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Marius Schultz - A Story of the Universe Told by the Trees | LensCulture

Marius Schultz - A Story of the Universe Told by the Trees | LensCulture | Photo art | Scoop.it
A portrait/landscape story inspired by a Zen analogy which asks you to try and discover new things in the same forest that you pass through every day
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The Lytro Illum: Is the future here already?

The Lytro Illum: Is the future here already? | Photo art | Scoop.it
The title of this article may be a premature assessment seeing that we have yet to see and try the camera first-hand, but I can't hide the fact that I am very excited about this announcement. Forge...
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Shooting Portraits of Strangers with the Sony A7r | Danny Santos

Shooting Portraits of Strangers with the Sony A7r | Danny Santos | Photo art | Scoop.it

The last time I photographed Shooting Portraits of Strangers in the streets was around 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve been busy doing candids, studio shoots, and commissioned work. And as the recent exhibit is wrapping up, I’ve been wanting to go back in the streets and add new faces to the project. Then just recently, Sony Singapore provided me with a Sony A7r on loan for a month to test drive. I figured this was the perfect time to shoot new strangers. So for a few weekends now, I’ve been back in Orchard Road, looking for a face that stands out, and approaching them to ask if I could take their portrait. I used the Sony A7r with a Nikon 85mm f1.4D – good thing Sony SG also provided a Novoflex adapter that allows me to use Nikon lenses. It’s a good combo… a compact camera with a whopping 36MP sensor, and my trusty old 85mm I use in almost all my portrait work. The only catch is, the adapter renders the lens to manual focus, and the camera to manual exposure. Fortunately, the Xtra Fine LCD and focus peaking feature makes using my Nikon lens immediately manageable. Focusing manually wide open at f1.4 leaves you with too much guess work – a lot of space for mistakes. But thanks to focus peaking (which is like the best invention ever), I would just wait for the catch lights in the subject’s eyes to highlight, and click. I remember everytime the subject leaves and I review the shots, I would whisper to myself “please be sharp, please be sharp…” while zooming in on the eyes. And 95% of the time, I nail it.....


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In praise of the Leica Monochrom | Colin Templeton

In praise of the Leica Monochrom | Colin Templeton | Photo art | Scoop.it

I work for a national newspaper in Scotland. I love my job – I’m based in Glasgow, as is my newspaper, so much of my work is in and around the city, although I also get to see a fair bit of Scotland. But the city is what fascinates me. And when I’m not working I get out and about with my Leica M Monochrom. I love to document everyday life on the streets. I’ve owned, and used, a Leica M6 since the mid-nineties, and always liked the images it produced. They seemed to have more life to them, dare I say it, more soul than the pictures I got from the Nikon F5 I used for work, and the rangefinder camera was simply much more fun to use. When I started at the newspaper full-time, around five years ago, they supplied the camera gear needed for the job, so I was left with all the Nikon kit I had used as a freelance. I sold it all (thank you, eBay) and bought a Leica M9. That camera was a revelation – essentially the same as the M6, but with the advantages of being digital. And when it was announced that Leica were launching a black and white only M, I didn’t hesitate – I traded in the M9, and found myself with an M Monochrom. I’d been converting the majority of my shots into black and white anyway.......


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The Leica T (Type 701) Unibody Digital Camera Review by Steve Huff | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

The Leica T (Type 701) Unibody Digital Camera Review by Steve Huff | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS | Photo art | Scoop.it
The Leica T (Type 701) Unibody Digital Camera Review If Apple made a digital camera, this would be it! by Steve Huff The Leica T Video Overview  The
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Soma magazine: first editorial: shooting for print with the Sony A7/r: field report, part two. | Mike Kobal

Soma magazine: first editorial: shooting for print with the Sony A7/r: field report, part two. | Mike Kobal | Photo art | Scoop.it


How does the Sony A7 perform when shooting a fast paced editorial?


I admit, I was a bit nervous, although I have shot a few assignments with the Sony A7 already, shooting in a crowded, public place with natural light is a different story. Speed is important, there really isn’t much time to fiddle with settings and equipment. One has to stay on the move, get the shot, head back to the base, change outfits and do it all over again.....


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Joel Meyerowitz - My life with Leica (take three)

Third and final part of the interview that Leica Akademie Italy has made with Joel Meyerowitz in Milan. The american master talks about the Leica S medium format camera, and how this camera is capable of delivering an image quality that he was formerly able to achieve only with his beloved 8x10" Deardorff...


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Sony Alpha 7R Review: Digital Photography Review

Sony Alpha 7R Review: Digital Photography Review | Photo art | Scoop.it
Two products that have been getting a lot of attention lately are the Sony a7 and a7R full-frame mirrorless cameras. Last month we took an in-depth look at the Alpha 7, and were mostly pleased with how it turned out. Now it's time to take a look at its big brother, the Alpha 7R, which offers a 36 megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter and a more conventional autofocus system. Is the a7R worth the price premium over the a7? Click below to find out.
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