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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 06/26/21
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 06/11/21
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 12/26/20
Night photography has become increasingly popular and accessible in recent years, and the experience of photographing the landscape under a starry night sky is incomparably rewarding. In this seminar, Lance Keimig of National Parks at Night shares his techniques for light painting, light writing, and low light landscape photography. Are you a fan of night photography? Share your experiences with us in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 08/21/20
Have you ever wondered how to photograph the stars? Maria gives you her astrophotography tips, such as recommended camera gear, night photography settings, and Adobe Lightroom tips. Once you've gotten the hang of photographing stars, check out these other  night photography videos: How to Photograph the Moon How to Photograph Star Trails Camera Settings for Night Photography The Best Camera for Night Photography Getting Started with Night Photography
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Posted 07/24/20
Summer is the perfect time to start practicing your sunset photography! Maria shows you what camera gear and settings to use, how to plan a sunset photo shoot, and how to compose sunset photos. A golden hour photo shoot can yield amazing results, not only in landscape photography, but portrait photography as well.
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Posted 11/06/18
In this B&H instructional video, photographer David Flores shares six practical tips for making better fall photos. From identifying the perfect picture setting, awash with warm colors and gentle autumn light, to capitalizing on the vistas around you by shooting with a wide-angle lens and stopping down for a larger depth of field, let these pointers be your guide. You’ll also benefit from tips on packing the right gear, and how accessories such as a sturdy tripod and different types of filters can help you capture the subtle nuances of this most photogenic time of year. 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 04/23/18
With an “exploration is a state of mind” philosophy, landscape photographer Erin Babnik shares her own stories about self-discovery—and growth as a professional—through the exploration of a variety of geographic locations. She emphasizes that although you can plan a shoot based on location and/or aesthetics, sometimes your best shots result from stumbling into the “wrong” area, which can often yield unexpectedly wonderful visual results.
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