Kodak begins shipping Ektachrome film to select photographers for testing

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During CES 2017, Kodak announced plans to resurrect its Ektachrome film, which was discontinued in 2012. Though the first batch of film isn't available to purchase yet, Kodak released sample images shot on the new Ektachrome in June, and now it has started shipping test film to select photographers. Images and videos of the new Ektachrome film have surfaced on Kodak's Instagram page, where it points toward its beta film test team. One video by @benjhaisch shows a brick of packaged film boxes being removed from its shipping box; another (embedded below) by beta tester @michaelturek shows Continue reading "Kodak begins shipping Ektachrome film to select photographers for testing"

Two Minute Tips with David Bergman: How to angle your reflector to achieve the best results

Whether you are working with natural light or artificial light, reflectors are a very powerful tool. When used correctly, they can act as their own light, which allows you a lighter, more flexible and much less expensive overall kit of gear. In fact, you can get collapsible reflectors which will easily slip away into your camera bag.

In the latest episode of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4a9smiB5OM&amp;list=PLwm6LvGc5xq0zeay6mkYx6rwrIH7xLQwq" >Two Minute Tips</a> with <a href="https://www.davidbergman.net/index" >David Bergman</a>, the professional photographer and educator discusses how to use reflectors. More specifically, he discusses different angles of reflection...
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Video: How Nikon tests its D850 DSLR against the elements

If you're sensitive to gore, you might want to turn your head. Nikon Asia has published a video on its YouTube channel that dives into the brutal depths the company goes to in order to test the ruggedness of its DSLR cameras — specifically the Nikon D850. In the two-minute video, Nikon ambassadors and workers detail the amount of thought, research and methods that go into practically testing how its cameras will handle tough environments. Although there are plenty of automated tests going on, this particular video, titled 'True Reliability' takes a look at the more hands-on testing. Specifically, the Continue reading "Video: How Nikon tests its D850 DSLR against the elements"

Photographer Captures Shooting Star Exploding in Front of a Comet

Montreal-based photographer François Guinaudeau went out a couple of nights ago to shoot Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner during the Perseid meteor shower. As he was capturing photos of the comet for stacking, a shooting star flew into the frame and exploded near the comet. Above is one of the photos that resulted. “While video and VFX make my living, I am a passionate photographer and I recently decided to dive in a really special kind of photography: Deep Sky Object (DSO) photography,” Guinaudeau tells PetaPixel. That night, Guinaudeau drove three hours with some friends to the Mont Mégantic Observatory, the first
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The Case Against the Photo Watermark

Inevitably a time will come around when a budding photographer decides to start “taking this seriously,” “discouraging image theft,” and (my personal favorite), “gaining exposure.” And they do this, of course, with a watermark. Now mind you, before I get to the nitty-gritty of why this is BS, I’ll cover the surface level problem with this. First, 9/10 watermarks made by a beginner look horrendous. Too big, too small, too opaque, too transparent, or gaudy. Not to mention most beginners haven’t settled into a legitimate business name by the time they start watermarking images. So ten years later they
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Macallan Launches a Magnum Photos Limited Edition Whiskey

For the past 10 years, the famous Scotch whiskey distillery The Macallan has been releasing limited edition whiskeys in a Masters of Photography series. For its latest edition, Macallan collaborated with the prestigious Magnum Photos cooperative. The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition is the 7th limited edition release as part of the series. Previous photographers honored with an edition include Rankin, Albert Watson, Annie Leibovitz, Elliot Erwitt, Mario Testino, and Steven Klein. In addition to the scotch itself, each Magnum edition pack also contains a collection of six 11×14-inch signed prints captured by 6 Magnum photographers — Steve McCurry,
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Is the Sensor or the Lens to Blame for Poor Image Quality?

A few years ago, I was embarrassingly very vocal about how disappointed I was about some of the Nikon lenses. I’ve been using Nikon cameras and lenses for decades and although I was very pleased with the image quality and color rendition their cameras produced, I strongly considered jumping the Nikon ship in search of crisper, cleaner looking lenses. In fact, I was so close to leaving Nikon a couple of years ago that I went through the process of hiring and testing other brands to see if other manufacturers could deliver what Nikon could not. But what was my
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One Tool, Three Ways: Selective editing in Lightroom helps these three pros bring their artistic vision to life

Much like different photographers will approach any given scene in their own unique ways, photographers also edit and process their digital files in their own way, with their own personal touch. In fact, more than any other part of the photographer&#39;s workflow, the editing of images is what sets photographers apart the most. With the incredible flexibility of RAW files produced by today&#39;s leading cameras, there is a lot you can do to adjust, tweak and finish an image. Some photographers prefer high-contrast images with rich,...
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Watch: DP Michael Ballhaus and His Love for the Moving Camera

The late cinematographer may be gone, but his remarkable images live on. Michael Ballhaus, the highly respected German cinematographer known for his frequent collaborations with directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese, passed away last year at the age of 81 in his native Berlin. A veteran of the industry, Ballhaus' prosperous career spanned seven decades and three Academy Award nominations (for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Gangs of New York, respectively). Revisiting Ballhaus' lengthy IMDB page provides a slew of memorable titles that heavily influenced Continue reading "Watch: DP Michael Ballhaus and His Love for the Moving Camera"

5 Signs You’re Progressing in Photography

Recognizing personal progression and improvement is a wildly beneficial yet often overlooked exercise for our confidence. It’s human nature to want to be “better” at things. We don’t have to be the best right now, but we all want the affirmation that we’re improving and moving in the right direction. Photography is no different and in the digital age can feel rather short-lived as the majority of images created are shared on social media and eventually with time, slide off into the digital archives rarely to be seen again. We tend to only view what we’ve created in recent months
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This is How Canon Supports its Pros

As the camera wars are heating up over the new battleground that is mirrorless cameras, the heavyweights in the industry are taking turns tooting their own horns. Canon just released this 2.5-minute video on the benefits of Canon Professional Services (CPS). “Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional support for full-time imaging professionals,” Canon writes. “CPS members receive exclusive 24/7 phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted equipment maintenance and repairs, Equipment Evaluation Loans, on-site support at select events and shows, discounts on Canon Live Learning seminars and workshops, and more.” You need to own a certain number of
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What it Was Like to Move My Photo Business Across the Country

It’s 7:30 in the morning in Winnipeg and my wife awakens me to share the news that she has just gotten the job she has always wanted in Toronto. It has been six months since we had first planned our move to Toronto. All of the sudden, we were moving across the country in 3 weeks. This just got real. I grew up in a small town outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. I like to joke that on a good day there were ten people who resided there. After graduating photography school in 2011, I found out quickly that the only way
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Three Tips to Survive With Photoshop CS6 in 2018

Three Tips to Survive With Photoshop CS6 in 2018 Though Adobe Photoshop CS6 came out more than six years ago, there are a good many people still using it in 2018. Some don’t need to upgrade, others can’t afford the monthly fee, and still others refuse to buy into the software as a service model. [ Read More ]

Three Tips to Survive With Photoshop CS6 in 2018

Three Tips to Survive With Photoshop CS6 in 2018 Though Adobe Photoshop CS6 came out more than six years ago, there are a good many people still using it in 2018. Some don’t need to upgrade, others can’t afford the monthly fee, and still others refuse to buy into the software as a service model. [ Read More ]

Fade In Pro: Screenwriting’s best kept secret

If you’ve ever done any kind of screenwriting—be it for dramatic works or even documentary post-scripting—you’ll no doubt have resorted to one of two things: wrestling with Microsoft Word templates to get the formatting correct or handing over a hefty bit of cash for Final Draft, the industry standard software package for screenwriting. But did you know that there are alternatives? Alternatives like Fade In Pro. For many years starved writers turned to Celtx as the free, open source alternative to Final Draft. Only problem: it wasn’t actually open source and it didn’t stay free. At time of writing
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Sony is Now #1 in Full-Frame Cameras in the US

Sony just announced that it is now #1 in the United States in the full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, overtaking Canon in both units sold and dollars generated in the first half of 2018. Sony says that 4 out of every 10 full-frame cameras sold during the period were made by Sony. Here’s a chart by Sony showing its explosive growth in the full-frame camera market: This latest news speaks to the rapid growth of mirrorless cameras. While Canon and Sony have yet to announce a full-frame camera in the mirrorless market, Sony currently has four: the Sony a9,
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Summer Final Cut Pro X Tutorial Roundup

It's Summer, a quiet time and many people are away from their edit stations- an ideal time to do a tutorial roundup!  We feature how to build effects, workflow suggestions and even a free 21 episode Final Cut Pro X course. Grab a large coffee and let's go!

Sony announces full frame dominance

Sony today announced that it now leads the entire U.S. camera market in sales of full frame ILCs, putting them ahead of full frame rivals Canon and Nikon for this coveted distinction. The source of this information is cited as The NPD Group, which is a reputable retail tracking service.

Given the rise in popularity of mirrorless cameras in general over the past five years, this may not come as a big surprise to some, but the U.S. has historically been a DSLR-centric region for camera buyers, even as photographers in other regions...
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Sony claims top spot in full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, launches ‘Be Alpha’ campaign

In a press release issued this morning, Sony announced it has sold more full-frame cameras than any other brand in the US over the past six months, measured both by units sold and by value. Perhaps more impressively, the company is also celebrating occupying the top position in the overall mirrorless market, a spot it has owned for the past six years thanks to the huge success of the a6000, as well as sales of the a7 series. That's all good news for Sony, yes, but it's probably no coincidence that Sony was the last brand to release a mass-market
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