Using LiDAR to Add Autofocus to an f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens


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Filmmaker Josh Yeo of MAKE.ART.NOW. recently tested DJI’s LiDAR Focus module for the new RS 2 gimbal to see if it could accurately focus his manual Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III lens. If it can handle this, that means you can pretty much add autofocus to any camera and manual lens combination you want… and the results look VERY promising.

Using LiDAR time-of-flight sensors for autofocus and depth mapping is hardly a new idea. Smartphone makers have been using these sensors for a few years, and a LiDAR sensor is one of the major features added to

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This 140-Year-Old Metal Bird is the Origin of the Phrase ‘Watch the Birdie!’


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Professional wet plate photographer Markus Hofstätter is obviously fond of historical photography processes. But his latest video doesn’t actually involve taking any photos; instead, he’s restoring a 140-year-old chirping brass bird that is thought to be the origin of the phrase “watch the birdie.”

“‘Watch the Birdie’ – thats what my parents told me, to make sure I look into the camera before they took a photo of me,” recalls Hofstätter on his blog. “I guess lots of you guys remember this saying. With the renovation of a 140-year-old historic brass birdie, I show you the origin of

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This Demo Shows the Power of Photoshop’s New ‘Smart Portrait’ AI Filter


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Arguably the most interesting feature added to Adobe Photoshop today was a set of AI-powered “Neural Filters” including Colorize, Style Transfer, and Smart Portrait. The last of these is particularly impressive, and NVIDIA is giving us a peek at what it can do when you really push it.

Smart Portrait—which is actually based on a deep neural network developed by NVIDIA Research—allows Photoshop users to alter facial characteristics like gaze and head direction, lighting angles, and even hair thickness by simply dragging around a few sliders.

Since they had a hand in creating it, the folks at NVIDIA wanted to

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Photo Story: The Last Photos of Bowe Bergdahl Before He Was Captured by the Taliban


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Guardian photojournalist Sean Smith recently sat down with VICE to talk over three of the most powerful images that he captured during his time documenting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including one photo that turned out to be more important than he could have imagined.

In the video Smith discusses three images in all, each striking in its own right.

The first shows a line of suspected insurgents, zip-tied and blindfolded, being led through the desert by a single soldier; the second juxtaposes the helplessness of a zip-tied suspect with a sandbag over his head in the foreground against

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Photo Story: The Last Photos of Bowe Bergdahl Before He Was Captured by the Taliban


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Guardian photojournalist Sean Smith recently sat down with VICE to talk over three of the most powerful images that he captured during his time documenting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including one photo that turned out to be more important than he could have imagined.

In the video Smith discusses three images in all, each striking in its own right.

The first shows a line of suspected insurgents, zip-tied and blindfolded, being led through the desert by a single soldier; the second juxtaposes the helplessness of a zip-tied suspect with a sandbag over his head in the foreground against

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Brooklyn Bridge Blizzard Photo Wins Weather Photographer of the Year


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This past weekend, the Royal Meteorological Society unveiled the winners of the fifth annual Weather Photographer of the Year competition, selecting an overall winner, Young Weather Photographer of the Year winner, and a People’s Choice winner from over 7,700 submissions.

The top prize went to photographer Rudolf Sulgan for his 2018 photo of a blizzard on the Brooklyn bridge. The photo shows people struggling against the blowing snow to visit the landmark, but for Sulgan, the shot represents more than a timely press of the shutter.

“I made this image in 2018, during a strong blizzard as El Nino’s periodic

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This Video Shows How Fujifilm’s IBIS has Evolved Over the Years


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In-body image stabilization, or IBIS, has become a staple of high-end mirrorless cameras, and companies are iterating at a rapid pace. We learned a little bit about this evolution in a recent BTS video filmed at Olympus R&D headquarters, and now, Fuji is giving us a peek at how its IBIS units have evolved since the X-H1.

The technical deep dive took place during episode #5 of Fujifilm Japan’s “X Lab” video series, in which the company’s engineers and executives talk about the new Fuji X-S10.

While the video is in Japanese, and the auto-translated subtitles could use some serious

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This Video Shows How Fujifilm’s IBIS has Evolved Over the Years


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In-body image stabilization, or IBIS, has become a staple of high-end mirrorless cameras, and companies are iterating at a rapid pace. We learned a little bit about this evolution in a recent BTS video filmed at Olympus R&D headquarters, and now, Fuji is giving us a peek at how its IBIS units have evolved since the X-H1.

The technical deep dive took place during episode #5 of Fujifilm Japan’s “X Lab” video series, in which the company’s engineers and executives talk about the new Fuji X-S10.

While the video is in Japanese, and the auto-translated subtitles could use some serious

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Great Reads in Photography: October 18, 2020


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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Amazing low-light landscape with the new Ultra-Wide camera on Night mode on iPhone 12.

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Apple’s lineup includes four phones with three different camera stacks. The main lens has a new optical formula. It maintains the same 26mm (full-frame equivalent) focal length but sports seven molded plastic elements and an f/1.6 aperture, gathering just a little bit more light than

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Ilford is Creating a Set of Super Helpful ‘Darkroom Guides’ on YouTube


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Over the past seven months, Ilford has been publishing a set of helpful “Darkroom Guides” to the How To playlist on the company YouTube channel. The series was created to help film photographers take their “next steps in your black and white darkroom printing journey.” If that describes you, then this is one you’ll want to bookmark.

There’s a lot of information out there about film photography—including some exceptional websites like EMULSIVE that are exclusively dedicated to film lovers—but if you’re looking for “how to” advice, one great place to start is right at the source. Ilford’s channel is

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Pentax vs Contax: Testing 2 Go-To Film Cameras for Wedding Photography


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Today we’re going to take a look at two film cameras. We have the Pentax 645nII and the Contax 645: two of the last medium format film bodies ever produced, and the two most popular go-to cameras for wedding shooters who are still shooting film.

There are lots of reasons why this is the case. While they don’t have fancy Eye autofocus or anything like that, they both have pretty good autofocus systems, very fast motor drives, and all the basic bells and whistles you could get on a film camera in the early 2000s.

They also have a

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How Richard Nixon ‘Stole’ This Photo and Twisted It Into a Campaign Slogan


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American people standing up to the Soviets! America needs Nixon! These were some of the tag lines attached to this photo during Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1960. But behind every picture, there is a story. And this is one of those photos where the story is just as good as the picture.

How many times have you heard the phrase: “truth is in the eye of the beholder”?

We’ve seen it many times in the history of photography and photojournalism. Some photographs are just not what they appear to be. Sometimes the composition is corrected later in the post, sometimes

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How Richard Nixon ‘Stole’ This Photo and Twisted It Into a Campaign Slogan


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American people standing up to the Soviets! America needs Nixon! These were some of the tag lines attached to this photo during Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1960. But behind every picture, there is a story. And this is one of those photos where the story is just as good as the picture.

How many times have you heard the phrase: “truth is in the eye of the beholder”?

We’ve seen it many times in the history of photography and photojournalism. Some photographs are just not what they appear to be. Sometimes the composition is corrected later in the post, sometimes

Continue reading “How Richard Nixon ‘Stole’ This Photo and Twisted It Into a Campaign Slogan”

The Winners of Nikon’s ‘Small World’ Contest Reveal Tiny Technicolor Worlds


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Nikon has unveiled the winners of the 2020 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: our annual opportunity to witness the most beautiful images that straddle the intersection of stunning photography and groundbreaking science.

Top prize this year went to Daniel Castranova, assisted by Bakary Samasa, who were working in Dr. Brant Weinstein’s lab at the National Institutes of Health. Castranova captured what is described as an “artfully rendered and technically immaculate photo” of a young zebrafish with a fluorescent tags for the skeleton, scales, and lymphatic system.

The image was created by stacking and stitching over 350 individual images that

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See the Stunning Winners of the Close-Up Photographer of the Year Awards


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The winners of the second annual Close-Up Photographer of the Year contest were announced recently, showcasing some of the best “close-up, macro & micro photography” from around the globe and inspiring all of us to take a closer look at the tiny worlds that surround us.

More than 6,500 photos from 52 different countries were submitted to the contest this year across a total of 7 categories: Animals, Insects, Plants & Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Manmage World, Micro, and Young Close-Up Photographer of the Year (for photographers under 17 years of age).

The grand prize and title of Close-Up Photographer of

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I Restored and Colorized a Portrait of Every President Who Lived Before Color Photography


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I’ve been restoring and also coloring historical photographs for a little over two years. Towards the end of last year, I received a request to work on an image of Abraham Lincoln. Little did I know, this request would change the direction of my work forever.

I posted the completed, now full color, image of Lincoln online and I was really surprised by the response it received. The comments in particular really caught me off guard. Multiple times I got in essence the same response:

“I’ve never really been able to see Abraham Lincoln as an actual person before now.

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Cloudburst Unleashes ‘Tsunami from Heaven’ in Stunning Timelapse


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A couple of years ago, adventure photographer and Visit Austria creator Peter Maier captured a stunning rainstorm timelapse titled ‘Tsunami from Heaven’ that recently went went viral online. The full piece, just 52 seconds long, is nevertheless mesmerizing to behold.

Maier’s short timelapse needs very little introduction—just a large, high-resolution display and some headphones if you have them.

It was captured almost about two and a half years ago, in June of 2018, from the Alpengasthof Bergfried hotel in Carinthia, Austria, and shows a sudden cloudburst (AKA microburst or downburst) soaking an area around Lake Millstatt. For some reason, the

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10 Tips for Photographing Little Mushrooms in the Forest


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As I am a professional photographer and known mainly for my images with wide angle lenses, here is something new. It’s been raining here for weeks already—not the greatest conditions for landscape photography—so I took out my macro lens to photograph some mushrooms in the forest. The great thing about this is that you can do this with any kind of light at any moment of the day.

The mushrooms are (in NL at least) literally everywhere and you can find them especially on wet trees that fell down in forests.

Now this was actually the first time I went

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Sad Photo of Elephants Eating Trash Wins Royal Society of Biology Photo Contest


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Last week, the UK’s Royal Society of Biology unveiled the winners of its annual photo contest. And while you’ve probably never heard of this particular contest before, this year’s winning image has earned the contest a place in the headlines.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Our Changing World,” and the RSB received thousands of entries from across the globe for both the Adult and Young Photographer of the Year categories. The goal of the judges was to identify photos that “highlight the dynamic nature of wildlife, sometimes catalyzed by human impact.” And that’s exactly what they found.

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This Leica ‘Rifle’ is Expected to Sell for $250,000 at Leitz Photographica


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On November 21st, the 37th Annual Leitz Photographica Auction will take place in Vienna and online. And while the full catalog hasn’t been published yet, Leica has unveiled a few “highlights” for collectors to drool over between now and the big day.

While us mere mortals can’t hope to plunk down the tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars required to secure the most prized “collector’s pieces and rarities” on show at Leitz Photographica next month, that doesn’t stop us from ogling the merchandise. And this year, four items in particular bear some serious ogling. They are: