Cute Dogs Take Spotlight in Awesome Photos by Craig Turner

“Animals are constantly communicating with us,” says New Zealand-based traveling photographer Craig Turner about his experiences while photographing dogs around the world. He’s made some incredible portraits of many furry four-legged friends. Aside from the technical aspect of getting a good picture, he tells us how to capture the emotions behind the animals and their owners.

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These 4 Wildlife Photographers Have Encountered Really Scary Moments

“The main difference between wildlife and sports photography is that in sports photography, the subject you’re trying to capture won’t try to eat you,” said a friend of a friend who will remain unnamed. Something said in jest, of course, but the fact is that extra precautions need to be taken when out in the wild photographing animals. Despite taking these, sometimes photographers can be on the receiving end of some unexpectedly scary moments.

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Review Update! The Panasonic S1 is Still Not Better Than the S5

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We’ve updated our Panasonic S1 review recently. We’ve found the camera to greatly improve overall. If you own the Panasonic S1, you’ll get more for your money. If you don’t own the Panasonic S1, there’s still no major reason for you to buy one. In fact, I’d tell you to instead reach for the Panasonic S5. In our tests, the Panasonic S5 still performed better than the Panasonic S1 when autofocusing. Those are some of the biggest changes that came to the S1 with the recent firmware update. So we’re going to dive into it.

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Sony XPERIA 1 II and Sony XPERIA PRO Target the Alpha Audience

Sony seems to be making the closest thing to a phone for the professional photographer in the form of the Sony XPERIA 1 II and the Sony XPERIA Pro.

If any company can make a proper phone for professional photographers, I’d put my money on Sony with their new Sony XPERIA 1 II and the Sony XPERIA Pro phones. Panasonic came close years ago with a 1-inch sensor and an actual aperture in the lens, while these two new phones seem to do the job while being compact. Seeming to borrow technology from the Sony a9 II, they let photographers do 20fps shooting bursts with a 1/1.7″ sensor while keeping autofocus and exposure. Additionally, they’re bringing back the 3.5mm headphone jack for both phones.

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The Nikon Z6 Now Runs Circles Around Panasonic, But It’s Not as Fast as Sony

With the latest firmware update for the Nikon Z6, it’s finally starting to perform like a serious camera.

As much as Nikon sometimes strikes me as a company that’s lost its way, I have to give them credit for the latest firmware update. Firmware 3.0 for the Nikon Z6 doesn’t only greatly enhance the speed of the camera, it also gives it the much anticipated Animal AF detection system. Photographers who buy the camera will be happy to know it works with dogs. In fact, we tested it with the Nikon 24mm f1.8 Z series lens and were pretty surprised by how it performed. Though the surprise comes with mostly good news to spread, it’s still not perfect and Nikon has some work left to do.

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Review: Olympus OMD EM1 III (A Travel Photographer’s Imperfect Gem)

This review was updated in August 2022.

Though I’m hesitant to call the Olympus OMD EM1 III a specialized camera, it could be the best way to describe it. Travel, landscape, wildlife, and night photographers will adore its features. The small size combined with small lenses, deep depth of field at open apertures, and the build quality is all highly prized. When the aging sensor at the heart of the Olympus OMD EM1 III starts to rear its ugly head, Olympus can deliver beautiful images via the art filters. In my discussions with other journalists, I feel like the Art Filters are what truly makes Olympus unique. It’s synonymous with Fujifilm’s Film Simulations. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got one word for you: Acros. While traveling, the system is lightweight and one of the most manageable that I’ve used. And no matter where you’re traveling to, the Olympus OMD EM1 III has durability almost comparable to the EM1X. So why would you leave Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Panasonic, or Fujifilm for an Olympus OMD EM1 III? Honestly, I’m still pondering who the photographer is that would do just that.

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Essential Lenses for Perfect Pet Portraits

Pet photography is a rapidly growing genre in the photography world thanks to more owners wanting quality portraits of their furry friends. 

When it comes to portrait photography all of us generally think about the classic images that portray men, women and children, but portraits don’t have to be limited to to just humans. Pet photography is a rapidly growing genre in the photography world thanks to more owners wanting quality portraits of their furry friends. Our four-legged friends all have their own characters and personalities, and many photographers are setting out to capture both of those things with perfect pet portraits. The question is, what are the best lenses to use to capture people’s fur-babies? Here is a look at the essential lenses for perfect pet portraits.

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Claire Droppert’s Emotions Series is Straight Out of A Fantasy Novel

All Images By Claire Droppert. Used Under Creative Commons License

Traditionally when one thinks of Portraits almost always people are the subject, but today we have a special series to share with you. Claire Droppert’s Emotions series featuring horse portraits looks like something out of a fantasy novel.

“I’m always fascinated by the contours of horses, the emotions and expressions they exude and their elegant, noble appearance.” Droppert says regarding her inspiration, “In this series, I intend to focus primarily on the character, elegance, power and nobleness of the horse. Working with tones, colours and contrasts, I wanted to create a feeling that will appeal to your emotions.”

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