The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the photography industry and world as a whole, and we are still in the midst of it and will be dealing with its effects for years to come. If you are feeling stressed by all of it, it is important to remember that it is alright to take a break right now and to focus on taking care of yourself.
The photography world certainly loves its wide-aperture lenses, with most full frame consumer lenses topping out at f/1.2 and a few extreme lenses pushing the limits at f/0.95. However, there is a world of lenses that go far beyond f/0.95, and this interesting video takes a look at that extreme glass.
Canon’s RF mirrorless lenses have been pretty spectacular, but they are also very expensive, which might make it a bit difficult for some photographers looking for glass to go with the relatively affordable EOS R and EOS RP cameras. This great video review takes a look at the new, much more affordable RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens.
A good prime lens will become a prized possession of any photographer. Could this be a staple of your camera bag?
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A field monitor can be a tremendously useful tool for getting things right when you are shooting video. This great tutorial will show you how to use a variety of tools on a field monitor when shooting video.
It all started as a seemingly simple task. To make it easier to master the menu system of the Sony a7 Mark III, I decided to create a mind map. But this project quickly evolved into a major, and rather fascinating, undertaking.
It’s not a secret that the menu systems of any Sony Alpha camera can be charitably described as advanced. But you can only appreciate its intricacy and sheer complexity, when the entire system is laid bare in front of you. I spent several days mapping the menu system, and it felt like exploring an uncharted world.
The result is both fascinating and mind-boggling. The mind map contains about 900 nodes, each corresponding to an individual menu item—and this isn’t even the complete number, as I didn’t map elements where it was impractical to do so. Even if I subtract a handful of nodes containing annotations of certain menu items, the number is still staggering.
It would make little sense to show the mind map in its entirety, so here is a fragment of it to give you a general idea:
You can view and download a fully-expanded mind map here.
The goal of this endeavor was not to produce an impressive-looking mind map, though. Well, not entirely, at any rate. First, it offered a good way to discover and understand the camera’s less-often used functionality and unearth useful features buried under multiple menu layers. I also use the resulting mind map as a reference on my laptop and mobile devices.
Quickly navigating through mind maps is much more practical than flipping through pages or scrolling through a PDF file.
The mind map is stored in the .mm format that can be imported into many popular mind-mapping applications. Better still, you can export the mind map into different formats. So if the mind map is not your cup of tea, you can export it as a collapsible outline in the good old HTML format that can be viewed in any browser.
The mind map is released under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, so you are free to tweak it.
About the author: Dmitri Popov is an amateur photographer and professional tech writer. He’s the author of the digiKam Recipes and Linux Photography. You can find more of his work on work on his website. This post was also published here.