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Friday, 14 December

19:53

First leaked images of the new Canon G7X Mark III mirrorlessrumors

Here are the first leaked images of what is highly likely going to be the new Canon G7X Mark III: Specs:      Wi-Fi Bluetooth installed New type radio component WM 601 Battery: NB-13L Color: Black / Silver Lens: 8.8

The post First leaked images of the new Canon G7X Mark III appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

05:17

A $6 IKEA Desk Pad Can Help Remove Stuck Lens Filters PetaPixel

How hard is it to remove a stuck filter on a camera lens? If it happens with a slim profile filter, you are left with less of a surface to grip.

I tried the rubber band method, tapping method, oil drip method, hair dryer method, and plier method. Trust me, none of them worked. Adam Savage needed a bandsaw to remove his stuck filter, but too bad I dont own the tool or a cool workshop.

As I was almost giving up and was shopping for a lens filter wrench yes, there is such a tool the solution hit me out of nowhere. I tried it on the stuck UV filter, and immediately out it came. A weeks worth of frustration just went poof.

I then tried the same method on my Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens with a dented UV filter, and it again worked like a charm. That was a few months of frustration that evaporated in an instant.

Heres the trick: all you need is a $6 IKEA SKVALLRA desk pad.

Place the front of your lens with the filter face down on the pad, apply some force onto the lens, and turn the lens in the direction that removes the filter.

Viola! Tool-less removal of stuck lens filters.

I hope this trick helps other photographers who find themselves with the same issue I had.


About the author: Ng Chia Liang is a wedding, architectural, and motion 360 photographer living in Malaysia. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on...

04:56

This is the First Photo Shot Inside the Suns Corona PetaPixel

NASAs Parker Solar Probe is on a mission to explore the Suns corona (basically its atmosphere), and the robotic spacecraft recently made the closest-ever approach to a star. NASA just shared a remarkable photo share by Parker: the first photo ever shot from inside the Suns corona.

[T]he science data from the first solar encounter is just making its way into the hands of the missions scientists, NASA writes. Its a moment many in the field have been anticipating for years, thinking about what theyll do with such never-before-seen data, which has the potential to shed new light on the physics of our star, the Sun.

Parker Solar Probes imagers [] will have a new perspective on the young solar wind, capturing a view of how it evolves as Parker Solar Probe travels through the solar corona.

The photo above was captured on November 8th, 2018, while Parker was about 16.9 million miles from the Suns surface. Just for reference, the Suns diameter is 860,000 miles, and the distance from Earth to the Sun is about 91 million miles.

In the middle of the frame are at least two ejections of solar material, known as coronal streamers, which are usually found in regions on increased solar activity.

And that bright spot of light seen right under a streamer? Thats Mercury, the first planet from the Sun.

Parker is set to get as close as 4.3 million miles (6.9m km) from the center of the Sun, traveling as fast as 430,000 mph (690,000 km/h) in the process.

(via NASA via Engadget)


P.S. As an aside, Parker is the first NASA spacecraft ever named after a living person. It was named to honor University of Chicago profes...

04:31

sRGB vs Adobe RGB vs ProPhoto RGB: Color Spaces Explained PetaPixel

Have you ever exported a photo, uploaded it to the Web, and then noticed that the colors looked off on your monitor? The reason is likely the color space of your photo. Heres a helpful 15-minute video by PHLEARN that provides a crash course on color spaces and how to use them.

A basic understanding of how color space works in Photoshop can save you some serious time and headache, PHLEARN says. [W]e break down the differences between LAB, Adobe RGB 1998, ProPhoto RGB, and sRGB while offering general tips on how to choose what color space to work in and what color space to use when exporting your final photos.

Here are the things covered in the video and when theyre found:

00:57 Brief Background on Color Spaces
01:37 Common Color Spaces
03:04 Color Space Uses
04:32 Color Settings in Photoshop
09:32 Assigning Color Profiles to RAW
12:50 Color Settings from Lightroom to Photoshop
14:08 Color Settings for Export from Lightroom

LAB Color is ever possible color the human eye can perceive, so its the standard by which all other color spaces are compared.

ProPhoto RGB is a newer color space that has a much wider gamut than Adobe RGB and is more in line with modern digital cameras.

Adobe RGB 1998 features a wide gamut and compatibility with many software programs and displays.

sRGB has a relatively narrow gamut but is designed for consistency and compatibility. For this reason, you should make sure all the photos you share on the Web are sRGB.

If you found the video above helpful, you can find more of PHLEARNs videos by subscribing to its popular YouTube channel...

03:53

How NOT to Photograph an Elk PetaPixel

When photographing wild animals in the great outdoors (especially big ones), its important to stay at a safe distance for the good of both you and the animal. But one sightseer in a Canadian national park was recently seen giving a masterclass in how NOT to shoot from a reasonable distance.

Sundog Tours guide Kendra Neef Nace was giving a wildlife tour in Albertas Jasper National Park back on August 23rd when her group came across a large elk.

While her tour group watched the elk from the roadside, a man who was traveling with his family (and not part of the tour) decided to walk up to the elk for some close-up shots with his camera.

The man only ran away when the elk started lowering its antlers and apparently getting ready to charge. Nace caught the incident in this 16-second video:

This man was not one of my guests, Nace tells PetaPixel. We were viewing this elk and his harem when this man approached. I shouted out the window at him multiple times that it was dangerous and recommended he return to his car. He laughed and waved at me saying it was fine, and thats when I started recording.

Nace says that this type of incident is unfortunately quite common in national parks such as Jasper and Banff.

Unfortunately many tourists dont recognize the danger that potentially comes with approaching wild animals, especially during mating season, Nace says. This man was extremely lucky that the elk didnt make contact, but eventually the animal will lose its patience and someone will get hurt.

And often that ends in the termination of that animal because of public safety.

Back in 2013, a photographer in North Carolinas Great Smoky Mountains National Park was filmed...

03:12

Find Your Creative Style With Split Toning PetaPixel

In my opinion, the most under-appreciated tool within all of Lightroom has got to be Split Toning. Not only is this a great option to solve many photo-related problems, but its also an excellent way to work towards developing your own creative editing style.

If youre not familiar with Split Toning, its a fairly straightforward concept in which you apply a specific tone to the shadow and highlight areas in order to create color separation within the luminance values of your image.

Below is a great example of how Split Toning works this is a standard gradient map going from pure black to pure white showing the shadow region transitioning to highlights.

If we go to the Split Toning module in Lightroom and apply a yellow tone to the highlights and a blue tone to the shadows, were left with a gradient map that looks like this:

In the 11-minute video above, I discuss the different techniques that can be used to apply Split Toning to your images and review the specific problems that it can solve. In this example, I want to add a subtle warm tone to the highlight areas to more closely resemble what the scene looked like when I originally photographed it.

There are a few ways to select the tones to apply, but a quick trick is to move the Hue slider while pressing the Option key (Alt on PC) this will set the saturation of any specific hue to 100% in order to make it easier to decide which hue youd like to choose.

Once you identify the color you want to apply, just release the option key and move the saturation slider to the desired strength.

Another option is to select the rectangular box to the right of the highlight and shadow area and use the eyedropper tool to select the exact color you want to apply.

Once you have your to...

02:50

Meyer Optik Grlitz is Back from the Dead with a New Owner PetaPixel

After years of running hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns but widely failing to deliver on its promises, net SE (the company behind the revivals of Meyer Optik Grlitz and other vintage brands) filed for bankruptcy this year. Now a German company called OPC Optics has announced that it has acquired the rights to the Meyer Optik Grlitz brand and will be bringing it back to the market.

Photo Rumors reports that OPC Optical Precision Components Europe GmbH picked up the trademark rights during net SEs insolvency proceedings.

OPC Optics intends to begin developing and selling Meyer Optik Grlitz-branded camera lenses in the consumer photography market as soon as possible. This includes popular lines such as the Trioplan.

And unlike net SEs strategy of launching much-hyped crowdfunding campaigns to bankroll its operations, OPC Optics will go the traditional sales route of developing and finalizing products first before officially launching them in other words, there will be no advance sales and no risk of people putting forward money and getting nothing in return.

It was unfortunate to watch as Meyer Optik Grlitz, after the successful restart in 2014, lost more and more of its reputation in the market through quality fluctuations, the many partly parallel crowdfunding projects on various platforms, pre-sales of unpublished lenses through its own website, and prolonged delays, says OPC Optics CEO Timo Heinze. Nevertheless, we see for us there is now the opportunity to establish a German photography brand professionally and successfully.

Heinze says OPC Optics will take its time developing its products and manufacturing capacity to ensure high quality.

OPC Optics does make it clear, however, that all outstanding pre-orders from previous successfully-fu...

02:28

These Portraits Show How People Are Just Like Their Pets PetaPixel

Over time, people often seem to look more and more like the pets they love and care for. Photographer Olga Fedorova wanted to capture this on camera, so she shot pairs of portraits of people with their pets. The project is titled PetnMe.

Like owner, like pet This saying has never been so true, Fedorova tells PetaPixel. After observing many pets and their owners I decided to put them side by side in my studio.

Over the span of 5 days, Fedorova captured 32 sets of portraits.

...

00:12

Japanese store Mapcamera shares the November top selling camera list (Canon EOS-R is on top) mirrorlessrumors

The Japanese store MapCamera shared the list of the ten most selling cameras from their store. This is not to be considered a valid source for a global trend anlysis. But still its interesting to see anyway :)

The post Japanese store Mapcamera shares the November top selling camera list (Canon EOS-R is on top) appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Thursday, 13 December

17:54

Meyer Optik Grlitz acquired by OPC Optic. But you still wont get your money back :( mirrorlessrumors

News8.de reports that Meyer Optik Grlitz got acquired by OPC Optic (another German company). There is a full german press text and below you can find the google tranlsated text. But two important news upfront: 1) Yes OPC Optic will

The post Meyer Optik Grlitz acquired by OPC Optic. But you still wont get your money back :( appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

06:39

Dear Camera Companies: Please Make Slower, Lighter Prime Lenses Between 50mm and 150mm PetaPixel

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 Sony a6500

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.

From left to right: the Sony 18-135mm OSS Zoom, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and Sigma 60mm f/2.8

The fate of the Sigma 60mm lens is unfortunate. It is an outstanding piece of glass, lightweight, superb resolution, and very reasonably priced, albeit a bit strange looking. It is my lens of choice for many pictures. It accomplishes its mission with an elegant design featuring low dispersion glass and two aspherical elements. It has a silent linear motor for focusing.

But it molders in obscurity. Sigma has been developing and pushing their Art series of lenses, and indeed my superb 30 f/1.4mm lens is one such. But the longer, high-speed lenses, while truly magnificent ef...

06:04

That Debunking of a Paris Protest Fire Photo is Fake PetaPixel

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 dat...

05:23

Lightroom Dec 2018 Update Brings a Customizable Develop Panel PetaPixel

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.

Heres 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, weve focused on workflow and performance improvements, Adobe writes.

Customize Develop Panel

You 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.

Auto-import to collection

You can now auto-import photos directly into a collection. By setting up a watched folder, you can have new images in that folder automatically imported and added into a collection. Visit File menu->Auto Import Settings and select Add to Collection.

Grid snap in Book Module

In the Book Module, photos now snap to align with other photos by default, and a new option was added to allow photos to be aligned to grid lines, making precise layouts super simple.

Performance improvements

[Y]oull notice faster grid scrolling as well as up to 5x faster switching between the Library and Develop modules on 4K and 5K monitors.

Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows

Set as Target Album

With the new Target Album feature, you can quickly add photos to a target album from anywhere in your library with a single shortcut.

...

05:03

A Simple Hack for Easier Focusing with TLR Cameras PetaPixel

If you have a TLR camera, heres a simple trick you can try to help you to focus more easily. All youll need is some rubber bands, scissors, aluminum foil, and a ruler (optional).

Heres 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 youre out of focus, youll 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 auth...

04:19

Leaked Photos Reveal the Olympus OM-D E-M1X PetaPixel

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).

The body size will be 144.37146.76575.345mm (5.685.782.97in), according to 43 Rumors.

43 Rumors reports that the camera will feature a 20-megapixel sensor that can capture 18 frames per second during continuous shooting.

Other rumored features include 7.5+ EV stabilization, twice the processing speed of the E-M1 Mark II, adaptive and expandable focal points based on the subject, an 80-megapixel high-res mode at 1/60s, BLH-1 batteries (same as the E-M1 Mark II), and a larger electronic viewfinder.

The camera will reportedly be unveiled in January 2019 with availability starting in February. Stay tuned.

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03:52

Photographers Visit 200+ Sick Kids in Hospitals for Magical Christmas Photos PetaPixel

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 years 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.

Here are some before-and-after views:

The Heart Project www.theheartproject.com.au Edit by Lisa Carney The Heart Project www.theheartproject.com.au Tyler from Adelaide Edited by the Christmas Wish team ...

03:07

Media Companies Cant Just Steal Your Social Media Photos: Judge PetaPixel

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 cant 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.

The photo by Jonathan Otto at the center of the copyright infringement lawsuit.

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.

From there, the photo went viral the next day, appearing on websites ranging from CNN and The Washington Post to The Daily Mail and TMZ all without Ottos permission.

02:09

Creating Photos of a Man on Fire PetaPixel

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 were 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.

Heres a short video showing how the model photos and flame photos were combined to create the final images:

Each flame had to be masked and...

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