I was looking for ideas for winter photography, and I found Thomas Heaton. The first video has some composition ideas for frosty cold landscapes. The second video is a photo shoot where he is shooting a sunrise with snow, and demonstrating the effects of a polarizing filter. Winter is a challenge, because the days are short. You leave for work in the dark, and it’s dark when you get home. So shooting time is much more limited. I’m always looking for ideas for shots when I can finally get out with my camera. Check out these two videos, and then hop over to YouTube and check out the rest of Thomas Heaton’s tutorials. Then get outside and shoot!!
Instagram will be rolling out changes to your feed once again. They will be adding Recommended Posts to your feed, but these will not be from people that you currently follow. Instagram is deciding what posts to show you based on posts that were liked by people that you DO follow.
TechCrunch reports that the feature is being quietly released after it was spotted earlier this month while Instagram tested it out with a smaller subset of users.
Up until now, we have been able to choose to Explore when we wanted to find new stuff, or to just scroll through the latest posts from people we follow. If you don’t want this feature, Instagram’s help pages show you how to temporarily turn off the recommended posts.
On the flip side of this, if you are a photographer who wants to be seen, this could potentially give you a little more visibility. If you can get likes from some of the more popular accounts, you may be able to get one of your posts recommended to some new people.
I heard about Michael Shainblum’s photography on The Landscape Photography podcastrecently. If you are looking for some inspiration in your photography, you will definitely want to check him out.
Michael has a number of great tutorials on Youtube for free, which you can view below. One is on shooting in less than ideal conditions, which we all run into way too often. Michael specializes in Landscape photography, doing a lot of night and low light photography. He has some good information on shooting Seascape photos as well. Pay particular attention to his video titled “How I Developed My Style in Photography” if you are looking for inspiration, and developing your own personal style.
Over at his website, http://www.shainblumphoto.com/ you will find inspirational work. Explore the projects he has published there, and spend some time watching the time lapse videos that he has published. Once you have gotten your creative juices flowing, you will be able to access both his free tutorials from Youtube, as well as a number of premium tutorials.
It is hard to set yourself apart in the photography world today. Years ago, the cost of entry was high. Getting a good image required expensive equipment and a lot of work honing the skills needed to use it. Today, everyone has a camera in their pocket capable of making stunning images and videos. And you can publish them for the world to see with very little effort. The bar has been raised. Michael Shainblum shows us that you can take your creativity to another level, providing a creative vision, and tutorials to help us master some of the techniques he is using.
Samyang has revealed their third autofocus lens. The so-called ‘tiny but mighty’ 35mm f/2.8 FE was announced last night, and today it’s instilling at least a bit of fear into Zeiss with its ultra-portable size and ultra-affordable price tag.
As the “FE” suggests, the 35mm f/2.8 FE was designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, joining the AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses to bring Samyang’s autofocus lineup to three lenses. What’s more, the 35mm and 50mm lenses are both significantly more affordable than their Sony/Zeiss counterparts, and Sony doesn’t even make a 14mm f/2.8 FE.
But it’s not price that Samyang is (auto)focusing on with this lens. The AF 35mm f/2.8 FE’s primary feature is portability:
Early morning on a campout, before anyone else is up, is a great time for photography. No interruptions. Just me and my camera. Many times its me, my camera, and a tripod. In this case, it was me and my camera phone.
This photo was taken on an early spring campout at a local resevoir. Some of the best sunrises are in the spring, and this one was spectacular. Nobody was fishing yet, and there was no wind to disturb the surface of the lake.