Waves For Mountains | Dave Sandford Makes Fine Art Landscapes Of The Seascape

The images you’re about to see here, are, at the risk of sounding hackneyed, are remarkable. So much so in fact, that you may very well have seen them before, or ogled them before, or saved them as your wallpaper. Dave Sandford‘s series of waves struck a chord with us in 2015 when these very images, which strike us first with familiarity then doubt and awe, first hit a few outlets. There is tremendous power in being able to change someone’s perceptions and Dave’s ‘waves as mountains’ challenged us to see the unusual in what we consider banal, and make something out of it – mountains out of molehills, if you will. Well we caught up with the man who continues to innovate and inspire to get a little backstory on the series, what gear he uses, his inspiration, and perhaps where he’s off to next. It sort of warrants to learn that Dave first picked up a camera at age 9, finding subjects in cottage country as many Ontario kids do. His appreciation and love of nature stayed...

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Canon Granted 3rd Most US Patents in 2016

Despite the rise of mirrorless options from Sony, Olympus and Panasonic, and the continued rivalry from Nikon, Canon maintains the top spot in terms of market share in the photo world. When you combine this dominance with their video, industrial, medical and printer divisions, you quickly realize just how massive Canon is as a company. As a testament to their size, and continued research and development, last year Canon was granted the third most patents by the US patent office, a whopping 3,665, only trailing IBM and Samsung. This is the 31st consecutive year that Canon has been in the top 5 in this category. Canon was also 3rd on the list in 2015, with 4,134 patents. For a bit of reference, Google was 5th on the list, Sony was 10th, Apple was 11th, and Fujifilm was 48th with a paltry 699 patents. How will Canon’s impressive portfolio of patents translate into new and exciting camera gear? Your guess is as good as mine. Last year we saw the introduction of dual pixel raw technology in the 5D Mark...

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Hack your own DIY night vision action camera for under $100

Being able to see with a camera in complete darkness is a challenge. For stills we often have to resort to long exposures. For video it can be virtually impossible. Thankfully, the megapixel race is all but over, and camera manufacturers are focusing on high ISO capability. There’s a couple out there now that can […] The post Hack your own DIY night vision action camera for under $100 appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Keep It Simple | One Light Portrait Tutorial With Jeff Rojas

NYC based portrait and fashion photographer Jeff Rojas is a big fan of simplicity. His educational YouTube channel is called KISSFOTO, presumably for the “keep it simple” philosophy, and he’s been known to post photos on social media with his “Super Simple Setup” instructions. In keeping with this style, he’s often touted the virtues of single light setups and has just released a new video tutorial teaching just that: a one light men’s portrait. A great thing about Jeff’s tutorials for the photographer with a limited budget, beyond the fact that the “less is more” approach has the bonus of reduced costs to produce images, is is he’ll often work with less expensive gear and demonstrate the professional results you can achieve without dropping all your hard earned cash on equipment from the big brands or flagship models. For this portrait setup, Jeff is using a Phottix Indra 360, one of the first strobes to follow Profoto into battery powered portable strobe territory with a lower price tag. The modifier he’s chosen is a 59 inch Phottix Hexa-Para softbox,...

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The cheapest and easiest DIY cinematic lighting setup to make at home

Do you prefer natural light over studio light? Peter McKinnon does, and in his latest tutorial, he shows a simple way to make your own “natural light” when you don’t have enough of the real one. And not only is it simple, but you can make this setup for about $80, maybe even less. If […] The post The cheapest and easiest DIY cinematic lighting setup to make at home appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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3 simple ways to backlight your model and make your portraits pop

When creating studio portraits, it’s good to make the subject stand out from the background. Most photographers know this, but many still make the mistake and don’t backlight their models properly (or at all). In this short video, photographer Manny Ortiz will show you three easy ways to backlight your model and make it separate […] The post 3 simple ways to backlight your model and make your portraits pop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Fuji is Not Pulling Punches with The New X-T20 and X100F

It may be the start of the new year, but Fuji is not pulling any punches and is coming out strong. In addition to the GFX 50S, Fujifilm is updating two of its more popular cameras with the new X100F and ant the X-T20. [RELATED: Finally, Fuji’s Medium Format Offering Is Here | FujiFilm GFX 50s] Fujifilm X-T20 The X-T20 sits below the pro class of camera that Fujifilm offers; this does not mean that it is anything but. Like its predecessor the X-T10, the X-T20 packs much of the technology from the flagship X-T2 in a smaller more affordable package. Fuji stuffed a 24.3MP X-Trans III image sensor, a touch-screen rear display, a built-in EVF, a 91-point focus system with phase and contrast detection, the X-Processor Pro, and 4K video capture. The X-T20 has a boasts a modest 5fps capture rate, falling short of the 8fps supported by the X-T2, but it does retain weather sealing One of the biggest improvements to the X-T20 is the inclusion of 4K video recording. A video option is now present on...

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Finally, Fuji’s Medium Format Offering Is Here | FujiFilm GFX 50s

We’ve known since last year that Fujifilm was skipping full frame and head its eyes on something bigger. They were working on the GFX 50S, a mirrorless camera with a medium-format sensor; arguably the most anticipated camera, if not the most anticipated medium format, to come out last year. During its debut, Fuji was hush on many of the specs, release date, and the price. Today Fuji announce the bombshell that their medium format camera will hit the stores next month with a price lower than its leading competitor. Fuji definitely granted many a photog’s wishes, packaging a large sensor into a minuscule mirrorless design. The new shooter features a massive 51.4 MP ‘Fujifilm G Format’ medium-format sensor (43.8 x 32.9mm), that is 1.7x the area of a full frame sensor and combined with the X-Processor Pro produces images with outstanding dynamic range, reduced noise, and excellent detail. Specs at a glance: 43.8mm by 32.9mm Bayer array sensor 51.4 MP (8,256 by 6,192) Base ISO: 100-12,800 (50-102,400 expanded) 256-zone metering Focal plane shutter 1/4,000 s mechanical shutter 1/16,000 s...

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How to get great and consistent colour with different brands and qualities of light

One of the biggest issues for those looking to expand their lighting setup is colour consistency. Even expensive ones can be very slightly out from each other. Even within a single brand, different models or generations of light can also be a little different to each other. But the problem is especially so with cheap […] The post How to get great and consistent colour with different brands and qualities of light appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How To Calibrate The Focus of Your Lenses – And Why You Should

Here’s a (semi) fun way to start the year off right – it’s time to calibrate the focus of your lenses! Most DSLRs offer options for “micro adjustment” or to “fine tune” the focus of attached lenses. If you happen to use Sigma ART series lenses, you can also use Sigma’s USB Dock for even […] The post How To Calibrate The Focus of Your Lenses – And Why You Should appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Leica M10 Hands On | Age & Guile VS. Youth & Savvy In Leica’s New Signature Dish

People like Leicas. Old people, young ones, your corner camera shop owner, your local bartender, celebrities, people with beards, heroes, villains, and from all corners of the globe. It’s how it is, and Leica’s earned that. People also tend to have formed opinions about those who shoot Leicas, associating them either with class and/or good taste, or a sense of entitlement and exuberant excess; that a Leica owner knows gallery curator’s wives by their given names, and perhaps has an obedient beagle; that they know what cheese to pair with figs, and when they’re in season. And above all else, that they appreciate and know quality photography. Leica’s earned that too. And there’s no doubt Leica digital M variants are today enjoyed by those who find a DSLR a bit garish, bit trite; a bit…common – Surely, they’d never be caught dead with a Pentax K-anything. Neither would I. The thing is though, here on the eve of the release of the M10 there’s that niggling issue everyone reading this considers that begs be addressed: Where does this camera...

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How to use your exposure settings for creative effect

Whether you’re shooting photography or video, film or digital, exposure generally boils down to three elements in your camera. ISO, aperture and shutter speed. All three of these things will affect your exposure, how bright the image is. But each will also change how the final image appears on the camera. Aperture changes your depth […] The post How to use your exposure settings for creative effect appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Capture One Pro 10.0.1 Released | Added Lens Support, Fixes, & Speed Increase

Capture One Pro is becoming ever more popular and staking out more marketshare in recent times, and quite rightly so. While Lightroom is still the most dominant there’s ever growing discontent with certain facets of its performance, and generally the average photographer is noticeably more demanding and sagacious than even 2 years ago. Capture One 10 was a significant leap in performance and was, what we felt, an across-the-board improvement particularly in rendering speed and performance. Now, with 10.0.1 we see more support, and a few niggling issues fixed. Furthermore, COP 10 was a significant leap in speed especially when working with large files, but it was often the experience of some that TIFF files didn’t quite behave the same way, but that now seems to be a non-issue. Here’a a brief look at what was introduce in COP 10, and below that what’s new with 10.0.1: [RELATED: Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10 | Our Hands On First Look Review] WHAT’S NEW IN CAPTURE ONE PRO 10 Three-step sharpening tools Output proofing New default and intuitive workspace...

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How to create great portraits using only one light overhead

Creating a soft and dramatic image doesn’t require too many complicated settings and gear. In this short video, photographer Jeff Rojas will show you how to do it with a minimalistic approach. All he uses to create wonderful, dramatic portraits is one light placed overhead. Gear As for the gear, this is what Jeff uses: Strobe: […] The post How to create great portraits using only one light overhead appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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The Myths and Realities of Becoming a Professional Photographer

As a professional photographer, I think the number one mistake for aspiring pros is to fall for certain myths about the craft and career. In this article, we’ll look at some of the myths and realities of being a professional photographer. If you’re on the fence about taking the leap it may help you decide. But first a little story My heart was beating fast as I approached the school. My dad was holding my hand when I started to put my foot down on the ground. Despite my protests, my dad quickly dropped me in class and left in a flash. I wasn’t his problem anymore. Bad move. I started screaming. The teacher, as wise and as calm as she could, tried to calm me down. She made the mistake of putting her hands near my face. I opened my mouth just like you see in the movie jaws and WHAM I bit her hands and pressed as hard as I could. I bit her so bad you would think an enraged dog bit her. The moral of...

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A Photographer’s Heat Map Shows You Where To Shoot & Avoid

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a spot to go out and take photographs but had trouble coming up with something new, reddit user M_Wong is working on a solution for you. Using data from 500px, he’s created a website with a global heat map using Google Maps that shows where the most photos were taken, or at least geotagged, with a selection of photos from the area shown in thumbnails below the map. Clicking the thumbnail will take you to the 500px site to view the photo full size. There is also a bar to sort photos by month, so if you want to see what a location looks like at different times of the year you’re able to. Currently, the way M_Wong has sourced the data there isn’t much to see beyond December and January, but the database will continue to grow. Looking at the map, it’s clear that 500px data, especially limited as it is currently, can’t offer a clear picture of where people are shooting, but M_Wong has pledged to keep developing his site...

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Google RAISR | Image Resolution Enhancement Straight Out Of CSI

For years, savvy viewers have been amused at Hollywood’s depiction of a magical software that increases the resolution of extremely low quality images. A primary offender is television’s CSI series and all 18 of its spinoffs. At some point during the episode, the officers will acquire some utterly terrible surveillance footage, and with some generic keyboard clicks they “enhance” the image to reveal the reflection of the perpetrator in the eyeglasses of the victim holding the murder weapon and wearing his name tag. However, as technology advances, this is no longer a Hollywood plot device but the reality of our technological age. Google’s RAISR:Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution is a prototype software that incorporates machine learning to significantly increase the resolution of low quality images. Upscaling in and of itself is not something new, but Google claims that it is able to produce high quality images while using 75% less bandwidth per image. For photographers caught in the undertow of the camera megapixel race, this is good news. Additionally, RAISR is not only efficient on bandwidth but, also with...

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Quick Tip: How to Set Custom Defaults in Lightroom

Do you have your favorite settings you like to use on most of the photos? It would be convenient to have them as a default setting, and in Lightroom it’s possible with quite simple commands. In this short video, you will learn how to create custom default settings in Lightroom. It’s easy as 1-2-3! Benjamin […] The post Quick Tip: How to Set Custom Defaults in Lightroom appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to Stand Out as a Photographer in a Crowded Market

In today’s world of rapidly changing technology, there’s one big problem that you and every aspiring photographer must face; you are one among many. It no longer takes years of practice or even an expensive camera to make someone a talented, and in some cases professional, photographer. Whether you are an aspiring pro or just taking up photography as a hobby, here are five ways to challenge yourself and stand out as a photographer in today’s crowded market. 1. Keep evolving your craft Let’s start with the good news; just because someone has a camera doesn’t mean they know how to take great photos. In fact, there are very few people who desire to shoot in anything other than the automatic program function of their cameras. Dedicate yourself to mastering every aspect of photography. If you’re shooting in full auto, learn how to shoot in Aperture Priority, then Shutter Priority, and then finally Manual mode. If you’ve mastered natural lighting, move on to off-camera flash and other lighting techniques. Keep pushing forward and challenging yourself to master new aspects...

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Broncolor’s Gen NEXT Contest Will Determine If You Are The Future Of Photography

Are you a photographer between the age of 18-30 years old? Then grab your camera and get your creative juices flowing, because that’s all you need to qualify for broncolor’s Gen NEXT competition. When: Submission is currently open and will end on March 6th, 2017. What Do I Win: a broncolor sponsorship which includes broncolor gear worth $24,000! The Swiss flash company brings young, talented photographers the opportunity to become the next ambassador to “light up the future” with access to some of the best strobes and light modifiers they have to offer for free for two years. In its first year held, Gen NEXT brought us award-winning photographer Benjamin Von Wong, and if that isn’t inspiration enough, I don’t know what is. [REWIND: 3 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE BRONCOLOR PRO LIGHTING WORKSHOP IN LA] For those seeking to push their career to the next level and utilize brilliant, reliable lighting equipment like the Siros L Monolight, Scoro S power pack, and the drool-worthy Para Modifiers, this may be the perfect chance to showcase your work. The contest...

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A GIF That Sweetly Demonstrates CMYK As It’s Working

What you’ll quickly realize in the world if photography is that regardless of how well you understand camera and lighting mechanics, how pristine and natural you can make skin look in Photoshop, or if you develop a print in the darkroom with the best of them, the world of print and printing is cleverer still. I can count one one hand how many photographers I know who truly understand the intricacies of printing from the basics of interpolation to color management at all levels. Printing is a science as much as it is an art. One of the things quickly introduced to those in print is the initialism CMYK, a subtractive color model (each color subtracts brightness from white – whereas RGB is additive as each color adds brightness from dark. RGB is used for light reflection and CMYK for absorption), and it’s often difficult to visualize how it works. That said, here’s a gif that demonstrates it beautifully. CMYK Coasters: physics and psychophysics of four color printing demonstrated with acrylic slides that assemble to reveal Vermeer’s “Girl with...

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Cut The Crap | Here’s How To Maximize Your Time With Your Mac

While Photoshop may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Phlearn,” they aren’t just a one trick pony. Aaron Nace knows his way around a Mac as well as you would imagine a Photoshop expert would and has put together a tutorial to help you maximize efficiency. Do you have a jumble of programs vying for your attention on your desktop? Is your dock taking up valuable real estate on your MacBook? This tutorial offers solutions to common issues that could be preventing you from working as quickly and as streamlined as you could. It’s not just for Mac newbies either; I’ve been living in this ecosystem for about four years (not veteran status, but it’s not my first rodeo either) and managed to learn a few things. Here’s the breakdown: Preferences •Resize your dock. If you’re working on a small screen, the dock can be an unwieldy real estate hog. There is a simple solution in your settings: go into System Preferences > Dock and make it as small as you can...

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How to Create a Rim Light Effect Using Photoshop

Lighting is a huge integral part of a movie’s success. The same applies to photography. It’s all about the light or lack of it to create the drama in an image. Rim lighting, as the term suggests, is also called edge or back lighting. In this article I will show you how to create this dramatic style of lighting. A rim light effect created in-camera and an Inner Glow effect added in Photoshop. Rim lighting adds drama There’s a particular scene in the movie Alien (1979) in which the character played by Harry Dean Stanton goes to find Jones the cat. That scene had me glued to my chair with both hands up to my mouth and fingers lodged between my teeth. You just knew something bad was going to happen but it was drawn out with unbelievable tension. Alien Courtesy of 20th Century Fox The lighting throughout the movie was low key to give that moody atmospheric feel. A good example of rim lighting is using two side lights or one light from behind the subject, as in...

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3 Misconceptions you have about your histogram

Familiarity can lead one to possess a false sense of certainty. We sometimes think we know what we don’t know. Every digital photographer encounters a histogram on their camera and most assume that they understand what it tells them when it pops up on the screen. Matt Granger shares three misconceptions you might have about what your histogram is telling you. [RELATED: THE HISTOGRAM DOES NOT STAND ALONE | 4 TOOLS FOR JUDGING EXPOSURE & COLOR] Misconception # 1 – The Ideal Histogram (1:41) When you take pictures you are either hoping to recreate what your eyes see or create an image with a particular look. Therefore, your histogram should reflect the characteristics of the shot you are trying to create. It is problematic to demand that each image you capture meet the “standard” of an ideal histogram readout. This is an example of letting the technical aspects of photography hinder a good picture. Misconception # 2 – Jpeg histogram v RAW file histogram (3:52) Having the histogram display the jpeg information instead of the raw information is something...

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3 facts about histogram you may not have known

If you’re not sure whether you’ve achieved good exposure, using a histogram is the best way to check it. But there are some misconceptions about histogram you’ll hear from many photographers, even the most experienced ones. On the other hand, there are some facts few people knows or shares. In this video, Matt Granger refers to […] The post 3 facts about histogram you may not have known appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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