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photokinaTV - Sigma Straight Forward

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m27s
Language: english
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Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma Cooperatioon, was guest at photokinaTV already in 2012. He came with an impressive challenge for the near future: He wanted to revolutionize the company, making Sigma the leading supplier of lenses in the high-end range.
 
Now, four years later, we see in the interview: Sigma has really given full throttle! Yamaki shows several brand new lenses and a camera whose features are forward-looking, in fact, and certainly juggle opposites: For example, the opposites of sharpness and bokeh, size and ease as well as of quality and the demands of a low price were decoupled by the Sigma engineers.
 
Yamaki and his team have put a lot of strength and sweat into this technical change process. Such a big project will only work with motivated employees. Yamaki also gives an insight into the collaboration of engineers.

Bert Stephani's Gear

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m26s
Language: english
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FotoTV. viewers know that Bert Stephani is not a beginner. But professional photographers always have the newest and most expensive gear. Or have they? Bert certainly not because he sized down a notch.
 
Lightroom revealed that he barely used most of his equipment. And since all this stuff costs a lot of money and needs to be carried around, Bert sold almost everything and replaced it with a very manageable set, consisting of three cameras, three lenses and a few flashes with accessories. Of course, his shower curtain is as useful as ever.
 
Bert advocates not to pay attention to the must-haves as a professiona. Rather, the equipment should be depending on the purpose and it's practicality. Technology can be very seductive. But before buying new components you should definitely make sure that you have mastered your current gear!

Creative Nature Photography 5

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m21s
Language: english
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It's spring time in the western hemisphere and we are back to nature with Hans Peter Schaub .

Here is another installment in his on going creative nature photography in the forest.  This time we are examining macro photography using very fast focal lengths. On hand for this investigation are some popular normal, portrait and telephoto lengths. Wait a minute... where are the macro lens???

That's the catch. Instead of using standard specialty macro lens, we see how to use the high speed standard lens in a similar application. We examine field depth, lighting, format choices and can compare the results of the different lenses.

So up off the couch and in to the woods with creative nature photography .
 

Creative Nature Photography 4

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m07s
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Nothing like combining nature and macro-photography.

Here is  Hans-Peter Schaub to take us into the woods and back out again. In a spring forest among a bed of blossoming wild-garlic plants; we get a look at combining wide angle lenses with macro techniques. 

As a means of comparison a small compact digital is also employed to demonstrate it's strengths. We learn that the way to get close is to use extension rings. We then can use these wide lenses to pleasing effect. The aperture tames the depth of field and extension rings provide the closeness desired in Macro photography.

As a final kicker, a fish-eye lens is then juxtaposed against the two wide angles and the compact camera. The uniqueness of the view adds yet another creative aspect to your work.

If you like Nature ... and macro...this is for you.

Old Lenses on Modern Cameras 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m03s
Language: english
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Benjamin Jehne is back in part two of our series on using old manual lenses on modern digital cameras. 

In the first part we learned the theory and the concepts. Here is the practice.

In areal shooting situation he addresses all the possible problems  you might encounter and how to use the limitations to your advantage. After seeing how setting the camera to Aperture priority the exposure can then be decided and resolved.

Although so many of use don't trust ourselves abandoning completely the aids the camera provides, we now see that by switching completely to manual and the on board "live view" you are actually better able to control the focus and the exposure in real time. It virtually unfolds in front of your eyes. 

So don't let this opportunity pass to put to work those lenses you see selling for pennies on your rig for some really excellent results.

Old Lenses on Modern Cameras 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m46s
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We see and hear a lot rabble about using old lenses on digital cameras. Here is Benjamin Jehne to give us the low down on what this all means.

Here in this introduction film we get a hands-on view of what kinds of lens are being used with what modern cameras and we begin to get a feel for what the buzz is all about. The crop factor on certain APS/C and 4/3 cameras are ideal when using old full format lenses.

A close examination of the benefits of this crop factor combined with the cost factors show why this is a win/win situation. We then see the nuts and bolts of how the lens is adapted to the mounts and a general overview of what is available as far as adapters go.

To close this introduction we get a brief examination of the "coolness" factor and other side benefits such as creative control being returned to the artist. You will definitely want to tune in to this new film.

Creative Nature Photography 3

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m39s
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Hans-Peter Schaub lets loose the creative possibilities by introducing us to a very unique lens, the lensbaby.

After giving us a general description on the properties of what he likened to a "drainage pipe with a lens on it", we then get down to the real life world of applying such a unique and creative tool.

While such "gadgets" don't come cheap there's some tips on how to get started and of course the creativity has no limits with a variable focus, macro telephoto lens.

Confused?  You won't be after seeing this  "lensbaby" demonstration.

Separate Couples

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m56s
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Mike larson from California brings variety into wedding photography.
He spatially separates couples with depth and detail, which may go back together as a diptych.

Larson utilises his surroundings to pose and compose his subjects, while never being shy to improvise.
This results in authentic pictures, that look just as fun as the shoot itself.

photokinaTV - New Sigma Lenses

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The camera market is undergoing big developments. High performance sensors of up to 36 Megapixels pose a big challenge to the quality of lenses, that need to deliver the resolutions needed by the sensors.

The CEO of Sigma, Kazuto Yamaki (bitte Schreibweise vergleichen) has foreseen these developments and decided that he wants to address them by drawing on the strength of his company. As a Japanese manufacturer
he believes Sigma should not try to offer cheap alternatives to other lenses but rather move up to the high end of the market where he wants to offer high performance products. In the show he gives a first glimpse at 3 lenses that are organised into 3 new product ranges.

One of them is a 35mm 'Art Line' lens that sets new standards in chromatic aberration performance. Furthermore we can have a look at a USB dock for lenses that let Sigma lens users tweak their lenses to their own need via a software.

Be prepared for a visionary look into the future of lens technology!

The Lens Correction Tool

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m31s
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Once again in what is most probably the most popular RAW workflow program, we are taken through Camera Profiles by photographer and Lightroom aficionado, Mike Le Gray. He leads us through both automatic and manual lens corrections, as well as adding/removing vignetting, Chromatic Aberration and Camera Calibration.

Have you ever looked at your shot on the camera LCD and then wondered what happened to it after you uploaded it to Lightroom? Mike talks us through the reason for this and just how to get the photo back to at least a very close approximation of what you saw in-camera. Whilst being a dedicated Nikon shooter, Mike assures us that although named differently, Canon profiles are available in Lightroom and work in exactly the same way, as do those of all the major camera/lens manufacturers.
 

He also gives us an insight as to how we can correct the perspective distortion we get when shooting up at a building. Whilst it can't always be corrected 100%, we can, in just a few simple steps, hugely improve the final image.