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Nikon Firmware 3.0 Field Test: Nikon’s Autofocus Just Got WAY Better

Nikon Firmware 3.0 Field Test: Nikon’s Autofocus Just Got WAY Better Boston-based wedding photographer William Hall of The Monochrome Memoirs and Perla Images recently updated his Nikon Z6 to the latest Firmware 3.0, and the news is good: it seems Nikon just gave their mirrorless cameras a HUGE autofocus boost. The headline feature of the recent Firmware 3.0 update for the full-frame Nikon Z6 and Z7 was Animal Eye Autofocus, but that’s not actually that relevant for wedding photographers like Hall. The good news is Nikon did a lot more than just copy this one feature from Sony—the update also improved the cameras’ AF tracking and even changed...

How to Spot Fake Photos of Fake People Online

How to Spot Fake Photos of Fake People Online My name is Mike Solomon, and I learned a thing or two about AI-generated faces when I built the web app “Judge Fake People” last year. Here’s a little guide on how to spot fake photos of fake people online. All the people shown below are fake. Weird backgrounds are a dead giveaway. Some are easier to spot than others. Look out for a “uni-tooth”. It’s like a unibrow but as a front tooth. Some people have them in real life — Tom Cruise used to before he got braces — but they’re rare. Mismatched, weird earrings are another dead giveaway (unless they become a...

Facebook Now Lets You Turn Any 2D Photo into a 3D Image Using AI

Facebook Now Lets You Turn Any 2D Photo into a 3D Image Using AI Facebook just expanded 3D photo posting to phones that don’t actually capture depth data. Using the magic of machine learning (i.e. artificial intelligence), Facebook taught a neural network how to “infer 3D structures from 2D photos,” even if those photos were taken with a single lens camera. The announcement was made moments ago on the Facebook AI blog, where the company’s engineers went into depth on how exactly they pulled this off. “This advance makes 3D photo technology easily accessible for the first time to the many millions of people who use...

Blast from the Past: Using the Polaroid Palette to Make 35mm Negatives from iPhone Photos

Blast from the Past: Using the Polaroid Palette to Make 35mm Negatives from iPhone Photos The hybrid processes from the transition to digital photography generated lots of garbage, cheap stuff to experiment with. This story is about one of these discoveries. Background Photography came into my life in my teenage years, at a point when I was already someone who always checked inside dumpsters trying to find interesting things to transform into useful ones. This curiosity with the obsolete and the old only got bigger when I discovered photography. In 2003, I ran across a few articles from Andrew Davidhazy and became determined to build myself a scanner camera for digital slit...

Fujifilm is Going to Release an X-H2, But Probably Not This Year: Report

Fujifilm is Going to Release an X-H2, But Probably Not This Year: Report The future of the Fuji X-H lineup has been a subject of much debate in the photo world. After receiving a somewhat lukewarm reception and being one-upped by the Fuji X-T3, the now-discontinued X-H1 looked like it would be a one-and-done. But apparently that’s not the case. Fuji Rumors has been reporting for some time that the X-H line is not dead, and an X-H2 is already in the works. These rumors have now been backed up by a high-confidence report from Fuji Addict, who writes that their “most reliable source for rumors” has confirmed that the X-H line is not going...

Film vs Digital: Shooting a Wedding in Fujifilm ACROS

Film vs Digital: Shooting a Wedding in Fujifilm ACROS On my last shift at the film lab in Bondi, I picked up one of the last rolls of Fujifilm ACROS film. It seemed poignant — as my job at the shop was finishing, so too was the production of this film stock. The product’s discontinuation in March last year seemed to mark the death knell for Fuji’s dedication to analog photography. However, it’s back by popular demand — the company has decided to resurrect the stock with adjustments to the formula to make up for a lack of raw materials required for its production. Being back in Australia for my friend Josh and Sun’s...

Olympus Launches Super Compact 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens and PEN E-PL10 Camera

Olympus Launches Super Compact 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens and PEN E-PL10 Camera The OM-D E-M1 Mark III was the big release of the night for Olympus, but the company also had two other products up its sleeve. The first is the surprisingly compact 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens; the second the PEN E-PL10 camera that was already released in Asia four months ago. Admittedly, the largely-unchanged Olympus PEN E-PL10 won’t get anybody’s adrenaline pumping, but the new 12-45mm lens is very interesting indeed, especially if you want to carry the most compact camera/lens combo possible. M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO The new 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO lens’ claim to fame...

London Fashion Week Photogs Tricked by Grandma in Outrageous Outfit

London Fashion Week Photogs Tricked by Grandma in Outrageous Outfit YouTubers Zac and Jay pulled a prank on London Fashion Week photographers earlier this month. In an attempt to highlighting how ridiculous some modern “fashion” looks to the typical viewer, they dressed up a grandma in a mishmash of random props and clothing… and somehow got her featured on Vogue.com. The vlog above follows the whole process from start to finish: from auditioning talent and finding 78-year-old Elizabeth, to shopping for the most outrageous outfit they could find, to turning Elizabeth into “model” and “global superstar” Elicia Verde...

PolarPro Unveils ‘LiteChaser Pro’ Filter System and Variable ND for iPhones

PolarPro Unveils ‘LiteChaser Pro’ Filter System and Variable ND for iPhones PolarPro—maker of high-quality filters for full-sized cameras and drones—has just launched the LiteChaser Pro: a filter system for all three iPhone 11 models that includes a case, four filters, and a grip that doubles as a tripod and accessory mount. The PolarPro LiteChaser Pro wants to be all things to all smartphone shooters, without reaching the size of products like the BeastGrip. Instead, you get a standard phone case with an aluminum filter mount over the dual or triple cameras, a removable grip that you can attach when you need more stability, and four different filters: an ND8,...

What Happens When a Major Photo Magazine Shuts Down?

What Happens When a Major Photo Magazine Shuts Down? Last week, Emerald Expositions, the owner of Photo District News (PDN), announced that PDN would no longer publish new content online or in print. The magazine had been a staple of the professional photography industry, particularly for advertising and commercial photography. PDN’s articles covered a wide range of topics that included gear announcement, industry news, and the venerable PDN 30 which identified and showcased emerging photographers. In addition, PDN produced a number of photo contests including the PDN Annual. Sarah Jacobs and I discuss the issue in our latest podcast....

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