Archive for November, 2015

Goodbye Holga

November 29, 2015


After being designed in 1981, the Holga medium format toy camera developed a cult following among photographers who valued its affordability and unique lo-fi results.

But all good things must come to an end: Holga cameras will no longer be produced from here on out. Read more here.


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November 26, 2015


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Undergraduate Research Awards

November 23, 2015


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Ryan Upp, previous Art Department URA recipient.


The purpose of this program is to allow undergraduate students to obtain funding to offset the costs associated with doing research undertaken in a CSU credit-bearing course. Previously named the Graduate College and Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund. Review the guidelines here for more information.

You may apply for funds up to $1000.
Deadline for applications is Mon, Nov 30, 2015
Learn more here.

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November 19, 2015

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Cleveland Magazine is Looking for Photo Interns

November 19, 2015

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Cleveland Magazine hires a photography intern three times a year: for fall and winter/spring semesters and for summer. We accept applications for all semesters year-round.

The internships are unpaid. (We reimburse for parking.) The internships range from 15 to 25 hours a week.


Duties include photo research, retouching and color correcting images, resizing images for the Web and opportunities for photo assignments for Cleveland Magazine, its sister magazine Inside Business and other publications.


We are looking for energetic and detail-oriented college students working toward a degree in photography to assist our design team. Candidates should have proficient knowledge of digital photography, photo retouching, Adobe Photoshop and own a professional camera. InDesign and Multimedia knowledge a plus.

Contact Information:

Send cover letter, resume, preferred semester, weekly availability and work samples to: No phone calls, please.

Photographer’s Forum College and HS Contest

November 19, 2015

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Photographer’s Forum Magazine

$10,000 in CASH GRANTS to be Awarded!
All Finalists Published!
Winning Images Will Be Exhibited!


FIRST PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $2,000 cash grant
SECOND PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $1,250 cash grant
THIRD PLACE :: COLLEGE :: $500 cash grant
5 FOURTH PLACE AWARDS :: COLLEGE :: Five $250 grants

All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the May 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.

Best of College & High School Photography 2015

The top 16 winning photos will be published in the May 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum. All contest finalists, top 8% of all entries, will be published in the hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2016.

Early Deadline entry fee is $4.95 per photo entered before Oct 14, 2015.

Second Deadline entry fee is $5.95 per photo entered before Nov 2, 2015.

Final Deadline entry fee is $6.95 per photo entered before Dec 4, 2015.

Rights remain with photographer.
Subject matter is open.

Photographer’s Forum Magazine is published by Serbin Communications, Inc.

Our 36th ANNUAL SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST, open to all amateur photographers, will be launching in early 2016. We hope you will remain an e-mail subscriber so we can notify you when the time comes. Thank You!

Photographer’s Forum Magazine
813 Reddick Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103

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November 13, 2015


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Affordable Speedlite Studio Options

November 9, 2015

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As you read in Strobist Lighting 101, a portable speediite studio is an affordable and portable option for creative lighting control. The Strobist blog recommends a couple of starter kits from Midwest Photo Exchange (which happens to be in nearby Columbus Ohio). One kit comes with a flash for $245, and one kit does not come with a flash for $110. Each one includes a light stand, cold shoe adapter, white umbrella, and transmitter.

But then, I saw the savvy online shopping of CSU photo student Carissa Woytach. I asked her to put together the best, most affordable kit out there. And she didn’t disappoint. Here’s what she came up with. Note, this kit is dedicated for Canon, although similar flashes are also available for Nikon. All of the equipment below is available from

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Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT
$120 with free shipping

A step up from Strobist’s recommendation, this flash allows for wireless TTL and is available for Canon and Nikon. It can be set to be fired with your pop up flash without the pop up flash exposing.

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Neewer Speedlite & Umbrella Bracket
$11 with free shipping

This will adapt your light stand to hold your speedlite with an umbrella.

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CowboyStudio Set of Two 7 feet Photography Light Stands with Cases
$26 and free shipping

Two light stands that raise to 7 feet, and are compact when collapsed for travel, and they come with a bag.

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LimoStudio 2x 33″ Studio Lighting Umbrellas Translucent White soft Umbrella
$13 and free shipping (for 2 umbrellas)

Please notice that unlike the kits recommended by Strobist, this set up doesn’t have a transmitter. Instead, it assumes your camera has a pop up flash that can act as the master to the two slaves on the speedlites. If your camera doesn’t have a pop up flash, you will need a dedicated transmitter as well.

Also, please note, that this set up has not been tested, but is based on the specifications provided on Amazon’s website. It really should work. Carissa has based the set up on functionality, value, and ratings and reviews.

And here’s the BEST PART.  Notice how this set up comes with 2 light stands and 2 umbrellas? Well that means you can get 2 flashes, and 2 brackets and have a 2 light set up for only $301. So for just $55 more, you can double your lighting and have wireless TTL (the Strobist version only has Manual).

Thanks Carissa!


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One important difference between shooting in the studio, and shooting on location is weather. In particular WIND (and rain, but  now I’m talking about wind). You will have light weight flashes on light stands, up high, with huge-honking, wind catching UMBRELLAS on them. The wind can send those things flying. And the sandbags that we use in the studio make a portable studio less portable. Note that the light stands that come with the Strobist recommended kits have spikes on their legs. This is one option to reduce this risk if you can stick them into the earth, but not when you’re on concrete or other solid surface.Another lightweight option would be to use bungie cords to secure your gear. Be aware of this risk wind poses to outdoor location shooting, and use precautions. Check out this Strobist article, Against the Wind for other alternatives for securing your equipment doesn’t blow away.


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November 6, 2015

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November 3, 2015

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