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Posted 09/25/20
Portrait photographer Lola Melani shares her five tips you need to know before your maternity photoshoot. She covers the importance of creating a shot list, keeping your gear to a minimum, directing your clients, taking inspiration while still coming up with your own photoshoot ideas, and more. How would you style your maternity portraits? Do you have any questions about this type of portraiture? Leave us a comment! More photography tutorials: How to Take Better Baby Pictures How to Pose Families During a Photoshoot Mastering the Family Portrait
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Posted 09/23/20
Profoto’s new A10 Studio Light comes with AirX technology built in so you can not only use it with your camera but also pair it with your iPhone 7 or later via Bluetooth to create beautifully lit images with your smartphone. The A10 is available with AirTTL compatibility for Canon, Nikon, FUJIFILM, and Sony cameras, and each brand-specific model is also available as an Off-Camera Kit with its respective Profoto Connect Wireless Transmitter providing TTL and HSS functionality when using the A10 off-camera. Profoto A10 Studio Light The A10 shares its basic form factor and functionality with the A1X Studio Light, making it an exceptionally lightweight, intuitive flash, creating natural-looking light from its characteristic 2.75" round head. With 90° tilt and 360° rotation, it can be positioned in nearly any direction with ease. Its high-resolution LCD screen is clearly legible from a distance when using the light off-camera. Additional features of the A10 include AF-assist, auto and manual zoom, and an LED modeling light for previewing your lighting setup. HSS functionality and 1-second recycle times mean you never have to worry about missing a shot. Also, it shares the same lithium-ion battery as the A1X, but gets an improved 450 full-power flashes per charge. Lithium-ion battery In order to activate AirX control of your light, you will need to download the Profoto App for iOS; an Android-compatible app is currently in development. You can control up to three independent lights through the app or, when used with a Profoto Connect, as many lights as are assigned to the same channel as the Connect. Paired via the Bluetooth function of your smartphone, AirX has an operating range of up to about 100' and, in addition to your smartphone, the A10 can also be controlled remotely by Profoto Air, AirTTL, and Connect triggers. Additionally, the A10 is compatible with all Profoto Clic light-shaping tools so you can attach gels and grids magnetically, with ease. Are you eager to try out the A10 with your smartphone? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 09/14/20
If you’ve ever wondered just how small Sony could make its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the newly announced a7C is here to provide you with the answer. Squeezing a 24.2MP BSI sensor into an APS-C form factor body, along with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, the a7C is the smallest and lightest camera of its kind, opening up a world of possibilities for photographers and videographers. Accompanying the new ultra-portable body, Sony has also unveiled the FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 lens, the smallest and lightest standard zoom FE lens. Paired with the a7C, its similar sleek stature offers all of the benefits of a versatile full-frame system without the usual heft. Rounding out the new releases is the HVL-F28RM Flash, an easily pocketable wireless flash perfect for any of Sony’s a7 series cameras. Who Is the a7C For? The a7C is the perfect camera for vloggers, travel photographers, or any other image maker who wants the benefits of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless system in the smallest and lightest possible form factor. Sharing a similar design to Sony’s a6000-series APS-C mirrorless cameras, the a7C is svelte enough to carry comfortably in a purse, tote bag, or backpack, making full-frame everyday carry a reality. Conversely, the a7C could also serve as an excellent second camera or compact option for photographers already invested in Sony’s full-frame camera system. Sony a7C at a Glance: 24.2MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor UHD 4K30p Video with HLG/HDR and S-Log3/2 15 Stops of Dynamic Range 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD Smallest Full-Frame Camera with IBIS to Date Full-Frame Sensor Captures High-Quality Imagery The a7C features a 24.2MP back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X Image Processor to capture high-resolution imagery quickly, with minimal noise. Capable of ISOs up to 204800, and boasting 15 stops of dynamic range, the a7C handles challenging lighting environments with ease so you can count on your images being sharp and accurate no matter where you are shooting. 5-Axis Image Stabilization Minimizes Shake In-body image stabilization (IBIS) has been a calling card of Sony’s mirrorless cameras for years. The a7C incorporates 5-axis IBIS so you can shoot stills and video handheld with minimal shake affecting your images. This also allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds so you can work in low-light environments or explore creative scenarios that would not otherwise be possible. Advanced Hybrid Autofocus Keeps up with the Action The a7C benefits from 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection points for reliable and fast autofocusing. Real-time Eye AF maintains focus on your subject’s eyes whether you’re composing a portrait, documenting an event, taking a selfie, or recording a vlog. Sony’s new Animal Eye AF is available for capturing stills of your pets, and the a7C also features Real-Time tracking, which comes in handy when trying to keep pace with moving subjects common in wildlife, sports, and street photography. When shooting stills, the a7C supports up to 10 fps continuous shooting so you can be confident that you will get the shot you want. 4K Video Recording The a7C is an excellent hybrid option for those who need to capture stills and videos using the same camera. It offers UHD 4K recording at up to 30 fps with full pixel readout and 4:2:0 8-bit output, as well as Full HD recording at up to 120 fps for slow-motion playback. S-Log2, S-Log3, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) support are all available to achieve greater dynamic range and offer more flexibility during post-production. Headphone and microphone jacks are integrated into the body so you can record and monitor audio through the camera, and the a7C features a Multi-Interface Shoe that supports a digital audio interface when used in conjunction with shoe-mounted mics. Also, an HDMI Type-D port can be used in conjunction with an external recorder to gain 4:2:2 8-bit recording up to UHD 4K at 30 fps. Unique Yet Familiar Design The a7C’s design shares its form factor and the layout of many of its controls with Sony’s a6000 line of cameras. Chief among its similarities is the rangefinder-esque positioning of its 2.36m-dot EVF, as well as the general layout of its rear control buttons. Unlike past models, its SD card slot has been moved to the left side of the body alongside USB-C and micro-HDMI ports. And for wireless connectivity, the a7C can connect to your smartphone or computer via high-speed 2.4 or 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. Tethered shooting is also possible via USB for applications that benefit from larger or additional screens. The a7C was designed with today’s generation of content creators in mind. A vari-angle, side-opening 3.0" touchscreen LCD can be flipped out and rotated, making it easy for vloggers to adjust settings and monitor recordings in real time. Further streamlining operation, a top panel record button is easy to access whether you are in front of or behind the camera. The a7C is also compatible with Sony’s Wireless Shooting Grip for even greater control when shooting self-directed content. Complementing the portability of the a7C is its dust- and moisture-resistant design, so you can shoot outside without checking the forecast. A magnesium-alloy chassis further reinforces the build of the camera. Finally, the a7C uses the same NP-FZ100 battery as other recent Sony cameras, lasting up to 740 images or 225 minutes of recording between charges. A Stepping Stone for Sony Photographers The a7C introduces a fourth category within Sony’s full-frame mirrorless a7-series lineup. Joining the video powerhouse a7S III, high resolution a7R IV, and hybrid a7 III, the a7C becomes the compact camera of choice at this format. In terms of features and size, the a7C fits right between Sony’s a6600 and a7 III mirrorless cameras. On one hand, it serves as a step up for APS-C sensor photographers itching to take full advantage of Sony’s FE lenses. On the other hand, it serves as a step down in size for photographers who need an ultra-compact body without sacrificing sensor size.   a7C a7 III a6600 SENSOR 24MP Full-Frame BSI 24MP Full-Frame BSI 24MP APS-C PROCESSOR BIONZ X BIONZ X BIONZ X VIDEO RESOLUTION UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal RECORDING LIMIT None Up to 29 min. None SENSITIVITY ISO 100-51200 (Extended: ISO 50-204800) ISO 100-51200 (Extended: ISO 50-204800) ISO 100-32000 (Extended: ISO 100-102400) AUTOFOCUS 693-Point Fast Hybrid AF Upgraded Real-Time Tracking 693-Point Fast Hybrid AF 425-Point Fast Hybrid AF STABILIZATION 5-Axis In-Body 5-Axis In-Body 5-Axis In-Body VIEWFINDER 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.39"-Type EVF 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.5"-Type EVF 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.39"-Type EVF SCREEN 3.0" Vari-Angle Touchscreen 3.0" Tilting Touchscreen 3.0" 180° Tilting Touchscreen MEDIA 1 x SD (UHS-II) 1 x SD (UHS-II) 1 x SD (UHS-I) 1 x SD (UHS-I) BATTERY NP-FZ100 (740 Images/225 min.) NP-FZ100 (710 Images/210 min.) NP-FZ100 (810 Images/250 min.) DIMENSIONS 4.88 x 2.32 x 2.80" 5.00 x 3.74 x 2.87" 4.72 x 2.32 x 2.64" WEIGHT 1.12 lb 1.44 lb 1.11 lb A Compact Lens for a Compact Camera Accompanying the a7C is Sony’s new FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens, the lightest and most compact FE standard zoom to date, weighing only 5.8 oz. Providing a perfect range for event, portrait, street, and landscape photography, the newest addition to the FE lineup serves as an excellent all-around lens for everyday carry. Its retracting design also increases its portability when not in use. Optically, this new lens incorporates three aspherical elements for superior sharpness and accurate rendering. A linear AF motor provides fast and silent autofocusing, making it well equipped for still and video applications, and a minimum focusing distance range of 11.8-17.7" (depending on focal length) is perfect for capturing selfies and close-ups without strain. Finally, like the a7C, it features a dust- and moisture-resistant design for safe use outdoors. Also, beyond the kit lens, Sony has recently introduced the LA-EA5 A-Mount to E-Mount Adapter, which is its most capable adapter, helping to bring Sony A-mount shooters over to the sleek E-mount mirrorless system. This adapter expands the usable number of lenses for mirrorless users without compromising on features and compatibility. Powerful, Pocketable Flash Finally, Sony has also announced the HVL-F28RM External Flash, an extremely compact and portable light perfect for pairing with the a7C. The new flash incorporates wireless radio control so you can work with it atop your camera or incorporate it into your existing Sony flash system to add an extra splash of light wherever you may need it. This flash has a guide number of about 92' and, going along with the common theme of today’s announcement, a more compact form factor than Sony’s HVL-F32M and HVL-F45M flashes. The Bottom Line If you have been thinking about stepping up to a full-frame camera but are concerned about bulky bodies and heavy lenses, the a7C may be just the camera you’ve been waiting for. If you already shoot full frame but have yet to find a camera body small enough for everyday carry, the a7C could fill this gap in your collection. Finally, if weight and size are limiting factors and your practice requires image stabilization, the a7C cannot be matched. How would you use Sony’s latest mirrorless camera? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 09/08/20
Wow! What a crazy year we have all had. Between dealing with this pandemic, the uncertainty within the economy, and the lack of travel over the last few months, I think it is safe to say that none of us predicted we would be here at the start of the year. I know I didn’t…. Way back in February, my good buddy, Stan Moniz, and I reached out to B&H with an idea to film a video project for photographers up above the Arctic Circle, in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. The goal was to put together a video mini-series that covered nearly every facet of a photo adventure. We covered everything from the gear we brought with us, to how to research and plan for your own adventure, to in-field tips and tricks and much more. We walked you through how to capture everything from waterfalls to seascapes and even covered both the in-field and post-processing side of creating time-lapse videos of the Northern Lights. But after we all collectively experienced the last six months together, I suppose you can see where this is going. Right as we finished this project, the world began to shut down, and to be 100% honest, it just didn’t feel like the right time to release the series, so we put it on hold, until now. So, while International travel is still currently on hold, at least for U.S. citizens, there are many beautiful local destinations worth exploring and capturing that you can safely experience today. While this series was shot in Norway in winter, it was always geared to give you the knowledge, tools and inspiration to start planning for your own photo adventures, wherever they might be. Photographer Colby Brown carefully composing his next photograph To give you a little taste of what to expect in this video series, let’s spend a few minutes helping you plan your next adventure. While most people don’t want to admit it, one of the most important aspects of any photo adventure is often found in the planning and research stage. This is important not just because you need to know the kind of weather you will be experiencing, but also the kind of images you want to capture. While Instagram has become a bit of a love/hate relationship for many photographers these days, it can be one of the best real-time location research platforms, as well. For Stan and me, we use it to not only get a feel for what kind of images have been shot at a given location, but also to get real-time updates on what a location looks like, often on the same day we are searching on the platform. By using the search feature and selecting the “Recent” tab, you can now tell if fall colors are about to pop at a specific location before you venture out or whether a certain trailhead you want to explore is still open. Because so many people use Instagram, it can be a cash cow of information for photographers to help you make those important last-second decisions. Using Instagram can give you a preview of the location you intend to go photograph. Once I am finally out there in the field, one of my favorite approaches to landscape photography is to avoid being an “anchor.” What does that mean? Too often I see photographers search for the perfect composition at a given location, only to find something they like and then literally sit in that one spot the entire time they are there. While I can appreciate that level of dedication to that one composition, the reality is that those photographers will only come away with a hundred different versions of the exact same shot once the light has faded. Instead, try to be more agile and adaptable. When possible, I want to scout out three or four different unique angles of a scene so that I can jump between them depending on the light I am experiencing. This way I can maximize my time out in the field by coming away with a large number of different photographs and scenes from a single shooting session. Colby Brown and Stan Moniz checking in from the Arctic Circle To learn more about our adventure above the Article Circle and how to plan for your own adventures, be sure to check out our mini-series, which you can find below or on the B&H YouTube Channel today! How to Plan a Photography Adventure Photographers Colby Brown and Stan Moniz show you their tips for planning an adventure photography trip, such as their favorite apps, location scouting, camera gear, and travel essentials. Landscape Photography Tips for Better Photos Photographer Colby Brown shows you his landscape photography tips while on location in Norway. How to Shoot and Edit a Time-Lapse Video | Northern Lights Photographer Stan Moniz shows you the camera gear, camera settings, and editing tips necessary for time-lapse video. You can also read about his technique in How to Create a Time-Lapse of the Northern Lights.  Adventure Photography with Colby Brown and Stan Moniz | Recap That’s it for this series! Here’s a quick recap of all the fun.
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Posted 09/05/20
Professional photographer Jeff Cable takes you through his many wildlife photography adventures in Costa Rica. He shares his photography tips, camera accessories, and more. Similar photography talks Wildlife Photography: Dispelling Myths of Dangerous Animals Underwater Photography: A Beginner’s Guide Behind the Scenes with Wildlife Photographer Roie Galitz
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Posted 09/04/20
Go behind the scenes with Maria as she photographs a surprise proposal! She’ll show you her camera gear and settings, as well as other tips for capturing the moment. Have you ever photographed an engagement before? More wedding photography tutorials: How to Photograph Rings Portrait Photography at Home Wedding Photography Tips: Behind the Scenes with Pye Jirsa 5 Quick Tips To Create Lightroom Presets with Jide Alakja
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Posted 09/02/20
Open wide! FUJIFILM has finally released its fastest lens to date, the XF 50mm f/1 R WR. Perfect for achieving crisp subject–background separation and well equipped to conquer low-light environments, this 76mm-equivalent lens is ideal for portrait, event, and street photographers. The optical construction of the 50mm f/1 consists of 12 elements arranged in nine groups. This includes one aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, which work together to reduce various distortions and aberrations, producing sharp and accurate images. A Super EBC coating is also featured, to reduce ghosting and flare, as well as to improve contrast when working in challenging lighting environments. Bokeh enthusiasts will appreciate this fast prime’s rounded nine-bladed aperture when shooting wide open. Also, a minimum focusing distance of 2.3 feet ensures you can get close enough for tight portraits. A weather-resistant housing protects against inclement weather, too, so you can work outdoors without fear. Finally, the 50mm f/1 is 1.9 lb so it won’t weigh you down too much. A lens hood is included, and this lens takes 77mm filters. How would you take advantage of FUJIFILM’s fastest lens? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 08/25/20
Go behind the scenes on Bobby and Dave’s photo shoot in which they photograph Dave’s dog. They share their pet photography tips, such as recommended camera gear, camera settings, and how to get the best out of your pet! Got that perfect pose and ready to expand your horizons? Check out these additional photography tutorials: Flower Photography Tips for Beginners Food Landscape Photography
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Posted 08/21/20
Have you ever wondered how to photograph the stars? Maria gives you her astrophotography tips, such as recommended camera gear, night photography settings, and Adobe Lightroom tips. Once you've gotten the hang of photographing stars, check out these other  night photography videos: How to Photograph the Moon How to Photograph Star Trails Camera Settings for Night Photography The Best Camera for Night Photography Getting Started with Night Photography
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Posted 08/14/20
In this Photoshop tutorial for beginners, we show you how to use various tools to select and mask a particular subject. Stick around until the end, in which we demonstrate how to remove a background and how to cut out hair! More Adobe Photoshop tutorials: How to Add Light Effects in Photoshop Focus Stacking for Product Photography Creating Multiple Exposures in Post Let us know what other Photoshop basics you'd like to see us cover.
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