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Sunday, 19 November


The Story of a Scammer on Facebook Who Conned Me (and Many Others) PetaPixel

Scams involving cameras are rampant these days. After almost losing a Nikon D850 to a scam on eBay, I recently also discovered a massive camera scam that involved 10 people. Heres the story.

On 10/02/2017, a person named Megan A. listed a used camera for sale on a Facebook Buy and Sell group. The camera, a Sony A5100 with a 16-50mm lens ($500 new), was described as being in pristine condition and barely used. Her ad was answered by a Facebook user named Kassidy Nadile. The potential buyer didnt haggle on the asking price, and after some discussions via Facebook messenger, the camera was sold to Kassidy, and safely paid for through PayPal.

As Megan was getting ready to ship out the camera, the buyer asked if the camera could be shipped to an address other than the one on her PayPal profile.

My PayPal address is my moms house when I used to live with her but I want to surprise her instead of the mailman lol, Kassidy wrote in a Facebook message. But Megan, not aware that mailing the item to an address not on the buyers PayPal profile would disqualify her sellers protection, agreed to ship it to the requested address.

Please dont forget. Make it look like it was bought from the store the buyer, Kassidy, later wrote while requesting actual photos of the shipping label.

But following the successful shipment and delivery of the package, the first sign of trouble appeared. Megan was notified by PayPal that a case for an item not received or what is known as an INR dispute was opened with PayPal. The buyer had filed a claim with PayPal stating that the parcel containing the camera was never received.

After an initial ruling on the case in favor of the buyer, and despite an appeal of the case by Megan, where evidence of the delivery was submitted to PayPal, t...


Testing Sonys New Pixel Shift Feature in the a7R III PetaPixel

The new Sony a7R III has a new function called Pixel Shift. This function basically increases the resolution of your images by 4 times. In short: the camera takes 4 photos and shifts the sensor 1 pixel in between. By combining these images later (the camera itself doesnt do this) you get an image that has 4 times the resolution of a normal raw image (4 x 42 megapixel).

This does NOT mean your file is suddenly 168 Megapixels. The files you get are still 42 megapixels but they contain way more detail, especially noticeable when you zoom in 100%.

So how exactly does this work? By shifting the sensor by 1 pixel in every direction the sensor captures the full RGB data for every pixel. This is explained in this Sony video:

Advantages of this function are the removal of aliasing and moire, increased color accuracy, and most of all a great increase in sharpness. Of course, I had to test this myself. For testing purposes, I took a still scene with some detailed objects in it.

Test scene with a painting and some objects that contain small details.


I set up the Pixel Shift function on the C3 button of the camera so I could quickly turn it on/off. This could be useful in the field when I quickly want to activate the function. Upon pressing the button you can select the interval you want the pictures to be taken. This is by default set to 1 second, and you cant set this lower, only longer. You would want a longer interval if you were working with flashes and need to wait for it to recharge, for example.

After you activate Pixel Shift, its a matter of pressing the shutter button and waiting for the camera to finish. All the shots are taken in Silent mode with the electronic shutter, which makes sure there are no vibrations it is very crucial that there is no movement because the shift is only 1 pixel. Its recommended that you use a remote or turn on the timer in camera before using this function. Because the camera is using the silent shutter, certain functions are not available. For example, you cant go lower than...


Photographer Projects Portraits Onto Pieces of Trash in Los Angeles PetaPixel

Photographer Philippe Echaroux wants to spread an important message about the problem of trash littered on streets. His new photo project After the Dream is a creative series designed to raise awareness about this issue.

Echaroux visited Los Angeles and started by capturing portraits of random people he met on the streets.

Next, Echaroux collected pieces of trash scattered around the streets and combined them into larger trash surfaces. He then projected the portraits he captured onto the trash in front of popular landmarks.



Canon patented a fast 15-45mm f/1.8-3.5 EOS-M lens mirrorlessrumors

Seems like Canon is working on a faster kit lens. They patented these versions: 15-45 1.8-3.5 15-45 2.0-4.0 15-45 2.8-5.0 via CanonNews

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Saturday, 18 November


My Wife Wont Let Me Photograph Women PetaPixel

When photographer Manny Ortiz first took up portrait photography, his wife Diana wasnt happy about him photographing women he soon learned that this was a common issue among other photographers online. In this 7-minute video, the pair discusses how they overcame their issues and grew stronger as a couple.

The jealousy first began in the other direction early in the relationship, when Ortiz didnt want Diana (who did modeling on the side while going to school) to continue modeling for other photographers. There was soon a mutual jealousy that caused problems in their relationship.

The thing that I did that really helped was being 100% transparent, said Ortiz. Invite [your partner] to the shoots to help you.

With portrait photographers generally choosing the most attractive models they can find for their shoots, unwelcome jealousy can creep into a relationship. But Ortiz says hes worried about the technical part of the photo and not how the model looks.

Inviting your partner to your shoot will help them to realize exactly what photography is about and that the model is looking good for the photo, not the photographer.

With time, I learned to let go of the resentment, said Diana. Its not my job to trust every woman. I trust [Manny].

She continued, I cant tell you how important it is to be as patient as you possibly can with your significant other through this process. Patience, understanding, and trust are clearly key to developing an understanding on both sides.

Eventually, both Ortiz and Diana sorted their issues. Diana enjoys her modeling career, while Ortiz photographs models as he pleases. This came from being open and sharing with each other, rather than keeping things hidden.



St. Louis Police Ordered to Reaffirm Journalist Rights Once a Month PetaPixel

The St. Louis police department has just made a big move in support of photographer and journalist rights: police officers are now being ordered to read and acknowledge the rights of journalists once a month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Interim Police Chief Lawrence OToole made the announcement this week after a number of photojournalists and reporters were arrested in September and October. The journalists were covering protests sparked by former police officer Jason Stockley being found not guilty of murder for his 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested on September 17th, reportedly by officers who used a tactic known as kettling the police boxed in protesters, cutting off their exists, and then arrested them for failing to disperse.

I was holding my cameras, they told me to put them down, I didnt do that, so I just took a knee, and then they forced me all the way down and then zip-tied me, Olson told the U.S. Freedom Press Tracker. They were telling me to drop my cameras. They would not let me take my camera.

Freelance photographer Daniel Shular was arrested on October 3rd in a similar way, despite clearly being a reporter with bulky camera. He...


Sony Launches Imaging Edge Software Suite: Remote, Viewer, and Edit PetaPixel

Sony has just announced its Imaging Edge software suite. The suite comes with three key pieces of software: Remote, Viewer, and Edit. Sony say it will speed up workflow and allow users to unleash the full potential of the Pixel Shift technology in the new a7R III.

Viewer provides a cataloging system that allows you to search and filter images by ratings.

Editor allows you to to process raw files by adjusting brightness and color, apply Creative Styles, crop, and straighten. You can also then export the edited raw to JPEG or TIFF formats.

The Remote application allows for live tethered shooting. You can adjust the cameras settings on your computer and display the Live View output on the screen. This means you can shoot images seamlessly while adjusting the shooting settings.

Photographer Brian Smith reports that it allows for easy composition adjustments thanks to grid overlays, as well as Aria focus and zoom displays helping with precision focusing.

It also supports Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, allowing you to produce higher resolution images by combining four pixel-shifted frames into a single higher-resolution image.



This Photographer Burned Photos by Igniting Gunpowder on Them PetaPixel

Salt Lake City-based photographer Dewey Keithly recently came up with an unusual way to edit the look of portraits: he creatively burned them by igniting gunpowder across the surface of the giant prints.

Kiethly originally came up with the idea after watching the documentary Sky Ladder and seeing the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, whos known for creating art with controlled gunpowder explosions.

To create the portraits for an event put on by SilencerCo, a manufacturer of firearm silencers, Keithly shot digital photos and then printed each portrait in both color and B&W using a large format Epson printer.

Next, Keithly tore and layered the color and B&W versions of the prints together using artist glue. Finally, he lined the tears and gaps in the works with different types of gunpowders and ignited them, sealing them and using the explosions to blend the prints together.

Here are the photos that resulted from this unusual process:

Heres what the photos looked like on display at the show booth:



Fujifilm: Polaroid Demanding Millions Per Year for White Border on Instax PetaPixel

Fujifilm has filed a legal complaint in the US, accusing Polaroid of turning against the company and demanding millions of dollars in royalty payments per year for the use of its white borders on its new Instax Square instant film. Polaroid is allegedly threatening Fujifilm with a trademark lawsuit if it doesnt comply.

World IP Review reports that Fujifilm filed the complaint on Monday in the the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Fujifilm says PLR IP, the brand licensor and marketer for Polaroid instant cameras, sent it a letter back in January after Fujifilm unveiled its new square format Instax film, which looks strikingly similar to the classic look popularized by Polaroid years ago.

In the letter, Polaroid said that the square form of Fujifilms Instax Square photos is essentially identical to the trademark and trade dress rights owned by Polaroid Polaroid owns a number of trademarks that give it exclusive use of certain white borders on instant photos.

Then in March, Polaroid sent a followup letter to Fujifilm, threatening it with a lawsuit unless the Instax Square film was pulled from the market. Polaroid wrote that it would have no choice but to take appropriate action to protect its intellectual property if Fujifilm ignored its demands.

Finally, Fujifilm says it received a third letter in June that demanded millions of dollars per year in royalty payments. Fujifilm says in its new legal complaint that Polaroid is trying to milk its IP portfolio after failing to make money through selling actual products.

Unable to return to profitability through product sales, defendants now seek to generate revenue from what remains of the Polaroid IP portfolio, Fujifilms complaint says.

Fujifilm is now asking the US courts to rule that its R...


The Surface Beast: Microsofts Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer PetaPixel

Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some known, some unknown) has not been easy, but it has been freeing. I have to hand it to Apple, they made a system, an environment, that has been comfortable and creatively useful for many years. However, slowly the sparkle that was once held in such high regards by artists, has begun to dull.

For me, there was one piece of hardware that remained from my Apple past, one that traveled with me to all my photo shoots and pre-production meetings, coffee shops and airport bars, studios and locations alike my MacBook Pro.

When I began transitioning to Windows, I had made concessions. I thought at the time, that one of the few pieces of Apple hardware that would stay in my repertoire was the MBP. I had even decided to upgrade it to the newest one before the announcement, for I knew it would be cutting edge in the ways that other Apple products of the past had been. Then, to the horror of myself and many around, we watched as Apple gave us the new MacBook Pro, complete with wait for it the Touch Bar (ready to suit all of my emoji needs).

That very day I bought a Microsoft Surface Book (the very one that I am typing this blog on) and never looked back. To be honest, I had intended to write a review of it for quite some time, however, that blog had been put on the backburner. What was striking about the original Surface Book was something I had a very hard time quantifying. While there were many things I fell in love with on it, such as the keyboard, and the detachable screen, the thing that won me over more than anything was how much it just worked.

Almost overnight I started to see my productivity rise as I was able to re-focus on the business side of advertising photography. I was transporting my RAWs from set on the original Surface Book and would occasionally do minor edits on it in airports. However, the 100 megapixel files...


Revisiting The Americans, Robert Franks Influential Photo Book PetaPixel

In this post, were going to revisit The Americans by Robert Frank. This influential photography book, first published in France in 1958, appears highly relevant today with the United States divided in so many ways. However, the odds are that these honest, and often sad images, have always been relevant.

Using funds from a Guggenheim Fellowship, Frank, born in Switzerland in 1924, took a two-year road trip across the country, starting in 1955, and photographed people and places along the way. He captured galas and movie premieres, factories and gas stations, diners and a funeral, and so much more. His 28,000 images were whittled down to 83 black and white pictures for the book. There arent many smiling faces.

These images are important because they challenged the notion that the American way was/is the best way. Some of the images are rough, grainy and dark. He wanted to capture moments rather than frame beautiful pictures. Franks images show class, wealth, poverty, race and especially loneliness.

Frank couldnt find an American publisher who would print his work. After all, the United States had become the most powerful country on Earth, was enjoying unheralded prosperity and everything was rosy. Les Amricains was first published on 15 May 1958 by Robert Delpire in Paris. Text from Simone de Beauvoir, Erskine Caldwell, William Faulkner, Henry Miller and John Steinbeck was included.

In 1959, The Americans was published in the United States by Grove Press, with the text removed. An introduction by Jack Kerouac was added. Each image had a brief caption that barely describes the scene. Frank met the Beat legend Kerouac in New York...


5 Hacks for Adding Color to Portraits PetaPixel

Looking for some ideas for creatively altering the look of your photos? Heres a 2-minute video by photographer Jessica Kobeissi that runs through 5 handy hacks. Using everyday items, you can easily introduce some abstract color into portraits.

1. Wrap colored cello paper around a light source.

2. Use suncatchers to cover the subject in rainbow colors.

3. Use kaleidoscope glasses for abstract shapes.

4. Draw on transparent sheets with colored markers for foreground tones.

5. Use Holi powder to add color directly to your model.

Check out the full video above to see how each hack is put to use, and you can subscribe to Jessica Kobeissis popular YouTube Channel for more content like this.


Friday, 17 November


Panasonic G9 | Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f:2.8 | Autofocus Speed Demo mirrorlessrumors

Panasonic Preorder links: Panasonic G9 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. Wex UK. Leica 200mm lens at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon IT.

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Ep. 229: Did Newsweek Just Make Things Worse? and more PetaPixel

Episode 229 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Canon Explorer of Light Denis Reggie

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If youre looking for a family of Oreo Connoisseurs, look no further.  Since I have know Mr Davis he has been a lover of Oreos.  When we were first married I would judgily stare at him at night as he would gobble down a sleeve of Oreos while I stayed on my diet.  Ew.  Anyway, over the years we have enjoyed several of the new flavors, been surprised by others and hated a few too.  I knew we loved oreos, but it wasnt until my sister came over and commented on how many flavors were currently stocking (cookie butter, pumpkin, apple pie, pb+j) that I realized we can easily call ourselves authorities on the subject.  The mystery oreos had us stumped (trix?  fruity pebbles?) until my sister also commented on their smell.  Target Bathroom.  So Oreo, thats the guess from the Davis Family.  Youre mystery oreos smell (and taste!) like a Target Bathroom!!

But beyond the Target Bathroom Oreos, weve found a few more favorites and I thought it would be fun to pull Mr Davis in to talk about them.  Youll have to let us know if you have a favorite too!

1. Hot Cocoa Oreos

New Seasonal Oreo Flavor Reviews What is the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Me:  I would have to say the hot cocoa oreos are the new family favorite.  I love them, our kids love them and they really do taste like you dipped an oreo cookie into hot cocoa!  Some of their descriptions were cracking me up: Sip your hot cocoa while you dunk your hot cocoa. Oreo that is and When the weather outside is frightful, this new Oreo flavor is going to be downright delightful.

Mr Davis:  Im not a huge fan of hot cocoa as it is (maybe I burned my tongue too many times as a kid), but these are good you got the balance of chocolate softly held in the arms of marshmallow in bite sized mug.  I give them 2 out 3 sleeves.

2. Waffles + Syrup Oreos

New Seasonal Oreo Flavor Reviews What is the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Me:  I thought the waffles and syrup oreos were super sweet, almost too sweet.  The flavor is o...


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Surprise! Holding a Camera to Your Face is Not Good in a Car Crash PetaPixel

Who wouldve guessed it? Holding a camera up to your face during a car crash can be quite hazardous to your health. New research by the University of Southern California and the International Cinematographer Guild has shed new light on the dangers posed by cameras in free driving situations.

Free driving is a practice that cinematographers use when filming in a moving car. Camera operators will typically have their cameras shoulder mounted in the passenger seat with this setup, if a crash were to occur, the airbags pose a significant risk.

The same goes for stills photographers, as a DSLR being punched through the air by an airbag at 200 mph is not a good thing at all.

This is a very dynamic event when the airbag deploys, said Dr. Cynthia Bir, Director of the Center for Trauma, Violence & Injury Prevention. Its going to send that object on all different types of trajectories. Exactly where the camera would end up is completely random.

The camera itself can create further impacts on both the passenger and the driver as it is randomly thrown around the vehicle in the event of a crash.

Many vehicles now come with sensors in the seats to determine how much force an airbag should be deployed with. In such cases, the added weight of a camera will cause the airbag to deploy with greater force.

Anything unsecured in a vehicle, including a handheld camera, will act as a projectile when propelled by an exploding airbag, said the ICG. Always request that the camera be mounted and secured rather than handheld, as a handheld camera creates a much greater risk to everyone in the vehicle.

Next time youre shooting in a moving vehicle, think about the safety of both yourself and others in the car with you.

(via ICG via...


Hasselblad Launches Its Own Rent a Hasselblad Service PetaPixel

Hasselblad has just launched its own in-house Rent a Hasselblad service, allowing photographers to shoot with the brands medium-format cameras for much, much less than the thousands it costs to actually own it.

The service has been designed to make life a little easier for those on the fence about investing in a Hasselblad camera kit. By being able to rent the camera and accompanying lenses for a shoot, Hasselblad is offering users a chance to try before they buy at reasonable rates.

Should you rent a camera and then decide you wish to purchase one (provided it is within 14 days of your rental) you can have the rental fee go toward the purchase cost.

At the moment the service only works with the Hasselblad X1D-50c medium format mirrorless camera, but the company is already looking to include other models.

A Hasselblad X1D-50c currently costs $9,000 to buy and compatible Hasselblad lenses also cost four-figure sums. For example, the XCD 90mm f/3.2 retails for $3,200.

Owning a Hasselblad medium format camera system is a significant investment even for a successful high-paid photographer, says Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager. Consequently, many professional photographers and enthusiasts havent had the opportunity to see what theyre able to create with Hasselblads medium format technology.

The Rent a Hasselblad program is designed to change that and were looking forward to seeing what photographers are able to produce having easier access to our pho...


Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest PetaPixel

One of the worlds prestigious international portrait photography competitions has sparked a conversation about the nature of portrait photography after it awarded a top prize to a photo that doesnt even show an actual human being: the portrait is of an android.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK calls itself the leading international photographic portrait competition and says its mission is celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

This years winners were selected from 5,717 entries and were just announced this week. First place (and the 15,000 prize) was awarded to photographer Csar Dezfuli for his portrait of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast.

But the 3rd place photo is also attracting quite a bit of attention. Captured by Finnish photographer Maija Tammi, it shows a Japanese android (i.e. a robot designed to look like a human) named Erica.

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