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Posted 06/15/21
Once your photoshoot is done, it’s time to choose your images and prep them for retouching! Headshot photographer Peter Hurley goes through his post shoot workflow, step by step. What are your takeaways from this video? How will you be incorporating elements of Peter’s process into your own? Engage with us in the Comments, below. Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the rest of the episodes in this series: Part 1: Natural & Continuous Lighting for Headshots Part 2: Speedlights & Strobes for Headshots Part 3: Directing & Posing for Headshots Part 4: Camera Gear & Settings for Headshots
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Posted 06/08/21
Olympus has announced a new wide-angle zoom lens ideally suited for landscape, cityscape, and travel photography, as well as video applications. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4.0 PRO lens is a compact, weather-sealed gem enabling high-resolution capture with edge-to-edge sharpness, even at its maximum aperture. This Micro Four Thirds mount lens provides the 35mm focal length equivalent of 16-50mm, which is a truly versatile set of wide-angle focal lengths. The fixed f/4 maximum aperture enables consistent exposure throughout the zoom range and sufficient light gathering for working in dim conditions. Its minimum aperture is f/22 and its minimum focus distance is 9.1" (.23m) at all focal lengths. The aperture consists of seven rounded blades. M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4.0 PRO lens This is a premium Olympus lens, constructed of 16 elements in 10 groups, including one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, two Aspherical ED lenses, and one Super ED lens. Its high-speed imager autofocus system is designated MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) for quick and quiet performance, and it utilizes a VCM image-stabilization mechanism. As mentioned, the lens touts a compact form factor, and is weatherproof and dustproof with fluorine lens coating. It weighs just 14.5 oz (411g) and is 3.5" (88.5mm) long. The filter size diameter is 72mm and the lens is supplied with the LH-76E Lens Hood. We would love to know your thoughts on this new Olympus lens and get a sense of what subject matter you would photograph with these focal lengths. Please let us know in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 02/17/21
Expanding its L-mount portfolio, Panasonic has just announced the Lumix S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Macro O.I.S. lens, a flexible telephoto zoom with unique close-focusing capabilities. Fitting into the full-frame L-mount lens lineup as a lighter-weight, longer-reaching telephoto zoom than the 70-200mm options, this lens adds on to these benefits with the inclusion of a 1:2 macro designation and apt image stabilization to promote sharper handheld shooting. Considering its portrait-length to super-tele zoom range, this lens is perfect for portraiture, sports, and even wildlife shooting applications. Its quick-focusing Linear AF motor pairs with Panasonic’s DFD technology for responsive subject tracking, and the lens’s physical design, with a built-in focus mode switch and focus range limiter, offers intuitive handling in quick-paced scenarios. Also, benefiting video creators, this lens has well-controlled focus breathing for consistent rendering throughout the zoom and focusing ranges. In addition, one of the spotlight features of this tele zoom is the impressive 1:2 maximum magnification ratio, at the 300mm focal length and 2.4' focusing distance, for half life-size shooting. Optically, this lens features two ED elements, one ultra ED element, and one ultra-high-refractive index element, which all help to suppress various aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range to achieve high sharpness and clarity, along with accurate color fidelity. An 11-blade diaphragm is featured, too, and yields soft bokeh, along with distinct 22-point starbursts when stopped down. Contributing to intuitive handling, this Panasonic 70-300mm also includes a 5.5-stop effective image stabilization system, which works in conjunction with Dual I.S. 2 on select Panasonic cameras, for robust shake correction to enable sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, this lens is dust, splash, and freeze resistant to suit working in harsh weather conditions. What are your thoughts on Panasonic’s new L-mount telephoto zoom? What lenses do you think are still needed for the L-Mount Alliance? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section, below. Previous Pause Next
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Posted 11/12/20
Doug Guerra tries the Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Lens using the Sony a7R IV. This Tamron lens offers a good balance of size, reach, and image quality for your full-frame, mirrorless Sony camera.  Previous Pause Next Click here to learn more about the Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Lens at B&H Explora.
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Posted 08/03/20
Olympus has announced its latest OM-D series mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, which becomes the fourth iteration of this compact Micro Four Thirds camera since the series debuted in 2014. The E-M10 is the sleekest camera in the OM-D lineup and this latest Mark IV is not only lighter than its predecessor, it has improved features, including an upgraded 20MP sensor. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Designed for travelers, enthusiasts, and those who appreciate great image quality from a truly compact interchangeable lens camera, the E-M10 Mark IV features a 20MP Live MOS sensor, which is a resolution boost over the Mark III’s 16MP sensor.  Other welcomed upgrades include a selfie-friendly 180° tilt-down touchscreen LCD, compared to 45° on the Mark III, and the availability of direct USB charging. Continuous shooting with the camera’s mechanical shutter is a bit faster, as well, reaching 8.7 fps, and its in-body 5-axis image stabilization compensates for approximately 4.5 stops of camera shake to improve image quality in low light. There is also UHD 4K video recording, up to 30 fps, along with Full HD 60 fps recording and high-speed HD video at 120 fps. Wireless connectivity was limited to Wi-Fi in previous models but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are now included for “always-on” connection and background connection via Bluetooth and the OI Share Smartphone app. Also, an Instant Film filter was added to the array of fun and useful in-camera Art Filters. Already known for its palm-size retro good looks and easy handling, this version of the E-M10 managed to shave off a bit of weight, and with its kit-mate attached (the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ), it weighs right around 1.25 lb. It really is an ideal camera with which to “leave the phone in your pocket” and jump into interchangeable-lens photography. Having used several E-M10 models over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate this series, not simply because of its handling and attractive, compact body, which includes a deep grip enabling easy one-handed shooting and more stability when using a long lens. I like its Digital ESP metering system, the range of focus features, such as Eye Priority and Face Priority, and the Silent Modes available in SCN, AP, P, A, S, M, and ART modes. AP Mode also includes a new Sweep Panorama function. Its 121-point Contrast Detection autofocus provides Super Spot AF when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached. Manual focus assist functions such as magnification and focus peaking are very helpful, and the 1.04m-dot rear touch control monitor enables touch AF, in addition to shutter release, Wi-Fi connection, and other settings control. Also, catering to social interests, the flip-down 3.0" monitor works in tandem with the camera’s dedicated selfie mode, which turns on automatically when the monitor is flipped down. The rear button layout is also adjusted for simple operation when in selfie mode. 4K and Full HD video are supported, and a multi-mode built-in flash, as well as a hot shoe for external flash, are available. M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens                                                         Olympus has also announced a new telephoto zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS, which is an ideal match for the new E-M10 Mark IV, given that it is also quite compact for a lens with such long reach. Its 200-800mm equivalent focal length is well suited to bird, wildlife, sports, and other genres of image making that require distance from your subject. When paired with the MC-20 M.Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter, its equivalent effective focal length reach goes up to 1600mm! Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens At just 8.1" long and 2.5 lb, its handsome barrel is also dust- and splash-proof, affording a measure of security when working in rain or sub-optimal conditions. In-lens image stabilization adds to the ability to capture sharp images in low light and, when working at extreme telephoto lengths, a focus-limiter switch aids in fast autofocus control. Minimum focus distance is a very respectable 4.3' with 0.57x magnification. The lens has 21 elements in 15 groups, including a series of high refractive index elements and extra-low dispersion glass, and a Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical Coating to minimize unwanted reflections and provide high-resolution telephoto imaging. While this lens is compatible with all of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, it is a fine partner for the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV mirrorless camera, which is an ideal camera for those looking to step up from their smartphone, improve their photography skills, or just have a palm-size, fully automatic and manual camera as an everyday carry. Please let us know your experiences with the Olympus E-M10 series and ask any questions you may have in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/27/20
Positioned as  the go-to kit lens for L-mount shooters, Panasonic’s new Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom adds a fresh dimension to its full-frame mirrorless system. This compact yet highly versatile lens offers a unique range, from an ultra-wide 20mm to a normal 60mm focal length when fully extended. Measuring only 3.4" long and weighing just over a mere 12 oz, this sleek optic affords all-day portability while supporting versatile shooting opportunities, from landscapes to snapshots. When zoomed to 20mm, the expansive field of view provides maximum coverage for small interior spaces and other tight spots and, at 60mm, the slightly long-normal field of view is great for isolating subjects and homing in on details. On the inside, this 20-60mm boasts 11-element, 9-group construction, which includes two aspherical elements, three extra-low dispersion elements, and one ultra high refractive index element to minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations and achieve superior MTF performance across the entire frame and zoom range. Macro photographers will benefit from a high maximum magnification of 0.43x and a 5.9" minimum focusing distance, and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm contributes to satisfying bokeh quality. Videographers and macro photographers alike will also appreciate the minimal focus breathing exhibited when shifting between focal lengths. Previous Pause Next Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens- Sample Images When put to work, the lens’s high-speed stepping motor offers near-silent autofocus operation and excellent focus tracking, making this a great choice for videography and vlogging. A rugged dust/splash-resistant exterior design protects the lens against dusty and rainy conditions, as well as cold temperatures down to 14°F. A fluorine coating also protects the front element against water and oil smudges. What do you think of Panasonic's new zoom? Are you excited about its 20mm ultra-wide reach? Let us know your opinion in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/14/20
Whether you’re looking for an opportunity in commercial photography or seeking out creative photography ideas, this tutorial is for you! We teach you how to create paint cloud photos, from photo shoot to Photoshop. Also check out these other  At-Home videos  for more ways to help you stay creative at home.
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Posted 08/27/19
Canon just announced an exciting new trinity of f/2.8 RF lenses for the EOS R system: a 15-35mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. We asked Brooklyn-based wedding photographer Susan Stripling to help us test these new lenses, and she had a lot to say about the performance of this trinity. What do you think? Will you be adding any (or all) of these to your EOS R kit? Along with the new lenses, Canon has also released a firmware update for EOS R and EOS RP cameras that improves general autofocus and Eye AF performance. ​ For more on these lenses, check out this article
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Posted 02/26/19
Once again, photographer and educator Tim Grey is here to teach you how to take full advantage of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s massive tool set. Today, Grey is focusing on presets, explaining why you should use them and how to start creating your own. For more Lightroom tutorials and tons of other educational videos, make sure you drop by BandH.com.
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Posted 12/28/18
In this video, photographer David Flores shares five tips for taking sharper photos. From bumping up your shutter speed to tightening up your photos with Photoshop effects, these techniques will help you achieve those sharp images you’ve been seeking. Come back and view more of our videos, at BandH.com.
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