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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 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 01/24/20
In this Tamron lens review, Jake Estes takes you on an outdoor photo shoot, in Poughkeepsie, New York. This lightweight lens works well for any travel photographer, whether they take landscape photos or nature photos. If you've been looking for reasons to buy the Tamron 35mm-150mm f/2.8-4 lens, look no further! Learn more at B&H Explora  
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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 09/03/18
Nature is a beautiful subject matter to photograph, but those stunning images in which you see, do not always come easy. It takes patience, persistence, and a passion to do whatever it takes to wait for the opportune moment in which nature then presents a beautiful scene. Then with a little bit of luck as well, an incredible image can be created. Come join and listen in as nature photographer Mike Mezeul II shares the stories behind some of his favorite and most challenging images. He talks about the conditions in which he encountered, the pre-vision of the images, and the execution of the image, including the technical aspects. He also shares imagery from some of his wildest outings, including tornadoes, volcanoes and northern lights.
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Posted 12/25/11
Moose Peterson provides ideas and techniques on capturing landscapes in the Event Space.
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