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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