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Saturday, 20 January


Man Finds Deathbed Photo of War Photographer Gerda Taro PetaPixel

A man sharing a photograph of his father online has apparently stumbled upon the last known photograph of legendary war photographer Gerda Taro, whos regarded as the first female to shoot on the front lines of conflict (as well as the first to die while doing so).

Warning: This article contains graphic photos.

It all started on January 16th, when former soldier and historian John Kiszely of Gloucestershire, England, posted a photo of his father to Twitter.

Someone then responded to the Tweet by asking that Kiszely post a photo of the back of the print. Kiszely obliged.


Canon G7X Mark III Photos Leaked: 4K Video is Coming PetaPixel

The first photos of the upcoming Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III camera have been leaked, and the images reveal that 4K video recording is finally coming to the PowerShot line.

Photo Rumors received and published the first leaked photos of this camera, which will replace the Canon G7X Mark II. From the images, it appears that Canon is taking a new direction with the physical design of the camera one thats smoother, sleeker, and simpler.

Canon Rumors notes that a number of features and specs can be figured out from whats seen in these photos.

First, the camera will shoot 4K/50P video, the first time 4K recording will be offered in a Canon PowerShot camera.

Other specs and features include a 1-inch sensor, 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 IS 4.2x lens (35mm equivalent), USB-C, a microphone jack, HDMI, and a tilting screen thats possibly OLED.

Just for the sake of comparison, heres what the front and back of the current Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II look like:

There are no other details available about this camera at the moment, but well likely be hearing more about it in the coming days.


Instagram Now Tells People When You Were Last On: Heres How to Disable It PetaPixel

Instagram is rolling out a new Activity Status feature that you may or may not be comfortable with, depending on how much privacy you like to have on social networks. It allows people you follow or have previously chatted with to see how long ago you were last on Instagram.

The Verge reports that the feature is on by default, so youll be constantly broadcasting how frequently you open up the app. The time since your last use will be visible to people on the direct messages screen.

While this type of feature is common on social apps these days, this one is being quietly rolled out on Instagram and forces you to reveal more information about your behavior than before.

Some people have turned to Twitter with warnings about it to others who may be unaware:


An In-Depth iPhone X Camera Review by a Pro Photographer PetaPixel

Professional photographer Tyler Stalman recently tested out the iPhone X extensively to see its camera capabilities. In this 9-minute video review, Stalman shares his findings on how the iPhone X performs in the real world.

Comparing the iPhone X to the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 6S, Stalmans feelings about the phone were mixed. Stalman says that the sharpness and contrast of images are now better, with saturation boosted a little too.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography has been improved, which is good to see, but Stalman feels that the Google Pixel 2 has the edge in this area. The Pixel 2 retains more detail and has a more natural look about the images.

Stalman also thinks that the iPhone X has a tendency to overexpose shots, and finds that he adjusts the compensation for this more than [hed] like to.

Portrait mode and studio light settings on the selfie camera didnt impress him either. The feature is not ready yet, says Stalman.

Low light performance is good, though. It also works faster than the iPhone 6S in dark conditions, taking photos with flash in quicker succession. But the iPhone doesnt boost the exposure of low light photos like the Pixel 2, resulting in less noise and leaving you to boost exposure afterward for more control, and Stalman feels that the general public will probably prefer the quality of the Pixel 2 right out of the box.

With all that said, Stalman still says that the iPhone X is hands down [his] favorite phone going into 2018.

(via Tyler Stalman via ISO 1200)



The Chairpod is a Camera Tripod That Doubles As a Chair PetaPixel

This is clever: the Chairpod is a soon-to-be-released photography product that helps you stabilize both your camera and your butt. Its a tripod that has a built-in seat so you can shoot blur-free photos for long periods without your legs getting tired.

DC.Watch reports that the Chairpod HY 127 was developed by the Japanese tripod manufacturer Velbon. Its essentially a 3-legged folding chair that has a telescoping tripod as one of the legs. It goes from being extremely compact when folded up to extending about 4.2 feet (128cm) at its maximum length.

The downside of the Chairpod is that it loses the standalone functionality of an ordinary tripod youll need to be sitting in the chair to avoid having the whole thing tip over, smashing your camera into the ground.

The Chairpod can support about 176 pounds (80kg). When folded up and extended, it can also be used as a monopod.

Velbon will be releasing the tripod sometime in late January 2018, DC.Watch says. The price hasnt been announced yet, but its expected to be around 19,850, or ~$180.

Image credits: Photographs by Velbon/DC.Watch


Photos of Custom Hand-Knit Sweaters That Blend People Into Places PetaPixel

Photographer Joseph Ford and knitter Nina Dodd have spent 4 years working on a creative project called Knitted Camouflage. Ford shoots portraits of subjects wearing custom, carefully hand-knit sweaters by Dodd that blend them into very, very specific locations.

The colors, lines, and patterns of the sweaters are made to perfectly match the exact place and pose, making it seem as though youre looking through the subject at whats behind them (similar to what Chinese artist Liu Bolin does with body paint).

The project started after Dodd was riding a double-decker bus and was struck with the idea of knitting a jumper that looks just like a bus seat.

Then came a fortuitous meeting with outstanding photographer Joseph Ford and the rest was history, Dodd writes. Dogs in bushes, twins sitting by walls, Parisian street artists up ladders, what fantastic fun!



I Said No to TIMEs Request for Free User-Generated Content PetaPixel

Ive been a professional photojournalist for 24 years and Ive seen major changes in my industry. Ive gone from film to digital. Ive seen the reduction of staff, the reduction of print pages, and even the complete shut down of newspapers and magazines. And Ive been at the forefront of the explosion of the World Wide Web and digital content.

Ive also seen a troubling trend where publishing companies ask to use photos or video in exchange for the proverbial photo credit throughout our platforms.

I recently made a video of clean-up after a mudflow and posted it on my personal Facebook page. Shortly after my posting, a news producer from TIME Magazine sent me a message asking if the video was mine and if they could use it with proper credit throughout their platforms.

Well, curiosity got the best of me so I had to finally ask the question.

What is the fee that you can offer me for the use of my exclusive video, I asked.

The answer was apologetic and quick.

Im very sorry but TIME does not pay for ugc. I am sorry. Wish I could! was the response from offices somewhere in New York. (ugc means user generated content.)

I politely responded with No problem. I completely understand but you must realize this is how I make a living and my work, for me, is valuable.

They contacted me and therefore my work is not user-generated. Furthermore, they asked to use my video on their websites, so they saw some type of value in it. But the definition of value, unfortunately, is probably not the same for me as it is for them in this case.

You might say, but you missed an opportunity to be seen by millions throughout TIME Magazine platforms. And yes, you are right. But, for me, my work is extremely valuable and I dont need credit for work done. What I do need is to pay my bills and feed my children plus keep a roof over my family. And the only way I can do that is through my work and getting paid for that work.

I dont think there is any other industry where they will give you valuable work for simply giving them exposure.

But its not entirely the faul...


Will both Canon and Nikon announce Full Frame mirrorless in February? mirrorlessrumors

And now even Canonrumors reports about a possible High End (Full Frame?) mirrorless system camera presentation coming in February. Weve been told that Canon is sending out very elaborate invites to select dealers and VIPs for a mirrorless camera announcement

The post Will both Canon and Nikon announce Full Frame mirrorless in February? appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Aurora Aperture Unveils the Worlds First Variable GND Filter PetaPixel

Aurora Aperture has just announced what it claims is the worlds first variable graduated neutral density filter. Its a family of filters called the Aurora PowerGXND.

The filter has a continuous range of 5-stops (ND 0 1.5) and has a hard gradient transition.

The Aurora PowerGXND family is the worlds first variable GND filter, offering a wide range of light balancing capability for both photographers and videographers, says Aurora Aperture founder and CEO Jeff Chen. Until now users need to carry multiple fixed stop GND filters with light reduction values of one, two, and three stop with no fractional stop value.

With our variable GND filters, all you need is one filter and just rotate the filter until you see the desired result, it is truly that easy.

The filter has a hard stop feature, preventing you from turning past the minimum or maximum points. Theres a reading scale that allows you to directly determine the filters stop value.

The Aurora PowerGXND is made from Schott B 270 i Ultra-White Glass and the surfaces are treated with hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to repel water, soil, and dirt.

The filter...


Ep. 247: Nikon Mirrorless Z? and more PetaPixel

Episode 247 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Fuji will announce the X-A5 and XC 15-45mm Pancake on January 31 mirrorlessrumors

Fujirumors reports a small surprise. before the X-H announcement on February 14 we will get one more announcement on January 31. This is for the X-A5 and XC 15-45mm Pancake lens. Dont know how a small company like Fuji can

The post Fuji will announce the X-A5 and XC 15-45mm Pancake on January 31 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Friday, 19 January


Between the train tracks Winter 2007 Billy Newman Photo

Between the train tracks Winter 2007


A $48 Yongnuo Lens on a $12,500 RED Camera: Heres What You Get PetaPixel

What do you get when you pair an extremely high-end cinema camera with an extremely low-end still photography lens? LA-based filmmaker Gene Nagata of Potato Jet wanted to find out, so he mounted a $48 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 lens onto a $12,500 Scarlet-W RED Dragon 5K camera.

Here are some still frames of the test footage Nagata captured with this unusual camera and lens combo:



Magilight: An All-in-One Light Painting Stick for Painting Real Images PetaPixel

The Fotorgear Magilight is a new all-in-one light painting stick that aims to be the easiest and most professional tool to improve your light painting photography. Incredibly, the project blew past its $30,000 funding goal on IndieGoGo within just 2 hours of launching on the website.

Now backed by over 800 individuals who have pledged $150,000 in funding so far, the Magilight looks like it will be a popular addition to the light painting photography market.

Magilight is designed for and by photographers and has adjustable handles and a 360-degree spinning barrel. Theres a hole in the top to hold sparklers, allowing for additional creative effects. With a handy tripod hole, the Magilight is compatible with drones and other diverse accessories.

The Magilight features a titanium alloy shell and weighs around 1 kg (2.2 lbs). Its splash proof and compact and portable at 1 meter (3.3 feet) long.

There is also a Mini LED Bar accessory to go along with the Magilight that features 33 LED bulbs its ideal for creating light trails.

The Magilight itself features 144 high-resolution RGB LEDs and is capable of reproducing any image you wish. Just put your images on a memory card and insert it into the stick. Wave Magilight in front of a camera capturing a long exposure and your image will appear in the resulting photo.

The devices Blink mode allows for creative flash lighting effects, and you are able to c...


A wintery sky above Eugene Oregon on a day in late November. Billy Newman Photo

A wintery sky above Eugene Oregon on a day in late November.


New Schacht Travegon 50mm f/2.5 for Leica, Fuji and Sony mirrorless cameras mirrorlessrumors

Everything that is (or sounds) German seems to turn out as gold on Kickstarter. The brand Schacht has now been revived and the Travegon 50mm f/2.5 lens for Leica, Fuji and Sony mirrorless cameras has been launched on Kickstarter. The

The post New Schacht Travegon 50mm f/2.5 for Leica, Fuji and Sony mirrorless cameras appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


iPhone to Soon Let You Disable Power Management to Restore Speed PetaPixel

Apple sparked worldwide controversy and issued an apology in December 2017 after it admitted that the company has been quietly throttling performance in aging iPhones in order to prevent the weakened batteries from causing unexpected restarts. Apple has now revealed that an upcoming update will allow this power management to be disabled.

In a new exclusive interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized again and explained that the throttling was due to Apples focus on user experience. As batteries age, processing spikes can cause abrupt restarts of the phone, and Apple didnt want these to interfere with important tasks things like capturing a precious photo.

And so you can imagine if [] you want to capture that moment thats fleeting with your camera we always focus on the user experience, Cook tells ABC News. So at the heart of any decision that we make is the user. We felt it would be better to take something off of the performance to prevent that from happening.

When this power management feature was released, Apple did inform users about the update, but Cook believes people didnt pay attention to the announcement and that Apple could have also been clearer in its communication.

In a soon-to-arrive iPhone update, users will be given a way to see the health of their phone battery as well as disable power management.

[W]e will tell someone were reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart, Cook says. And if you dont want it, you can turn it off. Now we dont recommend it, because we think peoples iPhones are really important to them, and you never can tell when something is so urgent. Our actions were all in service of the user. I cant stress that enough.

So instead of...


I Shot the New Years Eve Ball Drop in Times Square from a Helicopter PetaPixel

You see the crowd cheering, but you dont hear a single word. Youre not punched in the chest by every firework explosion that goes off in Central Park. Its the calmest chaos Ive ever experienced in my life

When youre a native New Yorker, there are certain things you just dont do. New Yorkers have never been to the Statue Of Liberty, we never been to the top of the Empire State Building, and we never go to Times Square especially on New Years Eve. In the 30 years that Ive lived in New York, Ive never even contemplated attempting to wait outside in the well below freezing temperatures from 8 am to get a good spot to watch the ball drop.

But for the first time in my life this past New Years Eve, I was able to check out this world-famous event with my own eyes with FlyNYON!

My wife in I all bundled up in our layers of winter gear.

As if the thrill of an open door helicopter over New York City isnt good enough, this experience put us face to face with quite possibly the most epic annual celebration around. With our propellers spinning on the ground at 11:45 pm, we evaded the 12+hr wait in the freezing cold on Broadway. As we climbed to 4,500ft over Midtown, you get to see the lights and thousands of party people between the buildings. You begin to feel the energy in your veins as the countdown begins.

Our pilot, Beau, was able to line us up perfectly with the intersection of Broadway and 7th Ave right as the ball dropped and I was able to snap these first images of 2018!



Who Owns the Copyright to Your X-ray? PetaPixel

A friend recently posted an X-ray of his ankle replacement on Facebook, which led me to wonder who owns the copyright to that image?

In the U.S., HIPAA (Health Insurance portability and Accountability Act of 1996) typically confers the ownership of medical records to the healthcare provider that created it, but The Privacy Rule gives the patient with few exceptions, the right to inspect, review, and receive a copy of your medical records and billing records that are held by health plans and health care providers covered by the Privacy Rule.

As far as medical imaging goes, the patient can request a hard (e.g. X-ray) or electronic copy of the imaging, and the healthcare provider can charge a fee for providing that information. But who actually owns the copyright? The technician? The radiologist? The patient?

According to The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices: Chapter 300 (revision 9/29/2017), medical imaging is NOT copyrightable.

Similarly, the Office will not register works produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author. Examples:

Medical imaging produced by X-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging, or other diagnostic equipment

Incidentally, the same chapter specifically states that A photograph taken by a monkey also cannot be registered for a copyright.

The Wikilegal states there is no U.S. federal case law directly addressing the issue of the copyrightability of X-ray images. Nevertheless, it can be regarded as justified to mark any work of medical imaging created in the United States as Public Domain.

Of course, this assumes at the very minimum that personally identifiable information isnt a part of the medical imaging. Even a serial number on a medical device could potential violate HIPAA priv...


Couple Accuses Wedding Photog of Fat-Shaming Them with Photoshop PetaPixel

An Ohio couple is publicly accusing a wedding photographer of fat-shaming them after discovering that some of their engagement photos had been Photoshopped without their consent to make them look skinnier.

News 5 Cleveland reports that Katie Liepold found wedding photographer Linda Silvestri through Facebook and agreed to pay $600 for an engagement shoot and 2 hours of coverage at their wedding reception in May.

After the engagement photo shoot, while reviewing the photos, Liepold and her fianc were surprised to find that the photographer had taken it upon herself to alter photos to make the couple look much thinner than they actually are.

She actually photoshopped one picture of us skinnier, Liepold tells News 5. She probably took like 30 pounds off each of us.

Liepold then contacted Silvestri, who informed her that she could cancel the contract. Silvestri ended up issuing a refund while keeping a $150 deposit for the 2 hours spent on the shoot. She also tells News 5 that she apologized for the unauthorized Photoshopping.

Days later, however, Liepold stumbled across a mean-spirited post written by the photographer on a Facebook page for wedding professionals.

And people wonder why I have scaled back on my photography business, Silvestri wrote. Last week I did an engagement session for a morbidly obese couple []

It is extremely difficult to get Pinterest worthy lovey dovey pics when people cant even get their heads close to each other. First pic she was upset I gave her a chin tuck. Second pic was as close as their heads can get without straining.

Liepold fired back, telling News 5 that Bad l...


A photograph taken during an evening photographing Crater lake in early June 2012. Billy Newman Photo

A photograph taken during an evening photographing Crater lake in early June 2012.


Cascable Adds Photography Recipes: Automation for Photographers PetaPixel

Cascable, the iOS app that provides software tools for modern day photographers, has just added Recipes to the apps list of features. These are automation tools for mobile photographers.

You may be familiar with the idea of creating application recipes from websites such as IFTTT and Zapier, which allow you to connect a number of websites together based on triggering actions.

Cascable, however, is combining the idea of automation recipes with photography. Specifically, the app allows you to automate time-lapses, exposure bracketing sequences, and any other series of shots and actions you can think of in the order you need.

You are able to create a sequence, including repetitions, that control a variety of settings. Exposures can be adjusted through tweaks to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation. A Smart Exposure setting will allow the software to choose which setting to change itself.

Creating and editing recipes is as easy as dragging and dropping blocks from the picker.

You can also run your recipes against a virtual camera, allowing you to see how the recipe will turn out in reality. This could save you valuable time that may be wasted on a broken recipe.

Finally, you can also add Variables. This allows you to adjust exposures and change settings while the recipe is running.

The app supports well over 100 models of cameras from major brands such as Canon, Nikon, FujiFilm, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.

Cascable is free for...


Energy Dept. Photog: I Was Fired for Photos of Rick Perry and Coal CEO PetaPixel

A former US Department of Energy photographer is accusing the US government of firing him for leaking photos of a private meeting between energy secretary Rick Perry and a big coal CEO.

The New York Times reports that in his position, as is common for official government photographers, Simon Edelman regularly attended meetings with Perry and captured photos for official purposes.

In late 2017, Edelman attended a private meeting between Perry and Robert E. Murray, the CEO of one of Americas largest coal mining companies, Murray Energy, which had donated money to Perrys political campaigns and $300,000 to Trumps inauguration.

One photo Edelman snapped at the meeting showed Perry and Murray hugging. Another showed the men sitting around a conference table. Others showed the cover sheet of a confidential action plan brought by Murray that outlined policy and regulatory changes that would aid the coal industry.

Edelman wanted to expose the close relationship between the two men and derail Perrys subsequent proposals that were based on Murrays action plan, so Edelman later shared the photos anonymously with journalists, who then widely published the pictures (they were first...


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Of all the Adobes alternatives this is probably the most professional one. And you save 10% on it when using our code AMBMR at checkout. All the info about Capture One 11 can be found here.  

The post Capture One 11 now 10% off with code AMBMR appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


This Timelapse Shows 130 Years of Nat Geo Covers in 2 Minutes PetaPixel

National Geographic has been publishing its magazine since 1888, so this year marks the 130th anniversary of the publication. Heres a 2-minute timelapse video that shows every single magazine cover over those 130 years.

The magazine is known for its famous yellow border and its extensive use of high-quality photography, but neither of those was present in the early days of National Geographic. The very first issue of the magazine had an extremely plain cover, cost 50 cents, and contained exactly zero photos.

Nowadays, National Geographic almost always features photography prominently on its cover, and its pages are covered with photography.

Over the last 130 years, National Geographic has changed the look of its magazine but never wavered from its commitment to explore the world and all that is in it, Nat Geo says.

(via Nat Geo via Sploid)

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