February 16, 2019

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Debunking the Myths of Robert Capa on D-Day

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I want to give you a brief overview of an investigation that began almost five years ago, led by me but involving the efforts of photojournalist J. Ross Baughman, photo historian Rob McElroy, and ex-infantryman and amateur military historian Charles Herrick. Our project, in a nutshell, dismantles the 74-year-old myth of Robert Capa’s actions on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the subsequent fate of his negatives. If you have even a passing familiarity with the history of photojournalism, or simply an awareness of twentieth-century cultural history on both sides of the Atlantic, you’ve surely heard the story; it’s been repeated hundreds, possibly thousands of times:Robert Capa landed on Omaha Beach with the first wave of assault troops at 0630 on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day), on freelance assignment from LIFE magazine....
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Why You’ll Be A Better Photographer If You Learn To Wait

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We live at a time that seems to pivot around instant gratification. People want everything now. Right now. Instantly. On demand.It’s all quite convenient but not everything in life is served up on a platter at our behest. Sometimes we have to wait for things. And we often discover that when the waiting is over we value the outcome much more than we would have without it.Yes, this concept applies to photography. Below I will explain how learning to wait will make you a better photographer.Wait For A Scene To UnfoldThere is a perception among some that street photography is entirely about speed and spontaneity. While those two factors do play important roles, street photography is a more measured craft than some people realize....
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Photo Of The Day By Susan Taylor

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Storm Clearing Over the Superstition Mountains” by Susan Taylor. Location: Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona.“During my search for warmer winter weather, I came across the mysterious Superstition Mountains,” says Taylor. “This ethereal view revealed the mountains’ jagged peaks reaching into the sky through the clearing rain clouds.Canon 5DS R, Canon f2.8 24-70mm lens, Really Right Stuff Tripod and Ballhead.See more of Susan Taylor’s photography at www.susantaylorphoto.com.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP 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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Should You Saturate Your Images More?

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There is probably one thing more than any other that newcomers to photography do wrong in their editing. They oversaturate their images. But how much saturation is too much? Should you saturate at all? There is no simple answer to the question “should I saturate my images more?” simply because there are too many variables and of course the whole question is subjective.Today we are going to try and shed some light on that question and give you some guidance on adding saturation to your images.RAW or JPEG.The first thing to take into consideration is the image file type. JPEG files have saturation added to them by default. Depending on which scene mode or JPEG settings, that saturation might be quite strong. The JPEG files from most consumer level cameras have their saturation set pretty high. This, to be honest, is simply to flatter the photographer. If you are relatively new to photography you are going to be wowed by the pictures your camera can take. ...
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Synology Announces a New Network Storage DiskStation, The DS1019+

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Being able to store and backup all of your RAW and processed image files is incredibly important. We all know that if anything happens to those precious files we would be totally lost. Being able to access those files from anywhere on any device is also important; it means we can work on the road without having to carry external hard drives, and we can share images with clients with ease. Synology have been making network storage solutions for a long time now, and they have just announced a new member of their family, the DiskStation DS1019+. The DiskStation 1019+ is a 5 bay desktop NAS (Network Attached Storage) that features an Intel Celeron Quad-Core processor, 8GB of RAM, AES-NI encryption so all of your files are kept safe and secure, the ability to stream 4K videos flawlessly which makes it a great media hub too....
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New Updates Come to the Thrifty Phottix Raja Softbox Lineup

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Still looking for the right softbox for your studio needs? Phottix has a couple of new offerings under its Raja softbox series that could just be what you’re looking for.Whether you’re just getting into shooting portraits in the studio or already a seasoned portrait master, light modifiers like the softbox remains crucial tool for your work. It can be challenging to choose from all the available options out there. Fortunately, Phottix has recently announced a couple of new additions to its popular Raja line of softboxes. You might want to check them out if you’re still looking for the right softbox for your studio.The latest to join the Raja series is the Phottix Raja Quick-Folding Softbox 150cm (59″). This huge softbox is ideal for producing indirect lighting for portraiture or any project that calls for super-soft wrap-around light....
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Build Custom, Insanely Cool Stock Photos with This App

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Stock photography doesn't often get enough love in the photography press. Completely necessary for marketing products, among other things, stock photography is rarely, if ever, on the forefront of some kind of innovation. That's because marketing agencies like sterile, bland photos that often feature outlandish expressions, muted colors, and tons of light. But what if you could do something a little different with your stock photos? Now you can make your own crazy stock photos using a website dedicated to doing just that. Photo Creator by Icons8 is a web app that PetaPixel says will let you make your ownTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsStock photography doesn't often get enough love in the photography press. Completely necessary for marketing products, among other things, stock photography is rarely, if ever, on the forefront of some kind of innovation. That's because marketing agencies like sterile, bland photos that often feature outlandish expressions, muted colors, and tons of …
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15 Million Accounts Impacted: 500px Victim of Massive Data Breach

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One of the biggest risks of any enterprise that collects information in the digital age is that that data could be hacked. Photography website 500px seems to be the latest to fall victim to a hacked database - and it’s no small thing. Affecting some 15 million accounts, the website detailed an attack that was sophisticated, extensive, and, so far, limited in the damage it has caused. A report by DPReview says that the event occured back in July 2018 and involved exposing user profile information, among other things. In a statement posted to the support website, 500px, the siteTotal: 0 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsOne of the biggest risks of any enterprise that collects information in the digital age is that that data could be hacked. Photography website 500px seems to be the latest to fall victim to a hacked database – and it’s no small thing. Affecting some 15 million accounts, the website detailed …
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This Website Creates Fake People

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Artificial intelligence is taking over the world. And the promises are pretty infinite. From automating production of industrial and consumer goods to its vast impacts on photo and video editing, AI won’t leave any area of technology untouched. But one job people may not have ever imagined that AI would take over could be staring us in the face right this very moment. That’s because the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com is able to generate a new person’s face with every refresh. Stock photography models could find themselves out of a job quite soon if this tech scales and becomes more commonplace. NotTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsArtificial intelligence is taking over the world. And the promises are pretty infinite. From automating production of industrial and consumer goods to its vast impacts on photo and video editing, AI won’t leave any area of technology untouched. But one job people may not have ever imagined that AI would take …
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Motion Picture Academy Brings Cinematography, Other Categories, Back to Prime Time Show

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The upcoming Oscars broadcast is probably one of the more controversial in the awards show’s long history, and it hasn’t even aired yet. Beset by the Kevin Hart hosting issue earlier this year, the Motion Picture Academy didn’t make life any easier for itself when it announced that the awards for Cinematography, Editing, Make-up, Hairstyling, and Live-Action Short would not be shown. Of course, this gave rise to a new incident for the Oscars because many people saw this as a slap in the face to the people and teams nominated in those categories. Cinematography, in particular, drew rounds ofTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsThe upcoming Oscars broadcast is probably one of the more controversial in the awards show’s long history, and it hasn’t even aired yet. Beset by the Kevin Hart hosting issue earlier this year, the Motion Picture Academy didn’t make life any easier for itself when it announced that the awards for …
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You’re Saying the Word Bokeh Wrong, Same with ISO!

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Have you ever been in a conversation with another photographer and you both end up trying to correct each other over the correct pronunciation of certain photography words and names? I know I have, and i’m sure that i’m not the only one. Fortunately a new video from Gerald Undone goes over a few common photography words such as ISO, EOS, and Bokeh and tries to set the record straight once and for all. Join us after the jump for the video.The video which was recently posted over on ISO 1200 is just a whisker over 5 minutes long, but in the short amount of time the video runs, Gerald does a great job explaining the words, where they come from, what they mean, and the differences between initialisms, and abbreviations....
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How to Make Money Drawing For Fun

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What are you doing right now (besides reading this article, obviously)? Take a look around your desk. Do you have scraps of paper — a notebook, maybe — with little drawings floating around the page? What if I told you that you could make money by drawing a little bit every day? Well it’s true, you can make money by doodling everyday objects – you just have to go the extra mile to reach potential customers. Once you’ve fine-tuned your unique doodle style you can make some extra cash by selling on Creative Market, Etsy, or by building an online brand via Instagram. Let’s break down the process to getting started.Make Money Drawing for People Who Don’t DrawThe gist of this whole thing goes like this: UX designers, web designers, app developers and more are always looking for little icons to use in their work. Pull out your smartphone real quick and open up pretty much anything. If there’s an icon in the app that’s used to indicate a menu, option, button, or whatever, then somebody needed to design that icon. And sure, you can find icons all over the place to use, but since other designers are already using them, it gets pretty boring.Nobody wants to use the same thing as everybody else, so they look for alternatives — you know, like hand drawn icons. Plus, other drawings and illustrations can be turned into website assets, and even your handwriting can become a font. That means pretty much everything that you’re sketching onto that scrap piece of paper can be turned into something that can make you some extra money. And who doesn’t like making money for doing something they love?...
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How to Save 100,000 Cameras: A Look Inside Camera Rescue

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Camera Rescue is a project based in Finland that’s working to rescue 100,000 analog cameras by 2020 in order to preserve them for future generations. Photographer Jordan Lockhart of Cameraville recently traveled to Tampere, Finland, and made this 10.5-minute behind-the-scenes video at the organization’s ambitious endeavor. Lockhart sat down with Camera Rescue core team member Juho Leppänen to talk about what his organization is doing.In “rescuing” a camera, Camera Rescue finds film cameras that are broken or out of use, repairs them, and returns them to the market for a second chance at life. At the time of this writing, a counter on the project’s homepage shows that it has rescued 46,641 cameras in this way thus far....
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If Iconic Space Photos Had Been Shot with a Smartphone Camera…

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What would iconic space probe photos of celestial bodies in our solar system look like if they had been shot with an ordinary smartphone camera? Astronomer Scott Manley made this 12.5-minute video that explains the answer, which is: “not much.” The beautiful photos of planets and moons that you’ve seen were captured with specialized cameras on spacecraft that are much more like telescopes than like iPhone cameras. For example, in August 2015, NASA shared a beautiful photo of the Moon passing in front of Earth that was captured by the camera on its DSCOVR Earth observation satellite.But this photo was captured from a mind-boggling distance of nearly a million miles from Earth. “The field of view of your typical everyday camera that you would find in a smartphone is about 60 degrees,” Manley says. “The camera onboard the DSCOVR spacecraft is called EPIC and it has a field of view of less than one degree. And of course that field of view is optimized because it’s designed to look at the Earth and little else.”...
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12 Things I Learned While Teaching Street Photography

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For a while now I have been working on establishing myself as a street photography educator by leading lessons and workshops throughout London, focusing on documenting human behavior and emotion rather than more new-wave techniques involving light-architecture and intricate technical compositions. My most recent workshop, held over the second weekend of February involved a very diverse group of students, which posed some of the most interesting challenges I’ve faced so far. I thought it would be useful to share some of the things I was dealing with while teaching in order to offer some insight into street photography as an educational vocation as well as an artistic and sociological pursuit....
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AP Sets Up GoFundMe for Family of Photojournalist Desmond Boylan

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Photojournalist Desmond Boylan was on assignment in Havana on December 29  for The Associated Press when he felt unwell and soon died of a heart attack. With his passing, his family also lost his only source of income. This is why AP took to crowdfunding to help raise additional funds for his family at this difficult time.“Our friend and colleague Desmond Boylan died late last year while doing what he loved — taking pictures,” The Associated Press wrote on the GoFundMe page they created on February 8. The campaign has been trending and already raised $22,790 as of writing.Formerly a photographer for Reuters, Boylan left a legacy of outstanding photojournalism, as told to us by Santiago Lyon in his heartfelt piece on the Lens section of The New York Times. There, he reflects on his enduring personal and professional friendship with Boylan....
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A Gorgeous Tour of the Earth, As Seen from the ISS

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Philadelphia-based photographer Bruce W. Berry Jr. took recent photos and videos captured from the International Space Station (ISS) and edited them into this gorgeous 6-minute short film that takes viewers on a journey around the world. Berry gathered time-lapse sequences and 4K footage captured by NASA and ESA astronauts on the ISS and then edited, color graded, denoised, deflickered, and stabilized it to create what you see above.(via Bruce W. Berry Jr. via Colossal)...
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A History of the Yosemite Firefall and Tips for Photographing It

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Each year from summer of 1872, the owners of Glacier Point hotel started the event of Yosemite Firefall. For seven nights a week, they would spill hot embers from Glacier Point down to the valley 3000 feet below. The event ended in 1968 when the National Park Service ordered it to stop because the overwhelming number of visitors that it attracted overwhelmed the meadows, and because it was not a natural event. NPS wanted to preserve the Valley, returning it to its natural state. In a February 1973 evening, photographer Galen Rowell saw the setting sun lights Horsetail Fall against the dark shadowy East Buttress of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This reminded him of the old Yosemite Firefall from Glacier Point. The next day he was riding around the valley with a park ranger who had never seen this amazing display before....
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5 Image Editing Apps That Every Mobile Photographer Will Love

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Most people use their phone to take fun, informal snaps. Others use it to do serious work. And then there are all the people who fall in the middle. In any case, it all adds up to a whole lot of people who use a smartphone to take photos.In fact, well over a trillion camera phone photos will be taken by year’s end.If you’re thinking there’s got to be something other than the camera alone that compels people to keep using their mobile device to capture photos, you would be correct.Of course, we can’t disregard the quality of the cameras themselves — they’re generally quite good and they improve with every generation. But it’s the apps that really seal the deal. With the right app or two you have a pretty powerful workstation that goes everywhere you go....
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How to Make a DIY Trekpak For Under $20

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The Trekpak Case Divider System is a beautiful piece of design. It’s simple, it’s clean, and most importantly, you can change your configuration as you needs. It’s meant to replace the current pick-n-pluck foam system that Pelican and other hard shell manufactures use. The problem with the pick-n-pluck is once you pull out the foam, you’re stuck with that set-up. If you decide to change this, your only option is to replace it with a new foam insert. And this gets expensive, not to mention inconvenient. Trekpak systemMy sole complaint with the Trekpak system is its cost. If you look closely at the materials they’ve used, there’s nothing you can’t pick up at your local art store. Essentially it’s 2 layers of EVA foam glued to a corrugated plastic board....
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40 Photographs of Pianos That Really Tell A Story

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For your delight, today we have some stunning images of pianos that embrace musicality and really successfully tell a story - be it the engineering feat of these complex instruments, or the joy experienced by those who play and listen. Telling a story is a fundamental part of photography. Strong images can captivate our attention and can truly convey a message. We've had pianos since the eighteenth century, and they have brought us aesthetic experiences visually and, of course, musically. They are complex machines that sound like nothing else on the planet when played by the proper hands. Like music, successfulTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsFor your delight, today we have some stunning images of pianos that embrace musicality and really successfully tell a story – be it the engineering feat of these complex instruments, or the joy experienced by those who play and listen. Telling a story is a fundamental part of photography. Strong images can …
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Here’s How a “Digital Collodion” Compares to a Real Wet Plate Photo

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Can you achieve the unique look of wet plate photography in a digital photo? The short answer, of course, is yes. But the real question should probably be, how close does it look to the real thing? We find out in this interesting quick comparison video.Last year, Paris-based Mathieu Stern did a collaboration with Austrian photographer Markus Hofstaetter, who some of you may already be familiar with for his crazy awesome wet plate photography projects. The two decided to take on an experiment to compare the results of a “digital collodion” with the real thing. They share with us their findings in the quick video below:To make sure that they can compare their results in the best way possible, Hofstaetter shot the same model in both digital and wet plate at almost the same pose. The digital version went to Stern for post-processing. While we don’t get to see how the “digital collodion” was edited, the point of the video was get Hofstaetter’s comments on how it compares to the wet plate shot....
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Henri Prestes Takes Us Along Moody Cinematic Night Drives

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Is the dreamy look of foggy nights and misty landscapes your frequent photography inspiration? We can’t blame you, as we’ve also found it to be a highly effective look for crafting emotive imagery, regardless of the genre or subject matter. Case in point is a gorgeous series by London-based photographer and cinematographer Henri Prestes, which takes us along a moody ride across various foggy locations.It’s easy to see why They Drive by Night can easily make it to many photographers’ night photography aesthetic. As Henri himself describes this new set, it’s a “cinematic series about lone cars traveling at night on desolated landscapes, secluded forests and isolated villages during harsh weather conditions such as dense fog and heavy snowfall.”...
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So-Called Meme Ban Laws Nearing Final Stages in the EU

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The EU’s new copyright laws are entering the final phases before being approved by the EU Parliament. Updating laws that have stood on the books since 2001, these new directives have drawn a lot of criticism from Internet users - and even some massive corporations - but also has garnered praise from copyright holders and creatives. The most controversial aspect of the new law, Article 13, would require a lot of web services to start monitoring what people upload to their platforms. Basically, it’s going to involve filters and, in some cases, human monitoring as well. Huge companies like FacebookTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsThe EU’s new copyright laws are entering the final phases before being approved by the EU Parliament. Updating laws that have stood on the books since 2001, these new directives have drawn a lot of criticism from Internet users – and even some massive corporations – but also has garnered praise …
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The Big Lie About Lifestyle Photography

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I wanted to share with you a common “lie” I hear about lifestyle photography. Hang with me?One thing I see all the time on social media, and from well known or talented Lifestyle Photographers at that, is they say things like “I just adore in between moments.” Or, “I am obsessed with capturing candid shots.” Or, “I hate posed photos.”And this always makes me do a silent eye roll. Why? Because it is probably not true and I think it confuses new photographers or even potential clients. Because the truth of the matter is that most “in-between” moments or “candid” moments were orchestrated. They were posed and directed.Now if you have seen my work you know that my families don’t look posed or stiff in the least. But I am here to tell you that I pose and direct my clients 100%....
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Kosmo Foto Launches Popular Kosmo Foto Mono in the Flavor of 120 Film

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Following the successful launch of Kosmo Foto Mono 35mm film back in 2017, Medium Format users have been hoping that the emulsion would one day make its way to their platform. If you’re one of those people who have been wishing for it, you’ll be pleased to hear that Kosmo Foto have just announced that the Kosmo Foto Mono 120 version of this popular film will indeed to making its way to the world of Medium Format cameras. For more details join us after the break.Editor’s Kosmo Foto Mono was hit or miss for us, see our review.Since launching in 2017 over 15,000 rolls of the Kosmo Foto Mono 35mm film have been sold. The success of this product spurred Kosmo Foto’s owner, Stephen Dowling to bring the emulsion to the 120 marketplace. Stephen Dowling said:...
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Ep. 312: New Bodies, New Lenses and Old Kodak – and more

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Episode 312 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!Featured: Nikon Ambassador, Charmi PeñaIn This EpisodeIf you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us.Show Opener: Nikon Ambassador, Charmi Peña, opens the show.  Thanks Charmi!Sponsors: – Get 20% off at BenroUSA.com with code PetaPixel20 – Get 20% off at ShimodaDesigns.com with offer code PetaPixel20 – Get FreshBooks cloud accounting FREE for 30 DAYS by entering PetaPixel in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section at FreshBooks.com/PetaPixel – More at LensShark.com/deals....
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Cheap Photo: 1850 PS Actions $29, X-T20 Kit $799, + Big Sales on Glass

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If you’re looking to upgrade, or want to add new gear to your existing collection you’re in the right place. We have found all of the hottest photography deals and have put them in one place just for you. The Fuji X-T20 with a 16-50mm lens is down to just $799! The Canon G7 X MK II has a discount of $171 making it $528! If Nikon is more your thing you’ll be pleased to know that you can pick up the D7200 with two lenses for just $896.95. There are stunning Fujifilm lens bundles available, and there’s a large selection of Nikon glass that’s on sale too. Don’t forget to check out the photography deals like the 1850 Photoshop Actions bundle which is a steal at $29! That deal will save you $471! Check out all of the hot photography deals after the break. ...
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The Only Rule in Street Photography

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I see a lot of articles across the Internet claiming to know the “rules to follow” or the “things to avoid” in street photography, easily one of the most hotly debated genres. What they tend to misunderstand is just how little the genre cares for photographic rules, and what the defining elements of street photography really are that go beyond any of the purely photographic elements. If you study the history of the genre and the work of those that came before us, you’ll start to understand that the rules of photography, while important, are generally irrelevant to the real strength behind the most intriguing street photographs. Composition, framing, and light are always important in each genre, but in street photography they don’t take center stage like they might in landscape photography....
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reCOMPOSE Podcast 048: Cold Weather Photography

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On this episode of the reCOMPOSE podcast Juan and Andy discuss cold weather photography. For many of us winter tends to be a very busy time photographically speaking, but cold weather can present us with some challenges. However, if you are prepared with the right gear and the right techniques cold weather photography can be lots of fun. In this episode of the podcast Juan and Andy share with you some of their favorite pieces of gear and techniques to make the best of cold weather photography....
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How to Clean Your Mirrorless Camera Sensor: Tools, Tactics, Tips, and Tricks

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Seeing spots in your photos? Your camera’s sensor might need a cleaning. If you’d like to go a do-it-yourself route and beyond a simple bulb blower, Michael The Maven made this 13-minute video walkthrough on how you can go about cleaning a mirrorless camera sensor. Michael’s strategy is probably more involved than what most photographers do — he uses a special $18 loupe to see sensor dust more clearly, for example — but his tips and recommended tools may come in handy for some photographers who struggle with dust specks.To use the sensor loupe, which was designed for DSLRs, on his mirrorless Nikon Z6, Michael created a 3D printed loupe extender that he also sells for $15 on his website....
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Are Wedding Photography Competitions Fixed?

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In recent years I’ve been privileged to be on the jury for a whole range of photography competitions. These include single image competitions such as WPS International Excellence Awards, Masters of Wedding Photography, and the Irish wedding photography awards (In association with Learning to Fly). And with a different focus, I’ve judged a couple of competitions which require a series of images to be submitted forming a documentary narrative. These were MyWed Nikon Wedding Photographer of the Year and This is Reportage Awards. In this article, I’ll discuss competitions in general and why photographers should be entering them. And no, they aren’t fixed. They are just subjective (IMHO, please don’t shoot me!)....
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5 Simple Apps for Landscape Photography

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Am I the only one that finds some of the most popular apps used for landscape photography a bit overwhelming? Don’t get me wrong: these apps are tremendously powerful tools and I own many of them, but I find that I rarely use them anymore. I prefer apps that have a simple user interface that enables me to obtain the details I’m looking for quickly and without having to dig through mountains of other information. In this 15 minute video, I discuss my 5 favorite apps and how I use them to access information quickly for my landscape photography. Hopefully you’re not familiar with all of them and you’re able to pick up at least one new suggestion.1. Clear OutsideBesides the location itself, weather, specifically cloud cover is the most important element for me. Being able to accurately predict fog and mist or high clouds versus low clouds is wildly beneficial and Clear Outside is a great app to help you do just that. Having the ability to identify when high clouds are forecasted is a huge help in determining the likelihood of a long burning and colorful sunrise or sunset. ...
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Paintings from the Sky: Aerial Photos of Iceland

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Everyone knows that Iceland has amazing landscapes throughout the whole country. But Iceland doesn’t only look beautiful from the ground — it also looks incredible from the sky. On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to expand my aerial portfolio and focused on mostly top-down images. Photographing top down is not easy. The landscapes look completely different than you’re used to. It’s like seeing a whole new world. New views go by every second and you have to be quick to capture them properly. All these top-down views really look like paintings, hence the name of this series: “Icelandic Paintings from the Sky.” Rivers, ground textures, valleys — they all look very different from a top-down perspective. The advantage of using a plane is that you can quickly fly everywhere and your perspective is much higher as opposed to using a drone. Special thanks to Haraldur (aka Volcanopilot) for being a great pilot!...
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Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Watermarking Your Images

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It’s impossible to understate the importance of protecting your work, especially when sharing that work online. You know, the Internet…where a few too many people are happy to take whatever they want and reuse it for their own benefit.Anytime you read a horror story about a photographer having an image stolen, it’s almost a given that a discussion (argument) about watermarking is going to permeate the comments section.It’s the Internet, remember?But the topic of watermarking is one of legitimate consequence, regardless of where any individual might stand on the issue.I’m not going to advocate for or against watermarking, but for those who are wondering whether they should watermark their photos I will present some pros and cons aimed at helping you make an informed decision....
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Photo Of The Day By Sebastiano Massimino

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Costa Colore” by Sebastiano Massimino. Location: Dominican Republic.See more of Sebastiano Massimino’s photography at www.chameleoncreativearts.com.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP 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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6 Ways You Can Become A More Curious Photographer

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In a recent post, I listed curiosity as one of three characteristics that all good photographers possess. Among those characteristics — with courage and commitment rounding out the list — I wouldn’t say that any one characteristic is more important or valuable than the others. But curiosity certainly is the most…curious.I think the most pertinent question one might ask in relation to this particular characteristic is: “How can I become a more curious photographer?”Well, I have a few ideas about that. Here are 6 ways to be a more curious photographer.1. Ask A Lot Of QuestionsIt makes sense to start with the obvious. If you’re curious about something or someone, all you’ve got to do is ask questions....
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These Two Pro Photographers Share Their Tips on Posing Couples

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One of the common challenges that many portrait photographers will face at one point or another during their careers is how to best pose their subjects to showcase their best light during a photoshoot. When photographing couples, things get even more difficulty because now you’ve got to worry about not one, but two subjects. We recently had the opportunity to speak with New Jersey-based wedding photographer Vanessa Joy as well as Cincinnati-based wedding and portrait photographer Tracie Maglosky and the seasoned veterans generously shared some valuable insight into photographing and posing couples with us. Vanessa is perhaps best known for her wedding photography education work on top of being one of Profoto’s Legend of Light, and Tracie is one of Olympus’s Visionaries and a Profoto Legend of Light as well....
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Fujifilm Unveils the XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR Lens

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Fujifilm has announced the new XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR, a wide-angle prime lens for APS-C sensors that’s the equivalent to a 24mm lens in 35mm terms. The weather-and-dust-resistant lens features an internal focusing system and a stepping motor that provide fast and quiet autofocusing. Features of the lens include edge-to-edge sharpness, a minimum focusing distance of 6.9in (17cm), a 9-bladed rounded aperture, a maximum magnification of 0.13x, 10 elements in 8 groups (including 2 aspherical), a weight of 5.47oz (155g), a length of just 1.79in (45.4mm), a filter size of 49mm, precise click stops, smooth dampening, metal exterior parts, an operating temperature as low as 14°F, and 9 sealed points around the barrel....
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Fujifilm Unveils the X-T30: A Light 4K Camera for $899

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Fujifilm has announced the new X-T30, the successor to the X-T20 mirrorless camera and the “little sibling” to the X-T3 (with which it shares many common features and specs). Inside the X-T30 is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, up from 24.3MP in the X-T20, with an ISO range of 160-12800 (expandable to 80-51200). Backed by an X-Processor 4 Quad-Core CPU, the camera can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop with electronic shutter, or 8fps with the mechanical shutter.The hybrid AF system features a 100% phase-detect AF that span the entire frame, face-detection (with a new Face Selection option), and eye-detection (even in AF-C mode). Fuji has expanded the low-light limit for phase-detection AF from +0.5EV to -3EV to improve autofocusing in a wider range of lighting conditions. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or the Focus Lever....
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The Fujifilm XP140 Can Go as Deep as 82 Feet Under the Sea

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I’d be telling you a complete lie if I said I wasn’t at all hoping for an X Trans APS-C sensor at the heart of the Fujifilm XP140, but when I saw the rest of the specs I was pleasantly surprised. The camera is rated to be able to shoot in 82 feet of water. Practically speaking, you still have the tiny sensor and you need to consider just how little light there is in the deep, but that tells us exactly how functional it is. What that also means is that it could be a fun camera for street photography in the rain–you know, because we still don’t have that weather sealed X100 camera yet…The Fujifilm XP140 can also be dropped from 5.9 feet, can survive 14°F temperatures and adds in dustproofing. That’s far more sealed than most other cameras out there. Plus there is a 16.4MP sensor at the heart–which works for the beach....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T30 (Look What They Did to the JoyStick)

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While most of the digital imaging industry has been focusing heavily on full frame mirrorless cameras as of late, Fujifilm has remained firmly committed to their crop sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras–and that’s evident with the Fujifilm X-T30. The company has built up a very loyal following thanks in large part to the excellent build quality, well thought out ergonomics, and overall refined user experience that is core to every Fujifilm camera’s DNA. The fact that Fujifilm has managed to incorporate some of the latest digital imaging innovations into their cameras while keeping them very competitively priced further sweetens the pot. With the newly announced Fujifilm X-T30, Fujifilm incorporated a lot of the advancements found within the much-loved X-T3 that was released last year and crammed them into an even more compact camera body. The XT-30 shares the same 26.1 MP 4th generation X-Trans APS-C CMOS 4 sensor as well as the 4th generation Quad-Core X-Processor 4 CPU as the top of the line X-T3....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR (A $399.95 Beast)

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In addition to introducing the brand new Fujifilm X-T30, Fujifilm also showcased the new Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR, a fast aperture ultrawide angle lens that is so compact and lightweight that you can fit it inside one of the pockets in your pants. With 10 lens elements arranged into 8 groups (2 of which are aspherical), the Fuji XF 16mm f2.8 is designed to take advantage of the increased resolving power of Fujifilm’s own 4th generation 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor and promises to produce images with edge-to-edge sharpness. We had the opportunity to personally fondle the lens, and here’s what we think so far.Tech specs for the Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR taken from the official Fujifilm press kit...
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Canon Announces the Development of 6 New RF Lenses

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Canon has announced the development of six upcoming RF mirrorless lenses: two 85mm lenses, a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS, a 15-35mm f/2.8L IS, a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, and a 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS. “All six RF lenses under development are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras,” Canon says. “In addition, the RF mount enhances communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, which has helped Canon to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full-frame mirrorless camera system.”Here’s a look at each of the six lenses and Canon’s descriptions of them:RF 85mm F1.2 L USM...
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Nikon Unveils the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

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Nikon has announced the new NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is the first to feature Nikon’s new ARNEO coating, which complements Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce flare and ghosting.“While Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare coming from backlight at diagonal angles, the ARNEO coat compensates for light entering the lens from vertical angles,” Nikon says. “This expanded field enables the lens to capture exceptional contrast and sharpness even when the light source is visible inside the frame.”The lens is also the first NIKKOR Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring (that’s present in addition to the customizable control ring), a Function (L-Fn) button, and an info display....
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The Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S Has a Little Info Panel on Top of It

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In what promises to be Nikon’s first really usable zoom lens in Z mount, the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is being billed as an option for the pro that wants to shoot weddings, landscapes, portraits, events, etc. We found its older f4 variant to be too soft for our liking, and the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S has something added to it that is quite interesting. It’s called an ARNEO coating. This coating is designed to cut down on ghosting and flare entering from vertical angles.Yes, that’s what the press release states:Now, I’m not too sure why Nikon really needed to make this coating. Flare is so rare these days and when it comes around it’s often gorgeous. Cutting down too much on it makes image quality way too sterile. But we’re going to have to see how this new coating performs in our review....
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Nikon Announces NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S For Mirrorless Z Series

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The fifth lens for Nikon’s Z Series mirrorless cameras is the NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S. A full stop faster than the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S—also for the Z Series—that was introduced last year, the new lens is targeted at professionals and enthusiasts who want the highest image quality and speed from this popular zoom range. Though heavier and larger than the ƒ/4 S line model, as you’d expect, Nikon notes that this lens is approximately 24.7 percent lighter and 18.4 percent shorter than the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens for DSLRs.It’s the first lens to feature a new ARNEO coating which is intended to significantly reduce flare and ghosting. It’s also the first lens to incorporate a dedicated manual focus ring in addition to the customizable control ring, for enhanced usability, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel that can display either the current aperture and focal length settings, or focus distance and depth of field....
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The Nikon z6 and Nikon z7 are Getting New Autofocus Updates, Eye Detection

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Coming in May 2019, a firmware update will be of great use to those who didn’t return their Nikon z6 or Nikon z7 cameras out of frustration. Nikon announced today that this new firmware update will address and fix the issues that photographers have been having with the system. The XQD-Card-using-but-otherwise-not-bad camera system has been under scrutiny of many bloggers, reviewers, vloggers, etc. With competition from Sony and others seem to have better autofocus, there have been promotions to get units moving as much as possible.Nikon has so far spoken about two firmware updates at least. The one coming in May will cover autofocus issues while two changes coming will be for RAW video support and for CFExpress memory cards in the XQD slot. Panasonic did something similar with the S1 and S1R cameras. The later releases are not clear as to whether or not they will be the same release or two separate ones–therefore making the Nikon Z6 and Z7 have up to potentially three firmware updates....
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The Canon EOS RP Is An Affordable, Entry-Level Full Frame Mirrorless Option

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Aimed at photographers looking for an affordable entry into full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS RP is the second full-frame mirrorless camera from Canon and aggressively priced at $1,299 for the body only. Like the EOS R introduced last fall, it’s compatible with the new RF lenses designed for the EOS R system, as well as Canon EF and EF-S lenses via optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters.The 26.2-megapixel camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus and eye detection AF which can identify faces and then focus on the subject’s eye. As an entry-level model, the EOS RP has modest continuous shooting speeds of 5 fps in single-shot AF, or 4 fps with continuous AF.When it becomes available in March, the Canon EOS RP will also be offered in a kit that includes the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2,399. For additional information, see the press release below....
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First Impressions: Canon EOS RP (A $1299 Full Frame Camera)

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Alas, we aren’t being treated to Canon’s high end EOS R camera, but with the Canon EOS RP we’re getting a pretty interesting candidate in the mix. The Canon EOS RP is being aggressively priced at $1,299 and has the same sensor at the heart of the Canon 6D Mk II. That wasn’t always my favorite sensor, but after Tony Northrup’s video on it a while back the internet swooned over it again. My issue is that in Lightroom, we found the highlight recovery to be awful but in Capture One it was quite good. Beyond this are some head scratching features in the Canon EOS RP, like silent shooting mode being a dedicated shooting mode with no manual controls in the same way that you get with the Canon EOS M50. This isn’t the case with the EOS R, which has an option for silent shutter photography. Maybe with the professional level camera, Canon will finally take this feature seriously–and during my time in New Orleans with the camera, I heard many other journalists agree....
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Canon Will Be Releasing 6 New Lenses for the EOS RF System This Year

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In what I personally find to be the more exciting of the two Canon announcements tonight, the company is announcing their latest lineup of lenses that will be coming on their roadmap for this year. While company already produced some stunners in the form of a 28-70mm f2 L USM, 50mm f1.2 L USM, and a 24-105mm f4 L IS USM, there’s more coming. In fact, some of these are pretty new innovations that haven’t been done by a manufacturer at all, let alone one in the mirrorless camera world.The six new RF lenses under development include:There are two different types of 85mm lens. Instead of one lens being an f1.2 and one version being an f1.4, Canon decided to go the route of what Fujifilm did with their 56mm f1.2 and create a lens with extra smoothing technology inside. What I wonder about though is how many stops of light might be cut out in the process. These light stops shouldn’t affect depth of field though, just light gathering abilities considering how lenses like this typically work....
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Canon Unveils the EOS RP, the Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame EOS

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Canon has just announced the new Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera. It’s the smallest and lightest full-frame EOS camera ever made. Compared to the EOS R, Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera announced in September 2018, the EOS RP is a lower-end camera that’s lighter on both your back and your wallet.Inside the EOS RP is a 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a small step down from the 30.3MP one found in the EOS R. Backed by the same DIGIC 8 image processor, the sensor features the same ISO range of 100-40000 (expandable to 50-102400). The continuous shooting speed is 5fps (down from 8fps in the EOS R).The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system features 4779 autofocus points (compared to 5655 in the EOS R). ...
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Take Pictures with Your Pokémon in the Real World

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When it hit app stores on iOS and Android back in July 2016, Pokémon GO was a sensation.It was also one of the first big augmented reality titles to achieve massive success.Though it has fallen off of its peak somewhat, the AR app is still one of the hottest (and most lucrative) games around.If you’ve never experienced AR before, it is like something between total virtual reality and reality itself. AR games put 3D characters into the real world and allows you to interact with them.The main thrust of Pokémon GO is exploring the world around you and capturing Pokémon you encounter. There are arenas, player versus player events, and even story-based segments.It basically has everything you’d want in a quick pick-up-and-play video game, but it lacks one massive feature for AR until now: A camera....
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Millions of Instagram Accounts Lost Followers Today

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A lot of Instagram users woke up to drastically reduced follower counts today. It seems like the great Instagram purge that the company long promised is finally upon us. Or is it? Not according to The Verge, which reports that Instagram is looking into the disappearing accounts phenomenon. That means this isn’t a planned event. The social media platform took to Twitter to comment on the issue, saying to its followers, “We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now...We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.” The issueTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsA lot of Instagram users woke up to drastically reduced follower counts today. It seems like the great Instagram purge that the company long promised is finally upon us. Or is it? Not according to The Verge, which reports that Instagram is looking into the disappearing accounts phenomenon. That means this …
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6 Great Lights That Will Take Your Portrait Photography to Another Level

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Adding external lighting into your portrait photography workflow will really help you make images that will stand out from the crowd. While natural lighting is great, adding flashes and monolights into the mix can really make your images incredibly dynamic. There are so many lighting options on the market though, so it can be hard to choose between the options out there. In this feature we will take a look at six different lighting options that are affordable, and easy to use. There’s no doubt that they will help you take your portrait photography to new levels. There really is no need to be afraid of adding flash into your workflow. Many photographers shy away from it as they think it is hard to master, but it’s really not. Once you embrace it and can see what it can do for your images, you’ll never be able to do without flash photography. Fortunately you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great quality lighting any more. The six lights below are perfect for beginners and pros alike, and they really won’t break the bank. Lets take a look these lights that will help you elevate your portrait photography....
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Learn Deep Sky Photography in This Comprehensive Course

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Want to learn astrophotography but don’t know where to begin? There are lots of tutorials out there, but if you want to learn from experts who have been doing it for decades, here’s a Kickstarter project you might want to support. No complicated equipment and special software involved — all you need are this in-depth course, your DSLR or mirrorless camera, and Adobe Photoshop and you’re all set!According to the Kickstarter campaign by Canadian telescope and astronomy dealer All-Star Telescope, they partnered with astronomy author and photographer Alan Dyer for the Deep-Sky with Your DSLR course. The campaign follows the company’s previous Kickstarter-funded course in 2016, titled Nightscapes and Time Lapse. The new multi-hour video course aims to teach you how to shoot stunning deep-sky images using simple star trackers and guided telescopes on computerized mounts. It’s an ideal learning resource for both beginners and those who have been shooting astrophotography for a while but have been unsatisfied with their results....
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Torture Testing Sony’s TOUGH SD Card to See What It Can Survive

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Sony claims its new TOUGH line of SD memory cards are the toughest and fastest SD cards ever made, so the folks over at Cameta Camera decided to put that claim to the test. Here’s a 12-minute video in which the NY-based camera store subjects a card to a variety of torture tests to see how it holds up. In the video, a 32GB Sony TOUGH card is placed into a washing machine, frozen, dirtied, and smashed.Sony states that the cards are completely sealed from the outside world and are crushproof, bend-proof, drop-proof to 5 meters (~16.4ft), X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static, temperature proof, UV protected, dustproof (IP6X), and waterproof (IPX8)So how did the tortured card fare in Cameta Camera’s tests?...
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How to Rate and Flag Photos with Your Voice on a Mac

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Want to navigate through a large set of photos and assign star ratings using only your voice instead of your keyboard? It’s extremely easy to set up for any image organization software if you use a Mac. Here’s a 6.5-minute tutorial by photographer Tony Hoffer on how to set this up. Hoffer’s walkthrough shows how to set things up for culling in Photo Mechanic, but the steps are identical for other apps like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge.All you need to do is visit the Keyboard and Accessibility sections of your System Preferences.In Keyboard, simply make sure Dictation is set to On. This screen also shows you the shortcut for activating dictation.In Accessibility, click the Dictation Commands button....
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Camera Terms You’re Saying Wrong

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There are several terms in photography that are commonly mispronounced. Here’s a 5-minute video in which Gerald Undone discusses them and teaches how to correct pronounce them. Here are the terms covered in the video:Watch the video to hear Gerald’s pronunciations and explanations for why....
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Award-Winning Photographer Lisa Saad Accused of Stealing Photos

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Lisa Saad is considered one of Australia’s top photographers and has won numerous prestigious photo contests both in her country and internationally. But Saad has now come under fire with serious accusations of stealing other people’s photos without credit for her prize-winning photos. Saad has won over 200 awards over the course of her career, and she’s also the brand ambassador for Ilford, Manfrotto, Epson, Phottix, Tamron, and Eizo.Back in 2016, Saad sparked a great deal of debate in the photography industry after she was named 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year for a series of photo-manipulations. She had submitted 4 artworks from a series titled “Anonymous Man”:...
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See What The Light Stalking Community Has Been Up To This Week

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Every weekly recap is different, but there is one thing that always remains the same – the social insights tell us there are many photography enthusiasts around the globe! This week we want to welcome more than 275 new Light Stalkers and we hope all of them will enjoy being part of our community. Today we bring you the weekly highlights you definitely shouldn't miss! We'll cover many photos which illustrate how to break the rule of thirds while still getting aesthetically pleasing results. As usual, we also want to share insightful photography discussions from our forum and the most engaging selection of images from our Shark Tank, which is dedicated to constructive criticism.Photo Of The Week – February 11, 2019...
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Olympus Unveils the 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens with 16.6x Zoom

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Olympus has announced the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 super-telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens features a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-400mm for a 16.6x zoom, the highest magnification available for mirrorless cameras. “Users will experience excellent depictive performance across the entire focal length from wide-angle to telephoto, making it the perfect travel companion, packing high-speed and high-precision autofocus into an amazingly compact, lightweight form,” Olympus says.The 12-200mm features a rugged dustproof and splashproof body, which pairs nicely with Olympus’ weather-sealed OM-D cameras.Other features and specs include a minimum focusing distance of 22cm, a maximum magnification of 0.46x (35mm equiv.), an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism (for fast, smooth, and quiet autofocusing during video), short shooting time lag, and ZERO coating (for ghosting and flare reduction)....
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500px Hacked: Personal Data Exposed for All 14.8 Million Users

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The popular photo-sharing service 500px has announced that it was the victim of a hack back in 2018 and that personal data was exposed for all the roughly 14.8 million accounts that existed at the time. In an email sent out to users and an announcement posted to its website, 500px states that it was only on February 8th, 2019, that its team learned of an unauthorized intrusion to its system that occurred on or around July 5th, 2018.The personal data that may have been stolen by the intruder includes first and last names, usernames, email addresses, password hashes (i.e. not plaintext passwords), location (i.e. city, state, country), birth date, and gender.“At this time, there is no indication of unauthorized access to your account, and no evidence that other data associated with your user profile was affected, such as credit card information (which is not stored on our servers), if used to make any purchases, or any other sensitive personal information,” 500px says....
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Photo Of The Day By James Bommarito

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Snowmobiling Fun” by James Bommarito. Location: San Juan National Forest, Colorado.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP 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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10 Not-So-Cheesy Films For Valentine s Day (Love It or Hate It)

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So you want to stay in and cozy up to a good movie this Valentine’s Day. The trouble is that if your partner (or roommate) even so much as hears the word ‘notebook’ come out of your mouth, there will be cringes and eyerolls and all manner of annoyances throughout the movie which effectively will kill the mood. Not to worry, there are other options. Here are ten flicks that should do the trick without inspiring your cutie to start scrolling through their phone. Happy smooching — or laughing. Or crying. Or however you like to spend the holiday.Isle Of DogsSay it with us, Puppy Love! This stop-motion-animated science-fiction comedy-love story ticks all the boxes. From tracking shots to distinct color palettes Wes Anderson’s classic markings are abundant in the Isle of Dogs. There’s an outbreak of dog flu that’s spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and all dogs are exiled. For the love of his pet, a young boy sets out to find his lost dog. With varying degrees of love stories layered throughout, this movie is a feel good gem that feeds our natural inclination to take care of those we love and admire....
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How to Use Light to Enhance Foreground Interest

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Contrast is everything in photography. Whether it is high key or low key, the way we contrast between the subject and the background defines the look and emotion of our image. Some of the most striking uses of this contrast is when we have a beautifully lit subject and a darker more dramatic background.  So... This contrast between light and dark draws the eye towards the subject, however, it's a fine balancing act to get the contrast ratio between the foreground and background exactly right. If the background is too dark, our eye has nowhere to “wander” and will comeTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsContrast is everything in photography. Whether it is high key or low key, the way we contrast between the subject and the background defines the look and emotion of our image. Some of the most striking uses of this contrast is when we have a beautifully lit subject and a darker …
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Adobe Lightroom’s Latest Update Should Play Well with Fujifilm RAW Files

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Software updates are always a good thing, especially the long overdue ones. While the recent Lightroom Ecosystem announcement isn’t just Fujifilm Specific, users of the X-Trans based sensors will be pleased to know that the algorithms used to decipher RAW files have been given a boost, and both Bayer and X-Trans RAW files should see a 30% improvement when it comes resolving fine details. There are plenty of other new features that have been included in the new update too. Join us after the break to find out more.The new updates to the Adobe Lightroom ecosystem will no doubt be welcomed by the masses; after all, who doesn’t like new features? It just boggles my mind that some of these updates have taken a world leader in the photography editing world a ridiculously long time to figure out and get in place....
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Olympus Introduces M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

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A new big-range zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras will be available in March. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-400mm—a very versatile range for everything from wide-angle landscapes to wildlife telephoto shots, and a great option for travel photography when you want to carry a single lens to keep your gear to a minimum. The 16.6x range is the most generous available for the Micro Four Thirds system.At the wide end of the focal length range, the lens can focus as close as 3.9 inches, excellent for landscape compositions with prominent foreground elements. At longer focal lengths, that distance extends to just over 2 feet 3 inches, which compares well to zoom lenses for other systems with equivalent telephoto magnification....
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Essentials: Cecilia Gallery SD Card Wallet

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I was introduced to the Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet during Photo Plus Expo of 2018. It was thrown in with the camera bag we reviewed and for me personally, it’s been a big upgrade over my old think Tank SD card wallet. The Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet is probably not for everyone, but it should be as it’s made pretty much better in every single way. Not only can it attach to any loop on your camera bag, but it has a secure clasp to keep your cards safe, is made of leather, and keeps everything nice and compact.When you look at the wallet, you can tell that it was made with quality. There is pebbled leather on the exterior and a solid clasp to keep it all closed. Then it can attach to a belt loop on your pants, to a strap on your camera bag or just kept in a pocket of some sort. While they’re calling it a wallet, I’d honestly think it more like a roll case–and that’s essentially what it is....
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Fall in Love With These Presets, Actions and Guides + Save an Extra 15%

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Lightroom presets, and Photoshop actions, and overlays offer a great way to add some wow to images. They can give you a rock solid starting place when it comes to editing, they can give your images a consistent look and feel, and they can add a wow factor that can really bring an image together. Guides and tutorials can help you take your craft to new levels. Right now you can save an extra 15% on already crazy low prices on pro grade Lightroom preset bundles like the Buy One Get Two Free deal with over 16,000 Lightroom presets which is $39, Headshot Photography 101 which is just $59.99, and a bundle of rough sketch and caricature Photoshop Actions which can be had for a bargain of just $24. Find out more after the break ...
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The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 Has a Staggering 16.6x Zoom

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Are you a photographer that prefers to travel without getting weighed down by bulky gear? If you’re a Micro Four Thirds shooter, Olympus’s new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 super telephoto zoom lens may be the only lens you’ll need to pack on your next trip. Featuring a 16.6x Zoom, the highest magnification currently available in an Interchangeable Mirrorless Lens. Covering a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24-400mm, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 is dustproof and splashproof, capable of withstanding most inclement weather conditions you may encounter, especially when paired with a weather sealed Olympus OM-D camera body.Specifications, additional product images, as well as the full press release with pricing and availability info can be found after the jump....
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Awesome Panorama from Mar’s Vera Rubin Ridge Consists of 112 Photos

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The Curiosity rover on Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge is moving on, but not before saying a little goodbye to the area it has spent the last year exploring.Before setting off for other vistas, the Curiosity took an epic panorama pic of the iron-rich location it has studied.Studying samples collected from the Gale Crater, NASA was able to determine that the rover was exploring the remnant of an ancient Martian lake.To take the panorama pic, the Curiosity used its Mast camera which captured a slew of photographs that NASA then color corrected to make it look like in daylight on Earth.From here, the rover will move on to Glen Torridon, what Gizmodo calls a “clay bearing unit,” to begin new research there. The rover is looking for signs of previous life on the Red Planet, but it is also yielding a ton of data about the surface and climate of Mars in general....
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Papers, Please: Drones Must Display Identification Numbers in the Future

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After the Gatwick airport debacle this past winter holiday season 2018, renewed efforts are being made around the world to combat rogue unmanned aerial vehicles. And it couldn’t come any sooner: Not only did the Gatwick incident paralyze air traffic at a critical time during the holiday season but also it illustrated just how fragile our air transportation system are to attack and exploitation by UAVs with bad intentions. The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States took a huge step towards regulating and identifying drones recently with its announcement that all drones in the future that fly in theTotal: 0 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsAfter the Gatwick airport debacle this past winter holiday season 2018, renewed efforts are being made around the world to combat rogue unmanned aerial vehicles. And it couldn’t come any sooner: Not only did the Gatwick incident paralyze air traffic at a critical time during the holiday season but also it …
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New GFX Medium Format Camera Coming from Fuji?

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More possible new gear on the horizon, and this time it is a supposed modular medium format device from Fuji. Unveiled at the Fujifilm X Summit in the city of Dubai, the concept medium format GFX camera’s body should have dials, a display, shutter, and battery to which users will be able to add other functionality. Trade shows, conventions, and general events are great places to catch glimpses of the future. The Fujifilm X Summit is no different. Bringing together photographers and Fuji staff from all over the world, the event is often a glimpse into the future of notTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsMore possible new gear on the horizon, and this time it is a supposed modular medium format device from Fuji. Unveiled at the Fujifilm X Summit in the city of Dubai, the concept medium format GFX camera’s body should have dials, a display, shutter, and battery to which users will be …
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Cheap Photo: $1,099 Fujifilm X-T2 Kit, T6i Kit $569.95, and More

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Are you looking for a new mate, I mean camera body this Valentines day? Perhaps you want to give one as a gift. If so you should check out the beautiful camera deals we have found for you. You’ll fall head over heels in love with the Canon T6i which comes with a lens. It’s just $569.95. The EOS M50 with lens bundle will steal your heart with its price point of $879, while the Fujifilm X-T2 with a massive bundle of accessories is only $1,099!! The Panasonic G7 with 14-42mm lens wants you attention too, and with a price of just $497.99 it’s really hard to ignore. We’ve also found great deals on lenses, and accessories, not to mention that you can save an extra 15% off of all the listed prices on software, guides, presets, overlays and actions too with the code SHUTTERLOVE. Check them out after the break....
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Cute and Clever Printable Valentine s Day Cards

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Captivate your friends with our wild and magical Valentine’s greetings!Need a Printable Valentine? No Prob-llama! We partnered with the talented team at Hello!Lucky to bring you some adorable downloadable Valentine’s Day cards.Designer Eunice Moyle created 2 unique cards you and your kiddos can use to offer up your bear-hugs and llama-love with simple print-at-home cards.To put these awesome cards to use simply download the PDFs below! Print it out on cardstock, write your message on the back, slip it in an A2 size envelope, and give it to your Valentine.The full color front is paired with a solid white backing, so you can add customized messages to your colleagues, classmates, sweetheart, and friends!...
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Drones Will Need to Have ID Numbers Displayed: FAA

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The US government is ordering that all drone owners in the US add external markings to their drones, displaying registration numbers to make it easier to trace the drone back to its owner. The FAA regulation was published today at the Federal Register and will take effect on February 23rd, 2019, so drone owners have the next 10 days to add markings.When drone registrations were mandated the first time back in 2015, owners were allowed to put their registration numbers inside the battery compartments of their drones. With this latest change, the ID numbers will need to be visible without having to open up any part of the drone.The FAA says this tweak was made in response to safety concerns “regarding the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.”...
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Pokémon GO Adds an AR Camera for Posing Pokémon in the Real World

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If you’re a fan of both Pokémon GO and photography, you may be happy to know that the game has been updated with an augmented reality camera that lets you shoot portraits of your Pokémon in the real world. The feature is called GO Snapshot. The new mode lets you shoot photos of any Pokémon you have in your Pokémon Storage. You activate the camera by hitting the feature while looking at a Pokémon or by selecting the camera in your Bag of items.Once you’ve selected the Pokémon you’d like to shoot, tap anywhere on your screen while it displays the real-world scene to throw its Poké Ball to that location. Your Pokémon will then stay still in that spot while you move around and find your perfect angle....
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A Life In Pictures

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If sometime in the course of the last five decades you found yourself sitting next to George Lepp on an airplane, or attending one of his workshops, or if you bumped into him on a mountain trail, chances are he taught you something about photography. It’s not just because he’s a world-class outdoor photographer and educator, but thanks mostly to his limitless exuberance for the medium and sincere passion for helping others. Photography is in his bones, and he’s made an art of sharing the knowledge and experience gained over the course of his 50-year career. In recognition of that, the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is honoring him with a lifetime achievement award....
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This Web App Lets You Build Your Own Stock Photos

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Here’s an unusual way to obtain the simple stock photo you need: Photo Creator is a web app that lets you build your own realistic stock photos. The site features thousands of models, objects, and backgrounds that you can combine into your own creations. Panels on the left and bottom edges of the app show models, objects, backgrounds, and text you can add into the frame. After inserting them, you’re free to move, resize, and reorder (from foreground to background).“The secret is the uniformed lighting (we shot all photos on own) and 3D-rendered scenes,” Icons8 founder Ivan Braun tells PetaPixel.Once you’ve created the stock photo you have in mind, you can export and use the image as a JPEG/PNG for free as long as you link back to the web app in some way as credit. You can also unlock the ability to download PSD files for $20 per month, and the subscription gives you all models and objects already masked and layered....
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Canon to Unveil a Lens Feature Called Defocus Smoothing (DS)

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Canon is apparently getting ready to introduce a new lens technology to the world. It’s called “defocus smoothing,” and it’ll appear as a DS feature abbreviation on future lenses. Canon will reportedly be unveiling at least 6 different new RF full-frame mirrorless cameras on February 14th. Here’s the list that Canon Rumors is hearing:As you can see, there are two different 85mm f/1.2L lenses on the way, one with a mysterious “DS” feature and one without.Nokishita just found that Canon has trademarked “Defocus Smoothing”, filing for the trademark in May 2018. The trademark applies to:Camera lenses; lenses for digital cameras; lenses for video cameras; lenses for digital video cameras; lenses for motion-picture cameras; cameras; digital cameras; video cameras; digital video cameras; operating and image processing computer software for digital cameras; operating and image processing computer software for digital video cameras; computer software for capturing images and moving images; computer software for producing, editing, and processing image data and moving image data; computer software for converting, operating, and displaying image data and moving image data...
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Adobe Updates Photo Ecosystem: LR CC Gets HDR, Pano, TAT, and More

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Adobe just released its February 2019 update for its photography ecosystem, adding a little something to each of its photo-editing apps across platforms. Enhance DetailsThe big feature in this update is the Sensei-powdered Enhance Details feature found in Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for both Mac and Windows.“The new Enhance Details algorithm enables you to increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%,” Adobe says. “Applying Enhance Details to your photos can greatly improve fine detail rendering, improve the reproduction of fine colors, and resolve issues that some customers reported with their Fujifilm X-Trans based cameras.”...
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5 Amazing Tips For Shooting In The Desert

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Shooting deserts can a great choice for landscape photographers who like adventures. Even though the weather conditions in deserts can be quite harsh, the variety of stunning scenery and surreal quality of light can make desert photographs truly gorgeous.Deserts aren’t always devoid of life – many of them include various plants, animals and eye-catching geology which can make photos dynamic and challenging in terms of composition.The following 5 tips will help you get ready for an adventurous desert shoot!1. Get prepared properlyHave in mind that it’s not easy to shoot in the desert – you need to choose the proper time to visit based on your temperature tolerance.  Deserts can be extremely hot sometimes, even deadly for those who aren’t well-prepared. You need to have a hat to shield you from the sun, enough  water to stay hydrated, sunglasses and sunscreen....
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Create Infrared Images With a Filter That Mimics Kodak Aerochrome Film

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Infrared photography is specialized genre of photography that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but there is no doubt that infrared images can be quite stunning. Since Kodak Aerochrome film is hard to come by these days, one photographer decided that he wanted to be able to bring this type of photography to the masses without having to have a camera conversion, and without having to spend over $80 on one roll of Kodak Aerochrome. The result is a simple screw on lens filter that mimics the old film perfectly. Find out more after the break.It was 2008 when French Photographer, Yann Philippe decided to start experimenting with different methods to try and recreate the look and feel of his old favorite film. After playing around for some time, he came up with the correct wavelength modifying formula that recreated the look of the Aerochrome film, and the infrared photography he loved. He took his finding to Kolari Vision and they turned his findings into a regular glass filter....
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Adobe Enhance Details Increases RAW Photo Resolution By Up to 30%

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Adobe has announced a new feature for Lightroom and Camera Raw called Enhance Details. It harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to produce more detail and fewer issues in RAW photos. More specifically, the feature uses machine learning and computational photography to rethink how RAW photos are demosaiced (in which data captured through a digital camera’s array of red, green, and blue pixels are reconstructed into a full-color photo).Adobe claims that Enhance Details increases the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans sensor cameras by up to 30%, improving both the fine detail rendering and the reproduction of fine colors.Here’s a comparison showing a 200% zoom of a photo captured by a Fuji X-Trans sensor — the increased detail can be seen in the street lights and skyscraper windows:...
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Why Aren’t Cameras More Expensive?

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It was January 2009 and I was preparing to shoot the newest campaign for the television show, Deadliest Catch. Truth be told, I had made very little the year prior because the world was experiencing a market recession, and the first budgets that many companies cut were in advertising. But then came the phone call saying that I had been awarded the photo shoot. I immediately called the camera store, for I actually didn’t own a camera at the time, having sold my Nikon D3 in the preceding weeks. Ordering the Nikon D3X was like waking up in a new world of photographic capabilities. The resolution was the most any 35mm DSLR had ever seen, the dynamic range was the pinnacle of the market and the color reproduction stood on a pedestal all its own. In essence, it was the best camera that Nikon made in every single way… and it came at a sticker price of $8,000. ...
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Photo Of The Day By Nick Paoni

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rocket Man” by Nick Paoni. Location: Cardiff State Beach, California.“A surfer flying over a wave as the sun is setting at Cardiff State Beach, California,” describes Paoni.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP 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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The Best Photography Software for 2019

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Updated: February 12, 2019 to add Luminar, Capture One Pro, Optics Pro to PhotoLab, Photo Director, Paintshop, On1's current versions.Updated: December 4, 2018 to add Capture One's current version.Updated: January, 31, 2017 to add Macphun Luminar and Macphun Aurora HDR photography software.When it comes to digital photography software, options abound, perhaps to the point of being confusing. Whether you’re a first time user or in need of an upgrade or looking to make a change, here is an overview of some of the best photography software currently available. Hopefully this will help you make a more informed decision on which application is right for you.Note: This is our leaderboard for the best overall photography software. We will also be splitting it out into “best photo management software” and “best photo editing” software as sometimes photographers need specialist tools for specialist jobs. But for now, let's jump into what we consider to be the best all round performers for a photographer....
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Erik Witsoe Captures Beautiful Slices of Life in Monochrome

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While black and white is a popular look not only for street photography but also for any project that calls for a classic or dramatic imagery. From portraits to landscapes, documentary photography, and photo diaries, photographers turn to the simplicity and elegance of black and white for both professional and personal work. Case in point is the beautiful 365 Monochrome Project of Seattle photographer and artist Erik Witsoe, which we’re sure will inspire you if you’re in the mood for monochrome.Witsoe, who is currently based in Warsaw, took on a 365 project in August 2017, armed with a Canon EOS 6DII, Fujifilm X100f, Olympus OMD, and Nikon D80. He also occasionally snapped using his Samsung Galaxy S8. When he finally finished the project last year, initial reactions were of relief, happiness and accomplishment....
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5 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Any Mobile Device

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It’s easy to have a camera with you at all times these days — in fact, it’s virtually impossible to be without a camera. Everyone has a cell phone and every cell phone has a camera.16 megapixels, multiple lenses, image stabilization, manual capabilities. Mobile cameras are more than competent image capturing devices that fill in nicely when you can’t or don’t want to have a full size camera slung over your shoulder or around your neck.Mobile phone photography isn’t free of drawbacks (mostly a result of their tiny sensors) but the downsides are easily overcome with good technique. No, you won’t match the output of a camera with a larger sensor, but you can create fantastic images with a mobile device....
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Review: Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed (How Can You Go Wrong?)

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I admittedly took my time with testing the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed because of just so much stuff that we’ve had to test since Photokina and with not being motivated when it came to portraiture. But in my experiences with it, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed has proven to me that if you’re in the market for an introductory TTL/Manual/HSS monolight when your flashes just aren’t cutting it, this is the only option that really exists. While Godox, Adorama Flashpoint and B&H Impact make usable products I think that the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed does a whole lot for the dollar. With TTL capabilities and a pretty solid build quality, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed also boasts a pretty simple to use interface and reliability in a number of situations. And if all you really need is the power, then this is one of the best options on the market....
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Get Lost in a Monochrome Afternoon Walk in Berlin with Skander Khlif

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Munich-based Skander Khlif has been one of our go-to photographers when it comes to candid well-captured slices of life. Not random shots of people in the streets, but photos that have some story or show the beauty that surrounds him at a given moment. Scenes from his hometown are now among our staple features, but we also follow him around on his adventures in other cities and countries. For everyone’s street photography inspiration today, we put the spotlight on his monochrome snaps from an afternoon walk in Berlin.Simply titled Berlin PM, this series is slightly different from Khlif’s work that we’ve previously seen. Simplicity, minimalism, and architecture are key in this body of work. Instead of the usual focus on the hustle and bustle of the city he prowls, he brings the city’s shapes and patterns to our attention. This shift in focus shows us an interesting perspective on how Berliners interact with their surroundings....
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Review: Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro TTL Rechargeable Monolight (Fujifilm)

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A few years ago, Flashpoint released the original XPLOR 600 TTL rechargeable monolight and it quickly became a firm favorite with many photographers thanks to it incredible power, excellent battery life, and its relatively low price. Recently, Flashpoint released the XPLOR 600 Pro TTL, which updated the older model and promised to offer better build quality, more features, and better overall performance. In addition they also added the XPLOR 400 Pro TTL to their line-up as well. The XPLOR 400 Pro TTL is a smaller rechargeable monolight that promises big things in a smaller, less expensive package than the XPLOR 600. Lets Find out if that’s the case in our review.The Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro TTL sits right in-between the eVOLV 200 and the XPLOR 600 Pro in terms of power output and in theory it should give photographers a great rechargeable monolight option that’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Flashpoint is Adoramas in house brand of lighting, with Godox actually being the manufacturer. The XPLOR 400 Pro is the same as the Godox branded AD400 Pro Witstro, the only difference is that with the Flashpoint version, any warranty concerns are dealt with in the US and not overseas. Lets take a look at the pros and cons....
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An Insane Amount of Models: Fyrestock, More Real Than Fyre Fest

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One of the biggest scandals of 2017 was the Instagram-fueled, millennial-funded scam known as the Fyre Fest, a planned music festival on Exuma island in the Bahamas. Noted for its slick marketing that many relied upon Instagram influencers to push a “vision” of a festival that was nowhere near expectations, Fyre Fest was an utter disaster for attendees who found no music acts, few accommodations, and a lot of hard realizations that they were scammed out of thousands of dollars. It was such a big deal that it had everyone from pundits and academics to normal people asking how soTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsOne of the biggest scandals of 2017 was the Instagram-fueled, millennial-funded scam known as the Fyre Fest, a planned music festival on Exuma island in the Bahamas. Noted for its slick marketing that many relied upon Instagram influencers to push a “vision” of a festival that was nowhere near expectations, Fyre …
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Street Style: How to Photograph the Emerging Trends of Fashion Week

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It’s New York Fashion Week for Fall 2019 with front row show-goers like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber stalking the runways. But to take part in the event you don’t need an A-List name to get a taste of the seasons emerging trends. What’s no longer a secret is the sidewalks turned catwalks of New York are ripe with creative opportunity for fashion and street photographers alike. We think the best street style moments are arguably more inspiring than the catwalk especially when captured with an artistic eye. “Steam on the Street 💨” – Yesterday we hosted “PoP Up on the Streets” with @pursuitofportraits; a nod to Fashion Week and the constant hustle on the streets of New York! – It was freezing cold but thank you to everyone that came out! – “It’s amazing how you can shoot complete strangers and yet manage to capture the important part of what makes them; their sense of style”. – Thank you @skinnywashere for leading the way with this one. And friends who came through. – NEXT WEEKEND 💛 Can’t wait to continue this next weekend in Central Park in the pursuit of love. – #pursuitofstyle / #fashionweek #fw19 #nyfw #nyfw2019 #streetstyle #nyc #pursuitofportraits...
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Adventure Photography Assignment Winner Beth Howell

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Congratulations to Beth Howell for winning the Adventure Photography Assignment with the image, “Taft Point Slacklining.”“Taft Point in Yosemite is a favorite spot for late-afternoon photography,” says Howell. “On this autumn day, I set out hoping to capture a nice sunset with El Capitan in the distance. When I arrived at the spot I planned to shoot from, I was surprised to find a high-line, also called a slackline, set up and a talented individual enjoying a walk on that thin piece of webbing thousands of feet above Yosemite Valley. They appeared as confident on the slackline as I was walking the trail to Taft Point.“I decided to spend some time watching (in awe) and take the opportunity to photograph the action. Although I didn’t get the shot I had pre-visualized, it’s important to be able to take a step back and appreciate the experience of photography—not just the end result. In this case, I watched a remarkable performance and got a great shot, too!”...
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4 Cheap Manual Focus, Wide Angle Lenses for Land and Cityscapes

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The great thing about landscape photography is that it’s a genre that can be participated in year round. You can head back to the same locations four times a year and you can capture different shots each time thanks to the changing seasons, you can also adventure and find new places to shoot all the time as well. The possibilities are endless. Another great thing about landscape photography is that you don’t need to break the bank on lenses that will allow you to get amazing shots. These four manual focusing, wide angle lenses that we will be sharing with you are all ridiculously sharp, and because they’re manual focus, they’re half the price of some similar autofocusing lenses. Join us after the break to see which four we recommend....
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Cam Crosland’s Fishing With Dynamite Shows An Empathetic Approach To Flash Street Photography

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Cam Crosland is a street photographer based in London. Their work has been described as both poetic and powerful — a description we are in complete agreement with. Through their series Fishing With Dynamite, Cam adopts a gentler, more empathetic approach to flash street photography.While their identity does not define the caliber of their work, Cam’s path to identifying as non-binary has certainly played its role in the way their work is produced. Equally, street photography has played a role in helping Cam on their path of self-exploration.We spoke to Cam to talk about their amazing work and life as a non-binary street photographer.CC: I chose my degree because I’m fascinated by people and what makes them tick, and because I’m an introvert and was shy I found it a lot easier to study dead famous people on a grand scale! Now I photograph live people — there’s definitely a pattern!...
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Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ is a Still Camera for Cinematographers

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Leica today announced the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”. It’s a special M rangefinder still camera that’s designed for professional cinematographers and filmmakers. While the camera is mostly identical to the standard Leica M10-P in terms of specs and features, it contains two special Cine Look modes that are built directly into the camera.The “ASC Cine Classic” mode simulates the classic look of 35mm motion-picture film, while the “ASC Contemporary” mode provides a look that mimics the “digital style of contemporary movies.”Common aspect ratios used in cinematography can also be selected inside the camera’s menu system. Once activated, you’ll be able to see the aspect ratio as a bright-line frame while you’re composing shots in Live View....

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