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Breaking the Rules – Street Photography with the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

We’d normally use ultra-wide lenses for two reasons: (1)  to capture something very big (i.e. landscapes, buildings, stars in the sky); or (2) to create a sense of space in a place where there is none (i.e. real estate photography). Portraits are generally a big no-no because its inherent visual perspective creates a sense of unease. But then again, a cinematographer like Masanobu Takayanagi can use it masterfully in Silver Linings Playbook to subtly bring out Bradley Cooper’s troubled mental state in front of Jennifer Lawrence.

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Ian Norman over at The Lonely Speck uses this Rokinon to great results for his astrophotography

I bought my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 on a whim and while it was on sale. At $339 MSRP, it is one of the most affordable lenses in the Sony E Mount line up. But as neither a landscape or an astrophotographer, I had no real need for an ultra-wide. And I suspect for real-estate photographers, who incidentally have the highest average salaries out of all photographer types, they won’t be relying on this bargain basement lens with wild barrel distortions either.

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The Rokinon is also labeled as the Samyang. When mounted to the A7 series, it is absolutely humongous. Not the ideal street photography lens then, but fun to use nonetheless.

One day, over better qualified candidates like the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and as if to defy the camera gods, I decided to bring this lens during my recent trip to China for Lunar New Years since Asia, in general, is great for street photography. So, I challenged myself to use a 14mm ultra-wide on the streets and this is what I’ve learned.

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Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

(We gave our first impressions here in Part 1 on the A7II. We’re now about to detail its image quality in real life.)

Sony just announced the all new A7rII (please read here our Top 7 Game Changing Features of the A7rII) with some amazing new features. We love how aggressive Sony is on the market forcing the “big ones” to react or die. This is an excellent competition, forcing every manufacturers to move forward and offer some real innovative technologies that Canon and Nikon (10 reasons to switch to mirrorless) have not been too prompt to do these past 5 years, thinking that their reputation and their cameras were good enough no matter what (Will they go full frame mirrorless?).

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“You will never regret, even a second, the images produced by this sensor”.

That being said, with the A7 series announced back in October 2013, Sony had already declared war to Canon and Nikon with this new category of weapons stating new references on the market especially with the A7s in terms of ISO performances. This series was very well engineered right from scratch and no one can deny its success now. The A7II is thus a refinement of the A7 featuring new assests/ skills that we have been discussing in the first part here.

As you already know, I loved how handy and well built this camera is. It is very practical and easy to use even though I think I could use one more customizable button. I also had to point a few flaws but they are not significant considering the qualities and the delight that this camera will offer you! So I am now going to test and review the image quality, for those who cannot put $3200 on the table to splurge on the all new A7rII (body only), the A7II offers already a great quality enjoyable for most of us, enthusiats and even pro-photographers — as I discussed here in a previous article —  for half the price, $1600 body only.

Image Quality

It is clear that the image quality depends on the lens you are using. It is then difficult to establish a clear ranking unless you do scientific tests and multiple comparisons with different cameras with the same lenses like DxOlab would do. Continue reading Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

How To Shoot Timelapse Photography – (Part 1: An Intro)

There comes a time when our creativity reaches a plateau. We want to reach a specific goal, we achieve that objective and we are then ready to move on and master something new and move forward.

I spent a lot of time admiring photographers from my hometown of Toronto who had similar interests to gain inspiration. It would force me to learn new techniques and solve problems I was struggling with. I would see photographers I shot with such as Oscar Flores aka @416shots on Instagram post time lapses and I was immediately impressed. I knew it was something I had to try so I began researching the process.

My First Splash in the Timelapse Waters

There seemed like a lot to learn and take in and I am rather impatient so the quickest and easiest way to try filming a time lapse is on my iPhone 6 and that is just what I decided to do.

Continue reading How To Shoot Timelapse Photography – (Part 1: An Intro)

Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!

iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?

Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.

Meet

iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?

Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.

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iLHP: Did you learn by yourself or through photography schools? Continue reading Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!

First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything  (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):

Focale lenght : 100mm
ISO : 100
Aperture : f/3.5
Speed : 1/320 sec

In the Field

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This is how the picture came out of the camera without any editing.

They’re quite common data so let’s get an in-depth analysis with Cyril himself:

“Draw the light” is a photograph that I took in April 2012. At this time, I was especially working and training on my compositions without my own personalized settings that I use henceforth, like the white balance or the color saturation. Continue reading Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron