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500px Acquired by VCG, the Getty Images of China

500px Acquired by VCG, the Getty Images of China 500px has been acquired by Visual China Group (VCG), the Beijing, China-based photo and media agency that’s known as “the Getty Images of China.” VCG announced today that its subsidiary VCG Hong Kong has acquired 100% of 500px shares. VCG previously led a $ 13 million funding round in 500px back in July 2015, becoming 500px exclusive distributor of images in China, and in October of that year 500px announced an expansion into China with its new website, 500px.me. The 500px team 500px was founded in Toronto, Canada, back in 2009, and the service was seen as an upstart...

The Eternal Struggle of Picking the Perfect Camera Bag

The Eternal Struggle of Picking the Perfect Camera Bag xckd‘s comic today is titled “Backpack Decisions.” Though it’s not geared directly at photographers, it accurately shows the eternal struggle photographers have in finding just the right camera bag to meet every one of their many needs. (via xkcd via Reddit) [via...

Do NOT Do This to Iconic Landmarks

Do NOT Do This to Iconic Landmarks New York-based photographer Felix Kunze was recently visiting the iconic Lion’s Head mountain in Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa, when he came across this sight at his favorite rock in a well-known lookout: a group of people had decided to scribble their full names into the rock that’s featured in countless photos. “Let’s find the vandals that were STUPID enough to inscribe their full names into a rock at the top of Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town,” Kunze writes in a Facebook post. “I’m filing a police report but PLEASE share...

A Photographer’s Review of LASIK: The Ultimate Upgrade?

A Photographer’s Review of LASIK: The Ultimate Upgrade? Like pretty much all photographers, I rely very heavily on my eyesight, not only for shooting but also image processing. Being a professional photographer, my life quite literally depends on my ability to see. Therefore, the idea of having my eyes cut open, lasers pointed at them, and then have them stitched back together is sort of a terrifying thing to think about. I contemplated for years whether I should get the surgery or not; part of me was tired of constantly having to shoot through my glasses, but the other part of me was terrified of damaging my vision. After years of contemplation,...

A Fully Loaded $14,000 iMac Pro vs. a Fully Loaded $6,000 iMac

A Fully Loaded $14,000 iMac Pro vs. a Fully Loaded $6,000 iMac Is it worth upgrading to the latest fully loaded iMac Pro, which will cost you $ 14,000? Filmmaker Parker Walbeck recently went hands-on to find out. Here’s his interesting 4-minute video review that looks at the speed comparisons between a fully loaded iMac Pro and a fully loaded $ 6,000 iMac. The review shows side-by-side comparisons of each computer running a number of tasks. First off, Walbeck tests playback speeds of RED 8K footage. The iMac Pro plays back flawlessly at real speed while the iMac had to have the resolution reduced to 1/8th to see the same smooth...

Microsoft Photos Companion: Easily Transfer Photos from Phone to PC

Microsoft Photos Companion: Easily Transfer Photos from Phone to PC Microsoft has launched a new app called Photos Companion that allows you to easily transfer photos from your smartphone straight to your Windows 10 PC. The app removes the need for cloud syncing or connecting to your computer using a cable as it transfers photos and videos via a Wi-Fi network. For it to work, both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. You can then scan a QR code that is shown on your computer with the app on your phone, linking the two devices together. The pairing action will have to be repeated for each session, as it won’t permanently link two devices...

Hands-On with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art ‘No Distortion’ Lens

Hands-On with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art ‘No Distortion’ Lens For Canon and Nikon shooters looking to get a fast ultrawide, the choices in the past have been the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC. Or, go with an f/4 lens and get the Canon 11-24mm or Sigma 12-24mm. Sigma has now joined the mix with its own 14-24mm f/2.8, and we got a chance to use it for a few days to see how it performed. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (left), Tamron 15-35 f/2.8 (center), and Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 (right). Like many of Sigma’s other Art lenses, the 14-24mm is a substantial hunk of glass. The build quality feels great, the focus and zoom...

Did this Photographer ‘Try’ to Get the Shot, or Did He Nail It?

Did this Photographer ‘Try’ to Get the Shot, or Did He Nail It? Vanity Fair contributor Joanna Robinson raised the ire of photographers with this tweet regarding an image taken of figure skater Adam Rippon by Getty Images photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos. Robinson later clarified her position as a misinterpretation, but putting the nuance of language aside, how successful is this image? Oh gosh some people are taking this tweet very much the wrong way. I meant nothing but support and admiration for the photo and poor choice of words may have made it seem otherwise. Anyway. Hooray for gorgeous skating and impressive photography....

I Was a Homeless Teen Who Became an Award-Winning Wedding Photog

I Was a Homeless Teen Who Became an Award-Winning Wedding Photog My name is Carsten Schertzer, and I’m a wedding photographer. My life right now is spent hopping from one wedding venue to the next, but it wasn’t always that way… I picked up my first camera when I was 11 years old. I was completely enamored by the skateboarding culture and industry photographers at the time. I dreamed of photographing skateboarding for a living and tried relentlessly to make it in the skateboarding industry. By the time I was 16, I dropped out of high school and was living on the streets of southern California. I was sleeping in public parks and...

Full-Frame Shootout: Sony a7R III vs. Nikon D850 vs. Canon 5D IV

Full-Frame Shootout: Sony a7R III vs. Nikon D850 vs. Canon 5D IV Want to see how popular full-frame cameras from Sony, Nikon, and Canon stack up? Here’s a 20-minute comparison video from Dan and Sally Watson that looks at the differences between the Sony a7R III, Nikon D850, and Canon 5D Mark IV. The video runs through pretty much all questions you might have about the cameras, covering everything from ISO handling to video. For usability, the LiveView showing up in the viewfinder of the Sony A7R III is a major plus point for Sally. Dan agrees, pointing out that the Nikon D850 is the weakest when it comes to LiveView usability. For regular...
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