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Night Photography Tutorial: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Night Photography Tutorial: A Beginner’s Guide

Night photography, particularly as a beginner, can present both the opportunity to create compelling images, as well as some of the most difficult technical challenges you might face. Fortunately, these challenges are all learning opportunities to better your skills behind the camera. In this night photography tutorial, we’ll look at how to photograph some common subjects after dark with ease. The idea of night photography can cover a wide range of subjects, including everything from landscapes and cityscapes shot just after sunset to highly...

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The Digi Swap turns your iPhone into a digital sensor (of sorts) for your film cameras

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

The Digi Swap turns your iPhone into a digital sensor (of sorts) for your film cameras

At the upcoming Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2022 (CP+) in Japan, a new accessory designed to breathe new life into old film cameras will be fully unveiled. The Digi Swap is an accessory that allows you to attach an iPhone to a film camera and capture digital photos through the film camera’s lens. If you have a film camera and lens but don’t always want to go through the hassle and expense of shooting film, being able to record digital images with your analog gear could be a fun way to make use of your equipment. Details are...

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Ricoh’s new Theta X 360º camera features 2.55″ touchscreen, interchangeable battery and Micro SD card slot

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Ricoh’s new Theta X 360º camera features 2.55″ touchscreen, interchangeable battery and Micro SD card slot

[embedded content] Ricoh has announced the details of its latest 360-degree camera, the Theta X. The camera, which is set for a March 2022 release, is the first to include a 2.25” touchscreen display, an interchangeable battery and a Micro SD card slot. Unlike Ricoh’s previous Theta 360-degree cameras, which relied heavily on an external smartphone or tablet to control, transfer and edit footage and photos, the Theta X takes a more all-in-one approach. Headlining this transition is the inclusion of a 2.25” color touchscreen display that’s...

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BCN+R data shows that Canon and Sony controlled the Japanese camera market in 2021

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

BCN+R data shows that Canon and Sony controlled the Japanese camera market in 2021

Japanese analyst firm BCN Retail (BCN+R) has announced the BCN Awards winners. The awards offer an in-depth summary of 2021 camera sales data in Japan. BCN+R collects data from an estimated 40 to 60 percent of retailers in Japan, so its awards offer an indicative look at the overall Japanese camera market. The BCN Awards are split into different categories, including interchangeable lens cameras, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Looking first at digital interchangeable lens cameras, including DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, Canon had the highest...

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Landscape Composition – Part 2: Balancing the Weights

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Landscape Composition – Part 2: Balancing the Weights

In my previous article I challenged the reader to try to see the compositional elements in a landscape shot as masses and lines. I also surveyed a selection of shots and guided the reader to categorize the compositional elements, try to see how they counterbalance each other and start to get a feel for how each element’s properties determine its placement in the shot, in addition to the placement of other elements. This time, I intend to bring more order to the discussion, and give you concrete ways to use the masses and lines concept...

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DJI’s new firmware update gives the Mavic 3 more of its missing features, including panorama mode and more

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

DJI’s new firmware update gives the Mavic 3 more of its missing features, including panorama mode and more

[embedded content] When DJI released its highly-anticipated Mavic 3 drone series back in November, over 3 years after the Mavic 2, there was some initial disappointment. One of the biggest complaints was that many of the features it boasted in the press materials weren’t yet available. Updates were promised for January 2022, and today the world’s leading drone manufacturer made good of them by releasing a v01.00.0500 firmware update for both iOS and Android. DJI’s Fly app powers the Mavic 3 series and upgrading to v.1.5.8...

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Tokina announces new 500mm F8 Reflex telephoto lens for six APS-C, full-frame camera systems

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Tokina announces new 500mm F8 Reflex telephoto lens for six APS-C, full-frame camera systems

[embedded content] Update (January 24, 2022 at 11am EST): The original headline and article stated this lens would retail for $250. That is incorrectly taken from the 400mm reflex lens listing. No pricing information for this lens has been announced at this time. Both the headline and article have been updated accordingly. Tokina has announced its new SZ Super Tele 500mm F8 Reflex MF lens, a new manual focus super telephoto reflex lens that will work with six different full-frame and APS-C camera systems using a T-mount adapter system. The...

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Slideshow: Winning images from the 10th annual Ocean Art Underwater photo contest

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Slideshow: Winning images from the 10th annual Ocean Art Underwater photo contest

Recently, winners and finalists were announced for the 10th annual Ocean Art Underwater competition. Organized by Underwater Photography Guide, the contest has attracted entries showcasing underwater wildlife, portraits of animals and humans, and a variety of critters for a decade. Thousands of images were submitted from photographers in 81 countries. Over $35,000 worth of prizes from sponsors were awarded. This year’s Overall winning image showcased a pair of pike fish battling it out. The complete list of winners, plus links to each...

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Nikon Z7 II vs Z9 Specifications Comparison

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Nikon Z7 II vs Z9 Specifications Comparison

As the Nikon Z9 gradually makes its way into the hands of more and more photographers, I’m sure that some of you are weighing whether to buy it or Nikon’s previous flagship mirrorless camera, the Z7 II. These two cameras are different in a lot of ways, but they do share some key specifications behind the scenes. Which one is right for you? Let’s look at their features side-by-side to help answer that question. Nikon Z7 II vs Nikon Z9 size, to scale Specifications of Nikon Z7 II and Z9 Camera Feature Nikon Z7 II Nikon Z9 Announced October 14,...

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DPReview TV Mythbusting: Medium format has a unique depth of field

Posted by on Jan 22nd, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

DPReview TV Mythbusting: Medium format has a unique depth of field

Published Jan 22, 2022 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Is there something special about the depth-of-field offered by medium format? Chris and Jordan look closely at the effect of format size on depth-of-field to find out. Shallow depth-of-field is often cited as being a key part of the ‘medium format look’ but is that actually true? Our Canadian friends shot some side-by-side examples to check. Inevitably, since this video compares sensor sizes, it touches on equivalence and why it can make sense to think about equivalent...

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Video: NFL collaborates with drone pilot to create this mesmerizing flight through the Las Vegas Strip ahead of Pro Bowl 2022

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Video: NFL collaborates with drone pilot to create this mesmerizing flight through the Las Vegas Strip ahead of Pro Bowl 2022

[embedded content] In anticipation of Pro Bowl 2022, drone pilot Johnny FPV and the National Football League (NFL) recently collaborated on a promotional video clip that takes you on a whirlwind journey through the Las Vegas strip. Shot on a Red Komodo FPV drone, the clip starts at Caesars Palace and then takes the viewer on a dive down the Eiffel Tower replica that marks the Paris, Las Vegas hotel. The viewer is then taken on a dizzying journey, where clips of pro football players in action are projected on numerous buildings, before the...

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NASA observes a black hole in a dwarf galaxy that is fueling star formation

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

NASA observes a black hole in a dwarf galaxy that is fueling star formation

NASA has announced that it has observed a black hole at the center of dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 that defies expectations. Thanks to detailed evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope’s imaging and spectroscopy instruments, scientists can see that the black hole is ‘creating stars rather than gobbling them up.’ The typical understanding of a black hole is that it’s a region within space from which no particles, including light, can escape. However, something unusual occurs in the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10. The dwarf galaxy...

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Ricoh to cease mass production and sales in Japan, opting for a more direct-to-consumer and ‘workshop-like’ approach

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Ricoh to cease mass production and sales in Japan, opting for a more direct-to-consumer and ‘workshop-like’ approach

Ricoh Japan has announced that it is ceasing mass production and mass sales of its Pentax and GR camera lineups in Japan, opting instead for direct-to-consumer sales through ‘digital methods.’ In an announcement posted to Ricoh Japan’s website, Ricoh president, Noboru Akabane, says the company ‘will revamp its manufacturing system for the digital camera business and sales in Japan on April 1, 2022.’ He further elaborates on the decision in the following message to consumers (and presumably shareholders as well): ‘Until now, we have been doing...

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Film Friday: Is Bulk Loaded Cine Film a Panacea for Rising Film Prices?

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Film Friday: Is Bulk Loaded Cine Film a Panacea for Rising Film Prices?

Photograph by Matthew Wright, used with permission from 35mmc. Last December, on a previous edition of Film Friday, we shared an article from Matthew Wright wherein he explained why the film photography community ‘has a math problem […] not a film price or Kodak problem’ in regards to 9–15% price hike Kodak had announced for many of its films. Now, Wright is back with another thoughtful article on 35mmc, this time opening – and ultimately answering – the question of whether or not bulk loading cinema film is a solution for photographers...

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Best Camera Settings for Bird Photography

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Camera Settings for Bird Photography

Imagine that you’re on a beautiful beach and you see an unusual bird fly towards you. The sun is low in the sky and golden light washes over delicately patterned wings. You raise your camera, unsure of what settings to use. When you get back home, you realize the shots are blurry and overexposed – and worse, the pictures have just enough detail to identify the bird as a Far Eastern Curlew, a species you’ve been trying to photograph for years. How can you avoid this disaster? House Finch, Nikon D500 + Tamron 150-600 G2 @ 400mm, ISO 3600,...

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Meta is working on letting users create, sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Meta is working on letting users create, sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram

According to the Financial Times, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is looking at ways to allow its users to create and sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on its platforms. The article also cites that NFTs are currently a $40 billion market, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Naturally, it makes sense that Meta would want to explore ways to capitalize on this momentum. The company’s Novi Wallet technology would be powering the service, according to insiders. Instagram is exploring ways to display NFTs while Meta...

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Introducing the first drone that works both in the air and underwater

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Introducing the first drone that works both in the air and underwater

[embedded content] Three Asian companies, underwater robotics company QYSEA, Japanese telecommunications provider KDDI and manufacturer PRODRONE, have collaborated on the first-ever commercial drone that can both fly in the air and operate underwater. The ‘Sea-Air Integrated Drone’ recently made its debut at an amusement park in Japan. Typically, if you wanted to deploy an underwater unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) such as a Boxfish Luna or CHASING Dory, you’d have to find a prime location on a shoreline or journey out to sea...

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Phantom S991 high-speed camera shoots 4K video at 937 frames per second

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Phantom S991 high-speed camera shoots 4K video at 937 frames per second

Vision Research has announced the Phantom S991 high-speed camera. The new specialized camera combines impressive Phantom sensor technology and CoaXPress-over-Fiber (CXFPoF) with CXP-12 to deliver 9Gpx/sec (70 Gbps) throughput to record 4096 x 2304 video at a blazing-fast 937 frames per second. Like other Phantom cameras, the S991 can record much faster than 937 frames per second with reduced resolution. Before diving into the specs, though, the highlight feature of 937 fps at 4K resolution requires 8-bit video. If you want to record 12-bit...

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A closer look at the Leica M11 (photo gallery)

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

A closer look at the Leica M11 (photo gallery)

Leica has announced the M11, the newest member of its M-series rangefinder line of cameras. It’s headline spec is a new 60MP BSI CMOS sensor, but it also includes useful features like a larger battery, internal storage, a redesigned baseplate and more.

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Legendary civil rights photographer Steve Schapiro passes away at 87

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Legendary civil rights photographer Steve Schapiro passes away at 87

Legendary photographer Steve Schapiro passed away in his home on Saturday night, at age 87, from pancreatic cancer. Shapiro is best known for capturing pivotal moments during the US civil rights movement of the 1960s. He also produced promotional materials for classic films including ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Taxi Driver.’ Born in 1934, Steve first picked up a Kodak 127 format film camera at the tender age of 9 and immediately began shooting images of his birthplace – New York City. Shapiro’s first big break came from...

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Canon is shutting down its Zhuhai factory in south China, citing low compact camera demand and chip shortages

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Canon is shutting down its Zhuhai factory in south China, citing low compact camera demand and chip shortages

DPReview has confirmed Canon is in the process of shutting down its Zhuhai manufacturing facility in south China. On January 14, South China Morning Post reported Canon was planning on shutting down ‘part’ of its production line in its Zhuhai factory in southern China, where it manufactures many of its compact cameras. The move, according to a Canon China public relations representative, was being considered due to the shrinking demand for compact camera systems, problems from the pandemic and the ongoing chip shortage. Later that day,...

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DPReview TV: What we know (and think) about the Canon EOS R5C

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

DPReview TV: What we know (and think) about the Canon EOS R5C

Published Jan 19, 2022 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Jordan from DPReview TV was pretty stoked to learn about the EOS R5C, a Cinema EOS motion picture camera and an EOS R5 stills camera all in one. Find out what he thinks of this new hybrid model based on what we know so far. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera with 4K Video, Full-Frame CMOS Senor, DIGIC X Image Processor, Dual UHS-II SD Memory Card Slots, and Up to 12 fps with...

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Canon EOS R5C vs EOS R5: what’s the same, what’s different?

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Canon EOS R5C vs EOS R5: what’s the same, what’s different?

‘The EOS R5C is more than just an EOS R5 with a fan’ is the message Canon seems keen to convey. And the differences between the two cameras start to stack-up, the closer you look. But to me, it looks like some of the shared hardware ends up being both the EOS R5C’s greatest shortcoming while underpinning its main strength. In this article we’ll take a look at what the EOS R5C gains and loses, compared with the regular EOS...

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Canon announces the EOS R5C, a Cinema EOS and a stills camera all in one body

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Canon announces the EOS R5C, a Cinema EOS and a stills camera all in one body

Canon has announced the EOS R5C, a full frame mirrorless camera that effectively combines the EOS R5 with a Cinema EOS motion picture camera, all in a single body. It’s physically similar to the EOS R5 with the notable additions of a bulge on the rear of the camera to accommodate a fan, and a red shutter button on the front. The power switch on top of the EOS R5C provides the option to start the camera in either photo or video mode. What sets the EOS R5C apart is that each mode provides a completely different, and use-case specific,...

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10 Tips for Taking Beautiful Photos in the Rain

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

10 Tips for Taking Beautiful Photos in the Rain

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” This line from an old nursery rhyme has popped into my head many times over the years growing up in the soggy Pacific Northwest. It came to mind again when I arrived at North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway to photograph autumn and was greeted by dreary clouds dropping lots of moisture. I prefer the comfort of warm and dry weather and at first was bummed about the drizzle, but my fall photography shoot worked out better than I hoped – not just in spite of the rain but actually because of it. This...

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