Why It’s Time to Bring Back the Tilt-Shift Lens

If you ever experienced photography before Instagram, then you hopefully got to check out the tilt-shift lens. They were used for a variety of things: architecture, landscapes, and surreal work. It’s where the idea of miniatures comes from. And almost a decade ago, they were expensive and not used as creatively. These days, the tilt-shift lens is completely missing from various camera systems. And I think that the tilt-shift should make a return, but in a totally different way.

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This One Special Lens Can Give a Perspective Like No Other!

If you’re bored and looking to shoot something completely new, we’ve got a simple challenge for you. Shoot low! No, we’re not talking about low-light. And we’re not necessarily talking about low shutter speeds. Instead, we mean that you should change your perspective. And if you’re a Sony shooter, you’re in luck. There’s a lens that has this perspective unlike anything else out there: the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di III-A VC RXD.

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These Ultra Wide Angle Zooms Will Make You See the World Differently

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Ultra wide angle zooms make you see things in a unique way, and while tricky to use, they can help you create mesmerizing images.

Ultra wide angle zoom lenses seem to have become very popular again as of late, and this is really no surprise: they are so fun to shoot with. While many photographers like to stick with more standard focal lengths, photographers who venture into ultra wide angle territory are routinely blessed with images that really capture people’s attention. While ultra wide angle zooms can be tricky to use, once you learn how to get them under control, you can create immersive images that look like nothing else out there. After the break, we have rounded up some of the best wide angle zoom lenses for various platforms. Should you be brave enough to step into the UWA world, these are the lenses you really need to take a look at.

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5 Short Tips on Shooting Better Portraits with a 35mm Lens

The 35mm lens is a versatile option for many, and shooting portraits of people with it can be really simple.

For many years, a 35mm lens wasn’t considered a viable option for shooting portraits–and depending on who you ask it still isn’t a good option. It doesn’t mean that it can’t be done, it just means that it’s much more difficult to do effectively vs other options that are longer on the market. But the 35mm lens has become standard in the way that many photographers see the world. In turn, they want to capture the world just as how they see it. For portraiture, we’re going to give you some bite sized creative tips on how to make the most of a 35mm lens.

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Landscape Fundamentals: 10 Tips for Better Landscape Composition

Stop pulling your hair out wondering why your landscape photos aren’t turning out and try these tips!

Landscape photography is one of the easier photography niches to get into, while simultaneously being one of the harder disciplines to really master and be known for. But assuming your goal is simply to take better landscape photography, there are some things you should have in mind while you are out in nature looking to capture the beauty of the world around you.

This YouTube video from Shubert Photography offers a quick look at 10 tips for basic landscape photography composition. These are not earth-shattering, nor are they going to help you stand out, but they will give you some solid, basic tips on things to consider when you are composing your images to maximize the opportunities around you and increase the potential to capture an image that catches the attention of your fans. Continue reading…

Why Your Nose Looks Bigger in Selfies (In Case You Were Wondering)

Yep, selfies usually aren’t the most flattering choices for your profile photos

Next time you or your selfie-obsessed friend complains of her big nose in those selfies, you finally have something to say that explains this phenomenon. It’s not you (or your friend); it’s the darn smartphone selfies. A quick but highly informative video by Vox explains a number of good-to-know things about this reality brought about by selfies. First, selfies, especially those taken using smartphones, do make our faces look weird. Second, there are figures backing up the reality that say a lot of people think their nose looks big in selfies, and it’s making them all want to get nose jobs. The third and most important of all is most people don’t really know that this facial distortion is caused by the distance between the subject and the camera.

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How to Rediscover Your Passion for Landscape Photography

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Feeling bored of shooting landscapes lately? Well, you’re not alone. While mostly enthusiastic about landscape photography, photographer and filmmaker Adam Karnacz found himself stuck in a rut and burnt out for some weeks. In his recent video, he talks about how he rediscovered his love for photographing landscapes during an early morning shoot in North Yorkshire.

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A Camera Adds Ten Pounds To Your Weight, Truth Or Fiction?

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It is a popular belief that people appear to be about ten pounds heavier in photographs or videos in comparison to what the normal human vision perceives. One of the latest videos published on Scishow’s Youtube channel explores this myth by taking a closer look at the phenomena from a scientific point of view.

Based on the in depth video explanation, there are two main reasons affecting the heavier look of people captured by the camera. The two reasons are; the monoscopic vision of a single lens used in a camera and; the choice of different focal lengths of the lens used affecting varying perspective outcomes.

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Question: Do You See the World in 35mm or 50mm?

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We’re curious about the age long debate for you guys. While every photographer is taught that 50mm lenses give you a more normal perspective closer to what the human eye sees, many photographers have made very valid arguments for the 35mm field of view.

So with that in mind we wonder: do you see the world in 35mm or 50mm?

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How to Tell a Story Using Photos

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There are times when an activity or event needs more than a single image to tell the whole story. A photo essay or photo story provides the means to reveal several facets of the narrative in visually interesting and dynamic ways.

You don’t have to be a photojournalist to practice these techniques. You can apply these simple principles when you are photographing a family event, sports or a social occasion.

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Useful Photography Tip #80: Lie Down

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Photography commands use of the entire body. You’re walking along the street in your hometown, and something off to the side catches your eye. As you turn to see what the commotion’s about, you instinctively recognize that you want to make a photograph, so you raise your camera to your eye with your right hand and slide your left hand underneath. You quickly assess the settings, adjust your feet so that you’re stable – if only for a moment – hold your breath, and press the shutter. For the briefest fraction of a second, you’re completely still.

The physicality of photography isn’t always talked about, but it’s an essential part of the craft. There are moments we miss when we remain standing. That’s not to say we’re completely blind to what’s happening on the ground, but a photograph of a cat, from a cat’s level, could do more than a shot from above.

A fine way to spice up one’s photography is try it from new perspectives. In this case, lie down and see what you find. And don’t just limit your field of view to what’s at that level. Lay on your back, and get a ground’s eye view of your environment. You might come away with something worth sharing.

The Basics of Photography: C for Composition

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Continuing on with our series on the Basics of Photography, this week we are at the letter C, which will be covering the topic of Composition. Composing an image within a frame is one of the most important aspects to creating a good photograph. For most of us, we have to work within a rectangular format (unless you shoot a square format camera) and there are some “rules” (I like to think of them more as guidelines really) that you should adhere to, in order to help improve your photographic style. Read on for my introduction to the rules of composition.

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Useful Photography Tip #46: Boost Your Creativity — Use a Different Lens Today

So many lenses to choose from. Which one will it be today?

Every now and again in the life of a photographer — be they an amateur or a professional — comes a creative low point. They eye refuses to see new pictures, and the brain refuses to come up with new ideas. There are a many different ways how to cope with this. One would be to read through our entire Useful Photography Tip section. That may take you a while, though. If you want a remedy that helps immediately, here’s what I usually do when I find myself out of inspiration: I will simply use a different lens. How does this change anything? Read on to find out!

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DxO ViewPoint Makes People in Wide Angle Wedding Shots Look Less Like the Coneheads

DxO, the makers of such fabulous products as the lens correction tool Optics Pro and the film simulation software FilmPack, now brings a new product that is aimed at restoring the natural beauty in faces that were unnaturally (or rather: unintentionally) distorted by a wide angle lens. As is the nature of a wide angle lens, objects that situated at the edge of the frame appear distorted. With DxO’s new ViewPoint software, this — as well as a number of other issues of lens distortion and perspective — can be easily corrected. Continue reading…