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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

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 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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

Ricoh Imaging Americas just announced the Pentax K-70, a compact, dustproof and weather-resistant DSLR. The Pentax K-70 uses a 24-megapixel APS-C image sensor and is designed for shooting in low light and at temperatures as low as 14-degrees F (-10°C).  It’s aimted at “hikers, climbers and snow sports enthusiasts, as well as for nature and landscape photographers,” Ricoh Imaging said in a news release today.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

If a patent published by Canon last week is any indication, the company is exploring the possibility of using diffractive optics to create an EF 1000mm f/5.6 DO super telephoto lens that may be smaller and lighter than could be created otherwise. 

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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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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

Australian photographer Tim Samuel was snorkeling off Pass Beach in Australia’s Byron Bay, hoping to photograph turtles swimming in open water. What he captured instead were these once-in-a-lifetime shots of a hapless fish trapped inside a jellyfish.

Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 07, 2016 0 comments

If we could describe Steve Bronstein’s trademark shooting style it would be: keep it real and keep it small. Bronstein is a wizard at breathing life into miniature sets and adding an air of believability to each one.
His mastery of perspective and scale is only a small part of that. He also knows how to make his lighting work for him to deliver one-of-a-kind masterpieces. And he has the most talented people working with him to ensure that each step in a project is taken on the surest footing.

George Schaub Posted: Jun 07, 2016 1 comments

Digital Ice and similar dust and scratch cleanup tools for scanning color negative and non-Kodachrome slides was a boon for those looking to archive/digitize their film files. This software/hardware solution worked with numerous scanners by isolating the offending dust and scratches on a separate infrared channel that it then dumped when the final scan was made.

Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2016 0 comments

We’re a little surprised—but maybe we shouldn’t be—that Fine Art Photography was one of our most popular and most competitive assignments yet. Maybe it’s because fine art photography, as a category, can encompass so many different subjects, including landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide angles, long exposures, abstracts, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, black and whites, color photos, surreal photos, hyperreal photos, nature photos, and on and on and on.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a sophisticated $11,000 lens? Well, the intriguing video below offers a remarkable inside tour of Canon’s EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, a unique super telephoto with a built-in optically matched 1.4X teleconverter.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments

Scientists at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are working on a high-efficiency, ultra-thin single planar lens that could revolutionize photography by replacing the multi-element curved lenses used for cameras, smartphones and telescopes. 

Ron Leach Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments

Wireless camera remotes are fairly common these days but most offer only limited control over your DSLR or mirorrless camera. That changes with the new and sophisticated Pulse remote camera trigger from Alpine Labs, which combines pro features with an easy-to-use interface and a surprisingly low introductory price of $89.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Jun 03, 2016 0 comments

Michael Muller’s fantastic photos of sharks are so realistic they look like they are going to jump off the page (or screen) and gobble you up. Fortunately, a limited edition version of his new shark book comes with some added protection: It’s wrapped in its own metal shark cage.

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