The New Photographer’s Intro Guide to Autofocus

The autofocus on a camera can be a very intricate thing. Specifically, it’s become even more complicated and capable in the past few years. So if you just bought a brand new camera, then you’re in luck. We’re talking you through some of the most important aspects of your new camera’s autofocus. Even better, we’re going to keep this guide to autofocus brief. Let’s dive in.

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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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Why We Think Fujifilm Doesn’t Have Animal Face Detection Yet

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Animal Face Detection has been a huge thing in the photo world. Everyone wants it. In the pandemic, we’ve taken to photographing wildlife and our furry friends as much as possible. But frustratingly, Fujifilm cameras don’t have it. A while ago, Fujifilm said it was available, but just not on the GF and X series cameras. It’s a shame; imagine how many Nat Geo-worthy shots you could’ve made! While it’s available on a point-and-shoot camera, I don’t think it’s the same thing.

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Steve Stockhall Opens New Pathways for Photographers in Africa

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All images by Steve Stockhall. Used with permission.

“It was a combination of studying the great contributors to National Geographic and spending time in the wilderness that led me to wanting to be both a guide and a photographer,” says Steve Stockhall, photographer and founder of Earth Ark Travel. Steve has quite the portfolio. He documented Prince Harry’s anti-poaching work protecting some of the destination’s last black rhinos. Plus, he’s photographed chimpanzees in Uganda and gorillas in Rwanda. It’s evident that Steve is passionate about trips that matter. Here, he offers advice for planning the ultimate African photographic safari. That includes what gear to pack and clever field tips that can be practiced at home.

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Review Update! The Panasonic S5 Is Decent for Street Photography Now!

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We’ve updated our Panasonic S5 review after firmware 2.0. Photographers who bought the camera are going to be happy. And better yet, they’ve also got some solid bragging rights. In the age of the pandemic, it’s not only a fantastic webcam, it’s also the only full frame camera with Live Composite. But this big firmware update primarily focuses on autofocus. And for photographers, you’ve got more L Monochrome modes. Those are fun, and help make using Panasonic even better. You should check out our Panasonic S5 review, but also go into our tests here.

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Review: Panasonic S1 (The Camera That Gives L Mount Hope)

The Panasonic S1 is a great camera that almost got everything right.

When the Panasonic S1 was announced, I’ll admit that I took far less interest in it than I did the S1R. I personally need more color depth, and the lower megapixel sensors just don’t do it for me. But after using it, the Panasonic S1 surprised me. Not only is it a capable camera, but it’s gotten better with firmware updates. The firmware updates are enough to make me hope it’s going to dramatically improve. And by all means, this is a great camera. But there’s an elephant in the room in the form of its chunky body.

Editor’s Note: We’re updating this review as of November 2020.

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The Sony a6400 Has “Speed x AI” Along with Animal Eye AF Tracking

During a livestream today, Sony updated a number of their products as well as a big Sony a9 firmware update.

In addition to a big update to the Sony a9 via a firmware update, the company announced their brand new Sony a6400 camera. This new APS-C camera has a 24MP APS-C sensor at its heart and incorporates the company’s new Speed x AI. This update is coming to the company’s highest end cameras soon, but the new Sony a6400 applies it to pets, animals, and uses a bunch of new algorithms that have been talked about by the likes of Apple, Google, etc. when it comes to photography. At 11fps, it will theoretically be able to track your French Bulldog running around like the maniac it is.

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3 of Our Favorite Super Telephoto Lenses for Captivating Wildlife Photography

Sometimes there is nothing better than going on a wildlife photography trip.

Being able to go out into the great wide open to see magnificent animals in their natural habitats is a passion for many photographers. There is something quite magical about seeing buffalo roam the plains, or seeing eagles soaring through the sky. Wildlife photography can be one of the most fun, and most rewarding genres of photography, but you need to have the right gear to take with you on your travels.

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The Best Zoom Lenses for Wildlife Photography at Every Budget

From the birds and the bees, to the lions, tigers and bears – these are the lenses you want to consider.

Wildlife photography is a fun hobby (and in some cases, profession) that has a unique set of requirements for those who are looking to do it seriously. One thing also remains the same, be it for photographing small animals like birds and squirrels in your backyard, to bull elk or elephants out in the wild – in wildlife photography, range is the name of the game. Continue reading…

Lukas Holas Celebrates the Animal Kingdom with Stunning Portraits

All images by Lukas Holas. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Some of the most compelling bodies of work showing the beauty of nature are also the simplest. It works with landscape photography as we’ve recently seen in the impressive works of photographers like Przemyslaw Kruk and George Digalakis. This is certainly more challenging to pull off for other nature-centric genres like wildlife photography, but we’ve found a series that did it, and did so beautifully. Czech graphic designer and photographer Lukas Holas has achieved it with his stunning collection of Portraits of Animals.

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Liselotte Habets Tells an Unusual Tale of the Bond Between Humans and Pets

All images by Liselotte Habets. Used with Creative Commons permission.

How many of us are guilty of keeping photo diaries, videos, and portraits of our beloved pets? All of us, I guess, at some point in our stints as photographers, will have amassed a big photo collection of our adorable furry or feathered companions. The pet portraits of Amsterdam-based Liselotte Habets, however, go beyond the usual adorable photos that make everyone melt into a collective “awww”.

Instead, she came up with the idea to tell the relationship between people and their pets — or at least, how she imagined the relationship would be like if people made odd choices for pets. To make it even more out of the ordinary, Liselotte chose to tell her story through animals made immortal via taxidermy.

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Jvdas Berra Showcases Birds of Prey in These Beautiful Fashion Photographs

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Everyone on Instagram thinks themselves to be the next biggest fashion photographer; but on this side of the desk it’s very clear many people out there lack vision. Jvdas Berra is a fashion photographer who creates images with a cause–and a very specific vision. His images have a Je Ne Sais Quoi to them that isn’t seen in the work of many others. Part of this has to do with his strong beliefs in conversation; which is furthered in his new project, D´SCENE: Predaceous.

Jvdas holds a special place in our hearts. We’ve featured him three times previously and, every time we see his work, our jaws drop.

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Nils Karlson’s “On Eye Level” Shows The World from a Dog’s Perspective

All images by Nils Karlson. Used with permission.

German photographer, Nils Karlson, showcases the love and connection he has with his dogs in his latest series, On Eye Level. Wanting to add some fun and spontaneity into his work, Karlson decided to photograph his dogs by getting on the ground to connect with them at eye level. His goal was to see the world from their unique perspective while capturing their actions and character. Indeed, one of the best tips to photograph dogs is to get low. And if you want them to look at the camera, hold a treat or toy.

Shot on a Mamiya RZ67 with a 6×6 film back, the series follows Karlson’s dog, Rüdiger, as they explore the coastal landscape of France covering beaches, cliffs, and barren landscapes. Three of the photos from the series have also been featured in the upcoming photo book, NSEW (North South East West), made and published by the Film Shooters Collective. More images are after the jump.

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Animal Visions: Tom Chambers’ Enthralling Portraits of Wild Animals and Children

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All photographs taken by Tom Chambers. Used with permission.

Growing up on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, photographer and image manipulation artist Tom Chambers developed a fascination as well as a special connection with animals, both wild and domesticated, in his early years. This curious and almost mystical bond is one that he seems to naturally form with animals carried over into adulthood–and it has become inspiration to and a persistent theme in his fascinating work.

Kids co-existing and interacting in the same small but wildly fantastical space with animals, some of which are predatory and dangerous, seemingly dominate his work, his enigmatic images reminiscent of exotic British India or even glorious Renaissance Italy and subtly but effectively exploring the harmonious relationships between humans and animals.

Tom confronts and explores this theme even deeper in his series, Animal Visions, whose enthrallingly magical images are influenced by the magic realism style employed by early 20th century Latin American artists and feature birds, wolves, elephants, and even a beautiful white Bengal tiger. And while these animals are only composited into the images in actuality, his meticulous skill successfully help him create a sense of realness in the photographs, convincing his spectators on the authenticity of his fabled storytelling.

Magnificent and overall enchanting, Tom’s Animal Visions series will mesmerize even the most unyielding unbelievers. See the photos from it after the jump.

For more of Tom Chambers’ work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.

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This Quirky Dog Portrait Series Takes Bath Time to a Whole New Level

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All photographs taken by and used with permission from Sophie Gamand.

For almost four years now, French photographer Sophie Gamand has been photographing man’s best friend, studying and working closely with them in an effort to understand human nature and behaviors better.

Clearly a dog lover like many of us, she’s done everything from sassy dog fashion photos shoots and dog pageant coverage to taking poignant photographs of the stray dogs of Puerto Rico to document their horrible conditions and raise awareness.

It’s the latest series she’s working on, however, that’s got our (imaginary) tails a-wagging.

Rather than take those usual photos of adorable well-groomed fluffy dogs mid-silly face or human-like act that we see everyday on the Web, she took on a completely different approach in this series entitled Wet Dog. The idea was to take photos of the dogs while they were completely drenched and dripping in bath water.

Of the series, Sophie says that while grooming is an important (and necessary) part of a dog’s life, “Dogs hate bath time. The wide range of expressions they are able to display is another example of how close they are to us. Photographing them at such a vulnerable moment allowed me to capture these expressions.

Dogs are cute, no matter what, and her strategy of photographing them in such a condition was always going to work. It’s the incredible, and at times miserable, expressions on their faces, making them look like grumpy old men or kids that just awakened from their naps, that really makes this series amazing and all the more lovable. So much so that it’s already won first place in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Portraiture category.

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Weekend Humor: Pooches of NY

"Ruff," said the dog about its life.

“Ruff,” said the dog about its life.

Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t, ya rube.

In the pantheon of photographic undertakings that make people sound more interesting than they are comes a new kind of project: Pooches of NY. The project took shape when 20-year-old photographer Donald Matheson realized that he couldn’t stop taking photos of his dog. The photos were fairly repetitive, so he decided to take his lens beyond the confines of his front yard. His candid portraits of dogs on the streets of his hometown of Astoria, Queens quickly became something much larger. Continue reading…

These are Photos of Sony’s New Action Cam Backpack Mounted to Cute Animals

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Not too long ago, Sony announced a new backpack for users to mount their action cams to the back of their canine friends. If you go onto YouTube you can actually see that many people love doing this when they go for hikes or anything else just to get the dog’s point of view. At BlogPaws 2013, Sony mounted the packs to a bunch of dogs and a giant rabbit.

The hilarious photos are after the jump.

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Review: Lensbaby Composer Pro for MFT with Sweet 35 Optic

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first impressions on the Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro Four Thirds. I had been using it together with the Sweet 35 optic module, but since this is such a special lens, I felt I needed to spend more time with it before I could write my final review. Now that I did, I still feel that this is a tool which is hard to master, and am not sure whether I did. The look it creates is so unique that you cannot simply go ahead and shoot stuff like you would with a normal lens. You have to use the combo a lot to find out in which situations it works and in which it doesn’t. With this review, I hope to be able to give you an impression of what you can do with the Composer Pro and Sweet 35, and what you can’t.

 

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Useful Photography Tip #10: Holiday Pet Photos

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The holidays are upon us and with that comes many pictures. It seems like people are more likely to take pictures around this time of year. The gatherings, get-togethers, work functions, parties, these are all camera magnets. Along with pictures of family and friends, the family dog (or cat, rabbit, lizard, trained sloth) makes its way in front of the lens, or rather you put them in front of the lens.

Read on to check it out. And for more Useful Photography Tips, click here.

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Field Review: Sony a580 (Day 4)

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Thailand is known for its animals almost as much as its food. You might find yourself on a sidewalk with monkeys crossing to your side. You might be driving down a stretch of road and have to stop because there are a massive amount of ducks crossing. Or you might find yourself surrounded by elephants. The a580 performed excellently no matter what the situation was. Continue reading…