New images of Jupiter’s pole show enormous, gorgeous storms

Enormous cyclones rage on Jupiter's south pole, in an image created by NASA's Juno spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles
NASA's 'Juno' spacecraft was launched in 2011 and entered Jupiter's orbit in July 2016. Tasked with studying the gas giant, early data from Juno suggest that among other insights, scientists had underestimated the intensity of Jupiter's 'mammoth, lumpy' magnetic field. Juno is on a polar orbit around Jupiter, passing close to the surface every 53 days. Each time it makes a pass, it collects data using various instruments, including its 'Junocam' camera. It takes around one and a half days Continue reading "New images of Jupiter’s pole show enormous, gorgeous storms"

Binded – Unwanted S&M For Artists & Creatives

There are plenty of ways to gag and bind your time, creativity, and intellectual property. The latest one, Binded (a rebranding of a company called Blockai) is a startup offering up worthless "certificates" - selling snake oil to the creative masses.

On their website they proffer "we give you a copyright certificate as proof which can help protect you against copyright infringement." Unfortunately, they should be saying "might" or "may", and even then, that's not true. In a March 14, 2016 TechCrunch interview (here), when the CEO is asked if there is any legal benefit to their Continue reading "Binded – Unwanted S&M For Artists & Creatives"

Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool

Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool Capture One offers quite a few tools to adjust your raw files. It’s best known for its color editing capabilities, but luminosity adjustments are also very well designed. One of them was introduced last year with Capture One Pro 9, and it’s called the Luma Curve. It’s a powerful feature to adjust contrast manually while avoiding any color shift. Let’s see how it works and how it compares to an RGB curve. [ Read More ]

The 6D Mark II Will Be Canon’s First Full Frame DSLR with an Articulating LCD

If you’re a Canon photographer and you’ve been longing for a full frame DSLR with an articulating LCD screen, your wait will soon be over. The upcoming Canon 6D Mark II will reportedly be the company’s first camera of that category to offer the flexible display. Canon Rumors reports that a Vari-Angle LCD is a known feature in the upcoming camera now. Other specs/features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a larger (taller and deeper) form factor than the original 6D, and a new battery grip. The introduction of an articulating screen in Canon’s full frame lineup will likely attract both
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The Photographer Who Shoots Wildlife in European Cities

Bristol, UK-based Sam Hobson is a wildlife photographer with a difference from others: he primarily shoots wildlife that he can find in and around cities: foxes, badgers, deer, toads, squirrels, herons, ravens, pigeons, goshawks, falcons, gulls and others. “Working with what’s on my doorstep has tons of benefits,” Hobson tells PetaPixel. “Getting to know my subject is probably the most important element of my photography. Shooting close to home means I can regularly visit the same locations, work with the same animals and really get to know the habits and routines of my local wildlife.” “Shooting the same
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How Do You Know Whether Your Film is Porn or Art? [PODCAST]

'Flames' co-directors Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell 'wade into intimate waters' with Ashley Connor, the DP who filmed them having real-life sex. It’s a good thing that the No Film School podcast has a parental advisory, because this week, we’re going straight into NC-17 territory to discuss a film that opens with close-up shots of a reverse piledriver. (Google it—when you’re not at work.) The film in question isn’t a porn…or is it? We get into that debate with the film’s co-directors, Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell, Continue reading "How Do You Know Whether Your Film is Porn or Art? [PODCAST]"

My RØDE Reel Presents ‘The Power of the Short’ Filmmaker Series

World's Largest Short Film Competition My RØDE Reel Presents ‘The Power of the Short' Filmmaker Series

As part of the My RØDE Reel 2017, pro audio company RØDE Microphones today released a four episode series ‘The Power Of The Short‘ – a Q&A format with Australian filmmakers, each with experience in how short films helped form their careers in features and in television. Hosted by My RØDE Reel ambassador and judge Tim Ross – whose career includes radio DJ, stand-up comedian, author and producer and star of several TV comedies and documentaries – the series looks at unique
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dailyPlanet5D News 2017-05-29: Affordable Cine Lenses, Rumored Nikon Lens, Controlling Lens Flare, When to Have a New Camera, Fuji’s New Features Fixes Bugs, New Panasonic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel Review

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Pete Souza On Photographing a Fake President for “House of Cards”

For eight years, Pete Souza served as White House Chief Photographer for President Barack Obama. During that time, not only did he take arguably the most complete photographic record of a president, he also played a role in rolling out the White House Flickr feed (now archived) and Instagram account (@obamawhitehouse). A number of end-of-term retrospectives helped… The post Pete Souza On Photographing a Fake President for “House of Cards” appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Choosing Where to Take Photos in a Family Home

Family homes provide a multitude of possible backgrounds and framing opportunities for wonderful photographs. But it’s easy to end up with cluttered-looking shots if you get the background wrong. Choosing your location carefully can make all the difference. Here are my top tips for different shooting scenarios.

Posed group portrait

For a formal studio feel, look for a wall near a window for the family to stand against. Bear in mind that families will usually be happy to take pictures down to create a blank canvas, and you can easily Photoshop out picture hooks. Consider showing more of the family
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Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR is the first non-prime lens available for the company's new digital medium format system. Offering about a 25-51mm equiv. field of view, this lens is incredibly versatile for a variety of shooting scenarios. Not only that, it is also dust- and weather-sealed, handy for a windy day at the beach, being sprayed by surf and sand. Click the link below for samples. Note: all images were processed through ACR with lens corrections turned off using the Standard/Provia camera profile.

A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography

A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography At some point in time, almost every photographer will get the itch to try their hand at astrophotography. It could be that image of the Milky Way or an aurora that inspires us to bring our cameras out in the middle of a clear night to photograph the stars. Josh Katz created this tutorial for newbie astrophotographers who may not live in an ideal region for capturing the night skies. [ Read More ]

Soft Proofing for Print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop (Podcast 575)

This week I’ve created a video to explain soft-proofing for print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop, in response to a question from Chris Moore. I’d been meaning to do a video on soft-proofing in Capture One Pro for a while, so thanks for the question Chris! Soft proofing in Capture One Pro isn’t as useful as it could be, due to the lack of gamut warnings. But, I find that with modern printers doing such a good job of reproducing colors that the human eye perceives to be very close to the original colors in the photograph, even without being able Continue reading "Soft Proofing for Print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop (Podcast 575)"

A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died nine years ago in combat in Afghanistan. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s Continue reading "A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS"

Shooting With a Toy Camera: The Holga

Shooting With a Toy Camera: The Holga The Holga 120 GCFN is a plastic medium format camera with a fixed 60mm f/8 lens, complete with over-the-top vignetting and light leaks. But for many, that's the joy of a toy camera. See what's it like to shoot with this cult classic. [ Read More ]

Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5

Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 The Sony a9 might be the most hotly anticipated camera in quite some time, as it's the first time a mirrorless camera has taken such direct aim at the flagship DSLR bodies. While a lot of the excitement has been about its shooting speed and autofocus capabilities, another important characteristic is dynamic range, which you can now see measured and compared to those other bodies. [ Read More ]

Getting Started Using LUTs in Premiere Pro

Getting Started Using LUTs in Premiere Pro If you're just getting into video, one of the most important things you can tackle to improve both the look of your footage and the efficiency of your editing is LUTs. This helpful tutorial will get you off and running in very little time. [ Read More ]