Emilia Clarke’s True Calling is Posing for Stock Photos

Vanity Fair created this tongue-in-cheek 4.5-minute video in which actress Emilia Clarke recreates some of the most generic business stock photos. “I feel confident that making stock footage is what I’ll be known for forever,” says Clarke, who’s currently best known for her roles in Game of Thrones and the new Star Wars movie, Solo. “Making stock footage… that’s the new high bar.” (via Vanity Fair via Laughing Squid)

US May Soon Require Drones to Have Visible License Plates

Heads up if you’re a drone-flying photographer in the United States: the government may soon require a physical license plate on the outside of your drone. Bloomberg spotted the proposed rule that was quietly filed earlier this month. Drone owners are currently required to register their aircraft with the FAA and place identification information somewhere on their drone, but the new rule would go a step further and require license plates that are visible at all times, just like what’s required of cars. “This action would require small unmanned aircraft owners to display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA
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Fujifilm X-T100: 4K at 15fps is for whom?

Fujifilm X-T100: 4K at 15fps is for whom? The new APS-C camera from Fujifilm, X-T100, is a DSLR-style retro camera which offers a new fully articulating LCD, some interesting options in Full HD and 4K UHD at… 15fps. What was Fujifilm thinking? ‘Video is a big growth area for us” said Fujifilm executives in an interview published in 2017 by DPReview, but video does not seem to be, at least on 4K, the goal of this camera, as the X-T100 offers 4K at 15fps, taking things to the other extreme of what Fujifilm offered in the X-H1, which gave us DCI 4K (4096×2160) at 24P / 23.98P
Fujifilm X-T100: 4K at 15fps is for whom?
Fujifilm X-T100: 4K at 15fps is for whom?
Fujifilm X-T100: 4K at 15fps is for whom?
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Fujifilm X-T100: Most of the Goodness of the X-T20 for Just $600

Fujifilm has announced the X-T100, the latest mirrorless camera model in the X Series lineup and an even more affordable sibling of the $900 X-T20. The X-T100 is an entry-level body in the X Series stable for photographers who are willing to give up some feature, specs, and portability offered by the X-T20 in order to save on cost. Inside the X-T100 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor (not X-Trans) with a high-speed imaging processor (not X-Processor Pro). The sensor has an ISO range of 200-12800 and is extendable to 100-51200. The continuous shooting speed is 6fps, down from
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Photographer Captures Eagle and Fox Fighting Over Rabbit in Midair

Wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi was out shooting a few days ago when he witnessed and photographed a crazy sight: a bald eagle and red fox fighting over a rabbit… in midair. While photographing the non-native foxes in San Juan Island National Historical Park on San Juan Island in Washington state, Ebi spotted a young red fox carrying a rabbit it had caught across a meadow. As he panned his camera to follow that fox, a bald eagle suddenly swooped in from behind Ebi and grabbed the rabbit while it was in the fox’s mouth. “To my surprise, the scene was
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This Photography Jacket Was Inspired by the US Military’s M-65 Field Jacket

The camera bag brand Langly has unveiled a new weatherproof jacket designed for professional photographers called The Langly Field Jacket. The design was inspired by the US military’s iconic M-1965 (AKA M-65) field jacket. “Originally developed by the military to function in any climate, the M-65 keeps cool on hot days, warm on cold nights, and dry during monsoons,” Langly says.
The US Military’s M65 field jacket (available at Army Surplus World), the inspiration for the Langly Field Jacket.
The Langly Field Jacket features a wind- and water-resistant outer shell, weatherproof tape-sealed seams, and an adjustable wireframe hood
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Apollo Lets You Magically Edit Lighting in iPhone Portrait Mode Photos

Apollo is a new “immersive illumination” iPhone app that lets you edit 3D lighting in Portrait mode photos. The app uses the depth map created by dual camera iPhones, allowing you to post-process photos as if they were 3D renders. “Apollo is the first app to use the depth data of your portrait mode photos to calculate photorealistic lighting,” Apollo says. “Using a proprietary graphics card processing algorithm, Apollo is able to illuminate a portrait scene in real time.” You can add up to 20 new light sources in each photo. Each light source can be adjusted for position
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This Camera Got Too Close to a Rocket Launch

Renowned NASA photographer Bill Ingalls placed a remote DSLR camera too close to the launch pad during the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch yesterday. When he went back to retrieve the camera, this is what he found. The $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and pricey L lens used for the close-up had gotten melted by the intense heat. “Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh,” Ingalls writes. “And yes, it made pix until its demise.” Ingalls did manage to retrieve photos from the memory card on the camera, including this frame
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Google Photos Now Lets You ‘Star’ and ‘Heart’ Pictures

Google Photos is taking another step towards being a social photo sharing app that can compete with the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. Google has unveiled the ability to “star” and “heart” photos. The new “star” is the mechanism for adding photos as Favorites and will be available when browsing your own photos. This lets you highlight the “keepers” you’ll want to look back on by visiting the new Favorites album.

People Magazine Once Paid $10,000 for a Photo It Didn’t Even Want

Photographers often reminisce about the glory days of magazines, when they were given huge budgets, freedoms, and paychecks to create images. Here’s one crazy example of what things were like then: People magazine once paid $10,000 for exclusive rights to a photo it didn’t even want… just to keep it away from competitors. The New York Times has published a fascinating oral history documenting the last days of Time Inc. before the “pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.” Former People assistant managing editor Albert Kim shares how publications would get into
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Sony Investing $9B in Image Sensors, Aims to Be Top Camera Brand by 2021

Sony has unveiled a new three-year plan for its business segments under new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, and it’s clear that one of the company’s primary goals is to dominate digital photography. The company, already the clear-cut leader in image sensors with a reported 50% market share, is planning to invest 1 trillion yen (~$9 billion) into mostly image sensors over the next three years as companies like Samsung and (now) Canon have begun ramping up their own sensor businesses. And in a presentation given at Sony IR Day 2018, Sony also stated that one of its mid-range initiatives
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Photographer Has Close Encounters with Huge Manta Rays

Photographer William Drumm of Denver, Colorado, has been traveling to Socorro Island over the past two years in hopes of swimming and capturing images of the world’s largest manta rays. This 2-minute video shows some of the beautiful encounters Drumm has had. Caters Clips writes that the shots were captured between October 2017 and April 2018. The largest manta rays on Earth can reach a whopping 23 feet (7m) in width, or about the length of four humans lined up head to toe.

RED and Lucid Unveil 8K 3D Camera for 4V Holographic Photos

The camera companies RED and Lucid have unveiled a new 8K 3D/4V camera that’s designed to work with the RED Hydrogen One modular holographic phone. RED is building the high-resolution hardware for the camera while Lucid is providing the 3D Fusion Technology software that it’ll use. The new camera will be the “first dual camera to give users full 8K video and picture capabilities converting to 4V in real-time while allowing them to shoot like professionals with dynamically adjustable lens distances for the best 3D focus and zoom,” Lucid says. Attaching a RED Hydrogen One phone to the camera will
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