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Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 08, 2016 0 comments

Back in the day when fixed-focal-length optics reigned supreme, the 35mm lens, along with its wider cousin, the 28mm, was known as the lens a portrait or wedding photographer would use for group or full-length portraits or, especially if it had a fast aperture, the photojournalist would use to grab street candids. Today, with our wide zooms we’re often happy enough with an f/4 maximum aperture and we tend to overlook what faster fixed-focal-length lenses could do to help our photography.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Mar 08, 2016 0 comments

Some years ago Steve Simon took a leave from his job as a newspaper photographer in his native Canada and headed south across the border on a self-assigned project. “I’d loved photography since I was a kid in Montreal, roaming the streets, inspired by Cartier-Bresson,” Simon says, “but I’d been working 10 years at the newspaper, doing the same things again and again. I was looking for a way to get the inspiration back, to explore the power of what photography can be.”

The Editors Posted: Mar 07, 2016 0 comments

Our Shutterbug Photo of the Day is an artful image by Lemuel Ollet that has great color, composition and effective use of HDR.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2016 0 comments

Call it “the battle of the printer giants.” A few days after Epson launched its 44-inch Sure Color P10000 photo printer, Canon unveiled two new large format professional printers of its own: the imagePROGRAF Pro-4000 and 24-inch imagePROGRAF Pro-2000.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 04, 2016 0 comments

Photographer Anuar Patjane won National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest for this stunning, black-and-white image titled “Whale Whisperers.” But what’s it like to swim underwater alongside the ocean’s largest mammals with camera in hand?

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Mar 04, 2016 0 comments

The Sony A7S II has a 12MP full-frame sensor. This mirrorless camera could be dubbed an “available light specialist” that offers extremely high sensitivity settings of up to ISO 409,600. According to Sony, the BIONZ X processor in the A7S II features an upgraded image processing algorithm that boosts the sensor’s capabilities overall, particularly at the mid-high end of the ISO scale. This is designed to produce more detailed still images and movies with low noise at high ISOs. Let’s take a closer look at this high sensitivity camera, which has also been called a “low-light monster” and a “master of the dark arts.”

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Mar 04, 2016 0 comments

Sports shooters live for moments of key action; they also cherish players’ reactions to those moments. Mike Corrado caught the latter at the start of the third game of the World Series, as New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard sent a message to Kansas City Royals leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar, who is known for crowding the plate and swinging at first pitches.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 03, 2016 0 comments

An aperture set at f/2 is twice as big as one set at f/2.8 and four times larger than f/4. What’s Pi got to do with f/stops, and why do we use such a seemingly arbitrary numbering system? Continue reading to learn the answers to these and a few more arcane aperture facts. 

The Editors Posted: Mar 03, 2016 0 comments

We’ve posted several amazing shots of Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park during its rare “firefall” exposure but today’s Shutterbug Photo of the Day is a masterful image by Douglas Croft of Yosemite Falls in all its regular glory.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 03, 2016 0 comments

It’s been a long time coming and now it’s finally here. Or, at least, very close to it. Pentax unveiled its long awaited K-1 full-frame DSLR last month and now Ricoh, Pentax’s parent company, has posted five sample images shot with the 36.4-megapixel K-1.

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