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Monday, 22 January

02:53

Ep. 248: The Star Who Pays In Exposure Bucks and more PetaPixel

Episode 248 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Sunday, 21 January

07:49

Ted Forbes reviews the Light L16 camera mirrorlessrumors

Ted: This is my long awaited review of the Light L16. Announced 2 years ago it is finally out. The Light L16 combines 16 lenses in a mobile style body. Light say this is aimed to replace a traditional DSLR

The post Ted Forbes reviews the Light L16 camera appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

06:37

I Shot a Short Film with the Panasonic GH5S: Here Are My Thoughts PetaPixel

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on the brand new Panasonic Lumix GH5S in time to start shooting for our new short film 4:17 AM. The shoot was going to take place mainly at night and early morning, so when I heard about the GH5S, I thought it would be the ideal testing bed for the new camera.

Ive also spent the last few months assembling a collection of anamorphic adapters and associated accessories and I decided that this project would suit shooting some scenes in anamorphic too.

The concept of the film that Isabel, our creative director, developed was to attempt to abstractly represent the turbulence of the human relationship with sleep and to visually show the moments, mental crossroads and the drifting in between consciousness.

You can see the full film here:

Shooting the Film: Technical Details

As a super small team that consisted of Isabel, myself, Declan (who was acting), and fellow Panasonic ambassador Ross Grieve shooting some BTS we knew we had to keep the kit fairly light as Id be doing the shooting, lighting and everything else in between.

On the camera front, we had one GH5S with a set of Leica Rs (28, 50, 90) with Metabones .71x and Aputure LensRegain .75x, Panasonic Lecia 15mm 1.7, Bolex Moller 8/19/1.5x anamorphic, Moller 32/2X anamorphic and Iscomorphot 16/2x anamorphic with Rectilux Hardcore DNA, Jim Changs V2 clamp set up, 8Sinn cage and a bunch of small rig accessories to hold it all together. Ross also brought along his Syrp Magic Carpet which we used on top of the Manfrotto Nitrotech for some of the opening shots.

GH5S, 8Sinn Cage, LensRegain, Leica Summicron-R 50, Iscomorphot 16/2x, Rectilux Hardcore DNA

As a small team, we also needed to be flexible with the lighting, so we had a small lighting kit consisting of an Aputure 120D, Aputure Mini20 kit and a coupl...

06:13

Rant: How Sony Can Fix the Terrible Menus on Its Great Cameras PetaPixel

Many Sony shooters rave about their cameras but rant about the menu systems within them. Camera reviewer Maarten Heilbron has some ideas on whats wrong and how things can be improved. Heres his 11-minute video rant on the subject.

Sonys features are at the leading edge of camera technology, says Heilbron. He accepts that this will lead to complexity in the menus, but he nevertheless remains frustrated at the lack of organization and clarity.

With the introduction of the new a7R III, Sony has adjusted the menu. Heilbron hoped that with this new generation of cameras there would be a completely redesigned menu, but he was disappointed.

There are a whopping 181 settings, excluding My Menu, in the A7R IIIs menu. Thats a lot of options that would clearly need some proper organization to avoid having things get messy.

First off, Heilbron suggests that there is clearly room for another tab at the top of the menu system, but this hasnt been utilized and that only increases the number of pages that need scrolling through.

The squares at the bottom only take up space and duplicate the page numbers nearer the top. Since these cameras have touch-enabled screens, why is this not possible to use in the menu? Heilbron thinks thatll make things a lot quicker to navigate.

Another major hang-up is that it appears similar settings are not clustered together and are instead interspersed with completely irrelevant settings. This makes it a bit of a minefield to navigate.

Heilbron likes the changes to the Custom Key selections, which now let you move between pages rather than scrolling an endless list.

However, it seems there is still a lot of work to be done. Check out the video above to hear more of Heilbrons thoughts and suggestions regarding Sonys menu systems.

05:48

College Sports Photographer Was Paid by Other Schools While On the Job PetaPixel

The chief photographer of the University of Tennessee Athletics Department is now under investigation and on paid leave after a state investigation found that he photographed athletes from other schools for those schools while on the job.

The Knoxville News Sentinel writes that a new report released Thursday by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found that UT athletics photographer Donald Page had used UT camera equipment during work hours to shoot non-UT athletes, and that he was paid by other universities to do so.

The report also stated that Page, who earns $56,661 according to UTs public salary database, had hired other people to help photograph non-UT athletes on his behalf, paying those assistants in cash. In total, he was found to have earned $9,240 from other schools while on the job, and over $6,000 while off work.

A conclusion from the report was that, at minimum, Page abused university work time and equipment for his personal benefit and that his actions resulted in a waste and/or abuse of taxpayer funds. Since UT is a public school, Page is a state employee.

UT placed Page on paid administrative leave back on June 15th, 2017 and has been awaiting the comptroller report before making a decision on Pages future. The comptroller is recommending that UT officials determine for themselves whether Page violated any official UT policies with his actions.

Weve reached out to Page for comment and will update this article if/when he responds.


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04:56

Art Rangers Gives National Parks 100% of Fine Art Photo Profits PetaPixel

Art Rangers is a new non-profit art project that aims to support US National Parks with fine art photography. Purchase beautiful artworks showing the national parks, and 100% of proceeds will go straight towards preserving them.

All of the prints available for sale on the website have been sourced from photographers who want to help protect the national parks for future generations, and have donated their art to the cause.

Art Rangers tells PetaPixel that it doesnt even have access to the funds, and that its partner SmugMug handles all the sales (without taking a cut) and transfers all the profits straight to the official beneficiary: the National Park Foundation.

The national parks have always been there for us. They have been our refuges and inspiration, our playgrounds, and classrooms, says the projects website. With 84 million acres of natural treasures spread across more than 400 parks in all 50 states, its hard to imagine a world without them.

With too many of the USAs national parks being in disrepair, Art Rangers is a way for photographers and art lovers to both give back to the parks.

Here is a selection of some of the images featured on the Art Rangers website:

Photo by Greg Wyatt Photo by Jrn Schewski ...

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