News entries for December, 2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about the excitement and challenges of photographing Earth from the ISS

 
 

Canadien Astronaut Chris Hadfield has captured some of the most incredible images of Earth while aboard his multiple missions to the International Space Station. From 268 miles above the Earth’s surface, he captures the lively textures and scenes that our Blue Marble has to offer, all while traveling just shy of...

Panasonic FZ1000 Review: Proof positive that you don’t need a big bag of lenses for great photos


 
 

Long-zoom cameras have weathered the onslaught of the cameraphone better than the humble compact, but while their far-reaching zoom lenses provide a lot of convenience, they've not always been known for the best image quality. Last year, Sony changed that with its large-sensor RX10, and now Panasonic has its...

Cameras of the Year: Best Entry-level Cameras of 2014

The Imaging Resource Camera of the Year Awards

 
 

Any passionate photographer will tell you the same thing: 2014 was an amazing year to be a photographer. Sony brought us the world's first full-frame camera with in-body image stabilization in the A7 II, as well as the A6000 with its amazing feature set for the...

Absolute steal: 16.2MP Nikon Coolpix A going for $400, 60% off original price

 
 

It’s not often any camera is marked down 60% new, even if it’s getting discontinued. However, for Nikon’s Coolpix A 16.2-megapixel camera with its fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens, that’s just the case.

Specifically, the silver edition available for $400 on Amazon, $600 off its $1,000 MSRP. It’s even available with free...

Lenses of the Year: Best Zoom & Prime Lenses of 2014

The Imaging Resource Lenses of the Year Award

 
 

As we discussed in Part I of our Cameras and Lenses of the Year series, 2014 was an incredible year to be a photographer. Not only were the entry level camera options fantastic, but the glass released in 2014 was nothing short of incredible. In the prime arena, 2014...

Massive Fuji firmware update: X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1 gain impressive new features

 
 

Just in time for your holiday photos, Fujifilm has unleashed a barrage of firmware updates that add a number of new and impressive features to its X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1 cameras.

Each of the four cameras now have an ‘AF+MF’ function that makes it more efficient to fine-tune your focus. Half-press the...

From digital image to 19th century salt print in 16 steps

 
 

Salt printing is one of the oldest methods of producing a positive print of a photograph. Discovered in the early 19th century, it wasn’t until around the 1840s when its chemical processes were refined, becoming the go-to method for printing images for the next two decades.

Here to show just how this age-old...

Nick’s Photography Tips: How to photograph Christmas

 
 

After wedding photographs and baby portraits Christmas morning photographs may rank in third place as some of the most important—and stressful photos—family photographers will ever shoot. Almost everyone wisely eliminates the stress factor at a wedding by hiring a photographer and just about every parent can...

P-HONY: Aussie comedian perfectly parodies ‘Humans of New York’ portrait

 
 

Aussie comedian Hamish Blake has taken to Instagram to parody a post from Humans of New York (HONY), a photo blog that shares the life stories and insights of people across the Big Apple.

Blake was so determined to be captured by Brandon Stanton, the man behind HONY, that he shared the following Instagram post...

Canon G7X Shooter’s Report Part I: It’s all about the zoom for Canon’s first large-sensor pocket camera

 
 

When we published the first part of our Panasonic LX100 Shooter's Report last week, we pitted it head-to-head against the Canon G7X and Sony RX100 III, a duo of pants pocket-friendly, large-sensor enthusiast compact cameras for a real-world comparison. Truth be told, though, the latter two cameras are even closer...

Rat brains, bugs with gears and more in the winning images of Olympus’ BioScapes competition

 
 

Olympus has officially announced the winners of its 2014 BioScapes photo competition. From rat brains to the birth of a fruit fly, the microscopic images captured reveal a strange, beautiful world to us that we could never see with our own two eyes.

First place in the competition went to a video of a fruit fly...

All your photo rights belong to us, says Time Inc. UK

 
 

Time Inc. UK is taking heat after announcing a change to its contract with its freelance photographers. The new terms require that freelance photographers surrender ‘all rights’ to images taken on assignment for the roughly 60 niche publications Time Inc. UK owns.

Interestingly, these cross-publishing rights are...

Airport Helipak, the backpack designed for your drone

 
 

Think Tank Photo has officially unveiled the Airport Helipak, a camera backpack specifically designed to safely store and transport your DJI Phantom drone.

Powerful but fragile beasts, drones can be troublesome to carry around with their fragile rotors and handful of necessary components. To solve this issue,...

Yongnuo clones Canon’s ‘nifty fifty’ down to every last detail at half the price

 
 

Yongnuo, known maker of low-cost speedlights and radio triggers, is officially getting into the optics game. Continuing its tradition of ripping off products from the larger makers in the photography world, its first foray into the optics world is a ‘nifty fifty’ that is all but identical to Canon’s 50mm f/1.8.

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Frustrated in your photography? Don’t let ‘The Gap’ get the best of you

 
 

As photographers, there will come a time in our careers where we will get in a rut. Whether it’s purely a hobby or your main source of income, eventually you will feel like your work isn’t where it should be.

Ira Glass called this ‘The Gap’ – the difference between what you know is good artwork and what you’re...

Camera Deals of the Day: Sony A7R $2,098; Canon 6D $1,499; Canon 5D Mark III $2,799; Refurb Nikon D7100 $700 and much more!

 
 

Big holiday savings on cameras, lenses and other photo gear continue to roll in! The deals today include the Sony A7R, Canon DSLRs of all sorts, Nikon full-frame DSLRs (and a super deal on a refurb DX-format DSLR). There's also a variety of other deals on compact cameras, memory cards, tripods, camera bags and...

What is ‘focus breathing’ and how does it affect your images?

 
 

Have you ever witnessed slight changes in focal length as you bring your subject into focus? Whether or not you knew what to call the phenomenon, you've likely experienced it many times before. 

This interesting optical phenomenon is known as 'focus breathing' and in the video below, Matt Granger, formerly known...

The coolest new camera drone doesn’t fly at all

 
 

Meet BuggyCam, an innovative mobile camera platform that uses wheels, not rotors, to capture incredible footage.

Developed by the two-man team at Motion Impossible, this remote controlled all-terrain vehicle pairs a highly tunable chassis to a custom V-CON stabilization system to capture incredible stabilized...

Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM lens review: Crop-sensor Canon shooters finally get their fantastic, affordable pancake lens

 
 

One of Canon's many Photokina announcements was the introduction of a super compact, super lightweight and super affordable wide-angle pancake prime lens for APS-C shooters -- the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. A couple years ago, Canon introduced the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. This thin, lightweight, and budget-friendly optic...

‘MET’ photo series makes art of people appreciating art

 
 

Photographer Garry Waller has long had a fascination with shooting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Juxtaposing the pieces of art with the visitors who come to admire them, his images capture a broad range of emotions, from absolute awe to profound boredom.

Beyond the people and art, the stark lighting and...