Announcing The Microsoft Surface Book 2 Featuring Nvidia Graphics & Coffee Lake Processor

It’s been about a year since Kaby Lake was released, and now Intel’s new 8th Generation chips have arrived. Coffee Lake, as the new chip is nicknamed, feature the same performance per core as its Kaby/Skylake; but with the added benefit of more cores per die. Core count for Core i5 and i7 has now increased to six cores on parts and Core i3 is now available in quad-core variants. With more cores, the new chips will perform better at tasks that benefit from multithreading, One of the first models to take advantage of the new Coffee Lake processors is Microsoft’s Surface Book 2. [REWIND: Sigma Will Repair Or Replace Gear Damaged By Recent Hurricanes] Since its introduction 2015, Microsoft’s original Surface Book has gone through a few minor specs increases, without any major overhauls. The new Surface Book 2 remains largely unchanged externally, but its what’s inside that really matters. The new laptop/tablet hybrids will come in two models. First, the 13.5-inch model will be available in four flavors, the least expensive of which wields a 2.6GHz Intel...

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Seven tricks to help you smile naturally and look great in photos

If you’re a portrait photographer, it’s useful to know how to make your models smile naturally. And when you are the person in front of the lens, you’ll see how difficult it is to make your smile look unforced. Mathieu Stern shares seven tips that will help the models smile. And of course, they’re also […] The post Seven tricks to help you smile naturally and look great in photos appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Review: Struman Lenses for Mobile Phones

As the use of mobile phones as cameras become more popular people want to get the best possible images with them. In some ways, they are very limited in how you can take photos. There are many companies now making lenses for mobile phones to help you get much better images. Some are better than others with most requiring a magnetic ring to attach them to your phone, over the camera lens. They can have varying degrees success. Some have good lenses, but the rings don’t work, while others are designed for a particular camera and aren’t good on other models. The Struman Optics case, the clip, and three phone lenses. Struman Optics has come up with a set of lenses that consider all aspects of using them along with different phone products. Through phone cases for the most popular brands, or a special clip for the others, you can now use their lenses (the macro, fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto) with any phone. Phone cases Unlike many other lenses for mobile phones, the Struman Optics ones have covers for...

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Using Social Media To Cast and Produce a Fashion Editorial | How I Shot It

One of the caveats of being a working photographer is that you’re getting paid to capture someone else’s vision. The perks include putting much better food on the table than your average ramen and the comfort of the paycheck can make it all too easy to let personal goals get lost in the shuffle. Personal projects are often a necessary challenge in our ongoing quest for improving our craft and self fulfillment. Planning an editorial or project near the same undertaking is a process; one that commands attention and doesn’t settle for mediocrity. Seeing a concept all the way through to execution can be a huge time suck, especially when personal time is a limited resource. The power of Social Media…. Having an affinity for classic fashion and its ability to transform into timeless images, the concept here was pairing the vintage aesthetic with a fresh face and modern elements. Michala had been cast several months prior and the styling was as easy as placing the order online from one major retailer. It was finding the perfect location that...

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Sigma Will Repair Or Replace Gear Damaged By Recent Hurricanes

Sigma has announced that they are offering extended warranty coverage for those with Sigma gear affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Essentially, if you’ve got a Sigma product under warranty that was damaged Sigma will take the product and do what it takes to have a working unit in your hands whether that means replacement or repair. [REWIND: The Sony Story No One Tells, Not Even Sony | It’s Not In Our Nature To Snuff Out The Fire] ]What photography brands should probably wise up to, if they haven’t already, is that the future success of their products relies not solely on the quality of their product but the quality their service. It’s about personal attention and gratitude. Buyers now aren’t stuck between two choices, but are spoilt by choice and can go elsewhere. Sigma has just made a good move. Here are the details: Extended warranty coverage for Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria damage: Sigma hereby extends the warranty coverage of Sigma products still under warranty for damages incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma...

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DJI’s AeroScope Shares Flight Information with Authorities | Safety Concerns or Orwellian Reality?

The rise of drones from more just recreational toys to professional tools has caused many debates over security, privacy, and safety for both the general public and the pilots themselves. Just last week an inbound SkyJet flight landing at Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City was struck by a drone. Luckily the drone only caused minor damages and the flight was able to land safely. [REWIND: Drone Strikes Commercial Aircraft | First Official Recording Of Such An Incident] In an effort to prevent such incidents and other air/space violations, whilst addressing safety, security and privacy concerns, DJI, recently unveiled AeroScope. The aerial imaging tech giant’s new solution will identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology. “As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is...

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Video Tutorial: How to Make Realistic Images Faster with Aurora HDR 2018

As a landscape photographer who relies heavily on HDR to pull off much of my work, I’m always keen to learn about better ways of doing what I do. Most of the time my art tends to run towards natural looking images in contrast to the wild and crazy stuff of HDR’s reputation. The HDR software I use matters when I’m going for a more natural looking photo in my post-processing. Going natural with Aurora HDR 2018 You can see several examples of the natural-looking results I’m getting in from Aurora HDR in the accompanying video and the several before and after images included here in the article. Aurora HDR 2018 delivers, even more, natural-looking photos than before The latest version of Aurora HDR is fresh out of the factory and I’ve been in a tire-kicking session with it for a few days making several photos. As expected, it’s a worthy upgrade. Do you want to see what’s new and how it helps when you want to keep the look of your HDR photos on the natural side? Before...

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How to get that orange Bladerunner 2049 look in post or in the camera

The hotly anticipated follow up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner, is finally here. Blade Runner 2049 is largely being hailed as a cinematography success, although it isn’t performing quite as well as expected. One thing that has resonated with people, though, is the colour grade. Especially after yesterday in the UK. In this […] The post How to get that orange Bladerunner 2049 look in post or in the camera appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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DXO One Gets Big Update | Adding An Android Model, Better FB Live Integration, & Battery Pack

We have repeatedly sung praise in the direction of the DXO One for about two years now, since its launch, and happy to say it looks better now than ever. DXO has launched an update for the DXO App which brings a bevy of functionality updates, finally made a version compatible with Android, and they’ve also launched some accessories. Perhaps this biggest news about the DXO One at the moment is that it’s finally available for Android, so in place of a lightning connector there will be a USB-C connector. This means that only newer models of phones will be compatible, but USBC is the way the industry seems to be going, and Android users will have a few weeks before this version goes live. [DXO ONE REVIEW: DxO One Review | Weaponizing The iPhone Chassis With A Proper Camera] In addition to this revelation we were made aware that DXO has updated the accessories list and added new features. The most important accessory being a battery grip with which you can extend the life of your shoot for...

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Watch a craftsman build a large format camera from scratch

And when we say from scratch, we are not kidding. This isn’t just ordering a bunch of components online and bolting them all together. Other than the lens and a few hinges, every piece on this camera is hand made. Right down to the perfectly hand ground glass. The camera is the wonderful creation of […] The post Watch a craftsman build a large format camera from scratch appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to Supercharge Your Photography with Highlight-Weighted Metering

Modern digital cameras have a variety of metering modes that they use to evaluate the light coming through the lens and help you choose your exposure settings. Each one is different and designed to fit a specific need. As you gain experience with them you will start to know which metering mode to use for any given scene you are shooting. If you’re shooting portraits you might want to use Spot or Center-weighted metering, while landscape shooters may prefer the versatility of matrix or evaluative mode. Knowing which mode to use often comes with time and practice. But what if I told you there was a metering mode built-in to some cameras that could basically guarantee your shots would come out properly exposed every single time? Well, if you believe that then I’ve got a bridge in New York I’d like to sell you. Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode However, if your camera has Highlight-Weighted metering it will certainly help you get better results from your photos. While I can’t guarantee your pics will be perfect every single time, it can...

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Drone Strikes Commercial Aircraft | First Official Recording Of Such An Incident

A few days ago one of the biggest fears about drones came to pass when a drone collided with a commercial aircraft on approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec, Canada. this marks the first officially recorded incident of the type, and will probably be a landmark event. AS it stands today, as reported by Transport Canada, there have been 1,596 drone incidents in 2017 in Canada alone, with 131 of them considered aviation concerns. That’s in 10 months, in one country, a country where there are already laws in place meant to help avoid such issues. As of this writing drones are not allowed within 3.4 miles of Canadian airports, and up to a 90 meter service ceiling (see restrictions here). The drone that impacted the Sky Jet aircraft was adhering to the range restrictions from the airport but was flying at 1500 ft, far above the legal operating altitude limit. Operators who put aircraft at risk face steep fines and jail time under Canadian law. See statement from Transport Canada: Transport Canada is monitoring the situation...

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How to create 5 cinematic looks with 2 lights in under 3 minutes

People always go on about 3 point lighting setups. They’re a staple amongst photographers, cinematographers, and even CG work. Or people talk about shooting with just a single light source. The two light combo, on the other hand, is often neglected. Personally, 2 lights is the route I take most often in my own work, […] The post How to create 5 cinematic looks with 2 lights in under 3 minutes appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Options to Consider When Buying a High Speed Camera

Options and Configurations to Consider When Buying a High-Speed Camera When shopping for the most suitable high-speed camera for a specific application, it is important to determine exactly which features you will need and what your budget will allow. Despite what you are looking to achieve, it is necessary to understand certain parameters and how they will affect your camera choice. Several important technical aspects include the frame rate, shutter speed, and sensitivity. Knowing more about how these features work with typical high-speed camera applications will help you make the best buying decision. Here’s some tips from the professionals at Integrated Design Tools (IDT). Why is the frame rate important in a high-speed camera? The frame rate, also referred to as frames per second (FPS), is the amount of individual still images, or frames, that comprise every second of recorded video. More simply stated, it is how frequently frames are displayed. Typical video frame rates are 24, 25 and 30 FPS. The human brain starts to perceive motion once the frame rate reaches between 18 to 26 frames per...

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Landscape Photography: It’s All About the Light

There are many tools that photographers use for creating compelling landscape photography, but some fail to realize that light is the most important element. We only shoot in those magic hours when the sun’s rays hit our subject at an angle to create a warm glow. What many people don’t realize is that there are lots of different types of light that can affect the quality of your landscape images. How you approach this light will make a huge difference in the quality of your photographic portfolio. Let’s get started and talk about a few of our favorite examples of beautiful light. That magic time for landscapes, of course, is sunrise and sunset, but specifically what other types of light will make or break your images? Reflected Light This picture was taken on one of our expeditions to Zion National Park in Utah. Part of the beauty and excitement of this trip is strapping on your water shoes, grabbing your hiking stick and wading through the river to get some amazing shots. Reflected light, which can also be called...

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Canon Announces Powershot G1 X Mark III, Their First APS-C Point & Shoot

When you think of a Powershot camera, you probably think of a pocket-sized point-and-shoot with a small sensor, the likes of which are rapidly being phased out in favor of the camera everybody has with them – the one attached to their smartphone. In such an age, companies have got to find ways to significantly differentiate what their compact camera offerings can bring to the table versus a smartphone camera, and Canon looks to have done just that with this update of their flagship compact camera. The Powershot G1 X Mark III is the first Canon Powershot camera to offer an APS-C sensor, something that will add significantly to low-light capabilities and improve bokeh for those who love a shallow depth of field. The 24.3-megapixel sensor is paired with a variable aperture 24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 full-frame equivalent zoom lens. Specs: •24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor •24-72mm f/2.8-5.6 full-frame equivalent, non-interchangeable 3x zoom lens •ISO 100-25,699 •Dual Pixel CMOS AF •2.36 million dot OLED EVF •Touch & Drag AF •3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch LCD monitor •7 fps or up to 9 fps...

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SLR Lounge Awards Artist Feature | Ralf Czogallik

We’re bringing you our next artist feature from the September winners of SLR Lounge Awards! These articles are meant to give the photography community insight on how our award winners created their business, grew their portfolio, and achieved excellence in the industry. Ralf Czogallik, an award-winning wedding photographer based in Limburg, Netherlands, entered an award-winning image into our Awards submissions, earning an Apex Award in the Wedding Portraiture category. Let’s take a glimpse into his creative process and learn what tools and ideas have inspired him along the way. [REWIND: SLR LOUNGE AWARDS ARTIST FEATURE | CIPRIAN BICLINERU] 1. Your clients hire you for your specific vision. How would you define that vision or approach to your photography? I like to surprise my clients and make their wedding photos with a different view and perspective by shooting outside of the box. It’s also important for me to connect with my clients. That is always the first thing I say when I meet them. I can only document their wedding if there’s a connection. Furthermore, I do not want to...

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How to do Abstract Nature Photography

Photography, especially nature photography, is the art of capturing a scene to represent a slice – in space and time – of reality. Right? Well, not exactly, not always. That’s definitely part of it, but from very early on in the history of the art, photographers have experimented with the possibilities and limits of technique and imagination to create abstract art. Art that aims not to be accurate, but to let the imagination run free to create an effect disconnected from the obvious. So what exactly is abstract photography? And can nature photography be abstracted? Should it be? What is abstract photography? The word itself comes from the Latin abstractus, which means drawn away or detached, and is often used in opposition to concrete. In terms of art, the abstract is a space for impression and imagination, for the elusive, for fuzzy borders. That doesn’t mean abstract photography is blurry and dim – it can be bright, clear, and sharp. It just doesn’t aim at the common, concrete representation of the world that we’re used to. That’s why abstract...

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Final Cut Pro X Tutorial | Invisible Mic Trick

Capturing high-quality audio for visual content is challenging; especially for those just entering the market. The most basic tenant of capturing audio is to place the microphone as close as possible to your talent. However, what’s possible may not always be best for your image so, how do you solve this conundrum? Filmmaker Griffin Hammond shares a cool tip on how to get the mic close without ruining your image, with masking Masking Masking is a technique that allows you combine elements of two or more images. Any photographer that has spent time learning Photoshop or Lightroom is familiar with the concept of masking. It is one of those useful techniques photographers/neophyte filmmakers can transfer into mastering their new skill. In this video, Mr. Hammond uses Final Cut Pro X from Apple, but you accomplish the same effect in Adobe Premiere if that’s your editor of choice How do you do it? (In FCP X) Step 1 – Duplicate Your Clip Duplicate your clip and find one frame of your shot that doesn’t have the microphone in it and...

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iPhone 8 Wedding Photography With Benj Haisch | Computational Photography Is Getting Good

While it’s not news that iPhones (and other smartphones) are capable of producing compelling imagery, as the iPhone 8 Plus finds its way into the hands of more professional photographers, we are seeing some work come forth that might just blow your mind a little. The functionality of portrait mode and the dynamic range of the new phone’s camera are looking impressive and combined with an eye for exposure and composition plus a little massaging in the mobile post-processing realm, images can be made that rival those of a DSLR, at least at social media resolution. Seattle area wedding photographer Haisch used his phone to capture the images in order to provide a quick, sharable sneak peek for his clients, saying in a social media post, “Big elopement tip … make sure you take a bunch of iPhone photos so that your couple can share them with their loved ones who aren’t able to be there as soon as possible.” [Rewind:] Instagram Stars Dish On The Platform | @itsbigben, @bensasso, @benjhaisch, @katchsilva & @jeremycowart He also provided an edited...

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Five Creative Lenses That Will Make Your Photos Pop

The drive to be creative is what focuses many people in photography. One variable you can alter to help you create photographs that really stand out is the lens. There are several different options for choosing creative lenses, depending on your taste. In this article, you’ll see five very different kinds of lenses, and what they are capable of bringing to your photography. It’s always a good idea to have a lens that capable of something totally different, which will allow your photos to stand out from the crowd. The fisheye lens is used in this photo has captured a wide scene. There is some distortion on the edge of the image, but with the lines all leading in, this works well. 1 – The fish-eye lens This lens is always great fun to work with, it’s a versatile lens that can be used for both portraits and landscapes. A fish-eye lens has several great applications so let’s take a look at those: Wide-angle lens – This can act as a super wide-angle lens, and if you decide not...

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3 iPhone Camera Settings To Make Your Life Better

Apple’s iOS 11 has been here for a few weeks now, and the breadth of the update seems to be making it a bit more difficult for people to figure out what really can make a difference in their day-to-day. I mean, apple said there are hundreds of new features, and for the average person that means we won’t even attempt to read through them all – it’s a nonstarter. As such, here are a few pointers to keep in mind for the photography inclined and you can sort them out in about 2 minutes. [REWIND: Cortex Camera App Review | One Of The Best Photography Apps, Period] Set Your Camera To Open In One Mode Every Time You have the option to ‘Preserve Settings’ with your camera, and for some of you this may be useful. You can preserve to that whatever the last mode is you shot with will be what the camera app opens up to. That could be a filter, Live Photo, or Camera Mode. This, for me and many, is highly irritating and the...

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Using Fresnels for Moody Portraits | How To Shoot It

Some of the most compelling portraits and fashion images portray a respective mood and evoke feeling; it is storytelling at its finest. The way a photographer chooses to light further enhances the overall narrative. Our eyes are naturally drawn to the highlights, ergo increasing the overall contrast and adding stark shadows is a simple way to increase drama and add visual interest. Fresnel (pronounced Fray-nel) lenses were a favorite in 1930’s Hollywood portraiture and fashion magazines. Named after the French engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, this type of lighting is popular on movie sets and is favored for its ease of implementation. With the shift of the lens on a track, they have the ability to serve as both a spotlight and floodlight. Utilizing a fresnel lens is a quick way to add ample contrast to an image. Broncolor Fresnel Spot Attachment for Picolite. Fresnel lenses come in both Tungsten and LED variations for continuous light. Lighting companies also have Fresnel modifiers to be used in combination with strobe lighting, which is what was utilized for this shoot. The Gear Canon...

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Tips for Taking Documentary Style Travel Photos

Documentary style photography has long been of great fascination to me. The sheer act of photographing people and places to document spontaneous moments and the imperfections associated with it gives such photography, and the photographer, a sense of being authentic, real, and free to exercise his/her creative freedom. Officially, documentary style photography has many technical definitions. As per Wikipedia, documentary style of photography is used to chronicle events and environments in a naturally occurring state very much like photojournalism. I like to think of a documentary style of photography as the letting go of my inhibitions and preconceived notions of perfection. That I’m documenting people and places in their natural environment – being or doing what they do on any given day. This scene literally happened right in front of me in Jaipur, India – the classic story of the billy goats! I find that by approaching travel photography in a documentary fashion, I am able to have a richer travel experience. Because I can relieve my mind of the pressures of photographing just like everyone else and also...

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8-Bit vs 16-bit Images | A Visual Demonstration

The number of bits will define how many possible colors an image can display. An 8-bit image will be able to display a little more than 16 million colors, whereas a 16-bit image will be able to display over 280 trillion colors. If you try pushing a lower bit image beyond its means it will begin to degrade shown as banding, and loss of color and detail. Nathaniel Dodson over at tutvid explains what the benefits of higher bit images in his visual breakdown. [REWIND: Fuji X-T20 Review | Oversized Performance In A Pint-Sized Camera] Color depth is very important to show photographs the way you intend for your target audience. The greater the bit depth of an image the greater a number of colors that you have to play with in post-processing. As the bits increase, the number of colors increases exponentially. For example, a 1-bit image has two colors, a 2-bit image is 4 colors, and an 8-bit image has 256 colors per channel of red, green and blue. The argument of a RAW image vs JPG...

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