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Fstoppers Reviews the RODE VideoMic GO In-Line Power Microphone

RODE downsized their popular Videomic with the new Videomic GO, half the size and can run without a dedicated battery through the use of in-line power. This looks like a perfect run-and-gun mic, but would the smaller size affect audio quality? You decide, as I compare the two against on-camera audio and a lav mic. [more]

Watch the Evolution of VFX Through Academy Award Winning Movies

This brilliant video edited by Nelson Carvajal shows just how much visual effects have changed throughout movie history. The video starts with 1977′s Star Wars and ends with this year’s nominees for “Best Visual Effects”. It wasn’t until 1977 that the Academy Awards created an official category for “Best Visual Effects”. Although, until 1995 the Academy Awards occasionally fell back to its old umbrella of “Special Achievement Academy Award”. [more]

The New Pentax 645D Medium Format Is Coming!

As far as digital products from Pentax go, the 645D Medium Format has always been the king of the hill for the company. Fans of Pentax, such as myself, have been anxiously awaiting an update to the original digital medium format offering from Pentax which was released nearly 4 years ago in 2010. Nipping at the heels of the recent Hasselblad and Phase One CMOS Medium Format announcements it appears Pentax finally has its own Medium Format announcement to make… and a 50MP CMOS no less. [more]

Rumored Nikon D4s Details

The Nikon D4s seems to be all the buzz lately.  Nothing is official yet, but rumors are going around that match up across multiple sources. Nikon displayed the new D4s body at CES this year and since then we have been able to find some rumored information about the camera and what is to come.  Officially, we are told that the D4s will include a new image processor and “more advanced autofocusing performance”.  Which both, in themselves, are great announcements.  [more]

The Secret to Crafting Stunningly Sharp Images and Preserving It Across Media

You probably know that getting your uploads to look sharp on screen, in print and on social media goes beyond resizing. Now, resizing is incredibly important in order to retain the optimum quality for sites such as Facebook, but there is an element far deeper than that and it is not often discussed. This is the secret to getting your images looking “sharper” no matter the medium.  [more]

Tamron Announces Two New Lenses: 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 & 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3

Ahead of the Japanese trade show CP+, Tamron has announced two more mega-zoom lenses, the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016). The lenses follow the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 announced in late 2013. The two new lenses feature Tamron’s Vibration Compensation and a PZD (Piezo Drive) which will supposedly deliver faster, quieter autofocus. [more]

Behance Unleashes Fully Responsive Profiles for 2014

In New York City, Adobe owned showcase website Behance sets the bar high for competitors in 2014 by providing re-designed profiles that work seamlessly across all devices. Among those features, are a fully responsive new web layout, editing tools to help your organization and much more allowing you to quickly see your work and your inspiration that drives it. [more]

22 Tips To Make Your ‘WPPI 2014′ Experience Amazing

WPPI is less than 4 weeks away! The largest annual industry event for photographers and filmmakers that draws in over 13,000+ people to learn new techniques, build relationships, experience new products and find solutions for their business. This will be my 6th year attending WPPI and so I wanted to use my experience to share some valuable tips I have learned throughout the years. [more]

Ex-Drill Sergeant Travels The Country Finding And Photographing Homeless Veterans

Photographer Jerry Tovo has spent the better part of the last 2 years pursuing a personal project around the USA called “They May Have Been Heroes.” The project is dedicated to raising the Nation’s awareness to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of homeless Veterans, by photographing, videotaping and otherwise recording their stories. The photos and stories are both captivating and heartbreaking. [more]

Photography Clients Are Still Willing To Pay A Premium For Unique Work

Last summer we flew Mike Kelley, one of my favorite architecture photographers, to Charleston for 3 weeks to film the 8 hour tutorial How To Photograph Real Estate, Architecture and Interiors . Mike’s technique of light painting and compositing is so polished and time consuming that I assumed no Realtor would actually want to pay for it. I was wrong. [more]

Great Tips And Tricks On How To Retouch Hair

One of the most complex areas about retouching beauty shots is definitely fixing hair. If you see any editorial or advertisement that has perfect hair, you can be rest assured that there was some retouching involved. Although this isn’t the only way to retouch hair, the guys at FX-Ray put together a good video showcasing some tips and tricks. There are definitely many methods of doing it, but this should come in handy for the common trouble areas.  [more]

How Many Steps Does it Take to Shoot a Wedding?

Right before Christmas a sale popped up for the FitBit Flex (a fitness tracker) and even though I didn’t “need” it, the FitBit would help me stay in shape. So of course I bought it. Over the last couple of months I have been making a conscience effort to make sure I am active. I love seeing how different activities affect my daily step count and, well, shooting a wedding sure does.
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Unique Way to Help Improve Your Retouching

Like many photographers, I’m always trying to polish my craft and grow my talents when it comes to both photography and retouching. Tutorials are plentiful on the internet, and sometimes overwhelming with the millions of videos, articles and PSDs. However, I found an unique way to improve my retouching considerably, from an unusual place that I’d never expect. [more]

Watch How This Photographer Successfully Interacts With People On The Street

We have featured Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York Project a couple times here on Fstoppers (here, and here.) However, after watching the latest video of him produced by the team at Facebook I just had to share. What I love most about this video is watching Stanton have genuine conversations with people on the street before and after photographing them. [more]

Macintosh Celebrates Its 30 Year With a Beautiful Short Shot Entirely on iPhones

Late last month Mac turned 30. This might not seem like a big deal, but I remember when Apple sucked…and I’m sure many of you do too. I’m not talking about the way a lot of people believe they still do. I mean, like hardcore terrible products and corporate direction. They almost didn’t make it, and taking that into consideration I believe they have more than enough reason to celebrate. [more]

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