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2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Firmware Friday: Sony updates 70-200 and 100-400mm lenses for Alpha 9 compatibility


 
 

Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is brief, with news of just two new firmware releases in the past seven days. Both come from Sony for its E-mount lenses.

So what's new in the firmware for the Sony FE...

Canon SL2 Field Test Part I: Ultra-compact DSLR with impressive Dual Pixel AF and excellent touchscreen


Click here to read our Canon SL2 Field Test Part I

 
 

I recently had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new ultra-compact Rebel camera, the Canon SL2. This 24-megapixel entry-level DSLR incorporates...

How does the Nikon D850’s film digitizer mode work?

 
 

One of the less-publicized - but also very neat - features of the new Nikon D850 is its "Negative Digitizer Mode." In fact, it isn't until page 85 of Nikon USA's official D850 brochure that we find any discussion of...

Are you looking for a Lightroom alternative? Macphun teases their next big Luminar update

 
 

With yesterday's news from Adobe regarding Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC, many photographers are interested in learning more about alternative digital asset management software. Photo software developers...

Fotospeed Paper Hands-On: Fotospeed offers a wide variety of impressive photographic paper

 
 

Fotospeed sent me a variety of sample packs of their paper to try out. The company has a long history of making darkroom chemicals and fine art paper products and also is a worldwide distributor for papers from other companies, including Hahnemühle and Canson.

The folks at Fotospeed sent me packs of their Glossy,...

Think Tank Photo Spectral 15 Shoulder Bag Review: Functional and affordable shoulder bag works well

 
 

In late August, Think Tank Photo released a new line of shoulder bags, the Spectral series. This new shoulder bag comes in three sizes, the smallest of which, the Spectral 8 costs less than $100 while including an innovative one-handed access design and magnetic Fidlock clasp. Think Tank Photo sent me a Spectral 15...

Nikon Japan shares its official recommended list of lenses for the Nikon D850, are there any surprises?

 
 

The Nikon D850 has proven not only to be a very impressive camera in our own testing, but it has been impressing users lucky enough to get their own hands on one as well. As we reported a week ago, the D850 is also the first DSLR to ever hit the century mark in DxOMark's testing, which is fitting for Nikon's 100th...

Two easy ways to remove unwanted objects from images in Photoshop

 
 

As part of an ongoing series, "Intermediate Photoshop," photographer and educator Anthony Morganti has a new video about removing unwanted objects from your images.

One of the more common uses of Photoshop is getting rid of distracting elements from your images. There are a variety of ways you can do this and...

Learn about the picturesque places Canon will go next year for their Canon EOS Destination Workshops

 
 

Would you like to travel to beautiful locations to capture great images while being taught by some of the world's best photographers and educators? If so, you're in luck as Canon has announced new Canon Live Learning EOS Destination Workshops for 2018.

The new workshops will take place across a wide variety of...

Shutter Release: Blurb releases new layflat photo books, night portraiture & using ACR to fix distortion

 
 

In today's Shutter Release roundup, we will take a look at a new photo book from Blurb, a behind the scenes video with Mathieu Stern and a new LED light and using Adobe Camera Raw to fix perspective distortions.

When we find interesting photography content around the web, we often share and summarize it in our...

Canon M100 First Shots: New sensor, new processor - better image quality for this entry-level mirrorless?


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Canon's newest mirrorless camera, the entry-level Canon EOS M100, is the last model of their current EOS M series to get the upgrade from an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor to their latest 24.2MP chip. Paired with the new DIGIC 7 image processor, the M100 should offer...

Does gear matter? Thomas Heaton compares Canon EOS M5 and 5D Mark IV to Fujifilm GFX 50S

 
 

"Does gear matter?" is a question photographers have worked to answer many times, sometimes with much disagreement . In his latest video, landscape photographer and educator Thomas Heaton has offered his own take on the question by comparing three images taken with different cameras.

In this case, he runs the...

First Impressions of DJI’s new Zenmuse X7: a 24 megapixel photo, 6K video aerial camera

 
 

Announced tonight at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California was the Zenmuse X7, the future in aerial cinematography from the leader in drone manufacturing, DJI. Built exclusively for the DJI Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X7 is designed to match the portability of the DJI Inspire 2, with the high image quality...

Creating luminosity masks in Photoshop using the color range selection function

 
 

Luminosity masks are a very powerful tool for making selective adjustments in Photoshop. You make a selection based on the luminosity of an image to make very precise selections. However, luminosity masks can be a bit complicated.

A new tutorial from PiXimperfect shows how to create luminosity masks in Photoshop...

Careful composition: Serge Ramelli breaks down the composition of some of his favorite photographs

 
 

Photographer Serge Ramelli knows a lot about photography. He's been a professional photographer and educator for a long time and his YouTube channel is a great resource of excellent content.

Ramelli is in Albuquerque for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is presented by Canon. It's an...

How to shoot and process beautiful day to night time-lapse videos

 
 

The new NatureTTL YouTube channel, which is produced by NatureTTL.com in partnership with B&H Photo Video, has released a new tutorial video. The new video, seen below, is about how to shoot and process a day to night time-lapse.

For the curious reader, the gear used for the tutorial below includes a Nikon D750...

Shutter Release: Fastest camera slider, dodging and burning technique & adding metadata in Lightroom

 
 

In today's edition of Shutter Release, we have a handful of interesting videos to share with you along with a written tutorial for creating double exposures in Photoshop. The first video shows off "the world's fastest camera slider." Next up is a tutorial for using Photoshop and smart objects to dodge and burn skin...

Hands-on with Aurora HDR 2018 and images captured with the Fujifilm GFX with the GF 23mm f/4 lens

 
 

Macphun released Aurora HDR 2018 for macOS and Windows this fall and I wanted to test drive it with some images I captured earlier this week with the Fujifilm GFX 50S and GF 23mm f/4 lens. A full review of Aurora HDR 2018 and a Field Test for the GF 23mm f/4 lens are on the way, but I wanted to share some quick...

Sony RX10 Mark IV First Shots: How’s the IQ from this bridge camera beast? [Updated]

 
 

Sporting a similar lens and sensor as housed in the popular RX10 Mark III, this new Sony RX10 Mark IV aims to please instead with several key performance enhancements found under the hood. We'll be taking a much closer look at these out in the field for you, and in the meantime, we offer you our signature test lab ...

Samyang adds fourth autofocus lens to their FE lens lineup, the AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens

 
 

For a long time, Samyang's name was synonymous with full manual lenses for a wide variety of camera mounts. However, lately, Samyang is becoming better known for releasing autofocus lenses for the Sony e-mount.

The Korean optics company has announced their fourth full-frame autofocus lens for Sony E-mount...

Dubious digiFilm: Yashica announces one of the weirdest products we’ve ever seen

 
 

Update at 6:00 PM EST on October 10: During the course of the day, the Yashica Y35 digiFilm Camera Kickstarter campaign has not only been funded, but it has nearly tripled its goal. 

After numerous teases, including a couple we covered as part of our regular Shutter Release feature, Yashica has finally unveiled...

How do you make good landscape images when you are not feeling inspired?

 
 

Landscape photography often demands a lot from photographers. You typically have to wake up early and get to a location before sunrise and at that point you hope for the best. If you're lucky, there are a few minutes of really nice light for you to capture gorgeous vistas.

Photographer Adam Karnacz traveled to...

Alien Skin releases new RAW editor, Exposure X3, including creative and organizational improvements

 
 

About a month after announcing their new Exposure X3 software, Alien Skin has released the new RAW photo editor to the public. Exposure X3 includes numerous creative enhancements and powerful new organizational tools.

On the creative editing side of things, color and black and white toning adjustments have been...

See the beauty of the Italian Dolomite mountains in this time lapse video shot with a Sony A7R II

 
 

Martin Heck of Timestorm Films recently ventured to the Dolomites in northeastern Italy. He came back with the files for a beautiful 8K time lapse video, which you can see below.

Using a Sony A7R II and a RED Epic-W camera with Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4, Canon 11-24mm f/4, Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4,...