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Elena Shumilova Videos and Compelling Tutorials

You probably already know Elena Shumilova, this devoted mom taking fairy-tale pictures of her sons in their farm in Russia. We had written an article about her on iLHP to make you discover Elena’s wonderful work and her equipement.

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Elena’s youngest son, Petr, just 1 month old!

Elena reached out to us to share with iLHP some secrets of hers. For the very first time she let journalists and cameras enter her world and show everyone her environment.

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20 Best 2014 Drone Pictures

This year has been exciting for the new category of drone photography. We were already used to watch videos made by drones, but the quality of the cameras housed by these drones are now excellent.

Drone models like the DJI Phantom 2 and the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 come with a built-in high-definition camera allowing drone fliers to capture astonishing pictures and videos from way up in the sky.

The cameras on these drones can stream a live feed of what they see to your tablet or smartphone. Tapping a button on the device captures a photo or a video.

As you might expect, this has led to several stunning photographs. The website Dronestagram — a new social network dedicated to photographs taken by drones — gathers the best pictures. Here’s iLHP selection for 2014:

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Reasons Why A7 Users Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade to the A7II

Sony excited and annoyed a lot of people with the announcement of the Sony A7 Mark II this November. It created excitement because the new camera comes with the world’s first full-frame in-body image stabilization for a mirrorless camera, better ergonomics and materials, and autofocus refinements.

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It also annoyed the existing A7 owners because the A7ii is coming out just one short year after the debut of the A7 (here are our first impressions). While 1 year (or less) production cycles are typical for consumer products, professional models like the Canon 5D and the Nikon DX00 series typically have a 2+ year production cycles. It’s going to be hard to keep up, buying a new camera every winter.

In this review, let’s look at 4 issues on whether existing Sony A7 users should or should not upgrade to the A7ii and whether photographers over in Canon and Nikon land should consider the A7 or the A7ii.

4. Five-Axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)

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The biggest hoopla about the Sony A7ii is really its 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This is a first for full-frame cameras, chiefly because Canon, Nikon, and Leica, the only other full frame camera manufacturers, subscribe only to the optical image stabilization (OIS) philosophy. Other manufacturers sticking with IBIS include Olympus, Panasonic, and Ricoh/Pentax.

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4K Video Photography, the Latest Stake into the Hearts of Traditionalists

Remember the digital vs film debate, no more than 10 years old? Some still insists on film being alive. Well it’s not. It’s dead, it’s just not extinct yet. But just as even the most diehard of traditionalists and the “righteous” have finally gotten over inserting memory cards rather than rolls of acetate into their rectangular boxes, another wave of innovation and, god forbid change, is swelling just over the horizon. It’s going to solve the ultimate Achilles’ heel of the still photography format. It’s going to put some people out of business. And it’s going to put off a lot of people.

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Nothing to see here, another pretty lady on the cover of a photography magazine, right? Wrong. The cover image is not shot by a still photography camera. It is a single frame pulled from a 4k video, clean enough to grace the cover of a magazine. Image from http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/could-4k-video-replace-traditional-photography-ap-shoots-its-first-ever-cover-image-on-4k-video-33704

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How to Deal with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)?

I like to say that it’s not the gear that takes the picture but the guy behind the camera. Some great photographers can do beautiful photographs with a smartphone! On the contrary, some will never take good photos even with a Canon 5D markIII, a Sony A7r or a Nikon D4S for instance.

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