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How to easily convert your kit lens into a macro lens

Are you looking for an affordable but also electronic macro lens? Or maybe you have an old kit lens, that’s just sitting around, collecting dust since your last upgrade? Well, then read on, because in this article I am going to share one cool hack that will allow you too transform almost any kit or […]

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Rode’s VXLR Pro lets you use your on-camera or lav mic with cables up to 100 metres long

Rode has announced the new VXLR Pro, expanding on the original VXLR and VXLR Plus with one new and extremely useful feature. It lets you run your cables up to a length of about 100m with little-to-no drop in quality, thanks to new transformer-balanced output electronics. While designed specifically with the VideoMic NTG in mind […]

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A new patent suggests Canon’s eye-controlled focus may be coming back

For those who hear about the fact that Canon used to have 35mm SLRs with eye-controlled AF, but have never had the opportunity to try it themselves, it’s an intriguing proposition. Look at something, and the camera just focuses on it. Sounds great, right? Well, for those that have actually used it, the response is […]

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Shooting Portraits Through a Giant Theater Lens with a Fujifilm GFX100

In January, photographer Jay P. Morgan shared a video where he took portraits with what at the time he called an IMAX lens on a Canon EOS R. In part two of that series, he takes it one step further and mounts the medium format GFX 100 to it.

As many PetaPixel readers and others pointed out, the lens isn’t an IMAX lens but actually a theater projection lens. Its original purpose was to project light out of the lens, not pull in light for taking photos.

After publishing his first video, Don Iwerks along with Kurt Swiska reached out to Morgan to tell him more about the lens, which they were surprised he even managed to acquire. Iwerks is a former Disney Executive and co-founder with Swiska of Iwerks Entertainment, the company that originally developed the lens.

“First off, it’s called an 870 format, meaning that 70-millimeter print film with a frame size of eight perforations,” Morgan says. “It’s an f/2.0 lens, which means it’s going to have a very shallow depth of field. But it’s in that one plane that matches exactly the cinema dome where it was projected. It’s 180mmx160mm focal length. That indicates it’s asymmetrical, not variable. And also it was used to project the image wider rather than taller.”

All that new information aside, Morgan just seems to enjoy taking “really weird” photos with it despite the fact it was never intended to be used for this purpose.

Morgan shared several of the portraits he captured in this session that combine the lens with the large sensor of the GFX 100.

As you can see, thanks to the larger physical size of the GFX 100 sensor, the photos Morgan takes show a nearly-full image circle, in contrast to the images captured on the Canon EOS R. Morgan comments that it’s almost a full 180-degree perspective.

Morgan says that he intends to keep playing with this lens with different cameras and situations in the future.

“Don’t be surprised to see this lens again. It’s going to come up again, there’s no doubt about it. I’ll shoot it again, but probably on a different camera just to see exactly what it looks like,” he says.


Image credits: Photos by Jay P. Morgan and used with permission.

Tips for Making Beautiful Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles

Photographer Jens Heidler, who was recently featured for his macro video of snowflakes melting in reverse, has published a 5-minute instructional video on how to create frozen soap bubbles for dazzling macro photos.

The first half of Heidler’s video beautifully shows how the bubbles form and freeze in real-time. But what if you want to make these effects yourself? The next portion is dedicated to answering ten common questions that address the specific ways he is able to reproduce the effect.

Firstly, Heidler explains that the temperature he uses to capture the freezing action is -5 degrees Celcius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it takes about 20 seconds for the freezing to start. It can take anywhere between five seconds and two or three minutes depending on how much glycerin is used and the freezing temperature you choose.

Building on this point, Heidler says that -10 degrees Celcius, or 14 degrees Fahrenheit, is the coldest you will want to go for this kind of work. Any colder, and the bubble freezes too fast and you won’t be able to capture some of the intricate beauty that occurs as the bubbles freeze.

The bubble mixture that Heidler uses is 80% water, 10% dish soap, and 10% glycerin.

The images shown here weren’t captured with any special lighting, which makes trying photos like these at home even more approachable. Heidler says that at night, where he gets the dramatic black background to the images, he illuminates them with a simple flashlight. During the day, he uses just sunlight.

Forming the bubbles is done by using a long straw and gently blowing air into the bubble mixture. After you pull the straw away, get ready to take the photo because the bubble will start freezing quickly. Beyond that, it’s a matter of playing with light, angles, and catching the crystalization at just the right moment.

For more videos and tips, subscribe to Heidler’s YouTube Channel.


Image credits: Photos by Jens Heidler and used with permission.

How to convert a clothing rack into a DIY camera, light & monitor stand on wheels

Solid stands, especially ones on wheels, that you can mount cameras, lights, monitors to and whatever else you want to attach aren’t that cheap. Even if you have a go at designing and building your own from scratch, they can still work out to be fairly expensive. But if you need a mobile camera, light […]

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Sigma registers a new “fp L” L mount camera body in Korea

Another one from Nokishita. It appears Sigma has registered a new Sigma fp L camera body in Korea. There’s no real information about it yet except for the fact that it’s been registered, although it appears that we might be able to expect another camera soon from Sigma. Perhaps as soon as the end of […]

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How to negotiate with clients and interpret mood boards

This article will cover a client case study on how I organised not only myself, but the client prior to the actual shoot day. Topics I’ll cover in this article include: Initial client contact Client phone call Pricing Brainstorming Mood boards Interpreting client mood board into an actual shoot plan Final images Just before we […]

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