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2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

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Canon 5D Mark IV Image Quality Comparison: Taking aim at the 5D Mark III, D810, K-1 and A7R II

 
 

The Canon 5D Mark III from 2012 was a home run for Canon, a bonafide, hands down shot right out of the ballpark. Receiving a rare 5.0 overall score from us at IR -- and a well-deserved one at that -- the 5D III has...

Canon 5D Mark IV sample photos and first set of production-level test shots posted!

 
 

We've just posted some sample photos from our Canon 5D Mark IV shoot with Canon Explorers Of Light Parish Kohanim and Denis Reggie, as well as an initial set of our standardized lab shots, so you can compare its...

Canon 5D Mark IV Image Quality Comparison: Taking aim at the 5D Mark III, D810, K-1 and A7R II

 
 

The Canon 5D Mark III from 2012 was a home run for Canon, a bonafide, hands down shot right out of the ballpark. Receiving a rare 5.0 overall score from us at IR -- and a well-deserved one at that -- the 5D III has been delivering solid images for Canon shooters for four years running with aplomb. Naturally, we at...

Stuck in a rut? 10 minutes, 25 shots and one well-worn subject is all you need to revitalize your photos


 
 

Do you feel like you've gotten stuck in a rut with your photography? If you're constrained by time and budget, it can feel like you're spending all of your time rehashing the same old subjects, and that can sound the death knell for great photos. And if you lose that special spark of creativity, it will show...

Tips from the pros: Elena Blair shares the secrets to successful lifestyle photography


 
 

If you want to improve your photography, it pays to look at what the professionals are doing and then learn from them. That's not to say that you should rigidly follow their style or advice to the letter -- the exception to the rule can often be a great shot too -- but pros have a great sense for what works...

Refining the filter holder: Wine Country Camera’s filter holder includes many features, releases this fall

 
 

Wine Country Camera has a new 100mm filter holder system on the way and they state their "exquisitely designed" product will excite photographers. Oftentimes a filter holder system can be cumbersome to use, but the Wine Country Camera Filter Holder System looks to be as feature-rich as any filter holder I've seen.

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Creating a Hollywood hit one frame at a time: Behind the scenes of stop motion animation

 
 

This story is a bit different, but it's way too cool not to share. I'm sure most of us are familiar with stop motion animation, the filmmaking technique wherein a scene -- often a very small one -- is recorded one frame at a time and then combined to make life-like video footage. For anyone who has ever tried stop...

Teaching machines to see: Facebook releases three image identification algorithms to the public

 
 

Facebook is constantly researching new technology and sometimes it release the results of its efforts to the public for coders to work with. Facebook released three of its image identification algorithms recently in a move that they hope will "help rapidly advance the field of machine vision."

Users of the social...

Small, light & affordable: Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens offers 1:1 shooting for fans of getting up close


 
 

For fans of prime lenses, the 50mm focal length is a popular choice. And for those who're shooting on a full-frame Sony E-mount camera, its a choice which will now bear a little more consideration, because the company has just taken the wraps off its third 50mm full-frame, E-mount optic: The FE 50mm F2.8...

Gimbal-stabilized DJI Osmo+ camera boasts a brand-new zoom lens; original Osmo gets a handy price cut


 
 

Last October, drone maker DJI branched out in a new direction with its Osmo, a clever gadget that coupled the gimbal camera platform used in its unmanned aerial vehicles with an ergonomic pistol grip. The result was billed as an action camera with a difference: The ability to shoot really well-stabilized...

Unique 10mm optic for E and M mount: Voigtländer 10mm f/5.6 lens available for preorder

 
 

The ultra-wide Voigtländer 10mm Heliar-Hyper Wide f/5.6 aspherical manual focus lens is now available for preorder and pricing has been announced. The lens, available for both Sony E and Leica M mounts, will launch with a price just under US$1,100. While that's a moderately high price, consider that there isn't a...

Hasselblad X1D delayed: The backordered camera will be releasing slightly later than expected

 
 

The Hasseblad X1D-50C was originally slated for a release in late August or early September, but that has been knocked back to mid-September according to B&H Photo. Adorama does not list a release date on their product page for the camera.

It seems that delays are becoming more common. While reasoning for the...

Speedlights vs Studio Strobes: Which is best depends on what you want to do with the light

 
 

Off camera flash can be tricky enough to get involved with as it is, but the eternal debate between choosing speedlights or studio strobes makes it all the more daunting for beginners. Photographer Joe Edelman has made a video discussing the pros and cons of both speedlights and monolights and which flash is...

Perfecting the pose: 10 tips for posing women in flattering, beautiful portraits

 
 

Portrait photography is difficult because there are so many variables you have to consider -- lighting, wardrobe, background, composition, etc. -- but one aspect of portraiture that a lot of people struggle with is posing. Not only is it difficult, but there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Photographer Manny...

Sony A7S II cranks the ISO up to 25,600 to record aurora in real-time over Iceland from DJI drone

 
 

How about some aurora to get your week started off right? Flying over the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, native photographer Oli Haukur captured beautiful footage of the northern lights with his drone.

Contrasted against the stark Icelandic landscape, the vibrant green bands dance across the sky. Even with a...

Canon 5D Mark IV sample photos and first set of production-level test shots posted!

 
 

We've just posted some sample photos from our Canon 5D Mark IV shoot with Canon Explorers Of Light Parish Kohanim and Denis Reggie, as well as an initial set of our standardized lab shots, so you can compare its image quality with the 5D Mark III and other cameras. (We posted a video of our studio time with Parish...

Stalkers or photojournalists? On the job with a pair of Hollywood paparazzi as they chase down celebs

 
 

Paparazzi photography elicits many strong emotions when people see it. Is it criminal stalking or is it a form of art? Perhaps instead it's just people doing a job, a business created by society's insatiable desires to get inside the lives of the rich and famous. Whatever it is, Elite Daily followed two Los...

Halsman and Dalí combine for reality-bending portraits over 37-year collaboration

 
 

Long before Photoshop, portrait photographer Phillipe Halsman and surrealist painter Salvador Dalí collaborated many times after they first met in New York City in 1941. Interestingly, the two had both lived in the same Parisian neighborhood during the 1930s, but never formally met. After working an opening of a...

Firmware Friday: Sony A7R II, Canon 1DX II get new features, fixes; Nikon updates distortion control data


 
 

Great news, photo fans -- the weekend is just about here, and with it your weekly roundup of all that's new in the world of camera firmware! This week, we have news to report on updates from Canon, Nikon and Sony. Two of these are for flagship interchangeable-lens cameras, while the third is applicable to a...

Nikon D500 Review: This versatile, professional DSLR is the D300S successor you have been waiting for

 
 

The Nikon D500 has been a long time coming. Nikon has released numerous APS-C DSLRs since the 2009 release of the D300s, including some very good ones like the D7200, but they didn't truly succeed the highly-popular D300-series until the D500 was released this spring. With a 20.9-megapixel DX-format sensor and...

Lightweight, portable panning: Edelkrone Wing manual slider provides 16 inches of motion

 
 

As video becomes an increasingly important part of a photographer's workflow, accessory and gear makers are coming up with new and better pieces of equipment. Edelkrone doesn't want a newfound reliance on video equipment to mean that you need to get a bigger camera bag or worry about large, awkward pieces of gear,...

The lasting images of the 2016 Olympics: Taking a look back at the best photos captured in Rio

 
 

We have closed the book on the Rio Summer Olympics, but there were images captured during the 16 days of competition that will live on for a long time. Agencies like Getty, the Associated Press and more sent huge groups of photographers, editors and technicians to Brazil to ensure that they would capture the best...