Sony a7S II sends 4K video from the International Space Station to Earth

Last December a Japanese rocket brought cargo 249 miles above the Earth to the International Space Station. On that rocket was none other than a Sony Alpha a7S II, which was soon mounted on the outside of Japan's KIBO module to take photos and videos of the mothership, so to speak. Mounting a camera to a space station isn't like putting a GoPro on your handlebars – the a7S II is enclosed in a specially designed aluminum housing with a radiator to keep it at a comfortable temperature in the vacuum of space. It's mounted on a two-axis gimbal so, Continue reading "Sony a7S II sends 4K video from the International Space Station to Earth"

Richard Prince must face lawsuit over image theft, judge rules

Controversial artist Richard Prince must face a lawsuit over his unauthorized use of photographer Donald Graham's photo 'Rastafarian Smoking a Joint,' a federal judge has ruled. The ruling concerns a 2015 lawsuit Graham filed against Prince after he failed to heed a cease and desist order. Prince and Larry Gagosian, owner of the Gagosian Gallery where the pilfered image and others were displayed, had claimed the work is 'transformative' in an effort to have the case dismissed.

Sony full-frame CineAlta 4K motion picture camera teased ahead of launch

Sony has teased its video-focused customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor. There's still a bunch details forthcoming, but thus far Sony has revealed that the new CineAlta model will be capable of multiple aspect ratios and will be compatible with many existing CineAlta accessories. Sony has only revealed a handful of details about the camera at this time (below), explaining that it is developing the model 'through careful research and close collaboration with creative professionals.' The company doesn't state when Continue reading "Sony full-frame CineAlta 4K motion picture camera teased ahead of launch"

GoPro launches QuikStories feature for automated story-telling

GoPro's Quik app for making short and shareable videos from your GoPro footage has been available for a while. Now the new QuikStories feature is taking things one step further by generating clips automatically and making them as easy as possible to share on social media and get them off your GoPro's memory card. QuickStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app. After a day of shooting video with your GoPro the app will search your camera for new clips and automatically create a shareable version, complete with edits and music. It'll also picks brief elements from Continue reading "GoPro launches QuikStories feature for automated story-telling"

Capitol Hill photographers asked to delete protest images, claim journalists

Photo by Phil Roeder, licensed under Creative Commons
Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building report that they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests. The events unfolded yesterday in the third floor Senate wing of the building as demonstrators protested the vote that would begin an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As police handcuffed and removed protestors from the hallway outside Continue reading "Capitol Hill photographers asked to delete protest images, claim journalists"

Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with dual-cam and dual-screens

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has released its latest flagship smartphone and the Pro 7 Plus is quite a remarkable device in a number of ways. Like most recent high-end devices it comes with a dual-camera on the back. However it also offers a secondary AMOLED display on the back as a standout-feature. It can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras. In addition the Pro 7 Plus is also the first device to be powered by MediaTek's new Helio X30 10nm chipset with 10 cores in three clusters. There Continue reading "Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with dual-cam and dual-screens"

Nikon marks 100th anniversary with new scholarship program

Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada. The scholarship will consist of two programs: 'The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship' will award ten college students with academic scholarships of $10,000. In addition, Nikon will identify rising stars on digital platforms and recognize them as a part of a curated 'Nikon100 List.' Criteria for consideration will be announced later this year, and submissions will be reviewed, selected and awarded prior to the 2018-2019 school year. Press Release:

The Vertical ELPH: remembering Canon’s PowerShot TX1 hybrid camera

Buried among the February 2007 announcements of Canon's PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 Digital ELPHs, and the A560 and A570 IS was the PowerShot TX1. It took the main features of camcorders at the time, namely the vertical design, rotating display and long-ish lens and put them into a stylish body about the same size as your average Digital ELPH. Add in 720/30p video and it quickly became obvious that the TX1 was created to bridge the worlds of photo and video shooting.

The SD750 was known as the IXUS 75 while the SD1000 was the IXUS 70
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This video compares a $50 Sony camcorder with a $50,000 RED Epic Dragon

Ever wonder whether a more expensive camera is truly worth the cost? Sam and Niko of Corridor recently set out to compare footage from a $50 Sony HD camcorder and the RED Epic Dragon, a $50,000 6K cinema camera. As you'd expect, the differences are immediately apparent, cost aside, when the two cameras are put side-by-side: the RED camera's lens alone is about the same size as the entire Sony camcorder. The RED Epic Dragon has proven capable many times throughout its life, with perhaps one of the model's most notable achievements being a trip into space where it was Continue reading "This video compares a $50 Sony camcorder with a $50,000 RED Epic Dragon"

New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

Photo by Josh Hallett. Licensed under Creative Commons
Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally pay for TSA Pre-check status. New rules state that in standard security lines, cameras will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening. According to new procedures announced by the TSA today, any electronic device larger than a cell phone will need to be removed from its case or bag and placed in a bin with nothing above or below it. Now, not only will your laptop need its own bin, but potentially every camera body, lens, flashgun and Continue reading "New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin"

New photos appear to show Nikon D850: Illuminated controls, tilting LCD, no built-in flash

This image, obtained by nikonrumors.com purports to show Nikon's forthcoming DSLR, the Nikon D850.
If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but will lack a built-in flash.
Images have been obtained by nikonrumors.com that seem to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash. While some photographers won't be sorry to see the flash deleted, we hope that if it does indeed Continue reading "New photos appear to show Nikon D850: Illuminated controls, tilting LCD, no built-in flash"

Lomography unveils chrome-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

Early last year, Lomography launched its then-new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The funding campaign was successful, and Lomography has decided to release a new version of the lens because of that success: the Chrome Plated Edition. The chrome plating lends the Art Lens a 'classic, timeless look' that is 'stunning on both analogue and digital cameras,' according to Lomography. The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens offers an F2.9 to F16 aperture range alongside a 64mm focal length, minimum 0.5mm focusing distance, and construction that features 2 elements in 1 group. This particular Continue reading "Lomography unveils chrome-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens"

Nikon updates firmware for D600, D610, D750 and KeyMission 80

Nikon has updated multiple camera models with new firmware, bringing many bug fixes, as well as some new lens support and improvements to the D600 (version 1.03), D610 (version 1.02), D750 (version 1.12), and KeyMission 80 (version 1.2). All four updates are available to download now from the Nikon website. The full update changelogs are listed below: Nikon D600 v1.03

Idaho in the spring: 9 must-shoot spots

It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. In fact, there are many good reasons, and photographer Michael Bonocore spent this spring traveling around his new home state, capturing the grandeur of the local landscapes. Using the Visit Idaho website as his guide, Bonocore trekked all over the state and found nine 'must-see' destinations for all of the photographers out there. Especially in the spring, these spots offer "a perfect mix of still snow-capped mountain peaks, vibrant wildflowers and warming temperatures." From Sun Continue reading "Idaho in the spring: 9 must-shoot spots"

Adobe accidentally leaks ‘Project Nimbus’: A cloud-based Lightroom-powered photo editor

A screenshot from the cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus', accidentally leaked by Adobe yesterday. Screenshot: MacGenerations
Adobe announced development of its 'Project Nimbus' cloud-based photo editor last year, but we knew very little about this stripped down 'Lightroom in the Cloud.' Until, that is, yesterday when Adobe accidentally released an internal build of the app to some Creative Cloud users. French website MacGeneration got their hands on some screenshots that were captured by users before the mistake was spotted and the app was taken down by Adobe. From what we can tell from the screenshots and MacGeneration's description, the
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Pursuit: A spectacular storm-chasing time-lapse made from 90,000 photos

Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski has done it again: he's created a time-lapse that will blow you away. Captured over the course of three months, across 10 states, and involving 28,000 miles of driving and over 90,000 time-lapse frames, Pursuit is the result of utter determination. Oblinski tells the story behind this time-lapse in the video's description, explaining how this season of storm chasing nearly broke him. After 12 straight days on the road and away from his family, he left once again, just 24 hours after getting home, to chase another storm on June 12th. But doubt Continue reading "Pursuit: A spectacular storm-chasing time-lapse made from 90,000 photos"

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K review

If you find yourself wondering 'why would I even want an external monitor/recorder' then I'd suggest you spend a few moments reading our article on the topic. The short answer is that it's a great way to expand the tools for, and maximize the quality of, video capture on your current camera. The Video Assist 4K is the larger of Blackmagic Design's current monitor/recorders. It features a 7", 1920 x 1200 pixel display and the ability to capture up to UHD/30p video in 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. It can accept video across HDMI or 6G-SDI inputs and offers outputs for when
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Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 sample gallery

Fujifilm's GFX system is growing fast, and among the company's latest lenses is the GF 110mm F2 R LM WR. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 87mm, it's very close to the 'classic' 85mm portrait lenses offered by other manufacturers. It's weather sealed, focuses internally and quickly, and is quite large, especially with the optional hood attached. But good gravy, this is one beautiful lens. It's capable of outstanding sharpness and buttery-smooth backgrounds at wider apertures. And though it's positioned as the GFX system's standard portrait lens, we didn't just shoot portraits with it. Check out our gallery to see
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Nikon celebrates 100th anniversary with new vision and crazy music video

Today is Nikon's 100th anniversary. Founded on this day in 1917 as Nippon Kogaku K.K., the Nikon Corporation has transformed from a manufacturer of precision optical glass into one of the most iconic photographic brands in the world. Their camera legacy began in 1948 with the Nikon Model I and continues on to this day. And regardless of your opinion of Nikon today, the past 100 years are certainly worth celebrating. The festivities has been going on all year, with videos, a dedicated website, a series of special edition products, posters paying tribute to the Continue reading "Nikon celebrates 100th anniversary with new vision and crazy music video"

Phottix replaces Para-Pro lineup with new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas

Phottix has just launched its new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, a replacement for its previous Para-Pro product lineup. The Premio series boasts an entirely new locking mechanism that is both simpler and stronger than the version found on the Para-Pro models, as well as deeper umbrellas and fiberglass spokes. In all, there are eight versions of the Premio umbrellas you can put together: 47in / 120cm and 33in / 85cm umbrellas can be purchased in either 'shoot-through' or 'reflective' models, with reflective black backing available for the shoot-through models (2 stops of additional light) and white diffusers available for the Continue reading "Phottix replaces Para-Pro lineup with new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas"
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