There has been a great hype about the new Canon 6D Mark II. Now that it’s officially released, the first dynamic range test results are coming in – and they are not good. As it turns out, the 6D Mark II has less dynamic range than models like 5D Mark IV or 1D X Mark II. What’s more, the results show that it even has less dynamic range than some of the APS-C bodies like Canon 80D. While this may not be a deal breaker for some photographers, it does affect your shots and the amount of detail you can get in editing.
For two weeks now, there has been an ongoing scam that caused twenty people from LA to lose thousands of dollars in camera gear. A user under the name “Andy Mai” uses Facebook Marketplace and Venmo payment system to pull the scam and steal the gear.
Four victims of the scam have been verified, and in total they lost $25,000. However, after two sellers shared their story, it turned out that there may be as many as 20 scammed people, with the total loss of as much as $100,000. As it turns out, the scam occurs mainly because the sellers are unfamiliar with the Venmo’s policy, And in addition to this, the scammer(s) keep making new accounts and pulling off the same scam all over again.
While I love photos of animals, I believe that animal photography is one of the most difficult genres to master. You need a hell lot of patience and focus when working with them, even when they are trained and obedient.
Jay P. Morgan has some awesome animal shots, and he shares some tips that will help all aspiring animal photographers. You’ll find his tips and tricks useful for making the photo shoot more efficient, and getting the shots exactly as you want them.
When Adobe switched to subscription-only plan, it made many users angry. However, there are some advantages to this plan, according to photographer Justin Odisho. He shares some of the greatest benefits of paying a monthly subscription for your Adobe apps. One of them is certainly the cost, but according to Justin – there’s more than just the larger affordability.
If you prefer working with natural light, with clever positioning of the subject and some DIY magic you get two light sources from a single window. Guys from The Film Look demonstrate how to make the 2-light setup on a budget and without any lighting gear, using only the light you get from a window. They used it for an interview, but it can also be applicable to portraits or for vlogging.
The job of a photographer or a filmmaker is full of challenges. But imagine the challenges one would face while hanging from a rope above the cliff and being stung by the largest bees in the world – all at the same time. Well, that’s what adventure filmmaker Renan Ozturk experienced while photographing the last honey hunter in Nepal.
Although he generally does films, this time he teamed up with National Geographic to make some stills of honey hunting in Nepal. The last honey hunter, Mauli Dhan, is retiring. So this hunt for honey of Himalayan honey bees could be the last one. With all that cliff hanging and being stung by bees, this brings another dimension to the challenge and pressure. And still, Renan and the crew did a phenomenal job and shared the “behind the scenes” in a truly awe-inspiring video.
If you take photos of a wonderful landscape and you’re not pleased with the sky – well, you can cheat a little and replace it in Photoshop. Peter McKinnon shows you how to do it, and he makes it look easy in a simple 2-minute tutorial.
With this technique, you won’t only be able to replace the sky in a landscape photo. You can also use it to, for example, change the background in portraits. All in all, you might find it handy when you want to experiment, so take a look.
Sometimes photographers find real gems among the vintage cameras and lenses. Dutch photographer Martijn van Oers found an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 in a second-hand store, dating from around 1929. The folding medium-format camera had a roll of film inside, with the word EXPOSÉ on it. It got him intrigued, and he decided to develop the film and see if he can get something out of it.
He contacted a friend Johan Holleman, who has been into film photography and film developing for the most of his life. Johan warned him that the chances were slim to recover the images, considering that the film was produced between the 1940s and 1970s. However, after the careful developing process – the photos were there! It turned out that the film was nearly 70 years old, and it contained the portraits Martijn and Johan retrieved after all this time.
When the camera’s frame rate matches the fast moving objects (such as helicopter rotors), a weird effect can occur and make the subject look like it’s levitating. Al Brooks noticed this when he was reviewing the security footage from his surveillance camera. And this time, it’s not a floating helicopter – it’s a floating bird. And while it’s amusing to see, it’s also a great illustration of the “wagon-wheel effect.”
Not long ago, photographer Marc Weisberg shared with us a very unpleasant experience he had with FedEx. They failed to deliver the gear on time for his workshop, which cost him $1000. The article reached DIYP, as well as other blogs and social media pages. And eventually, FedEx made a response.
Although this is an isolated case, the response is apologetic and sounds genuinely regretful. But if it weren’t for the huge social media buzz, who knows if it would end that way. Just like his original post, Marc also shared the response with us. His case definitely shows the power of social media, and it’s an example that you shouldn’t give up from obtaining your rights when someone harms them.