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Posted 06/20/19
In this B&H interview, wedding/portrait photographer Sam Hurd offers five simple tips to help you add a creative element to location portraits in any environment. When shooting with a prime lens and shallow depth of field, mask distracting elements from a scene by holding the side of a basic cell phone in front of your lens, creating a reflection on demand. A six-inch triangular glass prism can be used in the same way to enhance a portrait with dual reflections, or even flares and distortions if you pivot the prism and shoot at an angle. Pick up an unmounted double convex lens to create imperfect reflections and explosions of bokeh in scenes with small bright light sources, especially at night. An old anamorphic lens takes on new life when held in front of your prime, to distort an image in a fun house mirror effect. Undistort the perspective in post using Lightroom or Photoshop, to achieve a cinematic perspective with shallow depth of field. And, in sunset conditions or a harsh light situation, hold a 1 x 1" copper or metal pipe in front of your lens to enable controllable dramatic flare, which Hurd calls a ring of fire.
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Posted 05/03/19
Apodization (APD) lenses go by many names, Smooth Trans Focus (STF), for example, but the technology is all in the name of good bokeh. Photographer David Flores tests some of the most popular options available today, while providing a great description for exactly how these optics function. Check out the whole video to see these lenses in action and be sure to read about it on B&H Explora to learn more. Product Highlights: Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens Available for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony A, Sony E, and Pentax K Aperture Range: f/2 (T3.2) to f/22 One Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh Three Low Dispersion Elements One Extra Refractive Index Element Manual Focus and Manual Aperture Ring Dual Diaphragms: 8- and 14-Blades Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens Designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 20 | T5.6 to 22 Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh One Aspherical Element & One ED Element Nano AR Coating Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch Macro Switching Ring; Focus Hold Button Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm FUJIFILM XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens Premium lens for FUJIFILM X-mount mirrorless cameras X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format 85mm (35mm Equivalent) Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16 Apodization Filter for Smooth Bokeh One Double-Sided Aspherical Element Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements Super EBC Coating Internal Focusing Mechanism Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm For more educational videos on photography and all things imaging, be sure to stop by BandH.com.
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Posted 06/20/17
Landscape photography is always about the light. During his lecture for B&H’s 2017 Optic conference, Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak offers this statement as the number one tenet for capturing magical landscapes. And, as you’ll see from his photos, the hour before and after sunrise and sunset are key. Light changes all the time, and ideal conditions don’t last long. By the time you see it, the opportunity to capture the moment is over. Join Kurywczak on this inspirational journey, showcasing images from some of the most beautiful places on earth—from the coast of Iceland to the deserts of the American Southwest. Along the way, he discusses tips, settings, and techniques, as well as the gear you’ll need to be able to capture stunning images of your own.
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Posted 05/16/16
In the following video, Allan Weitz, of B&H, presents a brief introduction to macro lenses, and talks about some of the determining characteristics of macro lenses that make them unique from other lens designs. The video begins with facts about the magnifications macro lenses are able to produce, as well as how these magnifications render subjects in regard to the size of your camera’s image sensor. From here, Weitz talks about choosing different focal length lenses, and the benefits of shooting with wide focal lengths and telephoto focal lengths. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. #MacroPhotoWeek Share your best Macro Photographs with us on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MacroPhotoWeek for a chance to win a new macro lens and other prizes. Sweepstakes rules and regulations can be viewed here.
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Posted 05/10/16
In this video, we get a quick look at Canon’s brand new EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens. It is the first lens of its kind, with a built-in LED ring light, specially designed to tackle the lighting challenges of macro photography, all in the world.
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Posted 03/09/15
In the following video, Allan Weitz presents a handful of unique options for macro photography that deviate from the common and traditional macro lens. Beginning with the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens, Weitz delivers an overview of this high-magnification optic that permits focusing on subjects from 1:1 to 5:1 reproduction ratios. Second up is a profile of the Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm and Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm tilt-shift lenses, which are unique in that they offer perspective control as well as a 1:2 magnification ratio. Following these dedicated options, the video goes on to survey extension bellows, extension tubes, close-up filters, and reversing rings as other viable options for macro shooting. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 02/24/15
In the following video, B&H photo wiz Allan Weitz introduces the Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-3 Digital Camera and the LG-1 LED Macro Ring Light attachment. This video presents the rugged features of the 16-megapixel camera, as well as the idea that it’s an excellent microscope control feature, offering a minimum focus distance of just 0.4" and a 44.5x magnification. Weitz explains the benefit of the LG-1 Macro Ring Light attachment and how it can channel the flash from the camera’s LED illuminator for soft, even lighting, well suited to extreme macro photography. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 03/04/14
In the following video, Larry Becker, of Kelby Media, presents an overview of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens and covers its features, design, and its distinction of being the first constant f/1.8 zoom. Learn about this lens's overall performance, including its specifications, ability to produce notably shallow depth of field, auto-focus attributes, as well as build quality and operational characteristics. Becker also talks about Sigma's position in general and their push to develop the Global Vision series with specifically categorized lens lines, user-customization options, and greater attention to detail. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com.
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Posted 01/09/11
The Bokeh Masters Kit is a unique special effects kit that works to introduce custom details into the soft focus background of your photographs.
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