Behind the scenes: Shooting a motion time-lapse in the Canadian wilderness

Back in summer 2017, I went on a six week adventure to British Columbia and Alberta in order to capture Canada's beautiful landscapes in the most impressive way possible. I wanted to make a time-lapse film that raises more awareness of our planet and our environment.

Planning

When it came to logistics, I tried to be as prepared as possible for this 6-week trip, and did tons of research ahead of departure. I knew I probably wouldn’t have a whole lot of internet (or time to waste on the internet) in the Canadian wilderness, and wanted to be prepared to
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Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sample gallery

We've had some time to shoot around with Panasonic's freshest interchangeable lens camera, the GX9. This rangefinder-style camera features a tilting EVF and a 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor with no low-pass filter. It also gains Panasonic's new L.Monochrome D mode photo style, which offers deeper blacks and richer gradation than the camera's other monochrome modes. We put the new black-and-white mode to work and started to get a feel for how it handles out and about; take a look at our full gallery.

Sensor breakthrough: Sony has developed a backlit CMOS sensor with global shutter

Sony has made something of a breakthrough in sensor development, announcing a new backside-illuminated stacked sensor that can read out every pixel simultaneously to enable global shutter. While the company has only made it work with a 1.46-million-pixel sensor so far, the nascent technology has significant potential. The sensor is able to read out from every pixel instantly because each pixel has its own analog-to-digital converter (ADC) buried in a 'bottom chip,' which is stacked beneath a 'top chip' containing the active, photosensitive pixels. This allows all exposed pixels to be read simultaneously, rather than sequentially row-by-row as is
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Google has removed the ‘View Image’ button from Image Search

Bye bye 'View Image' button...
On Monday, we told you about licensing deal between Getty Images and Google that would result in the end of the "View Image" button on Google Image Search. Today, we get to see the fruits of that deal, as Google Images officially removes View Image, forcing users to actually visit the site that hosts an image, rather than going straight to the image file on its servers. The deal between Getty and Google served to end a legal feud that began in 2016, a lawsuit in which Getty accused Google of "promoting piracy" by linking Continue reading "Google has removed the ‘View Image’ button from Image Search"

Microsoft adds ‘Ultimate Performance’ mode to latest Windows 10 Pro build

Microsoft has introduced a new "Ultimate Performance" power scheme in its latest Windows 10 preview build. The new mode will be available to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, a high-end version of Windows 10 that Microsoft introduced back in August. The company explains that Ultimate Performance is a way to "provide the absolute maximum performance" on these workstations for users who need as much power as possible. Ultimate Performance mode builds upon the existing High-Performance option, working to eliminate micro-latencies, says Microsoft, that are "associated with fine grained power management techniques." Ultimately, the new mode is designed for reducing
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Judge rules that embedding a photo tweet is still copyright infringement

In a court case that could fundamentally change what constitutes copyright infringement online, a New York district judge has ruled that embedding a tweet that contains a copyright protected photo does, in fact, constitute a copyright violation. If the ruling is upheld, its impact across the internet is hard to understate. The case involves a photographer, Justin Goldman, who sued several major publications including Time, Vox, Breitbart, and others, when they embedded someone else's tweet of his copyright-protected photo of NFL star Tom Brady. Judge Katherine B. Forrest is ruling in favor of Goldman, writing:

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Microsoft Photos Companion app offers easy photo transfer from smartphones to PC

Microsoft has launched a new app to facilitate easy photo transfer from mobile devices to a Windows 10 PC, without using the cloud. Photos Companion is available for iOS and Android and deposits your mobile images in the Windows Photos app on the desktop or laptop PC using just a WiFi network. To get started, you have to scan a QR code in the Windows Photos desktop app to pair smartphone and computer. Both devices have to be connected to the same WiFi network, which in turn allows you to send individual images or entire batches across very quickly. It
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Fujifilm X-H1: What you need to know

Introduction

The Fujifilm X-H1 arrived in the last few hours of February 14th, at least out here on the West Coast in the US, making it a Valentine's gift that came in just under the wire for the Fujifilm faithful. It's deserving of a big red bow with a range-topping APS-C 24MP X-Trans sensor, sitting above the X-T2. It builds on many of the X-T2's features by adding in-body image stabilization, a touchscreen and enhanced video options. Here's a detailed look at everything that's new and improved.

Image Quality

Given the camera's pedigree and the initial results we've seen, the
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Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one – click through for a closer look.

20MP 1"-type sensor

The ZS200 is built around the same 1" 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor as its predecessor the ZS100, which immediately makes it a cut above traditional superzooms that sacrificed (among other thing) sensor size for lens reach.

15X optical zoom lens

The ZS200 scores over its predecessor in a few ways, but the most obvious upgrade is to the lens. While the ZS100's
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Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one – click through for a closer look.

20MP 1"-type sensor

The ZS200 is built around the same 1" 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor as its predecessor the ZS100, which immediately makes it a cut above traditional superzooms that sacrificed (among other thing) sensor size for lens reach.

15X optical zoom lens

The ZS200 scores over its predecessor in a few ways, but the most obvious upgrade is to the lens. While the ZS100's
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Samsung teases Galaxy S9 low light and slow-mo performance

On the 25th of February, Samsung will unveil its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, and the Korean company is already heavily teasing some of the new model's new and improved camera features in a couple of short teaser videos on its Korean Youtube channel.

The first video (above) shows several low-light scenes in quick succession. Towards the end there is the silhouette of a deer in near darkness. The animal's head brightens up when the number 9 appears around it, hinting at some kind of low-light mode or improved low-light capability in the camera.

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Shooting wet plate collodion double exposures… handheld

Wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter is always experimenting with his art in different ways—whether it's capturing creepy halloween portraits, or this failed attempt to capture a fire and water wedding portrait on both digital and wet plate. His latest experiment, however, was a success. He managed to do something he's dreamed of for years: he was able to capture wet plate portraits handheld. In fact, he went one better; he shot handheld wet plate collodion double exposures.
One of the hand-held double exposures Markus captured with his newest setup.
The entire 'journey'—from finding a hand-holdable wet plate camera, to
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Panono has new CEO, puts focus on software solutions

Professional360 GmbH, the recently re-named company behind the Panono 360-degree camera and software solutions, has a new CEO. Thomas Escher has previously held a number of top-level management positions in media houses such as Axel Springer and ProSiebenSat.1 Media, and managed the French foreign business of the online toy retailer MyToys, among other roles. “In Thomas Escher we have found a CEO with expertise both in media and entertainment and in classical e-commerce,” said a spokesperson of Bryanston Group AG, the company who has acquired the assets of Panono and has been running its business operations since July
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Noa N7 smartphone captures 80MP images with ‘high-resolution mode’

Lesser known Croatian brand Noa might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind when you think about mobile photography, but the company will be launching a new mid-range device with some very interesting imaging features at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month. The Noa N7 comes with a dual-camera setup that features two 16MP Sony IMX298 1/2.8" image sensors. At this point, there's no further detail on how the two cameras play together, but we would assume there will be a shallow depth-of-field simulation mode and some kind of computational merging Continue reading "Noa N7 smartphone captures 80MP images with ‘high-resolution mode’"

Lensbaby introduces Burnside 35 with variable vignetting

Lensbaby has announced the Burnside 35, which it calls an adaptation of the Petzval lens design with the added benefit of an effect slider to adjust the strength of vignetting and bokeh. The gold-anodized slider is located on the side of the lens barrel and operates a second iris, adding more or less vignette effect and adjusting the appearance of bokeh. The manual focus lens is designed for full-frame and crop-sensor cameras and will be offered in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Samsung NX mount. It's on sale now Continue reading "Lensbaby introduces Burnside 35 with variable vignetting"

Fujifilm X-H1 sample gallery

Fujifilm's newest X-series camera takes video very seriously, but also offers a strong stills feature set largely borrowed from the X-T2. We've had some time with a full-production X-H1 that luckily coincided with a little bit of rare February sunshine. Take a look at a fresh batch of samples from Fuji's newest flagship – including some images processed with the new Eterna/Cinema film simulation mode.

See our Fujifilm X-H1 sample gallery

Fujifilm’s MKX lenses bring affordable cinema glass to X-mount

Fujifilm has announced its Fujinon MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lenses for X-mount. These are essentially the same Super 35 lenses that Fujifilm released about a year ago in E-mount and are now available to users of the company's own X-mount mirrorless system. Combined, the two lenses provide coverage between 18mm and 135mm, a very useful range for video production. Based on the company's much more expensive Cabrio line of cinema optics, the MKX series include properties typically found on much more expensive cine lenses. Those features include little to
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Fujifilm announces X-H1 stills/movie flagship with in-body stabilization

Fujifilm has unveiled the X-H1, a flagship 24MP APS-C camera that builds on the X-T2's feature set by adding 5-axis image stabilization, a touchscreen and more advanced video capabilities. The X-H1 gains the ability DCI 4K capture at 23.97p and 24p, in addition to UHD recording at up to 29.9p. It can also record F-Log footage internally for the first time and adds a movie filmstock style 'Eterna' Film Simulation mode. More advanced compression allows video capture at up to 200 Mbps: double that of the X-T2. Movie shooting is also aided by Continue reading "Fujifilm announces X-H1 stills/movie flagship with in-body stabilization"

Fujifilm X-H1 First Impressions Review

The Fujifilm X-H1 is the company's range-topping APS-C camera and its most video-capable camera to date. It's based around the same 24MP sensor as the X-T2 but adds in-body image stabilization as well as a more comprehensive set of video options. The X-H1 looks like a fractionally larger X-T2 but with the sloped viewfinder 'prism' and top-panel LCD that hint at the styling of the GFX 50S. Fujifilm has also clearly been listening to critics of the X-T series and have made the camera's grip and buttons significantly larger, particularly the AE-L and newly-added AF-On buttons.

Key specifications

LG will introduce a powerful new camera AI for the V30 smartphone at MWC

LG won't unveil the successor to the G6 at MWC in the final week of February; instead, the new device will be launched at a stand-alone event at a later point in time. However, there will still be some interesting news for mobile photographers from LG at the trade show. Namely, the Korean manufacturer will introduce a suite of AI technologies for its smartphones, with the 2018 version of the flagship V30 being the first device to feature the new tech. LG's objective for the new system was to deliver a "unique and more intuitive user experience", focusing on the
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