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Sony Mirrorless Cameras Still Eat Stars

Sony Mirrorless Cameras Still Eat Stars Sony recently released firmware v.4.0 for its a7S II and a7R II mirrorless cameras. The announcement that this firmware version “Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is off” raised hopes for many photographers that Sony had at last addressed the issues caused by their automatic smoothing of all exposures of 4 seconds or longer, sometimes referred to as the “Star Eater” effect because of the way that it removes stars in astrophotography images. A Fraught History The background to this story provides an interesting illustration of the sometimes rocky...

This Smartphone Treat Holder Helps You Shoot Pet Portraits

This Smartphone Treat Holder Helps You Shoot Pet Portraits Getting the perfect portrait of your pooch or cat looking into your camera can be challenging. Pets aren’t the most patient models, but a Los Angeles-based company called Paw Champs has found a way to make them hold a pose for a few moments longer. The company has created the Flexy Paw, which is a simple bendable arm that clips on to your phone at one end, and your pet’s favorite treat or toy at the other. The arm is reminiscent of Joby’s GorillaPod line. The arm is completely flexible, allowing you to position the treat above either the front or rear camera of your phone,...

This Powerful New Apple Ad is About Photos and Memories

This Powerful New Apple Ad is About Photos and Memories It’s not a new feature, but today Apple has released a new cinematic commercial for its ‘Memories’ feature of the Photos app on iOS devices. It’s poignant look at the power of photography in helping us enjoy memories. In this short film, an elderly archivist browses through old images, carefully putting together slides and collections of photos. Once he’s happy with his work, he loads it up onto an old projector. As the projection bursts into life, the iOS software takes over and a slideshow appears. This approach is different to Apple’s...

Instagram Rolls Out Archives to Let You Hide Embarrassing Old Photos

Instagram Rolls Out Archives to Let You Hide Embarrassing Old Photos As previously reported during its initial testing phase, Instagram has rolled out a new feature which allows you to archive and hide photos from your feed. Head into the options menu on a photo and you’ll see the new ‘Archive’ tool. This puts your photo in a private collection which only you have access to, a fact that Instagram hopes will stop users from deleting content entirely. Crucially, you’re also able to restore photos from the archive, slotting them back into place in the chronological order that they originally appeared in. Your followers...

This is What a Lighting Assistant Boot Camp Looks Like

This is What a Lighting Assistant Boot Camp Looks Like The Bangkok, Thailand-based production company VS Service recently held a training camp for interns. Among the things the trainees were tasked with was setting up C-Stands with a flag. This short video posted by VS Service of a “first test” shows what a lighting assistant boot camp looks like: VS Service has been in the film industry for over 25 years now. The Hollywood films it has worked on include The Beach, Tomorrow Never Die, Rambo IV, American Gangster, and The Hangover Part II. (via VS Service via DIYP) [via...

Schlieren Photography Lets Us See an Invisible World

Schlieren Photography Lets Us See an Invisible World Have you ever wondered what a gale-force sneeze would look like if you could see air currents, temperature gradients, and differences in pressure and composition of the air? Or, less disgustingly, the strike of a match? This fascinating 6-minute video demonstrates Schlieren photography, which makes the invisible visible. Schlieren photography is an interesting optical technique that allows you to see how air moves. In this video by Veritasium, the setup required to create the effect is shown. It involves a light source pointed at a concave mirror, which reflects the light back to a...

A Look at Google’s $20 Photo Book in a Hands-On Review

A Look at Google’s $20 Photo Book in a Hands-On Review Expanding into its ever-growing range of products and services, Google is now offering photo books. They’re competitively good value, and in this quick video review we get a glimpse at what they’re all about. At the moment, these 9″ x 9″ inch photo books are available for just $ 20 for 20 pages, and $ 0.65 for each additional page. In the 2-minute video by photographer Adley Haywood, he points out the immediate obvious quality of the product. It’s hardback, with what he reports to be high quality printing, especially considering the cost of the book. In...

Interviews with Photographers Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon in 1999

Interviews with Photographers Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon in 1999 Buried in the depths of the Internet, these two interviews from 1999 with some very famous names in photography might just give you the inspiration you need for your next shoot. Appearing on the Charlie Rose interview show on PBS, Annie Leibovitz gives an insight into a new book she was releasing at the time: Women. “I’ve never been that interested in the technical end as much as I’ve been interested in how important it is to see – and how you see,” says Leibovitz. Annie is known for photographing some of the biggest household names in the world, and has herself become a...

Review: Is the New Microsoft Surface Pro for Photographers?

Review: Is the New Microsoft Surface Pro for Photographers? The soul of an image is not always visible in what the viewer sees, but lives in what the photographer experienced. Uneducated eyes are often all too quick to criticize a black and white image by Henri Cartier-Bresson, without taking into account what he had to create with, and the cutting edge that his work represented in the early 1900’s. In a way, the arts have led technology and often the two support one another in modernization. For me, the realization of this has grown stronger when I began using the new Surface Pro from Microsoft. About a year ago I wrote a post talking about my...

Don’t Mind the Gap: Why Are We Now Photoshopping School Portraits?

Don’t Mind the Gap: Why Are We Now Photoshopping School Portraits? There is something amiss with the photo above. I’m not talking about the missing teeth on the left — that’s the correct photo. The problem is the photo on the right. Surely we have lost the plot when we start Photoshopping an 8-year-old’s gappy grin. Arriving home from work yesterday, my excitement at finally receiving the boys’ school photos was quickly replaced by bewilderment. As I looked at the photos of our eldest, I thought to myself: “I didn’t realize he still had teeth when the photos were taken”. In the world of a primary school mum, and one whose term two...
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