We dream of huge apertures that can give us incredible subject separation and whip up the world’s creamiest bokeh. Imagine my excitement when I was invited to spend an hour playing with the world’s first f/0.35 50mm autofocus prime lens, a lens so secret that I can’t even tell you the mount, never mind who makes it. Check out the amazing images that this lens can produce.
Articles written by Andy Day
If you’ve been learning photography and have started to take your first steps outside of your camera’s program mode, aperture priority can help you get to grips with your camera and develop your knowledge. This camera mode can make shooting easier and open up more creative possibilities.
Late last year, one of Fstoppers’ favorite landscape photographers started exploring a topic that was completely new to his channel: buying a new camera. Four months later, an important lesson was learned: adventures are much more important than gear when it comes to improving your photography.
Requiring a high level of skill and deep immersion, photography has the potential to allow us access to a brain state that creates a tremendous sense of satisfaction and happiness: flow state. In this short video, Jamie Windsor explains this psychological phenomenon and how it can improve our image-making.
Like London buses, you wait years for a standard f/.0.95 prime lens, and then, two come along at once. Russian lens manufacturer Zenit has just unveiled the Zenitar 0.95/50, a super fast, manual focus 50mm prime lens for Sony full-frame cameras with an aperture wide enough to swallow planets.
National Geographic is under increasing pressure to strip the prize it awarded to a photograph portraying residents of Varanasi, India sleeping on their rooftops. Those voicing their complaints to the magazine argue that is both racist and a gross invasion of privacy while the magazine is refusing to engage in a debate.
Food photography is a dark art and there seems to be an infinite number of tips and tricks to get the best results. Food photographer Skyler Burt has put together a list of six essential bits of gear that he takes on every single shoot, and some of them might surprise you.
Heading out into the night with your camera can be an adventure, especially in a city full of people and bright lights. In this short video, street photographer Robin Schimko gives you quick run through of how to pick the best settings for your camera when photographing in low light, including some particularly good tips if you’re shooting film.
When it comes to creating striking compositions, one of the most effective means is to place your subject — or even just a key part of it — within an area of negative space. This frame-within-a-frame technique is something that photographers often learn by accident, but this video gives you a few pointers on what to look for and how to achieve it.
You’ve probably seen footage that creates an impossible blend of fast-flowing traffic or streaming clouds combined with someone walking slow motion and there’s some funky editing that goes into making it happen. Time-lapse photographer and filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte has put together a short tutorial on how you can create the same effect.
While it’s true that having the newest, fanciest camera is nowhere near as important as the person behind the lens, there’s much to be said about how a camera’s features can help you to develop as a photographer. In this short video, travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich explains how.
In the earliest days of cinema, there was one choice: 4:3. Through the evolution of camera and screen technology, formats have changed dramatically over the years, ranging from the super widescreen to completely square. With mobile technology now demanding vertical format, it can be hard to choose your ratio, so why not compromise? Go diagonal.