Most higher-end image editing programs now feature automated panorama stitching, but if you don't rotate the lens on its nodal point while capturing the individual images for your spherical panorama, even the best image editing programs will find it challenging to stitch all of the images perfectly.
Instead, portions of the stitched areas don't precisely line up, a result of parallax errors.
Rotating the lens on its nodal point allows you to avoid those parallax errors, ultimately leading to a better panoramic image.
But how do you find the nodal point for your lens?
The solution is probably easier than you think.
Yesterday I determined the nodal points for eight lenses (one at two different focal lengths) using my pano rig.
To find your lens' nodal point:
1. Set up your camera along with aligned subjects.
Set up your tripod-mounted pano rig so that it is level and pointed at two objects that are perfectly lined up in the center of your viewfinder/frame using Live View at max magnification.
For me, that was two light stands set up in my studio about 6' (1.83m) apart.
The farthest light stand was extended just a little bit higher than the closest light stand to make aligning the two subjects easier.
2. Rotate the camera left or right and move the camera forward/backward to create an identical view.
Move your magnified live view frame all the way to the left or right, then rotate the camera so that the front object is within the magnified view.
Now, move the camera forward or backward using the nodal rail until the two objects are lined up just as they had been in the center of the frame view.
3. Record your results.
Record the position of the nodal rail in your clamp, such as "Clamp centered on 49mm rail mark," the lens being used and (if using a zoom lens) the focal length setting of the lens.
If using a zoom lens for your panos, you'll need to determine the nodal points for all focal lengths you intend on using for your panos.
Typically speaking, I usually calculate the nodal points for the shortest and longest focal lengths of a zoom lens.
I find it handy to record the measurements in a cloud-based document so that they can be accessed from any location where data services can be accessed.
Also, keep in mind that your nodal point calculations may be different depending on whether your camera is in portrait orientation or landscape orientation.
Typically, you'll want to orient your camera vertically to maximize your panorama's resolution.
However, if shooting horizontally, the plates in your L-brackets may be offset from one another.
For 5D Mark III L-bracket, the offset is 15.5mm, meaning I have to subtract 15.5mm from my vertical orientation measurement to get the landscape oriented one.
If planning to travel to remote areas to capture panoramic images, storing the nodal point measurement values locally on your smartphone in a notepad app (or alternately in a traditional paper notepad) would be best.
My particular pano rig consists of a bidirectional clamp and a multi-purpose rail.
Instead of moving the rail in the tripod's head, I move the bidirectional clamp that's connected to the camera.
Therefore, I have to ensure that the rail is clamped into the index rotator's clamp at the exact same position each time if I ever entirely break down the setup.
While that sounds a bit complicated, it's not in practice.
I just make sure the first measurement mark on the rail is lined up with the front edge of the index rotator clamp, and all is well.
After calculating the nodal points for several of my lenses, I got the itch to create another 360-degree panorama.
After a short time thinking about the possible locations to photograph, as you can see from above, our renovated second bedroom was the subject I chose.
To capture the image, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens a 3-shot exposure bracket at each 20° interval.
I then combined the exposure brackets in Lightroom (using identical settings for each HDR blend) and compiled the panoramic image with Hugin.
Want to step into our nursery?
Download and install FSPViewer and open this high-resolution version of the image above in the app for a cool virtual experience.
August 27, 2018 – New York, New York – Rokinon has announced its new Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 Compact Prime Lens, the 7th in its compact lens series. The new 85mm is sized and optically designed specifically for mirrorless cameras to deliver high resolution performance from the center of the image to its corners. It is a high speed telephoto lens that delivers equivalent focal lengths of approximately 128mm with APS-C Sony E and Fuji X cameras, 136mm with Canon M cameras, and 170mm with Micro 4/3 cameras.
Optically, the Rokinon 85mm F1.8 is constructed of 9 elements in 7 groups and features a High-Refractive Index element and an Extra-low Dispersion element. Additionally, it uses UMC ultra multi-coating to help minimize chromatic aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion. Intuitive, damped and precise manual focus control combine with its fast 1.8 aperture and rounded 9 blade diaphragm for exceptional low light, bokeh and selective focus capabilities.
The compact and light-weight design of this fast telephoto offers excellent portability and comfort that is perfect for travel, candid, portraits, and close up photography with mirrorless cameras. Additional features include a non-rotating 62mm filter mount, a reversible for storage lens hood and a soft pouch case.
9 Glass elements in 7 Groups
Aperture Range: F1.8-22
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Coating: Ultra Multi-Coating
Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.13ft (0.65m)
Filter Size: 62mm
Lens Hood: Removable
Maximum Diameter: 2.66” (67.5mm)
The new Rokinon Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 compact prime lens is expected to be available in September with a street price of only $399.00.
Mavic 2 Series Features Two Industry First Camera Options With New Intelligent Features And Optimized Flight Performance
August 23, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced a new era for camera drones with two additions to its iconic Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.
The Mavic 2 is the most advanced DJI camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators. Incorporating the iconic folding design of the world’s most popular Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 is a powerful platform with new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced intelligent features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling. With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, Mavic 2 delivers the optimal flight experience for capturing epic shots.
“When the Mavic Pro was launched two years ago, it redefined the way people looked at a drone and expanded possibilities for creators around the world,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, we enter a new era of aerial photography with the introduction of DJI’s new flagship product, the Mavic 2 series. The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will enable photographers and videographers to take their inspirations to the air quickly and elevate their creative ideas to new heights.”
Mavic 2 Pro: Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad
Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the leading manufacturer in medium format photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for outstanding image quality with superior light and color performance. Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones.
Mavic 2 Zoom: A Dynamic Perspective with Optical and Digital Zoom
Powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with zoom, providing a dynamic perspective that ushers in a new era of creative storytelling. With the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can get closer to your subject at a moment’s notice by combining two-times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution. Hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% faster than before. Shoot vivid 12-megapixel photos or take advantage of the new Super Resolution feature that uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image, making it an ideal option for landscape photography.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom, the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode opens a new visual language for storytelling that was previously reserved for professional cinematographers. It creates an otherworldly warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed.
Mavic 2 Series: DJI’s New Flagship Consumer Drone with Powerful Camera Options
Both cameras capture vivid 4K ultra-high definition video with extreme detail, recording at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec to give you an exceptional degree of latitude in post-production workflows. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range, giving the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.
New Intelligent Tools For Epic, Cinematic Shots
The Mavic 2 is the ultimate tool for aerial content creation with new intelligent flight modes that make capturing professional-quality results almost effortless. A new Hyperlapse feature produces establishing shots that show the passing of time, which you can share to social media immediately. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a Micro SD card or the internal storage, leaving more room for post editing. Choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:
Free - pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
Circle - automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
Course Lock - keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
Waypoint - plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.
Keeping a moving subject in the frame is now easier than ever with ActiveTrack 2.0. This enhanced auto-track feature delivers a powerful combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future. When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).
Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight
The Mavic 2 delivers autonomous flight capabilities that help you capture shots with even more confidence in complex environments. A fully upgraded FlightAutonomy system transmits data to a more powerful central processor for more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions, allowing you to focus on capturing the perfect shot.
An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.
A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that support both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams. It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, allowing you to instantly edit and upload Full HD footage directly from the video cache in the DJI app in a wider variety of situations. Original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device, so you can immediately share what you create without the need to transfer files from the drone.
Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time
The Mavic 2’s redesigned, more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode. Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.
To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers' data.
A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.
Price and Availability
The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Pro, including the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers, is $1,449 USD. The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Zoom, including the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers, is $1,249 USD. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at $319 USD. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2 will be available soon.
Starting today, the Mavic 2 is available for preorder at DJI authorized retailers.
I am very much looking forward to spending some time photographing whitetail buck during the rut in beautiful Shenandoah National Park this fall and would love to have you join me!
The Wed-Sat spaces have been filled, but space for two people remains available during the Sun-Wed dates. Interested in taking your wildlife photography skills to the next level? join me!
A 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens is an extremely versatile tool. So veratile, in fact, it's often a pro photographer's most-used lens (or maybe just behind their general purpose zoom).
Engagements, weddings, parties, events, theater, stage performances, high school senior, fashion, documentary, lifestyle, zoo, product and landscape photography are all great uses for this focal length range.
If you're looking to add a 70-200(ish) mm zoom lens to your kit, and don't need an f/2.8 max aperture and/or don't want the size/weight/cost penalties tied to the wider aperture, then the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens are likely at the top of your considerations list.
Both lenses feature an f/4 max aperture that can be stopped down to f/32, nine rounded aperture blades and built-in stabilization.
Where the two lenses differ, of course, will determine which one is the better candidate for your kit.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Shared Features
70-200mm-class focal length range
Constant f/4 max aperture; can be stopped down to f/32
9 rounded aperture blades
High grade build quality with weather sealing
Optional tripod ring
Primary Advantages of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Better image stabilization: 5-stops vs. 4
Slightly lighter weight: 28.2 oz (800g) vs. 30.3 oz (859g)
Autofocus range limiter vs. none
Better AF performance, especially when using the outer AF points
Better balance: rearward positioned zoom ring vs. forward positioned
Primary Advantages of the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens
Slightly smaller size: 2.99 x 6.9” (76 x 175.3mm) vs. 3.15 x 6.93” (80 x 176mm)
Higher maximum magnification: 0.32x vs. 0.27
Focus calibration can be adjusted by focal length range and subject distance in the lens via optional TAP-in Console accessory vs. adjusted by focal length range only in camera via camera bodies with Autofocus Microadjustment feature
Extra 10mm of focal length range on the long end
Other things to consider:
Filter size: 72mm (Canon) vs. 67mm (Tamron)
Large magnification change while zooming (Tamron)
Rings rotate in the Nikon-standard direction (Tamron)
The Canon is noticeably sharper at f/4 (especially at 200mm) and shows less flare
The Tamron shows less vignetting and geometric distortion
Who should opt for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens?
From an image quality perspective, most photographers will appreciate the sharpness of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM's images compared to the better distortion and vignetting performance of the Tamron.
If you're shooting in situations where you can't afford to miss focus, the Canon's better autofocus performance (both in accuracy and consistency) will more than offset the lens' higher acquisition cost, especially in low light situations.
And in regards to low light situations, the Canon's 1-stop higher rated stabilization system will help you get sharper images of non-moving subjects under the same shooting conditions.
For those that will typically utilize the lens at its longest focal length, the Canon's better image quality at 200mm will certainly be appreciated.
If intending on having your 70-200mm lens mounted for long periods of time, the Canon's rearward positioned zoom ring will certainly be more comfortable to use.
And finally, if you currently only have Canon-made zoom lenses in your kit, acclimating to Tamron's reversed rotating zoom and focus rings can be maddening, especially when a fleeting shot opportunity requires a fast reaction speed.
Who should opt for the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens?
If your budget does not extend to the Canon equivalent, the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens offers many of the same benefits at at less than two-thirds the cost (without rebates).
For those who plan on using their medium telephoto zoom primarily for static portraiture, especially when a focus-and-recompose technique can be employed while using the enter AF point, the Tamron's AF performance should be more than sufficient for the task.
Do you own an EOS Rebel-series camera body without the ability to fine-tune AF parameters via Autofocus Microadjustment?
The Tamron may prove to be the safest choice as you can compensate for autofocus miscalibration issues via the optional TAP-in Console; if you experienced a similar issue with the Canon lens, you'd need to send your camera and lens to Canon's Service Department for calibration, a much less convenient solution to the problem.
Note about focal length range difference: The extra 10mm of focal length range provided by the Tamron will not be terribly significant from a practical standpoint. For instance, the difference in framing the an identical target at 200mm with the Canon and 210mm with the Tamron amounted to slightly more than 1' (305mm), meaning you could get the same basic framing with the Canon lens by leaning forward.
As you can see, from a specifications standpoint, these lenses are very similar.
If your budget extends to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM, and you'll be using it with a body that features Autofocus Microadjustment, we highly recommend adding the L-series lens to your kit because of its sharpness, IS/AF and balance advantages over the Tamron.
However, if your budget is more limited, the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD is an excellent value when its versatility and overall performance are considered.
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements such as Book module update, customizing pages, uploading Presets and Profiles in bulk, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Book module enhancements
New Blurb Book styles and Paper type
In this release of Lightroom Classic CC, two new book types (Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book) and a new paper type (Standard Layflat) have been introduced in the Book module.
New Blurb Book styles
To access the new Blurb book styles, do the following:
Navigate to the Book module.
In the Book Settings panel on the right, click the Book drop-down list.
In the drop-down list, you can choose from Blurb Photo Book, PDF, JPEG, and the newly introduced Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book.
New Paper type
In the Book Settings panel, select Book as Blurb Photo Book.
In the Paper Type drop-down list, you can choose from Premium Lustre, Premium Matte, ProLine Uncoated, ProLine Pearl Photo, Standard, and the newly introduced Standard Layflat. When using Standard Layflat, the minimum page count is 33 due to the binding requirements. The minimum page count for all other paper types is 20.
Choose where a page number is visible when printed
You can now select where page numbers are printed on a book, including on only left or right pages, or all pages. To adjust the location and display of page numbers in a book, do the following:
Navigate to the Book module.
In the Page panel on the right, select the Page Numbers check box to enable the following options:
Location: Choose where you want to print the page number on page - Top Corner, Bottom Corner, Top, Side, or Bottom.
Display: Choose which pages in the book you want to print the page numbers on - Left and Right, Left Only, or Right Only.
Customize cells within a page
You can now add your own custom-sized cells within a page that are not restricted by the standard padding. Add multiple cells on a page, move specific cells to the front or back and drag the cell exactly where you want it. Then, save the look as a custom page to use the look again for another photo book. To add a new cell to a page:
Select the page in the preview area.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Add Cell > Photo or a Photo Description from the context-menu.
To resize or move the cells:
Select a cell. A bounding box appears around the cell.
To move the selected cell to a specific location on the page, drag the square icon at the center of the bounding box. Alternatively, use Alt (Win)/Option (Mac) + Arrow keys to move the selected cell.
To adjust the size of the selected cell, drag one of the corner handles of the bounding box.
To arrange a cell to the front or back:
Select a cell.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) and choose one of the Send to Back or Bring To Front options from the context-menu.
To save your page modifications as a custom page:
Select a page in the preview area.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Save As Custom Page from the context-menu. You can access the saved custom page in the Page panel on the right.
Pause and resume the upload of book to Blurb
In the Activity and Status area at the upper-left corner of the window (next to the Lightroom icon), you can now also pause and resume the upload of the pages to Blurb in the expanded progress bar.
Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk
Starting with this release, you can now import multiple presets or profiles in a zip file into Lightroom Classic.
Navigate to the Develop module.
Do any one of the following:
From the menu bar, choose File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
In the Presets panel, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the menu.
In the Basic panel, click the Show Profile Browser icon in the Profile area. In Profile Browser, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-left corner and choose Import Profiles from the menu.
In the import dialog that appears, select the .zip containing profiles and presets that you want to import. You can import XMP presets and profiles, DCP profiles, and LCP profiles as part of a zip file. However, .lrtemplate presets can't be imported as part of a zip file.
HEIC image files support on Windows
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on Windows 10.
Support for new cameras and lenses
Sony RX100 VA (DSC-RX100M5A)
Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6)
Fixed customer issues
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 (August 2018 release)
Learn how to change the Canvas Size of a document in Photoshop. For more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, check out Julieanne’s blog at https://blogs.adobe.com/jkost.
POWAY, CA, AUGUST 21, 2018 - Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their ever-growing line of memory-based products: Premium 2933X XQD memory cards.
Version 2.0 compliant with speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers, Delkin XQD cards are specifically designed to excel in the latest generation of cinematic hosts from both Sony & Nikon.
As not all memory manufacturers are authorized to produce and sell XQD, Delkin is grateful for the opportunity to provide consumers another choice.
Utilizing a 2nd generation PCI Express interface and delivering blazing-fast write speeds up to 400MB/s (up to 440MB/s read speeds), Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing flawless cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as RAW photos in burst mode.
Each card has undergone extensive testing to ensure compatibility in today's high-end XQD hosts, including the Nikon D5, D500 & D850, as well as several of Sony's XDCAM Super 35 broadcast camcorders (PXW-FS7 & PXW-FS7M2).
It is important to note though that XQD cards are not backwards compatible with either CompactFlash or CFast 2.0 hosts.
As proof that Delkin's XQD cards are built to the highest standard and full compatibility, each card is serialized, like your camera.
This allows Delkin to offer the ultimate level of customer support, while providing customers additional protection and insurance for their purchase.
Owners can register their Delkin Premium XQD cards at www.delkindevices.com/xqd/.
In addition to their "Lifetime Warranty" policy, Delkin also offers a unique built-in insurance policy for their XQD memory cards, called their "48 Hour, No-Questions-Asked Replacement Guarantee".
Not offered anywhere else in the world, Delkin will replace any non-working XQD card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving your non-working card.
Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin XQD reseller.
"This covers the unthinkable, from salt exposure to even pet and child inflicted damage" Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Marketing Manager explains, "Should anything happen, just give us a call and we'll send you a brand new replacement card that you'll receive in less than 48 hours, along with a pre-paid shipping envelope to get your damaged card back to us."
Delkin's "48HR Replacement Guarantee" is also offered on all Premium memory card lines, including BLACK (SD, microSD & CF), PRIME & POWER (SD & microSD), as well as CFast 2.0.
Delkin Premium XQD memory cards come in the following capacities and will start shipping mid/late October: 64GB, 120GB and 240GB.
I know, your summer is busy and hopefully you are out capturing amazing images.
But, I need to remind you that this site, a free resource that hopefully has value to you, needs your help.
The costs, in both time and money, of maintaining and developing this site are substantial.
If everyone visiting TDP contributed $1 per year, we would easily be fully funded.
Unfortunately, only a very tiny percentage of site visitors provide support.
Thus, your help is greatly needed!
Basically, there are five ways you can help support us.
The first is my favorite (and it costs you nothing additional), but hopefully you can use at least two or three of these options regularly:
In a recent blog post, the LensRentals team makes a simple request – "Please, don’t take our photography and video gear to Burning Man."
Just like Color Run marathons, photographing Burning Man is a great way to ruin [even weather sealed] photography gear.
LensRentals warns that damage incurred while using their gear at the cultural event is not covered under the LensCap Protection offered (such damage is considered neglect, not accidental).
Want to see what gear looks like when it returns from Burning Man? Check out the blog post for some cringe-worthy pictures.
The term “senior portraits” can mean different things to different people. Some people may think of portraits of senior citizens and others may think about portraits of kids who are graduating from either high school or college. In the world of professional photography, senior portraits generally refers to those who want their portraits before they graduate school. And most of the time, if they are hiring a professional photographer to take their senior portraits, they are not looking for the “cookie cutter” photo of themselves in a fake tux or dress for the yearbook. They (or their parents) are looking for a creative photo to truly show who they are.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Wednesday 15 August 2018 – Canon is honoured to have been awarded four prestigious accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) showcasing the breadth of Canon’s unrivalled camera, lens and accessory line-up.
EOS 6D Mark II named ‘EISA DSLR Camera 2018-2019’
EOS M50 named ‘EISA Best Buy camera 2018-2019’
EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM awarded the ‘EISA DSLR prime lens 2018-2019’
Speedlite 470EX-AI flash awarded the ‘EISA photo innovation 2018-2019’
Voted by an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of editors from 53 internationally-respected consumer electronics magazines across 23 European countries – as well as Australia, India, Canada and the USA – EISA celebrates technology products that combine the most advanced expertise and desirable features in their class.
Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Canon Europe said, “We constantly strive to produce the highest quality products that enable photographers of all levels to perfect their craft. The desire to continuously innovate has kept Canon at the forefront of imaging excellence throughout its 80-year history, so to receive four prestigious awards by EISA is acknowledgement of Canon’s relentless focus on unrivalled image quality.”
In recognition of Canon’s award-winning products, the EISA judging panel delivered the following citations:
EISA DSLR Camera 2018-2019: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a compact but powerful DSLR for the enthusiast photographer. The 26.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor work together to provide excellent image quality, even in low-light scenarios. The camera combines a fast and reliable 45-point autofocus system with Canon’s impressive Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system that is used for live view and video shooting. The Vari-Angle touchscreen – a first for Canon’s full frame cameras – makes it easy to frame the subject and to operate the camera menu.
EISA Best Buy camera 2018-2019: Canon EOS M50
This small, light and affordable mirrorless camera delivers the same image quality as its larger siblings. Thanks to the 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor, it can capture both high-quality still images and 4K video. The Vari-Angle touchscreen makes it easy to frame your subject from any angle – whether high, low, ‘selfie’ or vlog - with a simple tap-to-focus. The improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF allows for fast, accurate, and precise focusing across up to 88% of the imaging area in both photos and Full HD movies. With the built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you can easily transfer images to a mobile device and share them on social media.
EISA DSLR Prime Lens 2018-2019: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
This unique lens combines built-in image stabilisation with a very large aperture. This combination makes it possible to take handheld pictures in very low-light situations. The lens is built for professional work, with weather sealing and fast and accurate autofocus. The sharpness is improved compared to previous 85mm lenses from Canon, while blurred backgrounds are rendered very attractively. It’s a perfect choice for portrait and wedding photographers who are shooting with high-resolution full frame DSLRs.
EISA photo innovation 2018-2019: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI
This Speedlite flashgun makes the life of the photographer much easier by taking the guesswork out of bounced flash. The 470EX-AI automatically fires a series of pre-flashes to determine how light can be bounced from a ceiling or wall, and rotates the flash head into the correct position to provide soft and flattering light. Alternatively, the photographer can also manually position the flash head, and the unit will maintain this position even if the camera is rotated. With full E-TTL control, the flash will automatically fire at the right intensity to give perfectly exposed images.
Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional support for full-time imaging professionals. CPS members receive exclusive 24/7 phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted equipment maintenance and repairs, Equipment Evaluation Loans, on-site support at select events and shows, discounts on Canon Live Learning seminars and workshops, and more.
British Tripod Manufacturer and Lucie Technology Award winner, 3 Legged Thing, announces the release of Patti, a new Punks tripod.
3 Legged Thing is excited to announce a brand new addition to its Punks range of tripods. Patti, named after Punk legend Patti Smith, is an incredibly capable general use tripod, and the company’s first full size tripod priced below £100.
Boasting a higher maximum load capacity than is usually found in tripods of this class, Patti is able to support up to 10 kg / 22 lbs of camera equipment. This is due to Patti’s secure flip leg locks. Formed from rugged hard-wearing ABS plastic, the flip locks have a smooth action which secures the legs into position.
3 Legged Thing Punks Patti flip lock Perfect for photographers of multiple genres, and adaptable to a wide variety of situations, Patti is an ideal starter tripod for users of compact, bridge, mirrorless, and lightweight DLSR cameras.
3 Legged Thing CEO & Founder, Danny Lenihan, commented: “Patti breaks three barriers for 3 Legged Thing – the first tripod we have named for a female rockstar, the first to have a flip-lock mechanism rather than friction locks, and our first tripod to retail for under £100.
“When I first introduced our Punks range to the public, I did so to try and offer the technological advancements available in our Pro range, for a price point that was affordable to the masses. With Patti, we have taken that to a new level and introduced a sub £100 tripod with a 10kg working payload. It’s an exciting time.”
Patti is made from aircraft grade magnesium alloy and features a single-section centre column that is both removable and reversible. The tripod’s three optimal leg angles (23 ° 55 ° and 80 °) give photographers greater versatility, allowing them to undertake shooting as low as 11 cm / 4.25 “ from the ground.
Maintaining its versatility and ease-of-use, Patti ships with a new, simplified ballhead – the AirHed Mini – which features just two controls; the release plate clamp knob, and a combined panning and ballhead tension knob, which allows photographers to make composition and position changes using a single control.
3 Legged Thing AirHed Mini With a single column section and four-section legs, Patti is just 45 cm / 17.7” long when counter-folded yet extends to 1.63 m / 64” making her an ideal tripod to carry for a broad range of photographic uses. Patti also features 3 Legged Thing’s patented Tri-Mount plate, which enables a compact profile when counter-folded, and includes 3 hollowed spurs for the attachment of accessories.
Patti is available in two colours – Punks grey with blue AirHed and accents of copper, and Punks Anarchy matte black with accents of British Racing Green. Patti ships with rubber Bootz which are detachable and can be replaced with 3 Legged Thing’s range of footwear – Heelz, Stilettoz, and Clawz (available separately).
Patti is available to pre-order now ahead of a worldwide release on 15th September. Suggested retail price is £99.99 UK / $119.99 US.
Patti will be on show at Photokina 2018 in Cologne, along with 3 Legged Thing’s range of professional tripods, monopods and accessories. Visit 3 Legged Thing in Hall 2.1 on stand A25/B26.
In this episode of the Light Painting VLOG Efren Herrera, Melissa Meyer, Darren Pearson and I Light Paint the main stage artist including Shawn Mendes, Sabrina Carpenter, Janelle Monae, Ryan Seacrest, Backstreet Boys, Lance Bass, Miguel, and Meghan Trainor for the 2018 Wango Tango iHeartRadio concert in Los Angeles.
Organize your gear with these 6 ideas from household items.
Photographers end up with a lot of cameras and lenses. If your gear is taking up too much space or lives all over the house, I've got some tips for you on how you can get it organized and ready for use at all times. All of these storage devices are repurposed from items you can get at the store and are affordable.
Vanguard is running a pretty interesting contest. It's free to enter, so... why not? The giveaway ends in only 5 days, so don't wait!
Update: According to recent feedback, it appears the sweepstakes may only be available to USA residents.
Peaks & Pixels Photo Gear And Trip Giveaway
Are you ready for the biggest giveaway of the summer? Not only are we putting you on a plane, but we are packing your suitcase full of gear. Check out all of the amazing prizes from Sony, Ikan, GNARBOX, NISI, Vanguard, and Adorama! Enter for your chance to win $8K in prizes!!
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For his recent Dakine assignment, Paris Gore was tasked with shooting an action photo and supporting images for a two-page ad featuring men's biking apparel.
Paris's rig-it-on-a-tree approach is a perfect, albeit unique, example of what you can do with the compact, lightweight and powerful ELB 500 TTL lights. Even if you are not shooting a world class mountain biker in the middle of the woods…. yet.
Second-Generation FastFoto, the World’s Fastest Personal Photo Scanner, Offers Versatile Solution for Scanning, Restoring, Organizing, and Sharing Photos
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 7, 2018 – Epson today expanded its high-speed scanning line with the new Wi-Fi enabled FastFoto FF-680W High-Speed Photo and Document Scanning System. The FF-680W scanner is the world’s fastest personal photo scanner, scanning thousands of photos – as fast as one photo per second at 300 dpi3 at up to 36 photos per batch. Building on the success of the FastFoto FF-640 scanner, the FF-680W scanner offers worry-free scanning for a variety of media types and sizes, including postcards, panoramic photos up to 36 inches and Polaroid photos as well as convenient photo restoration, editing and smart file organization tools. Families can scan, restore and organize collections of photos for quick and easy sharing, archiving and enlargements with the new FF-680W scanner. And, with the Easy Auto-Upload feature, the FastFoto scanner software makes it simple to share images to cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive4.
“Epson recognized the need for a fast and easy scanning solution that enabled people to digitize photos held captive in shoeboxes and albums stored away in closets and attics, and vulnerable to natural disasters, fires and floods,” said David Hawkes, product manager, Scanners, Epson America, Inc. “FastFoto unlocked a new market with the introduction of the FastFoto in 2016, making it affordable and feasible to preserve a family’s legacy. The new FastFoto FF-680W incorporates feedback from customers with a host of new features, making it easier to bring memories of yesterday back to life using the latest digital technology.”
Featuring Epson ScanSmart software, the FastFoto FF-680W scanner is also a powerful document scanner. Using the intuitive software users can easily scan, organize, email, and store important contracts, receipts, documents, and files. In addition, easily edit documents and save time with automatic file naming, plus powerful productivity tools. With built-in Nuance OmniPage Optical Character Recognition (OCR), users can create searchable PDFs, plus editable Word and Excel files.
FastFoto FF-680W Scanner Features:
World’s Fastest Personal Photo Scanner2 — scan thousands of photos as fast as 1 photo per second at 300 dpi
Preserve Your Priceless Photos — SafeTouch Technology for worry-free scanning up to 8.5" wide, plus postcards, Polaroid photos and panoramas
There more to an overhead portrait then simply looking down on your model, there's the background, lighting and styling to consider.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey takes the overhead portrait idea on location and uses an area of green grass as his background.
He also shows how working in the right kind of light can make a big difference and then adds some flash and props to create the final shot.
After the shoot Gavin takes you through his editing steps to create a photo which has a warm, faded summer fashion look.
When we were little, every summer my Dad would take my sister and I backpacking. He carried all the gear, while we were left to carry the most important things: our stuffed animals and water bottles. One year, driving back at night after a long day of backpacking on our way out of the mountains in the Eastern Sierra, California, my Dad pulled over to watch a meteor shower. We laid on the ground looking up at the sparkling night sky. There were so many meteors, one after another. I was in awe and amazed. When we saw a shooting star, my dad would say, “Make a wish.” I was so happy that night because I got to make dozens of wishes!
A tool to inspire. A tool to be bold. A tool to build memories.
Portland, OR (August 7th) - Lensbaby—makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories—announces the launch of their most playful and accessible lens yet, the Sol 45.
“Sol 45 opens up a new creative experience for those who want to dip their toes in the Lensbaby pool,” said Craig Strong Lensbaby Co-Founder and CCO. “Sol inspires visual artists to find new and fun ways to see their world by creating unique images in camera - no filters needed.” The Sol 45 responds to those curious and insightful individuals who desire intention, imagination, and passion within each experience they live. This fixed aperture lens features an ease-of-use that injects the classic Lensbaby energy into images while creating a fun photography experience that benefits from the creation of unique photos that are representative of the users’ passions. Users simply identify a subject in frame, bend the lens toward it, rotate the focus ring to bring subject into focus and shoot, ultimately creating a tack-sharp circular area of focus surrounded by bold blur and smooth bokeh. In addition, users can bring the lens’s bokeh blades - situated on hinged arms hiding at the edge of the lens - into the lens’s field of view. These bokeh blades add subtle lines of texture in-camera to the bokeh, creating stylized texture effects that many photographers only experience post-edit.
Since 2004, Lensbaby has challenged photographers to make their creative process one that distinctly captures the voice they find behind the camera. Today, the Sol 45 opens this door to all creatives, regardless of skill level. Enthusiast DSLR and mirrorless camera shooters, especially those who are newer to Lensbaby, now have the opportunity to experiment with the brand’s iconic look for an affordable price of $199.95.
The Sol 45 is made specifically for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and is compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony E, and Fuji X. The lens will also be available in a 22mm version specifically for Micro 4/3rd shooters. The Micro 4/3rd community is a passionate group who has embraced Lensbaby for years, all while longing for lenses tailored specifically for them. The Sol 22 was developed in a 22mm focal length (44mm equivalent) to serve these photographers.
The Sol 45 will be available for purchase at select Lensbaby-authorized retailers for $199.95 on August 7th, 2018, and the Sol 22 will be available for purchase in September.
August 6, 2018, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the launch of a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037), for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The vision behind the Model A037 is that of an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that has a separate concept from SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012), with superb image quality and easy portability. At just 3.5 in in length and 16.2 oz. in weight, it is the smallest and lightest in its class. The focal length ranges from an ultra-wide 17mm that is suitable for professional landscape photography to a standard 35mm perfect for snapshot photography. As for F-stops, the wide-angle end is a large aperture F/2.8, and at the telephoto end is a fast F/4. The Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating help to enhance the user's photographic experience. For those looking to try out an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the first time, as well as having a lens that is easily portable, the A037 is the definitive choice. The lens will be available in Nikon mount on September 4, 2018 at suggested retail price of $599. The launch of the Canon mount model will be announced at a later date.
High-performance imaging for shooting vast landscapes in sharp detail The optical construction (15 elements in 10 groups) uses four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elementsto minimize axial chromatic aberrations that can occur with ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses. With two properly positioned GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lenses, distortion and other aberration can be satisfactorily corrected as well. Being the smallest and lightest in its class and dedicated to high quality imaging, the engineers have paid particular attention to size. The lens has also been carefully designed to allow peripheral point image reproducibility and thereby facilitate a high degree of sharpness and contrast. The Minimum Object Distance (MOD) for the entire zoom range is a short 11 in., so background blurring is still possible when opening the aperture and approaching the subject close-up with this ultra-wide-angle zoom.
Advanced coating technology along with proprietary ghosting analysis simulation technology enabled the high level of backlighting control Resistance to backlighting is extremely important for wide-angle lenses as they are often subjected to strong light sources. The Model A037 has a high level optical construction that repeatedly employs comprehensive ghosting analysis simulation. The BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating is highly effective in reducing reflection, allowing ghosting and flare throughout the entire zoom range to be controlled.
OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) enables both excellent AF speed and drive noise reduction The AF drive system employs an OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) to ensure quiet operation. Through the innovative optimization of the system that includes AF system speed reduction gear, Tamron could greatly reduce the drive noise in comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors. AF performance and speed have also been vastly improved. Thus, even if silence is required, AF can be employed without having to worry at all about noise creation. The Model A037 can provide superlative AF precision for exact focus even when shooting moving objects, as well as outstanding trackability.
Circular aperture to produce a smooth-edged bokeh A 7-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture. This produces a smooth-edged bokeh in background light spots and avoids rugged aperture geometry.
Moisture-Resistant Construction Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
Fluorine Coating The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.
Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory The new A037 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens's firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 2nd August 2018 – Canon Europe has today unveiled the Canon Zoemini, a lightweight, pocket size and portable photo printer, featuring ZINK (zero ink) technology. The Canon Zoemini connects seamlessly to the Canon Mini Print app via Bluetooth for instant printing of photos and social media snaps in a matter of seconds. The Canon Zoemini prints out personalised 2x3 inch (5 x 7.6cm) photos, straight from a mobile phone, tablet or social media apps.
The Canon Zoemini is the perfect accessory for people who enjoy printing and sharing special moments with family and friends, wherever the mood takes them. The Canon Zoemini will inspire people to unleash their creativity, thanks to an abundance of on-trend filters, frames and AR effects through the Canon Mini Print app, free to download from the App Store and Google Play from 5th September 2018.
Whether it’s a special family occasion, holiday or simply meeting up with friends, the Canon Zoemini encourages creativity, with easy to print, peel-and-stick photos that can be used to personalise everyday items such as laptops, mobile covers, bags, mirrors or bedroom walls. School bags can also be decorated with a photo collage of friends, families, pets or even a carefully crafted selfie.
Fitting comfortably in the palm of a hand, handbag or pocket, the compact and sleek device comes in a choice of three enticing and distinctive colours: Rose Gold/White, White/Silver and Black/Slate Grey.
The Canon Zoemini features ZINK technology, meaning zero ink is required. The rechargeable battery-powered portable printer comes with a starter pack of 10 x Canon ZINK photo paper (peel-and-stick back, smudge-free, water and tear resistant), with additional paper available for purchase in packs of 20 or 50.
The Canon Mini Print app also features a tiling function, enabling the creation of larger posters or images made up of four or nine prints, as well as over ten unique collage templates that prints a 2x3 inch photo. From retro selfies to playful animal face filters, the Canon Zoemini provides the ability to customise and quickly print off memories. In addition to Instagram and Facebook, the Canon Mini Print app lets users connect with Google Photos and Dropbox, so they can print their physical copies of their most treasured memories while out and about.
Weighing just 160g and with dimensions of 118mm x 82mm x 19mm, the Canon Zoemini will be available to purchase from 5th September 2018.
Compact, slim and lightweight, can fit in pockets or small bags
Inspires creativity with on-trend filters, frames and AR
Prints tear-proof 2x3 inch (5 x 7.6cm) photos with innovative ink free ZINK technology
Prints sticky-sided pictures to decorate walls, laptops and mirrors
Connects effortlessly via Bluetooth to the Canon Mini Print app (iOS & Android)
What’s in the box:
The Canon Zoemini Photo Printer* (Rose Gold/White, White/Silver and Black/Slate Grey)
One pack of Canon ZINK Photo Paper (10 sheets of Photo Paper and 1 SMART SHEET)
Micro USB charging cable (USB A to Micro)
Quick Start Guide
About Canon Mini Print App
A mobile device must be connected to the Canon Zoemini Photo Printer via Bluetooth and the Canon Mini Print App, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices running Android 4.4 or later.
The Canon Zoemini will be available in Rose Gold, White and Black from September 2018 with an RRP of £119.99/€139.99.
In this video, Profoto brand ambassador Jared Platt breaks down the lighting in several of his images and explains the motivation behind the chosen light setup and how the result enhances the story behind the images.
Making color management simple with an easy-to-follow guide that starts with the basics
Zurich, Switzerland, 1st August 2018 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, has today launched an extensive color management eBook for photographers and videographers. ‘Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy’ is a six-chapter guide providing practical advice to help any photographer or videographer understand color management, from the basics to the advanced. Chapters will be published in three-week intervals and sent to readers once they have registered online. Those who download the eBook will also receive 20% off the Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite. The first chapter is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.
"We repeatedly found that even after more than 20 years of digital photography, color management is regarded as a difficult and complex topic and is therefore often neglected. Users often have difficulties with achieving accurate color reproduction and maintaining the brightness of their images in photo books or prints," says Stefan Zrenner, Global Director of Sales and Marketing Consumer Products at Datacolor. "With our free eBook, we want to make our color management know-how accessible to everyone and show that this topic is not complicated at all."
The eBook explores the basics of color management, calibrated photography, and the steps needed to reproduce accurate colors on the monitor, when printing at home and through print service providers.
What to expect from ‘Spyder5 eBook
Chapter One – Understanding Digital Color
The first chapter will walk you through which color measuring instruments you need for color management, and why you should work with RAW data.
Chapter Two – Taking Calibrated Photos
Chapter Two is a guide to the first step in the color workflow – camera calibration. The chapter focuses on the tools available for calibration, obtaining evenly-balanced contrast with the SpyderCUBE, achieving color balance with the SpyderCHECKR, and razor-sharp autofocus using SpyderLENSCAL.
Chapter Three – Monitor Calibration
Discover how to initially calibrate your monitor and find out what a colorimeter can do for you during this process. Chapter three will also teach you how to control ambient light and demonstrate the options a soft proofing tool can offer.
Chapter Four – Fine-adjusting Monitors
Chapter Four delves deeper into monitor calibration, with a focus on making extended calibration settings, and an explanation of what an advanced analysis entails. Learn how to calibrate two monitors, and find out what different elements you need to pay attention to when calibrating a complete studio and a projector.
Chapter Five – Printer Profiling for Accurate Prints
The penultimate chapter teaches you all you need to know about printer profiles, and explains how to check if your printer and printer driver are working properly. Find out what you need to be aware of when working with a Spectrocolorimeter and discover Datacolor’s measuring technology.
Chapter Six – Monitor Proofing and Media
The final chapter deals with your questions on the final stage of your workflow – exploring how to proof your images on your monitor, and what to consider when printing your photos by yourself, on paper, canvas, and foil. The chapter will also tell you all you need to know about monitor proofing during photo printing from a service provider.
Each chapter also contains a detailed glossary of color management terms. The first chapter of the eBook is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.
I thoroughly enjoy lightning photography, but until recently, I had never seriously attempted to capture lightning during the day.
Soon after receiving the MIOPS Camera Trigger, I tested the device during a daytime thunderstorm to see how well it worked.
Site visitors interested in lightning photography are often curious if a triggering device will work in the daytime, and my test revealed that the MIOPS Camera Trigger worked perfectly under even relatively bright conditions.
The same cannot be said about other lightning triggers I've tried.
Even with a good camera trigger, lightning photography during the daytime presents a problem.
How do you balance the exposure so that the lightning bolt is visible in the bright sky while keeping the foreground details from being silhouetted?
The best answer I've come up with – a graduated ND filter and a covered shooting location.
The image above of the Savannah River was taken just before 7:00pm (an hour and 23 minutes before sunset).
While it wasn't as bright at 7:00pm as it would be with midday sun, relatively few opportunities for lightning will be photographed in conditions that bright.
The storm clouds that bring lightning typically block out the sun or at least darken the sky in the area being photographed to some degree.
However, the darkening rarely lowers the sky's exposure to that of the ground beneath it.
That's where the graduated ND filter comes in.
For this shot, I mounted my 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, MIOPS Camera Trigger on my tripod which was set up under the Savannah Belles Ferry Waving Girl Landing, adjacent the Marriott Hotel along the Savannah River.
To the end of the lens, I attached a 100mm filter holder containing a Cokin NUANCES Z-Pro Soft-Edge 2-stop Grad ND.
By positioning the filter in the holder so that it primarily covered the sky, I was able to better balance out the exposure between the ground/river elements and the sky.
Remember when I mentioned that a covered shooting location was an important part of this technique?
While a lens hood will often prevent rain from accumulating on your front lens element or protective filter, the use of a 100mm filter holder and filters precludes the use of a lens hood.
With a much larger surface area to gather water droplets and ultimately impacting image quality, a location that protects the entire camera rig from rain is ideal.
Of course, if photographing a storm from a vantage point where it isn't raining, no covered location is necessary.
Unfortunately, storms tend to move and photographing lightning is very much a waiting game.
If it isn't raining in your location, the same may not be true 10 minutes later.
And while I'm on the subject of rain, here's some advice: invest in some type of waterproof camera backpack for transporting your gear to and from your shooting location.
I recently picked up a used Lowepro DryZone 100 – predecessor to the now available Lowepro Dryzone 200 – and it's been perfect for these types of outings.
The DZ100 and DZ200 are completely watertight, have plenty of room and are comfortable to wear for moderate distances even with a tripod strapped to the back (although the waist strap sits high on my 6'2" / 1.88m frame).
If you're serious about photographing in extreme conditions, pick up a Lowepro DryZone 200 or similar bag.
Figuring out your desired exposure level for daytime lightning photography is easier than for nighttime lightning photography.
At night, a lightning bolt becomes the primary light source for the sky – where it bounces off of nearby clouds – and, if not illuminated by artificial light, the ground.
It usually takes a few test shots and a little bit of luck to determine the optimal exposure settings for a given nighttime storm.
You can typically vary the shutter speed until the ground is sufficiently bright enough at your chosen aperture and ISO, but that aperture and ISO are keys to determining the brightness level of the sky that results from a lightning strike.
That said, if your shutter speed is too long, you may record multiple lightning strikes within the same image which will cause a substantially over exposed sky.
In other words, sufficient skill and a little bit of luck are important in getting properly exposed nighttime lightning shots.
On the contrary, lightning doesn't typically impact the brightness level of the surrounding sky to a consequential degree during the daytime, generally speaking, unless there is a significantly thick blanket of dark clouds overhead.
Therefore, you can set usually set your exposure to slightly underexpose the sky and your lightning will simply pop out against the underexposed background, such as in the example above.
The ease of setting an exposure really paid off in this case.
The lightning bolt I captured is the only lightning that occurred within my camera's field of view while I was photographing on this particular evening.
In post processing, I darkened the sky a bit further by reducing the luminosity of the blue channel and increased the image's overall contrast and saturation.
The following day I photographed from the same location around 3:30pm and while I didn't catch any lightning, the retreating storm provided an inspiring view.
As you can see, one benefit of attempting to photograph lightning during the day is that, even if you are unsuccessful, the clouds may reward your effort. I used the Cokin NUANCES Z-Pro Soft-Edge 2-stop Grad ND for this image as well.
If you don't have a graduated ND filter in your kit, you can combine multiple exposures to arrive at a similar result (under-expose the sky in the lightning shot and combine that with a brighter ground exposure).
However, any elements that move during the exposure that reside within the field between those two images (the part that simulates the graduated part of the ND filter) will have to be dealt with on an individual basis with specific masking.
I've worked with exposure blending quite a bit over the last few years, and while some extreme exposure latitude situations can certainly benefit from the technique, I've really been enjoying the use of graduated NDs lately. I suppose I'd rather spend more time in the field setting up the camera to capture the image I want (or very close to it) as opposed to spending more time in front of my computer attempting to create a similar image.
Anhui China, Aug 1, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to announce the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens, a unique & revolutionary macro tool.
Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe is the world’s first consumer-grade probe lens that was developed to provide photographers and videographers with a new perspective and remove their shooting barriers while using conventional macro lenses.
Below are the key features of this lens.
The new Laowa 24mm Probe lens can create a Bug-Eye perspective that cannot be done by conventional macro lens.
Not only can it focus really close (2cm @ 2:1) and show a great amount of detail and texture, but also achieve a compelling wide angle 'Bug Eye' view (84.1°).
More background details can then be included into the shots to create a very informative and stunning macro bug-eye perspective.
For telephoto macro lenses, the subject will fill most of the frame and appear isolated from the surrounding environment instead.
2:1 Magnification to Infinity Focus
The new Laowa Probe covers a focusing range from 2:1 macro magnification to Infinity Focus.
Photographers can take advantage of the 2:1 maximum magnification to shoot really small bugs/objects and reveal details that cannot be seen by naked eye.
The wide focusing range (from Macro to infinity) is also particularly useful for videography as both finer details and environmental background can be captured in one shot.
The wide angle design also means much more depth of field at close distance (compared to the telephoto macro lens) so that more background details will now be visible.
Being able to focus so close but still having a deep depth of field is a BIG advantage for both studio and wildlife shooting.
The less blurry background allows the habitat of the subject to be visible in your photo.
Waterproof front lens barrel
The front barrel of the lens is waterproof and it can be used to shoot in any environment.
This makes shooting in liquid no longer a limitation.
The waterproof design also implies that shooting in super dusty environment or with fine powders are not going to be a problem.
40cm long & Tubular Lens Barrel
Thanks to the 40cm (15.7") long barrel, photographers can focus really close to the subject but still keep themselves and cameras distance away.
This unlocks the possibility of shooting in areas which were not accessible in the past. E.g. Shooting a frog hiding in the bushes using our Probe lens, compared to getting a telephoto macro lens super close to avoid leaves blocking your subject.
The long lens barrel also allows photographers to keep a safe distance away when shooting lethal animals.
The big camera body and lens will no longer 'alert' the subject too.
Tiny 2cm lens tip
The tiny 0.2cm-in-diameter lens tip unlocks the possibility to get very low to the ground level to capture a 'delicious' perspective and maximize the visual impact.
The viewers will be like walking on your shooting subject (e.g. Pizza) now.
Moreover, you can insert the lens into tiny caves, bottle or burrows to shoot.
The smaller lens tip also enables proper lighting hitting onto the subject whereas typical macro lenses with larger lens barrels will block most of the light.
LED Ring Light at the tip
A LED ring light (powered through the micro-USB slot on the barrel) is mounted at the tip of the lens to provide additional lighting for focus assistance and video shooting.
Full frame coverage
The Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe can cover both the standard 35mm full frame and Super35 image sensor.
The new Laowa weighs only 1.04 pounds (474 grams) and it’s super light and easy to carry.
The lens has one of the most complicated optics design and houses with 27 elements in 19 groups to deliver the exceptional image quality. Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE mounts are currently available for standard version. A cine version with click-less aperture and focus gears in Arri PL mount is also available to order.
The lens is expected to retail at USD 1,499/pc (ex-VAT).
It is currently available to preorder via Kickstarter at a discounted price.
The earliest expected delivery date is September.
The lens will also be available via authorized resellers from October onwards.
You can find more information on the lens via Kickstarter.
Combined company will drive premium camera bag innovation
Santa Rosa, CA – Think Tank Photo Inc. (“Think Tank”) and MindShift Gear LLC (“MindShift”), innovators in premium camera bag design, today announced the merger of the two companies, creating an integrated product suite for professional and advanced photographers.
The merger is effective today, and the companies have immediately combined their business operations.
The combined company will be privately held and operate under the Think Tank brand.
MindShift will continue as a distinct product line for outdoor photography bags and accessories.
Doug Murdoch, Think Tank's founder, president, and lead designer, will continue as Chairman of the Board and president of the combined company.
Corporate headquarters will remain in Santa Rosa, CA.
“We celebrate a milestone today as we formally join two of the top brands in camera bags and photo accessories, Think Tank and MindShift,” said Doug Murdoch.
“Combined under the Think Tank umbrella, and with MindShift's powerful position in the outdoor photography market, we will draw on our decades of experience to push the boundaries of carrying solutions and enhance our reputation as The Choice of Working Professionals.”
Over the past 15 years, Think Tank and MindShift have delivered some of the most innovative and successful carrying solutions addressing the needs of professional and serious photographers and videographers.
These solutions cover the full spectrum of a photographer’s needs including genre-specific features, transportation needs and rapid access to camera gear – enabling them to “Be ready before the moment.”
Murdoch continued, “Both Think Tank and MindShift are growth companies focused on chasing an enormous opportunity ahead of them.
By combining operations for both companies, we can streamline access to our complete product line, making it easier for our international distributors and retail partners to do business with us.”
Combined, Think Tank and MindShift products can be efficiently distributed throughout the world and in hundreds of retailers in the United States.
Use our links at Think Tank Photo and you'll get a free gift and free ground shipping with your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Normally, panoramas are pretty straight-forward. But if you're also blending multiple exposures, things seem a little more complicated. But Lightroom offers a simple solution to do both with a set of RAW images, learn how in this tutorial.
Summertime is a great season to create beautiful outdoor portraits. With warm weather and abundant sunshine, summer can be one of the best times of year to photograph portraits on-location. These tips will help you capture a season of stunning portrait images.
Latest Addition to PowerShot Family Provides a Multitude of Features for Entry-Level Photographers
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2018 – Whether your family is always on the go, you are an up-and-coming vlogger or you enjoy posting photos to social media, a compact digital camera capable of producing high quality images is a necessity.
Today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced the new PowerShot SX740 HS digital camera boasting a 40x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), a 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, which is a first in the PowerShot series.
“We remain committed to incorporating the latest technologies and innovations into Canon products that help meet the needs of our customers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
“As we continue to grow the popular PowerShot SX-series, we are excited to offer more imaging solutions that encourage visual storytelling.”
Featuring a DIGIC 8 Image Processor, dual-sensing image stabilization, automatic image transfer, feature assistant and a 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates 180 degrees, the PowerShot SX740 HS helps make transitioning away from smartphone photography fun and easy.
With high-speed continuous shooting up to 7.4fps, an ergonomic design and built-in Wi-Fi** and Bluetooth*** technology, you can easily capture life’s greatest moments with the PowerShot SX740 HS.
Availability and Pricing
The PowerShot SX740 HS will be available for purchase in late August for $399.99.
Pictured above is my wife, Alexis, and as you can probably tell – in mid-September, assuming no unforeseen calamity arises – our life is going to change in a very dramatic way.
We're expecting a girl.
Our preparations for the new arrival have been going on for months.
A crib has replaced the bed in the second bedroom, new curtains adorn the windows and a matching rug ties it all together.
And all those things would all look great if it weren't for the tons of boxes filling the room containing car seats, tiny clothes, baby wipes, diapers, a diaper bag and all the other things seemingly necessary for a child to survive infancy.
Of course, we're very fortunate to be experiencing a clutter problem. Those boxes will help us through the challenging months ahead.
Even before my wife and I were actually expecting a child, we had started preparing in our own ways. For Alexis, that meant hand knitting baby accessories that would someday keep miniature hands and feet warm.
Those handmade accessories came in handy for notifying close friends and family of the expected arrival.
As for me, I started preparing by purchasing used baby photography props from local photographers and stacking them in a pile in the corner of my studio.
But that pile of baskets, ribbons, fuzzy blankets and knitted hats got me thinking – the images that I will look back on most fondly, the images that will be most dear to me, I haven't even taken yet.
Bryan's been hammering this point home in many of his portrait lens reviews and in the captions of many of the pictures that he posts to the site;
the most important pictures you will ever take will be of the ones you love.
Birthday parties, sporting events, vacations, family get-togethers, graduations, and many more events are all great reasons to have a camera and an appropriate lens readily available.
Increasing height, missing teeth and hairdos that will be well out of style in the next decade should all be documented formally on a monthly basis.
It's at this point in my life that I'm most happy to have a pretty well fleshed-out photography kit.
I know that it's going to be well used over the next few years, and I look forward to looking back at the images created and wondering, "Where did the time go?"
In today's episode of Ask Aputure, production sound mixer Andrew Jones walks us through four tips for getting better audio in your interviews. Use these sound hacks in your next documentary, corporate interview, or PSA to make your audio sound clearer and more crisp. These sound mixing techniques will help you take your filmmaking to the next level!
Did you ever see a whitetail buck wrap a pine branch around its face?
The rut brings out the best in unusual whitetail activity.
This buck is creating (or freshening) a scrape used for communication purposes at this time of the year and the location selected for a scrape typically has a scent branch just above it.
In Watkins Glen State Park, visitors are (mostly) confined to the trail which primarily consist of rock, rock steps and rock walls.
I usually prefer to keep the hand of man out of my landscape photos, but that is not so easy to do at this location.
That the man-made features are so interesting is part of the attraction of this park and that made it easier for me to get out of my box.
While trying to figure out what to do with this scene, I used one of my frequent wide angle tips and that was to get in close to something interesting in the foreground.
I didn't have to get too creative with that advice here because the only foreground I could get close to and still see the waterfall (Pluto Falls) was ... the wall.
Fortunately, that worked out OK.
I especially like how the man-made lines in the stone stairs and wall interact with the natural lines in the rock.
The vertical lines of the water and gorge cutting through the rock intersect those horizontal lines and draw the viewer's eye into the frame.