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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4 Low Cost Lenses That Will Help You Create Gorgeous Environmental Portraits

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gear to be able to take gorgeous environmental portraits.

Environmental portraits differ from regular portraits in one key way. While regular portraits aim to capture just the person, environmental portraits aim to capture and tell a story about the person in the image.  You can capture environmental portraits that tell a story about the persons job, or about their hobbies and likes. The possibilities are endless. Due to the story telling nature of environmental portraits a wider angle lens is needed so that you can capture the surroundings of the person in the image too. For environmental portraits you need a good 35mm or wider lens, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. After the break we’ll take a look at four relatively low cost lenses that will help you create gorgeous environmental portraits.

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Andy Goodwin Takes Arresting Portraits of Truckers

Andy Goodwin helps put a face to one group of unsung heroes of the road.

As part of his work, award-winning commercial photographer Andy Goodwin often trains his lenses on people working different jobs, from corporate employees to the individuals that make up the working class. One of the groups he has featured a few times now are ruckers, and his portraits of them provide a fascinating look at the men and women who spend long, lonely hours on the road, moving things.

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35mm vs 50mm Prime Lenses: What Makes Them Different? (Canon Edition)

The ‘which is better’ debate between these two prime lenses is still going strong; truth is they’re both great, but for different reasons.

Can two prime lenses so close in focal length really be so different, and why should you choose one over the other? This is a question that has been asked many times before. Here we will take a quick look at the differences between the two and what they are both good for. There are some truly spectacular 35mm and 50mm prime lenses on the Canon platform and here we will take a look at a couple of each, but what’s the difference between the two?

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Elevating the Art of Cosplay Photography: Don’t Be Another GWC

Cosplay photography has become more and more popular and it’s more important to get a number of things clear.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of comic book, video game, cinema, television, and pop culture enthusiasts descend upon the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan to attend New York Comic Con, an annual convention that’s being held later this week for its 13th year. Last year, New York Comic Con attracted over 200,000 attendees, and it is projected that attendance numbers will possibly exceed nearly a quarter of a million this year. While a majority of the people in attendance are average consumers looking to check out the latest offerings from comic book publishers, video game developers, movie and television studios, as well as panel discussions and meet and greet photo ops with their favorite celebrities, there has been a rapid growth in attendees donning costumes of characters from their favorite fandom. Ranging from casual to wildly elaborate, cosplaying (the practice of dressing up as your favorite character) has become such a big component of conventions like New York Comic Con that the Eastern Championships of Cosplay competition has been held at New York Comic Con since 2014, with winners going on to compete at national level cosplay competitions.

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Jeroen Nieuwhuis’ Portrait Series is Beautiful Glimpse Into the Lives of the ‘People of Cuba’

All images by Joroen Nieuwhuis. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Amsterdam based photographer, Jeroen Nieuwhuis, of New Day Studio, has completed a compelling personal project entitled People of Cuba. The 16 image portrait series captures people Nieuwhuis and his colleagues met during their recent trip to Cuba. The residents were kind enough to give them a glimpse into their lives with subjects including farmers, cigar makers, boxers, and various other denizens met along the way.

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Jonathan Bielaski on Shooting Environmental Portraits

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All images by Jonathan Bielaski. Used with permission

Environmental portraits are a very involved type of portraiture that is a very slow and methodical process requiring interviews and understanding of who the person is. In the end, it requires the photographer to deliver a product that tells something specific about who the subject is.

Jonathan Bielaski has been doing this for years, and knew that he wanted to be a photographer from a very young age. He is based in Toronto, Canada and some of his clients include, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and TFC), Sports Illustrated, Billboard Magazine, T+D Magazine, Bard Valley Dates, California Peach and Pear Growers, Home Depot, Lucas Oil, Hydro One, Ontario Pork, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, University of Waterloo, Sheridan, Laurier and the list goes on.

With a portfolio like that, we talked to him about the involving process of showing personality in a portrait.

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Taking Environmental Portraits

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Some of the best pictures I think I’ve ever taken are of people in their own environment. Whether it’s an athlete in their element, a musician performing for the crowd, a trainer in the gym, or even a newborn that’s only a couple of days old snuggling up in some blankets. These types of images are powerful.

These types of images aren’t terribly hard to create. Click on through to learn a couple of my tips and tricks on creating these fascinating images.

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