Landscape photography tips and tricks: What matters most when you are just starting out?


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When pursuing great landscape photographs, what matters most? In his newest video, photographer Adam Karnacz discusses the “do's and don'ts” of landscape photography and takes a closer look at the fundamentals which he believes should be at the foundation of every landscape photographer's process, whether they are just beginning or are a master of their craft.

While there's certainly a baseline for acceptable and useful photographic gear, Karnacz argues below that its importance is often overstated. When you begin to view your…

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Hasselblad announces updated, faster, 50-megapixel medium format mirrorless: the X1D II 50C


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Hasselblad has announced a flurry of new products today, capped by the reveal of the X1D II 50C, the successor to the X1D medium format mirrorless camera. The X1D II 50C is the second generation medium format mirrorless that brings 50-megapixel medium format image capture into a compact and lightweight body. Additionally, Hasselblad announced a new XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens to accompany the new X1D II, an update to their Phocus Mobile application, and the development…

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Olympus debuts new 2x teleconverter, plus software updates for E-M1 II, E-M1X and Olympus Workspace


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It's a good day to be an OM-D owner, as Olympus has just announced a handful of new goodies! The sole physical new product is a new 2.0x teleconverter for their current two Zuiko Pro telephoto lenses, as well as their upcoming 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x PRO lens. On the software side of things, there are firmware updates now available for both the E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X cameras, plus a new version of refreshed Olympus Workspace desktop image processing and tethering software.

M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20

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Datacolor’s SpyderX bundles aim to eliminate any inconsistency in your raw photo workflow


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Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions and the maker of numerous color calibration tools, has announced a pair of SpyderX Tool Kits for digital photographers. This announcement comes a few months after the company announced its newest monitor calibration tool, the SpyderX, which you can read more about by reading my review. The SpyderX monitor calibration tool is featured in both tool kits: the SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio. Where these two kits differ is with their additional accessories.

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You’re an animal! Sony A6400 gets real-time animal eye AF and more on Firmware Friday


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This week's Firmware Friday roundup is uncommonly brief, with just one new firmware update appearing on the scene in the past seven days. It's Sony which sails to the rescue with a significant firmware update for its A6400 mirrorless camera, at least if you're a pet owner or like to take pictures of animals.

As of the newly-released firmware version 2.00 (download here for Windows or here for Mac), the A6400 becomes the fourth Sony model after the A7 III, A7R III and A9 to get the company's Real-time Eye AF for Animals…

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OnSet with Daniel Norton: Being creative with colored gels & using cosmetic gels to capture great skin tones


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In all types of color photography, color is an important part of the overall mood of an image. All else equal, a cooler image tells a different story than a warm image. When shooting portraits with artificial lights, you can place colored gels over the light to dramatically change the look and feel of a shot, as Daniel Norton shows us in the video below.

When creatively working with colored gels in portraits, you are able to impact the saturation of the light by controlling the intensity of the lights and the exposure of your…

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Adam Karnacz visits with legendary landscape photographer Charlie Waite


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Landscape photographer Adam Karnacz recently headed out into the Yorkshire Dales with accomplished photographer Charlie Waite. In addition to having an illustrious career as a photographer, Waite also cofounded Light and Land, one of Europe's premier landscape photography tour companies.

In the video below, we learn more about Waite's career and join him and Karnacz as they explore the area to find landscape compositions. Waite also shares numerous tips and methods for creating powerful images. It's a very enjoyable and…

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How to use a polarizing filter to improve your photography


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One of the most important tools in a landscape photographer's kit is a polarizing filter. Unlike a graduated neutral density filter, the effects of the polarizer cannot be easily replicated in Photoshop or other photo editing software. In the video below, photographer Mads Peter Iversen discusses the various ways you can use a polarizing filter to enhance your images.

Essentially, a polarizing filter reduces the visibility of reflected light hitting your image sensor. When light hits an object, some light is reflected and…

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Choosing the best shutter speed for different long exposure photography situations


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Nigel Danson is back in the Faroe Islands in his newest video. It's a beautiful location for landscape photography and a great place to try out long exposure photography. When capturing long exposure images, different subjects look best with varying shutter speeds. A long exposure image of calm water may require a different exposure time than shooting very choppy ocean water. If you feel comfortable in Photoshop, you can also composite images captured at different shutter speeds. For example, you can combine a long exposure shot of…

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Hands-On with Sony’s two new lenses: a $2000 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 and their $13000 600mm f/4 GM


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Sony 600mm f/4 GM (Video) • Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G (Video)

Sony has announced two new supertelephoto lenses at two totally opposite ends of the price spectrum. First, the 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS for just $2000. It's also compatible with Sony's 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters that thanks to the design of mirrorless cameras is not held to the f/8 autofocus restriction found on DSLRs. The result is a telephoto zoom lens that can reach up to 1200mm with full time and, from what we…

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Canon RP Video, Specs & Analysis: It shoots 4K video, but it’s not a versatile hybrid camera


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Canon EOS RP Video Features, Specs & Analysis

Pretty much every DSLR and DSLM (digital single lens mirrorless) released in the last five years can capture high-quality video, and in that group every popular camera can capture that video in 4K. So when you say that the Canon EOS RP can shoot 4K video, it's less of a pat on the back for a job well done, and more of an expected standard feature. But even as such, the Canon EOS RP offers this standard feature in such a way as to feel like a minimum viable product rather than Continue reading “Canon RP Video, Specs & Analysis: It shoots 4K video, but it’s not a versatile hybrid camera”

DxO announces Nik Collection 2: 40 new presets, expanded raw editing workflow options & more


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The Nik Collection has been through quite a journey over the years. The software plug-in suite has long been a staple of many photographer's editing workflows. After originally being released by Nik Software and undergoing regular updates, the software was purchased by Google and released into the world for free. Unfortunately, Google's priorities shifted and the plugin suite was ignored, rarely updated and then finally left to die. Last year, the Nik Collection and its U Point technology was pulled from its grave by DxO. After…

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Panasonic LX100 II Field Test: A top-notch compact camera with strong features and performance


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A compact, fixed-lens camera with a bright aperture that still zooms and a fairly large sensor to go along with it is a rarity in the camera world. The Panasonic LX100 Mark II is such a camera, and our Man about Maine Jeremy Gray has been having fun in the field putting it through its paces.

The original LX100 from 2014 checked a lot of key boxes for enthusiast photographers looking for terrific image quality in a compact shell, and the LX100 II is, of course, reported…

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The lessons that landscape photographer Thomas Heaton wishes he had learned earlier


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Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton has captured many landscape images over the years. Accordingly, he has learned a lot along the way. Although very broad, Heaton wishes that he had gained an understanding of light and subject earlier. What he means by this is that after learning about landscape photography and realizing that a photographer could go out into nature and shoot images, it still took a while after this realization to understand what good light looks like and how to make a strong image. At first, Heaton just assumed…

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Beautiful underwater photography sheds light on the ongoing coral collapse


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Sometimes a beautiful photograph is much more than that. The image below, which comes from The Ocean Agency, may be visually stunning, complete with vibrant colors, but it showcases the stark reality facing the world's coral reefs. In the last 30 years alone, it's estimated that over half of the world's live coral reefs have died, which has been a substantial blow to ocean ecosystems. The outlook remains negative, which is why the situation must change course quickly.

The fluorescing corals featured in the image are not typically…

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Using a wide-angle lens presents unique challenges, here are 5 steps to shoot powerful wide-angle images


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While we have shared videos showcasing the creative possibilities afforded to landscape photographers by telephoto lenses, it remains the case that the most popular landscape lenses, wide-angle lenses, have a lot to offer as well. Wide-angle photography comes with its own unique benefits and difficulties. The ability to capture an expansive scene is great, but it makes creating cohesive compositions more challenging. In the video below, photographer Mads Peter Iversen shares five tips for shooting powerful images using a 16-35mm…

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Share your photography with an easy-to-make slideshow inside Adobe Lightroom


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For many photographers, an enjoyable part of the photographic process comes near the end, when you are able to share your work with others. While printing can be expensive, showing off your images doesn't have to be. In fact, you can create really nice slideshows – with background music – inside of Adobe Lightroom.

In the video below, Attilio Ruffo goes through the step-by-step process to create a slideshow in Lightroom, including different options you have for visuals and music. A slideshow can be a great way to display not only…

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Firmware Friday: Ricoh GR III, Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 / accessories, Canon Speedlite EL-100 updated


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This week's Firmware Friday roundup is more a story of imaging accessories than of camera firmware per se, but we've still a fair bit to discuss. As well as updates for the Ricoh GR III large-sensor compact, and for Blackmagic's professionally-targeted URSA Mini Pro G2 video camera, we've also news of new firmware for one of Canon's Speedlite strobes, and several of Blackmagic's viewfinder and fiber converter accessories.

Let's roll up our sleeves and get right down to what's new!

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2, URSA…

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Panasonic announces development of the cinema-centric 6K-capable LUMIX S1H, available this Fall


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Though details are still quite limited, Panasonic has announced the development of the cinema-centric, video-focused LUMIX S1H, the third camera in their full-frame DSLM (digital single lens mirrorless) lineup. While the LUMIX S1 and S1R are both capable of outstanding video capture (with the S1R being the only DSLM capable of 4Kp60 uncropped on a full-frame sensor on the market at the time of publication), Panasonic wanted to develop a camera aimed specifically at the needs of…

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Panasonic announces 10-25mm f/1.7 MFT lens, teleconverters for S Series & a big S1 video upgrade


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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH standard zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds

While a lot of the talk recently has been about Panasonic's new full-frame S system – and the latter portion of this news will be about that system too – they have a fervent fanbase of Micro Four Thirds owners, clamoring for new gear. Panasonic's MFT news today is surely going to whet the appetite: a new Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH standard zoom lens. This fast lens is the world's first standard zoom lens with a constant…

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