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Aperture Settings and Techniques Part II

Now that you know what aperture is and how it works, let’s experiment with some aperture settings and basic photography techniques for popular niches. Whether you want to achieve a more intense, powerful portrait or a more in-focus flower photograph, we have prepared useful and simple guidelines for you to follow. Aperture Settings and Photo […]

More Specs on Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm VR Upgrades and a Pimped DX Standard Zoom Lens

Following up on our previous post with initial information about the expected upgrade of Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR lenses, another source reveals more information on these rumored lenses. Making sure there’s something for those on tighter budgets as well, there are also specs for a 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX lens. It is said to [...]Show More Summary

High School Student Gets Famous Peruvian Actor to Star In His Film

Kids these days often leave me scratching my head.  However, in what I would describe as making my entire scholastic career look like an extended daycare session, 17-year-old Alex Fischman created La Vieja Quinta. Fischman, a student at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, created the short film for a high school project. It is an impressive film for someone of [...]Show More Summary

Moon video recorded with 83x zoom Nikon Coolpix P900 shows Earth's rotation

With a 2000mm equivalent zoom range, the Nikon Coolpix P900 leads the current ultrazoom class in terms of reach. While there's no question that the camera has an impressive zoom range, a nature photographer based in Germany has made it ever-so-obvious just how powerful this little ultrazoom is. Show More Summary

Meyer Optik to bring back soap-bubble-bokeh Trioplan lens via Kickstarter

Following a successful Kickstar campaign, German optical manufacturer Meyer Optik is set to reintroduce a lens from 1916 that was famous for its unique 'soap-bubble' bokeh. The company hoped to raise $50,000 to fund production of a new Trioplan 100mm F2.8 lens, but at the time of writing pledges have reached $124,000 with the best part of a month still to go. Read more

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV real-world sample gallery posted

Announced earlier this month, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is the latest in that manufacturer's line of popular enthusiast compacts. It ushers into the lineup a new sensor design, offering a stacked 1" type 20MP CMOS sensor, and carries over from its predecessor a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. See what the camera's capable of in the real world. See gallery

From the Cold War: The Evolution of the Modern Digital Camera

The history of the digital camera is much older than most would expect.  With roots going way back into the dark days of the Cold War, a fascinating series of innovations have led to the creation of technology we take for granted in our everyday lives. For instance, did you know that the first cell [...]Show More Summary

Apple's dual-camera technology rumored to be nearing completion

According to a report from BusinessWeekly Taiwan, Apple's rumored dual camera technology for an upcoming iPhone is getting closer to becoming a reality. The article states that Apple has been working on the dual-lens technology for three years, but until recently has been hindered by a number of issues, including image blur and supplier inadequacies. Read more

Wandering About Lapland’s Milky Way and Northern Lights

Tiina Törmänen, a Finnish landscape photographer, has travelled the vast wilderness of Arctic Lapland creating an awe-inspiring series of self portraits. Titled “Wanderer”, the series is Tiina’s attempt to show how tiny we humans are in this world we live in and the universe around it. The isolated frozen landscapes and the stunning skies, showing [...]Show More Summary

7 Tips for Better Skyline Photography

Reminder: now until July 7th (AUS EST) the Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks eBook is on 50% off at Snapndeals. When we talk about cityscape photography, one of the most basic and trademark shots is the full skyline; the artificial horizon, made of buildings and towers jutting up and down into the sky above. Show More Summary

See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon

When the Nikon COOLPIX P900 was released earlier this year, it brought with is a number of convenient and exciting features, including built-in WiFi, GPS…and a lens the equivalent of 24-2000mm.  No, that is not a typo.  The 83x optical zoom lens can really reach out and touch. YouTube user Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz decided to put [...]Show More Summary

Watch As An Old, Damaged Photo Is Masterfully Brought To Life

Colorizing monochrome photographs is nothing new.  In fact, photographers were hand-coloring photos as far back as the 1800s.  But, one of my gripes has always been how artificial and “flat” the images always looked.  Even with Photoshop, many people seem content to just slap a single color over an area and call their work done, but [...]Show More Summary

How to Watermark Your Images Using Lightroom and Photoshop CC

Watermarks, love them or hate them, are a way of protecting your images. Although, just because you have one on your image doesn’t mean it won’t be stolen. If you are like me, I do it as a deterrent. There are many ways to watermark your images. Show More Summary

Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison

When the Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Otus rolled into our office in both Canon and Nikon mounts, we knew what had to be done. We proudly present to you the 85mm F1.4 Otus, one of the nicest things we've ever held, mounted on the 5DS R and the Nikon D810 for your peeping pleasure. You can even see how it compares with an old Canon EF 85mm F1.8... Read on

Photographer Convinces Live Nation CEO to Change ‘Work For Free’ Photography Policy

Sometimes ranting about things works.  On Friday, Jared Polin of FroKnowsPhoto posted a rant in which he expressed his frustration with Live Nation about their policy of not paying photographers for their work while retaining the rights to the images. After replying to a job ad looking for photographers to cover the opening of their new Ascend Amphitheater, [...]Show More Summary

Man Shoots Down Neighbor’s Drone, Has To Pay For Damages

Drones are a common and controversial topic, and drones themselves sometimes make people angry.  Brett McBay, a California resident, is so passionate about drones that he instructed his son to shoot one down outside their Modesto, CA home with a shotgun.  McBay alleges that he originally thought the drone was a CIA spycopter.  However, it [...]Show More Summary

Making the Mundane Magnificent: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Objects

Chances are you have a tourist attraction in your town. Each day people crowd around and line up to take photographs of it. If you think of the most photographed tourist spots in the United States, you probably come up with the Statue of Liberty, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, or Grand Canyon. Show More Summary

Ditch Paper: Create and Sign Model Release Forms with Snapwire’s Free Mobile App

Model release forms are simply part of the photography industry, and while you may not be legally required to have one in all situations (depending on local laws), it never hurts to get a signed release from a subject.  However, toting around a bunch of unsigned release forms in the event that you might need [...]Show More Summary

Do You Really Need the Latest Greatest Gear?

If you’re like me, you enjoy reading and learning about the latest photography gear as soon as it comes out. Looking each month at popular photo magazines and online sites, reading the reviews, product articles, and ads, it’s hard not...Show More Summary

Epic Star Wars Pre Wedding Shoot Done With Action Figures

Photographer Mezame Shashin-ka loves shooting action figures and also loves shooting themed pre-weddings. So how could he say no to this opportunity of shooting a pre-wedding session based on Star Wars. The couple saw one of Mezame’s previous themed shoots and approached him with the idea. Being a collector of action figures, Mezame came up with [...]Show More Summary

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