To all photographers out there, keep your eyes wide open and be skeptical to the max. Yet another job scam seems to have appeared, offering you a job to shoot real estate. But of course, there’s a catch, and you could lose your money in an instant if you misread the red flags and fall for it.
Have you ever gone somewhere expecting to take some amazing photos only to get there and be so uninspired you don’t even take your camera out of your bag? It can happen for so many reasons and to most of us at one point or another. The important thing is to not beat yourself up over it but find ways to break through this undesirable condition. Here are a few reasons why it’s happening.
Famous stock photo platform Shutterstock has announced the acquisition of PicMonkey, a web-based image editing and design platform. PicMonkey should be able to offer more content to image editors and illustrators, and Shutterstock expects to increase annual revenues after acquiring PicMonkey for $100 million dollars.
Venus Optics has just announced the new Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 full-frame lens for Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts. Laowa says that it’s the fastest full-frame 35mm lens in the world and the first offer an f0.95 aperture. It provides a 63.4° field of view with “extraordinary shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh”. For the video shooters, they say it provides a long throw on the focus wheel and the aperture can run either clicked or declicked with the flick of a switch.
Photographer Richard Wong has managed to get his hands on one for a bit of a play and has put a video together going over its features and showing off some sample photos shot with it using the Nikon Z6. For the filmmakers, though, it looks like it might have a little more focus breathing than some of you would like. There isn’t a massive amount of focus breathing, but it’s noticeable.
Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban to bring you Ray-Ban Stories, its first pair of “smart glasses.” They combine the recognizable Ray-Ban frames, Facebook technology, and a pair of cameras so you can now share absolutely every moment of your life on social media. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I thought of Snapchat Spectacles, too.
An arresting photograph of a flock of thousands of geese in mid-flight from the point of view of another bird has been announced as the overall winner of the Drone Awards 2021, the main international contest of aerial photography. The award is part of the International Festival of Visual Arts Siena Awards, and the winning images from eight categories will form the exhibition “Above Us Only Sky” in Siena from October 23rd till December 5th 2021.
Sigma has today announced two new lenses in their full-frame mirrorless lineup. First, we have a new 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary with a very attractive $639 price tag. The other is a shorter, wider angle 24mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary lens with an equally impressive price tag. Literally, it’s the exact same price.
Interestingly, today also marks Sigma’s 60th birthday. Yes, the company was established on September 9th, 1961. Sigma has set up a dedicated section on their website to talk about the company’s time in its 60-year history.
OM Digital Services has announced a new lens roadmap for Olympus M.Zuiko lenses apparently scheduled to be released. There aren’t a lot of changes, but there are a couple of interesting new lenses being added, including an ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro and a 40-150mm f/4 Pro.
Olympus already has a 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro and a super low budget 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R. The new f/4 Pro would present an option that sits in between the $199 and $1,499 options, offering a lower budget option but with decent quality. The 20mm f/1.4 Pro fills a nice little hole in their primes lineup in between the 17mm f/1.2 and 25mm f/1.2 Pro lenses.
Most photographers I know, including myself, are brand-loyal. However, it looks like photojournalist Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, is not among them. In this impressively detailed video, Azriel Knight explores all cameras used by different incarnations of Spider-Man, showing us that he’s used Nikon, Canon, and Yashica… so far.