All images by Brenton Little. Used with permission.
Mobile photography has come a long way with new devices and better apps, but more importantly with talented photographers in the mobile space. Brenton Little has become one of these professional smartphone photographers who travels far and wide to take great shots using just an iPhone 5S.
Now in his latest mobile-centric adventure, he is teaching a SkillShare class on mobile photography and how to capture friends and new perspectives. While the class revolves around iPhoneography and editing images in VSCO Cam, it includes lessons that every photographer can use such as how to frame interesting looking portraits and how to effectively use natural lighting.
They’re all lessons Brenton has learned over the last four years since he first posted his first image on Instagram on October 23rd, 2010. “I didn’t have a DSLR, I just had an iPhone 3G and that’s where I started,” Brenton says.
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Heading into a concert? We’ve got good news and bad news for you.
Let’s start with the good news: you’re about to see what will hopefully be an awesome show.
The bad news: the venue may not let your pro-grade camera in. In fact, even as long as it looks pro grade, you’ll need to check it. So for that reason, you’ll need something a bit more low-profile that will fool the guards when they check your bag. The only way to do that is to not have such a serious looking piece of kit on you, but still having something comparable to the cameras that you may use.
Here are a list of cameras that won’t get checked at a concert.
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Sony has pretty much revamped its entire line of Alpha cameras from the entry level A5100 all the way to its top of the line A7r. Now the Japanese camera company is launching a PRO Support service program for professionals picking up all its new models.
The premium service offers users—for a $100 annual membership—dedicated phone support, free camera maintenance, expediated repair services, and included loaners while their camera is in the shop. What’s more, Sony PRO Support service subscribers will also have access to loan equipment. So if you ever wanted to use that super expensive Sony 500mm f4.0 G lens without plunking down $12,998? Well now you can.
But before you enroll on the Sony PRO services site, there’s some criteria you’ll have meet. Firstly, you have to be the owner of two Sony Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, whether its part of the Sony A7 family or the A99. Subscribers also need to already own three Sony Zeiss and/or G-Series lenses. Additionally, you’ll have to prove that you’re a working professional photographer whether it’s in a self-employed capacity or as an employee of a larger business.
All in all it’s a service that follows closely to the model set by Canon and Nikon’s Professional Services. Call it unoriginal but Sony needs this to create this service as its full-frame mirrorless systems steal away more photographers like Jason Lanier.
In another bit of news Sony has also added more photographers to its “Artisans of Imagery” campaign to show just how good the Alpha camera line can be. The new roster of photographers includes 21 new renowned professionals including Joe Brady, Zabrina Deng, and Eli Reed.
Reflectors are often ignored by many photographers because either they truly underestimate how useful they can be or the person just doesn’t want to have to deal with unfolding and folding them. The latter is a result of complete laziness and is unacceptable. But for the folks that don’t know how to fold a reflector, photographer Eric Rossi created a tutorial on how to fold a reflector. There are two different ways and obviously not every reflector can be folded the same way due to them being different shapes and sizes.
Check out the video on how to fold a photographic reflector and give it a try if you can one day. It’s much more fun that it seems.
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Inspired by Zack Arias’s video on film and digital sensor size comparisons, we decided to whip up a quick infographic for you on the different film sizes available in a friendly comparison. Think it’s cool to have a full frame 35mm sensor in your camera? Well consider the fact that you can get 645 (6×4.5) 6×7 film cameras for fairly cheap. Sure, you’ll have to pay for the film expenses, but you’ll also put more effort into you photos and have loads more keeper shots if you’re careful. Plus, you likely won’t upgrade your camera every couple of years.
As we show in the infographic above, 35mm film is smaller compared to everything else. In fact, 35mm film was originally invented to please consumers, not professionals. It was designed quite literally for novices but because the standard once people could deliver great work with it.
Sound familiar? It sounds a lot like the phone generation.
DxO Labs has unleashed whole new fleet of photo editing software. Starting with DxO Optics Pro 10, the biggest and foremost change is that version 10 will work with all cameras no matter which edition you get. Optics Pro 10 also brings new features called ClearView to reduce the effect of haze. The software company says it’s the perfect way to bring back the contrast of images shot in fog or pollution.
Across the board DxO Labs has improved all the features previously seen on Optics Pro 9. Users can expect even better Denoising performance, an improved lens softness tool as well as Smartlighting to intelligently bring back details lost in shadow. Optics Pro 10 can also apply optical corrections for over 20,000 different camera and lens combinations.
The biggest kicker is DxO Optics Pro 10 will now work in Lightroom in a non-destructive workflow. This lets you edit your images and always return to the original photo whenever you please. This is also the first version of Optics Pro that will work seamlessly with DNG files created by Lightroom and Adobe’s DNG convertor. Lastly DxO Mark has overhauled the Optics Pro 10 interface to be more intuitive, follow the incoming flat look of the OS X Yosemite, and will load images 10 times faster on Windows and Mac systems plus.
To coincide with Photo Plus happening in New York, DxO Optics Pro 10 launches today. The Essential Edition rings up to $129 and the Elite Edition costs $199.
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