Apple Updates 27-inch iMac with New CPUs, Double the RAM, and More


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Earlier this week, Apple dropped a substantial update for the 27-inch iMac: its workhorse all-in-one favored by many photographers. The updated specs go beyond just adding the latest processors—Apple also updated the GPUs, doubled the maximum RAM, made some updates to the display, and installed a better webcam to boot.

One thing that hasn’t changed between the previous model and this one is the design and build: the 27-inch iMac looks the same as ever, with a sleek aluminum chassis and bezels that are probably getting a bit chunky for 2020. But inside, just about everything is new.

The

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This Incredible ‘MoonWalk’ Photo Was Captured in a Single Shot


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Sony Artisans Renan Ozturk and Taylor Rees recently captured something incredible, both photographically and physically. In partnership with Sony, they shot some spectacular photos and video of slack line artist Andy Lewis performing a free solo high line between two desert towers in Utah, with a massive moon as his background.

As with any “once-in-a-lifetime” image, capturing these shots took an incredible amount of planning, followed by an incredible amount of frustration and trial-and-error to get them just right. Month after month, they would try and fail to capture the shot they were looking for as clouds got in the

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Magnum Under Fire for Selling Photos of ‘Teenage’ Sex Workers from 1989


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Magnum Photos and prominent photojournalist David Alan Harvey are under scrutiny online today after some of Harvey’s photographs labeled as ‘Teenage’ ‘Thai Prostitutes’ from 1989 surfaced in the Magnum archives, where users could purchase the images or share them online.

The troubling images were discovered by Fstoppers Editor Andy Day, who published his findings yesterday.

“The photographs emerged as part of research into the number of results that Magnum Photos website returns when searching for ‘girl’ and ‘prostitute,’” writes Day. “Several images taken by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey are part of a body of work entitled ‘THAILAND. Bangkok.

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Unsplash Releases 2 Million Images as Massive Open-Source Dataset


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Unsplash has just released “the most complete high-quality open image dataset ever”: an open-source collection of over 2 million images captured by over 200,000 photographers, now available to download in bulk for free.

On the off-chance that you’re not familiar with Unsplash, the website allows photographers to share their images with the world for free under a CC0, no rights reserved, public domain “license.” Designers, publications, bloggers, and many others use Unsplash to access and use these images as they see fit, with or without attribution.

Today’s announcement takes this one major step further, but releasing over

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This Full Astrophotography Workshop is Now Available for Free on YouTube


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Ian Norman and Diana Southern over at Lonely Speck just uploaded their full 2016 astrophotography workshop to YouTube for free. This incredible resource covers everything from getting the shot, to basic editing, image stacking, and panorama stitching. They even included the Q&A from the end of the meetup!

Norman and Southern are two of the most recognizable names in the world of astrophotography. Through their blog and website, they offer in-depth tutorials and some really useful content; however, the most comprehensive educational content is usually reserved for their workshops.

In 2016, they recorded a one hour and forty minute “post-processing”

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Removing the Memory Cards ‘Fixes’ EOS R5 Overheating Over HDMI


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The plot thickens… in a pair of videos released this week, YouTuber and Twitch streamer Wayne from No Life Digital shows how simply removing the memory cards from the Canon EOS R5 basically “fixes” the camera’s overhearing problems when shooting to an external recorder.

If you have been following the video overheating debates surrounding Canon, you know that the camera has issues when shooting both internally and externally when using its oversampled 4KHQ mode (8K recording isn’t possible externally). Typically, recording HQ 4K/30p or 24p video to an external recorder will cause the camera to overheat at around 60-75 minute

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These are the First Third-Party Drop-In Filters for Canon’s EF-RF Adapter


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The filter maker Breakthrough Photography has just released the first third-party drop-in filters for Canon’s popular EF-RF adapter, greatly increasing the number of options available to Canon EOS R, RP, R5, and R6 shooters who want to keep using their EF glass.

One of the most exciting accessories to come out alongside the original Canon EOS R was the EF-RF lens adapter with a slot for a drop-in filter. However, users were limited to using it with Canon’s own circular polarizer or variable ND filter. Well, no more.

The company Breakthrough Photography has just released a wide

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Nikon Unveils Free Software that Turns Your Camera into a Webcam


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Following in the footsteps of Canon, Fuji, Panasonic, and others, Nikon has officially released a free Webcam Utility that allows you to use the latest Nikon mirrorless cameras and DSLRs as a webcam for video conferencing and live-streaming, without the need for a capture card.

As with the original releases from Canon and Fuji, the Nikon Beta Webcam Utility (version 0.9.0) is only available for Windows 10 for now. If that’s not an issue, downloading and installing the utility will allow you to use the cameras below as webcams over USB by selecting “Webcam

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Sony a7S III Orders ‘Greatly Exceeded Expectations,’ Expect Delays


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Sony Japan has posted a notice on its website warning that they’re going to have trouble keeping up with demand for the new Sony a7S III. Apparently, and to nobody’s surprise, pre-orders of the camera “greatly exceeded our expectations.”

The announcement, which you can read here (Google translated), doesn’t share any details beyond notifying customers that there will likely be delays and asking them to be patient. Here’s the full statement with a bit of tweaking for clarity:

Notice Regarding Supply of Sony a7S III

Orders of the digital single-lens camera α7S III, which we started accepting on Tuesday,

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Sigma Unveils 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens for Mirrorless Cameras


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The rumors were right: Sigma has unveiled a new 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. Promising stellar optical performance and coming in at just $1,200, the lens undercut’s Sony’s 85mm G Master by a whopping $600… and yet it doesn’t skimp on features.

The new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens—available for the Sony E-Mount and the Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-Mount—replaces the previous “DG HSM” variant of the lens, which was basically just a Canon EF lens with an MC-11 adapter soldered on. As such, it’s a LOT smaller than its predecessor, as

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These are the World’s First Photos of Lightning


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In the 1880s, photographer William Jennings set out to prove that lightning was a far more varied and volatile thing than a simple zig zag in the sky. After some trial and error, he ultimately succeeded, capturing what is often shared online as “the world’s first photograph of lightning.”

The story of Jennings’ achievement begins with painting. According to a 1939 article in Popular Science, the photographer set out to photograph lightning with his 4×5 plate camera because he was suspicious that “lightning bolts were not of the zig-zag form pictured by artists.”

Jennings’ first few attempts

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Forget Video: A Review of the Canon EOS R5 for Stills Photographers


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Given all of the overheating controversy and the intense focus on the camera’s 8K and 4K video capabilities, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the Canon EOS R5 is also a stills camera. But Gordon Laing at Cameralabs didn’t forget, and he’s reviewed this camera specifically for stills photographers.

The full review and all of the included samples were captured using a boxed, full-production unit of the Canon EOS R5, so no “pre-production” warnings here. It’s just a proper review of all the things that matter to stills photographers: resolution, noise, dynamic range, autofocus performance, IBIS with and without a

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Watch the First Official Trailer for the Pete Souza Documentary ‘The Way I See It’


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Focus Features has just dropped the first trailer for the Pete Souza documentary The Way I See It. The movie follows the former White House Photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama as he “transformed” from photojournalist into a “searing commentator” on the state of US politics, all through the power of his photographs.

Whatever your political bent, you have to admit that Souza is a giant within the world of photography. As the Chief White House Photographer for two of the most iconic presidents from either side of the isle he was granted an incredible level of access,

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Fujifilm Releases Promo for 8-Year-Old Lens, Confuses Photographers


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Fujifilm has just released a new promo video for a very old lens. The video, published last week on the FUJIFILM X Series YouTube channel, features the much-beloved 8-year-old XF 35mm f/1.4R and seems to imply that Fuji doesn’t plan to update this lens any time soon.

The promo video was published last Wednesday, and it’s raised a few eyebrows and even ruffled a few feathers. That’s because many Fuji users have been hoping for a replacement to this lens, and thought the video was unveiling that “Mark 2” version. As it turns out, it was not. The video

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New Nikon Z5 Trade-In Deal Offers a Cheap Way to Get Into Full-Frame


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Nikon has announced a new trade-in program that wants to make it that much cheaper to “discover full-frame mirrorless.” From today until September 27th, you’ll be able to trade-in any working camera and get a $100 bonus plus the value of your camera towards the recently announced Nikon Z5.

The announcement follows in the footsteps of previous “Trade-Up” programs Nikon has offered since releasing the Nikon Z6 and Z7, but while those cameras were still quite pricey even after the rebate, the entry-level Nikon Z5 already costs just $1,400 for the body-only, or $1,700 with a 24-50mm

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Olympus Unveils OM-D E-M10 Mark IV and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Lens


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As promised by various executives, Olympus isn’t done yet. Earlier this morning, the company unveiled the pint-sized OM-D E-M10 Mark IV camera for beginners, and the M. Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS super-telephoto zoom for bird and wildlife photography.

The name of the game with both of these products—as with most Micro Four Thirds gear—is portability. The new camera is a pocketable, selfie-friendly ILC while the lens offers a ton of reach in an ultra-light, ultra-compact package.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

The E-M10 Mark IV is designed for beginners, but boasts some nice-to-have features that you

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How to Create Photos of Miniature Worlds Using Household Items


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A couple of months ago, photographer and YouTuber Chris Hau stumbled across the miniature world photography of Erin Sullivan and was absolutely blown away. So he decided to try out this style for himself and show you exactly what you need to do to start capturing these miniature worlds at home.

We’ve shared plenty of these diorama features in the past—showing you the work of photographers like Ric Tse, Akiko Ida, and Tanaka Tatsuya, among others—but Hau is the first creator we’ve shared to document his journey trying out the process for the first time. That way,

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DPReview EOS R5 Overheating Test: You ‘Can’t Depend on the Camera’


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When Canon released the EOS R5 and EOS R6, they made it clear right away that both cameras were thermally limited when shooting 8K (R5) or oversampled 4K (both) video. But what does this mean for real world use? DPReview has now tested both cameras, and their conclusion is unfortunate for Canon fans who hoped that overheating concerns were made up or overblown.

The report was published by DPReview Technical Editor Richard Butler earlier this morning, and the headline sums it up well: “cameras work as promised – but that’s not enough.”

DPReview’s benchmark testing and real-world experience

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Passion vs Profession: Should I Become a Professional Photographer?


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Professional photographer and YouTuber Sean Tucker recently released a video that covers one of the most common (and tricky) questions that enthusiast photographers ask: “should I go pro?” In other words: should I take this thing that I’m passionate about, and turn it into my profession?

As usual, Tucker tackles this subject with candor and honesty, using his own experience “going pro” as a reference point and explaining what it’s really like to turn photography from your hobby into your day job.

“I’m gonna tell you my story about how I became a professional photographer and what that looked

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