News entries for July, 2016

New 50mm f/1.4 option for Sony users: Samyang’s first autofocus lens shipping in early August

 
 

In early May, Samyang announced its first-ever autofocus lenses: the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC. These two lenses are both for the Sony FE mount and the Korean optics company has revealed that the 50mm f/1.4 lens will be shipping worldwide in early August.

The 50mm f/1.4 is designed...

Taking contact printing to the extreme: Team of Italian photographers make world’s largest contact print

 
 

Contact printing is a process whereby a print is made by pressing a film negative or positive against photo paper and then exposing it. Contact prints are made the same size as the negative (or positive), so they are typically quite small. However, the team at Italy's Branco Ottico [NSFW warning: Some imagery on...

Say goodbye to that shine: How to fix oily and overexposed skin in Photoshop and Lightroom

 
 

While it's best to get everything right in camera, there are certain things you often don't have much control over. One of these is whether or not a subject's skin is oily. Whether you're shooting portraits or weddings, shiny skin is an unfortunate reality that you'll have to deal with at one time or another. As...

To infinity… and beyond? Why lenses’ focus rings have changed over the years

 
 

Last week I wrote an article about tips for achieving sharper landscape photos. Setting focus to infinity was once a common method to get sharp images of distant subjects, so why are modern lenses so often designed in a way which makes this difficult?

Photographer Todd Vorenkamp wrote an article for B&H a couple...

Focal length primer: Treat your zoom lens as a series of prime lenses to improve your photography

 
 

A few years ago, photographer and educator Mike Browne published a pair of videos explaining focal length and the different impacts it has on your photos. They may be slightly dated, but the advice within them never gets old.

The first video is focused on Browne's tip that you should move your feet rather than...

Adding atmosphere: How to create dramatic light beams in-camera and in Photoshop

 
 

While it is possible to create shafts of light for your images in Photoshop -- as we will see at the end of the article -- it never hurts to know how to do something in-camera. In fact, oftentimes you will save yourself trouble and end up with more natural-looking results by limiting the amount of post-processing...

Of battleships, Korean war and a man from Missouri: How Japan grew to dominate the camera market


 
 

Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma, Sony: You can't help but notice that Japanese brands dominate the global camera business. (At least, so long as you ignore the now-omnipresent smartphone camera, that is.)

But why is it that tiny Japan, which ranks 10th worldwide in terms of...

Firmware Friday: 13 Panasonic cameras and 2 Sony lenses get updates


 
 

After last week's massive roundup, Firmware Friday returns to a more manageable size this week with news of updates to 13 cameras from Panasonic, and two lenses from Sony. We'll start off this week with the camera updates.

Without any further ado, here's Panasonic's news:

Panasonic FZ300, FZ330, G7, G70,...

A piece of American history: Own a Leica SLR camera used by Jackie Kennedy

 
 

From 1964 through 1968, Leica produced its Leicaflex single lens reflex camera. In total, there were approximately 37,500 of these cameras produced, 9,500 of which were Mark II models. One of these Mark II models is reported to have been owned and used by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The particular camera...

The universe’s natural zoom lens: Taking a look back to a billion years after the Big Bang

 
 

The Hubble Space Telescope's latest target in its exploration of new frontiers is the galaxy cluster Abell S1063. This cluster is possibly the "home to billions of strange new worlds," according to the Hubble team. Due to its great distance from the telescope, viewing the center of the first image below gives us a...

My Travel Exhibit: Win the Tamron lens of your choice by entering your best travel photos

 
 

Tamron USA has announced their fifth "My Travel Exhibit" photo contest. This contest allows Tamron lens users in the USA to submit their best 8-14 images which fit the "travel" theme of the contest. After entering, contestants will be able to view entries in Tamron's unique photo-sharing website, My Photo Exhibits....

Sony RX10 III Image Quality Comparison: How does it stack up against large-sensor, long-zoom rivals?


 
 

Last March, Sony surprised us all with the launch of the RX10 III, a camera which shared much with the RX10 II that had launched just eight months earlier, but with a whole heck of a lot more telephoto reach. Equipped with an extremely powerful 24-600mm zoom lens with an f/2.4-4 maximum aperture across the...

No-fuss alignment: Perfectly align anything in Photoshop with this neat blend mode trick

 
 

Photoshop includes built-in automatic alignment tools for combining multiple images, but they don't always work perfectly. In these instances, you have to know how to do it manually, which can be a tricky task. Photoshop expert Scott Kelby has an excellent tip using an oft-ignored blend mode to perfectly align...

Winners of Dronestagram photography contest lift drone photography to beautiful new heights

 
 

Drones have been allowing photographers -- amateur and professional alike -- to capture brilliant, distinct images for years now and naturally there are drone-centric competitions that have been started. Dronestragram just recently announced the winners for their third annual International Drone Photography Contest...

Olympus patents a 300-500mm f/2.8-4.0 lens: Another supertelephoto zoom for MFT shooters?

 
 

Thanks to the generous two times crop factor of Micro Four Thirds cameras, you can achieve a lot of telephoto reach in a relatively small form factor. Take the Olympus 300mm f/4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens, for example, which is just under 9 inches long despite offering a 600mm-equivalent focal length.

4/3 Rumors has...

Affinity Photo coming to Windows, introducing new HDR merging, focus stacking and more in version 1.5

 
 

Affinity Photo is preparing for a large update. The version 1.5 update, expected to arrive in early autumn, includes numerous new features. The popular OS X photo editor received Apple's "App of the Year" award in 2015 but with version 1.5 it will finally be coming to Windows as well.

Among the new features is...

Patents published for a monster zoom: Could a Canon 40-800mm f/4.5-5.6 lens be on the way?

 
 

Both Canon Rumors and Canon Watch are reporting on a patent that appeared on Egami for a potentially very interesting lens: A full frame EF 40-800mm f/4.5-5.6 supertelephoto zoom.

The patent for the 19x zoom optic was filed in 2015 and published last week, and the lens length is listed at just over 19 inches....

Lawful lighting:  Understanding light falloff using the inverse square law of light

 
 

As your light source moves further and further away from your subject, it is obvious that the light becomes dimmer. However, the light does not decrease in a linear way, but rather falls off to the square of the distance. This is the inverse square law of light.

This is an important concept for photographers who...

Our June Photo of the Day contest winners showcase a wealth of talent and five different camera makers!

 
 

It was bound to happen eventually, that five different camera companies would be represented atop the podium in our esteemed Photo of the Day contest for our monthly prize winners. And yet, for anyone who follows our contest on a regular basis, you're likely well aware that most months are a battle between Canon...

Caffeine Priority: Simple, elegant LensPacks creates a must-have solution to hassle of changing lenses

 
 

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Priority...

Sometimes a product comes along that is so simple and useful that you can't help but wonder what took so long for it to exist. LensPacks are one of those products.

They're basically small plastic devices with Velcro on one side that stick to the inside...