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Dan Havlik  |  Jun 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Here’s a great video to get you inspired about photography. In the clip from Advancing Your Photography, Ansel Adams’ son Michael discusses how his father made what is perhaps his most famous photo: “Moon Over Hernandez.”

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments

OK, here’s something a bit different: A lens replica mug for coffee lovers that features a self-stirring mechanism and has a stainless steel interior to keep your drinks hot. It’s also great for icy, blended cocktails, but nobody would consume those while out shooting, would they?

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments

Documentary photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) was not only one of America’s most influential artists of the 20th century; he was a superb visual storyteller. His approach to photography was simple: “Stare. It is a way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.”

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Our Weird Lens Guru Mattieu Stern is at it again; this time with a review of a Jupiter 21M 200mm f/4 “tank lens” that he says has “astonishing contrast and bokeh.” Stern adds that the first time he used this lens he was “blown away by the quality.”

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Here is some spectacular underwater imagery from experienced diver/photographer Rick Sanoian, captured with Canon’s newest flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II. Sanoian is with Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, a large purveyor of underwater imaging gear in Monterey CA, and you’ll see why he is so impressed with the 1D X Mark II.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2016  |  0 comments

We’ve been giving a lot of love to big glass lately, and you won’t want to miss this video review of the remarkable Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens—affectionately known as the “Sigmonster.” It works with both full-frame and APS-C cameras, and on the later it provides a long-end of 1280mm!

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments

In our second “don’t-try-this-at home” post of the day, here’s an amazing GoPro video of supermodel/skydiver Roberta Mancino as she flies over active volcano Villarrica in Chile. She began her jump at 15,000 feet, before gliding to safety in a parachute.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments

We typically include a cautionary warning when posting photos or videos of photographers engaged in dangerous pursuits. In the case of this genius who decided to photograph dune buggies flying over his head, we’ll be more blunt: Don’t be this guy.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2016  |  0 comments

Time-lapse videos are quite popular these days, but the example below by Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit is a true pièce de résistance. Loutit made the video in the bustling Asian metropolis of Singapore where he is based. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2016  |  0 comments

Sooner or later most photographers will receive the dreaded question: “Would you mind shooting our wedding?” If you’ve never taken on this daylong assignment, you may not realize how important and challenging it is. Be sure to watch this video before saying “yes.”

Ron Leach  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  0 comments

It was a chilly 46 degrees in Bogota, Colombia, but that didn’t stop 6,000 enthusiastic volunteers from stripping off their clothes for NY-based photographer Spencer Tunick who organized the shoot in the town’s Bolivar Plaza. Tunick has held similar mass nude shoots in Mexico City, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Here’s a video that’s both amusing and horrifying at the same: A showboating photographer got a bit too exuberant and dropped his $70,000 camera rig! Hint: You may want to watch this sitting down.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  0 comments

When photographer/naturalist Phil Torres set up a camera trap in the Amazon rainforest, he hoped to capture dramatic nighttime images of jaguars and other nocturnal animals near Peru’s Tambopata Research Center. What he discovered when he returned to the trap in the morning was something else: Leafcutter ants had eaten or damaged his gear.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Scientists at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are working on a high-efficiency, ultra-thin single planar lens that could revolutionize photography by replacing the multi-element curved lenses used for cameras, smartphones and telescopes. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a sophisticated $11,000 lens? Well, the intriguing video below offers a remarkable inside tour of Canon’s EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, a unique super telephoto with a built-in optically matched 1.4X teleconverter.

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