Nikon’s Newest Mirrorless Camera & S-Line Lens

 By Ryley Smith

 

Nikon has excitedly announced the new Nikon Z 30 mirrorless camera, specifically designed for video content creators, vloggers and streamers! Small, lightweight and packed to the max with outstanding features, the Z 30 is giving creators ultimate flexibility to produce the video content they are dreaming about. Nikon also announced the new Nikkor Z 400MM f/4.5 VR S super-telephoto prime lens! The Z 400MM f/4.5 VR S is compact, and lightweight, with superior sharpness and clarity and perfectly designed for full-frame/FX-format Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras. 

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Behind The Shot: Removing Distractions & Creating Visual Pathways In The Badlands

 By Sony Alpha Universe

 

Sapna Reddy (@sapnareddy) is a landscape photographer based in Northern California. The Alpha Collective member is currently pursuing dual careers as a photographer and a physician. As a radiologist she analyzes images in an attempt to establish diagnosis to achieve cure. As a photographer she aspires to generate images that are both a creative expression for the artist as well as a therapeutic visual for the viewer. Her work has been awarded in competitions run by National Geographic, USA landscape photographer of the year, Lonely Planet, Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer amongst others. We recently came across this photo of Sapna’s, titled “Bare Beauty” that won Grand Prize for the 2021 Nature’s Colors Contest run by Outdoor Photographer. We connected with Sapna to learn more about how she made the image with her Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master – see what she had to say below.

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What’s In My Bag: A Content Creator’s Kit For Logging 4,000 Miles In The Wilderness

 By Sony Alpha Universe

 

Elina Osborne (@elinasborne) is a visual storyteller rooted in telling tales of hiking and adventure. A creator on YouTube, she says of her works, “I make content in the form of documentary-style films. While I place focus on capturing video, photography has also always been something I love to capture – particularly when it involves people in new environments.” Osborne says to cover her bases, her gear could vary immensely, but for her YouTube Channel, she’s taken an approach to be as minimal as possible. “It’s usually trial by fire on a long-distance hike,” she says, “navigating what I can justify carrying, with what I think will capture the journey I’m trying to portray.” After some 4,000 miles on the trail and many sprained ankles later, she has settled on a Sony Alpha 7S III camera and a tight collection of Sony lenses to document her adventures in YouTube films and vlogs. She walks us through her gear in detail below.

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The Must-Have Instant Photo Printer

 By Ryley Smith

 

Do you love everything about instant photos, but want even more freedom and creativity when printing? Then the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 is the must-have printer for you. Not only can you pick your favourite pictures to print from your Smartphone, but you can also use a bunch of fun features, like instaxAiR, to make each print unique! The mini Link 2 is the perfect way to add a little fun and create lasting memories.

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DOWNPOUR – Yeah, I’m Done Whining About How Dry It Is

 By MikeDrew

 

I guess it’s about time I stop whining about how dry it is.

Barely three weeks ago I was lamenting that both last winter and this spring were unusually dy. Not much snow, very little rain. But then a week or so ago the rain came along and changed things for the better. It was a good rainfall, a real soaker.

Still, I found things to whine about. The foothills beaver ponds were low, the creeks were only just barely murky from runoff, my favourite little waterfall was almost completely dry.

Well, I ain’t whining now.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

 By Ryley Smith

Are you looking for a special Father’s Day present but don’t know where to start? We’ve hand-selected a list of Dad-approved gear so that you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift. From fun accessories to handy tools, there is something for everyone! 

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Capture One 22 Update Version 15.3.0

 By Ryley Smith

 

We have exciting news from Capture One, a powerful update that brings all-new features and capabilities for unlimited possibilities! Capture One has announced the immediate availability of Capture One 22 update version 15.3.0, a significant and dynamic update to Capture One that brings new levels of efficiency, flexibility, and mobility for a modern and collaborative workflow. Capture One 22 15.3 brings new, outstanding features like wireless tethering for Sony cameras, Magic Eraser for easy and accurate masking, and Cloud Transfer, plus a host of improvements to the user experience and its current stable of features. 

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How To Use The Star Adventurer Star Tracker

 By Monika Deviat

 

A star tracker can be a handy tool for astrophotography, and I love using my Star Adventurer for widefield nightscapes. Due to the earth’s rotation, we see the stars move when we take long exposure shots of the night sky. How much they move across your frame depends on your focal length, camera resolution, and shutter speed. PhotoPills has a module called Spot Stars which can help you figure out how long you can shoot for to get accurate pinpoint stars or barely noticeable trails. 

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Firmware Updates For Sony Alpha 1 & Alpha 7S III

 By Ryley Smith

 

Sony has announced firmware version 1.3 for the flagship Alpha 1! This firmware update adds 8K 4:2:2 10bit recording and Lossless Compressed RAW for still images. Sony also announced firmware version 2.1 for the acclaimed Alpha 7S III, which includes the introduction of proxy recording during remote computer connect and improvements to Eye AF (autofocus) performance.

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Secondary Highway Episode Two – The Avery Stewart Homestead

 By Ryley Smith

 

The second episode of Robert Scott’s ‘Secondary Highway‘ is now on YouTube! ‘The Secondary Highway’ is a documentary photography project by Robert Scott, who is solving the mysteries behind the most iconic abandoned places discarded in the most picturesque landscapes. This episode interviews Roger MacKenzie, who gives us an intimate look at the story of the Avery Stewart Homestead, a small house built by a large man. 

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