How to Embrace MINIMALISM for IMPROVED Landscape Photos [video]

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In this video from Mark Denney, he looks at how embracing Minimalism can improve your Landscape Photography.

Mark uses some of his photos to illustrate some of the following points:

5 tips for achieving minimalist landscape photography

1. Include an obvious subject

Use an obvious subject without filling the frame with it. It draws the viewer’s eye in.

2. Expansive Composition

Use a lot of negative space around your subject to make your subject stand out further.

3. Minimizing color

Color can be distracting (if there are many colors) in a minimalist composition. Many minimalist photos are black and white, quite monotone or only make use of a few colors so that the composition is not busy.

4. Use of light and shadows

Consider using dappled light, striped light, or spots of light so that light is the main subject in the scene. This can work well for minimalist photography.

5. Keep it simple

Think differently and outside the box, but keep it simple. Look for a distraction-free palette to work with. Often it is more about what you don’t have in the frame rather than what you do.

So shake up your focus with your landscape photography, and give Minimalism a try. If you are interested in learning more about Landscape Photography, check out our Landscape and Nature Course!

 

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DPReview TV: Canon EOS 90D review

The EOS 90D is Canon's newest DSLR camera, sporting a new 32.5MP sensor and 4K video without a crop. As Chris and Jordan discovered during their testing, there's a lot to like.

Make sure to visit our Canon 90D initial review for more information on this camera.

Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.

Sample gallery from this episode

Canon EOS 90D sample gallery (DPReview TV)

A new gallery from the Canon EOS 90D, shot by Chris and Jordan while filming this week's episode of DPReview TV. As usual, it comes complete with reflected images in puddles.

Axibo camera slider system uses AI to track faces and objects

Axibo Media has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Axibo, an AI-powered camera slider system with tilt and pan functionalities. The company bills Axibo as a more affordable and simplified professional alternative to existing robotic camera systems. The product features an integrated 6 + 1 AI core CPU, powering its ability to learn faces and track 'just about any object.'

Axibo is claimed to be the first AI-powered camera slider on the market. The device supports shooting in a variety of modes, including simple to 3-axis multi-point complex time-lapses, face tracking while sliding back and forth, and more.

The system supports payloads up to 20lbs (slider) to 24lbs (Pan & Tilt unit), speeds up to 1m/s (slide) and 300 deg/s (pan/tilt), and it supports voice control. Features include USB-C compatibility, HDMI-in, power for the mounted camera, and a universal app for controlling the device.

The 1m (3.2ft) slider is made from carbon fiber, supports angled and vertical motion, and including dual 1/4"-20 mounts on both ends. The Axibo slider can be used without the companion Axibo Z1 Pan & Tilt unit when applicable. The slider is joined by the companion Axibo controller, which includes WiFi, Bluetooth, USB-C, HMDI, axis inputs for camera control, and a Sony NP-F dual battery receiver.

The aforementioned Pan & Tilt unit features an intreated 4MP camera for 40fps face and object tracking, support for operating in inverted mode, modular mounting options (including support for tripods), and aluminum construction.

The Axibo camera slider system is being offered through Kickstarter, where backers who pledge at least $1,192 CAD are offered the slider, controller, z friction mount and cable package. Other pledge options include the Pan & Tilt unit for pledges of at least $1,315 CAD and both the slider and Pan & Tilt unit for pledges of at $2,105 CAD. Shipments to backers is estimated to start in April 2020


Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

Fujifilm developing 50mm F1.0 instead of planned 33mm F1.0

Alongside the announcement of the X-Pro 3, Fujifilm has said it is developing a 50mm F1.0 lens for its X-mount mirrorless cameras and cancelling the promised 33mm F1.0.

As part of the presentation, Fujifilm's Head of Product Planning, Takashi Ueno said that the 33mm F1.0 had become too big and heavy as it was being developed. The latest prototype weighed 1300g (45.8oz), included 15 elements and necessitated the addition of a tripod foot.

Instead the company has said it will build a 50mm F1.0, that can be under 900g (31.7oz).

The result is a very different lens: a 75mm equivalent, rather than 50mm equiv. people were expecting. The two sponsored 'X Photographers' at the event suggested it could be useful for wedding and portrait photographers. One of these professionals, Bert Stephani, expressed a the hope that the company will re-work its XF 35mm F1.4: one of the first lenses in the X system, whose autofocus isn't up to the same standard as the company's more recent designs.

Weekly Photography Challenge – Circles

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This week’s photography challenge topic is CIRCLES!

Circles are all around us. You can see them in bokeh, star trails, light painting, rocks, car and bicycle wheels, swirling staircases, in patterns and shadows, fruit, kitchenware, etc.

So go out and capture anything that has circles. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they have circles in them! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Check out some of the articles below that give you tips on this week’s challenge.

Tips for Shooting CIRCLES

Tips for Shooting Out of Focus Cityscape Bokeh Images at Blue Hour

7 Tips for Shooting and Processing Star Trails

Tips for Successful Star Trails Photography

Kinetic Light Painting vs Light Painting

How to do Light Painting by Rotating the Camera

Simple Methods for Creating Better Still Life Images

Photoshop Focus Stacking for Still Life and Product Photography

Weekly Photography Challenge – CIRCLES

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPScircles to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

 

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Fujifilm teases development of X-Pro3 with titanium body, mini rear LCD, hidden display and more

At its Fujifilm X Summit in Tokyo, Japan today, Fujifilm announced the development of its forthcoming X-Pro3 and teased several new and intriguing features the rangefinder-like mirrorless camera will have.

The first detail Fujifilm noted in its presentation is that the X-Pro3 will be built with a titanium body, which will come in three colors: Black, DURA Black and DURA Silver. The standard 'Black' version appears to be painted, while the 'DURA' versions are coated in some manner. Titanium is a challenging metal to work with, but more durable and lighter than other metal alloys traditionally used in camera bodies.

Fujifilm also talked about the improved hybrid viewfinder in the X-Pro3. Inside the viewfinder is a new electronic viewfinder (EVF) that will offer higher resolution, higher contrast, wider-gamut color space, improved brightness and a higher refresh rate. Fujifilm also says it’s managed to decrease distortion and improve the angle of view inside the viewfinder.

Note the 'Provia' film stock icon shown on the compact LCD on the rear of the camera. This film stock icon will stay there and is dynamic in that the ISO rating in the icon changes as you change it on the camera.

Further switching things up, Fujifilm announced that it will be repositioning the standard rear LCD in favor of a compact LCD that is comparable to the top LCD on the GFX cameras, except on the back of the camera. In a neat little trick that nostalgia-seeking photographers will love, this compact LCD can also be used to show the film simulation in use, a nod to the days where you’d rip off part of the film package and place it in the mount on film cameras.

You’ll note we said reposition because, as Fujifilm demonstrated, the display is still there, it’s just hidden. Now, the main rear display sits on the back of a hinged panel, meaning you have to flip it down to navigate the menu or review images/video. Fujifilm says the repositioning of the LCD was done to ‘keep photographers looking through the viewfinder’ rather than ‘chimping’ at the back of the camera.

It's an unusual approach and, while we can see it appealing to waist-level street shooters, we'll have to wait to see what it's like for other types of photography. There have been a lot of calls for an articulated screen on the X-Pro and X-100 series cameras, but we're not sure this solution will satisfy everyone, either. It will, at least, create a more obvious distinction between the X-Pro and X-T series: with the rangefinder-shaped model being the one you shoot through the viewfinder.

'Classic Negative' will be the 10th film simulation Fujifilm has released.

Lastly, as has been rumored, Fujifilm its 10th film simulation called ‘Classic Negative’ that will resemble the look of Fujicolor Superia.

Despite being billed as a ‘development’ presentation, Fujifilm spilled quite a few details about its upcoming X-Pro3 camera system. The camera will officially be announced on October 23rd. To get to all of the details regarding the new X-Pro3 system, skip to roughly the 1:10:00 mark in the above video.

Ricoh is developing a flagship APS-C DSLR set to be released in 2020

An image Ricoh shared alongside the press release, presumably showing off a developmental version of its impending Pentax APS-C DSLR.

Ricoh has announced it’s developing a new flagship Pentax K DSLR camera with an APS-C sensor.

According to the press release, which is short and to the point, Ricoh will preview the camera at the ‘Pentax Meeting 100th Anniversary Special’ event that will be held in Japan on September 21, 2019. Ricoh says the camera is currently ‘under development for market launch in 2020,’ although no specific timeframe is given.

It’s been over a year-and-a-half since Ricoh announced the Pentax K-1 Mark II full-frame DSLR and over two-and-a-half years since its Pentax KP APS-C DSLR was announced. Rumors have been making their way through the grapevine that Pentax had something in store for 2019, but it seems we’ll have to wait until 2020 to see the new hardware.

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR: What’s the difference?

iPhone XR vs. iPhone 11

Let's start with the obvious difference between the latest iPhone and the last-generation XR: the XR has a single, standard wide-angle camera. The new iPhone 11, on the other hand, has a dual camera system – one standard wide and one ultra-wide. The 11 gets an updated front-facing camera too: a 12MP sensor compared to the XR's 7MP, and 4K/60p video versus HD video. And of course, it's capable of the infamous 'slofie.'

How much of a difference that extra camera makes depends on what you like to take pictures of. In our experience, having that ultra-wide lens as an option is very handy.

All images are courtesy Apple

Portrait Mode

The iPhone 11's additional rear-facing camera also provides an advantage when shooting in Portrait Mode. It uses the slightly different perspectives of the ultra-wide and wide lenses to help create a more accurate depth map than the XR is capable of with its single camera, which only uses depth data generated from its dual pixel sensor combined with machine-learning assisted image segmentation. This should translate to better Portrait Mode images, with improved separation between subjects and their backgrounds.

Plus, the iPhone 11 is better suited for pet Portrait Mode photos like the one above, and who can resist those eyes?

Other camera features

There's a lot more to a smartphone camera than just hardware these days, and that's especially true of the camera in the iPhone 11. Apple has included a new Night Mode which is automatically enabled in low light levels, combining data from multiple image captures to produce a brighter more detailed image – very similar to Google's Night Sight. The 11's Smart HDR mode has also been improved – it's able to identify human and pet subjects, and render them appropriately while applying different processing to the rest of the image.

And later this fall, Apple will add a Deep Fusion mode via software update. While it also uses data from multiple frames, the end result is a larger 24MP file. That's quite useful if you'd like to make larger prints from phone images. We'll reserve judgement until we're able to test this feature of course, but it's potentially a big step forward for Apple's camera system and we're glad to see it in this sub-$1000 device in addition to the flagship Pro models.

These added features are powered by a new A13 Bionic processor, one of the key hardware advantages that the 11 offers over the A12-powered XR.

Display

The XR and 11 are identical in size and both offer a 6.1" 'Liquid Retina HD' display, which is Apple-speak for 'LCD.' Stepping up to the 11 Pro will of course get you a nicer OLED display with better contrast and brightness, but that's not a differentiating factor between the XR and iPhone 11. Interestingly, you'll need to step up to the 5.8" 11 Pro if you want a smaller phone.

Weatherproofing

The XR is rated IP67 and the 11 is IP68, meaning both are fully protected against dust, but the iPhone 11 offers better protection against moisture. Apple states that the phone can withstand up to 30 minutes in depths of up to 2 meters; the XR can safely be submerged for the same amount time in depths up to 1 meter.

If you plan on taking your phone into the pool that extra waterproofing could make a difference depending on how deep you swim. But if you're more worried about everyday scenarios like, say, a tumble to the bottom of the toilet, then it's safe to say both phones would survive just fine.

Battery life

The iPhone 11 offers slightly better battery life. According to Apple, it will deliver one hour of extra performance compared to the XR – up to 17 hours of non-streaming video playback vs. 16 hours, for example. If you're a power user who watches a lot of video on your phone that hour might make a difference, but if you're just looking for a phone that will get you through a typical day then either will likely suffice.

Wrap-up

So who should buy the iPhone 11, and who should save the extra cash and get the XR? If photo-taking is any kind of priority, then we think the 11 is worth the extra money. Its use of more sophisticated photo processing will make a noticeable difference to photo quality, especially in low light, and an additional ultra-wide angle lens could prove a huge benefit when shooting landscapes or group photos, or in tight quarters.

The iPhone XR is still a perfectly capable camera though, with color rendering that we prefer over the Google Pixel 3. If you aren't one to push the limits with its capabilities in low light, and you don't need the ultra-wide lens of the 11, the XR will serve you quite well.

9 Ways to use Reflections more Creatively for Stunning Photography

The post 9 Ways to use Reflections more Creatively for Stunning Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Ana Mireles.

Mirrors or windows, ponds or lakes, it really doesn’t matter where you find them, reflections are eye-catching. In this tutorial, I’ll give you some ideas and inspiration on how to use reflections more creatively for stunning photography.

Creative use of reflections for stunning photography tutorial

We’re fascinated by reflections ever since we discover ourselves in a mirror, it’s no wonder we remain captivated by them. If you want to know about the technical aspect of reflections check out Rick Ohnsman’s article Understand Light and Color to Improve your Photography. Here, I’ll tell you nine ways to use them in your photographs.

1. Avoid a dull sky

The first tip to use reflections more creatively is to photograph them during bad weather. After the rain we usually find the sky to be grey and dull. Luckily the rain creates puddles, and water is a great reflector. Next time you find yourself shooting during a rainy day try looking down to the ground instead of up to the sky.

Look for water reflection for bad weather conditions

If you want to take this idea to the next level, you can add a flash to your photo-shoot. To learn how to do it check this article: Using Rain Puddles to Create Unique Reflection Photos.

2. Fill empty spaces

Similar to the dull sky problem, you can have an area that lacks detail or any visual interest. If it’s made of a reflective material the answer is easy, just find the right angle to capture it. What may have been a boring object, is suddenly filled with details that complement your composition.

Search for the right angle to add reflections

3. Create texture

Reflections don’t necessarily have to be mirrored images of reality. The texture of the material or surface will distort the image and you can use that to capture color and shapes. For example, the ripples of water reflecting buildings.

Reflections create textures

Remember that you can also zoom-in and photograph the reflection as a texture to use later in other images.

4. Abstract photography

Speaking of photographing a texture alone, this can give you some inspiration for doing abstract photography. There are many different angles to approach this subject and reflections are definitely a good one. Here’s an example, but if you feel interested in going deeper into it, check out some Abstract Photos to Inspire You.

Textures alone are great for abstract photography

5. Change perspective

Shooting common places or subjects that are not interesting enough is always a challenge. Photographing its reflection can be a great alternative to capture it creatively. This forces you to move, crouch, and generally change your point of view. Also, you’ll be looking at the subject backward, and sometimes just a little shift can make the difference.

Look for the reflection to change perspective

6. Creates symmetric shapes

Symmetry is beautiful and pleasing. On a subconscious level, it gives us a soothing feeling. I don’t mean just placing your subject in the center and make it identical on both sides. Of course, this is an option, but it’s not the only way. Reflections can create symmetric shapes that can help the overall image become more interesting.

Symmetry helps your composition

7. Frame your subject

You can also use reflections as a way to direct the viewer’s attention to your subject. For example, placing your subject as a reflection in a mirror or a window literally frames it. If you want to get more creative you can also use a pair of eyeglasses or a spoon.

Frame your subject

8. Overlapping planes

One of my favorite qualities of reflections is that they show you two, or more scenes on the same plane. When you look at a mirror you are also seeing what is behind you. With a window, you can even add a third plane when you also add the scene from inside the room, and so on. If you compose the subjects from each scene in a harmonic way you can create a surreal or dream-like image.

Compose different scenes in one

9. The reflection IS the subject

Last but not least, a reflection can be a subject in itself. You can make a project or a series just about reflections, it’s just a matter of finding a concept to build upon. If you need some inspiration, I highly advise you to read this Guide to Creating Unique Conceptual Photography.

Use reflections as the main subject

Come up with an idea and just run with it. I hope this article sparked some inspiration so you can use reflections more creatively! Share your reflection photos in the comments section below and, most of all, have fun!

 

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