These Are The First Photo Prints I’ve Made In 10 Years

It's strange to think that I have been a photographer for over 10 years now, yet I have never printed my own work larger than an 8x10. Unfortunately we live in an age where sharing low res digital photos on social media has become the end all be all for the majority of our images. Recently I decided to celebrate some of my favorite personal photographs by printing them LARGE and installing them in the Fstoppers Studio. The resulting 60"x40" acrylic prints I made through WhiteWall.com has me wondering why it has taken me this long to install fine art on my own walls.

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Fstoppers Reviews the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror 2-Bay NAS Server

I'm normally a huge numbers geek. I want to know every specification of every device because I believe in the power of statistics. But when it comes to hard drives, well, I just want them to work. I want ample space for my data, I want to know it's backed up without a second thought, and I want to be able to access it quickly and easily, no matter what device I'm on. Enter the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror. [ Read More ]

Review: The Canon 80D is a Solid DSLR Stuck in No Man’s Land

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The Canon 80D is the latest in Canon’s line-up of mid-range, enthusiast level DSLRs. On paper, the 80D looks to be an improvement in practically every regard over the 70D of 2013, especially with the introduction of a new dual-pixel 45 point auto-focus. That said, I’ve never been 100% convinced by the need for the “double digit” models Canon offers — when you have extremely capable “entry-level” cameras like the 760D (AKA Rebel T6s) for beginners or the 7D Mark II and full-frame options for the more seasoned photographer who wants even more capability, I always felt like the 60D and 70D have been stuck in a no-man’s land. A mid-range obscurity. With the touted specifications for the 80D it felt like Canon were making a bit more of an effort to differentiate the 80D from the likes of the 760D. So when a box arrived by courier containing
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Dark, mysterious and accidentally under-exposed.
The starting image, straight up conversion from the RAW file without any changes/processing.
The image above, cropped in. Still lots of potential.
Final image after processing, noise reduction and sharpening. Not bad for 15 minutes work!
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Who's a pretty boy then?
This is an almost-ran for me. The bird was sat on a concrete table underneath a big, shady tree. Shot at 1/250th sec and f/8 to try and keep it sharp, the ISO leapt to 6400. In order to counteract the noise I've needed to push the noise reduction much higher than I'd prefer and the details in the feathers are lost. Even post-capture sharpening wasn't enough to pull back detail in the orange and green but the blues look OK.
Iguanas aren't native to Singapore so this is an invader. I found this HUGE guy just starting to turn orange (ready for mating season) in one of the zoos.
A milky stork, shot wild around the Seletar reservoir
Another Milky Stork shot in flight. Not bad - it's not pin sharp on the face but I'll admit my tracking technique isn't always perfect.
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A spider monkey posing obligingly for me. I love the detail in the fur.
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Shot through glass at the River Safari, this isn't a technical masterpiece... I just liked the symmetry of it!
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Here I deliberately underexposed the foreground to keep detail in the unusual-overcast sky. All the color and detail has ben pulled back in Lightroom.
I has a fish!
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Low-light ISO test and also "How Would I Look If I Was Tron" nailed in one photo
Something a bit unusual and a personal indulgence. This is Jupiter shot at 600mm - with the 1.6x crop factor it's the same field of view as a 960mm lens! It's fairly amateur by astrophotography standards but it's still cool to see! You can even see some details on the LCD screen when you enable 10x magnification
A slightly enhanced and very much cropped segment of the prior image. Cloud bands in the atmosphere are visible and the Great Red Spot is also just about visible - if the disc of Jupiter is a clock face, the spot is at about 9 o'clock. Color information is lacking because it's so faint. You can also see one of the moons at bottom right (the other faint specks are just stars)
This was shot at ISO 12,800 then processed "Rockwell style" - moving all sliders to the right! It's not really a very good photo but considering the very dark conditions and the state of the RAW file it shows the kind of details you can rescue with a little effort.
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I'm not exactly religious but it would be hard to ignore this sunset!
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Review: Lomo’Instant Wide Expands Instax Photography

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The Lomo’Instant Wide is an Instax wide format camera that opens the flood gates to an unprecedented level of creative Instax photography. Packed with more features than I can count, I immediately got to work snapping imaginative, fun, and downright hilarious photographs. Photographs that, once the Lomo’Instant had spit them out, I could hold on to with my hands or even hand out to friends, family or strangers on the spot. In fact, the photos were so hilarious and even risqué that there’s no way any of them will appear here.

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With so many potential combinations of the various modifiers offered by the Lomo’Instant Wide, I almost didn’t know where to begin when I first opened the box and held this whopping wide format camera. “Whopping you say”, yeah it ain’t small. So let’s start there.

Body and Exterior: Form and Styling

The first thing that came to mind was
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Shooting Video With the a7S II in an Abandoned Power Plant

For years, videographers shooting in dark situations frequently ran into the issue of a ton of noise in darks and shadows that would oftentimes make some footage difficult or impossible to use. Many have heralded the release of the a7S II with applause due to its power for video in low-light situations and even to record bursts of high frame rates in HD, so we took one into the deep recesses of an abandoned power plant in New Orleans to see how it did. [ Read More ]

Review: Shooting the Sony RX1R II From Manila to India

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If you want to see camera tests with pictures of walls, bokeh balls, resolving power lens charts or photos of cats and dogs, please leave now, you will be disappointed, I will only be sharing a working photographers perspective of my personal feelings towards the system with real photographs out on the streets. All the photos in this post were taken on the RX1R II by me, Gary Tyson of F8 Photography, on a morning walk in Manila and during a workshop ran by myself in Rajasthan, India.

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First quick test: Manila

My first chance to use the camera was after a weeks commercial filming in the Philippines, when my colleague and I decided to have a quick 2 day stopover in Manila on the way back to Hong Kong to wander around and do a little bit of photography on the streets. The following images show what I
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Review: Shooting the Sony RX1R II From Manila to India

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If you want to see camera tests with pictures of walls, bokeh balls, resolving power lens charts or photos of cats and dogs, please leave now, you will be disappointed, I will only be sharing a working photographers perspective of my personal feelings towards the system with real photographs out on the streets. All the photos in this post were taken on the RX1R II by me, Gary Tyson of F8 Photography, on a morning walk in Manila and during a workshop ran by myself in Rajasthan, India.

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First quick test: Manila

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Custom Cam: The Best Professional iPhone Camera App Yet

Videographer and photographer Daan van de Westelaken was on a quest to find the perfect camera app for his iPhone. It's one thing to have all the features you want, but it's another thing to also not have the features you don't. Frustrated, he created his own, and after using it for almost a week, I'm hooked. It's certainly a tour de Force Touch. [ Read More ]

Review: The X-Pro2 is One Solid and Sexy Camera

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Take a moment, rewind back to March of 2012 and remember the buzz that surrounded the release of the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Many of my close photography friends — professionals, casuals, Sony fanboys, and even film shooters — were talking Fuji and discussing how they must have the X-Pro1. The rangefinder-styled X-Pro1 was revolutionary, not just technically, with it’s fantastic 16mp APS-C sensor and hybrid viewfinder, but visually as well. The aesthetics represented the beginnings of a design idea that would quickly take over the photography world. Yes, other companies had done the new-school-camera-in-a-retro-body before, but none had managed to build one that photographers, en masse, wanted to actually use as their daily. When rumors of an X-Pro2 surfaced almost three years ago speculation bounced from the downright negative: “they say that the X-Pro2 may never happen”, to the outlandish “rumor has it the X-Pro2 will feature a 36mp medium
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Hands-On Look at the Newly Announced Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Introduced alongside the FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 last week, Sony has added its own take on the “Nifty Fifty” to their lens lineup. Aimed at photography hobbyists, the FE 50mm f/1.8 will only cost $248 and gives a wide aperture option to those that may be only shooting with the FE 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens at the moment. Here are my first impressions of the new 50mm f/1.8 after briefly shooting with the lens. [ Read More ]

First Hands-On Look At the Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

If you’re looking for a little more reach with your Sony Alpha mirrorless camera, there is a new telephoto lens coming soon that you may want to check out. Sony announced plans to ship their longest E-mount focal length zoom lens, the FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS, in May 2016. I had the chance to shoot with the new telephoto mounted to the 42.4-megapixel Sony a7RII, and am happy to share my thoughts on the practical-use aspects of the lens in this article. [ Read More ]

Photographing a Concert With the Nikon D5

Canon and Nikon have always had their single digit models at the top level of performance. From the original D1, bringing a professional digital camera to the world that didn’t require a separate backpack for a processor, to the D3, Nikon’s first ever full-frame body, this series of cameras has pushed the envelope of what a camera can do. The Nikon D5 not only pushed the boundary, it has demolished any previous limitation that I have found in a camera. [ Read More ]

The Image Quality of This $5 Russian Lens May Surprise You

Here’s a short 2.5-minute video in which photographer Mathieu Stern reviews the Lomo T43 40mm f/4, a cheap $5 manual Russian lens that has surprisingly good image quality (given its cost). The lens comes from the Lomo Smena 8M camera, which costs about $10 to $20 on eBay. The lens often appears for about $4 or $5 by itself.

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The lens is about the size of a bottle cap, has 3 glass elements and anti-glare coating, and can be adapted DIY-style for modern mirrorless cameras. “It makes really sharp images and deep powerful color,” Stern says. “I just love it for the cinematic look it gives to every photo you take.”

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“Don’t spend more than $50 on this lens,” Stern says, “but believe me, this is a must have.” If you’d like to pixel-peep, you can download high-res versions of the above sample shots here. You can
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My Experiences with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Shooting Weddings

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This is long. Sorry. If you want to read something shorter I hear War and Peace is a ripping yarn. I’m not a reviewer. I don’t have the time, skill or patience to do that. I just pick up cameras and point them at stuff. So let’s call this an opinion piece at best because it’s highly likely I have no idea what I’m talking about or that the only functional part of my pea sized brain that still functions normally is affected by caffeine. But at the same time I’ve got a pair of X-Pro2s, a bunch of lenses and I’ve shot some weddings with them already. I have access to the Internet, which allows me a platform to anonymously sprout as much crap as I want with no fear of retribution or a visit from the authorities. I also like cameras. A lot. I’ve got a whole bunch
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Hands On With the New Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 Lens

Leica T users rejoice! Leica has officially announced a Summilux 50 equilvient for your aluminum wonder that gives you the benefits of autofocus, electronic aperture control, and metadata to go along with the blazing fast glass. I had an absolute pleasure spending some time with the new 'Lux and was able to put to get a good feel for it in the real world. Read on for my findings and sample photos. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews Go Pro: Studio Beauty Video Training

Beauty photography is a very technical genre. It requires substantial lighting knowledge, as well as interest and taste for the subject photographed, and a solid team of creative professionals. The learning curve can be quite steep. Therefore having someone teaching you the ins and outs for the genre is crucial if you want to make beauty your specialization, and save years of learning on your own. Lucky us that is exactly what Julia Kuzmenko offers through her latest video training: Go Pro Studio Beauty. This week only, Fstoppers readers save $50! [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Professional-Grade Tamrac G-Elite G26 Photo Backpack

When Gura Gear was absorbed into the Tamrac brand in late 2015, the beloved Bataflae photo backpack was left without a home. Without hesitation, Tamrac introduced the G-Elite line that improved upon the genius butterfly-opening backpack design of the original Bataflae and was launched in two sizes: the G32 and the G26. Over the past few months I’ve been running around with the G26 version and it is without a doubt the best backpack I’ve ever used. [ Read More ]

Review: The Angenieux 25mm f/0.95 Lens Was Used for NASA Moon Photos

If you want to pick up an interesting lens for your camera, check out the Angenieux 25mm f/0.95. It’s a somewhat hard-to-find lens that was once used by NASA to photograph the moon with a lunar probe. Above is a 2-minute video intro and review of the lens by photographer Mathieu Stern. Stern says the lens is hard to find in France and is difficult to obtain for less than $1,700. In the US, you may be able to find one on eBay for less than $1,000.

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Using a C-mount adapter, you should be able to mount the Angenieux 25mm f/0.95 to any mirrorless camera. It’s designed for smaller sensors, so even if you shoot with an APS-C camera, you’ll still see very heavy vignetting at the edges of the frame. Here are some example photos captured by Stern with the Angenieux 25mm f/0.95:

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