Homemade Petzval Swirl Bokeh with a 50mm Lens

18063245250_baf92435bd_k Here’s a quick look at how I created some homemade “petzval swirl” bokeh that mimics photos taken with the new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art lens. Basically, on my 50mm 1.8 prime lens (yes, changing the focal length will mess this up!) I cut a small hole in light-proof paper over my lens hood, and taped it together, to produce some cheapo Petzval bokeh that swirls the background at wide apertures. DSC_0145 DSC_0144 IMG_20150613_102831605_HDR Vignetting is a problem, however. You may have to change the size of the hole in the paper to remove this. It’s cheap, works pretty well… but at the cost of looks. 18224496166_d0f9c74b1f_k It’s dumb, I get that, but anything to get that image though, right? Here are some more example photos: 18252347651_1a781074d5_k 18224608846_6f16baf335_k 18224585976_7ace13981e_k
About the author: Sam Luyk is a photography enthusiast and a SUNY Polytechnic Institute student at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. You can connect with him through
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A Fair Fight? Shooting Film in the Digital Age (A Rebuttal)

boxingchaplin I wish I hadn’t, but the other day I stumbled across an essay on PetaPixel entitled 12 Reasons  Photographers Still Choose to Shoot Film over Digital. Bravely, the writer had polled his associates who shoot film and culled their responses down to a dandy dozen. I shook my head sadly, because I’d heard them all many times before. But the worst part came next. I scrolled down to the comments section. I tried mightily to avert my eyes, but I couldn’t, and the lurid spectacle of grown men and women (but mostly men) verbally beating the living daylights out of each other while thousands cheered them on from the cheap seats proved too much for me. Now, the author seems like a perfectly fine and talented gentleman, and he took a good swing at a combustible topic. He cites an “incredibly dull” BBC article and its assertion that photographers are
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Long Live 70mm! Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Will Get a 70mm Anamorphic Release in 50 Cities

Christmas has come early this year. Well, actually, Christmas will be coming at the same time as it does every year, but this year it will also come with an extra special present for fans of 70mm (and let's be honest, anyone with a functioning set of eyeballs is a fan of 70mm). Today, The Weinstein Company announced that Quentin Tarantino's newest flick, The Hateful Eight, will be released on Christmas day with a glorious 70mm anamorphic presentation. Not only that, but it's being reported that theaters in 50 cities across the US will be retrofitted with 70mm projectors in order to bring the full 70mm experience to as wide an audience as possible. Though it has not been confirmed yet, this would make The Hateful Eight the widest 70mm release in over 20 years. No word yet on which cities Continue reading "Long Live 70mm! Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Will Get a 70mm Anamorphic Release in 50 Cities"

Five Makeup Products Your Camera Bag Is Missing

Since I started doing makeup on most of my projects, I discovered that some very basic makeup tools could have helped me in a big way on previous shoots. Before learning about makeup I had absolutely no clue whatsoever on where or even how to apply some very simple cosmetic products. Looking back now, I see how much time I have lost in Photoshop not knowing these simple things. My goal with this article is not to teach you makeup from A-to-Z but rather to give you a few easy tips you or your models can use to diminish your postproduction time. Less time in front of the computer means more time behind your camera, and who does not want that? [ Read More ]

Week in Review: Sony FTW

What kind of week was it? Oh, just the kind when Leica announces a full-frame compact and that's not even the most exciting news of the week. Sony went public with three major product announcements Wednesday, refreshing its RX- product lines and blowing our tiny minds with a 42MP full-frame BSI sensor-toting a7R II. Relive the highlights of an extremely busy week with us. Read more

New footage from the Blackmagic URSA MINI 4.6K

By technical editor Matt Allard: Some new vision shot with a pre-productiont Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K camera has appeared on the Blackmagic website and it looks very promising. The colours and skin tones seem to render well and the dynamic range, which is said to be a claimed 15 stops, seems to be a big […]

Time to sell all my Dji Phantom 2s! 2 with full set ioscd/ FPV…

Time to sell all my Dji Phantom 2s! 2 with full set ioscd/ FPV monitors and one with DJI installed lightbridge! All have zen muse gimbals, I think 3 day ones. Looks like 10 good batteries and props. Includes lots of spares including some older H2 gimbals!! I will be testing them over the next few days and listing exaxtly I have in case anyone is interested! Two of these shots my award winning film “Koh Yao Noi”! I own 2 P3 and 2 Inspires 1s. plus 4 outstanding kickstarted drones patiently waiting for signs of ease!!r A couple take gopros. Still love gopro image but love the DJI inbuilt lightbride, full manual and so much more! Check pack to see if I have put up a new post about Tim

Video Feature: Josh Trujillo and the Canon PowerShot G7 X in New Mexico

Josh Trujillo's 'day job' as a photojournalist for the Seattle PI involves him shooting across the Seattle area with a heavy DSLR outfit. For a trip back to his hometown of Santa Fe New, Mexico, we equipped him with something significantly lighter: the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Santa Fe and its surrounding landscapes are incredibly photogenic; take a look as Josh explores his hometown with the G7 X. See video

This Early Footage from Blackmagic’s 4.6K URSA Looks Pretty Stellar

In April, Blackmagic announced a host of exciting new cameras (as seems to be their ongoing April tradition). Most excitingly, the company showcased a new 4.6K sensor with impressive dynamic range that will soon make its home in both the URSA and URSA Mini cinema cameras. In case you're wondering how exactly that sensor performs, here's some early footage, shot in 4:1 RAW with the original URSA: To my eye, this is some of the nicest footage to come from Blackmagic's cameras to date. This is a great sign because, coming from an early pre-release version of the upgraded URSA, the capabilities of the production versions of these cameras will likely be even better. With this footage, I'm struck by the clean, naturalistic colors and skin tones, the super smooth highlight rolloff (plus the lack of blown Continue reading "This Early Footage from Blackmagic’s 4.6K URSA Looks Pretty Stellar"

A Surprise Proposal Shot as an Explosive Action Film

When Seth McMurry proposed to his girlfriend Cymber recently, he partnered up with his brother Andrew to capture the whole thing in a creative and unusual way. Instead of settling for a standard hide-in-the-bushes photo or video, Andrew convinced Cymber that he was shooting an action movie and needed her and Seth to help out as actors. After shooting an intense action sequence and being “saved” by Seth, Cymber turned around to find Seth on one knee with an engagement ring in hand. Her genuine reaction was captured in the 1.5-minute short film above.

Review: Sigma’s dp3 Quattro Technology Needs More Time For Improvements

DSCF2001-2 Sigma’s dp3 Quattro compact camera is a very different piece of photographic equipment. From the unit’s elongated body shape to its internal Foveon image sensor, it is a mini technological and design wonder. However, just because a piece of tech is fascinating does not mean it will be suitable for its craft. The Sigma dp3 Quattro may be mesmerizing, but is it worth the $1000 price tag?

The Technology

The dp3 Quattro features a 19.6 MP APS-C SMOS Foveon sensor, 50mm f/2.8 fixed-lens with ten elements in eight groups, sensitivity unto ISO 6400, and a shutter speed maximum of 1/2000th of a second. The Foveon sensor is the internal piece of technology that Sigma is hoping will differentiate their cameras from others on the market. DSCF2004-2 Foveon Inc. is a digital imaging sensor company that was acquired by Sigma Corporation in 2008. The Foveon sensor is different from other sensors due
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These Are the Winners of the Fstoppers May Photo Contest

Last month we had a contest and asked the Fstoppers Community to submit their best photos in five different categories. The winners of each category would win their choice of three Fstoppers Flash Discs or one free tutorial from the Fstoppers Store. We were very impressed with all of the talent from the community and were delighted to see such a wide spectrum of images in each category. We spent a great deal of time looking over each category, and after much deliberation, we have chosen one lucky winner from the five categories of Fashion, Landscape, Wedding, Glamour, and Portrait. [ Read More ]

TOSDR Has Terms of Service Report Cards for Photo Sharing Services

termsofservicedidntread When signing up for virtually every photo sharing service, you’ll be asked to agree to a lengthy terms of service document that’s filled with legalese. If you’re confused by the text and want that agreement spelled out for you in simpler terms, check out Terms of Service; Didn’t Read (TOSDR), a new site that’s dedicated to explaining terms and giving out report cards based on the conditions. “‘I have read and agree to the Terms’ is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that,” the service says. “Terms of service are often too long to read, but it’s important to understand what’s in them. Your rights online depend on them. We hope that our ratings can help you get informed about your rights.” There are a number of photo sharing-related services listed so far, including Flickr, 500px, and Facebook. flickr 500px is the only one
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Portraits of the Disappearing Tribes of the World

jimmy Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three years between 2010 and 2013 visiting some of the indigenous cultures found in the furthest corners of our planet. His goal was to capture portraits of the disappearing people groups and to preserve glimpses of their rites, customs, and traditions — photos that he hopes will remain even if these cultures fade away. Last month we shared a fantastic TED Talk that Nelson gave about this project, titled Before They Pass Away. Today we’ll take a closer look at the photographs. _MG_2403 The project was initially funded by Dutch billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn, who contributed €400,000 toward the work. Over the course of the project, Nelson traveled to more than 35 different tribes found in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the South Pacific. After making contact and establishing friendships with the members, Nelson would ask them to pose for portraits shot using his 50-year-old 4×5-inch large-format
Altantsogts, Bayan Olgii Mongolia, 2011
Rauwhiri Winitana Paki Taupo Village, North Islands New Zealand, 2011
Rock of Rah Rah lava Island, Torba Province Vanuatu Islands, 2011
Oxana Teyunrultett & Oleasya Etguest, Second Brigade Chukotka Russia, 2012
Tumbu, Hangu, Peter, Hapiya, Kati, Hengene & Steven Huli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley Papua New Guinea, 2010
Yakim, Brigade 2, Nenet Yamal Peninsula, Ural Mountains Russia, 2011
Lelesas, Louelen, Lewangu, Lepokodou, Loingu & Nyerere Ndoto Mountain Range Kenya, 2010
Goroka, Eastern Highlands Papua New Guinea, 2010
Bayau Bulang Renchinkhumbe, Khovsgol Mongolia, 2011
Dele, Lale, Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
Noel Pearse & Dominique Pere Huka Falls, North Island New Zealand, 2011
Hilao Moyizo Village, Omo Valley Ethiopia, 2011
Lekir Monastery Ladakh India, 2012
Menaja Koke Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands Papua New Guinea, 2010
Nyerere, Loingu, Lewangum & Lepokodou Kaisut Desert Kenya, 2010
Perak Lady Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayaru Village, Ladakh India, 2012
Garsho, Hylo, Pita, Colle, Aike & Garupa Bori Village, Southern Omo Ethiopia, 2011
Yangshuo Cormorants China, 2005
Gisborne Festival, North Island New Zealand, 2011
Bartholomeuw, Rubin, Gibson & Samson, Kalam Tribesmen Simbai, Nukunt Village, Bismark Range, Central Highlands Papua New Guinea, 2010
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It’s Guest Blog Friday featuring Nick Fancher!

[Note from Brad: Nick was getting questions about this topic after his first guest blog, so he offered to do a follow-up post about it. Enjoy!] Additive Color Theory and How to Have Fun with Flash Gels
Since the success of my guest post last month, I have received a few emails from people wanting to know the process behind the multi-colored, multi-shadowed image.
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Final image I will now break it down for you, starting from the beginning. My absolute favorite publication and source of constant inspiration (and self-doubt) is Interview Magazine. A few months ago, there was an interview and editorial of Game of Thrones actor Michael Huisman, shot by master Sølve Sundsbø. Being the lighting phenom that he is, Sundsbø once again peeled back my brain with his insanely gorgeous and experimental images of the actor. And being the lighting nerd that I am, I
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