Lensbaby has announced Velvet 85mm f/1.8, a lens inspired by classic portrait lenses from the mid-20th century. With smooth and soft glow, it’s especially aimed at portrait photography. But, it’s good noting there’s the ability to reduce the softness by stopping the lens down. With 1:2 magnification and 9.5″ working distance, this lens can also be used for close-up shots.
On January 13, 2012, Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit an underwater rock. The ship wrecked, taking 32 lives away. The disaster attracted a huge attention of the public, and one photographer was among them.
Two years after the disaster, Jonathan Danko Kielkowski managed to sneak inside Costa Concordia just before it got scraped. He brought his camera and small tripod with him and brought back the images of the ghost ship – one of the largest ones ever to be abandoned. He shared his images with DIYP, and they are beautiful, haunting and sad beyond words.
And no, the Moon Terminator is nothing to do with Arnold. The “terminator” in this case is the line between the lit and dark sides of the moon. During those times when the moon and the sun are in the sky together, there’s something odd about it. The line defining the lit side of the moon doesn’t line up with the sun, the thing that’s lighting it.
This video from YouTuber Vsauce attempts to explain the phenomenon of the Moon Terminator illusion. A camera is used to explain some of the various principles involved. It’s well worth watching, as it also goes some way towards also explaining some of the issues photographers hit regularly. Understanding the causes of them can help us to resolve them.
When you say “branding” to most photographers and filmmakers, all they think about is how their logo looks. Branding, however, is so much more than a pretty logo. It’s what you want people to feel when they hear your name or see your work. Branding sets up a level of expectation to potential clients and customers. It’s what separates you from your competitors.
But how do you even begin to think about how you brand yourself and your work? This video from filmmaker Kris Truini helps to explain the basics with some tips to get you started. This is by no means a complete guide, but a good starting point to get you up and running. These tips will lead to more questions, but that’s a good thing. Questions make you think and push yourself. There are no shortcuts.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Starting out with street photography can be really tough at times…
It seems like you have to climb this gigantic mountain to become the best street photographer you could be. To be honest, this really intimidated me when I started out.
Of course, you want to shoot street photos that you love. But first, you have to close the gap between your street photography vision and your actual results.
That’s why I want to show you a method that will help you climb that mountain step by step. In order to improve your street photos, 2 things are the most important:
* Going out to shoot as often as possible
* Knowing what you have to improve in your street photos.
Some people would pretty stupid things to get a shot, and this guy is definitely one of the examples. The visitor of Banff National Park in Canada wanted to take a close-up photo of a grizzly bear, and he decided to “zoom with his feet.”
He approached the animal and took photos only from a few meters away. At a safe distance, photographer Ray Blanchard watched in disbelief and captured the reckless man through a telephoto lens.
Many of us would find it convenient to upload the photos to Instagram from our computers. Windows 10 users have this option, at least if they use a PC with a touchscreen. But the Mac users and those with older versions of Windows can still only rely on their phones.
If you use Google Chrome, there actually is a way of uploading photos to Instagram, and it’s pretty simple. It doesn’t require Lightroom plugins or desktop apps, only a couple of clicks around the Developer Tools. And since I managed to do it – it means it’s as simple as it gets.
Switching from the built in microphone to one that sits on top of the camera is the first step in getting quality sound. Whether it’s your primary audio source or simply offers a clearer track for syncing in post, external mics are the way to go. They help to eliminate handling noise and are often directional to help reduce random sound coming from your environment.
The Saramonic MixMic is one such system. Although designed primarily to be used as a on-camera microphone, it offers a lot of versatility. It’s comprised of two main parts. The MixMic XLR Adapter itself, and the Saramonic NV5 microphone. And you can add a second microphone if you wish. It offers features that you can grow into and expand upon as your abilities and needs increase.
Micron Technology has issued an announcement that they are discontinuing Lexar retail removable storage business. As they say, they are most likely to sell this part of the business, either partially or in whole. And the reason behind the decision is their attempts to focus on the “increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.”
From time to time, camera manufacturers issue special edition models of their gear. But this Nikon D500 “Rex Edition” is the most unique so far. A German Shepherd named Rex munched on this camera, which was bought only a day before. As a result, there’s one pretty unusual model of Nikon, to say the least. And what’s even more unusual – the camera is still working.