The LensCoat TravelHood is a Flexible Sun-Blocker for Telephoto Lenses

travelhood Use multiple telephoto lenses out in the field but don’t want to carry around multiple lens hoods? Earlier this year, LensCoat unveiled a new product that’s designed to solve that need. It’s called the TravelHood, and is a lightweight and flexible lens hood that can wrap around the end of any lens. When not in use, the TravelHood can be folded nearly flat so that it doesn’t take up much space in your camera bag. flattened To use it on your lens, simply wrap it around the end and secure it in place with heavy duty Velcro. “No slip grip” material on the inside helps keep the hood stay snug and secure against your lens. using The TravelHood is made with water resistant material, so it helps protect your front elements against the elements in addition to killing glare and flare. lenshood travelhood1 travelhood2 travelhood3 travelhood4 You can pick up a TravelHood in a variety of different
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New Full-Frame 35mm Xeen Cine Lenses from Samyang/Rokinon Officially Announced

We got our first look at the Xeen cine lenses from Samyang/Rokinon last week, and now we've got the full scoop. While the company already made lenses with a clickless aperture and geared focus/iris, they were basically slightly modified still lenses, not true cine lenses with a better housing, longer focus throw, and consistent marks. Now they've got the real deal, and their first three lenses out of the gate are 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm T/1.5 primes. We already talked about the specs, but here's a look again for all three:
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A Day in the Life of Street Photographer John Free

Los Angeles-based street photographer John Free just published this inspiring 14-minute video in which he discusses and demonstrates his street photography mindset and technique. It offers a glimpse into a day in the life of a man who has been doing and teaching street photography for over 30 years now. After drinking some morning and coffee at home, Free drives into the city and starts roaming the sidewalks (the picture-making starts at about 3.5 minutes into the video). As he walks, Free shares a photographer’s quote that has inspired him: “The more I learned to photograph, the more I realized how unimportant it was where you photograph. It doesn’t really matter where you photograph,” he says. screenshots If you’re at all interested in the subject of street photography, give the video above a watch: Free’s passion for life and photography are infectious. You can also find a collection of his
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Interview with Hookgrip and How They Used Slow Motion Video to Build a Following

Building a business is a tedious thing as most of us know. Everyone uses a different approach and some of us fail and some of us succeed, it's the nature of the beast. In my free time I do some Olympic lifting and I found myself searching for new and better techniques online. What I ended up with is not only finding some great videos for my Olympic lifting, but also a different way of building a business. [ Read More ]

The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff

Photographer Trey Ratcliff is known for imagery that couples saturated colors with dramatic flair and cinematic subjects. Shooting HDR for nearly a decade now, his work has been featured on major networks and is even displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. Read our Q&A and take a look at more of his colorful work. Read more

Long-Exposure Photos of California Wildfires at Night

CA Fires For the past few wildfire seasons in Southern California, Los Angeles-based photographer Stuart Palley has taken his camera out into the hills to document the blazes at night. His long-exposure photographs show both the fury and the beauty of the fires. The resulting collection of images is now part of a series titled Terra Flamma. Palley isn’t just blindly venturing into dangerous battles between firefighters and wildfires: he completed the US Forestry Service’s “Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior” course to learn how to stay safe while making his pictures. Z By shooting long-exposures at slow shutter speeds, Palley is able to capture not only the intense glow of the wildfires, but light trails from sparks, firefighting airplanes, and the stars in the night sky. CA USA Fires fit=1440x1440-1 fit=1440x1440-5 Wired reports that there have been more than 3,600 wildfires in California so far this year due to the severe drought afflicting the state. Over the past
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Fisherman Casts Line and Catches a Camera Drone

Tice Ledbetter was flying his DJI camera drone over a pier at Pacific Beach in San Diego this week when something bizarre happened: a fisherman on the pier noticed his drone, cast his fishing line at it, and hooked the quadcopter right below one of the propellers. The whole thing was captured by the drone in the video above. castline In addition to posting the video on YouTube, where it has been racking up a large number of views, Ledbetter also turned to Facebook to express his bewilderment at what happened.
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San Francisco’s Police Department Has an ‘Instagram Officer’

sanfranciscopd Over the past several years, there have been a number of arrests that have resulted from photos posted to Instagram. It seems that oftentimes criminals can’t resist sharing photos of their illegal activities online for everyone (including police investigators) to see. Perhaps in response to this strange trend, the San Francisco Police Department is now employing at least one “Instagram officer” who patrols the pages of Instagram in search of lawbreakers. Business Insider reports that this fact was found in the legal documents of a recent case in which Instagram photos were used to help convict a man of violating his probation with a firearm. Here’s what a section of the court ruling says:
San Francisco Police Officers Dave Johnson and Eduard Ochoa testified that they were on routine patrol on October 21, 2013. Throughout that day, Officer Ochoa scanned Instagram, a social media website, looking for postings. Officer Ochoa
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What Can We Learn About Storytelling from over 50 Examples of Doors in Films?

Doors. They're so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it's easy to be unaware of just how big of a role they can play in storytelling. They can act as barriers, pathways, and visual representations of the relationship between two characters, something video essayist Darren Foley of Must See Films explores in yet another excellent cinematic study. The name of the game in film is "show, don't tell." So, the more tools you know you have at your disposal within your diagesis, the better -- and doors are certainly things you shouldn't overlook. Like Foley explains in his video, they can become visual representations of a number of things, the status of a relationship for instance. In a film like Monsters Inc., doors play a dual role as both literal and metaphorical gateways into the Continue reading "What Can We Learn About Storytelling from over 50 Examples of Doors in Films?"

BTS: Photographing Wildlife in the Land of the Maasai

Photographer Chris Schmid of Morges, Switzerland, recently traveled to Masai Mara, Kenya, to document how the Kenyans living there were helping to preserve their natural environment. The 3-minute video above is a behind-the-scenes look at Schmid’s journey. Masai Mara, Kenya “For photography I’ve used a lot the a99 coupled with the 500mm and the 70-200mm,” Schmid tells PetaPixel. “When I’m on site, I would prefer to stay far away from the animal and use a telephoto lens to have a natural feel to the images. If it wants to get closer, that’s great, but I would never force the contact.” “My priority is also to place the animal in its environment; it’s very important for me to show the link between the animal and its habitat. If we want to protect a species it starts with protecting the environment around it.” Here are some of the photos Schmid captured during the
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An Interview with Selfie Stick Inventor Wayne Fromm

waynefromm Wayne Fromm is a Canadian inventor who’s widely recognized as being one of the main inventors of the selfie stick (with the other being Hiroshi Ueda of Japan). Fromm holds original patents for selfie sticks created for compact cameras and smartphones, and he current sells selfie sticks through his Quik Pod brand. In this interview, we spoke to him about his involvement in (and thoughts about) the selfie stick boom: PetaPixel: Can you tell us about yourself and your background? Wayne Fromm: I live in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). I have been an inventor and entrepreneur for most of my life. More than 25 years ago I invented the world’s first talking toy that had original actors voices, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Magic Talking Mirror. My hobbies/interests include photography, magic, yoga and philosophy. www.frommworks.com How did you first get the idea for the selfie stick? I was
One of Fromm's original prototypes of the selfie stick.
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Roundme Offers Virtual Tours of The World Through 360-Degree Photos

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 5.04.21 PM copy We are on the fringe of widespread virtual reality that can truly captivate our minds and take us places we’ve only dreamt about. Services such as Roundme continue to bring these worlds a step closer every day. By utilizing a network of 360-degree imagery and a platform designed for professionals, advanced virtual tours are only a tap away.
Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 5.03.45 PM copy Where would you like to go? Beijing? London? Tokyo? Roundme is an application for iOS that can take users to different destination by utilizing beautiful panoramic imagery and a feature the company is referring to as ‘portals’. Take your time to view and enjoy a beautiful space then, when you are ready, look into a portal and be transported to a completely new location. ContactSheet-002 Roundme not only shows you places around the globe, but it lets you explore them. In addition to portals, Roundme features interactive ‘hotspots’ of content which allow viewers
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Secret White Balance Trick for Photoshop

There are many ways to adjust white balance. From adjusting it in camera, using a grey card, or adjusting it in post, it really depends on the situation you are in and your personal preference. Personally, I always shoot RAW and keep the white balance setting on my camera on auto almost all of the time. This way, I don’t have to fiddle with it in camera and the camera gets it right most of the time. If by some chance the camera does get it wrong, I will take it off the auto setting and find the setting that works best for the light that I am it, but still knowing that because I am shooting RAW, I can always make the adjustments in Lightroom or camera RAW. [ Read More ]

Canon Created A Hilarious Ad Campaign To Inspire You To Print Again

Here at Fstoppers, we all know Canon makes some pretty cool cameras, but you may have forgotten they also make really nice photo and document printers. Canon realized that, in this digital age of Facbeook, Instagram, RFID devices, and Apple Pay on your iPhone, many of us have dramatically decreased or stopped printing things out. You know, things like photographs, tickets, business documents, and maps. Thus, in response, they started the "Never Again" campaign and made this hilarious series of videos to promote their PIXMA printers. Read below to watch them all.

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Quote o’ the Day: Gordon Cahill

"I'm a full-time photographer. That means I spend nearly 10% of my time taking photographs."

Gordon Cahill

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[Gordon commented on the "Diversions" post. Truer words.... This is a big shock for a lot of people when they first innocently "turn pro." —Ed.]

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Opinion – Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn’t Take

One of the common ways landscape photographers seek to set themselves apart from others is to shoot from hard-to-reach locations. The notion that a 'good' photographer is one that pushes his or her physical boundaries - hikes farther, climbs higher, endures pain - all to get a unique shot. In this opinion piece, photographer Erez Marom calls this idea into question. Read more