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Saturday, 20 January


Ep. 247: Nikon Mirrorless Z? and more PetaPixel

Episode 247 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Commercial portrait and fashion photographer, Adam Lerner

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Fuji will announce the X-A5 and XC 15-45mm Pancake on January 31 mirrorlessrumors

Fujirumors reports a small surprise. before the X-H announcement on February 14 we will get one more announcement on January 31. This is for the X-A5 and XC 15-45mm Pancake lens. Dont know how a small company like Fuji can

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Friday, 19 January


Between the train tracks Winter 2007 Billy Newman Photo

Between the train tracks Winter 2007


A $48 Yongnuo Lens on a $12,500 RED Camera: Heres What You Get PetaPixel

What do you get when you pair an extremely high-end cinema camera with an extremely low-end still photography lens? LA-based filmmaker Gene Nagata of Potato Jet wanted to find out, so he mounted a $48 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 lens onto a $12,500 Scarlet-W RED Dragon 5K camera.

Here are some still frames of the test footage Nagata captured with this unusual camera and lens combo:



Magilight: An All-in-One Light Painting Stick for Painting Real Images PetaPixel

The Fotorgear Magilight is a new all-in-one light painting stick that aims to be the easiest and most professional tool to improve your light painting photography. Incredibly, the project blew past its $30,000 funding goal on IndieGoGo within just 2 hours of launching on the website.

Now backed by over 800 individuals who have pledged $150,000 in funding so far, the Magilight looks like it will be a popular addition to the light painting photography market.

Magilight is designed for and by photographers and has adjustable handles and a 360-degree spinning barrel. Theres a hole in the top to hold sparklers, allowing for additional creative effects. With a handy tripod hole, the Magilight is compatible with drones and other diverse accessories.

The Magilight features a titanium alloy shell and weighs around 1 kg (2.2 lbs). Its splash proof and compact and portable at 1 meter (3.3 feet) long.

There is also a Mini LED Bar accessory to go along with the Magilight that features 33 LED bulbs its ideal for creating light trails.

The Magilight itself features 144 high-resolution RGB LEDs and is capable of reproducing any image you wish. Just put your images on a memory card and insert it into the stick. Wave Magilight in front of a camera capturing a long exposure and your image will appear in the resulting photo.

The devices Blink mode allows for creative flash lighting effects, and you are able to c...


A wintery sky above Eugene Oregon on a day in late November. Billy Newman Photo

A wintery sky above Eugene Oregon on a day in late November.


New Schacht Travegon 50mm f/2.5 for Leica, Fuji and Sony mirrorless cameras mirrorlessrumors

Everything that is (or sounds) German seems to turn out as gold on Kickstarter. The brand Schacht has now been revived and the Travegon 50mm f/2.5 lens for Leica, Fuji and Sony mirrorless cameras has been launched on Kickstarter. The

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iPhone to Soon Let You Disable Power Management to Restore Speed PetaPixel

Apple sparked worldwide controversy and issued an apology in December 2017 after it admitted that the company has been quietly throttling performance in aging iPhones in order to prevent the weakened batteries from causing unexpected restarts. Apple has now revealed that an upcoming update will allow this power management to be disabled.

In a new exclusive interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized again and explained that the throttling was due to Apples focus on user experience. As batteries age, processing spikes can cause abrupt restarts of the phone, and Apple didnt want these to interfere with important tasks things like capturing a precious photo.

And so you can imagine if [] you want to capture that moment thats fleeting with your camera we always focus on the user experience, Cook tells ABC News. So at the heart of any decision that we make is the user. We felt it would be better to take something off of the performance to prevent that from happening.

When this power management feature was released, Apple did inform users about the update, but Cook believes people didnt pay attention to the announcement and that Apple could have also been clearer in its communication.

In a soon-to-arrive iPhone update, users will be given a way to see the health of their phone battery as well as disable power management.

[W]e will tell someone were reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart, Cook says. And if you dont want it, you can turn it off. Now we dont recommend it, because we think peoples iPhones are really important to them, and you never can tell when something is so urgent. Our actions were all in service of the user. I cant stress that enough.

So instead of...


I Shot the New Years Eve Ball Drop in Times Square from a Helicopter PetaPixel

You see the crowd cheering, but you dont hear a single word. Youre not punched in the chest by every firework explosion that goes off in Central Park. Its the calmest chaos Ive ever experienced in my life

When youre a native New Yorker, there are certain things you just dont do. New Yorkers have never been to the Statue Of Liberty, we never been to the top of the Empire State Building, and we never go to Times Square especially on New Years Eve. In the 30 years that Ive lived in New York, Ive never even contemplated attempting to wait outside in the well below freezing temperatures from 8 am to get a good spot to watch the ball drop.

But for the first time in my life this past New Years Eve, I was able to check out this world-famous event with my own eyes with FlyNYON!

My wife in I all bundled up in our layers of winter gear.

As if the thrill of an open door helicopter over New York City isnt good enough, this experience put us face to face with quite possibly the most epic annual celebration around. With our propellers spinning on the ground at 11:45 pm, we evaded the 12+hr wait in the freezing cold on Broadway. As we climbed to 4,500ft over Midtown, you get to see the lights and thousands of party people between the buildings. You begin to feel the energy in your veins as the countdown begins.

Our pilot, Beau, was able to line us up perfectly with the intersection of Broadway and 7th Ave right as the ball dropped and I was able to snap these first images of 2018!



Who Owns the Copyright to Your X-ray? PetaPixel

A friend recently posted an X-ray of his ankle replacement on Facebook, which led me to wonder who owns the copyright to that image?

In the U.S., HIPAA (Health Insurance portability and Accountability Act of 1996) typically confers the ownership of medical records to the healthcare provider that created it, but The Privacy Rule gives the patient with few exceptions, the right to inspect, review, and receive a copy of your medical records and billing records that are held by health plans and health care providers covered by the Privacy Rule.

As far as medical imaging goes, the patient can request a hard (e.g. X-ray) or electronic copy of the imaging, and the healthcare provider can charge a fee for providing that information. But who actually owns the copyright? The technician? The radiologist? The patient?

According to The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices: Chapter 300 (revision 9/29/2017), medical imaging is NOT copyrightable.

Similarly, the Office will not register works produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author. Examples:

Medical imaging produced by X-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging, or other diagnostic equipment

Incidentally, the same chapter specifically states that A photograph taken by a monkey also cannot be registered for a copyright.

The Wikilegal states there is no U.S. federal case law directly addressing the issue of the copyrightability of X-ray images. Nevertheless, it can be regarded as justified to mark any work of medical imaging created in the United States as Public Domain.

Of course, this assumes at the very minimum that personally identifiable information isnt a part of the medical imaging. Even a serial number on a medical device could potential violate HIPAA priv...


Couple Accuses Wedding Photog of Fat-Shaming Them with Photoshop PetaPixel

An Ohio couple is publicly accusing a wedding photographer of fat-shaming them after discovering that some of their engagement photos had been Photoshopped without their consent to make them look skinnier.

News 5 Cleveland reports that Katie Liepold found wedding photographer Linda Silvestri through Facebook and agreed to pay $600 for an engagement shoot and 2 hours of coverage at their wedding reception in May.

After the engagement photo shoot, while reviewing the photos, Liepold and her fianc were surprised to find that the photographer had taken it upon herself to alter photos to make the couple look much thinner than they actually are.

She actually photoshopped one picture of us skinnier, Liepold tells News 5. She probably took like 30 pounds off each of us.

Liepold then contacted Silvestri, who informed her that she could cancel the contract. Silvestri ended up issuing a refund while keeping a $150 deposit for the 2 hours spent on the shoot. She also tells News 5 that she apologized for the unauthorized Photoshopping.

Days later, however, Liepold stumbled across a mean-spirited post written by the photographer on a Facebook page for wedding professionals.

And people wonder why I have scaled back on my photography business, Silvestri wrote. Last week I did an engagement session for a morbidly obese couple []

It is extremely difficult to get Pinterest worthy lovey dovey pics when people cant even get their heads close to each other. First pic she was upset I gave her a chin tuck. Second pic was as close as their heads can get without straining.

Liepold fired back, telling News 5 that Bad l...


A photograph taken during an evening photographing Crater lake in early June 2012. Billy Newman Photo

A photograph taken during an evening photographing Crater lake in early June 2012.


Cascable Adds Photography Recipes: Automation for Photographers PetaPixel

Cascable, the iOS app that provides software tools for modern day photographers, has just added Recipes to the apps list of features. These are automation tools for mobile photographers.

You may be familiar with the idea of creating application recipes from websites such as IFTTT and Zapier, which allow you to connect a number of websites together based on triggering actions.

Cascable, however, is combining the idea of automation recipes with photography. Specifically, the app allows you to automate time-lapses, exposure bracketing sequences, and any other series of shots and actions you can think of in the order you need.

You are able to create a sequence, including repetitions, that control a variety of settings. Exposures can be adjusted through tweaks to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation. A Smart Exposure setting will allow the software to choose which setting to change itself.

Creating and editing recipes is as easy as dragging and dropping blocks from the picker.

You can also run your recipes against a virtual camera, allowing you to see how the recipe will turn out in reality. This could save you valuable time that may be wasted on a broken recipe.

Finally, you can also add Variables. This allows you to adjust exposures and change settings while the recipe is running.

The app supports well over 100 models of cameras from major brands such as Canon, Nikon, FujiFilm, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.

Cascable is free for...


Energy Dept. Photog: I Was Fired for Photos of Rick Perry and Coal CEO PetaPixel

A former US Department of Energy photographer is accusing the US government of firing him for leaking photos of a private meeting between energy secretary Rick Perry and a big coal CEO.

The New York Times reports that in his position, as is common for official government photographers, Simon Edelman regularly attended meetings with Perry and captured photos for official purposes.

In late 2017, Edelman attended a private meeting between Perry and Robert E. Murray, the CEO of one of Americas largest coal mining companies, Murray Energy, which had donated money to Perrys political campaigns and $300,000 to Trumps inauguration.

One photo Edelman snapped at the meeting showed Perry and Murray hugging. Another showed the men sitting around a conference table. Others showed the cover sheet of a confidential action plan brought by Murray that outlined policy and regulatory changes that would aid the coal industry.

Edelman wanted to expose the close relationship between the two men and derail Perrys subsequent proposals that were based on Murrays action plan, so Edelman later shared the photos anonymously with journalists, who then widely published the pictures (they were first...


Capture One 11 now 10% off with code AMBMR mirrorlessrumors

Of all the Adobes alternatives this is probably the most professional one. And you save 10% on it when using our code AMBMR at checkout. All the info about Capture One 11 can be found here.  

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This Timelapse Shows 130 Years of Nat Geo Covers in 2 Minutes PetaPixel

National Geographic has been publishing its magazine since 1888, so this year marks the 130th anniversary of the publication. Heres a 2-minute timelapse video that shows every single magazine cover over those 130 years.

The magazine is known for its famous yellow border and its extensive use of high-quality photography, but neither of those was present in the early days of National Geographic. The very first issue of the magazine had an extremely plain cover, cost 50 cents, and contained exactly zero photos.

Nowadays, National Geographic almost always features photography prominently on its cover, and its pages are covered with photography.

Over the last 130 years, National Geographic has changed the look of its magazine but never wavered from its commitment to explore the world and all that is in it, Nat Geo says.

(via Nat Geo via Sploid)

Thursday, 18 January


Sigma China confirms many new products will be announced at Cp+ show. But no new DP camera. mirrorlessrumors

Sigma confirmed they will not announce any new DP camera at the Cp+ show which starts on March 1. But they will have many other new products. I guess they also tease the possible launch of their new FF lenses

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I spent a good part of the day at crater lake cleaning dust out of my camera sensor. Then I stayed at this spot to photograph the sunset. Billy Newman Photo

I spent a good part of the day at crater lake cleaning dust out of my camera sensor. Then I stayed at this spot to photograph the sunset.


An image @marinahansen photographed of me on the other end of a 6 foot kaleidoscope . Billy Newman Photo

An image @marinahansen photographed of me on the other end of a 6 foot kaleidoscope .


This is How Photographers Stage Scenes to Win Prizes PetaPixel

Photojournalist A. M. Ahad was at a train station in Bangladesh when he came across a group of photographers pointing their cameras at a young man who was leaning out of a window and striking a prayerful pose.

Ahad, an Associated Press photographer based in Bangladesh and a co-founder of the Absurd Photos photo agency co-op, recorded this 18-second video of what unfolded:

What's happening in our city? Bangladesh is not for people like this who came to ruin professional photographers etiquette for the sake of winning medal. Stop telling us that you are a foreign media covering the congregation when you have no proof to show us. Nowadays, it's very hard to make a frame with people like you hogging a place and staging a scene. Just stay home for goodness sake. Whoever local is bringing in these foreign tourists to make money, they should brief them thoroughly to not behave like this.

Posted by A. M. Ahad on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ahad then shared the video to his Facebook page, pointing to it as an example of how prizing-hunting photographers have been...


An 8-Minute Crash Course on Blending Modes in Photoshop PetaPixel

Want to get a good grasp of Photoshops Blend modes? Heres an 8-minute crash course on the subject by the Photoshop Training Channel. They may be one of the least understood features, but blending modes can be extremely useful when creating composites and retouching.

So what do blending modes actually do? They take pixels from a single layer and blend them with pixels from another layer, and subsequently create a completely new effect.

Without blending modes, the only practical way to blend two layers is by adjusting the Opacity or Fill of the layers in question. Luckily for us, there are 27 blending modes you can utilize to tell Photoshop to perform a blend operation against each individual pixel, and that opens up a world of possibilities. Each of the blend modes is sorted into one of 6 different categories:

Its important to visualize blending modes and how they work properly, however. The layer you apply a blend mode to is itself being applied to the base layer. The result is a mix of the base and the blend layers.

Check out the full video above to get a great overview of what blending modes can do for your post production work. And if that video whets your appetite, Photoshop Training Channel also has a much longer 41-minute video which explains each of the individual modes in depth:



TV Star Asks for Free Wedding Photos in Exchange for Exposure. Oops. PetaPixel

A UK reality TV star has rubbed the photography community the wrong way after it was revealed that he has been asking wedding photographers to shoot his upcoming wedding in exchange for social media exposure.

Jay Hutton, best known for starring in the British reality television series Tattoo Fixers, has reportedly been sending out the following request to wedding photographers through his representatives:

Thank you for the interest in Jay Hutton Wedding, we have received a number of emails from some great photographers and I first want to outline the expectations of the agreement, the email opens. So far so good. But then it becomes clear that instead of paying for the wedding with real money, Hutton is trying to pay by crediting the photos properly when sharing them on social media.

The promotional value of social media is second to none and something we charge a great deal for, the representative writes. In exchange for photographing the day Jay will credit selected photos on social media to the photographer and their website.

But thats not all there are some other sweet perks as well. First, the wedding photographer will have permission to share preselected photos on their own website, and travel and food expenses will be covered as well.

London-based photographer Jake Owens was one of the shooters who received this email after inquiring about the opportunity. He wasnt amused by the response and posted the conversation to Facebook, sparking a great deal of discussion. Soon this screenshot was being shared far and wide by incensed photographers.



An old fence marks a property line near Fort rock. Billy Newman Photo

An old fence marks a property line near Fort rock.


Google Can Use Your Selfie to Find Your Fine Art Doppelgnger PetaPixel

Googles Art & Culture app has been around since 2016, but the latest update harnesses machine-learning technology for an interesting purpose: it can now help you find your doppelgnger in the art world using a selfie photo.

Once youve snapped a selfie with your smartphone, the app will spit out a list of your art lookalikes. There are over 70,000 artworks in the database of the Google Art Project, and the likenesses that it comes up with are quite something.

Currently, the feature seems to only be available in the USA, but if you have access, you can update the app and scroll down to the Is Your Portrait in a Museum? link.

Twitter has seen a flood of art doppelgngers being posted online as a result, and here are some of the best.


This Guy Shoots 100MP Aerial Photos While Hanging Out of a Helicopter PetaPixel

Jin-Woo Prensena is a Los Angeles-based fine art photographer who shoots gorgeous aerial photos from a top-down perspective. Instead of using a drone, as is popular these days, Prensena hangs out of helicopters while wielding a Phase One XF 100MP medium format camera for 100-megapixel photos.

Prensena first got into the aerial photography niche three years ago, partnering with a friend of his, helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald of Airborne Images.

While Fitzgerald pilots the chopper at upwards of 7,500 feet, Prensena hangs out of the open door with a harness on his back and shoots photos with his camera pointed straight down.

Heres a video showing Prensena shooting from the outside of an airborne helicopter:

While shooting, Prensena is constantly battling fierce wind that makes his eyes water, crazy shaking, and noise that makes it impossible to hear his cameras shutter.

Shooting at 100 megapixels allows Prensena to sell giant prints of his work that measure up to 58103 inches (~4.88.6ft and 147x261cm). Th...


Who Invented the Selfie? Not Paris Hilton PetaPixel

The word selfie exploded into the mainstream over the past 5 years, but self-portraits have obviously been around much, much longer. Sarah Burton of BuzzFeed recently set out to discover the origins of the selfie. In this 7-minute video, take a trip through the history back to the birth of the selfie.

According to Burton, the first ever documented use of the word selfie online was in September 2002 by a user called Hopey who posted a close-up of his busted lip it wasnt by Paris Hilton.

Sorry about the focus, it was a selfie, Hopey wrote. He later stated that he didnt coin the term, and it was slang being used already.

The first selfie taken in America was shot by Robert Cornelius in 1839, according to the Library of Congress. He had to stay still for around 15-minutes just to expose the shot.



BCNranking 2018 shows Olympus on the lead and Canon on the raise mirrorlessrumors

BCN released the sales ranking for 2017. Olympus leads the plot but Canon is surprisingly close and ahead of Sony. I guess once Canon goes Full Frame mirrorless they will have a serious chance to overtake Olympus. Here are the

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