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Monday, 21 May

21:02

Royal Wedding Photographer Reveals How Viral Photo Was Shot "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle captured the worlds attention this past weekend, and one particular photo received a huge amount of praise and viral popularity. Now the photographer has revealed details of how the picture came to be.

The photo above shows Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his new bride, the Duchess of Sussex, holding hands in a carriage during a procession after their wedding ceremony.

Shortly after it emerged, it began going wildly viral online:


Photojournalist Yui Mok, a Press Association (PA) staff photographer, soon identified himself as the person responsible for the image. Drones werent allowed anywhere near the wedding celebrations, so for this aerial shot, Mok actually positioned himself on the roof of a gateway at Windsor Castle to photograph the couple as they passed below.

20:24

A $5 Shower Curtain Does Wonders for Diffusing Light "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a 6-minute educational video by Shutterstock in which filmmaker Todd Blankenship discusses the basics of diffusing light and introduces three cheap options for doing so including a $5 shower curtain.

A common misconception about diffusion is that all you need to do is slap [diffusion] onto the front of your light source, Blankenship says. But if you do this, the results may not show much of a difference the light may still be nearly just as harsh without improved quality.

But the trick is to make your light source as big as possible in relation to your subject, Blankenship says.

The three diffusion products suggested are a $180 Fotodiox Pro-Studio Solutions 44 Frame, a $110 roll of Opal Frost Diffusion, a $5 shower curtain.

Youll be pretty amazed by how beautiful a quality of light you can get using a shower curtain diffusion, Blankenship says, noting that its one of his favorite ways to diffuse light.

(via Shutterstock Tutorials via...

19:40

Tornado Forms in Front of a Timelapse Photographers Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Its extremely difficult to predict when and where a tornado will form and touch down, so stormchasing photographers rely on long days of chasing and waiting for luck. But luck is exactly what Mike Olbinski met with recently: he captured a tornado forming and touching down while shooting a timelapse.

The 1-minute video above, titled The Tescott Tornado, shows Olbinskis lucky break.

The 2018 storm chasing season has been a tough one long days with not much reward, Olbinski writes. But on May 1st, that all changed.

While chasing supercells in the plains of Kansas, Olbinski set up his camera gear (two Canon 5DS R DSLRs with a Canon 11-24mm f/4 and 50mm f/1.2) near Culver City to get a nice view of the storms structure before it got too close.

But as we sat theretornado sirens went off in town (which is what you hear at the start of the video), the photographer writes. We noticed a wall cloud forming and then a cone tornado dropped right before our eyes. I couldnt believe my luck with time-lapsing it before it ever started.

And then the tornado disappeared into the rain, only to come back out as a full wedge tornado that was later rated EF3. Watching it sping across the horizon was a moment I wont soon forget.

The massive tornado was about half-a-mile wide, but it missed hitting a city. Thankfully, despite destroying some structures, the tornado didnt cause any injuries or deaths.

It was an amazing moment, I somehow was lucky enough to capture the entire tornado lifecycle, from wall cloud to cone, to wedge and th...

18:51

Sony a9 Wins Camera of the Year in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Sony a9 has been named Camera of the Year by in the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2018 held by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), a 55-year-old coalition of 10 of the most influential photography and camera publications in Japan.

The award honors the best camera products introduced into the market over the previous fiscal year (for the 2018 prize it covers from April 1st, 2017 to March 31, 2018). 53 people involved in the industry (e.g. editors, experts, reporters, photographers) were involved in this years selections.

Sony Wins the Top Prize

The Sony a9 was selected as the best of all cameras released over the past year, and the camera received high praise from the committee:

It is surely an epoch-making camera, indicating further possibilities of cameras in the future, CJPC writes. It has changed the concept of a mirrorless camera, convincing us that some images, both still and moving alike, can be captured only with this camera. Fits for professional use.

Many members of the selection committee highly appreciated the innovative quality.

Olympus Snags Lens of the Year

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens was named Lens of the Year.

Realizing both outstanding resolution and high-quality bokeh, this super-fast lens provides the widest angle as of today in the Olympus max F1.2 lens lineup, CJPC writes. While th...

18:14

The Opposite Photography Challenge: Shoot Outside Your Comfort Zone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

One way to stretch yourself as a photographer is to shoot outside your comfort zone, and the Opposite Photography Challenge is one way to do so. In this 7-minute video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows how she carried out the challenge with a recent portrait shoot.

The challenge involves shooting exactly the opposite of things you usually do. Rudnyk usually shoots professional female models outdoors with natural light, so for this challenge, she photographed a male non-model (commercial photographer Nathan Elson) indoors with studio lighting.

Here are some of the portraits Rudnyk ended up with:

I challenge...

17:01

Canon is Now in the Sensor Business: 120MP Monster Unleashed "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon is now officially in the business of selling sensors. Third-party companies can now purchase three of Canons state-of-the-art sensors, including the 120-megapixel monster that has received a significant amount of attention in recent years.

New Camera reports that the three sensors are available through the Canon authorized distributor Phase 1 Technology Corp of New York, not to be confused with Phase One the Danish camera company.

The three sensors are Canons 120MP ultra-high-resolution CMOS, 5MP global shutter CMOS, and ultra-low-light Full HD CMOS.

Canon industrial sensors redefine high-performance with state-of-the-art technology, backed by decades of ongoing development and improvement, Phase 1 states.

120MP High Resolution

Canon first announced the development of its 120-megapixel sensor back in 2015, and it showed off what the sensor is capable of at an expo the following year.

A couple months ago, Canon released a video with a much deeper look at how much detail the sensor can capture.

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16:10

NASAs New Planet Hunter Snaps First Photo One With 200,000+ Stars "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

NASAs newest planet-hunting satellite has captured its first photograph a dazzling one that shows over 200,000 stars.

NASA writes that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) just completed a flyby of the moon on May 17th, passing at about 5,000 miles away for a gravity assist toward its final orbit.

And to test out the cameras on the satellite, the team behind TESS captured a 2-second exposure using just one of the four cameras onboard. The photo above is what resulted.

Its centered on the southern constellation Centaurus, and the bright star at the lower left edge of the frame is Beta Centauri.

With its four cameras combined, TESS is set to photograph over 400 times as much of the night sky as is shown in this photo during its first 2 years of searching for exoplanets, covering virtually the entire night sky.

Heres a 1-minute NASA video on TESSs journey and photo mission:

(via NASA via Engadget)


Image credits: Photo by NASA/MIT/TESS

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09:16

Nikon patent discloses the specs for a new collapsible Full Frame lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A newly published Nikon patent application (P2018-77520A) confirms Nikon is working on a collapsible Full Frame lens for their new FF mirrorless system camera.

The post Nikon patent discloses the specs for a new collapsible Full Frame lens appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Sunday, 20 May

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