This is the new Huawei P20 Pro smartphone, which boasts what the manufacturers claim is the best ever smartphone camera. Actually, a combination of three sensors with individual lenses, a 40 megapixel (yes!) 1/1.7 inch colour sensor (significantly larger than the 1/2.9 sensor in the iPhone X), a 20 megapixel monochrome sensor (both these sensors are approximately equivalent to a full-frame 27mm lens) and a 8 megapixel 80mm equivalent lens for zooming.
So, you have this great idea, it completely occupies your mind and you can’t wait to start working on it. And then it hits you, or someone tells you: “It’s already been done before.” It’s highly demotivating and I believe it has happened to all of us. Zach Ramelan suggests you take this saying and throw it out the window, and gives you some reasons why you should work on your idea even if it’s already been done before. If you’re looking for some motivation, this video might be the right thing to watch right now.
I’m a firm believer that every space has a story to tell. Not every space (or story) is going to be glamorous or elegant; some places may be dated, downright trashy, or even worse, super boring withpe no personality (think of all those beige rooms in early 90s mcmansions…). But I think there is a concept for every space if you can stretch your imagination.
After Effects is probably my favourite tools in the Adobe Lineup. Essentially, it is for video what Photoshop is for stills. It has a whole lot of very powerful features to let you animate, composite, and otherwise manipulate your video footage. It also lets you do motion graphics, camera tracking, and a host of other cool things. But it can be a little overwhelming at first.
This new course from motion graphics artist Roland Hartmann (graphicINmotion) will help to introduce you to the application gently. It guides you through the whole process from first loading and setting essential preferences to rendering out your final video. And, it’s completely free.
Flags, nets, and silks can help you control lighting in a variety of ways. You can shape, cut and diffuse light, and get much more control over your images. In this great video tutorial, Jay P Morgan shows you all the tricks you can do with different flags in order to shape light in your photos.
Capture One seems to be growing rapidly in popularity. Since Adobe’s decision to split Lightroom up into multiple products, and ditch the perpetual license they promised would be around forever, more and more are making the switch to Capture One. Now they’ve announced the first major update to Capture One 11 with an 11.1 release. It offers workflow improvements for bulk editing, as well as support for a lot of recent camera & lens releases.
The popularity of small instant prints is back on the rise. And it’s rising at a pretty surprising rate. New instant cameras have come out to satisfy this trend, such as the Fuji Instax, and even Polaroid is launching new ones. But with more people than ever shooting snaps with their phones, small instant mobile photo printers seems to be where it’s at.
With that in mind, Canon has now launched the Ivy. It’s a mini photo printer, not much bigger than a smartphone, which makes 3×2 prints from your mobile device. It’s available in several colours, works with both iOS and Android, and doesn’t use any ink.
A new wide-angle zoom lens from Venus Optics is soon joining their line-up. As the reports say, they should launch Laowa 10-18mm f/3.5-4.5 in May current year. The lens will be designed for full frame cameras, and there are already some specs leaked.
A walk on the trash mountains
My eyes are filled with tears, because of the smoke. The plastic-particles in the air are itching in my lungs. I am climbing this mountain with my two friends. The ground under my shoes feels funny. It softly cushions my steps, like fresh and loose soil, but I also tangle my feet every now and then. It is an awkward mass, this mountain of pressed trash. It consists of very different material and yet is an entity. A mountain of poison. Not only for the body, but also for the soul. And everywhere pigs! I think I have never seen so many pigs walking freely in the wild. Is that appropriate husbandry? I somehow start to understand, why some religions do resist to eat pork. If, by eating pigs, I eat what pigs ate, then abandoning might be a better choice.