A Gitzo Traveler Tripod: Is It Worth the Money? – Photography Article

I have a large and relatively heavy Gitzo tripod that can carry as much as a small elephant. But I also bought an expensive Gitzo traveler tripod because sometimes I want to travel light. The question is, was it worth the money? I love using a tripod. It brings a lot of fun and makes photography relaxed and flexible. I can take time to look at the landscape and wait for the right light situation. I can use any shutter…

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Sony Versus Fuji: Which Camera Has the Best Colors? – Photography Article

In this short video, videographer Max Yuryev puts the Sony a6400 and the Fuji X-T30 to the test to compare and see which one has the best colors straight out of the box. Instead of basing the contest on his views, in the first half, he also asks you the viewer to get involved. Yuryev plays 10 samples side by side on the screen and asks us to choose either A or B. From sample six onwards, he also adds…

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This Samsung Ultra-Wide Proves Curved Screens Are More Than a Gimmick – Photography Article

If you ask me, curved television sets are a little over the top. Unless you have a television the size of a movie screen, it just doesn’t make financial or practical sense to bend that screen. But when it comes to monitors a few feet from your eyes, Samsung’s CJ791 curved monitor really does make the difference. I’m not one to fatigue easily, but we all have our limits when editing for hours in front of a screen. A lot of…

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A to Z of Photography: Ultimate Confrontation and Umbo – Photography Article

We now arrive at the second of the three tricky letters of the alphabet. Unfortunately, U is uselessly underwhelming but ultimately and uniquely utilitarian! The first an iconic photo of political protest and confrontation, a theme that continues to this day in newsrooms across the world. Then discover Umbo. Ultimate Confrontation Picture the historical setting – your government, which stands for law and order, of setting a high legal and moral standard, is involved in illicit and illegal activity, of…

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The Best Lens for Food Photography – Photography Article

Choosing the right lens for any genre of photographer is a minefield and getting into food photography is no exception. In this video I go through what I believe to be the best three options for a food photography lens. Although there really is no right or wrong answer to the question of a best lens in any genre, there are certainly some lenses that spring to mind when looking to perform a set task and perhaps some focal lengths that…

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Tamron Teases Four New Lenses for Sony Full-Frame Cameras – Photography Article

Following the success of its 28-75mm f/2.8 and the hype surrounding the recently released 17-28mm f/2.8, Tamron has just given the world a glimpse of four new lenses for Sony full-frame cameras that it has in the pipeline. In line with suspicions, one of the lenses looks like a zoom lens that would fill out the company’s holy trinity of f/2.8 glass. Given Tamron’s willingness to compromise on focal ranges by not having them overlap, a lens that starts at 75mm…

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The Best Photo Printer in 2019 And Why You Will Want This One – Photography Article

Last Updated on August 21, 2019 by Rob Wood (Admin)We have spent a lot of time analyzing various photo printers to find the best one for photographers and overall, we would recommend the Canon ImagePrograf Pro-1000. One of the first problems you are going to have to overcome when you decide to start printing your photographs is to choose one to suit your specific needs. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a pro-grade medium format camera, entry level DSLR,…

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Why Photographers Need to Start Asking: What GPU Does My Computer Have? – Photography Article

Your computer’s graphics card isn’t just for games anymore — with recent updates to essential core products, including Lightroom and Photoshop, there are a number of reasons why you should start paying attention to your GPU. What’s A GPU Doing Anyway? Your computer’s graphics card, a separate chip from Nvidia/AMD or built into some CPUs, helps create what you see on your computer’s screen. While this was the primary function for photographers in the past; video editors have enjoyed graphics…

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Just How Good Is the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens? – Photography Article

The 85mm wide-aperture portrait lens is often a calling card lens for a lot of companies, showcasing some of their best optics at one of the most popular focal lengths. How good is Sony’s version? This great video review tests it out to help you decide if it is right for you. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens. The 85mm focal length is highly popular for all…

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Useful Gimbal Tripod Head Configuration Tips – Photography Article

When I purchased my first large zoom lens it came equipped with a tripod foot. I quickly learned that a standard ball-head wasn’t the best way to use one of these beasts on a tripod. This started my venture into the gimbal games and actually helped in ways that I didn’t anticipate. I could tell by just looking at a gimbal tripod head that it would serve much better for this use, but I wasn’t sure if I would like…

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An Epic Showdown Between the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Sony a7 III, Panasonic S1, Nikon Z 6, Sony a7S II, and Panasonic GH5 – Photography Article

There has never been a better time to be looking for a camera, as there is a veritable plethora of high quality cameras with an array of feature sets and prices available to anyone looking. This fantastic showdown takes a look at a wide variety of some of the most popular and intriguing cameras out there.  Coming to you from wolfcrow, this comprehensive comparison review takes a look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Sony a7 III, Panasonic S1, Nikon…

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A Review of the Sony RX100 VII Camera – Photography Article

Sony’s RX100 line of cameras is well known for packing a ton of technology and great image quality into a very tiny package, making them an intriguing option for photographers and videographers looking for something they can carry everywhere. This excellent video review takes a look at the latest version to help you decide if it is right for you.  Coming to you from DP Review, this great video review takes a look at the Sony RX100 VII. The RX100…

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A to Z of Photography: Tilt-Shift and Train Wreck at Montparnasse – Photography Article

This week we turn to a train wreck of an image — yes the iconic photo “Train Wreck at Montparnasse Station”! But before we get to that, step back to the dawn of photography and understand the principles behind tilting and shifting the lens relative to the sensor. Some of the highest profile photographers use tilt-shift lenses in their day-to-day work, so find out why that is. Tilt-Shift Photography Is there something so inherent to the design of the camera,…

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Motorola Has Had Enough of Your Vertical Videos – Photography Article

Smartphones are naturally held in a portrait orientation, which naturally leads to videos being filmed in portrait orientation. Motorola is seeking to change that with their newest phone. Vertical videos are ok for consumption on phones and horrible for consumption literally anywhere else. However, you can’t really blame people (particularly nonprofessionals) for not always thinking to turn the phone before they start filming. Motorola is seeking to fix that problem with the new Moto One Action phone, which has a triple…

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Ever Wondered What Camera Equipment Professional Food Photographers Use? – Photography Article

Photography is a secretive business, but in this video I show you exactly what equipment I use as a professional food photographer. I go over the equipment used in my day to day shooting as well as covering the cameras and lenses that I rent to work as a professional food photographer on projects ranging from small chain menu shoots to world wide print campaigns for house hold named brands. Food photography is a bit of an umbrella term and…

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The Best Way to Get Into FPV Drones – Photography Article

Drones are great tools for photography and video, but with technology changing at such a rapid pace, racing drones (FPV) are becoming much more popular and in demand for commercial work. It can be a little overwhelming to learn this technology all at once, so I am here to help you with your first setup. All it took for me was one hands-on experience with a couple FPV guys to realize this type of droning was going to be a lot harder than I…

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How Good Is Fujifilm’s Budget X-A5 Camera? – Photography Article

The Fujifilm X-A5 is remarkably cheap, coming in at just $499 including a widely respected kit lens, making for inexpensive entry into the popular X Series. But can it hold its own against its more powerful siblings and will it stand up to the demands of a professional photographer? This great review will answer just that question for you.  Coming to you from Maarten Heilbron, this great video review takes a look at the Fujifilm X-A5 camera, the budget model in the…

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Alotech’s New Ergonomic Backpack Made by Wildlife Photographers for Wildlife Photographers – Photography Article

If there is one thing as photographers we love more than debating over new camera bodies it is camera bags. Chances are if you’re like me you have a closet full and you are always looking to get another. Each bag is a unique snowflake making it the right tool for the right job. Therefore I need all kinds of different bags with all kinds of different features. Or maybe you prefer that one perfect bag to rule them all.…

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The DJI Osmo Mobile Just Got… Foldable – Photography Article

There are many smartphone gimbals on the market but one of the most well known comes from the company DJI. The Osmo Mobile 3 is the most convenient version yet considering it is able to fold up for transport, and can be operated with just one hand. The Osmo Mobile is a perfect tool to stabilize your footage if you shoot a lot on your smartphone. Let’s just say it pretty much makes your smartphone smarter (and more stable). Starting…

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Do You Really Need That Fast, Expensive Lens? – Photography Article

We all love to drool over those beautiful, fast (and oh so expensive) f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses. But do you really need that top shelf glass, or would you be better served by saving your money and investing in a cheaper version? This great video talks about some of the more intangible facets of lenses and why it’s about more than just the widest apertures.  Coming to you from Daniel Norton, this great video talks about some of the factors…

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Fstoppers Reviews MindShift Gear’s ROTATION180° PANORAMA 22L Camera Backpack – Photography Article

Mind Shift’s ROTATION180° PANORAMA made by Think Tank has been on the market for a couple of years now, but is its unique quick access feature still useful, and who exactly is the bag designed for? Adventure and Hiking camera bags often all get lumped into one niche: outdoor photography. The reality is that a lot of bags are designed with specific uses in mind, and it might not meet the needs of all outdoor photographers. I’ve stated in several of my…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Fringer EF-FX PRO II Adapter for FujiFilm X type Cameras – Photography Article

If you’ve got a Fujifilm X range camera and you’ve switched from Canon, it’s been a pain leaving Canon glass in the cupboard. Fujifilm lenses are also expensive, so the transition period used to be tough, until the Fringer EF-FX Pro II adapter.  I’ve got all these Canon lenses, but the adapters I bought didn’t give me the ability to change apertures or use automatic focus. This adapter makes it possible and does it so quickly that you might not ever need…

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Fstoppers Reviews the SHUTTERCASE Pro Camera Handle for Moment Lenses – Photography Article

It’s a case of comfort and user experience. In this review, I analyze what it feels like in hand and see what the added benefits are when putting a phone into it instead of shooting with a regular cover. It’s well designed and feels like it’s made of proper quality materials. The handle has a faux-leather texture and can be removed if it’s not your preference. It’s a battery unit as well, so you’re phone’s charging while you’re using it and should last a good amount of time…

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Can a $40 FlexTILT 3D-Printed Head Compete With the $149 Original? – Photography Article

Is 3D printing the next step in niche manufacturing for photography gear? How does a 3D-printed product stack up against its all-metal CNC’ed inspiration? Earlier this year, Edelkrone announced a 3D printable version of its FlexTILT tripod head as part of a new program called ORTAK. The new ORTAK line of products is an attempt to take advantage of the rise in consumer 3D printing technology by providing the non-3D printed materials and plans for a product. The consumer can then make their own…

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Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money? – Photography Article

Whether you are a photographer or videographer, more and more content creators are adding constant lights as their go-to lighting setups. Quasar Science recently released their 30-watt T8 bulbs with raving reviews, and today, I explore six useful lighting setups you can build with four lights under $80 each.  If you watch the Fstoppers Youtube Channel, you know that Lee and I have gotten to play with a lot of different lighting gear over the years. A few weeks ago, my buddy,…

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Shooting 12 Models In 24 Hours With the Fujifilm GFX 100 – Photography Article

Today, I’ll take you for an in-depth look at a new extensive project I shot with the Fujifilm GFX 100. It will be a longer essay meant to give you a hands on experience to help decide if the camera is right for you. I like a challenge. My parents might attribute this to a certain inborn stubbornness that, despite their best efforts, they were unable to train out of me.  My good friend and training partner at the gym may instead…

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DJI Ronin-SC Versus Zhiyun Weebill LAB: Which Is the Best Tiny Gimbal? – Photography Article

For some time now, the Zhiyun Weebill Lab has been my favorite gimbal. The main reason for this is because it’s tiny in comparison to many other gimbals. I can comfortably fit it in a messenger bag, and traveling with it is so easy. However, DJI has definitely caught my attention with their new Ronin-SC.  In a recent video from Kinotika, Dave Maze compares the two gimbals to determine which one is the better option. The Weebill is definitely the smaller gimbal…

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A Detailed Look at My Gear: What Do I Use and Why? – Photography Article

As a landscape photographer and videographer, here is a detailed look at my gear list, my preferences, and the reasons behind my acquisitions. First thing first, there is no such thing as “best gear.” Each photographer needs to assess the pros and cons of the product he or she intends to purchase based on his needs and limitations. For me, the equation is relatively simple. I’m a one-man operation and my main activity consists of capturing time-lapse, video, and aerial…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fujifilm GFX – Photography Article

Venus Optics (Laowa), a small Chinese lens manufacturer founded in 2013, has risen to prominence with their sometimes off-beat, always different, and always high quality lineup of lenses for all the major lens mounts. They have launched niche lenses like the 24mm f/14 probe macro and a series of their flagship close-to-zero-distortion Zero-D lenses. Today’s topic is the latest in that line and the widest lens available for the Fujifilm GFX system, the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D. This latest lens from Laowa…

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The Sony a7S III Is Still on Its Way – Photography Article

The Sony a7S II was a very well received camera, but it is certainly ready for the next iteration, and many creatives (particularly filmmakers) are eagerly anticipating the third version and wondering if it will actually come to market. The good news is that Sony has confirmed that a third version is indeed in development and will eventually come to market.  The recent release of the Sony a7R IV surprised quite a few people and also stoked rumors that the a7S line…

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