For over a week, people in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota have been protesting after a white police officer shot a Black man dead. And what started as a peaceful protest turned into havoc on Friday. On the sixth night of the protest, police officers reportedly targeted photojournalists and other members of the press. They forced them to lie on the ground, photographed their faces and press credentials, and some of them were reportedly even detained.
Light painting with drones has become quite popular over the last couple of years, but it’s still an extremely challenging thing to do. Achieving great results relies on a lot of factors. You need the right exposure for the ambient lit environment, you need the right brightness output on your drone’s lights and you need to fly your drones in just the right path relative to the camera (and at a consistent speed) to get nice clean lines of even colour.
That’s what makes this night sky light painting by Frodo Álvarez (who goes by the name Children of Darklight) so impressive. The video’s in Spanish, so you may need to turn on auto-translate, but he used five drones to create this amazing image of a footballer about to kick a ball, all floating above a football field. Yes, sorry America, this is football to the rest of the world.
This is the final part of a five-part series on the free and open-source Lightroom alternative, Darktable by photographer Chris Parker. Chris didn’t write a post to accompany the fifth video in the series, but we didn’t want to leave the series of posts unfinished, so here we are.
If you missed them, check out parts 1-4, covering Getting started with Darktable, Importing your images into Darktable, Processing your RAW files in Darktable, and Exporting images from Darktable for editing in another application. Another application like GIMP (which is also free and open-source). And that’s what this final video is about.
Last week, Canon rehoused a couple of its old EF lenses into RF cases, but also released something brand new. A macro lens that wasn’t just an old design with an EF to RF adapter bolted on the end, but a whole new design. That lens is the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and it brings with it a new and very unique feature – Spherical Aberration Control.
It’s a ring just behind the focus ring that lets you adjust how the out of focus areas of the scene are rendered within your shot. But what does that mean in the real world? How does it make them look? Well, this video from Canon Europe answers that with some examples from pro macro photographer, Oliver Wright, who’s been using it with the Canon EOS R5.
Last month, the World Photography Organisation treated us with impressive category winners of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. The overall winners have now been announced, too, and it’s a beautiful selection of images from all over the world. Let’s take a look and enjoy them together.
You don’t usually think of wolves as creatures that can catch fish. And until recently, it wasn’t something anybody had ever really considered. It turns out, though, that these animals are even smarter than we previously thought and do indeed know how to hunt and catch fish. Specifically, they know how to take advantage of beaver dams to go after ones that can’t easily escape.
The revelation comes in what Voyageurs Wolf Project calls the “first-ever” camera collar footage from a wild wolf. The researchers trapped and sedated a lone wolf known affectionately as V089 and attached a Vecftronic-Aerospace camera collar to him. It records in 30-second bursts each hour through the daytime for a 7-minute video each day.
ZY Optics, the company behind Mitakon lenses, has released a new range of T1.0 Speedmaster Cine lenses. All three of the lenses at focal lengths of 17mm, 25mm and 35mm are available for Micro Four Thirds. The 35mm is also available in Fujifilm X, Canon RF and Sony E mount as well. Of course, it can only fill the sensor on the two latter brands if it’s Super 35mm or APS-C.
The new lenses are essentially cinema housings for their 17mm f/0.95, 25mm f/0.95 and 35mm f/0.95 photography lenses, with the features one would expect from a cine lens, like a stepless silent geared aperture ring and a smooth geared focus ring with a longer throw and precise scale markings.
This is part four of five in a series. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Now that you’ve completed your editing, you’re ready to share it with the world. But how? Well, the answer lies within this tutorial.
It should be noted that edits to your image are not saved directly to the image file. Instead, the editing data is recorded in darktable’s database and an XMP file if the preference default settings are left unchanged. To share your images, you’ll need to “export” them, and the edits you applied will be included.
If you’re ready to learn how to export your images with darktable… let’s do it!