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Published: 2017-04-25T14:18:37+00:00


Fujifilm launches new professional support program in the U.S. for GFX System owners


Beginning in May, Fujifilm will join numerous other camera manufacturers by offering professional support services. While some camera makers offer professional support services for a variety of cameras, Fujifilm’s service is exclusively catered toward owners of their new medium format mirrorless GFX camera. The GFX Fujifilm Professional Services (GFX FPS) will cost $499 per year for qualified GFX owners. What makes a user eligible? They must sign up within 30 days of purchasing a GFX System product and those products must be...
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Syrp has announced the Genie II & Magic Carpet Pro


Syrp has announced the coming Genie Mini II and Magic Carpet Pro slider, a combination that should bring fans of the system everything they've wanted in a timelapse and motion control device. Though details are a somewhat limited, as it appears Syrp wants to incentivise interested parties to visit their booth at NAB, we do know a few things about the upcoming redesigned system. If you are unfamiliar with Syrp, they were one of the most successful Kickstarters ever back in 2012 with the launch of their original Genie, and since then...
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Light & Motion partners with Elinchrom for portable, rugged continuous lighting with wireless control


Renowned lighting companies Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a strategic partnership. The fruits of this partnership are immediate with the announcement of Light and Motion’s new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. The Stella Pro lights are portable, weatherproof and offer a continuous 5600 Kelvin light. Thanks to the partnership with Elinchrom, the lights include Elinchrom’s Skyport Protocol. This allows RF control of the Stella lights across 20 channels in four separate groups and power...
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What is the perfect portrait angle? How subtle shifts in camera position can dramatically change portraits


Ed Gregory of Photos In Color has gone through rigorous testing to look for the perfect portrait photography angle. Using a controlled environment, Gregory shot portraits of the same model from 16 different positions. He shot the portraits using a Nikon D800 and Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens at f/8 in a scene consistently lit with two Elinchrom ELC1000 lights. He worked on a curve, keeping his camera six feet away from the model at all times, and shot at various angles. You can read about his precise method here. Obviously the "perfect"...
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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8: Real world portraits from Akiomi Kuroda with the Sony A7R Mark II


We've yet to see a testing sample of the coveted Carl Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8, but our colleague Akiomi Kuroda in Japan has, and he's now unveiled his first batch of portrait images for Imaging Resource readers. Pairing the lens with the 42.4mp Sony A7R Mark II, Akiomi's gallery showcases the best that the Batis 135mm f/2.8 has to offer for sheer image quality, and we're thrilled to display this early look at real world portrait images from this venerable combination. 1/125s / f/8...
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Photoshop Quick Tips: Selectively sharpening in Photoshop using High Pass filter and layer masks


Robert K. Baggs, a professional commercial photographer and writer for Fstoppers, has recently started a series of “bite-sized Photoshop tutorials.” He has previously written about using Photoshop actions to speed up your workflow, “crushing blacks” to achieve a cinematic look and creating even colors in your images. His latest tutorial is about using the high pass filter in Photoshop to sharpen your images. Early in his career, Baggs saw images from pros and wondered why his own work wasn’t that sharp. He made a few mistakes in...
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The Arctic Melt: Photographer Diane Tuft offers a beautiful, frightening look at the disappearing Arctic


April 22 marked Earth Day, an occasion to bring special attention to the worldwide movement to improve the health of our environment. Currently, climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our world and fine art environmental photographer Diane Tuft has spent much of her career traveling to remote areas of the globe and documenting the impact of climate change on the environment. Tuft’s latest book, “The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape,” is being published by Assouline and showcases Tuft’s incredible work...
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DJI’s new Ronin 2 looks like the most advanced gimbal on the market


DJI has introduced a new camera stabilizer for professional sets called the Ronin 2, and from all appearances it may be the most advanced gimbal of its type that exists. The Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras than its predecessor, and has more "intelligent features" to allow for new and unusual camera moves that will give filmmakers the ability to land shots they couldn't until now. Ronin 2 has an enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms which can support everything from DSLRs to full cinematic cameras...
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The Seagate/DJI strategic partnership yields first product: a portable 2TB drive with microSD port


Seagate and DJI had previously announced a strategic partnership, and that arrangement has yielded its first product: the Fly Drive. With 2TB of storage and a built-in microSD card reader, the Fly Drive is designed to give drone pilots an in-the-field backup option. Seagate says the drive should appeal to drone users due to its small size, durability, built-in reader and fast transfer speeds, but did not provide any actual transfer speed numbers to expect at this time....
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Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI


With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week's Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different manufacturers, and a fair bit of it adds new features, rather than being limited just to bug fixes. Without any further ado, let's get right down to it! Canon 5D Mark IV It seems like only days ago that we were telling you about firmware version 1.0.4, a bugfixing release for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR....
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Laws of Light: Creating separation using background and key lights plus color as a separator


In Jay P. Morgan’s continuing video series, “Laws of Light,” his latest video focuses on creating separation between your subject and the background. Having control over light is critical for capturing portraits with dimension and depth, as we saw in a previous “Laws of Light” video focused on dimension and texture. A simple way to create separation is to use a single light on your subject and the background. When the light is angled from the side, the lit side of the subject’s face is bright against a dark background, whereas...
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SwellPro’s waterproof drones look to offer drone users the best of air and sea


Why should your drone be limited to the air, how about a submergible drone? Naturally a standard drone can’t be dipped in a lake or ocean, but specialist drone maker SwellPro makes a variety of waterproof drones. Dustin Dunnill tried a SwellPro Splash Drone for his YouTube channel and in the video below, you can see it flying in the air and moving through the water. While you may not need the fisherman-friendly features of the $1,400 Splash Drone Fisherman, the $1,600 Splash Drone Auto comes with remote fishing line and bait...
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GoPro launches pilot program for ‘Fusion’ 5.2K spherical camera


GoPro has announced a pilot program for a new product called the GoPro Fusion, a 5.2K spherical camera that GoPro says is "designed to be the ultimate capture device for both fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR video and photo formats." It is a high-performance portable spherical camera that works as if you strapped six GoPros to yourself at once, similar to the GoPro Omni. At this point, it looks like GoPro is moving beyond that extremely expensive and somewhat awkwardly-sized product and pushing...
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Sigma adds 14mm T2 & 135mm T2 Cinema Lenses to its lineup


Sigma has announced the 14mm T2 and the 135mm T2, bringing their cinema lens lineup to seven total optics covering the range from 14mm to 135mm. Sigma indicates that both new lenses are capable of resolving up to 8K footage. The new lenses are available in Canon, Sony E and PL mounts, and Sigma is now offering the option to order their cinema lens in metric or imperial measurements as well as standard or full luminous paint on markings. Anyone who currently owns a Sigma cinema lens can swap from one measurement system to the other for a...
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Canon adds C-LOG to 5D Mark IV & introduces compact-servo 70-200mm lens


To add to the video capabilities of their latest professional camera, Canon has announced that they are making their log profile, Canon LOG (C-LOG), available on the 5D Mark IV DSLR. Current EOS 5D Mark IV owners can have the C-LOG feature upgrade installed for $99 at any of the Canon service centers across the U.S. starting in July. You read that right: getting C-LOG installed is more than just a firmware update you can do at home. Due to software architecture in the camera, Canon needs to connect and use their service tools in...
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Using your feet instead of your zoom to change the perspective in portraiture


When working in the field, there can be a lot of things to consider and it isn’t always easy to keep everything in mind. Suppose you’re shooting portraits with a zoom lens and there is a distracting element in the background you want to get rid of. You can just zoom in, right? Sure, that’s an option, but don’t forget about the powerful photographic tool you always have at your disposal, your feet! Jay P. Morgan says in his newest video for The Slanted Lens that you should be moving your feet to change your portrait perspective...
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A time-lapse view of the world: Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary by travelling to space


As Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Japanese giant is marking the occasion in a number of ways. We have seen their special edition products, including gunmetal gray Nikon D5 and D500 cameras, but they also want to call attention to how their products have been used over the last century. Nikon’s relationship with space exploration is well-known. A modified Nikon F camera made its way into the great beyond aboard Apollo 15 in 1971. Since then, Nikon cameras, up to their latest digital technologies, have been aboard...
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Adobe updates Premiere, After Effects and others in massive NAB reveal


Adobe has announced updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition and Media Encoder bringing new features for graphics and titling, polishing audio, refining color and sharing assets to the connected programs. Most notable is the addition of what Adobe is calling the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro, which brings tools you would find in Illustrator and Photoshop into Premiere with the power to create and edit motion graphics like in After Effects. That same panel has been added to After Effects,...
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Premium drones are driving the market, but NPD data shows that the holidays were kind to cheaper drones


The drone industry is soaring to great heights. A new report from market research company NPD shows that U.S. consumers spent more than twice as much on drones, 117 percent more to be exact, from February 2016 to February 2017 compared to the same time period the prior year. The first two months of 2017 saw consumers spending a lot on premium drones costing more than $1,000 - this segment saw the highest rate of sales. What features of the more expensive drones are attracting buyers? NPD has observed that drones with autopilot...
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Sony A9, FE 100-400mm GM lens announced today in New York!


Sony hosted a press conference in New York this morning at which the company announced two new imaging-related products: The Sony A9 full-frame mirrorless camera and a new FE 100-400mm GM lens. We've blogged live from the company's press conference, so for all the details click here for our Sony A9 preview, including initial thoughts on the camera's performance from William Brawley who was given hands-on time at the event. • Sony A9Sony FE 100-400mm GM
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