At only 1000$, there is no other product on the market that gives you fully motorized 3-axis stabilization with shock absorbers for (rated) 1.6kg.
If you are unfamiliar with the work of Benjamin von Wong (previously), you have probably not read DIYP in the last few years. Ben creates epic, inspiring, larger than life art and now he released a set of video tutorials explaining how he works. But I am going too fast, let me take it from the start.
Von Wong has done some amazing work, but many of his first creations can be related to his crowd-funded trip to Europe. In this tutorial, Ben breaks down those photographs and explains his entire workflow on editing them. After watching this section of the tutorial, I can say that this alone is worth the package, as the amount of information that Ben fires while editing is incredible. If you know Ben, you know that the pace is pretty fast and expect a rate of about one tip per ten seconds.
But Ben does you one over and also includes two more sections: a Lightroom tutorial section and a Photoshop section. Both are critical for understanding how to optimize your workflow. Hit the jump to see the full review.
Despite having a direct impact on one’s ability to capture fleeting moments, not to mention the amount of shoulder and neck pain at the end of a long day, many photographers don’t spend the time or money upgrading the strap that came with their camera.
For some the camera strap is arguably one of the most important pieces of gear after the camera and lenses, and when you’re using two cameras it becomes twice as important.
Whether you’ve already discovered the wonderful world of ergonomic camera straps or you’re still using OEM junk, you owe it to yourself to check out Custom SLR’s Dual Strap.
I have written before on the highly respected Sigma Art Series lenses (here and here) and I haven’t been let down yet. Sigma is now set to release the widest f/1.4 lens on the market, with the upcoming 20mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens to be released in the latter part of the month. Pre-order it here.
Sigma is courting the wide-angle photographer in all of us with this new lens, and Midwest Photo was given a rare pre-production model to get a feel for what is now the fastest 20mm lens on the market.
Note: Because this lens is not a production model, the maximum resolution of the sample photos in this article is 1200 pixels on the long edge (click any of the photos to enlarge).
If an amazing light painting portrait has caught your eye sometime over the last few years, you’ve probably seen the work of Montréal, based visual artist Eric Paré.
Since then Eric and his long time collaborator Kim Henry have been busy traveling the world combining dance, environmental portraiture, and light painting with gorgeous results (check out Eric’s 500px portfolio here and his work with Adobe Max here).
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Eric and Kim in Toronto where they were presenting a Creative Photography and Light Painting Workshop…
This is a hands-on review of a bag that solves the age old problem of never having your camera with you. Many photographers bought a camera with great intentions, a camera that’s now gathering dust for one reason – it won’t fit in your pocket. So, it gathers dust and you shoot with your iPhone instead.
This bag is the CosySpeed Streetomatic and it’s currently available as a crowd funding project that needs your support. It’s $65/55, comes in blue, black or Khaki and the link is here.
It is never a good idea to say that the mega-pixel war is over, but it looks like we are having a rest at around 40-50 MP with most pro cameras providing enough resolution. So why would one camera is better than the other?
Actually, once we remove the ‘how does it feel for you‘ argument, I am not sure any “same-level” camera is that much better than the other. With that in mind, the team from Fstoppers took three cameras to the test: The Sony a7RII, The Canon EOS 5DS R and the Nikon D810.
The Lensbaby brand has been around for a while now and it’s a name that is synonymous with helping photographers see in a new way but perhaps most importantly in my opinion they also help to inject a bit of the creativity and art back into this slightly more clinical digital age of photography.
Up until now Lensbaby has always been about making lens for photographers that would add a creative edge to the image taking process. They make a variety of lenses, some of which distort the field of focus on a horizontal plane like their Edge 80 lens or their Composer Pro lens that distorts the image on radial focal point all fully adjustable by the user. I have used one of their lenses at some point during nearly all of my shoots for a long time now and although the effects produced are incredibly dramatic I have never thought to use a Lensbaby on an entire shoot from start to finish, that is until now.
I think I found my new family photography travel bag. Oh, you know what this is, even if you’ve never heard that term before.
It’s that bag that you use to carry a camera when you are traveling with the family. And this bag has to be special for several reasons which I’ll outline below. But the essence of it is that it has to keep the camera safe & stashed away, while allowing for a quick draw. This is the life of a photographer family man on vacation: If the camera is exposed – prepare for backlash from the family. If the camera is hidden too deep, good moments are missed. This is why the Cosyspeed Camslinger 160 became my new friend after an 8 days family vacation in Austria.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.