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Here’s an 80x Super-Telephoto Lens for Smartphones

We recently shared an impressive demo of the 65x optical zoom lens on the Canon SX60. If you’re a smartphone shooter who wants the same reach without …

Rolleiflex Factory to be Liquidated at Auction: Here’s a Look Inside

It’s the end of the road for the company behind Rolleiflex cameras. Just two months after Fujifilm put up one of its major film factories at auction, …

Water Drop Images - a short tutorial - Light Stalking

Author<p>Posts<p>March 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm #184896<p>I have been obsessed with water drops for more than 30 years, since I saw a copy of “A Study of …

How Ricoh Returned 90,000 Photos to Victims of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

When Japan was devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, countless families lost precious photos in their homes that washed away. In …

7 awesome ways to creatively use your on-camera flash.

Do you ever feel the need to have an artificial light source when photographing? You don’t have to look any further, as you probably already have a …

Landscape Photography

Our Favorite Pictures of Jewels, From Hope Diamond to Fakes

Our favorite photos of jewels from National Geographic's archives.<p>Here are some of our favorite photos of jewels from National Geographic's archives. Some of the jewels are still rough stones, barely out of the ground; others have been passed from hand to hand for decades. They all captivate—even …

Why Do Butterflies Have Such Vibrant Colors and Patterns?

Colors give butterflies camouflage, which helps them avoid hungry predators.<p>Ask a social butterfly where she got that great dress, and she'll say, "This old thing?" and then tell you its entire history.<p>Ask an actual butterfly about its colorful attire, and things get a lot more complicated.<p>Our …

Insects

A Frog Riding a Beetle: Is This a Real Wildlife Photo or a Bunch of BS?

Photos of a frog riding a beetle have been flooding the Internet over the past month. Think it looks cute and adorable? Reactions to the series of …

Immortalizing Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield with a Wet Plate Portrait

I get a call on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, telling me “The Champ can give you an hour if you can pick him up at the hotel in 10 minutes”. “I’ll …

Time I

Firefighter Photographer Jake Niece Captures Beauty While Battling Destruction

Jake Niece is a “jake of all trades” who uses both mind and muscle in his multiple lines of work. In the summer he works as a wildland firefighter in …

Photography

Modifying an Old Nikon AI-S 300mm f/2.8 Lens to Give it Faux Autofocus

If you’d like to use legacy Nikkor lenses on your modern Nikon camera, one thing you can do to improve functionality is add a CPU to them. While …

Canon 5DS Promo Mugs Poke Fun at the Nikon D800 and Its ‘Small’ 36MP Sensor

Canon is apparently promoting its new 5DS DSLR with a pair of mugs that poke fun at Nikon. There’s a big mug that has EOS 5DS printed across the …

How to Effectively Combine Aperture and Shutter Speed

It’s probably safe to say that nearly everyone reading this has not only heard of the famed exposure triangle, but has also dedicated a decent amount …

Learning from Your Mistakes Even When No One Knows You've Made Them

By the time we’re adults, most of us have learned that mistakes are much better teachers than successes are. Mistakes engage our ingrained loss …

Beginning in 2006, Tim Mantoani started an exhausting project to take portraits of famous living photographers with their most iconic images. Over the years, Mantoani took over 150 portraits with a...

Beginning in 2006, Tim Mantoani started an exhausting project to take portraits of famous living photographers with their most iconic images.<p>Over the …

Photography

30 Powerful Reuters Photos from the Past 30 Years

It was 30 years ago that Reuters launched its Pictures service that plays a key role in distributing powerful photojournalism to publications around …

Photojournalism

How to Capture Misty, Magical Photographs: 3 Essential Tips on Timing, Tools and Technique

The eight to five workday starts. Workers swipe time clocks, dash through closing elevator doors and fight rush hour traffic. By this time in a …

Landscape Photography

Rarely Seen Moonfish, Size of Manhole Cover, Caught on Camera

The opah, or moonfish, is a camera-shy animal that researchers know little about.<p>Its squat body and flimsy-looking pectoral fins may not scream speed-demon.<p>But the opah, or moonfish, is actually quite fast, and can run with the big boys like tuna and swordfish. That's just one of many surprising …

Zoology

The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive

Here’s a common complaint: “Why is wedding photography so expensive?”<p>One of the most common complaints about wedding photography is that it’s too …

Weddings

Contest Copyright Controversy a Crazy Coincidence

Here’s one of the stranger copyright controversies we’ve come across. It all started with a photo contest and an accusation of copyright infringement.<p>…

It’s easy to imagine that the greatest photographers make their work with a simple click of the shutter, but there’s a whole lot more that goes into it. To show just how lengthy the creative process...

It’s easy to imagine that the greatest photographers make their work with a simple click of the shutter, but there’s a whole lot more that goes into …

A Review of the Venus 60mm f/2.8, the World’s First 2:1 Macro Lens with Infinity Focus

Last month, a Chinese company called Venus Optics unveiled a 60mm f/2.8 lens, the first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus. Thomas Shahan, …

Macro Photography

A Look at How Michael Paul Smith Creates Historical Photos with Incredibly Detailed Models

Here’s a fascinating video about how photographer Michael Paul Smith creates and photographs Elgin Park, a 20th century town created through …

Two Sides of the Story: Newlyweds Upset with Wedding Photographer

Over the last week, a story unfolded about a newlywed couple in Dallas upset with the services they received from their wedding photographer, Andrea …

Weddings

HDR Photography: Shooting Tips, Software Plugins, and Training Resources

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography refers to creating an image, from two or more exposures of a scene/subject, in which the appearance of colors is …

The Importance of Contracts: Wedding Photog in a Dispute Over Album ‘Cover’ Charge

<b>Update</b>: There are new developments in this story. Please see below.<p>There’s a dispute going on over in Texas that shows the importance of getting your …

Macro Photos that Capture the Beauty and Diversity of Insects in Singapore’s Rainforests

Nicky Bay is a Singapore-based photographer who captures the beauty and diversity of insects in Singapore’s rainforests through macro photography. He …

Nature Photography

In the years following WW2, San Francisco went through something of a golden age. Fourth generation San Franciscan Fred Lyon captured the energy and optimism of this era in his lovely black and white...

In the years following WW2, San Francisco went through something of a golden age.<p>Fourth generation San Franciscan Fred Lyon captured the energy and …

How to Effectively Deal with Your Photography Critics

<i>“What the public criticizes in you, cultivate it. It is you.”</i> — Jean Cocteau<p>When you work in any creative or artistic capacity — whether you earn a …

Self-help