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Friday, 17 November


How to Combat Mirror Shock Using a Cameras Mirror Delay PetaPixel

SLRs all suffer from the same problem: that mirror flapping up and down causes the camera to move at the time of exposure. Mirror shock is whats caused by the mirror itself and not the photographers ability to hold the camera still.

Some cameras allow you to program an extra delay on the mirror, and this goes a long way to getting rid of mirror shock.

Recently I was on a set and the photographer was using small HMI lamps with the Hasselblad H and IQ back. He was handholding the camera at 1/125 wide open and was getting what he referred to as camera shake. He tried upping the ISO, but on that particular back it started to introduce too much noise.

I suggested putting in some extra mirror delay, something it turns out he wasnt aware of. I dialed in 50ms of delay, he took another shot and suddenly everything was sharp!

This tip is very useful when doing macro work, using long telephoto lenses, or just shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Above is the difference between two exposures (both at 1/125 sec) on a Hasselblad H6X. On the left theres no mirror delay and on the right theres a 200ms delay. You can clearly see the higher peaks on the left and the lower (less vibration) more spread-out graph on the right.

So how do you program extra mirror delay on cameras? Heres what you do for a few popular models:

Hasselblad H4X, H5X, H6X

1. Go to the custom options menu.

2. Scroll through to number 30 (Extra mirror delay).

3. Select the delay youd like to add (anything over 100ms and you will really start to notice the delay) so start at 25ms and gradually increase

Canon 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark IV

1. Go to the mirror lock-up section of the menu.

2. Press Set.

3. If you choose the Press twice to shoot option the first time you press the shutter release it will lock up the mirror, the second time it will fire the shutter.

4. Or if you select shoot sec after press, it will wait sec (or 125 milliseconds) after the mirror has flipped up until firing the shutter (allowing vibration to die down).

Nikon D850



Canon is Selling a USB Drive That Looks Like Its 1950s Rangefinder PetaPixel

Want a beautiful USB drive to store or deliver some photos with? Check out this Canon USB flash drive. Its designed to look like a miniature replica of the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera that was sold in the 1950s.

The Canon IV was a rangefinder camera series that was compatible with Leica screw mount lenses, produced in the early- and mid-1950s before being replaced by the Canon V series.

Canons new USB drive measures inches and faithfully mimics the look of the classic camera its made of metal and plastic and has 8GB of storage space.

The USB connector is retractable and slides out the side of the camera, and the miniature lens on the front of the camera can also be removed for realism.

This exclusive replica model honors the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera, Canon says. Simply plug it into your Mac or PC device to keep your items safe and secure.

A great collectable for the Canon Fan, Canons Australian online store states. Please note, this is not a functioning rangefinder.

Canon is selling this Canon IV USB drive exclusively through its online store for the hefty price of $80.



How to Photograph Star Trails: Heres a Beginners Guide PetaPixel

Heres an 8-minute tutorial from Nature TTL and astrophotographer Matthew Saville about how to photograph star trails. Considered by some as the holy grail of astrophotography, this technique harnesses the rotation of the Earth for captivating images.

Photos like this can be created by those brave enough to stand in the cold throughout the night with their cameras pointed upwards:

Saville starts by reminding photographers not to use in-camera noise reduction for star trails or you might start seeing stars disappearing from the shot. If youre shooting in a cold environment, the temperature will reduce the amount of color noise youll see from a long exposure time.

Make sure you have a good battery too, as if you run out of juice during the shoot then youll see gaps in your trails while youre changing over and not shooting.

Saville also swears by using a higher ISO speed and a wider aperture. These are two factors which will give you brighter and more obvious stars in the shot.

Check out the full video above for more tips for photographing star trails, and subscribe to the Nature TTL channel for weekly nature photography tutorials.

Disclaimer: I own and operate the Nature TTL YouTube channel.

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Thursday, 16 November


Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 mirrorlessrumors

Fuji registered these schematics at the FCCID. This really should be the new X-A5 which is rumored to be announced within the next few months.

The post Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn. Billy Newman Photo

Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn.


This 8K Moonlight Timelapse Was Shot on the Nikon D850 PetaPixel

Back in September, we shared an 8K timelapse shot using the Nikon D850 in Iceland. Nikon has just released this new 8K time-lapse that shows what the D850 can do at night.

Hercules Rising was shot under moonlight in Namibia in southern Africa using the D850s 8K Time-Lapse abilities, which captures 45-megapixel still photos at regular intervals. You can then stitch the photos together using time-lapse creation software of your choice, resulting in an 8K resolution time-lapse.

Nikon converted the original 8K timelapse to 4K prior to uploading it to YouTube. (The Iceland timelapse we shared in September was uploaded in its full 8K glory).

(via Nikon via Nikon Rumors)



How to Match Saturation in Composite Photos Using Photoshop PetaPixel

Once youve matched the color tones in a composite photo, you can then move on to matching the saturation for proper realism. Here is a 5-minute tutorial from Antti Karppinen that shows how you can do so using Photoshop.

First, create a selective color adjustment layer over your composite. In the pop-up dialog box, select the red tones and move the Blacks slider to -100. Do the same for yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta.

For the whites, blacks, and neutrals, move the slider to +100.

The result is a color map that shows you saturation levels across the scene. Darker shades of gray are less saturated, and lighter shades are more saturated.

Now, apply a Hue/Saturation layer to only the added elements layer. Pull the saturation slider to the left and match the scene as best you can by eye.

If you want to be more fine-tuned, navigate to Window > Info. Next, using the eye-dropper tool, you can look at the RGB values for different areas across the image and match them as best as possible.

Heres the before and after comparison from this technique:

Check out the full video above to follow the full step-by-step tutorial. You can also find more of Karppinens videos on his YouTube channel.



An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land. Billy Newman Photo

An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land.


This 89-Year-Old Shoots Playful Self-Portraits PetaPixel

Kimiko Nishimoto picked up a camera for the first time when she was 72 years old. 15 years later, the 89-year-old photographer is now receiving a good deal of attention in Japan for her photography.

Nishimoto is a talented still life photographer who captures the tiny, beautiful details of flowers, but she also shoots lighthearted self-portraits of herself in bizarre costumes and situations. Many of the images are captured using a wireless camera remote.

Nishimoto will be holding a month-long photographic exhibition of her silly photos in Tokyo next month, teaming up with EPSON for the prints. The show will run at the Epson Imaging Gallery in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

Here are two TV segments about Nishimoto that aired in Japan:



Kodaks Ektachrome Reboot is on Track Despite $46M Loss and 425 Layoffs PetaPixel

Earlier this year in January, Kodak announced it was bringing back its popular Ektachrome film. After a period of silence and recent news that the company is laying off 425 employees after losing $46 million, theres now some good news: Ektachromes return is still on track.

Kodak published a 40-minute update from its film factory on the current status of its Ektachrome reboot work, and things sound quite positive.

The process is coming along really well, Kodak says. Weve been busy testing and making sure it meets all the expectations that exist in this passionate community.

Kodak is using all new equipment on a much smaller scale to make the film, bringing costs down for smaller manufacturing runs. Continuing to produce the film had been cost-prohibitive before, but now thats becoming less of a factor.

Ektachrome was created in the 1940s and is a reversal film, meaning its a positive image on a transparent base rather than a negative. Kodak ceased manufacturing it in 2013.

The film was manufactured with over 80 ingredients, and when Kodak originally stopped manufacturing the rolls, they lost specific ingredients many of them couldnt be purchased anymore. A huge challenge for Kodak to overcome was simply sourcing all the chemicals and materials required for the...


Photo Salon in SF Turns Phone Photos Into Fine Art Prints in 30 Minutes PetaPixel

Neomodern is a new startup in San Francisco that turns smartphone photos into fine art prints while giving owners a memorable, educational, and inspiring experience along the way.

Located on Union Street, Neomodern was founded by Michael Rubin, previously a Senior Innovator at Adobe.

This idea had been nagging on me and I just gave in and did it this year, Rubin tells PetaPixel.

There are two components to Neomodern: a printing side and a gallery side.

For printing, Neomodern invites anyone to walk in with their smartphones. The staff consists of experienced professional fine art printers who will guide you through the entire process of turning your digital photos into high-quality prints.

Neomodern is reviving the old tradition of the printmaster, Rubin says.

After helping you select the photo youd like to print, the staff guides you through the concierge printing service, editing the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop before turning them into large, archival prints.

Finally, Neomodern will cut a custom mat and help you frame the print.



Kickstarter Unveils Drip: Subscription Crowdfunding for Long-Term Projects PetaPixel

Lots of photographers and creators, particularly from the YouTube world, have been relying on subscription crowdfunding services such as Patreon to provide a constant source of income from supporters. Theres now a new competitor in the space: Kickstarter has just announced a Patreon competitor called Drip.

Drip was a small crowdfunding scheme for music artists until it was acquired by Kickstarter two years ago. Now the crowdfunding giant has relaunched Drip to work for all kinds of creators, including photographers looking to find supporters for long-term photo work.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people, says Kickstarter regarding the difference between its two brands.

A unique selling point of Drip is its founding memberships. Each creator can have a period of time where supporters can join as founding members. These will bring special rewards or status for jumping in early.

In contrast to the Kickstarter platform, Drip does not require a target to be reached before funding is released. Support is on an ongoing, month-to-month basis.

Drip is a standalone website but it will work seamlessly with users from Kickstarter. Accounts will work on both websites, so it will be even easier for users to support creators.

Kickstarter also says that it doesnt want users to feel stuck to their platform once theyve started amassing supporters. Creators will actually be able to export data from Drip, and the company will even help creators securely transfer subscription and payments information to other subscription platforms.

Drip is currently an invite-only platform, and theres no word yet on when it will be opened up to the general public without invites.

(via Kickst...


Photographer Apologizes for Editing Actress Hair Out of Cover Photo PetaPixel

A photographer is publicly apologizing this week after actress Lupita Nyongo took to social media to complain that her hair had been edited out of a cover photo on the womens magazine Grazia.

Nyongo is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who won an Oscar for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave.

The controversy started when Nyongo saw her cover photo on Grazia and noticed that a large portion of her hair had been edited out and smoothed to make it appear that she had short hair.

She then posted messages to her social media accounts complaining about the editing. On Twitter, she accused the magazine of manipulating the photo to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.

Nyongo wrote a longer message on Instagram, saying that she would not have consented to the cover photo had she been consulted about the change.



This Layer-Lapse of NYC Combines Different Times of Day in Each Frame PetaPixel

Back in 2014, time-lapse photographer Julian Tryba released a layer-lapse of Boston that showed different times of day in different parts of each frame. That video went viral and received over a million views. Now Tryba is back with another layer-lapse, this time of New York City in the 3-minute short film above.

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock, Tryba writes. In the spirit of Einsteins relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene.

Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

For his Boston layer-lapse, Tryba manually edited and animated the layers and had about 30 layers in each scene. For this NYC layer-lapse, he automated the process using After Effects scripting, allowing the scenes to have up to 300 layers each.

Whats more, his automation takes the background music into account, allowing each note or beat to trigger a change in the layers of the resulting film.

Here are some still frames from the film showing day and night combined in creative ways:



GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing mirrorlessrumors

Kai tested the GFX (video on top). And Gordon Laing posted this Fujifilm Instax Share SP 3 photo printer review:

The post GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Wednesday, 15 November


And the 2017 leader on the Japanese mirrorless market is. mirrorlessrumors

  Olympus! But it seems like in 2018 it could be overthrown by Canon. And this is a surprise as Canon has few bodies and even fewer lenses for the M system. Seems like the Canon image is much stronger

The post And the 2017 leader on the Japanese mirrorless market is. appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


10 Nikon D5 Cameras Just Arrived on the ISS PetaPixel

Earlier this year, NASA ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLR cameras. Now, 10 of them have just landed at the International Space Station as part of the OA-8 Space Station Resupply.

The cameras will be used in orbit for 12 to 18 months. Only the camera bodies have been sent up to the ISS instead of shipping brand new lenses, NASA will be reusing lenses and accessories already on the ISS that were launched with the Nikon D4 and D2Xs cameras.

The Nikon D5 cameras make up only a small part of the 7,400 lbs (3,350 kg) of cargo sent up on this mission.


Adobes New Lightroom Downloader Exports Your Cloud Photos PetaPixel

Lightroom CC, Adobes cloud-based photo-editing software, has until now lacked a way for you to quickly and easily export your photos from the cloud. That changes with the new Lightroom Downloader app.

Storing your high-resolution JPEGs and RAW files on Adobes servers is convenient, but the lack of a way to download them all at once can present a problem if you ever wish to leave the Adobe ecosystem. Adobes Lightroom Downloader that addresses this concern by making it easier for you to pack up and leave.

Your downloaded files will be structured in a date-based folder hierarchy with any edits to RAW files included in XMP files.

Should you ever decide to stop your Adobe subscription, you will have a year after your subscriptions expiration date to download your files before they are deleted. For users with a trial membership, that window of opportunity is reduced to 3 months after expiration.

Lightroom Downloader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website and requires an Adobe account with cloud storage to be used.

(via Adobe via Photofocus)



Early November snowfall in the Yosemite valley. Billy Newman Photo

Early November snowfall in the Yosemite valley.


The Ethics of Landscape Photography PetaPixel

Ive wondered for a long time what it means to be an ethical landscape photographer. Sure, this field isnt known for its wide-reaching moral dilemmas or particularly sticky situations, but the question still deserves attention.

As landscape photographers, we are in a rare position to show the Earths most amazing places to an audience of countless people. It makes sense to me that we should do so with respect.

One of the most important rules? Dont cause harm not in the field, and, perhaps, not even in post-production.

In the Field

What you find to be acceptable conduct in photography might change day-to-day, or even depending upon the sorts of people around you. There is a vague, ever-shifting line that most photographers try not to cross, but it isnt necessarily easy to define or enforce upon yourself.

My hope, though, is that all photographers can agree on the most basic of limits: Dont do lasting damage to the landscape that youre photographing. If you return to the same place a year later and see traces of harm you caused in the past, you very likely made a severe mistake (and, if youre on National Park land, potentially violated the law).

Yet, we still see cases of tourists driving across the Death Valley racetrack playa, and photographers burning irreplaceable archways. Is it that they do not accept such a simple statement as part of their moral codes? Or are they so overwhelmed by a beautiful scene that they forget to act rationally?

A beautiful scene can be thrilling (and sometimes overwhelming), but it shouldnt stop you from thinking or acting intelligently.

It is natural to place all immoral photographers in the first group selfish people who do not care about their impact on a beautiful place. But, as someone who has spent a huge part of my life as a landscape photographer, I know firsthand how easy it can be to get swept away by an amazing sight. I dont think that many photographers, if any, actively believe that it is acceptable to damage a landscape beyond repair, o...


RAW Power: An iOS RAW Processor by the ex-Lead of Apple Aperture PetaPixel

Gentlemen Coders, creators of Apple-compatible software for photographers, has introduced its new RAW Power app for iPhones and iPads. The program allows for the editing of RAW files on Apple smartphones and tablets.

RAW Power is a free app with a few optional premium features available Depth Effect, Curves, and White Balance tools are enabled for a one-time cost of $10.

We constantly hear from photographers how much they want to edit the RAW images in their iOS or iCloud photo libraries using the kind of advanced tools they are accustomed to using on the desktop, says Nik Bhatt, Founder of Gentlemen Coders and former leader of the Aperture and iPhoto teams. Using our deep experience with Apples RAW Engine, we have created a powerful, easy-to-use editing app that seamlessly integrates with the built-in Photo apps on iOS and Mac.

Enabling non-destructive RAW adjustments on iOS devices will no doubt make life easier for photographers who have little time to sit down at a computer. RAW Power has 8 different sliders, including the ability to apply noise reduction.

The built-in histograms will show clipped areas in the shadows and highlights of an image, making for quicker analysis and processing of an image.

Adjustments can be copied and pasted between different images, and a wide-gamut imaging engine allows for zooming up to 800%.

RAW Power supports hundreds of RAW formats, including DNG and iPhones own RAW files.

The apps premium Depth Map feature allows users to take advantage of the dual camera offered on certain iPhones. It lets you adjust the foreground or background highlights and shadows in isolation of each other.



Sony a7R III: The Star Eater is No More PetaPixel

Sonys latest mirrorless cameras have incredible specs and glowing reviews, but astrophotographers have been complaining about a star eater issue in which stars are mistaken for noise and removed from long exposure photos. Theres some good news, though: it looks like the new Sony a7R III doesnt have the star eater problem.

In case you havent been following along with the star eater fiasco, heres the gist: in August 2016, firmware updates released for the a7R II and a7S II included a spacial filtering feature that removes noise for exposures longer than a few seconds. But photographers discovered that the feature would remove stars in the process, and the problem became known as the star eater issue.

Sony finally released firmware updates in June 2017 that were supposed to fix the problem, but photographers subsequently reported that their updated cameras were still eating stars.

The new Sony a7R III was announced last month and attracted a considerable amount of attention for its specs and features, but astrophotographers naturally began wondering whether it would have an issue with long exposure astrophotography.

Photographer Drew Geraci just tested the camera (an actual production model) and shot two photos at 3.2 seconds and 10 seconds, respectively, at ISO 12,800.



Rock Legend Brian May Slams Photog for Protecting Her Copyright PetaPixel

Queen lead guitarist Brian May is lashing out at a photographer after she reported his copyright infringement to Instagram and got his account temporarily disabled.

In an Instagram post yesterday, May shared a screenshot of the Copyright Violation notice sent to him by Instagram after a photographer named Barbara Kremer reported that May had published one of her photos of him without permission.

The copyright infringement notice Instagram sent Brian May.

May says that hes usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos he posts, but he must have forgotten in this particular case.

He takes exception to the fact that instead of attempting to contact May (which can be difficult to do given his celebrity status), Kremer instead went straight to Instagram with the complaint.

May says Instagram disabled his account until he spent 45 minutes of his time getting the issue sorted out and his 119,000-follower account reactivated.

You not only took my picture and are evidently exploiting my image, and making money off me without so much as a by your leave but you actually stop me using a picture of myself, May writes in his public message to Kremer. What a crazy world we live in these days.

He then threatens to keep Kremer from ever shooting another Queen concert in the future.

If I ever discover that you are at one of our concerts in future, look out, because, logically, I will be tempted to have you thrown out, May writes.

Heres the full post and message:



How to Optimize Images for Your Online Portfolio PetaPixel

As a photographer, designer or artist, your professional ethics could be wrapped into one line: work hard, (dis)play hard. You dedicate a lot of time to the creation of beautiful and meaningful images. And as you should, you want them to be showcased in the most professional way possible. This is especially the case when designing your online portfolio, the equivalent of your persona on the web that will help you grow a community and attract more clients.

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wix.

The most challenging part? More often than not, the mere act of uploading your creations to your website can be distressing. Once transferred, you often discover to your dismay that the images appearing on screen are not as high quality as the ones you created with such precision and passion.

Trying to solve this issue, you face a dilemma that challenges your very existence. On the one hand, your high-resolution pictures take time to load. This can ultimately lead site visitors to exit without even catching a glimpse of your art. On the other, trying to lighten up your files, you experience a loss of image quality, sacrificing precious pixels along the way. So, how can you preserve the quality of your images without harming the performance of your portfolio? The answer to this equation can be solved by adopting some best practices. Lets delve deeper into the problems and solutions of image optimization for the web.

Image optimization: Whats the big deal?

In order to render images on your portfolio, whether this be on mobile or desktop, the Internet browser needs to download every single file. Therefore, the heftier the files, the more time it will take for your pages to load. Nothing new under the sun, you might say. Right, except that you probably dont realize the full extent of the damage done to your online reputation. A recent study showed that...


Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books PetaPixel

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Ossip van Duivenbodes images of the library will be a feast for your eyes.

The new Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye.

The five-story, 360,000-square-foot library features shelves spanning from the floor to ceiling many of the shelves double as stairs and seats in the beautifully designed space.

The books above the actual bookshelves are actually painted onto the building to look like full shelves that continue up to the ceiling...


4K Cinematic Video Shot on the iPhone X Without Fancy Accessories PetaPixel

Shot on smartphone ads and sample photos/videos are often created with the help of expensive accessories that help achieve more than you can with just the phone things like stabilizers and lenses. If youd like to see what you can achieve without these add-ons, check out this 4K cinematic video by Matteo Bertoli.

Bertoli took the iPhone X on a work trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. During his free time, he shot some completely handheld video and edited it at night in his hotel room.

Finally the telephoto lens has OIS and f/2.4 aperture, Bertoli writes. This is actually a great deal and basically the 80% of this video was shot with the second camera.

I DID NOT use any lenses, accessories, tripods or sliders. Everything was shot handheld, the only thing I had on the phone was the silicon case, thats it.

This difference separates Bertolis video from the short film we shared last week that was created using the iPhone X and other filmmaking tools such as gimbals.


Photo Shoot Raises Awareness of Toxic Laundry Water PetaPixel

Benjamin Von Wong, a viral photographer turned environmentalist, has released a new project to raise awareness about toxic laundry that is full of plastic. An estimated 94% of American tap water contains invisible plastic fibers, and Von Wong felt compelled to do something about it.

By 2025, the worlds synthetic fiber production will double  so too will the amount of microfibers in our water supply, says Von Wong.

Since theres no real solution in the pipeline at the moment, Von Wong is hoping to spread awareness of this issue to drive companies to do something about it. After all, constantly ingesting plastic cant be a good thing.

Convincing companies with little interest in being eco-friendly is a daunting task. However, Von Wong had another idea.

What seemed realistic was challenging environmentally conscious corporations positioned to make a difference. All we had to do was attract their attention and ask them to #FixToxicLaundry.

To create the images, a team of over 30 volunteers was pulled together to create the models and get the set ready for the shoot.

After many days of trial, error and iteration our final designs started to emerge with inspirations drawn from the angler fish, the creepy tendrils from Stranger Things, and some simple snakes.


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