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George Schaub  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

When Sigma introduced their new super-wide zoom in late 2016 I was eager to give it a try. Among their Art lens offerings, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM lens ($1,599, MSRP) serves as an upgrade to their 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (still available at an MSRP of $949) with a constant f/4 aperture; a nine-bladed diaphragm; FLD glass elements; an updated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that uses 1.3x the torque for fast and smooth autofocus operation; 16 elements in 11 groups construction; and what Sigma claims is “the largest aspherical element in the industry” to minimize distortion, ghosting, and flare. The angle of view ranges from 84 to 122 degrees, with mount compatibility for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma DSLRs.

Ron Leach  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “bullet time,” it’s a frozen-moment visual effect in which some parts of a scene proceed at normal speed while others (like flying bullets) are slowed dramatically as you see in the short clip below and a longer version at the bottom of this page.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Many of the most dramatic outdoor images are made by experienced photographers using neutral density (ND) filters in conjunction with long exposures. In the video below you’ll learn everything you need to know about choosing the proper ND filter for the scene at hand and using it properly.

Edited by George Schaub  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

The new Nikon D5600 is a midrange DSLR camera based around a 24.2-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) sensor. The sensor offers the same resolution as the previous D5500. The same goes for the image processor—the Expeed 4 system—that was used in the D5500, which was launched two years ago (January 2015).

Ron Leach  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the common dilemma when shooting landscape photos in which a compromise has to be made between a blown-out sky and an overly dark foreground. In the video below, image-editing expert Nick Page demonstrates why an exposure-blending technique is far more effective than global highlight/shadow adjustments or using an HDR plugin.

Ron Leach  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments

Krystle Wright is a nomadic adventure photographer from Australia who travels the globe in a quest to capture dramatic images of expeditions and extreme sports. She recently sat down with our sister network GrindTV to discuss the dangers and rigors of a commitment to push herself beyond what might be considered sane.

Ron Leach  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments

British filmmaker John Downer has been capturing amazing footage of wildlife for years, but now he and his team at John Downer Productions have upped their game with the use of realistic robotic animals fitted with built-in spy cameras. As you can see from the video below it's all pretty amazing.

Josh Miller  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments

I recently had the chance to take the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II along with my regular full-frame Nikon system to Alaska and the Yukon on an outdoor shoot. Rather than test charts and pixel peeping, I focused on the real-world usability of Olympus’ new flagship mirrorless camera and its ability to get the job done as compared with a large and heavy DSLR system. 

Dan Havlik  |  May 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Here’s the second POV video we’ve seen today where something crazy happens to a cyclist. (Is it a full moon or something?) The below video features some gnarly helmet cam footage of a pair of mountain bikers careering down a dirt trail through the woods.

Ron Leach  |  May 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Who needs a pocket-sized 5-megapixel camera these days? Well, what if it’s one that you can assemble yourself from a kit that only costs $130?

Ron Leach  |  May 08, 2017  |  0 comments

All photographers love quick tips to help them improve their images and protect their gear. And if that advice involves using inexpensive household items you already have, all the better.

Ron Leach  |  May 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Thomas Heaton is an acclaimed British landscape photographer with over 100,000 followers on his YouTube channel, and he recently decided to get away from it all on the Greek Island of Rhodes. Fortunately for all his fans, Heaton just can’t sit still on the beach, and just happed to have a DJI Mavic Pro drone in his backpack.

Ron Leach  |  May 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Some of you may remember Tom Anderson (AKA MySpace Tom), the Founder of MySpace who sold his social network to Rupert Murdock back in 2005 for a cool $580 million. Ever since, Anderson’s motto is “stop working and start playing” and he’s done that by pursuing a passion for photography.

Ron Leach  |  May 05, 2017  |  0 comments

We often turn to Chelsea and Tony Northrup for great tips on things you can do to improve your photography. The video below takes the opposite approach by illustrating 15 photo faux pas to avoid when shooting wildlife.

Ron Leach  |  May 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Lomography’s new Neptune Convertible Art Lens System offers photographers a lightweight, modular approach to shooting, with a universal base unit that mounts to both film and digital cameras and three interchangeable front lens elements.

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