As we have seen after Gatwick and Heathrow incidents, drones can cause major chaos when flying near airports. The latest incident happened at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Drone sightings suspended the airport for an hour this morning, delaying over 100 flights.
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1X is being billed as Olympus’ new fast action sports and wildlife camera. So, photographer Matt Higgs took one out for a spin in the snowy Bavarian Forest national park in Germany to see how well it handled photographing wolves, lynx and various other wildlife.
In this video, Matt walks us through the features of the camera, how to use them, and the images he created on his trip while using the camera along with Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 IS Pro lens.
Well, this will come as a bit of a shock, especially to all of those people who decided to skip Photokina this year in order to attend the next scheduled Photokina in May 2019. The German Photo Industry Association (PIV) has now decided that there will be no Photokina 2019. Instead, the new annual show cycle will begin in 2020 – just like many of us suggested they should’ve done from the beginning.
In November 2017, an SJCAM HD 1080P action camera washed up on the shores of Süderoog, a tiny island off the coast of Germany. A man picked it up and after a long online search, the camera was reunited with the owner.
What makes this story especially interesting is that the camera filmed its own disappearance. It was wrapped in a waterproof housing, which meant that the memory card was still intact when the camera was stranded on the shore at Süderoog. The photos and videos show that it belonged to a young boy who lost it while he was exploring a beach. And apparently, his camera crossed 350 miles to find its way to Germany.
Photokina is the highlight of many photographers calendars. It’s the largest photography trade event in the world. It’s so big, that it only happens once every two years, in Cologne, Germany. But that is all set to change. Photokina is now becoming an annual event. DIYP went to the last Photokina in September 2016. The next one is still scheduled September 2018. But after that, we won’t have to wait two years.
Not only is it turning into an annual event, but as of 2019, it’s also shifting to much earlier in the year. Traditionally, Photokina has been held in September, but after September 2018, we only have to wait a mere 8 months for the next Photokina in May 2019. And it’ll happen annually in May each year from that point forward.
The worst fear of most photographers is having their equipment stolen. Yes, it’s “only gear”, and yes you should insure it, but you grow attached to it. You get used to its little quirks that let you bring out the best in it. Even if it is insured, you have to wait, sometimes for weeks, cameraless until they pay up. And any images that might be on memory cards in those cameras will still be gone forever.
So imagine then, after having your equipment stolen to then actually have it returned to you. That’s exactly what happened to one Troisdorf based photographer. Reunited with her bag at a police station near Bonn, she got very emotional. The reunion was recorded on camera and posted to Facebook by German broadcaster WDR.
It’s long been known that Facebook strips the metadata from photographs and other images that are uploaded. I’ve never seen an official answer from Facebook as to why they do this, but the leading theory seems to be one of privacy. With 136,000 images being uploaded to Facebook every single minute, that’s a lot of potential GPS and other private information. But it does also total up to a lot of potentially wasted storage space, too.
Photographers have moaned against the removal of metadata for a while, but German photographers association, Freelens, and specifically, Freelens executive committee member and Berlin photographer, Rainer Steußloff has challenged this practice in court. The ruling came in a few days ago, and the photographer won. It is now illegal for Facebook to strip metadata in Germany.
It’s no secret that many couples these days capture intimate photos during their relationship, but what should happen with those photos once the couple breaks up?
In a decision that could criminalize millions of men (and some women), a German judge ruled that a man must delete nude photos of his ex-girlfriend.
According to the ruling, the ex-boyfriend, a photographer, no longer has the right to possess nude photos or videos or the woman as her consent expired when the relationship came apart.
It’s important to note that the man did not intend to share the photos a la ‘revenge porn’, but the ruling could have a major impact on preventing such cases.
Despite being as important as the camera body, lenses seem to get less attention.
Sure some extremely large or expensive lenses are mentioned every once in a while, but looking back how much do you really know about lenses? Not that much I assume, but you probably know who invented the first camera and at least a few milestones in its history.
Here to level the playing field is John Hess from Filmmaker IQ, with a 25-minute long video covering the history of the lens from its early beginning as a fire starting tool to the modern designs common today.
The video is a bit scientific at times, but it includes a bunch of interesting tidbits about lens and their development.
Watch the video below to learn when and how the anti-reflective coating was developed, when fast prime lenses came to be and why Japanese companies dominate the photographic market.
The general public has no real way of accurately knowing how camera sales compare with each other and while the feeling was that Sony’s mirrorless cameras are becoming extremely popular in certain regions, there is now confirmation that this is in fact correct.
According to Michael Schielhlen, a Senior Director at Zeiss, Sony sold more interchangeable lens cameras during the month of August than Canon and Nikon in Germany.