One of the most viral and talked about photos this week is of a 2-year-old daughter looking up and crying at her mother at the US-Mexico border. The Honduran mother and child were being taken into custody by federal agents when they were photographed by Getty Images photographer John Moore, who shares the story behind the shot in the 7-minute CNN interview above.

“As the father myself, this photograph was especially difficult for me to take,” Moore writes in the caption of his photo on Instagram. “It is one from a series […] while I was on a ride-along with the Border Patrol in Texas’ Río Grande Valley.”

A Honduran asylum seeker, 2, and her mother are taken into custody by federal agents near the US-Mexico border. They had just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico and were to be transported to a US Customs and Border Protection processing center. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrants calls for the separation...

Samyang has just announced its new Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 full frame autofocus lens for Canon EF-mount cameras. The announcement comes just one week after the company unveiled its new 24mm f/2.8 lens.

The lens is the equivalent of a 136mm when mounted on a Canon crop sensor APS-C camera.

Thanks to its internal design and technologies such as a Hybrid Aspherical element, the 85mm measures less than 3 inches long and is lightweight for its focal length (17oz/482g). The features (including Ultra Multi-Coating) also help reduce and control distortion and aberrations.

Two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM) in the lens allow it to have fast and quiet autofocusing while adjusting just one inner lens group in the process.

Other specs and features include an all-metal construction, a minimum focusing distance of 2.95ft/0.90m, an ergonomic shape, and a 9-blade aperture for smooth bokeh.

The new Samyang/Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 will be available starting in August 2018 with a price tag of $799, bundled with a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.

In October 2017, I visited a good friend in Seattle, Washington, who runs an international animal rescue organization. Animals can have a positive impact on people’s lives. Unfortunately, I also saw and learned how much animals suffer abuse around the world. During my visit, I saw that many homeless people kept animals with them, and it gave me an idea to document their connection and dependence on each other.

I approached and sought permission to photograph in Tent City 3 — a non-sanctioned temporary homeless encampment — and also other homeless people throughout the area.

Animals accept us as we are. They love unconditionally and without reserve. They bring joy, love, and reassurance during our best and worst times. I felt compelled to use this connection; the unwavering bond between human and animal as the basis for this series, titled “Unconditional Love.”

Sonny has been living in Tent City 3 for 9 months. Houdini is Sonny’s companion. He says, “he calms me down when I get my panic and anxiety attacks., I can get to my medicine because of Houdini. he calms me down when I get excited., Houdini gives me responsibility and pride.”

Calli was rescued by Candi two and a half years ago from an abusive home. She nurtured her back to...

We all know things can go wrong and sometimes they might be due to circumstances out of our control or due to a simple mistake. I'm certain we also know how important it is to be prepared for those unfortunate but inevitable situations. Clients, however, may not be as understanding and this is why it's important to have measures in place to ensure continuity.

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We tend to devote most of the attention we pay toward our own photography to our portfolio shots; after all, those are the images that we show off to the world, that carry our brand, and that instill pride from our accomplishments. However, we can learn just as much (if not more) from the images that didn't make the cut.

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Canon announced it produced the world's largest CMOS sensor. At 20 cm square, the new sensor is nearly eight inches on each side, rightly qualifies as large-format, and already helped scientists make an incredible discovery.

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Think medium format CMOS sensors are big? Check out what Canon’s largest sensor looks like when placed next to a DSLR camera (an EOS Rebel T3i/600D). The picture above is to scale.

Canon first unveiled its humongous, ultra-sensitive, ultra-resolution CMOS sensor back in August 2010, saying that it would open new doors in various academic and industrial fields.

“A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity,” Canon writes. “In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced the challenge of achieving higher levels of sensitivity and larger element sizes while maintaining high-speed readout performance, and has succeeded in developing the world’s largest class of CMOS image sensor measuring approximately 20 cm square.”

That’s right: 200x200mm. By comparison, a standard 35mm full frame sensor measures 36×24mm, so Canon’s mega sensor is 40 times bigger. Here’s what the 200mm sensor looks like next to a standard 35mm full frame sensor:

LargeSense’s new LS911 “8×10” large format digital camera actually has a larger CMOS sensor (~229x279mm), but it’s monochrome only.

Here’s how sensitive Canon’s sensor is: it can capture video at 60 frames per second with 0.3 lux of illumination, or about the same brightness as a full moon.

“Possible applications for this ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS...

Nissin has just announced the MG10, a new versatile 2.4GHz wireless TTL flash that comes with a hand grip you can mount to it.

The flash is part of the company’s Nissin Air System (NAS) and is designed for on-camera and off-camera, studio and outdoor.

“Designed as a multi-purpose flash, the Nissin MG10 can take you from the fast pace of a model runway shoot, to an outdoor scene where high power for HSS shooting is a must,” Nissin says. “Whether you are working quickly with the flash on camera or creating stunning lighting effects with off camera flash or in a studio setting, the Nissin MG10 has you covered.”

In addition to being used to handhold the flash or handle it while it’s mounted to a tripod, the hand grip also allows the flash to be mounted on the left or right side of your camera. In this type of use, the height of the flash can be adjusted while the grip is mounted.

A built-in shutter release button on the hand grip further adds to its versatility.

The MG10 has a guide number of 262 feet (80m) and 165-watt-seconds. Recycling time is 1.5 seconds with full power while using L-ion batteries and 3.5 seconds when using 8 AA batteries. You get about 500 flashes with 2 Li-ion 5000mAh batteries and 200 with 8 AA batteries.

“The Nissin Digital patented...

There is a renewed interest in the romance of black and white photography for several good reasons. First, hyped color is becoming boringly predictable. Second, automated software presets and templates deliver a predictable variety of pre-digested looks that can be applied to any image and deliver similar results.

Just as Hollywood movies have fallen into the same predictable themes and plots, color digital photography has lost some of its originality to over-processing. As you noticed, the common theme here is predictability. Serious photographers want to do unique and serious work and that all points to a resurgence of black and white images.

In the Beginning

There was a certain warmth and personality to black and white prints in the days of film and darkrooms. Photographers got involved with this medium for more than a technical exercise, it became a conduit for personal expression and emotional input. It was a way for the photographer to be involved in every aspect of the process.

Black and white prints were produced in a more personal way than color prints. While color prints were cranked-out mechanically by drugstore photo labs, black and white prints were produced one at a time by photo-artisans, many times in makeshift darkrooms.

These darkrooms didn’t have to be state-of-the-art facilities; any room large enough to house a small enlarger, four 8×10 trays, and a clothesline would do....

Episode 286 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Earlier this year our friends at Ultimate Bundles released this Ultimate Photography Bundle and when we saw it we were quite amazed by what they’d included.

For example one of our writers – Gina Milicia – has her best selling ‘How to Direct and Pose Like a Pro‘ Course in the bundle. This is definitely one of the highlights of this bundle and one we’re very...

A short while ago, I wrote about a kerfluffle with White Castle’s social media team about a photo I took of their Impossible Slider. At issue was the way White Castle (and other large companies) treated people who asked for some form of compensation for their photos to be used on the company’s social pages.

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Ron Jaffe is the stills photographer for a multitude of popular television shows, and occasionally, he’s asked to recreate images that could have been taken decades ago. I asked him what process he goes through to take us back to pre-war USA.

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Panoramas are a great way to approach photographing landscapes. By allowing you to capture a larger amount of the scene in front of you, it is easier to portray what you actually saw with your eyes in your photographs. Software has made it stupidly easy to stitch your photos into panoramas; however, there are still some considerations you can take to get the most out of your landscapes and make better panoramas.

This article presumes you already know how the basics of capturing a sequence of images and to how to stitch them together as panoramas in Lightroom or another dedicated software package.

Part 1 – Gear

Such a specialized technique may seem like it requires a lot of specialist gear to get right, but that’s not the case. Of the three items listed below, only two are absolutely necessary and as someone interested in landscapes, you probably already have the most important one.

1) Tripod A tripod is an absolute necessity if you want to create better panoramas.

This first one is probably obvious, but it’s the most...

Last week’s article introduced my take on the reasons photographers and videographers lose prospective clients. I focused on two common pricing errors plus the importance of a human connection, and this week, I’m examining three other important reasons.

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Having a good routine leading up to an important shoot can be the difference between success and failure. Make sure you do these 12 things well before you pick the camera up and press the shutter button.

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If you're new to photography, you were probably recently excited to start learning how to create gorgeous images when you were suddenly blindsided by a veritable bevy of technical terms. This great video will introduce you to 25 terms you should know and give helpful explanations for each of them.

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Talent can be a strange and nebulous thing, and we often ascribe it way too much importance, which can in turn be a serious roadblock to growing as a creative. This great video examines the idea of talent and why you shouldn't be so worried about it.

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At least here in the U.S., having a camera means that under the First Amendment, you can pretty much photograph whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as you're in a public place where there's no reasonable expectation of privacy. Of course, being able to do something doesn't always mean you should do it.

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Every photographer’s kit needs to include both a wide and ultra-wide lens. These lenses provide the flexibility to shoot a variety of subjects such as portraits, landscapes, astrophotography, and food. Wide lenses provide a unique and fresh way to portray subjects and are a great way to shoot contextual scenes that emphasize foreground elements. New to the market in 2018 is the Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG Art Series Lens.

It provides a constant fast f/2.8 aperture and a zoom that transforms your field of view from wide (84.1 degrees) to ultra-wide (114.2 degrees).  I took this lens for a test-drive to give you a glimpse of its performance.

I will save my very positive overall numerical rating for the end. So let’s get into some of the nitty-gritty findings of this functional and flexible piece of glass.

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG Art lens on a Nikon D800. First Impressions

There’s always a thrill the first time you unroll a lens from its packaging and lift it from the box. I immediately noticed the weight of the lens (officially ~40oz; 1,150g) giving it a quality feel. The metal construction of this lens is on display and the only plastic parts are the lens cover and lens hood.

I was struck by the large size of the lens – it...