Shootout: Comparing 17 Photography Lighting Modifiers


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With the huge range of lighting modifiers available–umbrellas, beauty dishes, soft boxes, octaboxes, and on and on and on—it can be hard for a first time buyer to understand the differences and decide how to best spend their money. Photographer Scott Choucino to the rescue.

Choucino is primarily a food photographer under the moniker TinHouse Studio, and he’s amassed a large number of modifiers in his little warehouse. So rather than let them sit and languish, he decided to put together a shootout video that compares each of the modifiers, side-by-side, using the same exact portrait setup and model.

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Aputure Unveils Extremely Powerful LS 600d with 600W of ‘Raw LED Power’


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Aputure unveiled a prototype of its most powerful continuous light yet at IBC 2019. With just a touch of fanfare, the company reveled the LS 600d LED light, which will boast “600 watts of raw LED power” according to Aputure President Ted Sim.

The Aputure LS 600d will be the big brother to the current LS 300d II, and it promises to be absolutely blinding at full power—600W of LED output is equivalent to about 4.5-5K watts of tungsten output. According to Cinema5D, who was there to see the light in person, this will make the LS

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New Patent Gives Us a Detailed Look at Canon’s Upcoming IBIS Unit


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A recently unearthed patent purports to show, in detail, exactly how Canon plans to improve on sensor-based in-body image stabilization for its upcoming full-frame mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.

The patent application was uncovered by the folks over at Canon News, and it’s detailed enough to believe that this is the unit we’ll be seeing in future Canon EOS R cameras, and possibly DSLRs. As CN explains, Canon is doing its best to make its IBIS unit as precise and powerful as possible:

They are looking to create high efficiency in the movement force, and to improve the linearity of

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Photographer Captures Rare Yosemite Falls Rainbow Phenomenon


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In 2017, Utah-based landscape photographer Greg Harlow captured a rare and beautiful phenomenon in Yosemite National Park. Standing at Glacier Point, he was able to capture Yosemite Falls “turning into” a rainbow: a phenomenon that only happens at certain times of year and under certain circumstances.

Harlow captured real-time video, time-lapse, and photographs of the event from his vantage point using a 200mm lens. You can see the real-time footage above, and the time-lapse footage below:

Finally, here is a full-frame still photo from the same shoot:

Sony a7R IV is Still a ‘Star Eater’ After a Certain Shutter Speed: Report


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If you were hoping that Sony had finally completely removed the long-exposure noise reduction that causes its high-resolution a7R cameras to “eat stars,” you’re going to be disappointed. According to Jim Kasson, the Sony a7R IV eats stars to about the same degree as the a7R III.

Over on his blog, Kasson posted dark field spectra results for the Sony a7R IV at 1/8000 of a second, 2.5 seconds, and 3.2 seconds. The dark field spectra for each color “plane” at 1/8000 and 2.5 seconds look mostly flat: in other words, the way

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Monogram Launches Editing Console with More Control and ‘Orbiter’ Disc


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Monogram (the artist formerly known as Palette Gear) has just launched a powerful new editing console on Kickstarter. The Monogram Creative Console and compatible modules are more compact, while giving users more creative control; and a new “Orbiter” module was specially designed for ultimate color grading control.

Many photographers swear by the modular Palette console for their post-processing workflow, and the Monogram Creative Console promises to be all of that and more. Like the old Palette Gear console, it’s also modular, consisting of a master console that can be combined magnetically with any number of sliders, dials, express keys,

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Winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Revealed


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The Royal Observatory Greenwich has revealed the winners of the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, and as always, the winning images are spectacular.

This year, the competition received over 4,600 entries that were captured in 90 countries across the globe. The judges had the unenviable task of identifying a winner, runner up, and highly commended image for each category, a winner for the Robotic Scope category, and a winner for the new Sir Patrick Moore prize for Best Newcomer category (they ended up selecting two). From there, they had to whittle it down further, selecting just

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Opinion: The Problem with Many of the ‘Photographers’ on YouTube


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Professional event photographer and photography teacher Mik Milman recently published a video that’s bound to receive some mixed reactions. In it, Milman laments the dearth of experience of many photographers who pass themselves off as “experts” on YouTube, earning thousands of followers and possibly misleading beginners by offering bad advice and unqualified critiques.

Controversial as the topic might be, Milman does a good job of keeping the video from turning into a “get off my lawn” rant. He’s simply pointing out that people should be wary of all of the folks passing themselves off as “experts” on social media. A

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$10 ‘E Release’ Firmware Doubles the Range of Your PocketWizard Triggers


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PocketWizard has just released a major firmware upgrade for its Plus III and Plus IV triggers (more to come) that you absolutely want to check out. It’s called “E Release,” and it more than doubles the working range and the number of channels that your PocketWizard radio trigger is capable of.

E Release is a refreshing, if odd, announcement from a trigger manufacturer; firmware updates for radio triggers aren’t typically newsworthy if they are released at all. E Release bucks the trend by actually adding some serious functionality to PocketWizard’s most popular triggers.

E Release increases the range of the

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Profoto to Release $300 Smartphone Flash Next Week: Report


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Earlier this week, high-end lighting brand Profoto released a teaser for a new light that it claimed would “forever change the world of photography.” Don’t get too excited though: according to the most recent rumors, this “game-changing” product is an expensive LED flash for smartphones.

This information comes from Photo Rumors, and as with all rumors, it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, PR is reporting with some confidence that Profoto will be revealing not one, but two LED smartphone flashes, at least one of which will make its debut on September 18th. “Two

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Charlie Cole, Photojournalist Behind Iconic Tank Man Photo, Dies at 64


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It has been two weeks of constant loss in the photo industry. First we lost Peter Lindbergh, then Robert Frank, and now Charlie Cole, the American photojournalist behind one of the four iconic Tank Man photos taken during the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, has also passed away. Cole was 64 years old.

Cole was born in Bonham, Texas. The son of a US Air Force chaplain, he grew up near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, and studied journalism at the University of Texas in Denton. After graduation, he moved back to

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Travel Bloggers Detained in Notorious Iranian Prison for Flying Camera Drone


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A travel blogging couple from Australia who disappeared suddenly from the Internet in June have been located in a notorious Iranian prison, where they are being detained indefinitely. The couple was apparently arrested by Iranian authorities in July after flying a camera drone without the proper permits.

Jolie King and Mark Firkin quit their jobs two years ago to travel full time to start The Way Overland, documenting their extended journey through 36 countries from Australia to the UK. They had just published Episode 60 on their YouTube channel, sharing some beautiful footage of Pakistan, when all of their

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Adobe Shows Off AI-Powered ‘Auto Reframe’ Tool for Premiere Pro


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Automated editing is taking over more and more photo and video editing tasks. Case in point: today, Adobe is showing off a new AI-powered tool for Premiere Pro called “Auto Reframe,” which can intelligently crop and pan your footage into multiple aspect ratios.

Given the number of devices with different displays in use today, it’s no longer good enough to release a video in a single aspect ratio; but as Adobe points out in its demo, manually reframing your footage for multiple aspect ratios is “tedious and time-consuming.” That’s where Auto Reframe comes in.

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists Prove that Nature Has a Sense of Humor


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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards just revealed this year’s finalists. And, as always, they offer a bit of comic relief, and the reminder that nature is occasionally as funny as it is ruthless… especially if you anthropomorphize it a tiny bit.

This year’s finalists run the gamut: from the a fox who seems to be performing a proctology exam, to a deer experimenting with camouflage, to a grizzly bear who’s destined to become the next popular facepalm meme.

The awards serve a dual purpose. On the one hand, the finalists and winners are undoubtedly entertaining; on the other, they’re able

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Using 72 High-Speed Cameras to Capture Bullet-Time Slow Motion


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The Hydraulic Press YouTube channel is already an entertaining (if occasionally painful) watch. Who doesn’t want to see things get crushed and/or explode… in slow motion? But the channel recently took it up another notch by setting up a ring of 72 high-speed cameras to capture some awesome bullet-time slow-motion footage.

The first question that comes to mind when watching this video of playing cards exploding is “… but why?” The answer exists at the intersection of “Why not!?” and “Because we can.”

The video was captured using an array of 72 Chronos 1.4

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Google Now Lets You Order 4×6 Prints from Your Local Walmart and CVS


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Google announced a couple of updates to Google Photos today, including an intriguing new partnership with Walmart and CVS that will allow users to order and pick up 4×6 prints of their photos from over 11,000 U.S. locations. Users will also be able to order wall art directly from Google.

Following hot on the heels of Flickr’s new printing service, Google’s partnership with Walmart and CVS is targeted at regular consumers rather than professional photographers who are using Flickr to get professional-quality prints.

Google’s option is all about convenience and affordability. You can select your location and order

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UPDATE: Sony Will Be at PhotoPlus Expo 2019


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PhotoPlus 2019 is only a month and a half away, meaning the exhibitor list and floor plan should be all-but-finalized. Which is why it was shocking to discover that there is no Sony booth on the floor plan, and the company is not listed as an exhibitor either. However, Sony tells PetaPixel that they WILL be at the show.

The omission was spotted by the eagle eyed folks at PhotoRumors, who checked the official PhotoPlus Expo website yesterday, and found Sony conspicuously absent. The current exhibitor list shows all of the typical names—Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic will

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Leaked GoPro Hero8 Photos and Specs Reveal ‘Media Module’ Accessory


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The German website WinFuture has secured a slew of leaked images and specifications for the upcoming GoPro Hero8, which originally leaked last month. This latest report gives us a closer look at the new camera, as well as information about the “media module” GoPro will be using to attach some accessories.

The original leak had lots of people excited after it seemed to show an external mic, external video light, and external LCD screen would all be available for the GoPro Hero8. This latest report reveals that all of these accessories will attach onto a so-called “media module” with two

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PSA: This is Why You Should Always Be Checking Your Camera Strap Anchors


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Always (always always) check your camera’s anchor points when you have your gear attached to a strap. As photographer Tamara Zawada recently learned the hard way, even the best gear can fail without you even noticing there’s a problem.

Zawada’s Sony a7R III and Sigma 85mm ART lens were attached to one of the latest PeakDesign straps using the latest V4 anchors when, without warning, one of the anchors snapped. She posted about her experience on Reddit, warning other photographers to be careful.

“This is a word of warning for you guys, please check your PeakDesign anchors fairly regularly,

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Photographer Accuses Digital Artist of Photo Theft, Calls Him ‘Thief’ & ‘Liar’


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No fewer than 5 different sources sent us the same article this morning from photographer Jason Weingart, in which the extreme weather photog accuses digital artist Brent Shavnore of willfully stealing his images, calling him a “thief, poser, coward, and a liar.” Shavnore tells PetaPixel that the entire issue is a misunderstanding, and accuses Weingart of being “childish.”

Shavnore is a digital artist who mainly creates fantastical scenes by compositing images of extreme weather over cityscapes and other locations in Photoshop. His creations are quite popular, earning him over 130K followers on Instagram.

Weingart, a landscape and

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