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F-Stop Gear Fails to Deliver Camera Bags on Time Again

F-Stop Gear has been a respectable camera bag company for many years and they’ve created some highly-trusted packs for the adventure photographer. Several of them have been reviewed with praise on Fstoppers. However, recently their name has become more and more synonymous with frustration rather than respect as customers become more vocal about feeling cheated after a botched Kickstarter project and bag orders that never seem to ship.

Affinity Photo 1.5 Update Is Coming - Adds Macros, Batch Processing, Focus Stacking, and More

Serif has announced that a big update is coming to their Affinity Photo software in early autumn. In a sneak peek video showing off version 1.5, we are shown the software’s new abilities such as HDR image merging, a new tone mapping workspace, and a new way to view and work with 360-degree images. The new update will arrive in early autumn, but today through July 21 you can get Affinity Photo for 20 percent off.

[Updated] Phase One Announces First Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Zoom Lenses

In partnership with Schneider Kreuznach, Phase One has added two Blue Ring zoom lenses to their impressive lineup of high-end imaging products. These new full-frame 645 lenses, the 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 and 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6, promise prime lens quality with improved precision and advanced electronics. Phase One will be hosting a webinar on July 19 where you can watch a hands-on demonstration of these lenses.

The Grand Teton as Never Seen Before in Glorious 8K and BTS of What It Took to Pull It Off

In the latest installment of the “More Than Just Parks” series, filmmakers Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz journey through Grand Teton National Park and capture breathtaking visuals of the natural vistas and wildlife. Their video series aims to document all 59 national parks through beautiful imagery in order to promote the protection and enjoyment of these lands. After you check out the new video (it does not disappoint), the Pattiz brothers share with Fstoppers some of their experiences and challenges working on “Grand Teton” and the video series altogether.

Creatic 2.0 Is Here for iPhone and It Packs Some Serious Photo Editing Power

A major update is now available for Creatic, the free iPhone photo editing app. In Creatic 2.0, users now have access to many more editing tools, a preset manager, live filter camera, and a newly designed discover tab for browsing and interacting with the community. After using it for a few days, I found that there’s actually a surprising amount on editing control in this app not found elsewhere.

Hands-On With the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA, The Newest Addition to the Full-Frame E-Mount Lens Lineup

There’s no question that if Sony wants their mirrorless system cameras to succeed, they must be supported with a vast and varied collection of lenses. Today they unveiled the FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA lens, a large aperture prime lens utilizing a Planar design that will soon be found in portrait, wedding, and street photographers’ bags. I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to see and use this lens for a day’s worth of shooting, so take a look at some sample images and my first impressions.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM Will Cost $2,600 - Here’s Our First Hands-On Look

Today Sony finally announced pricing and shipping times for their upcoming release of the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS lens and teleconverters. First introduced in early February alongside the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM and FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lenses, the 70-200mm GM will be shipping in July and cost $2,600. The 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters designed to exclusively fit the new 70-200mm GM will each cost $500 and ship in July as well. Sony allowed me to use one of the first retail production models off the assembly line and share my images with you, so let’s dive into sample images and my thoughts on how it stacks up.

The Beautiful Lofoten Islands From Above and Behind the Scenes of a Drone Film Endeavor

From the majestic remote landscape of the Lofoten Islands comes this impressive aerial video created by Theo Gove-Humphries. Having just purchased a brand new DJI Phantom 4, he didn’t waste any time putting it to good use in a week-long outdoor excursion across the Islands in June 2016. There were several challenges that were faced in the filming of this project, and after you enjoy the video, Gove-Humphries shares with Fstoppers what he learned through it all.

'The Foley Artist' Is a Humorous Short Film in Tribute to the Person Behind Everyday Sounds

You know what they say: behind every good tooth brushing there is a cat being shaved with a hair trimmer. Or at least that’s how the world works in “The Foley Artist,” a short film by Feast Films. This funny take on the relationship between video and audio shows some creative sound production techniques that are just a little bit out there. But hey, you do what you gotta do.

Learning Adobe Premiere Pro CC Doesn't Have to Be an Affair, Follow Along With This Tutorial [NSFW]

For beginners, Adobe Premiere Pro CC can cause some shocking surprises when you open up the door to this editing powerhouse. There’s a wall of emotions from the many menus, options, and panels and it can feel like maybe there’s another person who could work with this program much better than you. Luckily, we have Billy the Tutorial Guy here to show us some basic editing techniques for getting the release we need making beautiful family home movies.

Featured Images from the Fstoppers Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project: Black and White Photography

On April 29 we launched our first ever weekend hashtag project over on the @officialfstoppers Instagram. The theme for the inaugural shooting event was black and white photography. Many photographers contributed wonderful photos and here I’m sharing a selection of images that I enjoyed. We welcome you to join in on the second weekend hashtag project that was just launched and you too can have your photo published on Fstoppers. This weekend’s theme is "pattern" and I have all the details for you at the end of this article.

Apple Will Enable Raw Shooting on ‘Recent’ iPhone and iPad Devices [Updated]

On Monday, Apple held its keynote presentation at the annual WWDC conference. Big updates were unveiled on stage, including interesting revisions to watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and iOS. One announcement that wasn’t talked about is the upcoming ability for iOS devices to shoot and edit raw images, which was instead hinted at through a presentation slide and a WWDC Session video description.

Aerial Photography Insights and Inspiration with Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet is a name that has recently become synonymous with world-class aerial photography. His incredible images from above gives us a new artistic perspective of the cities we love and the world we live in. In this five-minute video from the B&H “Prospectives” series, Laforet gives us a great overview of his body of work shot from the sky as well as some practical takeaways from what he’s learned along the way.

I Got 99 Problems, But Autofocus Ain't One

As the technology inside our cameras continues to advance, understanding and controlling all its new capabilities becomes a little more complicated. Between autofocus modes, points, zones, calibration, and the material components making it all function, there’s a lot going on that can potentially make you miss your shot. In this easy to follow video, Steve Perry from Backwoods Gallery shows us eight (sorry, not 99) common autofocus problems and solutions to make them work the way they should.

How a Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Sidesteps On-Location Photoshoot Laws

Los Angeles-based photographer Zach Sutton has spent a long time doing on-location photoshoots for his business. These kinds of shoots usually involve the typical off-camera strobes on light stands and maybe an assistant to help mule equipment or adjust lighting for the photographer. However, when Sutton moved to L.A. last July, he quickly learned that this sort of on-location shoot is not allowed in the city without a proper commercial shoot permit — even if it’s ultimately for personal use. His solution for getting by light stand free looks somewhat crazy, but the end results speak for themselves.

Hands-On Look at the Newly Announced Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Introduced alongside the FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 last week, Sony has added its own take on the “Nifty Fifty” to their lens lineup. Aimed at photography hobbyists, the FE 50mm f/1.8 will only cost $248 and gives a wide aperture option to those that may be only shooting with the FE 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens at the moment. Here are my first impressions of the new 50mm f/1.8 after briefly shooting with the lens.