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Published: 2017-11-17T22:55:12+00:00


Large format photography in Zion National Park


Photographer Ben Horne does a lot of traveling for his large format photography, but there are some locations he continues to visit year after year. One of those places is Zion and in the video below, we get to see Horne's first day at Zion this fall. Visiting Zion is like visiting a friend. Catching up, hearing stories about the old days and seeing how we both have changed," Horne says. Visiting the same place year after year gives Horne a distinct opportunity to see precisely how he has changed and grown with time, being able...
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Camera of the Year 2017: Best Professional & High-End Cameras


The top of the line from 2017, the State of the Art, that's what we'll be unveiling for you in this segment of our annual Camera of the Year awards. For those of you who make your living with high-end cameras, and for the rest of us who simply insist on buying the best for our craft, the cameras listed below are the models we believe represent the cream of the crop for 2017 in the digital camera world. From the best DSLRs to the best the mirrorless cameras in the world, including the best for video and medium format, one of...
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Camera of the Year 2017: Best Enthusiast & Premium Compact Cameras


Enthusiast-grade cameras represent top-tier performance and image quality without the need to spend the extra premium for the top-of-the-line professional models, and are consistently the most popular cameras on our website. Since the majority of our readers (and us humble camera reviewers!) are not full-time professional photographers but rather just very passionate devotees of the craft, this makes sense. After all, we want "the best" but don't necessarily need every bell and whistle that some of the professional-grade...
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Camera of the Year 2017: Best Intermediate & Entry-Level Cameras


As expected, digital cameras get better each year, and this year's entry-level and intermediate-grade models push the boundaries of what hobbyist cameras are capable of providing. From reliably excellent image quality to some of the performance features and modes ported down from their higher-end siblings, these modestly priced offerings serve to entice shooters to step up in quality and capabilities from their smartphone, while also giving enthusiast shooters good options for capable back-up cameras for their bag. If you...
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RAW versus JPEG, Round 2: When should you shoot JPEG instead of RAW?


If you're buying a new camera this holiday season, one of the first settings you might want to change on the camera is to switch your image format from JPEG to RAW or RAW+JPEG. There are many good reasons to shoot RAW files and there are good reasons to shoot JPEG as well. They are different file formats with their own pros and cons. Although it seems as simple as choosing the right format for the task at hand, the RAW versus JPEG debate refuses to die and the discussions can at times become heated. Not long ago, Tony and Chelsea...
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Firmware Friday: Improvements, bug fixes arrive for the Ricoh Theta V and DJI Inspire 2


Today's Firmware Friday roundup is a tale of two imaging devices, both of them specialized. The Ricoh Theta V is a 360-degree spherical panoramic camera, while the DJI Inspire 2 is an aerial camera platform, and this week both of them have received updates. So what's new? Read on and let's find out! Ricoh Theta V Firmware version 1.11.1 for the Ricoh Theta V makes four changes, according to the official release notes. Image quality when shooting with the interval timer has been improved, and the sleep mode configuration...
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A premium backpack for a premium camera brand: Peak Design launches special edition Leica backpack


From now through December 31, or while supplies last, Leica fans will be able to purchase a special edition Peak Design for Leica Backpack. There is a "very limited" quantity of this new backpack and it will be available exclusively in Leica Stores and Boutiques. The backpack comes with a Cuff and Leash from Peak Design as well. It pays homage to the historic Leica brand with signature red stitching and the classic Leica red dot. The collaboration offers "an ideal, complementary accessory for Leica enthusiasts." If there's one...
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The Arctic from above: Polar bears like you’ve never seen them before


Photographer Florian Ledoux says of his aerial photos of the Arctic, "The scale of the landscape and the incredible species that live there draw me to the Arctic. I was deeply touched when I took my first journey above the Arctic Circle and that feeling continues to intensify as I explore further." In a new article for National Geographic, Ledoux's beautiful photography is on full display and the images and video are stunning. Capturing imagery of landscapes and wildlife, Ledoux has spent time on foot and in the air in Iceland,...
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Sony Imaging Edge software now available, allowing use of Sony A7R III’s new Pixel Shift mode


Sony has released the first version of their new editing software, Imaging Edge. The software allows for remote shooting, viewing images and RAW image processing. The software can be downloaded for Mac and Windows by clicking here. If you want to take advantage of the brand-new Sony A7R III's Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode, which is highlighted in the video below, you must use the new Sony Imaging Edge software because the combined RAW ARW files use a new proprietary format, ARQ. For more information on the software and to...
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When at the mercy of weather and light, flexibility is an important skill for landscape photographers


Things don't always go according to plan out in the field. For landscape and travel photographer Thomas Heaton, he did everything right. He scouted his location ahead of time, he found the composition he wanted and yet, ultimately, you are at the mercy of the conditions when you're doing outdoor photography. In his latest video, Heaton is in dense woodlands. Light filters slowly in the woods, so patience is a must. While waiting for the right conditions, he shows off how critical a polarizer is, even when shooting in the woods....
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What lighting techniques should every videographer know?


Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens has been featured on Imaging Resource numerous times for his excellent videos about portraiture and lighting. However, he is also a videographer and his latest video, seen below, shows us lighting techniques every videographer should know. Unlike still photography, you need a continuous light source for shooting video. This changes lighting in a few different ways, including how you can and should modify your light source. Even a single LED light can prove very useful when shooting video. A...
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Luminar 2018 available for Mac and Windows, offering improved performance and many new features


Luminar 2018 is available now. The Lightroom competitor offers a lot of image editing capabilities and thanks to its brand-new Raw engine, the software is better-suited for raw image processing than ever before. There's a lot of new features including improved intelligent filters, a sun rays filter, dodging and burning, hue shift tools and brilliance/warmth tools. Further, Macphun, soon to be known as Skylum Software, has added lens correct and transform tools to Luminar 2018. When comparing Luminar 2018 to its predecessor,...
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How to create and add realistic-looking snow to your photos in Photoshop


We're entering the holiday season and that means a lot of opportunities for shooting in snowy conditions for readers in cold climates. For the many who live in places where it never snows, what can you do to capture the winter spirit? Jesús Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has a new video tutorial teaching us how to add snow to photos using one of two techniques. The first technique utilizes a stock photo of snow and the second technique uses filters inside of Photoshop. Check out the video below. To see more...
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Pentax 645Z sensor reviewed at DxOMark: Three years old and still delivering fantastic performance


As promised, DxOMark has continued to work on their medium format sensor reviews. Recently, they reviewed the Hasselblad X1D. Next up is the Pentax 645Z. The Pentax 645Z may be long in the tooth, having been released in June of 2014, but that doesn't mean that the 51-megapixel medium format sensor is outdated. The 43.8 x 32.8 millimeter sensor, which has the same specs as the sensor found in the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX 50S, is 1.7 times larger than a full-frame sensor and it shows in the test results. The Hasselblad X1D...
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Star trails tips: How to shoot a circular star trail image from start to finish


Star trails are a very fun, but challenging, discipline of astrophotography. There are a lot of considerations from planning and setting up your equipment to editing your final star trails image. To help you learn the ropes, NatureTTL has created a new tutorial video with photographer Matthew Saville. In the video below, Saville is focused specifically on circular star trails. With winter coming in the northern hemisphere, it's a great time to shoot star trails due to the colder temperatures and the Milky Way no longer being as...
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Fashionable film: Stylish Elbaflex Nikon-mount 35mm analog SLR camera hits Kickstarter


If you have any old Nikon-mount film lenses you'd like to get more use out of, a new Kickstarter campaign from Ihagee may well be of interest. The German and Ukrainian camera specialists have created a new 35mm Nikon-mount analog camera, the Elbaflex. We've said it before and we'll say it again, film isn't dead. Not only is it not dead, but in some ways, it seems to be rising in popularity again. While some film stocks continue to be phased out each year, newcomers have hit the scene as well. The Ihagee Elbaflex has a classic...
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Wine Country Camera Filter Holder hands-on: Ted Forbes calls it a game changer for landscapes


While Photoshop has replaced filters for some photographers, landscape photographers still by and large utilize physical filters for a variety of reasons. Polarizers in particular are nearly impossible to replace with software, but also graduated neutral density and solid neutral density filters have a well-deserved place in any landscape photography kit. Using filters can sometimes be a cumbersome experience, however, as many filter holder systems are not that enjoyable to use. Wine Country Camera released a new filter holder...
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See the 8K time-lapse power of the 45.7-megapixel Nikon D850 DSLR


The new Nikon D850 has turned a lot of heads for its wide array of features. One of the new features is its 8K time-lapse mode. While it doesn't compile an 8K time-lapse in camera like it does a 4K UHD time-lapse, the camera is equipped with interval shooting modes to create epic 8K time-lapse videos. Nature photographer Marsel van Oosten took the Nikon D850 to Namibia and Botswana and captured glorious 8K still images to create the beautiful 4K time-lapse video seen below, "Hercules Rising." The video was downsampled to 4K from...
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RAW Power for iOS: Powerful RAW processing in the palm of your hand


You may recall the Mac app, RAW Power, which we reviewed earlier this year. The application was developed by Gentlemen Coders, which was founded by Nik Bhatt, a former Senior Director of Engineering at Apple and the former Chief Technical Officer of the Apple Photo Apps group. Bhatt and his team has announced the release of RAW Power for iOS devices. The new app, which is free and available now, takes all the RAW image editing capabilities of the Mac app and transports it to your iPhone or iPad, so long as your device is running...
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Thrifty Tuesday: Save big on lighting gear and MacBook Pros at B&H


B&H has some great deals to get you ready for the upcoming annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings. They have "Spotlight Savings" on studio lighting equipment, which allows you to save up to $1,000 on lighting equipment and studio accessories. However, these deals won't last long, so you need to act fast. Lighting Deals: Ending on November 14 at 11:59 pm ET Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate - $259 after $536 instant savings Interfit F5 Three-Head Fluorescent Lighting Kit with...
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