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Just a small reminder: This week we are going to have two announcements: 1) On Monday Canon will announce the G1XIII 2) On Wednesday Sony will announce a new camera (probably the new A7sIII) The week after (Oct 26) Olympus
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You can almost never find videos or photos of the Eiffel Tower at night on stock sites. Why is this? Because the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted when those lights are twinkling in the night sky. This 4-minute video from Half as Interesting explains why.
European Union copyright law states that an artistic work (that could be a photo, video, song, or building) is protected during the lifetime of its creator, plus another 70 years.
But the EU allows countries to opt-out of including this freedom of panorama clause in their copyright laws. France has chosen to utilize this exception.
The copyright owner and creator of the Eiffel Tower died in 1923, so in 1993 the image of the Eiffel Tower entered into the public domain. Thats why Las Vegas has its own Eiffel Tower, built in 1999.A legal copy of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, USA. (Photo by Jrgen Matern and licensed under CC-BY-SA)
But the lights were not installed until 1985 and, since theyre considered an artistic work, they are well within their copyright protection period.
The same applies for the Louvre and Romes main train station. While no one has ever gone to court for a night-time Eiffel Tower snap, that could change at any time.
On September 20th, the Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, making it the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in almost 90 years. With catastrophic winds of 155 mph, Maria devastated the Island causing severe damages to homes, buildings, agriculture, and infrastructure.
By also taking out its power grid and telecommunication towers all over the territory, the hurricane left the 3.4 million Puerto Rican population in the dark and without communication. With trees and traffic poles down, roofless homes, fallen bridges and flooded areas, the unrecognizable island struggles without power, food or water as federal and governmental agencies work to eagerly restore Puerto Rico.
As an assignment for FEMA, I was tasked to do an aerial documentation of one of the most affected areas in the mountains of Puerto Rico. This included the municipalities of Barranquitas, Utuado, Lares, and Naranjito, located in the heart of the Island. I worked alongside with Puerto Rico United Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) pilots who flew with me over these areas and helped me get the best angles in different positions.
All the shots were taken at a shutter speed of 1/2000 with an 80-200mm lens, the best tool for shooting aerial content.
During the assignment, we saw houses completely destroyed and people in huge lines to get clean drinking water and gas, and how the landscape had transformed after the storm.
In this 5-minute video from The Slanted Lens, learn how to create a window in a seamless and add beautiful shafts of light into your studio shots.
The effect of the light will change depending on the size or shape of the hole you create in the backdrop. Think carefully about the design of the window and what kind of atmosphere you are trying to create.
Positioning a light source at a distance behind the hole will project shafts of light into the shot. Just dont forget to add a smoke machine to really bring out that beam of light.
For this shoot, Jay P Morgan went for an archway with bars (made from black tape) to give the impression of a castle room an easy way to transform his living room into something more medieval.
Adding pieces of diffusion to the window is another way to change up the shot, particularly if you want to remove any detail from what is behind your new window. You can even add diffusion to only some parts of the window, giving the impression that it has been broken.
This is a nice technique to try for some creative studio shots. Thinking outside the box can give great results.
A museum in China has taken down a photo exhibition that placed photos of black people and African animals side-by-side. The exhibit had attracted outrage from around the world after images of it were shared online.
The New York Times reports that the juxtaposed photos by photographer Yu Huiping were found within a section of the This is Africa exhibition at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan. Each of the diptychs showed an animal on one side and black people wearing similar expressions on the other.
Over 170,000 people have visited the exhibition so far, Chinas state media reports.
Yu is an award-winning photographer who has visited Africa over 20 times just in the past decade and has a deep love for its people and wildlife, Shanghaiist reports. Hes also the vice president of Hubeis Photographers Association.
Controversy erupted when Nigerian Instagram user Edward E. Duke uploaded a (since deleted) video with views of the exhibit space, writing: the capital museum in Wuhan, China put pictures of a particular race next to wild animals why? Are they the only race to have impoverished looking.
Heres the video he captured:
Heres an 11-minute video in which landscape photographer Thomas Heaton looks at how much the camera you shoot with really matters for the vast majority of viewers. Given the opportunity to try the Canon M5 and Fujifilm GFX 50S, Heaton pits them against his trusty Canon 5D Mark IV.
The Canon M5 is an APS-C sensor mirrorless camera that costs ~$900, the Canon 5D Mark IV is a full-frame DSLR that costs ~$3,300, and the Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format mirrorless camera that costs ~$6,500.
With most people viewing photos in a low resolution online, such as on social media, the potential of high-resolution monster cameras is not properly realized these days. In the video, Heaton shares an image from each camera, but without pixel-peeping at high resolution, its impossible to know which camera shot which image.
So when youre thinking about your first camera, the most expensive camera with the most megapixels is not always necessary for most people.
Heaton says that if you want to present your photos at huge sizes, with fine-art prints, or have them look the best they can possibly be, then gear matters.
Wildlife photography in Yellowstone National Park is an incredible opportunity, yet some bad photographers are giving all photographers a bad name by not following the rules. I wont even get into the plain rudeness of too many professionals that further that bad name.
The rules for wildlife viewing in Yellowstone are very simple. Youre required to stay 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and 25 yards away from everything else. If an animal approaches within that distance, youre supposed to back up or leave. If an animal is outside that distance and changes its behavior because of you, youre still too close. The ONLY exceptions are when a park ranger is on scene and allows the group to approach closer, or youre driving by animals in your car.
Too many photographers visiting Yellowstone just dont seem to get it, many of those calling themselves professionals. Even worse, more than a few obviously desperate photographers go as far as purposely harassing wildlife for a photo op.
Although Im sure many disagree, I see nature photography as photographing nature completely undisturbed. Anything that causes an animal to change its natural behavior is pushing the lines of harassment. Accidentally disturbing an animal is just that an accident, as long as you remove yourself from the incident. Purposely whistling at, clapping at, chasing or baiting an animal to get your selfish shot is unquestionably unprofessional. You dont need an animal to look into your camera. You dont need to be close enough for a full frame head shot with your 300mm lens.
One day this fall, I watched what started as a few people photographing the bull elk on the Madison River quickly escalate into a dangerous scene because of the monkey-see-monkey-do syndrome. The four people above appear to be photographing legally, but even the legal 25 yard distance is not safe when a testosterone-filled bull elk is running around.
When a bull elk is bugling directly at you, its time to move. Take notice of the man carrying a young child to get his cell phone photo below. A few photographers made it seem okay for everyone else to get as close as they wanted to a dangerous animal.
The stock photo service Shutterstock has announced a new powerful photo search tool called Composition Aware Search. It uses advanced deep learning technology to let you search for photos containing certain objects in certain locations.
After typing in one or more search terms for the objects youd like in the frame, you can specify where in the photo youd like those objects to appear. Everything is done in a small layout box that has circles representing the objects youre searching for. Move the circles around in the box, and the search automatically updates with new results that better match your layout.
For example, if youd like to find photos of wine in the upper right corner of the frame, some cheese below it, and some empty space on the left, you can now easily do that.
Heres a short video showing how the new Composition Aware search works:
This patent-pending tool uses a combination of machine vision, natural language processing, and state of the art information retrieval techniques to find strong matches against complex spatially aware search criteria, Shutterstock says.
You can read the companys white paper about this technology here, and you can try it out for yourself...
Danish designer Milan Madge recently built himself a gigantic Leica III rangefinder camera out of LEGO blocks. The level of detail is impressive.
Heres a photo of what the Leica IIIa looks like in real life:The Leica IIIa. Photo Kameraprojekt Graz 2015 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.
Ive always loved the Barnack screw mount Leicas, Madge tells PetaPixel. I own a couple of Leica IIIs, they are my go-to cameras for most things.
A few years ago, Madge made a 1:1 scale model of a Leica III as a joke, but he wasnt happy with the level of detail. More recently he and some friends began building giant LEGO models of everyday objects, so he decided to revisit his Leica build.
It seemed natural that the next thing I should build is a massive Leica, Madge says.
Cameras are a pretty interesting thing to build in LEGO, Madge continues. They are mainly lots of concentric circles, and LEGO bricks are anything but that. So its a great challenge, theres a fair bit of maths involved.
The hardest part for sure was the lens. Matching the radii and getting the LEGO bricks to line up whilst still staying in the LEGO System and making t...
Foreign weddings are now banned on a famous monastery on the Greek island of Rhodes after a British couple decided to shoot a raunchy wedding photo and share it online.
Matthew and Carly Lunn (27 and 34, respectively) of the UK got married last month at the monastery of St Paul, one of the holiest sites in Greece and a popular venue for weddings.
Afterward, they decided to pose for a cheeky wedding photo showing Carly kneeling down in her wedding dress and pretending to perform a sex act in front of the sanctuary.
The couple decided to share the photo on Facebook to amuse friends and family, but soon the image went viral and spread across the Internet and in Greek television and newspapers. Church authorities were not amused.
The islands top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, responded to the viral photo by issuing a ban of all foreign weddings at the monastery.
Everyone is really upset, Giorgos Eleftheriou, the man who performed the wedding, tells The Times. The British community that live here are embarrassed and upset, the Greek community are outraged and worried about the impact for their businesses.
Shame on those two for the damage they have done. Would they have done the same in their homeland; in front of a British chapel, a Jewish temple, a Muslim mosque?
The move could potentially disrupt the wedding plans of hundreds of couples around the world who had planned to tie the knot at the same location.
I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me today in tears because of this decision, Eleftheriou tells The Times. We are one of the most famous wedding destinations in the world and we are booked solid through to 2021.
We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail.
The local areas economy is also highly dependent on weddings and the tourism money that comes from them.
It was just a photo, we did it away from the guests and it was a bit of fun, Carly...
Western Digital has unveiled new next-generation technology that promises to bring hard disk drive capacity to a whopping 40TB by 2025. Thats a leap of about 300% in a span of around 7 years.
One of WDs new developments is something called microwave-assisted magnetic recording, or MAMR. The company showed off its first MAMR HDD at an event earlier this week at WDs headquarters in Silicon Valley.
An MAMR drive uses a breakthrough innovation called the spin torque oscillator, which generates a microwave field that helps write data at an extremely high density without reduced reliability.
Heres a short video that offers an explanation of how the technology works:
Western Digitals innovative MAMR technology is expected to offer over 4 terabits-per-square-inch over time, the company writes. With sustained improvements in recording density, MAMR promises to enable hard drives with 40TB of capacity and beyond by 2025, and continued expansion beyond that timeframe.
Experts say the new MAMR technology will further lower the cost of hard drives when it comes to dollars per terabyte. Cameras these days are offering ever-increasing resolution that comes with ever-increasing file sizes Canons developing a 120MP DSLR that captures a 210MB file with each snap but dont worry it looks like cheap storage will be keeping up with the pace.
Photography has always held a weird space in my head. In my mind, I make things that look neat. I have always held great envy to those who create such complex, emotional narratives to their images. I sit and observe with awe and wonder at the tales that come from them, their reasons for color, pose, and other infinitesimal details. Pixels for me are a means to an end, but its still something I cant help but create. Its how I tell a story, but its not how I tell my own.
Its always been something that was work-related, a tool to use towards building a career and reputation over the past 19 years. I hold very little emotional ground in the work I create, I leave that to the people who observe the pixels I arrange to tell me what they see. Theyre like complicated ink blots, and Ive always enjoyed listening to people enlighten me with the tales their minds spin. I think in many ways, thats one of the best parts. I tell just enough to get someone thinking, and they fill in the rest. Its delightful.
All this taken into consideration, Life it seems, is a funny teacher. She is always preparing new chapters that I can never see coming.
When I was 13, 3 kittens were born on the family farm. It would have been perfect meme material, as mama seemed to have run out of ink: one black male, one grey female, and another white female. Eventually the time came and we had to find homes for the three kittens as our farm only had room for one more cat. I used my oldest sister bullying and aggressive nature, fighting tooth and nail for the white one, Sprite. In some ways I feel bad for how hard I fought. I probably wasnt a very nice sister to have when I was a teenager, but thats another story.
Sprite grew up to be the great white terror of the farm, slaughtering everything from mice, squirrels, birds, and has even been witnessed chasing deer out of the yard. My dad was always fond of saying That cat has got some jam! as he would update me with stories of that little cat inspiring fear into anything that moved.
Farm cats have a good, but sometimes risky life. My dad built each cat and dog their own little homes that were safe from bigger predators, always full of food, heated against the frigid Canadian winters. Despite our best efforts, we would often find our beloved cats had become prey to things bigger and meaner than they were. I would cry every time, and we all wondered when the lit...
DxOMarks camera ratings are becoming more and more influential in the camera and smartphone industries. But how exactly do the scores work? Heres an 11-minute video in which tech personality Marques Brownlee (AKA MKBHD) shares the truth about DxOMark smartphone ratings.
DxOMark is a rating website thats owned by DxO Labs, an image processing software company based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Brownlee explains how DxOMarks weighted score system turns a number of sub-scores into a single number thats presented as the overall score for a particular camera.
DxO does some pretty legit, really solid, testing, Brownlee says. They try to be scientific and objective wherever they possibly can.
For aspects of image quality such as noise, DxOMark uses an image quality ruler based on previously analyzed images and determines where the new image falls on that scale.
But there is a big way these overall DxOMark scores arent objective: Brownlee points out that how much each aspect of a camera contributes to the overall score is a completely subjective weighing system that DxOMark came up with.
Since different people have different needs when it comes to a camera, looking at the individual scores that matter to you is probably more helpful and informative than comparing cameras simply based on their overall scores.
But theres also another reason to take the scores with a grain of salt: the fact that DxOMark works with manufacturers (for a f...
Cameras and lenses are expensive. Really expensive. Even the cheapest entry-level DSLR kit today costs $500 or more. But what if you buy the cheapest possible used DSLR? A camera thats over 10 years old? How would it stack up against todays modern cameras? I was curious about this, so I decided to find out for myself.
After two weeks of watching classified ads closely, and missing a couple of good bargains because I wasnt fast enough, I finally managed to purchase a Canon 400D (also known as Rebel XTi) with a battery grip and a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens on it. All this for only $80. It seemed like a great deal to me. It even came with a 2GB CF card!
I took the camera for a long walk the same day I bought it, and to summarize my experience: I was amazed by how good it was!
The sensor outputs 10-megapixel photos, meaning that they measure roughly 39002600 pixels. This is more than enough for posting on social media or viewing photos on a computer screen. And what amazed me even more was that with a fairly good lens, which the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is, these pixels get utilized very well.
A 100% crop looks very crisp and sharp in most cases.
The Japanese site Nokihsita leaked the G1XIII specs. These is the google translated text: APS-C CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm) Dual pixel CMOS AF Number of effective pixels: 24.2 million pixels (Total number of pixels: 25.8 million pixels)
Heres one of the more unusual camera modifications weve seen: a Chinese photographer over in the Xitek forums posted photos showing how he removed the electronic viewfinder from his Sony a7 full frame mirrorless camera. As you can see, his camera now looks more like a Sony a6500.
The guy, who goes by the name , writes that the viewfinder of the a7 has mixed reviews from photographers and that he decided to express his opinion about it with action. It appears hes not a very big fan.
For his custom modification, he removed the top plate and EVF, carefully sliced off the viewfinder portion, and then fashioned a new plate segment to neatly cover over the gaping holes that remained.
Looking at the resulting camera, most people probably wouldnt be able to t...
Earlier this month, a storm named Xavier pounded Europe and caused extensive damage. A day after the storm, photographer Julian Stratenschulte took his camera drone out and captured this beautiful and slightly disorienting photo showing a row of trees that were knocked down, from a birds-eye view.
Stratenschulte, a staff photographer with German Press Agency dpa since 2009 and a drone operator since 2015, set out early that morning before sunrise to capture photos of the damage across Germany trees had been uprooted across the northern part of the country.
I drove around by car to find a good spot showing several trees next to each other, Stratenschulte tells PetaPixel. On a country lane I found three uprooted trees right next to the street. I thought to myself, Well, maybe this would look interesting from a birds-eye view.'
So Stratenschulte pulled out his DJI Phantom and captured a series of shots. He then edited the photos at the scene and sent them to his picture desk in Berlin. A short time later, the photo above began going viral on the Internet and Stratenschultes smartphone began buzzing nonstop with notifications about emails, social media messages, and calls.
First launched in the iPhone 7 Plus, Apples Portrait Mode uses depth data from dual rear cameras to generate faux blur for a shallow depth-of-field effect. Googles new Pixel 2 has a similar mode thats done with a single dual pixel sensor. Now Samsung has unveiled a new dual pixel sensor that may bring this tech to an even wider audience.
Samsungs new ISOCELL Fast 2L9 is a 12-megapixel sensor that features Dual Pixel technology. What this means is that each pixel on the sensor actually consists of 2 separate photodiodes instead of one.
The first benefit of having dual pixels is autofocus speed. Each of the 12 million dual pixels on the sensor can do focus detection, allowing smartphones using the sensor to quickly lock onto small still objects and track moving subjects.
Samsung first unveiled its Dual Pixel smartphone sensor technology last year with a sensor packing 1.4m pixels. This new sensor builds upon that design with smaller 1.28m pixels, allowing for bump-less smartphone camera designs.
Whats also different this year is that Samsung is touting its new Dual Pixel sensors as a way to enable a single-module Portrait Mode in smartphones.
Dual Pixel technology especially allows depth-of-field effect for taking bokeh, or aesthetically out-of-focused photographs, through a traditional single lens camera, Samsung says.
The benefit of doing Portrait Mode using a single camera module and sensor is that it allows the mode to be used for front-facing cameras, which are...
Heres a quick Photoshop trick in a 6-minute video by PiXimperfect thats great for making composites. It allows you to save different layers, alongside any adjustment layers, into separate files.
All you need to do is select the layer in question and hit Ctrl + Shift + (for Mac, thats Cmd + Shift + ). Once youve done that, a dialogue box will pop up to ask you where you want to save the layers.
Once confirmed, Photoshop will then burn the adjustment layers into the layers you are extracting, saving them as separate files that you can use at a later date.
This is ideal for photographers who might be making multiple composites that involve the same elements. Perhaps you have created the first composite, with the ideal adjustment layers applied, but need to swap in multiple backgrounds. This way you can extract and save different elements separately for use in other projects at a later date.
Ive often received emails from photographers who have approached my little brand, 3 Legged Thing with offers of collaboration. Theres is nothing wrong with making an approach at all, and while I rarely act upon these unsolicited approaches, they can, occasionally, yield gold.
The problem is that we live in what is rapidly becoming an entitlement society, whereby some of the people emailing me cannot possibly conceive the notion of rejection, or the vague understanding that collaboration is a two-way street and not a ticket to free products.
So, for those of you who are advancing their careers forward, heres the process from this side of the table, so you can understand what it is to be on the receiving end of between 50 and 80 emails a day.
Firstly, emailing the CEO is an epic mistake. I have a business to run, staff on 4 continents, products in 40 countries, 18 products currently in development, and a really annoying dog sitting behind my desk, and you want me to read 11 paragraphs of self-promotion before browsing through one of 6 online portfolios that youve presented to me? Youre dreaming. And your email just got ignored. I wont even respond because I simply do not have time to wade through how awesome you think you are.
Secondly, youve missed the point of a collaboration. Put yourself in my shoes and ask yourself whats in it for me? if you can answer this honestly, and give a response thats worthy of some thought, then it may well be worth pushing forward. But if your answer lacks substance, and is whimsically centered around the word exposure, it also lacks justification.
The point of collaboration is that I provide products and the brand ambassador provides the creative, the reach, and the hyperbole. Think of it as an investment from me. I put something in, and over a period of time, I would need to see a return on that investment.
So, in order to qualify to even be considered, you need:
1. To be excellent at what you do being a great photographer is the bare minimum.
2. To have the reach to make this collaboration work. I would usually look for people that have upwards of 100k followers across all social channels. That probably sounds very high, but there are literally thousands and tho...
My name is Fayrouz Ftouni, and Im a Lebanese photographer based in Los Angeles, California. For my project Yasmina, I traveled to Lebanon to shoot a series of family portraits.
Yasmina is a photography project that transports us back to the 1960s in Beirut when women were restricted by societal and religious expectations. Though Yasmina is meant to act as a universal female figure the ultimate caretaker and nurturer who stands strong for everyone else she comes to understand herself as more than the social construct that she has been made to be.
Each scene in this series shows Yasminas growth as she manifests a life for herself first internally and then in reality.The sketch for Last Family Dinner. Last Family Dinner.
Being a single mother, she is self-reliant, taking care of her child and her elderly parents. Through these images, she awakens to her powers and to a growing sense of self. She realizes she wants more for herself and her daughter and that she has the power to manifest her dreams.
Yasmina is set at the precipice of a new world, a time of awakening, where women like her learn how to make space for their own self-discovery.The sketch for The Caregiver. The Caregiver.
The most interesting aspect of this project is that I was...
This 10-minute tutorial by nature photography site Nature TTL teaches how to create a day to night time-lapse from sunset to a starry night sky. While it can be a tricky technique to pull off, the effects can be totally mesmerizing if done correctly.
Presented by astrophotographer Matthew Saville for the new Nature TTL YouTube Channel, this tutorial looks at the necessary shooting technique as well as how to process the final images into a single smooth time-lapse.
Saville was shooting at Sawtooth Lake in Idaho, USA, and found the perfect spot at sunset.
But the transition from day to night, when the Milky Way Galaxy appears, is something truly special.
The biggest problem that photographers face in this type of situation is, quite obviously, the changing light conditions. It is essential to use manual mode for this, but that means changing the settings throughout the time-lapses duration. Consequently, the final images are not smoothly exposed and so Saville uses the LR Timelapse software to correct it.
What would your childhood photos look like if you could travel back in time right now and be there when they were shot? Photographer Conor Nickerson decided to use his photography and Photoshop skills to find out. For his new project Childhood, Nickerson seamlessly inserted himself in old childhood snapshots from nearly 20 years ago.
Myself hanging out with myself, c. 1997-2005, the projects description says.
Nickerson says he originally got the idea for the project while working on a Then and Now series last year that showed the same locations across time.
So when I was looking through my old photos I must have thought of that, because I decided I wanted to see if I could pull off the same thing with my own childhood photos and I went for it, Nickerson tells PetaPixel.
It was a time-consuming project. Working on the editing in his spare time, Nickerson took about 6 months completing the series.
There was a lot of trial and error involved so I was often going back to retouch older photos with techniques I learned from editing...
Back in mid-2015, as interest in virtual reality headsets was heating up, Nokia announced a $60,000 spherical virtual reality camera called the OZO. This week, Nokia announced that it will be halting development of the camera system and cutting 310 jobs in the process.
Reuters reports that despite slashing the price of the OZO by 25% to $45,000 last year, the company wasnt able to drum up enough interest for the project to be viable as a business. So instead of building VR camera hardware itself, Nokia is going to settle with licensing out its technologies.
In digital media, the slower-than-expected development of the VR market means that Nokia Technologies plans to reduce investments and focus more on technology licensing opportunities, Nokia writes. The unit aims to halt development of further versions of the OZO VR camera and hardware, while maintaining commitments to existing customers.
If youd like an OZO at a steep discount, its currently priced at $25,000 in the Nokia online store.
Nokia also plans to slash 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies division, which has around 1,100 employees in a number of countries.
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