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Welcome again to HDR News. It takes a lot to raise our eyebrows here at HDR News but, they are raised this month. We’re talking about the finalists in the Bird Photographer Of The Year competition. If you’re thinking“birds?” right now check out the article and you’ll be amazed. We also looked at the images coming out of a new Lumix camera from Panasonic which caught our attention with unexpected quality. Turning to photo editing issues we realized that Mac users looking to upgrade their computer system are now presented with some serious new choices which we help you navigate. Also in this issue some technical shooting advice and a heart-pumping look at the Via Feratta, or Iron Paths, that course though the mountains of Europe: talk about breathtaking photos. Let’s get going!

 

Insane Image Quality With Just 32MP – Panasonic Lumix DC-S5

Panasonic has been making great full frame digital cameras under the Lumix brand for years. These cameras tend to garner favorable reviews in the photography press yet, they seem to fly under the radar when it comes to photo community buzz. This new Lumix DC-S5 may just change that. Take a look at the video that that supplements this article where you’ll be impressed by the camera’s color rendition, sharpness and auto-focus.

 

Learn about the Lumix DC-S5 HERE.

 

Bird Photographer Of The Year Finalists – Amazing Photography

The U.K. based Bird Photographer Of The Year (BPOTY) competition draws entries from all over the world. The 2021 entries totaled over 22,000 and they are spectacular. The competition’s website says the contest “…is a celebration of avian beauty and diversity, and a tribute to the flexibility and quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems.” The finalists in the 2021 competition have just been revealed and, for pure visual enjoyment and high quality imaging you should check them out.

See the birds are right HERE.

 

Camera Settings You Need To Change Now For Landscape Photography

You were in positionand set up before dawn laying in wait for when the sun rises above the horizon behind you to bathe the mountain range in front of you in asoft orange light. When the moment approaches you focus with a half press on your tripod mounted camera and, when the moment is perfect, youput a full press on the shutter. All that time, effort and preparation resulted in your dream shot. But, when you go through your take on
your computer back home you can’t understand why your images are softly focused. What happened? You used a tripod. Well you could haveavoided the disappointment by using your camera’s self timer and avoided re-setting your focus when you pressed the shutter. Learn moreabout camera settings that could sink your efforts.

Get the settings HERE.

 

What’s The Better Choice: A Macro Lens Or Extension Tubes?

As you’ve probably figured out by now, we can tend to be on the frugal side here at HDR News. If we see a way to get great photographic results without spending a fortune on a new piece of equipment we’ll do it. One of the most effective close-up photography solutions is to not buy that expensive macro lens you’ve been coveting and instead go with extension tubes. Extension tubes can allow you to get super close to your subject with just about any lens in your bag. Its’ a great solution that you should read about in this article.

 

Get help deciding HERE.

 

If You’re A Mac Person You Have Some Tough Choices For An Upgrade

Is it that time for you? Is it the time when your applications are running so slowly that you think you have a virus in your computer system? Yes, it may be time to pull the curtain on your current systems. If you’re a Mac user, the introduction of Apple’s M1 processor made your upgrade choices even more difficult. The M1 has been in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini since the fall. They are so speedy that one trade pub stated that the M1 Mac Mini was Apple’s best value in a computer. Last week Apple announced the new M1 iMacs in a 24-inch screen size. The 27-inch iMac was not upgraded. So, what do you do? Go for a MacBook, a Mac Mini, a new (smaller than you want) iMac or wait for the 30-inch M1 iMac to be introduced. So many variables! This article will help you sort things out.

Get help deciding which Mac you need HERE.

 

Stairways To Heaven: Europe’s Most Adrenal-Pumping Via Ferata

The via ferata are mountain passage routes developed during WWI to facilitate troop movements. Now they serve up unmatched mountain views. We often marvel at landscape images of the Swiss Alps but the Swiss don’t have a monopoly on outrageous mountain vistas. You’ll find staggering mountain scenes in France, Austria, Italy, Germany and even Slovenia. This article lays the scenes out for you but with a twist. They are taken from a via ferata climber’s point of view. Dangling over a deadly expanse with just a few pieces of hardware jammed into the mountains’ rock faces to hold them in place, these daredevil photographers make your jaw drop.

 

See the amazing views from the via ferata HERE.

Welcome again to HDR News. Artificial Intelligence is all around us but often unseen. It is affecting photography in ways we could only hope for in the past like sharpening previously un-usable images. In this issue we look at two more photographic areas where it’s employed that will get your attention. We also look at the making of a truly amazing photograph of a black panther shot at night with the stars twinkling. And, for the gear head in us we look at Sony’s flagship a1 camera and a complete review of Nikon’s replacement for the Z7, the Z7 II. Let’s get going!

 

Adobe’s Amazing Upscale Technology – Revive Your Lower Res Images

Those of us who went digital in the early days of digital cameras have a ton of 12MP and even lower resolution images archived away. We haven’t done much with them lately because upsizing them is almost always a disappointing exercise. The same goes for those interesting but low-res images that come out of mobile phones. There’s just not enough data to work with, until now. The engineers at Adobe have harnessed A.I. learning to create technology that analyzes each of an image file’s pixels and their surrounding pixels to create new data that can take a 12MP file and pump it up to 40MP, without a substantial loss of sharpness. The future is here now.</p>

Learn about upscaling your images HERE.

 

Black Panther Under The Stars

A black on black subject is one of the toughest images to expose correctly and, that’s in a controlled environment. So, how do you capture a black leopard (called a panther here) hunting at night and still expose correctly for the stars? Photographer Will Burard-Lucas did it and did it spectacularly. These are amazing, amazing images.

See the black panther HERE.

 

Sony a1 Review – Best Camera Ever?

It had to happen some day. That’s when the price of a flagship digital camera might be too much for even the most avid camera gear enthusiast. Nevertheless, Sony’s new flagship a1 appears to have it all: head turning 30fps capture, 50MP sensor and blazing auto focus. But, at $6500 msrp you have to ask yourself if this combo of envelope pushing features can even be appreciated by most photo enthusiasts yet alone used to their potential. For sure, the working, shoot every day photojournalists and sports shooters will make full use of the a1. The rest of us have to do a little research to see if buying one of these remarkable cameras will have a meaningful impact on our photography. Read on.

Get inside the Sony a1 HERE.

 

Nikon Z7 II Full Review

Nikon made some mis-steps in defining the features of the original Z7. It’s auto focus was not quite up to it’s competition and it only had one memory card slot. Yet, the image quality was Nikon good. As when the D810 was introduced to clean up the shortcomings of the D800, the Z7 II attempts to address the shortcomings of the original Z7. The Z7 II does have a second slot for an SD card. But, can it’s autofocus compete with the best of its peers?

Find out HERE.

 

Breaking The Landscape Photo Rules Or, Not

What are the landscape photography “rules” anyway. We believe that when you’re talking about creating art there are no rules. It’s all about your vision and your execution. But that doesn’t stop the flow of “rules” based photography articles that give you “advice” on how to employ those non-existent rules. Here are two articles from either end of the landscape photography advice spectrum. One is a break the rules article and the other is a back to basics article. There’s great information in both pieces so take the info that speaks to you and make your own rules.</p>

Break The Rules HERE.

All You Need is a 50mm Lens (basics) by Jay P. Morgan: HERE.

 

Animation Of The Past – Good Use Of Deep Fakes

As you can see in this article on Adobe’s Upscale technology, Artificial Intelligence is changing the very foundations of our world that we never could have imagined. In HDR News last month we presented how A.I learning is being used to sharpen previously un-usable images by sampling surrounding pixels and drawing on a huge data base of similar images to provide sharp, substitute pixel groups. In this article you’ll learn how still images can be turned into video. In other words, you can view grandma in motion using an image shot back in the 50s. This is just the beginning. A.I. can no longer be ignored.

Learn about deep fakes HERE.

Welcome back to HDR News! This issue is all about technique and workflow with some intriguing travel photography added in for good measure. If you’ve ever struggled with getting your landscapes truly sharp from front to back we bring you the best explanation of focus stacking we’ve seen yet. We also look at software for batch archiving your scans and the best photo monitors for your unique needs. Finishing up we bring you a hands on look at Apple RAW, the new raw file format that’s been added to iOS 14.3. Let’s get going!

 

How To Use Focus Stacking For Sharper Photos

Here’s the truth you didn’t want to hear. You can’t get those deep depth of field images sharp, in camera, unless you’re using a tilt-shift lens or a larger format camera with adjustable front and back planes. Sorry but it just can’t be done, even if you’re shooting at f22. And, you don’t want the chromatic aberration that happens at f22 anyway. Your solution is focus stacking. It’s a very straight forward technique where you shoot multiple images of your scene, focusing on successively different areas and stitching the resulting images in your imaging application.

Learn focus stacking HERE.

 

The Ultimate Long Exposure Guide

Most likely your camera has a slow shutter setting of 30 seconds or more. And, you most likely have a bulb setting as well. They’re there for a reason and learning how to use them can bring you some serious delight when you open up your long exposure images on your monitor. Long exposures have always been used to capture images of the stars but, even more interesting are the landscape images with wonderfully blurry streams, lakes and shorelines. This guide will give you the info you need to get out there and capture those images yourself.

Get the long exposure guide HERE.

 

Travel Photographer Of The Year

There are so many Photographer-Of-The-Year competitions out there that it’s hard to distinguish between those created as marketing tools by manufacturers and those created by photographers for the love of photography. The international Travel Photographer of the Year awards were founded in 2003 by professional photographer Chris Coe and his wife.. You’ll see from the quality of the winner’s images that they know and love photography and, you are the beneficiary.

See the great travel images HERE.

 

Best Monitors For Photography And Photo Editing

After you’ve made your image, photography is all about the monitor on which you do your editing. In fact, you’ll spend way more time in front of your monitor than behind the viewfinder of your camera. To do your best work your monitor needs to be high resolution and color accurate. But, how do you make sense of all the monitor options out there? Which ones perform the best and which ones represent the best value? Read this valuable article to find out.

 

Find your new monitor HERE.

 

Archiving Your Negs And Slides – Best Software

Most of us dedicated photographers are not traveling freely during the pandemic. This is giving us a lot of extra time and many are using that time to attack an issue we’ve been putting off and putting off. That’s digitizing our priceless slides, negatives and prints from our film days. As you know, that’s a lot of work to look forward to but, wouldn’t it be great if you could batch process your archives? You can and there are a number of software applications you can use instead of the app that came with your scanner. Here’s a great review of some of the best packages out there.

Evaluate batch scanning apps HERE.

 

Apple Raw Can Transform Your iPhone Photography

If you’re serious about photography you shoot your images in RAW format so that you can work with the actual data that hit your camera’s sensor; free from the artifacts and data loss caused by an in-camera jpeg conversion. Apple’s new RAW format gives you much of the power and flexibility you’ve come to expect from your DSLR on your iPhone. Remember, the best camera you have is the one you have with you.

Read about Apple RAW on the iPhone HERE.

 

Welcome again to HDR News. Winter and early spring present great photography conditions in terms of clear air, long shadows and wildlife that isn’t hidden by foliage. That’s why we’re concentrating on outdoor photography in this issue. We dive into the advantages of traveling light and then reverse the table by looking into the best landscape cameras. There’s a fairly new 100-400mm lens out there that can get you into wildlife shooting if you’re on a budget. And, we end with an in-depth interview with a photographer of an awesome and rare bird photo. Let’s get going.

 

Leica CL and Panasonic GX8 Travelogue – A Smaller Camera Means A Lot

We often talk of camera specs in HDR News but specs are specs. The end of the photographic journey is getting the picture itself. If you’re traveling to a remote location and expect to be out there for a while, weight turns out to be one of the most important camera specs. The lighter your camera kit the more mobile you’ll be and for a longer time. This article, takes that idea to a five week trek through the back country of Africa with the use of a Leica CL and a Panasonic GX8 with a modest collection of lenses. Traveling light has its advantages.

 

See how low weight can boost your photography HERE.

Best Cameras For Landscape Photography

You’ve we’ve come to know the most knowledgable, hands-on reviewers out there. We’ve come to respect Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life because he actually uses the equipment he reviews in the field. And, every time we’ve made a purchase based on one of his reviews we’ve been throughly pleased. We know many, if not most HDR News readers are landscape photographers which makes this particular article by Mansurov valuable. Before you give it a read, guess what he picked as the top landscape camera in production.

See which cameras Photography Life thinks are the best for landscapes HERE.

 

Non-Camera Gear Every Outdoor Photographer Should Carry

When we choose an article for HDR News we like to make sure that they contain useful information rather than the obvious. Those articles are difficult to find as so much photo info is rehashed. This article contains some useful information that we haven’t considered before. You’ll especially like the suggestion about the red shirt.

 

See what you need to carry HERE.

 

Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3 Review

If you want to get started with wildlife or sports photography you need a sharp long lens. Better yet, a long 100-400 zoom will give you flexibility and reach. Canon, Nikon and Sony versions of these lens can easily top $2500. Bottom line, you’ll need reach, sharpness and reliability but, it’s got to be affordable. Enter the Sigma 100-400 which can be had for around $800. Let’s find out if price indicates quality or if we’re looking at a tremendous deal.

Get the details on this great lens HERE.

 

16 Questions For The Photographer Of This Amazing Photo

As Larry King said “I never learned a thing when I was talking”. Indeed. Asking questions puts us in learning mode and, that’s just what you have in this article. The image is amazing. How does one capture the flight of a hummingbird and the flight of a honey bee: in the same frame. Let’s ask the photographer. When you question your peers on what and how they’re accomplishing their great works, you just make your own photography better.

Read the interview HERE.

Welcome again to HDR News. It’s year’s end and time for photo publications to deliver their best of the year articles. There are two important reads for photographers. They are Time’s Top 100 Photos Of The Year and dpReview’s 2020 Awards. One will display thought provoking photos and the other will suggest the equipment to make those photos happen. In the area of photo technique, think back to that great photo trip you took and you just knew you came back with killer images only to find some were just not sharp. We show you why. We also point you to an article that explains what few photographers know about; focus breathing. In addition there is an astonishing encounter between photographer and bird of prey that will make you smile. Let’s get going!

 

Time’s Top 100 Photos Of The Year

In our lifetimes we won’t often hear folks welcome the end of a year. This year is way different. The constant barrage of discord and strife across the globe has determined the direction photojournalism has taken in 2020 and that direction is on full display in Time’s 100 photos of the year. The collection is a conflict between composition and subject. Great photographers skillfully filled their frames with the chaos in front of them, forcing us to feel events that just could not be ignored. Art and news came together this year to inform us in a way that went straight to the heart.

See the top 100 photos HERE.

 

dpReview Awards 2020

Many issues of HDR News will feature a product analysis by dpReview. We marvel at their expertise and the hard work they put into their equipment reviews. They put products through tough analyses and write reviews which carry the respect gained from having reviewed hundreds, if not thousands of products before. And, they appear to truly love what they do which is a bonus for us. So, when dpReview bestows its end-of-year awards in various photo product categories we should be paying attention if for no other reason than to make good buying decisions for ourselves.

Check out the top equipment of the year HERE.

 

Who Says You Can’t Make A Blurry Photo Sharp!

If you’ve been working with photo editing software for a while you probably know that applications sporting a “Sharpen” function don’t actually sharpen your image. When employed, the Sharpen function looks for edges in your photo and increases the contrast along those edges thus giving the illusion of a sharper image. Now AI appears to have changed the playing field in the area of sharpening. What if an application could actually sharpen your image. Watch this incredible video and decide for yourself.

See AI deliver the sharpness goods HERE.

 

The One Camera Setting You Need To Change For Perfectly Sharp Photos

Have you ever gone out and captured what you think are perfectly executed images only to find they are slightly out of focus when you blow them up large on your computer screen? We all have. There’s a reason it’s happening and there’s a fix for it with a simple adjustment to your DSLR camera’s settings. We’ve been using this fix for years now and the technique is a game changer. Pro photographer Mark Denney takes you through the setting in this video. Be patient because the details start around six minutes into the video.

Discover the setting HERE.

 

What Is Focus Breathing?

If you’re into the technical aspects of photography you’ve probably heard the term “focus breathing”. But, what the heck is it and why should you care? This video discusses exactly what focus breathing is and who needs to worry about it. It is, in fact, more of an issue for videographers and it’s likely more important for videographers who use DSLRs for their video work.

Learn about focus breathing HERE.

 

Owl Lands On Photographer’s Lens

This is really cool. Check out this article and watch an adolescent owl land on a nature photographer’s head and then perch on his camouflaged 600mm f4 lens. You’ll be amazed at two things in particular: how perfectly the owl blends in with the camouflaged lens and how huge the bird is in relation to the humans. We expect great environmental landscape blending in dominant bird and animal species but sometimes the sheer size of a wild being can throw our senses off kilter.

See the bold bird make a photographer visit HERE.
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Welcome again to HDR News. The holidays have begun and photography is on our minds. In this issue we get insights into one of the most famous National Geographic photographers Steve McCurry and celebrated conflict
brand new 150-400 zoom that sports a built-in teleconverter. And, most interestingly, we serve up solid advice from seven photographers who made the jump from hobbyist to professional because, we know you want to do that yourself. Let’s get going!

 

Icon Steve McCurry On The Perfect Portrait

Steve McCurry’s photos of life and culture in the remotest pockets of the globe have graced the pages of National Geographic for decades. He is the artist behind Afghan Girl one of the most celebrated and haunting images ever to grace the cover of the magazine. There are volumes of experience
that McCurry can provide us that would help us integrate into a new culture or just get us to the point where we could ask a complete stranger to take their portrait. Read this valuable interview with McCurry in Conde Nast Traveler’s How I Got This Shot feature to grab
some of this experience.

 

 

 

Get McCurry’s wisdom HERE.

 

Battle Of The 70-200 f2.8 Zooms

If you talk to a working photojournalist, sports photographer or even a portrait photographer and ask them which lens they can’t live without, most will tell you it’s their 70-200 f2.8. That’s not an exaggeration. In fact, many working pros rely on a two camera setup with a sturdy 24-70 f2.8 on one camera and a 70-200 f2.8 on the other. The top manufacturers know this and it’s the reason these two lenses are their sharpest, most clear and fastest lenses they make. Right now let’s focus on the 70-200 f2.8 and see how the Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic mirrorless lenses stack up in this dpReview article.

See which zoom was the winner HERE.

 

Olympus 150-400 f4.5 With Built In 1.25 Teleconverter

If you’re a nature or sports shooter you’re probably tired of lugging a 8.5lb monster lens into the wild. Wouldn’t it be a dream to have a lens that has pro quality sharpness from 150mm to 400mm in a package that’s just 12.4 inches in length and weighs just 4.1lbs? On top of that throw in an 8 shutter speed image stabilization system and you’ve got Olympus’ new M.Zukio Digital ED 150-400mm lens with a built In 1.25 converter. This may be the lens that helps you get farther into the back country for those special wildlife images.

Learn more about this possibly amazing lens HERE.

 

Lindsay Addario – Photographer In War

“It’s a man’s world” they say of war photojournalism but no one told Lindsay Addario. She shoots in the thick of the action in locations we wouldn’t consider going to like Afghanistan and Syria. She’s been one of the few, if not only, women photographing in the midst of the Taliban. The list of dangerous situations is long. She claims that she knew little of operating her camera in her early years but this may be modesty as most would be proud of the photographs she’s made. This Vanity Fair interview with Addario takes you inside her thinking about danger and photography.

Get inside the world of Lindsay HERE.

 

How To Become A Professional Photographer

You love photography and you’d like to do it full time. That is, you want to take photography beyond the hobby status it plays in your life to where it is the point of your work life. It’s being done all the time and if you’re considering the leap you’re probably scouring the Internet for advice from photographers like yourself who’ve done it. This article is special because it features advice from seven different photographers working in different corners of the market. It’s solid, useful advice.

Learn more about going pro HERE.

 

Christmas Shopping Decision – Sony a7C or Nikon Z5

You may be shopping for the budding photographer in your life or friends may be coming to you for advice on their purchases. The question at Christmas time is “what’s the entry level DSLR that will grow with the budding hobbyist photographer in your life?” The answer to that one is not so easy. The camera should have excellent photo quality and pro-level controls. It must sport more than 20 megapixels and the autofocus should be super quick. The guys at The Slanted Lens did a deep review video of the Sony a7C and the Nikon Z5. It turns out both cameras are great choices but you may want one or the the other depending on how the camera will be used.

Inform your Christmas purchase decisions HERE.

Welcome back to HDR News. There’s nothing like diving deep into your photography to get your mind off the craziness that surrounds us these days. We start off with photo tips every photographer should know but may have not thought about (it’s not a Rule Of Thirds article). If you’re considering a camera brand change you’ll need to know which lenses are offered by the big manufacturers. We’ve got the article for you. We also look at creating depth in your landscapes, early entries in the Sony Awards and suggestions for a post-Covid road trip. Let’s get going!

 

Five Tips EVERY Beginning Photographer Should Know

If you’re going to be great in any skill area you have to have a humble streak. Admitting to yourself that you don’t know everything about your area of expertise allows you to gather in more new information that will certainly up your game. This video takes you back to the basics in a clear, visual way and is worth the time spent viewing. And, while we’re calling this basic, the topics in the video are a step beyond basic like, frame-within-a-frame, color theory and negative space. You’ll also love the creative framing used in the sample photos. Watch it!

Get the tips HERE.

 

Eight Great Mirrorless Cameras Hit The Street – Street Photography

The intro to this article says it best. Street photography is not about close portraits using a 35mm lens in an urban setting. Street photography is capturing humanity in all its forms from a family departing a church after a first communion to an aged soul walking their beloved dog through a leafless park. It’s a soulful form of photography. To accomplish your street photography goals you need a camera that is effortless to wield and focuses quickly. Here’s a great rundown on what’s available.

Learn about great street photography cameras HERE.

 

Seven Tips For Creating Depth In Your Landscape Photos

Mads Peter Iversen is a dedicated landscape photographer. He’s also an articulate communicator. He’s produced a video that cuts right to the chase in creating interest in a landscape photograph; depth. He drives home the value of the wide angle lens which, is not about packing
everything you can into a camera frame. It’s about knowing how to use a wide angle lens to make foreground objects appear large and distant objects appear small, also known as “depth”. The added bonus in this video is the musically accompanied walks Iversen takes through the woods. One view of the video will alleviate more stress than an hour with your therapist.

Find out how depth can help your landscapes HERE.

 

Canon, Nikon, Sony Mirrorless Lens Comparisons

Which platform should you choose? Often the availability of different lenses on a particular camera platform will help make the choice for us. It would be nice if we could go out and buy or even rent various lenses from the big camera makers to see which one best suits our needs. But, even renting bunches of gear to test can get expensive and cumbersome. That’s why before we plop down thousands of dollars on a new camera platform we rely on the publications that have great relationships with the big camera companies to do the testing for us. This dpReview article sums up the offerings of the big three manufacturers and is a good source for getting started on the daunting task of choosing which brand is best for you.

See the lens comparisons between the three systems HERE.

 

Impressive Early Entries In The Sony World Photography Awards

If you’re in need of some photographic inspiration a great place to start is checking out this article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail that reveals early entries in the annual Sony Awards. The Sony Awards has been drawing some of the world’s best photography for 14 years now with the quality of entries seeming to eclipse previous entries each year. Judging from this collection of images this year is no different.

See the early entries HERE.

 

The One Essential Filter For Landscape Photography

If you’re out there shooting landscapes on a regular basis you’ve probably figured out that there’s one filter that you reach into your bag for on a regular basis. It’s the filter that will remove the glare on the surface of the pool of water below a waterfall. It’s the filter that will deepen the color of the sky to provide contrast with mountains below. It’s the filter that takes the sheen off of wet surfaces to make colors pop. You know what it is!</p>

See which filter we’re talking about HERE.

 

France’s Most Stunning Road Trips

Europe has been off-limits for Americans since last March. But, eventually, the European Union will let Americans back onto their continent. The world will return to normal so, why not do the research to plan a fantastic photo trip. We recommend you start your research by checking out these fantastic drives through France. From the Loire Valley, to the French Alps, to the Cote d’Azur and more, France serves up more photographic beauty than most anywhere in the world. Read this article, pick a trip that interests you and start driving; when they let us back in of course.

Learn about road trips HERE.

 

 

Welcome again to HDR News. It’s been a challenging summer because of all the health and social issues we’ve had to process. Your photography can really come to the rescue when you need to get into a positive mind set. We have some great articles that will help you get deeper into your images. We have a solid guide to making that great Milky Way photo you’ve always wanted to shoot. We have images from the high altitude city of Kathmandu. There’s an info dense piece where six pros give you their lighting basics. And, there’s a look at some neat cameras you may have not have known about. Let’s get going!

 

Five Tips To Get “Stellar” Images Of The Night Sky

Making a wonderful photo of the Milky Way is something most budding landscape photographers strive to do. In reality, shooting the night sky is not as easy as grabbing a tripod, pointing your camera towards the sky and making a time exposure. There are nuances you must master not the least of which is avoiding the inevitable light streaks caused by the earth’s rotation. This article will help you solve the streak issue and a lot more.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoot the stars HERE.

 

7 Overlooked Digital Cameras Worth Your Time

Many photographers savor discovering the differences between different models of digital cameras. There are many, many cameras that hit the market that never thrived but possessed features and image quality that were surprising. They arrived with names like the Leica TL2 or Samsung NX1 or Olympus Pen F. If you don’t have the opportunity to get some hands-on time with these cameras this article does a nice job describing them for you.

 

Learn about these neat cameras HERE.

 

From The Streets Of Kathmandu

Kathmandu? You’ve likely heard of this mysterious city that lies in central Nepal. The name Nepal itself conjures visions of Himalayan mountain peaks and religious monks. It’s a country that is sandwiched between India to the south and Tibet to the north. To westerners it’s exotic. To the intrepid photographer it’s all about golden light and interesting people. Bangladeshi fine art photographer Ashraful Arefin produced this cinematic collection of street images that will catch your imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the light and people of Kathmandu HERE.

 

Do You Really Know The Rule Of Thirds?

The Rule of Thirds has given many a photographer a great starting point in developing composition skills. But, too many photographers take the short route and don’t use the rule beyond placing interesting scene elements right on the intersection points of the one-third lines. There’s more to the rule and knowing it in depth could really help your compositions.

 

 

 

 

Dive into the Rule of Thirds HERE.

 

Perfect Your Lighting Skills With These Portrait Basics

Many pro photographers will tell you that photography is really not about the camera or the lens. It’s about light and how you manage light to create an image that tells the story you want to tell. Most of us start our photographic journeys shooting landscapes and depend on the light that nature is giving us at the time. Eventually though, your skills will improve and you’ll be asked to create portraits and headshots. At that point you will be compelled to become more knowledgeable about managing light. That’s where this article comes in. It is packed with the secrets of six working pros and it’s very easy to understand.

Learn about good lighting HERE.

Here at Pinnacle we love to enjoy great photographs. This month we look at two surprising collections, each at opposite ends of the professional spectrum. We have a collection of impressive images from the iPhone Photo Awards and a collection of other-worldly weather images from a master. We also cover the technical with an interesting entry-level, full frame mirrorless camera as well as a look at the specs of the top ultra-wide zooms. Good stuff. Let’s get going!

 

Nikon Z5 – What You Need To Know

The new Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera will catch the eye of photographers who want to switch to mirrorless but were dragging their feet due to budget. The Z5 is priced about $450 less than the Z6 and about $1,400 less than the flagship Z7. The sensor in the Z5 is a 24mp CMOS design but it’s not the same as the sensor in the Z6. The Z5 interface has a more consumer layout than its bigger brothers. So, is the Z5 the way to go? A good place to start getting info is this nice dpReview review.

See if the Z5 meets your needs HERE.

 

Stunning Winners – iPhone 2020 Photo Awards

The 13th annual iPhone Photography Awards received thousands of entries from over 140 countries. The shocker is, the images are fantastic. They range in subject from pure art to street photography and you certainly can’t tell they were shot with an iPhone. More shocking is the fact that they were not necessarily shot with the latest iPhone 11 Pro. Photographer Of The Year was awarded to an artist using an iPhone 6. It goes to show you great photography ain’t about the equipment.

See the winners HERE.

 

Some Of The Most Dramatic Photographs Of Weather You’ll Ever See – Eric Meola

Eric Meola has innovated with color since graduating from the Syracuse University Newhouse School and his subsequent managing the studio for legend Pete Turner. He has won awards and accolades like Advertising Photographer Of The Year. His “Coca Kid” photograph of a young Hatian  boy was included in Time Magazine Special Edition, 100 Magnificent Images. Meola started chasing storms for their surreal beauty in 1977 while shooting Bruce Springsteen for the cover of his The Promise album. Today those trips to capture raw nature have resulted in a magnificent body of work. Take a look.

See the amazing images HERE.

 

How Good Photographers Make Good Portraits In Lousy Settings

Must you rely on an interesting setting to make a good portrait? Actually, it’s how you connect with your subject that will determine the quality of your portraits. It doesn’t hurt to have a great lighting sense and the ability to shoot tight or loose. This article gets you into the nitty gritty of three photographers who know how to connect with their subjects and summon their skills to create memorable portraits.

See how these photographers get the job done HERE.

 

Ultra Wide Angle Zooms That Will Have You Looking At The World Different

“Fill the frame” is what you’ll hear from a good photo composition instructor. That’s not so hard to do with a medium to long zoom lens but try filling your frame with an ultra wide zoom like Canon’s RF 15-35 f2.8. If you succeed you’ll be very close to at least a part of your subject. Nevertheless, ultra-wide zooms are fun to shoot and can give you some very compelling images. This article gives you a close look at eleven of them from the top photo manufacturers.

See how the ultra-wide zooms spec out HERE.

 

When You SHOULD Overexpose

We’ve all heard that we shouldn’t over expose our highlights to avoid loss of detail. Did you know that over exposing is a fundamental skill of fashion and portrait photographers? This video will give you a solid understanding of how and when to overexpose to eliminate unwanted details, create mood and direct the viewers eye. Check it out.

Learn about good overexposure HERE.

 

Welcome again to HDR News. We’re taking a wide look at photography this month by covering equipment, imaging technology, famous photographers and even vintage images. First up is a look at Canon’s new, long awaited mirrorless camera. Then we take you to Rijksmuseum museum in the Netherlands where they’ve posted online an amazing super, super high-res image of Rembrandt’s most famous painting. Then, we see the tables turned on one of the world’s most famous photographers. We end with a non-pandemic look at New York City in images from as long as 140 years ago. Let’s go!

 

Canon EOS R5 – First Look Review

Canon may have just created mirrorless parity amongst the big three camera makers with its announcement of the specs for the new EOS R5. In its “First Look Review” CameraJabber states, “ First impressions of the Canon EOS R5 are impressive. This is a refined version of the EOS R with souped-up specifications and a possible price tag to match” And what will that price be? Right now the Nikon Z7 is priced at $2,800 at B&H Photos. The Sony a7R IV is going for $3,500 (ouch!). We think the initial price will be set in between, somewhere around $3,100. But, you never know because competition is a wonderful thing.

See the video HERE.

 

Mirrorless Shootout: Canon vs. Nikon vs. Sony

You’ve been dragging your feet. You love new camera gear and you know the camera industry is heading down the mirrorless highway at breakneck speed. And, what better time to make a full jump from one brand to another? But, you know. If you wait just a little bit, the next, more fully realized mirrorless model will be introduced and you won’t feel a bit foolish for having jumped in too soon. Eventually though, you’re going to make the plunge so you might as well have all the information you can gather. To that end here is an entertaining and in-depth of the pluses and minuses of the mirrorless offerings of the big three manufacturers.

See which brand rises to the top, in this article HERE.

 

Operation Night Watch

One of the most important and famous paintings in the world is by Rembrandt and is titled Night Watch. It has hung in the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands since 1808 and is the country’s most prized work of art. Rembrandt received the commission for the work in 1640 and it was finished in 1642. The painting is in the middle of a major restoration and part of that project resulting in one of the most amazing photographs you will ever see. It’s a “hyper resolution” image of the painted that when zoomed in on will present a single brush stroke as large as your computer screen. This is a must-see.

Follow Operation Night Watch HERE.

See the amazing hyper resolution image HERE.

 

Turning The Camera On Joe McNally

Joe McNally is one of the most well known and prolific photographers working today. His experience and talents span photojournalism, advertising, fashion, portraiture and more. His photos have graced the covers of magazines large and small most notably LIFE, Sports Illustrated and National Geographic. His list of clients is too long to list here. So, when Nikon turned the tables on McNally and secured L.A. portrait and wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis to make a portrait of McNally it grabbed our attention. The assignment was
for both photographers shoot each other using only Nikon’s Z 85mm f1.8 S lens. Ghionis’ described the feeling of shooting a legend as “..that’s like being asked to cook for Gordon Ramsey!

Read about the shoot in dpReview HERE.

Check out Joe McNally’s website HERE.

And, take a look at Jerry Ghionis’s website HERE.

 

Keep Your Photos From Getting Stolen On The Internet

If you shoota lot and post your images on the Internet you’ve probably had some images stolen. If your images haven’t been stolen yet they probablywill be in time. Copyrighting your images is the way to protect your creative property? Sort of. Copyrighting involvesapplications with the federal government and if you find your copyrighted work has been stolen, lawyers get involved. The word “lawyer”translates to many thousands of dollars. Check out this short but informative article to learn more about what’s required to protectyour work and pursue a possible thief.

Learn more about what it takes to protect yourself HERE.

 

New York City Then – 36 Vintage Images

New York City has taken one or two on the chin in recent months. The densely populated region was the perfect environment for spreading the Covid-19 virus. In following the news coverage of recent events you’ve seen the airwaves and the Internet have been full of images of tightly packed skyscrapers and streets devoid of traffic. But, did New York always look like this? This collection of photos, starting in the 1890s, is a reminder of the explosive growth and constantly changing culture that is New York City.

Step into the past HERE.

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