Lightroom Trick: How to Pick Colors from Anywhere on Your Computer


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Earlier today, photographer Matt Kloskowski shared a very useful little tip for Adobe Lightroom users. When making local adjustments, he shows you how to use the color picker to select any color from within Lightroom. Actually any color on your computer screen.

It’s super easy, but not at all intuitive to use this feature. All you have to do is open up the color picker, then click and hold within the color picker to bring up the eye dropper. Without un-clicking, you can then move that eye dropper over any part of your image in lightroom to select that color.

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Instagram Will Now Warn You Before it Disables Your Account


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Yesterday, Instagram announced two changes to its “Account Disable Policy.” The first will enable Instagram to disable offending accounts more easily; the second means you’ll now get a warning before your account is shut down.

Instagram’s previous “Account Disable Policy” kicked in only when an account had crossed some threshold of “violating content.” Once you crossed that percentage, your account would be disabled, no questions asked or warnings given. Over the years, we’ve seen photographers of all stripes fall on the wrong side of this policy for various reasons.

The new policy keeps the old percentage rule, but

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Photographer Turns Huge Shipping Container into Working Camera


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For three weeks earlier this year, if you visited Northernhay Gardens in Exeter, UK, you would have found one of the largest and most unusual cameras in the world. It’s called the Container Camera, and the large-format-camera-and-darkroom-in-a-shipping-container was created by photographer and educator Brendan Barry.

We first featured the strange camera last month in a roundup of odd photographic contraptions that Barry had built using everything from fruit, to mannequins, to a tree stump. He also authored a guest post on PetaPixel about his Caravan Camera back in 2017.

But the Container Camera was an even more ambitious project, which

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Wacom’s Cintiq 22 is an Affordable Pen Display for Budget-Conscious Pros


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Yesterday, pen tablet maker Wacom revealed the Cintiq 22: a large new addition to the brand’s more affordable non-Pro Cintiq lineup that might just put a 22-inch pen display in reach of budding and budget-conscious photographers.

The Cintiq 22 is a new addition to Wacom’s entry-level Pen Display lineup that began with the Cintiq 16 last year. Pen displays—basically external monitors that you can draw on—are usually very expensive, with Wacom’s own Cintiq Pro line costing as much as $3,300 for the 32-inch version or $2,500 for the 24-inch. The new Cintiq 22, meanwhile, costs just $1,200—that’s $800 less

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Is Sony’s Pace of Innovation Actually Hurting the Photo Industry?


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Over the past five years, Sony has done more to push digital imaging forward than just about anybody else. But their incredible pace of innovation is straining an industry that just can’t keep up, and the cracks are starting to show.

Earlier this week, Sony released yet another a7 camera. It’s the fourth a7R Sony has made in less than 6 years, and the 10th full-frame mirrorless camera its released over the same period—all while adding 7 more cameras to its APS-C E-Mount system, debuting the G Master line of high-end lenses, and dominating the compact camera space with the

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Major CASE Act Copyright Legislation Passed by Senate Judiciary Committee


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The CASE Act, a major piece of legislation that would introduce a small claims court for copyright infringement cases, has officially been passed by Senate Judiciary Committee, clearing the way for a full vote on the Senate floor.

This is a major step forward for the copyright legislation, which was introduced by a bi-partisan group of senators from Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois and Hawaii. As of now, defending your copyrights means taking your case to federal court—a complicated and expensive proposition. If passed, the CASE Act would remedy this by establishing a small claims tribunal within the U.S.

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Sony’s FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens is Cheaper in Canada, are Trump Tariffs to Blame?


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If you live in the United States, you may be surprised to hear that you’ll pay a premium to buy the latest Sony FE mount lens. As pointed out in a recent report by Sony Alpha Rumors, the new Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 lens is selling for about 19% less in Canada than it is in the US, which has the photo community wondering if the latest round of Trump tariffs are to blame.

Back in May, as trade tensions between China and the US increased, President Trump proposed an additional 25% tariff on nearly all consumer goods

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Instagram is Now Hiding Like Counts for Users in Seven Countries


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Instagram began testing the removal of “likes” from users’ photos back in May. Now, it’s expanding that test to six more countries, hiding like counts in the hopes that it will “benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.”

The announcement that the test was expanding happened, ironically, through Twitter. Until today, only users in Canada had had their likes and video views hidden from other users, but now IG is adding Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand to the list.

“We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get,”

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Kodak $40 Mobile Film Scanner is Like Google Cardboard for Scanning Film


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If you’re looking for the cheapest possible way to digitize your 35mm Negatives and Slides, the Kodak Mobile Film Scanner is probably it. Costing just $40, this cardboard contraption lets you digitize 35mm film using just your smartphone and a couple of AA batteries.

The Kodak Mobile Film Scanner is made up of a foldable cardboard stand for your mobile phone, a base that allows you to slot in either 35mm Negatives and 35mm Slides, and an LED backlight. This, combined with the Kodak Mobile Film Scanner app (available on iOS and Android) allows you to use your

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Sony a7R IV vs Medium Format: Image Quality and High ISO Comparison


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When Sony announced the 61MP a7R IV this week, both presenters were quick to say that the camera’s full-frame sensor “rivaled medium format” thanks to its combination of resolution and dynamic range. But was that engineering truth, or marketing speak? Photographer Matt Granger decided to find out.

Granger happens to have the Fuji GFX 50r, Hasselblad X1D II 50c and Sony a7R IV in his studio right now, so he decided to do a quick shoot with a non-model and see if the newer ultra-high-resolution image sensor in the a7R IV actually outperforms the larger-but-older medium format sensors in

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Canon Will ‘Definitely’ Add IBIS to ‘Select’ DSLRs Soon: Report


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We’ve known for several months now that Canon was working on IBIS for its full-frame mirrorless EOS-R system, but a recent patent and a new rumor indicates that this tech might make its way into Canon’s DSLRs as well… and soon.

The first indication of this possibility was a patent spotted by Northlight Images last week, but since a patent only rarely indicates a soon-to-be-released technology we decided to hold off on reporting about it. But now, Canon Rumors is reporting that Canon will “‘definitely’ bring IBIS to ‘select’ DSLRs in the near future.”

How near? According to the

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Hasselblad Celebrates 50 Years on the Moon with 907X Special Edition


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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing—which took place on July 20th, 1969—Hasselblad has announced that it will make a Special Edition matte black version of its 907x camera body and CFV II 50c digital back with a commemorative “On the Moon Since 1969” plate on the side.

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, Hasselblad has been keen to remind anybody who will listen that Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were taken with a Hasselblad camera strapped to his spacesuit. The 907x Special Edition is the latest addition to this month’s fanfare,

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Fujifilm Unveils Versatile XF 16-80mm f/4 R Lens with 6-Stops of Stabilization


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In addition to a new, lightweight 50mm lens for its medium format cameras, Fujifilm also announced a versatile new zoom lens for its X-Series mirrorless cameras. The new XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is a stabilized zoom lens that is well suited for a wide range of styles and genres.

Fujifilm calls this lens “highly portable and versatile for all types of photography,” and you can see why. With a full-frame equivalent focal range of 24-122mm and a constant f/4 aperture, this portable little zoom is perfect if you don’t want to carry around more than one lens.

The

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Fujifilm Unveils GF 50mm f/3.5 R: Its Smallest Medium Format Lens Yet


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Earlier today, Fujifilm unveiled its lightest, smallest medium format lens yet. The GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR expands the lineup of lenses available for the GFX series mirrorless medium format cameras, adding an incredibly portable, almost pancake-style 50mm that weighs only 335g (11.8 oz.).

With a full-frame equivalent focal length of 40mm and a reasonably fast f/3.5 maximum aperture, Fujifilm is targeting this lens at street shooters who have also picked up its rangefinder-style GFX 50R. The press release hails the lens as “easily portable and an ideal choice for street and landscape photography.”

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Sony a7R III vs a7R IV Image Quality Comparison


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How much of a difference can an extra 19MP and a newly-designed really make? Apparently, quite a bit, as you can see in this quick side-by-side comparison of JPEGs shot on the 42MP Sony a7R III and the newly released 61MP Sony a7R IV.

The short comparison was created by Tony & Chelsea Northrup, who were at the announcement event in New York yesterday and were able to start testing the new full-frame mirrorless camera right away. The duo shared their first impressions in a separate video, but in this short clip, they simply show off the difference in

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Behind the Photos: Incredible Human-Sized Jellyfish Caught on Camera


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This past weekend, just off the coast of Cornwall, UK, underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly captured what is being called the most viral wildlife story of the year: incredible footage of a rare human-sized jelly fish swimming alongside Daly in the murky deep.

The footage was captured on the last day of Daly’s Wild Oceans Week—an initiative meant to inspire viewers and raise money for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK—and it shows a massive barrel jellyfish that is rarely captured on camera. Typically humans only encounter them washed up on shore, so when

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Curious Monkey Tries Out Wildlife Photographer’s Camera


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Danish biologist Mogens Trolle recently captured this charming video of a curious young monkey at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia who decided to give wildlife photography. Or, at least, that’s what it seems to be doing.

Obviously we’re anthropomorphizing a bit here, but the monkey really does seem to go beyond just groping at the Canon camera. As Trolle himself put it, “You see a youngster looking very much like a wildlife photographer standing behind my camera, looking into it, checking out the buttons, turning it around, just like I would myself when photographing.”

Lucky for Trolle,

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The DJI Ronin-SC is a Smaller, Cheaper 3-Axis Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras


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As expected based on the teaser from earlier this week, DJI has officially announced a new, lighter-weight version of its 3-axis Ronin-S gimbal. The new model is called the Ronin-SC (the C stands for “compact”), and it’s being hailed as a “single-handed stabilizer for mirrorless cameras.”

In terms of form factor, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the Ronin-S and Ronin-SC. The SC is basically just … smaller. Place them side-by-side, and you’ll see that the 2.4lbd/1.1Kg Ronin-SC has been shrunk down to about 40% the size of the Ronin-S while maintaining an impressive

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Researchers Developed an AI that Can ‘Relight’ Portraits After the Fact


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A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to “relight” portraits after the fact “according to any provided environment map.” In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will—including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light.

The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we’ve seen lately, the results are impressive to say the least.

The neural network was trained by capturing photos of 18

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Timelapse Photographer Captured New York City’s Blackout on Camera


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This past Saturday, just before sunset, the lights went out in New York City. Well, a big piece of it anyway. A massive blackout left a large section of Manhattan dark, and across the river in New Jersey, a timelapse photographer captured the whole thing on camera.

The full blackout lasted about five hours and affected a swath of Manhattan that ran from Midtown as far up as 69th street on the Upper West Side. People were trapped in elevators, traffic lights stopped working, subway platforms went dark, broadway shows spilled out into the streets, and half of Time’s Square’s

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