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Sigma’s New 70mm f/2.8 is the First Art Series Macro Lens

Sigma’s New 70mm f/2.8 is the First Art Series Macro Lens Sigma has just announced the 70mm f/2.8 Macro, the first macro lens to be released in the Art lineup. Bucking modern day trends, Sigma says it has focused more on optical performance than autofocus speed. “In recent years, macro lenses in the standard range have tended to employ inner focusing with the goal of maximizing autofocus speed,” Sigma says. “In contrast, the new Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro Art lens is designed to prioritize optical performance, fulfilling the demanding image quality requirements that define the Art line.” The lens uses a newly developed coreless...

Peter Lik Called Out by Photographers Over ‘Faked’ Moon Photo

Peter Lik Called Out by Photographers Over ‘Faked’ Moon Photo Photographer Peter Lik is purportedly one of the bestselling landscape photographers on Earth, having sold a reported half a billion dollars worth of prints by 2015. He also claims to have sold a single print for $ 6.5 million in 2014, which would still be the world’s most expensive photo today. But one of Lik’s new prints is raising eyebrows and eliciting cries of “Photoshop!” The photo and print at the center of it all is titled “Moonlit Dreams.” Lik’s website states that the photo was captured in the USA, and he’s currently selling 950...

Preset Brewery Lets You Use Lightroom Presets in Photoshop

Preset Brewery Lets You Use Lightroom Presets in Photoshop If you want to quickly and easily use your Lightroom presets in Adobe Photoshop, there’s a new tool that can help you do so. It’s called Preset Brewery, and it hopes to fill a small gap in the needs of photographers. Created by Czech developer Adam Bardon, the tool works by exporting the .lrtemplate files (your presets) and converting them to .XMP files. This then allows you to load them into the Camera Raw window for application in Photoshop. First, you drag your Lightroom preset into the app. This creates that separate .XMP file for you, translating your adjustments into a...

Tamron Unveils 28-75mm f/2.8 for Sony, 70-210mm f/4 for Canon/Nikon

Tamron Unveils 28-75mm f/2.8 for Sony, 70-210mm f/4 for Canon/Nikon Tamron has just unveiled two new full-frame lenses. The first is a 28-75mm f/2.8 lens that’s being developed for Sony mirrorless cameras, and the second is a 70-210mm f/4 lens that will be launching soon for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Tamron is announcing the development of its 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, a high-speed standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless bodies. “This signals Tamron’s plans to further expand and improve its lens lineup for full-frame mirrorless cameras, in addition to its lenses for DSLR and other mirrorless camera...

A Camera in One Hour: How CPS Saved the Day and My Photo Job

A Camera in One Hour: How CPS Saved the Day and My Photo Job We all plan for our shoots, we pack our kits, check it twice, and always heave a sigh of relief when we get to the job and everything is there. The airline didn’t lose anything, nothing was dropped, there are no shattered lenses and those anxious few hours is over and done with. As owner and head photographer of Drag Photos Australia, I travel several times a month to cover both the National Drag Racing Series and other international automotive events. You would think the more I travel the less anxious I would get, but I always worry about making sure I have everything I need in working...

Samsung Unveils World’s Largest SSD with Whopping 30TB

Samsung Unveils World’s Largest SSD with Whopping 30TB If you’re in the market for an SSD drive, you’re probably looking at 128GB, 250GB, or 500GB drive. Well, Samsung just announced a 30720GB drive. Yes, you read that number correctly — it’s the highest-capacity SSD drive in the world. The new Samsung PM1643 is a 2.5-inch drive that offers 30.72TB or storage and sequential read and write speeds of 2100MB/s and 1700MB/s, respectively. Compared to a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD on the market today, this new giant drive is 4 times faster at random reads and 3 times faster at sequential reads. Samsung boasts that this new drive...

This Video Was Shot on iPhone… A $32 iPhone 3GS from 2009

This Video Was Shot on iPhone… A $32 iPhone 3GS from 2009 Matteo Bertoli is known for shooting cinematic 4K videos with the latest smartphones and apps to hit the market. But for his latest project, he decided to use the cheapest smartphone he could fine: a $ 32 used iPhone 3GS from 2009. This 2-minute video is what resulted. “I know it sounds weird, but I think it came out really good and it was a very interesting experience,” Bertoli tells PetaPixel. “I just wanted to know if it was possible to shoot something decent with a 9 year old phone.” Bertoli picked the 3GS from eBay because it was the first iPhone that could...

This Photographer Spent 12 Years Shooting the Same Window

This Photographer Spent 12 Years Shooting the Same Window Alper Yesiltas, a photographer and lawyer from Istanbul, Turkey, spent the last 12 years shooting photos of the same window. The project only came to a halt last year because the owner knocked down the building, but the images are very creative indeed. The window opened out from a corridor in an apartment block, and it was positioned right next to Yesiltas’ room. Yesiltas started photographing the window in 2005, and he kept shooting until its destruction on May 1st, 2017. The lace curtain provided a dynamic element to the photos, bringing a different look to shots depending on how the...

How to Photograph Perfume Bottles with a Single Speedlight

How to Photograph Perfume Bottles with a Single Speedlight High-end product photography can be done with fewer resources than many might think if you add creativity and careful execution. Here’s a 7-minute video from Dustin Dolby of workphlo that shows you how you can take professional perfume bottle photos in a studio with a single speedlight. Using a flash on 1/16th power, Dolby backlights the bottle by shooting at a white wall behind. This bounces the light back at the bottle, allowing it to refract around the shapes of the product. You can do the same thing using a diffuser if you don’t have a white wall nearby. To test the...

Agfa Vista Film is Dead: Report

Agfa Vista Film is Dead: Report Film photography has been seeing a renewed interest from photographers and manufacturers as of late, but that doesn’t mean that all well-known film stocks will survive through the resurgence. And today there’s news that another fan favorite is biting the dust: Agfa Vista is reportedly the latest film to be discontinued. “[W]hat everyone’s heard and surmised for a while has been confirmed by reliable industry sources: Agfa Vista is no more,” Japan Camera Hunter writes. “Shouldn’t come as overwhelmingly shocking as it’s a poorly-kept secret that Vista was...
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