System Cameras http://www.stuff.tv/sg/system-cameras/features en-SG Olympus PEN E-PL7: the ultimate system camera for selfies http://www.stuff.tv/sg/olympus/olympus-pen-e-pl7-ultimate-system-camera-selfies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks to its fully twistable screen, the latest PEN lets you look at yourself while you shoot </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="Olympus PEN E-PL7: the ultimate system camera for selfies" alt="Olympus PEN E-PL7: the ultimate system camera for selfies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/olympus-pen-e-pl7-1.jpg?1409278819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Olympus has unveiled the latest addition to its PEN range of compact system cameras &ndash; and it&rsquo;s pushing it as the ultimate selfie machine.</p> <p>The PEN E-PL7 features a 3in touchscreen that can be tilted or flipped down, the latter allowing users to frame self portraits with ease. Flipping it down switches the camera immediately to &ldquo;selfie mode&rdquo;, offering on-screen buttons to make the process of capturing that ideal picture of yourself all the more simple.</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="/sg/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>The E-PL7 also offers Wi-Fi, enabling it to connect to an iOS or Android device. Install Olympus&rsquo; app and you&rsquo;ll be able to use your smartphone as a remote control for the camera.</p> <p>Like other models in the PEN range, the camera sports a striking retro look, and has a full metal body to boot. It&rsquo;ll be available from early October, priced at &pound;499 (S$1034) (which includes a 12-42mm zoom lens) and in three colours: white, silver and black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</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/olympus-pen-e-pl7-3.jpg?1409278819" /> </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/sg/olympus/olympus-pen-e-pl7-ultimate-system-camera-selfies/news#comments Olympus System Cameras Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:46:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446113 at http://www.stuff.tv Welcome to Singapore, Nikon D810 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nikon/welcome-singapore-nikon-d810/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 18/07: The D810 is now available at leading retail stores for S$4888 </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="Welcome to Singapore, Nikon D810" alt="Welcome to Singapore, Nikon D810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cam1.jpg?1405655290" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a photography enthusiast or professional with a keen attention to the details of life, the newly available Nikon D810 is going to whet your photographic appetite.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the performance of its predecessor, the D800, the D810 boasts a 36.3-megapixel sensor and wide ISO range. The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 64 to 12800 and can be decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 32 equivalent), or increased up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent) to suit any environment.</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="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> It&#039;s a feature packed Nikon camera </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 D810 also uses Nikon&rsquo;s Nikkor lenses, opening up the possibilities for moviemakers to get creative. In addition, HDMI output can be used to simultaneously record directly to an external recorder.</p> <p>Another of its traits that stands out is a new highlight display feature that instinctively detects and denotes areas that seem likely to look blown-out, prompting the user to alter the settings and pull off a better exposure.</p> <p>UPDATED 18/07: The D810 is now available at leading retail stores for S$4888.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nikon/new-nikon-1-j4-ultimate-portable-camera/news">The new Nikon 1 J4 is the untimate portable camera</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="567" height="425" title="Welcome to Singapore, Nikon D810" alt="Welcome to Singapore, Nikon D810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cam.jpg?1405655290" /> </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/sg/nikon/welcome-singapore-nikon-d810/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nikon/welcome-singapore-nikon-d810/news#comments Cameras Nikon System Cameras Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:46:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442135 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/promoted-stuff-x-canon-photography-project-travel-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be a Hot Shot with these tips from award-winning photographer Jino Lee </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="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Travel%20main.jpg?1404353141" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spent two weeks in some exotic locale, only for your pictures to look like you stayed a weekend in Sentosa? Award-winning travel photographer Jino Lee shares how to best capture the essence of a place in pictures with Canon Singapore.</p> <p><em>Photos by Jino Lee</em></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="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</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"> THE BASICS </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>Location, location, location</strong><br />Pick a place that interests you, then research as much about it as you can. That way, you&rsquo;ll know when&rsquo;s the best time to go there. You can also look at pictures of the place so you know have a better idea of what it&rsquo;s like, how everything looks, and what you might be able to shoot.</p> <p><strong>Planning is key</strong><br />You&rsquo;re going all the way there already, so you don&rsquo;t want to waste any time. Find out everything you can, such as when the sun rises or sets and how many hours of daylight you&rsquo;ll have. Then you can map where and when to shoot key areas.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Prepare your gear</strong><br />Depending on where you&rsquo;re going, your equipment needs will change, as well as the precautions you must take. For example, if you&rsquo;re going for a trek in the mountains, there are certain things you might not want to overload yourself with. If you&rsquo;re going to spend a lot of time in or around water, you might also want to think about how you can protect your camera.</p> <p><strong>Get a guide</strong><br />If you&rsquo;re not just on holiday and are going specially to shoot, it&rsquo;s worthwhile to get a guide. He&rsquo;ll be able to bring you around, set your itinerary, help you get the shots you want, speak the language, and even set things up for you. He&rsquo;ll also be able to advise you on what the best way to do things would be.</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="3000" height="2000" title="The Basics" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01-Jino-Landscape.jpg?1404353141" /> </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"> Level up with... </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 class="p1"><strong>CANON EOS 6D</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="567" height="425" title="Canon EOS 6D" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Canon%20EOS%206D.jpg?1404353141" /> </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>Its full-frame sensor will ensure gorgeous images, even in low-light situations.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$2549 (body only)</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/personal/products/interchangeable-lens-camera/dslr-eos/eos-6d" target="_blank">Get the Canon EOS 6D here</a></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-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"> GETTING THE 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><strong>Take your time</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t start shooting the minute you get there. Walk around without a camera, talk to people, and try to get a feel of the place first. That way you&rsquo;ll be able to evaluate your ideas and find the shots you want to take. The locals will also be more comfortable with you when you do start shooting, going about their regular routines without being too self conscious.</p> <p><strong>Find your subjects</strong><br />Travel photography isn&rsquo;t just about the physical location, it&rsquo;s also about the people and culture. A monument is just a building. What makes a country unique and special are its inhabitants, so take more photos of them.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t just shoot</strong><br />If you&rsquo;ve gotten someone&rsquo;s permission to photograph them, feel free to direct them a little. Don&rsquo;t try to force poses, just get them to maybe stand in the light a bit more, or just act naturally. Most people tend to become very stiff when put in front of a camera.</p> <p><strong>Make a list</strong><br />Come up with a list of shots before you head out. You might not be able to complete it or find all the things on it, but at least you&rsquo;ll have a guideline if you run out of ideas, don&rsquo;t have any inspiration, or find some spare time.</p> <p><strong>Find the feeling</strong><br />A good shot has to evoke an emotional response, bringing you back to when you shot it, and share your experience taking it. It&rsquo;s important to try and capture the essence of the place.</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="3000" height="2000" title="Getting the shot" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/07-Jino-People.jpg?1404353141" /> </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="2000" height="3000" title="Getting the shot" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/08-Jino-People.jpg?1404353141" /> </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"> Level up with... </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>EF17-40mm f4L USM</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="567" height="425" title="EF17-40mm f4L USM" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EF17-40mm%20f4L%20USM.jpg?1404353141" /> </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>With this affordable L lens, stunning wide-angle shots will be no problem at all.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$1239</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/personal/web/buying/dealers?languageCode=EN&amp;subcategory=lenses&amp;product=others" target="_blank">Get the Canon EF17-40mm f4L USM lens here</a></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"> DIFFERENT STROKES </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>Festivals</strong><br />If you can time your visit with a festival, you&rsquo;ll have many more interesting variations in your photos. Find out what the festival is about, and look out for meaningful elements that will represent it beyond the fanfare. Access is king, so try to find ways to go where regular people can&rsquo;t. There&rsquo;s a lot to be captured, so try to document the festival from beginning to end. For a complete picture, try to get wide, mid-range, and tight shots of everything.</p> <p><strong>Still life</strong><br />Simple things in each country can be beautiful. It&rsquo;s all about how well you can represent daily life in these places, so try to document everyday things such as taking public transport, sending a kid to school, or going to popular eating places.</p> <p><strong>Landscapes</strong><br />How well your shot turns out will depend largely on the weather, with your technical skills determining the rest. Bad weather or lighting conditions will almost certainly spoil the shot, so it might be necessary to go back to your selected vantage point a few times before you get something good.</p> <p><strong>Monuments</strong><br />It&rsquo;s very challenging to find shots that haven&rsquo;t been taken to death. Don&rsquo;t take postcard shots. Instead, try to take photos from different angles, include unique elements in the composition, or focus on smaller details. You might also want to consider looking for other places to get a better shot, such as from the top of another building etc. A fisheye lens could also come in handy to capture a wider perspective.</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="3000" height="2000" title="Different strokes" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11-Jino-Fest.jpg?1404353141" /> </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="2000" height="3000" title="Different strokes" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/06-Jino-Daily.jpg?1404353141" /> </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"> Level up with... </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>EF24-70mm f4L IS USM</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="567" height="425" title="EF24-70mm f4L IS USM" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EF24-70mm%20f4L%20IS%20USM.jpg?1404353141" /> </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>Great for travelling due to its versatility, this one lens can take care of most of your shooting needs, especially with its dedicated macro mode.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$1779</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/personal/web/buying/dealers?languageCode=EN&amp;subcategory=lenses&amp;product=others" target="_blank">Get the Canon EF24-70mm f4L IS USM here</a></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-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"> KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT </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>The right camera</strong><br />Ideally, carry a DSLR because of the higher levels of performance and ability to use different lenses. At the very least, try to have a multi-range zoom lens so you don&rsquo;t have to carry too much equipment. A 50mm portrait lens might also help, since the wide aperture will help at night too. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Bring a tripod</strong><br />If possible, always carry a tripod. It might be a nuisance at times, but it&rsquo;ll allow you to capture more light without worrying about image blur. In low-light you&rsquo;ll be able to use a lower ISO to minimise noise. Alternatively, you could also use it with slow shutter speed to depict movement.</p> <p><strong>Flash of light</strong><br />It&rsquo;s good to have a flash, but with travel photography you want to shoot as true-to-life as possible, so natural light is much better. If really necessary, use it as side-lighting so the photo doesn&rsquo;t look too unnatural.&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-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"> Level up with... </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>EF70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM</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="567" height="425" title="EF70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Travel Photography" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EF70-300mm%20f4-5.6L%20IS%20USM.jpg?1404353141" /> </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>This compact telephoto zoom will cover all your long-range requirements, without breaking your back.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$2129</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/personal/web/buying/dealers?languageCode=EN&amp;subcategory=lenses&amp;product=others" target="_blank">Get the Canon&nbsp;EF70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM here</a></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-8"><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 TO AVOID </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>Don&rsquo;t get into confrontations</strong><br />The last thing you want to do is upset anyone. You want nice photos and memories, so hostile situations will just lead to an overall bad experience, ruining the trip. You&rsquo;re a visitor, so don&rsquo;t argue with locals who tell you not to do certain things.</p> <p><strong>Neglecting your health</strong><br />Take care of yourself, because falling sick will also ruin the trip. That includes being aware of your surroundings, and not getting so engrossed in your shot that you put yourself in harm&rsquo;s way.</p> <p><strong>Interfering too much</strong><br />The best way to capture a moment is candidly, so if you want to photograph someone doing something, don&rsquo;t get them to do it again if you miss your chance, as they tend to become self-conscious after.</p> <p><strong>Being too rigid</strong><br />Focusing too much on getting a certain shot might blind you to something wonderful that&rsquo;s happening right in front of you. Don&rsquo;t close your mind when shooting, or new ideas won&rsquo;t be able to enter.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/promoted-stuff-x-canon-photography-project-travel-photography/feature#comments Canon Photography 101 System Cameras Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:05:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440817 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony A6000 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a6000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch </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="Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch" alt="Sony&#039;s new system camera may be tiny – but it packs a big photographic punch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a6000-wall.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The A6000 is Sony&rsquo;s new mid-range compact system camera, a 24.3MP E mount model that replaces the NEX-7 and slots underneath the full-frame A7 series. But its spec and capabilities put it into a bracket that doesn&rsquo;t feel so much mid-range as just-a-little-bit-less-than-top-of-the-range (sorry). Read on to find out why.</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"> S$1,099.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> with SELP1650 Lens </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">10 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"> Incredibly fast, accurate autofocus </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny, lightweight and sturdy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, clear electronic viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive still and video quality </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 in-body image stabilisation </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"> Build: Small and sturdy </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 A6000 may not be one of Sony&rsquo;s top tier E system cameras but it&rsquo;s still a beautifully made product: not only is it metal-bodied and sturdy as you could hope for something in its price range, it&rsquo;s also surprisingly compact and lightweight considering the inclusion of an APS-C sensor (more on that below). While the camera may be small, its large grip means it doesn&rsquo;t feel awkward or unsteady in the hand.</p> <p>The dimensions and weight in our spec box below do not take into account whichever lens you&rsquo;ve mounted on the camera, but the two we used (a Zeiss 16-70mm zoom and Zeiss 35mm prime) both felt fine and well balanced on the camera. Any E mount lens from Sony or third-party manufacturers will fit, and you can also use A mount DSLR system lenses with autofocus via an adapter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: Why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one</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="Not quite pocket-sized, but the A6000 is tiny for an APS-C camera" alt="Not quite pocket-sized, but the A6000 is tiny for an APS-C camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-hand.jpg?1404121095" /> </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: Super stuff </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 A6000 comes with a superb Exmor CMOS sensor: it&rsquo;s APS-C in terms of its physical size (so as large as the sensor on most full-size DSLRs) and boasts a resolution of 24.3MP.&nbsp; As we often stress in our camera reviews, more megapixels doesn&rsquo;t mean necessarily mean better performance &ndash; but in this case the images we took boast a level of crisp detail and rich, vivid colour you don&rsquo;t often see in system cameras this size.</p> <p>Because the sensor is physically large the A6000 performs very well in low light conditions, even when you don&rsquo;t pop up the tiny built-in flash. The camera&rsquo;s new BIONZ X image processing engine helps too, doing a fine job of reducing noise where it appears as well as offering a huge ISO range of 100-25600. With a reasonably fast lens attached, you can snap away in very murky conditions and still end the evening with plenty of usably sharp photos.</p> <p>Speaking of lenses, we should point out that the images we&rsquo;ve posted here were taken with Sony&rsquo;s Zeiss Vario-Tesser 16-70mm f/4 zoom and Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 prime lenses. Both are significantly pricier than the A6000 body itself. Cheaper E mount lenses may not perform quite as well.</p> <p>On the video front, the A6000 is able to capture 1080p at 50, 25 or 24fps in either AVCHD or MP4 format. We found the video quality to be excellent and the stereo sound to be clear, even without an external microphone. It&rsquo;s not quite up to the stellar standards of the full-frame Sony A7R, but then the A6000 costs S$1700 less&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R 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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-5_0.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-8.jpg?1404121095" /> </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="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-9.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony A6000 sample image" alt="Sony A6000 sample image" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7000-sample-3.jpg?1404121095" /> </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"> Usability: View to a thrill </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>Sony&rsquo;s OLED electronic viewfinders are consistently fantastic, and that&rsquo;s the case here: clamp your eye to the EVF and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a large, bright and pin-sharp image that damn near fools you into thinking you&rsquo;re looking through an optical viewfinder. This, of course, is arguably better than optical, because it can overlay more information on screen and show you a preview of exactly how your shot is going to turn out. If you prefer, you can compose shots using the 3in tilting screen, which works well enough.</p> <p>The physical controls are small out of necessity, but the mode and adjustment dials are pleasingly chunky, and we didn&rsquo;t have any issues with changing settings on the fly using these and the other buttons.</p> <p>One thing we have to highlight is the incredible speed and accuracy of the A6000&rsquo;s autofocus. The A7R felt a little quicker to get a lock, but at this point we&rsquo;re talking milliseconds difference, so perhaps we&rsquo;re just subconsciouly assuming the A7R&rsquo;s hefty price tag makes it the speedier. The A6000 has 179 phase-detection focus points and 25 contrast-detection focus points, and between them they allow the camera to focus almost as soon as you start to press the shutter button. We&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s faster than any DSLR we&rsquo;ve used.</p> <p>Unlike a lot of system cameras, there&rsquo;s no optical image stabilisation inside the A6000&rsquo;s body. We didn&rsquo;t find it a problem in our few weeks with the camera, as most of Sony&rsquo;s E-mount lenses are either equipped with stabilisation or fast enough to not need it. But if you&rsquo;re using slower, non-stabilised lenses you could notice some blurrier results when shooting handheld.</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 A6000&#039;s control layout works well, despite the tiny button sizes" alt="The A6000&#039;s control layout works well, despite the tiny button sizes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-wall-rear.jpg?1404121095" /> </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 screen tilts both up and down (but not left or right)" alt="The screen tilts both up and down (but not left or right)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-screen.jpg?1404121095" /> </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"> Sony A6000 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>Sensor: 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS</p> <p>Max ISO: 25600</p> <p>Video format: MP4 and AVCHD, 1080p at 60/50, 25 or 24fps</p> <p>Screen: 3in 921,600-dot LCD</p> <p>Electronic viewfinder: 1,440,000-dot touch sensitive OLED</p> <p>Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, micro USB, micro HDMI</p> <p>Dimensions: 120 x 66.9 x 45.1mm</p> <p>Weight: 344g</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-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"> Connectivity: NFC and Wi-Fi </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>Like an increasing number of new cameras, Wi-Fi and NFC come included here. Tap your NFC-equipped smartphone or tablet on the side of the A6000 and you can transfer photos wirelessly, as well as use Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app to remotely trigger the camera shutter and change some basic settings. Honestly, we can&rsquo;t see many users taking advantage of this feature &ndash; it&rsquo;s a bit fiddly and transferring images using a cable is far quicker &ndash; but it works a little more reliably here than we&rsquo;ve seen on other cameras.</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"> Sony A6000 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>Sony has really nailed the concept of a compact system camera with its recent launches: something small enough to carry around almost everywhere you go but with power and features that rival &ndash; and in many instances outstrip &ndash; what you&rsquo;d get from a much bulkier DSLR. The A6000 is essentially a DSLR with an (excellent) electronic viewfinder and faster autofocus &ndash; but manages to deliver all that in a product half the size of most DSLRs. It&rsquo;s not cheap (at least not once you factor in a lens or two) but it&rsquo;s a user-friendly tool capable of producing truly excellent stills and videos.</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="Sony A6000: it&#039;s not flaky and we really like it" alt="Sony A6000: it&#039;s not flaky and we really like it" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a6000-windowsill.jpg?1404121095" /> </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"> 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-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"> 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"> 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"> 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-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"> 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>A superb mid-ranger that puts the &ldquo;compact&rdquo; into compact system camera</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"> Sony A6000 review </div> </div> </div> <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/sony-a6000-wall.jpg?1404121095" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a6000/review#comments A6000 Sony System Cameras Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440264 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look on the bright side: even if humans can’t read your emotions, Intel’s computers can </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="Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel " alt="Intel’s RealSense project now enables its tech to feel " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/realsesnse.jpg?1403777646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You had a bad day, the camera don&#39;t lie. And before we continue lyric singing more of the song, here&rsquo;s why.</p> <p>Intel&rsquo;s been <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming-">speaking of its RealSense technology </a>for a few months now, so you should already know that the technology&rsquo;s capable of recognising individual fingers, depth, and facial expressions.</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="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> RealSense recognises more than it should </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>&ldquo;People have 3D sensing, so the robot should have 3D sensing like us. It will&nbsp;recognise you, read your emotions. &lsquo;Why are you sad today? Should I sing you a song?&rsquo; The future is crazy,&rdquo; Intel CTO of perceptual computing, Achin Bhowmik, was quoted to have said.</p> <p>This is a massive development from what we initially thought it was &ndash; an attempt at plugging in and toying with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-realsense-camera-tiny-kinect-module-thatll-be-built-your-next-computer/news">Xbox Kinect on a desktop</a>. Now, the project takes 3D to a totally different direction and pushes the boundaries with what can be achieved on a desktop.</p> <p>In addition to getting all feely, the technology will also remove backgrounds, recognise 10-finger gestures, and perform 3D scans, thanks to its 1080p resolution, high quality depth sensors.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re just as intrigued by it as we are, check out Intel&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqx4QRaalvhIiQBvIp9F7Q" target="_blank">dedicated YouTube channel </a>for RealSense.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/intel-gives-us-inside-look-computing-comeback-plot/feature">Intel gives us an inside look into its computing comeback plot</a><strong> &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://betabeat.com/2014/06/intels-new-laptop-can-read-your-emotions-make-everything-3d/" target="_blank">BetaBeat</a>] &nbsp;</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/2lGNrGoGWgU" 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/sg/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3d/intel-s-realsense-project-now-enables-its-tech-feel/news#comments 3D Desktops Intel System Cameras Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:55:38 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440155 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/system-cameras/top-ten">the best camera you can buy</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/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/sg/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/sg/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?1409019216" /> </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/sg/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/sg/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?1409019216" /> </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/sg/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?1409019216" /> </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/sg/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/sg/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?1409019216" /> </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.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Follow this smart, simple guide</a>&nbsp;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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-main-01_3.jpg?1409019216" /> </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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature" target="_blank">how to shoot long exposures</a>&nbsp;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_0.jpg?1409019216" /> </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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature" target="_blank">guide to shooting black and white pictures</a>&nbsp;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_1.jpg?1409019216" /> </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"> Photography 101 with Stuff </div> </div> </div> <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/bruce-extreme-bokeh%20%281%29.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438155 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/promoted-stuff-x-canon-photography-project-portrait-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tips and tricks behind getting the perfect portrait that&#039;ll turn you into a Hot Shot </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="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Portrait%20Main.jpg?1403083928" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What&#39;s portrait photograpy? No, we&rsquo;re not referring to image orientation here &ndash; we&rsquo;re talking about photos taken of other people. Local photographer Mark Teo lays it all out in the first of our Photography Projects series in conjunction with Canon Singapore.</p> <p><em>Photos by Mark Teo</em></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="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</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"> The Basics </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>In or out</strong><br />Choose the right setting for your shot, because it will set the mood for all your pictures. For example, shooting in a studio offers more control, but could feel a bit clinical, while outdoors will give the subject more freedom.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve been framed</strong><br />What goes on in the background is also important to the composition. If you&rsquo;re after a more solemn portrait, you should concentrate on the subject&rsquo;s expression, so a clearer background will help to keep the attention focused. If it&rsquo;s a lively shot you&rsquo;re after, then try to fill the frame with as much action as possible, leaving no empty space to create the right atmosphere.</p> <p><strong>Know your subject</strong><br />Research who you&rsquo;re shooting so that you&rsquo;ll have something to talk about. Making conversation will help them feel more comfortable with you, and they&rsquo;re bound to be stiff if you don&rsquo;t introduce yourself and only talk about the job.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Eyes on target</strong><br />Remember to focus on the eyes. If you focus on the ears or nose of the person you&rsquo;re shooting, that&rsquo;s what viewers will end up looking at in the image.</p> <p><strong>Plan ahead</strong><br />Sometimes you may only get five minutes for your image, especially if it&rsquo;s a celebrity and/or you&rsquo;re at an event. Scoping the area and having a mental rundown of where, how, and what you&rsquo;re shooting will help to keep things tight. Also, the situation or weather could change too, so it&rsquo;s always good to have a backup plan ready.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Keep on shooting</strong><br />Sometimes it can take over 40 tries to get one good image. It depends on how much the person warms up to you, as well as their personality. Focus on getting what you need, and try to have enough time to shoot other options. People are more relaxed when not pressured by deadlines, so you could end up getting a better option.&nbsp;</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="6933" height="3304" title="The Basics" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MT_200912_LAHRickshawrun_0218.jpg?1403083928" /> </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="2304" height="3456" title="The Basics" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/koflow3nohigh.jpg?1403083928" /> </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"> Level up with... </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>Canon EOS 700D</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 EOS 700D" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Canon%20EOS%20700D%20.jpg?1403083928" /> </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>A decent entry-level camera to start off with. A mainstay of our Top Ten DSLR list, the 700D comes with an 18MP sensor, touchscreen display, and great video with autofocus too.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$799 (body only)</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/personal/products/interchangeable-lens-camera/dslr-eos/eos-700d?languageCode=EN" target="_blank">Get the Canon EOS 700D here</a></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-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"> The Right Expression </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>Keep it natural</strong><br />Talk to your talent as you shoot. As you&rsquo;re talking, try to get them to imagine doing something that might get you the shot you want, rather than just asking them to pose and smile. For example, you could tell a joke, and even if it&rsquo;s not that funny they might just laugh because they realise what you&rsquo;re trying to do. It&rsquo;s all about being alert enough to capture the right moments.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If all else fails</strong><br />Get the subject to ad lib it. Even if they don&rsquo;t give you what you&rsquo;re looking for, play along to increase their confidence and encourage more free play. Then if they happen to do something you like, you can ask them to try it again and coax them into giving what you want.</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="5184" height="3456" title="The Right Expression" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MT_210912_LAHRickshawrun_0196_0.jpg?1403083928" /> </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="5184" height="3456" title="The Right Expression" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MT_201013_FlyingBachSG_0212.jpg?1403083928" /> </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"> Level up with... </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>Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II</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="567" height="425" title="Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ef50mm-f18-ii-b1_0.jpg?1403083928" /> </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>A great lens for taking portraits, and won&rsquo;t break the bank either. Great for close shots filled with creamy bokeh.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$159</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"> Know Your Equipment </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>Through the looking glass</strong><br />If you know what you get from certain settings and effects, then you&rsquo;ll know how framing and lens choice can affect how subjects will look. For example, wide-angle lenses can exaggerate the sense of space and show more action.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Blurred lines</strong><br />The amount of bokeh can also be used to your advantage. If you need to isolate the subject without much time to select a good location, you can use bokeh to blur out the background, even if it&rsquo;s very busy. That way the photo is literally focused entirely on who you&rsquo;re shooting.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Get flashy</strong><br />A flash can really help to shape the picture, gives you more shooting options, and offers a better sense of dimension. Fill-flash techniques can also help you to shoot against backlit scenes, allowing you to get gorgeous images against a sunset or bright blue sky.</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"> Level up with... </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>Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM</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="567" height="425" title="Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ef-s55-250mm-f4-5-6-is-stm-1_0.jpg?1403083928" /> </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>Lightweight and compact, this lens will help when you want to compress the background and not have it look too far away. It even has a stepping motor for silent autofocusing during video.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: S$549</p> <p><a href="http://www.canon.com.sg/mobile/personal/products/lenses/ef-s55-250mm-f-4-5-6-is-stm" target="_blank">Get the&nbsp;Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM here</a></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-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"> Group Shots </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>A matter of perspective</strong><br />Depending on the situation, avoid wide angle lenses, because the people at the back might end up looking very far away from those in front. A longer lens would be better to bring everyone closer together, and they won&rsquo;t be distorted out of shape either.</p> <p><strong>Part of the collective</strong><br />Most of the time, people in a group portrait already know what look they&rsquo;re going for, based on the group&rsquo;s collective identity. A company knows how they want to be seen, as does a breakdancing group. So, you just need to talk to them and shoot as if you would a single subject.</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="5052" height="3324" title="Group Shots" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MT_150114_RBFlyingBachSG_0088_0.jpg?1403083928" /> </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"> Level up with... </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>Canon 270EX II Speedlite</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="567" height="425" title="Canon 270EX II Speedlite" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sl-270ex2-b1_0.jpg?1403083928" /> </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>A good flash will make a huge difference to how good your photos look, as well as allow you to shoot in a wider range of environments.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $239</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-8"><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 to avoid </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>Forcing the matter</strong><br />Even if you think it&rsquo;ll make a great shot, don&rsquo;t force your subjects into a pose or environment they&rsquo;re uncomfortable with, because their displeasure will probably show in the image and it won&rsquo;t work. If it&rsquo;s crucial to the brief, ask nicely, and try to show some examples of how the shot would look first.</p> <p><strong>Being sloppy</strong><br />Setting up for the shot only when the subject arrives will leave your talent sitting around with nothing to do, and they&rsquo;re bound to become impatient waiting for you to test your angles and lighting setups. Always maximise your time so you have more opportunity to experiment with your shots.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tunnel vision</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t go into tunnel vision and spend the entire shoot on one particular idea. Mix it up, and you might get other options that work just as well, if not better, than what you imagined.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Foot in mouth</strong><br />This comes back to research. Talking puts your talent at ease, but if you really don&rsquo;t know much about them, keep the conversation general enough to avoid any sensitive subjects. Saying the wrong thing could spoil the mood and ruin the shoot.&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="2574" height="3861" title="What to avoid" alt="PROMOTED: Stuff x Canon Photography Project - Portrait Photography " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MT_010813_FHMUprade_Yuri_0078.jpg?1403083928" /> </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/sg/canon/promoted-stuff-x-canon-photography-project-portrait-photography/feature#comments Canon Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:28:01 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439456 at http://www.stuff.tv Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fujifilm/stare-down-barrel-new-weather-defiant-xf-lens-fujifilm/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Come rain or shine, the Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens will brave the elements for your travel photography needs </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="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fujifilm.jpg?1402910387" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What&rsquo;s the point of having a weather-resistant camera body like the X-T1 when the lens is still vulnerable to potential damage by the elements?</p> <p>Guess Fujifilm realised that and decided to make that a non-issue with its new hardy lens.</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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>Aside from its ability to rough the toughest of shooting situations, the lens is a combination of four aspherical glass lenses (two more than class-equivalent lenses out there) and two ED lenses. Take stealth shots by making the most of its speedy and ninja-silent autofocus of 0.1 secs, and cure the shakes with its 5.0-stop image stabilisation feature.</p> <p>Considering its great range and shooting finesse, the lens are perfect to take along on holiday to cover all your bases for family album fodder.</p> <p class="p1">The Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 will be available come July for S$1399.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fujifilm/see-new-york-through-fujifilm-x-t1-s-eyes/feature">Stuff Tripping: See New York through the Fujifilm X-T1&#39;s eyes&nbsp;</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="567" height="425" title="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fuji.jpg?1402910387" /> </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"> Test, 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>We slipped the X-T1 our SD card for a glimpse of what the new lens can do. Do note though that these were taken with a pre-production unit and our rather unprofessional hands.</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="4896" height="3264" title="Legoland" alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9016_0.JPG?1402910387" /> </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="4896" height="3264" title="A close up of Lego men" alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9015_1.JPG?1402910387" /> </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="4896" height="3264" title="Blooms" alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9020_0.JPG?1402910387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4896" height="3264" title="Eyes " alt="Stare down the barrel of the new weather-defiant XF lens from Fujifilm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9017_1.JPG?1402910387" /> </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/sg/fujifilm/stare-down-barrel-new-weather-defiant-xf-lens-fujifilm/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fujifilm/stare-down-barrel-new-weather-defiant-xf-lens-fujifilm/news#comments Fujifilm System Cameras Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:02:27 +0000 Elissa Loi 1439249 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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 S$40) 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/sg/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/sg/photography-101">All Stuff&rsquo;s Photography Guides in one place</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="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> <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"> Photography 101: take dramatic black and white shots </div> </div> </div> <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/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter_0.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature#comments Digital compacts Photography 101 System Cameras Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:55:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438805 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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> <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"> Photography 101: shooting long exposures </div> </div> </div> <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/traffic.jpg?1404441945" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:39:20 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438600 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony A7R http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a7r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full-frame sensor, tank-like build and lightning autofocus makes Sony’s pro-friendly camera mighty tempting – even at this eye-watering price </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="Sony A7R " alt="Sony A7R " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a7r-review-front.jpg?1401981784" /> </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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t so long ago that squeezing a full-frame digital sensor into a full-size DSLR was considered a notable feat &ndash; but with the A7R, Sony has stuffed one into a palm-sized E-mount camera half the weight of most DSLRs.</p> <p>With a S$2799 price tag (and that&rsquo;s before you buy any lenses), the A7R is pitched squarely at the prosumer market. But as we found out, this 36MP camera performs so well it may well have you going to the bank manager cap-in-hand for a loan.</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"> S$2,799.00 </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">10 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"> Huge full-frame sensor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb image quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning autofocus speed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock-solid build </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"> The price hurts </div> <div class="field-item even"> No in-body image stabilisation </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"> Built to last </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 A7R may be small and (relatively) lightweight, but it&rsquo;s tough as hell. The magnesium-constructed body is weather-sealed to prevent moisture and dust getting inside, and the dials, buttons and chunky grip are as solid as you&rsquo;ll find on a consumer camera.</p> <p>That big bulge up on top houses one of the finest electronic viewfinders we&rsquo;ve ever clapped an eye to. Large, lag-free and boasting a resolution so high that you almost feel it&rsquo;s an optical viewfinder and not essentially a live video feed, the OLED EVF shows you exactly how the image you&rsquo;re about take will end up looking: bokeh, exposure adjustments, depth of field are all previewed as you change settings.</p> <p>The 3in rear screen is also worthy of a mention. We rarely used it for composing shots (the EVF is so good, you see), but its tilting mechanism means it comes in useful at those times when it&rsquo;s not convenient to hold the A7R up to your eye: when shooting with it high above your head or low to the ground, for instance.</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="Weather-proofing means you can use it in outside without too much worry" alt="Weather-proofing means you can use it in outside without too much worry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-review-main.jpg?1401981784" /> </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 A7R&#039;s screen tilts both up and down" alt="The A7R&#039;s screen tilts both up and down" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-screen.jpg?1401981784" /> </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"> A is for Accessories </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>Alongside any E-mount lens (and, with Sony&rsquo;s adapter, full-size A-mount lenses too), you can equip the A7R with a wide range of accessories. The Multi Interface Shoe is compatible with various flashes, an IR light (for night vision video) and even Sony&rsquo;s XLR-K1M pro-level microphone, which hooks up to the camera via XLR connectors. If you want to shoot broadcast-quality footage on the A7R, the gear is all there.</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-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"> Superb images </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>We can&rsquo;t remember the last time we used a camera this small that delivered images as stunning as the A7R&rsquo;s. The top class lens Sony sent us to use with it &ndash; a Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 prime &ndash; played a considerable role in that, but the glorious full-frame sensor and Sony&rsquo;s noise-reduction and image-processing technology were just as important.</p> <p>The huge physical size of the 36.4MP sensor helps immensely, as it&rsquo;s capable of capturing a lot of light even with fast shutter speeds. And there&rsquo;s excellent noise suppression, even at high ISO sensitivities, to help reduce unwanted graininess. That means shooting without flash in low light conditions is not only possible but delivers fantastic results: sharp, clean-looking pictures with little sign of noise.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="333" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14242997182/in/set-72157644794903505/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>In brighter conditions, photos are even better. Because of the large sensor, there&rsquo;s a scale to these images that few DSLRs can touch, and it&rsquo;s also very easy to achieve a narrow depth of field, blurring the background or foreground of shots while keeping your subject in sharp focus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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-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 A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-will-matt.jpg?1401981784" /> </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="800" title="Sony A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-alice.jpg?1401981784" /> </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="Sony A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-hallway.jpg?1401981784" /> </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"> 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>These traits extend to the A7R&rsquo;s video footage, which looks utterly glorious &ndash; almost Hollywood-esque in its smoothness. You can capture in AVCHD or MP4 at 60fps or cinema-like 24fps, in 1080p quality (there&rsquo;s no 4K option, although the upcoming A7s will allow that). And despite the range of external microphones offered by Sony, the built-in stereo mics do an acceptable job of capturing sound for general shooting purposes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sonys-new-alpha-7s-gets-4k-video-output/news">Sony&rsquo;s new Alpha A7s gets 4K video output</a></strong></p> </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"> Sony A7R 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> - 36.4MP full-frame CMOS</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong> - 100-25600</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong> - E-mount system</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong> - 2,359,296-dot OLED</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 3in, 921,600-dot LCD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Multi Interface Shoe, Wi-Fi, NFC</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 465g (body only)</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"> Usability and connectivity </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 aforementioned chunky grip and buttons make the A7R comfy and secure in your hands, despite its small size, and the sheer amount of controls dotted around the body mean manual shooters can easily adjust settings on the fly. Thankfully there&rsquo;s no need to go fully manual, and Sony&rsquo;s automatic modes are, as ever, scarily clever at determining what kind of thing you&rsquo;re shooting and what the settings need to be.</p> <p>The autofocus here is devilishly quick and accurate. Sony has even given it the ability to recognise the pupils in subject&rsquo;s eyes and focus on them, which keep faces sharp when shooting with a short depth of field.</p> <p>One possible criticism: there&rsquo;s no optical image stabilisation inside the body &ndash; many of Sony&rsquo;s lenses do however come with it equipped. We didn&rsquo;t find it an issue with the fast F2.8 lens, but it could conceivably hamper performance with slower lenses.</p> <p>The camera also comes with Wi-Fi and NFC, which allow you to connect to a smartphone or tablet. Personally, we find this a little pointless &ndash; transferring large images via Wi-Fi to a phone is far slower and fiddlier than it needs to be to become &ldquo;a thing&rdquo;, and transferring them to PC is much easier by cable or memory card. But some might get some use out of Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app, which allows remote viewing and remote control of the shutter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one</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="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" alt="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-rear.jpg?1401981784" /> </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="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" alt="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-review-top.jpg?1401981784" /> </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"> Sony A7R 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>We love this camera and were less than keen on giving it back to Sony after our two-week review period. It&rsquo;s compact and lightweight but delivers results that outstrip pretty much any other compact system camera on the market.</p> <p>The downside is that that ability costs you a truly hefty wedge of cash, and unless you&rsquo;re already a Sony E-mount user you&rsquo;ll need to buy good lenses on top of the initial S$2799 outlay. Your wallet might weep, but your photo album will sing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best System 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="Look! It&#039;s tiny" alt="Look! It&#039;s tiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-front.jpg?1401981784" /> </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"> 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"> 10 </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"> 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"> 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"> 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"> 9 </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"> features </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-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"> 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>Fantastic ability and design come together to make a truly stellar mirrorless camera &ndash; with a price tag to match</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"> Sony A7R review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-a7r/review#comments A7R Camcorders Sony System Cameras Thu, 22 May 2014 15:11:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438325 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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 landscape 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="/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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/sg/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature#comments Cameras Lomography Panorama Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 28 May 2014 10:55:10 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438145 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/sg/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&#39;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&#39;re missing out - here&#39;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="/sg/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&#39;s a lens that doesn&#39;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&#39;re built specifically to be perfect at one focal length. And because they don&#39;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&#39;ll see later.&nbsp;</p> <p>So mainly you want a prime because it&#39;ll improve your pictures, and because you can afford one, but they&#39;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&#39;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&rsquo;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 &#39;normal&#39;. That&#39;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>Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN</strong><br />Available for mirrorless compact system cameras using the Micro Four Thirds or E Mount systems, this wide-angle prime isn&rsquo;t among the finest lenses. Ideal for landscapes and street snapshots.</p> <p><strong>Canon 50mm EF F1.8 ii</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>Nikon 85mm F1.8 G</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&#39;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 href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh (click here if you don&#39;t know what that is)</a>.</p> <p>As focal lengths increase, however, larger apertures require more complex engineering and weightier glass &ndash; which translates to higher prices. Canon&rsquo;s hulking 200mm F2 lens, for instance, costs a wallet-wilting S$11,299 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&#39;ve got yourself a prime, put it to work in a variety of different situations and you&#39;ll find they&#39;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 &ndash; insects, flowers and the like &ndash; but it will also work very well for portraits of people standing a few paces away, as it&rsquo;ll keep the subject&rsquo;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 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> </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> <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/three-sony-prime-lenses_1.jpg?1401181110" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Thu, 22 May 2014 12:08:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437700 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/hands-review-samsung-nx-mini-camera-stylish-and-smart/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The newest member in the NX family is a tiny yet powerful selfie taker </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="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" alt="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo%20%286%29_0.JPG?1400593511" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Portable and stylish are just some words to describe&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-nx-mini-ultimate-selfie-camera/news">Samsung&rsquo;s latest NX mini camera</a>, but there&rsquo;s more to it than just that &ndash; this camera is actually smart enough to have brains of its own.</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="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> LET ME TAKE A SELFIE </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 yet on the selfie/wefie craze, hop on. The Samsung NX mini comes equipped with a 75.2mm, 180-degrees flip up and touch display for just that purpose. And when you flip the display, your camera automatically turns on.</p> <p>And you don&rsquo;t have to fumble with the shutter button to take a picture; all you need to do is set up your wink shot feature and wink at the camera. It takes a picture two seconds after a wink detection. Sure, you&#39;ll get funny looks when you randomly wink at a camera on the street. But hey, if you can afford to suffer the embarrassment of taking a selfie, that shouldn&#39;t faze you.</p> <p>Heard of near field communication (NFC)? You know, that functionality on some of your mobile phones that lets you pay on the go. The NX Mini has that feature too, albeit it lets you transfer images between your NFC-enabled Android smartphones or tablets. Simply place your mobile over the camera and voila, the transfer magically happens right in front of your eyes.</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="567" height="425" title="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" alt="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%2810%29_0.JPG?1400593511" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" alt="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%287%29_1.JPG?1400593511" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" alt="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%289%29_0_0.JPG?1400593511" /> </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>The NX mini camera comes in four colours &ndash; pink, green, white, and brown for the 9-27mm lens, and white for the 9mm lens. They&rsquo;re also reasonably priced at S$549 for the 9mm lens and S$649 for the 9-27mm lens.</p> <p>All you style conscious people can have your pick and get snapping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review">Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review</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="429" title="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" alt="Hands-on review: Samsung NX Mini is a stylish and smart camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%288%29_0_0.JPG?1400593511" /> </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/sg/samsung/hands-review-samsung-nx-mini-camera-stylish-and-smart/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/hands-review-samsung-nx-mini-camera-stylish-and-smart/feature#comments Cameras Samsung System Cameras Tue, 20 May 2014 11:15:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437511 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add atmosphere to your photos by becoming a master of beautifully blurred backgrounds </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: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bokeh-main.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, &ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;: a Japanese word that has no English equivalent, but once explained a very simple concept for any camera-wielder to grasp. How simple? Well, this five-step guide will clue you in on all the blurry 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="/sg/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 bokeh? </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>Put simply, it&rsquo;s the way in which a camera&rsquo;s lens renders out-of-focus points of light. So those attractively blurry backgrounds (and/or foregrounds) you see in shots with a short depth of field? That&rsquo;s bokeh.</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 bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" alt="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-extreme-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Glossary </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>Aperture</strong><br />In photography, an aperture is the hole in a lens through which light passes. The width and shape of this hole determines the angle at which rays of light hit the image sensor. Wide apertures &ndash; represented by low F-stop numbers on your camera &ndash; mean faster shutter speeds (they let in more light in a shorter space of time) and, in general, a narrow depth of field. Small apertures mean a wider depth of field and longer shutter speeds.</p> <p><strong>Depth of field</strong><br />The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that are in focus. A narrow DOF (sometimes called &ldquo;shallow focus&rdquo;) will result in lots of bokeh, while a wide DOF (&ldquo;deep focus&rdquo;) will mean everything in the scene appears sharp and in focus. Various factors determine DOF including: sensor/film size; lens aperture; and distance from the camera to the objects in the scene.</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-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"> There is both “good” and “bad” bokeh </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>Each lens&rsquo; characteristics &ndash; namely lens aberration and the shape of its aperture &ndash; determine the sort of bokeh it creates. Curved aperture blades, for instance, help create bokeh that looks more circular and, to most eyes, more pleasing &ndash; there are even lenses like Sony&rsquo;s STF 135mm F2.8 and Nikon&rsquo;s 105mm DC-Nikkor that are designed specifically to produce beautiful buttery smooth bokeh. Using a lens with fewer or straighter aperture blades can result in bokeh that&rsquo;s more angular and &ldquo;ugly&rdquo;.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerome_munich/4605866317/in/photolist-8uomq5-821gaz-821gAe-824qLy-dZAnHy-7SRPeA-k96ssp-k96svv-k98TqW-k974cH-czb2w3-84gU9-4QJPU5-8DHMaN-3dwnrE-cF9Fb5-6gzkgs-6C5Wwn-6oKVK6-6oKWhV-axDx1g-HL4jE-HsTHn-HsPTU" target="_blank">Jerome Marot</a></em></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="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" alt="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-stf-bokeh-shot.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> The wider the aperture, the more likely you are to get bokeh </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>Bokeh occurs when portions of the image are in front of or behind the in-focus area, and the easiest way to achieve this narrow depth of field is to use a lens with a wide aperture: F1.8, F2.0, F2.8 etc. Alternatively, you can use a longer, lower aperture lens &ndash; let&rsquo;s say an 18-55mm kit zoom set at 55mm and F5.6 &ndash; and ensure the distance between subject and background is extensive.</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="803" title="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" alt="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Compacts and smartphones can achieve bokeh – but it’s tough </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 of their tiny apertures, it&rsquo;s difficult to get bokeh in shots taken with point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras. The only way to achieve &ldquo;real&rdquo; bokeh with most is to take a macro (i.e. a shot of something very close to the lens), which will likely result in a blurry background and sharp, in-focus subject.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rabrunzel/13850022255/in/photolist-kxqJsp-fjDi2F-dP37r4-dLSnqX-dNwqbX-dHMwvt-dLX1mJ-dJGSi3-dLjVdG-dKZNGE-dP2k56-dMTnQS-dHSwyf-dLX1ed-dHMfzz-dHSxeq-e4EvL9-n6SZ6a-n6SYR2-dL64wn-dS2gdC-dTTqHm-f8DRTg-dJGRRd-dT61PQ-dVfZMJ-emNwvq-dKPoJd-dPDpTc-dP3cax-dRXrxp-dG5dnv-dStXrz-e8UbJS-e6WJWt-eaSw3L-dT5Z3y-dStUwF-dVg4FW-dRaqc2-dSZnG2-dVaviF-dVg5db-dRXT4V-dVatkg-eaE1j2-e9zj6w-dUxmrD-dUxjB2-dP7UmC" target="_blank">Intensivtäteraggressor</a></em></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="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" alt="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g15-macro-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> There are some software tricks, however… </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>Many small cameras can use technical trickery to create fake bokeh. Android 4.4 KitKat&rsquo;s camera, for instance, uses a clever algorithm to simulate bokeh, but requires that everything in the frame remains still for a few seconds. Most of these techniques can&rsquo;t match the effect of real bokeh, but can deliver decent results in a pinch.</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="768" height="1024" title="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" alt="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fake-android-camera-bokeh.jpg?1405385889" /> </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"> Create stunning shots with your phone or a full-fat DSLR </div> </div> </div> <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/bruce-extreme-bokeh_0.jpg?1405385889" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Mon, 19 May 2014 14:29:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437485 at http://www.stuff.tv