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30 Most Influential Wedding & Portrait Photographers

As most wedding and portrait photographers know, the annual WPPI conference in Las Vegas is right around the corner from February 27 – March 6. While at the conference you’ll see a few photographers that have a following, literally treated like rock stars filling a packed stadium of adoring fans. I remember last year I saw one photographer who had a group of about 20 people follow him all over. But what about those that do a lot for the industry, though often fly under the radar. [more]

Carl Zeiss Announced a New 50mm f/2.8 for E-Mount & X-Mount

Fan of the E-Mount or already an owner of the pretty sweet Fuji X-mount systems? Then you might like this: Zeiss just announced a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens for both mounts that sports the styling of the Zeiss lenses we’ve come to love over the years. It will be available at the end of March for $999. [more]

PhotoShelter Releases Results of Industry Survey, Full of Useful Information

PhotoShelter regularly releases awesome guides and data they collect from the industry and today’s release of The Photographer’s Outlook on 2014 is no exception. This guide has insights from over 5700 photographers worldwide on the business goals and challenges they expect this year. They also highlighted the blogs that pros & enthusiasts read to keep up on industry news (of which we are honored to say Fstoppers was listed), plus the photographers they follow for inspiration. [more]

Paper, Facebook’s New Reader App, Is Coming February 3

The much speculated Facebook reader is real, it’s called Paper and I have to say it looks beautiful. As shown in the the promotional launch video, the app is all gesture driven (though some of the gestures look impractical) and it looks to be a new and pleasant way to stay up to date with the stories that matter to you, with a design UI that takes a lot from other established reader apps like Flipboard. [more]

Olympus Adds New OM-D E-M10 Camera, Combining Aspects of the E-M1 and E-M5

Early this morning Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M10 (that’s a mouthful), combining aspects of two popular cameras the E-M1 and E-M5. It features the new TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the OM-D E-M1, 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Wi-Fi technology, a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder and 3-axis image stabilization. [more]

Chase Jarvis Tells Forbes How He Became The Photographer Everyone Wants to Work With

Dan Schawbel, a contributing writer for Forbes online and author of the best selling book “Promote Yourself,” recently met up with famed photographer Chase Jarvis. The interview that resulted is an interesting look at how he became such a force in the photographic world. The interview of course touches on CreativeLive and how it came to be, but it also goes into [more]

A Tale of Two Magazine Covers

Boston Magazine’s May 2013 cover image by photographer Mitchell Feinberg depicted running shoes from Boston marathoners shaped into a heart. It was a fitting, smartly conceived statement to a city recuperating from the terror of the finish line marathon bomb attacks. To promote the upcoming Bath Half Marathon 2014, Bath Magazine in the UK printed a cover image almost identical to the Boston edition, sparking an internet controversy. [more]

OnOne Offers Perfect Effects 8 for Free Until Jan. 28th ($99 Value)

OnOne Software is certainly not a new name to the retouching world. Building software since 2005, OnOne has brought us a long line of Photoshop plugins and Lightroom presets. Continuing their goal to make retouching a far less painstaking process, onOne Software has decided to give away their flagship Perfect Effects 8 software for free, but only for the next few days. But what exactly is onOne Perfect Effects 8?
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Looking for a Video Crane? Pro Am Has a New Light Weight Option

Cranes can add that extra bit of “oomph” to a video, giving it that one extra piece to make for compelling and dynamic footage. If you saw Patrick Hall’s review of the Rhino Slider, you probably noticed some footage from a crane in there too. Pro Am just announced a new $300, 12-pound, 3-foot crane that can support a camera rigs up to 20 pounds and manually tilts cameras up to 10 pounds. [more]

Leica Celebrates A Centenary of Camera Craftsmanship

This year, Leica turns 100. The “Leitz”, the first camera for 35mm film, was brought to market back in 1914 by Oskar Barnack. Just what is it it that makes Leicas so special in the eyes of so many great photographers, and does this justify the often insane costs of ownership? [more]

Hasselblad Strikes New Ground, Announces 50MP CMOS Medium Format Camera Back

Hasselblad, who hasn’t done a heck of a lot of innovating in the past few months, might finally have something worth talking about. They announced that they are working on the world’s first 50 megapixel CMOS sensor back for their medium format cameras, rather than the CCD format previously used. This means faster capture rate, longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. [more]

Breaking News – New Fuji X-T1 Images Leaked

The first ad for the new Fuji X-Series camera, the X-T1, greeted Japanese commuters today. As they were picking over the detail, a host of leaked images showed up online simultaneously, which provided unequivocal proof that this was the much discussed and touted X-T1. If all these specs stack up, this camera looks set to cause quite a stir. [more]

Kansas City Under Fire After Requiring Photo Permits in Public Parks

The internet is up in arms about a recent law enacted in Overland Park, KS. Professional photographers are now required to obtain a permit to photograph clients in any of the 83 parks under the jurisdiction of Overland Park Parks and Recreation. For some reason photographers worldwide are upset about this. Given that this author is actually a resident of the area, I’m going to ride the line between news and opinion a bit. [more]

Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Some years back, we featured the beautiful Lego Star Wars world that Finnish illustrator, designer and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki created with simple but ingenious lighting and table top model work. His latest project again features iconic Star Wars models, shot and then composited back into scenes, rendering the spacecraft to epic proportions. Vesa proves again that some solid technical know-how coupled with a vivid imagination delivers fantastic results. [more]

Norman Reedus & Al Wertheimer on “Capture”

Viewers of “The Walking Dead” are no strangers to Norman Reedus, but few may be aware that Reedus is an accomplished photographer. In this episode of Mark Seliger’s “Capture,” Reedus joins Al Wertheimer – who you may or may not know as Elvis’s personal photographer. It’s a great combination of guests – Reedus, known for his dark and almost morbid style (more pictures here) and Wertheimer, known for taking probably the most intimate shots of The King. As always, it’s a pretty fascinating episode. [more]

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