Indian photojournalist for Reuters, Danish Siddiqui, was killed on Friday while on assignment in Afghanistan. He was reportedly “covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan,” when he got caught in a crossfire.
We’ve all seen or been involved in different kinds of scams. Reddit user snarko7 draws our attention to a collaboration offer targeted at photographers that may be one of them. Although it will cost you only $14 if you fall for it, there’s a lesson behind it. It will help you if anything similar happens to you, with more money involved.
Launched in 2017, Google’s Backup and Sync app was its way of tying your desktop computer or laptop into Google Drive and Google Photos so that you could, as the name suggests, back stuff up and sync the data on your devices. That application is now being retired in favour of a new “Drive for Desktop” app. Backup and Sync will stop working completely this year, and the rollout of the new Drive for Desktop app has already begun.
It’s probably not much of a surprise. Google’s cloud stuff is always “evolving” despite what a pain it can often be for its users and it’s already changed Photos around quite a bit lately. The new Drive for Desktop application offers a couple of perks over the existing app, although some are only available if you’re part of a team.
The odds of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 500,000. But what are the odds of taking a selfie at the exact moment that happens? When a UK woman whipped out her phone to take a photo of herself and her two siblings, the trio got struck by lightning the moment she pressed the shutter. Thankfully, they all survived and ended up with a selfie you definitely don’t see every day.
Sigma has always been a popular company for long zoom lenses from the original 50-500mm f/4-6.3 “Bigma” to the expensive and comically large 200-500mm f/2.8. But the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports series lens has been hotly anticipated in Sigma’s current transition from DSLR lenses to mirrorless lenses.
The “DN” designation on the new lens denotes that it’s been designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. Now, some of the specs for the new lens have leaked. And it appears that it will be compatible with the Sigma TC-1411 and TC-2011 teleconverters!
We’ve seen so much gear delayed during 2020 and 2021 that it’s not even a surprise any longer. The coronavirus pandemic has turned everything upside down, and electronic chip production and supply have also been affected. But this hasn’t only caused the delays we’ve seen so far. It has also led to issues like fake parts and increased prices, according to the latest reports.
While there are dozen of meteor showers every year, the Perseids is the best one. And it’s right around the corner, peaking mid-August with up to 100 meteors per hour. So, if you’re up for some night sky photography, now is the right time to get ready to shoot this spectacular sight.
If this is true, it’ll certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. According to a report on Canon Rumors, Canon is working on a full-frame RF mount mirrorless camera with an intended price point of less than $800 (presumably $799). This sounds pretty extreme, given the average cost of full-frame mirrorless cameras today, but is it really?
The Canon EOS RP was $1,299 when it was initially launched and was, at the time, the cheapest full-frame mirrorless camera you could buy. Now that it’s dropped to $999 it matches the current new price of the Sony A7 II. So, it kind of makes sense that Canon wants to target a more entry-level full-frame market.
Competition is fierce in the social media world, both between major platforms and people who use them. As an attempt to fight competition, Facebook plans to invest $1 billion in influencers as an incentive for using its platforms.
Instagram is testing a new “Reshare” feature for adding the posts you like to your Stories. It sounds like this will make sharing easier, right? Well, no – it’s actually made to make it harder and more complicated.