News entries for February, 2016

Historic landmark destroyed by fire, is a photographer to blame?

An iconic shipwreck, the Point Reyes, in Tomales Bay, California has been damaged by a fire that was allegedly caused by a photographer. An unnamed Instagram user shared an image (since removed) of ignited steel wool being spun and projecting sparks from the back of the boat, and it's that image that caused speculation that the fire was indeed...

Sigma joins the mirrorless market with new Foveon X3-based ‘sd Quattro’ cameras

Sigma announced today their first-ever mirrorless camera...well, two mirrorless cameras, actually. The pair, named sd Quattro and sd Quattro H, share an identical design but utilize two different-sized sensors, with the former utilizing an APS-C sensor and the latter featuring a new, larger APS-H sensor.

These cameras utilize layered Foveon...

Panasonic announces affordable 24-120mm eq. weather-sealed Lumix G lens

Panasonic has announced this evening a new zoom lens for their Lumix G line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. lens provides a 5x zoom range and is targeted for shooting a wide variety of situations, such as wide-angle landscape shots and portraits. While featuring the same aperture...

Ricoh celebrates 80th anniversary with limited-edition Pentax K-3 II Silver, updates WG-series action cam


 
 

The party continues at Ricoh this week: Just seven days after launching its limited-edition Ricoh GR II Silver Edition camera in celebration of the company's 80th anniversary, it has followed up with yet another limited-edition model and a new action camera, for good measure.

This time around, though, it's...

Over 200,000 images narrowed down: 2016 Sony World Photography Awards shortlist revealed

Started in 2007 and organized by the World Photography Organization, the Sony World Photography Awards have grown immensely and have become the world's largest photography competition. The shortlist for this year's awards has been revealed, with nearly 60 countries represented by over 270 photographers.

This year's competition attracted a...

In the market for a 75-150mm eq. f/1.8 portrait zoom? Or how about a 30mm f/1.4? Sigma has you covered

 
 

The engineers and designers over at Sigma have once again pulled out all the stops to create some truly unique lens products, including a brand new Art-series lens, the 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art. Yes, an f/1.8 telephoto zoom! Also on the docket is a brand new 30mm f/1.4 Contemporary lens, not for DSLR cameras...

All about the optics: Nikon’s new DL-series offers fixed-lens 1-inch cameras from pocket to superzoom

 
 

With the simultaneous launch of its J1 and V1 interchangeable-lens cameras back in late 2011, Nikon became the first company to use a 1"-type sensor -- dubbed the "CX-format" in Nikon parlance -- in a mass-market camera. Although the Nikon 1-series has struggled to compete against larger-sensored mirrorless rivals,...

Coolpix hat-trick: Nikon unveils two new superzooms and a 35x travel-zoom model (some with 4K video!)

Nikon has announced three new additions to their Coolpix camera line, the Nikon B700 superzoom, the Nikon B500 superzoom, and the Nikon A900 compact travel zoom. All three cameras include Nikon's new SnapBridge wireless connectivity, which was recently announced in conjunction with the Nikon D500 DSLR at CES last month. 

Nikon SnapBridge...

AndRAWd: RAW shooting and more comes to Android devices with Lightroom 2.0

Android users with mobile devices capable of capturing DNG raw format images will now be able to capture and process them in Lightroom 2.0 for Android, which Adobe has announced is now available.

Lightroom 2.0 includes numerous new features including the aforementioned in-app camera which can capture images in DNG raw format, such as...

Tamron announces new 85mm f/1.8 and 90mm f/2.8 lenses, plus accessory for updating lenses at home

Tamron has announced two new lenses for full-frame cameras, the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro. In addition to these two lenses, Tamron has also announced the TAP-in Console accessory that allows users to update the firmware and customize setups for selected Tamron lenses. 

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

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The trick to wide angle photography with flash is a tried and true “voice activated light stand”

Michael Zelbel of Good Light! Mag has a variety of tips for using flash when shooting portraits with a wide angle lens. Using artificial light for wide angle portraiture can be difficult, but with Michael's tips you'll very likely improve your results.

With fellow professional photographer Carla Victorio, Michael photographed pre-wedding...

Soup up your black and white conversions in Photoshop with this free tutorial

Portrait photographer Nino Batista has recently written an article for Fstoppers and made a tutorial video about his favorite black and white conversion method in Photoshop.

Despite regularly deciding that an image will be converted while shooting and then using Capture One software for the conversion, sometimes Nino doesn't decide to make...

Firmware Friday: Updates aplenty from Fuji, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sigma and JVC

 
 

As the weekend fast approaches -- and with it, time to leave the office in search of great photo opportunities -- it's time once more to check your camera gear is up to date and running smoothly. This week's Firmware Friday roundup is pretty epic, with no less than 18 different cameras, one lens and one camcorder...

Olympus TG-4 Field Test Part II: A tough compact camera that makes few compromises

 
 

With the Olympus TG-4, "tough camera" doesn't mean a specialty camera with subpar image quality. The TG-4 is a tough camera with image quality and features that make it not just one of the best tough cameras on the market, but an all-around good compact camera.

Adventure photographers that require their gear to...

Make targeted adjustments and efficiently rate images in Lightroom with these tips

Adobe Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde is back with a new Lightroom Coffee Break video. This 44 second video centers on using the targeted adjustment tool in Lightroom.

Suppose that you want to increase the saturation of an object in your image. You can increase the saturation of a particular color channel, but what if the object is more...

How many Photoshop blunders can you find in this swimsuit image?

It's not unusual to see Photoshop mistakes in advertising, but the Snickers candy brand has decided to embrace retouching mistakes with their advertisement on the back cover of Sports Illustrated's 2016 Swimsuit Issue.

After advertising on the back cover of last year's issue as well, Snickers remarks that "photo retouchers get confused when...

Timeslice uses 53 GoPro cameras and experimental capture tech to create “4D” portrait

If you find standard 2D portraits to be a bit boring, you might be interested in 3D portraits, created by capturing multiple still images and stitching them together. But what if even these aren’t multi-dimensional enough for you? Well, by using 53 GoPro cameras, Tim Macmillan, founder of London-based Timeslice Films, has created a 4D...

Long live the HD-DSLR: Canon 80D released along with Nano-USM kit lens & Power Zoom add-on

 
 

The introduction of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in the Canon 70D was a game-changer for DSLR video: no hunting or wobble during focusing; quick and accurate AF with no front- or back-focusing issues; and smooth, adjustable, cinematic focusing for video. This heavily video-focused DSLR was certainly an interesting direction...

Canon launches improved G7X II and 40x optical zoom SX720 HS PowerShot cameras

Canon has launched two new PowerShot cameras that are designed to provide high performance in compact bodies for both amateur and professional photographers alike. The new Canon G7X Mark II and Canon SX720 HS cameras each bring something new and distinct to the PowerShot line.

The Canon G7X II includes the same 1"-type 20.1-megapixel CMOS...

Full frame, finally: Pentax K-1 launches alongside 15-30mm, 28-105mm lenses


 
 

Pentaxians, your patience has just paid off in spades! Ricoh Imaging, the company behind the Pentax brand name, has today officially announced its upcoming, full-frame Pentax K-1 DSLR -- and it looks to be a mighty impressive debut.

Based around a 36.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, the Pentax K-1 sports a...