With two new AI-powered features, Instagram is continuing its fight against online bullying. From now on, the platform will guilt-trip everyone who tries to post a nasty comment. At the same time, you will be able to shadowban everyone who bullies you in the comments.
It’s a bummer when someone steals your phone. I’ve experienced it a couple of times and the police weren’t able to do anything. But if the thieves had posted a selfie to my Instagram account, it would have been so much easier to find them. “Why would anyone do that?” you may wonder. Well, one thief did exactly this. He stole an iPhone and he was dumb enough to post a selfie to the victim’s Instagram account.
Earlier this year, Zeiss announced the Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens and it was promoted at Anime Fest in Brno (Czech) this May. After the event, the company tweeted a few photos of a model holding the lens, wearing a Disney-inspired costume of Ariel. However, there was such a backlash from the community, that Zeiss had to issue an apology to everyone who found the photos offensive.
Last week, a cosplay photoshoot involving a large fake rifle caused quite a stir on the public Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay, California. The costumed model was seen carrying the huge replica gun at the beach, and judging from the photos, nothing indicated that it was fake. Some beachgoers reported the photoshoot to the police, and the whole case prompted a public warning from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office.
Shooting through prisms and glass or crystals of all kinds of shapes has become quite popular over the past couple of years. Lensbaby even put out an entire new system recently based on them. But the humble triangular prism is still the most used amongst many photographers who shoot through them.
How long this particular trend will last or whether it’s here to stay, only time will tell. But for right now, for those who use them, they can be awkward to shoot with. They’re smooth and difficult to manipulate in front of your camera. So, photographer and engineer Bhautik Joshi decided to do something about it. He designed a 3D printable holder for them.
This will be an interesting move for Nikon if it turns out to be true, but the word is that the Nikon D6 is going to have in-body image stabilisation. Nikon Rumors first reported on this potential future feature back in April, but now they say that they’ve received a few more specs and interesting bits of information.
Yongnuo has just announced their new YN200 “Speedlite”. Following their tradition of making products that are highly “inspired” by other products made by other companies, this one looks almost exactly like the Godox AD200 – although with some slight differences.
The two main external differences are that the bare bulb appears to be fixed, rather than an interchangeable head like the AD200, and it has a very different looking battery pack which looks like it takes up almost half of the whole rear of the unit.
Readers of this blog know that we are kind of obsessed with color and color perception. Here is a great example of why color can never be an exact science and has a lot do to with your brains and how they perceive color. See if you can tell (without hitting the “read more” button) how many different colors these spheres have.
There’s a new Kickstarter up from a company going by the name of Negative Supply. It’s for the “Film Carrier Mk1”, a 35mm roll film holder for “scanning” with your DSLR or mirrorless camera. Not exactly a new idea, although they think they’ve come up with a new way of doing it.
For those developing their own film, it could be a handy way to get your shots into the computer quickly with the least amount of fuss. They claim it can let you do it in 5 minutes or less. It’s not cheap, though.
A post has popped up on Nikon Rumors suggesting that Nikon is killing off some of their most popular DSLR lines. Specifically, the D3x00 and D5x00 series along with their “Pro” line of DX bodies, currently the Nikon D500. They say that they will “most likely” be replaced by mirrorless models.
It’s a bit of a bummer, although not entirely unexpected, really, and this transition seems mostly limited to their crop DSLRs at the moment. What does surprise me, though, is that they’re not killing off the D7x00 product line.