The decisive moment had decisively passed and I missed another great shot: While framing and reframing my zoom lens the scene changed, the sun slid behind a cloud, and people in the shot moved. I finally realized I was missing shots because I had too much gear.
Here’s a little something for those of you who can’t afford the new $6000 Leica M–D: Four quirky lenses you can get for under 30 bucks from Weird Lens Guru Mathieu Stern, whose passion is discovering odd optics you can adapt to your mirrorless camera to capture both still images and video. In this video Stern describes a quartet of lenses you can get for less than the cost of two decent cocktails in Paris.
Biologist turned photographer Ronan Donovan likes to get up close and personal with bears and wolves, and in this intriguing video he discusses his first project for National Geographic magazine, which appears in the May issue. His assignment was to photograph the animals in their natural habitat, and he did that and more.
Samyang Optics has introduced the first-ever autofocus lenses in their 40-year history, both for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: A 14mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.4. Both lenses feature solid metal build quality, internal focusing, and a sleek minimal design.
A good friend once told me, “When you’re doing something, you’re not doing something else.” This Yogi Berra-ism is actually great advice. When considering a photo project, think about its commercial potential. You can spend a year photographing the slime left by snails at night, but does anyone want to see that? More importantly in this increasingly web-focused world, will they share it in their social media feeds?
Getting work as a travel photographer has never been easy. Today, factors of the economy and technology have added obstacles that require even more knowledge and planning. The five travel photographers we interviewed work with clients ranging from editorial to corporate and advertising.
Have you ever been on location with a beautiful model and great scenery, only to be foiled by a drab, overcast sky? In this two–minute video, celebrity/sports photographer David Bergman explains how to combine creative color-balance control with off–camera flash to get some stunning results on a gray day in Belize.
Sgt. Matthew Callahan is a visual storyteller whose striking images convey the unique perspective of a photographer who is also a war correspondent and former infantryman. His Galactic Warfighters fine art project combines real-world combat photography with Star Wars action figures to create images that are both painfully familiar and surreal.
Active lifestyle cameras are aimed at photographers who don’t want to worry about their equipment during their adventures, but do want to capture images they can be proud of—even under challenging conditions. All seven cameras on this list are virtually indestructible, high-performance compacts that are perfect for skiing, surfing, taking to the beach, boating, hiking or any other activity where an unprotected DSLR or mirrorless camera could be damaged.
Many, many years ago, in a silver halide universe far, far away, amateur photographers were divided into two camps. Their differences were not based on political orientation. And they had nothing to do with the Cold War, nationality, ideology or anything else so trivial. What was the division that separated otherwise rational people? Read on…