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Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 29, 2016 0 comments

Sony extended the reach of its super zoom camera line this morning by unveiling the 20.1-megapixel RX10 III, which boasts a 25x built-in lens that’s equivalent to a 24-600mm zoom in the 35mm format. The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar super zoom lens in the Sony RX10 III also features a surprisingly fast aperture range of f/2.4 to f/4.

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2016 0 comments

Sony just introduced two new full-frame lenses for their E-mount mirrorless camera system: the FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS telephoto zoom and 50mm F1.8 prime lens.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Mar 29, 2016 0 comments

Because her intent is to get the absolute best image in-camera, Lindsey Thorne is “pretty exact when it comes to lighting and posing.” When she describes her studio, the scene of almost all her boudoir sessions, as “modest and simple,” she’s citing an advantage. “I love shooting in a smaller room because I have so much control over the light.”

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 28, 2016 0 comments

In 2009, Fine Art photographer Betsey Chesler decided to use her craft to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged teens, and she launched the Cameras For Kids Foundation (CFKF).  The idea was to put cameras in the hands of kids and teach them basic concepts of art and photography—thereby fostering self-esteem, confidence, and a skillset they could be proud of. 

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 28, 2016 0 comments

We’ve all experienced the frustration of attempting to make a good photograph through a window or windshield without getting distracting reflections from nearby objects. Sure, polarizing filters help, but researchers at MIT will present a more sophisticated solution at next month’s Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference in Seattle.

Blaine Harrington Posted: Mar 25, 2016 0 comments

On a recent trip to Jordan I was going through my nightly routine of cleaning the cameras’ sensors and backing up the day’s shoot when it came to me that these two exercises in what you might call preventive maintenance—keeping dust off the sensors and making sure my pictures are safe—are among the things that concern me most as a professional travel photographer.

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 25, 2016 0 comments

Every company that makes lenses usually designs a few that are ideal for portraiture. The trend these days for studio and boudoir portraits is toward fast prime lenses, while zooms remain popular for location and wedding photography. Wide-angle lenses may get you closer to the subject but perspective distortion exaggerates a subject’s nose and ears.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 25, 2016 0 comments

Photographers know perhaps better than anyone that it's tough to please a client, particularly if you shoot portraits for a living. Indeed, there’s no end to which a portrait photographer must go to make his or her clients looking and feeling good.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 24, 2016 0 comments

Photographers tend to be gear freaks and many of us regularly scour Craigslist and eBay for rare vintage items and the occasional bargain on current equipment. Where Craigslist really rules is on items that are simply to big or heavy to ship—like this military spec portable darkroom located in Hillsborough, NC outside of Raleigh.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 24, 2016 0 comments

Whoever said, “nothing is ever free” was dead wrong: Today you can download the latest Nik Collection of powerful image-editing software. Many of us love this suite for the simplicity it offers is getting the best out of our images. And now you can do so without spending a dime. 

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 23, 2016 0 comments

March 30th is Joesphine Herrick Day celebrating  the 75th Anniversary of the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), an amazing organization that uses photographic instruction to enhance the lives of military vets, autistic children, the mentally challenged and others who can benefit from a positive influence upon their lives.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 23, 2016 0 comments

Sony has released new firmware updates for the A7R, A7R II, A7S, A7, A7 II and A6000 cameras.  For the A7R II, A7II, A7R, and A7S cameras, Update 3.10 includes support for new lenses as well as support for phase-detection AF.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 23, 2016 0 comments

The responsible use of recreational drones is becoming a heightened concern as these devices are gaining in popularity among photographers and other hobbyists. Last Friday afternoon things nearly got ugly as the pilot of a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet reported nearly colliding with a drone while on landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 23, 2016 0 comments

We recently got some hands-on time with a pre-production version of the forthcoming 36.4-megapixel Pentax K-1 DSLR at the WPPI show in Las Vegas and put the camera to an early test while shooting a few dozen images. We whittled down the test shots to ten of our favorites and included them below.

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Mar 22, 2016 0 comments

The Sony RX1R II is a high-end compact camera with an integral lens that features a full-frame sensor with a very high resolution of 42MP, comparable in some ways to a classic rangefinder camera or the Leica Q system. The original Sony RX1 was one of the first cameras that offered a full-frame sensor in a compact camera and was sold in two versions: as a “standard” that used a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter and, as the RX1R, one that was built without a low-pass filter.

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