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In this photokina we’ve seen most camera makers making it bigger and better. But not necessarily faster. The new Fuji GFX medium format may be the prime example of that. Both camera makers and lens makers are putting full focus on developing features that relate to photos hard qualities: dynamic range, more megapixels, low light performance. But is this what their customers want?
Haje Jan Kamps over at Techcrunch suggests that workflow speed may be more important to photography consumers than almost anything else. As an example he shows the image above taken by our own John Aldred. Rather than downloading the photo from the card, processing it and uploading, John just snapped an image of the LCD so he can get it out there fast enough.
The transformation tool in Photoshop is quite mighty. You can rotate, flip, stretch, squeeze and distort your selection.
Here is a less known secret: With this little trick you can repeat the last transformation as a copy – so you can build all kinds of complex ornaments, wings and patterns within seconds.
When you get a third party lens, there is a concern that it will not always be compatible with your camera. I mean Canon, Nikon and the likes have no obligation to make their bodies work with third party lenses.
Now Sigma has actually found an incompatibility with some Canon bodies, and issued an incompatibility warning, most notably with the new Canon EOS 5DmkIV, they also released a workaround:
Jibs and sliders have been here for a while and we have seen how the the industry is adjusting from big need-3-crew tools to pocket and travel tools, and I think that the next step in this evolution will be movement tools like the C-Pan arm, tools which are double duty. We had a chat with Bo Christensen the inventor of the C-pan arm.
Back in early 2016 we interviewed IRIX about their new line of wide angle primes. Now we are back with some exclusive news and first sample photos. The good news: IRIX are moving from just Ultrawides to primes. Their first lens which was just announced is the IRIX 45mm f/1.4. You can see that lens in the video, it is quite a big lens, and if it holds up to the previous lenses optics it is going to be very interesting. and definitely form some competition to the Tokinas and Samyangs out there. (head over to our previous interview to see why we think the IRIX is such an exciting lens)
Yi is a definitely a weird company in the camera makers word. While Sony, fuji and the likes are marketing their cameras as part of of a complete life style story, YI is more focused on technical specs and price.
This is how they marketed the YI 4K, and this is their approach with the Mirrorless YI – M1.
We had a quick play with the camera at photokina and the camera is different in some ways from what we have learned to expect from mirrorless cameras. (there will be a full review coming soon too) .
If you own a Flickr account you should probably change your password the minute you read this post. Yahoo says that the data breach occurred in late 2014 and “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers“.
This does not mean that your Flickr password was necessarily stolen (and if it was, it is not that easy to un-hash hashed passwords), but you should probably change your password just to be safe. Especially if this user/password combo is used for more than Flickr.
You can read more about this breach on Yahoo’s FAQ.
P.S. in case you are looking for an alternative, here are some self hosted options for you.
As some of you may recall, one of my very first blog posts (my 4th to be exact), was about compositing. I talk about compositing constantly in many of my posts, because I guess it’s sort of my “thing,” but I figured it was about time to share another of my handy dandy tricks for pulling off convincing composites. So here goes nothing … well I mean here goessomething … it’s compositing tips and tricks for working with different colored lights! Or just faking the colors later. 😉
If you are uploading photos and videos to facebook directly from your phone, you may have noticed that the quality is not on par as the photos you are uploading from your computer. The reason for this is that by default, the facebook app is set to upload low res photos and videos to facebook to save bandwidth and data charges.
If you want your photos and videos uploaded at maximum quality, here is what should should do: