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Photographer of the Day: Bill McCarroll Bill McCarroll: Photo: "Badwater Basin, Death Valley, California" This new curator approach which detaches specific categories for us to use as templates frees me to engage my own basic criteria; to choose photos that I would want to look at frequently enough to hang on my own home's walls.
Why We Still Love Film: Embracing Analog Photography in the Digital Age NBC documentary unit Left Field has created an interesting deep dive on the renaissance of film photography in the digital age. In the short doc, the Left Field team try to figure out why the analog process-so time consuming and expensive-has seen such a strong resurgence in recent years.
Photo Gallery: Winners the 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards Winning images can be viewed at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross, London from April 7th to May 12th. The exhibition will also appear at the South Transept of Chester Cathedral, in June, and at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah from September 17th - 20th.
How to build a massive DIY orbital spinning camera rig Making cameras move in ways that are different can be a challenge, especially as cameras and all their associated bits seem to keep getting bigger and heavier. In a recent short film release, Skywatch, filmmaker Jason Levy needed to produce a camera rig which orbited around an object in a scene, early on in the film.
PBS showcases MIT's 'The Polaroid Project' on the history of instant photography PBS recently gave viewers a look at MIT Museum's new The Polaroid Project instant photography exhibition.
Couple Claims They Were Tricked by Amateur Wedding Photographer Using Stock Photos An elderly English couple took to the papers last week to share the unfortunate story of how they were tricked into hiring an amateur photographer for their wedding, alleging that the unnamed photographer was passing off stock photography as their own on their social media pages.
Venus Optics Launches Affordable 2X Macro Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras After "announcing" the lens some time ago, Venus Optics has officially released the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO: a surprisingly affordable 2X macro lens made specifically for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras made by Fuji, Sony and Canon.
GANPaint Studio uses neural network to 'paint' new elements into images A team of researchers with IBM Research, MIT CSAIL and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab has launched a new online tool called GANPaint Studio that utilizes a GAN neural network and semantic brushes to 'draw' entirely new elements into existing images. In the case of this particular tool, the elements include grass, clouds, brick, doors, trees, sky and domes.
Laowa launches new 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APO lens for Fuji X, Canon M and Sony E-mount Venus Optics has unveiled its latest lens, the Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APO lens for Fuji X, Canon M and Sony E-mount camera systems. This marks the first macro lens Venus Optics has designed specifically for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens offers a 2:1 magnification ratio and a 100mm full-frame equivalent focal length.
Buy your own Guardian classic photograph: An Antony Gormley statue, Merseyside This week’s photograph in our weekly archive print series is of the first of Antony Gormley’s statues at Crosby, Merseyside, taken by Don McPhee.
New Year resolutions for creatives - Day 24 Good glass lasts a long time. I see people continually churning and buying new camera bodies when what they should be doing is investing in good lenses. Lenses control the light, whether it's photography or video, and they're the most essential ingredient in image quality.
This Week in Photography: China and New York in the 80's Everyone wants to be down-to-earth? Right? It seems like one of those compliments that is universally understood to be a good thing. It means relatable. Grounded. Empathetic to others' experience. Humble. Polite. Thoughtful. Respectful. For some people though, the lure of being fake, affected and pretentious is just too strong.
Canon is Planning to Release a Crop-Sensor EOS R in 2021: Report According to Canon Rumors, a good source has told them that Canon is actively developing a crop-sensor EOS R, though it may be some time before we see the results IRL. We know precious little about the camera right now.
Billions of locusts swarm through Kenya - in pictures Huge locust swarms in east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region’s worse infestation in decades.
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO Lens Venus Optics have just announced the pricing and availability of the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO, a compact macro lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors with 2:1 magnification and invisible chromatic aberrations. The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO is available now priced at $399.
Sigma releases slew of minor firmware updates for its lenses, mount adapters The updates mostly address only a single issue for each lens, but it continues to show Sigma's continued dedication to addressing various issues, even small ones, across its lens lineup.
US lighting manufacturer DynaLite goes bust - files Chapter 7 bankruptcy In a statement posted to their website, New Jersey-based lighting company, DynaLite, founded in 1970 has closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. They say that they find it "difficult to remain competitive" and have decided to close the company.
Friday Inspiration: I Love New York Edition It's crowded, a little grimy and often way too loud. The trains seem to be endlessly delayed these days. Our hot dog water is questionable at best, but it's home and I'll be damned if you say anything bad about it. Only we get to do that.
Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Review The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM isn't really a macro lens. The close-focus point is at 85cm from the film/sensor plane and Canon quotes a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.12x. The following example illustrates how close you can get to the subject.
Picasso's paperwork and Whistler's Peacock Room – the week in art The dark side of the American dream, romantic visions of a war photographer and the legacy of More’s Utopia.
Topaz adds batch processing to DeNoise AI This morning, Topaz Labs released a major update to its AI-powered photo noise reduction application, DeNoise AI. The update adds the ability to batch process photos, and also includes significant model updates.
Trove of Stunning Dance Photography Now Online Modern dance impresario Alvin Ailey once asked photographer Jack Mitchell to shoot publicity images of his dancers for their next performance without even knowing the title of their new work. Seeing "choreography" in the images Mitchell produced, Ailey leapt into an ongoing professional relationship with Mitchell.
Travel photography with a Fujifilm GFX 50R Yoni Blau took his new Fujifilm GFX 50R medium format camera on an amazing trip to Ethiopia's Omo Valley.
Another Day in Venice This is what 320 Lasers Look like I'm not sure what show this is, but these lasers are out of control!
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