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Posted 06/26/21
Join Autumn Schrock as she shares her astrophotography tips, including camera settings, camera gear, tools for planning your photo shoot, and photo editing. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have the knowledge to make your astro images stand out! What do you want to photograph in the night sky? Do you have any tips of your own to share? Engage with us in the Comments section, below. Sponsored by Sony
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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 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 01/27/20
Hiking through the snow, nature photographer Martin Bailey shows you Hokkaido's beauty through minimalist black-and-white photography. He offers a look inside his Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure Tour, which is sure to inspire you to travel! If you had to choose anywhere for your adventure photography, Hokkaido, Japan should be on your list. More Adventure Week
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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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Posted 08/01/14
Join landscape photographer and Canson Infinity ambassador Robert Rodriguez Jr as he shares advanced workflows in the Lightroom 5 Develop module.  Developing images creatively  in Lightroom is more than just optimizing tonalities and color, it entails careful interpretation of the raw file to convey the essence of the image  effectively. Selective detail, subtle use of color, and local adjustments are some of the things Rodriguez demonstrates using the tools in the Develop module. He also explains why these adjustments are important and how they can contribute to better images. This is not about pre-sets, but rather being open to your personal creative vision.
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