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Tuesday, 16 October

05:38

Sony HX99 is a Tiny Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 4K Video PetaPixel

Sony has announced the new Cyber-shot HX99, what the company calls the worlds smallest travel high zoom camera. The camera features a powerful 28x zoom and 4K video recording.

At the core of the camera is an 18.2-megapixel backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch Exmore R CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 80-12800 and 10fps continuous shooting.

On the front of the camera is a 24-720mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lens with 28x optical zoom. Clear Image Zoom provides digital zoom up to 1440mm.

The features of the camera are unusual considering its size: measuring just 42.31.4 inches (10.25.813.55cm) and weighing just 8.54oz (242g), the HX99 is the worlds smallest camera body of its kind, Sony says. By kind, Sony means fixed-lens cameras with a built-in viewfinder and a maximum telephoto focal length greater than 700mm (35mm equivalent).

The top and back of the camera have a retractable OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder and a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen.

For video recording, the HX99 can shoot 4K with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. Drop down to HD resolution can you can shoot up to 120fps for slow-motion sequences.

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05:06

This is Why You Dont Hire a $0.25 Photo Retoucher PetaPixel

After discovering retouching services being offered on Fiverr, the popular platform that lets freelancers offer ultra-cheap services, photographer Irene Rudnyk recently decided to conduct an experiment to see what kind of results you can get for $10 and less.

Rudnyk hired three different retouchers at three different ultra-cheap price points: $0.25, $5, and $10.

This is the unedited photo Rudnyk sent as a RAW file to each retoucher:

She also included these requirements for what she wanted:

I would like if you made this image very vibrant, warm. Clean skin, bright eyes, and make her hair look more red, so it matches the background. Also, I trust your judgment on making this image look beautiful.

Here are the three retouched photos Rudnyk got back:

The $0.25 Retouching Job

Heres the edit next to the original:

The $5 Retouching Job

Heres the edit next to the original:

The $10 Retouching Job

Heres the edit next to the original:

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04:30

Dell Unveils the Worlds First 49-inch Monitor with Dual QHD Resolution PetaPixel

If editing panorama photos if what you do all day long, you might want to take a look at Dells new UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor, model name U4919DW. Its the worlds first 49-inch display with dual QHD resolution.

The monitor features a revolutionary ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio and is designed to replace two 27-inch QHD monitors. The massive screen real estate provides 51201440 in resolution and in-plane switching (IPS) technology that allows users to view more content and see fine details with consistent color across a wide viewing angle.

A built-in KVM switch allows you to switch between different computers as sources for the display while using the same keyboard and mouse.

Other features and specs include a 60Hz refresh rate, a USB-C port, a 99% sRGB color gamut, a 5ms response time, two HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 DisplayPort 1.4, 350cd/m brightness, and 1,000:1 contrast.

The Dell U4919DW will start shipping on October 26th with a price tag of $1,699.

03:32

4 Simple Tips for Better Landscape Photography Trips PetaPixel

Due to circumstances that are generally out of our control, not all landscape photography trips are a success, but with a bit of planning you can increase the likelihood of having a productive outdoor photo shoot. The soft morning or late afternoon light that all landscape photographers are after is generally a short-lived event and being as prepared as possible will enable you to capture it when the moment is right.

1. Virtual Scouting

A great way to determine if a location is photogenic is to hop over to 500px and run a search for your location. This will also show you how others are capturing your planned location and will provide compositional ideas that you might want to apply or avoid when youre on location.

2. Pre-Visualization

Its good to not only become familiar with your specific subject youll be photographing but also the surrounding area. For this, Google Earth is your best friend this is one of the coolest applications Google has ever created in my opinion.

3. Light

This is what were all after! Good light can make or break a photo and understanding where and when you can expect the light to arrive is super powerful information to understand. There are many apps you can use to determine this, but the app I like to use is LightTrac. Its very straightforward and has a user-friendly interface that will show you everything yo...

03:00

This is Why Lighting Height and Angle Matter in Portraits PetaPixel

How you light your subject is one of the key decisions youll need to make when shooting portraits. The Koldunov Brothers published this 9-minute tutorial showing the impact the height of a light source makes and some typical mistakes photographers make in placing and angling lights.

The video examines the problem areas on a face that are introduced when the primary light source is too high or too low.

While these issues may be less obvious when additional light sources are present, theyre still unappealing looks that are difficult to hide in the resulting photos.

The tutorial also provides various tips for how to avoid lighting pitfalls both indoors

and outdoors.

We cover several topics that no one has ever talked about, or say very little, the brothers tell PetaPixel. For example, we show how a face may look turned inside out. The effect of tears. The problem of lighting the ears. The problem of eliminating lighting effects in Photoshop.

Watch the full 9-minute video above for a great primer on lighting height and angle. You can also subscribe to the Koldunov Brothers YouTube channel to follow along with their videos.

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02:26

The Worlds Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second PetaPixel

Researchers have created a new worlds fastest camera. Called T-CUP, the camera can capture a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second.

The camera was developed by scientists at the INRS branch of the Universit du Qubec in Canada, and it doubles the previous record speed. Lund Universitys FRAME camera boasted 5 trillion frames per second in 2017, beating out MITs one-trillion-frame-per-second camera of 2011.

At 10 trillion frames per second, T-CUP is able to freeze time in order to see and study things that are traditionally too fast to visualize things like laser pulses can be seen in slow motion.

T-CUP broke new ground in its first shoot by capturing the temporal focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse in real time, INRS says. The camera captured 25 frames at an interval of 400 femtoseconds (one femtosecond is 1/1,000,000,000,000,000, or one quadrillionth, of a second), revealing the light pulses shape, intensity, and angle of inclination.

As the camera is used for more applications at even faster frame rates, it will help reveal more previously-unknowable secrets involving how light and matter interact.


Image credits: Photos by INRS

02:07

5DayDeals $2,500+ Photo Bundle for $89 Will Be Gone Forever Tomorrow! PetaPixel

An exclusive photography bundle worth $2,500 has been available for photographers for just $89 since October 11th. The bundle is filled with resources contributed by top names in photography. Each year, its highly-anticipated by photographers worldwide, but it only lasts 5 days and on October 16, 2018, at noon PDT, it will be gone forever!

Full disclosure: This article was sponsored by 5DayDeal.

Each year, a small husband-and-wife-led team based in Colorado works toward making photography education and resources affordable, while at the same time uniting photographers from around the world to raise funds for charity. 5DayDeal teams up with top names in photography, curating a bundle filled with digital tools and resources, discounting it as much as 96%+, and selling it for 5 days only.

This years sale started on October 11th and ends forever October 16, 2018, at noon PDT.

Why only 5 days? Making the bundle available for such a short time makes it more of an event than a sale. Photographers from around the world rally together in a communal sprint to raise money for charity.  Additionally, a 96%+ discount can only last too long :-)

To date, 5DayDeal has raised $1,400,000+ for deserving charities like, Mercy Ships, Orbis International, World Wildlife Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Make-A-Wish, Against Malaria, and many more$80,000+ in the last 4 days alone and they are only $20,000 off from reaching their goal of $100,000 from this sale.

Renowned photographers like Lindsay Adlar, Zack Arias and Trey Ratcliff...

01:53

This is the Full Photoshop Coming to the iPad PetaPixel

Adobe unveiled the next generation of Adobe Creative Cloud apps today and says the new updates mark a major inflection for the future of creativity.

We are unlocking a new level of creative potential by releasing more powerful tools, extending creativity beyond the desktop, and empowering creatives to thrive in new mediums like voice and augmented reality, Adobe says.

The new Adobe Photoshop CC for the iPad delivers all the power, performance, and precision of Photoshop reimagined for a modern touch and gesture-based interface.

Adobe says the new direction began after two Photoshop engineers proposed the crazy idea of running real Photoshop code on the iPad. While porting the code, the engineers also worked to reimagine how the tried-and-true tools would be used on a tablet. A few months later, they succeeded in creating a proof of life of real Photoshop on the iPad, and the project moved forward.

Since the new iPad app actually shares code with the desktop version, theres no compromise on power, performance, and editing results.

Photoshop CC on desktop editing a PSD. The same PSD being edited in Photoshop CC for iPad....

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Monday, 15 October

23:54

In three years Sigma expects their lenses for mirrorless to account for 70% of all sales mirrorlessrumors

Dpreview published their Sigma CEO interview. And there is a lot of interesting info but I am only reporting two of them here: This is what he said about the mirrorless future: Within three or four years I expect our

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03:16

New DPreview and Kai Wong tests of the Fuji X-T3 mirrorlessrumors

On top you can watch the new review of the Fuji X-T3. At the same time Dpreview also posted a preview of the new Canon EOS-R: I suspect that most users that will invest in an EOS R will be

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00:29

These nearly indestructible Sony Tough SD cards are now on preorder mirrorlessrumors

If you are afraid your toddler could one day destraoy your SD card well get these TOUGH cards today: Sony 128GB TOUGH SD card at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon

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Sunday, 14 October

15:56

Sony says ok your are rightwe now will focus on APS-C again :) mirrorlessrumors

The endless and justified complains against the weak Sony APS-C E-mount support finally had some effect. Mr. Tanaka from Sony confirmed in an interview at Pronews.jp that they will now focus on APS-C again. In his words Sony had to

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