Sony Launches ‘A Universe’ | Inspiration, Education, & Engagement For Sony Alpha Users

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in canon, Featured, nikon, Photography Tips, sony

Sony Launches ‘A Universe’ | Inspiration, Education, & Engagement For Sony Alpha Users

“Welcome to ‘a Universe,” is what you’ll see and feel as you come upon Sony’s new, rather all encompassing and experiential site. Arguably, the past two years have felt rather like ‘Welcome to ‘A’ Universe,’ since the A7 launched and began mass converting photographers like there was some sort of Holy Sony Crusades. It is, in my estimation, the most influential camera system since the dawn of the digital camera. And with that has come wide spread adoption within amateur, enthusiast, and professional photographers. So there are a country’s worth of people out there shooting Sony right now, and ‘A’ Universe is a way for Sony and its users to show what they’re made of, where they’re headed, and what’s being done with Sony cameras all around the world. This site can be viewed as one large marketing gig for Sony, but it’s much more than that, and not solely directed at all at A7 users. It’s broken up into a few separate sections: *Don’t forget you can WIN an A7RII in our Fall Camera Giveaway* Artisans: The Sony Artisans are comprised of some truly accomplished and accredited photographers who all have knowledge to share, and serve to inspire. This section profiles numerous Artisans providing background info, biographies, and, of course, samples of their work. Social: One of the more interesting sections whereby you can view images taken and tagged with #Sonyalpha from all over the world. What gets featured may be curated but comes from all walks and all corners. Tag your images to be featured, where people can then link directly to whatever platform you chose to publish with. Calendar: The best part of the A Universe, for me anyway, is the calendar of events. It has a focus on community and education, highlighting all the Sony Imaging events coming up all around the country, from workshops, to retail events, gatherings, and more. You can see just how much of this stuff is going on around you, and it’s more than I thought. You can even search via zip code to see if there’s anything anywhere you want to be a part of. Discover: While it’s not overflowing with material yet, you can see the material here is hand-picked, and certainly useful and inspirational. This section aims to bring news, how-tos and featured stories of Sony Alpha users into one place. For a Sony shooter, this is where you’ll certainly find solace in knowing you’re part of the leading edge. I currently own a first generation RX100 I adore and have spent a lot of time with the A7, A7II, RX1R, and some other Alphas, and even though they are not currently my primary pieces, this site only serves a reminder that maybe they should be. If you are currently shooting with an Alpha, or are thinking about making the jump or first step, this is a...

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DIY Reflector | Make This Simple and Inexpensive Lighting Tool

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Featured, Photography Tips

DIY Reflector | Make This Simple and Inexpensive Lighting Tool

It’s a long holiday weekend which means the beach, BBQ, and DIY projects! If you’re going out to Home Depot to pick up a few tools to fix something around the house, make sure you add bead foam to your shopping list. Bead foam is an inexpensive piece of squeaky styrofoam that has shiny silver on one side and white on the other side which makes it perfect for making an inexpensive lighting tool. Because let’s face it. As photographers and artists, we are usually on a tight budget since we are always buying (or wanting to buy) new gear. So when there are easy ways to cut some corners, giving us a few extra pennies to put toward the next lens on our wish list, we take it. Reflectors aren’t pricey photography accessories, and they certainly go a long way in helping us shape our light. As some guy once said, “A penny saved is a penny earned,” (Yes, I know it was Benjamin Franklin) and this following tutorial from The Slanted Lens shows us a way to pinch some of those pennies by making your own reflector. [REWIND: 16 PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS SHARE 16 TRICKS AND HACKS WITH CHEAP ACCESSORIES] Using only a piece of bead foam from Home Depot, you can make a nice reflector with minimal effort. In the video, Jay P. has to actually cut his very large piece of insulation board, but he mentions that you can buy smaller pieces to suit your needs. Once he cuts it in half, he tears off the silver part on one side to reveal a plain white background and tapes the two parts together with gaffer tape. If you’re looking to become more adept in your lighting skills, be sure to check out our newest Lighting 101 and 201 workshop DVDs which will help teach you the foundations to light shaping. [Lighting 201 is currently in pre-release and will be released any day now]. To see more inexpensive photography hacks, check out this article, 16 PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS SHARE 16 TRICKS AND HACKS WITH CHEAP ACCESSORIES.        Share...

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Landscape Photography – Shooting the Same Location Through the Seasons

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Featured, landscape, Photography Tips, Wildlife

Landscape Photography – Shooting the Same Location Through the Seasons

2-for-1 special As part of Landscape Photography Week here on dPS, we’re offering TWO for the price of ONE on our best-selling Living & Loving Landscape Photography ebooks! Click here to take advantage of this offer. Put up your hand if you like shooting landscape photography, and are always looking for new places – but only photograph them once, maybe twice, and then think you are done with that area. I am guilty of the same thing. I go looking for places to photograph, take photos of them, and think I will go back but never do. Perhaps this is something we need to rethink. Consider how the seasons affect landscapes and what changes happen throughout the year. In Australia the traditional owners of the land, or the indigenous people, have different seasons to the European ones, there are six of them. They are very descriptive of what happens, though the usual seasons of autumn, winter, spring, and summer can still provide lots of differences to give the same place different aspects. Autumn Autumn brings low mist over the water in Banyule Flats. The most obvious thing about autumn is the changing of the leaves. In some parts of the world, this happens a lot more and nearly all trees lose their leaves. In Australia it doesn’t happen as much, and many of the native trees are evergreen which retain their leaves year round. Having said that, there are also many introduced species that do have color changing leaves, and in some towns and areas in the country you can find trees that have those beautiful, golden colors often associated with autumn. The changing of the leaves isn’t the only thing to look for. On billabongs, swamps and dams, you will often find low level mist creating wonderful moods. If you go out early in the morning, and wait for the sun to rise, you can get some great effects from the sun rays as they hit the water. In those types of locations, sunrises are more interesting and sometimes there is a golden light associated with that time of morning, that you can only see at that time of year. The golden hour that is normally associated with sunsets is there to give your landscape that rich color. It isn’t too cold in the mornings, but the weather is changing as winter approaches. Autumn’s early morning golden glow through some trees. Before you go to bed at night, check what the forecast will be the following day. What you are looking for is the weather to get worse, such as rain in the forecast. In the morning before the sunrise take a look outside at the sky. If the sky is clear and there are no clouds, you won’t get that beautiful color that only happens when the sun reflects off clouds. If the sky is very grey,...

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Canon Full Frame Mirrorless In 2016? Sony 90mm Tops DxO Charts! | Daily Roundup

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in canon, Featured, macro, pentax, Photography Tips, sony

Canon Full Frame Mirrorless In 2016? Sony 90mm Tops DxO Charts! | Daily Roundup

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements. Canon Full Frame Mirrorless In 2016? Sony’s domination over the full frame mirrorless market is only going to last so long; eventually the other manufacturers will come out with competing products. If this latest rumor out of CW has any legitimacy, that time could come as soon as next year. According to the rumor, Canon will launch a full frame mirrorless camera in 2016, and there are already prototypes in Canon’s lab. We don’t have any possible specs, nor information on if this system would have an EOS mount, or something new. Canon just launched the EOS M3 here in the US last week, a decision a long time coming, possibly signaling a change in Canon’s mirrorless strategy going forward. This could point to them gearing up to push more into the mirrorless market, and launching a new FF mirrorless would surely catch everyone’s attention. I rate this rumor in the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it‘ category. Canon has had their head in the sand so long with their mirrorless strategy it’s really hard for me to believe that they will all of a sudden just decide to launch a FF mirrorless line. I would love to be wrong, but I just don’t see it. Not in 2016 anyway. What do you all think? Would you like a see a Canon FF mirrorless offering to challenge the Sony’s in 2016? Sony to Unveil New 4K e-Mount Camcorder with A7s Sensor? An interesting rumor has cropped up in regards to an upcoming Sony announcement at IBC on September 11th. If the rumor is to be believed, Sony will announce a new 4K E-Mount camcorder, and it is thought that it could feature a modified A7S sensor. I don’t have to tell you how awesome this would be for people that prefer the look and feel to a camcorder to that of a stills camera. This would allow its users to shoot in 4K at the same (or possibly better) crazy high ISOs that the A7s can. Unfortunately, we don’t have any other possible specs for this rumored camcorder. But this nugget alone is pretty big news if you ask me. The A7s sensor is a favorite amongst video shooters, so getting that, plus the full frame size in a camcorder form factor would be big. There was also another rumor a while back that Sony may change up the A7S line and turn that into a more camcorder-like camera going forward. If that rumor is correct, then it could be possible that this upcoming E-mount camcorder...

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The Funny Moments – Advanced Photoshop For Photographers.

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Photography Tips, photoshop, Video Gallery

Filming our latest course with talented professional retoucher, Viktor Fejes, turned out to be a lot of fun! Watch this video to see some of the funny moments and outtakes. If you want to learn how professionals retouch and master these skills yourself then save 40% by pre-ordering this 6 hour course today: http://bit.ly/advanced-photoshop (Product Launches: 20th May 2015) Learn more and interact with “Before & After” photos here: http://bit.ly/advanced-photoshop EnjoyKarl 🙂 Share...

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