Lexar’s new USB 3.0 flash drive uses your fingerprint to keep your photos safe

Lexar has announced a new flash drive that features a fingerprint reader to protect its content from unauthorised access. The JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 can record up to ten fingerprints to allow it to be shared between users, and it comes with the fingerprint software already loaded.
Lexar claims recognising a user’s fingerprint takes less than a second, and the drives have read speeds of up to 150MB/s. While normal memory is compatible with Mac, PC and Linux, the fingerprint software is Windows-only. The JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 will be available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and will cost Continue reading "Lexar’s new USB 3.0 flash drive uses your fingerprint to keep your photos safe"

Canon EOS R Video Features Review: This is not the video camera you’ve been told it is

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You&#39;ve likely heard that the <a href="https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-eos-r/canon-eos-rA.HTM">Canon EOS R</a> sucks... That it&#39;s an awful video camera, that no self-respecting videographer would ever be caught dead shooting with. That in fact, no professional would ever use the EOS R for a whole smattering of reasons from having only one card slot to not providing enough framerate options. "It&#39;s a travesty of a camera!" they&#39;ll say, and you might believe them if you never tried it yourself. But this professional, and yes, I am...
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Nikon opens entries for the 2018-19 Nikon Photo Contest

The 2018-19 edition of the <a href="http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/" >Nikon Photo Contest</a> is now open for entries. Nikon has been hosting the contest since 1969 and the latest contest will be open for entries until January 31. If you don&rsquo;t use Nikon gear, fret not, the competition is open for images captured with any digital camera, including smartphones. The full entry guidelines can be viewed by clicking <a href="http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/assets/pdf/entry/EntryGuidelines_en.pdf" >here</a>.

The competition includes three award categories: Open, Next Generation and Short Film. The first two categories are open to single photo and photo story (2 to 5...
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3 Reviews of the Nikon Z7’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Performance

Considering Nikon’s new mirrorless full-frame Z7 camera? Check out these hands-on reviews first!

After months of rumors, Nikon announced their new full-frame mirrorless camera line with the Z7 and Z6 as another potential mirrorless competitor to Sony A7s and the rest of the full-frame 4K mirrorless pack.

Now, with the new line of cameras and lenses having hit the market in late September, the unboxing videos and hands-on reviews are starting to roll in. Let’s look at 3 in-depth reviews of how the Nikon Z7 is performing for interested videographers and Continue reading "3 Reviews of the Nikon Z7’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Performance"

Apple Shortcuts: The Bicycle for the Mind is Back, but it’s Electric

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Apple Embraces Tinkering for the First Time in 20 Years

Steve Jobs famously described the computer as “a bicycle for our minds.” If you’ve heard that before, it’s worth refreshing your memory on the context by watching this short video. The gist is that humans aren’t very efficient or well-designed creatures, but because we are “tool builders,” we can more than make up for it. The tools we create magnify our capabilities. They make us better versions of ourselves. And the computer, Jobs believed, is “the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with.” So what a
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 Xcode is how you make iOS apps, and it’s about as anyone-friendly as an Apollo capsule.
 Automator in OS X Tiger.
 Workflow. I stole this image from macrumors.com.
 Editorial has some nice features in its worklfow editor, such as collapsing and color-coding actions.
 The entire source of Naptime, and what it looks like running in Shortcuts.
 Instamax pads photos that are too tall for Instagram with white borders.
 My pizza shortcut running in Shortcuts, and via Siri.
 Big Tennis Screenshots takes your iPhone X, XS, and XS Max screenshots and makes them round and pretty.
 Mini Adventure is a very short game, and a very simple interactive story engine.
 Send any iPhone text to Next Small Thing, and it becomes a project that you can deal with one action at a time.
 Drinking Buddy running as a Widget in the iPhone Today View.
 If you send text from Notes to my Next Small Thing shortcut, you’ll see the actions of the shortcut displayed behind the text field. If you press Cancel, you’re left staring at the equivalent of source code.
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 Gear Checklist is the most genuinely useful Shortcut I’ve made.
 Panogram splits a photo into tiles that can be reassembled into a multi-image post in Instagram.
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Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography

Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography There are no rules for perfect composition, said photographer Arnold Newman. There are infinite ways to frame a shot, adds Raymond Thi. His website, Geometric Shots, will help you to break free from rules. I sat down yesterday to watch, again, “The Great Budapest Hotel” of Wes Anderson, and the experience dictated that I followed the 104 minutes “funtastic” vision with this article, which I had promised myself to write, a long time ago. In fact, the notes for this article have been lingering in a folder inside my computer since 2015, when I wrote one article, “From Kubrick
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
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DJI challenges drone plane collision test, accuses researchers of ‘sowing fear’

DJI has challenged a recently published video that demonstrates a small drone smashing into an airplane wing. The test collision was conducted in a simulated environment by researchers with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) to assess the potential damage such an in-air crash may cause. DJI has accused the test of being "unbalanced, agenda-driven research." In a letter sent to UDRI's group leader for impact physics Kevin Poorman, DJI alleges UDRI's "Risk in the Sky?" video (below) and related materials present a "collision scenario between a drone and an airplane wing that is simply inconceivable in Continue reading "DJI challenges drone plane collision test, accuses researchers of ‘sowing fear’"

Download the Screenplay for ‘A Quiet Place’ Now

Just don't make a sound when you do. Yes, awards season has begun and it's not even Halloween yet (except at the movie theaters). To kick things off, we have a treat for you. Thanks to Paramount, the screenplay for A Quiet Place is now available to download for free for your consideration. As if you needed a refresher, here's the trailer. Beyond the great yet simple premise of the necessity of silence for survival, A Quiet Place worked so well as a story because the film Continue reading "Download the Screenplay for ‘A Quiet Place’ Now"

How to capture sharp images of the night sky: Reducing blur and nailing your focus

When shooting night sky photography, it can sometimes be very tricky to capture images with sharp stars. There are two primary reasons for this: not using a fast enough shutter speed and not having the stars properly focused. In the video below, we learn from photographer <a href="https://photos.matthewsaville.com/" >Matthew Saville</a> with <a href="https://www.naturettl.com/" >NatureTTL</a> how to address both these concerns and capture sharp nightscapes.

Regarding blurry images, focus aside, you need to ensure that you have a solid, stable tripod for your camera, which may involve hanging weights from your tripod to...
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How to capture sharp images of the night sky: Reducing blur and nailing your focus

When shooting night sky photography, it can sometimes be very tricky to capture images with sharp stars. There are two primary reasons for this: not using a fast enough shutter speed and not having the stars properly focused. In the video below, we learn from photographer <a href="https://photos.matthewsaville.com/" >Matthew Saville</a> with <a href="https://www.naturettl.com/" >NatureTTL</a> how to address both these concerns and capture sharp nightscapes.

Regarding blurry images, focus aside, you need to ensure that you have a solid, stable tripod for your camera, which may involve hanging weights from your tripod to...
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Rock Star Jack White Launches Photo Lab and Studio

Rock star Jack White, best known as the singer and guitarist of The White Stripes, has launched a new photo lab and studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Called Third Man Photo Studio, the lab is now accepting film from photographers worldwide. White’s music label Third Man Records has physical retail locations in Nashville and Detroit. While the latter has its own vinyl pressing plant, the Nashville location has now gotten its own photo studio. The lab’s photo chemists hand-process C-41 color negative, black-and-white, and E-6 slide films. They also use traditional photo enlargement techniques to create one-of-a-kind archival prints. What’s
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10 Things Van Gogh Can Teach Us About Photography

In keeping myself motivated as a photographer I love to look for inspiration from all across the creative spectrum. I like to take the advice of my favorite photographer Ernst Haas in this when he recommended to: “refine your senses through the great masters of music, painting, and poetry. In short, try indirect inspirations, and everything will come by itself.” I recently visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and felt really energized by the work. Not only do I love Van Gogh’s paintings, but I love how he talks about being an artist. I feel he expresses that
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Tricks for Shooting Better Outdoor Macro Photos

Want to improve your macro photography game? Here’s a great 12-minute DPReview TV episode in which master macro shooter Don Komarechka demonstrates some simple techniques and setups you can use to capture better outdoor shots. Komarechka’s tricks include examples of setting up backdrops and lighting for shooting things like ice, water drops, flowers, and rocks. Previous articles Komarechka has written here on PetaPixel include shooting high-res photos of snowflakes: A snowflake photo that took 2,500 hours to create: Using UV light to make nature fluoresce: And capturing vibrant colors inside snowflakes: You can find more of Komarechka’s
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I Brought an Instant Camera to One of the Most Remote Villages in the World

Bulunkul is a very small and isolated town of 306 people that live deep within the High Pamirs in Central Asia. The people of the town live off of little more than yak and grain but are also some of the happiest I’ve ever met. Earlier this year, my brother and I went to Georgia and bought a two-decade-old Mitsubishi Pajero with a quarter million kilometers on it. We then spent the next 100 days driving it across most of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Here we are in Northern Georgia in the middle of winter, close to the border
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4 Takeaways from Errol Morris on Making a Documentary About a Controversial Figure

“You didn’t hit him with a cinder block in the middle of the interview!” Filmmaker Errol Morris has never shied away from controversial subjects and unconventional approaches to them, but his latest film about Steve Bannon has landed him in especially hot water. Did he show too much of alt-righter Steve Bannon? Did he ask too little? And more generally, what do we do, as a culture, with pernicious ideas that threaten to break down democracy? Sitting down for a conversation during the New York Film Festival, these are a Continue reading "4 Takeaways from Errol Morris on Making a Documentary About a Controversial Figure"

A Review and Teardown of the ‘S**t’ Yashica Y35 Camera

The Yashica Y35 camera was hugely hyped as a revival of an iconic Japanese camera brand and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter, but as backers have started receiving their cameras, reviews have been overwhelmingly horrible. The Vancouver, Canada-based Point&ShootClub published this 15-minute video review of the camera (Beware: it’s angry and has strong language). Just as early backers have reported, Point&ShootClub found the camera to have poor build quality, unreliable/non-working functionality, an incompatible cable, non-existent “autofocus”, a “black-and-white” “film” that doesn’t actually shoot monochrome, and more. “I regret the day I paid [for] this,” the reviewer states. “If film
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Thomas Heaton: How to handle people ruining shots & is the Induro Stealth the ultimate landscape tripod?

In photographer <a href="https://thomasheaton.co.uk/" >Thomas Heaton&rsquo;s</a> latest video, there are a couple of particularly interesting and separate topics covered. Firstly, in Heaton&rsquo;s previous video, he was photographing a picturesque scene when people walked into his composition and didn&rsquo;t move before the nice light was gone. Some of his viewers commented that he should have asked them to move. In his new video, seen below, we learn why he didn&rsquo;t ask them to move and how he tries to handle these types of situations.

It&rsquo;s definitely frustrating to be set up and waiting...
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What is a Film Treatment and How Do I Write One that Sells

Start to streamline your writing process with a film treatment.

You just got out of a great general meeting, and the executive you met with loves your latest idea. You want to develop it together, and that's the first step towards your vision finding its way to the screen.

But you have to pump the breaks because you need something first.

Before you even write. Something to get all these great ideas down onto the page... That something is… a script treatment

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