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Published: 2016-12-03T11:00:37+00:00

 



Canon joining the modern Japanese space race, although not in the way you might expect

2016-12-03T11:00:37+00:00

    Nikon has had a long relationship with space travel and exploration and continues to have an important place on the International Space Station. Canon wants to get in on the action now. However, unlike Nikon, Canon isn’t concerned with sending cameras into space, but are instead helping to fund the creation of a “low-cost ‘mini-rocket’ for future satellite launches.” Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that engineers from Cannon have joined a team dedicated to designing and building the “world’s smallest satellite launch...
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Firmware Friday: 36 updates from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and more

2016-12-03T02:28:33+00:00

    Firmware Friday is here once more, after a brief hiatus while I was out of town shooting Sony cameras in Austin, Texas, and then feeling under the weather with a bug I picked up on my return home. Since we've missed a couple of weeks, I've done my best to catch up not only on this week's firmware news, but also on everything from the last couple of weeks. The result is one seriously long list of news, so we'll keep things brief and stick to the official release notes where available. Without any further ado, let's get down...
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Look out! These videos highlight the occupational risk of sports photography

2016-12-02T19:00:06+00:00

    Sports photography is about capturing the iconic sports moments that sometimes transcend the field of play altogether. Shooting the timeless images can come with more physical wear and tear than the soreness that accompanies lugging a massive exotic telephoto lens around for hours. Have you ever seen a photographer on a National Football League sideline get steamrolled by a 250-pound player? If you’ve watched a lot of football, you surely have. The job of sports photographer comes with inherent risk. Digital Trends has put...
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Is your camera lying to you about highlights? Plus an excellent presentation on mastering lighting

2016-12-02T16:34:11+00:00

    Today we have a couple of videos which we hope will help you improve your photographic skills on the computer and in the field. First up is a quick tip from Scott Kelby on improving your Lightroom skills. For those who aren’t familiar with Kelby, he writes for Lightroom Killer Tips and runs Kelby One, a premium source for online courses taught by an array of professional photographers. This week, Kelby published a quick video on how to deal with clipping in Ligthroom. What is clipping? In the case of highlight clipping, it’s when...
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Nikon D500 takes on martial artist and Chronos high-speed camera gains “bullet time”

2016-12-01T19:00:16+00:00

    We have a couple of high speed-centric videos for you today. First up is a video from Nikon and sports photographer Tom Miles. The video below goes behind the scenes with a Nikon D500 as martial artist Tom Duqesnoy (who has the excellent nickname “Fire Kid”) smashes objects such as cakes and watermelons with his fast, powerful kicks. The D500 proved to be an excellent tool for Miles as it allowed him to shoot at up to 10 frames per second while controlling the lighting using Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. While you can see the...
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Selfie and budget-friendly: Fujifilm announces the X-A10 mirrorless ILC, 16.3 megapixels and tilting display

2016-12-01T18:40:12+00:00

    Fujifilm has announced the Fuji X-A10, a new entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which incorporates the selfie-friendly design of the recent X-A3 camera with a more wallet-friendly price. The $500 X-A10 uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and pairs it with a compact, lightweight camera body. The biggest features of the X-A10 are its 180-degree slide-and-tilt 3-inch LCD display and its self-portrait shooting modes. In addition to the selfie screen, which has approximately 100% coverage, the X-A10 includes...
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Give your portraits a customized, colorful backdrop in Photoshop with these simple steps

2016-12-01T15:00:27+00:00

    Have you ever shot a portrait using a background and then wished after the fact that you had used a different colored background? Or perhaps you simply don't want to have a massive collection of backgrounds on hand. No matter the reason, it is easy to change the background color of a portrait (or product shot) in Photoshop. Phlearn and Aaron Nace recently released a tutorial to help you learn how to change a white or gray background to any color you desire with a natural-looking result. It's straightforward, but the technique...
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Phase One releases faster, more user-friendly Capture One Pro 10 raw editor + support for E-M1 II, A6500

2016-12-01T09:59:51+00:00

    Capture One Pro 10 represents a major update to Danish company Phase One’s popular raw image conversion and editing software. Just released, Capture One Pro 10 focuses on providing users a faster, more powerful experience through the addition and enhancement of a wide range of features, including improvements to the user interface, performance tuning and new tools. User Experience With faster browsing, zooming and panning performance, the user experience has been improved and refined in Capture One Pro 10. Image switching speeds...
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Unsafe conditions, reduce speed: DJI Inspire 2 not as fast as originally announced

2016-11-30T19:00:34+00:00

    In mid-November, DJI announced their new DJI Inspire 2 drone, which was advertised to be faster, lighter and offering better imaging capabilities. All of that should still hold true when the Inspire 2 starts shipping in December, but DJI has announced that the top speed of the Inspire 2 will not be as high as previously disclosed. The original announcement declared the top speed of the Inspire 2 to be 67 miles per hour, but the new top speed is listed at 58 mph. Further, the new drone will take five seconds to reach 50 mph rather...
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Sports photographer Mark Leech captures the incredible emotion, culture of soccer in the U.K.

2016-11-30T16:42:15+00:00

    For many sports fans, their beloved memories are best represented by iconic images. Sports photographers like Mark Leech are responsible for capturing the highs, lows and sometimes crucial social context surrounding what are ultimately children’s games. Leech is a United Kingdom-based soccer (football as it’s known in most parts of the world) photographer with a storied career, including winning the Barclays’s “20 Seasons of the Premier League” award for best photographer. In the video below created by Joe Devine, we get an inside...
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Olympus E-M1 Mark II Field Test Part II: Putting continuous autofocus to the test and more

2016-11-29T21:35:20+00:00

    When I first got acquainted with the new Olympus E-M1 Mark II, it was up in Iceland, an absolutely stunning place filled with awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere you turned as well as some rather harsh weather conditions. I was able to get a good sense for the E-M1 II's overall image quality performance and its build quality, but I wasn't really afforded an opportunity to truly test out one of the camera's major upgrades: continuous autofocus. Now, in my just-published Field Test Part II on the Olympus E-M1 II, I put a major focus...
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Preserving the past: Edward S. Curtis and his storied portraits of Native Americans

2016-11-29T19:00:24+00:00

    November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and as such it seems particularly appropriate to take a moment to look at the legacy of American photographer Edward S. Curtis. Edward S. Curtis was an American photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His love affair with photography began shortly after he left school in the sixth grade when Curtis built his own camera. At 17, he became an apprentice photographer. Two years later, he and his family moved to Seattle and Curtis became a partner in a photographic...
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Best lenses for astrophotography: The ultimate guide from Lonely Speck

2016-11-29T15:00:20+00:00

    Astrophotography is a particularly demanding genre of photography that emphasizes a distinct set of qualities and characteristics of lenses. Qualities such as autofocus speeds (or being capable of autofocus at all) and sharpness when stopped down become less important, whereas characteristics such as having a focus scale and the amount comatic aberration are given utmost importance. This can make shopping for a lens for astrophotography difficult, as traditional lens reviews may not hit on the factors important to star-gazing...
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The selfie stick of the future: meet the AirSelfie Drone

2016-11-28T19:00:27+00:00

    The AirSelfie is a drone so small, the company is betting you'll give up your selfie stick and use it instead. Currently on Kickstarter - with under a month and fully backed - the AirSelfie weighs only 52 grams and is designed in such a way as to seamlessly integrate with your Android or iOS smartphone. The drone itself is powered by four propellers, which are caged in safety guards. The camera is 5 megapixel, and also records video. The device uses a smartPhone app to control it, and has a range of 20 meters (around 66 feet) by...
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Sony A6500 Field Test Part I: Real-world feedback on this just-launched, sports-loving mirrorless camera

2016-11-28T18:37:55+00:00

    Early in October, we were surprised by the launch of the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera, just eight months after its sibling the A6300 hit the market. And now as we near the end of November, I've just published my first Sony A6500 Field Test, bringing you my thoughts on this impressively speedy little shooter. For this Field Test, I was fortunate to have some really great subjects on hand courtesy of a press experiential trip to Austin, Texas. Sony lined up some really great shooting opportunities that allowed the assembled press...
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New Kickstarter ensures you never lose your photo gear again

2016-11-28T11:00:11+00:00

    If you've ever come home from a shoot only to find out later that you're missing a piece of your gear, you can certainly appreciate the sentiment behind a new product launched on Kickstarter. GearEye proposes to be "The Ultimate Gear Management System", using an RFID tracker, and adhesive tags applied to your precious items, to ensure that all your gear remains with you. The system itself is small and functional: a small device acts as an intermediary between your smartphone, and RFID tags placed on your various items. You log...
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Print your own lens: Photographer uses 3D printer to create 135mm f/1.8 lens

2016-11-25T19:00:14+00:00

    The uses of 3D printers never cease to amaze us. Photographer Mathieu Stern designed his own 135mm f/1.8 lens, using a single lens element, and had it printed for him by a French 3D printing company. While the corners are a bit soft, the center is impressively sharp! You can read more about Mathieu's design on his blog. (Seen via sonyalpharumors.com)  
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Today’s the day: Black Friday roundup, November 25

2016-11-25T14:18:10+00:00

    Black Friday is now upon us, regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and one of the heaviest shopping periods of the year. Retailers have traditionally offered deep discounts and incentives to move a larger volume of products. If you've been following our Black Friday 2016 article, you'll no doubt have seen that there are some amazing deals on entry-level cameras like the Canon T6 and T6i, the Nikon D3400 and the Sony a6000. As well, many deals that were slated to end as pre-Black Friday incentives have been...
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Photo app updates: Instagram adds live video, Snapchat-style messaging

2016-11-25T11:00:01+00:00

    The highly-popular social media app, Instagram, has been updated with two new features. The first of the additions is live streaming. It's very simple to start live streaming from your phone as you only tap the start live video button in the camera menu and then you are good to go. When live streaming video, the feed can be shared for up to an hour after which the stream is then gone forever. You can tell when someone is streaming because the word "Live" will be underneath their Instagram Stories profile picture at the top of the...
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‘Twas the day before Black Friday: Camera Deals Round-up - November 24

2016-11-24T15:55:44+00:00

    While Black Friday isn't officially until tomorrow, the holiday sale of the year has already started in earnest, with several big-box stores already having rolled out their door-crasher sales. There are still great deals to be had over the weekend though, and we're going to shine the spotlight on a few of those right now! There are door-crasher sales on now at Target and Best Buy on Canon, Nikon, Sony, GoPro and DJI products. The savings aren't much more deep than you'd get from competing online sales, but if you want the camera...
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