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How to Spot a Fake Photographer and Their Smoke and Mirrors

his post isn’t just dedicated to the many photographers on YouTube or Instagram who are trying to become influencers or trying to gain fame, but it’s for generally everyone. However, it has a whole lot to do with photographers and the type of games that they play very often. Misleading audiences and telling lies about how you created an image or how you did something are positively wrong. And if anything, you’re simply teaching folks what not to do–and that’s to not be like you. When the truth comes out, everyone is simply going to remember the lies you told if you’re held to them. Instead, in today’s world, it’s a much better idea to burn out your own toxicity and play the long game....
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Now That the Nikon Z7’s Autofocus Has Improved, You Can Get it Cheaper

Nikon has been steadily working to improve their Z7 camera and now there is a Nikon Z7 trade-in event. After some of the latest firmware updates, the autofocus has improved. Nikon camera users will really appreciate the combination of small size, lightweight, solid build quality and the autofocus abilities that it offers. Couple this with an adapter for F mount glass or using some of Nikon’s pretty good Z mount lenses and you’ve got a winning system with a lot more potential to come. The current trade up deal over at Adorama lets photographers save up to $600 on a purchase. And if you decide to trade-in another product you can get $200 as a bonus too....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-A7 (A Curiously Beautiful Camera)

I can imagine the Fujifilm X-A7 slung around a discerning, fashionable photographer. It’s mated to some sort of beautiful vintage optic or one of Fujifilm’s lust-inducing prime lenses. The stunning leather strap that comes with it is only the icing on top. Everything about the Fujifilm X-A7 tells me that it’s designed for a specific crowd. This crowd includes the travel photographer and those used to large phone screens. In the same line of thought, this photographer will like the feeling of the dials, the leatherette cover, and the lack of emphasis on control via the touchscreen. I fully expect these photographers to also use the Auto or Program modes. Best of all, they’ll adore the tilting screen....
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Nat Geo Photographer Ira Block on Processing His Home City After 9/11

“They weren’t panicking.” related photographer Ira Block to me while I sat with him in his NYC loft and examined images from 9/11 with him. “They were instead trying to figure out what was going on.” The image that Ira is talking about is very typical of New York. Though we were all in lots of shock on 9/11, everyone was in a state of confusion throughout the day. Said photo, which is the lead image of this story, was shot by Ira while walking down 7th Ave. The photos Ira took were for himself. Though he’s a National Geographic photographer, Ira isn’t a news photojournalist–but he started out as one. To that end, he wasn’t on an assignment that day; so the images he shot were just for him....
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How Do Polaroids Work? A Look at Modern Instant Film

Polaroids and Instax are some of the funnest ways to take images these days. Millenials are in love with them and taking an Instax image to share with someone else is one of the easiest ways to connect with folks. But believe it or not, not many people believe them to actually be film. In the case of the stuff that Polaroid puts out under the ZINK moniker, they’re not. They’re simply just a print of an image. But real Polaroids are closer to what both Polaroid Originals and Instax make. While the former is a flawed medium embraced by artists, the latter is a medium with its own appeal. Generally speaking, it’s impossible to make someone look bad on Instax. But how that happens is an amazing process....
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5 Quick Tips on Shooting Better Night Portraits with Ambient Lighting

We get it: you want to photograph a moment just the way you see it! Many photographers who shoot portraits at night are really the ones who eventually start to understand how lighting works once they get enough experience. During the nighttime, most of the light we know and see is shut off except for the little bit that are provided artificially. So until you know how to work with strobes, we recommend that you learn how to make the most of the lighting that is just available at night....
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Review: Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro FiRIN (Sony FE)

When the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN was announced, I was pretty overjoyed at the fact that the company was working to create a focal length that is much different than current options on the market. While Sony has its own f2.8 STF lens, I’m pretty sure that most journalists and photographers can take it or leave it. But with the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN, the company is providing another focal length at a more affordable price point. Tokina’s glass has always been solid–in fact their parent company, Hoya, makes the optics for many lenses that you’re probably using. But they’ve always just been a tad quirky. Sometimes I’ve encountered tactile issues while in the case of the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN I found my ears consistently meeting the unpleasing sound of a loud motor–a thing that I genuinely believed to be buried in the past. If you tend to be a bit more tone-deaf or have worked on construction sites, you’ll probably be able to get over it....
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Here’s Why We’re Sure We’ll See the Nikon D6 Before the 2020 Olympics

Yes, the Nikon D6 is in development. From what the Nikon press release issued for today is saying, it’s going to be targeted to professional photographers. In fact, they’re not even telling us the pricing or the release dates. But we’ve got a great hunch that it’s going to be coming before the 2020 Olympics. Don’t agree? Well, we’re pretty confident that you’d be wrong; and here’s why....
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The Nikon Z 24mm F1.8 S Targets Starscape Photogs for Under $1,000

If you’re using a Nikon Z series camera and know anything about how good the company’s Z mount lenses have been, then you should be very excited about their new Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S. This lens has been designed for the new Z mount system that the company introduced and features things like 12 elements in 10 groups. There is also 9 aperture blades, nanocrystal coatings, and a minimum focusing distance of under one foot away. The Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S weighs less than a pound too while having a large 72mm filter thread on the front. For those of you who love to peep your pickles (I mean, pixels), you’ll be happy to know about the single ED lens element and the four aspherical elements. Like every other lens for the system thus far, the Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S is weather resistant. You get all this for $999.95. That’s honestly not a bad price tag at all. More sample photos are after the jump....
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First Impressions: Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM (A Portrait Dream Lens)

When portrait photographers pick up the Canon RF 85mm f1.2 L USM, they’ll start to realize the absolute magic that it’s capable of when rendering a portrait subject. I’ve realized that Canon’s lenses haven’t always been about scoring high on DXOMark tests, but that they’re instead designed for the character. Canon’s RF 50mm f1.2 L USM delivers an almost medium format look that’s only possible with an 80mm f2 on a 645 body. And the Canon RF 85mm f1.2 L USM isn’t anything different. Even when shooting wide open with a flash, the look that you get is far unlike anything else that you’ll get. That’s not at all to say that everything else isn’t capable of delivering beautiful images. But a long focal length at f1.2 is something to really behold....
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How to Make Your Photo Look Like a Painting In-Camera

One of the best things about photography is that it can adapt to a variety of other mediums and combine itself to deliver really unique images. Even better, lots of those can be done in-camera without the need for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Sure, you can shoot it and fix it in post–but why bother? Why not try to get it right in the first place and worry less later on? If you’re a photographer that has a great grasp of the technical side and is very in touch with your artistic side, then this tutorial on how to make images of landscapes look like paintings is for you....
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First Impressions: Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8 (Super Sharp!)

In my opinion, the results of Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 will mean a lot for the company. It’s one of three lenses that will determine the success of the L mount alliance in its early stages. Along with the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma 35mm f1.2, these lenses are some of the options most targeted to professional photographers. Sure, Leica has an excellent selection of glass. But let’s be honest: Leica glass also comes at a premium. We’re not sure that most professional photographers will reach for the Leica lenses. But they’ll reach for Sigma and Panasonic due to the price and performance that they offer. And if Panasonic can really fix its autofocus algorithms, the Panasonic Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 will make their cameras an excellent contender against the rest of the options on the market....
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Report: Canon EOS R’s New Firmware Makes AF Comparable to Sony’s

Though folks will really sit there and belittle the Canon EOS R, I genuinely like it. In fact, I see it as a step closer to Canon actually deciding to listen to its customers and the industry. With the news of the latest firmware update too, the Canon EOS R is becoming even better. On a recent press trip, we had the chance to play with a beta version of the latest firmware update. This new update brings with it majorly improved autofocus tracking. Indeed, a room of journalists was seriously pleased with some demonstration videos that we saw....
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The Panasonic S1H and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8 Want to Beat Sony

Photographers looking at the new Panasonic S1H and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 may be a bit confused. Afterall, the company was really touting this to be a cinema-style camera. And it also shares a 24MP full frame sensor like the Panasonic S1. The cameras seem to be very similar in a bunch of ways. But the main differences here have to do with video–and the big one is 6K 24p video recording capabilities. Considering that this website is targeted to photographers though, you probably don’t care about that. But let’s discuss what’s important....
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Review: Vanguard Havana 48 Blue Backpack (Their Best Backpack Yet)

Every now and again, I’ll go down a rabbit hole: and that’s how I went about purchasing and testing the Vanguard Havana 48. At times, I become unsatisfied with the camera bag that I’ve got because something about me or my needs change as a photographer. So when researching a number of camera bags, I found the Havana. In the photos that they present, it looks stylish and gorgeous. And to some folks, it will probably be the most stylish bag that they have. But to me, the discerningly stylish EIC of a large photography blog, I just can’t bring myself to use the Vanguard Havana 48 for every day uses. While functionally, it can meet and exceed those needs, I just wish that Vanguard would seriously put out something more handsome....
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Tip: An Ice Container Is a Great Way to Shape Light

If you’ve been into lighting for many years, then you know what a Gobo is. For the rest of us though, a Gobo is basically anything that go between a light and the subject. A softbox can be a Gobo, but the vernacular refers to it being more homemade and put together. It’s designed to shape light. Sometimes all you need is a bit of light shaping....
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Editing Photos with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop is one of the few PCs that has genuinely excited me about the computing world when it comes to photography and creativity. I’ve tried with Asus, but nothing came about it that would make me want to leave the cult of Steve Jobs (HE IS NOT DEAD.) But the performance of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop raised my eyebrows. Coupled with the company’s initiative to want to target creatives, I’m optimistic that they’ll be one of the first to really win us over from Macs. I’ve known Razer for years to cater to the gaming world–and as a former professional gamer, I’m ecstatic that they’re finally seeing the creative market as a serious one....
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Review: Ricoh GR III (An Almost Perfect Street Photography Camera)

When the Ricoh GR III was announced, I was very disappointed to see that it was more of an upgrade rather than a brand new camera that truly brought it into the modern digital world. By that, I wanted a reason to spend a lot of money such as a full frame sensor, weather sealing, improved autofocus, etc. But what I felt the Ricoh GR III was a long wait from the GR II for only a few sorts of minor updates to simply just keep it on par with a number of other products on the market. And after spending some extra time with the Ricoh GR III, I can completely understand how a street photographer would want to use it–but if you’re anything outside of this niche then you’re limiting yourself. Arguably, you can also reach for cameras with interchangeable lenses that can do even more. Further, phones are very capable these days as street photography cameras. If you’re deeply entrenched into the fad that is modern street photography, then just hope that this camera will last you a few years....
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One of the Biggest Problems We’ve Found with the Sony a7r IV So Far

The Sony a7r IV is targeted at a high-end photographer that needs more resolution, color depth, etc. This photographer will use it for professional applications and is bound to not really use it without off-camera lighting unless they’re shooting landscapes. To that end, one of the biggest issues with the Sony a7r IV has to do with lighting. At the recent Sony Kando trip, we confirmed a lot of the issues that we had while previously working with the camera in NYC. If Sony wants to support the professional audience, then they’re going to have to work with lighting partners. And let’s be honest, their flashes suck....
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How Do I Make My Image Look Like This? Well, Learn Lighting

What I’m going to propose in this article may sound absolutely absurd and preposterous to a number of photographers out there especially if you’re new to the art form. When you get into it, you’re swept up and told that you should go take photos and then spend hours slaving away in front of a computer to edit your images and get them exactly the way that you want. And even more recently, that you’ll never be a great photographer unless you use something like Lightroom or Photoshop. While I’ll agree that post-production is part of the process in the creation of a finalized image, I think that the years that I spent shooting film and digital side by side taught me a very important lesson....
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FACTS: Why Leica M is the Best System for a Film Photographer

If you’re a Leica film photographer already, then you most likely agree with this statement. Though the Canon, Nikon, and Pentax users are probably going to be salty here, there is very little use for a film SLR in the 35mm format. All of the viewfinders are dark at night–which is a problem unless you’re really just shooting during the day. But with a rangefinder, it’s typically much easier to get your subject in focus and to get a lightweight package. The Leica M series of cameras (and to a certain point Voigtlander cameras and Zeiss Ikons) are great tools for the modern film photographer. We’re going to tell you why....
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Why Prime Lenses Are So Much Better Than Zooms

While many photographers will reach for the convenience that a zoom lens offers and fix in post, the photographers that reach for prime lenses tend to think about their images in a completely different way. A prime lens is what many photographers are taught to work with to help them develop not only their photographic eye but also their photographic identity. After this, photographers tend to work and develop new needs and end up changing to different focal lengths. But through and through, prime lenses are the best options over zooms for a wide variety of reasons. But why? HINT: it has to do with making things less technical....
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5 Reasons for a Photographer to Love Their Prime Lens Over a Zoom

It’s long been a well known fact that prime lenses are better than zooms even though zoom lenses can be much more useful for professional reasons. But if you’re looking for the penultimate of image quality, prime lenses are hard to beat. Not only are they often sharper and have better bokeh, but they’re smaller in comparison to many zoom lenses. For years, photographers used prime lenses exclusively and even though that is happening less and less in the professional world, many pros still keep at least one prime in their kit. Here’s why you should love your primes....
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Why Doesn’t My Camera’s Flash Freeze Fast Moving Subjects?

While newer photographers will always try to stop a fast-moving subject by cranking up their ISO setting and increasing the shutter speed, it really isn’t always the most effective method. In fact, it can cause a lot more problems for you in post-processing where you’ll enjoy just creating awful photos. One of flash’s biggest benefits is what it can do for photographers not only for providing light on a subject but also for extra benefits such as stopping motion. However, not all flashes are created equal in that capacity. ...
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Opinion: The Best Camera Is Your Eyes and Brain; Not the Device in Your Hands

I think that a great exercise for photographers involves not having your camera with you and also not using the camera on your phone at all. Instead, you should just immerse yourself in an experience lest you get a photo that is otherwise subpar and will end up buried somewhere in a social media feed only to be forgotten for a few double taps. No camera can honestly capture a personal experience. Cameras know nothing about love, about creativity, about anger, they know nothing of emotions. But humans do–and sometimes we try to hide behind cameras to shield us from tough moments or spend all of an experience staring at the back of a screen/through a viewfinder vs actually paying attention to what’s happening in front of us....
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An Ode to the Leica M9: the Best Digital Leica They Ever Delivered

The Leica M9 is one of the last digital cameras to indeed be for master photographers who are great at their craft and that were made before the selfie became super famous. At the time, it cost many thousands of dollars. It was released around the time of the Canon 5D Mk II, the Nikon D700, and the Sony a900–all of which were innovative in their own rights. But the Leica M9 was the first mirrorless full-frame camera to really grace the market. It was plagued with a few issues like incompatibility with certain SD cards, lousy battery life, sometimes slow performance, etc. However, I’m not sure that there was a single photographer that would doubt the quality of the image that came from the sensor. True to my previous statement about master photographers, the Leica M9 harkened to the photographer that shot chrome film and gawked at the photographer who reached for negatives to try to get a better result in the darkroom. The sensor’s output wasn’t as versatile as the other CMOS sensors of the day, but every photographer that held a Leica M9 secretly coveted something like it....
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9 Things a Photographer Should Purchase Besides Gear

GAS: lots of photographers have it and many can understand the need and benefit of getting a brand new lens that can render all the bokeh. But after a while, you’re pretty well saturated and set in the gear that you’ve got. Eventually, you start to realize that you’re the one that takes the pictures and not necessarily your camera. And so you’ll end up at a point where you want something, but don’t need it. That’s fine–satiate your wants as much as is reasonable. But when you need things, you’ll start to realize how much of your money can be invested into something that’s bound to make you even more money and that’s overall more about doing something for yourself as you grow as a photographer. Here are just a few....
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Opinion: 35mm Is the Most Versatile Focal Length in Photography

While I personally see the world more as a 28mm, I have to admit that 35mm is the best when it comes to versatility with creating images. When first starting out, I was told to use 50mm. And it was wrong. It was dead wrong. I’ve grown to appreciate what 50mm can do, but I’m not a fan of it nor the marketing and cults that seem to be behind it. While I see the world in 28mm, the variety of 28mm lenses on the market right now are just not all that perfect. But 35mm lenses are pretty darned great. In an ideal world, we’d have more 40mm lenses; but we don’t....
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The Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD Survived an Insane Rainfall in NYC

In the past few years, I’ve known Tamron’s lenses to have great weather sealing, but in the case of the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD I’m sure that even Sony would be shocked at what I did with the lens. Here in NYC, we’ve been experiencing some incredibly heavy rainfalls. Most folks would stray away from going out to shoot in rain like this; but not us! So we took the new Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD out into the showers with the Sony a7r III....
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The Sony a7r IV Is Out, So Where Is the Sony a7s III?

We’re wondering the same thing you are: where is the Sony a7s III? With the Sony a7r series of cameras undergoing two other refreshes, the Sony a7s series hasn’t seen a single one in years. We know that it’s coming, but we don’t have any idea when. However, with the launch of the Sony a7r IV and the company’s emphasis on Speed and AI amongst other things, we can get a better idea of what the Sony a7s III could be used for and targeted to....
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You’re Doing it Wrong: How to Shoot Flash Photography During the Day

When you think about using a flash, you’re probably thinking about only using it at night where you need more light. But believe it or not, the best time to use a flash is during the day. It essentially helps you get a better histogram reading by filling in details all across the board. It’s also much better than using constant lights too....
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Review: Panasonic S1R (The DSLR Shooter’s Mirrorless Camera)

When the Panasonic S1R was announced last year, I was very excited about the fact that a company was creating a real professional competitor to Sony. But then I held it in my hand and grew concerned about its size. It’s big–and that’s the antithesis of what mirrorless cameras are supposed to be. When the time came around for me to test the camera, I realized that the Panasonic S1R reminds me of a world that I left behind years ago: the DSLR world. This camera is designed to get those who love big, beefy DSLRs over to mirrorless. It’s less designed for the Leica M style users that I relate to much more. What you’re getting from the Panasonic S1R though is some very good performance from the system. But I’m not quite sure that it’s justified by the size....
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The Nikon Z 85mm F1.8 S Weighs Over a Pound and Here’s Why

A Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S could be music to the ears of any portrait photographer who has adored their lenses and, with today’s announcement of the lens, other photographers could indeed be humming along to the tune. At the cost of $799.95, the new Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S is giving photographers what could possibly be more than what Sony is offering in its most comparable offering. The Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S weighs over a pound due to the extra elements. While the Sony 85mm f1.8 FE has nine elements in eight groups, the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S has 12 elements in eight groups. Like Sony, Nikon is also making their portrait lens weather sealed. In fact, Steve Heiner over at Nikon tells us, “The entire lens, including moving parts on the barrel, has been effectively sealed.” The Nikon lens will be noticeably larger than the Sony offering if the specs we’re reading are correct....
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5 of Our Favorite Capture One Styles Packs (Presets)

If you’ve transitioned over to Capture One and away from the slow processing speeds and sluggish workflow of Lightroom, then you’re probably missing one big thing: presets. If you’re a working photographer, then you know that presets help speed up your entire workflow and often help give you your signature look to the work you put out. While Capture One also absolutely gives you better color, we figured that we’d look through some of our favorites for you folks to purchase on your own....
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Review: JPEGmini Capture One Plugin (You’ll Want It)

When we first reviewed JPEGmini, we were very happy with the results that it was able to give us. I never personally ended up using it though because of the fact that it couldn’t integrate easily into Capture One Pro. But that’s over now, and today there is a release for JPEGmini as a plugin for Capture One in addition to the announcement that it will finally be available for PC too. If you’ve ever seen the show Silicon Valley, think of JPEGmini as Pied Piper for images. It’s an algorithm that heavily compresses images without a quality loss. For a publication like ours that regularly uploads 100 images roughly to reviews, JPEGmini is going to be a major space saver....
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On Using the Fujifilm X Series of Cameras as a Journalist

The Fujifilm X series of cameras make for a solid companion for a photojournalist–but only if certain cameras are used along with certain lenses. If a photographer so chooses to work with those options available, then they’ll find that the Fujifilm X system can be a fantastic option for a journalist working to earn a living. Sony arguably has the best option with its sensors all being stabilized and a variety of cameras that can do different things and offer a variety of features for different needs. But in the case of Fujifilm, that option isn’t available. All of their cameras more or less have some iteration of the same sensor. To that end, different form factors and features are what separate one camera from the next....
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Gallery: Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD on the Sony a7r IV

Photographers looking for more affordable options to Sony’s current lineup of zoom lenses may want to consider the fast aperture Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD to start. This lens, along with the 28-75mm f2.8, are options for photographers that don’t want to break the bank or make the full jump into the G Master lineup of glass. During the recent Sony excursion, we took the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD mounted on the Sony a7r IV around for some tests. The shoot with the model was done with our own lighting and we turned off the lights that Sony had set up....
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Photographers Call This Slideshow Software a “Secret Sales Weapon”

Ask any professional photographer and they probably have a favorite photo editing software. We spend a lot of time in front of computer screens getting everything just so. It’s important to have the right tools for the job! But before trying SmartSHOW 3D, I had never considered adding a professional slideshow software to my toolkit. After testing the impressive array of features and capabilities, I now wonder how I ever got along without one....
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The Sony RX100 VII Hints at Sony a9 Replacement Before 2020 Olympics

When companies tend to bring their highest-end technology down to the lowest level of consumer product that they offer, it’s typically a sign of things to come. So with today’s announcement of the Sony RX100 7 (or the Sony RX100 VII), we can almost unquestionably believe that the Sony a9 could be on the way out in a year or so given that the summer Olympics are in 2020. Yes, that means that Sony is marketing the Sony RX100 VII as a baby-a9. With that comes all the autofocus algorithms, fast frame shooting capabilities, no-viewfinder black out, and processor upgrades that have spearheaded the industry. Of course, we’ve got our doubts....
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Review: Vi Vante Sheetline Luxury Black Rope Neck Strap

When I was sent the Vi Vante Matador Noir camera strap I was also shipped the Vi Vante Sheetline Luxury Black Rope Neck Strap–which in many ways is the little sibling of the higher end strap. At a much more affordable price point, the Vi Vante Sheetline offers much of the same durability and comfort than its leather counterpart has. However, it’s arguably softer and more comfortable as a result of their efforts with the use of rope. By far, this is some of the softest rope that I’ve used and felt in a camera strap. It beats the heck out of your standard camera strap’s texture while maintaining a low key appearance. For the stealthy photographer, the Vi Vante Sheetline could be the best option on the market....
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Is This Sony a7r IV Feature Signaling the End of APS-C Cameras?

We know that this could sound a little insane, but if you look at trends in how the photography world is playing out, we could be seeing the end of APS-C very soon. As it is, there isn’t much solid reason to purchase an APS-C DSLR camera vs a mirrorless camera. From Sony’s presentation, we were able to gather just what Sony is trying to tout at the APS-C level despite the Sony a7r IV being a full-frame mirrorless option. So to understand it a bit more, we talked to Sony’a Mark Weir about it....
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Essentials: VNTG8 SD Card Holder (Rebirth in Recycling)

A few years ago, we reported on the VNTG8 SD Card Holders and thankfully, they’re much better in person. In fact, DPReview’s Chris Niccolls personally acknowledged how wonderful they are when we last saw each other in person. The big story behind the VNTG8 SD Card Holders has to do with a very big issue overall in the world: recycling. Created by Jordan Kirkham, these SD card holders represent the new American entrepreneurial spirit while giving a wink and a nod to understanding a big part of visual imagery’s past. In this particular story, the retro aesthetic hails from an affinity for cinematic film. Lots of old film cases simply just went to the wayside after being used. But with the VNTG8 SD Card Holder, they are repurposed in a really nice way. Through this process, they’re given a sort of rebirth....
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The Sony a7r IV Has Problems That Should Be Fixed in Time, We Hope

Who are the photographers that are going to be satisfied with the Sony a7r IV?: That’s the question I was carefully asking myself this entire week when we spent time on the Sony media excursion. Its predecessor was a workhorse in its own right for many photographers that really require not only the resolution but also need to adapt to the changing media landscape. The Sony a7r IV takes those ideals and offers, even more, futureproofing. With a 61MP full-frame sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, 6K video, an audio interface, and improved autofocus in line with Sony’s latest ideals around the use of AI technology the Sony a7r IV is bound to be a powerful machine. But while the Sony a7r IV is bedazzling everyone with all of these fantastic features, they still didn’t get it totally right. ...
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Canon Needs This If They Want a Successful Mirrorless Camera System

If you’ve been shooting photos seriously for a very long time, you’ll remember some of the first lenses that you used. And if you’re like me, one of your first serious lenses was a nifty 50. If you’re a former or current Canon user, then you probably started with the nifty 50–their fantastic 50mm f1.8 lens. Well, that is to say that it is fantastic relative to the price and performance for said price point. Currently nothing in the mirrorless camera world has anything that affordable to the point of near disposability while remaining high quality. But think about all the images that you created with that lens and how it made you fall in love with photography. Yongnuo has tried to create lenses like this, but it’s not irrational to ask for something a bit higher grade at a cheaper price point. And in all seriousness, this is what photography is missing right now in the mirrorless camera world....
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Want to Get Your Dog to Look at the Camera? Here’s How

If you’re one of those people who get frustrated about how to get their dog to look at their camera for a photo, then fear not. The answer is pretty easy and you’re going to kick yourself for not thinking about it first. To understand this, you should first think about your dog and what they like. It’s obvious that belly rubs aren’t going to be easily communicated to your pup in order to get them to look at the camera. But a toy could do the trick. Even better though–so could a treat....
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Gallery: Sony a7r IV Extra Image Samples (Portraiture)

We’re currently at a press event with the new Sony a7r IV working with the camera and putting it through its paces. Sony has told us that the image quality is final. With a 61MP full-frame sensor at the heart, we’re pretty amazed at what it’s capable of doing. While other journalists were hanging out, we took it into the streets of NYC with a model, the Profoto B10, and a few lenses to show off what it’s capable of doing. With a claim of 15 stops of dynamic range and a lot more autofocus points, you’re not going to believe what we’re finding to be the biggest fault....
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The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst them are the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full frame sensor at the heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more....
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The Voyeur in Photography as it Relates to the Photographer’s Intentions

We talk about street photography, street portraiture, and intentions often on this site; but I feel that the idea of the voyeur is something that we genuinely need to bring up again. I’m not one to say necessarily that voyeurs should necessarily be berated, but that I instead think that one’s intentions should be put into perspective. To get right to the meat of this problem, I want to tackle the issue of photographing children–one that is often brought up. Many photographers will say “No, that’s wrong and you’re going to get in trouble.” And they’re right–in today’s society, it’s easy to be labeled as a predator of some sort. While taking pictures of people in public is completely 100% within your legal rights, I believe that street photographers should check their intentions in an effort to move street photography forward beyond the casual snapshot and the emulation of all those who came before us. That’s not to say that there isn’t good work out there–the street photography world has some fantastic work. But there is also a lot of the same and the images of many people look the same....
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These Cameras Deliver Clean Images for Large Prints at ISO 6400

One of the biggest things that we test for with High ISO Output from cameras is how well the images print at 17×22 inches. Sure, everything looks great on a computer screen or on your phone at ISO 6400. And in terms of practicality, there is no good reason to pixel peep your images because your clients aren’t. But they instead care about how the images will look on their wall when printed large. Printing is sometimes seen as a forgotten art, but if you think about how much joy it brings a photographer to see their images become manifest, then you’ll understand why high ISO output can be very important. So we went through the Reviews Index and our own printed image samples to see how they all stacked up to one another....
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The Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art Lens Is Real, and So Are Others!

Today, Sigma announced their much anticipated Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art Lens along with a new 45mm and more. Sigma’s 35mm didn’t really seem all that real but considering what the company has been doing to try to stand apart from other manufacturers, we’re not shocked. This one of the company’s first lenses designed from the ground up for mirrorless full frame cameras and to that end it will come in Sony E mount and L mount. It is also the fastest aperture 35mm lens with autofocus on the market right now for full frame cameras. A lens like this should prove to be very innovative as no one has done this before and it’s bound to help provide a nearly medium format look to the images it delivers. We’ve got more specs and details below....
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