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2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Firmware Friday: Panasonic updates a raft of 4K and Full HD camcorders


 
 

The beginning of a new year is usually a quiet time when it comes to firmware news, and the start of 2019 has certainly been no different in that respect. We're already three weeks into the year, but until...

Nikon announces Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S, world’s first filter-attachable 14mm full-frame lens

 
 

At CES 2019, Nikon has unveiled the first wide-angle zoom lens for their brand-new mirrorless camera system with the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S. The lens is not only a first of its kind for the Nikon Z system, but is also the world's first full-frame 14mm lens which can accept screw-in filters (the lens has an 82mm...

Nikon reaffirms their desire to be a video camera company with appealing Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit

 
 

Nikon has, for many years, lightly danced around the idea that their cameras could, or should, be used to create high-end video. Though there was no reason they could not have been used for it, the cameras up until the release of the Nikon Z6 simply lacked the power or the features to really be a great video...

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art Field Test: Fast portrait prime delivers great performance


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A 105mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/1.4 is a compelling combination. It is also a demanding one with respect to physical dimensions in the case of the new Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The full-frame portrait prime is a massive lens...

Behind the scenes with Joel Grimes as he creates a high-res beauty portrait with the Canon EOS R

 
 

Canon Explorer of Light Joel Grimes recently shot a portrait session with the new mirrorless Canon EOS R camera and adapted Canon tilt-shift lenses. In the video below, we get to go behind the scenes with Grimes as he shoots beauty portraits with the camera and processes photos for printing.

Grimes opted to use...

A photographic legacy: A journey to the past and a look toward the future

 
 

Photographer Sean Tucker generally focuses on modern photography in his videos, including camera and lens comparisons, behind-the-scenes videos, discussions on art and photographic technique and much more. However, his latest video is a look back and a look toward the future. Tucker was able to sit down with his...

LaCie announces new compact and portable drives for the creative professional

 
 

Seagate's premium brand LaCie has announced two new products ahead of CES in Las Vegas this week, both specifically focused and tailored to address needs in the creative professional community: the LaCie Mobile Drive and the LaCie Mobile SSD. Featuring up to 5TB of storage capacity, the Mobile Drive is an extremely...

How to add sun rays to your landscape images using Skylum’s Luminar 3

 
 

Sun rays are one of the neatest sights in landscape photography. However, you need numerous factors to work in your favor, including the direction of light and atmospheric conditions. Fortunately, you can add or enhance sun rays using post-processing software. In Luminar 3, you can quickly and easily add...

How to use luminosity masking in ON1 Photo RAW 2019

 
 

In ON1 Photo RAW 2019, you can use luminosity masking to target specific areas of an image based on the luminosity (or brightness) values of different areas of the photo. For example, you can target the bright areas of an image and then selectively edit them without needing to manually make complex selections.

In...

Advanced color toning made simple

 
 

Using only a single adjustment layer and one blend mode, you can get advanced control over color toning your photos in Adobe Photoshop. How? Photographer and educator Blake Rudis of f64 Academy shows us how in his new video below.

If you'd like to follow along and download Rudis's Photoshop actions for this...

Nikon D3500 Field Test: Another solid entry-level DSLR from Nikon, but has enough changed?


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When it comes to entry-level DSLR cameras, sweeping changes are quite rare. The Nikon D3500 is no exception. In many ways, it's very similar to the Nikon D3400, which was itself similar to the Nikon D3300. With that said, the D3500 has received a revision to its...

How to organize and edit your images using the new Library feature in Luminar 3

 
 

In December, Skylum Software released the newest version of their popular photo editing app, Luminar. The latest release includes the much-anticipated Libraries feature, which allows photographers to organize and browse all of their images.

In a new video, Skylum evangelist and co-director of their education,...

Creating and capturing better portraits with Chris Orwig

 
 

This past fall, Adobe held their annual Adobe MAX conference. During the conference, they hosted numerous education Creative Sessions, including one with photographer Chris Orwig. The topic of Orwig's talk was about creating and capturing better portraits. Fortunately for us, the session was recorded and Adobe has...

Surprise! Olympus teases its next camera in sneak peek video

 
 

Well, well, well, what do we have here? It appears, based on this just-released teaser video, that the folks over at Olympus are getting ready to announce a brand new camera. Happy days, Micro Four Thirds fans!

Being just a teaser video, the details are obviously a little scarce, other than the date for the...

Adorama OnSet: When trying to soften shadows, is it better to diffuse or reflect the light?

 
 

When lighting a portrait, there are typically opportunities to either diffuse light to make it larger and softer or to reflect light back onto your subject to fill in shadows. Which technique is better? In the latest episode of Adorama's OnSet, photographer Daniel Norton investigates this question.

In the video...

A simple way to dodge and burn with precision and control in Adobe Photoshop

 
 

In software like Lightroom and Photoshop, you can quickly add contrast to an image by using a simple slider. However, this method is sometimes too coarse and applied too broadly to bring out the best in your photography. In the video below, Aaron Nace with Phlearn shows off an easy method for dodge and burning in...

Winning prize money with the Legends (As five previous grand prize winners adorn the podium)

 
 

It looks like an alien world from a Ray Bradbury novel. Or perhaps an artist interpretation of the surface of the Saturnian moon Titan. Whatever it looks like, it doesn't look much like a typical photograph of a desert landscape in North America.

And that's just part of the haunting beauty of the image below...

Firmware Friday: A holiday feast for Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony shooters


 
 

Our final Firmware Friday roundup of 2018 is a biggie, bringing with it news of close to two dozen different camera updates for models from Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony. And as if that wasn't plenty, we've also uncovered two movie camera updates from Sony, as well as a lens and software update...

Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: How to use frequency separation to retouch your portraits

 
 

One of the most powerful techniques for retouching skin in Adobe Photoshop is frequency separation. Photographer and educator Mark Wallace doesn’t want to stop there with an editing tutorial, but rather walks us through the entire process, from capture to final editing, in the newest episode of Adorama's Exploring...

Black and white waterfall: Behind the scenes from capture to print with Nigel Danson

 
 

In his latest video, join landscape photographer Nigel Danson as he travels to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands to photograph an iconic waterfall and produce a black and white print.

In the video below, Danson runs us through various compositions and discusses his thought process, including an excellent...

Beautiful and simple seascape photography with Adam Karnacz

 
 

Photographer Adam Karnacz headed out to the seascape in Northumberland with his father in hopes of capturing a lovely sunset. He headed out with any specific plan or goals, but just wanted to enjoy a nice day out. Planning ahead is great, but there are certainly times when it's worth just heading out with your...