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What Do You Want to See in the Sony a7S III?

Few cameras are more highly anticipated than the Sony a7S III, and Sony users are hoping it will leapfrog the current crop of highly capable cameras and reestablish the S line as a leader in video. What are you hoping to see in the camera? This great video discusses what creatives would like to see and what we can actually expect in the camera.

Comparing Medium Format Film to Digital

There is no doubt that digital has surpassed the quality of 35mm film, but medium format film still offers tremendous quality and is significantly cheaper than digital medium format. How does it compare to a modern medium format camera? This great video takes a look at the two and the results you can expect from them.

Fast and Sharp: A Look at the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens

Sigma's Art series of lenses is loved by many photographers for its combination of great optical quality and relatively affordable prices that often undercut first party manufacturers by around 50 percent. Their 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art lens for Sony E and L mounts pushes boundaries a bit, as it is the first in the series with a maximum aperture of f/1.2. How does it hold up in practice? This great video takes a look to answer that question.

The Best Bokeh for Fuji Shooters: A Review of the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens

Any bokeh fanatic knows that to push the boundaries of background blur further and further, you need ultra-wide aperture lenses. But it is not just a wide aperture that can produce that buttery smooth bokeh. Lenses with an apodization filter can also make bokeh much nicer. This great video review takes a look at Fujifilm's version of such a lens and if it is worth the extra price.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (February 2020): Hananiah Aldrich

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2019, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

How to Correct Skin Tones in Lightroom

Getting skin tones just right is a subtle but very important aspect of creating professional portraits and setting your work above that of others. Photoshop has lots of tools for working on skin tones, but if you want to keep everything in one application, this helpful tutorial will show you how to get great skin tones working solely in Lightroom.

8 Helpful Tips for Better Photo Compositions

Composition is one of the subtlest and trickiest aspects of photography to truly master, and there is a massive trove of guidelines, tips, and "rules" out there that can be hard to wade through. If you struggle with composing a compelling image, this excellent video will give you eight helpful tips to improve your work.

Great Advice From Five Professional Photographers

When you are new to photography, you can spend a lot of time practicing your technique and exploring your creativity, but there is no shortcut to experience. Thankfully, though, a lot of longtime professionals are quite happy to share the lessons they have learned over time. This excellent video features five successful professional photographers giving their best advice for new creatives.