Depth of field refers to the amount of photo in focus. One reason many people purchase a DSLR camera is to blur their backgrounds with ease. Creating a creamy, blurred background helps a subject “pop” or stand out from the background. The following tips will help you create this desired blur. [Read more…]
When you’re in a creative rut, experimenting with new gear offers the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself. Consider investing in one or more the following scene-setters to create new classic, timeless photos and video.
Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Pierre Angenieux was a French engineer and optician and one of the inventors of the modern zoom lens. He’s best known for introducing the Angenieux retrofocus, a wide-angle lens boasting an inverted telephoto configuration. Since 1935, Angenieux has been leading the pack in developing optimal cinematography lenses for the broadcast and film industries. The 16-40mm T2.8 PL (pictured) and 30-76mm T2.8 PL are lightweight lenses with 4K capacity, perfect for producing cinematic yet modern imagery. [Read more…]
At PhotoPlus this week, Nikon announced a pair of new professional FX-format lenses:
The new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens features an updated optical formula and serves as the successor to the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. The magnesium alloy lens barrel is weather sealed and is lighter than its predecessor. [Read more…]
While drone prices continue to drop, they still aren’t exactly cheap and still come with plenty of restrictions. Birdie is a new GoPro accessory that borrows the name and physics of a badminton birdie to help you get aerial POV shots with your GoPro HERO3+ or HERO4 (and it should support the HERO5 by the end of the year). [Read more…]
Fuji’s new Instax mini Monochrome file is now shipping from Amazon. It’s the same Instax mini format that we’ve grown to love for the Instax Mini 8 and Mini 70, among others. As with other Instax mini film, it’s not exactly cheap. You get 10 exposures for around $15. But, hey, now we’ve got some black and white action for our instant cameras again.
I’m not sure if the going rate will remain at $15; however, you can still pre-order the film from B&H (not shipping just yet) for $9.99.
GoPro’s Karma drone raised some eyebrows after it was announced last month. Then, DJI came along a few days later and dropped the Mavic drone on everyone and raised even more eyebrows. Now, we have a pair of impressive, compact drones from which to choose.
Some of the specs look better for one drone over the other. It just depends on what your specific needs are. Which drone is better for you? [Read more…]