News entries for May, 2019

Firmware Friday: Eye AF and more for Nikon Z6, Z7; stability improvements for Sony Alpha-series


 
 

This week's Firmware Friday roundup is a bit of an unusual one, in that while there are plenty of cameras receiving new firmware in the past seven days -- for 10 models, to be exact -- we actually don't have a huge amount to discuss. The reasons for that are twofold. While Nikon has updated both its Z6 and Z7...

Learn from a NatGeo pro! Olympus visionary Jay Dickman offers 7 tips for great travel photos


 
 

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to learn from others' experience. And perhaps those with the most experience to impart upon the rest of us are the pros who make a living from their works. As a contributor to National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Life, Time and more, Olympus Visionary...

Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Field Test: Fuji’s newest XF prime is an all-around great wide-angle lens


Click here to read my Fuji XF 16mm f/2.8 Field Test

 
 

An important aspect of any great native lens system is fast prime lenses for users who demand the utmost in light-gathering capabilities and optical performance. However, ideally, there should also be more affordable options for photographers who want to...

Nikon firmware update adds Eye AF to the Z6 and Z7 cameras. We compare it to the Sony A7 III!


Click here to see how Eye AF on the Nikon Z6 compares to the Sony A7 III!

 
 

A number of cameras have had eye-detection autofocus functionality in some form or fashion over the years, but in recent times, Sony's mirrorless cameras -- most notably the A9, A7R III and A7 III -- have really upped the ante when it...

DJI’s new Osmo Action camera offers stabilized 4Kp60 video and 12MP photos

 
 

Though they have been dabbling in the hand-held, small camera market for a few years now, DJI is jumping into the deep end with their announcement of the Osmo Action camera, a compact 1/2.3 inch sensor camera that is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof as well as having the ability to continue operation even in...

Medium-format DSLRs are coming, and mirrorless converts will return! Ricoh Q&A from CP+


 
 

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with executives from Ricoh -- the company behind the Pentax brand -- alongside the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo. Speaking on behalf of both brands were Ricoh Co. Ltd.'s Takashi Arai of the Product Planning Department, Product Development Center, Smart Vision Business Group;...

Ansel Adams’ The Grand Canyon and the Southwest: A great addition to any photographers’ collection

 
 

In all of landscape photography and perhaps photography as a whole, there are few names more famous than that of Ansel Adams. His landscape images of the American west transcended the medium and elevated photography, perhaps for the first time, into the realm of art.

I recently had the opportunity to read the...

Hands-On with Adobe Lightroom’s first new feature to the editing stack since Dehaze: Texture

 
 

Today Adobe announced three key updates to the Lightroom platform: Tutorials, Shared Albums (not in Lightroom Classic), and the first new control added to the "editing stack" since Dehaze: the Texture slider. It's been a while since we've seen a feature update like this, four years to be exact, and of course, that...

5 tips for capturing sharp landscape photos

 
 

Last week, we shared a video created by photographer Attilio Ruffo which compared four different focusing techniques you can use when capturing landscape photos. This week, Ruffo is back to share five tips to help you take sharp photos. After all, focus is only one part of the equation when creating a sharp image.

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Firmware Friday: Direct Wi-Fi SnapBridge for D850, D5600, D7500; new Ricoh Theta V firmware incoming


 
 

For a second post running, our regular Firmware Friday roundup brings news of new Wi-Fi Direct-enabling SnapBridge firmware for Nikon DSLRs. We also have news both of new firmware on the way for the Ricoh Theta V 360-degree spherical camera, and new / updated software for the just-launched flagship Ricoh...

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens Review: A solid superzoom gives MFT shooters heaps of zoom reach


Click here to read our Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Review

 
 

One of the primary benefits of the Micro Four Thirds system is that despite the smaller sensor compared to APS-C and full-frame cameras, you get to enjoy significantly smaller lenses than the big-sensor counterparts. The system is designed for lightness...

The 6 decisions Jay P. Morgan made to bring his photographic idea to life & create a good image

 
 

When trying to create a good photograph, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens makes six important decisions. In a new video, he breaks down the six decisions he made in order to create an image he's had in mind for a while. The image started with an idea. Never knowing when inspiration will strike, Morgan keeps a...

Precise and powerful photo editing: 2 methods for creating luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop

 
 

Luminosity masks are masks which are created based upon the luminosity of the image and can help you selectively adjust shadows, midtones and highlights in your image. In the video below, Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel shows us two methods for creating and using luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop.

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Take & Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: Change your shooting height to enhance portraits

 
 

If you look at a lot of portraits, a common theme is that many images are captured at or near a typical eye height. This makes sense given how people move around the world and capture images. However, by mixing up your shooting height, you can dramatically change the overall look and feel of your images and capture...

How to remove anything in Photoshop by mastering the clone stamp tool

 
 

A common use of Photoshop is to remove unwanted items from an image. There are multiple ways you can accomplish this, including the clone stamp tool. In the video below, Aaron Nace of Phlearn shows how you can remove anything from an image in Photoshop using this tool. If you would like to follow along with the...

OnSet with Daniel Norton: How to set up and use classic three point lighting

 
 

Three point lighting is a common lighting technique for both stills photographers and videographers. In the video below, Daniel Norton breaks down three point lighting using examples and showing two classic forms of the lighting technique. The video is part of Adorama's OnSet video series. You can view all 210...

DxOMark reviews the 47.3-megapixel Panasonic S1R full-frame camera and it ranks among the best

 
 

Last month, DxOMark tested and evaluated the 24-megapixel image sensor in the Panasonic S1 camera. Following up on this, DxOMark has reviewed the higher-resolution Panasonic S series camera, the Panasonic S1R. With its new 47.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, the S1R proves to deliver excellent overall image quality.

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Adam Gibbs on selecting the right lenses for your landscape photography

 
 

When doing landscape photography, it's typical that you must carry your gear over extended distances. For photographer Adam Gibbs, this means that he must consider the weight of his kit when preparing for a trip. A decision which can have a massive impact not only on the weight of your kit, but also on the types of...

Canon announces RF 85mm f/1.2 L portrait lens: First RF lens featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics

 
 

Canon has announced the release of their fifth RF lens, the 85mm f/1.2 L USM portrait prime lens. The lens is the first in the RF-Mount family to incorporate Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics, which greatly reduce the chromatic aberrations which are typical of large aperture lenses.

Of the new lens, Canon...

Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography

 
 

Whenever we venture into nature, whether it be specifically for photography or just to enjoy the outdoors, we have an impact on the environment. It doesn't need to be a negative impact, such as leaving litter or harming sensitive ecosystems, but it can rather be positive change through clean-up efforts and wise use...