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Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has been making a “Laws of Light” video series, which you can see more of here. He has published the latest video in the series and the focus this time is on creating dimension and texture using light. After all, an image isn’t three dimensional, but we want to make it look like it has depth. Looking at texture and dimension requires that we understand camera view, the perspective of the camera to the subject. When you have lights closer to camera view, there is less dimension and depth. In other... [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
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Photography is an expensive hobby, but you can save a lot of money by purchasing used gear. However, for those unfamiliar with the various photo gear marketplaces online, it can be a daunting experience. You want to save money, of course, but you don’t want to purchase faulty gear or not have any sort of buyer protection. There are certainly more risks associated with buying used gear than there is compared to purchasing brand-new equipment from authorized resellers. What about selling gear online? You want to sell your gear for... (read [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
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With a heavy workload surrounding the CP+ tradeshow in Japan, it's been a little while since we had a moment to put together our regular Firmware Friday roundup. Today, though, we make up for it with a roundup of all the firmware news we're aware of going back to around the start of the month! In all, we have a total of 14 updates to cover, predominantly from Nikon. (Although Fuji does have news of two upcoming updates, while there are also two Cactus flash trigger updates.) Without any further ado, let's get right down to... [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
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As we have seen before, stacking night sky images is the best method for reducing noise. However, this assumes that you are shooting stars or the Milky Way rather than something like aurorae, where stacking multiple exposures would wash out certain definition or colors. So what if you have a single exposure but still want to reduce noise, what is the best method? Greg Benz has just published an excellent tutorial where he relies on the plug-in Nik Dfine (which is available for free here) and luminosity masks. But before we get... [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
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The "Sydney Skinny" in Australia, a terror attack in London, nursing a baby in virtual reality, Newroz in Iraq, President Trump behind the wheel, fog over Hong Kong, and much more. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
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You may recall our post in February about an affordable video lighting kit. All that gear cost less than $500, which while certainly a great deal considering all you could get, might be a bit too expensive for some. No problem, as Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter is back with a complete video light kit for only $150! The kit includes a pair of lights, a battery kit, light stand kit, umbrella, umbrella stand mount and some extra diffusion. If you want to dip your toes in video and need lighting, it’ll be hard to get equipped for... [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
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While there are plenty of ways to make selections in Photoshop, including a variety of automatic and semi-automatic methods, complex selections remain tricky and time-consuming. Wouldn’t it be great if Adobe’s automatic tools could make traditionally difficult selections simple and easy? If Adobe Research’s latest work is any indication, the future of simple selections might very well be neural networks. The team fed nearly 50,000 images into neural networks and their algorithm certainly learned a thing or two. Check out the two... (read more) [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
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Click here to read our Sony A99 II Review Conclusion The Sony A99 II is the company’s latest full-frame SLT camera, and the first since the original A99 in 2012. We have now wrapped up our Sony A99 II review, so read on to find out what we thought of the new flagship A-mount camera. The A99 II's 42.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor provides excellent image quality across a wide range of ISOs, and its updated processor and front-end LSI offer some seriously impressive continuous shooting speeds, despite its high resolving... [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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These two post-production techniques are examples of techniques that are easy to learn, yet bring considerably more "value" to your images. Firstly, have you ever wondered how graphic artists make text appear as though it was written on objects in Photoshop? The key to this is not just placing text over an object, but actually making that text interact with the object so that it appears to be part of it. The process in Photoshop involves using what is known as a "displacement map." I personally thought this technique was a lot... [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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I just discovered that March 23 has been set aside as National Puppy Day—founded in 2006 by author Colleen Paige, and adopted by other groups and organizations since. The idea is to focus attention on puppies in need of adoption, and on the abuses found in puppy mills, but also to celebrate these furry little companions. In the spirit of the day, I feel obligated to share some of these adorable images of pups around the world, and through the years. [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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Thrifty Thursday is back to save you money! Let’s get right into it as we have a wide variety of deals to share with you. Panasonic GH5 filmmaking kit with free $100 gift card You can preorder the brand-new Panasonic GH5 as part of a camera filmmaking kit with a free $100 B&H gift card. The filmmaking kit comes with the camera body, a DMW-XLR1 microphone adapter, DMW-BGGH5 battery grip, DMW-AC10 AC adapter and DMW-DCC12 DC coupler. As a bonus, if you order your camera before March 31, you can extend the free 1-year warranty to... [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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Are you a crazed Canon fan? Canon UK (and presumably Canon USA at some point) has just the merchandise for you. The new line of accessories includes a wide variety of items, including a windbreaker, camera bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Have you ever wanted to rep Canon’s vintage Camera Kwanon logo? Now you can! The old-school – and cool – logo is emblazoned on an array of items, including an olive green sweater, gray t-shirt, white t-shirt, black cap, navy blue hoodie and gray zip-up... (read more) [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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Michael McCoy served two tours in Iraq. He returned home with a photography hobby and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “On my first trip to Iraq, I would take tons of pictures to keep up the morale and to send back to friends and family,” McCoy told TIME. All the photos he captured had been backed up to a hard drive and McCoy lost that hard drive, which proved devastating. “I had pictures of family members that are deceased. I realized the only thing I could do was document life in the present.” A Baltimore native, McCoy... [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
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Leica "Blue Stain" MP and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Leica Store in Berlin, the legendary company is releasing a special series of the Leica M, dubbed “Blue Stain.” This is a particularly limited edition as the special MP will be produced in a series of ten cameras. Less limited is the accompanying Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, which will be produced in 20 pieces. Despite its name, the camera and lens aren’t blue, but are rather very dark gray. Blue stain is actually an... (read [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
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Click here to see our Canon EOS M6 First Shots It sure seems like it's "Canon Week" here at IR! After serving up a heaping helping our Canon lens factory tour and subsequent interview as well as First Shots from two other recent Canon DSLRs, we're now set to deliver the third set of First Shots lab images to you, this time from the new Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera. Successor to the EOS M3, the M6 sports a similar resolution APS-C sensor (though this time around we get... (read more) [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
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