The word from CES 2018 is that Nikon’s upcoming mirrorless will have an entirely new lens mount. At least according to Nikon Rumors. Despite simply being a rumour, I can’t believe that this isn’t true. At least the technical specifications, if not the name, which NR suggest may simply be a working title for the new system. It just makes no sense for Nikon to keep the current F-mount system in a new mirrorless design, even if it is the same full frame as their DSLRs.
Well, GoPro might be out of the drone game, but it looks like challengers are stepping up to take on DJI. First there was Yuneec’s new Typhoon H Plus, and now Autel Robotics have announced their new EVO; A compact folding drone to take the DJI Mavic Pro head on.
Boasting a 30 minute flight time, the EVO contains all the features we’d hope to find in a competitive drone today. Obstacle avoidance with detouring, not just a dead stop. 4K 60fps camera with a stabilised 3 axis gimbal, and intelligent flight modes with object tracking. And for a price of just under $1,000.
We’ve all had those days: you want to take photos, you need to do it, but you feel like the inspiration has deserted you forever. Even a famous photographer Bob Holmes feels like this sometimes. But fortunately, there are ways to overcome it, and he shares his methods with you. These techniques will help you get inspired again and improve your photos in an instant.
The problem with visiting popular tourist destinations is, obviously, other tourists. Anywhere you go that’s pretty and popular is flooded by a stream of other people, too. They’re in your shots and you’re in theirs. There are a couple of ways to get rid of them in post for both stills and video, but they take a lot of extra time.
What if you could do it in-camera? Avoid the other tourists completely? Well, in this video from travel filmmaker Jeven Dovey, you’re going to learn how to do exactly that. It might take you a little longer to get some shots, and you may have to change your approach, but it’s quite easy to make a busy location look empty.
Google’s Art & Culture app has an amusing new feature. If you take a selfie within the app, it finds your look-alike in a work of art. Google compares your face to over 70,000 artworks in their Art Project database and then tries to find your doppelgänger. Sometimes the results are stunningly accurate. But at other times they’re just hilarious.
After banning Terry Richardson, Vogue publisher Condé Nast is cutting ties with another two famous fashion photographers: Mario Testino and Bruce Weber. The reason behind the decision is the same – the photographers have been accused of sexual abuse.
With the #MeToo movement becoming bigger, the number of sexual abuse accusations is rising. And according to recent claims against Weber and Testino, abuse hasn’t affected female models alone. These photographers have been accused of sexual misconduct by male models and assistants.
In December 2017, Bruce Weber was first accused of sexual abuse by a male model who worked with him. As The New York Times writes, fifteen male models who worked with Weber have made accusations so far. They have described a pattern which reportedly included “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior,” often during photo shoots.
More recent claims have been brought against Mario Testino. The alleged sexual abuse goes back to mid-1990s, as The New York Times reports. Thirteen male assistants and models have so far made allegations, describing sexual advances that included “groping and masturbation.”
Both Weber and Testino are defending themselves against the allegations. Testino’s lawyers said in a statement that the models and assistants who made the accusations “cannot be considered reliable sources.” Weber said in a statement from his lawyer that he’s “completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims” against him, and he “absolutely denies” them.
I want to address the recent allegations made against me. I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received. -Bruce Weber
After this series of claims, allegations, and accusations, Condé Nast has crafted new Code of Conduct. Its goal is to make a working environment that is safe and positive for everyone working with the publishers. The guidelines include:
- All models appearing in fashion shoots commissioned by Condé Nast must be 18 years of age or older. The only exceptions will be those appearing as themselves as part of a profile, news story, or similar content, and they will be required to have a chaperone on set at all times.
- Alcohol will no longer be allowed on Condé Nast sets. Recreational drugs are not permitted.
- Photographers will no longer be permitted to use a Condé Nast set for any work that is not commissioned or approved by the company.
- Any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses must be approved in advance by the subject.
Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor of Vogue, has issued a statement regarding the matter. She says that the accusations against the two photographers are “hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront.” According to her, she believes in remorse and forgiveness, but “takes the allegations very seriously.” Therefore, as Vogue writes, Condé Nast has decided to put its collaboration on hold with both Weber and Testino, at least for now.
Foamcore are an incredible asset for work inside and outside the studio, but there is always the question of mounting them. One way is using a reflector arm and another is holding them with pony clamps, there is even a DIY holding solution.
I had always said that I never wanted to shoot weddings as there was just too much pressure to not mess up. Imagine missing the shot of the first kiss, or having a card fail and losing all your footage? Or having to deal with a bridezilla. It all seemed just like way too much stress that I never wanted to put myself through. But I saw a job opening for a company I really admired and figured, since the idea scared me so much, I should probably try it! I got the job and stayed there for two years and boy, did I learn a lot!
Everyone needs to photograph products once in a while.
In this article, I will show you a super easy, low cost, product photography setup that anyone can use to create very high-end looking DIY product photography.
This is one of the coolest DIY camera rigs I’ve seen in quite a while. Created by Chad Bredahl at Krotoflik, the oRIGami camera system is made up of inexpensive camera accessories you might already own. If not, most of them are quite cheap to acquire (under $100 in total if you’re smart). It’s a versatile system that switches from shoulder rig to dolly to fig rig to a whole bunch of other things.