July 28, 2021

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The Lens I’ve Wanted for So Long. Leica 50mm F2 Summicron-M Review
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The Leica 50mm f2 Summicron M is a lens every manufacturer should pay attention to. There’s no contrast or micro-contrast trickery. There are no aspherical elements. This lens also doesn’t have apochromatic lens elements. What this lens has is a lot of sharpness and character. It’s small too! Not to mention that it’s also one of the most affordable in the Leica lineup. It has a classic design that newer photographers love. Best of all, you can adapt it to pretty much any camera system.The Leica 50mm f2 Summicron M isn’t the aspherical or apochromatic version. It’s tiny and has beautiful image quality. Also, the bokeh is gorgeous. Most importantly, this lens ends up being sharp without all those extra elements. We couldn’t find any major flaws with this lens. If you’re after lens character, you’ll want this one ASAP. Oh yeah, and it’s around the $2,500 range.
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Mirrorless or DSLR: Which is Best for Your Next Camera?
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Mirrorless or DSLR? That is the question. It’s a great time to be a photographer considering a new camera purchase. Whether it’s your first camera or twenty-first, there have never been more options available for features, price, and capabilities. Plus, if buying a new (not used) camera, there are really no bad cameras out there. The first decision you will need to make about your new camera is what imaging system you prefer: mirrorless or DSLR? Before we go too much farther, I feel it’s important to disclose that I am happily on team mirrorless. I’ve been using a Fujifilm mirrorless camera since 2014 after switching from Nikon DSLRs, which I had used since 2004.Another item, before we go too much further: the discussion of Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C vs full-frame sensor will be reserved for another time.
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Citizen App Pays $25/Hr for People to Film and Livestream Crime Scenes
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A controversial smartphone app called Citizen is offering to pay people who can rush to crime and emergency scenes to capture the events with their smartphone cameras in hopes of encouraging ordinary people to participate in the app as well. The New York Post reports that the app was first released in 2016 under the name “Vigilante” but was soon removed from Apple’s App Store amid criticism that it encouraged vigilantism. Now rebranded as “Citizen,” the app has received financial backing from high-profile venture firms and individuals (including Sequoia Capital and Peter Thiel) and promises to deliver real-time safety alerts for its 7 million users across 30 cities (with more areas on the way).
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Can You Tell What Photo Is from Bokeh AI in the New Luminar AI?
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Creamy backgrounds generate bokeh envy. Smartphone companies, using artificial intelligence, have been trying to whet this appetite with portrait modes. But, now a major photo editing software is joining the fray. Luminar AI, a scaled-down, beginner-friendly version of Luminar, has just announced its fourth major update. The refresh includes the addition of a major new tool — Portrait Bokeh AI, The tool, made for portraits, recognizes the subject and offers a few different sliders to control the effect.But, I’ve rarely been impressed by the artificial blur from my iPhone. Can a major photo editing company do better? I tested the latest version of Luminar AI. to see how well a computer can replicate true bokeh.
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No One Needs to See Your Photography
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Sharing photographic work online for the world to view has become an integral part of the modern photographer’s workflow, whether they are a hobbyist or a professional. This inspiring 9-minute video, however, challenges the notion of sharing work online and argues that it might actually benefit photographers to focus on their craft instead. Alex Kilbee, the British photographer behind the YouTube channel “The Photographic Eye,” discusses the change that photography has undergone due to the advent of social media, which has perpetuated the idea that any and all photographers should share — and ideally, do so regularly to appease algorithms to garner engagement — their work online.Kilbee says that the fact that photographers can reach a worldwide audience and have millions of eyes on their work is a novel concept and certainly wasn’t the case decades ago. For most amateur photographers, the only way to have a large audience view their work would mean succeeding in competitions, having exhibitions, or getting published in magazines. For the most part, however, the work would go unseen.
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How to Start a Photo Magazine in a Pandemic
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The past few decades have been unkind to photo magazines. Many industry stalwarts have gone defunct, while others have moved to online editions only. Ironically, many photographers still believe in the photographic print, even though they might contend that the vast majority of image consumption happens on mobile devices. In January, I chatted with renowned photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke who had just announced the creation of The Curious Society, a large format photo magazine featuring the work of some of the world’s best photojournalists and documentary photographers. The goal wasn’t only to publish a visual tour de force on a quarterly basis, but to also pay photographers a traditional space rate that made producing such work economically viable.
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25 Fascinating Levitation Photos
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Levitation Photography is a kind of trick photography where some elements or the subject seems to be defying gravity and will look like they are floating. It may look like a tricky and difficult form of photography, but these photographs can be easily created by capturing a set of images using a tripod and then using layer masking to get the final results. Levitation photography can be done with humans as subjects or other still life objects and even food. You need to use the camera on a tripod and balance the model on some support, furniture or if still life objects, you can make use of stands and strings to suspend them. Take a photo. Now remove the levitating subject/s, objects in the scene and take another photo of the background alone. Then remove the stands, furniture or strings used to position/suspend the subject or objects and you have a levitation photograph.
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Get a Sony Camera, and Get an Excellent Lens for Less
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Sony cameras and lenses are still enjoying some awesome rebates right now. You can get a new camera or snag one with a brand new lens. Some of you want all the megapixels and the Sony a7r IV is available at a lower price right now too. But that’s not the only one. Check out all these deals after the break.
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You Only Need These 6 Pieces of Gear to Make Money in Photography
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I’m photographer Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens. In this 6.5-minute video and article, we’re going to look at the six pieces of equipment that you need to make money in photography. That’s all you need, six pieces of equipment. You should allow yourself with a minimal amount of equipment to start a really healthy side hustle or a great way to make a living. You don’t need a ton of gear. I have mentored hundreds of people, and they have all started out with simple equipment packages, but you do need these six things.You’ve got to have a camera, obviously. It doesn’t have to be the best camera in the world. I know a lot of people who have made money and are making good money shooting with an entry-level Canon Rebel DSLR. You just need a decent camera that is going to get a decent image, and the Canon Rebel is exactly that.
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Want the Look of CineStill 800T in Digital? We’ve Got Some Bad News
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I could end this post with the statement above. But it’s true, the look of CineStill 800T isn’t possible without lots of post-production. You can’t get it right out of the camera. You can come close to it, though, just by shooting at 3200K Tungsten white balance. But if anything, it delivers more of the look of a pure Tungsten Film. CineStill has a special, magical process that makes gives it its unique image quality. But if you want it in post-production, you’d need to really work at it. We’ll explain it to you here, but we also believe that you should just give in a shoot some film.CineStill 800T is a cinema film. It can be developed with the C41 film process because they removed what’s called the Remjet layer. If that’s still intact, then you basically have SILBERSALZ 35 film. It too is a beautiful film, but it doesn’t have the unique look CineStill has. Removing the Remjet layer, C41 lets the halide crystals react when looking at lights. That’s how they get that special look. Some folks hate it, but most millennials and zoomers really like it. We’ve interviewed a bunch of photographers who shoot CineStill 800T. 
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The Largest Camera Trap Wildlife Study is Now a Free Mobile Game
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A massive ten-year-long biodiversity study that represents the largest camera trap effort ever has now been turned into a free mobile game called Unseen Empire. Oxford professor David Macdonald and his Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) undertook the study to research the impact of deforestation on the habitat of the clouded leopard — an endangered large cat — writers Internet of Elephants.The research team set up a hidden network of 160 automatically-triggered cameras in a 50,000-acre grid in Myanmar’s forests to give them the opportunity to catch a glimpse of this elusive cat, but they not only found a visible record of the “practically unstudied clouded leopard,” but also a confirmation of other endangered species present in the area. All of the small pieces of data gathered about the clouded leopard contribute towards building “a rich portrait of the unique ecosystem in northwestern Myanmar.”
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Photo Of The Day By Kris Walkowski
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “El Majestic” by Kris Walkowski. Location: Yosemite National Park, California.Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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Want to Film Crime Scenes and Possibly Make Money? Then Check This App Out
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One app has an interesting business proposition for photographers that like to film crime scenes, among other things. Photo by Thomas Windisch from Pexels. Billing itself as everything from a community safety app to a COVID-19 contact tracing method, Citizen is building off of another concept that fizzled out at launch for a variety of reasons. Originally released under the name Vigilante, it was removed from Apple’s app store for fairly obvious reasons, PetaPixel reports. But it’s back and with much the same proposition though finely coated in the language of a COVID-19 world and targeted at a security-driven consumerOne app has an interesting business proposition for photographers that like to film crime scenes, among other things. Photo by Thomas Windisch from
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Daria Kosinova Proves That Fisheye Photos Will Always Be Cool
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“Fashion is the freedom of self-expression–the opportunity to combine the incongruous but, at the same time, not lose that beauty and harmony,” the photographer Daria Kosinova tells me. “I like that mixture of elegance and audacity.” As part of a recent shoot, she brought back a classic tool long associated with trendsetters and risk-takers: the fisheye lens. Want to get your work featured? Here’s how to do it!Created in collaboration with Victor Bonchinche (aka Repetsky), a dancer from the Vogue House of BONCHINCHE, the series was inspired by the 1990s-2000s. From Clueless-style plaid skirts to tattoo chokers and rhinestone bedazzling, the project reimagines some of the decade’s most recognizable trends for the modern age. Dancers serve as Kosinova’s models, imbuing the images with a playful sense of rhythm and motion.
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David Ellis Shoots in a Completely Unique Way with Lobospheres
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My name is David Ellis. I am a writer, strategist, gadfly and documentary/fine arts photographer based in California and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. I started in photojournalism, where I learned the power of visual storytelling and of the immediacy of the photographic moment. It was a bit of a fluke. I took a job as a junior writer at an automotive magazine, and as I was headed out the door to cover my first story, the editor handed me a brick of Tri-X and said, “Bring back five usable black and whites.” I had a Pentax K1000 and a 50mm lens that I used about three times before that moment. Terrified, I fumbled my way through most of the 20 rolls and got the five shots. But I loved the process of seeing and creating images so much, I was hooked for life. My mantra, “See it, shoot it,” has been the driving force of my work for decades.
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Why I Never Recommend Entry-Level Canon DSLRs to New Portrait Shooters
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As a fashion photographer with a degree of online presence, it is only natural to get questions about gear every now and then in Instagram DMs and email. There is a universe of gear to choose from across many different brands. As a Canon shooter, you might think that I would recommend their entry-level cameras to beginners. However, I think the opposite. Whatever you do, don’t get a Canon entry-level camera if you want to do fashion or portrait photography. Here’s why.Let’s take a step back. I started off with Canon and still shoot with their cameras now. Canon gear has made 95% of my income (5% left for the occasional Phase One). I love my Canon cameras. So far, I believe Canon gear is the best for fashion photography. However, the same can’t be said for their entry-level DSLRs.
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How to Turn a Game Boy Camera Into a Webcam for 8-bit Video Calls
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Retro Game Couch made this 3-minute video showing how you can convert an old Game Boy Camera into a “modern” webcam. It may not have the best resolution — it’s 8-bit, after all — but it will certainly guarantee you a lot of attention in your next Zoom meeting. Why would you want to do this? Well, after more than a year of most of working from home, I’d ask you “why not?” Obviously, this would be a pretty fun thing to try for kicks, but the guide is presented in more of a “what happens if you do not have a webcam and need to hop in a meeting?” scenario. To do this, you’ll need the Game Boy Camera, a Super Game Boy (a device released in June of 1994 that allows Game Boy cartridges to be played on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System), of course a Super Nintendo (or a modded system that outputs HDMI), an up-scaler, and an HDMI Capture device for your computer.
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Angry Daughter Calls Out Getty for Selling Photo of Mother Mourning at Indigenous Gravesites in Canada
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A photographer’s picture of a woman mourning at an indigenous gravesite in Canada is up for license on Getty images, angering the subject’s daughter and sparking a bit of a heated debate in our community in the process. Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels. The unfolding tragedy of residential schools in Canada amounts to nothing less than the genocide of the native peoples of the country. Often forcibly removed from the parents’ custody, children were relocated to so-called residential schools where many of them died and were subsequently buried in mass graves. The subject of the photograph, Loretta John, isA photographer’s picture of a woman mourning at an indigenous gravesite in Canada is up for license on Getty images, angering the subject’s daughter and
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Sony ZV-E10 Review: Small, Simple, and Suffering Because of It
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Just as the Sony ZV-1 modified the RX100 compact cameras to put vloggers first, the new ZV-E10 is streamlining the Alpha 6100 to focus on creatives primarily dabbling in self-filmed video. A 2019 survey showed that 29% of children aged 8 to 12 years old aspire to become a YouTuber. This was three times the number of those that wanted to be an astronaut. Regardless of anyone’s personal stance on vloggers, it’s undeniable that as a company expected to make a profit, catering to these creators is important. With that in mind, Sony is continuing to refine its product line with ZV cameras.If you were tasked to design the smallest possible camera that featured an APS-C sensor, an E-mount, and an adequate grip, the ZV-E10 would be that camera. There is nothing in the form factor that is extra. It’s quite thin, barely housing a good-sized sensor before falling out the other side. The height could not possibly be made any shorter as the lens mount butts up against the top and bottom edges. While the grip is minimal, it does enough to improve handling and makes room for the shutter button and zoom control, not to mention the battery housed within. It’s immediately clear that having a compact size was one of the primary goals with this product and has an effect on everything else to fall in line.
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This is Nikon’s Massive Camera Arsenal at the Tokyo Olympics
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The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo may be devoid of fans this year, but photographers are still in attendance and companies like Canon and Nikon still have rooms filled with camera gear from floor to ceiling to support them. Belgian sports photographer Vincent Kalut of Photo News shot and shared some photos of the Nikon Professional Services (NPS) gear room at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. The photos show dozens of $6,500 Nikon D6 DSLR cameras as well as a sea of lenses ranging from 800mm super telephoto lenses to 14mm wide angle ones.NPS “operates cameras and lens depot for accredited photographers in the Main Press Centre located at the West Halls of the Tokyo Big Sight complex during all the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games,” Kalut says.
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Sony Unveils the ZV-E10: A 4K Camera for Self-Filming Vloggers
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Sony has announced the ZV-E10, an interchangeable lens APS-C camera that targets vloggers. With a larger sensor and the ability to swap lenses, Sony believes this camera steps up what the ZV-1 started.While the ZV-1 was largely based on the RX100 pocket cameras, this new ZV-E10 takes many aspects of the Alpha 6100 and reconfigures them to primarily support video creation. Among the modifications are a swing-out screen to self-monitor from in front of the lens, the removal of the electronic viewfinder to make the camera even more lightweight and compact, a directional three-capsule microphone for good audio pickup without adding an external microphone, and a one-touch mode button that replaces the dial to switch from stills for video.
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At Home On The Range
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The sliding glass door in my parents’ room began to rattle, bowing and flexing inward toward their bed. Champ, their elderly Australian Shepard and lover of all animals, let out an uncharacteristic growl that turned into a whimper as the window above her continued to bend and shake. My dad awoke and sleepily clicked on the porch light, which exposed the silhouette of an enormous standing bear, his face and paws pressed up against the window, which was putting forth a valiant effort of defending the house from outside invaders.Windows and doors, however, only succeed when they are closed, and it was at that moment that my parents looked at each other, wide-eyed, remembering they had left every window in the living room open to help cool down the house on this warm summer evening. Racing into the hallway and past my bedroom, where I slept peacefully and oblivious to the drama, they began hurriedly shutting the windows before the furry prowler realized what opportunities awaited him on the other side of the house. On the last window, the crank handle snapped off entirely, sending my dad on a frantic hunt for a screwdriver. Finally, just as he successfully forced the window shut, my mom tapped on his shoulder and whispered for him to look up. Out of the darkness, two beady eyes materialized as the great bear stood up and pressed his nose up against the glass.
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LuminarAI’s Latest Update Adds AI-Powered ‘Portrait Bokeh’ Tool
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Today, Skylum has released the fourth free update to the LuminarAI photo editing software since its initial launch in late 2020. This new update adds a new Portrait BokehAI tool along with several other features.The biggest feature to be added in this update is the new Portrait BokehAI tool, which effectively lets photograpehrs manipulate the bokeh in a photo after the fact. Letting shooters simulate a fast lens scenario should they not have one at the time, much like the “portrait mode” setting available in most new smartphones. The tool leverages LuminarAI’s depth mapping tools and isolates the subject of the photograph from its background, allowing the editor to take full control of the bokeh levels. The tool recognizes people even in groups or placed in unusual positions/poses.
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Mt. Fuji’s 5 Best Landscape Photography Locations
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I have been visiting the surrounding areas of Mt. Fuji for the last ten years and would have to say the easiest way to get around quickly is in a hire car. Most of the best viewing points are from the lakes and hilltops. The distances to each lake with public transport are far and not frequently available. Most tourists take a day trip from Tokyo, but I would suggest an overnight stay. This will give you a chance to catch a sunset and sunrise. Mountain weather can be very unpredictable so be prepared to have heavy cloud cover on Mt. Fuji. Here is a link to check live webcams in many key locations. I usually go in Autumn or Spring to capture the beautiful autumn leaves and cherry blossoms. There are many other points of interest to shoot so here are some suggestions worth exploring.
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These Photo Represent the Seven Base Quantities of Physics
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The International System of Quantities defines seven base quantities in physics: length, mass, time, electric current, thermodynamic temperature, amount of substance, and luminous intensity. For his project Base Quantities, photographer Greg White set out to shoot 7 photos representing these 7 fundamental quantities. White, based in London, came up with beautiful minimalist ways to convey each of the quantities.“Captured entirely in camera, this project playfully visualizes using creative photographic techniques the seven base quantities,” White writes.White says he was inspired by the work of the late American photographer Berenice Abbott, who’s known for shooting photos depicting scientific concepts in the 1940s to 1960s.
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