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Posted 11/26/21
Landscape photographer and Sony Alpha Collective member Michael Hollender discusses how to plan a National Park photoshoot adventure, including how to find photography locations, how to research your trip, and more! What are your tips for finding new landscape photography locations? Suggest some in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 10/19/21
Matt Zefi shares his 10 fall landscape photography tips. As we head into autumn, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage! From photographing autumn leaves to waterfalls, from camera gear to settings, consider this your fall photography guide. Do you have any tips of your own for photographing the changing leaves and colors of autumn? Share them if you feel so moved, in the Comments section!
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Posted 09/17/21
Want to capture a foggy forest, a soft sunset, or dreamy landscapes in general? Nature photographer Sapna Reddy teaches you how, sharing post processing techniques, such as perspective blend, the Orton Effect, and more. Are dreamy landscapes your specialty? Tell us about your own techniques in the Comments section, below. Click here to see our other articles on Landscape Photography.
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Posted 07/02/21
Landscape photographer and Sony Artisan Chris Burkard shares his nature photography tips. He discusses topics such as camera gear, composition, camera settings, and photographing textures. Burkard will be speaking at OPTIC 2021; be sure to stop by for his talk and to check out other exciting presentations. Share some of your own tips with us for photographing nature, in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/11/21
What is the best tripod for extreme weather conditions? Should you use a wide-angle or telephoto lens for your landscape photos? How do you capture a volcano erupting? Photographer Mike Mezeul II helps you prepare for your next photography adventure. Share your own tips for adventure photography in the Comments section, below.
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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 04/20/21
Sony has just announced the fourteenth lens to join its coveted G Master lineup: the ultra-compact, ultra-fast, and ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens. Ideal for capturing landscape, architecture, and astronomical subjects, as well as creative portraits and close-ups, this low-distortion prime delivers the optical quality that has come to characterize Sony’s top tier of lenses while remaining impressively compact and lightweight. The new lens is Sony’s widest G Master prime to date. Combine its expansive reach with a fast f/1.8 aperture and you have a lens that is perfect for low-light capture—and especially well-suited for wide-field astrophotography. In total, it consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, with special design consideration paid to combatting the types of distortion that can plague ultra-wide-angle lenses. First, there are two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical element to minimize aberration and sagittal coma flare, ensuring accurate image capture. Super ED and ED glass are used to suppress chromatic aberration, and Nano AR Coating II takes care of ghosting and flare. Resulting images exhibit very little distortion and maintain corner-to-corner sharpness, reducing time spent in post. Although most will choose this lens for capturing distant subjects, it can focus as close as 9.8" for creative close-up applications. Two XD linear motors ensure quick and quiet focusing for stills and video. G Master veterans will be surprised by how small and light this lens is. Its design becomes even more impressive when compared to Sigma’s 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens, which weighs a whopping 2.6 lb, more than double that of Sony’s lens, which comes in at just a hair over 1 lb. Similarly, its 3.3 x 3.9" dimensions make this a lens that is equally easy to carry on-camera or in a bag. Such a compact and lightweight design makes this lens easily adaptable for gimbal or tripod usage for achieving steady footage. Many of the tactile controls of past G Master lenses are also incorporated into this one, including a customizable focus hold button, a de-click switch for the aperture, and a manual/autofocus switch. A built-in lens hood serves the dual purpose of blocking flare and protecting the bulbous front of the lens from accidental damage. A protective lens cap that goes over the hood is included for when the lens is not in use. Since the shape of the lens is not suited to front filters, a rear filter holder is included and a template provided for cutting custom filters. Like previous G Master lenses, the 14mm f/1.8 is dust and moisture resistant, which makes sense because this is a lens that begs to be taken outdoors. Although you cannot rely on a front filter for protection, a fluorine coating has been applied to repel dust, dirt, and liquids from its surface. Are you excited about Sony’s latest G Master lens? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 05/20/20
Lizzy Gadd talks about her blend of portrait and landscape photography, her photography tips, her go-to camera gear, and her experience with online teaching. Share some of your takeaways from this conversation in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 10/25/18
B&H is more than just a retailer—we’re a community of creative professionals, including award-winning photographers and musicians, accomplished digital artists and cinematographers, and other skilled creators from diverse artistic backgrounds. Check out For the Love of the Craft, a series of short documentaries that highlight some of our talented employees. Landscape and wildlife photographer Morris Hersko’s portfolio is a treasure trove of breathtaking photos from around the globe. When he’s not traveling the world, Hersko works on the Web Space Marketing team. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. To read more about B&H employees who are involved in creative endeavors, just click over to our Love of the Craft page.
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