DJI and Hasselblad announce bundle with M600 Pro drone, Ronin MX gimbal and 100-megapixel camera

Back in 2015, Hasselblad purchased a minority stake in Chinese drone-maker DJI. That partnership led to a new bundle combining a Hasselblad A5D camera and DJI M600 drone in July of 2016. The Hasselblad A5D aerial camera was available in 50 and 80-megapixel versions. That was a very serious bundle, but DJI and Hasselblad have topped it with a new integrated drone platform which combines the M600 Pro drone, a Ronin MX gimbal and Hasselblad's 100-megapixel H6D-100c camera. This bundle is clearly aimed at high-end fine art...
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How to match total exposures of multiple images in Lightroom in only a few clicks

Adobe team member Benjamin Warde has shared many quick Lightroom tutorials in his Lightroom Coffee Break video series. Scott Kelby recently featured one from last December on his Lightroom Killer Tips website and we thought we would share it with you because it’s a very useful, easy tip to make using Lightroom to edit many images at once even easier. When out shooting, it’s not unlikely that your exposures from shot to shot can vary dramatically. It would take a great deal of time to manually adjust the exposure of a lot of...
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Chinese company ZY Optics announces pair of fast prime manual focus Mitakon lenses for Fuji GFX

Mitakon has announced at the 2017 China P&E fair in Beijing a pair of lenses for the Fujifilm GFX. The Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 and Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lenses are scheduled to be released in 2017, but pricing information is not yet available. The details are sparse on the pair of manual focus lenses, but both include a 77mm filter thread, to give some sense of their size. The 85mm f/1.2 lens is said to have a close focusing distance of around 3.2 feet (1 meter) and it has nine lenses in six groups with two of the optics...
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Frustrated with constant lens changes? Check out the TriLens triple lens holder you can wear on your belt

Have you ever been inconvenienced by having to switch lenses? Have you ever wished you could have a few lenses within hands’ reach? If so, Swedish startup Frii Designs has a potential solution for you, the TriLens. Frii Designs was started by event photographer Jonas Lundin and his TriLens product is aimed at making it easier than ever to quickly change lenses and make sure that you capture every moment. “There’s nothing worse than coming home from a photo shoot and realize that you’ve missed irreplaceable moments because you...
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Fujifilm launches new professional support program in the U.S. for GFX System owners

Beginning in May, Fujifilm will join numerous other camera manufacturers by offering professional support services. While some camera makers offer professional support services for a variety of cameras, Fujifilm’s service is exclusively catered toward owners of their new medium format mirrorless GFX camera. The GFX Fujifilm Professional Services (GFX FPS) will cost $499 per year for qualified GFX owners. What makes a user eligible? They must sign up within 30 days of purchasing a GFX System product and those products must be...
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Syrp has announced the Genie II & Magic Carpet Pro

Syrp has announced the coming Genie Mini II and Magic Carpet Pro slider, a combination that should bring fans of the system everything they've wanted in a timelapse and motion control device. Though details are a somewhat limited, as it appears Syrp wants to incentivise interested parties to visit their booth at NAB, we do know a few things about the upcoming redesigned system. If you are unfamiliar with Syrp, they were one of the most successful Kickstarters ever back in 2012 with the launch of their original Genie, and since then...
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Light & Motion partners with Elinchrom for portable, rugged continuous lighting with wireless control

Renowned lighting companies Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a strategic partnership. The fruits of this partnership are immediate with the announcement of Light and Motion’s new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. The Stella Pro lights are portable, weatherproof and offer a continuous 5600 Kelvin light. Thanks to the partnership with Elinchrom, the lights include Elinchrom’s Skyport Protocol. This allows RF control of the Stella lights across 20 channels in four separate groups and power...
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What is the perfect portrait angle? How subtle shifts in camera position can dramatically change portraits

Ed Gregory of Photos In Color has gone through rigorous testing to look for the perfect portrait photography angle. Using a controlled environment, Gregory shot portraits of the same model from 16 different positions. He shot the portraits using a Nikon D800 and Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens at f/8 in a scene consistently lit with two Elinchrom ELC1000 lights. He worked on a curve, keeping his camera six feet away from the model at all times, and shot at various angles. You can read about his precise method here. Obviously the "perfect"...
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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8: Real world portraits from Akiomi Kuroda with the Sony A7R Mark II

We've yet to see a testing sample of the coveted Carl Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8, but our colleague Akiomi Kuroda in Japan has, and he's now unveiled his first batch of portrait images for Imaging Resource readers. Pairing the lens with the 42.4mp Sony A7R Mark II, Akiomi's gallery showcases the best that the Batis 135mm f/2.8 has to offer for sheer image quality, and we're thrilled to display this early look at real world portrait images from this venerable combination. 1/125s / f/8...
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Photoshop Quick Tips: Selectively sharpening in Photoshop using High Pass filter and layer masks

Robert K. Baggs, a professional commercial photographer and writer for Fstoppers, has recently started a series of “bite-sized Photoshop tutorials.” He has previously written about using Photoshop actions to speed up your workflow, “crushing blacks” to achieve a cinematic look and creating even colors in your images. His latest tutorial is about using the high pass filter in Photoshop to sharpen your images. Early in his career, Baggs saw images from pros and wondered why his own work wasn’t that sharp. He made a few mistakes in...
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