Sony Q&A @ CP+ 2019: The future of AI autofocus; what else is next. Plus, expect more APS-C bodies!


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I had a chance to sit down with Kenji Tanaka from Sony, as part of my usual round of interviews at this year's CP+ 2019 trade show in Yokohama. Tanaka-san is the Senior General Manager of Business Unit 1 of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc's Digital Imaging Group. That's a typically Japanese-business-card mouthful, but he's basically the guy responsible for Sony's interchangeable-lens camera strategy. He also has a very strong engineering background, so has an excellent grasp of just what the technology can do now, and…

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Firmware Friday: Better focusing for Sony A6000; Canon preps fix for 400mm / 600mm lens flicker


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It's been a while since we had a really brief Firmware Friday post, but this week rectifies that with news of just three updates: One from Sony, and two from Canon. (And the latter aren't actually available yet, just in development.)

So what's new? Well, Sony's A6000 mirrorless camera has just received improved autofocus stability in its version 3.21 update. It's currently available here for Windows users, and here for MacOS. No other changes are made in this release.

And as for Canon, the company has pledged new firmware

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Fuji GF 100-200mm f/5.6 OIS WR Field Test: Fuji’s new GF telephoto zoom delivers excellent image quality


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Click here to read my Fuji GF 100-200mm Field Test

As Fujifilm continues to expand their GF lens lineup for the GFX medium-format system, photographers have more options than ever. Until the new Fuji GF 100-200mm lens debuted, however, there was only a single zoom lens for the system, the GF 32-64mm f/4. While this new 100-200mm zoom isn't as fast as the GF 110mm f/2 or GF 250mm f/4 lens, the new GF 100-200mm f/5.6 mid-telephoto zoom occupies a unique role by offering a fairly flexible 2x zoom range in a weather-sealed and…

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Beginner tips and tricks: Choosing your first camera and understanding exposure


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If you are just starting out with photography, Imaging Resource is the place to be. We have very detailed laboratory tests and real-world evaluations of many of the most popular cameras at every price level. What is the best way to digest all this information and select the right first camera for you?

Photographer Attilio Ruffo has five practical tips for you to help you choose your first (or next) camera. There are a few decisions you must make early on in the purchasing process. Do you want to be able to change lenses or do you…

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Evaluating your images upside down can lead to a better understanding of balance and composition


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Landscape and nature photographer Simon Baxter would much rather spend his time behind the camera rather than sitting at a desk working on images. This approach to photography informs not only his capture techniques, but also his post-processing workflow.

When capturing an image, Baxter aims to be clear about his intentions for the final image, including an understanding of his feelings and thoughts of a particular scene. To help make the editing process quick and efficient, Baxter makes small, simple adjustments in Adobe…

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Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: Using kicker lights to add a punch to your high-key portraits


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When creating high-key portraits, it is difficult to retain the trademark bright look of a high-key portrait without having your image become somewhat flat. In the video below, photographer Mark Wallace showcases his high-key lighting setup, which includes four lights.

By utilizing kicker lights, you can add a pop to your high-key portraits. First, you must set up your main light, which should be a large, soft light source. There should also be a light on your white background, to ensure that not only the background is a bright…

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How to create a natural-looking shallow depth of field using Adobe Photoshop


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Sometimes you don't have access to a fast lens or perhaps are not in a position to utilize a fast aperture within a given situation. In times like these, you can use Photoshop to create a shallow depth of field during post-processing. In the video below, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperect shows how to nondestructively create a realistic shallow depth of field in Photoshop through the use of customized blur filters.

The first step is to analyze the image to determine which areas are within the focal plane of your lens. To know which…

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By allowing a cool-off period, you can improve your landscape photography portfolio


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Photographer and educator Dave Morrow has captured a lot of landscape images over the past year. His video content is often focused on specific skills, either photography skills out in the field or on the outdoors skills he requires for his trips. He is a proponent of waiting to edit and post his images, because he finds that waiting is more conducive to the creative process. In fact, when he captures images, they go into a Lightroom folder for review. The images typically sit, untouched, in that folder for three to six months….

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DxOMark reviews the Canon EOS R: How does the 30.3-megapixel sensor fare against its peers?


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Shortly after Nikon announced their Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon announced their new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS R features a 30.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a new RF mount. Last week, we featured DxOMark's reviews of the sensors in Nikon's Z6 and Z7 cameras. DxOMark has just published their review of the Canon EOS R image sensor.

Looking first at key specs for the Canon EOS R, the 30-megapixel sensor is paired with a DIGIC 8 image processor and offers a native ISO range of 100 to 40,000….

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How to develop your own photographic style within Adobe Lightroom


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Developing your own photographic style is no easy task. There are different ways to develop your own style, both when shooting in the field and when editing your images. In the video below, photographer Nigel Danson discusses the latter way you can make your images stand out. Specifically, Danson discusses how to develop your own photographic style within Adobe Lightroom.

To help illustrate the importance of developing a photographic style and how this can help you improve your photography, Danson looks at four photographers he…

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How to select ideal camera settings for photographing waterfalls


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There is a lot you can do with a slow shutter speed, but one of the most common uses for a slow shutter speed in landscape photography is to smooth out moving water. In the video below, photographer Andrew Marr heads to Tarraleah Falls in Australia for midday landscape photography.

The waterfall presented numerous challenges. There was a fence which limited composition options and the light was quite bright. Marr likes to start with his Nikon D850 camera set to ISO 64, which is its native base ISO, and his lens at f/8. However,…

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Long exposure photography in Los Angeles with Serge Ramelli


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Photographer and educator Serge Ramelli recently used a ND10 neutral density filter to do long exposure photography at sunset in Los Angeles. In the video below, we join Ramelli as he shoots before heading back to his studio to run through both color and black and white editing processes for his long exposure images.

When in the field, in addition to using a neutral density filter, you can slow down your shutter speed even further by using your camera's lowest ISO and stopping your lens down further. While you may end up having…

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Nikon D3500 Review: Yet another fantastic entry-level DSLR with excellent image quality & a super-low price


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Amid the flurry of high-end full-frame mirrorless cameras in the past year or so — and the rising popularity of mirrorless in general — there's still seems to be a place for the humble entry-level DSLR. Are you looking for a camera that offers vastly better image quality and more versatility than a smartphone camera? Perhaps you're a beginner photographer wanting to learn the ropes without making a significant investment? The entry-level DSLR can be a great choice for both…

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Range Masking in Lightroom: A simple way to greatly improve your photos in Lightroom


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You can do a lot within Adobe Lightroom without ever needing to dive into Photoshop. While Photoshop is obviously very powerful and is sometimes a required part of a specific photography editing workflow, Lightroom remains the go-to and often sole software solution for many photographers. With recent Lightroom updates, Adobe has edited numerous new selection and masking tools, including the Range Mask tool. The tool allows you to gain greater control over the shadows and highlights in your image. In the video below, photographer…

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15 Photoshop shortcuts to help speed up your editing workflow


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Photoshop has many tools to help speed up your workflow, including many keyboard shortcuts. Some shortcuts are obvious, but others are used much less often but are no less useful.

In the video below, Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel shares 15 amazing Photoshop shortcuts you probably aren't using as part of your Photoshop workflow. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, the shortcuts featured below can speed up your photo editing.

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Is Fuji’s AF the most advanced out there? Plus their coming 100-megapixel body. Fujifilm Q&A from CP+!


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I had a chance to sit down with two top Fujifilm execs (Toshihisa Iida and Makoto Oishi) at the recent CP+ 2019 show in Yokohama, Japan, to ask them about everything from the state of the industry to my usual tech-geeky questions about underlying technology. I've been wanting to write about some of the details of Fujifilm's advanced autofocus tech ever since the X-T3 was announced, so got in some good discussion about that here. We also saw some very cool-looking lens mockups and discussed their coming 100-megapixel…

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Firmware Friday: Updates for Blackmagic cameras, Sigma lenses/converters, Fuji and Olympus software


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Our regular Firmware Friday roundup returns this week with news of updates for two cameras from Blackmagic Design, around a dozen different lenses and mount converters from Sigma, and one software package apiece from Fujifilm and Olympus. We've quite a lot to discuss, so let's get right down to it!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

It's been quite a while since we mentioned Blackmagic on our roundup, as somehow they slipped off the list of manufacturers we're monitoring. (Sorry, folks!) Now…

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DxOMark reviews Nikon Z6 & Z7 sensors: How do the new cameras compare to DSLR predecessors?


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Last week, DxOMark returned to image sensor reviewing with the popular new Nikon Z6 full-frame mirrorless camera. This week, they have followed it up with its higher-megapixel sibling, the Nikon Z7.

Looking first at the Nikon Z6 sensor, it is a 24.5-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor which includes 273 on-chip phase-detection autofocus points which nearly the entire image sensor. The sensor is paired with Nikon's latest EXPEED 6 processor and offers a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 (which can be further expanded to…

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To make a sharp landscape image from the foreground to the background, use focus stacking


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When photographing landscape images, it is often the photographer's goal to have an image which is sharp across the entire frame. There are exceptions, but generally speaking, landscape photographers want images with a lot of depth of field, such that both the foreground and background are sharp.

While it is possible in some cases to achieve this feat with a single image by stopping your lens down to something like f/11, f/16 or beyond, this can introduce issues with diffraction which will soften your entire image. Further, if…

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Lensbaby announces new tilting Edge 35 lens for its Optic Swap System


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Lensbaby has announced a new Edge optic, the Edge 35, designed to be used in conjunction with their Composer Pro and Composer Pro II. The Composer Pro II, which is available for Canon EF, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F and Sony E, allows you to tilt an attached optic up to 15 degrees to vary the amount and position of the focus within the frame. It allows optics from Lensbaby's Optic Swap System and is designed with a metal body for improved durability and rigidity.

The new Edge 35 Optic is a 35mm selective focus prime…

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