Concepts and Better Composition Composing of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography, like any other genre, has its many-what I will call-“unofficial rules”.

There are rules about how to expose a scene using methods such as the zone method developed by Ansel Adams, exposing to the right to get as much detail as you can from the shadows, or even bracketing multiple exposures and creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. And then there are rules for composition. The most famous of which-and one you probably learned of first-the Rule of Thirds.

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This Monstrous Micro Four Thirds Combo is All You Need to Be a Spy

Photos by Going_mad. Used with permission.

This is what happens when you combine an Olympus OMD series camera with the Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 lens and a Kippon adapter. It’s huge–but considering the 2x crop factor involved here, you’re getting a heck of a super zoom lens., Essentially this lens becomes a 100-1,000mm zoom lens offering with full autofocus capabilities.

Believe it or not, this isn’t uncommon.

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Inspiration: The Olympus PEN-F Shoots Some Beautiful Video

We feel, and most others agree, that the Olympus PEN-F was one of the most beautiful cameras to come out in the last year and a half or so. The craftsmanship, build quality, and all of the aesthetics were on point and top notch.

Unfortunately, we also felt, and many agreed, that the price was a little high based on what you were getting from an image quality and performance standpoint. Most of our thoughts focused on the still image portion of the camera, but how about its video? Well, it is certainly not meant to be a primary video camera for a video focused creative, but how about for those just looking to capture some good video clips here and there? Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Great Deals on Lenses, Tripods, and Hard Drives

Time for our first real cheap photo post of the new year! Let me first say that we had a great year in 2016 as far as keeping you all updated on the latest deals and savings, and we hop to continue that trend in 2017, starting today with some great deals on lenses, tripods and hard drives!

Quick Hits

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Review: Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

It was rumored for a very long time, and the Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO was finally announced around Photokina this year. This was a very long awaited lens for the Micro Four Thirds system, and it desperately needed to be here a while ago. Better late than never, right? The Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO is weather sealed, fast to focus, and was apparently over-engineered. One of the reps from Olympus told me more about the lens and how the standard it was being judged against was the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Otus when it came to the design. So if you consider this, then the Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO really must be a fantastic lens, right?

It surely is.

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Can One Camera System Truly Do it All for Photographers?

Obviously, all camera systems these days have become very mature and capable of doing almost everything that a photographer needs or wants. They’re all good and can help image makers in many ways. Working photographers these days need to be able to do a variety of things though not including just photography, but also things like video. Some photographers need to have access to a fully working flash system and find features like WiFi integration to be critical. Plus, they need tough gear that can take abuse in rough weather and do most of what they need to get done easily.

Considering that we’ve used every camera system, we’ve put together an analysis.

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7 Lenses That Really Changed the Photography Game this Year

Lens innovation over the past few years has mostly focused on pure image quality. But it’s obvious that we’re at a point where both cameras and lenses these days are so good it doesn’t matter. So lens manufacturers have needed to do something else to make them all much better. With that said, new innovations have produced better lenses, and allowed photographers to have even more creative freedom when working with them.

We went through our reviews and found a bunch that have come up this year.

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Essentials: The Traveling Outdoor Landscape Photographer

Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend at the moment. These aren’t sponsored at all; if they were we wouldn’t have any trouble saying it.

Now is as great a time as any for us to bring back this long dormant series on the Phoblographer. In our Essentials series, we put together special kits for photographers to use in specific situations. You’ll find that lots of these are appealing for one reason to another.

If you’re a traveling landscape photographer always in the great outdoors, you typically need something lightweight with solid image quality that is very reliable. Sure, some folks may love their DSLRs, but once you go mirrorless it’s just so tough to go back. With that said, here are some items that we really digg right now.

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