Posts Published in May 2014

Back to Basics: Flash Photography Tips for Beginners

Sprinkled in-between the more advanced lighting, photography and post-processing tutorials that we feature on the site, we’ve been trying to add in the occasional basic tutorial or walkthrough for the beginning photographer. Not everybody who reads PetaPixel is a pro- or even an intermediate-level photographer, and we all have to start somewhere.

The video above falls squarely into the “for beginners” category (in case the title didn’t clue you in), and even though it was uploaded all the way back in 2010, it will still come in very useful if you’re just starting out. Read more…

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— Stan Horaczek at PopPhoto

It’s hard-wired into my brain that any time I see camera gear, I get a little curious about it. Today, I was walking through a major national department store and saw this lens peering out. Of course, I was curious which lens they used for the design, so imagine my surprise when I saw it was the mythical 70-300mm F/2.8 IS zoom lens!

 
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Video: Historic WWI Photographs of 1914 Antwerp Fade Into Their 2014 Equivalents

Each of the transitions above capture 100 years of change. The effects of two World Wars that left some areas untouched and others unrecognizable. It’s a fascinating, two minute and forty-five second journey from past to present.

The video was put together by Stijn Bollaert, who went out to re-photograph these historic sites and create this teaser ahead of an exhibition on forts in and around Antwerp, Belgium.

Alpha Dog: How Sony Created the Most Innovative Camera Brand in Under a Decade

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Using the bones of a dying giant and a healthy dose of innovation, Sony built one of the most forward thinking lines of high-end cameras available in recent memory.

When they entered the serious photography market following their acquisition of the struggling Konica Minolta camera business, Sony brought the coffers and clout of an international conglomerate as well as the fresh eyes of a newcomer. Using those tools, they’ve pushed the technological envelope in a way that few others were willing or capable of doing and, now, are setting the benchmark for where others ought to be aiming. Oh, and they did it all in just eight years. Read more…

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Stacking images in photography is the process of taking a series of photos, focused at different points along the subject, and then using software to merge all the sharpest bits of each shot into the one ideal image. That used to be an awfully laborious and time-consuming process when you did it manually (believe me, I’ve tried it!) but modern software can do it in seconds.

 
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Nikon Allocates $17.7 Million to Repair D600 Issues… and Its Reputation

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If you’re wondering just how big of a pain in the butt for Nikon the D600 sensor oil/dust issues have been, all you have to do is go back into our archives and read about the lawsuits and the outrage… or read the comments on the D610 announcement post.

On the off-chance that’s not enough, however, we now have a dollar figure to add to the mix. $17.7 million. That’s how much Nikon has allocated to put an end to the D600 issues and repair its damaged reputation. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Humor: Can This Group of 40 Get a Single Person to Take 40 Photos of Them?

There was a time, before selfies and social networks and WiFi built in to most consumer-level cameras, that getting a group shot in a busy tourist setting required two steps. Step one: ask a stranger to take your group’s photo, and Step Two: apologize profusely as, one by one, every person in your group keeps handing the kind stranger ANOTHER camera so they can have a picture too.

Those days are, for the most part, gone. But back in 2009, an Australian comedy show called The Chaser’s War on Everything had some fun with ‘step two.’ Read more…

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Behold the World’s First Elephant Selfie… an “Elfie”

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While he may never forget the moment captured in the photo above, Latabe the elephant apparently wanted to make sure no one else did, either. Read more…

Lowepro Gives One of Its X-Series Bags a Thorough Beating… Er… Testing

When it comes to testing, Lowepro gear doesn’t have it easy. Earlier this year, Lowepro announced a new lineup of camera bags aimed at the traveling professional, and yesterday, they released a hard-to-watch video in which these bags are put to the test. Read more…