Instagram versus Instagress – how to gain followers on instagram without a social media bot

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Instagram versus Instagress – how to gain followers on instagram without a social media bot

If you’re a social media marketer, news that Instagram has finally been able to shut down Instagress, one of the most popular social media bots out there, is pretty big news. It’s no secret that the fastest way to grow a social media following is to simply follow and comment on other people’s posts – […] The post Instagram versus Instagress – how to gain followers on instagram without a social media bot appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Sony A9 Review / Overview| The Affirmation Of Mirrorless & Wish Fulfillment

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Sony A9 Review / Overview| The Affirmation Of Mirrorless & Wish Fulfillment

So, this, is the Sony A9. It costs twice as much as most people’s mortgage, looks very much like the A7 you’ve got now, has a rubbish touch screen, and, if you’ve got fists of ham and fingers of sausage it may not be the most comfortable piece of kit. In addition, while the buffer limit is around 200 shots compressed, only one of its card slots is UHS-II, which is problematic because a full buffer then, takes minutes to offload, not seconds, and you loose playback and menu functionality during that time. So some design decisions are a bit cruel and confusing by Sony, but here’s the thing; focusing on that when looking at it as a whole is kind of like declining a date with Mila Kunis because her handwriting’s a mess – you’ve lost the plot. While certainly not perfect, thanks to a new sensor, processor, and a myriad of other things, the Sony A9 is (arguably) the most powerful mirrorless camera ever made. Moreover, it becomes clear that what this is, more than anything, is a statement piece. SONY A9 STILLS SPECS World’s First full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP2 resolution BIONZ X Image Processor 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD Internal UHD 4K/30p Video Recording 120fps all full HD at up to 100Mbps Full pixel readout without pixel binning Blackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second Extensive professional features including Ethernet port for file transfer, Mag. Alloy Dual SD card slots, and extended battery life 5-Axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage It’s actually a defining moment in camera history because it is the materialization of the tangible proof-of-concept for mirrorless. That to those who relegated mirrorless to the games-cupboard as a party trick, or that mirrorless was just about a size advantage, you were wrong. It says to DSLRs, unequivocally, that anything you can do I can do too – or better. Truly, if you bought mirrorless for the size, you were barking up the wrong tree, as that was never what it was about. The problem though, was that in its infancy when it really wasn’t nearly as good as its more mechanical contemporaries, ‘size’ was the marketing point it was sold under. But those of us in the ‘know’ knew it was just a matter of time before the potential would be realized, and that when it did there would be a shift. Well, it has, and now the reasons for having a DSLR above a mirrorless are only really there if you squint; if you open your eyes, it would be hard to miss the fact that the DSLR is surpassed in so...

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FujiFilm GFX50 To Get 3rd Party Fast Primes – 65mm 1.4 & 85mm 1.2

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

FujiFilm GFX50 To Get 3rd Party Fast Primes – 65mm 1.4 & 85mm 1.2

A major challenge for any new camera system is to provide affordable lenses to convince enough people to buy into that system. Camera bodies represent a substantial investment on their own, especially medium format bodies, and only providing expensive lenses fortifies the barrier to system adoption. Fuji’s new GFX Medium Format System faces this problem but, they are already getting third party support from Chinese manufacturer Zhong Yi Optics. So, if you are nearly tapped out financially from buying the GFX body, the 65mm F1.4 and 85mm F1.2 Speedmasters may soon ease your lens buying burden. Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Specs Minimum Focusing Distance: 1 meter or 3.28ft Lens Elements: ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) , HRI (High-Refractive Index), low dispersion element Aperture Blades: 11 Filter Size: 77mm [REWIND: Google Shows What’s Possible Right Now With Phone Cameras In Low Light And It’s Impressive] Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 The Speedmaster 65mm 1.4 has been designed specifically for the GFX and with the 0.79 crop factor it will give you a field of view of 51.4mm and an effective aperture of f/1.1. It will also accept 77mm filters. [REWIND: Top 5 Smartphone Cameras Duke It Out | Blind Test To See Which Is Best] The most enticing aspect of these lenses will probably be the price. If their full frame and APS-C cousins are any indication, they will be manual focus only and therefore on the lower end of the price range for medium format lenses. The full specs, price, and release date are not yet announced but, the lenses are expected to ship later in 2017. As of the writing of this article, here are the lens currently available for the GFX system. Via: DPreview.com, DC Watch        Share...

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How To Pose Friends Who Aren’t Models | 3 Direct & Actionable Tips

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How To Pose Friends Who Aren’t Models | 3 Direct & Actionable Tips

Posing your client can be an intimidating prospect that can leave you flummoxed and frustrated during your shoot if you aren’t prepared. But fear not, the only thing to fear is…horrible images that ruin your reputation and keep you from getting more work! Joking aside, the team over on Mango Street have some tips to help you approach your next portrait session. Let’s see how to get more out of your poses while shooting. [REWIND: REVIEW | CLAY COOK’S FASHION & EDITORIAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE] Tip #1 Straight Lines & S-Curves In a previous video, the crew from Mango Street discussed how straight lines communicate brashness and masculinity while S-curves communicate softness and femininity. Well, the same applies for posing people. If you want the subject in your image to have a more masculine and commanding presence, incorporate straight lines and edges in their poses. If you desire for your subject to reflect a softer and more feminine mood, use S-Curves in their poses. Tip #2 Direct Instead of Posing Instead of focusing on posture and hand placement, give your subject a role to play and reason to reflect the feeling you want. This is great advice. Figure out the story you want to tell in your image and focus on the emotion that will help them give you what you want in it. You can find the previous video on posing here. Tip #3 Capture Motion [REWIND: How to: Light Outdoor Group Shots With Bare Bulb Flashes] If you want a shot that is lively and interesting, give your subject an action to complete. Whether, you catch them walking mid-stride or shaking out their hair, this motion will make your image more interesting. These are some easy actionable tips to put you at ease the next time you shoot someone who isn’t as comfortable or trained in front of the camera. If you’d like a more comprehensive course on posing, a good place to start is the Complete Posing Guide or keep up with all the general and wedding-specific posing material you won’t find anywhere other than SLR Lounge Premium.        Share...

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Canon’s Oddball | First Impressions With The Canon 77D

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Canon’s Oddball | First Impressions With The Canon 77D

To discuss Canon’s new 77D camera, you really need to talk about Canon’s DSLR lineup – particularly in comparison with two other cameras. The 77D sits in a newly created and peculiar spot in Canon’s DSLR stable from the lowest camera on the totem pole up to the tip-top of Canon’s DSLR ladder. Prior to this release, the primary contenders were the Rebel T6s, the 80D, the 7D Mark II, the 5D Mark IV, and the 1D X Mark II. The latter two are full-frame and the others have smaller APS-C sensors. This pecking order has been more or less established for years, but now Canon has decided to shake things up a bit with this new offering. [REVIEW: Nikon D750 Review | It’s Achilles, Less His Heel] SPECS Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600 Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD Movie Electronic IS HDR Movie & Time-Lapse Movie High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps) The 77D sits between the also-newly-released Rebel T7i and the 80D. It looks more like it belongs in the same family as the 80D but feels (and is specced) like a Rebel T7i. What does that mean? The 80D and its predecessors, owing to their sturdy magnesium alloy bodies and weather sealing, are heavier duty cameras and they feel like it. The 77D, being around 200 grams lighter than the 80D, has more of a plastic, lightweight feel – like an entry-level Rebel. As far as the guts go, the 77D and the Rebel T7i are basically the same camera. They share a 24.2 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel + 45 point, all-cross-type autofocus system, ISO range, shutter speed range topping out at 1/4000, Digic 7 processor, 6 fps burst, 1/200 X-sync speed, just… everything. The 80D, in addition to its more professional durability, bests the pair of fraternal twins, 77D and T7i, in most areas with a 7 fps burst, 1/8000 max shutter speed, 1/250 X-Sync speed – all features you would expect looking at a prosumer body. All three cameras, however, share a sensor and autofocus system. The 77D and T7i do have two areas in which they reign over the 80D and that’s their processor, which makes a debatable difference in performance and ISO range, providing one stop more light than the 80D. Where the 77D and T7i diverge is the body layout. The 77D has more physical controls, which, to most experienced photographers is very much appreciated. Menu-digging to change simple settings is no one’s idea of a good time. The 77D has also inherited a form of Canon’s thumb wheel, though it feels a little dinky compared to the ones found on prosumer and professional...

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Here are four ways to find your stolen photos online

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Here are four ways to find your stolen photos online

If you are a good photographer and you upload your photos online, it’s inevitable that someone will steal them at some point. Although it’s in a way flattering that someone likes your photos, it’s by no means the way to express their liking. If you want to check whether someone has stolen your photos and […] The post Here are four ways to find your stolen photos online appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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