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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 16, 2016 0 comments

Our Weird Lens Guru Mattieu Stern is at it again; this time with a review of a Jupiter 21M 200mm f/4 “tank lens” that he says has “astonishing contrast and bokeh.” Stern adds that the first time he used this lens he was “blown away by the quality.”

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 16, 2016 0 comments

The folks who brought you PortraitPro, the software that turns average looking men and women into superstars (or as John Oliver might say, “Turns ones into tens faster than a South American counterfeiter”) now brings you LandscapePro, a similar application you should think of as “cosmetic surgery for Mother Nature.” But is this a case of “liking what you get,” or “getting exactly what you like?” That, my friends, is the $59 question

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 15, 2016 0 comments

Selfies tend to get a bum rap from serious photographers these days, but you really have to love the latest self-portraits beamed back to Earth by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover with Mount Sharp in the background. 

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 15, 2016 0 comments

We typically include a cautionary warning when posting photos or videos of photographers engaged in dangerous pursuits. In the case of this genius who decided to photograph dune buggies flying over his head, we’ll be more blunt: Don’t be this guy.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 15, 2016 0 comments

In our second “don’t-try-this-at home” post of the day, here’s an amazing GoPro video of supermodel/skydiver Roberta Mancino as she flies over active volcano Villarrica in Chile. She began her jump at 15,000 feet, before gliding to safety in a parachute.

Staff Posted: Jun 14, 2016 0 comments

The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a location that had been on photographer Andrei Duman’s “bucket list” for a long time. “It is rugged, remote, with unpredictable weather and stunning scenery,” Duman says. “The roads are few and far between and with them being very winding through the countryside, it is full of stop-starts, especially when the sheep decide to cross.”

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Jun 14, 2016 0 comments

Just like the Fujifilm X-Pro1, which was introduced in 2012, the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 mirrorless camera is based on an APS-C sensor, but it uses a completely new version of the “X-Trans CMOS” sensor and now offers 24 megapixels instead of 16MP. The X-Pro2 is the first camera of Fujifilm’s X system that uses this new sensor. (Note: The new X-E2S still uses the 16MP version sensor.)

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 13, 2016 0 comments

Time-lapse videos are quite popular these days, but the example below by Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit is a true pièce de résistance. Loutit made the video in the bustling Asian metropolis of Singapore where he is based. 

Ron Leach Posted: Jun 13, 2016 0 comments

Sooner or later most photographers will receive the dreaded question: “Would you mind shooting our wedding?” If you’ve never taken on this daylong assignment, you may not realize how important and challenging it is. Be sure to watch this video before saying “yes.”

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 13, 2016 0 comments

We caused a minor uproar recently after posting a study indicating that taking too many photos can be bad for your brain by impairing memory and distorting reality. Well, take heart, because a newer study published by the American Psychological Association indicates that people who photograph their experiences actually enjoy them more.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 10, 2016 0 comments

Nothing beats the versatile wide-angle lens for street shooting, travel, and landscape photography. Whether you’re capturing mountain vistas or bustling street scenes, the wide-angle lens offers an ideal combination of features for quick, candid shooting.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 09, 2016 0 comments

Here’s a video that’s both amusing and horrifying at the same: A showboating photographer got a bit too exuberant and dropped his $70,000 camera rig! Hint: You may want to watch this sitting down.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 09, 2016 0 comments

It was a chilly 46 degrees in Bogota, Colombia, but that didn’t stop 6,000 enthusiastic volunteers from stripping off their clothes for NY-based photographer Spencer Tunick who organized the shoot in the town’s Bolivar Plaza. Tunick has held similar mass nude shoots in Mexico City, Amsterdam and Sydney.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 09, 2016 0 comments

After seeing yesterday’s post about a new 1000mm telephoto lens Canon has in development, reader Jim Headley let us know he has a rare Birns and Sawyer Omnitar 1000mm f/4.5 telephoto for sale. The one-of-a-kind lens was commissioned by NASA in 1964 through Birns and Sawyer in Los Angeles and built by Astra in Germany.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

When photographer/naturalist Phil Torres set up a camera trap in the Amazon rainforest, he hoped to capture dramatic nighttime images of jaguars and other nocturnal animals near Peru’s Tambopata Research Center. What he discovered when he returned to the trap in the morning was something else: Leafcutter ants had eaten or damaged his gear.

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