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Sony a9 Sensor One of the Best Ever Tested, DxOMark Finds

Sony a9 Sensor One of the Best Ever Tested, DxOMark Finds The Sony a9 mirrorless camera has been turning heads ever since it was first announced in April, and it will continue to do so with DxOmark’s latest findings. In its new review of the camera’s sensor quality, DxOmark says that the Sony a9’s sensor is “one of the best we’ve tested at base ISO, with consistently good scores for dynamic range and color depth, and exceptional results for noise.” Not bad. This is a camera that has had some professionals jumping ship from Nikon and Canon DSLRs to get kitted out with Sony gear. “At those crucial mid to...

Manfrotto Launches New Bumblebee Line of Pro Light Camera Bags

Manfrotto Launches New Bumblebee Line of Pro Light Camera Bags Manfrotto has updated its line of Pro Light Bumblebee camera bags with two backpacks and two messenger bags, which the company says are designed for comfort in harsh outdoor conditions and huge storage capacity. Pro Light Bumblebee 130 and 230 Backpacks These two backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck, and lower back through the use of a breathable harness system. The system includes a suspended mesh panel for breathability, along with adjustable load lifters, sternum straps, shoulder straps, and waist belt. Both bags have dual side pockets, top and side strap...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Photographed from Space by Orbiter

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Photographed from Space by Orbiter Trundling along the rocky terrain of lower Mount Sharp, the lonely Curiosity rover was recently photographed from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars. The 9.8-foot-long (3m) rover appears as a (somehow cute) tiny blue spot amongst the coppery-colored surroundings of Mount Sharp. Curiosity had been exploring Mars’ Gale crater, which has Mount Sharp as its central peak. Curiosity, Aug. 5, 2015 at “Buckskin” on lower Mount Sharp A photo showing the scale of the Curiosity rover (right) compared to scientists and previous...

8 Tips for Shooting an Award-Winning Tornado Photo

8 Tips for Shooting an Award-Winning Tornado Photo I’ve been photographing extreme weather for 25 years. After publishing tips on how to photograph lightning here back in March, I was asked to share any tips I have in capturing an award-winning tornado image. So, here I go… Note to reader: Storm chasing and extreme weather photography, as discussed in this article, can be very dangerous. Any person should approach these activities with caution and appropriate supervision and training. Tip 1: Study Your Subject and Risks Adopting a ‘safety first’ policy is critical when storm chasing. To start, I recommend reading The Basics of...

Google Photos Now Suggests Photos to Archive Using A.I.

Google Photos Now Suggests Photos to Archive Using A.I. Google has been steadily adding features to their Google Photos app since I/O 2017. The new archive feature isn’t the most exciting of them, but it has an interesting trick up its sleeve. Compared to the content-aware fill, photo books, and automated sharing that Google is rolling out, archiving tools are less than thrilling. Perhaps that’s why Google did not make much of a fuss when they started rolling out Archive a few weeks ago. Archive allows you to hide photos from your main Photos display without deleting them, which is handy for screenshots and receipts. The interesting addition...

Ep. 187: What Camera Company Might Be Getting the Axe? – and more

Ep. 187: What Camera Company Might Be Getting the Axe? – and more Episode 187 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: What the Duck comic strip creator, Aaron Johnson In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. What the Duck comic strip creator, Aaron Johnson opens the show. Thanks Aaron! Sponsors: – Get 10% off your order at MeFOTO.com, Tenba.com, KupoGrip.com and StellaProLights.com using code...

eBay to Price Match Amazon and Other Retailers for Deals, Including Cameras

eBay to Price Match Amazon and Other Retailers for Deals, Including Cameras In a bid to remain competitive against the likes of Amazon, eBay has announced that it will price match thousands of items. This includes some camera gear, too. So far, eBay will price match against the listings on the websites of Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Sears, Wayfair, and Jet. This new price matching is available for eBay.com users, and will apply to products found on the Daily Deals section of the website. The item must be new and also in stock on the competitor’s website. Good news for photographers. This deals section has an entire...

This is How Smartphone Cameras Have Improved Over Time

This is How Smartphone Cameras Have Improved Over Time I was curious about how resolution (megapixels), aperture sizes, and sensor sizes have improved on smartphones over time. With the advent of phones with two back cameras with different focal lengths, like the iPhone 7, LG G6 and ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, I also wanted to look at how the number of camera modules on a device has increased. So, I graphed the flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Sony, and LG since 2007, and here’s what it looks like. The first dot on the left is the first iPhone, in 2007, and then we go forward in time from there. Megapixels are going up, of course. The...

Throw Away Your Best Work, or: How to Create a Portfolio

Throw Away Your Best Work, or: How to Create a Portfolio My best photos aren’t in my portfolio. Or, maybe I should more accurately say, photos that were my best at one point in time, have now been discarded from my portfolio because they have been replaced by newer, better work. It didn’t happen all at once. One by one, they dropped like flies to be replaced by newer and better flies. As I write this, I’m currently putting together a new printed portfolio to show to potential clients and agencies. Man, it’s tough, it’s really tough. And it’s got me thinking about the process of critically analyzing our own work...

5 Inspiring Videos Featuring Canon’s ‘Explorers of Light’ Photographers

5 Inspiring Videos Featuring Canon’s ‘Explorers of Light’ Photographers Canon have added 5 new videos to their Explorers of Light showcase series, in which members of their pro team discuss their careers and their passion for photography. Established in the mid-90’s, Canon’s ‘Explorers of Light’ team comprises dozens of highly skilled professional photographers and cinematographers, representing a wide range of specialties and styles. Michael Tcherevkoff A commercial conceptual photographer who has created advertising images for clients including AT&T, Avon, L’Oreal, Revlon, Pfizer, Prescriptives, Valentino, and Bed Bath &...
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