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When we travel to amazing places, taking pictures allows us to show our friends and family what we saw. Composing the perfect photo is a process of pointing your camera at something interesting, and shooting at the right time. But what if the people viewing your photos could virtually stand where you were standing, and look around, fully immersed in the scene?
360-degree panoramas are a unique... READ MORE
Imagine traveling with a small camera kit that weighs less than 5 pounds and produces photographs worthy of a National Geographic photographer. Imagine being able to shoot all day, walk to the top of the mountain, and not have an aching back? Then imagine... READ MORE
To me, there is nothing more exciting than flying to new locations around the globe and finding the best places to capture photos. I have been very fortunate to be able to fly all over the world and see many different locales and their resident... READ MORE
Much of life as a professional photographer involves taking—indeed, our job description as photographers is that we take photos for a living. It is a beautiful way to make a living and see the world and all the richer, I have found, when we are able to create... READ MORE
This week in the news: Ricoh announced the new 16MP Pentax XG-1 digital camera, which features 52x optical zoom. The prices of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera and the DJI Ronin stabilized gimbal were significantly cut. And RØDE came out with a Lightning version of its iXY microphone, which is compatible with Apple's latest mobile devices.
The New Pentax XG-1 Super-Zoom Digital Camera... READ MORE
Not long ago, it seemed that if you wanted to focus your camera lens so everything beyond a certain distance was in focus, you would turn your focus ring to the "infinity" setting. The lens barrel had engraved or painted markings displaying distances in feet and/or meters and just past the highest digits was this symbol: ∞
One of the traditional hallmarks of a high-quality manual-focus... READ MORE
In the realm of super-zoom point-and-shoot cameras, one of the self-referential hallmarks of this genre is "how long can you go?" With manufacturers consistently pushing the... READ MORE
When the Canon 16-35mm f/4L lens was first announced, many photographers were disappointed that it wasn’t a new version of the already existing 16-35mm f... READ MORE
Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. I believe the way to find common ground is by seeing yourself in others.
A lot of my work involves... READ MORE
When I'm on location, I shoot lots of material. I cull my work constantly, and feel relieved every time I delete another hundred or so images. Some people are amazed that I delete anything, and almost everyone is amazed at just how much I delete.
"...I find that the editing process really helps, and by deleting, I am able to analyze my shoot and create the necessary contact sheets..."
Back in... READ MORE
Because I composite many images, I use a ranking system that's only slightly different from the classic Adobe five-star rating system when going through my travel photos. I use one star for images that don’t work but embody an idea that is worth revisiting. Images that can work get two stars, if combined with another image (panorama or composite). Solid images receive three stars—but for me to... READ MORE
This week in the news:
Sony announced a new smartphone that's equipped with a front-facing selfie flash. The Leica M received a new set of features and fixes in a firmware update. And DxO Optics Pro 9 added raw-file support for the Sony a7S and RX100 III.
Front-facing selfie flashes arrive on smartphones
It was only a question of when. This week, Sony announced the new Xperia C3 smartphone,... READ MORE
As with all types of weather, it’s important to know the differences between categories of Weather Alerts. Floods have three basic classifications of potential alerts: Watches, Warnings, and Advisories.
Types of Flood Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
- Flood Watch: Conditions are right for possible flooding (stay alert for announcements).
- Flash Flood Watch: Conditions are right...