June 19, 2019

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Instagrammer Fined After Pics Reveal He Went Off Road on Protected Lands

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The surveillance state is here and it might be you. At least that’s the thought pattern that one Instagrammer might be having after he captured some pictures of himself doing things on protected lands that he shouldn’t have been and then got fined by the park service after they saw his pictures. So, this story combines all of our favorite things: Karma, social media, and irresponsible photography - what a trifecta! It gets better though. This guy wasn’t just traipsing around some part of a park he wasn’t supposed to be around but rather was driving his car, which heLast Updated on June 13, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsThe surveillance state is here and it might be you. At least that’s the thought pattern that one Instagrammer might be having after he captured some pictures of himself doing things on protected lands that he shouldn’t have been and then got fined …
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DXOMark: Nikon’s Z Mount 35mm F1.8 S Disappoints During Lab Testing

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The Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f1.8 lens was one of the original lenses that were launched alongside the new Nikon Z6, and Z7 Mirrorless cameras that the company released last year. While the lens got a decent score in their tests, the lens falls short of the performance that is displayed by competing lenses that cost about the same. Join us after the break for a more in-depth look at what DXOMark discovered, and to see how it stacks up against some of its closest competitors.In the tests which were conducted by DXOMark, the Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f1.8 scored a 38 overall. That score in itself isn’t too shabby, and honestly, most people who use it will be quite happy with the images they will be able to create with the lens. When we took the lens out on to the streets for our real world review we were quite impressed with what it could do, but while under the microscope at DXOMark, the lens didn’t quite match up to other lenses in its class, and price range....
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This Software Can Undistort Faces at the Edges of Wide-Angle Photos

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If you’ve ever found yourself at the edges of a group photo captured with a wide-angle lens, you may have noticed some strange stretching, squishing, and/or skewing that distort your face. Researchers have now created software that can automatically fix these wide-angle face distortions without affecting other parts of the photo. In a paper titled “Distortion-Free Wide-Angle Portraits on Camera Phones,” a group of researchers at Google and MIT led by YiChang Shih introduce a new algorithm they created that allows for, as the name states, distortion-free wide-angle portraits shot using camera phones.“In spite of the rapid proliferation of wide-angle cameras on mobile phones, a wider field-of-view (FOV) introduces a stronger perspective distortion,” the paper’s abstract states. “Correcting such distortions requires professional editing skills, as trivial manipulations can introduce other kinds of distortions.”...
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Edelkrone Unveils a 3D-Printed Version of Its Best-Selling Tripod Head

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Edelkrone’s Flextilt Head 2 is its best-selling tripod head. If you can’t afford the $149 it costs to get one, the company has just unveiled the Flextilt Head 3D, a cheaper option you can 3D print and assemble yourself. The Flextilt Head 3D is part of Edelkrone’s new ORTAK line, which will feature 3D printable products that will put fully-functional, high-tech designs in customers hands at greatly reduced prices.“With ORTAK method, products are manufactured by you and edelkrone together,” Edelkrone says.The most critical parts of each design will still be manufactured by Edelkrone and shipped to you. These include things like CNC machined aluminum joints and electrical components. But for the rest of the product, you’ll be able to print those parts yourself and customize the design, form, and color for your exact needs....
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This is How Hong Kong Photojournalist Are Protesting Police Actions

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Hong Kong police held a press conference yesterday to discuss the anti-extradition bill protests that have been raging this week. Photojournalists showed up to the presser wearing helmets, gas masks, and safety vests in protest of the excessive force they say police have been using against them. The large crowd of photographers wearing bright high-visibility jackets and protective gear at the peaceful indoor press conference made for an unusual sight.“Photojournalists in full protective gears attend police chief’s presser in protest of police violent treatment against the press during their clash with protesters who demand withdrawal of china extradition bill,” writes EYEPRESS NEWS.Hong Kong Free Press reports that it was the Hong Kong Journalist Association that organized the protest....
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Sony a6400 Can Now Do Real-Time Eye AF For Animals

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Sony has released Firmware Version 2.0 for the a6400, which enables the camera to perform real-time Eye AF for animals.The company has been aggressively advancing its Eye AF technology, an AI-driven, enhanced eye detection system that’s based on the results of machine learning and subject recognition.The Sony a6400, when released earlier this year, was the first Sony camera to introduce real-time Eye AF. In March, Firmware Version 5.0 for the Sony a9 brought real-time Eye AF to that camera. Then in April, Sony released Firmware 3.0 for the a7 III and a7R III, which added real-time Eye AF for animals.This video demonstrates the technology in action: For specifics on the functionality of the system, check out this page on the Sony Japan website....
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Adorama Launches Monthly Instagram Photo Challenge

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In 2016, AdoramaTV aired a reality TV show called Top Photographer in which 5 photographers competed over 5 episodes to be named the best photographer. Adorama just announced a new Top Photographer series, but this one is a monthly photo challenge that anyone can enter on Instagram. The series is called Top Photographer Challenge With Nigel Barker, and it’ll be airing through IGTV. Like the first season, the show will be hosted by renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker.There will be a total of six monthly challenges based on certain themes. The winner of each challenge, announced live on Instagram, will receive thousands of dollars worth of prizes.Challenge #1 is Portraits. Upload your submission to your Instagram account by July 5th with the @adorama, @nigelbarker, #TopPhotographer, and #TPCcloseup. The winner, announced at 12pm ET on July 10th, will receive a Canon camera package worth over $5,000....
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Capture One Studio Aims to Make Your High Volume Studio Run Smoother

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Capture One is already one of the best photo editors available on the market, and today, Capture One has announced that a new, improved version of their photo editing software which has been designed for enterprise use is now available. Capture One Studio may well be the perfect solution for high volume photography studios, and businesses that need photo capturing, editing and, cataloging software for many employees. Capture One Studio is being billed as an all-new, customizable, automation ready software solution for high volume photo environments and studios. The great thing about Capture One Studio is that at its core, it’s still Capture One, which means if you or the company you work for adopts this new software, you will still have the same, powerful, trouble-free experience that you get with regular versions of the Capture One photo editor, with all of the goodness of enterprise solutions baked in....
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GQ Ran a Photo of ‘Tech Titans’ That Had Women Photoshopped In

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GQ ran a story last week about a group of “tech titans” making a “pilgrimage” to small Italian village to visit luxury designer Brunello Cucinelli. The article’s lead image was a group photo of the attendees, but something looked off… A screenshot of the original article published by GQ.BuzzFeed News Ryan Mac noticed that the two women in the photo, SunRun CEO Lynn Jurich and Peek CEO Ruzwana Bashir, looked out of place in the strangely low-res image. The pixelation, lighting, and color didn’t seem to match the other 15 men in the frame.After some sleuthing and help from the Internet, Mac was pointed to the original photo that was discovered with a Google reverse image search — the shot only contains the 15 men without Jurich or Bashir....
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13 of the Most Popular Photos in NASA’s Archive

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NASA revamped its Image and Video Library website in 2017 to make a massive trove of free imagery available to the public in high resolution. Here’s a look at 20 of the most popular shots in NASA’s photo collection. #1. Earth#2. Milky Way#3. Jupiter’s Auroras#4. The Sword of Orion#5. Pathfinder on Mars#6. Earth and the Moon from a Million Miles Away#7. Andromeda Galaxy#8. Thermal Protection System Testing#9. Mystic Mountain#10. First American Space Walk#11. A Salute on the Moon#12. Buttes on Mars#13. EarthriseIf you’d like to browse the NASA collection for yourself, head on over to the NASA Image and Video Library. Be warned, though: it’s a black hole of eye-popping imagery that’ll suck you in and make you lose your sense of time....
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Why Do So Many Street Photographers Shoot Black and White?

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Skipping panchromatic film, which truly delivers black and white photographs, every digital black and white image out there has been post-produced via software. Therefore, every black and white photograph made through a digital format is nothing more than a post-production that has been made after pulling the raw files an SD card. Unless you own one of these bad boys, you aren't really shooting black and white digital photography. Even Fujifilm's film simulations aren't pure monochrome renditions of reality since their sensors are not monochrome engineered. Covered that, we can say that black and white photography nowadays is a matterTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsSkipping panchromatic film, which truly delivers black and white photographs, every digital black and white image out there has been post-produced via software. Therefore, every black and white photograph made through a digital format is nothing more than a post-production that has been made after pulling the raw files an SD …
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The New WANDRD DUO Daypack Could Be Their Best Bag Yet

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If you’ve been waiting for new stuff from WANDRD, today is your lucky day. The brand has just launched a new backpack on Kickstarter for photographers always on the go from one adventure to the next. Dubbed the DUO Daypack, it’s designed to be the ideal carrying companion for work and play with its variety of features that keep your photography gear organized and accessible.WANDRD gave the DUO Daypack an infinite zip system with four different sliders along an expansive and weatherproof YKK zipper to allow instant access to gear. The exterior also has pockets for adventure essentials like phone, keys, water bottle. Meanwhile, photographers will also appreciate the DUO’s interior design, with stretch mesh pockets, zippered pouches, and elastic cord organizers to help keep their gear organized. Need to bring your tablet or laptop? There’s a dedicated spot for your tablet and a laptop sleeve that can fit a 15-inch Macbook Pro....
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Shutterfly and Snapfish Acquired by Private Equity Firm, to Merge

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The private equity firm Apollo Global Management has stuck deals to acquire both Shutterfly and Snapfish. It plans to merge the two photo product retailers to form an even larger combined business. Reuters reports that Apollo has agreed to pay $2.7 billion for Shutterfly, including $900 million in debt held by the public company, which will be taken private in the deal. The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal for Snapfish, which is owned by the privately-held District Photo, is valued at about $300 million.The deal combines two notable players in a competitive retail photo product industry that features both online services and brick-and-mortar stores — brands like Walgreens, Costco, Mixbook, Nations Photo Lab, Walmart, and Target....
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Why We Use Photoshop: Top Photographers Explain

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It's great to get a perfect shot in-camera, but often, that's not feasible. We asked top photographers why they use Photoshop -- and they know when to stop.
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A New Patent Reveals Canon is Finally Working on IBIS (It’s About Time)

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In-body image stabilization is nothing new, and the benefits of the technology are plain for all to see, but some camera companies have been twiddling their thumbs, and have been crying over poor sales to really pay much attention to it. Fortunately, a new patent shows that Canon is warming up to the idea of in-body image stabilization, and the benefits it could bring to EOS R camera systems going forward. A recent report on Canon Rumors sheds some light on a new patent that has been filed by Canon over in Japan. The patent suggests that the big C is working on a system that will allow in-body image stabilization and image stabilized lenses to work together in perfect harmony. In body image stabilization is a feature that has become fairly standard in many Mirrorless, even some DSLR cameras, but for whatever reason, Canon has always thought that IS lenses were more than sufficient, and while that may well be the case, the masses know what they want, and it seems as though Canon is finally starting to listen to customer feedback....
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Three Ways To Use Negative Space To Make Captivating Images

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Negative space is probably a term you’ve heard on numerous occasions. But if you have never been quite sure of what it means, it’s pretty simple:Negative space is probably a term you’ve heard on numerous occasions. But if you have never been quite sure of what it means, it’s pretty simple:
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How The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Can Become Even More “Pro”

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One of the most anticipated Fujifilm cameras in 2019 is the X-Pro 3. The X-Pro 2 is one of the most loved cameras in Fujifilm’s current line up, and expectations are high for its successor, but will it be “pro” enough when it finally hits the streets later on this year? Let’s take a quick look at what’s expected, and what we think would absolutely put it over the top and would make it truly a pro camera.A recent article over at Mirrorless Rumors shows that Fujifilm has recently registered a new camera with Bluetooth capabilities with an internal name of FF190002. This filing has many believing that this is the highly anticipated X-Pro 3, and seeing as Fujifilm is expected to announce the camera this fall, it may very well be the case, but what can we expect from the X-Pro 3, and what will it take to really make it a “pro” camera....
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Justyna Zduńczyk Reveals the Idylls of the Polish Highlands

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Poland is home to some of the most stunning and postcard-worthy landscapes, as we’ve seen through the lens of photographers like Przemyslaw Kruk and Kilian Schönberger. But there’s more to the Polish landscapes than the surreal locations they photographed, and we have one more series to add variety to that. Enter the rustic series of another Polish travel photographer, Justyna Zduńczyk, which shows us a slice of idyllic life in the so-called Polish Highlands. If you’re looking for inspiration on capturing life by the countryside, this collection is one you should check out.Zduńczyk snapped this travel series at Podhale, sometimes also referred to as the Polish Highlands, which is also the country’s southernmost region. Interestingly, the name literally translates to “under the mountain meadows,” which is exactly what we see in many of these photos. Podhale sits in the foothills of the Tatra Mountain range, and its beautiful snow-capped peaks are among the prominent features included throughout the series....
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Girls! Girls! Girls!: A Take on the Objectification of Women in Photography

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We all know the endless battle of trying to maintain a clean and tidy inbox–the constant digital influx of opportunities, notifications, spam, work, and various other textually-based content that we seem just barely able to keep up with. I don’t know about you, but one of the ways I try to stem the flow is by keeping a firm grip on unsubscribing from irrelevant subscriptions. Needless to say, I found myself doing a double take–wondering what kind of sexist, objectifying garbage spam email listing I’d accidentally been added to when I scrolled through an email in my inbox containing what you’ll see in the lead image.I couldn’t believe what I was taking in – what appeared to me as trashy, nearly pornographic, stereotypic sexualization of women actually seemed to be ad space sold on the Photograph email listing to promote a photographically based online auction. Unable to help myself, I felt compelled to take a deeper dive and investigate further, though I already felt fairly certain about what I was about to find....
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Six High Resolution, Full Frame Cameras That Capture Details With Ease

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If you’re in the market for a camera with a high Megapixel sensor, this roundup is for you. These Full Frame cameras have some of the best sensors inside of them, and they are capable of capturing stunning detail. If you like to make huge prints of your images, these high resolution cameras will Full Frame sensors will thrill you to bits. Join us after the break to take a look at six Full Frame cameras that pack a mighty punch when it comes to pixels.We know that Megapixel counts are not the be all and end all when it comes to choosing a camera, but it is a metric taken into consideration. If you plan on printing large images, then cameras with higher Megapixel counts are the way to go. Cameras with higher Megapixel counts also allow for more cropping with less detail loss, so you will wind up with more versatile files to play with in post. All of the Full Frame cameras listed here have more than 30 Megapixels, and honestly, some of them are not as expensive as you might think. Let’s take a look at six high resolution, full frame cameras (listed from lowest Megapixel count to highest) that will deliver delightful details....
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Anchor Strap is an Adaptable and Elegant Leather Camera Strap

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Leather straps are among the most popular options for photographers, so it’s no surprise — and totally welcome — that more of these keep adding to the pile. The Anchor Strap, one of the latest to come up on Kickstarter, promises to look good, feel great, and adapt to your shooting needs. It’s worth checking out to see if it’s just the camera strap you’ve been looking for.The Anchor Strap story begins just like with most camera straps. Its creator, photographer, and leather crafter Todd Balsley was frustrated with the lack of flexible solutions to his various shooting needs. “If it was a wedding, the harness style setup made a lot of sense but felt uncomfortable to wear and was just an overly bulky setup for everyday shooting. I found other camera straps with innovation, but they involved wearing what felt like a seatbelt. Overall, I just disliked the material choice,” he said...
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My Nightmare with USPS Insurance in Shipping a Camera Lens

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Photography is amazing, but it does require gear. I recently moved from Canon to Sony, so I had to offload a camera body, lenses, flashes, and triggers. I purchased out-of-pocket insurance on all of my gear packages just to have some peace-of-mind. I sent the last piece of my Canon kit, my awesome Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 (a009), on January 10th. This was my first serious photography lens (costing over $500), which I originally purchased used. I rolled the actual lens up in bubble wrap and secured it with tape. I then used a slightly larger box and filled in the space around the lens with sealed air packets (reused from Amazon) and packing peanuts. Like all of my other lenses, I sent it priority mail and purchased additional insurance....
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Photographer Pleads for Help Finding Lost SD Cards with Wedding Photos

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A wedding photographer has lost an SD card case full of photos she shot at a wedding, and her appeal for the public to help find the lost memory cards is making headlines in Colorado. Contact7 reports that photographer Lenzi Holmes was hired to photograph the wedding of her best friend Kacie and her fiance Troy Sanford in Berthoud, Colorado, last Friday. All of the photos she shot were recorded on SD cards that were then placed into an SD card carrying case (the case in the photo above).The following day, after checking out of their hotel and enjoying a day of sightseeing in the mountains, Holmes and her husband arrived at Denver International Airport to fly home to Texas. It was at the airport that Holmes discovered that the SD case was missing....
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These Deepfakes of Famous People Are Testing Facebook’s Policies

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Facebook has recently taken a position of not removing faked videos, choosing instead to reduce their reach and display them alongside fact-checking information. Now a series of viral deepfake videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other famous individuals is putting Facebook’s policies to the test. Motherboard reports that artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe recently partnered with the advertising Canny to create AI-generated fake videos of people talking about a mysterious “Spectre,” which is actually an exhibition the artists put on at the Sheffield Doc Fest in the UK.“Imagine this for a second: One man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures,” the faked Zuckerberg says. “I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future.”...
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Adorama’s Seth Miranda Gets Tattooed While Using the Fujifilm GFX 100

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With Fujifilm fans and photographers eager for medium format counting down the days to get their hands on the Fujifilm GFX 100, we spotted something to satisfy that curiosity, even for just a little bit. Adorama recently shared a short, hands-on video from Seth Miranda, who took a pre-production model of Fujifilm’s new medium format contender to Tokyo for a test run. So, check out how that went down!In the first part of the video, Miranda shows us some behind the scenes of a product shoot of the GFX 100. We see his lighting setup for the “beauty” shots and also some preview footage from the shoot. Then, for some real-life shooting situation, he’s took the medium format camera along with some lights, a trigger, and some grips and headed out to get a nice tattoo....
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Creating Your Own Photo Store Isn’t Hard: Here Are 7 Top Stores Made with Picfair Plus

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Have you always wanted your own online photography store but found it to be too expensive, time-consuming, or difficult to set up and maintain? Picfair Plus could be the solution. Priced at around 2 cups of coffee a month ($6.99/€5.99/£4.99) it’s 65% cheaper than similar offerings from Zenfolio and Photoshelter – and it’s even cheaper if you pay annually. Full disclosure: This article was sponsored by Picfair.To start selling digital downloads and prints, all you have to do is upload your images, set your prices, and cash out when you make a sale. Picfair takes care of everything else: licensing, storage, and print production and deliveries. You can personalize your store with your own logo and watermark, your own layouts and menu options, and even use a custom domain. ...
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DxOMark Made a Realistic Mannequin for Testing Selfie Cameras

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DxOMark is known for its lab tests of camera quality that are widely used by brands in marketing. To standardize its selfie camera tests to ensure repeatability, DxOMark has created a custom realistic mannequin to serve as a selfie subject. Named Sienna, the mannequin was created by first 3D scanning a human model’s face and head with the assistance of a movie special effects studio.The 3D model was then turned into a mannequin.The mannequin was then fleshed out with skin color, facial details, and hair.Sienna now lives in DxOMark’s testing labs for rigorous selfie camera tests.Here’s a 1-minute video by DxOMark showing how Sienna was born:...
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7 Signs You’re in a Photography Rut and 7 Ideas to Get Your Groove Back

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We all get in a creative rut from time to time. Let's take a look a 7 signs that may be an indicator that you could be headed in that direction along with 7 ideas to get your photo groove back on track.Are you in a photography rut? Here are seven indicators that you may be in a rut and seven tips to help you get out of it
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Frontman Slaps Phone from Fan Who Jumped Onstage for Selfie

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The punk rock band FIDLAR was performing in Berkeley earlier this week when a fan jumped onstage and attempted to take a selfie with frontman Zac Carper. Carper would have none of it, and he proceeded to slap the phone out of the woman’s hand. Back in 2015, FIDLAR actually tweeted a warning of this very thing. “I have no problem breaking your iPhone 6 if you jump on stage and take a selfie while we are playing,” the Tweet, presumably written by Carper, reads. “Please, give me something to break.”The band has developed a reputation for taking this type of stance against fans who invade the stage, and this week that exact scenario was caught on camera.Here’s a short clip posted to FIDLAR’s Instagram that shows Carper slapping the fan’s phone:...
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Photo Of The Day Douglas Croft

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Northward Migration” by Douglas Croft. Location: California.“A gray whale leads her calf through the kelp forest during their migration north from the warm lagoons of Baja to feeding grounds in Alaska,” explains Croft. “During April and May, we see a steady flow of cow/calf pairs moving north past Big Sur. They swim very close to the base of the cliffs to avoid predation by killer whales. Big Sur’s cliffs give us a bird’s-eye view of this most incredible migration.”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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This Total Solar Eclipse Film Took Two Years to Finish

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The Great American Eclipse was a total solar eclipse that was visible from the US back on August 21st, 2017. Nearly two years later, astrophotographer Phil Hart has just released this 2-minute short film of it, titled “The Moon in Motion.” Hart spent a considerable amount of time setting up 12 cameras in both Idaho and Wyoming to capture the eclipse from different vantage points, deploying over 400 pounds of gear (including telescopes and mounts). Footage from 7 of those cameras went into this film.“Outside a busy job, it has taken me all of the nearly two years since this international expedition to develop and apply the specialized eclipse image processing and video editing techniques required to create this,” Hart writes. “All of the visuals were captured on camera on the day. While there is some significant HDR processing and multi-camera compositing there are no CGI or Photoshop creations.”...
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How a Photoshoot Fail Led to a Nice Car Park Shoot Instead

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At some point in every portrait photographer’s career (or hobby), there will come a time when things just don’t go as planned, even if you think you got everything sorted out. And when it does, you either have to be resourceful and improvise, or make the most out of what’s available to you. This was exactly the lesson recently learned by Melbourne-based wedding and event photographer Ben Samuel. If it has yet to happen to you, his video below should give you an idea on what to do so the day won’t go to waste.When his original plans to shoot at a Winter Wonderland themed location didn’t push through due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, Samuel decided to go for the next best thing instead: the car park nearby. Since it was already dark, the car park was a good, well lit alternate location for them to make the most out of the situation. So, one lesson we can all learn from this is to scout for alternate spots around the area of our original location — just in case things go “catastrophically wrong” as he described....
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A Photographer’s Guide To Paris

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It’s known as the City of Light, one of the most photogenic cities on the planet. It is also one of the world’s most cliched, expensive and Instagrammed cities. Although not huge by the standards of London and New York, packed into its central districts are some of the most iconic locations known. Like many beautiful and photogenic cities, Paris can be surprisingly hard to photograph. Tourists, a varied climate, and the sheer numbers of beautiful locations can conspire to make it difficult for photographers to capture the true spirit of the city. Today we are going guide you aroundTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsIt’s known as the City of Light, one of the most photogenic cities on the planet. It is also one of the world’s most cliched, expensive and Instagrammed cities. Although not huge by the standards of London and New York, packed into its central districts are some of the most iconic …
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You Should Never Force Yourself Through a Creative Rut

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The last time that I suffered through a creative rut, I spent around a year or so trying to figure out who I was photographically. But what I learned during that time is that it doesn’t make any sense to force it. Lots of photographers during their creative ruts spend time trying new things over and over again. And it’s fun–sometimes things don’t end up going in their portfolio and sometimes they learn new things that they add to it. For some, that’s fine. It’s part of the process and they’re not forcing themselves through their rut.What do I mean by “forcing yourself through a creative rut?” I essentially mean getting frustrated and trying too many new things that your mind, your emotions and your body don’t have time to adjust and let what you created really become a part of you and what you do. Every photographer needs a photographic identity that encompasses who they are and what they do. Some like to simply copy one another. Others like to shoot just because they like doing it. But when it comes to creating genuine work, you need to figure out what’s inspiring you. Many times, a good idea is to simply take a break from photography but to still be involved with it. Reading about it, watching videos, and even going to galleries and exhibits can help. Here are some realizations I’ve made through my years of conquering ruts:...
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Japanese Camera Market: Sony Making Bank, While Canon, Nikon Grovel

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We have all spoken about the camera market and the state that it’s currently in, and while some manufacturers seem to think the camera market is doomed (looking at you Canon), others are finding plenty of sweet, sweet fruit to collect and enjoy. A recent Japanese camera market study which covers dates from April 2018 through to March 2019 has just been released, and the numbers are incredibly interesting. Join us after the break for all the juicy details.With all of the major camera manufacturers being located in Japan, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus all take great stock in what their local market is telling them, and it’s not looking good for the vast majority of the manufacturers at all; well not when it comes to sheer profit at least. A recent report over at Mirrorless Rumors shared sales numbers collected by BCN Retail (A Japanese market analyst firm) from April 2018 through to March 2019, and the reading isn’t exactly what you would call pretty....
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Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Prints Audio Onto Instant Photos

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Fujifilm just announced the new Instax Mini LiPlay (pronounced “lee-play”), a hybrid camera that aims to take instant photography to the next level with a set of never-before-seen features. The Instax Mini LiPlay is the smallest and lightest Instax camera ever made, but it contains the most features of any Instax camera.On the back of the camera is a 2.7-inch color LCD screen that allows users to view and select their photos for printing as Instax Mini instant photos.The Instax Mini LiPlay introduces sound recording to the world of Instax. Users can capture up to 10 seconds of audio with any photo. This audio can then be converted into a QR code and printed into the corner of the Instax Mini photo. ...
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The Acquaintance: Esther Mbabazi’s Photo Essay of Birth in Rural Uganda

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“The Acquaintance” centers around photojournalist Esther Mbabazi’s chronicles in Bududa on the slopes of Mountain Elgon. Bududa has a hilly landscape that presents geographical challenges. Naturally, this complicates movement, especially for pregnant mothers. Walking long distances up and down hills to get to the hospital can prove to be a challenge–so pregnant women often opt for working with TBAs instead. As a documentary photographer, Esther uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society. Coming from a humble background, her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and minority groups. Esther is driven to bring to light issues in society that are too often overlooked....
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The Return of Black and White Film from Fuji

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Everything old is new again as Fujifilm bows to Internet demand and announces plans to resurrect monochrome film. If you’re thinking to yourself that Fuji only dipped out of this market a year ago, you would be correct, but the response to that was so strong that the company had to reconsider. The new film, Neopan 100 Acros II, is coming in both 35mm and 120 formats. A legendary line, the Neopan series from Fujifilm will be done justice with the new formulation which the company also promises will be better than the original using Super Fine-Σ technology that TheLast Updated on June 11, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsEverything old is new again as Fujifilm bows to Internet demand and announces plans to resurrect monochrome film. If you’re thinking to yourself that Fuji only dipped out of this market a year ago, you would be correct, but the response to that …
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Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay (My New Favorite Instax Camera)

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When I first heard the rumors of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I admittedly groaned. The company’s last attempt at fusing digital and analog together was subpar in my opinion. But with their second attempt in the form of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I’m pleasantly surprised and shocked. This is THE SMALLEST INSTAX FILM CAMERA. And not only is it small, but it’s one that reminds me of a suped-up compact camera from yesteryear while embracing lots of new fashionista influences. The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is going to appeal to so many different types of photographers: there is something here for not just the younger crowds but also the photographers that really care about image quality. The lens on the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is one of the sharpest that I’ve seen and used as it moves the camera away from plastics to glass. Then there is the Bluetooth accessibility that allows a photographer to wirelessly control the camera from the app. Indeed, Fujifilm packed a whole lot into the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay....
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The Epson SureLab D870 Minilab Photo Printer Will be Available This July

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Epson have just announced that the successor to the popular SureLab Minilab D700 will be hitting retail outlets in July 2019. The Epson Surelab D870 Minilab will be capable of producing vast quantities of prints in a very short amount of time, which will no doubt be music to the ears of those who are in the business of small-format photo production. Join us after the break for a more detailed look at specifications and pricing for the Epson Surelab D870 Minilab photo printer.If you need a photo printer that is capable or producing a few hundred images per hour, the Epson SureLab D870 Minilab could be the printer you have been looking for. The Surelab D870 is capable of producing 430 4 x 6 prints, 275 5 x 7 prints, or 140 8 x 10 prints per hour. The printer is capable of printing on paper with many different types of finishes (matte, glossy, luster), and it can also print border-free, panoramic, and square photos too. The maximum print size tops out at a respectable 8 x 20 which isn’t too shabby for a printer with a relatively small footprint, and the maximum print resolution is 1440 x 720 dpi....
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Telephoto Wildlife Technique

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Telephoto lenses give you close-up perspectives for wildlife photography from a safe, respectful distance. Learn the basics of telephoto wildlife technique.
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Cheap Photo: Sony Have Slashed $600 Off The A7RIII + More Big Savings

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Temperatures are starting to rise around here, and it has nothing to do with summer beating down the door; it’s because these camera deals are red hot. Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic have been slashing prices on their cameras, and there are some truly incredible deals. The Sony A7 II is $998, the A7R III is down to $2,598, and the a6000 kit with two lenses is just $648! The Canon 6D Mk II has a discount of $530, and the Nikon Z6 with lens adapter can be yours for just $1796.95! Panasonic are in on the action too. The GH5 has a $500 discount which brings it down to $1497.99. Come on in and check out all of the camera deals, and savings on lenses that we have found for you.Like all good things, these camera deals will come to an end soon, so if you have been in the market for a new camera, now is the time to jump right in. Check out the camera deals, and all of the sale prices on lenses below....
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This is Why Macs Are Slower Than PCs

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If you’re in the market for a desktop computer or laptop to do some serious photography work on, you might want to watch this 10-minute video first. Tech presenter Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips explains why the thermals of Apple’s Mac products generally make them perform slower than rival PC equivalents on the market. In 2018, Apple’s new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro caused a stir when reviewers found that heat issues caused major slowdowns that brought performance down to the level of lower-tier models. Apple then responded by saying that the CPU throttling was being caused by a software bug, and the fix did bring performance gains in official tests.But in the video above, Linus argues that heat and CPU throttling are still big issues across many of Apple’s Mac products. In his own tests, he found that running a 2018 Mac mini and 2018 MacBook Pro in a custom chill box resulted in significantly better performance:...
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Man Finds Box of Unseen Weegee Photos in His Kitchen Cabinet

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Back in 1970, artist David Young purchased a box of old news photos at a Philadelphia thrift store. After moving to Seattle, Young put the box in his kitchen cabinet and forgot about it for years. It turns out that box contains unseen 1930s crime photos by the famed New York City photographer Weegee. Vulture reports that Young finally decided to take another look at the box of prints earlier this year. After uncurling the tight roll of photos, Young noticed a stamp on the back that read: “PHOTO BY A. FELLIG.” A Google search pointed Young to Arthur Fellig, the man who became a renowned photographer under the pseudonym Weegee.Young then got in touch with city editor Christopher Bonanos of New York Magazine, Weegee’s biographer. Bonanos recognized the handwriting on the photos as Weegee’s....
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Sony Introduces 600mm Prime And 200-600mm Zoom

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Sony announcing a lens of this extreme tele focal length—two of them actually, the other is a 200-600mm zoom—is the story. With these lenses, the Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS and Sony FE 600mm F4 G Master OSS, Sony’s system now gives wildlife and sports photographers two more options for super-tele perspectives, following the 400mm prime released last year.Photographing a nesting pair of oystercatchers that returned to Caven Point just 3 years ago was thrilling in itself. The tick alert just added to the tension. Vaguely remembering that ticks take “a while” to burrow into your skin, I continued to push the shutter release and captured the catcher’s distinctive black and white plumage with a long, bright orange beak as it circled a wind-shaped dune. Once the AF locked onto the bird, I was free to follow it, recomposing while it moved and even when other shorebirds got between me and it. That’s Sony AF and linear motor tech at work....
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Portraits of People with an Ultra-Rare Type of Body-Covering Birthmark

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British photographer Brock Elbank has a series of portraits titled How Do You C Me Now? that features people with Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, an extremely rare birthmark that can cover up to 80% of the body. Elbank spent 33 months shooting the portraits of 30 people using a Hasselblad H4D-60 medium format camera in collaboration with the UK CMN charity Caring Matters Now. The subjects were flown in to Elbank’s London studio from 14 countries across 5 continents. The goal was to create body-positive portraits that raise awareness of a little-known skin condition that less than 1% of the world’s population is born with.“CMN, which can originate on any piece of skin, is caused by a random gene mutation during the baby’s development in the womb,” Hasselblad writes. “CMN grows proportionally on the skin surface as the person gets taller and bigger. This skin is more fragile, should be protected from direct sunlight, and can usually be covered with hair.”...
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iPhone Portrait Tips by Magnum Photographer Christopher Anderson

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Want to get creative with shooting portraits using just your smartphone? Apple made this 3-minute video with advice and inspiration for shooting iPhone portraits from award-winning Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson. “Award-winning photographer and photojournalist Christopher Anderson is known for his magnetic portraiture,” Apple says. “He strives for emotive and timely elements in his compositions. In this feature, Anderson shows us how to advance beyond technical precision to disrupt the portrait.”The video itself is in vertical orientation — it was shot on an iPhone XS and is best viewed on a smartphone screen.In addition to noticing light and interesting backgrounds, Anderson introduces intrigue into images using various props and tools — things like mirrors to add reflections and objects held in front of the lens....
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How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos from Cameras

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Our cameras are probably one of the most important digital devices that we own. Apart from smartphones, a lot of people use digital cameras to click better photos on the go. Sadly, just like any other electronic item, it can also malfunction at times. Our photos are our prized possessions and losing them can be our biggest nightmare. If you have also lost your important photos from a digital camera, then use a dedicated data recovery tool. Full disclosure: This article was sponsored by Wondershare, the makers of the data recovery software Recoverit.A while back, I also suffered from the same situation and lost the photos from my last vacation. This made me research a bit about the availability of photo recovery tool in the market. After some unsatisfactory attempts, I finally found a reliable solution to get back lost photos from cameras. Read on and get to know more about this amazing data recovery tool in detail....
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Sony Unveils 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 and 600mm f/4 Super-Tele Lenses

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Sony today announced two major telephoto lenses for its full-frame FE lens lineup: the 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom and the 600mm f/4 G super-telephoto prime. These are the first two Sony FE lenses that reach 600mm. Paired with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, the lenses offer a reach of 840mm and 1200mm, respectively.With the introduction of these two new lenses, the Sony E-mount lens stable now features 33 FE lenses and 51 total lenses.Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSSThe new Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS is designed for bird, wildlife, and sports photographers.“When paired with any of the latest, fastest E-mount camera bodies, it will reliably track and accurately capture all types of moving subjects, including birds, wildlife, athletes in motion and much more,” Sony says....
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Smartphone or Camera? Your Call

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Hi there folks, I'm just entering my place now, and I felt the urge to share something with all of you. Before you continue reading, I want you to know that this isn't the traditional post I usually write; it is a very personal one. As some of you might already know, I teach photography at a design university in my country. The careers are pretty broad and are not focused only on photography but graphic design and product design in comprehensive terms. Photo by Otoniel López We just finished the first academic term of this year, and I wantTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsHi there folks, I'm just entering my place now, and I felt the urge to share something with all of you. Before you continue reading, I want you to know that this isn't the traditional post I usually write; it is a very personal one. As some of you might already …
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Photo Of The Day By Denis Dessoliers

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lone Tree” by Denis Dessoliers. Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California.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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Woman Captures Seagull Stealing $22 Lobster Roll From Her Hand

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Pepperdine sports law professor Alicia Jessop was visiting Maine from California recently when she stopped by a popular tourist destination for a lobster roll. When she held out the roll to take a picture of it, a seagull swooped in at the exact moment Jessop pressed the shutter. Jessop was visiting the famous Cape Neddick Light lighthouse in southern Maine on June 7th when she ordered the $21.50 lobster roll from a parking lot lobster shack. “I wanted a lobster roll because that’s been a bucket list item of mine since I was a kid: to get a lobster roll in Maine,” Jessop tells BuzzFeed News. “I was kind of like figuring out how to hold the lobster roll — Do I hold it long? Do I hide it wide? What angle should the lighthouse be in? — and then I just felt something move the lobster roll. I didn’t even see the seagull coming.”...
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First Impressions: Sony 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS (FE Lens)

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I’m very shocked at how much I liked the Sony 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS after playing with it for a weekend. I’m not saying that because I doubt Sony’s ability to make a great lens, but because I found the lightweight, focal length range, relatively compact size, and image stabilization combined well together to create what could arguably be Sony’s most useful lens for photojournalism to date. Though it’s only of the G moniker and not a G Master, there is little holding me back from saying that any photographer would be unwise to pass up on this lens. At a $2,000 price point, every photographer will get several useful focal lengths along with image stabilization and small size. Plus, it’s got a solid image quality! Though despite all of this, I’m still a bit wary; the last time I used a G series lens, I had a bad experience with its build quality....
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Review: Sony 600mm F4 G Master OSS (A Bird Photographer’s Dream)

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When we were shown the Sony 600mm f4 G Master OSS, I was shocked to see it was coming. My first thought would have been another zoom lens for sports photographers, but it would be unlike Sony to just announce a zoom lens. Instead, the Sony 600mm f4 G Master OSS is an option for photographers that pulls out all the stops. You’re still going to need a monopod or tripod to shoot with it for long periods, but I’m it isn’t imperative. The lens works in combination with Sony’s IBIS system to give the photographer a lot of image stabilization when photographing sports and birds alike. Then, consider the weather sealing inside and the fact that this is the largest lens for a mirrorless camera system that we’ve seen yet. And despite this, we ultimately see the value in it....
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Conversations And Amazing Photographs You May Have Missed From Light Stalking

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Ok, so this update is a little late...but we can't believe it is June already! And we hope that you are having a great time here with us at Light Stalking because we are. It is incredible to see how some of you folks have started developing out not only their style but also a more profound passion towards photography! We all live in a hurry, and today we are bringing you everything that you need to know from all the stuff that happened last week! First things first, we want to apologise for any posting inconveniences you've made haveTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsOk, so this update is a little late…but we can't believe it is June already! And we hope that you are having a great time here with us at Light Stalking because we are. It is incredible to see how some of you folks have started developing out not only their …
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An Ode to the Unsung Hero That Is a Photographer’s Microfiber Cloth

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It’s evident in certain circles that when you become a photographer of a certain experience and one who wears a certain prescription, there is an emphasized need for items like a microfiber cloth. Its uses are numerous and within your circles, you’re expected to carry one in the same way that a scout never leaves home without their pocket knife. The microfiber cloth not only helps photographers keep their glasses clean, but also aids with other problems they are bound to experience.A photographer uses microfiber cloths for a swath of applications:These are just a few things a photographer uses them for that are much more photography related. Of course, they’re also fundamental to ensuring that your glasses are clean so that you can take pictures. But the thing is, we don’t tend to think of them enough, although they’re incredibly important to us. You should have one microfiber cloth in every camera bag, in every pair of pants pockets, and you should always have one accessible not only for you, but for another photographer....
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How WANDRD PRVKE Backpacks Are Made in Vietnam

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If you enjoy using your PRVKE camera bag, you might be curious about how the popular WANDRD backpacks are made. Understanding that today’s consumers and users are passionate about the provenance of the products they use, the company has shared a quick video from their factory in Vietnam, where all the wonder begins.“For years we have enjoyed seeing so many of the small steps that it takes to make a bag. This time around we decided to let you have a peek into what happens at the WANDRD factory,” they said on the video description.The Made in Vietnam video is short but gives us a nice overview of the partnership that WANDRD has built with the bag crafters, as well as all the hard work and detail that goes into each PRVKE bag. “It’s crazy to think this little idea we had in mom and dad’s kitchen has reached so many people — WANDRD is now a tight-knit team of 11 people and we’ve delivered bags to explorers, creators, and individuals in over 100 countries and it all started with the PRVKE,” the company added on their newsletter introducing the video....
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Useful Photography Tip #195: Golf Bags Are a Great Way to Store Light Stands on a Flight

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Photographers traveling on flights often will have trouble with lots of the gear that they’re carrying. Not only do you get thoroughly checked when bringing cameras, lenses and more but light modifiers can also be a pain. Let alone the cost of all that stuff can add up. But for some odd reason, golf bags fly for free (meaning no oversize charge) on most airlines. Golf bags are a great size for storing smaller light stands–which will make your life so much easier. Of course, you still need to check the bag, get it over there, and hope that the folks who work while handling all that stuff don’t break anything.A few other tips when it comes to packing your gear that I’ve learned in my years of traveling:...
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Testing…Testing…Kodak Ektachrome E100 120 Medium Format Film Begins Trials This July

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If you’ve been waiting patiently for the release of the Kodak Ektachrome E100 120, you might not have to wait much longer. The company is reporting that they are ready to begin testing it in July 2019 - less than one month away. In an Instagram post about the film, Kodak said, “We know you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of larger format Ektachrome E100 Films. We are diligently working on bringing them to market, with a wide coating trial of the 120 format film planned for late July!” The popularity of the film is pretty unquestioned. In fact, it isLast Updated on June 10, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsIf you’ve been waiting patiently for the release of the Kodak Ektachrome E100 120, you might not have to wait much longer. The company is reporting that they are ready to begin testing it in July 2019 – less than one month away. …
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Messing Around with the Image Gets Another Photographer of the Year DQ’d

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How many stories do we bring you about this same old thing? A lot, but the message never seems to get through. But here we are and today we’re talking about image manipulation, public embarrassment, and losing the coveted title of photographer of the year. A photograph by Bjorn Persson of an elephant called “Tim in Amboseli National Park, Kenya” was disqualified after winning for what Africa Geographic says when “post-production work by the photographer resulted in certain tears in the ears of the elephant not being accurately reflected.” As Digital Photography School points out, this violates the contest’s ruleLast Updated on June 10, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsHow many stories do we bring you about this same old thing? A lot, but the message never seems to get through. But here we are and today we’re talking about image manipulation, public embarrassment, and losing the coveted title of photographer of …
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Chinese Officials Reportedly Pressuring US Tech Firms to Not Comply with Huawei Ban

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As you might be aware, we have tried to cover the Huawei saga since its beginning and it seems like that, though nothing has changed on the surface, things seem to be happening behind the scenes to either make matters worse or resolve the whole thing before that starts. Why all of this is a big deal is that, as one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers, Huawei’s impact on things is equally large. And things like being kicked off of Android and cut off from chip supplies is a pretty big deal. Big enough, in fact, that the PRCLast Updated on June 10, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsAs you might be aware, we have tried to cover the Huawei saga since its beginning and it seems like that, though nothing has changed on the surface, things seem to be happening behind the scenes to either make matters worse or resolve …
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FAA Evaluating Policy Regarding Drones and Remote ID in July 2019

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Updating the laws around drones is happening more quickly than most of us might like but is actually a lot slower than one would expect given how many complications irresponsible drone pilots have caused for people over the past couple of years. Among the many proposals for reigning in this sort of behavior - pilot licensing, registration schemes, software and anti-drone technology - is something called Remote ID which is, in its most basic form, little more than the equivalent of a “digital license plate” according to DPReview. It’s seen as among the simplest, quickest ways to implement a robustLast Updated on June 10, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsUpdating the laws around drones is happening more quickly than most of us might like but is actually a lot slower than one would expect given how many complications irresponsible drone pilots have caused for people over the past couple of years. Among …
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Just Type and Make People Say Whatever with Increasingly Advanced AI “Deepfakes”

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AI and its impact on photography and videography is becoming a bigger issue of concern and if you thought it was all overblown, wait until you see the kinds of things that even the simple stuff is capable of producing when it comes to fake videos and speech. The Verge highlighted research led by Adobe Research and joined by Stanford, Princeton, and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics which looked at how software can be used to edit the literal words coming out of someone’s mouth to make it look as if they said something else. Naturally, the group createdLast Updated on June 10, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsAI and its impact on photography and videography is becoming a bigger issue of concern and if you thought it was all overblown, wait until you see the kinds of things that even the simple stuff is capable of producing when it comes …
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Claire Droppert: What Silence in Dutch Landscapes Looks Like

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The power of stunning landscape photography lies not only in inspiring awe and sometimes wanderlust but also in its ability to emulate certain ideas and emotions. We’ve seen it in a lot of surreal landscapes previously featured, and we’re adding another fitting addition to the roster. In her beautiful collection titled Dutch Silence, Rotterdam-based photographer and designer Claire Droppert take us to some of the most tranquil vistas in the country, showing us how these sights and scenes emulate a relaxing silence.Dutch Silence is part of her bigger Silence collection, the goal of which is to use a simplistic style essential in capturing a distinguishing silence. She describes these series as being created “out of interest for the absence of sound witnessed in different locations around the world. Capturing the feeling invoked by the place, all these places have certain tranquility where remoteness stands out.”...
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7 Zoom Lenses That Are The Perfect Partner For Summer Day Trips

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Summer is right around the corner, which means day trips to local parks, lakes, beaches, hiking trails, and so much more are likely on the agenda of many people and families. When we go on these trips we always want to capture memories and capture images of the things and places we see, but we also like to travel light, I mean, who really wants to be lugging around a huge camera bag full of lenses while day tripping? If you want to travel light, but still want to be able to cover a range of focal lengths, the trusty 24-105mm should be the one lens you take with you. Join us after the break to see seven 24-105mm zoom lenses that we highly recommend.The zoom lenses we have listed below are some of the most versatile lenses you will ever lay your hands on, and they are widely considered to be some of the best walk-around lenses you can get. On the wide end, they are great for architectural work, landscapes, cityscapes, and environmental portraits, and on the long end, they are great for portraits, detail work, and getting just that little bit closer to objects in the distance. The zoom lenses listed below are all well built, offer excellent image quality, and great autofocus performance; to top it off they are decently light and easy to manage too. Check out seven of our favorite 24-105mm (or very close to that range) zoom lenses below....
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What Shooting Film Taught Me About Black-and-White Photos

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Clients often ask whether they can have their photos in black-and-white. My reply is always that I’ll do black-and-white versions in the gallery if they work — if they help the image shout “look at me”. In the DarkroomBack in 1986, when I got my first SLR, I only shot black-and-white film. I forget why. Perhaps the color was too difficult to process. But growing up, I was lucky enough to have a darkroom at home, it wasn’t equipped for anything complicated. When I started, I photographed a lot of trees and landscapes with only the odd portrait here and there. I noticed that sometimes the fantastic photo I would see in front of me as I clicked the shutter, would actually emerge as a rather disappointing black-and-white print in the developing tank. Other times, some pretty mundane shots actually looked far more interesting in black and white. ...
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Photos of the Border Between Childhood and Adulthood

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Grown is a new photo series by Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Sebastian Baumann that “examines the border between childhood and adulthood — if there is any.” “Each picture depicts physically grown individuals within a moment of sudden subconscious, almost apathetic, reflection,” Baumann says. In each photo, the grown up is seen lost in thought with the toys and imagination-filled play of their childhood.“What becomes of early dreams, hopes and fears once we grow up?” Baumann asks.You can find more of Baumann’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.Image credits: Photographs by Sebastian Baumann and used with permission...
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Just Fix It In Post

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CreativeLive asks photoshop experts if they can JUST fix it in post too see how they respond.
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A Look at Creating 360° VR Content for Clients

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The first 2.5 months of the 2019 year were filled with excitement, learning, stress, editing, headache, more learning, and more editing as I dove in head-first to creating a 360° VR promo video for a client. This is a look into its creation and how it’s done. I knew the new year would come with new opportunities and new experiences, but I didn’t expect that just 1 week after New Years I would be told I had 2 weeks to create a 360° VR promo video for the construction company that does nationwide remodels of companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chipotle, Chili’s, Home Depot, Walgreens, etc. This was a pretty big deal, and I had very little time to gather my thoughts, find models, locations, confirm scripts, shoot, and then edit (especially considering 360° shooting and editing was new to me). ...
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7 Unexpected Tips for Better Landscape Photography

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Let’s face it. Half the articles sharing “the top tips” for you to capture better landscape images are rather generic. Sure, straightening the horizon and photographing during Golden Hour may have a positive impact on your photos, but will they make you a better photographer? Instead of looking at those basics, I want to share 7 slightly different but equally important suggestions. These tips aren’t going to instantly improve your photography, but they’re aimed at making you a better photographer. Take the time to learn and try them, and I think you’ll start seeing a difference in the near future.#1. Good Light is NOT Limited to the ‘Golden Hour’I wasn’t going to talk about the Golden Hour in this article, but it’s such a common piece of advice that I can’t help bringing it up. While most people (myself included some years ago) say that you need to photograph during sunrise or sunset to get better images, I’m going to argue that this is not the case....
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Canon Was Blinded by Sony and the ‘Mirrorless Revolution’

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Based on a number of conversations I’ve had and a few minor polls I’ve conducted, most people seem to believe that Canon made the right decision by producing a mirrorless system. Now my sample size is quite small so this may or may not be a true reflection, but I have an opposing view to this. I firmly believe that Canon made the wrong choice by developing a new mirrorless system with a new mount. I’ve long believed that Canon should have continued with the EF mount. I get the feeling that Canon panicked a little and decided to rush into mirrorless to chase after Sony. In all honesty, what is the actual benefit of having a mirrorless camera over a DSLR? For Canon specifically, not much....
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How to Be a Good Second Shooter in Wedding Photography

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Whether you’re using it as a route into full-time wedding photography yourself, or just like shooting weddings with less responsibility, being a second shooter can be great fun. But there are responsibilities that come with being a second shooter, especially if you want to be invited back to shoot again! As a professional wedding photographer, I love having a second shooter I can trust at my weddings, it means that I know I don’t have to worry about the candids so much, I’ll have an assistant for setting up my lighting in the evening or corralling people into the space that I need them for any formal shots.But for you both to get the most out of the arrangement then there are some simple things to keep in mind....
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Photo Of The Day By Ryszard Lomnicki

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Fanad Head Lighthouse” by Ryszard Lomnicki. Location: Ireland.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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Fujifilm B&W Film is Back: Neopan 100 Acros II Unveiled

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Fujifilm’s black-and-white film is coming back from the dead. The company just announced a brand new film stock called Neopan 100 Acros II that promises “unsurpassed image quality” and “world-class fine grain.” “This 100 ISO film will deliver unsurpassed resolution, fine grain and sharpness, with exceptional detail satisfying a broad range of shooting scenarios and exposures,” Fujifilm says. The company killed off all of its remaining B&W film and photo paper products in April 2018, which included the discontinuation of its popular Neopan 100 Acros film. A few months later, there were murmurings of a potential rebirth. Today, Fujifilm officially revealed that the renewed interest in film photography being seen around the world has indeed led the company to reverse course and reenter the B&W film market....
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Compact Camera Showdown: The Fujifilm X100F Versus The Leica Q

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Both Fujifilm and Leica make quality compact cameras, but does the gulf in price between the two featured here mean that one is truly better than the other? Some would argue that Leica’s are the pinnacle, the creme de la creme, the best of the best, simply because, well, they’re Leica’s, but does it automatically mean that you’re going to get results from their cameras that simply cannot be replicated by models that cost significantly less? After the break we will share a Fujifilm X100F versus a Leica Q compact camera comparison video with you that Evan Ranft has put together.The X100F is a fantastic compact camera from Fujifilm that costs $1,199, so still not exactly cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the Leica Q is a camera that has a much larger price tag of $3,995, so some might expect that this camera will run rings around the X100F when it comes down to image quality, but that wasn’t exactly the case as you’ll see in the video that ISO1200 recently shared below. This video hasn’t shocked us in the slightest as we were positively smitten with the Fujifilm X100F when we reviewed it. Of course, we were also impressed with the Leica Q back in 2015....
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The Magnum Square Print Sale is Back With “Obsessions”

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If you’ve missed the previous legs of the much awaited Magnum Square Print Sale, we’re glad to report that it’s now back. This time, Magnum greats such as Eliott Erwitt Bruce Gilden, David Alan Harvey, Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Philippe Halsman, Thomas Hoepker, and Alessandra Sanguinetti.Beginning today, June 10th, the latest run of the Magnum Square Print Sale gives us the chance to score some museum quality 6×6 prints from the world’s most esteemed photographers. Works of over 100 artists are featured in this collection, all in an exploration of the theme “Obsessions.” Those who want to score these prints for a special price of $100 have to be fast, as the sale will only run for 5 days....
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How to Shoot Panoramas and Stitch Them in Photoshop

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If you are looking to take your landscape photography to the next level, then you should be looking at making panoramic images that are created by shooting multiple images and merging them together while post-processing. In this article, we will look at how to shoot panoramas and stitch them in Photoshop - a process that is quite simple and straightforward. Image by Matthias Mullie What is a Panorama? The dictionary defines a panorama as, 'an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer.' A panorama is an uninterrupted view of the whole region surrounding the viewer and a panoramicTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsIf you are looking to take your landscape photography to the next level, then you should be looking at making panoramic images that are created by shooting multiple images and merging them together while post-processing. In this article, we will look at how to shoot panoramas and stitch them in Photoshop …
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Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 II is Reportedly Coming This Fall

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Just a little over a year after Fujifilm killed off the Neopan Acros 100, the company seems to have finally heard the pleas to bring back the film photographer favorite. Following through their word on looking into bringing back its black and white films, Fujifilm finally made it official that they’re bringing back the Acros 100 come Fall 2019, but in a new form they dubbed Neopan Acros 100 II.According to the press release shared by Fuji Rumors, bringing the Neopan Acros 100 back to life was made possible by replacing some of the materials that they found difficult to obtain, as well as adapting the production to the new materials.“The company terminated sales of black and white films last fall due to a decrease in demand for black and white films and the difficulty in obtaining raw materials essential for production. However, the film enthusiasts and other young people of the SNS generation, who prefer the photo with the unique texture of the film, many people voiced the desire to continue the sales of our black and white film, resumption of sales from all angles. We have been working on it and we have succeeded in developing the black and white film ‘Acros II’ by researching substitutes for raw materials that became difficult to obtain and radically reexamining the manufacturing process to match the new raw materials.”...
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The Cinematic Look: Three Tips for Candid and Street Photography with an 85mm Lens

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Though the purists in street photography will tell you that you need to get up close and personal to someone on the streets, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with using an 85mm lens. Of course, any wrongdoing comes with the intentions of the photographer. In this case, your intentions should be to try to get a different look at the scene and capture it as it happens with less chance of being seen. If you feel like calling it such, you can think of it as being a fly on the wall. Something many street photographers aspire to be when they shoot.So after years of testing various 85mm lenses, here are some of our tips.When shooting street photography and candid photography with an 85mm lens, there are four ways of going about this:...
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Capture The Flavor In Your Travel Photos

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Regardless of the destination to where you travel, each has its own distinct characteristics. Whether your journey takes you to an iconic location to make scenics, a wildlife mecca like the Serengeti in Tanzania or a place richly immersed in culture to make portraits of the locals, translating the location’s attributes should be high on your list. Go in with a mindset to do this and you’ll come back with better travel photos.Be it a grand western scenic or the rain forest of the Amazon, feel what the area radiates. Walk around with your camera at your side and simply absorb all you see with just your eyes. Use your other senses to take in the sounds and smells of where you go. Each incoming impulse will help you better understand what you face photographically. Start off by making no pictures. With every new step you take, look forward, backward, left and right and immerse yourself in what’s going on. The world around you encompasses 360 degrees. If all you take in is your forward view of 120 degrees, you’re potentially missing 240 degrees worth of images. In addition, look up and down at your feet. It’s in these closer worlds that iconic gems may exist. Don’t overlook them....
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This Law Proposal Could Help a Lot of Photographers

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Ever gone through the nightmare of paying for “waiting time penalties” just days after shooting with a model? It’s a common problem particularly for photographers in California. This is because of a loophole in the Labor Law for Print Productions, which indicates that talents can file claims for the penalties mentioned if they aren’t paid their wages upon wrap. So this can be a big problem for producers, photographers, and agencies who may not be able to make payments upon wrap due to unforeseen circumstances, or even things out of their control or ability. This is what photo shoot production specialist The Producer and California-based casting agency Prime Casting are trying to address by calling for changes in the law in question....
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Michael Schlegel Reveals the Otherworldy Stillness of the Fanal Forest

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Craving for your regular dose of dreamy landscape photography? Today’s spotlight is on Berlin-based Michael Schlegel and his beautiful minimalist depictions of the Fanal Forest. Form and mood are the stars of the series, both of which shine in black and white. If you’re looking into ethereal takes on landscape photography, this collection will do well to inspire you and give you some ideas.Shooting in color is often the option for many landscape photographers, and it might as well be the best course if the focus is on striking color palettes or textures in varying hues. But going the black and white route can be a great way to infuse drama and minimalism into the scenes that you’re capturing. Schlegel’s Fanal series, taken in the titular Fanal hiking trail of Madeira in Portugal, prove to be great examples....
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How I Beat Instagram Addiction in a Few Steps (And How You Can Too)

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If you’re already saying that Instagram isn’t toxic, then I’m going to assume that you’re either too far deep down the rabbit hole, you’re an influencer that’s afraid to lose influence and who has no problem feeding off of someone’s addition to their phone, or you just aren’t aware that this is a problem. But indeed, it’s a condition that can drain you and fill your life with a lot of darkness. Take it from a guy who has to keep social media around in order to keep running a large photography blog. Though social media is less and less of our traffic due to their efforts to keep you on their platform, we have to admit that it’s sort of important to us. Further, lots of us rely on Instagram as photographers. So here’s how I went about making it less toxic....
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Protests Work…Kinda: Facebook Reviewing Its Nude Photography Policy

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A few days back we brought you the story about the group protesting Facebook’s restrictive policy on nude photography. Well, it used to on any kind of nudity, really, but the social media platform has tamped back on banning classical art statues and the like. But photographs featuring nudity - especially the female nipple - are a no-go for Facebook. Today, however, Facebook admitted that they are reviewing this policy after the efforts of several groups to make sure that photography is not treated like a second class artform on the world’s largest social media platform. To be clear, theLast Updated on June 9, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsA few days back we brought you the story about the group protesting Facebook’s restrictive policy on nude photography. Well, it used to on any kind of nudity, really, but the social media platform has tamped back on banning classical art statues and …
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Five Sensational Prime Lenses for Nikon Portrait Photographers on a Budget

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Good quality prime lenses at affordable prices have not always been easy to come by. But now, you can get some truly fantastic primes that really won’t break the bank. Normally, you associate cheaper things in life with lesser quality, but that’s not the case here. If you’re a Nikon shooter and have been looking at lenses for portraits that won’t suck your bank account dry, this roundup is for you. Razor sharp, gorgeous colors, blazing fast autofocus speeds, great build quality – all of those traits sound like they belong to lenses that cost upwards of four figures, don’t they? What if I told you that you can get lenses with all of those great characteristics, and more, for under $650! Does it sound too good to be true? Well believe it, because all of the prime lenses listed below are under $650, and they are perfect for budding portrait photographers and even pros simply because they perform miracles. Check out five of our favorite, affordable prime portrait lenses for Nikon below....
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Here are the Winners of the 2019 Moscow International Foto Awards

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Looking for the latest in inspiring photography competition results? The Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) has recently announced the winners of their 2019 edition, showcasing some of the world’s most brilliant and insightful photography in their Professional and Student divisions. MIFA aims to “recognize, reward and promote talented photographers from around the world and introduce them to the creative community in Russia.”Besting over 4,000 entries from more than 100 countries, the grand prize winners for MIFA 2019 are divided into two awards. The Photographer of the Year, the top distinction in the Professional division, was given to Rasmus Flindt Pedersen from Denmark. His winning series is the stark and provocative The Forgotten Country, which reveals some of the devastating impacts of the Yemeni Civil War. The New Talent of the Year, the top prize under the Student division, was awarded to Gavin Smart of the United Kingdom for his classic character portrait series titled The Producers....
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Photo Of The Day By Pinkesh Bhati

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lunch” by Pinkesh Bhati. Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.“A sambar deer grazing at the Ranthambore National Park,” describes Bhati. “The sun was harsh when I made this picture. However, it worked in my favor since I was aiming for an esoteric effect.”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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When Your Camera Becomes A Tool, Your Passion For Photography Will Ignite

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Hands up if you are like me. You just bought a new camera. You slowly and deliberately unbox it, savouring every feeling, enjoying every moment. Obviously, you discard the manual, carelessly tossing it to some far-flung corner of the room. Instead, you jump straight in, attaching a lens, getting a feel for this beautifully sculptured marvel of metal and electronics.  You are enamoured by it, an object of desire that is now yours. And that’s a natural and good thing. It may last a few days, it may last several weeks, but at some stage, you need to form aTotal: 18Shares 0Tweets 1PinsHands up if you are like me. You just bought a new camera. You slowly and deliberately unbox it, savouring every feeling, enjoying every moment. Obviously, you discard the manual, carelessly tossing it to some far-flung corner of the room. Instead, you jump straight in, attaching a lens, getting a feel …
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Opinion: Unsplash’s Latest News Is a Mockery to Photographers

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We have spoken in quite some depth about Unsplash, and how they are unraveling the threads of photography as we know it. It seems as though the threads are being pulled faster and faster. The company just announced that over a million images have been shared with them by photographers and creators who may not understand just what they are doing to themselves, or the industry as a whole. Heavy sighJust in case you aren’t up to speed in regards to Unsplash here is a quick reminder of why we hold this service in such disdain. Unsplash is a service that promotes itself by holding frequent photography competitions. It promises those who share their images that they will get their work in front of major corporations and players in the photography field. This in itself is true; they do indeed get images in front of big wigs. But what Unsplash doesn’t like to let on is that they take full ownership of every image you share with them. They snag the rights to that image, leaving you with nothing but a memory of the work you created....
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Essentials: TACS AVL II Rustic Brown Edition Timepiece

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I’ve been a watch guy for as long as I can remember, probably even longer than I’ve had an interest in photography. This is thanks mainly to the hours I’ve spent assisting my aunt who worked in the horology industry during my youth and admiring countless timepieces, changing watch straps, and tinkering with watch movements. To this day, I seldom leave home without first fitting a timepiece around my wrist. Call it a habit or old fashioned behavior, but despite having a smartphone with me at all times that not only tells time along with being able to perform a myriad of other functions, being able to tell time at the flick of a wrist will always be faster than having to pull my phone out of my pocket. When Tokyo based boutique watchmaker TACS reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in checking out the new Rustic Brown Edition of their AVL II timepieces, the watch nerd and the photographer in me were more than happy to oblige. TACS is an acronym for Taste, Attractive, Creative, and Sense, and the AVL II Rustic Brown Edition surely checks all of those boxes....
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New Instax Product Leaked – Meet the New Mini LiPlay

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One of the hotter throwback product lines in the camera market are instant print cameras like Fuji’s ultra-popular Instax line. They’re definitely not the only game on the block, but they sure are one of the biggest and most important. That’s why the recent leak of Fuji’s new super small Instax line - the Mini LiPlay - caused a bit of a stir on the Internet and for all the good reasons. The concept shows a sleek, compact design with a back screen and an almost impossibly small form factor. Slated for an official unveiling on June 12, the MiniLast Updated on June 9, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 10Shares 0Tweets 0PinsOne of the hotter throwback product lines in the camera market are instant print cameras like Fuji’s ultra-popular Instax line. They’re definitely not the only game on the block, but they sure are one of the biggest and most important.Claim Your Free Camera …
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Wildlife Photo Contest Winner Disqualified Over Elephant’s Ears

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African Geographic has announced that photographer who recently won its 2019 Photographer of the Year award has been disqualified due to photo-manipulation. The photo, titled “Tim in Amboseli National Park, Kenya” and shot by photographer Björn Persson, shows a known Kenyan elephant named Tim standing in a field with dark clouds in the background.Although the photo initially won Persson the title of Photographer of the Year, the publication’s “ever-vigilant community members with detailed knowledge of Tim” quickly noticed that something was off with the elephant’s ears.African Geographic points to these two photos by Selengei Poole-Granli that were also submitted to the contest as ones that accurately show what Tim’s ears look like — notice the damaged areas:...
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A Photographer’s Powerful Photo and Message for a Mom After Birth

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After a child is born, that newborn baby generally becomes the center of everyone’s attention. One photographer recently captured an often-overlooked moment of a mom post-birth, and her photo and the accompanying message are going viral, reaching millions around the world. After her friend Tammy Wright of Jacksonville, Florida, gave birth to a baby boy on May 20th, photographer Alex Dovel of Alex Michele Photography shot the above photo of an exhausted Wright holding the side of her hospital bed. Dovel then shared the photo on her Facebook page with the following message:The post has since racked up over 200,000 reactions, 172,000 shares, and 17,000 comments.“The feedback has been incredible!” Dovel tells PetaPixel. “Women around the world have been able to connect with each other on this platform to talk about a subject that is usually pushed aside! ...
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Here Are The Coolest Photography Links Of The Week For Your Enjoyment

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It has been yet another inspiring week in photography, with photographers and writers from all genres creating great content to share online with enthusiasts.  In this weeks post, we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all over for links to remarkable tutorials, unique features and great photography.  We hope you enjoy checking all these links out as much as the Toad did in bringing you this weeks list. TUTORIALSHow To Photograph People With The Sun Behind Them - shooting backlit portraits is something that most photographers avoid as much as possible for a variety of reasons. This terrificTotal: 14Shares 0Tweets 0PinsIt has been yet another inspiring week in photography, with photographers and writers from all genres creating great content to share online with enthusiasts.  In this weeks post, we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all over for links to remarkable tutorials, unique features and great photography.  We hope …
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Dmitri Pryahin’s “ICEDRIFT” Explores the Complexity of Dance

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If you were intrigued and hypnotized by the unique and often haunting visual stories of Russian photographer Dmitri Pryahin, we have another of his fascinating series for you to draw inspiration from. In this body of work, titled ICEDRIFT, he continues to push the boundaries of portraiture and conceptual photography to with surreal perceptions of dance and interpretation of human movements.For this project, Pryahin photographed the movements of dance squad Tekstil, making it part performance art, part dance photography, and part conceptual photography. Given all we know about his work through both this interview and this previous feature, it’s interesting to see him apply the same provoking ideas and symbolism to a bigger scope of human expression. While this series suggests it’s no longer just about raw inner monologues, since it doesn’t feature a singular subject, we can still see his ideas and sensibilities about photographing people and their psyche....

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