February 27, 2020

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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds on Lenses from Sigma, Tamron, Sony, More
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Wow, there are some fantastic lens deals around right now. We have found the best ones and have rounded them up for you. The outstanding Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 with a Canon EF mount is a steal at $595 ($499 with a Nikon F mount), and the Canon EF 17-40mm f4L has a discount of $300 making it just $499! The Tamron 18-400mm with a Nikon F mount is a bargain at $539 ($579 with a Canon EF mount), and the Olympus 45mm f1.8 should not be passed up by any M4/3 shooter, especially when you can get one for $194.57. Sony shooters, you can save $100 on one of the sharpest lenses around in the 90mm f2.8 Macro (it’s $998). Come and check out these and tons more lens deals after the break. Be sure to check out our comprehensive lens reviews section. We have reviewed more lenses than most on the web, so check out reviews of the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro, and many more so you can see how the lenses performed in the real world. Please, pull up a chair and take a look at the lens deals below. You’ll be glad that you did.
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Photo Of The Day By Amy Ames
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Humpbacks Lunge Feeding” by Amy Ames. Location: Resurrection Bay in Alaska.“Lighting was tricky in a late evening in July last summer,” says Ames. “With a group of photographers, we were trying to photograph an orca pod in the distance, when we heard the noise of gathering seagulls behind us. We turned the boat around and saw this amazing lunge-feeding. Perfect timing and luck enabled me to catch the moment of the whales lunging and the seagulls waiting to catch a few prey of their own.”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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Think the M4/3 Format Is Dead? We Disagree. In Fact, It Just Grew.
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It has been stated often over the last couple of years that the Micro Four Thirds platform is on its last legs, but some recent news shows just how wrong those statements could be. New reports say that both Venus Optics and Yongnuo will now officially support the platform going forward, and this can only mean good things for the M4/3 platform and those who use it. Let’s talk about this after the break.A recent post on the Digital Photography School website shed some light on news that involves both Venus Optics, who makes Laowa branded lenses, and Yongnuo, who makes lenses and photography accessories. The report states that these companies have recently committed themselves to the M4/3 platform: in fact, Panasonic and Olympus both declared the news, so it is indeed official.
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If It’s Real: The Canon RF 70-135mm F2 Would Be a Dream Lens
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News surrounding Canon has been coming in thick and fast over the last few weeks. First, we heard about the new Canon EOS R5, which was confirmed as being in development. And now, we understand that Canon might release no fewer than seven new RF mount lenses in the coming year. One of these lenses stands out more than the others: the potential Canon RF 70-135mm f2. Join us after the break for all the details.According to a report on Canon Watch, Canon will bolster its RF mount lineup with some stellar options for all types of photographers. Some of these new lenses have already been confirmed, while others are only potential releases right now. The lenses confirmed are the RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM and the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM, and then there are the two teleconverters (a 1.4x and a 2.0x) also confirmed as well.
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Video: Making Renaissance-Era Varnish for Wet Plate Photography
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Wet plate photography master Markus Hofstaetter—a frequent guest author on PetaPixel—recently embarked on another photography experiment. Using pebbles of sandarac resin, he made his own Renaissance-era varnish for his finished wet plates.Sandarac was used to make the original varnish. Sandarac varnish was popular in the Medieval period and especially in Renaissance-era Italy, where it was used to protect paintings and antiques. By melting it down, combining it with oil and alcohol, and filtering the mixture, you can produce a varnish that’s described as “hard, lustrous and durable.”In other words: the perfect protection for precious (and expensive) wet plate photography.In the video above, Hofstaetter takes you through the whole process: grinding the resin into a powder, dissolving it in 95% alcohol, mixing it with lavender oil, and then filtering the mixture over and over and over (and over) again until all of the impurities have been pulled out. Finally, he shows you the effect of the varnish by coating a newly captured self-portrait.
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Sparks Lake
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Winter weather at Sparks Lake is harsh. Nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort receives over 450 inches of snow annually. The Cascade Lakes highway is closed from late autumn until late spring. Winter access requires an 11-mile roundtrip excursion on the snow-covered highway, necessitating cross country skiing skills, snowshoeing stamina or a snowmobile. Winter visitors should be prepared for heavy snows, arctic conditions and a frozen lake surface.When the Cascade Lakes highway opens in spring, photographic opportunities abound. Meadows filled with yellow buttercups and pink mountain heather are a magical spring surprise. Summer bestows warm temperatures, bluebird skies…and mosquitoes. Be prepared with extra bug-proof layers and strong repellants. Autumn yields pockets of color from blueberry and huckleberry and fresh dustings of snow on the nearby volcanoes.
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Fuji X-T4 Officially Announced – What You Need to Know
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We told you it was happening and it happened. The Fuji X-T4’s full specs were revealed today and let’s just say the hype was somewhat real with this one.What have we got?Pretty much what we told you was coming:A top-of-the-line APS-C with IBIS, a new shutter mechanism, as well as a 26.1MP BSI CMOS X-Trans 4 sensor, and quad-core X-Processor 4.The 3.69M-dot EVF found in the X-T3 carries over to the new X-T4.It’s also coming packed with a bigger battery and a touchscreen, as you do.Per Fuji’s press release on the new X-T4:“The X-T4 is the pinnacle of the X Series, delivering the highest performance in both stills and video. A new shutter unit has been developed to be fast, durable and quiet. Combined with the fastest ever autofocus performance in an X Series camera, thanks to the development of a new algorithm, you can now capture the decisive moment that you may have missed before. The X-T4 is also the first model in the X-T Series to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), dramatically boosting the potential of the camera for stills and video shooting. The standalone video mode, which is now activated with a simple switch, and the use of digital image stabilization in the video mode, provides unparalleled shooting smoothness, allowing users to immerse themselves in video production. The new Film Simulation mode, ETERNA Bleach Bypass, simulates the traditional film processing technique to create a unique world of low saturation and high contrast.”
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Three ‘Types’ of Photographer You’ll Meet in the Wild
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A clip from season three of Amazon’s show The Grand Tour is making the rounds among photographers today, and for good reason. In just 2 minutes of comedy, the show managed to capture three of the main photographer “types” you’re likely to run into in the real world.If you’re not familiar, The Grand Tour came about after this much-beloved trio of comic car lovers left the BBC show Top Gear and were hired by Amazon. The show is ostensibly about cars, but Clarkson, May, and Hammond spend an awful lot of time taking on ridiculous challenges, and one of those challenges in Episode 2 of Season 3 was to try their hand at wildlife photography. The clip above shows the moment when each of the show’s hosts reveals the gear they’ve chosen to bring along for the trip. Each of the three men took a… predictably different approach to gear. Check out the full clip up top for a little dose of comic relief.
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These 35mm Primes Will Quickly Become a Multi-Tool in Your Lens Library
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We absolutely love 35mm primes at The Phoblographer, and it’s for good reasons. 35mm primes may just be the single most versatile lenses that you can get your hands on, and we really think that all photographers should have one in their lens library. Why? Well, 35mm primes are great for so many genres. Shoot street? 35mm primes will have your back. Shoot portraits, landscapes, events, weddings, documentary, astrophotography, food photography? You guessed it, 35mm primes are fantastic for all of those genres and many more. In this roundup, we will take a look at some of our favorite 35mm primes.35mm primes are great for so many reasons. Not only can all of the lenses listed below be used easily in multiple genres, but they also offer incredible sharpness, they render colors beautifully, and their fast apertures make them great for low light shooting. You can create some gorgeous bokeh with them too. Throw in great AF performance and solid builds, and you have 35mm primes that find themselves in the goldilocks zone. Check out some of our favorites below.
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Nikon Firmware 3.0 Field Test: Nikon’s Autofocus Just Got WAY Better
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Boston-based wedding photographer William Hall of The Monochrome Memoirs and Perla Images recently updated his Nikon Z6 to the latest Firmware 3.0, and the news is good: it seems Nikon just gave their mirrorless cameras a HUGE autofocus boost.The headline feature of the recent Firmware 3.0 update for the full-frame Nikon Z6 and Z7 was Animal Eye Autofocus, but that’s not actually that relevant for wedding photographers like Hall. The good news is Nikon did a lot more than just copy this one feature from Sony—the update also improved the cameras’ AF tracking and even changed the way subject tracking works to make it more like the much-beloved 3D Tracking option on Nikon DSLRs.This is exactly what Hall found when installed the update on his Nikon Z6, and he’s adamant about how much the camera’s hit rate and usability has improved.
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These are the Finalists for 2020 World Press Photo of the Year
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The World Press Photo Foundation has revealed the finalists of one of the most coveted awards in photojournalism. Picking from 73,996 photos submitted by over 4,200 photographers from 125 countries, the judges have identified six images that will go toe to toe for the title of World Press Photo of the Year, 2020.This week’s announcement revealed all of the nominees for this year’s awards, including the six finalists for World Press Photo of the Year, the three finalists for World Press Photo Story of the Year, and three finalists for each of the eight categories included in the 2020 Photo Contest. The images below represent the best single photographs of the whole lot—ostensibly the six most important images out of over 73,000.
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Keep Your Lens Clean
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Cleaning your camera’s lens is either as simple as wiping dust, water droplets, or smudge off the front element, or as complicated as taking apart the lens to clean its insides. However, there’s also a bunch of simple things you can do to keep your lenses clean and ready for the next shoot. For our photography cheat sheet today, we have five easy steps you can do as part of gear maintenance.One thing you may be overlooking is protecting your camera lens by keeping the lens cap on when you’re not shooting with it. Never leave for a shoot without a lens cap, and keep extra caps in your camera bag or pocket so you’re sure you always have one. A lens hood may also come in handy, not only to keep away glare but also to shield your lens from dust and water when shooting outdoors. Make sure to also put the rear cap on before storing your lenses.
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Hands On with the Fuji X-T4: Trying the IBIS, 240fps Slow Motion, and More
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I didn’t have a terribly long time with Fujifilm’s latest hybrid shooter before it was released—it was only about a week for what you see shot below—but thankfully, not too much has changed since the previous X-T3, and what has is obvious and easy to evaluate.Compared to the X-T3, the X-T4 is still weather resistant, still shoots 10-bit 4k internal F-Log at 60p, and maintains much of what made its predecessor great. Fuji has simply added a few things that make it an even better tool for the hybrid creators like myself. These additions are what I’d like to discuss. Furthermore, given my rather limited experience with the new gear, I want to keep these initial thoughts succinct. While I think Fujifilm makes some incredibly beautiful cameras, this article will focus more on my experience with the camera. I’ll have a handful of images sprinkled in, and after the next two sections that talk about video centric features, there is a video I created to test out the new gear. In that video I chose to explore the 240p capabilities.
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The 10 Best Photography Galleries In The World
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In the digital era, photography has certainly become a staple of everyday life. We see all kinds of imagery 24/7! Many of us have lost the ability to stop and contemplate images in detail. Because of this, photography galleries represent a perfect getaway for anyone who would like to enjoy photography the “old-fashioned” way – framed and hung.The following list consists of 10 really remarkable photo galleries around the world:1. Hamiltons GalleryHamiltons gallery was founded in London in 1977. It consists of a former rackets court and music room of the Courtauld family. Nowadays, this gallery specializes in works by modern masters of photography.Hamiltons has exhibited the artworks of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, and Robert Mapplethorpe. It also represented the work of Sir Don McCullin, who is one of the most famous most photojournalists in the world.
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OP ED: Will Sony’s Focus on Cameras Change Over the Next 5 Years?
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Sony has shaken things up in the photography industry over the last six years or so, and honestly, this has been wonderful for us as photographers because they have forced the likes of Canon and Nikon to wake up and produce more great cameras of their own. Still, some recent news about DRAM and the upcoming Playstation 5 brings us back down to earth and shows us that unlike Canon, Nikon, Sony is not a dedicated camera manufacturer, they are an electronics giant that will cut off support to a particular section of their business to focus on another, and for us, as photographers who have spent thousands on cameras and lenses from them, this is a little worrying. Let’s talk about this after the break.
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Want to Win a Tamron Lens? Enter Our Landscape Photography Contest
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Hey folks!We’re teaming up with Tamron for a landscape photography contest where the winner gets either a Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 for Sony FE mount or an SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD lens in Canon or Nikon DSLR mount (compatible with ML adapters). In case you didn’t know, we loved both of these lenses. Check out the rules below and head on over to the contest page.Who: This contest is available to everyone worldwide, ages 13+.What: Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 for Sony FE mount or an SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD lens in Canon or Nikon DSLR mount (compatible with ML adapters).When: Contest starts February 24th, 12AM EST, and ends March 10th, 11:59PM EST. The winner will be announced within one week after the end of the contest.
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Nine DIY Filmmaking and Photography Hacks Using Cardboard
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YouTuber Jordy of Cinecom.net recently put together a list of DIY filmmaking and photography hacks that are proving to be quite popular. In just under 7 minutes, he covers 9 hacks, all of which use cardboard to make the magic happen.The video was inspired by the fact that you don’t see as many of these “hack” videos anymore. So Jordy decided to share a set of tricks that are all based on cardboard and could all be classified as “stupid, but useful!” Here’s a quick list/summary of all nine:None of these “hacks” will revolutionize your workflow, but like most DIY tips they’re a great tool to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. Check out the full video up top to see each of the above tips in action, and and if you enjoy this kind of thing, we highly recommend checking out the Shi**y Rigs website for some truly spectacular (and often horrifying) hacks.
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How I Built a Custom Charging Board for All of My Camera Batteries
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Recently I became—as I’m sure many of you already are—utterly sick of the endless chargers and cables in my studio. It’s a mess of wires that always seem to get tangled and it always ends up looking like Medusa on a bad hair day.I’ve tried various things over the years: I’ve tried hiding them in drawers, Velcro-ing them to the wall or under a desk, but it has always ended up in the same mess. They also tend to take up a lot of room. So I created a custom charging board that was extremely easy to set up and organize.Now, I don’t want to say this is the best solution as I’m sure someone else has made something neater (and if you have any ideas, please comment below) but for me, this setup works well and doesn’t cost much.
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How to Spot Fake Photos of Fake People Online
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My name is Mike Solomon, and I learned a thing or two about AI-generated faces when I built the web app “Judge Fake People” last year. Here’s a little guide on how to spot fake photos of fake people online. All the people shown below are fake.Weird backgrounds are a dead giveaway. Some are easier to spot than others.Look out for a “uni-tooth”. It’s like a unibrow but as a front tooth. Some people have them in real life — Tom Cruise used to before he got braces — but they’re rare.Mismatched, weird earrings are another dead giveaway (unless they become a thing).Also, look for weird visual artifacts. The neural networks that make these images are often trained on photos/videos of people giving talks and speeches, so look for artifacts near where microphones would be.
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Portrait Photography Tutorial: This One Tool Gets You Perfect Skin Tones
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Fact: most photographers shoot in auto-white balance and deal with the problems of skin tones and color later on. But, it can be pretty tricky at times, so today, we’re showing how to get better skin tones and master perfect white balance at the same time. The result will be great colors in every portrait you shoot. No matter what lighting situation you’re in, you’ll find that you can use this trick to get the most pop in your photos every single time. Now, this Portrait Photography Tutorial can apply across a broad range of photo editing software, but we’re doing it in Capture One 20. It’s no secret that Capture One 20 does the best job when editing RAW files. So, let’s dive in.The situation we’re presenting is a pretty tough one. We were shooting with daylight balanced lights against an orange-ish background. One would think that this is no problem, but it’s actually a pretty big one. When your camera analyzes the scene, it often doesn’t know what to do with the colors. So, of course, you’re going to fix this in post-production instead of dialing in the Kelvin levels in-camera. One of the best things you can do is use a tool in Capture One 20 called Apply Normalization. Then, you move it over the skin tone, click, and it will quickly fix the scene. It’s a beautiful time saver. After this, you edit as normal. The full Portrait Photography Tutorial is down below in a video that’s under seven minutes.
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DxO Unveils Nik 2.5: Adds 5 New Film Simulations and Affinity Photo Support
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Fan’s of the Nik Collection plugin suite—formerly owned by Google, currently owned by DxO—got a new update today. With the Nik Collection 2.5, DxO has added five new film simulations to Color Efex Pro 4, as well as full compatibility for users of the popular program Affinity Photo.This update follows hot on the heels of a major update for Silver Efex Pro 4, and less than a year after the update to Nik 2.0. The main improvement is the addition of five new color film simulations from Fuji, Agafa and Lomography:According to DxO, each of these film stocks was “carefully selected for its chromatic intensity and fine grain.” PRECISA CT 100 was chosen for its “iconic neutral effect and deep blues,” FP-100C for its “ability to accurately reproduce colors and its rich tonal gradations,” INSTAX for its “color balance and tonal range that is superior to Polaroid films,” PROVIA 400X for its “excellent granularity and contrast, radiant colors, and even gray balance,” and REDSCALE 100 for its “warm colors, which are popular among lomography fans.”
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US Filmmaker Arrested While Documenting Pipeline Protest in Canada
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US documentary filmmaker Melissa Cox had a run-in with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) this week while trying to document an indigenous protest in British Columbia. Despite the fact that she is a member of the press, the RCMP chose to arrest Cox, allegedly using “undue force” and tampering with her camera equipment in the aftermath.Cox is currently working on a feature called “Yint’ah,” which documents the Wet’suwet’en First Nation land defenders’ efforts to resist a pipeline project by Coastal GasLink. On February 24th, while filming the arrest of Gitxsan hereditary Chief Spookw at a railroad blockade, the RCMP put her in handcuffs and carelessly dropped her camera on the ground.
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Everything Wrong with the FAA’s Remote ID Proposal, and How to Help Change It
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Drone photographers have one more weekend to submit their comments to the FAA regarding the agency’s highly controversial Remote ID proposal. If you’re still not sure what it is, or how to help change it before it’s too late, this guide from Pilot Institute will explain everything you need to know.The idea of requiring drones to have an onboard “Remote ID”—sort of like a digital license plate—first appeared in 2017, but the FAA officially released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for Remote ID the day after Christmas 2019. Since then, it’s been a mad scramble by drone pilots, photographers, and filmmakers to understand what’s in the 89-page proposal (formerly over 300 pages…) and how to respond to it during the FAA’s official comment period.
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Review: Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro (A Beauty of the L Mount)
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Something really amazed me during the presentation of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro. They compared it to a Zeiss Otus lens. They specifically said that that’s what they were going for when it came to image quality. To be honest, they’ve either met or exceeded it. Further, they’ve added autofocus and some of the best weather sealing that I’ve seen. With 11 aperture blades at the heart of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro, one could say that it’s doing what the Sony G Master system is striving for. But that would leave out the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro’s biggest weakness.We tested the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro with the Panasonic S1. The camera had the latest firmware updates as of January 2020.
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Reporter Accidentally Does Live Report with Face Filters On
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A TV news reporter in North Carolina is going viral this week after he did a serious live report with wacky face filters accidentally turned on. WLOS ABC 13 anchor Justin Hinton was doing an on-location report in Asheville about unusual snowfall in the area when viewers were treated to a series of augmented reality effects on Hinton’s face. The reporter was using Facebook Live for the broadcast, and he had accidentally left the Mystery Mask filter enabled before stepping in front of the camera.“When you’re trying to do a serious Facebook Live about the weather and you accidentally tap the Mystery Mask filter,” WLOS ABC 13 writes on Facebook. “Poor Justin Hinton.”Hinton didn’t realize anything was amiss until reading the comments pouring in from viewers on Facebook and through social media after the broadcast.
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