Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR real world samples gallery posted

The Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR is an extremely light-weight, compact telephoto lens well-suited for use on both FX and DX Nikon bodies. It is 30% shorter and 1.5 lbs / 0.68kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the use of a Phase Fresnel design. We paired it with a variety of FX and DX cameras and put together a selection of real world sample images. See gallery

5 Questions Every New Photographer Should Ask Themselves

More often than not, when the photography bug bites, people jump all-in without direction, guidance or a mission in mind. You get the urge to learn everything and shoot everything without knowing where you want to go or, ultimately, what you want to do. This can lead to no bookings, dried up emails and ultimately, frustration. When you get ready to enter the exciting and rewarding field of photography, there are a few questions to ask yourself.

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Documentary feature explores the journey of pregnancy in “40 Weeks”

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Christopher Henze learned the ropes of documentary filmmaking from veteran Jeff Gibbs, Co-Producer of Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11. When Gibbs challenged Henze to decide what movie to make, he advised him to focus on something personal. At the time, Henze’s wife was pregnant, and it hit him that he could make a documentary that would honor the journey of pregnancy.

How Smartphones Have Changed Photography, In Three Numbers

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Truth Facts posted this simple tongue-in-cheek infographic showing how smartphone cameras have impacted the way people take and view photos. It’s a then-and-now comparison of three simple measures: pictures taken, pictures developed, and pictures looked at.

Instead of snapping and cherishing a precious handful of photos, people are now amassing troves of digital images that they may never lay eyes on ever again.

(via Truth Facts via Gizmodo)

Lily is the World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Camera

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Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first “throw-and-shoot camera” that lets anyone capture cinematic aerial photos and videos without needing to do any piloting.

The evolution of cameras, according to Lily

The evolution of cameras, according to Lily

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Using the Lily involves keeping a tracking device on the subject you’d like Lily to follow, throwing the Lily high into the air, and then going about your activity while Lily flies and shoots all by itself. Lily will use GPS and computer vision to follow you at up to 25mph and keep you in the center of the frame.

The Lily tracking device.

The Lily tracking device.

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The drone itself is waterproof and floats, allowing you to safely land it in water if needed. Size-wise, it easily fits in a backpack and weighs less than an average laptop.

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The Tour coming on June 2015 at Manchester and London

This will be your first chance to get your hands on some of the best new kit coming during 2015. Two of my site sponsors will be attending, H Preston Media who you can place orders for any of the new kit at the show to Holdan who will be showing off the new Panasonic […]

Faking the Look of Super Slow Motion by Animating Still Photos

Here’s a 1-minute video titled “Revolution,” created by Dubai-based photographer Sherif Mokbel “to support all the free people fighting for their liberation and right to live.” Mokbel also created the work as a technical exercise in how to turn still photos shot with a DSLR into pseudo super-slow-motion footage.

Mokbel started out by shooting a series of still photographs with his Canon 5D Mark III (you can find the entire “Revolution” photo gallery here):

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Then came the digital work in Photoshop, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro X. He masked out all of the animated pieces of the images in Photoshop to separate the subjects from the background of the photo.

Everything was then composted in After Effects’ 3D world and animated using the Puppet Warp tool. He also added smoke, dust, and light ray footage by motionVFX to the scenes to give them a touch of environment

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The Story Behind a Viral Great White Shark Photo

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This photograph of an underwater camera being held up to a great white shark has been making the rounds on the Web over the past week. It was captured by a group of filmmakers who were shooting off the coast of South Australia.

Filmmaker Dave Riggs and his crew were filming for an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week (which kicks off on July 5th, 2015) when they came across “one of the most remarkable animals I’ve ever seen,” Riggs says.

Crew member Luke Thom managed to capture a great shot of the curious 13.5-foot female shark coming up to the boat for a “sniff”:

Linnaeus Tripe photographs of 1850s Burma and India on show in New York and London

An exhibition of photographs taken by Captain Linnaeus Tripe during a tour of India and Burma is on show in The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and will then move to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The collection of 60 images made on paper negatives display historic places, buildings, geology and the infrastructure of parts of the two countries, and were in some cases the first photographs ever to be taken of these sites. Read more

New Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens is a More Video-Focused Version of the Cheapest Prime in Their Lineup

Canon's low-cost 50mm lens just got an update with some refinements aimed at those shooting video.

The new 50mm f/1.8 isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it's looking like a more solid option that is still a bargain at $125. The first big difference between this model and the old one is the fact that the autofocus motor has STM technology, which is designed to give smoother autofocus during video. It also has a wider and better-placed focus ring, and more blades on the iris (7 vs. 5), which should make the out-of-focus areas smoother.

Canon has also managed to shrink the minimum focusing distance down to 14 inches. And to top it off, its physical size is just a tad smaller, which also means they've changed the front filter size to 49mm, though the lens mount is now metal to go Continue reading "New Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens is a More Video-Focused Version of the Cheapest Prime in Their Lineup"

Facebook Rep Claims Uploaded Photos Become the Company’s Property

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Here’s something that may raise quite a few eyebrows among photographers who use Facebook: a representative of the social network has apparently said in an email that photos uploaded to Facebook become the company’s property.

To backtrack a bit, this whole thing started when photographer Corey Ann wrote a scathing piece through her Photo Stealers website about photographers she claimed had stolen many of the photos they were sharing online.

The accused photographers then reported Ann’s content to Facebook, and Facebook removed the Photo Stealers page with its 13,000 followers. Since then, Ann has spent weeks trying to get her Facebook page up through repeated bans and to reach someone at Facebook to argue her case to.

Ann says she was finally able to get in touch with a sales representative but was shocked by what she heard. Here’s a copy of the email she received:

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How to Make DSLR Footage Look Like an Old VHS

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Before getting on a plane for a vacation in Monaco recently, I knew that I wanted to do something different from the previous ‘holiday highlight’ videos that I’ve done before. We were only in Monaco for a few days and despite having an amazing time, the footage I got wasn’t particularly exciting. I decided that I probably wouldn’t end up doing anything with it unless I thought of an ‘edge’.

Then I had an idea: to play off of the absurdity of how lavish the few highlights I caught on camera would look when strung together and make the video akin to the zeitgeist defining 80s pop music videos I’ve always loved (see Duran Duran – Rio).

In order to achieve an 80’s look, I had to make my sharp DSLR footage look like it was filmed with an old-school over the shoulder RCA camera.

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Emissary Camera Bags Feature a Stylish Design and an Innovative Lens Cap Holder

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The Emissary Series is a new line of camera bags launched today by Town 30, a product design startup based in Toronto. In addition to a sleek, sophisticated design, the bags pack a number of innovative patent-pending features, including a universal lens cap holder built into the side.

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“Our goal is to make a camera bag that is stylish and versatile, allowing you to integrate your love of photography into every aspect of your life,” Town 30 says.

There will be two initial models available in green, black, and leather: the Burzin, designed for 13-inch laptops and/or smaller cameras…

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…and the Cumbysis, designed for 15-inch laptops and/or larger DSLR kits.

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Both bags are created out of rubber-backed, abrasion- and water-resistant nylon blend and vegetable tanned leather.

On the side of the bag is an integrated lens cap mount that can hold lens caps of most common sizes (from 37mm

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Anxiety Disorder Depicted Through Self-Portraits

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LSU photography student Katie Joy Crawford has personally struggled with general anxiety disorder for over a decade. For her senior thesis exhibition, she chose to make her inner experience the subject of a series of self-portraits. The project is titled “My Anxious Heart.”

The project “explores and identifies how emotionally and physically depleting general anxiety disorder can be from a personal perspective,” Crawford writes. “As I have carried anxiety for the majority of my life, I’ve chosen to photographically depict this battle and its constant presence.”

“Since it is within my own mind where anxiety is born, I have decided to interpret my roles as both instigator and victim through self portraiture.”

Crawford says she hopes that her photos will help people to “understand this weight that so many bear in our society.” The images have also become a type of helpful therapy for Crawford

A glass of water isn’t heavy. It’s almost mindless when you have to pick one up. but what if you couldn’t empty it or set it down? What if you had to support its weight for days… months… years? The weight doesn’t change, but the burden does. At a certain point, you can’t remember how light it used to seem. Sometimes it takes everything in you to pretend it isn’t there. and sometimes, you just have to let it fall.
I was scared of sleeping. I felt the most raw panic in complete darkness. Actually, complete darkness wasn’t scary. It was that little bit of light that would cast a shadow — a terrifying shadow.
My head is filling with helium. Focus is fading. Such a small decision to make. Such an easy question to answer. my mind isn’t letting me. It’s like a thousands circuits are all crossing at once.
They keep telling me to breathe. I can feel my chest moving up and down. Up and down. Up and down. But why does it feel like i’m suffocating? I hold my hand under my nose, making sure there is air. I still can’t breathe.
A captive of my own mind. The instigator of my own thoughts. The more i think, the worse it gets. The less i think, the worse it gets. Breathe. just breathe. Drift. It’ll ease soon.
It’s in your stomach. It’s like when you’re swimming and you go to put your feet on the bottom... but it's not there. You can’t touch and your heart skips a beat.
Cuts so deep it’s like they’re never going to heal. Pain so real, it’s almost unbearable. I’ve become this… this cut, this wound. All i know is this same pain; sharp breath, empty eyes, shaky hands. If it’s so painful, why let it continue? Unless… Maybe it’s all that you know.
I’m afraid to live and I’m afraid to die. What a way to exist.
No matter how much i resist, it’ll always be right here desperate to hold me, cover me, break down with me. Each day I fight it, “you’re not good for me and you never will be”. But there it is waiting for me when I wake up and eager to hold me as I sleep. It takes my breath away. It leaves me speechless.
You were created for me and by me. You were created for my seclusion. You were created by venomous defense. You are made of fear and lies. Fear of unrequited promises and losing trust so seldom given. You’ve been forming my entire life. Stronger and stronger.
Depression is when you can’t feel at all. Anxiety is when you feel too much. Having both is a constant war within your own mind. Having both means never winning.
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The Closest Photo Yet of the Dwarf Planet Ceres

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This is the closest photo ever shot of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. It was captured on May 4th by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft while orbiting from 8,400 miles away.

Astronomers are curious about the bright spots seen in a crater on Ceres. The latest pictures show that these areas are actually clusters of smaller bright spots, and scientists are saying that they’re the result of a highly reflective material on the surface — possibly ice.

Here’s an animated GIF created with photos of Ceres taken in orbit:

Ceres is 590 miles in diameter and cannot be seen by the naked eye from observers on Earth. Here’s an illustration showing how its size compares to Earth and the Moon:

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Now that it has completed its first orbit, Dawn is now heading closer to Ceres to get an ever closer look. The second “photo shoot” will

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Review: Meet Lily, The Throw-and-Go Flying Camera

I'm not someone who is big into drones and flying cameras -- mostly because they take a lot of effort to learn how to fly. More importantly, there are typically many more things I'd rather spend my money on. Then I received an email from Antoine Balaresque, CEO of Lily Robotics, introducing me to Lily, and I threw all those reasons out the window.

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Top 10 Travel Photographers

Our Top 10 Travel Photographers includes worldwide professionals, some more experienced than others, but all equally passionate and brilliant in what they do. What you are about to discover is inaccurately entitled a ‘top’. It is though a top selection of fabulous travel photographers listed alphabetically. Enjoy!

Name: John Huba

Location: New York, NY

Bio: John Huba is a travel and portrait photographer based in New York. He moved to Manhattan by the age of 19 and immersed in the art of photography as an assistant of the renowned photographer Bruce Weber. He is also a filmmaker working on documentaries, interviews, and cinematographic projects. He has been published in top magazines like Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, Town and Country. Among his favorite travel locations, Africa takes first place.

Website: John Huba Studio

John Huba photography Massai Children

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