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The Best* Portrait Lens You've Never Heard Of: The Nikon 135mm f/2

The Best* Portrait Lens You've Never Heard Of: The Nikon 135mm f/2

The Nikon 135mm f/2 DC is a bit of a gem in the portrait game but as the title might suggest, you might not have heard of this lens. This may be due to one of a few reasons: The primary being that it’s a reasonably old lens; it hasn’t been updated optically in its nearly 25 years in the Nikon lineup. Another being that even if you have heard of it, it’s probably because it has gotten a bad reputation as a “soft focus” lens due to its unique Defocus Control feature.

Vincent Laforet Shoots 5K Infra Red with the Red Epic and MoVI!

Vincent Laforet Shoots 5K Infra Red with the Red Epic and MoVI!

Plus three gorgeous Brazilian triplets. But that's not the point here.

Seriously though, I've seen a lot of crazy things done with the Red Epic, but I've never seen it shot without it's IR pass filter. The results are the definition of ethereal. The biggest shocker to me though was that none of these shots, which included a very complicated Handheld to Rope to Handheld shot that looked like a crane shot, were all done without any post-stabilization or complicated steadicam rigs. All of the shots were done using the Movi stabilization system.

Jay P. Morgan Teaches You How To Balance Strobes and Daylight

Jay P. Morgan Teaches You How To Balance Strobes and Daylight

Plus, he's giving away an excellent Tamron 24-70mm SP f/2.8!

This is an incredibly informative video from The Slanted Lens that details an excellent way of shooting outdoors and balancing strobes with natural light. Some of these tricks were things that I actually never considered such as stopping down the camera and upping the flash to see exactly where the light was falling outside. Now that I think about it, it's so simple that I should have been doing it from the start, but that's why I love these videos!

Save Up To $400 on Sony Camera and Lens Bundles! Plus Other Great Deals!

Save Up To $400 on Sony Camera and Lens Bundles! Plus Other Great Deals!

With the recent rebates available for both Nikon and Canon shooters, many Sony shooters have probably been wondering "What about me?". Well folks, the wait is over. Sony has just announced some big savings on it's line of cameras which ends on April 27th. In addition to this, there's an inexpensive tilt-shift lens coming to the market soon and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is now available! Check out the links below for more information!

Canon EOS T5i In Stock! Plus Big Discounts on Canon Lenses, Speedlights and Camera

Canon EOS T5i In Stock! Plus Big Discounts on Canon Lenses, Speedlights and Camera

If you've been waiting for Canon's newest entry level camera, your wait is over! The Canon Rebel T5i is now for sale! In addition to this, Canon has announced up to $300 off select lenses and speed lights, and up to $500 off select camera packages! So now is the perfect time to pick up a great new camera as well as a new lens of two on the cheap! Check out the links below for more information!

Fstoppers Reviews: The Nero Trigger

Fstoppers Reviews: The Nero Trigger

Have you ever wondered how photographers capture bullets flying in mid air? Or get that perfect lightning strike in the middle of the day? Well the newly redesigned Nero Trigger will help you do just that. Short of the creative jolt you get when you upgrade from pop-up flash to a full off camera flash set up, I'd say that this is one of the biggest creative boosts I've gotten in a long time. This is a piece of gear worth having if you need to get the creative juices flowing again.

The GPP 2013 Shootout: John Keatley, Zack Arias and Lindsay Adler

The GPP 2013 Shootout: John Keatley, Zack Arias and Lindsay Adler

Imagine being brought into a room blind and told that you had to photograph one of the most talented photographers in the business today? Then, imagine you have to do it live, in front of a room of other photographers including David Hobby and Joe McNally. Oh and you've only got 20 minutes. Stressful right? Completely. Watch how these three amazing photographers handled their assignment of shooting the great Gregory Heisler in very different ways.

The Splice Boys Direct A Bullet Time Commercial For Land Rover

The Splice Boys Direct A Bullet Time Commercial For Land Rover

Since the release of The Matrix over a decade ago, we've all seen the incredible "Bullet Time" segments done by many different people, including an incredible surfing video using the technique, but something I've never seen before is this technique used on something as large as a car. The Splice Boys, a team comprised of Richard Kendall and Tom Brandon created this massive camera moves using dozens of cameras all rigged to go off at specific intervals.

The Basics of a One Light Set Up: A Lighting Tutorial with Jay P. Morgan

The Basics of a One Light Set Up: A Lighting Tutorial with Jay P. Morgan

Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has released a video that gives us a detailed look at one of the most basic aspects of portrait photography, the single light portrait. It's a very basic technique, but it's incredibly versatile set up that can be used to create many different looks. In this video, Jay P. Morgan is using a Canon 1DC and shooting video from which he will pull stills. It's a different way of shooting than we might be used to, but the end results are can look a lot more natural than posed pictures as the model is given much greater freedom to move around.

Product Photography With A Bang: Photographing The BAR Machine Gun

Product Photography With A Bang: Photographing The BAR Machine Gun

A few weeks ago, the South Carolina Military Museum offered me the chance photograph some of their massive collection of World War II firearms, shooting for the excellent Curio and Relic Firearms website C&Rsenal, and I jumped at the chance. I've always been fascinated by antique firearms not because of their destructive capabilities, but because they are incredibly elegant machines that are very, very simple. So needless to say I was very excited to get the opportunity to "shoot" them.

Jonathan Andrew Shoots World War Two Era Defenses

Jonathan Andrew Shoots World War Two Era Defenses

What started out as an small project to kill time during slow business months has turned into a major project that's been picked up by numerous news outlets and taken him all across Europe in search of these hauntingly beautiful structures. In this video, Jonathan Andrews photographs the remains of World War Two bunkers and defenses and walks you through his entire process from inspiration to actually shooting.

Nikon Announces Launch of the "Nikon Image Space"

Nikon Announces Launch of the "Nikon Image Space"

On January 28th, Nikon will launch their new and improved photo sharing and storage site called "Nikon Image Space". According to Nikon's press release the service will offer the ability for photographers to upload, view, organize and share their pictures and videos online and within a very easy to operate interface. Better still, if you're a MyPicturetown user, all of your photos and information will transfer over to the new service!

David E. Jackson Brings Back The 80's For Roastar Coffee

David E. Jackson Brings Back The 80's For Roastar Coffee

What happens when you give a photographer free reign to come up with some crazy ideas, access to a ski park and all the day-glo they could stomach? A crazy 80's ski bunny shoot for Roastar Coffee Bags! This behind the scenes shoot from David E. Jackson walks us through the thoughts behind the thought process behind the shoot and we've got two great videos below that explain some of the post processing.

Get Two Lenses For The Price Of One!

Get Two Lenses For The Price Of One!

B&H has announced today that they are offering two of their Sigma lenses at the equivalent of a two for one sale! The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 will be sold together for the low price of only $199.00. Now keep in mind that these are only for the Olympus/Panasonic 4/3rds and Sony E mount, so it's not going to help all of the Nikon/Canon shooters out there but this is a great deal for everyone who shoots Sony, Olympus and Panasonic!

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