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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 22, 2015 0 comments

I’ve worked with Adobe Photoshop since it was first introduced. While it wasn’t my favorite image editing software initially, Photoshop grew on me as its capabilities grew, and it has become my go-to editor outside Lightroom.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 22, 2015 0 comments

Earlier this year, we told you about a special Filmmaker's Kit from Nikon that bundled a D750 DSLR with a collection of prime lenses and a bunch of other video goodies to help shoot high-quality movies. Now Canon has gotten into the act with its Video Creator Kit, which is available for pre-order from B&H Photo.

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Jul 21, 2015 0 comments

The new Sony A7 II is a mirrorless system camera with a 24MP full-frame sensor. It is the follow-up to the A7, Sony’s successful and first full-frame CSC (Compact System Camera), which debuted in 2013. The new A7 II has a somewhat different body design: the grip on the right-hand side became a little larger and now fits better into the photographer’s hand. The body overall became 100 grams heavier. The larger grip and the heavier body allow the photographer to hold the camera in a very stable and steady fashion. Handling is even better with the optional Sony handgrip: VGC2EM.

Jason Schneider Posted: Jul 20, 2015 0 comments

The flash bracket has become the “forgotten accessory” in photography but it’s still an essential tool if you’re looking to achieve consistent studio-quality lighting on the fly.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 20, 2015 0 comments

The Gnarbox in an intriguing new storage device created for photographers and videographers on the move. It's a Kickstarter project but it recently blew past its funding goal, raising more than $200,000 in five days.

Jason Schneider Posted: Jul 20, 2015 1 comments

If you read our story on "7 Reasons You Still Need a Flash Bracket for Photography," perhaps you’ve decided it’s time to purchase one of these photography workhorses. Here are our recommendations for 8 Great Flash Brackets to help you achieve studio-quality lighting on the fly.

Dan Havlik Posted: Jul 17, 2015 0 comments

A new start-up company called Z Camera has just unveiled the E1, a GoPro-style camera that uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, takes interchangeable lenses, and is capable of shooting 4K video. We got some hands-on time with the E1 last week during a meeting with Z Camera’s founder, Jason Zhang. Images of the camera in this story are from that meeting.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2015 0 comments

The Sigma Corporation of America has unveiled pricing and availability for the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens: it will go on sale in late July 2015 for a street price of $999.

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 17, 2015 0 comments

Portrait photographers get to practice their craft with an amazing selection of different light sources, including everything from hot and cold continuous lighting to power pack-and-head and monolight flash systems to speedlights. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages depending on the kind of work you do but when it comes to flash, I’ve always been partial to monolights because of their built-in power supply. I’ve had a monolight fail on a job before but because the other monolights on hand had their own power supply, I was able to complete the assignment.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 16, 2015 0 comments

Polaris Karat Flash Meter: This new flash meter is from Polaris and OmegaBrandess. The slim and lightweight Polaris Karat was redesigned and features an easy to read LCD display and a flash duration function on a light meter. Measure the flash duration of your strobes with this unique function. The Karat also has an Auto ISO function. By setting your Aperture and Shutter Speed it will give you the appropriate ISO setting. With Flash Duration mode, Flash Ratio, Auto ISO and Contrast Function, Memory Function as well as Ambient light reading in both incident and reflective the Polaris Karat offers a wide variety of features and performance at a fraction of the cost of other similar models. 

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 16, 2015 0 comments

Anthropics Technology has revamped its popular PortraitPro photo retouching software with version 12.5. The 12.5 update of the award-winning software is designed to provide fast and easy portrait retouching with camera Raw support and Arabic and Swedish language options. PortraitPro version 12 customers may upgrade for free to 12.5.

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2015 0 comments

Panasonic just unveiled the 20.3-megapixel Lumix DMC-GX8, which features dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) technology and 4K Video/Photo shooting. This splash/dust-proof camera is the flagship model in Panasonic’s Lumix mirrorless camera line.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2015 0 comments

Panasonic just introduced a new superzoom camera: the Lumix DMC-FZ300, which features a 24x, F/2.8 optical zoom lens and a tough, splash/dust-proof camera build. In 35mm equivalent, the Panasonic FZ300 has a 25-600mm built-in superzoom lens. (The camera is the successor to the FZ200, which had a similar lens.)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2015 0 comments

Panasonic has just announced it’s coming out with an intriguing new technological function called “Post Focus” that lets you focus on a specific area in a photo after you’ve shot the image. The company also said that it’s developing two new lenses: a Leica DG 200-800mm and LUMIX G 25 mm/F1.7.

Dan Havlik Posted: Jul 14, 2015 0 comments

Ever wonder who shoots those cheesy photos of Chinese food at take-out restaurants? No, me neither. But if you are curious, you’ll get no serious answers from the hilarious, faux documentary embedded below, which is titled “Above the Counter: The Chinese Food Photography Documentary.”


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