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Published: 2018-01-17T19:30:12+00:00


Review Redo: Sony A7S II vs Panasonic GH5S High ISO Comparison


Last week we published our field test of the Panasonic GH5S and lauded its high ISO performance which we still stand by when considering how relatively small the sensor of the camera is. However, in that review we compared the results of video from the GH5S to still images from the A7SII via our previous review archive. In the past, we have been less focused on video and more on stills, hence our lack of video samples of the A7S II during this review. After publication, comments from our ever-faithful readers pointed out our error...
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Fotorgear Magilight launches on Indiegogo as a more affordable, portable, ergonomic Pixelstick alternative


A few years ago, light painting as an artform was reinvented by the arrival of one seriously cool gadget. Bitbanger Labs' Pixelstick debuted to great acclaim, quickly whistled past its funding goals on Kickstarter, and wowed reviewers and customers alike with its artistic potential. That's not to say it was perfect, by any means, though. Its collapsible design was a bit fiddly to assemble, its ergonomics were perhaps a little questionable, and its pricetag was on the steep side for what was, essentially, a fancy, full-color...
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Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Field Test: A compact, all-in-one zoom lens that’s ready for your next vacation


Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Field Test Despite all the attention towards Sony full-frame cameras these days, they still make some darn good APS-C cameras. With the recent announcement of the E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, the E-mount system is still alive and kicking all around. This new travel zoom lens joins a crowded field among other versatile Sony zooms, but with a fairly low price point and an impressively compact design, the new 18-135mm paired with a camera like the A6500 makes a fun, lightweight combination. Recently,...
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Foggy photography: Take advantage of foggy conditions to capture distinct, moody images


Fog is an interesting weather condition for photography. It robs images of sharpness and color, for starters, but it can add a lot of mood and drama to a scene as well. Tony and Chelsea Northrup have specific locations in mind for fog and during a recent dreary day, they packed up and headed out. What makes a scene particularly good for foggy photography? Strong shapes, leading lines and interesting patterns are good candidates. It's important to ensure that your subject is close to you, however, as distant subjects will simply...
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Speed up your Photoshop workflow with these shortcuts, plus a great frequency separation tutorial


Learning shortcuts is a great way to speed up your photo editing workflow. Photoshop in particular has an immense number of keyboard shortcuts and mastering them can cut your editing time drastically. In the video below, Kevin Roodhorst covers four tricks to speed up your Photoshop workflow. The video is part of an ongoing Photoshop Advanced Tutorial series, which you can view in full here. Another great video from Roodhorst focuses on frequency separation, which is a powerful technique for retouching portraits while...
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Today only: The Lytro Illum Light Field Camera is on sale…is it worth it now?


While the coverage for the Lytro Illum camera has not always been positive, and the camera isn't even manufactured anymore, it is still an interesting camera and piece of technology. The Lytro launched with a list price eclipsing $1,000, which many critics and consumers alike believed was far too much for the kind of performance the admittedly fascinating tech delivered. However, if you've been curious about the camera, perhaps today's B&H Deal Zone deal is enough to get you on board. You can grab a Lytro Illum today only for $299...
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G-Tech unveils smaller 4-bay option for its popular G-SPEED Shuttle


G-Tech is one of the photo and video market's go-to brands for exceptional storage solutions, and one of their more popular products is the G-SPEED Shuttle. The Shuttle is a massive eight bay portable hard disk array that also can be modded to accept a group of different adapters from a host of different companies like RED or Atomos. Basically, if you were on the road and needed speed, storage and ruggedness, there are really few other options that really meet those criteria other than the Shuttle. Today they unveiled a smaller,...
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While RAW offers white balance flexibility, it’s still useful to get it right in the camera


Last week, we shared a couple videos from landscape photographer Dave Morrow. For the uninitiated, he's on the move for much of the year and regularly records his travels via his YouTube channel. His newest video as part of his "Landscape Photography Journals" series focuses on his live view shooting technique and how he sets a custom white balance in the field. One of the more common reasons for shooting RAW is to be able to easily adjust your white balance during post-processing. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to...
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Resolution Wars heat up as Hasselblad announces new H6D-400C that’s capable of 400mp images


With more and more full-frame cameras now including a multi-shot mode, such as the new Sony A7R III, Hasselblad has released a new medium-format model with its own "Multi-Shot" technology, the Hasselblad H6D-400c MS. The camera is equipped with a 53.4 x 40 millimeter 100-megapixel CMOS sensor which captures 16-bit color data and delivers 15 stops of dynamic range. And what about the new Multi-Shot technology? The camera offers 4-shot and 6-shot modes, with the latter delivering 400-megapixel image files. If you're curious,...
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Pro photographer David Bergman shares his simple tip for making more compelling compositions


Photographer - and Canon Explorer of Light - David Bergman is back with another episode of "Two Minute Tips" for Adorama TV. The latest video is about composition. This simple trick is to fill your frame. It may seem obvious, but a lot of photographs have unnecessary space around their subject. Sometimes negative space can enhance your image, but in many cases, you can make a stronger photo by getting closer to your subject and filling your frame. To see the tip in action, check out Bergman's video below. (Via Adorama...
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9 tips for amazing photographs from National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes


Marc Silber of Advancing your Photography met up with his friend and professional photographer Bob Holmes. Holmes has worked with Advancing your Photography before and always shares great photography tips. The latest video focuses on general tips for better photography. Holmes' first two tips are focused on lines within composition. He advises that you should look for lines within a scene and if possible, utilize diagonal lines in particular. Diagonals can be very powerful within the right context and create a dynamic images that...
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7 easy edits you can perform in Adobe Lightroom CC to correct common photography mistakes


Adobe Lightroom CC is a very powerful photo editor. Sure, it can help you organize and manage your image library too, but there are many photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, who utilize Lightroom for all or nearly all of their image edits. Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid has a new video tutorial focused on seven ways you can improve your photos using Lightroom CC. The video is focused on fixing common mistakes in particular, such as exposure adjustments, color correction and more. Dodson shows off how to utilize targeted...
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New blockbuster movie Proud Mary was shot using Sony A7S II, A9 and RX0 cameras


Hitting theatres last Friday, Proud Mary is a new action film starring Taraji P. Henson, who you might be familiar with from the television shows Empire and Person of Interest. While blockbuster movies are typically out of our wheelhouse here at Imaging Resource, Proud Mary is interesting to Sony fans in particular because it was filmed using the Sony A7S II, Sony A9 and the Sony RX0. The A7S II and A9 were used due to the fast-paced nature of the film and their large sensors. Further, footage recorded with both cameras was easy...
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Leica announces a pair of new SL prime lenses, the 75mm and 90mm f/2 APO portrait primes


Leica Camera has officially announced a pair of new lenses for its SL system. The two new Summicron-SL lenses are the APO Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and the APO Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. With the addition of these two SL primes, the SL lens lineup now has three prime lenses to go with its pair of zoom lenses. Let's take a closer look at each of the new optics. Starting first with the APO Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH lens, this prime is equipped with 11 lens elements across 9 groups and offers a diagonal angle of view of 31.8...
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Firmware Friday: Better AF and photojournalism tweaks for Sony A9; Canon 1DC, Panasonic EVA1 too


Our first Firmware Friday roundup of the year arrives a week later than usual, with no new releases having landed over the New Year's period. This week, though, we have news to report from Fujifilm, Panasonic and Sony, with the latter in particular having some exciting new features on offer. Let's get right down to what's new, starting off with Sony's big news! Sony Alpha A9 Firmware version 2.00 for the Sony A9 is a major update, as you'd expect given the increment in major version number. For the new release, Sony has...
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A pair of portrait retouching videos will help you learn new skills in Lightroom and Photoshop


Today we have a pair of portrait retouching videos to share with you. If you are new to portrait photography or simply want to find ways to improve your efficiency and effectiveness with retouching, this is the place to be. The first video comes from Adorama TV and photographer Mark Wallace. It's actually a supplement to a video Wallace did in November with Adorama, which you can see here. The video below focuses on the editing techniques Wallace sort of rushed through in the original video. Viewers wanted more detail and here it...
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Photoshop blending mode crash course


Do you want to learn more about blending modes in Photoshop and be better able to edit your images with more control and precision? Jesús Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel is here to help with the crash course below. The video below is less than 10 minutes long, so it cannot cover all the blending modes in great detail. However, if you want additional information and have more free time, Ramirez also made a 41-minute video about blend modes. What exactly is a blending mode? A blend mode basically takes the pixels of one...
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How to utilize your histogram in the field and when processing RAW files


Photographer Dave Morrow spends most of the year traveling and backpacking while capturing stunning landscape photos, which you can see here. As part of his ongoing "Landscape Photography Journals" video series, Morrow has dedicated a pair of videos to histogram shooting techniques and better understanding RGB and luminosity histograms. The first video offers a great behind the scenes look of Morrow about two months into his fall photography journey. In a California desert, he starts by setting up camp and then going through his...
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Canon EOS M100 Field Test Part II: Affordable mirrorless camera captures nice Full HD video


Click here to read my Canon M100 Field Test Part II In my first Canon EOS M100 Field Test, I looked at the mirrorless camera's performance when capturing still images. It impressed me quite a lot. In the M100 Field Test Part II, I have focused on the camera's capabilities for video recording. Thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus and metering abilities, the Canon M100 makes capturing nice-looking video very simple. The touchscreen user interface works well for video recording as well, especially when considering the...
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How to reduce dark circles under eyes in Photoshop


Sometimes people are just tired during a photoshoot or perhaps they naturally have very dark circles under their eyes. No matter the reason, it often makes subjects look tired or just not very lively. It's easy to reduce dark circles under eyes using Photoshop, however, as we can see in the tutorial below from Phlearn. To reduce dark circles under the eyes, we will utilize a "blend if" technique with a curves adjustment layer, such that we will be affecting only the darks in the image. After lightening the dark circles, we will...
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