I don’t think any of us is particularly happy with how we look in our passport pictures: pale, lifeless, and way too serious. You may have wished for a more flattering photo whenever you saw the mess you have in your passport. Instagram influencer Alisha Marie did, but it nearly got her barred from her flight! She shared her hilarious story in a video, and it’s a perfect example of why you should never look “hot” in your passport photos.
Instagram joins the chatbot frenzy, tests its own chatbot
Look who’s trying to stay relevant again by copying features from other apps. You guessed it, it’s Instagram. This time, Meta is testing a chatbot for its “photo” app. Yup, just like the one on Snapchat and the one TikTok is currently testing. Coincidence?
The first Sigma 14mm f/1.4 images have leaked and it’s massive
It’s not much of a surprise that this lens was going to be huge. Just the concept of a 14mm f/1.4 brings up a very large lens in one’s head. But the first photos of Sigma’s upcoming 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art series lens have leaked, courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors.
The new lens is expected to be announced on June 8th at 8am Eastern, and Sigma has set up an online stage event for that date. There’s no word on how much the new lens will cost yet, but as well as the photos, the rumoured specs leaked last month, and they don’t appear to be any different now.
Florence museum wins lawsuit over magazine’s image of David statue
A Florence museum has won a legal case against a magazine publisher that used an image of Michelangelo’s David without permission. An Italian court ruled in favour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses the artwork, due to GQ magazine’s “mortifying and humiliating” cover image.
The statue is 500 years old and out of copyright protection. However, according to Artnet News, Italian law allows the museum to control how images of the artwork are used. The museum is also allowed to demand a reproduction fee.
What is TTL, or through the lens, flash?
When you’re starting out with flash, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Just working out which type of flash you want to use, let alone how to use it, is daunting. One of those questions is TTL or manual? In this article, we take a look at what TTL, or through the lens metering, actually is and how it works. We’ll also go over when TTL is the best option compared to when manual flash is preferable.[Read More…]
Comica CVM-VM30 is the world’s first wireless shotgun mic
Comica has released the Comica CVM-VM30 (buy here), what they claim to be the world’s first wireless shotgun microphone. While there are a number of modules out there that allow you to add wireless capabilities to an existing XLR shotgun microphone, this is a little different. The Comica CVM-VM30 super-cardioid shotgun microphone has a 2.4GHz wireless transmitter unit built-in.
As well as its wireless output capability, the Comica CVM-VM30 also offers analogue output and digital USB audio output. The analogue output isn’t via a balanced XLR socket, though. It’s a 3.5mm socket for plugging straight into your camera. The digital output, on the other hand, lets you plug it straight into your computer or mobile device.
Everything you need to know about science/technology photography
As science and technology become increasingly important in our everyday lives, photographing their many forms becomes just as important. Companies and the media need compelling visuals to communicate messages about them, for everything from smartphones to healthcare and medical research to renewable energy.
How Fujifilm survived while Kodak didn’t
Kodak may still be around today, but it’s a shell of its former self. Founded in 1892, it was once the biggest name in the photography industry. These days, though, it’s mostly propped up by the Hollywood film industry and licensing its name to random products (not always for the better). Popping up slightly later, in 1934, Fujifilm came onto the scene.
While it might not be quite as old as Kodak, both survived similar upheavals in the industry and the onslaught of digital. How did Fujifilm survive when Kodak didn’t? Well, in simple terms, Fujifilm adapted with the times. Kodak, not so much. But here’s Asianometry with an interesting 25-minute documentary that explains it in more detail.
Use these two simple methods to remove skin shine from portraits
Even if your model has flawless skin, if it’s oily or combined, it will create unwanted reflections in your portraits. If you want to get rid of it, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect suggests two solutions: a quick one and a quicker one.
Improved Sun Moon Expert app gets you perfectly timed sun and moon photos
If you plan to take photos with the sun or moon in a specific position, you know how much planning it requires before you even start shooting. MIOPS wants to make it as easy as possible with their new and improved version of the Sun Moon Expert app.
The team has expanded the app’s capabilities to give you as precise and accurate Sun and Moon-related data as possible. So, let’s dive in and see what new features you can expect.
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