Free DxO Optics Pro 9 Licenses Available — Get It Here

Free DxO Optics Pro 9 Licenses Available — Get It Here DxO and PracticalPhotography present you with a free to obtain OpticsPro 9 Elite License if you drop your email before June 30th. Ok, so it isn't the latest version of this powerful raw editor, but this version does come equipped with the PRIME noise reduction algorithm, so you can demo a full version free of charge before deciding to spend $199 for the latest incarnation. [ Read More ]

Samyang Introduces VDSLR 16mm T2.6 Wide-Angle Cine Lens

Samyang Introduces VDSLR 16mm T2.6 Wide-Angle Cine Lens Samyang introduced a new cine lens to its VDSLR line-up. It's an affordable wide-angle lens suitable for filmmakers using DSLR or mirrorless cameras with a 35mm sensor. Samyang's VDSLR 16mm T2.6 offers quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings. Distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens for optimal convenience when filming. [ Read More ]

First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps

First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera - Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps Last week Sony unveiled their most ambitious Alpha camera to date with the a9. The 24.2-megapixel mirrorless camera takes on the general form factor of previous a7 II bodies and packs in their latest photo technology with a strong emphasis on autofocus, speed, and removing distractions such as shutter noise and screen blackout in continuous shooting. This all adds up to a product that has the potential to make a large impact on the sports photography scene. Today I'm excited to share a number of images I shot with the Sony a9 of a range of track and field Continue reading "First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps"

Pete Souza Announces New Book ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’

Pete Souza Announces New Book 'Obama: An Intimate Portrait' Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza announced a new book chronicling his second presidential assignment. The book, titled, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs," will have more than 300 pages and as many photographs according to Souza's Instagram feed. The book is due out November 7, 2017, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon as well as at Barnes & Noble for $40 as a hardcover. [ Read More ]

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer Photographers today are the first generation of image makers who are entering an industry completely dominated by social media. Over the course of the last decade, social media has utterly surpassed virtually all other forms of marketing and has quickly become a dominating factor in lives of a huge part of the population, especially photographers. Social media use, however, suffers from some pretty severe implications that can have a limiting factor on the quality of work a photographer creates. [ Read More ]

How to Find Your Stolen Photos Online

How to Find Your Stolen Photos Online If you work as a photographer long enough, your pictures are going to be used without your permission somewhere. Tracking down where that's happened can be tough, but this great video will help you in that endeavor. [ Read More ]

Balancing Realism and Entertainment in Nature Documentaries

Balancing Realism and Entertainment in Nature Documentaries The term "documentary" carries with it an inherent expectation of a realistic representation of that which it documents, but of course, there are editorial decisions to be made that balance faithfulness to the subject matter with practical considerations. Go behind the scenes to see just what that means for the journey from raw footage to your television screen. [ Read More ]

All About Perspective: A Milky Way ‘Flightlapse’ from a Pilot’s POV

All About Perspective: A Milky Way 'Flightlapse' from a Pilot's POV The first time I landed in a foreign country at night was when I went to Costa Rica in 2009. I remember being wide awake for the last hour of the flight and looking out the window at the yellow spider webs of city lights as I descended over Central America. Seeing populated places from above at night was new to me; the patterns of the streets, the sprawl of the towns, the promise of life popping up at random amidst the calm of the surrounding darkness all made it one of the most exciting flights I'd ever taken. And Continue reading "All About Perspective: A Milky Way ‘Flightlapse’ from a Pilot’s POV"

Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 14

Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 14 DaVinci Resolve is well known for color editing in the video world. But Blackmagic's goal is to create a complete solution for NLE, color, and sound. While 12.5 was already very convincing, the newly announced DaVinci Resolve 14 is even more so. It is up to 10 times faster than the previous version and with new tools for audio, this new release could be what many have been waiting for. [ Read More ]

You Should Study Bad Art

You Should Study Bad Art When we talk about studying photography and film, there's typically an unspoken understanding that we're referring to examining highly acclaimed work. It does us a lot of good to examine work at the other end of the spectrum, however. [ Read More ]

14 Things to Do Before You Take a Picture

14 Things to Do Before You Take a Picture It can be easy to pull our cameras out of our bags and start shooting, leaving the fate of the shoot to our post-processing skills and imagination after the fact. However, to really ensure we always get quality images that match our vision, it's important to be prepared. Making a habit of these 14 things will ensure that you consistently get those shots. [ Read More ]

Man’s Neighbor Shoots His $3,000 DJI Inspire 2 Drone Out of the Sky

Man's Neighbor Shoots His $3,000 DJI Inspire 2 Drone Out of the Sky Who here owns a drone? Who here knows every single minute rule, regulation, and flight path allowed to actually fly it personally or commercially? Probably not very many. As the market grows, we find the FAA expanding rulings and steps to go by to make sure you are being safe and responsible when flying these types of devices. Though, even with all those in place we can still find ourselves with a wild neighbor prepared to shoot the thing straight out of the sky with ease. [ Read More ]

Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available

Mike Kelley's 'Where Art Meets Architecture 3' Is Now Available Mike Kelley and Fstoppers have teamed up once again to produce the third installment of Where Art Meets Architecture. Over the past few years, creating images for realtors, architects, interior designers, and property management companies has become a booming industry for professional photographers. In this tutorial, Mike focuses on how to photograph the hospitality market including how to shoot hotels, resorts, and rental properties. For the first time in his career, Mike also shares everything he knows about the business of commercial architectural photography including pricing your work, creating bids and contracts, marketing your business effectively, and building licensing fees Continue reading "Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available"