In what certainly counts as the least surprising Apple keynote in recent years, the company teased two new products on Monday that shrink existing products: a new 4-inch iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While the phone is aimed squarely at new customers, the iPad seems to answer many of the complaints existing Apple devotees had of their massive 12-inch iPad Pro which hit the streets six months ago. The new more svelte iPad Pro packs almost all of the processing punch of it's bigger sibling into the more hand-friendly 9.7-inch form factor 200 … [Read more...] about There’s a New, Smaller iPad Pro. Should You Care?
Mason Marsh is a Portland, Oregon-based photographer and educator who specializes in not specializing. He's been a newspaper photojournalist, aerospace museum educator, tall ship captain, tour guide and chimney sweep. When he's not busy taking care of his kids Cooper and Claire, he works in The Arcanum, writes, and leads photo workshops. He is never bored. See his blog and photos at masonmarsh.com.
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Nic Taylor Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. With a leaden sky clamping down on the valley, Nic Taylor captured a wonderful panorama which uses the mountains on each side to cradle the composition. From the lichen-dappled boulder in the foreground to the road and eventually the river, the viewers' eyes have a clear path to follow in this wonderful composition. Nic used restrained processing to retain the cool charm of the scene and the obvious connection between earth and … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Ogwen Valley
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Ric Rus Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. Some light snow, some barren trees and a derelict farm house work together flawlessly to convey a sense of cold neglect in Ric Rus' chilling image. Ric used a loose composition and subdued colors to imbibe his image with a frigid and lonely aesthetic. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please https://photofocus.com/2015/10/02/photofocus-puts-the-spotlight-on-you/ … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: A Light Dusting
This is an exciting week for photographers who love shooting fast-moving subjects. Canon dropped the details of their new flagship camera with up to 16 frames per second, 4K video and screaming-fast processing power. At $6,000 US for the hulking body many speed shooters will drool over the EOS-1 D X Mark II, but only the financially flush will be scooping them up. As if on cue, Sony pulled the covers off their tiny speed demon this morning and it brings some of the rapid-fire prowess of the big professional DSLRs and it does it for 1/6th the … [Read more...] about Sony A6300 – Pocket Monster
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Nadeem Ahmad Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. There's no denying the power of autumn's colors when you look at images like Nadeem's. The smattering of reds and oranges draws the eye and the trail pulls us in. The stark grey tree trunks enhance the image's charm. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please https://photofocus.com/2015/10/02/photofocus-puts-the-spotlight-on-you/ … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Path to the Unknown Destination
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Originally shared on the Photofocus Facebook page. Richard braved freezing cold temperatures to capture the magnificent night-time sky above Uri Switzerland. This shot masterfully combines crystal-clear stars and the shadowy mountains of Switzerland. All too often start photographs are lacking in interesting terrestrial elements, but in the this shot Richard has given us a lovely landscape as well. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Risenstock Starshow
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Murray Fox Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are deep into a dark, cold winter so this warm splash of sunshine from Murray Fox is a welcome sight. In this image, Murray balances the field of sunflowers with a gorgeous sky. The portrait orientation helps enhance the verticality of the tall flowers and gives the shot a open and happy feel. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Sunflower Days
When Nikon showed off the D5 at CES last month, Canon devotees muttered, "Just wait!" Now the wait is over and Canon has announced their forthcoming flagship DSLR, the EOS-1 D X Mark II. While the blazing 14 FPS frame rate and shiny new autofocus technology will deservedly garner much of the attention over the next few days, there are a few things about the new beefy camera that are truly surprising to me. For the record, I have been a Canon EOS user for over 20 years and I have a battered old EOS-1 to prove it. I sold my EOS 5D Mark III and 7D … [Read more...] about Canon’s New EOS-1 D X Mark II Brings Some Surprises
In my past two articles I took a look behind the scenes at the National Weather Service with an introduction to the Forecast Discussion and severe weather alert products. The NWS web page is a buffet of weather information that should fill you up when you are planning to photograph outdoors in dynamic weather, but when you are actually out in the field you need more bite-size weather information. In this article I will share the weather-focused applications I use on my iPhone to keep abreast of the every-changing weather. While I use an iPhone, … [Read more...] about Being a Weather-Savvy Photographer Part 3 – Going Mobile
In my previous article about the National Weather Service's Forecast Discussions I touched briefly on another set of products the NWS releases: outlooks, advisories, watches and warnings. These alerts are designed to help those planning on being out in the elements prepare for forecasted severe weather. Outdoor photographers can use these alerts to determine the best times and places to capture dramatic weather conditions, and learn when they should seek shelter from dangerous weather. Understanding the differences between the four types of … [Read more...] about Being a Weather-Savvy Photographer Part 2 – Warnings, Watches and Advisories
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Naomi Koji-Paton Originally shared on the Photofocus Facebook page. Naomi's striking straight-up angle on Salisbury Cathedral enhances the grandeur of the building. The texture of the stained glass is enchanting and contrasts nicely with the cool smoothness of the stonework. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Salisbury Cathedral
The Pacific Northwest is a veritable playground for outdoor photographers. In any given day I can photograph alpine landscapes, arid desert scablands, lush temperate rainforests and rugged ocean shorelines. One constant in our diverse region is the complex weather. As a native Northwesterner, I have always had a fascination with meteorology and with todays wealth of weather information at our fingertips, its easier than ever to be a weather-savvy outdoor enthusiast. Get Insider Information Straight From the National Weather Service Weather … [Read more...] about Being a Weather-Savvy Photographer
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Michael Hoffman Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr page. Grand cathedrals are awe-inspiring, and when a gifted photographer carefully crafts a high dynamic range image of one of the loveliest cathedrals, it's a treat. Michael has captured the expansive grandeur of this cathedral through restrained processing and meticulous composition. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please https://photofocus.com/2015/10/02/photofocus-puts-the-spotlight-on-you/ … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Marcela McGreal Originally shared on the Photofocus Facebook page. Marcela leverages black and white processing with an immersive wide angle perspective to capture a ultra-modern building embracing a holiday tradition. Wonderfully restrained processing allows the low-key space to deepen the embracing ethos. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please https://photofocus.com/2015/10/02/photofocus-puts-the-spotlight-on-you/ … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Feliz Navidad
Category: Architecture/Landscape Photography by Tobias Gawrisch - Xplor Creativity Originally shared on the Photofocus Facebook page. Tobias has a distinct style which combines the drama of long exposure photography with crisp, shiny black and white processing. The results are spectacular architectural images that convey the grandeur of the structures he captures. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please https://photofocus.com/2015/10/02/photofocus-puts-the-spotlight-on-you/ … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Arrowhead
Photographers have struggled with limited dynamic range for as long as there have been photographers. Expose for the highlights in most scenes, and you will end up with crushed shadows where no details can be extracted from the inky blackness. Conversely, if you expose for the shadows, the highlights will blow out, leaving nothing but garish white the absolute absence of detail. To capture the broad range of light in many scenes, photographers use High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing to combine multiple images shot at different settings into one … [Read more...] about Beat the Bracket Racket – Shooting HDR Base Images the Right Way
Every holiday season I face the same issue that many other photographers face: my loved ones want to get me photography-oriented presents but they have no idea what to get me. This problem is compounded by the fact that anything affordable that I can use in my photography I bought long ago, leaving only the big-ticket items left on my wish list. I don't have Saudi royalty in my inner circle, so asking for that adorable new Leica or amazing new Zeiss lens is out of the question. So whats a photographer to do? Sub-$100 Accessories every … [Read more...] about Check It Twice. Photography Gift Ideas for less than $100
When I sold my Canon 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II cameras and bought into Sonys A7 camera system one of the deciding factors was the Sony cameras ability to use Canon lenses via third-party adapters. As someone who has a long-standing love affair with Canons L-series glass, I was loathe to give them up. A have also been a fan of Canons underrated 600 EX-RT Speedlites and I am happy to report that they work wonderfully with my Sony A7R Mark II thanks to the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT commander module. Clone Wars When I invested in the 600 EX-RT system a … [Read more...] about Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlites with Sony A7 Cameras? Yongnuo to the Rescue
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is like Taylor Swifts music; a lot of people claim to hate it, but truth be told everyone likes it. Some people, like Trey Ratcliff, fully embrace the dreamy glow and punched-up shadows of HDR while others openly bash the technique but dabble in it secretly. Theres no question that the process of creating HDR images has been abused, weve all seen the Velvet Elvis images. Hyper-saturated colors, noisy shadows and smudgy haloes have festooned many shots, but beyond the horrors of over-cooked HDR lie … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR Professional Review. Trey and Friends Bring the Fun.
You know that neck strap that came with your camera? Yes, the one that has the big Nikon/Canon/Sony/Fuji/Panasonic/Olympus logo on it. That thing should stay tightly locked in the box your camera came in. Neck straps, especially the stock ones, are much more trouble than they are worth. Lose the strap and not only will your photography look better, you will look better doing it! Do You Even Need a Strap? If you spend most of your photo time shooting from a tripod, you definitely don't need a neck strap. In fact, during long exposures, that … [Read more...] about Save Your Neck and Lose That Strap
Humans were never meant to sit around all day. Our structure is made for walking. When I injured my right knee a couple of summers ago, I emerged from the ordeal with a perpetually stiff knee that makes creepy creaking noises when I go down stairs. The bum knee has also changed my body mechanics and several months ago I began having problems with my left foot. After spending many weeks and several hundred bucks in physical therapy we came to one conclusion: I needed to get off my ass and back onto my feet. Like many photographers, I spend a … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Stand-Up Desk
Today is Scott Kelbys 8th Annual Photo Walk and with almost 1,000 walks scheduled around the world, its your best chance to get out and photo walk like a boss. While the event is today, you should still find many events still have slots open and you can go walk and meet new friends. Use the Kelby Photo Walk as a warm up for the Photofocus Photo Walks happening later this fall. If you haven't photo walked before, (or even if you have), Im here to help you make the very most of the occasion. Before you double knot your kicks and head out the … [Read more...] about Photo Walk Like a Boss
As a landscape photographer and workshop leader, Ive seen many gear failures. Tripod legs fall apart, ballheads bind up, and tiny screws come loose all of the time. When you are miles from your car and your gear fails, a quick field repair will save your shoot and preserve your sanity. As a die-hard gear geek, I have many tools and gadgets. Some have proven indispensable, other indefensible. Lets compare my four favorite pocket tools to see which have earned a home in my camera bag. Really Right Stuff MTX … [Read more...] about Fools Don’t Bring Tools – Photography Multitools Compared
Apple took the lid off their long-anticipated large-format iPad this week and as people line up for and against the new tablet I sat down with Jeff Carlson to discuss what the new technology means to photographers. Carlson is the author of the book, The iPad for Photographers, which is currently in its third edition with Peachpit Press. Key Features of the iPad Pro The iPad Pro is due to arrive in November, but at Wednesdays event, Apple gave us a long look at the new member of the incredibly popular iPad line. With its 12.9-inch screen … [Read more...] about Apple’s New iPad Pro – Laptop Killer or Just a Bigger iPad?
While drone photography is all the rage these days, there is nothing like taking to the sky in person to elevate your photography and get your heart racing. Whether you are chartering a helicopter specifically to make photos or hopping on a sightseeing flight, there are several things to consider before the rotors start spinning. What to Know About Flying and Shooting Ive had the thrill and pleasure of flying in a lot of amazing helicopters over the years. U.S. Army Blackhawks, U.S. Coast Guard Dolphins, Korean-era Bell 47s (remember the ones … [Read more...] about Get To The Choppuh! – Make the Most of Photographing From a Helicopter