Review: Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM (This Lens Will Grow on You)

The Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM is the lens that will really help to make this camera system. 

Every camera system is made or broken by the quality of their 24-70mm lenses, and the Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM convinces us that the RF system is a solid system. Not only will photojournalists appreciate the autofocus speed and image quality, but they’ll also admire the build quality. The point of mirrorless was to be smaller and lighter, and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM does just that. At the same time, portrait photographers will really like the quality it renders. The lens is sharp, but not sharp to the point where clients will be problematic with the quality of their faces or anything like that. Both types of photographers will like how durable the lens is. Beyond that, everyone will like the image stabilization it offers and its pretty fair price point.

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Cheap Photo: Sony A6000 $348, A7R2 $1,398, A7 III $1,798, A7R3 $2,498

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It’s hard to go wrong with any of these Sony camera deals!

Sony is bringing its A-game when it comes to holiday sales. If you’ve been eyeing a Sony Mirrorless camera, NOW is the time to buy. The A6000 can be yours for just $398 for the body, $448 with one lens, and $598 with two lenses. The 42.4 Megapixel A7R II is a massive bargain at just $1,398 ($1,498 w/lens), and the A7 III has dropped to only $1,798! To top it off, you can pick up the A7R III for just $2,498. Check out all of these incredible Sony camera deals after the break.

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Review: Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM (One of the Best Zooms Around)

Though the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM is a monster lens, it’s arguably the best full-frame zoom on the market.

When I first laid eyes on the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM, I wrote it off in my head. It’s a monster in size, but when use it for a long time, you begin to realize that it’s manageable. There is no image stabilization, and that will be a problem for many newer photographers. However, the lens has a lot of strengths. Besides being built like Brock Lesner in his prime, it has some of the best sharpness we’ve ever seen from a zoom. Couple this with the f2 aperture throughout the entire range, and you’ve got something unique in the market. This is part of what Canon is doing to survive, and though everyone gives Canon a lot of grief for recycling older camera sensors, I believe their lenses are the best on the market. Of course, this is reflected in the price.

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Does Anyone Remember the P-Sharan Pinhole Camera?

There was a time when you could simply grab a P-Sharan Pinhole Camera if you wanted to try out pinhole photography. Does anyone remember that?

Pinhole photography isn’t really difficult, but the results can be hit or miss. Still, its appeal is the fact that you can make a pinhole camera out of anything, and it’s actually a fun, experimental way to learn about photography. But, just a couple of years ago, you could also simply pick up one of those simple P-Sharan cardboard pinhole cameras, pop in a roll of 35mm film, and get shooting. Let’s look back at one of Alastair Bird’s 2016 videos to refresh our memory about this fun paper camera.

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How to Make the Most of Sunsets for Golden Hour Portraits

The Golden Hour is one of the best times of the day to shoot, so allow us to inspire you with some ideas for your next sunset portrait session!

If you want to play with mood, light, and emotion in your portrait work, shooting during the Golden Hour is guaranteed to give you some great results. It’s been tried and tested by many photographers, and if you’re a budding portrait photographer, it’s your turn to have fun in the sun. With some excellent examples and tips from Imogen and Mark of the Weekly Imogen channel, you’ll surely have some ideas to work with and achieve your own portraits that make the most out of this magical time of the day.

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Cheap Photo: The Vanguard VEO 2 235CB Tripod w/Ball Head Is Only $109!

The Vanguard VEO 2 235CB tripod with a BH-50 ball head is great for photographers who like to travel light.

Tripods never get as much love as other, ‘more exciting’ photography accessories, but the importance of having a high-quality tripod should never be overlooked. Tripods are designed to make our lives easier, and help us get the most we possibly can out of our cameras and lenses. If you need a new tripod, or perhaps want to buy your first one, you cannot go wrong with this deal. For just 24 hours, you can buy the incredibly sturdy Vanguard VEO 2 235CB tripod which comes with a ball head that can support 13lbs of gear for only $109! The Vanguard VEO 2 235CB is a tripod we quickly fell in love with when we reviewed it last year. Continue reading…

Natural Light Photography Tips from National Geographic Photographer Bob Holmes

If you prefer working with natural light for your photography, you will definitely pick up some great tips from National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes.

As basic as it is, shooting in natural light (or available light) remains popular among photographers because of its simplicity, convenience, and beautiful results. Many photographers prefer to work solely with natural light over using lighting equipment — and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you can produce great photos and achieve your intended results with this method, then, by all means, go with it. But, it requires a lot of practice and learning to be able to make the most of it. You have to be able to understand how light creates and affects your image. National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes, who only does natural light photography, gives a bunch of great tips on how to get stunning photos in this method.

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Three Out of This World Sony Cameras for Astrophotography

These Sony cameras will bring the magical night sky to life.

Sony cameras are some of the most innovative on the market. They are packed with tech that can make your life easier, feature sensors capable of capturing immense detail, and perform miracles in low light situations. It’s these qualities that make Sony cameras excellent for astrophotography. If you want to capture the night sky and all of its wonders, the three Sony cameras listed in this article are the ones worth a closer look. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: The Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Kit Is Just $229 (1 Day Only)

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The Flashpoint eVOLV 200 (Godox AD200) has reached legendary status for good reason, and now you can get it on the cheap!

There’s no doubt you’ve heard about the affordable, incredibly powerful 200ws Flashpoint eVOLV 200. But, just in case this little gem has escaped your attention, let us fill you in. This small strobe has the same output as roughly three regular speedlights, which makes it profoundly robust and ridiculously versatile thanks to its small size and lightweight. The Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Bark Door Kit usually retails for $327, but for just 24 hours, you can pick up this fantastic light for only $229! Join us after the break for more details about the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 and this deal.

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Olympus Shuts Down the Circus and Ends the Speculation

The constant merry-go-round of ifs, buts, and maybes put Olympus in poor light, but the nonsense has finally stopped.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard all of the speculation surrounding Olympus and its camera division. Depending on who or what you believed, Olympus was either about to flourish or sink without a trace. Soon, a circus descended on the Olympus HQ, and there was widespread confusion about the future of the company. It seemed as though not even top officials knew what was going on, but now we know that Olympus is here to stay thanks to an official statement finally released. After the break, we will take a look at the circus that unfolded over the week, and just what other camera companies can learn from this debacle. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering the Essential Composition Elements

Great composition is key to any kind of photography, so today, we bring another photography cheat sheet to help you master it.

A well-exposed photo is never enough; it should also show great composition. Of course, no one is a master of composition straight away. It takes years of learning, practice, and constant improvement. If you’re bored with your photos, chances are you need to work on composition. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet from Digital Camera World will provide some helpful tips for working with the essential ingredients of eye-catching composition.

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Wildlife Photographer Ralf Schneider Talks About His Poignant Animal Encounters

Keen on getting into wildlife photography? We bring some inspiring insights from German wildlife photographer Ralf Schneider.

German wildlife photographer Ralf Schneider has been shooting the beauty of nature for 40 years. But, it was only during this year that he added a feather to his photographer hat when his adorable photo of a napping Weddell seal made it to the roster of Highly Commended black and white photos in the largest wildlife photography competition in the world, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year . We wanted to learn more about how the outstanding photo was shot, and fortunately Ralf also obliged to share more about his insights from years as a wildlife photographer, including a number of his poignant animal encounters. If you’re developing an interest in this genre, we think our quick chat will be inspiring.

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3 Fujifilm Cameras That Will Help You Make Stunning Landscape Images

These Fujifilm cameras have more dynamic range than you’ll know what to do with. 

Fujifilm has released some outstanding cameras over the last few years, and have rightly cemented their place in the hearts of photographers everywhere. Fujifilm offers both APS-C and Medium Format cameras that are more than capable of helping photographers create images that make jaws drop. Both of their platforms also have lens libraries that can make the most of the terrific sensors these cameras use. After the break, we will take a quick look at three Fujifilm cameras that can produce glorious, colorful, detail-rich landscape images with ease.

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Instagram Has Made Street Photography Cliche and You’re the Problem

Now more than ever, street photography has become cliché. But what’s the solution? And more importantly, do we need one?

In an article recently published on World Press Photo, writer Colin Pantall asks: Why photograph when every picture has already been made? It’s a great question that highlights the impact of both an oversaturated industry and hobby. Because nowadays, everyone is a photographer – especially with the rise of social media and the smartphone camera. In his piece, Pantall focuses on the impact cliché images have had on documentary photography and photojournalism, but I want to take a look at street photography; a genre many complain has become stale.

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Cheap Photo: Save Big on Tutorials from Creative Live While You Can!

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There’s nothing better than investing in yourself, so grab some tutorials from Creative Live and learn new skills on the cheap.

Learning new skills and techniques is what keeps growing as photographers. It’s incredibly important to continue our education: the second we think we know it all, we’re done for. That’s why you should take advantage of these incredible deals from Creative Live. Do you want to learn about lighting? The Strobe Lighting on Location class is just $74, while the Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for Life tutorial can be yours for only $29! Want to learn more about street photography? The Street Phototography: Capturing Unique Images course is only $21! If you want to master Photoshop or Capture One Pro 12, you should check out the Photoshop Bootcamp, which is only $29 and the Master Capture One guide, which is a steal at $74. Check out these, and more photography tutorial deals from Creative Live after the break

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Five Easy Composition Tips for Stunning Black and White Photography

Practice makes perfect, especially for black and white photography. Here are some quick tips to improve your composition today!

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: black and white photography isn’t as simple as using your camera’s monochrome mode. If only it were that easy! Because black and white photography has the inherent ability to make compositions stand out, working on your composition is one of the first few things you need to get started with. In today’s featured video tutorial, PHLEARN Founder Aaron Nace shares five quick composition tips to get better monochrome snaps.

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Five Simple Ways to Beat Creative Block in Photography

We all struggle from bouts of creative block once in a while. But we don’t have to let it drag on and cripple us from shooting. Here are some simple ways to help us break out of it.

Are you stuck with your photography projects or haven’t been shooting for a while? Don’t like the photos you’ve taken lately? Having a hard time breaking out of that creative rut? These things happen to us in different forms and varying degrees. But, that doesn’t mean we have to endlessly struggle with it. A video by Jamie Windsor shares some tips and thoughts that allowed him to identify how creative block happen to him and what helps him move past it.

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This Is Why Sony Got 42.5% of the Mirrorless Camera Market in 2018

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Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Co. had better up their game if they want to claim more of the camera market.

As 2019 draws to an end, one thing is for sure – Sony’s dominance in the camera market is alive and well. Just how the camera market will break down for 2019, nobody will know for a while, but we now know who the king of the castle was in 2018. It’s no surprise that it was Sony, and there’s been nothing to suggest that will change for 2019 either. Perhaps the biggest shock is just how much they are dominating others in the market. Join us after the break to see the camera market breakdown for 2018 and to explore what we think other manufacturers need to do to catch up to the steam roller that is Sony. Continue reading…

Review: DJI Mavic Mini (Finally, a Drone That’s City Friendly)

The DJI Mavic Mini is a lightweight drone that’s finally making flying in cities more friendly. 

When DJI invited us to their DJI Mavic Mini event, we didn’t know what we’d be seeing. But the DJI Mavic Mini is surely the first drone that has really caught my attention. It’s under the 250-gram weight that the government puts restrictions on. Additionally, the DJI Mavic Mini has image stabilization built-in and isn’t to terribly built either. It folds down and is lightweight. So finally, photographers who dwell in cities have a better option to work with that sort of skirts the laws for drone flight. Of course, you need to exercise caution and common sense. If anything, you should always be a bit more conservative when flying with a drone like this and act responsibly.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using the Zone System for Ideal Exposures

Still confused about the Zone System Ansel Adams co-developed and popularized? Today’s photography cheat sheet will help. 

The Zone System and its variations continue to guide and help photographers get their exposures right, especially for punchy black and white photography. While it was developed for shooting, processing, and printing in film, digital photographers can also learn a thing or two from it to achieve ideal exposures. If this is your first time learning about the Zone System, we found a handy photography cheat sheet and tutorial to help you understand it better.

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Review: Sony A7R IV (The Pound for Pound Resolution King)

The Sony A7R IV is the current pound for pound resolution king when it comes to Full Frame Mirrorless cameras.

Earlier this summer, Sony announced its latest high-resolution flagship Full Frame Mirrorless camera, the Sony A7R IV, which was met with an overwhelmingly positive reception. At the heart of the Sony A7R IV is its brand new, 61MP, backside-illuminated sensor. As of press time, this sensor is the highest resolution sensor available in a Full Frame camera. This takes the A7 series into medium format resolving territory. The Sony A7R IV also packs the company’s latest generation AF technologies under its hood, including Face and Eye AF for Humans and Animals, in addition to Real-time Tracking. The exterior of the A7R IV went under the knife as well, resulting in a slightly larger body that includes a deeper handgrip, better joystick, improved rear dial, a lockable Exposure Compensation dial, and upgraded buttons all around. The excellent Electronic View Finder from the A7R III was also replaced with a higher resolution EVF now capable of refreshing at up to 120 fps. Weather-sealing has been one of Sony’s pain points, but this also saw a major overhaul in the A7R IV. All of these improvements culminate in a camera designed clearly with the professional in mind.

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