We Review the Zhiyun Molus X100 COB Light

A while back, I found myself in need of continuous lighting for my video work. Initially, I chose for a budget-friendly LED panel. However, I was less than satisfied with the results, which led me to purchase the Zhiyun Molus X100 COB light. In this review, I'd like to share my experiences.

Is the Retro-Inspired Nikon Zf Mirrorless Camera Worth the Hype?

Retro-inspired tech can be a lot of fun to look at, but when it comes to something as expensive as a professional-level camera, if it is not functional as well, that aesthetic probably is not worth the price. So, can the Nikon Zf mirrorless camera, back up that attractive design with the features and capabilities modern photographers demand? This excellent video review takes a deep look at the camera to help answer that question.

Photographer Spends Incredible Night Under Northern Lights

Of all the magical experiences I have ever photographed, spending nights under the Northern Lights are still my favorite memories. I have had some incredible moments under some incredible displays, and I also love to watch other photographers experience the beauty of the Northern Lights too. In this video by Andrew Allan, he travels to Arctic Norway and has an unforgettable night.

The DJI Pocket 3: Why I'm Selling Most of My Vlogging Gear Now

As someone who has been making landscape photography videos since 2017, I have had my fair share of cameras to allow me to get the job done. I am also someone who doesn't jump onto the latest and greatest tech the moment it comes out. Instead, I normally wait until I can pick a unit up secondhand, long after it has proven its worth and capabilities. This, however, has now changed due to the latest release from DJI, the Osmo Pocket 3.

A Review of the Impressive Nikon NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Lens

When Canon and Nikon got serious about their mirrorless platforms, they took opposite approaches to lenses, with Canon opting for extreme, boundary-pushing designs and Nikon opting for more pragmatic workhorses. However, Nikon has begun to complement those earlier offerings with more eye-catching lenses, the latest of which is the NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena. How does this impressive-on-paper lens hold up in real-world usage? This excellent video review takes a look at the performance and image quality you will be able to expect.

A Review of the Fujifilm GFX100 II Mirrorless Medium Format Camera

The latest camera in Fujifilm's lauded line of medium format mirrorless cameras, the GFX100 II, builds on previous cameras in the GF series by adding a wide range of new features and improvements, Yet, it still maintains that impressively competitive price that tempts many users to consider switching away from full frame to medium format. How does it hold up in practice? This great video review takes a look at the performance and image quality you can expect.

How to Take Sharper Photos

Of all the qualities a photo can have, almost every photographer strives to create sharp images. A lot of objective and subjective quantities can affect the appearance of sharpness in a shot, and the sooner you can take control of all of them, the better your photos will be. This excellent video tutorial features an experienced photographer sharing a wide range of helpful advice for creating sharp images that pop off the screen.

Exclusive Access to the World's Darkest Skies for Astrophotography

Astrophotography is something that can be quite elusive for many, mainly due to where they live and the constant presence of light and light pollution, which can dramatically reduce the chances of detailed images of the distant stars and galaxies. If you are like me, living in Ireland, you will know of the constant battle that we have with clouds trying to ruin the day.

A Review of the New Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens

Tamron has become a favorite company of many photographers, known for creating both very practical and affordable lenses as well as some of the more innovative options that push into new territory. The 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 belongs in the former camp, offering a common workhorse at a great price. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

A Look at the Ridiculous New RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens

The Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z is here. It is quite possibly one of the most impressive lenses ever seen, being the first full frame lens to ever offer an f/2.8 constant aperture in tandem with a 24-105mm focal length range. Can it offer the sort of performance and image quality needed to back up those impressive specs? This great video takes a first look at what you can expect.

Oh No! Your Camera System Has Been Discontinued. Now What?

Canon's recent decision to sunset its EOS M system has left a lot of users in the lurch. With no new EF-M lenses or bodies on the horizon, what's an M shooter to do? The answer to that is, well, nothing. Do nothing.

Check Out These Backpacks That Work Best for 360 Video

Most of the time, it's hard to get excited about a bag. That's because bags are mostly like air: they exist. They're just there. But finding a good bag for 360 content creators is a little more difficult.

Full-Frame Cameras: Let’s Be Honest, It's the Best Format

Full-frame cameras have faced recent criticism, deemed unnecessary by advocates of smaller formats. This article aims to counterbalance the discussion, presenting arguments for why full-frame cameras may indeed hold the top spot for photographers.

Dealing With Rain in Landscape Photography

Few people enjoy getting soaked in the rain, and as such, it can be tempting to avoid even heading out when the drops start flying. Nonetheless, if you are willing to brave the inclement weather, it can make for some interesting landscape images. This great video follows an experienced landscape photographer as he deals with heavy rain and tries to make worthwhile images.

Sony a7R IV Fails at a Key Moment

When it comes to camera tech these days, one thing that we need to be sure of is reliability. When Gavin Hardcastle (Fototripper) was at an iconic location in Ireland, the worst that could possibly happen happened, and worst of all, he didn't realize it until he was back at home and had no chance of retaking the shot.

Canon Announces the RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon has announced three new lenses tonight, the first of which is the RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, a small ultra-wide angle zoom for APS-C mirrorless cameras, sure to please landscape photographers, filmmakers, and more.
Canon Announces the RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens

Canon has announced the RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM, a powerful zoom lens for wildlife, sports, and nature photographers that offers a wide range of focal lengths at a reasonable price.

Canon Announces the RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens

You read that right. Canon has announced the RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z lens, the world's first full frame lens offering that range of focal lengths in tandem with an f/2.8 aperture. With some incredible capabilities sure to capture the attention of events, portrait, wedding photographers and more, this looks like quite the exciting lens.

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Landscape Photographers: Be the Example in Nature

As outdoor recreation areas become more crowded, the adverse effects on the landscape become more evident. Landscape photographers can help set the example by practicing Nature First Principles while we are out in nature photographing these beautiful scenes.

The Rich, Richer, and Poor Photographer

Determining the right pricing strategy is one of the most challenging aspects for photographers aspiring to build a successful business.

I Wish I Had Known This Photoshop Trick Earlier

In this video tutorial by Christian Möhrle, you'll learn a great technique for improving your wide-angle photos by enlarging distant subjects in your landscape photos.

We Review the Reflx Lab Light Meter

A long time ago, I picked up my first Leica, a beater of an M4 that had been collecting dust and mold at the bottom of an old leather camera bag in a retired photographer's closet. With it came a number of oddities: close-up adapters, table tripods, and the like. But perhaps most interestingly, it came with an old Leica MC light meter.

How to Capture Epic Timelapses

When I think of timelapse photography there are many things that come to mind, however, there is one person who in particular comes to mind and that is the one and only Michael Shainblum. In this video, he not only shares his approach, tips, and techniques but graces us with some incredible footage to cement the idea of just how incredible timelapses can be.

Tips for Flying With Camera Gear

Flying with camera gear can be intimidating. Airports, security checks, will you get your bag on the plane or will someone try to make you check it, and more sources of stress. I have some tips that have helped make the experience easier for me.

Mistakes That Hold You Back as a Photographer

Becoming a confident and consistently good photographer is a complex and long journey with plenty of stops along the way. If you find yourself at the start of that journey, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced professional discussing some common mistakes that tend to hold back budding photographers and how to get yourself back on the right track.

A Review of Canon's First DSLR, the D30

The year was 2000: the Y2K bug had turned out to be a flop, a man purchased $200 million in Ansel Adams negatives for $45 at a garage sale, and Canon released their first DSLR, the D30, a camera that would go on to have a significant impact on the photography industry. What was the D30 like? This neat video review takes a look at the camera.

A Review of the iPhone 15 Pro Max for Photo and Video Creation

The iPhone 15 Pro Max sits at the top of Apple's popular line of smartphones, offering a wide range of powerful tools and capabilities for photo and video creators alike, making it a compelling option for many users. This excellent video review takes a look at the phone and how its most advanced features perform in the workflow of a professional creative.

Five Mistakes That Ruin the Quality of Your Film Images

Film photography has enjoyed a notable resurgence in recent years, offering users a chance to take part in a different approach to the craft and enjoy a more tactile and nostalgic process. Just like digital, though, there are some common pitfalls that can derail the quality of your images. This excellent video tutorial discusses five such pitfalls and what you can do to improve the quality of your film photos.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (October 2023): Dan Ostergren

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2023, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

A Review of the Affordable Viltrox AF 20mm f/2.8 Lens

Viltrox has quickly grown into a respected manufacturer of lenses that offer good results at extremely competitive prices, and at $158, the AF 20mm f/2.8 is no exception to that trend. With a small footprint and a versatile focal length, can this lens deliver professional-level results despite its rock-bottom price? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

A Comprehensive Guide to Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is a challenging and rewarding genre that requires a lot of technical know-how and specialized skills. If you are interested in architectural photography and ready to grow, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced architectural photographer sharing in-depth knowledge about everything you need to know to create stunning images.

5 Easy and Popular Wedding Video Effects

Wedding videography is a fun and challenging genre that will keep you on your toes and give you an opportunity to capture one of the happiest day's of a couple's lives. And while the footage you capture is obviously important, what you do with it in post-processing is just as important. This helpful video tutorial will show you five easy and effective effects you can apply to your footage to make your final product more compelling and exciting.

The Art of Noticing Potential Photos

One of the subtlest and yet most important skills an accomplished photographer has is the ability to look at a scene, no matter how ordinary, and find a way to portray it that captures the viewer's eye and imagination. How does one go about actually doing that? This great video follows one photographer discussing the process.

A Review of the Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8S DA DSM Lens

A good portrait lens with a wide aperture is often worth its weight in gold for many photographers, but unfortunately, many such lenses actually cost about their weight in gold as well. That makes the Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8S DA DSM, which offers a 75mm equivalent focal length and costs $129, a breath of fresh air. Can it keep up with more expensive options? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect in usage.

Ricoh GR III: the Perfect Compact Camera for Street and Travel Photography

Is the Ricoh GR III the perfect compact camera for street and travel photography? Based on my time with the camera this year, I’d say yes. Having made the switch from the Fujifilm X100V to the Ricoh GR III I took the camera on a 3 week trip to Japan. It quickly became my most used camera - shooting with it was an absolute joy.

Why You Should Travel With Less Gear

Are you a chronic over-packer? Do you lug bags full of gear everywhere you go, just in case you need that rarely used accessory? While preparation is, of course, a good thing, there is a such thing as taking it too far. Packing lighter than you think you need to can actually be a good thing, and this great video essay discusses why.

59 Lightroom Terms Every Photographer Should Know

Lightroom has grown from a cataloging application with basic editing capabilities to an advancing post-processing program capable of tackling a huge range of creative needs. If you are new to using Lightroom and feeling like the full gamut of features is a bit daunting, check out this fantastic video tutorial that features an experienced pro showing you 59 Lightroom terms and tools you will need to know in order to get around the program.

Building Custom Photo Frames for a Gallery Show

Having a gallery show is a dream for most artists and photographers, and for my husband, David, and me, that dream finally became a reality. We had to figure out how to build professional looking custom frames for the show!
How Do You Make Unique Photos at Popular Locations?

There are some timeless, popular landscape photography locations that countless photographers visit every year. And while those places are certainly popular for a reason, the downside is that it can be quite difficult to create unique images that stand out from the thousands of others from the same spot. So, how do you go about rising above the crowd? This excellent video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer discussing the issue.