Shutterbug shuts down print publication after 45 years, goes ‘web only’

Popular photography magazine Shutterbug has announced that it is shutting down its print publication of 45 years, and will focus instead on reaching its audience online as a "web-only publication." The news was published earlier today by Shutterbug Editor-in-Chef Dan Havlik, who says the media landscape simply cannot sustain a photography print publication any longer. The best way to serve Shutterbug's readers, says Havlik, is by dedicating all of the company's resources towards becoming a "dynamic, web-only publication."

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Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe

Kodak Alaris has launched a new single-use disposable camera in Europe. Called the Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera, this 800 ISO film camera can be used in low and high outdoor lighting conditions, according to the company, which bills it as an item ideal for parties, weddings, and similar events. The Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera has a one meter to infinity focal length and 39 total exposures; however, it's worth noting that this camera does not have a flash. The company announced the camera for the European market, and it appears to be available now from Amazon UK for Continue reading "Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe"

RED and Lucid unveil 8K 3D camera that produces 4V holographic video in real time

Computer vision company Lucid and cinema camera maker RED have partnered to create an 8K 3D camera that can capture 4-view (4V) holographic images and video in real-time. The camera is designed to work with RED's upcoming holographic Hydrogen One smartphone—both by shooting holographic content that can be viewed on the phone's 4V screen, and by using the modular phone as a "viewfinder." The camera itself (which has yet to be named) will be made by RED, but it will be powered by Lucid’s "real-time 3D Fusion Technology." This tech generates 3D/4V footage in real-time, promising to turn
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Why Nikon and Canon should build mirrorless as a second system – but probably won’t

All rumors suggest that Canon and/or Nikon is going to get into the high-end mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, in some way. I don't have any insider knowledge of this, or I wouldn't be able to write this, but it looks pretty likely at this point. It also seems pretty likely to me that both brands will do everything to maintain compatibility with their existing lens mounts. Avoiding the need to design a whole new lens range, maximizing the value of the investment in the existing lineup and side-stepping the kind of anger that Canon generated when it abandoned its
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RED’s Hydrogen One phone with holographic display is coming to AT&T and Verizon

Although no exact release date or pricing has been announced yet, it seems the RED Hydrogen One modular smartphone with its holographic display will be available to the masses before long. According to an announcement last week, the phone will be available through two of the United State's largest mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T, sometime this summer.

The device was first launched in July 2017, with preorders starting at $1,200, but delivery was recently pushed back to August of this year. According to RED founder Jim Jannard, the company needed some extra time to receive carrier certification. Looking at Continue reading "RED’s Hydrogen One phone with holographic display is coming to AT&T and Verizon"

Video: Astronaut forgets to insert SD card into GoPro before spacewalk

An unnamed NASA astronaut stationed on the International Space Station recently ran into an issue during a spacewalk: he forgot to check whether his GoPro camera had an SD card installed before embarking on a spacewalk. We've all been there, right? The astronaut, who may have been Andrew Feustel, was featured in a spacewalk livestream on NASA's Twitch account last Wednesday. During the livestream, viewers were treated to a brief conversation that started with the astronaut asking, "Hey, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick." The astronaut explains that he sees a "No SD" warning Continue reading "Video: Astronaut forgets to insert SD card into GoPro before spacewalk"

Behind the scenes: Shooting a documentary atop a moving train

From 2015 to 2017, filmmaker Miguel de Olaso (AKA Macgregor) and his crew spend many months traveling back and forth on the famed Mauritanian Railway—one of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, the so-called 'Backbone of the Sahara—to document the grueling journey endured by merchants who regularly travel atop this train to transport goods to people living in remote Saharan towns. The result is a beautifully-executed 12-minute documentary titled The Mauritania Railway: Backbone of the Sahara, which follows the journey of Malick: a 27 year-old merchant who relies on the train for his livelihood, even as
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Instagram now lets you share other people’s photos in your Stories

Another day, another new Instagram feature. Now the makers of the popular mobile image sharing platform have announced a new way to share posts from people you are following to one of your Instagram Stories—if you see a post in your feed that you consider share-worthy, you can now share it as a sticker in a Story where your friends and followers will be able to see it. The process is easy. You simply have to tap on the paper airplane button below the post. You’ll then get a button that allows you to create a Story. If you tap Continue reading "Instagram now lets you share other people’s photos in your Stories"

New 6-bay NAS from Synology offers 72TB of storage

Synology has added a new 6-bay NAS to its DiskStation+ series, and it's aimed squarely at photographers and medium sized businesses. The DS1618+ can handle up to six 12TB drives, giving it a total capacity of 72TB and up to 60TB of storage when using a RAID 5 configuration. The new NAS uses the Intel Atom C3538 Quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and comes with 4GB of DDR4 system memory—which can be expanded to 32GB via two 16GB ECC SO-DIMMs. As with other NAS models in the DS+ range, the DS1618+ is compatible with the DX517 expansion unit that allows Continue reading "New 6-bay NAS from Synology offers 72TB of storage"

Updated: Tamron 70-210mm F4 sample gallery

Tamron's 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a lightweight, weather-sealed and cost-effective alternative to first-party constant aperture zooms. It's also likely to be used for everything from portraits to action, and we figured we should test out its autofocus chops by aiming it at some muddy motorcycles tearing around a track. Check out how Tamron's DSLR telezoom does with these fast-moving machines in our updated sample gallery.

DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan prepare for the summer holiday season by putting several popular waterproof cameras to the test, including the Olympus TG-5, Nikon W300, and Fujifilm XP130. They also take an early look at the brand new Panasonic TS7 (FT7). If you're considering a rugged camera for the beach or pool this summer, or if you just want to see what a Chris and Jordan fishing show might look like, tune in. For more information about some of these cameras read Carey Rose's take on the Olympus TG-5, as well as Jose Francisco Salgado's travelogue Continue reading "DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018"

Video: Soulumination and the gift of photography

Soulumination is a non-profit organization that provides life-affirming legacy photography to families facing serious medical conditions, completely free of charge. In addition to the services donated by photographers, community volunteers make handcrafted photo albums and other gifts for the families. This video was made by Soulumination photographer Carrie Yuan of Yi Li Photography in order to share the work of Soulumination.
Soulumination volunteers make hand-crafted photo albums and other gifts to give to the families (photo: Wenmei Hill)
Volunteer photographers for Soulumination are invited in as families face serious illness, difficult treatment, joyous recovery and sorrowful loss. The photographer is
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Fujifilm EU accidentally leaks full specs of upcoming X-T100 camera

The leaked X-T100 is basically an X-A5 with an EVF, 3-way tilting touchscreen, and a deeper buffer.
Fujifilm EU accidentally leaked a complete specs page for an upcoming camera: the Fuji X-T100. The page was discovered by Nokishita and saved for posterity before it was removed, and though none of the sample images or photos of the camera survived, we basically got a rundown of what looks to be a Fuji X-A5 with a few extra features. Nokishita is a reliable source of leaks, typically publishing accurate specs and even product images a few days to a week before a
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This 12K NYC flyover video was captured with three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VV cameras

LA-based director and cinematographer Phil Holland of PHFX recently joined forces with Gotham Film Works to create something out-of-this-world. Using the first Shotover K1 Hammerhead Aerial Camera Array, Holland shot a flyover of New York City using not one, not two, but three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VistaVision cameras. The result, once processed, is a 100MP motion picture made up of images "with a sensor size of approximately 645 medium format film." Put another way, the 12K by 8K footage above is 48.5 times the resolution of 1080p. Holland explains how the rig was used and the Continue reading "This 12K NYC flyover video was captured with three 8K RED Weapon Monstro VV cameras"

This is why Google’s impressive object removal tool was never released

At its 2018 I/O developer conference Google presented a number of improvements to its Photos app, but there was no talk about an exciting feature that was demoed the previous year: an object removal tool that automatically removes obstructions like fences, window panes from your photos. The feature caused quite a buzz when it was demoed in early 2017, and people have been waiting on it ever since... so why has it disappeared? The answer is simpler than you might think. According to an interview with the Google Photos team on XDA, object removal was simply de-prioritized in Continue reading "This is why Google’s impressive object removal tool was never released"

Nisi shares more details on its full-frame cine lenses and launches Mist filter range

In a bid to clear up online speculation, surprise entrant to the full-frame cinema lens market Nisi has answered some questions about its relationship with brands marketing lenses very similar to its own recently-announced F3 series.

NiSi F3 Cinema Lenses

The company says that it owns the designs of its own lenses as it ‘took ownership’ of them from the ‘now dead’ Bokkeh Bokkelux project. Nisi also claims that it has made changes to the original optical and mechanical designs of the series to make the lenses more reliable, the assembly more accurate, and to reduce their overall
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Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

Now that we've completed our review of Panasonic's Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200), we've updated its entry in our Best Cameras for Travel, Best Pocketable Enthusiast Cameras and Best Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras buying guides. We liked the how Panasonic stuffed a 15X zoom into the ZS200's compact body as well as its feature set, though the sharpness of its lens was a disappointment. Head to our buying guide hub for help finding the right camera by both price and use case.

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Video: How to safely and legally fly with camera batteries

Photography tutorial website The Slanted Lens has published a useful YouTube video guide on how to fly with lithium-ion camera batteries. These batteries are known for their volatility, an issue that reached mass public awareness during the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall. The FAA likewise raised concerns last year over lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage, citing their potential fire risk. In its video, The Slanted Lens outlines all of the different types of batteries photographers may fly with, including ones installed in devices and standalone/spare li-ion batteries. Though some devices with built-in lithium-ion batteries can be packed in checked luggage, Continue reading "Video: How to safely and legally fly with camera batteries"

Tutorial: How to light paint product photo backgrounds on the cheap

Dustin Dolby of workphlo is great at creating professional product shots using just one or two speedlights and some compositing in Photoshop. In this tutorial, he combines that approach—it takes just two speedlights to light these bottles, and he could have made due with one—with some simple smartphone light painting to create a dynamic and colorful soft drink product shot. Here are the four exposures he composited together to light just the bottle. One shot using a stripbox through a diffusion panel on the right, one with a reflector added in on the left, another to light the label, and
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Ricoh releases SDK for Pentax cameras, opening the door to 3rd party remote control apps

Ricoh has released a software development kit (SDK) for Pentax cameras that allows third-party developers to create mobile and desktop apps that can control the camera remotely via USB cable or Wi-Fi. The wireless package is available for Android and iOS. The USB-version can be downloaded for Microsoft .NET Framework and for C++ (Linux, Windows or MacOS). Both variants offer functions for controlling Pentax’s DSLRs and medium format cameras remotely, including photo and video capture, live view and adjustment of camera settings.
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