Tutorial: Zone Focusing With Super Wide Angle Lenses

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One of the biggest strengths of manual focus lenses and the reason why so many photographers love using them has to do with a process called zone focusing–and Zeiss Milvus lenses like the 18mm f2.8 and 15mm f2.8 lens themselves well to this. For years the methods around zone focusing are what has allowed many photographers to outdo the fastest focusing autofocus cameras and lenses. Street photographers, landscape photographers, and many others have used the technique to ensure that they get sharp photos. When film photography was king, lots of photographers did this to ensure they got “the shot.” Digital photography and its inherent nature requires photographers to get even sharper photos.

When you’re shooting landscapes and architecture, you really want the best you can get. With manual focus lenses, sometimes the best thing to do is to use zone focusing.

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Nils Karlson: On Glaucoma and Shooting with Film

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All images by Nils Karlson. Used with permission.

Photographer Nils Karlson is a 41 year old creative living in Germany. “I started photography in my late 30’s, almost a decade after I got a glaucoma diagnosis, which affects my eyesight – my right eye is useless for photography, so I adapted and became left-eyed.” His journey started with messing around with digital photography then moved to 35mm slide film. Eventually, he got into the square format with 120 film–and those are part of his series, “Earth Stands Still.”

Despite the odds being against him, he’s done a fantastic job.

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Review: MacPhun Aurora HDR 2017

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Last year, MacPhun teamed up with Trey Ratcliff to create an HDR program for the Mac called Aurora HDR. Back then, it was a pretty good program; and with today’s announcement of Aurora HDR 2017 you get even more editing power overall. Aurora HDR 2017 features lots of new improvements like a polarizing filter, tone mapping, and a sleeker interface. Many experienced photographers will feel right at home here; and many HDR photographers that are careful with their in-camera shootings will be very pleased with what’s possible here.

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Massimo Lupidi’s Landscape Images Are About Feelings

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All images by Massimo Lupidi. Used with permission.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling,” explains Massimo Lupidi in an email to the Phoblographer. “It’s my way of capturing what I see so I can relive those moments, those sensations and feelings again and again.” Massimo is an Ialian self-taught, freelance photographer with a background in travel reportage and scenics too, but he shoots other categories as well such as aerials, environment, creative photography, and people. With over twenty years of photography experience, he has been awarded in the United Nations “Focus on Your World” during the Earth Summit in 1992 and he has shot production stills for award-winning competitions, several exhibitions, covers for magazines, brochures, and books.

He attributes part of his creative vision (especially with landscapes) to attention to details.

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How to Use Zone Focusing To Make Capturing Photographs Easier

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There are times and moments where even the best autofocus from the most advanced cameras won’t be able to deliver the image that you really want from them. In a situation like this, more advanced photographers often opt for a different method: zone focusing. Way before autofocus was even a concept, this is the method that was tried and true from many photographers out there. Lots of the world’s most iconic images were taken using this method and what you’ll find overall is that this old way of doing things can greatly help you out.

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Chris Carr: The Curious Findings in Puddle Reflections

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All images by Chris Carr. Used with permission.

“As a photographer I pride myself in always looking at things differently.” says photographer Chris Carr. “My photography has come from my desire to share the beauty of this world from many years of traveling. From these travels I have developed an eye for capturing images which elicit a particular feeling, time or place.” Carr’s images have a surreal feeling to them in some ways–or at least his “Puddle Reflections” series does. These photos look to capture landscapes from reflections in puddles. They’re fun and they seem to merge worlds into one another.

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Winter in Norway: The Stunning Winterscapes of Franz Sußbauer

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All Images Copyright Franz Sußbauer. Used with Permission

Landscape photography is so much more than driving out to a remote location and snapping a few images. It takes time, dedication, planning, and lots of trial and error. When we first came across these incredible images from Franz Sußbauer for his series ‘Winter in Norway,’ we that they were something special. Anyone can go out and snap some landscape snapshots, but capturing nature’s emotion, the ebb and flow, and to do so in such detail – that takes talent and know how. “My plan was to make great pictures of a great landscape. Pictures like paintings with a hyper-realistic mood.”Franz said of the series.

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Liquid: a Series of Creative Polaroid Photos (NSFW)

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All images by James Wigger. Used with permission.

Some of the coolest and most creative things in the photo world are often done with analog cameras and film– and some of the work of photographer James Wigger is a big testament to that statement. He was born in Farmington, Missouri in 1957 and has had work exhibited in Scotland, France and the Netherlands along with a number of galleries in the US while also having been featured in numerous magazines and books. James lives and works in Brooklyn, New York–which I guess you can say makes him one of the cool kids.

James has a very interesting method for what he calls his Liquid series. He would shoot an instant film photo, cut it open, spray liquid inside while it was developing, and look at the really cool and almost painteresque results.

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