The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month. These days, the society's magazine has a reputation for promoting great photography, but when it was first published in October 1888, National Geographic was a scientific journal containing no photographs at all. From a small readership in the early days to some 8 million subscribers around the globe each month, the magazine has come a long way. Click through for more information and a look at some of the most iconic photographs to grace the pages of 'Nat Geo'.
Olympus has issued a press release confirming JK Imaging and four other companies have formally signed-up to the Micro Four Thirds standard. JK Imaging announced last week that it would be offering MFT cameras under the Kodak brand. Australian company Blackmagic Design, which already offers a movie camera with a passive Micro Four Thirds mount and is rumored to be working on a fully compliant version, also joins. The other three signatories are less consumer-facing.
Do we value cameras for their form, or their function? An exhibition in Philadelphia which features hundreds of camera sculptures made from a range of different materials aims to examine this question. 'Reach Ruin', which is showing at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia includes several sculptures of cameras created from carved stone, glass, chalk and sand. According to the artist, Daniel Arsham, as well as being a photographic tool, 'many of us that use photography have a relationship with the object. If you want, call it a fetish'. Click through for more information and images from the exhibition. (via Wired)
Just a week after announcing it was licensing the Kodak brand name, JK Imaging has been showing a Micro Four Thirds camera at a press conference in China. Details are vague but the camera, reported to be called the S1, does appear to be sporting the official Micro Four Thirds logo. The camera, which will offer Wi-Fi for communication with smartphones, is said to be based around a Sony CMOS sensor. (via PetaPixel)
Giottos has announced a range of tripods that use a unique 'Y'-shaped centre column profile to offer a more compact folded package. The 'Silk Road YTL series' replaces the existing MTL range in its entirety, and according to Giottos offers a 30% space saving without any sacifice in stability or weight capacity. The range includes 12 models offering 3- or 4-section legs, conventional 2-way or tilting centre columns, and weight capacities from 5 to 10 kg. They'll be on sale from mid-January, with at prices starting from £100 for aluminium, or £220 for carbon fibre models.
We've just posted an extra six pages to our Canon EOS 6D coverage including data and analysis from all our key tests. We're working towards completing our review and wanted to publish this information as we know a lot of readers are interested in this camera. We've had the camera in the office for a couple of weeks and have used this time to expand our impressions of the camera. This will be the last update before the full review is published very soon.
The Commons, Flickr's collection of public domain images, is five years old. To celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, the collection boasts more than 250,000 images. Click through for more information, and links to the galleries of most popular images in the growing collection.
Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links.
DxO Labs has released the latest version of its DxO Optics Pro software, with more than 10,000 camera and lens correction combinations now supported. The latest version, v8.1.2 or the more expensive Elite edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame, fixed-lens camera as well as Canon's EOS 6D. Meanwhile both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Nikon 1 V2. With this release DxO has achieved its stated target of offering 10,000 optics modules. Both editions are available with a 33% discount until the end of January 2013.
An Austrian website has leaked a video walk-through of the Blackberry Z10 smartphone (via Wired).
Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Canon's latest superzoom, the SX50, features a 24-1200mm (equivalent) lens and a feature set that compares well to its competition, in what is now one of the most competitive segments of the compact camera market. Specifications include a 12MP CMOS sensor, 2.8" fully-articulated LCD screen, Raw capture and full manual control. Is this the travel camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read our review - created in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page - to find out.
Mobile artist shares her favorite apps and tricks for newbies.
Guido van Helten uses his smartphone to create and document his work.
Android photographers can now share photos with non-Dropbox users.
Phase One has announced that it has updated its Capture One Pro raw conversion software to version 7.0.2. This includes support for several additional cameras, including the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF1, Canon EOS 6D and EOS M, Sony SLT-A57 and NEX-5R, and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. The update is available immediately from the company's website, as a free download for users of Capture One 7.
The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, when we reviewed the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of the software have caused a lot of excitement for X-Pro1 and X-E1 users finally looking to get the most from their photos. Do the results live up to the expectation? We had a look.
Specialist accessory manufacturer Metabones and optics company Caldwell Photographics have jointly announced the 'Speed Booster', a lens adapter for mounting SLR lenses on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop. The Speed Booster also promises sharper images compared to using the lens with a simple adapter. The first version will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, and will be available this month from Metabones' web site for US$599. Support for additional lens mounts (including Nikon F) and camera systems (including Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds) is also planned.
This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analysts and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. As well as countless televisions, tablet computers and portable electronics, a lot of cameras get announced at CES, too. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new models on show at this year's event.
CES 2013: VelocityClip lets you wear your smartphone or point-and-shoot hands free.
CES 2013: New Phillips TVs allow for direct wifi photo transfer from smartphones
CES 2013: Manufacturer stands out from a sea of smartphone and tablet covers at CES.
CES 2013: Sharp shows 8K TV prototype at CES
CES 2013: The Smoothee rig keeps capture steady during video shoots.
CES 2013: We got a chance to get our hands on a near-to-production example of Fujifilm's X100S, to fill-in the details we couldn't cover in our preview. The button layout of the camera is now finalized and the camera's focus and manual focus systems are fully working (and rather impressive), so read our hands-on article to find out how big a difference that little 'S' makes.
Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.
The Fujifilm X100S is the latest in a recent rush of cameras to include phase-detection elements on its imaging sensor, giving an AF system that is a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection methods. However, Fujifilm also uses this system to provide a unique and incredibly clever manual focus aid - which could finally allow digital cameras to offer the speed and convenience enjoyed by manual-focus SLR and rangefinder users. Fujifilm UK has posted a video showing 'Digital Split Image' focusing and Japanese camera site DCWatch has published details that allow us to show how it works.
CES 2013: Samsung shows Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 smartphone for Verizon at CES.
CES 2013: New case allows fans of the smartphone lens to protect their phone during use.
Canon has announced two additions to its range of Cinema EOS prime lenses, a 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2. The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F are both designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and include a range of features optimized for movie shooting. These include geared focus and aperture rings with markings designed to be read from the side of the camera, 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragms, and all-metal weather-resistant construction. The 14mm T3.1 will be available from April 2013 at an estimated retail price of $5,500, while the 135mm T2.2 will appear in May for $5,200.
The update also comes with "post-scan cloud processing," which allows you to render 3D models with 4K resolution textures for better detail and realism.
For KFC Hong Kong’s latest ad campaign, New York City-based advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather used Photoshop to magically morph pieces of flaky fried chicken into fire and smoke in various scenes.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop Oppo's smartphone camera roadmap, covering optical zoom, depth mapping and other innovative imaging features that dual cameras allow.
Canon USA has released a promotional video showcasing its latest CMOS sensor technology. Albeit over daraticized, it’s an interesting overlook at the work it’s continually putting into its camera systems.
Lensrentals put together a very useful overview of all the memory card options out there for photographers and videographers. It covers speed ratings, card formats, and explains everything you need to know to pick the right card for the job at hand.
Instagram will soon allow users to download their content from within the app. Gone are the days of using third-party apps and services to get the job done.
Google Photos boasts a number of new Google Lens AI powered features that will be particularly useful to pet owners.
For some reason, Samsung isn't exclusively using its own image sensors in the Galaxy S9 smartphone. Depending on where you buy the Galaxy S9, your device will either ship with a Samsung S5K2L3 or Sony IMX345 image sensor.
WIRED examines what exactly happened last month, when a helicopter chartered by FlyNYON for a doors-off aerial photography tour of New York crashed into the East River, killing five passengers.
Gil Abraham, Director Product Management at Corephotonics, has taken the Huawei P20 Pro launch as an opportunity to author a white paper titled "Triple cameras: Are three better than two?"
The latest update to the Snapchat app uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to create more realistic augmented reality face masks—improving one of the app's most popular features.
Lensrentals' Ryan Hill shares a few very important tips you should heed before, during, and after your video shoot to ensure you never lose footage to data corruption or user error.
A US startup is the first company to use the iPhone X's front-facing TrueDepth camera for 3D face scanning. The app they've created captures more than 250,000 3D data points on a face in 10 seconds while the user slowly turns their head in front of the camera
Facebook has added support for 360° panoramic photos and 720p HD video to Facebook Messenger. This follows last November's update, which doubled the resolution of photos shared through the messaging app.
The MIOPS Splash kit doesn't just control your flash and/or camera, it also lets you dial in the timing and size of your water drop. It basically takes all of the guess-work and trial-and-error out of water drop photography.
Photo messaging app Snapchat has produced its first TV commercial, which hopes to educate older folk about what Snapchat is. And what it is, apparently, is "a new kind of camera."
Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to sit for a portrait for the latest New York Times Magazine cover, so photographer Mark Peterson explains how he managed to shoot the cover during Mattis' very limited public appearances.
The Zenmuse XT2 features a 12MP 4K visual camera with a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, and two different thermal resolutions: 336 x 256 and 640 x 512. It also sports 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses, and an IP44 rating for flights in fog, rain, snow, and smoke.
Google has built a fascinating rotating light field VR camera rig using 16 GoPros mounted in an arc. The rig is meant to give viewers "a more realistic sense of presence” within a VR world.
The camera—safely preserved inside a waterproof case—washed up on a beach in Taiwan so covered in barnacles that it was barely recognizable. And yet, the students who found it were able to locate the owner by sharing images from and of the camera on social media.
The new Vivo V9 smartphone is all about taking the best possible selfies... so much so the camera maker slapped a 24MP front-facing camera on the thing. That's 3MP more than the combined resolution of both rear-facing cameras.
It's not just fashion magazines. It seems some major Instagram accounts with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers are pitching photographers, offering to feature their work... for a fee.
Zach Sutton over at Lensrentals has put together this very useful on-location lighting tutorial for beginners, complete with five sample lighting setups to experiment with as you get more comfortable using artificial light.
Photographer Wendy Teal tells the heart-breaking story of a wedding she shot at a hospital on just 24-hours notice. The mother of the bride had been given one week to live, and Wendy responded to the couple's desperate social media plea for someone to capture their special day.
For the Pixel 2 smartphone's Motion Photos feature, Google built on its existing Motion Stills technology by adding advanced stabilization that combines software and hardware capabilities to optimize trimming and stabilization.
"After his camera was stolen from his room in the orphanage, he switched to an iPhone for his photography, reasoning that the image quality of a big, heavy camera was less important than the freedom of a cell phone. 'Quality? Screw it, I’d sketch things with a pencil if I could draw,' he wrote in a blog post."
In this month's 'Race Issue,' National Geographic asked historian John Edwin Mason—who specializes in the history of photography and the history of Africa—to investigate the iconic magazine's coverage of people of color around the world.
Shiftcam 2.0 will be available for the latest iPhone models 8, 8 Plus and X, and offers a range of individual "Pro" lenses in addition to a 6-in-1 lens slider.
An anonymous urbex photographer tells the tale of how he broke into the bowels of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southwest Kazakhstan to photograph some half-built USSR space shuttles, and why Russian agents have been looking for him ever since.
Google has released the first Developer Preview of its upcoming Android P mobile operating system, and it comes with support for the space-saving HEIF image format that is hoping to replace JPEG.
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from Equines in 2018
|Leader of the pack by Wu Jiaqiu|
from My Best Photo of the Week
|Czech Crown by Tobik|
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