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    After last week's laundry list of updates, Firmware Friday is a much simpler affair this time around. In place of the staggering 36 updates in our last roundup, there's only a single firmware release to discuss, and this time it's from Germany's Leica Camera AG. The Leica T (Typ 701)'s new firmware version 1.6 release makes three changes in total. By far the most important of these is a huge improvement in autofocus performance, at least if Leica's claims are accurate. The company says that when running the new firmware,... (read more) [...]
Sat, Dec 10, 2016
Source: Photography News Category: PHOTOGRAPHY
After another year of news stories that produced photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view, I thought I’d take the time to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year. The following are images of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and compassion, volunteers at work, and assistance being given to those in need. While composing this, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Mr. Rogers, who once said that when he was young and saw scary things in the news, “My mother would say to me ‘look [...]
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
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    If you shoot in very low light but don't need much resolving power, Casio has a new camera which may be right for you. The Casio EX-FR110H has a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that packs only 1.9 megapixels, but has a native ISO up to 51,200. The sensor's pixels are particularly large and the camera has new noise suppression circuitry. The FR110H has a built-in 20mm equivalent lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The back of the camera has a 3-inch LCD, which is detachable from the camera so you can shoot it remotely. Further, you can... [...]
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
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    Did you recently purchase your first-ever DSLR during the awesome Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales? British designer Simon Roberts created a fun tool, Photography Mapped, that lets you experiment with different camera settings and a fun flying helicopter scene to understand how parameters such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO affect the final image. While there is no substitute for real-world experience, Roberts’s tool is one of the best we’ve come across for interacting with camera settings and getting instant feedback. If... (read more) [...]
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
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    It can be surprisingly difficult to target tertiary colors in Photoshop. Thanks to Javi at The Invisible Touch, we can see how to easily target and adjust a specific color in Photoshop, in this case orange. To target orange (or another color), use the marquee tool and select an area that is the color you want to change. You fill the selected area with a solid color that is the target color. Now you go to Hue/Saturation adjustments and select a specific color that doesn’t exist in the image you’re working on. In the case of the... [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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We test many good cameras and lenses over the course of a year, but each year some rise to the occasion of simply being outstanding in their class. Our Camera of the Year awards are a chance to let us showcase the cameras and lenses that really shined for us over the past year, and we're honored to give them the recognition they deserve with our Camera of the Year awards. The bottom line is, we've tried to cull the best of the best for you from 2016, and we've decided to reverse the order for this year and start with [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2016. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): the U.S. presidential election; continued wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen; a new view of the planet Jupiter; the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew; protests against the Dakota Access pipeline project; and much more. See also, the Top 25 News Photos of 2016, the Year in Photos Part 1, and the Year in Photos Part 2. The series comprises [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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    Artificial intelligence is becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives and photography is certainly not immune from it. Unlike Adobe's products, which are becoming increasingly reliant on AI for parts of larger tasks such as identifying fonts and aiding in selections, a new MacOS photo editor called Photolemur is built entirely around artificial intelligence. Photolemur is being referred to by its creators as "the world's first automatic photo enhancement solution." The software analyzes millions of pixels per second, allowing... (read more) [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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    More Sony sample images straight from our testing lab! It's been four long years since Sony's previous flagship, full-frame SLT camera -- the Sony A99 -- and many were wondering if Sony had all but abandoned their "DSLR" lineup. But fear not, as the tech giant unveiled their super-powered Sony A99 Mark II at this year's Photokina tradeshow and it's now receiving our signature lab treatment. Sporting a refreshed and smaller yet familiar body design to the original A99, the new A99 II has tons of new features and performance... (read more) [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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    Can an iPhone 7 Plus surpass a $50,000 RED Weapon camera in the video department? No. However, according to Parker Walbeck of Fulltime Filmmaker, it can come astonishingly close in the right situation. That right situation is when viewing video in the ways most people consume media, on compression-ridden streaming players and on mobile devices. Parker isn't trying to say that a RED camera isn't worth the money or that you can replace it with an iPhone, rather he is trying to demonstrate how you shouldn't feel limited by your... (read more) [...]
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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    Ricoh is looking to make a splash in the photo management market. Ricoh Innovations Corp., a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., has launched Keenai. Keenai is a photo management service which keeps your files secure and organized, all while being accessible across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and Windows Phone. Senior vice-president of Ricoh Innovations Toshinori Arita says of Keenai, “Consumers are struggling to keep track of all the photos and videos they capture using the different devices they... (read more) [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2016. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): the Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the U.S. Republican and Democratic national conventions, the Brexit campaign and vote in the U.K., the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and much more. See also, the Top 25 News Photos of 2016, and the Year in Photos Part 1, and Part 3. The series comprises 120 images [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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    The Sony A6500 was a bit of a surprise, seeing as how the predecessor A6300 model arrived earlier this same year in February. But despite the short turnaround time, the new A6500 packs in a whole bunch of new technology and upgraded performance into that familiar shell. We've already had the opportunity to get some real-world shooting experience with the A6500, with Mike Tomkins' Texas-sized Field Test Part I. To get a sense for how this beefed-up mirrorless camera performs at a variety of action, sports and other fast-moving... (read more) [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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    Update December 8 at 9:00 a.m. EST: We have gotten word from Sigma that DNG support will be coming for other Quattro cameras. Information on dates and exact cameras to be updated is not yet available, but stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we find out more!  Although pricing is still not available, Sigma has confirmed that the Sigma sd Quattro H will be launching this month. The Sigma sd Quattro H is the company’s first-ever camera to include an APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor, which is stated to offer... [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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    Really Right Stuff makes some of the best camera support systems and accessories on the market, including tripods, camera plates and more. Their gear has been available exclusively through their own website and store. However, that’s changing as Really Right Stuff products will now be available through B&H. As SLR Lounge points out, this is a big deal for consumers looking for more purchasing options for camera support solutions. When you’re shopping for premium support products, you’ll be hard-pressed to top Really Right Stuff.... (read more) [...]
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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