EOS 5DS R: A Real World Review

While there are many “opinions” online about the new 50MP cameras from Canon, photographers aiming to see real world results may have less choice. A video published by Michael Tapes may be a good option.
Written by  |  June 29, 2015
The 12 minute video available online can be seen as a sales pitch for Michael Tapes Design products like the Lens Align or FocusTune, tools to micro-adjust AF of your lenses and camera, but that’s a simplistic appreciation of it. The author says he...

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED 6/29

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia
Written by  |  June 29, 2015

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 6/29/2015 with FAA Section 333 Exemption at bottom of article)

My Photos Are Not Royalty-Free

Have you checked how your images appear online? If you use a photo-sharing website you probably should. You may discover, as I did, you’re selling them Royalty-Free, without knowing it.
Written by  |  June 24, 2015
When I recently browsed the web to show some images to a friend, I found a Google entry under “royalty-free stock photos from Jose Antunes | 500px Prime”. I never gave 500px permission to market my photos for me, so I had to...

Drone Aerial Photography Contest

After a successful first edition, the Drone Aerial Photography contest is back in 2015. Participants have until June 30 to send their photos to this competition.
Written by  |  June 22, 2015
Dronestagram, a platform online for everyone interested into aerial videos and photos, partnered again with National Geographic for their Drone Aerial Photography Contest, which runs until the end of June, accepting photos for the themes of...

Rogue FlashBender: Ligther Lighting Solutions

Available since 2010, the Rogue FlashBender accessories have recently become lighter and easier to use. From the three initial models the system grew, also, to multiple kits for different lighting needs.
Written by  |  June 19, 2015
The market for flexible light modifiers may well be saturated with solutions, but since 2010 Expo Imaging found a place for their products in the Rogue FlashBender range, a lighting solution for photographers working with shoe mount...

Trifecta Backpacks for “Workhorse” Lenses

Think Tank Photo presented their new line of Trifecta backpacks for DSLR and Mirrorless systems, conceived to carry three “workhorse” lenses: ultra-wide, mid-range, and telephoto zoom lenses.
Written by  |  June 16, 2015
If you ask photographers which lenses they use, you’ll discover many have a group of lenses they carry most of the time. From my experience, I’ve found I carry around, usually, just three lenses: a 17-40mm, a 100-400mm and either a 60 or a 100mm macro....

Do You Know the MFD of Your Lens?

When faced with the idea of photographing flowers, people usually think a macro lens is needed. In fact, whether for video or photography of flowers and nature elements, many zoom lenses may give you a better option than a macro. You just have to know them well.
Written by  |  June 4, 2015
I do a lot of flower photography – looking for ways to do video, but it is a slow process -, and I use to say my lens for flowers is a 640mm. It’s a way to catch people’s attention, but it is true, as I...

Protect Your Camera from Water with AGUA

If you combine your photography or video with some action in areas close to water, AGUA may be your best friend to carry a camera. It’s on Kickstarter now.
Written by  |  June 2, 2015
Creators and marketing people are funny. Who else would call WATER (AGUA in Portuguese) to a IPX3-standard storm-resistant camera-carrier? Well, that’s what miggo did. Let me present you their new project in Kickstarter. Already funded, as 814 backers have pledged...

Has Micro Four Thirds Reached Its Pixel Limit?

The rumours about a new model of camera from Panasonic create, again, a discussion about the millions of pixels in the sensor: it’s, again, 16MP. Has Micro Four Thirds reached its limit when it comes to pixels? Not according to Sony.
Written by  |  May 15, 2015
Let’s be clear. Everybody gets excited when Sony, Nikon or Canon raise the number of pixels, by millions, in their cameras. Or frowns when they do not do it. There seems to be a fascination for more pixels, although “more” does not necessarily “mean”...

Your Weather Sealed Lens May Need a Filter

If you bought a new weather sealed lens but skipped buying a protection filter, well, you may not have a weather sealed lens. That’s what manufacturers indicate in some of their manuals.
Written by  |  May 7, 2015
A filter is essential to protect your lens, we are told when we start in photography or video. A glass element in front of your lens will protect it from dust, rain, finger marks and even an eventual scratch that could damage your expensive...
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