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Published: 2018-04-22T13:00:19+00:00

 



Fantastic flags: An uncommon and useful modifier used to change quantity and quality of light

2018-04-22T13:00:19+00:00

While there are a lot of common and purpose-built light modifiers, such as umbrellas, softboxes and reflectors, there are also a lot of other modifiers you can use that are less common, including a flag. In his newest video, Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens shows us how to shape light with flags as part of his Laws of Light video series. There are multiple kinds of flags. There's a solid flag, which completely cuts out light. There's a net, which cuts one stop of light and a double, which, you guessed it, cuts two stops of...
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Reviewing the picturesque Lake District in England

2018-04-21T11:00:01+00:00

Recently, photographer Thomas Heaton started a new video series, A Photographer's View, in which he discusses and reviews different landscape photography destinations he's visited. His first video discussed a specific area of Iceland and his second video, seen below, covers a picturesque area in his native United Kingdom, the famous Lake District. The Lake District National Park is in northwest England and offers a wide variety of excellent landscape and nature photography opportunities. To learn more about the location, its...
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Firmware Friday: Bug fixes for Nikon P900, W300; Ricoh G800SE; Sony A7 III, FS5 and NXCAM NX5R

2018-04-21T03:54:38+00:00

Firmware Friday returns for another week with a relatively compact list of updates this time around. In the past seven days, we've learned of a couple of firmware updates for Nikon's Coolpix-series cameras, some new software for the Ricoh G800SE, and a triplet of firmware updates for the Sony A7 Mark III, NXCAM NX5R and XDCAM FS5. Let's get right down to what's new! Nikon Coolpix P900 and W300 Firmware version 1.4 for the Nikon P900 fixes four specific bugs, as below, and can be downloaded here: In certain...
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SmugMug announces the intent to purchase Flickr, creating a massive photography community

2018-04-20T23:20:25+00:00

One of the largest photo management platforms out there, SmugMug, has made a big splash in the industry today by acquiring Flickr. For the last 15 years, SmugMug has focused on helping and supporting photographers with their consumer-friendly business model, which doesn't rely upon forcing advertising on visitors or utilizing user data. Flickr, founded shortly after SmugMug (in 2004), has been focused on allowing users to store and share their photos. Ultimately, the missions of both services were never very disparate so it's a...
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Sony Savings: Save up to $900 on a brand-new Sony camera or lens

2018-04-20T23:00:04+00:00

Starting this Sunday at 12:01 AM EST, B&H will have new deals on a trio of Sony mirrorless cameras: the Sony A7R II, Sony A7S II and Sony A9. The Sony A7R II features the best deal of the bunch, with the price dropping down to $1,998 after $400 instant savings. That's a lot of full-frame megapixels for under $2,000. The high ISO-centric Sony A7S II is on sale as well with a $200 instant savings, which makes the final price $2,198. Finally, the flagship Sony A9 has a $300 discount, which reduces its price to $4,198. To help...
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Mathieu Stern tries out the very rare Helios-65 and captures swirly, unusual bokeh

2018-04-20T18:00:53+00:00

Photographer Mathieu Stern is well-known for his videos showcasing odd and unusual lenses. His new video is about a particularly rare lens, the Prototype Helios-65. This lens was produced in Kiev in 1965 and it features an unusual mount, for which there is no commercially-available adapter. Stern acquired the lens and found a way to 3D print an adapter for it. A similar lens, the Helios 44-2, is known for its swirly bokeh, so Stern was curious to try the Helios-65. Find out what he thinks of the old lens in the video below. To...
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4 new Laowa lenses announced, including widest Sony FE zoom, 2x macro, MFT fisheye and GFX lens

2018-04-20T14:44:15+00:00

Venus Optics has announced four new Laowa lenses in development. The lenses will be available for a variety of camera systems, including a Micro Four Thirds fisheye lens, an FE zoom lens, a Macro lens for multiple mounts and a GFX ultra-wide prime. All four lenses detailed below will make their full debut May 3-6 at the Beijing P&E Imaging fair. Kicking things off with the new fisheye lens, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT. This 8mm equivalent fisheye lens offers a 210-degree field of view and weighs in at a very lightweight 135...
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Sony World Photo Awards 2018 Winners Announced: Photographer of the Year wins $25,000

2018-04-20T14:00:13+00:00

After recently naming finalists in the 2018 Sony World Photo Awards, Sony and the World Photo Organization have announced the overall winners, including Photographer of the Year. The 11th edition of the annual contest received a record-breaking 320,000 submissions from photographers hailing from over 200 different countries and territories. Taking home the grand prize of $25,000 USD and the title of "Photographer of the Year," British artist Alys Tomlinson won for her series Ex-Voto, which is a personal project for the 43 year...
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Win an amazing photo trip in Capture One’s new Capture Dedication photo contest

2018-04-20T13:30:02+00:00

You may have seen prior coverage here on Imaging Resource of Capture One's "Dedication" campaign, showcasing a trio of professional photographers and what dedication to their craft means to them. Now's your chance to show off your own photography and win a photography trip of a lifetime. The steps are easy. You choose an image that means something special to you, specifically as a photographer. Explain why it's special and upload your image to Instagram with the tag "#CaptureDedication" and follow @captureonepro on Instagram. You...
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Learn how to utilize the new Styles and Presets features in Capture One 11.1

2018-04-19T20:00:39+00:00

Earlier today, Phase One announced the newest version of Capture One 11. With this update, they not only added new Styles, but they improved the Styles and Presets workflow, allowing users faster access and better control over editing their images. In the video tutorial below, you can learn how to apply Styles and Presets to single images and batches of images while also learning how to get full opacity control over your image adjustments. If you'd like to learn more about Capture One 11, head over to the Capture One Learning Hub...
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3 tips for composing landscape images: How to successfully lead the viewer’s eyes around the frame

2018-04-19T17:00:46+00:00

If light is the most important aspect of a photo, composition is a very close second. There are many rules about composition and there are a near-infinite number of ways you can arrange a particular landscape scene, even a particularly famous or oft-photographed one. Do you opt for a tried-and-true approach, sticking with something like the rule of thirds? Or, do you get more creative, perhaps try something which breaks photographic conventions? Photographer Mads Peter Iversen has published a new video featuring three tips for...
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Creating a natural-looking depth of field effect using Adobe Photoshop

2018-04-19T14:30:30+00:00

A blurred background is why many photographers choose fast lenses for portraiture. You want to be able to create good separation between your subject and the background to help draw your viewer's attention to the subject. However, you don't always have access to the right lens or be able to shoot a lens wide open, so what can you do when you are unable to get the blurred background in camera? You can use Photoshop. Aaron Nace of Phlearn shows us how to blur your background and create natural-looking depth of field using Adobe...
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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Field Test: An affordable, fast and mostly good APS-C prime lens

2018-04-19T13:00:02+00:00

Click here to read my Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Contemporary Field Test Late last year, Sigma released the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary mirrorless lens, which is the first APS-C lens for Sony E-mount to offer an equivalent 24mm focal length and fast f/1.4 aperture. The lens not only offers a fast maximum aperture, it also includes a dust- and splash-proof design, fast autofocus and a consumer-friendly price point, at around $450 USD. During my hands-on time with the lens, I was particularly impressed by its build quality. The lens is...
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Capture One 11.1: Free update released featuring new batch workflow features & new camera/lens support

2018-04-19T12:00:42+00:00

Phase One has announced the first major update to their image editing software, Capture One 11. Capture One 11.1 is available now for Mac and Windows and includes a number of improvements as well as new camera and lens support. Looking at the software's feature set and usability, there are three primary improvements. Workflow has been improved by adding a faster way to access and apply Styles and Presets to a layer on a single image or a batch. The opacity can be directly controlled as well, which should prove to be a nice...
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The power of curves in Photoshop for making precise targeted adjustments to your photographs

2018-04-18T20:00:12+00:00

Curves are immensely powerful in Adobe Photoshop. You can use them to add pop to your images, but did you know you could also use them to precisely target and adjust specific colors and tones in your image? Colin Smith with photoshopCAFE shows us how in the video below. If you'd like to follow along with Smith using the grayscale strip he uses, you can download it by clicking here. The video starts by showing us how curves actually work. Before we get into making adjustments, it's a good idea to work non-destructively. This means...
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When evolutionary biology and photography intersect: How to utilize fear to focus your photography

2018-04-18T17:00:30+00:00

Fear. It is not be a topic that comes up often in photography, but it can play a very valuable role in helping you be a more creative photographer. On the other hand, fear can also negatively impact your life and your photography. How can you harness the emotion and use it to your advantage? This is the topic of photographer Dave Morrow's latest video, seen below. When you are pursuing a goal that you're passionate about and working toward it, it's very easy to be afraid of failure. When Morrow feels fearful, he takes a minute,...
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Top tips for capturing stunning northern lights photos

2018-04-18T14:30:29+00:00

While visiting Iceland and shooting with fellow photographer Mads Peter Iversen, Nigel Danson was treated to some fantastic aurora photo opportunities. Being able to shoot the northern lights is the dream of many landscape photographers. Capturing a great aurora shot is not as easy as simply pointing the camera up at the sky, there's a lot of preparation and thought that goes into it. There are no perfect camera settings either, as every display is different in terms of colors, intensity and duration. With that said, there are...
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Artificial versus natural light: Which is better for portraiture?

2018-04-17T19:30:31+00:00

When capturing portraits, one of the first decisions you need to make is what kind of light you want to use. Some photographers prefer using natural light. It's no-nonsense, relatively easy to work with and it can produce excellent results. Other photographers opt instead for using artificial light, oftentimes trying to recreate a somewhat natural look, but with more flexibility than you have when working with available light. After all, the sun doesn't produce great light all the time. Each approach has its pros and cons and are...
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Glass for geeks: An in-depth tour of Nikon’s Hikari Glass factory

2018-04-17T18:30:05+00:00

I've been on a lot of factory tours with various camera and lens manufacturers before, but had never had a chance to see how the optical glass was made that goes into the lenses we use every day. So I was really happy to receive an invite from Nikon to tour their Hikari Glass factory in Akita Japan, following the annual CP+ trade show in Yokohama this year. This was a pretty special tour, as we got to see the whole process, from start to finish, hosted by three of Hikari's top executives. Our hosts were Mr. Tatsuo Ishitoya,...
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Panoramas and polarizers: Adam Gibbs captures coastal waterfalls with the Nikon D850

2018-04-17T16:29:59+00:00

We join photographer Adam Gibbs as he explores an old-growth forest along the western coast of Vancouver Island. In this area, he hikes the Juan De Fuca Trail, which includes a pair of nice waterfalls. In the video below, we get to learn about how Gibbs approaches the different scenes. At the first waterfall, he will definitely be using a circular polarizer to reduce reflections. A polarizer also helps you to slow the shutter speed down, but if it's bright enough, a neutral density filter can also be necessary. For the four...
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