Review: Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro FiRIN (Sony FE)

The Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN delivers great image quality at the expense of sounding like a cordless, handheld drill.

When the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN was announced, I was overjoyed at the fact that the company was working to create a different focal length than current options on the market. While Sony has its own f2.8 STF lens, I’m pretty sure 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 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 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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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing Light Modifiers for Portraiture

Want to master studio setups for professional-looking portrait photography? You’ll have to begin by understanding how light modifiers work. Today’s handy photography cheat sheet will help you with just that! 

Achieving the right lighting setup for the look you’re going for is essential to studio portrait work. At the heart of this are light modifiers. As the term suggests, they are used to shape, direct, increase, or soften the output of your light sources so you get the mood that you want for your shots. There’s no shortcut to professional lighting, but today’s cheat sheet makes a great visual guide for what each light modifier does.

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What Do You Think Fujifilm Has Up Their Sleeve? The Fujifilm X Pro 3?

The newly registered FF190001 Fujifilm camera is causing quite the stir.

Another day, another camera being registered by a major camera company. This time it’s Fujifilm stepping up to the plate with a yet-to-be-announced new camera. What could it possibly be? The filing, which was discovered this week, has caused quite a tizzy in the camerasphere. With Fujifilm recently heavily discounting the excellent Fujifilm X-H1 down to $999 with the grip, one would assume this new Fujifilm camera could be the X-H2. Not so fast there buddy! Hold your horses! We don’t think it’s that. Join us after the break to see what we believe this new Fujifilm camera might be. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Save up to $1,100 on These Profoto Lighting Bundles

These Profoto lighting deals will be gone in a flash, so hurry if you want to pick up some new gear on the cheap.

If you have been thinking about upgrading your current lights, or have been wanting to buy your first set of lights, this post is for you. Right now there are some deep discounts available on Profoto lights that you do not want to miss out on. You can pick up the excellent Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon for only $755!  The Profoto B10 will give you pro studio quality light in a package that’s no bigger than a 70-200mm lens, and it’s just $1,595! You can save a whopping $1,105.01 on the outstanding Profoto B2 as well. A huge B2 lighting bundle is only $989.99. Check out all of the Profoto lighting deals after the break. Continue reading…

Three Natural Light Setups to Try for Gorgeous Boudoir Photography

Whether you prefer to work with natural light, or don’t have studio lights yet, this boudoir photography tutorial will give you some great ideas.

Working with light to create mood is a significant component of beautiful boudoir photography. Some photographers prefer to do this by shooting in locations with gorgeous natural light. Others prefer working this way to make the most of available light and minimize their shooting setup. If this sounds like something you want to try, let this video tutorial by Los Angeles-based Michael Sasser be your guide on three ways to shoot with natural light for beautiful boudoir portraits.

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Cheap Photo: Save $500 on the A7 II, Camera Bags from $7.99, and More

Take advantage of these Fall camera deals, and save on accessories, lenses, and Lightroom presets.

Fall is still a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save on Fall camera deals right now. You can pick up the Sony A7r III with a free accessory bundle for $2,498. The Pentax KP is just $796.95, and the Pentax K1 II has a discount of $200. The Fujifilm X-H1 w/grip is still just $999, and the Sony A7 II with a huge accessory bundle is only $898! We have found deals on camera bags that start at $7.99, and you can save 50% on a Vanguard Monopod! We have also found great deals on Lightroom and Photoshop film emulation presets. You can get Kodak Portra presets for $23, Kodak Kodachrome presets for just $26, and Fujifilm Neopan and Superia presets for only $23! Check out the camera deals and other sales after the break. Continue reading…

First Impressions: Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS (Sony E, APS-C)

A weather-sealed super-telephoto lens designed specifically for Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras.

Earlier this week, Sony announced their 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS lens, alongside the A6100 and A6600 crop sensor mirrorless cameras, and the 16-55mm f2.8 G lens. The Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS is the company’s first super-telephoto designed specifically for their crop sensor mirrorless cameras, with a 35mm Full Frame equivalent focal range of 105–525 mm. When shooting at such extreme focal lengths, the built-in optical image stabilization helps keep motion blur to a minimum. The 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS features an optical design consisting of an aspherical element along with three extra-low dispersion glass elements, and is dust and moisture resistant. Sony managed to pack these features into a compact package that weighs in at just 625g. We got a chance to shoot with the Sony 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS in a variety of shooting conditions using both the A6100 and A6600. Head on after the jump to check out our first impressions on this super-telephoto. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Posing Women for Portraits

If you’re just getting into portrait photography and need help with poses, this photography cheat sheet will give you some great ideas.

Posing your subjects is crucial to getting good portraits. You may have a good model or a pro lighting setup ready, but you’d still need to direct them into different poses. If you’re not yet confident with directing your female models into posing, or you need a reference for some poses to start with, this photography cheat sheet has a handful of suggestions.

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Here’s Why We’re Sure We’ll See the Nikon D6 Before the 2020 Olympics

The Nikon D6 is in development according to the company, and it’s bound to be the company’s last great DSLR.

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

Photographers using the Nikon 24mm f1.8 S will love this lens for starscapes, according to Nikon’s claims.

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 the company introduced, and features 12 elements in 10 groups. There are also nine aperture blades, nanocrystal coatings, and a minimum focusing distance of under one foot. The Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S weighs less than a pound 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 when it hits stores in October. That’s not a bad price tag at all. More sample photos are after the jump.

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Could the New Razer Blade Stealth 13 Be a Photographer’s Next Laptop?

The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 combines Intel’s latest Quad-Core i7 processor and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics into an ultra-portable package.

Today at IFA, Razer announced their updated 13″ ultrabook – the Razer Blade Stealth 13. Powered by Intel’s latest 10th generation Core i7-1065G7 Quad-Core processor, three variants of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 will be available. All three variants of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 are housed in precision-milled unibody aluminum chassis that are just 15.3 mm thick and weigh in at roughly 3lbs, depending on the configuration. Two of the models feature discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, a first for a 13″ laptop. Those sport a black anodized finish, while the third model utilizes integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics and comes in a mercury white anodized finish. In terms of connectivity, all variants of the new Stealth 13 feature WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and come equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port, and a pair of USB 3.1 Type-A ports. The updated Razer Blade Stealth 13 is a powerful mobile solution for photographers on the go. Additional details can be found after the jump.

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6 Great Cameras for Fantastic Football and Sports Photography

You’ll have no problem mastering sports photography with these ridiculously fast cameras.

The season is beginning to change, and soon the leaves will fall. This can mean only one thing – Football season is upon us once more. If you’ve been wanting to try sports photography, or need to upgrade the camera you currently use, you’re going to want to check out this roundup. Here you’ll find some of the best performing cameras (outside of the professional Canon and Nikon models) that can easily handle the demands on game day and beyond. Join us after the break to see which cameras will be right at home along the sidelines this season. Continue reading…

Nail Your Exposure Each Time by Understanding the Exposure Triangle

How does the Exposure Triangle work? How do you use it to get your exposure right? This video tutorial is a fun take on everything you need to know.

Understanding how the Exposure Triangle works is one of the most important things to tick off your to-do list if you’re just starting out with photography. We can’t stress that enough, so we’re sharing yet another video tutorial on the topic. This one is a fun and visually engaging take on the topic: we’re sure you’ll pay attention!

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Wafaa Samir Captures What Remains of New Gourna Village in Egypt

All photos by Wafaa Samir. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Egypt is home to some of the most iconic landmarks, heritage sites, and architectural marvels, the best known of which are the Pyramids of Giza. Then, there’s one that deserves a little more attention: the New Gourna Village in Luxor, West Bank. Through his What Remains series, Cairo-based photographer Wafaa Samir opens our eyes to what’s left of this remarkable example of ingenious architecture.

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Skander Khlif: Laid-Back Travel Scenes from Lago Di Garda

All photos by Skander Khlif. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Everyone into travel photography is in it for documenting the unforgettable moments, places, and faces of our trips. Apart from helping us remember our own personal experiences, travel photography also serves as a perfect opportunity for us to tell compelling visual stories. Munich-based Skander Khlif has been one of our go-to photographers when it comes to beautiful travel stories and everyday city scenes. He reinforces that position with his latest street photography series, shot from his trip to Italy’s famous Lago di Garda.

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First Impressions: Sony A6100 (Flagship Level AF, Entry Level Price Point)

Real-Time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking make their way into the Sony A6100, the company’s updated entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera.

In addition to launching the A6600 flagship earlier this week, Sony also introduced the entry-level A6100 as well, essentially a refresh of the highly popular A6000, which is now a five-year-old camera. The Sony A6100 shares the same 24.2 Megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and blazing-fast 0.02 second 425 point Fast Hybrid AF system found in the higher-end A6400 and A6600 models. With a MSRP of US $750 for the camera body alone, the A6100 is now the most affordable camera in Sony’s mirrorless lineup with Real-time Eye AF for both human and animal subjects, as well as Real-time Tracking. To keep costs down, the A6100 utilizes a plastic housing that lacks weather-resistance as opposed to the more robust and weather-resistant magnesium alloy housing used in the flagship A6600. The Sony A6100 also eschews the 5-axis in-camera image stabilization found in the flagship model. Additional cost-saving measures include the A6100 using a lower resolution OLED Electronic Viewfinder than the one found in higher-end Sony mirrorless APS-C cameras (1,440k-dot resolution in the A6100 versus a much higher 2,345k-dot resolution in the A6400/A6600), along with the continued use of the aging NP-FW50 battery as opposed to the newer, longer-lasting NP-FZ100 model that the A6600 is adopting, leading to significantly shorter runtimes. Shortcomings aside, the Sony A6100 is an interesting value proposition that shares much of the performance of the higher tier APS-C models, albeit at almost half the price of the A6600 flagship. We spent some time shooting with a pre-production A6100 unit during the launch event in New York City. You can read all about our first impressions after the jump.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 24 Essential Pro Lighting Setups

Want to level up your lighting setup for studio portraits? This photography cheat sheet is your handy guide to a bunch of essential pro lighting setups to master.

Lighting is one of the most important elements to master for studio portrait work, but it’s also quite challenging. Apart from setting the mood, feel, and emphasis of a portrait, it also opens photographers up to various creative techniques. If you’re serious about being a well-rounded portrait photographer, you’ll have to learn how to light at some point in your practice. It may seem daunting at first, but with resources like today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be working with essential pro lighting setups in no time!

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The Phoblographer’s Favorite Cities for Street Photography

The world is full of amazing places to shoot street photography. Here are some of my favorite cities from around the globe to practice the candid artform.

Diversity is a beautiful thing. Different cultures, attitudes, and values make the world go round. It’s because of our varied approaches to life that street photography can flourish. So much compelling content can be created because of the fact there’s an abundance of things to learn about the world. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many nations, and almost all of them have provided me with their own unique experience. Some incredibly inspiring, and some, not so much. But while there’s a conversation to be had about the uneventful cities, I want to share with you some of the best!

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Save up to $200 on Tamron Lenses During Their Fall Savings Event

If you’re looking for some new glass, you need to check out the excellent deals on these Tamron lenses.

There are some sweet deals around for photographers this Labor Day. Tamron has decided to join in on the fun by announcing that you can save up to $200 on some of their best lenses between September 2nd and November 3rd. Looking for a sweet deal on a 45mm f1.8? If so you need to check out the Tamron 45mm f1.8, which you can now pick up for just $399! Tamron’s workhorse 24-70mm f2.8 is a bargain at only $1,099, and so is their versatile 70-200mm f2.8 G2, which has come down to $1,199 as well. If you’re looking for something with a little reach, the Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 G2 is down to just $1,299. Join us after the break to see all of the excellent savings on Tamron lenses. Continue reading…

Marta Syrko Uses Water and Glass for Creative Portrait Photography

All photos by Marta Syrko. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Looking to be inspired by creative approaches to portrait photography? We’re sure this featured series deserves a spot in your bookmarks and moodboards. Our spotlight is back on Ukranian photographer Marta Syrko, whose clever fashion portraits we’ve previously featured. In a new series, she explores the idea of narcissism as inspired by Greek Mythology and creative use of the fluid visual effects of water and glass.

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How to Turn Busted LCD TVs and Monitors Into Realistic DIY Light Panel

Don’t throw away those broken LCD TVs and monitors just yet! This tutorial will show you how you can turn them into a DIY light panel for realistic artificial daylight.

If you have one of those busted LCD TVs or monitors lying around, you can give it a second chance at life. You can actually repurpose it into a DIY light panel to give your photo and video projects some realistic daylight illumination. There’s some tricky dismantling involved, of course, but we’re sure you’ll want to give it a try anyway. Studio lighting can be expensive for beginners, so this can be a cheap but effective option for you.

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