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How to create fake anamorphic lens flares in DaVinci Resolve

The anamorphic look is all the rage these days, as evidenced by the rate at which new anamorphic lenses seem to be getting announced. And while it’s not possible to fully create the anamorphic look without an anamorphic lens, it is possible to fake it a little bit. For After Effects, there are plugins like VideoCopilot’s […] → Read More

Seven tips to shoot successful YouTube videos without showing your face

Whenever I speak to people about starting up a YouTube channel, one of the biggest objections I hear is that they don’t want to be in front of the camera. They don’t want to be seen. Or at least, not initially. It can take time to build up the confidence to step in front of […] → Read More

Stop making art for other artists

An odd thing that’s happened over the years as film has transitioned over to digital and the rise of social media has had a huge impact on all our lives. Most photographers, including most of the ones that work with real clients, are shooting based on what they believe other photographers will think of their […] → Read More

Nikon's third teaser focuses on speed and eye and object recognition tracking AF

Nikon released its third Nikon Z9 trailer recently, which focuses on its object tracking and Eye AF capabilities, along with a hint about its burst mode speed towards the end. The video shows off vehicle recognition – something we first saw from Canon with the EOS R3 – which appears to track both cars and […] → Read More

No, magnets won't kill your SD cards

In ancient times, when movies and music were stored on tapes and computers used floppy disks, we were told that magnets were basically the devil. Even watching VHS tapes over and over would eventually cause them to lose all their information. That’s because the tape and the disks themselves were magnetic. That’s how the data […] → Read More

The new Sony A7 IV includes some of the best features of the A1 and A7S III

Sony has now officially announced the new Sony A7 IV. It features a 33-megapixel (not stacked) BSI CMOS sensor with their latest generation BIONZ XR image processing engine. It includes a number of new features not found in other bodies as well as inheriting some advanced features from its big brothers the A7S III and […] → Read More

FCC Commissioner recommends banning DJI products in the USA over "National Security" risks

After DJI’s high yesterday with their Ronin 4D announcement, they’re being brought back down to earth by the FCC after Commissioner Brendan Carr has called for its addition to the FCC Covered List, which would ban the company from selling its products in the USA. A letter published on the FCC website states that DJI […] → Read More

DJI has finally announced its new Ronin 4D full-frame 6K & 8K pro gimbal cinema cameras

It’s been rumoured for a long time, but now DJI has officially announced its new Ronin 4D 4-axis cinema camera. It combines the new full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera with a 4-axis stabilisation system, LiDAR focusing with video transmission and control in a single device. DJI says the system is designed for high-end productions to […] → Read More

Samyang to launch its first Fuji X mount autofocus lens on October 26th

Since Fuji opened up its X mount to third parties, those third parties sure seem to have jumped on it. And they’re not just manual lenses that happen to use the mount, either. We’ve seen a few autofocus from Tokina, Zeiss, Viltrox and even a zoom lens from Tamron. Well, now it looks like Samyang’s […] → Read More

Apple is now selling lens cleaning cloth for $19 a pop

So, the freebie that gets thrown in with even the cheapest low budget lens is now a $19 Apple accessory. Of course, Apple isn’t marketing it as a simple lens cloth. This is a “soft, nonabrasive” material for cleaning the glass and displays on your Apple devices. There’s even a “compatibility” list. Surprisingly (or not, […] → Read More

Ricoh files new lens patents – Is Pentax finally considering going mirrorless?

A few days ago, Ricoh filed a patent application in Japan for three new full-frame telephoto lenses, one of which is for mirrorless cameras. These aren’t the first they’ve filed, either, having filed patents for a couple of other mirrorless lenses a month ago. Could this be a turning point for Pentax, the one company […] → Read More

Ricoh files new lens patents – Is Pentax finally considering going mirrorless?

A few days ago, Ricoh filed a patent application in Japan for three new full-frame telephoto lenses, one of which is for mirrorless cameras. These aren’t the first they’ve filed, either, having filed patents for a couple of other mirrorless lenses a month ago. Could this be a turning point for Pentax, the one company […] → Read More

Could Sigma's new 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN mean an APS-C L mount camera is on the way?

Sigma has announced its new 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Interestingly, it’s available in two mounts. Sony E and Leica L. Yes, that’s right, an APS-C f/2.8 zoom lens with an L mount. I highly doubt Leica shooters are going to be buying this one, so could it mean that […] → Read More

Samyang parfocal AF 24-70mm f/2.8 for Sony FE has now been announced globally

Samyang (AKA Rokinon and Bower) has launched their first zoom lens with the new Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE, a wide-angle to short telephoto lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture for full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras. The lens had previously been announced only in Thailand, but now the announcement appears to be global. Autofocus lenses have […] → Read More

Nikon promises up to 8 new Z mount lenses despite $262 million loss

Well, Nikon’s latest annual report is out and it shows a $262 million write off in losses. The report says that Nikon has been facing challenges from the declining demand for camera gear from professionals and hobbyists, increased competition, the global silicon shortage and the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Nikon will soon be releasing their […] → Read More

Sony teases new camera (Sony A7 IV?) to be announced on October 21st

Well, after a blurry photo of what was claimed to be the Sony A7 IV was apparently posted and then deleted by Sony China over the weekend, now it seems that Sony might be finally ready to announce the Sony A7 III successor – and not a minute too soon. The A7 III is a […] → Read More

Spotted in the wild – Godox is releasing a 600W Bowens mount LED light

At the P&I Shanghai International Wedding Photographic Equipment Exhibition Godox were showing off some new toys, including a powerful 600 Watt Bowens mount LED light with external ballast. The show was actually in July, although the photos from the show seem to have only just come to light. The images were posted as part of […] → Read More

This simple camera strap trick helps you get steadier handheld photos and video

DIYP’s own resident travel photographer Dave Williams has taken to the road, travelling (for now) the UK for some off-grid living in a van to explore and photograph as much of it as he can. On his entry into Scotland, Dave came to visit me so I could take him to explore the local river […] → Read More

Three beginner off-camera flash mistakes you really need to avoid

When you’re first starting out photographing people with flash, it can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you’re used to shooting with natural light, the pieces don’t all click into place right away and it’s easy to make mistakes and not be entirely sure how to rectify the problem. So, here’s Francisco Hernandez with three […] → Read More

Fuji goes back to killing off film

After it looked like Fujifilm was starting to take a reverse stance on film and were in fact looking to bring more back, they’ve announced that they’re killing off some more, including a very old and popular favourite. Fuji Velvia 50 in 4×5 and 8×10 large format sheet film. They’re also getting rid of 160NS […] → Read More