A $50 Camera vs. a $50,000 Camera

Ever wondered why the expensive cinema cameras cost what they do? In this featherweight vs. heavyweight comparison, Sam and Niko put a $50 Sony HDR-CX405 camcorder to the test against a RED Epic Dragon 6K cinema camera worth about $50,000. It’s no surprise: the RED wins. But this 15-minute video is interesting because it shows exactly what you’re paying for when you opt for an expensive film camera like the RED units. The differences are really obvious when comparing the resolution of the two cameras. Take a look at this wide scene of some building rooftops: Just zoom in on that
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The Lightest and Cheapest Full-Frame Camera Kits on the Market

In this 4-minute video by Duncan Dimanche, take a look at the lightest and cheapest full-frame cameras on the market. During the video, Dimanche digs through online retailers to establish the difference between cameras on offer by the four major brands: Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Pentax. While you may think that the Sony camera with accompanying lenses might be the lightest, being a mirrorless camera, that is surprisingly not the case. Instead, it’s the Nikon D750 kit with its 5 lenses that is the relative featherweight. The Sony a7, Sony a99 II, Canon 6D, and Pentax K-1 round out the
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The Top 10 Camera Films Preferred by Photographers

When a new film photographer asks the photography community which films are the best, most voices tend to agree on Porta, Tri-X, and HP5… but are these the most popular? In this article, we are going to look at the top 10 films photographers prefer. Earlier this year, I launched a Film Dating tool for helping photographers find their favorite 35mm film stock. It’s been a few months since I launched it and its popularity went way beyond my expectations — over 38,000 people have used it so far! This unexpected popularity also gave me the opportunity to gather enough
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Why Camera Gear Costs What It Costs

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments were almost wholly negative with more than one contributor stating “You can buy this from insert website name for $7″ or “I got one from China for $5 and it works just fine.” Fantastic. What you actually did is perpetuate a cycle of
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People Are Really Bad at Spotting Fake Photos, Study Finds

The Internet is filled with fake photographs, and some have even won contests run by the likes of Nikon. And here’s why: people are generally very bad at detecting when a photo has been faked. A newly published study by researchers at the University of Warwick in England has found that people were only able to spot fake photos among real ones 60% of the time. What’s more, those who correctly identified fake photos could only point out what was faked 45% of the time. The study involved 700 men and women being shown 10 photos — 5 of
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Your Photos May Have Colors Screens Can’t Display

Did you know that some colors in the world are too intense for an average consumer computer screen to display? In this 3-minute video by Tom Scott, see how one really intense pink is just too pink for your screen. Meeting up with artist Stuart Semple, Scott tests out his creation: The World’s Pinkest Pink. Lo and behold, the color is just so intense that screens can’t properly replicate it for you to see, so it appears duller than what you’d see with the naked eye. When an image, or video, reaches your screen, colors are interpreted as a
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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Beware: Camera Drones Are Weak Against Confetti and Toilet Paper

If you ever need to fly a camera drone around at events, here’s something you should know: your drone can easily be brought down by confetti, toilet paper, and anything that can get tangled around the propellers. First off, if there are any confetti cannons at the event, you should keep your drone far, far away from them. Here’s what happened to one extremely pricey DJI Inspire drone getting caught up in confetti at a music festival in Alberta, Canada:

Drone Down!!

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And if you’re ever
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Did You Know: Flash Memory is Named After the Camera Flash

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: did you know that flash memory is named after the camera flash? The memory cards used in digital cameras are a type of flash memory, or “electronic (solid-state) non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.” Flash memory was invented back in the 1980s by a Japanese electrical engineer named Fujio Masuoka who was working for Toshiba. Writing data to flash memory involves changing certain bits from 1 to 0, and erasing data involves resetting all the erased bits back to 1. After seeing how the erasing process works,
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The Exposure Triangle Explained in 3 Animated Videos

The exposure triangle forms the basis of creating a good exposure. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO speed are the three different factors that contribute to determine the exposure of a photo. It’s important to ensure you understand the basics. The exposure triangle links the three together, and by covering the setting you want a specific value for with your hand in the image below, you can see which remaining elements you can adjust to balance the exposure. Now you’ve seen how the exposure triangle looks, let’s have a look at the different components themselves and what their own unique effects are on photography. These three concise videos from Apalapse
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Learn the Science of Deep Focus and Hyperfocal Distance

Hyperfocal distance is a tool often used by certain genres of photography to render an entire scene in focus. It allows you to capture the foreground through to the background, keeping the whole image sharp. But how does it work? This 12-minute video by Filmmaker IQ looks at the science behind hyperfocal distance. Increasing the f-stop value to keep a scene in focus isn’t necessarily always the best option. Once you reach a certain point, diffraction takes hold and your photo will become soft because of the small aperture. Instead, try focusing at the hyperfocal distance. It’s the optimum point which you can
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Beware: What You Wear Can Affect the Portraits You Shoot

Here’s an interesting portraiture tip you may not have considered before: what you wear as a photographer can affect how your portraits turn out due to the reflected light. That’s what’s shown in this simple 43-second video by the Koldunov Brothers. We first see a demonstration of how the clothing worn by portrait subjects can bounce light differently onto their faces (you’ll see the differences in how illuminated the chins are in the following photos): This is something you may have noticed or realized before, but have you considered that your own clothing can also make a noticeable impact in
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How the Depth of Field Preview Button on a DSLR Works

DSLR cameras often have a little depth of field preview button beside the lens mount. This 3-minute video by ZY Productions revisits the basics of a DSLR camera and looks at how this handy button works, as well as some lesser-known things to consider. First off, pressing the button closes the lens’ aperture to your desired setting. So if you have an f/4 lens but you’ve set the aperture to f/8, pressing the preview button will close the aperture ring down. When you look through the viewfinder, you’ll see the image darken and depth of field increase because you’re looking through
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How the Depth of Field Preview Button on a DSLR Works

DSLR cameras often have a little depth of field preview button beside the lens mount. This 3-minute video by ZY Productions revisits the basics of a DSLR camera and looks at how this handy button works, as well as some lesser-known things to consider. First off, pressing the button closes the lens’ aperture to your desired setting. So if you have an f/4 lens but you’ve set the aperture to f/8, pressing the preview button will close the aperture ring down. When you look through the viewfinder, you’ll see the image darken and depth of field increase because you’re looking through
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Torture Test: See the Moment a Canon DSLR Shutter Dies

DSLRs generally have life expectancies based on how many “actuations” (i.e. openings and closings) their shutters can handle before they die and need to be replaced. To see what happens when a DSLR “dies” in this way, ContinueCrushingTech decided to torture test a Canon 7D Mark II with non-stop shooting until the shutter fails. Warning: Spoilers of the test are below. ContinueCrushingTech had a broken 7D Mark II that needed to be sent to Canon for part replacements anyway, so the camera was a perfect guinea pig for seeing the results of shutter failure.
The Canon 7D Mark
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This 600mm ‘Bazooka’ Lens from 1955 is Rather Impressive

Now here’s a lens you probably don’t want to be seen with in populated areas these days: it’s a Novoflex 600mm lens with a pistol grip, introduced in 1955 and manufactured in West Germany. Photographer Mathieu Stern was browsing around at a yard sale near Paris, France, recently when he stumbled upon some camera equipment, including a mysterious box with large lens components inside. Without looking at it too closely, he struck a deal with the seller to purchase the set for €15 (~$17). After getting home, he took a closer look and discovered that it was a Novoflex 600mm,
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