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Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on August 27, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

Longed-for Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout conclusion

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, I parse the lessons of Zacuto’s Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout, which pits the latest video cameras head-to-head; I cover our Sony FS700 event, which highlighted the amazing new 4K-ready camera which brings super slow mo, Full HD footage to the masses; Anna Fischer highlights the Nila Boxer LED Cinema Light, a portable, eco-friendly continuous light similar in output to a 1k HMI; and as always, I round up the week’s photo and video events in NYC.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews Blog, Richard Harrington reviews the Nikon D800; he talks about wifi enabled cameras; and Mason Resnick reviews the major firmware upgrade to the Canon 7D.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Mark Wallace tackles the problem of trying to get shallow depth of field with studio strobes; Richard shows how to organize time lapse images in Adobe RAW and how to shoot time lapse like a pro; Joe McNally demonstrates how to achieve a TTL transmission at a distance while using colored gels for a dramatic effect; Gavin Hoey demonstrates how to capture subtle motion blur in still photographs; and Tamara Lackey interviews Wedding Photography legend Bambi Cantrell.

At the Adorama News Desk, a slew of new camera announcements were unleashed, including the enthusiast Nikon P7700 compact and Pentax X-5 Superzoom, the first Android-powered camera from Nikon, the Nikon Coolpix S800c; and a few consumer offerings, like the Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS Superzoom, the tiny Nikon Coolpix S01, and the Canon PowerShot SX160 and SX500.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on July 23, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On the PhotoZAP Photo Critiques blog, Mason Resnick and friends critique a reader-submitted black and white portrait.

On TechTock, Mason announces the upcoming Adorama event, a day-long photography conference for bloggers.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we cover the week’s photo and video events in New York City.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Joe McNally talks about all the hidden logistics and gear requirements that goes on behind a “simple” photo seen in magazines; Richard Harrington guides us through a three point lighting setup; Allen Rokach with Anne Millman describe how they took great Italy photos despite the sudden death of their DSLR; Joe DiMaggio talks about working with light to evoke mood and shares some sports photography tips; Michele Westmorland describes the experience of photographing on safari; Bryan Peterson describes a simple technique that uses a wide angle lens’ closest focus to create a more compelling image.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews Blog, Richard makes the case for upgrading to Adobe Photoshop CS6; Mason reviews the Lensbaby Sweet 35, which blurs the edges of the image; and Richard Harrington reviews the Olympus Tough TG-1 rugged compact.

At the Adorama News Desk, Mason covers the long-awaited mirrorless offering from Canon, the EOS M, with APS sensor; and Fred Singer covers the slew of new enthusiast cameras from Panasonic, notably the G5 Micro Four Thirds follow up to the G3, the DMC-FZ200, and the LX7 compact.

 

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on July 10, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we talk about the latest edition to our lighting arsenal from Kino Flo, the Celeb 200, a cool-running LED light with a similar quality to its flagship product; we highlight the week’s photo and video events in New York City; and we share the news that Hasselblad & Broncolor will be in the Adorama Pro section of the retail store from 1-6PM this Thursday, 6/12 demoing a pro workflow using their illustrious equipment and answering questions.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Richard Bram guides us through a recent street photography expedition through London Town; Richard Harrington shows how to get great sound to sync with your DSLR audio; Bryan Peterson explains how to use a circular polarizer; Joe Farace tries out the $10 Adorama 33″ Translucent Umbrella for a portrait session.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews BlogTamron’s SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC Lens is reviewed.

On the PhotoZAP Photo Critiques blog, the Adorama team critiques a reader submitted photo playing with structure and depth of field.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on July 3, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

Sports photographers to watch

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Joe McNally explains how he photographs fireworks; Jena Ardell offers some techniques for motion blur action photography; Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss deliver part two in their series on underwater photography composition and reveal a great lesser-known photography destination in Mexico; and Jon Sienkiewicz gives some fireworks photographing techniques.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews Blog, Mason Resnick takes the NEX-7 into the throng to see how it handles under the pressures of street photography; Sandy Ramirez tries the new Fujifilm X100 firmware to see how well the AF has been improved enough for fast street photography; Mason reviews Polaroid’s return to instant photography with the Z340 Instant Digital Camera/Printer; Jason Schneider reviews Sony’s mid-level SLT entry, the A57; and Mason suggests the top options sports photography camera in each product category.

At the Adorama News Desk, Fred Singer covers the major Canon 7D firmware update, which expands the RAW buffer and ISO range.

On the PhotoZAP Photo Critiques blog, Adorama’s editorial team critique a user submitted photo from a water park.

On TechTock, Fred Singer highlights 10 sports photographers worth checking out.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we highlight the week’s photo and video events in NYC and online.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on June 18, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

Tom Carey – surf photography secrets

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, I talk about Sony’s current prowess at producing high tech, feature packed cameras at aggressive price points, which is at odds with the stagnation affecting the company at large; Anna Fischer has a grip guide devoted to our dizzying selection of clamps; we look at a newly added addition to our arsenal, the Mole-Richardson 2K Spacelight, with examples of how to use it; we announce new photography job openings at ARC in New York City; I link to a clip from the HBO show VEEP which perfectly captures the obsession with “the best” camera, as opposed to the right camera debate; we cover Adorama Pro’s Think Tank and Nikon Demo Day; and we highlight the week’s photo and video events in NYC.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Jena Ardell interviews Tom Carey on successful surf photography; Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss provide some underwater photography composition ground rules to work from; Bryan Peterson gives some creative flash photography tips; and Mason Resnick offers tips for B&W photography printing from Photoshop Elements;

On the Gear Guides and Reviews Blog, Mason weighs in on the pros and cons of the best digital cameras for street photography; Sandy Ramirez reviews the Fujifilm X100 with firmware update as a street photography tool; Mason analyzes the new Canon Rebel T4i; and he reviews the Lensbaby Scout with Fisheye Lens.

At the Adorama News Desk, Sony introduces an impressive new large sensor compact, the RX100; Canon announces a new 18MP mid-range DSLR, the T4i; Sigma announces a new 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 lens for APS DSLRs; Fred Singer reports on the newly announced Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G and 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lenses, commemorating it’s 70 millionth lens produced; and AdoramaPix is running a special for its fantastic 14 page, 8×8 photobooks for only $9.99.

On TechTock, Mason looks back on the second annual Adorama Street Fair.

On the PhotoZAP Photo Critiques blog, the Adorama team dissects two photos to see whether a pile of bricks can be elevated and whether a portrait of a grandson can break the rules and get away with it.

 

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on June 4, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

Underwater natural light photography tips

On the Gear Guides and Reviews blog, Mason Resnick takes the Leica X2 for a spin in one of his patented street photography stress tests.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we update you on the week’s photo and video events in New York City.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, the Adorama editorial team analyze a reader-submitted photo and give feedback in PhotoZAP; Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss have tips for beautiful underwater photography; and Fred Singer has five dos and don’ts for portraits.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on May 29, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On TechTock, we highlight the expanded Adorama iPhone Toolshed, a huge compendium of iPhoneography accessories.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we spotlight Canon’s introduction of a C300 online menu simulator so you can get to know the camera in your pajamas; I discuss what Getty’s stop motion animation video sourcing from their enormous catalogue tells us about the state of stock photography; I reflect on why seeing how large format cameras are made changed my perspective on the medium; and as always, we cover the week’s photo and video events.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Adorama’s editorial team gives feedback on another user submitted photo for this week’s PhotoZAP; Chris Hurtt has a video with some tips on tools for location scouting online from the comfort of your home; Joe Baraban explains how Gestalt Principles can help your photography; Sandy Ramirez shows how to shoot a portrait photography on a pittance; and Allen Rokach with Anne Millman explain which flashes to use for flower photography.

At the Adorama News Desk, we cover the Pentax K-30 weather-sealed DSLR with an impressive spec list.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on May 21, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we have a video review of some of Adorama Pro’s popular On-Camera LED lighting solutions from Litepanels, Rosco and Zylight; we also review the video support arm solutions from Manfrotto, the first in our series on grip equipment; and we highlight Canon’s creation of a virtual C300 menu simulator online, which allows you to get familiar with the camera from the comfort of your home.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, we compile the complete episode list of Season 1 and 2 of Adorama TV in preparation for the coming third season!

On the Gear Guides and Reviews blog, Mason Resnick reviews the Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera, compatible with all existing K-Mount lenses.

At the Adorama News Desk, Sony announced its latest entry level upgrades in the form of the A37 A-Mount SLT DSLR and NEX-F3 E-Mount mirrorless compact; and Fujifilm announced an adapter for the X100 that converts the focal length to 19mm (28mm equivalent on 35mm).

On TechTock, Mason strips photography down to its core: it’s the seeing, stupid!

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on May 15, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Adorama’s panel of perfectionists critique a reader-submitted photo; Fred Singer brings us 11 tips for dramatic portrait photography in the city; and Jena Ardell has some tips for creative senior portrait photography that sells.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews blog, Sandy Ramirez reviews the Pro Optic 85mm f/1.4 ASPH budget portrait lens; and Mason Resnick evaluates the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic, the most optically advanced Lensbaby yet.

At the Adorama News Desk, Mason covers the slew of new announcements from Leica, including the M-Monochrom rangefinder – the world’s first 35mm B&W sensor digital camera, the X2 compact followup to the X1 with improved AF, and a new flagship normal lens.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, I discuss Google’s new augmented reality glasses prototype, which have the potential to fundamentally change the way we take pictures, and bring about a new era of an always-on surveillance mindset; we cover the upcoming Brooklyn outdoor public photo exhibition, THE FENCE, part of Photoville, which is taking Brooklyn Bridge Park by storm this summer (today is the last day to submit); and we round up the week’s photo events in NY.

Around the Adoramasphere

Posted in News by Nathan Lee Bush on May 8, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews blog, Diane Miller reviews the new Adobe Photoshop CS6; and Mason Resnick reviews the Panasonic Lumix GX1.

On TechTock, Joe Baraban delivers 101 nuggets of wisdom for every photographer.

At the Adorama News Desk, Fujifilm announces the Finepix XP170 a ruggedized compact with wireless transfer capabilities; and Olympus announces the TG-1 iHS, a rugged underwater camera with expandable lens options.

On this blog, Through the Looking Glass, we highlight the week’s photo and video events in New York City.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck, authors of Worth Every Penny describe the main customer types for your photography business and how to interact with each; Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss pinpoint the best wide angle lens for close up underwater photography; in this week’s photo critique, the Adorama writers take on a user submitted photo of a hyena.

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