Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.
It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.
Editor’s Note: This is an OP-Ed. On the other hand, you can call it a rant. In fact, call it a rant.
Five years as an Editor in Chief, two years as a wedding photographer, a half a year at Magnum Photos, and two years as a working photojournalist taught me something: there is such a thing as a very bad photographer. Give them expensive gear, all the lights in the world and more and you’ll begin to see that if you don’t have the vision, creativity, and the know-how when it comes to working with a scene and creating something then there is a strong chance that you’re going to be creating useless garbage.
Trust us, we should know.
This year, the site is turning five years old–and we’ve been reviewing cameras since day one. The technology has become better and better and back then folks used to say that something is a good camera or a bad camera. To a certain point, this is still expressed in forums, in conversations amongst friends, and by people that have nothing better to do with their lives than be trolls. But I’m going to tell you the complete God’s honest truth right now about the world.
Are you ready?
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When shooting portraits of a subject straight on, consider the fact that environmental stresses may have caused one shoulder to become higher than the other to cope with weight of bags and other reasons. So for starters, ask your portraits subject to stand straight at you and take careful notice of their shoulders. Then adjust their shoulders accordingly. To do this, we recommend asking the subject to move the higher shoulder back slightly so that when you shoot an image of them straight on, they shoulders will look straighter and proportionate in the image.
To master this, it takes practice and minor calculations based on shoulder height difference. But you can also look through your camera’s lens and see what the results will look like.
To further ensure that the shoulders don’t bulge, we recommend shooting an a lens no shorter than 85mm. By this, we’re not talking about a field of view, we’re talking instead about the actual focal length. The reason for this is just because an 85mm lens may render an image of 127mm on an APS-C sensor, it still acts like an 85mm lens. This applies to any shorter focal length too.
Try it–you’ll be creating better portraits in no time.
Here at the Phoblographer, we’ve been working hard at creating lighting tutorials for you all. And so as a start to curating them and putting them all in one place, we decided to create this index post with loads and loads of great ideas and tips on how to get better lighting in your images: whether you’re a beginner or more advanced.
Take a look.
Very recently, Tokina announced their 70-200mm F4 AT-X Pro FX VCMS lens for Nikon F mount cameras. It is billed as being a more affordable alternative to other lenses on the market and also as something that should be in the camera bags of photographers that love shooting sports and action. Like many of the other third party lens manufacturers, Tokina has been doing a great job with their lenses–and they all have a varying optical formula that make each one unique. This is very unlike Sigma and Zeiss–who have a specific look to them.
For the past few days, this lens has been impressing us a lot.