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Mobile Apps for Photographers

Mobile Apps for Photographers Mobile Apps for Photographers Mobile apps have become a part of our society and this industry continues to grow every day. According to Statista, both the Android and iTunes market had 1.2 million apps each in July of last year. These numbers continue to grow, and smaller competitors such as Amazon, BlackBerry, and Microsoft also continue to churn out their own mobile offerings. It’s possible that nearly everyone you know now owns a smartphone, as global smartphone usage is on the rise. Gaming Realms, the company that recently launched mobile-optimized gaming website Spin Genie, reported...

Randy Johnson’s Strange Photography Logo is the Bird He Hit with a Pitch

Randy Johnson’s Strange Photography Logo is the Bird He Hit with a Pitch We recently shared how baseball legend (and hall of famer as of this week) Randy Johnson has been working as a professional photographer, rekindling the passion that he developed while majoring in photojournalism in college. His website contains an impressive collection of travel and concert photographs. It’s not just his photography that people are talking about, though — his strange logo (shown above) is bringing him quite a bit of attention. While featuring a dead bird in a business logo probably isn’t the best idea for most photographers, it has been quite successful in...

How to Avoid Star Trails by Following the ‘500 Rule’

How to Avoid Star Trails by Following the ‘500 Rule’ Due to the rotation of the Earth, it appears as though the stars are moving through the sky in long exposures. Star trails can be a desired effect when done for much longer exposures, but in other cases we want points of light to represent how we see the stars with our eyes. To achieve points of light you can use a simple rule that’s often called the “500 Rule”. Here’s the 500 Rule: 500 Divided By the Focal Length of Your Lens = The Longest Exposure (in Seconds) Before Stars Start to “Trail” For example; let’s say you’re taking a shot with a...

What a Movie’s Scenes Look Like Straight Out of the Camera Versus In Theaters

What a Movie’s Scenes Look Like Straight Out of the Camera Versus In Theaters Here’s an interesting look at the magic that goes into making movies look the way they do. The video above shows how scenes in one particular movie looked straight out of the camera compared to the finished version after color grading. There are many parallels here with shooting and processing RAW photographs. The team behind the movie shot the film with a Black Magic camera in 2K RAW. The untouched footage is flat, but capturing it in RAW allows you to work with the original image data recorded by the camera sensor. With 12 stops of dynamic range, you can do a great deal of color...

Nikon Announces Two New Lenses: The 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II

Nikon Announces Two New Lenses: The 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Nikon has announced two new lenses alongside its new D5500 entry-level DSLR: the 300mm f/4 telephoto and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II versatile zoom. The 300mm f/4E PF ED VR The new 300mm becomes the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. Compared to the previous Nikon 300mm f/4, the new version is 1.5 pounds lighter (1.66 lb vs 3.17 lb) and 30% shorter (14.75cm vs 22.35cm). It also uses Phase Fresnel optical technology to reduce chromatic aberration and reduce the size and weight of the lens. The VR system provides four and a half stops of image stabilization, and...

Interesting Photo of the Day: Rooftop Self Portrait

Interesting Photo of the Day: Rooftop Self Portrait I usually dislike selfies, but this one I’ll let slide: Rooftop self portrait by Kirill Oreshkin (Via Imgur. Click to see full size.) I’ve seen photographers stand in lava until their shoes caught fire. I’ve seen photographers camouflage themselves in ghillie suits as if they were snipers to sneak past lions. I’ve seen photographers almost getting shot or blown up—all for that ultra rare shot. But as a person terrified of heights, this image makes my stomach turn. I have to give props to Kirill Oreshkin for having the guts to take this selfie high above Moscow. [via...

Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces

Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces In the past several years, there have been quite a few mentions of modular camera designs that split sensors, screens, and bodies of cameras into separate, replaceable parts. Today is the first time we’ve heard of a completely modular lens system. A recently published Nikon patent appears to show just that: a lens that is assembled by connecting a number of circular pieces. Japanese blog Egami first discovered the patent, and writes that the design may allow photographers to create the exact lens they need by mixing and matching the lens components — just like how lenses and...

How to Take Control of the Light to Improve Your Photography

How to Take Control of the Light to Improve Your Photography More light is not always better light. You need to take control of it in order to make wonderful shots. In this video, photographer Cliff Mautner shows how controlling and directing light is way better than just having more light in general: The goal is to be in control of the light all the time. Even if you are outdoors, you can still control the light by using obstacles to block it, reflectors to direct it, flash to augment it, and so on. Rearrange the Room Mautner says that whenever you walk into a room you need to judge and understand the light conditions and then alter them according to...

LaCie’s Rugged RAID is an External HD That Protects Your Files with Two Drives

LaCie’s Rugged RAID is an External HD That Protects Your Files with Two Drives French computer company LaCie has announced a backup hard drive that’s perfect for photographers who want to make sure their data stays safe in the field. Called the Rugged RAID, the device is super durable and can protect your photos by mirroring the data across two drives. First, let’s talk about the outside. The Rugged RAID features a bright orange shell that is resistant against shocks, dust, and water. You can drop it from 5 feet or apply 1 ton of pressure and the data inside should be fine. It can also survive water splashes and rain without the elements getting into the...

Lenny Kravitz Publishing a Photo Book and May Have a Special Edition Leica Named After Him

Lenny Kravitz Publishing a Photo Book and May Have a Special Edition Leica Named After Him It looks like musician Lenny Kravitz is going to have a busy 2015 in the world of photography. The Leica shooter has announced a new photo book containing image captured by Kravitz himself document life on the road as a rock star. What’s more, we may soon see a limited edition Leica M rangefinder named after him. The Book Kravitz’s new photo book, titled “Flash,” is a hardcover book comprising 96 pages and 50 duotone photographs. It’s a “thrilling collection [that] documents Kravtiz’s world tours, offering a rare record of the nomadic musical...
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