Photography Backdrops Online

DIY Photography
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Seamless muslin to use or to dye for photography backgrounds are tricky to find depending on your location in the world. That’s why I’ve brought you this list of retailers who sell muslin or canvas wider than 9′ for you background needs.