The folks over at Fuji Rumors have come across a Fujifilm patent showing a compact camera with two rear dials that synchronise with a top LCD in order to create a pair of virtual dials that can be assigned to different camera functions. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to the actual patent, so we can’t dig any deeper into Fuji’s thought process behind it, but we can speculate.
It’s not much of a secret that a lot of commercials including food and drinks aren’t really showing you what you think they’re showing you. But this video shows off quite a few “food” photography tricks that I hadn’t seen before. Screwing a pizza down to a wooden board? Who does that?
Anyway, while you do have to be careful using some of these tricks if you’re actually selling the product you’re claiming to show – you don’t want to get into legal trouble with advertising standards authorities – this video does present some very neat tricks indeed.
Researcher Robert Wiblin over at 80,000 Hours spotted something quite interesting about Google Photos recently. He noticed that privately shared links became publicly accessible. He told some friends who use Google Photos and they didn’t believe him. After all, why would Google allow such an oversight? Surely if you’re sharing privately with a specific person, then only that person can see it, right?
Apparently not. After doing a little digging, Robert was able to demonstrate that these privately shared links are publicly accessible from any Google account, or even if you’re not logged into Google at all – as shown when he was able to access a “private” shared link from an Incognito browser window.
It’s Amazon Prime day again, although I’m not sure the name’s entirely accurate now as it seems to be lasting for two days. But we’re going to be keeping our eyes out for deals on Amazon Prime today and tomorrow for photographers and filmmakers. So, keep checking back, as this list will grow throughout the event.
Maybe you’ll see something you’ve been after for a while at a bargain price, or perhaps something you hadn’t considered will catch your eye! And if you’re not a Prime member, don’t forget that B&H is running some sales right now, too.
Weird cameras are just the best, aren’t they? And they don’t get much weirder than this. Researchers at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have published a paper detailing a tiny camera that sees the world the way a shrimp and some insects see it. That is, in polarised light.
Polarisation is essentially the directions in which light waves travel. And this polarisation camera shows us those directions in a rainbow of colours, with the visible light removed. The technology’s been around for a while, although not at this sort of small scale. It opens up a lot of new applications for using such cameras.
It’s a common complaint of wedding photographers and happy couples alike. Although, with the latter, it’s typically after the wedding when they see how many of their friends and relatives have ruined the paid photographer’s shots by standing in the way with smartphones and even iPads to get snaps of their own. Fortunately, more couples are speaking out and going “unplugged”, but word hasn’t spread to everybody yet.
For photographer Hannah Mbalenhle Stanley of Hanna Way Photography, she faced one iPhone too much recently and posted a rant to Facebook expressing her thoughts. It’s since been shared over 150,000 times, with over 140,000 reactions and has left commenters divided.
The LED panel and LED Bowens mount are both familiar form factors of LED lights. In the last two years, we are seeing a third type of LEDs enter the market – the Mat LED, A.K.A Flex-LED. Essentially it is very similar to an LED panel, only instead of the LEDs being mounted to a rigid surface, they are placed on a flexible mat, hence the name – Flex light.
The Soonwell FB21 is the last member to enter this family. It is conveniently priced at $428.00, which is by far on the low end of flex LEDs. Well, at least compared to the similarly sized $1,199.90 Westcott Flex. Here are our thoughts:
Ahead of the Amazon Prime Day sales, B&H is offering some big savings on select Sony, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic cameras and lenses, with instant discounts of up to $1,000. We’ve had a look through their current specials to find the best deals with the biggest savings for photographers and filmmakers.
Including hands in the frame when shooting portraits can add to the story and make your portraits more appealing. But if you don’t pose them properly, they are rather a nuisance than useful addition to your image. In this video, Miguel Quiles shares ten useful things for posing hands in portraits to make the best out of your photos.