We talked today about film photography and its magic that just can’t be recreated digitally. If you shoot film or you want to try it, there’s a new 35mm film that seems like a real treat. Kosmo Foto’s Agent Shadow is a black and white film perfect for shooting in low light and a real treat for all fans of the Film Noir look.
Facebook has introduced a new research project that’s impressive and scary at the same time. TextStyleBrush uses AI to recreate your handwriting based on a photo of it, as hinted in its very name. And all it needs is a single word and a single photo of it.
China’s Mars rover Zhurong arrived at the Red Planet last month. It has already sent some photos back to Earth, but we all know that selfies are a must when you visit a new place. So, the rover recently also sent back its very first selfie.
Until just a few short years ago, pretty much the only serious player in the game when it photo editing was Photoshop. Sure, there was always GIMP, but it hasn’t ever really been a serious contender (sorry, but it’s true). But in those last few years, we’ve seen quite a few potential hopefuls come up and really eat a chunk of Adobe’s share.
One of the biggest names amongst them has been Affinity Photo, which offers many similar features to Photoshop, but also has a few unique tricks up its sleeve. Tricks that some people wish Adobe would pay attention to and add to Photoshop – at least according to this wish list from the Abbey Esparza at Photo Manipulation.
When it comes to smartphone camera sensors, there are only really two big players. Sony and Samsung. And while Sony might be selling more units, Samsung always seems to be pushing things that little bit further. Or, in this case, smaller. Samsung has announced its new 50-megapixel ISOCELL 2.0 JN1 sensor, boasting smaller pixels than even its 108-megapixel flagship smartphone sensor.
This tiny 1/2.8-inch chip has a pixel pitch of only 0.64μm compared to the slightly larger 0.7μm pixel pitch of Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 108-megapixel 1/1.52-inch sensor. Yet they still manage to pack in their Smart-ISO tech along with the “Double Super PDAF” autofocus system. And it sounds like it’s basically just a drop-in replacement for existing 1/2.8″ devices.
There have been one or two rumours that Sony might be about to introduce a 100mm f/1.4 GM lens. They may not be true, but it would be a great lens for Sony to add to their lineup. Nikon has its 105mm f/1.4 and while there is an FE mount version of Sigma’s 105mm f/1.4 “Bokeh Master” Art lens, it’s essentially still an adapted DSLR lens.
Sony Alpha Rumours has posted what might a possible spec sheet for an upcoming Sony 100mm f/1.4 GM lens – although “spec sheet” would be generous. There’s very little actual information, even if it turns out to be true. But the idea of a native FE mount 100mm f/1.4 by Sony themselves in the form of a GM lens is quite exciting.
DPReview recently had a chance to have a video call and a bit of a chat with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki. In the interview, a number of topics are touched on, including Mr Yamaki’s vision for the future of the company, compatibility with mirrorless camera systems other than L and E mount, and various other things.
One thing briefly spoken about was what’s happening with the long-awaited full-frame Foveon mirrorless camera, initially announced in 2018 and put on indefinite hold in 2020. In March last year, Sigma aiming for a Summer 2021 release, but now a launch might be as late as 2023… But they’re working on it.
YouTube has announced that its short-form video feature, the imaginatively titled Shorts, has been expanded from its initial offering of India and the USA to also cover the UK, Canada and 21 countries in Latin America. Shorts is YouTube’s answer to TikTok, allowing you to upload up-to-60-second videos to your channel in between your regular long-form videos.
The rollout in the UK, Canada and 21 countries in Latin America began a few days ago and is expected to be complete by the end of June. So, some users in those regions will already see the new shorts tab and have the ability to post a short while others will see it pop up over the next few weeks.
Canon released its latest v1.3.2 firmware for the Canon 5D Mark IV on May 27th, bringing with it improved compatibility when connecting your camera to a computer over USB. Canon appears to have pulled the new firmware, though, over “issues” that they have not specified. So, if you haven’t updated your firmware yet, then don’t. If you already have, Canon says there’s no way to revert it back.
The Instagram algorithm is something many of us love to hate. It’s an invisible entity we’ve been trying to beat over and over again to make our content more visible. But the truth is – none of us really know how exactly the algorithm works. Well, the company has finally decided to become more transparent about it and tell us more about how Instagram picks content for its users.