News entries for December, 2015

Drones, paragliders, and more as Fstoppers go behind the scenes in Cinque Terre, Italy

 
 

As part of their Photographing the World behind-the-scenes series, Fstoppers' Lee Morris, Patrick Hall, and others travel with professional travel photographer Elia Locardi to the Cinque Terre, Italy.

In this ninth episode, which kicks off season two of the series, we get to see Lee bring out his drone to capture...

Are there color wars on the horizon? Let’s hope so!

 
 

We've experienced (and still experience, although perhaps to a lesser degree) the megapixel wars. The high ISO wars have been going on for a while as well. We're seeing more manufacturers boast about the dynamic range of their sensors, too. But what about the color wars, is that a possibility in the future?

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Is Instagram ruining US National Parks?

 
 

New York Magazine recently wrote an article about 'Instagram hikers' and social media's relationship with National Parks.

Instagram and other social media have done an excellent job of increasing awareness of America's National Parks, but this additional attention also has negatives. Take for example a story in...

Sony RX1R II Field Test Part I: Big upgrades all around for Sony’s super-premium compact

 
 

Sony made a major splash back in 2012 with the original RX1. It was a sheer feat of engineering that they managed to cram-jam a huge full-frame sensor into this amazingly compact body. Now, a few years later, Sony's brought in the refining tools in order to make the new Sony RX1R II even better and yet still just...

Where did lenses come from? Video tells the backstory!

 
 

John Hess from Filmmaker IQ has made an excellent video detailing the history and science of lenses and glass, and we think it's a "must-see" for our ethusiast gear-heads out there. 

The origins of modern camera lenses can actually be traced back to the Nimrud Lens, whose intended purpose remains a mystery, which...

Cameras of the Year: Best Enthusiast and Pro Cameras of 2015

The Imaging Resource Camera of the Year Awards

Best Enthusiast and Pro Cameras of 2015

For the enthusiast and professional camera market, it was, in a number of cases, the year of the "Mark II" -- many of the new models in this segment came as upgrades to previous models and built upon or improved a previous camera. Despite the "II"...

Fuji 35mm f/2 WR Lens Review: Pros and beginners rejoice, high performance at a low price

 
 

Despite its bright f/2 aperture and weather-sealing that protects it from dust, moisture and freezing tempertures, Fujifilm's new Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR lens is nevertheless super compact and super affordable, making it a fantastic option for professionals and beginners alike. We've just now put the finishing...

Taking a closer look at the wildlife in your backyard: Nikon Small World in Motion winners announced

 
 

Nikon Instruments recently announced the winner and runner's up in their fifth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition, and there are some interesting images indeed!

First place went to Dutch photographer Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum who has previously taken home the first...

Sony A7R II Review: Groundbreaking features in an amazingly compact full-frame camera


 
 

A couple of years ago, Sony took the full-frame DSLR concept and reinvented it, creating its A7-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Clearly, the company was onto something: Thanks to their compact build and excellent image quality, the Sony A7-series has proven very popular indeed, and now the Sony A7R...

10 times stronger than traditional filters? Introducing Sigma’s “Clear Glass Ceramics” lens protectors

 
 

Last night Sigma introduced a new product line in lens protection filters utilizing a brand new technology called Clear Glass Ceramics, and given the specs for this new line we can't wait to get them out into the field and give them a trial run for you. (And for ourselves!)

"Water drops bouncing right off,...

TIME’s Instagram photographer of the year blurs the line between photographer and subject

 
 

TIME Magazine has selected Stacy Kranitz as the Instagram Photographer of the Year for 2015 “for her use of the app ‘as it was intended.’”

The first award for Instagram Photographer of the Year was given to photojournalist David Guttenfelder in 2013, who used the app to document life in North Korea. In 2014,...

Uniquely you: Appreciate your own photographic style

 
 

When you click the shutter and capture an image, it’s your image and hopefully it has your unique photographic style. According to British photographer Jack Alexander, you should learn to appreciate this and stop worrying about the photographic styles of others.

As Jack says, those in the creative industry are...

Cameras of the Year: Best Entry-level and Intermediate Cameras of 2015

The Imaging Resource Camera of the Year Awards

Best Entry-level and Intermediate Cameras of 2015

Entry-level and intermediate cameras have come a long way in the past few years! Their capabilities as well as their overall image quality and build quality have made dramatic leaps, placing the best ones closer in functionality to true...

Pros and cons of photographing iconic scenes

 
 

Photographer Sheen Watkins argues that seeing iconic scenes (such as the Grand Canyon as seen below, for example) can impact our photographic eye, both intentionally and unintentionally, when we get to photograph it for ourselves. In an article discussing the pros and cons of photographing icons, Watkins offers...

Braving the frigid waters of Lake Erie to capture liquid landscapes with a Canon 1DX

 
 

Professional photographer Dave Sandford has created a series of photos of waves during wind storms on Lake Erie, near his home in Ontario, that are simply breathtaking. And the conditions in which he shoots likely robs the breath a great deal already!

The series of images showcase the violent drama of waves and...

B&H Super Sales: Day 9 of 13 (through midnight Monday, Dec 14) - Hasselblad Hoopla & More!


 
 

B&H is back with more camera-related deals as part of its 13 days of Super Sales. Today, Day 9, is all about Hasselblad cameras! Hasselblad's interesting collaboration with Sony produced some unique re-toolings of the popular and highly-regarded RX100, NEX-7 and A99. Now, these Hasselblad versions are all...

Reader Stories: Working the magical morning light with my Canon 60D

 
 

By IR Reader Dave March

First off I would like to say I am an amateur photographer that has been hooked from the start on this wonderful hobby. I love the challenge and seeing the results of not only mine, but other folks work is very rewarding. Always learning something new -never a dull moment. Right now I am...

Have more time for photography by automating your Lightroom processing

 
 

If you've ever been processing and editing images in Lightroom and thought, "Wow, this is taking forever…," then photographer Viktor Elizarov has just the guide for you. 

Elizarov starts out by describing that feeling of helplessness that many of us have experienced when faced with a massive backlog of images...

To capture sharp stars, try the new SharpStar focusing tool from Lonely Speck

 
 

Have you ever struggled to achieve sharp stars in your astro images, have you fumbled around in the dark trying to fine-tune your lens? Lonely Speck has a new tool to help astrophotographers achieve perfectly focused stars: the SharpStar

The SharpStar is a mask that mounts in front of your camera lens and it...

Caffeine Priority: The Canon G5X delivers great performance (and has a viewfinder!)

 
 

In many ways, the Canon PowerShot G5X is similar to the G7X. The sensor and the lens are the same, but the camera body itself is very different. Although slightly bigger than the G7X, the G5X includes a built-in 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder above the center of the lens. There’s also a small grip on the...