Cameras http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/news en-GB Case Remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR http://www.stuff.tv/case-remote-brings-smartphone-convenience-your-dslr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heathen new-wave photographers finally get the attention they deserve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Case remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR" alt="Case remote brings smartphone convenience to your DSLR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smartphone%20case.jpg?1406627459" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Case Remote is a new smart wireless controller for DSLR cameras: attach it to yours and it connects remotely to your Android or iOS smartphone. From then on, you&#39;ll be able to take photos and change settings on your camera via an app on your phone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Insta-share photos now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-e4ce04aa-8092-6802-7ac9-ab0e276e78fa">People are also more used to having near-instant gratification with your pictures. Snap! There it goes on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. DSLR cameras generally required to be plugged into a computer manually, but with Case Remote you can transmit photos taken on your DSLR straight to the companion smartphone for speedy sharing.</p> <p dir="ltr">It appeals to smartphone camera sensibilities in another way too: the app offers a live view of what the DSLR is showing, with an interface more familiar to modern smartphone users. Many DSLR photographers wouldn&#39;t be caught dead using their camera&#39;s screen to frame shots, preferring the old-school purity of an optical viewfinder, but Case Remote&#39;s setup means you could mount a DSLR on a tripod and remotely view and take photos from nearby.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/case-remote-free-your-camera-free-your-idea" target="_blank">IndieGogo campaign</a> has received so much support that Case Remote&#39;s makers have started a follow-up campaign. This second campaign is for an upgraded version of Case Remote, despite backers of the earlier campaign for the older version not yet receiving their products. On the bright side, the makers are shipping the new Case Remote to the older backers at no additional cost.</p> <p dir="ltr">Otherwise, the campaign looks rather low-risk and they&rsquo;ve claimed that mass production is almost complete. Currently, the Case Remote is going for US$79 (&pound;47) plus an additional US$20 (&pound;12) for shipping outside China.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://1 - http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/28/case-remote/">Techcrunch</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hr0VkQJnG2I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/case-remote-brings-smartphone-convenience-your-dslr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Smartphones Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443541 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015, see LG’s rollable screen manhandled, and Sony's offshore gallery promotes high-zoom cameras http://www.stuff.tv/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dodge the usual mid-week slump—our quick-hit news roundup will perk you up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/battlefield-hardline-screen.jpg?1406097181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&mdash;the time when many of the big autumn video game release dates inevitably shift into the following year because teams need more time, or the competition looks too fierce. Electronic Arts says it&rsquo;s the former with Battlefield Hardline, the cops-and-robbers spinoff of the shooter series that will now launch in 2015 instead of this October.</p> <p>In a blog post on the matter, Karl Magnus Troedsson of Battlefield series creator DICE&mdash;which is working in tandem with new lead developer Visceral Games&mdash;says that the delay will allow the teams to implement new ideas pulled from the community following the recent multiplayer beta test, as well as flesh out the single-player story content and focus on online stability.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only big EA game to slide down the calendar, but luckily, the slip isn&rsquo;t nearly as severe with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The BioWare-developed role-playing epic will now launch on 21 November in Europe, about six weeks after the previously set date.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bfh-will-launch-2015/">Battlefield Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.dragonage.com/#!/en_US/news/dragon-age-inquisition-update">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review">Battlefield Hardline: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ex1GlZS-t7c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch LG’s 18in rollable OLED screen folded up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just a couple weeks back, we heard about LG&rsquo;s amazing super-flexible display&mdash;an 18in OLED screen running at 1200 x 810 that can be rolled into a tube with a diameter of 3cm. Now you can see the screen getting rolled in this rather dark, but still effective clip. Now it&rsquo;s real!</p> <p>As commenters have so helpfully pointed out, the display has some stuck pixels around the edges, but consider that this is prototype, not-consumer-ready tech. It&rsquo;ll only get more reliable and surely much crisper as it&rsquo;s developed further before we can actually get anywhere near it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxbHpXE4VM0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/22/lgs-rollable-tvs-are-very-flexible/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lgs-super-flexible-display-could-pave-way-rollable-tvs/news">LG&rsquo;s super-flexible display could pave the way for rollable TVs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AxbHpXE4VM0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone single-player expansion adventure released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blizzard has been hooking players with its Warcraft franchise in various incarnations for two decades now, and free-to-play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has been the most surprising entry to date&mdash;but no less effective in entrancing fans, as evidenced by widely-viewed Twitch streams of the PC, Mac, and iPad favorite.</p> <p>Now the multiplayer-centric card-battler is taking its first steps into single-player adventuring with the just-released Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The initial segment is free to all players through early September, while the four additional parts are sold for 700 in-game gold or US$6.99 apiece, with discounted bundles for those who want it all. More than 30 new cards are included across the campaign, which will unlock in parts in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-destroying-your-social-life/feature">The 10 best games for destroying your social life</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5SDJgW3A_sw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s offshore gallery uses ‘Where’s Wally?’ to promote cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With what it claims to be the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s first offshore gallery,&rdquo; Sony yesterday offered a public show of its latest cameras&#39; high-zoom prowess by challenging passers-by in Southwark Park to spot the iconic Wally of &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; fame in the artwork propped up in the lake.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s HX400V bridge camera&mdash;with its 50x optical zoom&mdash;was the main star of the show, although the company&rsquo;s HX60V camera with a 30x optical zoom is very formidable for a compact. In fact, we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">gave it five stars</a> back in May.</p> <p>The first person to spot Wally in each piece (contributed by &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; creator Martin Handford) from the shore 20m out won both the artwork and camera. Not a bad prize for a little stroll in the park, no?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news">Sony&rsquo;s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy&rsquo;s dream camera</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony&#039;s HX400V" alt="Sony&#039;s HX400V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-offshore-gallery.jpg?1406097181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla#comments Cameras Gaming LG Sony TVs Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442992 at http://www.stuff.tv Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another contender for the most powerful point-and-shoot camera in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon G1 X Mark II review" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/canon-g1x-mkii-wall.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-breaks-cover/news">Canon PowerShot G1 X</a> has been the Japanese company&rsquo;s premier point-and-shoot for the past couple of years, and now it&rsquo;s been replaced by a &ldquo;Mark II&rdquo; edition rather than an entirely new model. You could be forgiven for thinking this indicated a mere minor update &ndash; but that&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £730.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Large sensor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tilting touchscreen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Limited video options </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same old sturdy stuff, but slinkier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canon&rsquo;s PowerShot G series has long been regarded as the gold standard for build quality in high-end point-and-shoots, and the G1 X Mark II won&rsquo;t do anything to dispel the notion. It&rsquo;s tank-like in its solidity in the hand, and this particular version (the one sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa) has an extra-chunky grip that, in tandem with the wide, grippy barrel of the lens, keeps it securely in your hand.</p> <p>The Mark II looks a lot less chunky overall than its predecessor (although it actually weighs a small amount more), although it&rsquo;s still too large for a trouser pocket. There&rsquo;s no viewfinder this time (more on that below), but you still get a hot shoe for adding one or another accessory, such as a flash. It&rsquo;s also compatible with an underwater case that&rsquo;ll protect the camera up to 40m below the surface.</p> <p>One improvement we should note is that the lens cap is now automated and integrated. The first G1 X had a separate lens cap that was just asking to get lost, so we&rsquo;re much happier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mark II is a little less brutal-looking than the first G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-front.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo and video quality: slight improvements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Picture quality-wise the Mark II might not appear to offer a lot over the model it&rsquo;s replacing: the sensor is the same 1.5in 13.1MP CMOS and the ISO range remains the same (100-12800). And the G1 X was one of the best compacts around for picture quality, chiefly thanks to that huge sensor (it&rsquo;s almost as physically large as a DSLR&rsquo;s APS-C sensor, which improves its light-gathering chops and shutter speeds, thus helping avoid noisy and blurry images; the optical image stabilisation, which remains here, helps too).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1798" title="The G1 X Mark II shows an impressive dynamic range and low noise" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-1.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="801" title="The wider angle lens lets you fit more in the frame than with the G1 X" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-2.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="801" title="A sample shot at full 5x zoom (with digital zoom providing another 5x)" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-5.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there are improvements, and they chiefly come courtesy of the new lens. The wider aperture not only makes the potential shutter speed even faster &ndash; and thus pictures even sharper and less noise-plagued &ndash; it also allows you to achieve a narrow depth of field more easily, making this one of the best compacts around for taking photos and videos with bokeh. And the lens&rsquo; rounded aperture blades make that bokeh look lovely and smooth, as you can see from the above shot. The new processor also helps speed up operation slightly. Oh, and you can still shoot RAW if you wish, which&rsquo;ll please enthusiasts who love to tweak images in Photoshop.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="333" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14272542408/in/set-72157645200788486/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The G1 X Mark II does however feel a little outmoded in terms of its video capture capabilities. It can capture 1080p, 720p and VGA video, but only at 30fps, and the lack of an external microphone input means you have to rely on the built-in stereo mics &ndash; not exactly a sign that Canon is taking video too seriously here. Video looks fine, but we don&rsquo;t recommend this for people for whom video is as important as stills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="801" title="The wide aperture helps create bokeh in the background" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-sample-4.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sorry, I haven’t a view(finder) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One change from the original G1 X that we can&rsquo;t get behind is the removal of the optical viewfinder. While viewfinders might seem like a relic from photography&rsquo;s analogue days, there are times when they&rsquo;re damn near essential. Framing a shot on the Mark II&rsquo;s LCD screen is fine when you&rsquo;re indoors or at night, but on a blazing sunny day it&rsquo;s hard to make out what&rsquo;s being displayed on there. A viewfinder eliminates that issue, and we were surprised to see neither the original model&rsquo;s simple optical or (even better) a new OLED electronic viewfinder here. Canon sells one of the latter as an optional accessory &ndash; but it&rsquo;s going to cost you another &pound;250 on top of the Mark II&rsquo;s &pound;730 price. Bad move, Canon.</p> <p>The screen, however, is excellent when the conditions are right. At 3in it&rsquo;s the same size as the G1 X&rsquo;s, but slightly clearer thanks to a higher pixel count. It&rsquo;s also touch-sensitive (something that&rsquo;s far from essential on a camera, but occasionally handy here for quickly setting a focus area) and can be twisted to face almost any direction.</p> <p>The control layout has been rejigged, and the camera has not one but two rings around the lens. One (which turns smoothly) is always set to control manual focus, while the other (which moves in clicky increments) is customisable and can be set to control various functions including aperture, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. These will come in really handy for shooters who want to manually change settings quickly.</p> <p>Another tangible improvement is to autofocus, which feels a lot brisker and more accurate thanks the big increase in AF areas (Canon claims it&rsquo;s up to 42 percent quicker).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The flexible screen can even turn 180 degrees for selfie purposes" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-hand-back.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon G1 X Mark II tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong>: 13.1MP CMOS</p> <p><strong>Max ISO</strong>: 100-12800</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong>: 5x optical zoom f/2.0-3.9</p> <p><strong>Image stabilisation</strong>: Optical</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>: optional extra</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 3in, 1,040,000-dot touch-sensitive LCD</p> <p><strong>Video formats</strong>: MP4/1080p, 720p and 480p at 30fps</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, NFC,</p> <p><strong>GPS</strong>: via connected mobile phone</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 116.3 x 74 x 66.2mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 558g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi: Connect poor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does NFC stand for &ldquo;no fanks, chum&rdquo;? We&rsquo;re increasingly finding ourselves disillusioned with the technology, or at least the way in which camera makers are using it. The idea here is that you tap your NFC-equipped Android phone on the side of the G1 X Mark II and the two gadgets instantly connect via Wi-Fi, either for the purposes of transferring photos and videos across or so you can use Canon&rsquo;s app to remotely take photos on the Mark II. But, in a situation that we&rsquo;re finding all too familiar, after 15 minutes of having the two devices repeatedly attempt and fail to connect we gave up.</p> <p>We found it quicker to manually connect them &ndash; but once you do so, you realise that there really is little reason to go through the whole fiddly process. Canon&rsquo;s app feels like a gimmick at present, too simple to be of any real use &ndash; although to be fair to the manufacturer, the apps from Sony and Samsung come across as similarly pointless. NFC and cameras just aren&rsquo;t a compelling combo at the moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon G1 X Mark II verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just like its predecessor, the Canon G1 X Mk II is one of the most powerful compact cameras on the planet.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s true that it&rsquo;s pretty hefty, that the zoom range is still fairly limited and that the video is fairly underwhelming compared to some rivals (this isn&rsquo;t a particularly versatile camera &ndash; something like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony HX60V</a> is far more adaptable) but in terms of sheer still image quality there aren&rsquo;t many non-system cameras around that can beat it.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s pricey, and for this reason we suggest you might consider smaller system cameras such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review">Fujifilm X-T1</a> before pulling the trigger.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">The 10 best compact cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon G1 X Mark II" alt="Canon G1 X Mark II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g1x-mkii-closed.jpg?1403225560" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Within its limits, the Mark II offers some of the best stills we&rsquo;ve seen from a compact &ndash; but several small flaws take off a little of the shine</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Canon Digital compacts PowerShot G1 X Mark II Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:13:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439376 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic’s new FZ1000 bridge camera shoots 4K video http://www.stuff.tv/fz1000/panasonic-s-new-fz1000-bridge-camera-shoots-4k-video/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And with a Leica 16x zoom lens on its front, we&#039;d expect that footage to look pretty nice too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera" alt="Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FZ1000-bridge-cam-01.jpg?1402629420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Panasonic has unveiled a new bridge camera with the ability to shoot 4K video on its large 20.1MP 1in sensor.</p> <p>The company claims it&rsquo;s the first time 4K (3840x2160@25fps) video recording has featured in a &lsquo;compact&rsquo; camera.</p> <p>And while we wouldn&rsquo;t exactly agree with them on the compact part, the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is an impressive looking camera nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panasonic is also keen to point out that with all that extra resolution, you can pull 8MP stills from the video, enabling you to pick the perfect moment from fast-paced action. You also get standard 1080p HD video recording too, natch, and all that excess capacity means it can achieve 100fps for lovely slow-mo action shots.&nbsp;Meanwhile, time-lapse and stop-motion modes allow you to get even more creative. </p> <p>Further treats for movie makers include focus peaking and zebra stripe indicators, both of which can be used on the swivelling 3in 921,000-dot LCD display to let you know what&rsquo;s in focus and get your exposure right on screen. There&rsquo;s also a 2,359,000-dot OLED Live View Finder to put your eye up to in sunny conditions. </p> <p>Being a bridge cam, the lens is fixed in place, but given that it&#39;s a Leica 16x optical zoom lens (25-400mm, 35mm equivalent) with F2.8-4.0 aperture range, it&rsquo;s pretty versatile anyway. Meanwhile, its Hybrid 5-axis Optical Image Stabilisation helps you get a steady shot, even at full zoom. </p> <p>The FZ1000 promises faster autofocus than its predecessors, using Panasonic&rsquo;s Depth from Defocus tech that supposedly makes it 275% faster than its predecessors. That doesn&#39;t tell us an awful lot, but the fact it can apparently achieve focus in as little as 0.09 seconds is undoubtedly impressive. Finally, its electronic shutter mode allows shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 of a second and is completely silent, and there&#39;s&nbsp;Wi-Fi and NFC on hand too - so you can easily upload your snaps or take full remote control of the camera using Panasonic&rsquo;s smartphone and tablet apps.</p> <p>The Panasonic FZ1000 will be available from July for &pound;750.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cameras/top-ten">These are the 10 best compact cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There are plenty of controls round the back, and an electronic viewfinder" alt="Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FZ1000-bridge-cam-03.jpg?1402629420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks-wise, we&#039;d describe it as &#039;DSLR chic&#039;" alt="Panasonic FZ1000 bridge camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FZ1000-bridge-cam-02.jpg?1402629420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fz1000/panasonic-s-new-fz1000-bridge-camera-shoots-4k-video/news#comments Cameras FZ1000 Panasonic Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:08:54 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438965 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy K Zoom http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A high-end Android phone with a 10x optical zoom camera, the Galaxy K Zoom hopes to send your compact to the scrapheap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is it a phone? Or is it a camera? Phamera, anyone?" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-Main.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you regularly leave home laden with a phone and a camera, the Galaxy K Zoom demands your attention.</p> <p>This mash-up of a smartphone and snapper combines the high-end specs and build quality of the Samsung Galaxy series with a retractable 10x optical zoom lens. In return though, it demands a lot more space in your pocket.</p> <p>So is it the perfect phone for the photo-crazy, or just another example of convergence gone mad?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big zoom </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent camera for a phone </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good build and general specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very bulky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not ideal ergonomics for a camera </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE BIG PICTURE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first impressions of the K Zoom will be dominated by its size. We&#39;re used to large screens, and the dimensions of the 4.8in display are no problem at all. It&#39;s the thickness of the phone that&#39;s striking.</p> <p>With the lens fully retracted it&#39;s 20.2mm from front to back, which is about two and half times thicker than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. While we were out and about taking some test photos a passer-by commented &quot;Wow! Is that a phone?&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also heavy: 200g, compared to the 145g mass of an S5. The increase in size and weight is all down to the camera lens of course, and once you&#39;ve seen how far it extends at full zoom, you&#39;ll end up impressed by how well it manages to squash back down into the main body.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That lens pops out a long way..." alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-3.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...but once the camera is off, the lens retracts into the body neatly" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-5.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> QUALITY CONTROL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news is that the camera is impressive - for a phone. You could pick up a very capable, very small compact camera with a 10x optical zoom for about &pound;130, so we tested the Galaxy K Zoom&#39;s snapper directly against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon-coolpix-s6700/review" id="Nikon S6700 review" name="Nikon S6700 review" title="Nikon S6700 review">Nikon Coolpix S6700</a>. It turned out to be a very close contest. The Nikon sometimes found more detail where the Samsung was inclined to fill pixels with noise and smudges, but the Samsung was generally faster to focus and shoot. Then again, the Nikon was quicker to start up.</p> <p>The dedicated controls of the Nikon make it a lot easier to use. Because of the touchscreen and Android softkeys on the Samsung, it&#39;s easy to accidentally turn it on, off, exit the camera app or launch some other app when all you want to do is shoot. At the risk of running out of hypothetical extremities, on the other hand, the Samsung&#39;s connected nature makes it incredibly easy to edit and share photos directly from the phone. So purely as a camera, the Nikon wins, but of course the Samsung is a lot more than just a camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review">Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The zoom makes it easy to compose shots with a shallow depth of field, and take pictures of bees" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom sample picture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bee-FlowersScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Autofocus is swift, and indoors it maintains a reasonably fast shutter speed: this shot was taken at 1/30th second at 100 ISO" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom sample picture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ChipShopScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How many times is 10x? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That zoom is very useful, especially if you&#39;re taking pictures outdoors or at large events, or if you want more control over depth-of-field effects. The difference between what you can frame at the wideangle setting and at 10x zoom is major. Check out this side-by-side example to get an idea of how much closer it gets you. Check out these and more test photos and video in full resolution on <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/sets/72157644715022338/" id="View the Galaxy K Zoom hi-res test shots" name="View the Galaxy K Zoom hi-res test shots" title="View the Galaxy K Zoom hi-res test shots">our Flickr page</a>.</p> <p>Controlling the zoom is done either by an onscreen pinch or slider, which feels quite precarious when you&#39;re trying to frame a shot, or with the hardware volume controls on the side of the phone. This allows you to keep a firm grip, although the midpoint of the rocker switch isn&#39;t well defined, so it can be a little unresponsive. There&#39;s also a dedicated shutter button below your right index finger which can be used as an alternative to the onscreen icon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The shot on the left was taken at the wideangle setting, the one on the right at 10x optical zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 10x example" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZoomSideBySide.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s an Airbus A380 on its way into Heathrow, captured at 10x optical zoom on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Galaxy K Zoom sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flightpath2Scaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.4 KitKat</li> <li><strong>CPU:</strong>&nbsp;Exynos 5 Hexa 8-core, 1.7GHz, 1.3GHz</li> <li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;4.8in, 720x1280 IPS touchscreen</li> <li><strong>Memory:</strong>&nbsp;2GB + MicroSD up to 64GB</li> <li><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;20.7MP rear, 2MP front, Xenon flash</li> <li><strong>Video:</strong>&nbsp;1080p @ 60fps</li> <li><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;3.5mm headphone socket, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5GHz</li> <li><strong>Size, weight:</strong>&nbsp;138x71x20mm, 200g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> APPY TALK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The K Zoom&#39;s default camera app includes a range of filters and modes but the interface is confusing, requiring far too much guesswork regarding which bits of the display overlays are buttons and which are readouts. The result is a lot of tapping and bleeping, which is likely to see you returning to Auto mode most of the time.</p> <p>You can get straight into the camera app from the lockscreen, and if you&#39;d prefer to use an alternative app, that can easily be set up as a new default. The trouble with using alternative apps is that you&#39;re likely to kiss goodbye to the optical zoom. For example, it&#39;s supported by the Vine app, but ignored by Instagram and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-fotor/review" id="Fotor review" name="Fotor review" title="Fotor review">Fotor</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">Smartphone supertest - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Camera app Fotor works on the Galaxy K Zoom but the optical zoom is not recognised" alt="Fotor for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-Android-2.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The default camera app has some neat features but the combination of touchscreen and hardware controls makes it unwieldy in camera mode" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom default camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraApp.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VIDEO STAR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If video is your thing you might not take a shine to the Galaxy K Zoom. Detail levels are very good, and if you&#39;re holding the phone still, filming a reasonably static object, all will be well.</p> <p>Once you start panning or zooming you&#39;ll highlight the shortcomings of the digital image stabilisation and object tracking, which results in footage that jerks and flits around slightly uncomfortably.</p> <p>While the camera app will automatically select 1080p @ 30fps, we suggest you dig into the settings and switch to 1080p @ 60fps, which keeps things a bit steadier.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moving objects, panning and zooming cause problems for the K Zoom in video mode, but when things are calm it takes smooth 60fps footage" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom video still" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KZoomVideoStill_0.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN TEST </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are better screens out there, but the 720x1280 display here looks rather lovely when you&#39;re in camera mode - way better than you&#39;d expect to see on any compact camera monitor.</p> <p>Colours are rich and there&#39;s enough brilliance to cut through the glare on a summer&#39;s day. The IPS technology used to create the pixels isn&#39;t to every eyeball&#39;s taste, though. It might be something you never notice, but once you have spotted the tiny honeycomb pattern in the background it can be hard to ignore. It&#39;s most apparent on large areas of white pixels and the edges of text.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">Meet the LG G3 - the phone with the 2K screen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The IPS screen lends everything a slight honeycomb pattern, although it&#039;s very bright and colourful" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-4.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ALL THAT AND IT&#039;S A PHONE TOO? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a phone, the K Zoom is close to the top of the tree, with a powerful 8-core processor running Android 4.4 KitKat. That&#39;s sufficient to crunch through the latest 3D games, occasionally peaking at a super-smooth 60fps in EA&#39;s <em>Real Racing 3</em>. Out of the box, it&#39;s rather cluttered, with just four homescreen pages populated by Samsung&#39;s own widgets and what-nots. It feels like moving into a new house full of someone else&#39;s furniture, but it&#39;s easy enough to clear out the junk and add homescreen panes for your own apps.</p> <p>Battery life is surprisingly good, and even after an extended photo jaunt it still had plenty in the tank to see it though the night and the following day without a recharge. Video playback is very satisfying, with the IPS grid much less apparent in live action footage than sharply rendered game graphics, icons and text. Allied to a speaker that goes usefully loud, it makes for a decent YouTube player.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Power and battery life are sufficient to rip through plenty of games without constant recharging" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-2.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Poppies and sunshine, as captured by the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom wide angle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PoppiesScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s probably a long time since you owned a phone as chunky as this, so it will take a bit of getting used to. Because of its size, it feels like a step backwards in terms of design, but if it means you don&#39;t need to take a camera everywhere you go, perhaps that&#39;s not such a problem. We&#39;d still be inclined to opt for a slimmer phone and a pocketable compact camera, but if you can put up with the extra girth you might have just found your next phone.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best phones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Water Lane in Richmond, Surrey, as taken with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WaterLaneSamsungScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best camera you&#39;ll find on a phone, but the extra bulk is a hefty trade-off</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The best camera you&#039;ll find on a phone&quot; – Stuff gets snapping </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom/review#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Cameras Galaxy K Zoom Samsung Smartphones Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Tony Horgan 1438916 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to take great snaps on any camera, from your phone to a full-fat DSLR. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Shot at cat-purr-ture f1.8" alt="bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bruce-extreme-bokeh%20%281%29.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">the best camera you can buy</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">best cameraphone ever made</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">only compact you&#39;ll ever need</a>, we don&#39;t spend a whole lot of time telling you how to use them. So, in this collection of straightforward mini-guides, we&#39;re collecting the best photography tips from Stuff&#39;s expert snappers.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 1: it&#039;s all about background </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a nutshell, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh means blurred background</a>. One of the first things you should learn in photography is that you don&#39;t want all of your picture in focus - pick out the details you want the picture to be about and blur the rest, and your picture will have purpose. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Here&#39;s how.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 2: learn to zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A zoom lens doesn&#39;t just magnify things, it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">changes the way they look</a>. Spend 10 minutes mucking about with the zoom on your compact camera, and you&#39;ll find your photos take a big leap forward. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">Here&#39;s the guide.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 3: go prime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the biggest mistakes you can make in photography is to buy a nice expensive DSLR or compact system camera, and then only use it with the simple &#39;kit&#39; lens that came with it. The first, best upgrade you can make is to attach a prime lens - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">here&#39;s why, and which one to buy. </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 4: pan for gold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">Panorama mode</a> might be something you&#39;ve used once or twice, but it&#39;s actually a startlingly powerful creative tool that can create amazing special effects - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">read this guide, and find out how</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 5: family album </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re a parent, you probably take an average of thirty billion photos per year of your children. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Follow this smart, simple guide</a> and learn to do it properly. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-main-01.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 6: write with light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. Find out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature" target="_blank">how to shoot long exposures</a> in our guide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="378" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 7: go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature" target="_blank">guide to shooting black and white pictures</a> to add some vintage cool to your snaps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1437339 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? We’re here to help you go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-guide-black-white-main.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black and white photography might sound simpler than colour photography &ndash; after all, it&rsquo;s been around for a lot longer and it&rsquo;s basically just two colours. However, a quick glance through Flickr or Facebook should demonstrate that people still struggle to understand what makes a good monochromatic photo. But Stuff is here to help: we&rsquo;ve put together this short guide to try and help you grasp the black and white basics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contrast is key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because black and white photos remove colour, the viewer&rsquo;s attention is focussed on other things. Sharpness, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">depth of field</a> and composition are of course important, but contrast is arguably the key factor in how much impact a black and white photograph holds.</p> <p>In most black and white images, you&rsquo;ll be looking for big contrasts between the darkest and lightest areas of the image. That&rsquo;s where the drama comes from. If your original photo doesn&rsquo;t have as much contrast as you&rsquo;d like, get it into Photoshop or another editing app and adjust the settings. Remember: a good colour photo won&rsquo;t necessarily make a good black and white one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" alt="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polarising filters are your friend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re shooting for black and white outside on a sunny day, attaching a circular polarising filter will help provide a more dramatic, contrasty monochromatic sky. The filter will darken the blue of the sky without darkening clouds, buildings or other objects in frame.</p> <p>Circular polarising filters don&#39;t start out particularly expensive (you can pick one up for under &pound;20) but make sure you buy the correct size to fit your lens&#39; diameter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R camera review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" alt="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shoot in RAW if you can, colour if you can’t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your camera can shoot in RAW mode (most DSLRs, compact system cameras and higher-end compacts can), it&rsquo;s advisable to use it if you&rsquo;re taking pictures to convert into black and white. Yes, RAW images take up a lot more space on your camera&rsquo;s memory card, but that&rsquo;s because they retain all the info captured by the sensor and that means you have much more scope to process images in Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom than you would with compressed JPEGs.</p> <p>If your camera doesn&rsquo;t support RAW shooting, it&rsquo;s almost always best to simply shoot in colour JPEG rather than use your camera&rsquo;s built-in black and white settings. Colour JPEGs will contain more data than black and white JPEGs, and thus offer a little more post-processing freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" alt="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-raw.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black and white portraits can hide a multitude of sins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black and white portraits often prove the most flattering, because skin blemishes disappear and the subject&rsquo;s most striking features stand out. Of course, upping the contrast too much can make wrinkles and fine lines more prominent than they&rsquo;d appear in real life, so moderation is key.</p> <p>As is lighting: light your subject too harshly and they can appear ghostly, cadaverous or just plain scary. It is, however, generally a good idea to contrast the subject and background: keep the subject&rsquo;s face lit and the background dark (or maybe vice versa if you&rsquo;re feeling adventurous).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica-m-monochrom-revealed/news">Leica M Monochrom, the world&rsquo;s first black and white digital rangefinder, revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1680" title="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" alt="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-portrait.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Going monochrome can save a noisy shot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking photos at high ISO settings often results in noise: that colourful digital graininess that distracts your eye and obscures fine details. But flip the image to black and white and noise simply becomes simple grain: something that can serve to make a shot moodier or pleasingly scuzzy. So if you&rsquo;ve taken a shot you like but it&rsquo;s spoiled by noise when viewed in colour, give it a go in monochrome and see what happens &ndash; you may be pleasantly surprised.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/photography-101">All Stuff&rsquo;s Photography Guides in one place</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" alt="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-noise.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 System Cameras Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:55:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438718 at http://www.stuff.tv MIT develops technology to make your selfies studio quality http://www.stuff.tv/mit-develops-technology-make-your-selfies-studio-quality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Studio-style lighting effects from a smartphone camera? Where do we sign up? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MIT develops technology to make your selfies studio quality" alt="MIT develops technology to make your selfies studio quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mit-adobe-selfie.jpg?1402504906" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine if, every time you pulled out your phone to snap a selfie, the results looked like they&rsquo;d been taken by a professional.</p> <p>Well, researchers from MIT, Adobe and the University of Virginia think they&rsquo;ve found the key to making that a reality: an algorithm that mimics certain styles of photograph and applies the effect on your own shots.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Colour, exposure and contrast are all adjusted to fit the source image &ndash; a bit like a more intelligent version of the art filters used by Instagram or VSCO Cam. Those can&rsquo;t tell which parts of a photo are your face, and apply changes across the whole image. This method recognises the matched areas in your image and the source picture and adjusts accordingly. It works best with two images that are similar.</p> <p>Currently the software to carry this out is not widely available, but it could be turned into a new app or incorporated into existing ones. Given Adobe&rsquo;s involvement in the project, it&rsquo;d seem like the likely candidate to introduce such an app. We&rsquo;ll keep our eyes open for that one.</p> <p>[<a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/spruce-your-selfie">MIT News</a> via <a href="http://www.psfk.com/2014/06/mit-style-transfer-photo-filters.html#!UqFCF">PSFK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: How to take better photos of your kids</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ixCxK75jl9M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Studio-quality selfies with MIT </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mit-develops-technology-make-your-selfies-studio-quality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cameras Smartphones Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:56:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438550 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to shoot long exposures http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/traffic.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Blur? Blur is bad, right? Not always. Just as you can make nice pictures by blurring the backgrounds with a bit of bokeh, another classic trick every snapper should know is the long exposure: by deliberately picking a slower shutter speed, you can capture smears of motion and dreamy patterns of light that make your picture tell a story. It&#39;s a piece of cake to do - just set up your camera and start mucking about.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up and steady </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re not an expert on manual settings, fear not. Simply set your camera&rsquo;s mode dial to Shutter Priority, which will be marked &lsquo;S&rsquo; or &lsquo;Tv&rsquo;. This auto-adjusts all the settings apart from the shutter speed, freeing you up to experiment with speeds - try anything from one second to thirty seconds fro long exposures. On some phones, like the Nokia Lumia 920 and 1020, you can set the exposure to several seconds.</p> <p>Your next step is to keep the camera from moving, because if the camera moves while the shutter&rsquo;s open, your picture will be blurrier than Keith Richards&rsquo; memories of the 1970s. So, use a tripod if you&rsquo;ve got one, or a solid resting place like a table or a wall if you haven&rsquo;t. Set the shutter to self-timer, so you&rsquo;re not touching the camera when it takes the picture.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">how to take better photos of tiny people</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shutterpriority.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try writing your name </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&rsquo;re set up, try a basic bit of &lsquo;light painting&rsquo;: wait until dark, grab a torch and set your exposure time to anything from 10-30 seconds. When the self-timer goes off, use the torch to draw in the air, just like writing your name with a sparkler. Once you&rsquo;ve drawn the obligatory crude willy or two (or seven), find some coloured lights and start trying different combinations of colour, movement and exposure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capture some clichés </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now that you&rsquo;ve mastered the basic principle, head out and look for some moving lights. There are some pictures that everyone has a go at, once they start playing with long exposures - streams of traffic at night and fairgrounds are the main culprits - so start by replicating these classics, then have a look around and think about how you can change them. Move to some traffic lights, for example, and you can get both the stationary cars and the light-streaks of them moving. You can get some dazzling results from fireworks, too - anywhere you see moving lights, get your camera steady and try a few shots, increasing the exposure time with each shot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">how to shoot amazing panoramas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fair.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> use it in the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long exposures aren&rsquo;t just for the night. You can use them to magically remove people from a busy scene - try snapping a busy square during the day with a long exposure, and the fact that most people are moving around will reduce them to blurry ghosts, while buildings remain sharp - very handy if you&#39;re in a tourist spot where people keep walking into your shot. It&rsquo;s also a great way to convey movement - crowds, moving water and more can be blurred into patterns of frenetic activity by leaving the shutter open a bit longer than usual. Try a long exposure of a waterfall, a beach or a river and you&#39;ll get a dreamlike haze of moving water that you&#39;ll recognise from a thousand desktop backgrounds.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">the meaning of bokeh, and why it&#39;s a good thing</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/valencia.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tip: keeping the light out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because you&#39;re leaving the shutter open for a long time, it&#39;s easy to let too much light into the camera and over-expose your shot, so it&#39;ll look washed-out and over-bright. There are a few ways to combat this in-camera - make sure your sensitivity (ISO) is set to 100 and your lens is at its smallest aperture (highest f-number). Beyond that, you can buy a Neutral Density filter, sometimes called an ND filter. This will limit the amount of light going on to the sensor still further, allowing you to take longer exposures during the day. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> go clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>(Image credit:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shanegorski">Shane Gorski</a>)</em></p> <p>Once you&#39;ve achieved control of the blur using long exposures, the next step is to use them for crisp, clean photos. This isn&#39;t possible for anything that&#39;s moving, but try it on buildings, landscapes and close-up objects, and you&#39;ll find it changes the way things are lit in your picture - often for the better. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">browse the full Stuff Guide to Photography here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2337252715_85f4633077_o.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:39:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1438121 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to take better photos of your kids http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You spend enough time snapping photos of your darling children, so you might as well learn how to do it properly... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photography-tips-kids-main-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Parenthood changes you in myriad ways. It makes you fatter, poorer, more tired and less interesting. It makes you spend less time with your friends and more time at the doctors. And if you&#39;re into photography, it gives you a fantastic new subject for pictures that people will actually clamour to see (well, if they&#39;re family members they will).&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Ditch the cheese </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Young children don&rsquo;t understand posing. At the first hint of the word &lsquo;cheese&rsquo;, your kids will go into full-on gurn mode, pulling a face which makes them look as if they&rsquo;ve contracted tetanus. So don&rsquo;t bother trying for a formally posed shot.</p> <p>Instead, capture them in natural poses. Playing with toys or other children; concentrating intently on some seemingly mundane task such as putting the lid on a felt tip; daydreaming about what it would be like to be a grape.</p> <p>Whatever they&rsquo;re doing, your photos will look better if they&rsquo;re concentrating on that rather than on posing for you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2600" height="1800" title="Children will always smile more normally when not posing for you" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-cheese-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2400" height="1800" title="The cheese problem" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-cheese-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Blend into the background </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not always easy, but as with point no.1, if your kids know you&rsquo;re taking photos of them, they&rsquo;re likely to stop doing whatever it was that you wanted to take a photo of them doing and instead grin like a maniac.</p> <p>Your best bet here is to use a camera with a long lens. This could be a travel cam such as the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V or a bridge cam like the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, but for the best results we&rsquo;d always go for a DSLR or compact system camera teamed with a decent telephoto zoom such as a 70-200mm.</p> <p>The other advantage to zooming in from far away is that a longer focal length is more flattering to the features. Stay close up and use a wide-angle lens and your child&rsquo;s nose will appear elongated, their face will be stretched and they&rsquo;ll end up looking like something painted by Picasso. A telephoto zoom shot from far away will instead compress their features slightly, which will generally make them looking even more adorable than you&rsquo;re already convinced they are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1800" height="2400" title="Using a telephoto lens can help you capture your child in a natural pose" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-background-06.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2400" height="1800" title="Using a wide-angle lens from up close will distort your children&#039;s features" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-background-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Focus on the eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The eyes are a draw in any portrait, but they&rsquo;re even more important when photographing kids. Children have huge eyes in relation to their rest of their features and human adults have evolved to see this as cute rather than hideous and alien-esque. So you&rsquo;ll want to make sure they&rsquo;re both in focus.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s rarely a problem on a smartphone or compact camera, where the depth of field is generally such that most of your picture will be in focus. On a big-sensored camera, though, you&rsquo;ll have to be more careful with your settings.</p> <p>Choose aperture-priority mode, then set your aperture to about f5.6. You might be able to get away with a lower setting depending on how far you are from your child and what focal length you&rsquo;re shooting with. As a guide, an 18-55mm kit lens zoomed to 55mm and shot from about 5ft away at f5.6 will give you a depth of field of about 6in. Use a 50mm prime lens at f1.8 and it&rsquo;ll be about 2in.</p> <p>The best bet is to take a test shot or two, then zoom in on the eyes just to make sure they&rsquo;re both in focus, but after a while you get a feel for this kind of thing.</p> <p>Next, ramp up the ISO high enough that you still get a fast shutter speed; kids are constantly moving, so you&rsquo;ll want a shutter speed of at least 1/125, ideally more. ISO is less important - modern DSLRs can shoot at ridiculously high levels with minimal noise, and besides, a little noise is always preferable to blur or missed focus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Both eyes are sharp" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-eyes-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1800" height="2400" title="The right eye is sharp but the left eye is not in focus" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-eyes-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Master movement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we just said, children never sit still unless they&rsquo;re being told to get a move on. Traditionally, the way to deal with that is to freeze the action with a fast shutter speed. You might not have that option if you&rsquo;re using a smartphone, but turn the flash on and it&rsquo;ll have the same effect, freezing your child at the exact moment the flash goes off.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can use their movement to creative effect. Set a slow shutter speed of maybe 1/13, a high aperture of at least f8 and ideally a low ISO, then snap away as they&rsquo;re doing their thing. The key is to pan with them as they move - this should keep them sharp while the background will be blurred.</p> <p>Using a tripod or camera/lens with image stabilisation can help here, as it will ensure that any blur is caused by the movement of your children rather than your alcohol-induced shaking. It works best when your kids are moving really quickly, such as on a rollercoaster or slide and can give your pictures a real drama. Or at least disguise your alcohol-induced shaking.</p> <p>Finally, if you are looking to freeze motion, always set your camera to continuous mode if it has one. The more photos you take of them running/skipping/throwing gravel at another child, the more chance there is that one will capture that exact moment that you were after. For instance the one where they break into a broad grin as they realise that a piece of gravel is going to lodge in the other child&#39;s eye.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1800" height="2400" title="A slow shutter speed and pan can give the effect of movement" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-movement-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2600" height="1800" title="Freeze motion with a fast shutter speed or flash" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-movement-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Get a new perspective </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children are annoyingly short, which can be a real pain when you&rsquo;re taking photos of them. Shoot from adult height and you&rsquo;ll invariably end up with more hair than face, so you&rsquo;ll want to crouch or kneel for best results.</p> <p>Lying down can be even more dramatic, with your son or daughter presented in a perspective that most people will never have seen them in before. Alternatively, shoot them from above but in a way that makes their littleness the focus of the photo rather than just a byproduct.</p> <p>Better still, get into their environment with them and make it part of the shot. If they&rsquo;re in the middle of a big climbing frame, for instance, position yourself within it so that the bars are around the frame as well as around them - it&#39;ll help give the viewer a feeling of having been there with the child.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2600" height="1800" title="Use the environment for creative effect" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-perspective-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1800" height="2400" title="Getting down to their level makes for a better shot" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-perspective-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:38:27 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438183 at http://www.stuff.tv The Lomo’Instant camera delivers immediate prints with analogue results http://www.stuff.tv/lomo-instant-camera-delivers-immediate-prints-analogue-results/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who needs digital? This instant snapper lets you get creative with unlimited multiple exposures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Lomo’Instant camera delivers immediate prints with analogue results" alt="The Lomo’Instant camera delivers immediate prints with analogue results" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lomoinstant-hotstuff.jpg?1401293663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Aren&rsquo;t Lomography cameras just glorified toys for hipsters?</strong><br />Aren&rsquo;t you the judgemental one? Long before it was the preserve of Hoxton denizens in skinny jeans,&nbsp;Lomography was an analogue photography movement with Russian roots. Yes, we&rsquo;re aware how hipster that sounds already, so perhaps you&rsquo;re right.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Does it fashion your pictures out of Fairtrade coffee and moustache wax?</strong><br />Sorry to disappoint you, but it goes the slightly more conventional way of instant film; more specifically, easily available Fujifilm Instax Mini film.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>I could give this a whirl.</strong><br />You could, if you&#39;re prepared to pitch in for the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lomography/the-lomoinstant-camera" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;funding drive, that is. Prices start from US$70 (&pound;42) for the plainer White and Black editions, while the SanRemo and Kickstarter versions start at US$100 (&pound;60).</p> <p class="p3"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More amazing Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomo-instant-camera-delivers-immediate-prints-analogue-results/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lomo-instant-camera-delivers-immediate-prints-analogue-results/feature#comments Cameras Hot Stuff Wed, 28 May 2014 16:10:27 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438029 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Give us five minutes, and we&#039;ll show you how to panorama like Paxman*. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MainPanoMontage-scaled01.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve probably used that Panorama feature on your phone or camera a couple of times for lanscape shots and then left it where it is, but it&#39;s actually one of the best creative tools your camera has. If you don&#39;t believe us, join us on an adventure into a warped world of wrap-around wonders...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a &#039;global&#039; panorama </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can make your corner of the world look exactly like a corner of the world by tilting your camera or phone as you pan. It&#39;s slightly counter-intuitive, so instead of panning in an arc like a rainbow, you pan from high up on your left, down to the right and back up again, like tracing out a big smile. Once your camera/phone has stitched the pic together, you&#39;ll have a curved horizon that makes your scene look like a little planet.</p> <p>You can even go up and down in the same shot to create hills and valleys. This needs a bit of practice - if you move too much, the camera will realise it&#39;s being tricked and refuse to take the shot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GlobalMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Go Vertical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panoramas don&#39;t just have to be wide; they&#39;re a great way of fitting something tall into your picture. Start with your camera or phone pointing directly down and then move up towards the sky, and even back down to the ground behind you. It works well for quirky portraits and scenes where there are interesting features or textures from the ground to the sky, such as in a forest, on a beach with cliffs or in a cathedral.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VericalMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add some movement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moving subjects can be unpredictable, but they can also create interesting effects that differ according to the camera you&#39;re using. With a swing-lens film camera such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/horizon/horizon-kompakt/review">Lomography Horizon Kompakt</a>, anything moving fast enough will be stretched or squashed. Use a digital camera or your phone and it might take a few goes, but you can end up with multiple appearances from people in the same shot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">How a little zoom can make a big difference</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MovementMontageScaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look for long things </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, the main purpose of Panorama Mode is to take pictures of long things, so keep an eye out for queues, trains, buses or rows of anything noteworthy. Things closest to you are likely to appear much larger in the frame, so get nearer to the best bits. Don&#39;t be afraid to crop, either: if you chop off the first or final third of the picture, you&#39;ll give the eye a start and end point, and add prominence whatever was originally in the middle of the panorama.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">why a prime lens should be your next camera upgrade</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LongThingsMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> go for a spin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the apex in panoramic photography, check out the <a href="http://shop.lomography.com/gb/cameras/spinner-camera-family">Lomography 360 Spinner</a>. This crazy 35mm film camera has a lens that spins on top of a handle, exposing well over 360 degrees of the scene. Much fun can be had shooting at strange angles as well as on a level pitch.</p> <p><strong>To see all these images in full resolution, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/sets/72157644269419719/">click here</a>.</strong></p> <p>*Yes, Jeremy Paxman is best known for <em>Newsnight</em>, but he was on <em>Panorama</em> for several years.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lomo360MontageScaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature#comments Cameras Lomography Panorama Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 28 May 2014 10:55:10 +0000 Will Dunn 1438012 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They don&#039;t zoom, but a prime lens can dramatically transform your photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: How (and why) you should buy a prime lens" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: How (and why) you should buy a prime lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/three-sony-prime-lenses.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this instalment of our photography guide, we're taking a close look at prime lenses. Many DSLR and compact system camera owners never think to go beyond the basic zoom that comes with their new camera, but they're missing out - here's why a simple, high-quality prime lens can do more for your photos.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is a prime lens? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Basically, it's a lens that doesn't zoom. Any lens with a fixed focal length (like 30mm or 50mm) is considered a prime lens. This means primes are less versatile than zoom lenses, but in general they offer better optical quality, because they're built specifically to be perfect at one focal length. And because they don't need the&nbsp;extra&nbsp;moving parts and bits of glass that zooms need, they can be smaller, lighter and cheaper. Although this being camera kit, they can also be eye-wateringly expensive, as we'll see later.&nbsp;</p> <p>So mainly you want a prime because it'll improve your pictures, and because you can afford one, but they're also a great way to change the way you shoot. With a zoom, you can stand still and zoom in, but with a prime forces you to move around for the shot you want, and in doing so makes you think more about how you're composing your picture.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1794" title="A 50mm prime allows you to easily achieve a narrow depth of field" alt="A 50mm prime allows you to easily achieve a narrow depth of field" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-50mm-lens.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pick your focal length </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The length of lens you buy will affect what sort of pictures you can take, and the choice is huge. From 800mm super-telephoto primes to 8mm ultra wide-angle fisheye primes, they’re available for all sorts of jobs. The most common, though, are in the 35mm-50mm range, which equate to what most photographers would consider 'normal'. That's because on a full-frame camera, a 50mm lens give you about the same field of view as regular human vision, and on an APS-C body, a 35mm lens would offer a similar field of view.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Three primes for Sony&#039;s A-Mount: 400mm, 90mm and 50mm" alt="Three primes for Sony&#039;s A-Mount: 400mm, 90mm and 50mm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/three-sony-primes.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try a “nifty fifty” as your first prime lens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is our recommended starting point, then. Affordable, compact, lightweight and offering far superior optical quality to a standard kit zoom lens, a 50mm F1.8 lens will transform your photography. The large F1.8 aperture makes it ideal for low-light shooting, as well offering the short depth of field that gives a sharply focused subject with attractive, out-of-focus backgrounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A 50mm F1.8 lens from Nikon" alt="A 50mm F1.8 lens from Nikon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Suggestions: three first-time primes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lens/dn-lens?product_id=259" href="http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lens/dn-lens?product_id=259">Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN (£100)</a></strong><br />Available for mirrorless compact system cameras using the Micro Four Thirds or E Mount systems, this wide-angle prime isn’t among the finest lenses – but for £100 it’s tough to beat. Ideal for landscapes and street snapshots.</p> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Standard_and_Medium_Telephoto/EF_50mm_f1.8_II/" href="http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Standard_and_Medium_Telephoto/EF_50mm_f1.8_II/">Canon 50mm EF F1.8 ii (£85)</a></strong><br />An essential upgrade for anyone with a Canon DSLR. A bargain at the price (and similarly cheap, fast 50mm lenses are available for all camera systems), a 50mm F1.8 is ideal for portraits and low light shooting.</p> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af-s_nikkor85mmf_18g/" href="http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af-s_nikkor85mmf_18g/">Nikon 85mm F1.8 G (£375)</a></strong><br />Razor-sharp and absolutely the perfect focal length for taking portraits, the 85mm is perhaps less versatile than a 50mm or 35mm, but still a fantastic lens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Understand your F-number </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You'll notice that all these lenses have an F-number next to them (Canon 50mm f1.8, for example). The F-number refers to the aperture, which is the hole that lets the light into the camera. The lower the lower the F-number, the larger the hole, so the more light it can let in.&nbsp;The F-number F1.2 and F1.4 lenses are the largest aperture lenses available for most DSLRs and compact system cameras, and because they let in bags of light, they allow for fast shutter speeds and they create lovely <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh (click here if you don't know what that is)</a>.</p> <p>As focal lengths increase, however, larger apertures require more complex engineering and weightier glass – which translates to higher prices. Canon’s hulking 200mm F2 lens, for instance, costs a wallet-wilting £4,000 and weighs in at 2.5kg - only professional sports photographers need apply.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM" alt="Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-200mm-f2.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try it on everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you've got yourself a prime, put it to work in a variety of different situations and you'll find they're actually pretty versatile. A 70mm, 90mm or 100mm F2.8 macro prime lens, for instance, is primarily designed for taking incredibly detailed shots of subjects extremely close to the lens – insects, flowers and the like – but it will also work very well for portraits of people standing a few paces away, as it’ll keep the subject’s face in sharp focus while blurring the background. As with all camera kit, the best way to figure it out is to keep using it as much as possible.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcd7/3209126306/in/photolist-5TzBrU-5dpVQP-5hBbB9-9AxeJX-67aHkX-5cdALv-apFzCh-6hDGxG-7eXmT-diGmuy-95eL1w-4jqneG-78zr7L-fCPVU9-cvCmF1-bwupsq-8jD27Z-4VHEGP-deFCJ7-6i6Dzb-7w5WcX-aSeEyH-92GWwF-MDTVV-zotCF-m18NHF-dd9Q6u-87viLG-64aRf8-hqsB22-adTgqA-cCFztb-97y6tu-8a1HAY-7B6wLQ-miHkxN-3AEjFn-br9v7n-7mmyx5-3z6AN7-4uceu8-dd9Q85-bpnxR-kwsc5q-deRwHp-cjdwWS-5hNEkV-jakkVi-bQ2vTH-bmgPDY" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcd7/3209126306/in/photolist-5TzBrU-5dpVQP-5hBbB9-9AxeJX-67aHkX-5cdALv-apFzCh-6hDGxG-7eXmT-diGmuy-95eL1w-4jqneG-78zr7L-fCPVU9-cvCmF1-bwupsq-8jD27Z-4VHEGP-deFCJ7-6i6Dzb-7w5WcX-aSeEyH-92GWwF-MDTVV-zotCF-m18NHF-dd9Q6u-87viLG-64aRf8-hqsB22-adTgqA-cCFztb-97y6tu-8a1HAY-7B6wLQ-miHkxN-3AEjFn-br9v7n-7mmyx5-3z6AN7-4uceu8-dd9Q85-bpnxR-kwsc5q-deRwHp-cjdwWS-5hNEkV-jakkVi-bQ2vTH-bmgPDY">Connor Downey</a></em></p> <p><img class="cke_iframe" src="/sites/all/libraries/ckeditor/images/spacer.gif" data-cke-realelement="%3Ciframe%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20height%3D%22180%22%20src%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fpages.haymarket.com%2Fstuff_signup%2Fenews_embed%22%20style%3D%22overflow%3Ahidden%22%20width%3D%22300%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E" data-cke-real-node-type="1" alt="IFrame" title="IFrame" align="" data-cke-real-element-type="iframe" data-cke-resizable="true" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1200" title="A portrait taken with a 100mm macro lens" alt="A portrait taken with a 100mm macro lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macro-portrait-100mm.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today, why a prime lens should be your first camera upgrade </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Thu, 22 May 2014 12:08:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437180 at http://www.stuff.tv 360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/360cam-world-s-widest-angle-full-hd-360-degree-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three fish-eye lenses combine to capture almost everything surrounding this compact camcorder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera" alt="360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/360-cam-hotstuff.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>We&rsquo;ve seen 360-degree cameras before&hellip;</strong><br />That&rsquo;s true, but the 360cam, developed by French company Giroptic, is a bit different from the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/centr-camera-action-cam-captures-360-degree-video-4k/news">Centr Camera</a>. It&rsquo;s capable of capturing a wider field of view, for one thing &ndash; and it&rsquo;s waterproof.</p> <p><strong>Wider field of view?</strong><br />Yes, the 360cam&rsquo;s lenses are all fish-eyes, so it captures more of the surrounding scene at the top and bottom of the frames. It&rsquo;s a 360 by 300-degree field of view, in fact, so you&rsquo;re only missing 60 degrees off the vertical axis.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It looks small</strong><br />Yes, it&rsquo;s only 6.9cm by 6.9cm and 180g. It&rsquo;s rugged, too: waterproof to a depth of 10 metres. But there&rsquo;s space for a battery, gyroscope for image stabilisation, GPS and Wi-Fi antennas and three microphones for recording surround sound. Oh, and a curved LED screen too.</p> <p>You can shoot handheld or mount the camera using a standard tripod mount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="533" title="The standard mount makes it easy to put 360cam pretty much anywhere" alt="The standard mount makes it easy to put 360cam pretty much anywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/360cam-mount.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What kind of things can it record?</strong><br />It can take 8MP photos, or videos at a resolution of 2048 x 1024 at 30fps. These videos can either be live streamed to a tablet/phone (there are Android and iOS apps) or computer over Wi-Fi, or saved onto the 360cam&rsquo;s microSD card. Still photo modes include time lapse, burst, timer and HDR.</p> <p>Oh, and it&rsquo;s also compatible with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review">Oculus Rift</a>, so you can look around &ldquo;inside&rdquo; the photos and videos you&rsquo;ve saved.</p> <p><strong>Anything else I should know?</strong><br />Oooooh yes. An adapter lets you screw the 360cam into a light fitting like a bulb, where it can act as a 360-degree surveillance system or webcam. It takes power direct from the socket, which we think you&rsquo;ll agree is pretty cool.</p> <p><strong>It is. Now I want one</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s only a <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/giroptic/the-worlds-first-full-hd-360-camera">Kickstarter project</a> at the moment, but Giroptic is just shy of hitting its goal of US$150,000 with 40-odd days left, so it&#39;s almost certainly going to become a product. Pledging US$299 (&pound;175) or more will, at the moment, secure you an early bird 360cam (the retail price will be around US$500). You&rsquo;ll have to pay VAT and shipping on top of that too (a total of $80/&pound;45 if you&rsquo;re in the UK), but unlike a lot of Kickstarter projects the estimated delivery date falls within 2014 &ndash; November to be precise.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">GAZE UPON MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Explore 360cam photos from within with Oculus Rift" alt="Explore 360cam photos from within with Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/360cam-oculus.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Action Cam Cameras Hot Stuff Wed, 21 May 2014 14:52:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437573 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: how a little zoom can make a big difference http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zoom doesn&#039;t just make things bigger. Use it right and it can do all sorts of clever tricks, from making people look pretty to moving buildings closer together. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zooming in on this queue of traffic makes the cars look much closer together, creating an impression of gridlock." alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to use a zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Traffic-1.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&#39;t need a high-end DSLR to get into zoom photography: the best compacts go up to 30x zoom, while Samsung&#39;s Galaxy K zoom sticks a 10x magnifier onto an Android phone. Here are Stuff&#39;s top tips for getting the most out of a big zoom.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make it busy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wide-angle lens or setting (the default for most compact cameras and phones) is useful for something like a party where you want to fit a lot of close-up subjects into the frame, but if you want to create bustle in a picture, get further away and zoom in. A high zoom factor has the effect of compressing the perspective, bringing features closer together. You can use this trick to convey the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/5938831163/">bustle of shoppers on a high street</a> or to exaggerate the tightness of a queue of people or traffic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you want to create a hurrying crowd, step well back and zoom in." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Move a few buildings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wondered how travel photographers manage to fit a whole skyline into one shot, but your holiday snaps only fit in one side of a building? The answer is zoom. Take one long zoom and one river (rivers are very useful because they force a clear, wide break between buildings), stand on one side of the river and shoot the buildings on the opposite bank. You&#39;ll find you can squash a whole load of landmarks into a single frame. Next, find a bend in the river and look along the far side at an angle, and you&#39;ll find buildings crowding into your lens. </p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">make your subject stand out with blurry bokeh</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="900" title="Landscapes and cityscapes aren&#039;t just for wide-angle lenses: get further away, zoom in, and you&#039;ll fit more into your shot." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OldIsleworthZoom.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Perfect your portraits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wide-angle lens widens what&#39;s in the picture, so if you use wide-angle for ears, noses and bums, you&#39;ll find them enlarged in the picture - deeply unflattering. Even a slight nudge on the zoom will improve this, and with a bit more zoom, you&#39;ll be able to push the background out of focus. Better yet, if you&#39;re in beautiful surroundings, take a good 10 or 20 paces back from your subject, then zoom in and use that compressed perspective to magnify distant objects, creating a close-up protrait that still has a scene-setting background.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zoom in on a portrait and you&#039;ll find the background is magnified." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BackgroundDefocus.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The basic principle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re talking composition, here - what to put in your photograph, and how to get it there. Think of a zoom lens not just as a magnifying glass, but as something that can push objects closer together. Zoom in and you&#39;ll get more things (people, buildings, layers of foreground and background) in your shot. Zoom out, and they spread apart.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Layer it up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While a wide-angle lens makes distant object appear even farther away and emphasises wide, open spaces, a strong zoom can be a more effective way to document the changes from front to back in an expansive scene. A portrait orientation will allow you to capture everything from the middle-distance up to the horizon and sky in a stack of layers. The zoom will even out the size of the features in the foreground and the distance, giving a concise representation of the whole scene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="675" height="900" title="With a wide-angle the rocks in the distance would be tiny and this picture would be all about the wave in the foreground - zoom in and you get a bit more depth." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LayerItUp3.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Move the focus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can also use zoom to create a shallow depth of field, so the area in front and behind your subject is out focus and your subject is picked out as the hero of the picture. Try using this to add tension to a shot, by blurring the foreground and pushing the sharp detail further back. It&#39;s easy - even a compact camera with a 10x zoom will be able to achieve this. Just experiment by zooming in as far as you like, stepping well back if neccesary, and using a half-press of the shutter to pick out different focal points in your shot. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/sets/72157644269343768/" id="Click here for more zoom examples" name="Click here for more zoom examples" target="_blank" title="Click here for more zoom examples">You can click here for some more example pics.</a> <p>Words by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once you&#039;ve mastered blurry backgrounds, give blurry foregrounds a go!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Layer-Fool-Focus.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zooming in video? Here&#039;s a cheat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Zooming in smoothly on a distant object while shooting video can be very difficult but you can cheat. First, zoom into your subject and steady the camera as best you can. Now start recording and zoom back out. You can then reverse the footage with a video editing app such as iMovie. It works best with inanimate objects, because they&#39;ll look the same in reverse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today, how a zoom can make more interesting shots </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 Tue, 20 May 2014 15:07:04 +0000 Will Dunn 1437466 at http://www.stuff.tv