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Posted 07/04/17
Social media has democratized the world of photography. Platforms such as Instagram now allow all photographers an equal opportunity to share pictures with a global audience. In their presentation for B&H’s 2017 Optic conference, Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey, of Our Wild Abandon, discuss the positive and the negative aspects of sharing their work via Instagram with the more than 100,000 followers on their social profile. From the whys of using social media to the possible ways in which to monetize your social media presence to the all-important pitfalls to avoid, Mann & Trethewey offer valuable insights and tips for building a following, engaging with your community, and planning for a sustainable future on a platform that is constantly evolving.
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Posted 06/21/17
Documentary photography is an exercise in the art of observation: paying attention to the spontaneous theater of the streets and capturing moments that tell stories. In this presentation from B&H’s 2017 Optic Conference, Steve Simon shares the wisdom he has gleaned from a lifetime of wandering the streets and urban spaces with his camera. Using examples from his own career, as well as the work of other photographers, Simon elaborates on his shooting philosophy, while discussing gear choices and shooting techniques to help you raise your game. Featured among the advice he shares are ways to improve your response time, tips for approaching strangers to make street portraits, as well as options for maximizing image sharpness and nailing the shot. As Simon points out, a photographic style is not something you create, it’s something that’s revealed in the volume of pictures you make over time. During this lecture, he offers you the encouragement to try new things by getting out of your comfort zone, inspiring you to capture lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy around you.
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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.
1757 Views
Posted 06/12/17
Join Mike as the talks about how his "Birds Of Stony Brook" personal project came to light and has grown into one of his favorite genres of photography. He'll talk about camera and lens selection and camera settings.
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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 04/12/16
In this B&H video, Alexa Mehraban (@EatingNYC) takes us around New York City and shows us some Instagram photography tips for foodies! Follow Mehraban as she shows us some delicious tacos, shakes, dumplings, and more. “Don’t be afraid to play with your food to take a better picture,” says Mehraban —advice only our mothers would disagree with! 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 11/23/15
In the following video, Allan Weitz takes a quick look at the  Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit, and how it can be used to achieve unique effects with your iPhone or Android smartphone. The video begins with a run-down of the kit components, including the LM-20 Sweet Spot Lens, the LM-30 Reflective Circle Lens, and the kickstand and lens mount adapter accessories. The video also highlights the dedicated Sweet Spot app, which can be used in conjunction with these lenses for further creative control. 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 03/09/15
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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