BluewaterU Offers Live Virtual Classes for Underwater Photography


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When you think online photography education, underwater photography probably isn’t the first niche that pops into your mind. But that’s what the newly launched Bluewater University is focused on — it offers live virtual instruction for all things underwater.

A joint-venture of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel and the Underwater Photography Guide, Bluewater University (BluewaterU for short) is a new portal “completely devoted to ocean, photo, post processing, marine biology, and travel education.”

“We want to provide a platform to keep people excited about diving, travel, photography & video,” says BluewaterU founder Scott Gietler.

The underwater photography instructors

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Why UV Filters are Basically Useless on Modern Cameras


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We’re going to ask a controversial question: What do UV filters do, exactly? A UV blocking filter, (not to be confused with a UV Bandpass filter, which has the opposite function) is perhaps the most standard lens filter out there. It’s sold with every beginner lens filter kit along with polarizers and ND filters, and sometimes it’ll even ship with your camera.

The filter itself sounds simple enough: a filter that blocks UV light. But, what does that mean, and why is blocking UV light something we want to do? Lenses themselves have many glass elements and coatings

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A Rare Photo of Someone Smiling in the 19th Century


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Portrait photos from over a century ago rarely show subjects smiling, but this 19th century photo is an exception, and it’s been going viral online for that reason.

The photo is found in the National Anthropological Archives maintained by the Smithsonian Institution. The 14.5×6.5-inch photo was captured in 1894, and it shows a Native American girl named O-o-dee of the Kiowa people in the Oklahoma Territory.

It’s believed that the photo was captured by a photographer named George W. Bretz who ran a photo studio in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. An album of Bretz’s photos, which includes this

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Here’s a Free and Easy-to-Follow DSLR Beginner’s Guide PDF


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Just starting out with doing photography with a DSLR (or mirrorless) camera? Here’s a free PDF you can download that will take you through some of the basics of understanding and using the camera so you can hit the ground running.

You can view and/or download it here:

This guide was put together by Chris S., who graduated from Full Sail University in 2011 with a B.S. in Film and who is now a Los Angeles-based independent contractor shooting TV commercials.

“I originally created this guide for a friend after I found out they had bought an

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A Cautionary Example of Lens Compression


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Somehow or other lens compression effects seem to have hit the zeitgeist. A day does not go by when I fail to see some news photograph critiqued on the grounds of lens compression. Either what it appears to show is fake (or allegedly fake) due to lens compression, or lens compression is concealing some truth. So here’s a little description of it, and a cautionary example.

Lens compression doesn’t have anything to do with lenses. It’s about where you are.

If two things are 10 feet apart, but you’re 500 feet away, they look pretty much the same distance away

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How to Capture Professional 360° Product Photos with Basic Gear


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Dustin Dolby of Workphlo is back with another helpful product photography tutorial. Using only minimal gear, Dolby will show you how to create professional-grade 360° product photos—an increasingly sought-after skill for e-commerce photography.

Most of the setup is extremely minimal, as most of Dolby’s home-studio setups tend to be. He’s using an old Nikon D5100 with a kit lens and a Yongnuo YN560 III speedlight with the corresponding trigger. The flash is placed inside a strip box, which is suspended above a smartphone-controlled Miops Capsule—a motorized ‘pod’ that’s typically used for capturing time-lapse photography or panoramas.

To perfectly center

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Adobe Launches New Video Series of 60-Second Lightroom Tutorials


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If you’re looking to hone your Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile skills, Adobe has launched a new series of bite-sized video tutorials that you might be interested in. The series is called “In a Lightroom Minute,” and it’s made up of 60-second (give or take) tutorials that cover a wide variety of topics.

Those of you familiar with Adobe’s YouTube channels probably recognize this concept. The company has done this before with the Lightroom Coffee Break series and, more recently, with the Photoshop Magic Minute series. In a Lightroom Minute follows in the same vein, sharing helpful tips

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How You Live Your Life is Reflected in How You Take Photos


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I look at hundreds of photographs everyday and I’ve noticed that how people take photos is in direct correlation to how they live their day to day lives. This may not sound like a startlingly profound fact but, put simply: your personality can create the biggest barrier to achieving interesting and unique photographs.

It’s not your kit, and it’s not your ability to capture perfect focus. It’s who you are and how you live that you need to examine.

Let me delve a bit deeper and explain.

Now here are some stereotypes…

Are you a busy, task-oriented person?

Your photos

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This Free ‘Bird In Flight’ Photography Crash Course Covers Everything You Need to Know


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Expert wildlife photographer Steve Perry has created an excellent “crash course” in Bird in Flight photography that he’s sharing for free with all of us. The video covers 10 techniques/tips that “will give you all the basics you need to start filling your memory card with wall-hangers.”

We won’t dive into the specifics here, mostly because he covers a lot in just 18 minutes of rapid-fire delivery, but here’s a quick overview of the 10 topics that Perry dives into. Keep in mind that he goes into far more detail in the full video:

  1. Shutter Speed – Choose a

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Commercial Photography Working Procedures in the Time of COVID-19


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COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to many areas of the economy in the past few months. As we emerge from lockdown situations, businesses will continue to have a need for fresh commercial photography, whether it is for new marketing efforts, making portraits of new faces as leadership and staff undergo changes, documenting new facilities and infrastructure projects, or communicating with stakeholders about a company’s efforts to keep workers safe and healthy during this ongoing crisis.

After years of working with some of the world’s biggest brands in the industrial, oil and gas, and healthcare segments, working safely is part of

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The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners


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Robert K Baggs is a Headshot, Portrait, and Commercial photographer from London & Hertfordshire. He’s been published in broadsheets, magazines, and websites globally including the likes of The BBC, National Geographic, and The Telegraph. In addition to this, Robert’s work has been displayed in galleries from New York to Paris.

Bee House by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com

Like all modern love stories, I found macro photography on the internet. I hadn’t long bought my first camera when I was stunned by the intricacy of insects when observed close up. I hurriedly punched in ‘Amazon’ and began searching for the lenses I’d seen in the EXIF data of

Not Evil by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
The Dweller by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Edge of today by Roni Hendrawan on 500px.com
Jumping Spider white by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Making Love by the Moonlight by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Pseudoscorpion (False Scorpion) by Ed Phillips on 500px.com
A Closer Look by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Life in Colour by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
A Hoverfly and Friends by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
This is My Flower... by Juliana Nan on 500px.com
Hypnotised by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Stock Wasp
So Fresh, So clean by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Begging
Mite by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
~~``~~ by Juliana Nan on 500px.com
Jeffrey by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Red Spider by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Emporor Butterfly by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
Bee Looking at Me
Beefly (Bombyliidae) in Flight by Robert K. Baggs on 500px.com
The Predator

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UV Filters Are NOT Designed to Protect Your Lenses, Manufacturers Confirm


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One of the biggest and hard-fought debates I regularly see online is about UV filters. Many photographers swear by these relatively expensive pieces of glass, and they predominantly use them to protect their lenses.

A lot of other photographers disagree with this idea and suggest using a lens hood instead. What is common in all of these debates is that no side ever convinces the other. For this reason, I decided there was no point in asking the end-user because the opinions are held far too firmly. Instead, I thought to myself, why not just ask the companies that make

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The Story of Edwin Land, and the Rise and Fall of Polaroid


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Photographer Todd Dominey recently inherited a piece of photo history from his parents: an original Polaroid SX-70. This camera sent Dominey down the rabbit hole of instant photography history, as he discovered the story behind this world-shaking camera, and the man who invented it, Edwin Land.

In the documentary-style video above, Dominey shares a bit of the passion he’s discovered with the rest of us. It’s a story of “the rise and fall of Polaroid, the SX-70, and the surprising life and career of Edwin Land.”

“Most people know Land for creating instant photography, but he’s also the inventor

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Testing an Insanely Fast 100mm f/0.73 Lens In Real Life


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The folks over at YouTube channel Media Division recently put together an incredibly comprehensive test of the fastest camera lenses on the market. In this video, they cover everything from the legendary Zeiss R-Biotar 100mm f/0.73 X-Ray lens, to some of the more “practical” options with maximum apertures under f/1.

The full video runs to over 50 minutes, and includes one of the more painful camera modifications you’ll ever witness. They literally remove the sensor from a cinema camera and strap it to the outside of the mount using gaff tape. Paired with a few other modifications, this allows

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Adobe MAX 2020 Will be an Online-Only Event that’s Free for Everybody


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Earlier today, Adobe officially announced that its largest annual conference, Adobe MAX, would be moving online. The company promises to make Digital MAX 2020 “one of the most immersive, imaginative, and innovative digital events of the year” that will be “open to everyone at no cost.”

As with the 99U conference, the move was prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and as with 99U, the expensive conference will now be free to anyone who wants to attend. Digital MAX 2020 will take place between October 19-21st, and like previous MAX conferences, Adobe is planning to unveil “the latest

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Photography Life Just Released All of Their Paid Photography Courses for Free


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If you’re running low on free educational content and you’re eager to use this time to improve your craft, we have some good news. The website Photography Life hast just released all of their premium photography courses, usually $150 apiece, for free on YouTube.

The announcement was made earlier today by Photography Life founder Nasim Mansurov, who explained that he and his staff felt compelled to help out the community during these difficult times.

“With the world dealing with possibly one of the worst health and economic crises the world has ever seen, we thought it would be a good

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Sock Puppet Teaches You How to Use Your Camera’s Manual Settings


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If you’ve been looking for a fresh, entertaining take on the standard beginner’s guide to
getting out of Auto Mode, look no further. The YouTube channel TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has released the strangest (and yet still very informative) tutorial we’ve seen in this genre.

Think of this video as a complete beginner’s guide to the exposure triangle, taught by a sock puppet with a thick accent. As you’ve probably guessed, that last part makes it more entertaining than most videos in this genre, but we’re happy to report that it’s no less informative.

Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are all explained,

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A Beginner’s Guide to Focus for Landscape Photography


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Landscape photographer and educator Mads Peter Iversen has put together a helpful focus ‘primer’ for the aspiring landscape photographers out there. In the video, he goes over auto and manual focus technique, his personal workflow, and a few basic tips and tricks that work well for him.

Note that Iversen doesn’t go into the details of hyperfocal distance and how to calculate it. If you want to get that precise every time you take a shot—or you’re looking for a more advanced tutorial—you’re better off consulting a more technical explanation like this one by Nigel Danson.

Iversen’s video is focused

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iPhone SE: Seeing Depth with a Single Eye


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After four years, we have a new budget-conscious iPhone. Like previous SE, it reaches that price point by sticking to components from previous generations. iFixit found the the camera sensor interchangeable with that of an iPhone 8.

An iPhone 8 side-by-side with an iPhone SE. Via iFixIt’s Teardown

If this were a story about hardware, we’d just tell you to read iPhone 8 reviews. In short, we think this is a fine camera, though it’s three years old. Photographer Sebastiaan de With is actively out shooting RAW shots with it to see just how well it stacks up.

But this

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Hypercentric Optics: This Camera Lens Can See Behind Objects


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Engineer and YouTuber Ben Krasnow over at Applied Science has put together a fascinating little optical demonstration that explains the physics behind ‘hypercentric’ optics and how they allow you to see around and behind objects. He even shows you how to build your own.

“Telecentric and hypercentric optics are very different from our eyes or normal camera lenses,” explains Krasnow in the video description. “They have ‘negative’ perspective or no perspective, respectively, leading to very unusual images.”

In the case of this video, Krasnow uses a regular fresnel lens to create his own hypercentric lens and capture images like

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