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Adobe Discards Valuable Metadata When Processing RAW Files

Adobe Discards Valuable Metadata When Processing RAW Files Cameras record a ton of information about the exposure settings of your camera, and these have been standardized into EXIF metadata fields. What few people realize is that metadata is not limited to these standard fields, and your camera is recording far more information than you ever thought possible. Much of this extra data is thrown away when a RAW file is processed because it isn’t decoded by the software that processes the raw data. The resulting image file will only have the standard fields of information like aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lens model, serial numbers, GPS information,...

A Closer Look at the Impossible I-1 Instant Camera

A Closer Look at the Impossible I-1 Instant Camera The Impossible Project made a splash in the world of instant photography last month by announcing the I-1, the first new instant camera for the film format popularized by Polaroid decades ago. The company just released a new 2-minute video that sheds a little more light on how and why the Impossible I-1 came to be: There’s also a series of 3 videos that introduce the I-1 and its various features and functions. First, how to shoot your first photo using the camera: Next, how to properly frame and focus your shots: Finally, a look at some of the other features of the I-1: If...

This Hong Kong Travel Film is Filled with Creative Camera Tricks

This Hong Kong Travel Film is Filled with Creative Camera Tricks Traveling filmmaker Brandon Li has been chronicling his travels around the world over the last several years through short films. His latest one, titled “Hong Kong Strong,” is one that’s filled with creative camera techniques and editing tricks. It’s “a deep dive into the many layers of Hong Kong,” Li writes. “A film about the madness and beauty of this seemingly impossible city in the days leading up to Chinese New Year. And an exploration of my own Cantonese heritage.” Brandon Li “My new travel film features a myriad of experimental...

The Lightroom Develop Preset Creator: Make a Random Look for Your Photos

The Lightroom Develop Preset Creator: Make a Random Look for Your Photos The Lightroom Develop Preset Creator is a new browser-based app that can generate presets with random looks for your photos. If you’ve ever wanted to use random filters in Lightroom, this site can help you do it. The service was created by Allen Serhat, who works full time in information technology but has a huge interest in photography on the side. “I have been interested in photography for a while now learning about different cameras, styles, techniques etc, owning camera from a Canon PowerShot S30 to a 5D Mark III,” Serhat tells PetaPixel. “It wasn’t until...

TinType Portraits of Gun Lovers Used for Target Practice by Their Subjects

TinType Portraits of Gun Lovers Used for Target Practice by Their Subjects Photographer Kari Wehrs wanted to explore gun culture through photography, and she came up with a really interesting way of doing it. First, she took tintype portraits of gun enthusiasts; then she let them use their own portraits for target practice. This project, as with so many photo projects, was born out of curiosity. “I wanted to examine my curiosity about gun culture, the gun as a symbol, and the psychology of the gun,” she tells PetaPixel. So she set up her darkroom tent and tintype gear at target shooting locations in the Arizona desert and started capturing...

Instagram Star Accidentally Posts Paid Sponsor Instructions in Caption

Instagram Star Accidentally Posts Paid Sponsor Instructions in Caption Ever wonder how sponsored posts on Instagram work? Reality TV personality Scott Disick‘s recent Instagram goof up will give you some idea. Instead of posting a surreptitious post with the hashtag #ad hidden somewhere to his 16 million+ followers, he accidentally posted his sponsor’s instructions in the photo caption. We all know that Insta-famous people are paid by brands to place products in their images—this is nothing new. But Disick’s mistake shoved the fact in his fans face and probably upset the sponsor too. He was supposed to post a photo with a Bootea product and...

These Beautiful Photos Highlight the Incredible Diversity of Bees

These Beautiful Photos Highlight the Incredible Diversity of Bees Metallic Green Bee (Augochloropsis metallica) It’s safe to say natural history photographer Clay Bolt is obsessed with North American bees. What began with a few photos in his backyard in South Carolina back in 2014 has turned into a full blown project aimed at helping document the staggering diversity of North American bees. After accidentally photographing two different species of North American bee in his own backyard, Clay began doing some research and learned that there are over 4,000 native bee species in North America. “As I began to do more research, I realized that so...

Nikon is Now Allowing Some Grey-Market Camera Repairs in the US

Nikon is Now Allowing Some Grey-Market Camera Repairs in the US One of the big pitfalls of buying a grey market camera has always been how difficult it is to get them serviced or repaired. If you buy a grey market Nikon D810 and it breaks, you’re stuck. Well… not anymore. According to a report by Nikon Rumors, the Japanese camera giant just added several new models—the D7100, D610, D800, D810, and D4s—to their list of bodies you can get repaired by a Nikon-authorized third party repair center in the US… several of which are happy to repair grey market products. This means grey market camera bodies (Note: grey market cameras are...

Canon 120MP DSLR Shows Off its Stuff at Canon Expo

Canon 120MP DSLR Shows Off its Stuff at Canon Expo Canon announced back in September 2015 that it’s building a 120-megapixel DSLR. This week, at Canon Expo in Shanghai, China, Canon is showing off the capabilities of the camera in an exhibit. Hong Kong-based electronics site DCFever visited the booth and saw the camera in action. In one case was the prototype DSLR, which basically looks like a 5DS-style camera from the outside. What’s interesting is the live demonstration in the exhibit, which has one of the 120MP DSLR’s on a glass table pointed downward at a box filled with different objects. The image from the camera...

Lighting Setup for a Kitchen Portrait Session

Lighting Setup for a Kitchen Portrait Session Complex photo shoots call for complex lighting. That’s why Jay P. Morgan shows us exactly how he sets up his seven different lights for this shoot, which features Jodie Sweetin (of Full House fame) posing as a beauty queen in a disaster kitchen. Here’s how he does it: The idea for this photo shoot began with Sweetin, who says: “I thought it would be something really fun, and I love photography that sort of has great juxtaposition, and great opposition in photographs. So I thought that this would be a fun idea, to have the very glamourous girl in the front and everything...
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