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Friday, 17 November


Panasonic G9 | Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f:2.8 | Autofocus Speed Demo mirrorlessrumors

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Ep. 229: Did Newsweek Just Make Things Worse? and more PetaPixel

Episode 229 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Canon Explorer of Light Denis Reggie

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If youre looking for a family of Oreo Connoisseurs, look no further.  Since I have know Mr Davis he has been a lover of Oreos.  When we were first married I would judgily stare at him at night as he would gobble down a sleeve of Oreos while I stayed on my diet.  Ew.  Anyway, over the years we have enjoyed several of the new flavors, been surprised by others and hated a few too.  I knew we loved oreos, but it wasnt until my sister came over and commented on how many flavors were currently stocking (cookie butter, pumpkin, apple pie, pb+j) that I realized we can easily call ourselves authorities on the subject.  The mystery oreos had us stumped (trix?  fruity pebbles?) until my sister also commented on their smell.  Target Bathroom.  So Oreo, thats the guess from the Davis Family.  Youre mystery oreos smell (and taste!) like a Target Bathroom!!

But beyond the Target Bathroom Oreos, weve found a few more favorites and I thought it would be fun to pull Mr Davis in to talk about them.  Youll have to let us know if you have a favorite too!

1. Hot Cocoa Oreos

New Seasonal Oreo Flavor Reviews What is the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Me:  I would have to say the hot cocoa oreos are the new family favorite.  I love them, our kids love them and they really do taste like you dipped an oreo cookie into hot cocoa!  Some of their descriptions were cracking me up: Sip your hot cocoa while you dunk your hot cocoa. Oreo that is and When the weather outside is frightful, this new Oreo flavor is going to be downright delightful.

Mr Davis:  Im not a huge fan of hot cocoa as it is (maybe I burned my tongue too many times as a kid), but these are good you got the balance of chocolate softly held in the arms of marshmallow in bite sized mug.  I give them 2 out 3 sleeves.

2. Waffles + Syrup Oreos

New Seasonal Oreo Flavor Reviews What is the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Me:  I thought the waffles and syrup oreos were super sweet, almost too sweet.  The flavor is o...


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others. Billy Newman Photo

Out in the early morning with Marina Hansen. I picked up some film for a camera today and thought about the summer I took this photo. Interesting to feel how some seasons in life are more creative then others.


Surprise! Holding a Camera to Your Face is Not Good in a Car Crash PetaPixel

Who wouldve guessed it? Holding a camera up to your face during a car crash can be quite hazardous to your health. New research by the University of Southern California and the International Cinematographer Guild has shed new light on the dangers posed by cameras in free driving situations.

Free driving is a practice that cinematographers use when filming in a moving car. Camera operators will typically have their cameras shoulder mounted in the passenger seat with this setup, if a crash were to occur, the airbags pose a significant risk.

The same goes for stills photographers, as a DSLR being punched through the air by an airbag at 200 mph is not a good thing at all.

This is a very dynamic event when the airbag deploys, said Dr. Cynthia Bir, Director of the Center for Trauma, Violence & Injury Prevention. Its going to send that object on all different types of trajectories. Exactly where the camera would end up is completely random.

The camera itself can create further impacts on both the passenger and the driver as it is randomly thrown around the vehicle in the event of a crash.

Many vehicles now come with sensors in the seats to determine how much force an airbag should be deployed with. In such cases, the added weight of a camera will cause the airbag to deploy with greater force.

Anything unsecured in a vehicle, including a handheld camera, will act as a projectile when propelled by an exploding airbag, said the ICG. Always request that the camera be mounted and secured rather than handheld, as a handheld camera creates a much greater risk to everyone in the vehicle.

Next time youre shooting in a moving vehicle, think about the safety of both yourself and others in the car with you.

(via ICG via...


Hasselblad Launches Its Own Rent a Hasselblad Service PetaPixel

Hasselblad has just launched its own in-house Rent a Hasselblad service, allowing photographers to shoot with the brands medium-format cameras for much, much less than the thousands it costs to actually own it.

The service has been designed to make life a little easier for those on the fence about investing in a Hasselblad camera kit. By being able to rent the camera and accompanying lenses for a shoot, Hasselblad is offering users a chance to try before they buy at reasonable rates.

Should you rent a camera and then decide you wish to purchase one (provided it is within 14 days of your rental) you can have the rental fee go toward the purchase cost.

At the moment the service only works with the Hasselblad X1D-50c medium format mirrorless camera, but the company is already looking to include other models.

A Hasselblad X1D-50c currently costs $9,000 to buy and compatible Hasselblad lenses also cost four-figure sums. For example, the XCD 90mm f/3.2 retails for $3,200.

Owning a Hasselblad medium format camera system is a significant investment even for a successful high-paid photographer, says Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager. Consequently, many professional photographers and enthusiasts havent had the opportunity to see what theyre able to create with Hasselblads medium format technology.

The Rent a Hasselblad program is designed to change that and were looking forward to seeing what photographers are able to produce having easier access to our pho...


Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest PetaPixel

One of the worlds prestigious international portrait photography competitions has sparked a conversation about the nature of portrait photography after it awarded a top prize to a photo that doesnt even show an actual human being: the portrait is of an android.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK calls itself the leading international photographic portrait competition and says its mission is celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

This years winners were selected from 5,717 entries and were just announced this week. First place (and the 15,000 prize) was awarded to photographer Csar Dezfuli for his portrait of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast.

But the 3rd place photo is also attracting quite a bit of attention. Captured by Finnish photographer Maija Tammi, it shows a Japanese android (i.e. a robot designed to look like a human) named Erica.


Polaroids Insta-Share Printer Turns the Moto Z Into an Instant Camera PetaPixel

Motorola has just announced a new Moto Mod for its Moto Z smartphones: the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer. The printer attaches directly to the back of the smartphone, allowing users to print photos straight from their phones as fun instant photos.

The printer uses ZINK photo paper, resulting in 23-inch smudge-proof photos. Each print has an adhesive back that can be exposed by peeling off the paper covering, allowing the photos to be stuck anywhere and everywhere.

Before printing, youre able to customize your photos using filters, borders, and text. In addition to photos captured on your smartphone itself, you can also print from Facebook, Instagram, and Google Photos.

This 15-second commercial shows how the Polaroid Insta-Share printer works:

The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer is available for $200 as a pre-order from the...


This Rally Car Crash Was Captured by a 360-Degree Camera PetaPixel

Daniel M-W of Gloucester, England, was at the Wyedean Rally this past weekend when one of the rally cars crashed right in front of him. His Ricoh Theta V 4K spherical VR camera was recording, so he captured the whole incident as a 360-degree interactive video.

This format lets you witness what unfolded in different parts of the scene, from the details of the crash in one direction to the reaction of the fans in the other.

Toyota crashes on stage, occupants walked away fine, Daniel writes. Well done to first respondents who handled the scene very well to get the occupants out as quickly and safely as possible.


First possible Leica CL specs mirrorlessrumors

A bird from the Leica Camera Forum spilled out the possible Leica CL specs Name will probably be CL. 1/8000 mechanical shutter. Same EVF as the Typ 020, but without GPS. Leaked photos are the actual camera. Appears to be a tandem (my word

The post First possible Leica CL specs appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Make a DIY Automated Turntable for Product Photography PetaPixel

Heres a 2-minute tutorial overview from Circuito that will show you how to make your own automated turntable for photography. With the ability to start, stop, and trigger the camera all by itself, this turntable is great for people looking for a streamlined product photo workflow.

The turntable allows you to set the number of angles you want captured of the item on the turntable, and then it will rotate and pause to take an image at each point (the build uses an infrared LED trigger for Canon cameras, but you can rework it for Nikon).

You can even use it for video, and the turntable will slow down smoothly for each angle youd like to focus on.

The turntable uses Arduino Uno as the chip that runs the show and a stepper motor for precise turntable movements. The main body of the device uses laser cut parts you can choose your own material for (they used white plexiglass).

While the video above provides a simple overview of the project, theres a detailed step-by-step tutorial available on the Circuito website.


These Photos of Airplanes From Above Show Their Birth, Life, and Death PetaPixel

Life Cycles is a new project by photographer Mike Kelley, who documented the creation, use, and destruction of airplanes through top-down photos captured from the sky.

The series reverses our usual perception of aviation and instead of photographing airplanes from the sky, the airplanes are on the ground, photographed from the air, Kelley tells PetaPixel. The vast majority of people are only able to experience aviation through crowded terminals and cramped airplane seats, which is rather unfortunate.

This elevated perspective both helps the viewer appreciate the complex infrastructure supporting air travel and visualize the aggregate of human knowledge and determination that allows us to effortlessly criss-cross the globe.

To shoot these three stages of an airplanes life cycle, Kelley chartered helicopter flights over a number of different locations. He visited the Boeing and Paine fields in Seattle to photograph airplanes being assembled, LAX airport to see active planes, and aircraft boneyards in southwestern deserts to find retired planes.





How to Combat Mirror Shock Using a Cameras Mirror Delay PetaPixel

SLRs all suffer from the same problem: that mirror flapping up and down causes the camera to move at the time of exposure. Mirror shock is whats caused by the mirror itself and not the photographers ability to hold the camera still.

Some cameras allow you to program an extra delay on the mirror, and this goes a long way to getting rid of mirror shock.

Recently I was on a set and the photographer was using small HMI lamps with the Hasselblad H and IQ back. He was handholding the camera at 1/125 wide open and was getting what he referred to as camera shake. He tried upping the ISO, but on that particular back it started to introduce too much noise.

I suggested putting in some extra mirror delay, something it turns out he wasnt aware of. I dialed in 50ms of delay, he took another shot and suddenly everything was sharp!

This tip is very useful when doing macro work, using long telephoto lenses, or just shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Above is the difference between two exposures (both at 1/125 sec) on a Hasselblad H6X. On the left theres no mirror delay and on the right theres a 200ms delay. You can clearly see the higher peaks on the left and the lower (less vibration) more spread-out graph on the right.

So how do you program extra mirror delay on cameras? Heres what you do for a few popular models:

Hasselblad H4X, H5X, H6X

1. Go to the custom options menu.

2. Scroll through to number 30 (Extra mirror delay).

3. Select the delay youd like to add (anything over 100ms and you will really start to notice the delay) so start at 25ms and gradually increase

Canon 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark IV

1. Go to the mirror lock-up section of the menu.

2. Press Set.

3. If you choose the Press twice to shoot option the first time you press the shutter release it will lock up the mirror, the second time it will fire the shutter.

4. Or if you select shoot sec after press, it will wait sec (or 125 milliseconds) after the mirror has flipped up until firing the shutter (allowing vibration to die down).

Nikon D850



Canon is Selling a USB Drive That Looks Like Its 1950s Rangefinder PetaPixel

Want a beautiful USB drive to store or deliver some photos with? Check out this Canon USB flash drive. Its designed to look like a miniature replica of the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera that was sold in the 1950s.

The Canon IV was a rangefinder camera series that was compatible with Leica screw mount lenses, produced in the early- and mid-1950s before being replaced by the Canon V series.

Canons new USB drive measures inches and faithfully mimics the look of the classic camera its made of metal and plastic and has 8GB of storage space.

The USB connector is retractable and slides out the side of the camera, and the miniature lens on the front of the camera can also be removed for realism.

This exclusive replica model honors the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera, Canon says. Simply plug it into your Mac or PC device to keep your items safe and secure.

A great collectable for the Canon Fan, Canons Australian online store states. Please note, this is not a functioning rangefinder.

Canon is selling this Canon IV USB drive exclusively through its online store for the hefty price of $80.



How to Photograph Star Trails: Heres a Beginners Guide PetaPixel

Heres an 8-minute tutorial from Nature TTL and astrophotographer Matthew Saville about how to photograph star trails. Considered by some as the holy grail of astrophotography, this technique harnesses the rotation of the Earth for captivating images.

Photos like this can be created by those brave enough to stand in the cold throughout the night with their cameras pointed upwards:

Saville starts by reminding photographers not to use in-camera noise reduction for star trails or you might start seeing stars disappearing from the shot. If youre shooting in a cold environment, the temperature will reduce the amount of color noise youll see from a long exposure time.

Make sure you have a good battery too, as if you run out of juice during the shoot then youll see gaps in your trails while youre changing over and not shooting.

Saville also swears by using a higher ISO speed and a wider aperture. These are two factors which will give you brighter and more obvious stars in the shot.

Check out the full video above for more tips for photographing star trails, and subscribe to the Nature TTL channel for weekly nature photography tutorials.

Disclaimer: I own and operate the Nature TTL YouTube channel.

Thursday, 16 November


Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 mirrorlessrumors

Fuji registered these schematics at the FCCID. This really should be the new X-A5 which is rumored to be announced within the next few months.

The post Fuji registered these schematics of the new X-A5 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn. Billy Newman Photo

Setting up a basecamp in the wallowa mountains and working on the same landscape for days was such a great way to discover and learn.


This 8K Moonlight Timelapse Was Shot on the Nikon D850 PetaPixel

Back in September, we shared an 8K timelapse shot using the Nikon D850 in Iceland. Nikon has just released this new 8K time-lapse that shows what the D850 can do at night.

Hercules Rising was shot under moonlight in Namibia in southern Africa using the D850s 8K Time-Lapse abilities, which captures 45-megapixel still photos at regular intervals. You can then stitch the photos together using time-lapse creation software of your choice, resulting in an 8K resolution time-lapse.

Nikon converted the original 8K timelapse to 4K prior to uploading it to YouTube. (The Iceland timelapse we shared in September was uploaded in its full 8K glory).

(via Nikon via Nikon Rumors)



How to Match Saturation in Composite Photos Using Photoshop PetaPixel

Once youve matched the color tones in a composite photo, you can then move on to matching the saturation for proper realism. Here is a 5-minute tutorial from Antti Karppinen that shows how you can do so using Photoshop.

First, create a selective color adjustment layer over your composite. In the pop-up dialog box, select the red tones and move the Blacks slider to -100. Do the same for yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta.

For the whites, blacks, and neutrals, move the slider to +100.

The result is a color map that shows you saturation levels across the scene. Darker shades of gray are less saturated, and lighter shades are more saturated.

Now, apply a Hue/Saturation layer to only the added elements layer. Pull the saturation slider to the left and match the scene as best you can by eye.

If you want to be more fine-tuned, navigate to Window > Info. Next, using the eye-dropper tool, you can look at the RGB values for different areas across the image and match them as best as possible.

Heres the before and after comparison from this technique:

Check out the full video above to follow the full step-by-step tutorial. You can also find more of Karppinens videos on his YouTube channel.



An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land. Billy Newman Photo

An old post fence marking the boundary of the bordering ranch land.


This 89-Year-Old Shoots Playful Self-Portraits PetaPixel

Kimiko Nishimoto picked up a camera for the first time when she was 72 years old. 15 years later, the 89-year-old photographer is now receiving a good deal of attention in Japan for her photography.

Nishimoto is a talented still life photographer who captures the tiny, beautiful details of flowers, but she also shoots lighthearted self-portraits of herself in bizarre costumes and situations. Many of the images are captured using a wireless camera remote.

Nishimoto will be holding a month-long photographic exhibition of her silly photos in Tokyo next month, teaming up with EPSON for the prints. The show will run at the Epson Imaging Gallery in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

Here are two TV segments about Nishimoto that aired in Japan:



Kodaks Ektachrome Reboot is on Track Despite $46M Loss and 425 Layoffs PetaPixel

Earlier this year in January, Kodak announced it was bringing back its popular Ektachrome film. After a period of silence and recent news that the company is laying off 425 employees after losing $46 million, theres now some good news: Ektachromes return is still on track.

Kodak published a 40-minute update from its film factory on the current status of its Ektachrome reboot work, and things sound quite positive.

The process is coming along really well, Kodak says. Weve been busy testing and making sure it meets all the expectations that exist in this passionate community.

Kodak is using all new equipment on a much smaller scale to make the film, bringing costs down for smaller manufacturing runs. Continuing to produce the film had been cost-prohibitive before, but now thats becoming less of a factor.

Ektachrome was created in the 1940s and is a reversal film, meaning its a positive image on a transparent base rather than a negative. Kodak ceased manufacturing it in 2013.

The film was manufactured with over 80 ingredients, and when Kodak originally stopped manufacturing the rolls, they lost specific ingredients many of them couldnt be purchased anymore. A huge challenge for Kodak to overcome was simply sourcing all the chemicals and materials required for the...


Photo Salon in SF Turns Phone Photos Into Fine Art Prints in 30 Minutes PetaPixel

Neomodern is a new startup in San Francisco that turns smartphone photos into fine art prints while giving owners a memorable, educational, and inspiring experience along the way.

Located on Union Street, Neomodern was founded by Michael Rubin, previously a Senior Innovator at Adobe.

This idea had been nagging on me and I just gave in and did it this year, Rubin tells PetaPixel.

There are two components to Neomodern: a printing side and a gallery side.

For printing, Neomodern invites anyone to walk in with their smartphones. The staff consists of experienced professional fine art printers who will guide you through the entire process of turning your digital photos into high-quality prints.

Neomodern is reviving the old tradition of the printmaster, Rubin says.

After helping you select the photo youd like to print, the staff guides you through the concierge printing service, editing the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop before turning them into large, archival prints.

Finally, Neomodern will cut a custom mat and help you frame the print.



Kickstarter Unveils Drip: Subscription Crowdfunding for Long-Term Projects PetaPixel

Lots of photographers and creators, particularly from the YouTube world, have been relying on subscription crowdfunding services such as Patreon to provide a constant source of income from supporters. Theres now a new competitor in the space: Kickstarter has just announced a Patreon competitor called Drip.

Drip was a small crowdfunding scheme for music artists until it was acquired by Kickstarter two years ago. Now the crowdfunding giant has relaunched Drip to work for all kinds of creators, including photographers looking to find supporters for long-term photo work.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people, says Kickstarter regarding the difference between its two brands.

A unique selling point of Drip is its founding memberships. Each creator can have a period of time where supporters can join as founding members. These will bring special rewards or status for jumping in early.

In contrast to the Kickstarter platform, Drip does not require a target to be reached before funding is released. Support is on an ongoing, month-to-month basis.

Drip is a standalone website but it will work seamlessly with users from Kickstarter. Accounts will work on both websites, so it will be even easier for users to support creators.

Kickstarter also says that it doesnt want users to feel stuck to their platform once theyve started amassing supporters. Creators will actually be able to export data from Drip, and the company will even help creators securely transfer subscription and payments information to other subscription platforms.

Drip is currently an invite-only platform, and theres no word yet on when it will be opened up to the general public without invites.

(via Kickst...


Photographer Apologizes for Editing Actress Hair Out of Cover Photo PetaPixel

A photographer is publicly apologizing this week after actress Lupita Nyongo took to social media to complain that her hair had been edited out of a cover photo on the womens magazine Grazia.

Nyongo is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who won an Oscar for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave.

The controversy started when Nyongo saw her cover photo on Grazia and noticed that a large portion of her hair had been edited out and smoothed to make it appear that she had short hair.

She then posted messages to her social media accounts complaining about the editing. On Twitter, she accused the magazine of manipulating the photo to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.

Nyongo wrote a longer message on Instagram, saying that she would not have consented to the cover photo had she been consulted about the change.



This Layer-Lapse of NYC Combines Different Times of Day in Each Frame PetaPixel

Back in 2014, time-lapse photographer Julian Tryba released a layer-lapse of Boston that showed different times of day in different parts of each frame. That video went viral and received over a million views. Now Tryba is back with another layer-lapse, this time of New York City in the 3-minute short film above.

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock, Tryba writes. In the spirit of Einsteins relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene.

Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

For his Boston layer-lapse, Tryba manually edited and animated the layers and had about 30 layers in each scene. For this NYC layer-lapse, he automated the process using After Effects scripting, allowing the scenes to have up to 300 layers each.

Whats more, his automation takes the background music into account, allowing each note or beat to trigger a change in the layers of the resulting film.

Here are some still frames from the film showing day and night combined in creative ways:



GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing mirrorlessrumors

Kai tested the GFX (video on top). And Gordon Laing posted this Fujifilm Instax Share SP 3 photo printer review:

The post GFX review by Kai and Instax SP3 review by Gordon Laing appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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