What began as a tool and technique for capturing and projecting wider aspect ratios on 35mm film, anamorphic lenses are a runaway favorite among cinematographers for the unique characteristics they bring to moving images. Ultra-wide rectangular aspect ratios, long horizontal lens flares, and oval bokeh (the out-of-focus areas of the image) now feel as much a part of the cinematic experience as a... READ MORE
In the following video, Larry Becker, of Kelby Media, presents an overview of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens and covers its features, design, and its distinction of being the first constant f/1.8 zoom. Learn about this lens's overall performance, including its specifications, ability to produce notably shallow depth of field, auto-focus attributes, as well as build quality and operational... READ MORE
Many photographers consider the UV filter a necessary accessory for a new lens, and while it does have some useful qualities, there are a few situations in which you’d be better off without one.
1) When you’re using other filters
Beginners to filtration and photography tend to think that because the UV is a clear filter, you can stack a second or even third filter on top of it without affecting... READ MORE
Join Larry Becker and Brian Hynes, Product Marketing Manager for MeFOTO Tripods, for a look at the newest addition to the MeFOTO tripod family. The SideKick360 Smartphone Adapter features an Arca Swiss base, three 1/4"-20 threads, and one 3/8"-16 thread for attaching to any tripod. It also mounts on any MeFOTO Arca Swiss tripod without the need for an extra plate, and features a no-slip, dual-... READ MORE
Mia McCormick gets a sneak peak at the new Panasonic GH4, which supports 4K 4096x2160 and UHD 3840x2160 recording, and Full HD at 200Mbps. Other exciting features include focus peaking, a new high-speed autofocus system, professional power, XLR, time code, and SDI connections... READ MORE
Mia McCormick speaks with Victor Ha, who demonstrates the new COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig. The dual-handed rig, which supports 2 to 11 pounds, is easy to use and allows you to capture smooth and creative shots with your DSLR or small to medium-sized camcorder. Once balanced, the camera lets you move freely around your subject, and you can even control tilt with your thumbs, letting... READ MORE
In the following video, Larry Becker, from Kelby Media, speaks with the rep from Spider Camera Holster about their new Memory Card Organizer and upcoming hand strap. The video shows off the capabilities of the organizer, including how it attaches to a belt, and its ability to hold six memory cards and other accessories. You can also see a preview of the hand strap and how it will work.
In this video, Larry Becker, from Kelby Media, visits the Custom Brackets booth at WPPI 2014 to learn about some of their flash support products. Greg, from Custom Brackets, explains that all of their gear is made from aluminum, in the United States, and each piece keeps your flash centered above the lens. He gives a thorough explanation of the mainstays of the Custom Bracket line, while... READ MORE
In the following video, Mia McCormick goes over basic settings for shooting video with DSLR cameras. She discusses resolution, frames rates, and compression, including IPB and ALL-I formats. She also takes a look at how shutter speed affects motion, and makes mention of auto-focusing systems, highlighting the new dual pixel phase detection system on the Canon EOS-70D. We hope you enjoy the video... READ MORE
You’d think that in this digital day and age, something as decidedly analog as amateur astronomy would be going the way of CDs and Blockbuster Video. But something odd has been happening since around the turn of the Millennium: astronomy is popular. I’m not talking hipster-ironic popular, I’m talking real-life, “if it were a dude it would be the starting quarterback” popular. Alright... maybe... READ MORE
Just because we live in an age of high-tech photographic lighting technology doesn’t mean it’s always practical to drag around a cartload of power packs, flash heads, stands, scrims, softboxes, gobos, and cables. It also doesn’t mean having all that gear is going to make your portraiture look better. Even if it turns out that you can take it with you, the working photojournalist may not enjoy the... READ MORE
In this video, Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, sheds some light on the new Spectra 1 x 1 LED light units from Manfrotto. The video explores the features and specs that make these lights an attractive option in the 1 x 1 LED panel market, and highlights some of the unit’s design features. We learn about its high CRI, flicker-free operation, and color-temperature options. We also find out about... READ MORE
One of my favorite cameras to shoot is my Polaroid 210 Land Camera, because every time I bring it out, I’m met with the same response: “They still make film for that?” I love surprising people, and even more, I love getting them into shooting instant film. It not only gives you a gratifying, and somewhat nostalgic feeling, it’s also a guaranteed conversation starter.
Polaroid 210... READ MORE
The differences between the Nikon Df and D610 are many; however, they don’t differ in capability, but rather, in their fundamental approach to photography. With these two recent releases, Nikon has... READ MORE
Depending on your age, you may recall the first person on your block to get a VCR, the first to connect to the Internet, or the first person to take a “selfie” with a smartphone. Now you can be the first person with a 4K TV—however, content still remains on the scarce side, but there is a handful of ways to get 4K into your home.
In order to do this, you’ll need a 4K monitor, TV or projector,... READ MORE