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Sony RX10 III Conclusion: It’s pricey, but this long-zooming DSLR alternative is also incredibly versatile


 
 

Last week, we published our detailed image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the Sony RX10 III. At the time, I promised that our final verdict on this large-sensor, long-zoom camera -- which...

Phase One XF 100MP First Shots: Holy moly, you’ve never seen our test images like this before!

 
 

Well, here's something a bit different. Say hello to the Phase One XF camera paired with a 100-megapixel IQ3 digital medium format back, or Phase One XF 100MP for short. While we tackle pretty much any type of...

Primed for portraiture: Nikon breaks new ground, announces the world’s first 105mm f/1.4 lens

 
 

Nikon has announced not only the fastest 105mm lens in their lineup, but the fastest in the world. Their previous 105mm lenses have been the macro-oriented 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor and the specialized...

See your photos on the big screen: Adobe releases Lightroom for Apple TV


 
 

Adobe has announced two pieces of Lightroom-related news. Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 and Lightroom 6.6.1 are now available for download. The primary reason for this update is to add camera raw support for the...

Cut out the clutter: Improve your sports photos by keeping an eye on the foreground and background

 
 

Sports photographer David Bergman has a few tips to help you improve your sports images, whether you're photographing professional athletes or your kids. The Two Minute Tips video below is one of the 25 short videos Bergman has made for Adorama TV and you can see the full list of videos here.

One of the most...

Freezing the action: Compact and powerful Priolite Ultra strobe allows 1/8000s high speed sync

 
 

Priolite recently launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign for their new Priolite Ultra monolight. The campaign, which as of today has more than doubled its $28,000 goal, has six days left and is nearing its $65,000 stretch goal of a wide angle reflector for everyone who has made a pledge for a strobe.

The...

Sony RX10 III Conclusion: It’s pricey, but this long-zooming DSLR alternative is also incredibly versatile


 
 

Last week, we published our detailed image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the Sony RX10 III. At the time, I promised that our final verdict on this large-sensor, long-zoom camera -- which aims to offer an alternative to a bulky DSLR or mirrorless camera and a bag full of lenses -- would be...

Preparing for your next great photography adventure and how to come home with the best possible shots

 
 

Many photographers dream about a big photography adventure. Either a trip to an exotic land or a once-in-a-lifetime experience has to be near the top of the list for most shutterbugs. CNET's Andrew Hoyle took an "epic photography adventure" last summer to Iceland and he's written an article covering how to go about...

Phase One XF 100MP First Shots: Holy moly, you’ve never seen our test images like this before!

 
 

Well, here's something a bit different. Say hello to the Phase One XF camera paired with a 100-megapixel IQ3 digital medium format back, or Phase One XF 100MP for short. While we tackle pretty much any type of digital camera from small, pocketable point-and-shoots to large, full-frame DSLRs, the medium format world...

Patience is more than a virtue, it’s a necessity for capturing your best images

 
 

Photographer Nicholas Pappagallo recently did a talk for B&H Photography which covers patience and consistency. B&H put together a roughly 20-minute highlight video of the talk (seen below) but you can see the full 80-minute presentation here.

Besides learning new specific photography skills, what's something...

Manufactured beauty: Is the retouching that goes on in marketing damaging to women, and who’s at fault?

 
 

The standard of what makes a woman beautiful has changed over time and continues to vary today by culture. Nevertheless, there is a certain ideal that many people -- at least in the western world -- will agree is beautiful, and that ideal is often well-represented by Victoria's Secret models.

As I'm sure we are...

Primed for portraiture: Nikon breaks new ground, announces the world’s first 105mm f/1.4 lens

 
 

Nikon has announced not only the fastest 105mm lens in their lineup, but the fastest in the world. Their previous 105mm lenses have been the macro-oriented 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor and the specialized portrait 105mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor lens, the latter of which featured Nikon's interesting -- although...

See your photos on the big screen: Adobe releases Lightroom for Apple TV


 
 

Adobe has announced two pieces of Lightroom-related news. Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 and Lightroom 6.6.1 are now available for download. The primary reason for this update is to add camera raw support for the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and fix bugs. Numerous customer-reported issues have been resolved with the update,...

Quantum vision: Study shows that the human eye is capable of detecting a single photon of light

 
 

If you do much night photography, you've likely cursed your eyes for not being able to see better in the dark. It turns out that you've been too hard on your retinas. Scientists at Rockefeller University have conducted a study which has determined with statistical significance that the human eye can actually detect...

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...