December 12, 2018

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All These Worlds Are Yours, Except Europa: Epic Time-Lapse Shot in Space is Longest Ever Recorded

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Time-lapse photography is some really cool stuff, but when you apply it to space, it becomes even more amazing, especially given the scale of things. Who doesn’t love to watch the light from distant stars blink into existence? And further, who doesn’t stand in awe of their luster, especially when compared with the lights from cities on the nearby Earth’s surface? The distances are so enormous between the two yet the light so similar in intensity - is this not truly what photography is all about? To celebrate twenty years of international collaboration in space, the European Space Agency producedTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsTime-lapse photography is some really cool stuff, but when you apply it to space, it becomes even more amazing, especially given the scale of things. Who doesn’t love to watch the light from distant stars blink into existence? And further, who doesn’t stand in awe of their luster, especially when compared …
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Mountain Spirits

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Nearly every October, I journey into the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado to bask in the warm days and crisp, cool nights of fall, and to find that quiet inner peace that a moment of high country autumn light and shimmering aspen gold can provide to the soul. While the San Juan Mountains offer some of the most famous fall vistas in all of photography, I now look more for lesser-known scenes than the iconic autumn locations that draw so many photographers to these mountains.On a cold, rainy Friday evening in mid-October, I drove up to Molas Pass near Silverton, Colorado, parked along a forest road, and slept in the back of my truck. As the rain continued all night heavily, I slept restlessly, wondering if the Saturday morning sunrise would materialize. Upon waking two hours before dawn, the area was enveloped in fog that I doubted would clear before first light....
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Could The New Fujifilm and Panasonic Organic Sensors Replace X Trans?

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The world of technology is moving along at a blistering pace which means we get more and more advanced cameras hitting the streets all the time. Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up a few years ago to create a completely new type of organic sensor so that they could not only make advancements in technology, but so that they could try to steal some market share back from Sony who supply most of the world’s camera sensors. This new co-developed sensor will be capable of 8K at 60 frames per second, and will have a few more tricks up its sleeve. But just imagine what could be possible if in some way it were combined with X Trans.According to a press release from Panasonic Japan, and a post on Mirrorless Rumors, the first camera to use this revolutionary organic sensor will be a Panasonic based 8K video camera: the AK-SHB810. This new camera will officially be released in late 2019, though no specific date has been given yet. Panasonic has said that this sensor is incredibly high in sensitivity, and has dynamic range that cannot be matched by any current silicon based sensors. Sounds awesome, right? Considering that Fujifilm makes some absolutely stunning cinema glass, it’s bound to deliver great images if the brand supports the mount....
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Portrait Photography Tip: How to Make Your Model Feel Less Awkward

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Want to get into portrait photography and make sure you get beautiful results with every shoot? Before you fuss around with your camera settings, locations, and lighting setup among the most important things you have to learn are posing and directing your models. But you can’t do that until they’re at ease and feel less awkward around you. Here’s a quick video with some suggestions on how to do just that.We hear about the importance of making models feel relaxed during photo shoots, but not many of us know where to start. In his video below, Mathieu Stern suggested four ways — or rather, “exercises” — to help make your models  loosen up a little and feel less awkward in front of the camera. It may even help you build a rapport with your subject and feel less awkward or pressured as well!...
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Dear Camera Companies: Please Make Slower, Lighter Prime Lenses Between 50mm and 150mm

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PetaPixel recently published an open letter from photographer Usman Dawood entitled: “Dear Camera Companies: Please Make a Fast Lens Between 50mm and 85m.” Today, I am asking for the pretty much the opposite: slower, lighter prime lenses. Unlike Mr. Dawood, I am an amateur photographer, though I am a veteran of many years in the photographic hardware business. I presently use the Sony a6500 camera, an excellent APS-C camera. The pictures I shoot tend to be pictorials and scenics, and of course the mandatory family shots. I live retired in a small town in remote Southwest Oregon.While I own and use the superb Sony 18-135mm OSS Zoom lens, I have always preferred to use prime lenses whenever possible for best possible image quality. The best lenses I presently own and use are the E-mount Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and Sigma 60mm f/2.8. The 30mm f/1.4 Sigma is justly famous; the 60mm f/2.8 rather less so....
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That ‘Debunking’ of a Paris Protest Fire Photo is Fake

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One of the most viral photos of the past few days has been a side-by-side comparison of two photos that purports to show how photographers covering the Paris protests are misrepresenting the truth. Social media posts of the comparison have been shared tens of thousands of times, and even certain media sites have used the images as proof that photographers are using dishonest perspective and framing to turn tiny insignificant fires into giant blazes that seem to show Paris burning.The international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) looked into the allegations and concluded that the side-by-side debunking is fake. “Perspective matters, and so do dates and places… because these two photos were taken on two different days in two different places, in Paris,” AFP writes. “Criticism of media coverage is legitimate, but this isn’t the best example of it. ...
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Lightroom Dec 2018 Update Brings a Customizable Develop Panel

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Adobe has released the December 2018 update to its entire photo ecosystem, bringing new features, improvements, and bug fixes to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and iOS. Here’s a rundown of the notable changes across the different apps (a full list of changes can be found here):Lightroom Classic“In the December update for Lightroom Classic CC, we’ve focused on workflow and performance improvements,” Adobe writes. Customize Develop PanelYou can now customize the order of (or hide) tools found in the Develop module for your own personal flow. Right click (or Ctrl+click on Mac) on any panel header and select “Customize Develop Panel” to bring up the box for reordering and hiding tools....
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A Simple Hack for Easier Focusing with TLR Cameras

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If you have a TLR camera, here’s a simple trick you can try to help you to focus more easily. All you’ll need is some rubber bands, scissors, aluminum foil, and a ruler (optional). Here’s a visual guide (the pictures speak for themselves):I made this strip of aluminum 1cm wide.These next images are only illustrative of what you will see in the focus screen using this hack.When you’re out of focus, you’ll see this two images (like a double exposure) in your ground glass, very similar to a rangefinder patch.As you adjust focus, when the two images line up you are in focus.I hope you find this little trick useful.About the author: Pedro Cardoso is the photographer behind filmlovephotography, a website for people who love analog photography. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work and writing on his website and Instagram. This article was also published here....
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Leaked Photos Reveal the Olympus OM-D E-M1X

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Olympus reportedly has a mirrorless camera called the E-M1X up its sleeve, and the camera has now been leaked through a set of photos and specs. 43 Rumors received photos of the camera from a reader and confirmed with trusted sources that the images do indeed show the upcoming camera.As you can see in the photos, the camera features a pro-style form factor with a second vertical grip for shooting in portrait orientation.The back of the camera features a swiveling screen.The original photos were apparently leaked on the Micro Four Thirds User Group forums before being picked up by 43 Rumors, and the unedited versions suggest the camera is still relatively compact (based on the hand present in one of them)....
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Tips For Photographing Holiday Lights From A Photojournalist

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When I asked award-winning photographer Rick Friedman if he would be willing to shoot a few photos of Boston during the holidays to demonstrate photographing lights and long exposures his first response was, “Topher, it’s literally 2 degrees outside.” But in the end, he’s just too nice of a guy — and a photographer devoted to his craft — so he decided to help me out. Not only that, Rick provided a few tips on how you can best capture the holiday spirit from behind the lens, no matter the weather.People often underestimate how difficult it can be to get the perfect shot in the wintertime. Like any shoot, you should plan shoots in advance, but it’s even more crucial in the winter months. “In a northern town like Boston, the golden hour lasts about 20 minutes and so does the blue hour or the time after the sun sets… so this time a year, it’s all about moving fast,” says Rick. It’s also crucial to have the right equipment, especially if you are attempting to shoot holiday lights during the blue hour or later, when a long exposure is essential. According to Rick, anyone who is looking to capture holiday lights needs a tripod, a camera release and also needs to use “mirror-up setting” to ensure a stable, quality shot. It’s also smart carry extra batteries as long exposures have a tendency to take a lot of out them....
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Why Pro Body, Crop Sensor Cameras Deserve More Credit in the World of Professional Photography.

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Just a few short years ago it was pretty easy to say that APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras could never be used by professional photographers. Crop sensors cameras of yesteryear were known for poor high ISO performance, lacked a lot of features their much more expensive Full Frame brothers had, and often produced images that were lack luster. Times have changed in a major way though. Current APS-C and Micro Four Thirds crop sensor cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3, the Nikon D500, the Olympus EM-1 Mk II, and the Panasonic G9 have been adopted by professional photographers around the globe, and for good reason. There will always be some that believe you cannot call yourself a professional photographer unless you use a Full Frame camera. This a real shame because the latest crop sensor cameras destroy older crop bodies, and often perform equally as well as some Full Frame cameras. It’s really about time we start giving crop sensor cameras more credit. Chris Nichols from DPReview TV recently put the four pro-body, crop sensor cameras mentioned above through their paces to see how they could handle different types of photography. You may be surprised by the results....
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Photographers Visit 200+ Sick Kids in Hospitals for Magical Christmas Photos

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To bring some Christmas cheer to sick children stuck in hospitals, the Christmas Wish Project recently assembled 100 volunteers in 10 cities across 4 countries for an ambitious portrait project. The photographers made magical Christmas portraits for over 200+ kids and their families. Put on by the volunteer organization The Heart Project, which was co-founded by Australian photographer Karen Alsop from Story Art, the Christmas Wish Project is now in its third year. This year’s effort spanned Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.The volunteer photographers and creatives set up green screens in each hospital and had children pose for portraits. The crew then turned those portraits into Christmas scenes with Santa....
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Media Companies Can’t Just Steal Your Social Media Photos: Judge

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With the explosion of social media and photo sharing, personal pictures commonly go viral and make their way onto major news websites, sometimes without the photographers’ permission. But a judge has just ruled that media companies can’t simply steal social media photos whenever they see fit. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the whole case started back in on June 10th, 2017, when President Donald Trump crashed a wedding taking place at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Deutsche Bank VP Jonathan Otto was in attendance, and he snapped photos of the scene with his iPhone.He then sent one of them to another wedding guest, who sent it to others, and eventually it was posted by a relative of the bride to Instagram, where it was discovered by the media....
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The Best Photograph Ever Taken

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To my mind, Ansel Adams' 'The Tetons and the Snake River' is the most iconic landscape photograph ever taken and also has a pretty good claim to being the best photograph ever taken. Agree? What's yours? Let us know in the comments.  It is also certainly the most famous photographic example of the compositional guideline of 'leading lines.' I mean, look at it - the leading lines almost leap out of the image and hit you in the face. But what lessons can we landscape photographers take from the image? Let's dive a bit deeper. What Makes the Image SoTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsTo my mind, Ansel Adams' “The Tetons and the Snake River” is the most iconic landscape photograph ever taken and also has a pretty good claim to being the best photograph ever taken. Agree? What's yours? Let us know in the comments.  It is also certainly the most famous photographic example …
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Creating Photos of a Man on Fire

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How do you go about creating photos of a person on fire without actually setting someone on fire? Through creative planning, photography, and retouching — and sacrificing the well-being of some mannequins. For a series that was originally published in 125 Magazine, London-based photographer Holger Pooten photographed a model in various East London locations.The second part of the project happened in the studio of set-builder Carmel Said, who set mannequins (and parts of them) on fire while in the same poses as the model.“Since we’re a little obsessed with fire anyway, it was an insane amount of fun in the studio, despite a five-meter high wall nearly collapsing on us,” writes Recom Farmhouse, which did the post-processing. “We kept setting mannequins alight until we had enough flames and smoke to work with in post-production in order to retouch them onto the real model.”...
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Four of Our Favorite Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

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If you’re a Sony shooter and are on the hunt for great quality wide angle lenses that won’t scare your wallet, but will produce excellent results you’re in luck. As photographers we are really fortunate that there are so many options on the market when it comes to lenses. Just a few short years ago it was hard to find budget lenses that really performed as well as first party glass. Now thanks to advances in technology, increased market competition, and lower prices, you can indeed find budget wide angle lenses that perform exceedingly well.We’re going to take a look at four affordable, budget friendly wide angle lenses that work fantastically well on Sony Mirrorless cameras. These lenses are perfect for a wide variety of photography genres from landscapes to street, and environmental portraits to documentary photography. If you have an itch that only a sub $500 wide angle lenses can scratch read on and see what fantastic options are out there for you....

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