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How to do Exposure Stacking with Manual Alignment in Photoshop

How to do Exposure Stacking with Manual Alignment in Photoshop Astrophotography can yield some amazing results even when working with a simple point-and-shoot camera. It helps, however, to know how to reduce the noise that inevitably comes with night photography by stacking multiple exposures. Photoshop’s Auto-Align Layers feature generally does a great job, but when it doesn’t work you’ll need to do it manually. Sound daunting? It’s not as bad as it sounds. Check out this tutorial from astrophotographer Ian Norman: Image stacking is sort of magical for getting a whole lot more detail in the final image with a lot less noise....

Review: The Canon 80D is a Solid DSLR Stuck in No Man’s Land

Review: The Canon 80D is a Solid DSLR Stuck in No Man’s Land The Canon 80D is the latest in Canon’s line-up of mid-range, enthusiast level DSLRs. On paper, the 80D looks to be an improvement in practically every regard over the 70D of 2013, especially with the introduction of a new dual-pixel 45 point auto-focus. That said, I’ve never been 100% convinced by the need for the “double digit” models Canon offers — when you have extremely capable “entry-level” cameras like the 760D (AKA Rebel T6s) for beginners or the 7D Mark II and full-frame options for the more seasoned photographer who wants even more...

Scientists Using DNA to Store Digital Photos for Centuries

Scientists Using DNA to Store Digital Photos for Centuries Memory card full? Just pull out some DNA storage and keep shooting. Scientists have figured out how to store digital photos in DNA and then perfectly retrieve them afterward. The new technique was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft. Their complete system allows digital data to be encoded, stored, and retrieved using DNA molecules, which can hold data millions of time more efficiently than current archival technologies. How efficiently? Get this: 10,000 gigs of data — equivalent to the full backups of 600 basic smartphones — can be...

DJI+ Discover is a New Social App for Drone Photographers

DJI+ Discover is a New Social App for Drone Photographers DJI, the world’s leading drone maker, has launched DJI+ Discover, a new mobile app that provides a social network for drone owners to connect with each other, with companies, and with clients. “DJI+ Discover lets people in the same area connect socially and professionally in a way that will bind the drone community even tighter together,” says DJI e-commerce director Paul Guo. There are 4 main sections in the app: Nearby Search, Experience, Store, and Forum. Nearby Search is a way for both casual and professional drone photographers and flyers to connect, chat, and meet....

I Reshot Old Photos to See How China Has Changed Over 100 Years

I Reshot Old Photos to See How China Has Changed Over 100 Years When most people travel, they think of travelling to a destination. Whether it’s climbing Mt. Fuji, gawking at the frescoes in the Vatican, or relishing spicy cuisine in Thailand, most people think of the destination for what it has to offer, from culture to scenery to sensational experiences. As a photography and creativity enthusiast, I like to do what others don’t do so that I have something new to share with the world when I come back, instead of taking the same set of pictures everyone else does. I recently decided to travel not through space, but in time. I searched for numerous...

Photographer Chimps DSLR, Misses Crazy Kickball Moment

Photographer Chimps DSLR, Misses Crazy Kickball Moment Digital photography can be incredibly empowering, but it can also help new photographers develop some really bad habits. And one of the oft-cited habits that digital photographers develop is “chimping.” Chimping, for those who aren’t familiar with popular photography jargon, is the act of looking at your camera’s LCD over and over again after every photo you take to see what you got. It can distract you from your subject at hand and cause you to miss something while you’re looking down at your screen… as this video plainly (and painfully) demonstrates:...

Review: Lomo’Instant Wide Expands Instax Photography

Review: Lomo’Instant Wide Expands Instax Photography The Lomo’Instant Wide is an Instax wide format camera that opens the flood gates to an unprecedented level of creative Instax photography. Packed with more features than I can count, I immediately got to work snapping imaginative, fun, and downright hilarious photographs. Photographs that, once the Lomo’Instant had spit them out, I could hold on to with my hands or even hand out to friends, family or strangers on the spot. In fact, the photos were so hilarious and even risqué that there’s no way any of them will appear here. With so many potential combinations of the various...

Shooting the Moon with a Raspberry Pi Camera and Canon EF Lens

Shooting the Moon with a Raspberry Pi Camera and Canon EF Lens Shooting the moon has been a little obsession of mine for a very long time (ever since I started photography). I guess it is my love of impossible images, science fiction, and science fact that drove me to want to take photographs of the moon. I tried a few things using the gear that I have collected over the years. Sadly, neither zoom lenses nor telephoto lenses ever really resulted in a clear picture of the moon. Until… I got the Picamera! Now don’t laugh, this 5 megapixel wonder has a trick up its sleeve! You can remove the lens and expose light directly to the sensor – and if...

Rant: Stop Overvaluing Your Gear and Lowballing Mine

Rant: Stop Overvaluing Your Gear and Lowballing Mine This is a public service announcement. I’ve been selling a lot of camera gear lately, changing systems, testing new lenses/bodies, etc. I’ve met up with a lot of different types of people, pro and amateurs, veterans and newbies, and guess what? We’re all into photography. We all love gear, so why not treat the community as such? First: NO. The lens you paid $ 1,300 for is NOT worth $ 1,200 firm. Second: NO. The lens I paid $ 1,300 for I’m not going to sell to you for $ 500. Third: NO. Trading the lens you paid $ 1,300 for, which you are offering to me at $ ...

Phil Collins Reshot All His Original Album Covers for the 2016 Reissues

Phil Collins Reshot All His Original Album Covers for the 2016 Reissues Famed musician Phil Collins began reissuing some of his most loved albums in November of 2015 as part of a collection called “Take a look at me now…” But keen-eyed fans of Mr. Collins noticed something curious about the reissues: the Phil Collins on the new album covers looks quite a bit older. And that’s exactly what Mr. Collins was going for. The title “Take a look at me now…” is meant to be taken literally, and so in addition to some musical extras thrown in for his fans, Collins also had some fun recreating each one of the six albums’...
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