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Sunday, 14 January


Stockholm Leica Center confirms the new Summicron-SL 50/2 ASPH for 2018 mirrorlessrumors

The Stockholm Leica Center confirmed the launch of a new Summicron-SL 50/2 ASPH for 2018. via Nokishita

The post Stockholm Leica Center confirms the new Summicron-SL 50/2 ASPH for 2018 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


How to Photoshop Portraits in the Style of Pam Dave Zarings Family Photos PetaPixel

Want to retouch your photos to look just like Pam Dave Zarings amazingly bad family photos that have been going viral? Photoshop expert Antti Karppinen has just released a tutorial showing how you can achieve the exact same look in Photoshop.

In case you missed it the first time around, a woman named Pam Dave Zaring just sparked a huge viral sensation on the Internet after sharing what she claims are family photos delivered by a professional photographer Zaring had paid $250.

Karppinen studied the photos and broke down the steps youll need to take to correct harsh shadows in the same way. Heres the photo he started with:

First, youll need to take a dark brush and bring more definition to the eyes, nose, and mouth by drawing them in over the original photo.

You then smooth out the subjects skin by using the Mixer Brush Tool with the Wet setting at 50% and Sample All Layers checked.

Painting some more colors into the facial features and add some eyebrows, and youre getting close to your final result.

The final step is to drop the Saturation of your photo and use Selective Color to cool down the tones.



Tilt-Shift Effect Drone Shots of Tiny Kayakers in a Tiny World PetaPixel

Heres a beautiful 2-minute short film by Raphael Boudreault-Simard of Flow Motion Aerials that shrinks kayakers and the beautiful outdoors into a miniature world using a tilt-shift effect.

We shrunk two kayakers and this happened, writes Red Bull, which published the video.

Boudreault-Simard was a kayaker himself before his career was cut short by a shoulder injury and surgery a few years ago. He then started flying a camera drone and picked up aerial filmmaking.

For this short film, Boudreault-Simard piloted his drone through difficult terrain to film athletes Aniol Serrasolses and Nouria Newman doing their thing in British Columbia, Canada. After 5 intense days of trekking and shooting, Boudreault-Simard edited his aerial footage, speeding up the frame rate and carefully applied the digital tilt-shift effect (his drone doesnt support a tilt-shift lens).

Voila! Tiny kayakers riding rough waters in a tiny world.

(via Red Bull via Reddit)



Shooting a Rolleiflex with Studio Flash and Rolleinars PetaPixel

In this fast-changing age of digital photography, one ingredient missing is a full frame square format camera or digital back. Yes, you can always crop off for a square, but this is not the same as looking through a dedicated square format camera with full resolution. So, what does a photographer preferring the square format do? My option has always been to shoot square format film cameras.

This article is about a studio shoot using a Rolleiflex T, Rolleinars 1, 2 and 3, and a Profoto D1 Air 500 w/s monolight. I have no experience with any other Rolleiflex models, so please research flash synchronization with your particular equipment, and because Rolleiflex cameras are antiques (mine was originally purchased in 1959 as per registration card), make sure your camera has been serviced and is ready to shoot. My Rolleiflex was fitted with x-synchronization from the factory which made my preference of shooting with remote control flawless.

I enjoy abstract art and decided to shoot geometric shapes for this test. I find playing with shapes fundamental to how I approach framing shots. I like to keep things simple with lighting, so I will use one light with mirrors-as-fill light, and the camera will be mounted on my studio camera stand. Take note that because of the waist level design, the camera will be low to the ground since I am 53.

Profoto D1 Air 500, Westcott Round Softbox, Mirrors as Fill Light (custom made), Profoto Air, Studio Stand

Here is the connection between my studio light and the Rolleiflex, a basic PC Sync Cord with a 3.5mm mini plug to PC (Prontor-Compur). I buy these a few at a time because from my experience, the PC cord is the first to break the connection between camera and flash. Before I retired from commercial work, I had Paramount Cords make custom cords for my equipment, and I may resort to that again, but as long as I have a few in the studio, I hav...


Water Torture Camera Test: Canon and Nikon Shine, Sony Fails PetaPixel

Weather resistance is an important attribute of professional cameras that need to endure difficult shooting environments. To see how well some of the top cameras on the market would fare in the rain, Imaging Resource decided to conduct a water torture test, which you can watch in the 5-minute video above.

The cameras tested were the Nikon D850, Sony a7R III, Canon 5D Mark IV, and Olympus OM-D EM-1. Imaging Resource took all four cameras outside and used a garden-hose sprayer to simulate natural rainfall in both a strong rainstorm and a heavy mist. Each camera was subjected to 15 minutes in each scenario.

The Canon and Olympus cameras both survived the test without any water intrusion detected, and the Nikon had a very minor issue with water getting into the viewfinder (preventable by using the optional hot shoe cover). The Sony, on the other hand, was the only camera that failed the test.

[T]he A7R III had a lot of water in its battery compartment, Imaging Resource writes. This must have entered through the top panel somehow []

The camera was still functioning well after the rainfall test, but the mist test caused major issues with the Sony:

[W]e heard a rapid clicking noise coming from the direction of the table holding the cameras. Huh? It turned out the sound was coming from the A7R III, which was firing continuously. It was set to continuous-high mode, but its power switch was turned off. The only way we could get it to stop chattering away was to drop the battery. When we did, there was no sign of any water in the battery compartment, but watching the shutter actuate, we could see that there was water on the shutter blades themselves.

After a day of being completely unresponsive, the camera returned to full health the following day after drying out.

Sony needs to up their environmental-sealing game if they want to compete in this high-end/professional market segment, Imaging Resource concludes. But even though the Sony a7R III is weak at resisting water, the cameras strengths are so great and cutting edge that folks at...


How to Shoot Good Travel Photos Even in Bad Natural Light PetaPixel

Using natural light in your travel photos can land you with some amazing images, even if you think the light might be bad from the offset. Heres an 18-minute video from photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich that shows how to harness natural light for powerful imagery.

You might hear that shooting in harsh midday light is bad, but Mitchell disagrees. He says that the idea of good and bad light is extremely limiting for photographers.

He admits that in the golden hour things look a lot richer and more attractive and pleasing to the eye, but says that photography is so much more than that.

Take this car photo as an example. Mitchell shot this in harsh sunlight. He wanted to emphasize the hard life of the people living out in the desert, so he thinks that the golden hour quality is not the best light to convey that message.

The midday light with its contrasting shadows is easier to associate with hardship and harsh living conditions. Under other lighting conditions, the photos would look entirely different.

Photos dont need to be beautiful to be powerful, says Mitchell.

Here are some more images by Mitchell, all of which make use of natural light of different qualities.


Saturday, 13 January


Hilariously Bad Family Photos Go Viral PetaPixel

This photo shoot just won the Internet for how bad the Photoshop job was. Pam Dave Zaring says she got back her family photos from the professional photographer they hired and nearly died laughing. She then posted the photos on Facebook, where theyve been going absolutely viral.

Just take a look at the photos for yourself.

Ok. This is NOT a joke, Zaring writes. She says she paid the professional photographer $250 for the family photo shoot and received this photos in return.

She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos, Zaring writes. I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!

Within 8 hours of being shared online, the photos had already attracted over 150,000 likes and 200,000 shares.

Weve reached out to the photographer for c...


Fujifilm Lenses Have Quality Control Issues: Reports PetaPixel

Fujifilm may have a quality control issue on their hands. Two reports have emerged this month of new Fujifilm lenses arriving with sizable dust specks, cracks, and excessive variations between copies.

Photography Life reported on January 3rd that they discovered multiple samples of a number of lenses having debris between lens elements that is impossible for the photographer to remove without having the lens serviced at a repair center.

While I am generally happy about lens variation of GF lenses and I am especially happy with their excellent performance, I am not a big fan of Fujifilms QA processes, writes Nasim Mansurov. It seems to me that Fuji is almost rushing with the medium format GF lenses, trying to deliver as many units as possible to try to match the demand, while paying less attention to its manufacturing processes.

Mansurov says he has found that this issue is particularly rampant in Fuji GF lenses. For one lens, the GF 110mm f/2, Mansurov had to return two different copies in search of one that was dust-free.

Whats more, Mansurov has found that cheaper Fujifilm lenses have too much quality variation between copies of the same lens.

[C]heaper lenses like the GF 45mm f/2.8 and GF 63mm f/2.8 have shown more variation than I would like to see, he says. The lens to watch out is the GF 32-64mm f/4. While it is a pretty solid performer overall, the samples I have tested so far had uneven corner to corner performance, indicating poor assembly / decentering issues.



How To Get Medium Format Colors With Full Frame PetaPixel

Over the last few months, I have been in contact with Phase One to test their latest medium format camera, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. The standard 100MP backs from both Hasselblad and Phase One, already have incredible colors, due to being able to produce 16-bit raw files. Phase One, however, decided this wasnt enough and their latest sensor is a genuinely brilliant update.

I have been rather tough on medium format in the past, however, this new camera is a significant step in the right direction. I will confidently call this the best sensor currently on the market.

The best, unfortunately, comes with a price, and the Trichromatic isnt cheap (to say the least). Spending around $40,000 on a camera isnt feasible for many of us, however, it may not be necessary.

In my latest video I demonstrate how you can achieve colors up to and possibly even beyond the capabilities of the Trichromatic with your full frame camera. Using a few techniques, I compare colors from the Canon 5DS R and the Phase One Trichromatic.

First thing is to ensure that your monitor has been correctly calibrated and to do this I use the i1 Studio from X-rite. I find this to be the best and most accurate. Ive used a number of different calibrators and settled with the i1 due to the results and the ease of use. It may be advisable to have a number of custom ICC profiles that you can use depending on the project.

Ensuring thats already been done, to get the desired colors from your full frame camera, I use a color checker passport. You may have already seen a number of videos about how the passport works, but, chances are youve probably never seen it compared to medium format and youve definitively never seen it compared to the Trichromatic. Its incredible how much of an impact this small, relatively cheap device can have on your images. For less than $100.00 youre able to create images with colors, that compete with and to some extent beat one of the most expensive cameras currently ava...


How My Photo Ended Up in the New York Times Without Credit PetaPixel

The Internet is becoming a hectic and volatile place for photographers to share their work. Social media enables photos to be put in the hands of tens, thousands, and even millions in a matter of minutes. However, one small break in this sharing frenzy can lead to massive loss and frustration for the creators that dedicate themselves to doing their passion well.

My story begins with a simple tweet. On the night of Sunday January 7th, 2018, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Floridas Space Coast, and the rockets first stage landed back on Cape Canaveral shortly after. I took a long exposure image of the launch and landing, and I posted my creation to my usual social media following.


Canon Asking Its Pros What They Want in a Pro Mirrorless Camera PetaPixel

If youre a Canon shooter who has been waiting for Canon to get serious about mirrorless cameras, heres some promising news: Canon has reportedly been asking its professionals what theyd like to see in a mirrorless camera.

Canon Rumors is hearing from a trusted source that Canon has been surveying select Explorers of Light and other professionals to find out what theyd expect in a professional mirrorless camera thats compelling enough to purchase and use.

Canons CEO recently admitted in an interview that his company has been lagging in innovation behind other companies and that Canon is now determined to raise our antennas high toward cutting-edge technology.

Canon and Nikon have both dabbled in mirrorless cameras in recent years but have failed to create products that are competitive against the offerings of companies like Sony and Fujifilm. Sony generated a huge amount of attention and praise in 2017 by launching the full frame a9 and a7R III.

Canon and Nikon have yet to go full frame with their mirrorless cameras, presumably out of fear of cannibalizing their dominance in the world of professional DSLRs.

With Nikon signaling strongly that its developing a full frame mirrorless camera, however, Canon may need to accelerate its own plans to avoid further falling be...


The Secret Sliders for Getting Fast, Smooth Selections in Photoshop PetaPixel

Want to improve your selection game in Photoshop? Heres an 8-minute video from PiXimperfect that points out some secret sliders in Adobe Photoshop that will help you to make fast and smooth selections.

When youre trying to select an object from a scene, youre probably looking to use something like the Quick Selection tool. Thats fine and it works well up to a point. However, youll likely notice that the edges of the selection are rough and not entirely perfect.

To fix this common issue, create a mask from your selection and go into the Properties window. Here youll find the sliders in question.

Increase the Smooth slider slightly to smooth out those rough edges. After that, use the Feather slider to slightly envelope the area in question to ensure no areas are lost. Finally, the Contrast slider will allow you to sharpen the selection, getting rid of the feathered overlap where you dont want it. Voila you have a perfectly selected object!

(via PiXimperfect via Fstoppers)


Facebook to Focus Feed on Friends, Hurting Your Business Pages Reach PetaPixel

Facebook has announced that it will be introducing drastic changes to how its News Feed works, prioritizing content from family and friends and de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands. If you use business page for your photography services, you may soon see your reach plummet.

We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us, writes Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Thats why weve always put friends and family at the core of the experience. Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our well-being and happiness.

But recently weve gotten feedback from our community that public content posts from businesses, brands and media is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other. [] Based on this, were making a major change to how we build Facebook. [] you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups. [] youll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.

Zuckerberg says the goal of Facebook is now changing from helping you find relevant content to helping you find meaningful social interactions.

More specifically, Facebook says that instead of determining the ranking of posts based on reactions, comments, and shares, the company will prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people.&#822...


Canon Cant Tell This Photo Contains Stolen Elements PetaPixel

Canon generated some controversy this week by widely sharing a photo that contained portions taken without permission from a shot by photographer Elia Locardi using a Fujifilm camera. The company has now responded, but instead of issuing an apology, its clear Canon cant tell that the infringement occurred.

The photo above is what Canon shared through its Facebook and Instagram accounts in Italy and Spain. Much of the top half of the image was clearly taken from this photo by Locardi:

Photograph by Elia Locardi.

Locardis sky (and likely some of the trees) were combined with a different photo containing a different foreground. But by doing a back-and-forth comparison, we can see that the skies in both shots are identical.

It was soon discovered that Canon had found the photo on the free photo website Unsplash, where it was uploaded by someone named Greg Paul Miller (it has since been deleted). The EXIF data stated that the photo had been captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, and thats probably how Canon found it in the first place.

After this incident was widely publicized this week, Canon Italy decided to post an official response...


PSA: Camera Bags Could Be Damaging Your Body PetaPixel

If theres one photography video you should watch today, then this 7-minute piece of advice from photographer Jay Perry is the one. Perry explains why messenger camera bags may be very bad for your health.

Perry says that 5 years ago he had the worst back pain and the worst headaches. Having been prescribed pain medication by his doctor, Perry later went to a pain specialist.

The diagnosis? His camera bag was causing the problems.

His messenger-style bag, slung over one shoulder, was pulling down on one side of his body. In fact, Perry says that his osteopath told him that his right shoulder was lower than his left shoulder.

If you do something with one side [of your body] more than the other, youre going to create a muscular imbalance, said Perrys friend Jarek, a massage therapist. When we dont have any symmetry to our body, its going to show up as pain.

The answer? Use a camera bag that is a backpack it distributes the weight properly and will help avoid these problems.

Dont forget to pay attention to your posture, too, however. Photographers spend a lot of their time looking at a computer screen, and sitting poorly at your desk can cause similar problems.

(via Jay Perry via Fstoppers)


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