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Friday, 16 February


Drone Causes Aircraft Crash for First Time in the US: Report "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

After numerous reports of illegally flown drones interfering dangerously with airplanes and even denting a US Army helicopter rotor over the past few years, a drone may have just caused an aircraft crash for the first time the United States.

Bloomberg reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island in South Carolina on Wednesday.

A student pilot and instructor were flying the Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 helicopter at around 2 pm when a white DJI Phantom quad-copter drone appeared and flew into their airspace, says a Charleston Police Department report. The instructor grabbed the controls and attempted to avoid the drone, but the tail of the helicopter clipped a tree, causing a crash landing on its side.

Both the student and the pilot escaped the incident without injuries, but the helicopters tail was significantly damaged and the aircraft was totaled, The Post and Courier reports.

The NTSB is aware of the pilots report that he was maneuvering to avoid a drone, but the NTSB has not yet been able to independently verify that information, says NTSB spokesman Chris ONeil.

DJI is trying to learn more about this incident and stands ready to assist investigators, DJI says in a statement. While we cannot comment on what may have happened here, DJI is the industry leader in developing educational and technological solutions to help drone pilots steer clear of traditional aircraft.

Authorities have not been able to locate the drone or identify its owner.

Image credits: Header illustration based on...


Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure, and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that were living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.

A more nuanced look at all the finalists reveals a broader range of subject matter, but that doesnt alter the fact that the Photo of the Year candidates have an obvious and often despair-laden quality to them (as do many photojournalism contests).

The tendency to value these types of scenes and subject matter made the 2014 selection of John Stanmeyers photo all the more startling. In contrast to most years, Stanmeyers photo of migrants in Djibouti trying to catch cheaper cell signals from neighboring Somalia depicted an everyday struggle of strangers in a strange land without relying on bloodshed or violence.

Photo by John Stanmeyer

This matters because awarding the industrys top prize to fire and brimstone images flies in the face of the actual trend of improving conditions around the world (if Bill Gates and Steven Pinker are to be believed).

Most contests provide very little guidance to their juries, which tend to rotate annually. Consistency or a longitudinal vision for a contests raison dtre are typically not a part of a jurys purview. Juries are ther...


I have not traveled many places certainly not many cities; this image of the Golden Gate bridge was made on my first trip to the city in the spring of 2008. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I have not traveled many places certainly not many cities; this image of the Golden Gate bridge was made on my first trip to the city in the spring of 2008.


Fireworks Shot Up-Close by a Drone and Played in Reverse "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This is awesome: Perfect_Tz flew a DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera drone through fireworks in Yunnan, China, reversed some of the footage, and set it to music. What resulted is this mesmerizing 3-minute short film titled, Fireworks From Above.

The film was made to celebrate the Chinese Near Year today is the first day of The Year of the Dog.


Are $5 IKEA LADDA Batteries Identical to $20 Eneloop Pro Batteries? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Do you use Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries in your photo equipment? You may be able to get the same performance at a much lower cost. This interesting 7-minute video from Matthew Eargle of AirborneSurfer looks into whether these relatively expensive batteries ($20 per pack of 4) are actually identical to the much cheaper IKEA LADDA batteries that cost just $5 per pack of 4.

Noticing that all of these rechargeable batteries are made in Japan, Eargle guess that there must be some overlap in the supply chain. Theres probably not that many battery factories pumping out different batteries for all sorts of different companies, and instead it is more likely that there is one factory that white labels its batteries for companies to slap their names onto.

The original Eneloops were made in Takasaki, Japan. The factory and Eneloop were owned by Sanyo, but Panasonic later bought the brand in 2009. Fujitsu, on the other hand, currently owns the factory. This single factory is the only one capable of producing these low self-discharge nickel-metal hydride batteries, and it supplies many brands such as Amazon, Fujitsu, Panasonic, and IKEA.

Using his homemade battery tester, Eargle discharged both an Eneloop Pro battery and an IKEA LADDA battery. He found that they both had pretty identical discharge patterns, and when recharged things were even more similar. The IKEA LADDA had a capacity of 2301.56mAh, and the Eneloop Pro had a capacity of 2300.59mAh.

Overall, Eargle found a difference of less than 0.05% between the two batteries. Statistically speaking, they are extremely likely to be the same battery based on these tests, he concludes.

So when you find yourself needing more rechargeable batteries for your gear, keep in mind that spending more money might not actually get you a better product.

(via AirborneSurfer via...


Skier Slams Into Photographers at Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A champion skier wiped out and slammed into a group of photographers during the womens giant slalom yesterday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The scary incident was caught by both broadcast cameras and the photographers own cameras.

The 30-second clip above shows Switzerlands Lara Gut wiping out 17 seconds into her run. Gut hurtles off the course and directly into photographers capturing the event, sending a few of them to the ground.

Thankfully, no one involved in the collision was hurt. And as you can see in the video, several of the photographers immediately lifted their cameras up to continue photographing in the aftermath.

No, Im OK, Im OK, the 26-year-old skier told reporters afterward, according to Reuters...


The NY Times is Looking for a White House Photographer "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to be a White House news photographer for the New York Times? If thats your dream photojournalism job opportunity, heres some great news: theres a job opening right now just for you.

The Times has posted a job listing for a full-time Staff Photographer position based in Washington, DC.

The New York Times is seeking a staff photographer who will primarily cover the White House and Capitol Hill, the listing reads. The ideal candidate is an experienced photojournalist committed to visual storytelling of all kinds, and must possess a deep interest in and understanding of American politics and government.

In addition to covering news in the nations capital, the photographer will also be asked to travel, both within the US and internationally. Oh, and you may be asked to work some nights and weekends as well.

Heres what the Times is looking for in an ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate is a versatile visual journalist who is technically adept and open to working in a wide array of visual approaches and formats. This position requires diplomacy, ingenuity, and the ability to convey the world of Washington to our readers with images that go beyond press briefings and photo sprays. The ideal candidate will excel under deadline pressure and will also possess excellent reporting and writing skills, as he or she will be expected to provide not only imagery, but accurate and thorough captions and accompanying reporting.

The candidate should be an excellent collaborator and should be able to generate and execute story ideas and project proposals.

If youre interested in applying for this rare position, visit the job listing page and hit Apply.



Google Removes View Image Button from Image Search to Protect Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Google has removed the View Image button from its Image Search results that had allowed anyone to quickly download the original image file while bypassing the host webpage. This is a step Google is taking to help protect photographers copyrights.

Last week, Getty Images announced a new licensing partnership with Google (which Google calls a settlement) that put an end to a lengthy legal battle between the two companies over allegations of anti-competitive practices Googles search made it easy to download high-resolution photos from Getty while bypassing the Getty website.

Google and Getty Images also worked together to address Gettys concerns, and the search giant agreed to remove the View Image button thats commonly used to directly access image files. That change has now gone live.

BEFORE. What Image Search results looked like before the change, with the View Image button present. AFTER. What the Image Search results look like now, with the button removed.

Clicking the Visit button takes you directly to the webpage that the image is found on.

Google had also agreed to make the copyright notice on copyrighted photos more prominent for users, and thats part of the tweaked design as well the Images may be subject to copyright has been moved from being a tiny gray line of text under the buttons to a more noticeable line right beneath the photo preview.


An image of the abandoned Grants Pass water towers before they were bulldozed "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

An image of the abandoned Grants Pass water towers before they were bulldozed


A Photographers Review of LASIK: The Ultimate Upgrade? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Like pretty much all photographers, I rely very heavily on my eyesight, not only for shooting but also image processing. Being a professional photographer, my life quite literally depends on my ability to see. Therefore, the idea of having my eyes cut open, lasers pointed at them, and then have them stitched back together is sort of a terrifying thing to think about.

I contemplated for years whether I should get the surgery or not; part of me was tired of constantly having to shoot through my glasses, but the other part of me was terrified of damaging my vision. After years of contemplation, research, and broken glasses, I decided it was time to go for it.

In this review, I will not only speak about my personal experiences in getting LASIK, but I will also talk a bit about what LASIK is and how it works.

So, What Even IS LASIK?

LASIK, commonly called laser eye surgery, is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap in the cornea is created using either a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser.

The surgeon folds back the flap, then removes and reshapes the corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. The end result is (hopefully) corrected vision that will no longer require you to wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision.

Qualifying for LASIK

Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK; you will need to have a thorough eye exam before you will qualify for the procedure. Your doctor will need to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for the operation. He or she will evaluate the shape and thickness of your cornea, pupil size, refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism), as well as any other eye conditions.

The moistness of your eyes will also need to be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, there are other procedures such as PRK that may be better suited for you.



Full-Frame Shootout: Sony a7R III vs. Nikon D850 vs. Canon 5D IV "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to see how popular full-frame cameras from Sony, Nikon, and Canon stack up? Heres a 20-minute comparison video from Dan and Sally Watson that looks at the differences between the Sony a7R III, Nikon D850, and Canon 5D Mark IV.

The video runs through pretty much all questions you might have about the cameras, covering everything from ISO handling to video.

For usability, the LiveView showing up in the viewfinder of the Sony A7R III is a major plus point for Sally. Dan agrees, pointing out that the Nikon D850 is the weakest when it comes to LiveView usability.

For regular autofocus, though, Dan concluded that the Nikon D850 performs the best. It was the only camera that locked focus for every frame of the model running towards the camera.

Here are some images from the Sony a7R III:

Here are some images from the Nikon D850:

Finally, here are the images from the Canon 5D Mark IV:

Overall, the Nikon D850 probably performed the best, Dan says. In fact, he recommends it over all of the cam...


Sony will announce a new Alpha Camera on February 26 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

After Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic we will also get a new camera from Sony! On February 26 they will announce a new Alpha camera model. This should be finally the long awaited A7 mark III. Specs shouldnt be revolutionary. 24MP,

The post Sony will announce a new Alpha Camera on February 26 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Ep. 255: OK, so I Think Lightroom May Be FasterMaybe and more "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 255 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
Download MP3   Subscribe via iTunesGoogle Playemail or RSS!

Featured: Photographer and digital artist, Renee Robyn

In This Episode

If you...

Thursday, 15 February


Looking set Backpacking in Capitol Reef "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Looking set Backpacking in Capitol Reef


ProGrade Digital: A New Memory Card Brand by Ex-Lexar Execs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Say hello to ProGrade Digital, a new brand of pro-grade memory cards and card readers for photographers. The company was founded by former Lexar executives who are aiming to offer the highest quality memory cards on the market.

Micron shocked the photo world in June 2017 when it unexpectedly announced the end of Lexar-brand memory cards. A few months later, Lexar as given a new shot at life when the brand was acquired by the Chinese flash storage company Longsys.

A group of former Lexar executives has now banded together to compete against the likes of SanDisk and Lexar in the camera storage space. The founding leadership team all held managerial or technical leadership positions at Lexar and have over 60 years of combined experience in the memory card niche.

Leveraging its experience and industry relationships, the team will focus exclusively on developing and marketing memory cards, card readers and software optimized for use within professional cinema and photography markets, ProGrade Digital says.

Our goal is to be the professionals source for top performing, professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, says founder and CEO Wes Brewer. We will be committed to focusing our efforts on the digital imaging pro who is meticulous about his equipment and workflow-delivering the best service, plus best product quality and reliability.

Memory Cards

The company will start out with lines of CFast 2.0 (550MB/sec) and SDXC UHS-II (200MB/sec) cards at pro-level capacities. The controllers in the cards are optimized for pro-grade cameras, and each card will undergo rigorous full-card testing (component-level down to individual memory chips) for the highest quality control.



A little Cessna I took a flight in. Would you want to be a pilot? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A little Cessna I took a flight in. Would you want to be a pilot?


Instagram is Now Alerting Users When People Screenshot Stories "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Instagram is testing out a new feature that Snapchat helped make famous: users are being notified when other people shoot screenshots of photos and videos in Instagram Stories.

Some users have begun seeing advance notices from Instagram saying that the next time they shoot a screenshot or screen recording of a story, the owner of the story will be notified:

The small percentage of users who have the warning feature activated during this test can see everyone who screenshotted their story by opening up the list of story viewers and looking for the new camera shutter icon next to usernames.



Lensbaby Unveils the Burnside 35, the First Wide-Angle Petzval Lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lensbaby has announced the new Burnside 35, a creative 35mm f/2.8 lens thats the first-ever wide-angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design.

Photos captured with the Burnside 35 have a bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition. This area is surrounded by a region of swirling bokeh and vignetting, which is variable and controlled by the photographer.

An effect slider on the lens operates as a second internal 8-blade iris, changing the shape and intensity of the swirl in the bokeh while controlling the brightness of the center and vignetting on the edges.

You can toggle the gold-anodized effect slider on the barrel of the lens to create variable balance and harmony between center brightness, bokeh and vignette, Lensbaby says. The effect slider features a four-stop range of vignette and bokeh enhancement so you can dial in the exact look that appeals to you.

Other specs and features of the Burnside 35 include a 6-blade main aperture, a minimum focusing distance of 6 inches (~15cm), a 62mm filter thread, manual focusing, a weight of 13.2oz (~374g), and 6 multi-coated glass elements in 4 groups.

Here are some sample photos captured with the Burnside 35 that show the effect:

Photo by Ryad Guelmaoui Photo by...


This is What Happens When You Hire a Nigerian Scammer as a Photographer "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres an unusual and inspiring 8-minute video by photographer Adam Grumbo of Matters To That One. After he was contacted online by a Nigerian scammer posing as a hot American girl, Grumbo decided to hire the scammer as a documentary photographer.

Grumbo tasked the scammer-turned-photographer with photographing the food, surroundings, and homes in his village, and Tobi was promised payment for his photography. So, ignoring all the common sense advice commonly given to Internet users, Grumbo wired Tobi $100 in return for photos from the market.

He went into town and got some tomato juice, onions, peppers, and fish, says Grumbo. He made one of Nigerians favorite dishes. I know that Tobi is really struggling to survive in Nigeria. Me and most people watching this video are much more fortunate than he is. I had to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Tobi also recorded a thank you video.

I know God has plans for everything, he says. To even talk to somebody outside my country, its really a very big privilege for me.

Grumbo is now fundraising for Tobis next photography assignment and you can support that project on GoFundMe.


Windows 10 is Getting a New Ultimate Performance Mode for Pros "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to squeeze some extra juice out of your Windows 10 workstation? Microsoft has just unveiled a new Ultimate Performance power plan thats coming to Windows 10 Pro.

The new plan is designed for advanced users for whom High Performance isnt enough. It helps speed things up by eliminating micro-latencies that come with fine-grained power management techniques instead of thinking about power, the workstation will focusing even more on performance.

As part of our effort to provide the absolute maximum performance were introducing a new power policy called Ultimate Performance, Microsoft says. Windows has developed key areas where performance and efficiency tradeoffs are made in the OS.

Over time, weve amassed a collection of settings which allow the OS to quickly tune the behavior based on user preference, policy, underlying hardware or workload.

Youll be able to use the new power plan by going to Power Options under Hardware and Sound and selecting Ultimate Performance. As with the other power policies in Windows, youll be able to customize the Ultimate Performance policy to meet your personal needs.

As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan, Microsoft warns.

The new Ultimate Performance mode is being tested by Windows Insiders in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (17101). No word yet on when it will be officially released to the general public. It will also be interesting to see what kind of impact the new policy has on intensive tasks done in apps like Photoshop and Lightroom.

(via Windows Blogg via Engadget)



This Crypto-Art Rose Photo Sold for $1,000,000 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Kevin Abosch, the photographer who purportedly sold a photo of a potato for over $1,000,000 in 2016, has now become the photographer behind the worlds most expensive crypto-artwork by selling a photo of a rose on the blockchain for $1,000,000.

CNN reports that the photo, titled Forever Rose, was purchased yesterday on Valentines Day by a group of 10 collectors that included investment funds, an advisory firm, crypto projects, and a leading China-based crypto investor. There were over 150 interested buyers, and the 10 collectors who ended up purchasing the photo split the price (paid in GTO and IAMA tokens) evenly 10 ways. The $1 million is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a cryptocurrency artwork.

The Forever Rose is an ERC20 token called ROSE on the Ethereum blockchain that is based on Aboschs photograph of a rose, Crowdfund Insider reports. The buyers each receives 1/10 of the ROSE token. The purchasers can decide to sell their partial rose.

Abosch created Forever Rose in collaboration with GIFTO, a decentralized gifting platform that stores its record of collectibles on the Ethereum blockchain.

The photographer and platform have donated...


A spot at the top of Lassen peak "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A spot at the top of Lassen peak


Fujifilm Unveils the X-H1: 4K Video and In-Body Stabilization "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujifilm just unveiled the X-H1, a pro-grade X Series mirrorless camera with 4K and professional video capabilities. As recent rumors foretold, the X-H1 is also the first X Series body with in-body image stabilization.

The new X-H1 is the highest performance camera in the X Series line of mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm says.

The X-H1 features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III crop sensor paired with an X-Processor Pro image processing engine. It has an ISO range of 200-12800 (extendable to 100-51200) and a continuous shooting speed of 14fps.

For video shooters, the X-H1 boasts DCI 4K (40962160), 1080/120p high-speed video, F-log SD card recording, a 400% dynamic range setting (~12 stops), 200 Mbps high bit rate recording, verbal time codes, and a high-quality internal mic (24 bit/48 kHz).

The X-H1 is the first X Series camera to feature a new film simulation mode named ETERNA, which is geared toward movie-making. Its a mode that simulates cinematic film, creating understated colors and rich shadow tones, greatly enhancing creative freedom during post-processing, Fujifilm says.

Another first in the X-H1 is the flicker reduction mode, which stabilizes exposure during bust shooting under difficult lighting conditions such as fluorescent and mercury lighting.

In the area of autofocusing, the X-H1 has a 325-point intelligent hybrid AF system with an improved low-light phase-detection AF limit thats 1.5 stops lower (from 0.5EV to -1.0EV), which allows for faster and more precise focusing in da...


A Fully Loaded $14,000 iMac Pro vs. a Fully Loaded $6,000 iMac "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Is it worth upgrading to the latest fully loaded iMac Pro, which will cost you $14,000? Filmmaker Parker Walbeck recently went hands-on to find out. Heres his interesting 4-minute video review that looks at the speed comparisons between a fully loaded iMac Pro and a fully loaded $6,000 iMac.

The review shows side-by-side comparisons of each computer running a number of tasks. First off, Walbeck tests playback speeds of RED 8K footage. The iMac Pro plays back flawlessly at real speed while the iMac had to have the resolution reduced to 1/8th to see the same smooth playback.

Walbeck found that the iMac Pro rendered about twice as fast as the iMac, but interestingly the Warp Stabilizer effect in Adobe Premiere performed 25% better on the iMac apparently a quick that has to do with the number of cores that task utilizes.

I definitely think there is a point of diminishing returns, says Walbeck. Youre going to pay a premium for the latest and greatest tech.



Fuji X-H1 officially announced! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The X-H1 has been announced and you can preorder it at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama. This is all the info collected by Fujirumors Press Release + Product Pages/Samples Fujifilm X-H1: Press Release / Product Page + Sample Images / X-H1

The post Fuji X-H1 officially announced! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Late summer sunlight in an overgrown field of grass "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Late summer sunlight in an overgrown field of grass

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