Here are the guide videos I produced for Sony about the FX9. These videos cover most of the key features of the camera whether that’s shooting using S-Cinetone or S-log3 and Cine EI, farme rates and scan modes. Each video includes instructions on how to use the different modes as well as some guidance on things to watch out for. Some of the videos were produced with version 1 firmware so there are now some changes to the base modes, previously you had Custom Mode and Cine EI, now you have SDR – HDR – CineEI where SDR mode is the same as what was previously called custom mode. Also don’t miss the two videos linked at the end which cover most of the new features added in the version 2 firmware.
If you’re new to working with flash, especially when shooting portraits, all of the different terms for different lights can be quite confusing. With no context whatsoever, “key”, “fill”, “rim”, “kicker”, etc. are all kind of vague and non-descript. Once you understand the purpose for each, though, the naming convention becomes quite obvious. In this […]
Photographing the Milky Way (and the night skies in general) is exciting and opens up a whole new world. But it’s also pretty tricky if you’re new to it. If you’d like to do it and you don’t know where to start, Steve Kazemir has just the video for you. He goes through all the […]
It is not trivial, but with some trickery, you can fool Photoshop’s Sky Replacement AI to replace more than just the sky. You could, for example, swap water as well. Here are the steps you’d need to take to use the sky replacement tool to swap water. The base image Below is the image I […]
We’ve all seen the “Shot on iPhone” campaigns. Apple takes some Hollywood filmmaker, shoves some iPhones in their hand and lets them go create something epic. But as we’ve seen from the behind the scenes footage, they’re often using an entire production crew to help them make it, along with a lot of the same […]
Iranian photographer and camera tinkerer Alireza Rostami wanted to shoot tilt-shift photos but found the specialized lenses too expensive, so instead he decided to make himself a selective focus lens using a cheap CV boot.
Rostami needed a lens that could project an image circle big enough to avoid vignetting while adjusting his selective focus, and he settled on the lens found on an old Kiev 60 medium format SLR camera made in the former USSR between 1984 and 1999.
To mount this medium format lens to his APS-C DSLR, Rostami created some simple semi-rigid bellows using a CV boot, the rubber encasements that are used to protect the constant velocity (CV) joints in cars. They can be purchased for $10 to $20.
“I needed a device that covers the distance between the lens and the camera sensor and has flexibility and mobility,” Rostami says. “After searching for these things, I found rubber and found the right size — it was a spare part for a car.”
Rostami created his adapter by cutting out the insides of a Canon body cap, attaching a section of a CV boot, and then using yarn to keep dust out.
Here’s what the DIY selective focus lens looks like when mounted to his Canon T2i (AKA the 550D or Kiss X4):
Here are some sample selective focus photos he has captured with the new lens so far:
Here’s a short time-lapse he created using the lens:
“If it’s possible for you to buy this kind of lens, that’s better,” Rostami says. “But if you can not afford it like me, you can make a lens by buying a CV boot.”
Want to create perfectly focused and sharp macro and landscape images? Here is a step-by-step guide on focus stacking, it will help you create perfectly sharp images. The steps described in the article will help you to photograph images for focus stacking. It will also help you to apply focus stacking using adobe Photoshop. So, […]