Recover Photos From Damaged Memory Cards for Free: Fstoppers Reviews PhotoRec – Photography Article

Recover Photos From Damaged Memory Cards for Free: Fstoppers Reviews PhotoRec Few things are more terrifying than a corrupted or accidentally formatted memory card. When that recently happened to me, I hastily hopped on the Internet to find memory card recovery software. After several hours of searching, I came across an obscure but free tool, and a few hours later, all my images and videos were safely and securely transferred to my hard drive. My girlfriend works as a marketing…

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Large Format Is Still Completely Unrivaled: Canon 5DS R Versus 4×5 Large Format Film – Photography Article

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been getting to know a photographer called Adam French who lives in the same city as me. French is a photographer who primarily shoots with a large format film camera. I was utterly blown away by some of the work he produced, and I asked him if he’d be interested in working with us on a YouTube video.  In the video linked above, we decided to compare a 50-megapixel full-frame camera, the Canon 5DS…

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A Huge Comparison of 85mm Lenses for Sony Full Frame Cameras – Photography Article

If there is one thing Sony shooters certainly do not have a dearth of, it is wide-aperture 85mm lenses. And with all the options, you might be wondering which one is right for you. This excellent and comprehensive video review breaks down the features and pros and cons of each choice. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this awesome video review takes a look at numerous autofocus 85mm lenses for the Sony E mount and compares their image quality, build,…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Lens – Photography Article

Laowa is a lens manufacturer that is making waves over and over again. I had a chance to use their newest macro lens and put it through its paces to see if it can really rival its counterparts. I originally got into photography to shoot macro. I know, that’s weird. Something about seeing the intricacies and details of the world that the human eye misses captivates me. As a result, I was interested in Laowa’s newest lens being that it’s not only…

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A Review of Sigma’s 105mm f/1.4 Art Lens – Photography Article

Sigma’s Art series of lenses has been a runaway hit, with the line continuing to expand to both new focal lengths and new mounts. One of the newest in the lineup is the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and it has been lauded for being incredibly sharp even at its maximum aperture. Is it the right lens for you? This great video review will answer that question. Coming to you from our friends over at SLR Lounge, this awesome video review…

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A Portrait Shoot with a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 80 Optic – Photography Article

I shot a full portrait session using a Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic. Here’s how it went… Helpful Hearsay For years I had only delivered work for clients, something which is imperative for paying the bills. But what I found was that years of shooting for someone else had really stunted my creativity. Someone pointed out to me that I needed to shoot for me as well as my clients. They told me that it would help…

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Fstoppers Reviews: Masters of Photography: Albert Watson – Photography Article

The Masters of Photography courses are aimed at offering instruction from those who have mastered their genre, to those who are entering it. The Albert Watson course covers his whole career, working in portraiture and commercial advertising as well as shooting landscapes and personal projects. Here’s what I thought after giving it a go. Instructional Style Albert Watson is very interesting to watch and listen to. He has a soft Scottish lilt even after many years of working around the…

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A Review of the AI Sky Replacement in Luminar 4 – Photography Article

Replacing the sky in a landscape or outdoor portrait can be both a difficult and very tedious process. Skylum is preparing Luminar 4 for release this fall, and the marquee feature is its automated sky replacement that can allow photographers to quickly replace a sky in a convincing fashion. Is it the groundbreaking feature it has the potential to be? This great video review answers just that question. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this awesome video review takes a look…

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A Review of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Mirrorless Lens – Photography Article

Canon has come out of the gate firing on all cylinders when it comes to lenses for their mirrorless RF mount. One of the most interesting lenses in that lineup is undoubtedly the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, the mirrorless version of one of the most popular portrait lenses of all time, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. How does the mirrorless version compare to its DSLR predecessor? This helpful review will show you. Coming to you from Darren Miles, this great review takes…

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Meike MK-MT24 is a Solid and Affordable Wireless Macro Flash – Photography Article

The Meike MK-MT24 is one of the most interesting lighting products I’ve ever used. The concept of this product is similar to some macro flash systems that have been on the market for years — especially the Nikon R1C1 — but while I knew of their existence, I’ve never once considered them due to their exorbitantly high price (the R1C1 is over $700). The Meike MT-MT24 system, while at first glance seems pricey, comes in at $300. I’ve come to…

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Apple’s Night Mode Strikes the Right Balance of Technology & Art – Photography Article

Make no mistake, the new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max smartphones from Apple are all about the camera system. From the new ultra-wide angel camera, to better Smart HDR, to Night Mode and beyond, Apple has gone to great lengths to catch up with the Google Pixel, and photographer Austin Mann thinks they’ve done it… and then some. Mann is an incredibly talented and successful photographer whose clients include Apple, Condé Nast, Nat Geo Traveler, Nike, and many more.…

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A Review of the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens – Photography Article

Tamron has been killing it with their lens releases in the last few years, undercutting the prices of first party manufacturers by significant amounts while still providing high optical quality and performance that have led to an increasing presence in the professional segment. This great review takes a look at the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.  Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this review takes a look at the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens.…

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A Second Look at the Canon EOS RP – Photography Article

It’s been seven months since the Canon EOS RP has been out in the market. While most others are looking at the performance of the camera in a general sense, I put it to the test and tried to find the right context for such a camera.  Ever since Canon announced the EOS RP in February, it has always been quite an interesting camera. We have to admit that one of the most eye-catching aspects of this camera was the price point.…

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Premium Image Quality: A Review of the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 ZE Lens – Photography Article

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 ZE Lens is like most Zeiss lenses: it has absolutely astounding image quality with a price tag to match. Is that stunning image quality worth the high price of admission? This great video review seeks to answer that question. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video takes a look at the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 ZE lens. Traditionally, wide aperture, short telephoto portrait lenses have either been 85mm or 135mm, but in the past few years,…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Zenitar 50mm f/1.2 S – Photography Article

The Zenitar 50mm f/1.2 S is a hodgepodge of vintage lens design brought into the modern world in order to marry the delight of swirly bokeh with the convenience of a modern lens mount. If you happened to read my review of this lens’ 85mm big brother, you would know that I have a love of how Zenit lenses render bokeh. Zenit didn’t design this lens for images to be zoomed into in order to count individual, perfectly sharp dust particles floating through a jungle…

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A Review of the Godox V1 Flash – Photography Article

Godox is well known for producing affordable, high quality lights that a lot of photographers are quite fond of. The Godox V1 is their entry into the round head speedlight market, and it has captured the attention of a lot of photographers, particularly in the face of the much more expensive Profoto A1. Is it the right speedlight for you? This great review will answer that question. Coming to you from Wes Perry, this excellent video review takes a look at…

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Cheap Versus Expensive Prime Lens: Can You Tell the Difference? – Photography Article

The price range of camera lenses goes from very affordable to so expensive that you cant fathom a need to buy it in any business-like sense. In this video, I compare a budget lens to a reasonably expensive prime lens. The difference between a cheap zoom lens and an expensive zoom lens is massive. Yet, an expensive zoom to a cheap prime usually lands in the prime’s favor. With this in mind, how much more lens do you get when you…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Lens – Photography Article

On the back of producing the world’s best-selling lens, Tamron has released a piece of glass that got me incredibly excited: the 17-28mm f/2.8 for Sony full-frame cameras. I’ve tested this lens extensively on both jobs and personal projects over the course of a month, and hopefully, I can now tell you whether you should buy this lens or not. Given that Sony and Sigma seem intent on making FE lenses that are ever heavier and more expensive, having Tamron…

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How to Create Multiple Lighting Setups With an RGB LED Light – Photography Article

As high quality RGB Led light panels become cheaper and more compact, more and more photographers and videographers are finding just how useful these little lights can be. In this video, I compare the new Falcon Eyes Pocketlite F7 light to my favorite RGB light panel as we explore a few unique lighting setups any photographer can create on the fly. If you’ve browsed Amazon or B&H for small, compact LED light panels, you’ve noticed a ton of these photography…

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An Evening with Jay Maisel as Jay Myself – Photography Article

Are you like me? Do you look for entertainment with some elements related to photography and is more than merely “behind the scenes” or “how to type” of videos? Something that provides a different insight into photography and the photographers who create world-class images? If so then perhaps, or maybe not, the documentary “Jay Myself” is for you. The recently released documentary by Stephen Wilkes is of legendary photographer (and one of my favorites) Jay Maisel. If you are not familiar with Jay…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Haida M15 150mm Magnetic Filter Holder System – Photography Article

With extreme wide-angle lenses on the market from all the major players now that don’t accept screw-in filters, filter manufacturers have stepped up their offerings with larger filter holders and dedicated attachment rings. One such offering is Haida’s M15 Magnetic Filter Holder.  As with my last review of Haida’s M10 system, this test unit was provided for me by their marketing division. I’ve had a couple of weeks with it and the Fujifilm 8-16mm f/2.8 and am now ready to…

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A Review of Sigma’s 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens – Photography Article

Traditionally, the most extreme supertelephoto lenses have mostly remained the purview of first-party manufacturers aside from a few exceptions, but Sigma recently dipped its toes back into the waters with the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens. Can it keep up with Canon and Nikon’s variants? This great review will answer that question for you.  Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this great review looks at the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens. Sigma’s lenses are well known for providing comparable…

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Shooting Low-Light Environmental Portraits of a Ballerina with a Sony a7R IV Right out of the Box – Photography Article

New gear always excites any photographer like a kid gifted with a new toy. More often than not, we always just end up taking random photos of a cup of coffee or even the lens cap on a table to test out the new camera. So, I challenged a friend to kick it up a notch when we got to unbox the new Sony A7R IV.Coming to you from wedding and portrait photographer Jiggie Alejandrino, here’s a video that revolves around…

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Cheap Printer, High-Quality Prints? Fstoppers Reviews the Datacolor SpyderX Studio – Photography Article

I am a big advocate of calibrating equipment. For this reason, I regularly make sure my monitors, cameras and, lenses are calibrated and working correctly. Printers, on the other hand, are a device that I’ve never done anything beyond using the factory settings. I figured it might be a good idea to reconsider that.  One of the main reasons I’ve never calibrated a printer before is because I don’t personally print. Many of my clients print the images I provide them…

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Sony a6600 and E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS First Impressions From a Bird Photographer – Photography Article

Last week, Sony announced two APS-C cameras and two more G-series lenses for their crop-sensor system. In this first-look review, I share my thoughts after photographing birds with the new a6600 and E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS. Handling and Operation Pairing up the 1.1 pound Sony a6600 and 1.3 pound E 70-350mm is a relatively lightweight and compact 2.4 pound kit considering the full-frame equivalent focal length goes from 105mm to 525mm. The E 70-350mm in fact is now Sony’s longest APS-C lens. The…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Salsa Booth From Photobooth Supply Co. – Photography Article

Having a photobooth is something I recommend every wedding photographer to have. The problem is that not all photobooths are created equal.  When looking at photo booths, there are different options offered that you should take into consideration. Do you want to print? Do you want to be able to send the file directly to a user? Do you want to be able to customize the user interface? Do you want gifs, boomerangs, video, etc? Lastly, do you want the…

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Fstoppers Reviews Masters of Photographer: Joel Meyerowitz – Photography Article

The “Masters of Photography” courses are a collection of online lessons provided by, as the name implies, some of the top photographers around today. I tried their Joel Meyerowitz course to see what I could learn about street photography from one of the best in the game. Photography Is Ideas I was inspired almost immediately with a desire to pick up my camera and head outside. Joel is full of passion and it is very clear that he has spent…

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A 5-Year Late Review of the Canon Pixma Pro-10 – Photography Article

Canon released the Canon Pixma Pro-10 around 2014 and changed prosumer printing. Even though it was released over five years ago the Pro-10 (and the Pro-10S) is still one of the the flagship models until you reach into professional level territory. The Canon Pixma Pro-10 is a monster of a printer. It has ten different ink cartridges, including nine colors and a Chroma Optimizer. At about $15 each they may not be cheap, but they aren’t super expensive either, especially…

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A Review of the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony FE – Photography Article

A few years ago, Samyang was known for producing cheap but quality lenses that used manual focus only and were particularly loved by astrophotographers. Recently, they’ve started to branch out into creating autofocus lenses. Does their 45mm lens for Sony shooters maintain that optical quality while adding good autofocus performance? This great video review answers that question. Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this helpful video review takes a look at the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony FE. The 45mm f/1.8…

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Flagship or Missed the Boat? – Photography Article

I normally don’t write articles discussing new camera bodies like the Sony a6600, nor do I often get into fine detail on camera specs in general. But since I have been shooting with a Sony a6300 for a few years already, and have been eagerly wanting to upgrade to a newer Sony camera, I feel it is a good time for me to jump in on the subject. In New York, three days ago, Sony announced two new camera bodies…

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