Sigma Corporation has made an announcement that will make all Lightroom users thrilled. Their new Sigma SD Quattro H is available for sale, and it comes with improvements that will finally let photographers edit RAW files in Lightroom. [Read more…]
David Hobby, aka “The Strobist“, was the original Internet trailblazer when it came to using small hotshoe flashes. At least, if you wanted to use them for more than just giving your subject red eye. Inspiring photographers to get their speedlights off the hotshoe, David created a free Lighting 101 course way back in 2006.
I learned so much from that first course. So, when David released Lighting 102 the following year, I dived right in. Speedlight technology and variety has come a long way since 2007, so David updated Lighting 102 this year to reflect some of those changes. Now, David has announced an all new Lighting 103 course coming in January 2017, which takes things even further.
This year has been tough on GoPro. Shortly after they had to recall their Karma drones, GoPro is shrinking. They recently announced that they are about to cut 15% of their overall workforce in order to cut operational costs. The company’s been operating at a loss and they decided to take radical measures to get back on track. A few days after this announcement, GoPro launched a new product for HERO5 and HERO4 users.
Nature and wildlife lovers from all corners of the globe can now vote in one of the most prestigious photo contest in the world – Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The Natural History Museum published a shortlist of 25 photos for 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. And it sure was a difficult task – they had to choose from almost 50,000 photos from 95 countries.
The photos they chose cover different styles. You can see breathtaking moments from everyday life of wild animals, or their captivating portraits. There are also surreal and abstract details of flora and fauna. The jury had a difficult task of choosing 25 photos, and you may also find it difficult to choose only one to vote for.
There is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of Pirelli. Even us who can’t drive have heard of this tire brand – thanks to their famous calendar.
The company dates back to 1872, but the calendar was created in 1962. The sales had dropped, and they needed something to boost it. At that time, sexy girlie calendars were very popular among car manufacturers and mechanics. So Pirelli decided to create a calendar with semi-undressed women, but to raise it on a higher level. They hired fashion models and famous photographers – and the rest is history. For years, the calendar has been almost synonymous with soft porn. But they chose a different approach for 2016 and 2017 calendars. Instead of objectifying women, they empowered them.
One of the most popular open source, multi-platform media player applications in the world has now added 360° photo and video support. This makes it the first major video player to add such support to the desktop. VLC’s developers, non-profit organisation, VideoLan, teamed up with Giroptic, a 360 HD Camera company to develop the technology.
The software plays 360 degree videos right out of the box, at the moment only for Windows and Mac. VLC 3.0 will merge the functionality onto each of the platforms on which VLC player is available. Which means Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. YouTuber, Epoka e re posted up a sample of the software in action.
Question: can AI vision systems from Microsoft and Google, which are available for free to anybody, identify NSFW (not safe for work, nudity) images? Can this identification be used to automatically censor images by blacking out or blurring NSFW areas of the image?
Sigma announced that they were jumping into the world of cinema in a big way at the beginning of September. Last month, they announced pricing and availability for the first two cine lenses in the range to be released. These are the 18-35mm T2.0 and 50-150mm T2.0, both due to start shipping in just under two weeks.
To show off their capabilities, Sigma have produced the 15 minute short film “Blur”. Shot entirely with the pair of Super 35mm (APS-C) zoom lenses, on the Arri Amira, it’s a touching story. A boy’s slightly weird father, seen by his friends as the “cool dad”, is obsessed with his camera. His photographs aren’t very good, but he keeps shooting.
This has to be one of the strangest images I’ve seen for a while. Somebody kneeling at a table littered with cameras, lenses, drones and other photography related equipment. At first it appears to be some sort of photography cult that worships camera gear. Like a form of extreme GAS. But that’s not quite what this photograph represents.
It was posted to Facebook by Witsanu Deetuam. As I understand it, in Thai culture, respect is is vitally important. This respect is regularly shown to teachers and educators who positively benefit their lives. Also the tools which have the same result. In this case, the cameras that allow them to participate in the act of photography, and earn an income from it.
Anybody who’s ever ordered anything substantial from B&H will likely, at some point, receive a printed catalogue. This is essentially an inch thick (or bigger) 300+ page book featuring every product in B&H’s inventory. I’ve received them myself in the past. It started after ordering my first “Pro” lens. I didn’t ask for them, and after receiving the second I wanted no more.
Having to throw them out is a terrible waste, and not throwing them out when a new one arrives is simply taking up space on the shelf that could be otherwise better used. There is an easy way to stop the printed catalogues from showing up regularly on your doorstep, though. All you need do is simply fill in this form on the B&H website.