Legendary photographer Vincent Laforet sits down with us to share his thoughts on aerial photography, and what he's learned along the way. Through the years, Laforet has been at the forefront of commercial photography, and his daring aerial work is the subject of his new book, AIR.
PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Apr 12, 2016) – Lensbaby, makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories, today announced the availability of the Twist 60 lens. Twist 60 helps creative photographers find their visual voice by seeing the world differently.
This metal-bodied non-tilting 60mm f/2.5 lens with gold anodized accents creates powerful portraits, spotlighting subjects by freeing them from their background and surrounding them with swirly blur and enhanced vignette. The brighter the aperture, the greater the swirl and the greater the vignette.
“Twist 60 embodies our love of old lenses and their unique ways of helping photographers discover creative possibilities,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer. “True to an 1840 design by Joseph Petzval, this lens reveals striking separation between subjects and their background, a quality that modern lens designs lack.”
Twist 60 Lens specs:
12 blade f/2.5-22 aperture
60mm focal length
Twisty, swirly blur
Recommended for use on full frame cameras
Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E mounts
4 elements in 3 groups
Filter threads: 46mm
Black anodized body with gold anodized aperture ring
Minimum focus distance – 18?
Twist 60 lens retails for $279.95 and is available via pre-order beginning April 12, 2016 (shipping May 5th, 2016). Twist 60 Optic will also be sold separately for use with other Lensbaby Optic Swap System-compatible lenses. It retails for $179.95. For best results, when using it in a tilting Lensbaby such as the Composer Pro, photographers should shoot with Twist 60 pointed straight ahead. Lensbaby products are available at B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.
Go on a journey to the frozen north with wildlife photographer Vincent Munier. Spotlighting foxes, wolves, hares, owls, and even a polar bear, these photographs capture the beauty of the Arctic. Check out Munier's book Arctique to see more of the images.
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of the National Geographic Society.
SHENZHEN, China, April 8, 2016 – DJI, the world's leading commercial drone manufacturer, Friday launched a new social platform called "DJI+ Discover."
Users can access DJI+ Discover via an iOS or Android app. The mobile app connects people socially and professionally by enabling drone-pilots and drone enthusiasts to start conversations and meet up while also functioning as a professional marketplace for aerial service providers and potential clients. Further, the app is a gateway to the broader DJI community, including an integrated version of the DJI Forum, the DJI online store, SkyPixel, upcoming DJI events and more.
"Drone pilots like to get together to fly, learn from each other and share experiences with like-minded people. In the same way, people want an easy way to find trustworthy professional aerial service providers nearby," said Paul Guo, Director of E-Commerce at DJI. "DJI+ Discover lets people in the same area connect socially and professionally in a way that will bind the drone community even tighter together."
The app is easy to use and divided into four sections: Nearby Search, Experience, Store and Forum. Users sign up by registering an email address. Their profile can be linked to an existing DJI account. The app is open to anyone - from those curious about the technology without any previous experience to professional service providers.
Nearby Search shows social and professional users nearby, as well as flying hotspots and geo-tagged photos from SkyPixel.
The Nearby Search section is separated for social and professional users. The platform offers social users a way to connect, chat and meet. In a similar way, professional users can introduce their offer and services and connect with new clients. Users of professional services can write reviews directly on service providers' profiles.
The Experience section guides users to nearby stores, and official DJI events. Other interactive features will be posted in this section.
The Store section takes users directly to DJI's online store.
DJI's official Forum is directly integrated in the DJI+ Discover app, making it easier for people to discuss, share best practices and get tips directly through their mobile phone.
The app can be downloaded for free on this link. The app is currently available in the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain and Australia.
Not long ago, Canon released Digital Photo Professional 4.4.0 along with several other updated programs bundled in the EOS 80D EOS Digital Solution Disk Download. Now Canon is offering newer versions of DPP, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor (with EOS 1D X Mark II & EF-S 18-135 IS USM support) as invidual downloads.
Digital Photo Professional 4.4.3
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.4.30 for Windows:
Newly supported PowerShot G7 X Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS 80D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBLE T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS 50D, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot G1 X.
Supports EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
EOS Utility 3.4.30
Changes for EOS Utility 3.4.30 for Windows:
Supports EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS 80D.
Supports EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
Picture Style Editor 1.16.30
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.16.30 Updater for Windows:
Supports PowerShot G7 X Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS 80D.
Light rays are fun to create, and can make a big difference in your photos! Learn how to identify the best place to put light rays and how to create them using a brush tool and a radial blur filter.
Use the Radial Filter to Create Light Rays
It is important that light rays come from a light source. Start by identifying the light source in an image, then duplicate the background layer.
Next, convert the duplicate to a smart object, this will make it possible to use a smart filter. Smart filters can be changed at any time, making them easier to work with than regular filters.
Go to 'filter - blur - radial blur' and choose 'zoom'. Next change the zoom level of the blur, anything over 90 should be good. Choose a blur center and hit 'ok'.
Chances are, the blur center you chose isn't perfectly in place. To adjust the blur center, double click on the smart filter and move the blur center. Repeat until you nail the center of the light source.
Now that the blur is set in place, it is time to make the light rays. Create a new layer and use the brush tool to paint daubs of white around the light source. Press CMD+F to apply the radial blur filter to the paint daubs, stretching them into light rays. Paint and blur until the light rays look perfect!