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Friday, 15 September


Yashica comeback! They are teasing a new camera launch. mirrorlessrumors

Yashica launched a teaser video for a new camera launch. After so many years of silence they are finally going back into the camera business. In the video you see one of their old film cameras. Its unclear if this

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Alien Skins Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features PetaPixel

Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features.

There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if youve used the latest Lightroom.

Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. Its also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones to delete.

You can also make virtual copies, allowing you to work on multiple variations of a single image without actually duplicating the original file.

Linear and radial gradients will be available for local adjustments, and new overlays, blend modes, and toning enhancements will give you greater control over image adjustments.

Another major addition is the keywording and collection tools. These allow you to properly catalog your images, keyword them, and sort them into relevant collections for easier access.

The software will also include a number of presets that can be used and customized to quickly process your photos.

A selection of these filters can be previewed in this introductory video:



GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS PetaPixel

The GoPro HERO6 Black has apparently just been leaked in a photo before any official announcement, and the camera looks like it will offer 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

Photo Rumors just received this photo from a reader:

If this leak is real, then it looks like the camera will be capable of 12-megapixel still photos and 4K/60p video. By comparison, the current HERO5 Black can do 4K at 30fps.

The new model will be very similar to the latest HERO 5 version, Photo Rumors writes. The official announcement (or release date) is rumored for September 28th.

If the physical design of the camera isnt changing with this latest generation, then GoPro owners will still be able to use their current HERO5 accessories on the new camera.

GoPro CEO Nick Woodman teased the existence of the HERO6 back in February, saying that the camera would arrive in 2017.

The real question here will be one of price, writes Engadget. Competitor Yis 4K camera captures UHD resolution at 60 FPS too, and for $340. GoPros Hero5 currently sells for $400 on Amazon.


Dazzling Photos of Summer Firework Festivals in Japan PetaPixel

Every summer in Japan, there are around 200 separate firework festivals, known as Hanabi Taikai, which light up the sky in all sorts of colors. Japanese photographer Keisuke spent his time trekking to several of the shows this summer, an effort which allowed him to capture some mesmerizing firework photos.

Keisuke is only 25-years-old but has already earned a number of awards for his landscape photography. His images have also attracted over 27,000 followers on Instagram.

The firework festivals usually occur in July and August, and its a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century.

You can see more of Keisukes work on his...


4 Lessons in Creativity for Photographers PetaPixel

Creativity in any discipline is about finding new and original ideas. When they strike, creative thoughts seem to appear out of nowhere light bulb moments. Sometimes it seems like creativity is something intangible that we cant control. But are there ways you can nurture your own creativity? How can we better create the conditions for those moments of inspiration to strike?

In her 17-minute TED talk above, radio host Julie Burstein, an expert in creative thought, offers insight into how creativity grows out of everyday experiences. Her stories revolve around various creative disciplines, but her key four lessons are ones that we can embrace as photographers.

Her full TED talk is worth watching, but in this post, we wanted to explore in-depth some of her key points and discuss how these may be applicable for photographers.

Photo by Riccardo Annandale

#1. Embrace everyday experience.

Modern life is full of distractions designed to take us away from the reality in front of us. Viewing images or reading articles of distant countries allow us to detach from our own reality. We become desensitized to our lives and what is right in front of us. Burstein strongly believes that creativity can come out of a break in the everyday.

Instead of looking for a means of escape from the mundane, sometimes its important to embrace our reality. Our experiences can change us if we take the time and pay attention to the world around us. It seems simple, but in fact, it is something we often overlook. Creative ideas are around us, but they are only revealed by looking in a different way.

Spanish photographer Ricardo Cases El Porque La Naranjas (loosely translated as The Reason of Oranges) is a perfect example of how something so simple can be the catalyst for a dynamic creative photo project. Having moved to Levante to recover from a tragedy, he wanted to build a visual narrative about his new home. He used the regions symbol of the orange as a starting point.

With that open brief in mind, he set about capturing obscure and almost absurd images of his new hometown. His playful use of color and light hel...


Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesnt PetaPixel

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting better video resolution than most serious cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this.

It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras arent good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is insanely powerful, and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second.

So why dont they just put bigger processors inside cameras? Higher processing power could mean that cameras can more easily overheat, especially in hot weather. And theres also a cost factor. DSLRs are, after all, primarily for stills photography. Larger processors would ramp up the cost for what only a smaller subset of users would benefit from.

Also, Yuryev notes that smartphone technology is coming on incredibly fast thanks to the huge amount of competition in the market. This only means further development and investment into the next generation of processors.

(via Max Yuryev via ISO 1200)


Steve Irwins 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer PetaPixel

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as The Crocodile Hunter, wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with Earths diverse (and often dangerous) wildlife. But heres something you might not know: Irwins 13-year-old son Robert is making his own name as a top notch nature photographer.

Happy Father's Day in the US!

A post shared by Robert Irwin (@robertirwinphotography) on Jun 18, 2017 at 4:20pm PDT

Robert Irwin...


A Look at How HBOs Insecure Lights Black Actors so Well PetaPixel

Heres a 2-minute video that offers a look at how the HBO series Insecure makes its black actors look so good on camera. What is it that makes everyone pop so much on screen?

When I was in film school, no one ever talked about lighting nonwhite people, Insecures Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky, tells Mic. There are all these general rules about lighting people of color, like throw green light or amber light at them. Its weird.

The way I approach dark skin tone technically is all about the skin [being] reflective. I make sure the make-up artist uses a reflective base on the skin.

Berkofsky was brought on for the second season of the series, and she was told to give the show a more movie-like look, which included making their actors more striking on the screen.

Isaa Rae in Insecure. Still frame by Ava Berkofsky/Insecure

She says that its all about giving the skin something to reflect. The amount or intensity of light is not so important, but instead the surface area of the light.

Berkofsky also uses a polarizer on the front of the lens, which helps her to shape the light.

Still frame by Ava Berkofsky/Insecure

The conventional way of doing things was that if you put the skin tones around 70 IRE, its going to look right, Berkofsky said. IRE is a value used to measure composite video signals. If youve got black skin, [dialing it] up to 50 or 70 is just going to make the rest of the image look weird.

With such techniques, youd get overly bright imag...


Nikon Slammed for Promoting D850 in Asia with 32 Men and 0 Women PetaPixel

Nikon is being criticized this week for its selection of pro photographers promoting the new D850 DSLR in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Take a look at the professional photographers in the lineup, and youll see 32 men and zero women.

We began receiving tips on this discrepancy from photographers two days ago, and weve been reaching out to Nikon for comment.

Its a nice glaring omission of females in this D850 Pro Group, one well-known professional photographer a Canon shooter tells PetaPixel. They should be blasted.

Portraits of the 32 photographers, as they appear on the Nikon Asia website.

Fstoppers then set off a firestorm of controversy yesterday by publishing an article titled: Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only?

But when Nikon created a team of 32 professional photographers to be the faces of the Nikon D850, they didnt choose a single woman photographer, writes Jason Vinson of Fstoppers. When building a list of 32 photographers, you basically have to go out of your way to not include a single woman.

The problem here though is not just with Nikon, but instead with the entire photo industry.

Another portrait lineup of the 32 photographers. Screenshot by Fstoppers. ...


Using LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Color and Punch to Photos PetaPixel

The LAB color space is particularly useful for boosting colors and definition in images due to the way it handles colors when compared to RGB and CMYK. Rather than describing how colors should appear on a screen or in print, LAB is designed to approximate human vision. Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows in this video how this color space can be utilized in Photoshop to easily improve your images.

LAB splits the colors of your image in to 3 channels: Lightness, and A and B for the red-green axis and blue-yellow axis respectively. These channels can be targeted in Photoshop using the Curves tool, as Colin shows in his video.

Youll have to convert your image first in Photoshop by going to Image>Mode>Lab Color. Then create a Curves adjustment layer and switch to the a channel. By creating a steep curve as pictured below, you will boost colors dramatically without affecting the contrast in the image. Repeat the process for the b channel to match. Because this is an adjustment layer, you can easily reduce the effect later by adjusting the opacity.

To increase the contrast in the image without affecting the colors, select the Lightness channel in a new Curves adjustment layer. You can play with the curve here to create a very punchy image. In Colins example, he chooses to create two separate curve layers one to target the rocks, and one to target the trees and shrubbery. By then using the Color Range tool, he creates a mask on those layers to affect only the parts of the image he wants.

Color range selection to mask out just the greenery ...

Thursday, 14 September


Ep: 211: Are the iPhones New Camera Specs Worth Upgrading? and more PetaPixel

Episode 211 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: workphlos Dustin Dolby

In This Episode

If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to...


Polaroid is Back with the OneStep2 mirrorlessrumors

The new Polaroid OneStep2 has been announed today. Its available for $99 at BHphoto. Explora reports: Many of us were wishing for this day with little hope that it would ever come, but the Impossible Project has managed to bring

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Polaroid Originals Launches with New OneStep 2 Camera and i-Type Film PetaPixel

Polaroid is back. Days after teasing a major return to its instant photography roots, Polaroid has just launched Polaroid Originals, a brand new brand dedicated to analog instant photos. Along with the new brand comes a new OneStep 2 camera and the debut of a new film type called i-Type.

This surprising launch comes on the 80th anniversary of the legendary Polaroid brand, which was originally founded by Edwin Land back in 1937. After popularizing instant photography and peaking in the early 1990s, Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001 and ended instant film production in 2008.

The instant film type was brought back by The Impossible Project, which purchased the last Polaroid factory in The Netherlands before it disappeared. Back in May, The Impossible Project purchased Polaroids brand and intellectual property, and today were seeing the result of that acquisition: the end of the Impossible brand and the rebirth of the Polaroid brand.

Bye bye, Impossible. Hello, Polaroid Originals.

The OneStep 2 Camera

The new Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 is a new instant camera thats the spiritual successor to the iconic Polaroid OneStep, which helped popularize the medium 4 decades ago. Like the original camera, the OneStep 2 is a fully analog camera thats compatible with both 600 film and a new i-Type film.

Features of the OneStep 2 include a high-quality lens (2 foot to infinity), a 60-day battery life, a built-in flash, a self-timer, a rechargeable 1100mAh lithium-ion battery (juiced via USB), and an extremely minimal design thats...



I feel like we may have taken Pumpkin Spice a little too far.  As I was searching through Amazon for this article I found some real gems, some of which I cant believe exist!  It was easy to make a list of the ten most ridiculous pumpkin spice products based on my searches.  Please click through the amazon links and buy all of these things.  You need them.

1. Espree Pumpkin Spice Dog Cologne:

We have let Pumpkin Spice get out of control.

So that your house, your car and now your dog can smell like fall.

2.  Pumpkin Spice Scented Light Bulb

We have let Pumpkin Spice get out of control.

Its definitely creative?  Its a SCENTED lightbulbwhich for some reason just sounds dangerous?  Or melty?


3. ...


I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasnt Paid a Dime PetaPixel

My name is Michael Sechler, and Im a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world and I wasnt paid a dime. Heres why.

Firstly, Id like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights.

A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the water had receded. We took our shoes off and walked through the muddy marsh, shells, and rain to find out that they were two manatees. They had been stranded on land but the storm. After trying to help, I took this photo:

I posted it to my Facebook, and thats when things started.

Virality is an odd thing. You dont see it coming, but you can feel the momentum building while its happening. My phone notifications started going off like popcorn. One here, one there, then many more at once. People were tagging and sharing in an attempt to find someone to help these guys, while also hunkering down for the storm.

The first request for usage came from Fox News Desk. I froze. At this point, it was still very local, and I couldnt see where it was going. Also, I was very distracted by the hurricane outside. I didnt even know if I could ask for licensing because other photos were floating around (although not as good).

The key part here is that I also didnt know how. What did I ask for? How much should I ask for? Did they even care? Did I have to copyright or license it somehow?

So I told Fox they could use it as long as I was given credit. Unfortunately, this might have invalidated any other requests for compe...


Godoxs New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature PetaPixel

Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro.

The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered.

The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power.

There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with modeling light status control and stroboscopic multi flash.

The Xpro can selectively transmit data to conserve energy and battery life, as well as a useful magnification function that displays details of each groups settings.

Global adjustments can be made to exposure values in M mode, and some other features include FE lock, flash exposure compensation, and 11 customizable functions.

Theres also a new TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, which allows you to meter your flashes while in TTL mode. If you then click a button and switch to manual mode, the settings will be automatically adjusted to give the equivalent output.

Lighting Rumours notes that this is almost exactly the same as Nissins TTL memory function, and it seems like Godox may be taking aim at them with this latest introduction.

The user interface also has direct-select buttons for each wireless grouping another similarity to the Nissin Air 10s. Such buttons are expected to give greater usability than when using other master flash units.



Born From Urgency: Joey L. Releases Book and Film on War Against ISIS PetaPixel

Joey L. has released a follow-up documentary to his 2015 film Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan, again finding himself embedded with Kurdish guerrilla organisations on the frontlines against ISIS. The new documentary is titled Born From Urgency, and is available online for free.

Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.

Joeys latest hour-long documentary offers a deeply personal, humanizing, and controversial view...


The HP Z8 PC Can Be Upgraded to an Insane 3TB RAM and 48TB Storage PetaPixel

Need the ultimate workstation for your photo and video editing? HP just launched a new lineup of desktop workstations for you. The latest Z Workstations can be upgraded with mind-boggling hardware specs. The top-of-the-line model is the Z8, followed by the Z6 and Z4.

These monstrous desktop computers run Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and are geared towards creatives, visual effects artists, and anyone who needs an enormous amount of computing power at their fingertips.

The Z8, which HP touts as the worlds most powerful workstation, contains 24 RAM slots that allow you to insert up to 3 terabytes of memory in an age when most people are working with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. With 3000GB at your disposal, you can probably open up an entire photo shoot in separate tabs while working in Adobe Photoshop and do editing work at full speed.

For storage, the Z8 can be upgraded with up to 48 terabytes of space in case, you know, youd like to keep your entire lifetime archive of photos close at hand on your main workstation.

Theres also dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 cores, as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards.

Other specs include Thunderbolt 3 (optional), Dual 1GbE Ports for high bandwidth data transfer, USB 3.1 Type C ports, a new internal design with improved air flow for cooling, a 1700W power supply, and 9 PCIe slots.

If the Z8 is too much computer for you, the Z6 offers up to 384 GB of memory, and the Z4 can pack 256GB of RAM and a single Xeon CPU.



How the Nikon D850s Dynamic Range Stacks Up Against Rival Cameras PetaPixel

The new Nikon D850 is a beast of a camera by pretty much all accounts, but how does it stack up against other rival cameras and the D810 it replaces? In this image quality comparison by Tony Northrup, see whether the new camera is really a full-stop improvement over the D810 as Nikon claims.

Northrup compares the D850 with the Nikon D810, Canon 5DS R, Sony a7R II, and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. He runs through the dynamic range at base ISO and the noise profiles from base up to 25,600 ISO.

While the D850 is definitely a solid im...


DxOMark Smartphone Camera Rating Now Considers Bokeh and Zoom PetaPixel

DxOMark, the popular benchmarking website for sensors and lenses, has updated the way it will rank and score smartphone cameras. Its introducing bokeh and zoom as categories in its scoring methodology, with added importance on low-light and motion performance as well.

The scores will now appear in this format:

Every single mobile that has been tested between 2012 and now, you can compare, because it followed the same protocol, Clement Viard, senior director of image quality evaluation at DxOMark, tells Digital Trends. But technology has changed so rapidly in the last five years that we have had to change the protocol.

With dual cameras simulating DSLR-style bokeh, as well as optical zoom now being possible, DxOMark has had to adapt. Taking this into account, the new zoom sub-score and bokeh sub-scores should help to clear things up.

DxOMark designed a dedicated studio setup for the new bokeh test.

The latest smartphone models come with camera technology and features that have slowly but surely brought our original test protocol to its limits, DxOMark writes.

Low-light testing will now be performed down to just 1 Lux, and motion-based test scenes will allow more accurate evaluation of a cameras performance and processing techniques for real-world situations. There are also updates to the way it analyzes video capture, inc...


The Return of Kodak Ektachrome Film is Nigh PetaPixel

Want to shoot Kodaks extinct Ektachrome film again? Youll be able to very, very soon. Kodak is saying that a limited supply of the resurrected film is coming by the end of the year, and a full relaunch is scheduled for 2018.

Kodak Alaris announced at CES back in January that it was planning to bring the classic Ektachrome film stock back from the dead, saying that 35mm Ektachrome would hit store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2017.

After months of silence, it appears that these plans are still on track. In response to a Facebook page inquiry about the upcoming film, Kodak responded by saying that a limited supply of the film will be available for market testing this year and that availability is coming next year.

Whats a bit unclear at this point is the company behind this Ektachrome relaunch. The original announcement at CES was made by Kodak Alaris, a separate company thats owned by the Kodak Pension Plan in the UK and which runs Kodaks Personalized Imaging division. But this latest comment was made by the Facebook page verified as being operated by the Eastman Kodak Company, based in the United States.

Weve reached out to Kodak for comment and will update this post if we receive any clarification.

Back around the time of...


Sony Ups Pro Support for Photogs with 24/7 Call Center, Walk-In Spots, More PetaPixel

Sony has just announced improvements to its Sony Imaging PRO Support program in North America, reflecting its increasing popularity among professional still photographers and videographers.

There is now a 24/7 domestic call center, and walk-in service centers in New York City and Los Angeles.

Sony has also introduced technical teams that will provide field service at major sporting events, media events, and shows across all of North America. Such services will include camera cleaning, evaluation loaners, education, and seminars.

Membership to the PRO Support program has grown 40% year over year in North America, and now Sony has also expanded its support into Canada, offering all of the same benefits to the Canadian market.

Our team is fully committed to building an ecosystem that supports the needs of digital imaging professionals today and tomorrow, says Sony Vice President Neal Manowitz. We are focused on reducing downtime, removing costs and improving overall satisfaction. New walk-in locations, a 24/7 domestic hotline, and a field team supporting event depots are just a few of the many steps we are taking to provide the best-in-class solutions for professionals.

To be a member of the PRO Support program, which costs $100 per year, you must be a professional photographer and own at least 2 full-frame bodies and 3 Sony lenses. You can then apply for consideration by Sony.



Phase Ones IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Back Sees Color Like the Human Eye PetaPixel

Phase One today unveiled the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back. It is based on a new CMOS sensor that perceives color close to what the human eye sees. The new sensor was created in a collaboration between Sony and Phase One.

Phase One already has a 100 megapixel back, but the new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back uses a new Bayer filter color technology that produces more accurate colors.

Most of the other features like sensor size (53.4 x 40.1), active pixels (11,608 x 8,708), dynamic range (15 f-stops), pixel size in microns (4.6 x 4.6 microns) and 3.2-inch rear touch display are the same. However, the base ISO drops from 50 in the earlier back to 35 in the Trichromatic to produce a very clean image with low digital noise.

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to how clean are those files, how clean are those filters, says Dave Gallagher CEO of Capture Integration who has been working with Phase One for the last 18 years and just got his hands on the new back. Those three filters, if they can give us a more precise pass through of the RGB color, rather than if one filter overlaps 400-550 nanometers and the other one starts at 500, that 50 nanometers of overlap passing through both filters is going to cause muddiness.


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