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July 31
Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works

YouTuber Chris Marquardt yanked the shutter mechanism out of a Nikon D500 so he could show you exactly what happens every time you press that shutter button.

Nikon and Canon Japan both announce delays for upcoming DSLRs

Both Nikon Japan and Canon Japan have warned users that forthcoming DSLRs will be delayed. The 100th anniversary edition of Nikon’s D5 has been put back by a couple of weeks, and Canon's 6D Mark II/EF 24-70mm F4L kit in Japan is also delayed.

Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 120 Black & White film is now available for preorder

Fans of medium format film photography have something to celebrate today. Japan Camera Hunter Bellamy Hunt has announced a 120 version of his well-loved JCH StreetPan Black & White film.

Sample gallery: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is an ultra wide angle lens for crop sensor DSLRs, and we've been shooting with it for a few days.

This is the first photo of a total solar eclipse ever taken, shot in 1851

This daguerreotype is the first successfully captured photograph of a total solar eclipse, shot on July 28, 1851 by Prussian photographer Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski.

NPPA adds anti-harassment standard to its Code of Ethics

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has added an anti-harassment standard to its Code of Ethics, and decided to balance the number of video and stills representatives on its board of directors.

Behind the scenes: Shooting a $2.5 million car with a $50,000 camera

Go behind the scenes with photographer Richard Thompson and PhaseOne to photograph one of the most intense cars in the world with one of the most intense digital cameras in the world.

Former Google SVP prefers iPhone over Android for mobile photography

Vic Gundotra was essential in Google's early Android efforts, but nowadays he says he would never use an Android smartphone for photography.

Leica releases TL2 firmware update, fixes critical Visoflex bug

If you own a Leica TL2 and Visoflex electronic viewfinder, listen up. Leica has released a firmware update that will keep the Visoflex finder from breaking your fancy new camera.

DPReview on TWiT: How to take macro photographs

On this week's episode of The New Screen Savers from the TwiT Network, DPReview editor Barney Britton speaks to Leo Laporte and Jason Snell about how to get great closeup pictures, without breaking the bank.

July 30
Photographer finds film in 1929 Zeiss Ikon camera, here are the developed photos

When photographer Martijn van Oers stumbled across an old 1929 Zeiss Ikon in a thrift store, he had no idea there was an undeveloped film inside.

Beautiful images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist

The Royal Museums Greenwich has announced the shortlist for its ninth annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Click through to see the shortlisted images.

July 29
Photo story of the week: Point of Transition

Erez Marom tells the story behind this beautiful photo of a Namibian Camel Thorn just being touched by the sunrise, in front of the massive sand dune.

I made a book of pictures of my cat, and I think it's going to make me a better photographer

As with any creative pursuit, sometimes you find your photography stalled. And sometimes making a book of your cat photos is just the thing to get inspiration flowing again.

July 28
Lensrentals on the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art: a lot for less than the competition

Following some initial lab testing results, Lensrentals has published a full review of the highly-anticipated Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art.

EyeEm 2017 Photography Awards finalists revealed

EyeEm has revealed the finalists for its fourth annual photography contest, the largest competition of its kind.

Leica chairman contemplates Leica smartphone

Via its strategic partnership with Huawei Leica is already in the smartphone camera development game, but chairman Andreas Kaufmann can imagine the German manufacturer taking things one step further.

Essential explains PH-1 dual-camera

In a blog post the imaging engineers behind the dual-camera in Andy Rubin's Essential Phone explain how the imaging components were developed and calibrated for best performance.

Sample gallery and impressions: Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Tamron calls it an 'ultra-telephoto,' and for good reason: this lens offers a massive 27-600mm equivalent zoom range. But is it sharp?

The rise and fall of selfie-drone manufacturer Lily

It started with a great idea and a slick promotional video, and ended with the company headquarters being raided by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. Wired reports on Lily, the selfie-drone maker that never got off the ground.

July 27
Five USB-C memory card readers compared

With card readers disappearing from MacBooks, USB-C card readers are now a necessity. Macworld's helpful guide compares five models and decodes the current mess of card speeds and certifications.

Sony a7S II sends 4K video from the International Space Station to Earth

A Sony a7S II mounted on the outside of the ISS' Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) for the last seven months has sent back some impressive 4K video and stills.

Richard Prince must face lawsuit over image theft, judge rules

A Federal judge has refused to throw out a copyright case against controversial artist Richard Prince, who used an image by photographer Donald Graham in an exhibition.

Sony full-frame CineAlta 4K motion picture camera teased ahead of launch

Sony has teased its customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor.

GoPro launches QuikStories feature for automated story-telling

QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app and automatically creates 'stories' using the video clips you've shot during a day.

Capitol Hill photographers asked to delete protest images, claim journalists

Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building claim they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests.

Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with dual-cam and dual-screens

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus secondary display can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.

Nikon marks 100th anniversary with new scholarship program

Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada.

The Vertical ELPH: remembering Canon's PowerShot TX1 hybrid camera

Take one Digital ELPH (or IXUS), rotate it vertically, add a fully articulating LCD and a lens with a camcorder-like focal length, and what do you get? Why, the Canon PowerShot TX1, of course. In this week's Throwback Thursday we revisit Canon's one-of-a-kind hybrid stills/video camera.

This video compares a $50 Sony camcorder with a $50,000 RED Epic Dragon

Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, here's the definitive video proof that yes, a $50,000 cinema camera beats the pants off a $50 camcorder in a side-by-side test.

July 26
New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.

New photos appear to show Nikon D850: Illuminated controls, tilting LCD, no built-in flash

Images have appeared which claim to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash.

Lomography unveils chrome-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

To celebrate the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 lens' successful Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has announced a chrome-plated version of the lens in Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts.

Nikon updates firmware for D600, D610, D750 and KeyMission 80

Nikon just released four new firmware updates, adding features and fixing bugs in the D600, D610, D750 and the KeyMission 80.

Idaho in the spring: 9 must-shoot spots

It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. Here are 9 must-visit locations in this beautiful state.

Adobe accidentally leaks 'Project Nimbus': A cloud-based Lightroom-powered photo editor

Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.

Pursuit: A spectacular storm-chasing time-lapse made from 90,000 photos

Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski just released his latest time-lapse, and it is absolutely stunning.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K review

Looking to level up your video capture capabilities without buying a whole new camera? Blackmagic's Video Assist 4K is well worth considering, despite a few flaws and its lack of 4K/60p support.

Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 sample gallery

We're big fans of Fujifilm's fast-growing GFX system, and the GF 110mm F2 lens is no exception. Positioned as the system's classic portrait lens, its optics are just as impressive with non-human subjects as well.

July 25
Nikon celebrates 100th anniversary with new vision and crazy music video

Nikon turns 100 years old today, and the company is celebrating with a wacky music video, some tributes to its history, and a new vision presented by president Kazuo Ushida.

Phottix replaces Para-Pro lineup with new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas

Phottix just released the Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, replacing their Para-Pro line with a stronger, deeper and better made set of parabolic umbrellas.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition comes with dual-cam and depth mode

The Moto Z2 is Motorola's first dual-camera smartphone and, compared to its predecessor, comes with a number of improvements and new camera features.

Stanford develops extra-wide 4D light field camera... for robots

Researchers at Stanford have revealed a new '4D camera system' built for robots. The system is based on the same light field tech that allowed Lytro cameras to refocus images after they were taken.

Satire: The death of 'beautiful rendition' and '3D pop' in modern lenses

If you want 'beautiful rendition' from your lenses, follow this simple rule: only buy classic low-element prime lenses with lead glass elements—everything else is junk.

Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann says he wants a 'true Leica phone'

In an interview with CNBC, Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann said he dreams of a 'true Leica phone,' and hinted at what's next for the Leica and Huawei partnership.

Behind the shot: A mother grizzly and her cub go salmon fishing

Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Mather tells the story behind this exceptional shot of a mama grizzly and her cub searching for salmon in Yukon, Canada.

This video series teaches you all the Photoshop basics for free

Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts has put together this 33-video Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop—a godsend for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop from scratch.

Rode releases pricing and shipping date for VideoMic Pro+

The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be £290/$300 when it goes on sale in mid-August.

Explorest iOS app helps photographers find new locations to shoot

A new iOS app called Explorest wants to help you find new locations to shoot. It's limited to Singapore for now, but the app is packed full of useful location scouting features.

Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850

Nikon's D850 development announcement is extremely light on details, so we assembled a wish list of upgrades and features we'd love to see.

Nikon announces development of D850

Nikon has announced the development of the long-awaited replacement to its full-frame D810: the D850. Nikon says that the D850 will build on the strengths of its predecessor and offer 'new technologies, features and performance enhancements.'

July 24
Voigtlander says the new 65mm F2 E-Mount macro is one of its finest lenses ever

Lens manufacturer Voigtlander has introduced a 65mm F2 macro lens for Sony E-mount that it says "rates as one of the finest in the history of Voigtländer."

UK government will require drone users to register and take safety tests

The UK released a preview of their upcoming drone safety regulations, and it looks like drone pilots will have to both register their device and pass safety awareness tests.

Learning to 'see' light, tips from a National Geographic photographer

National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes talks about light, and why you need to learn how to 'see' and not just 'look' at your subject.

This Nat Geo cover was shot with a 10-year-old DSLR and an iPhone flashlight

Photographer Alessandro Barteletti shares the story behind his National Geographic Italia cover, shot with a 10-year-old DSLR and an iPhone flashlight.

Video: Professional fashion model hits 30 poses in just 15 seconds

Fashion catalog photographers in China have some next-level models to work with. In this video, you see one model hitting 30 poses in 15 seconds as the photographer snaps away.

11 free apps every photographer should download and use

Photographer Paul Adshead breaks down 11 photography-related smartphone apps he couldn't live without—from a pocket light meter to a lighting diagram app.

Godox teases the A1: An off-camera flash and 2.4GHz trigger for smartphones

Fast-growing Chinese flash brand Godox is teasing a brand new flash trigger... for smartphones. The Godox A1 is a 'phone flash system' that can act as both flash and 2.4GHz trigger.

Behind the scenes at Canon's new Burbank Technology and Support Center

On July 12, Canon opened its newest Technology and Support Center, designed to serve the motion picture industry, in Burbank, CA. DPReview got a sneak peak and takes you behind the scenes.

Sample gallery: Around town with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

The Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art is truly one-of-a-kind. It offers the fastest aperture of any lens that shares its focal length, produces beautiful sunstars and is incredibly sharp to boot. If you're in the market for a fast ultrawide prime, this looks to be the one to get.

July 23
Ten expert tips for successful macro photography

In this article, expert macro photographer Thomas Shahan shares advice for successful closeup photography of bugs, insects and small animals.

Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals

DJI's new firmware makes it difficult to fly in restricted airspace, even when you have proper clearance. Is DJI placing themselves between professionals and the FAA?

July 22
Behind the scenes with Nat Geo and 'The Last Honey Hunter'

Go behind the scenes with National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk and see what it takes to capture a dangerous, harrowing, stunning Nat Geo photo essay.

Photo story of the week: Torment

Erez Marom tells the story behind this ominous photo of the sand 'reaching up' towards the mountains at Skagsanden beach in Norway. He calls this photo 'Torment.'

Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience

DPReview staffer Carey Rose has taken the Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 along for everything from a city-side boat ride to a bachelor party across the mountains. Find out how the little Leica fared.

July 21
Canon's new imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer can make 60-inch prints

Canon just unveiled the largest 12-ink printer on the market. The new imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer can make prints from 17 all the way up to 60 inches wide.

When the selfie turns sacreligious

"Standing in one of the holiest places on earth, I felt uneasy," writes Wired's Jason Parham. "Most of my fellow visitors, I realized with a brief bloom of nausea, were taking selfies."

Chances are you'll never see Dunkirk the way Christopher Nolan intended

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk has been receiving great reviews, but it's a challenge to see it in its full glory. This handy infographic reveals the aspect ratio chaos that is wrought as the industry retreats from film.

Another study finds Instagram is terrible for youth mental health

Anti-bullying organization Ditch the Label's Annual Bullying Survey 2017 reveals yet again that Instagram, more so than any other social network, has the worst effect on youth mental health.

Sony patents 400mm F2.8 lens for a curved medium format sensor

It's been a crazy day for innovative patent news. Apparently Sony is thinking of developing a medium format curved sensor camera.

Silkypix adds support for Sony Alpha a9 and other cameras

An update to the Silkypix Raw converter fixes some bugs and adds support for several popular new cameras.

Intense underwater 8x10 camera pops up on eBay for $5,800

This crazy custom-built underwater camera shoots 8x10 large format film. It's supposedly "the first successful underwater 8x10 ever made," and it can be yours for $5,800... plus shipping.

Blackmagic unveils Audio and KeyKode Reader for the Cintel Film Scanner

Blackmagic just reveled a new accessory for their Cintel Film Scanner. The Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader can capture KeyKode data and high-quality audio from film in real-time as it is being scanned.

Nikon patents 35mm F2.0 lens for camera with curved full frame sensor

A new Nikon patent shows a lens designed for a curved full-frame sensor. Could this be the high-end Nikon mirrorless camera people are hoping for?

Sony 1000 fps sensor gives high-speed vision to industrial robots

The ability to shoot images at 1,000 fps first appeared in a Sony smartphone sensor. Now the Japanese manufacturer is using the same feature for industrial applications.

How to photograph the August eclipse, and why you probably shouldn’t try

Astronomy expert and photographer Dr. Tyler Nordgren thinks you should "see your first eclipse, photograph your second." But if you do plan on taking photos this August, here are a few tips from someone who's been there.

July 20
Study finds most people can't spot manipulated photos, can you?

How confident are you that you can spot a manipulated photo? A recent study at the University of Warwick shows that many people are pretty bad at it.

PSA: Leica's new TL2 may break if you use it with the Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder

If you purchased a Leica TL2, do NOT attach Leica's Visoflex electronic viewfinder. Leica is working on a fix, but for now, it's possible the viewfinder will break your camera.

Google's Motion Stills app is now available for Android

Google just released Motion Stills for Android. Unlike the iOS version, the Android app uses a redesigned video processing pipeline that processes each frame of a video as it is being recorded, creating instant results.

Zillow and VHT appeal $4 million copyright infringement ruling

A huge copyright lawsuit between photography firm VHT and Zillow Group is heating up again, as both sides appeal a court ruling that granted VHT $4 million in damages.

You can now explore the International Space Station in Google Street View

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent 6 months on board the International Space Station where he worked with Google capturing spheric panorama images that are now available in Street View.

Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business

It's official. PDN has confirmed with parent company Aurelius that 94-year-old lighting company Bowens is indeed going out of business.

Firmware update fixes Sigma MC-11 AF issues with incompatible lenses

The newly launched firmware version 1.06 fixes AF-issues that can occur with some lenses that are not officially compatible with the MC-11 converter.

Voyager is a waterproof, smart LED light stick that you control with a phone

Voyager is a waterproof smart light stick you can control entirely from your phone. The light has already blown past its $300K funding goal on Indiegogo.

Photokina 2019 dates announced
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2018 is the last year Photokina will take place during the traditional end-of-September dates. In 2019, Photokina will take place from the 8th to the 11th of May.

Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH

The Canon IXUS 50 (known as the SD400 Digital ELPH in North America) was one of a string of high-performing, pocketable PowerShots of the mid-2000s. In this week's throwback Thursday, Barney casts his mind back to 2005.

Canon 6D Mark II dynamic range falls behind modern APS-C cameras

A close look at the EOS 6D II's Raw files suggest its dynamic range has taken a significant step backwards compared with the company's recent DSLRs. We look at how much difference this might make for your photos.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample gallery

With a full-production review unit in our hands, we've got over 100 production samples from the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II to share.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample reel

Need a break from your day? Kick back and watch the making of a somewhat unconventional mojito filmed on Canon's new EOS 6D Mark II.

July 19
This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura

The Bonfoton Camera Obscura Room Lens can turn any room into a camera obscura, projecting the view from your window onto the walls of your room.

Lightroom CC 2015.12 arrives with bug fixes, new camera and lens support

Adobe just released version 2015.12 of Lightroom CC, adding support for several new cameras and lenses, and baking in several important bug fixes while they were at it.

This is what the photo editor at VanityFair.com looks for

In this interview, Chiara Marinai, photo editor for VanityFair.com, explains exactly what she looks for in new photographers and photo submissions. Take notes.

Photographer sues Procter & Gamble for $75M over copyright violations

Massive corporation P&G is being sued by a Cincinnati photographer for serious copyright violations. If the courts rules against P&G, the company could pay as much as $75 million in damages.

Snapchat's camera-toting Spectacles are now available on Amazon

Snapchat's camera-equipped 'Spectacles' aren't so difficult to get anymore. You can now pick up a pair through Amazon for $130.

Scammers are using Facebook Marketplace and Venmo to steal camera gear

A group of thieves has made away with tens of thousands in camera gear through a carefully orchestrated scam through Venmo and Facebook Marketplace.

Photographer duo reinvents Emil Busch’s 1910 Glaukar portrait lens on Kickstarter

A portrait lens from 1910 might be coming back to life if two photographers from Germany succeed in a new Kickstarter project—the latest development in the craze to remake vintage optics.

Google Glass makes a return as a tool for the enterprise

The updated version of Google Glass is called the Enterprise Edition and, as the name suggests, it's not meant for personal use.

Meet Mark Zuckerberg's personal photographer

Charles Ommanney was once a photographer for presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, now he's working for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

JPEGmini Pro can now handle 128MP files, perfect for medium format users

Image compression software JPEGmini Pro was just updated to handle files up to 128MB. They're calling it "The 1 Feature Hasselblad Owners Actually Need."

Apple patent shows camera system that helps you take better selfies

Apple was just granted a patent for a camera system that prods, coaxes and manipulates users into taking better group and solo selfies.

Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II?

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a better camera than its predecessor, but how much better? Should you buy one?

July 18
Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

The winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards have been announced. Here are the six photographers who took home the top prize in their respective categories.

NASA study finds drone noise is more annoying than 'any ground vehicle'

A NASA study has confirmed what your ears have been telling you: people HATE drone noise. In fact, it was ranked more annoying than that of "any ground vehicle."

This is what happens when your camera's frame rate matches a bird's wing flap

This floating bird video isn't edited in post-production. It's the result of the birds wing flap matching the camera's 20fps frame rate.

Adobe updates Lightroom Mobile with new features and interface on iOS and Android

Adobe released a major update to Lightroom Mobile for both iOS and Android users today.

Scientists 'upload' a horse GIF onto bacteria

Could the future of photo and video storage be... alive? Scientists at Harvard have managed to encode a GIF of a galloping horse into a live sample of E. coli.

Photokina's new manager talks about the future of the trade show

Recently appointed Photokina manager Christoph Menke has provided some background on the decision to try out an annual schedule and other changes in a Q&A session.

Japan's space agency has an adorable ball-shaped camera drone on the ISS

Japan's space agency has released an adorable floating drone ball on the International Space Station, and for the first time ever we get to see what's it's been recording.

Outraged about photo theft? Register your damn copyright!

Outraged about the latest photo theft scandal? Great. PhotoShelter founder Allen Murabayashi suggests you put that frustration to good use and register your damn copyright.

Canon introduces Selphy CP1300 wireless compact photo printer

The Canon Selphy CP1300 is an update to the Selphy CP1200 and comes with a larger 3.2" tiltable LCD display, an improved user interface, and some neat new features.

MyGearVault app now available on Android: Track and protect your gear on-the-go

MyGearVault, the all-in-one app for tracking, organizing, and protecting your photography gear created by Jared Polin, is now available on Android.

This Olympus OM-D E-M5, lenses and accessories are made entirely from paper

Japanese paper artist Kamihasami has recreated the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a few lenses, and several accessories using nothing but paper and paste.

Astrophotography with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art lens

Could Sigma's new 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens become the new standard for shooting the night sky? Our resident astrophotographer, José Francisco Salgado, took it on assignment and tells us what he discovered.

Sample gallery: Astrophotography with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens

The Sigma 14mm F1.8 is a fast, wide lens that holds particular appeal for astrophotographers. We sent it to Badlands National Park in South Dakota to get some dark sky photos.

July 17
Five reasons to choose a PC over a Mac for photo and video editing

In this video, photographer Manny Ortiz shares his top five reasons for choosing a Dell XPS 15 over a MacBook Pro for his photo and video editing needs.

PocketWizard releases MultiMAX II trigger with 20 ControlTL channels and more

The new PocketWizard MultiMAX ll offers a total of 52 channels including 20 dedicated to ControlTL devices, as well as improved features for time-lapse and sequential triggering.

Advice for photography workshop and conference organizers

"There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop."

Panorama selfie goes horribly wrong, leads to viral photo

Need a little comic relief today? How about nightmare fuel? This panorama selfie gone-wrong will provide a little bit of both.

Photographer documents 'dinnertime' across the US

Photographer Lois Bielefeld's surprisingly captivating photo project 'Weeknight Dinners' documents what dinnertime looks like for households across the US.

7Artisans teases 50mm F1.0 lens, in case the 50mm F1.1 isn't quite fast enough

After showing off a series of four exciting new lenses for various mounts, Chinese company 7Artisans is teasing another one: a 50mm F1.0 lens that hasn't been officially announced yet.

Google taught an AI to create pro-level photos from Street View imagery

Professional landscape photographers beware, Google just taught an AI to pull 'professional-level photographs' from street view imagery.

Olloclip and Incase launch limited edition 'Filmer's Kit' iPhone accessory kit

At $200, the Olloclip Filmer's Kit is a pretty good deal compared to the pricing of the individual parts, and worth a closer look for mobile photographers who shoot with the latest iPhone generation.

Bye bye Bowens: The 94-year-old lighting company is going into liquidation

And another one bites the dust... according to several independent reports, 94-year-old lighting company Bowens has entered liquidation.

BlackRapid releases WandeR smartphone safety tether for mobile shooters

Camera strap maker BlackRapid just released a smartphone safety tether system for phone shooters. According to the company, it works with "almost all phone and case combinations."

The Leica TL2 is a good, slightly silly, but great-looking camera

The TL2 is Leica's latest mirrorless camera, and brings several refinements over its stylish predecessors. In this article, we'll explain what you need to know.

July 16
Photographer duo captures incredibly creative architecture portraits

Artistic duo Daniel Rueda and Anna Devis travel the world capturing creative photos of each other interacting with beautiful, odd and otherwise interesting architecture.

Tutorial: How to photograph wine on clear plexiglass

In this tutorial, photographer Dustin Dolby shows you how to photograph wine on plexiglass, plus he shares a neat trick for capturing a perfect masking frame in-camera for use in post.

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 is less fun than it should be

Fujifilm's square format instant film makes its debut with the Instax Square SQ10, an instant 'hybrid' that sounds good on paper, but is let down by its poor quality digital camera.

July 15
How to hack a Bronica ETRS to shoot Fuji Instax Mini film

Photographer Brock Saddler has managed to hack his Bronica ETRS to shoot Fujifilm Instax film. Here's how he did it.

Photo story of the week: Spires of the Arctic Night

Erez Marom tells the story behind this gorgeous sunrise photo of a spiky iceberg, captured in the waters of Greenland's Disko Bay.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 sample gallery

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 featured in our Panasonic GH5 review sample gallery, and lately we've been putting it through its paces on another 20MP body: the DMC-GX8.

July 14
That crazy 16-module Light L16 camera is finally shipping today

After 4 years of designing, prototyping, building, tweaking, improving, testing, and retesting, that crazy 16-module Light L16 camera is finally shipping to pre-order customers today.

CamFi Matrix Time software makes it easy to shoot the 'bullet time effect'

Camera trigger maker CamFi just released CamFi Matrix Time, a free Windows application that automatically syncs and shoots multiple CamFi equipped cameras, compiling the resulting shots into a 'bullet time' video on the fly.

Leica M10 1.9.4.0 firmware arrives with major bug fix

Leica just released a new firmware version for the M10 that you'll want to download right away. It fixes a bug from the last firmware that produced black images at certain exposures.

NASA releases incredible close-ups of Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot'

NASA's Juno spacecraft recently captured the its closest photos yet of the so-called 'Great Red Spot': the planet's massive storm that's been raging for the past 350 years in the planet's southern hemisphere.

Video: Seven 'hidden secrets' in Adobe Lightroom

This useful video from PhotoshopCAFE reveals seven 'hidden secrets' in Adobe Lightroom that might make your photo editing life a bit easier.

Photographer behind famous 'monkey selfie' is broke after years-long copyright battle

David Slater's viral 'monkey selfies' made him famous, but the legal battles over who actually owns the photos—him or the macaque who pressed the shutter—has left him broke and dejected.

The Gudak app turns your iPhone into a disposable camera

Just like a real disposable camera, Gudak for iOS comes with a tiny viewfinder, 24 shots on a film roll and 3 days of waiting before you get to see your images.

Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good

Fresh out of photographic zen? Follow these tips to get creatively unblocked.

Corephotonics publishes white paper on dual-cameras and image fusion

The document looks at the challenges to overcome when adding a second camera in either Wide + Tele or Color + Monochrome setups, such as calibration and image quality optimization.

July 13
Sigma announces pricing and availability of 14mm and 135mm T2 Cine Prime lenses

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its new Cine Prime lenses. The 14mm and 135mm T2 primes will be available from later this month, for $4999.

VSCO adds free 'Oakley' photo filters to iOS and Android apps

VSCO has teamed up with sunglasses maker Oakley, creating three free filters that mimic Oakley's lens technology on the VSCO smartphone app.

The Airdog ADII is a lightweight, autonomous 'extreme sports' drone

Helico Aerospace is trying to crowdfund its new Airdog ADII—a lightweight, autonomous drone that's built to follow you around while you perform extreme stunts.

Nikon expands D750 shutter recall yet again, more cameras affected

The Nikon D750 shutter recall has been expanded (again) to include even more cameras. It's time to check your serial number...

3 Legged Thing launches low-cost, lightweight universal L-Bracket

UK tripod manufacturer 3 Legged Thing has introduced a lightweight, low-cost universal L-Bracket with a bunch of useful features.

No, you can't use my photos on your brand's Instagram for free

A dispute between a successful photographer and a small brand over photo use on Instagram quickly turned ugly, revealing just how insulting these conversations can get.

Pulitzer-winning photographer uses Volvo SUV's built-in camera to shoot photo exhibit

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson teamed up with Volvo to capture the world first photo exhibition shot with a car.

Macphun launches beta of Luminar photo editor for Windows

The public beta is free of charge and comes with many of the most important features of the Mac version.

Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive

The Google Backup and Sync desktop app for Windows PCs and Apple Mac computers replaces the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC.

Recycled: the Dakota Digital single-use digital camera

In 2003, someone decided that the world needed a 'disposable' digital camera. In this week's Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the Dakota Digital single-use digital camera, which you could pick up at your local Ritz Camera store for just $11.

Canon EOS M6 with EF-M 22mm F2 sample gallery

The EOS M6 is one of Canon's most enthusiast-focused mirrorless cameras and, when paired with the diminutive EF-M 22mm F2, should make a convenient carry-anywhere camera. See our gallery from its travels in Paris, London, Madrid and, er, Northampton.

July 12
Canon opens its 'most advanced' service & support center yet in Burbank

Today, Canon is celebrating the grand opening of a new service & support center in Burbank, California—the company's 'most advanced cinema industry resource to date."

Nikon releases several firmware and software updates, adds new features to the D5

Nikon just released a slew of firmware and software updates, including new features and several bug fixes for the Nikon D5.

Bic Camera will soon accept Bitcoin at retail stores throughout Japan

Major Japanese electronics retailer Bic Camera will soon accept Bitcoin as payment at all of their retail locations. If this trend catches on, you might be buying your next camera with cryptocurrency.

Wacom announces new 4K 24-inch and 32-inch Cintiq Pro models

Wacom is seriously upgrading their Cintiq Pro line in 2018. Announced today, the Cintiq Pro 24 and Cintiq Pro 32 will boast 24 and 32-inch 4K edge-to-edge displays with 'maximum color accuracy' and a billion colors.

Official statement: Nikon 'currently developing' new mirrorless cameras

Nikon has sent DPReview an official statement confirming reports from earlier this week: the company is 'currently developing new mirrorless' cameras.

'Awaken' trailer released, features never-before-possible time-lapse shots

Filmmaker and photographer Tom Lowe had to create new technologies to capture his upcoming film Awaken. The trailer makes it clear: he's massively raised the bar on time-lapse cinematography.

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The Fujifilm X-A3 is a stylish and relatively inexpensive 24 Megapixel mirrorless camera. It includes a flip-up LCD for the selfie crowd as well as twin dials for those seeking quick control over exposure. Read our review to see how it performed in the real world.

Setting up a portrait studio at sea

Photographer Marcus Drinkwater spent a month aboard the Golfo Azzurro, a coast guard ship that intercepts refugee boats, capturing portraits of rescued migrants in his makeshift photography studio.

CEA-Leti has developed a fully-functional curved full-frame image sensor

French research institute CEA-Leti has developed a fully-functional 20MP full-frame curved image sensor for use in telescopes. Will this motivate camera companies to speed up their own curved sensor R&D?

July 11
Nikon releases limited edition camera posters for 100th anniversary

Nikon just released another 100th anniversary product, so if you're not into the crystal paperweight or gunmetal grey D5, check out these limited edition camera posters.

Video: How to make a DIY 'beauty dish' for $12

Portrait photographer and YouTuber Joe Edelman shows you how he built his own, portable, collapsible DIY 'beauty dish' for under $15.

This restaurant is giving out 'Instagram Kits' to help you take better food photos

London restaurant Dirty Bones is giving 'Instagram Kits' to patrons who want to take better photos of their food. The kit includes a portable LED camera light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide angle camera lens and a selfie stick.

You can deliver prints on-demand with Citizen's new CY-02 dye sub photo printer

Citizen's new CY-02 dye sublimation printer offers event photographers and enprint producers a quick, lower-cost and relatively portable way to deliver prints on-demand.

Adobe officially admits speeding up Lightroom is 'top priority'

Photographers struggling with painfully slow Adobe Lightroom performance take heart: Adobe knows there's an issue, and fixing it is 'top priority.'

GoPro is testing its Fusion 360 VR camera with major broadcasters

GoPro has partnered with media organizations such as Fox Sports, the Golden State Warriors, USA Today and Getty Images to test the Fusion 360 VR camera.

This self-taught photographer is telling the stories of women across rural India

Photographer Deepti Asthana's project Women of India documents the stories of women across rural India, revealing how far behind these regions are when it comes to girls' and womens' rights.

Red patent shows plans for insanely modular Hydrogen One smartphone system

Red has big plans for the modular Hydrogen One smartphone. In a patent filed late last year, the company shows plans for the ultimate modular camera system, with a phone at its core.

New firmware brings USB-power and more to Hasselblad X1D-50c

Firmware version 1.17.0 brings a number of new functions and bug fixes to Hasselblad's 50MP X1D compact mirrorless medium-format camera.

DJI is creating a drone flight school for Dutch firefighters and paramedics

DJI is setting up a drone flight school in the municipality of Enschede in the Netherlands, where it will train firefighters and paramedics to use drones in emergency situations.

Sample gallery: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art

Sigma's new 24-70mm F2.8 Art series lens has landed. Check out these initial sample images.

Nikon reveals full-frame AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR

Nikon has announced its first full-frame lens with a stepping motor: the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR. In addition, this latest 70-300 has improved image stabilization and a shorter minimum focus distance.

July 10
7Artisans unveils range of low cost, fast lenses for mirrorless cameras

Chinese optical manufacturer 7Artisans recently introduced an odd assortment of mirrorless camera lenses—four lenses that are intended to provide low-cost alternatives to branded optics.

Photo exhibition in Paris traces photography's love affair with cars

The simultaneous industrialization of the car and the camera has bound the two up in history. Suddenly, "the camera became the indispensable accessory for drivers eager to immortalize their travels."

Federal Court confirms (again): Police can be photographed in public

The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed what the First, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh have already stated: it's your constitutional right to photograph police in public.

Time-lapse captures thousands of fireworks going off over LA on July 4th

On July 4th, photographer Dylan Schwartz captured this time-lapse of Los Angeles from Mount Wilson Observatory. His vantage point gave him a spectacular snapshot of hundreds of individual fireworks displays.

The Laowa Magic Shift Converter brings easy lens-shifting to the Sony E-Mount

The Loawa Magic Shift Converter adds shift capabilities to your super-wide-angle Canon or Nikon lenses when attached to Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras.

Nikon updates battery recall: Overheating batteries from 2012 still causing problems

Nikon just updated a battery recall from all the way back in 2012. According to the update, certain EN-EL15 batteries are prone to short circuiting and warping/melting your camera.

LG G6 scores 84 points in DxOMark testing, lags slightly behind closest rivals

With an overall score of 84 points the LG G6 is on the same level as the iPhone 6s but cannot quite match its rivals in this year's generation of flagship phones.

Is newsprint the future of photography?

Cheap, fast and adaptable, many photographers and photojournalists are turning to newsprint to share their photographs IRL.

Leica TL2 first impressions

With its M-series rangefinders, Leica makes cameras that are traditional almost to the point of anachronism, the TL series is pretty radical. Richard Butler spent time with this smartphone-like camera and has some first impressions to share.

Leica TL2 sample gallery

A Leica TL2 landed in our office shortly before its launch, giving us just enough time to take it out for some real world shooting.

Leica's TL2 gains 24MP sensor, more power and a careful polish

Leica has announced the TL2 APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The latest TL-mount model gains a 24MP sensor, more processing power and more comfortable, chamfered edges.

July 9
Haunting photos from inside the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia

Two and a half years after the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank, taking 32 lives with it, photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski snuck onto the recently raised wreckage to photograph what remained.

What makes a great photo: Wise words from a veteran photographer

Photography veteran Charlie Howse shares nuggets of wisdom and insight from decades of teaching and practicing photography. His subject: What makes a great photograph.

July 8
DIYer adds giant heat sink to overheating Lumix GF7 camera

Eric Strebel's Lumix GF7 kept overheating during long video recording sessions. So he decided to fix the problem by hacking a huge PC's heat sink onto the back of his camera... problem solved!

Photo story of the week: The Shining

Photographer Erez Marom shares the story behind his photograph 'The Shining,' an incredibly fortunate shot taken during a brief cloud break at sunset in Patagonia.

The Olympus TG-5 is the best rugged compact you can buy right now

It's not perfect, but the TG5 can go where most smartphones and traditional cameras can't. Throw in Raw capture, 4K and 20 fps bursts and you've got yourself a winner.

July 7
These Nikon videos break down the gear and settings you need to shoot the eclipse

Planning to shoot the eclipse on August 21st? These videos are a great primer on the gear and settings you'll need to do it safely and walk away with a great photo.

Pixel Peeper can now show you what Lightroom preset was used on a photo

The popular program Pixel Peeper launched with the ability to show you what Lightroom edits were applied to an image. Now it can reveal presets too.

Venus Optics shows off footage captured with forthcoming Laowa 15mm F2

Venus Optics has a new lens on the way - the Laowa 15mm F2, for Sony's E mount. Billed as the world's fastest 15mm lens, the manufacturer claims zero distortion. And footage shot with the new 15mm certainly looks nice.

How Instagram's algorithm learns from your likes to keep you coming back

Instagram's infamous algorithm is 'keeping an eye on you,' tracking your activity and honing your personal 'Explore' tab until you're totally hooked.

Olympus TG-5 gallery updated with Raw samples

The Olympus TG-5 is one of our favorite cameras for hiking and days on the beach. And with the recent addition of preliminary Raw support, we've taken the opportunity to add some Raw conversions to our gallery of sample images.

FAA offers drone registration refunds following court ruling

If you registered your small drone with the FAA back in 2015, but don't intend to use it for commercial purposes, you're entitled to a registration refund. A crisp $5 bill, straight from the US government into your pocket.

This is the first ever permanent photography exhibition in space

Duggal Visual Solutions teamed with Dubai-based photographer Dr. Hersh Chadha to create the first-ever permanent photography exhibition in space.

Panono buyer saves the brand, will continue making its 360° ball camera

Troubled tech company Panono and their odd 360° ball camera will live on to shoot another day. The investment company that purchased the Panono brand says it will continue all services 'without disruption'.

C.P. Goerz launches 'always-in-focus' Citograph 35mm lens on Kickstarter

German startup C.P. Goerz just launched its new 'always-in-focus' Citograph 35mm f/8 lens on Kickstarter. The lens is designed to shoot photos 'instantly,' by removing the need to manually focus.

July 6
Dronestagram and Nat Geo crown the best drone photos of 2017

Aerial photo sharing site Dronestagram, in collaboration with National Geographic, just announced the winners of their 4th annual international photo contest—ostensibly the best drone photos of 2017.

OnePlus 5 performs well in DxOMark Mobile test, misses top spot by three points

An overall score of 87 puts the OnePlus 5 on the same level as the well-loved Huawei P10 and Sony Xperia XZ in the DxOMark Mobile ranking.

CIPA figures for May show more good news for camera makers

The number of cameras made and shipped by manufacturers continues to grow, spelling some positive news for the photo industry.

SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras

Chinese manufacturer Sainsonic has released a 50mm F1.1 lens for Sony E and Canon EOS M mounts, with a Fujifilm variant coming soon. The price for all that speed? A paltry $170 USD.

Red just launched a $1200 smartphone with a 5.7" holographic display

The Hydrogen One is capable of displaying traditional 2D content as well as stereo 3D and 'holographic 4-View' content without a headset or glasses.

Canon 7D Mark II torture test: See a shutter fail in real time

Have you ever seen a shutter fail in real time? Now you can. In this video, ContinueCrushingTech shoot a 7D Mark II continuously until the shutter finally gave up and died.

New research on bee vision might help improve digital cameras

New research on how bees perceive color might some day revolutionize how digital cameras judge ambient light conditions, producing more realistic and consistent colors.

Sigma updates MC-11 Sony adapter, adds support for 24-70mm Art lens and more

Sigma just released a new firmware update for its popular MC-11 lens adapters, adding support for the company's new 14mm f/1.8 and long-awaited 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses, among other updates.

Nokia is teaming up with Zeiss to deliver the "ultimate imaging experience"

If the rumors are true, we should see a Zeiss-branded 13MP dual-camera on the upcoming Nokia 9 flagship smartphone.

You mean they made cameras, too? A tribute to the Samsung NX10

Samsung may have exited the camera industry in 2016, but it achieved a lot. And it all started with the APS-C format NX10, the subject of this week's Throwback Thursday.

July 5
No one would buy my conflict photos, so here they are for free

Conflict photographer Kainoa Little couldn't find any agencies to buy his photos of the Iraqi offensive against ISIS in Mosul, but he felt he had a duty to tell these stories all the same. So he's sharing his images for free.

Motorola shows off 'DSLR' and 360° camera Moto Mods at Ghana event

Motorola recently showed off a couple of fancy new Moto Mods at a small event in Ghana, including a 'DSLR' mod with interchangeable lenses, and a 360° camera system mod.

Arizona man arrested for flying camera drone over wildfire, impeding firefighters

54-year-old Gene Alan Carpenter has been arrested by Arizona police for flying his camera drone over the Goodwin Fire to take pictures, impeding efforts to manage the wildfire.

2-bit astrophotography: Using a Game Boy Camera to shoot the moon and Jupiter

Astronomy and Instrumentation student Alexander Pietrow wanted to see if you could capture some astrophotography with his 2-bit Game Boy Camera. Turns out, you can!

Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability

Think of it as a D500-light, which is essentially a miniature D5, Nikon's flagship sports camera. In other words, the D7500 is built for speed. And it delivers.

Zorki Photo launches its first film: Zorki Photo Mono 100 ISO black-and-white

The analog renaissance continues. Zorki Photo just announced the upcoming launch of their first film: Zorki Photo Mono. A 100 ISO black-and-white film with a 'classic' appearance, you can pre-order it starting July 7th.

Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers crowns competition winners

The winning image in the Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition was taken by Michelle Howell and shows an Argentinean ornate horned frog in a reflection pool.

A photographer's journey into the dying center of the Islamic State

Washington Post photographer Alice Martins joined Kurdish forces at the front lines of the battle against ISIS in Raqqa, Syria—a battle she calls, "a daily replay of horrors."

FAA may develop a remote drone identification system for law enforcement

The FAA is reportedly developing a system that would allow law enforcement to identify a misbehaving drone and its operator from the ground.

Wrap your head around this 360-degree head mount for nine GoPros

The NAB show in Las Vegas was a while ago, but Photo Gear News is still churning through hours of video from the show. In their most recent post, PGN's Lok Cheung tries out a new head-mounted rig for nine GoPros. Yes, nine.

Domke F-803 and F-5XB review

No laptop sleeves, water bottle holders or endless customizability options here. Domke's classic shoulder bags are basic, but they'll stand up to years of use.

July 4
Are the NLE wars beginning to heat up?

Weeks after Blackmagic cut the price of DaVinci Resolve, Avid has released 'Media Composer First,' a free version of its industry-leading nonlinear editing (NLE) software. Is it worth considering?

Going wide on a budget: Nikon AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6 DX sample gallery

Nikon's new AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6 DX zoom is affordable, compact, and for the most part, well-built. Since it's summer in Seattle, we've taken it to the Pacific Ocean and back to see just how well it performs.

Nikon D7500 gallery update: more photos, Raw conversions

With a full review just about finished, we had a number of new images and converted Raws to add to our already-existing D7500 gallery.

Panono no more: 360-degree camera maker sold after 'amazing but also exhausting journey'

It's official: Panono, maker of an innovative 360-degree camera is to be sold, after only managing to deliver around 400 cameras to its backers.

July 3
Why I swapped my 'pro' DSLR for the cheapest one out there

Photographer Ion Paciu was sick of workshop students commenting on how great his gear was... so he got rid of it. He swapped his 5D Mark III for a lowly SL1 and couple of kit lenses.

Photographer uses Google Street View to 'travel' and photograph the world

Photographer Jacqui Kenny suffers from anxiety so crippling she occasionally can't leave the house. So she 'visits' and photographs far away places through Google Street View.

Fotodiox's DLX Stretch adapters feature a built-in extension tube for macro photography

Accessories manufacturer Fotodiox has launched a new series of lens adapters for mirrorless camera users that feature a built-in variable extension tube for macro shooting.

Simple demo shows the power of a polarizing filter

This quick demo shows the power of polarizing filters to cut down on reflections and totally change a scene.

Photobucket breaks billions of photos online, upsets millions of users

Photobucket recently started charging $400/year for a service that used to be free, breaking billions of images across the web in one fell swoop. Users are NOT happy.

Troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming back as Galaxy Note Fan Edition

Samsung has found a way of recycling millions of unused Galaxy Note 7 parts by relaunching the device in Korea under the name Galaxy Note Fan Edition

Photographers and photo editors on the passion the drives them

For his last article as editor of the TIME LightBox photo blog, Olivier Laurent asked 13 influential photographers and photo editors to share what drives their work.

New product overview videos now available: Fujifilm GF

Need a quick refresher? We're always adding product overview videos to our collection, and just published a few detailing the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium-format camera and three GF lenses.

July 2
Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness

From a kilt-wearing attendee on a ladder to a pig adjacent a reception, the wedding photographers on staff have seen it all. Here are some hiccups and oddities they've run into while photographing the Big Day.

'Above Bellingham' soars from bay to Mount Baker

Visual journalist Kjell Redal tells us how Vimeo staff pick videos inspired him to capture the beauty of his hometown from a different vantage point.

July 1
Photo story of the week: Green Mamba

In a new weekly column on DPReview, photographer Erez Marom shares the story behind some of his favorite images. This week: photographing the northern lights from Norway's Lofoten Islands.