November 30, 2020

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Easy Eye-Catching Macro Photo Ideas You Can Make At Home
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Photographers might be struggling with coming up with interesting photography ideas when cooped up at home to stay safe from COVID-19 or because the weather is bad. In this 7.5-minute video, Photographer Spencer Cox shows that great photos can still be made despite these challenges. Cox came up with five macro ideas that you can try at home that do not require any special equipment and use common household items. He says that in order to try any of these shots, all you’ll need is a tripod, an off-camera flash, and a backdrop – a shirt can work for the latter if you don’t have a dedicated backdrop. “One of the biggest strengths of macro and close-up photography is that you can do it anywhere, including in your home, and get amazing results,” Spencer says. “Even kit lenses tend to have pretty decent maximum magnifications around 1:4 or so, which is enough to take great pictures of most of these subjects.”
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The First Prime Lenses To Buy For Your New Mirrorless Camera
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Did you just pick up a new camera during the Black Friday sales? If so, congrats on the new addition to your family. If your new camera came with a kit lens or two, they’ll be fine for a little while. However, if you really want to get the most out of your Mirrorless camera, we suggest stepping up to prime lenses. Prime lenses are sharper, focus faster, and have fast apertures, which means you can create gorgeous bokeh. You’ll notice the difference in quality compared to kit lenses instantly. After the break, we’ll show you which prime lenses you should buy first for various platforms. Not only will you notice a huge bump in image quality with prime lenses, but you’ll also find that they’ll make you a better photographer too. Not being able to rely on a zoom lens will force you to think differently. So, prime lenses will open many doors to new photographers or for photographers who are just new to primes. The prime lenses listed below are affordable. They’ll produce incredibly sharp images. You’ll be wowed at the colors they render and just how fast they’ll obtain focus. If you want to get the most out of your Mirrorless camera, consider buying these prime lenses.
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Meyer Optik Görlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II: Rebirth of a ‘Legendary Lens’
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Under its new owner OPC Optics, the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand today announced the rebirth of another “legendary lens”, the Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II. Following launches of lenses in the Trioplan and Lydith lines, this new lens marks the start of the new Primoplan series. Vintage pre-owned Primoplan 75 lenses can be found on eBay for thousands of dollars.“Primoplan 75 has always been one of the most sought-after and at the same time rarest lenses from Meyer Optik Görlitz”, says OPC Optics Managing Director Timo Heinze. “After it was discontinued in the middle/end of the 1950s, probably for political reasons and/or in favor of a market companion from Jena, Primoplan lenses that can be found today are traded at horrendous prices.
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Full Moon Photo Looks Like Mysterious Giant Eye Through Rock Arch in Utah
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Phoenix, Arizona nature photographer Zach Cooley recently captured a stunning photo of the full moon passing through North Windows Arch in Arches National Park in Utah that resembles a giant eye. Cooley planned an entire vacation mostly around the fact that the moonrise would align with this arch, and that he could get something resembling a spooky eye on the week of Halloween on October 28th, 2020.“I planned this shot using multiple apps: PlanIt!,  The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE), and PhotoPills,” Cooley tells PetaPixel. “They all allow for figuring out the position of the moon, but each one has different advantages, and I also like to cross-reference for shots like this.”The photo was shot with a Canon EOS R with Tamron 150-600 G2 at 428mm.
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Photokina on Indefinite Hiatus As 2020 and Years of Flagging Camera Sales Put the Expo’s Future Into Question
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Some pretty sad news hit the photography world last week and that was the announcement that the long-running photography industry convention Photokina is “discontinued indefinitely.”Reading between the lines, many are interpreting this as the end of Photokina though that might not necessarily be the case.Plus, it isn’t like Photokina has had the easiest past couple of years. Photokina 2020 was already plagued by major names withdrawing from the show before it was finally canceled in March of this year because of the novel coronavirus global pandemic. In other words, the writing was somewhat on the wall for one of the industry's oldest shows. The press release reads in part:“After 70 years, decreases in the imaging market force a hard cut
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Grab These Great Cyber Monday Photography Deals Before The Day Ends!
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Cyber Monday 2020 is the great opportunity for photographers who are looking for unbelievable discounts on both gear and education. If you're in the mood to speed up your photography education, you're at the right place!We decided to give you as many discounts as possible for very diverse ebooks and courses that will help you hack the learning curve when it comes to photography. Are you ready? Our amazing Cyber Monday Deals include:Wherever you are, these Snap Cards™ are your own personal photographic mentor – your boot camp instructor pushing you to new limits!The Snap Cards™ are conveniently organised and color-coded into 9 common problem areas:These Action Cards™ discuss a photographic topic, provide you with suggested considerations, and give you SPECIFIC photo assignments.
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A Great Guide For Everyone: Ian Plant’s Landscape Photography Course
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Do a quick search on Google for landscape photography guides, and you’ll quickly get a few million results thrown back at you. Sure, you could pick one of those courses, and you might learn a thing or two. Still, it’s important to know that not all photography courses are created equal. I recently had the chance to sit through and learn from the $29 Ian Plant’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Course. As a landscape photographer myself, I was interested to see what Ian’s course had to offer over others out there. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Whether you’re a seasoned landscape photographer or a beginner, find out what makes this course so good in our essentials review.
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Yongnuo Patents Unusual Smartphone and Camera System Combo
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Yongnuo has already released a mirrorless camera system designed to be used in tandem with a smartphone, but the company seems to be interested in iterating on that design further. According to a new patent, the latest design looks more seamless and user-friendly.Yongnuo’s YN43 micro four-thirds sensor with a Canon EF mount was interesting, but the design looked cumbersome. The physical connection point, for example, was a simple clamp and the entire system did not feel like it was meant to stay together outside of the exact moment you wanted to take a photo. Yongnuo seems to have noticed this flaw, as the new patent states that the “existing external lens assembly is mostly mounted on the mobile terminal by clamping,” and that “the external lens assembly is easy to fall off from the mobile terminal, resulting in low practicability of the external lens assembly.”
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Massive Ransomware Attack at Canon in August Impacts Current and Former Employees of the Company, Press Release Details
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You might recall our report on the data breach at Canon back in August.If you missed it, you can read up on it here.Months on, we’re finally getting some confirmation as to what exactly happened as well as the extent of the damage.And it’s pretty extensive. Not only were current employees part of the data theft, but also former employees.From Canon’s press release: “We determined that there was unauthorized activity on our network between July 20, 2020, and August 6, 2020. During that time, there was an unauthorized access to files on our file servers. We completed a careful review of the file servers on November 2, 2020, and determined that there were files that contained information about current and former employees from 2005 to 2020 and their beneficiaries and dependents. The information in the files included the individuals’ names and one or more of the following data elements: Social Security number, driver’s license number or government-issued identification number, the financial account number provided to Canon for direct deposit, electronic signature, and date of birth.”
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Photzy Action Cards at 88% Off for Cyber Monday!
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Practice. It’s key to anything.But meaningful practice where you actually push yourself – that is where you need to be thinking.In photography, it requires you to know the limits of your knowledge and prod beyond them.But with what?It’s easy for somebody to say “practice” but it’s a lot more difficult coming up with the thing to practice when “you don’t know what you don’t know.”Wouldn’t it be easier if you just had some photography exercises on hand to do?That’s where Photzy’s “Action Cards” come in. Each card is a discreet photography exercise that will force you out of your comfort zone. Hence giving you the meaningful practice that you need to improve. There are 65 printable project sheets, with over 200 photography assignments to expand your shooting skills!
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The Problem with the Utah Monolith
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Just the other day, a tall metal “monolith” was discovered in the Utah desert. From what I have learned, this tower of shiny metal was placed in a very out-of-the-way location sometime in 2016 (based on its sudden appearance in Google Earth images in that time frame.) In the ensuing week, this object has created quite a public stir and generated even more theories about its origin. The first speculation is about its obvious similarity with the monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other than this object being stainless steel, triangular, and a completely different size color and texture, yeah, it’s exactly the same. As an allusion or an homage, you can make an argument, but as a copy of the famous sentinel, no.
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Sold Out: Interest Has Outpaced Stock of the Olympus 150-400mm f/4.5 Pro
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Earlier this month, Olympus announced its latest Pro lens: the 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro. With its high price and wavering public sentiment around Olympus’ future, it was easy to question if the lens would be popular. However, Olympus looks to have oversold its initial production run.In a notice published to Olympus’ website in Japan, the company has stated that it does not currently have enough stock of the lens to meet demand in time for the January 22, 20201 release date. “Most of the reservations for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO scheduled to be released on January 22, 2021 have been made by a large number of customers,” the notice reads, translated from Japanese. “It is not expected to be delivered on the release date. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the large number of orders we received, and we deeply apologize for the time it takes to deliver the products.”
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Don’t Miss Our Latest Community Update!
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Photography has the power of brightening up our lives – and what a great thing it is to start our days by checking out beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is the weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find carefully curated photos from the general chit chat and creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Film Looks! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!Photo Of The Week – November 30, 2020Photo by TershaWords by Jasenka GrujinWhat Are Our Members Up To?Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 514th!What You Shouldn't be Missing from the Light Stalking Community
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“Wow Factor Photography” at 75% off For Cyber Monday!
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Inspiration.It’s the continual struggle of any creative and it’s no different for us photographers.But it can be elusive. Not going to pretend that I don’t struggle with photographers’ block myself fairly often.But some people seem to be able to summon inspiration whenever they want to. One such person is Dina Belenko.Dina makes the mundane shine through a combination of clever composition and scene creation and technically great shooting. She comes up with some of the most left-field images I have ever seen. And they are really cool.And she has literally created a following of hundreds of thousands of people through her amazing work.Inspiration you ask? She’s found a mountain of it.
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Canon Considering More Lenses Like the RF 800mm and 600mm f/11
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In an interview with Mynavi News, Canon’s Kengo Iezuka says that not only were the 800mm and 600mm f/11 lenses possible because of mirrorless design, but the success of these two lenses may lead to additional similarly-designed primes. Kengo Iezuka is one of the executives involved in the planning of Canon lenses – specifically in the ICB Business Management Department of the Image Communication Business. Iezuka explained that both compact super-zoom primes like the 800mm and 600mm were not possible on DSLRs. The closest that they could come was something like the 500mm f/8 mirror lens, but even then it was difficult to focus because of the closed f/8 aperture. “This lens has a darker F11 opening value, but it can be said that it was born because of the EOS R,” he tells Mynavi News. “Which can use high-speed and high-precision AF even at such an opening value.”
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Sony Overtakes Canon in October Camera Sales Numbers Out of Japan
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October sales ranking from the six leading dealers in Japan has been released by Phileweb showing the Sony a7S III outsold both the Canon EOS R5 and R6 last month, but Canon still beat out Nikon in the DSLR category. The Sony a7S III sold better in Japan than either Canon mirrorless, though Phileweb notes this might not just be due to the popularity of the a7s III but just as likely that Canon is having trouble meeting demands for its two new cameras. In July, Canon published an apology for the shortage of its new cameras stating that demand had greatly exceeded the manufacturers’ expectations. Three months later, supply issues still persisted enough to give Sony the edge in sales numbers.The Sony a7C took both fourth and fifth place on the sales list (both the body-only and kit lens variants), showing strong sales for Sony’s latest compact full-frame camera despite reports that the imaging performance is unchanged from the a7 III.
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Canon Confirms August Ransomware Attack: Troves of Employees’ Personal Information Were Stolen
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Canon has published a notice that confirms a ransomware attack on its servers that took place between July 20 and August 6, 2020. The company notes that the attack targeted a server containing a significant amount of its employees’ personal information. Initial reports of the ransomware attack claimed that over 10 terabytes of data was stolen and and leaked internal emails at the time confirmed a massive attack. Canon states that it became aware of the ransomware on August 4 and “immediately began to investigate” the situation. The company brought on a cybersecurity firm and worked with law enforcement to support the investigation. As part of the notice, Canon stated that the server that was targeted housed a significant amount of its employees’ personal information, including Social Security number, driver’s license number or government-issued identification number, financial account number provided to Canon for direct deposit, electronic signature, and date of birth.
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Photo Of The Day By javax
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Wadi Rum” by javax. Location: Wadi Rum, Jordan.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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New Nikon DSLRs, New F Mount Lenses Muddy Nikon’s Waters
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It’s no secret that Nikon, the once giant of the photography world, is struggling. Sales of the company’s Mirrorless cameras have been sluggish due to a lack of innovation. However, one shining beacon for them has been their DSLR cameras. So, it should really be no surprise that there might be at least two new Nikon DSLRs next year. Apparently, they’ll be released along with some new F mount lenses too. Is this the right move for Nikon, though? Should they just forget about DSLRs and focus on Mirrorless? Let’s talk about this after the break.According to a new report on Nikon Rumors, there will be two new Nikon DSLRs next year. As well as the new cameras, there will be various new F mount lenses as well. This is not entirely shocking, though. We’ve already seen two new Nikon DSLRs in 2020 in the D780 and the D6. The D780 was well received. Photographers who loved the D750 flocked to it rather than to its Mirrorless counterpart, the Z6. The D6 was mocked for being nothing more than a minor refresh to the D5. While we can roll our eyes at Nikon for continuing to produce DSLRs, their Mirrorless cameras haven’t exactly been setting the world ablaze. Maybe they’re on to something.
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Photo Of The Day By Kevin Cass
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Holding Tight In Flight” by Kevin Cass. Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.“A vapor trail follows Jack Pilot after he fully sends the diving board in the Grand Targhee backcountry,” explains Cass.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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Fuji Brings Pixel Shift Multi-Shot to the GFX100, Can Combine 16 RAW Images Into Massive 400 MP
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Fujifilm just released a massive firmware update for their GFX100 camera and it gives users some pretty impressive new features.First but not least among them is the headliner: You can now string together 16 RAW images for one massive 400 MP picture.How this works is that the camera’s 102 MP sensor, the X Processor 4, and the IBIS partner together to shift the image sensor in 0.5 pixel increments as well as “record high-resolution RGB pixel information over the course of a 16 image capture,” PetaPixel reports. From there, the images are put into a new piece of software that the company calls the Pixel Shift Combiner.As you can imagine, this shift is particularly useful for photographers that take product photos but also for archival purposes. But really we can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t appreciate Fuji’s new Pixel Shift Combiner feature.
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Depth Of Field Basics
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Depth of field is governed by a combination of:With all aspects being equal, the smaller the lens opening, the greater the depth of field. For example, if photo A is made at f/5.6 and photo B is made at f/22, depth of field is greater at f/22, so photo B will have more planes in sharp focus.With all aspects being equal, it’s easier to show greater depth of field with wide angle lenses than it is with a telephoto. For example, if photo A is made with a 24mm lens and photo B is made with a 200mm lens, it’s easier to bring foreground to background elements into sharp focus with the 24mm lens. Photo A will have more planes in sharp focus.In regard to main subject distance from the camera, if I stand on a mountain top and point a 50mm lens at the vast scenery, since all subject matter is at infinity, everything is sharp even with a wide-open aperture (f/2.8) because once subject distance reaches infinity, it doesn’t matter if it’s 200 feet away or 500 yards away.
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The Best Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses Under $1,000
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There are tons of wide angle lenses out there. More importantly, there are a lot of great ones. But not many are under $1,000. And even less of those are weather sealed. These days, that’s the goal for lots of photographers. And luckily, we’ve reviewed a ton of wide angle lenses. So we dove into our archives to find the best weather sealed wide angle lenses. Most importantly, we’ve found some of the most affordable ones and put them in this roundup.Trust me when I say that we tried to find more zoom lenses. We really, truly tried. As the founder and Editor in Chief of this website, I take a lot of pride in our lens reviews. By far, we’ve got the most lenses reviewed in a lifestyle format of any publication out there right now. And when constructing this list, I went all the way back into early 2018 to look at the lenses we’ve reviewed. The truth is that there aren’t that many wide-angle weather-sealed.
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These Lights Will Help You Become a Better Photographer
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When you’re first starting out, lighting can be really difficult. We’re just naturally trained to not pay much attention to it. But the skill in photography comes with understanding lights. Best of all, you don’t need the most expensive or highest end lights to get the job done. Instead, it’s easy to do for a few hundred bucks in most cases. For when you’re first starting out, we recommend the following lights to you.If you’re skilled, most people can’t tell if you used a flash or not when shooting a photo. And even more people can’t tell what light was used to shoot an image. Lighting is far unlike camera presets, specialty lenses, filters, etc. They’ve all got different qualities about them. But there are many ways to get to a solution with lighting. So we chose lights that we feel are going to stick with you for a really long time. Nothing here is over the $500 mark. And most importantly, all of these lights are very versatile. Nissin is the priciest, but it can be used for both photo and video. Flashpoint is the most affordable with the best battery life by far. And Litra is flat out the easiest to use. Best of all, we’ve done full reviews of each of these.
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Great Reads in Photography: November 29, 2020
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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy! Jupiter and its four moons © Bill DunfordIs this Photo Showing Jupiter and Its Four Moons a Fake?– SnopesA photo of a celestial body surrounded by four moons was posted this year on social media. It was further claimed to be Jupiter’s four largest moons in order, left to right: Earth, Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, Europa. This captured the imagination of many sky-watchers and the question on everybody’s lips: Is it real?Yes, it is real. Bill Dunford, a writer and social media specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, captured it on a Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6, 2 seconds, 4:22 am, south-ish, in Brighton, Utah on July 7, 2020.
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