Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro sample gallery

Canon's new EF-M 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro comes in at a reasonable $349 MSRP, and offers 1:1 magnification (very close to the front of the lens, admittedly), a claimed four stops of image stabilization and the stepper motor should work great for when you switch from stills to video. We've sampled it for both macro and general photography, as its 56mm equivalent focal length makes it a good option for Canon APS-C users who are looking for a modern 'normal' lens. Take a look at how it holds up in our sample gallery.

Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8

Sample photo
Sample photo
Sample photo
Sample photo
Sample photo
Continue reading "Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro sample gallery"

Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations

Oh yeah, Calculations — buried indeed, but in the spirit of the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve hoisted it up from its briny grave so you can make better-than-average black and white conversions without even using a plug-in. Before we “dive in” just want to remind you about my FREE webinar tomorrow at 2-pm EDT for beginner photographers. It’s called “Beginner’s Breakthrough” and if you know somebody new to photography and they want to kick their images up a big notch, I think I have some things that will really help. If you could share this Continue reading "Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations"

How to Pull off a Super Simple ‘Water Tunnel’ Effect In-Camera

If you've got a waterproof camera and a faucet, you can do this clever little trick. This is one of those effects that makes you go, "Why didn't I think of that?" YouTube user digi47 shows us how to create a cool "water tunnel" effect by taking a camera, preferably waterproof (unless you're some sort of silk-laden king who cares not the cost of such cinematic finery), lining up the lens with a faucet, and turning the ol' gal on. What happens is pretty sweet and worth experimenting with. Check it out below: Right!? It looks like a trippy, Continue reading "How to Pull off a Super Simple ‘Water Tunnel’ Effect In-Camera"

Luxli Viola 5″ Portable Multicolor LED Light Panels

It's always a good idea to pack a small LED Light. You never know when you need to add a little fill to your subject, a product, or maybe use one to bring up the ambient lighting in a small room. A bonus if that light was able to adjust temperature from 3200K-5600K. And if you're extra creative, you may go as far as carry a set of colored gels too. If this is starting to sound complicated, perhaps it's time to check out the Luxli Viola Multicolor 5" LED panel. A few examples I could think the Luxli Viola
lights_foreground
Learn-More-sm
Continue reading "Luxli Viola 5″ Portable Multicolor LED Light Panels"

Watch: 5 Things All Grips Should Know About When Working on Set

If you're a grip, you'll be everyone's best friend on set if you know these five tips. Long hours and strenuous labor can make working on set pretty grueling, but if you can make anyone's life a little easier with the tools at your department's disposal, the entire production will thank you for it. If you're a grip and aren't really sure how you can go above and beyond for your fellow crew members, this video from Film Riot shows you five ways to do just that, including blocking out the sun and making butts Continue reading "Watch: 5 Things All Grips Should Know About When Working on Set"

If you are in the US you can now create physical photo books through the Google Photos app

At its I/O 2017 conference Google announced a new service that lets Google Photos users create and order physical photo books of their favorite images. Initially, the feature was only available through the Google Photos desktop browser version but now the company has updated the Google Photos apps for iOS and Android to support the photo book service. You can now order photo books of your favorite albums, which can be created automatically using Google's AI, through the mobile apps. Currently the service is only available in the US where a 7-inch softcover album of 20 pages will cost you Continue reading "If you are in the US you can now create physical photo books through the Google Photos app"

Sony a9 Versus Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II in Dynamic Range Tests

Photons to Photos has updated its Photographic Dynamic Range versus ISO Setting test database with results from the new Sony a9, and it found that the a9 holds its own against the flagship Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X Mark II DSLRs. The Sony a9 “performs very well against its competitors up till 3200 ISO, where the Nikon D5 just edges it out,” writes Sony Addict. “The Sony a9 beats the Canon 1D X Mark II across the board, but falls just behind the Nikon D5 in low light, while besting it in maximum dynamic range.” Here’s a
Continue reading "Sony a9 Versus Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II in Dynamic Range Tests"

Europeana Photography lets you browse through the first 100 years of photography

Eadweard Muybridge, Loya: Valley of the Yosemite (The Sentinel), c. 1867 – c. 1872. Rijksmuseum. Public Domain
Europeana Photography is a new online image archive that includes more than 2 million historical photographs from European collections in 34 countries, covering the first 100 years of photography. The gallery includes important images from pioneers in the field of photography, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge and Louis Daguerre. The Europeana Photography project is being led by PHOTOCONSORTIUM, the International Consortium for Photographic Heritage and a non-profit which aims to promote and enhance the culture of photography and photographic heritage. The 2,296,517
Continue reading "Europeana Photography lets you browse through the first 100 years of photography"

This Photographer Captures Chicago’s Skyline as an ‘Urban Quilt’

For the past few years, Chicago-based photographer Angie McMonigal has been working on a project titled Urban Quilt. Her goal is to capture her city’s buildings as a patchwork of colors, textures, and materials. “I don’t just see individual buildings standing there as imposing towers of steel,” McMonigal says. “I see a patchwork. Different colors, different textures, different materials, different architectural styles, all pieced together.” “Some patches are pristine and new, others a little more worn. There are iconic patterns, immediately recognizable, and also bits that are hard to identify, fragments that feel familiar but are hard to place.
Continue reading "This Photographer Captures Chicago’s Skyline as an ‘Urban Quilt’"

Before you invest in LED lights, make sure you understand CRI

LED lighting technology is all the rage, and there are great reasons to invest in LED lights. (Beyond using them as a lightsaber.) However, photographers are keenly aware that it's not just the light that's important, but also the quality of light you have. One tool we can use to assess the color accuracy of a light is the color rendering index, or CRI, which provides some information about how accurately a light can reveal color compared to an 'ideal' light. A light which perfectly emulates the color accuracy of natural daylight would have a CRI score of 100. Companies love to state Continue reading "Before you invest in LED lights, make sure you understand CRI"

Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks

Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks With the period of Summer arriving, a time when  people travel and need to carry gear with them, Think Tank Photo is upgrading some of their products from the StreetWalker and TurnStyle series. The new bags will be on display at Cine Gear Expo 2017, along with other products from Think Tank Photo. Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. I use one of the bigger versions for carrying a lot of stuff around, for workshops, or when traveling. Although I’ve dubbed it “the
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
Continue reading "Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks"

How an $80 1000mm Lens Performs on a $1,400 Sony a6500 Camera

Let’s say you spent pretty much all of your camera budget on a shiny new $1,400 Sony a6500 mirrorless camera, yet you want a super telephoto lens for getting way up close to subjects. Here’s a thrifty option you could consider: buy a cheapo 500mm lens, Sony adapter, and 2x teleconverter for just $80. That’s what photographer Christopher Burress tried out recently, and he documented his experiment in the 9.5-minute video above. The lens is a Opteka 500mm kit, which can be found on Amazon (it costs $120 right now due to price fluctuations, but Burress got his for
Continue reading "How an $80 1000mm Lens Performs on a $1,400 Sony a6500 Camera"

Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo

Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo The MK50-135mm was shown during the NAB show last month and now will be on display at Cine Gear Expo. The new lens is available for $3,999, with delivery beginning in mid-July. Presented as a companion lens to the MK18-55mm T2.9 zoom, introduced in February, the MK50-135mm will be on display to a motion picture and television production community at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood, June 2nd and 3rd, and to documentary and reality producers at Realscreen West in Santa Monica on June 6-8. The MK50-135mm is the same size and weight as the MK18-55mm, but with a Continue reading "Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo"

A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter and travels from the giant gas planet’s north pole to and past its south pole, shooting photos along the way. The eye-opening 2-minute video above was created using a set of these still photos. Colossal reports that it takes 1.5 days for the 6 megabytes of photo data captured over 2 hours to be downloaded by scientists on Earth. After the raw photos were beamed to Earth and made available to the public, Gerald Eichstädt colorized them, Sean Doran set the stills in motion, and Avi Solomon added
Continue reading "A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft"
%d bloggers like this: