Welcome to the first issue of Lens, a photography industry blog, with news and articles about Kodak, Cannon, Nikon, Tamron, Instagram and photoshop.

Kodak Just Announced a 50,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle That's as Long as a Bus

To help you pass the time during this period of social isolation, Kodak has come up with an idea: a jigsaw puzzle containing more than 50,000 pieces that's as long as a bus — yours for just $599.95.

Read more at https://fstoppers.com/news/kodak-just-announced-50000-piece-jigsaw-puzzle-thats-long-bus-479630

Camera worldwide shipments dropped by 58% in March

CIPA just published the worldwide camera shipment report for March. Japanese companies shipped 58% less cameras compared to last year. And this slow path will surely continue for the next couple of months as long as the virus will force…

Read more at https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/camera-worldwide-shipments-dropped-by-58-in-march/

A beginner's guide to lighting tools

One of the most important skills that photographers can learn is how to control and manipulate light. After all, it's the very definition of photography! So if you aren’t already a master of photography lighting, use this quarantine time at home to explore and practice lighting techniques.

Read more at https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2851177109/how-to-set-up-a-diy-home-photography-studio

Nikon extends free Nikon school classes

Due to high interest, Nikon will extend the offer for free Nikon School Online courses through May and will expand the variety of new Creator’s Hour online events and activities which feature some of the most compelling creators and storytellers from our community.

Read more at https://nikonrumors.com/2020/04/25/nikon-extends-free-nikon-school-classes-continues-with-the-new-creatorshour-series.aspx/

10 Common Composition Mistakes in Landscape Photography

Composition is a subtle and intricate aspect of landscape photography, and there are a few places where it can go wrong. If composition is something you struggle with in your work, this great video details 10 common mistakes and what you can do to correct them.

Read more at https://fstoppers.com/education/10-common-composition-mistakes-landscape-photography-479550

How to Remove a Stain Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop

This excellent video tutorial will show you how you can use frequency separation in Photoshop to remove the stain without affecting the underlying texture, patterns, or folds of the clothing.

Read more at https://fstoppers.com/education/how-remove-stain-using-frequency-separation-photoshop-479285

Capturing Newborn Portraits with a Smartphone: Tips for New Parents

Babies change so quickly, so I wanted to put together some tips on how to capture your newborn portraits with your iPhone (or Android phone) so you don’t miss out on those photos.

Read more at http://petapixel.com/2020/04/24/capturing-newborn-portraits-with-a-smartphone-tips-for-new-parents/

10 Ways to Reinvent Your Instagram Accounts While in Lockdown

The coronavirus is making it incredibly difficult for photographers to make new content while the world is on lockdown. The good news is you already have a treasure trove of untapped potential buried in your homes, garages, and offices, and it's crying out to be posted online.

Read more at https://fstoppers.com/originals/10-ways-reinvent-your-instagram-accounts-while-lockdown-478525

New KelbyOne Class: What’s The Right Canon Lens For The Job?

Heads up Canon shooters, this is a class just for you! Join Scott Kelby as he shares his recommendations for which lenses he suggests using for each different genre of photography. These are the same recommendations he gives friends who ask him these types of questions all the time.

Read more at https://scottkelby.com/new-kelbyone-class-whats-the-right-canon-lens-for-the-job/

Canon posts first quarter of 2020 financial results

Canon has posted their first quarter of 2020 financial results, as expected, COVID-19 has impacted their businesses across the board.

Read more at https://www.canonrumors.com/canon-posts-first-quarter-of-2020-financial-results/

Nikon releases firmware update for its D780 DSLR to fix SD memory card errors

Firmware version 1.01 (up from 1.00) addresses just a single issue, wherein some SD memory cards wouldn’t work inside the camera.

Read more at https://www.dpreview.com/news/6677080449/nikon-releases-firmware-update-for-its-d780-dslr-to-fix-sd-memory-card-errors

Nearly 20% of Photographers Thinking of Changing Careers, Survey Shows

Gear rentals house Lensrentals recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 photographers and videographers to see how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their businesses. The results show just how hard some photographers have been hit.

Read more at http://petapixel.com/2020/04/23/nearly-20-of-photographers-thinking-of-changing-careers-survey-shows/

You can now preorder the new Tamron 70-180mm at Amazon!

The new Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens is now available for preorder at Amazon too (Click here)! And the new Samyang 75mm f/1.8 FE is now available for preorder at BHphoto too. Moreover there are new big savings on Sony…

Read more at https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/you-can-now-preorder-the-new-tamron-70-180mm-at-amazon/

How to Calculate Exposure Time with a 10-Stop ND Filter

Have you ever seen long exposure images shot using 10-stop ND filters? They are visually energetic and dynamic due to the motion blur caused by the moving clouds over a long duration of exposure.

Read more at http://petapixel.com/2020/04/23/how-to-calculate-exposure-time-with-a-10-stop-nd-filter/