5 Reasons You Should Own At Least One Prime Lens

If you’ve just made the move from smartphone or point and shoot to a DSLR body, you should now be considering the lenses you use. You have gotten the kit lens along with the camera and wanting another lens for variety, or you are looking to improve the technical quality of your photos. Toby Gelston (aka CameraRec Toby) suggests that at least one of the lenses in your arsenal should be a prime lens.

Prime lenses are lenses with a single focal length (e.g. 50mm, 85mm and so on). While Toby lists 5 reasons for using a prime lens – Bokeh quality; get more light; quality; value for money & size – I think Toby is only scratching the surface with the reasons to go prime. Do you own a prime lens?

[5 Reasons you should own a prime lens via picture correctPetaPixel]

Here’s Our First Look at a Picture Taken With Sony’s New Curved Sensor

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I’ve been following news on Sony’s curved sensor since they first announced it back in April, and I’ll be honest; I didn’t think we’d be getting a look into it nearly this quick, but this is shocking to me. I must have forgotten that Sony started on this project back in 2012, because they’ve just uploaded the first official picture from the sensor online – and here it is.

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Video Explaining The Pros And Cons Of The Different Monitor Connectors

When selecting a monitor you rarely think about how it connects with the computer, but this decision has at least some impact on the way you’ll be able to enjoy it. Techquickie put a video together that explain the ins, outs, pros and cons of each of the different connectors. There are currently four families of those in the market: VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort.

I think it is pretty obvious that the big message of the video is ditch those analog VGA connectors. But aside that I did learn a few things that I did now know (or at least did not pay attention to) before:

  • While HDMI is cool, it does not have a locking mechanism (unless you are using the really new HDMI 2.0)
  • VGA connectors are getting worse as the cable get longer
  • Current Displayport 1.2 supports 4K @ 60Hz, audio, network, multiple video streams, wide formats and prety much everything else
  • Displayport 1.3 brings 8K in.
  • Your connection method does impact the color spaces you can work with.
  • there are mini and micro version for almost any digital connector
  • Thunderbolt rocks!

[HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and DVI as Fast As Possible via LifeHacker]

Top 10 Memory Card Tips

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Life is full of mysteries. Why is “abbreviation” such a long word? Do dogs get sore throats? How long do fish wait to swim after eating? Why is bra singular but panties plural? Which genius decided that the word “lisp” should have an “S” in it? But perhaps one of the biggest mysteries is one that strikes at the very heart of the photography industry. It’s a puzzler that I see all the time, yet I just can’t quite figure out a reasonable answer. Can anybody PLEASE tell me why someone would spend several thousands of dollars on the camera and lens, and then buy the cheapest memory cards they can find? ACME products never actually helped Wily Coyote catch the Roadrunner, so why would anyone think that cut-rate memory cards will help them succeed at capturing life’s moments?

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Using Less Gear Will Actually Improve Your Photography

Throw Away Your Camera Gear; Haoyuan Ren on InMyBag.net

If you think that getting the next lens, body or strobe will instantly improve your photography, photographer Haoyuan Ren suggests a different point of view (no pun intended).

Ren has been shooting for about seven years and is landing jobs with the big magazines and shooting celebrities (Tilda Swinton, Dean Norris shown above and Taylor Schilling stood in front of his lens). Interestingly, Ren’s advice for photographers is to use less gear.

In an interview with InMyBag Ren’s suggests to throw away as many pieces of gear as you can (or actually not to buy them in the first place). Ren advices that: [Read more...]

A Closer Look at iOS 8′s new Camera

Apple’s new iOS software‘s been in beta mode for about a few weeks now, and that’s been plenty of time for developers (and tech enthusiasts) to get familiar with the features iOS 8 has to offer. One area iOS 8 brings the most improvement to is the Camera app itself, and we now have a much better idea of what the features it comes with are like.

Over on YouTube, you can check out a number of videos that go over how the camera utilizes time-shift and manual exposure. As expected, Apple implements the features so they can be used in the easiest way possible. The time-lapse is started up by swiping to its respective panel and simply pressing record. As for the manual exposure, the controls are activated when you tap to focus; the exposure then gets adjusted by swiping up and down.

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TetheredShooting App Offers An Alternative To The CC Cloud

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If you are shooting tethered a lot, there is a little app that offers a different approach to tethered shooting. Simply called TetheredShooting this app aims at providing a solution for the tethered part of tethered shooting.

The app works quite differently than other tethering apps we have covered with a premise to smoothly deliver previews of shot files using a secure connection between a computer and an iDevice.

The app works by polling a specific folder on a laptop or a studio computer and then displays the photos on the screen. [Read more...]

Room Sized Lightbox Provides The Perfect Lighting Every Time

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One of the first tricks new photographers discover is the ability to place an object in a box with the walls replaced with diffusion material to create even lighting. Of course, any scientific mind will immediately ask, can we make this human size? The answer, is yes!

Photographer Kevin Lynch does just that. Using an array of PVC pipes and fittings, he created a room sized light box. It is actually big enough for a Karate fighter to jump around in. [Read more...]