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07/14/2018 08:18 PM
How to Find and Photograph Bears in Yellowstone
Yellowstone is one of the most visited parks in the United States, and for good reason. It’s full of unique thermal features and one of the last great destinations for an abundance of wildlife. Even if you come for the geysers and hot springs, you’ll want to stay longer and keep coming back for the […]

07/14/2018 07:42 PM
This Time-Lapse Shows a Massive Dust Storm Sweeping Across Arizona
The 2018 monsoon season has arrived in the American Southwest, and on July 9th, photographer Jesse Watson drove out into the desert to capture some time-lapse stills of an approaching storm. While out, he was met by the largest dust storm he had ever seen. Watson managed to capture some breathtaking views of the approaching […]

07/14/2018 06:57 PM
Nikon 500mm f/5.6 Spotted. It’s TINY!
Nikon announced last month that it’s developing an ultra-portable 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR lens. Here’s a photo of the actual lens — as you can see, Nikon wasn’t kidding when it said the 500mm lens is “ultra-portable.” Moscow-based photojournalist Pavel Bednyakov of the newspaper Izvestia was invited to a Nikon party in Moscow yesterday […]

07/13/2018 07:51 PM
Comparing the Sony a7 III and Canon 5D Mark IV for Astrophotography
I’m an avid night sky photographer that cut my teeth capturing the stars using the original Canon 6D. I shot with that camera for years until purchasing the Sony a7S (Mark I) after reading about how it could essentially “see in the dark.” Using the Sony mirrorless system was a big change coming from Canon […]

07/13/2018 07:16 PM
Hanging Out with the Photographer of Beyonce’s ‘Diamonds’ Album Cover
YouTube star Karen Yeung recently visited photographer Markus Klinko, the international celebrity photographer who, among other things, captured the famous “diamond” portrait of Beyonce for the cover of her album Dangerously in Love. Yeung posed for similar portraits and then chatted with Klinko about the well-known Beyonce photos. Yeung’s photo shoot was done in Klinko’s […]

07/13/2018 06:21 PM
Shooting a World First Expedition on the Essequibo River in Guyana
I removed the Canon C300 from its waterproof bag and attached the 24-105mm f/4.0 lens while swatting away the relentless mosquitoes. Bringing the viewfinder loupe up to my eye, my left hand flicked the power switch on, now a reflex action after shooting with this camera every day for the last three weeks. Nothing happened. […]

07/13/2018 05:50 PM
I Helped Judge the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest. Here’s How We Did It.
In late 2017 Sabine Meyer, the Photography Director of the National Audubon Society, approached me to join the jury for their annual photography awards contest following an introduction by wildlife and conservation photographer Melissa Groo. Melissa and I have served on the faculty of the Photography at the Summit Nature Workshop for the past several […]

07/13/2018 05:30 PM
Homeland Security Says Photography Could Be a Sign of Terrorism
Homeland Security is running a campaign to teach Americans how to “recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity,” and one of the signs to look out for is photography. Here’s the alert the Department of Homeland Security Tweeted on Monday: Know the signs! Did you know photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related […]

07/13/2018 04:11 PM
Full Photoshop is Coming to the iPad: Report
Adobe is bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad. That’s what a new report has revealed, stating that the move is part of Adobe’s new strategy to make its full software compatible across multiple devices (and to further increase its booming subscription sales). Bloomberg first broke the news, reporting that the full Photoshop […]

07/13/2018 10:47 AM
Ep. 290: They’re Coming! They’re Coming! For Real. – and more
 Episode 290 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: Advertising photographer, Tim Tadder In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Show Opener: Advertising photographer, […]

07/12/2018 07:59 PM
How Manual Focus and Vintage Lenses Made Me a Better Photographer
I have been a commercial and wedding photographer for over 13 years. And from the beginning, I have been using Canon DSLR cameras and a variety of auto-focus lenses for the Canon EF system. Switching to another camera system/brand didn’t cross my mind because I made a substantial investment into lenses for the Canon system […]

07/12/2018 07:50 PM
#DiversifyTheLens: The Importance of Hiring Women Photographers
The current boom of female-first initiatives is transforming the creative industry, providing opportunities for women to find mentorship, addressing discrepancies in pay, and helping women rally together to drive new policies and practices. Actions such as the 3 Percent Movement, 50/50 Initiative, and #TimesUpAdvertising have thrust these issues into the spotlight and gained significant attention […]

07/12/2018 07:08 PM
Instagram Model Bitten by Shark During Photo Shoot
19-year-old Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie was visiting the Bahamas last month when she decided to pose for some photos in the water near a group of nurse sharks. As her boyfriend shot a series of photos, one of the sharks swam up, bit her on the wrist, and dragged her underwater. Here’s the series of […]

07/12/2018 06:35 PM
How Canon DSLRs Communicate with Speedlites Using Light
Canon DSLRs can trigger Canon Speedlites using the pop-up flash. If you try triggering those same Speedlites with a different camera’s flash, it doesn’t work, which means that there’s actual light-based communication going on between the DSLR and Speedlite. In this 9-minute video, Roger Nieh of Science’n’me explores the technology behind this communication. “Have you […]

07/12/2018 05:26 PM
Apple and Blackmagic Teamed Up on an External GPU for MacBook Pros
Apple and Blackmagic have teamed up to design and launch a new external graphics processor (GPU) called the Blackmagic eGPU that brings “desktop-class performance” to the MacBook Pro (which was just updated). The Blackmagic eGPU connects via Thunderbolt 3 (there are two ports) and features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging […]

07/12/2018 04:49 PM
Apple MacBook Pro Updated: 8th-Gen Intel CPUs, 32GB RAM, 4TB SSD
Apple just announced updates to its MacBook Pro lineup with faster performance and new features geared toward pro users. The latest 13-inch and 15-inch laptops feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors — up to 6 cores on the 15-inch (delivering 70% faster performance) and 4 cores on the 13-inch (for 2x faster performance). RAM can now […]

07/12/2018 04:10 PM
Photographer Gets Dog-Piled at World Cup and Keeps on Shooting
AFP photographer Yuri Cortez was shooting the World Cup semifinal yesterday when he got much closer to the action than he expected. After Croatia scored its go-ahead goal in extra time, the celebrating players knocked Cortez over and piled on top of him. In the midst of the chaos, Cortez kept shooting. #CRO piled on […]

07/11/2018 07:50 PM
PhotoMirage Lets You Give Still Photos Cinemagraph-style Movement
The software company Corel has announced a new app called PhotoMirage that lets you bring still photos to life with cinemagraph-style movement. Ordinary cinemagraphs require short video clips that moving portions of the frame are taken from. Like Plotagraph, PhotoMirage only requires a single still photo that faux motion is then applied to. Animating a […]

07/11/2018 07:22 PM
These Photo Manipulations Take You Into a Dreamlike World
Justin Peters is a 22-year-old self-taught artist from Germany who uses Photoshop to creative dreamlike photo manipulations. His work blends reality with his imagination to transport the viewer to strange worlds. “‘Everything you can imagine is real’ by Pablo Picasso is a quote I live by especially when creating my work, which is inspired by […]

07/11/2018 06:30 PM
The Advantages of Medium Format Over 35mm
In digital photography, larger sensors generally equate to better image quality across a variety of measurables. If you’re curious about the advantages medium format cameras have over 35mm ones, Hasselblad has a new set of videos just for you. The company, famous for its medium format cameras, partnered with photographer Karl Taylor for a series […]