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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments

Everyone loves a fun DIY project, and this one spans a couple generations of camera technology. Ingenious Hong Kong photographer Albertino Tam was able to cobble together a fully functioning twin lens instant camera using parts from a vintage Yashica, a modern Fujifilm Instax Mini instant camera, and a bunch of LEGO blocks.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments

Mt. Etna, located on the Italian coast, is Europe’s tallest active volcano and is in an almost constant state of activity. In the dramatic video below, you’ll see a BBC camera crew and several tourists make a harrowing escape when Etna exploded last Thursday and spewed hot steam and molten rocks on the group.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments

According to image-editing instructor Anthony Morganti, “Layers” represents the “bedrock of Photoshop.” If you’re unsure about how to use this powerful tool fear not, because after watching the 15-minute video below you’ll feel much more confident about your skills.

Joe Farace Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments

In the trifecta of portrait lenses—85mm, 105mm, and 135mm—the 85mm focal length is the gateway. It’s short enough for tight shooting spaces, while producing a real portrait look, yet versatile enough for use in other genres, including photojournalism, where a nifty 50 comes up a bit short. Enter Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens ($1,199) that’s fast enough for reportage and long enough for portraiture.

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V is a very compact and stylish camera with loads of power “under the hood.” It features a 13.2x8.8mm (aka 1-inch type) sensor with an image resolution of 20 megapixels. The camera’s high-speed lens system (f/1.8-f/2.8) has a zoom factor of nearly 3x (24-70mm, 35mm film equivalent). The sensor system and lens have not changed from the forerunner RX100 IV, but the new RX100 V has a remarkably faster and new AF system with 315 AF areas that cover 65 percent of the image.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments

A while back we shared a viral video in which six photographers shot the same model with widely varying results, partly because they were given false information about the person being photographed. The video below was inspired by that challenge and resulted in quite a creative experience.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments

We’ve all been there: You’re in a scenic spot about to take a selfie of you and a companion, when a passerby offers to take the shot for you. So you accept the kind gesture and hand the person your phone. Unfortunately, if you forget to turn off the phone’s selfie mode and wait until later to look at the results, the photograph may not be what you expected.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments

Just about everyone using Photoshop is familiar with making selections and masks while editing their images. In this basic tutorial from Ed Gregory you’ll learn how to use Photoshop’s Refine Edge tool to make those selections and masks more precise and specific.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 17, 2017 0 comments

Earlier this month we wrote about the website What The Lens that’s designed to help you choose a perfect lens for your type of photography. The catch is that site is limited to Canon shooters. But now the new website Lens vs. Lens helps you be a smarter shopper by comparing actual photos taken with Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Leica lenses, as well as those made by Canon.

Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 17, 2017 0 comments

Shutterbug just returned from a trip to Thailand where we got to visit the Sony Technology factory in Chonburi, which manufactures Sony cameras, lenses and other imaging products. While we were not permitted to shoot photos or video in most of the factory, Sony did allow us to record the below clip of factory workers meticulously assembling, testing and boxing up Sony A7R II cameras.

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