TIME calls Sony a7R III ‘one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made’

When we finished our full review of the impressive Sony a7R III, we wrapped it up with a conclusion that started:

The sheer capability of the Sony a7R III is hard to overstate [...] Like the Nikon D850, the a7R III is a camera that you can shoot just about anything with, from landscapes to fast action.

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A morning shoot results in two very different images: On location with Thomas Heaton

Photographer <a href="http://thomasheaton.co.uk/" >Thomas Heaton</a> recently headed to the beach for sunrise. As he discusses early in the video, it is very difficult to predict how conditions will be and how they may change at the beach ahead of time. You can find a composition you really like and then come back the next day and it&#39;ll be completely different. It&#39;s important to check tide charts, but even when armed with that knowledge, there are still a lot of variables to contend with.

During a single shoot at the beach, Heaton came home with two very different...
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Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals Fstoppers does our best to keep track of some of the best deals available during this chaotic sales weekend. We've compiled a list of places you may want to browse today for great savings on photography equipment and other gear. These deals are only available for a limited time so be sure to look them over today. [ Read More ]

How One Photographer’s Camera Saved Him from Loneliness

Photographer Ryan Pfluger says he uses photography “as a means for therapy and connection.” In this 12-minute talk he recently gave at TEDxPasadena, Pfluger shares an inspirational insight into how photography has played a major part in bettering his life. Pfluger has photographed many celebrities, including Obama, Angelina Jolie, and other notable figures, but that’s not what he wanted to talk about on the TEDx stage. Instead, he shares how a camera has been his only trusty companion and savior from loneliness. Having had a difficult childhood, Pfluger says that photography was “a way for me to meet people
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An Intro to Panning Your Camera for a Blurry Feeling of Speed

Looking to add some drama or action to your photos but not quite sure how? Look no further… In simple terms, camera panning (or motion tracking as some people call it) is a technique where you follow a moving subject, shooting with a slower shutter speed to create a feeling of speed or action. If done correctly and with a little patience, you’ll be able to create some amazing images that really pull your attention to the subject and add a new dimension to your photos. I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in London recently and occasionally take
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AI-powered ‘Google Lens’ is being integrated into Assistant on Pixel phones

With the Pixel 2 smartphone, Google introduced an exciting new software feature called Google Lens. Google Lens uses Artificial Intelligence to power its visual recognition algorithms and provides information about whatever your smartphone's camera is pointed at—for example, what type of flower you are looking at or reviews and other information about a restaurant. You can also identify landmarks, look up movies, books or works of art and scan barcodes/QR codes and business cards. Unfortunately, in its first implementation the feature wasn't terribly easy or straightforward to use. You had to take a picture, then go to Google Photos and Continue reading "AI-powered ‘Google Lens’ is being integrated into Assistant on Pixel phones"

PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five

PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five Five days sharing tips on deals with ProVideo Coalition readers. Don’t forget to check our previous notes on deals, because some of them extend beyond this period. See the links at the bottom of the page for previous 2017 Black Friday deals. PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five Lightworks 50% off Save  50% when you buy an Outright license of Lightworks V14. But you’ve to be fast, because the promotion is available for this Black Friday weekend only. Use the code BLACK_FRIDAY_2017_OUTRIGHT at the checkout and get your 2017 Emmy award-winning Hollywood blockbuster editor at an amazing price. One thing: Boris FX and Graffiti are also
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
PVC’s 2017 Black Friday deals: Day Five
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Four cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm that cost under $750, which should you buy?

With current deals - which you can <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/articles/black-friday-camera-deals">check out here</a> - you can purchase a lot of camera for around US$750. Over at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZjvC18ru6g" >The Slanted Lens</a>, Jay P. Morgan discusses which camera you should purchase if your budget is $750 or less.

Should you purchase a mirrorless camera or a DSLR? It&#39;s a tough choice, but you can&#39;t go wrong either way. In the video below, they&#39;ve picked out a camera from each of four major manufacturers, a <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-t7i/canon-t7iA.HTM">Canon Rebel T7i</a>, <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d5600/nikon-d5600A.HTM">Nikon D5600</a>, <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-a6300/sony-a6300A.HTM">Sony A6300</a> and <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/fuji-x-e2s/fuji-x-e2sA.HTM">Fujifilm X-E2S</a>, two DSLRs and two mirrorless cameras. Watch the <!--more--> below...
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Shooting a Day-to-Night Timelapse the Cheap and Easy Way

Shooting a day-to-night time-lapse doesn’t have to be hard. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create one of these “holy grail” timelapses the easy way.

What You’ll Need to Shoot

  • A camera (any camera — even a phone — will do)
  • A tripod or mount
  • A trigger/intervalometer (can be a hardware remote or controlled in camera via software)

What You’ll Need to Edit

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop

Shooting the Photos

First, set up your camera in a secure spot and make sure it won’t move. Turn off Image Stabilization (both in camera or in lens) if you have
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8 Tips to Try When Shooting Portraits for Better Results

Here’s a 5-minute video with 8 simple tips beginning portrait photographers can try in order to improve results. These words of wisdom come from photographers Jessica Kobeissi and Kayleigh June.

#1: Add Accessories

Giving your model accessories to wear can add a different dynamic to the shot.

#2: Get On the Model’s Eye-Level

Assuring that it is “proven by science,” June says shooting on eye-level with a model makes the photo “more comfortable” for viewing.

#3: Make Sure There is No Hair Around the Neck

Lots of hair around your model’s neck can make it appear like they don’t have
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The Significance of a Personal Project

My daily stroll through the newly-built but already-decaying park near my apartment in Hanoi while listening to Spotify on a brisk (by Southeast Asia standards) morning has me in deep thought. We only get this type of weather for a couple months a year here and I absolutely love it. I grew up in New England and this is the temperature I was built for, I truly am a different person. I’m smarter, more motivated, and dare I say a deeper man when I’m able to wear long pants and a sweatshirt. The stroll has me feeling introspective and pondering
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This Week in Photography Books: Patrick Nagatani

  It’s Thanksgiving day, and unfortunately I’m working. Weekly-column-deadlines being what they are, it was time to sit down and write. But don’t feel too bad for me. It’s work, yes, but writing for you guys is not exactly like digging ditches. And I should know, as one day a year, I have to hook up with my neighbors to clean our acequia system. (Ditches, that is.) But once I’m done here, I get to turn my attention to the festivities. There’s gravy to make, Brussels sprouts to wash, nephews to enjoy, football to watch, and plenty of turkey to eat. Here in America, Thanksgiving is the one day a year that we all agree to eat a giant, dead bird. (And typically a flavorless one, though my Mom’s brining technique at least keeps it moist.) It used to be my favorite holiday, growing up in New Jersey. We’d get together at my Aunt Lynda’s house each year, in East Brunswick, and playing football in the yard with my cousins was Just. The. Best. As a grownup though, (particularly one who has to host the feast, having been anointed by the grandmas a few years back,) I tend to focus more on the obligation of it all. Each year, I like it less. And to top it off, I had to be honest with my 10-year-old about the fact that while the Pilgrims and Native Americans might have gotten along at one point, (however briefly,) after that, our ancestors killed them all and took their land. Yay!
Let’s eat. But seriously, the holiday is called Thanksgiving. The idea of giving thanks, of sharing appreciation, of taking stock and being grateful for what you have, it’s baked into the title. If we divest ourselves of any necessary connection to
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Basic Studio Lighting Setup for Portraits

Want to get started with shooting portrait photos with studio lighting? Here’s a helpful 8-minute video by Adorama with photographer Mark Wallace that introduces the different types of studio lighting and the specific job they each perform.

Key Light

A key light is your main light. It’s “the cornerstone of your lighting setup,” and you’ll most often only be using one of them for your shoot. All of your metering efforts will begin with the key light, and subsequent lights are positioned and metered in relation to the key light.

Fill Light

The fill light is used to fill in
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Get the Most Realistic Explosion Stock Footage at 50% Off

ActionVFX's new 5K explosion elements were shot on a blue background to give you both fire and smoke. Explosions are some of the most popular elements used in visual effects, but they usually leave a lot to be desired in terms of quality and realism. However, with its newest effects Collection, ActionVFX has not only made some of the most realistic explosion stock footage by retaining smoke in elements but has also fixed many of the more pervasive (and annoying) problems that come with stock effects in general. Adding to its Continue reading "Get the Most Realistic Explosion Stock Footage at 50% Off"

LG V30 camera review

The LG V30 is the Korean manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone and offers a dual-camera setup that combines a main camera with a 71-degree angle of view with a secondary 120-degree super-wide angle lens. On the main camera, a Sony IMX 351 1/3.1" sensor is coupled with a very fast F1.6 lens. The super-wide-angle lens, by contrast, comes with a smaller Samsung sensor that features a 13MP resolution and 1.0um pixel size. There is an F1.9 aperture but no OIS, which is easier to live without on a super-wide-angle anyhow. The V30 Continue reading "LG V30 camera review"

Holiday gift guide: Mango Street offers many great ideas for the shutterbugs on your shopping list

We&#39;ve featured videos from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bp5_6h-ZxkBz6S_33ZUVg" >Mango Street</a> before. They usually focus on ways to improve your photographic skills. This time, the duo of Rachel Gulotta and Daniel Inskeep are back with a holiday gift guide for photographers. Whether you&#39;re looking for gifts for fellow photographers or maybe making a list for yourself, the video below has some great ideas.

Photography can be an expensive hobby, but you don&#39;t need to spend a lot on great gifts for shutterbugs. With film making a resurgence, buying film for the analog photographer on...
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Top 10 sample galleries of the year #1: the Nikon D850

As 2017 winds down, we're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of the year. Finally, we've made it to the top spot. With images viewed nearly 3 million times and counting, by far our most popular gallery of the year belongs to the Nikon D850. This is another gold award winning product and staff favorite. DPR staffer Carey Rose feels strongly that it 'could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need,' and a quick peek through our sample gallery should prove why. After all, it's got 45.7MP of resolution, Continue reading "Top 10 sample galleries of the year #1: the Nikon D850"

OUR BLACK FRIDAY “BEST DEALS OF THE YEAR” ARE HERE!

Today is “Black Friday” (the biggest retail shopping day of the year in the US) and we’ve got our best deals of the year on: Here’s the link to the deals We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne Pro member (we have an incredible line-up of new instructors and amazing courses planned for 2018, and you’ll be joining a worldwide community of people just like you, helping each other, sharing their techniques, and taking advantage of a ton of benefits that make your membership absolutely invaluable). Of course, we’d love to have you spend three-amazing days with us in Continue reading "OUR BLACK FRIDAY “BEST DEALS OF THE YEAR” ARE HERE!"