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Tuesday, 22 May


Instagrams All Caught Up Feature to Ease Your FOMO "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Instagrams decision to move away from a simple chronological feed to an algorithm-based stream can make it difficult to keep track of whether youve seen everything new from people you follow. But help is on the way: Instagram is now testing an All Caught Up message to let you know when youre up to speed.

TechCrunch reports that some users have begun seeing the feature Instagram often tests prospective features among a subset of users prior to rolling it out to all while scrolling through their feeds. Once youve browsed through everything new over the past couple of days, Instagram will insert a message mid-feed to alert you.

The message reads: Youre All Caught Up Youve seen all new posts from the past 48 hours.

Screenshot via TechCrunch

While the message seems to suggest that the alert covers all posts from everyone you follow, Instagram declined to confirm to TechCrunch that an algorithm isnt involved in determining whats worth showing you.

The feature is part of a movement (called time well spent) among social media services to help users keep track of time in order to promote wellness. Another big one thats on the way is...


Shutterbug Kills Print Magazine, Goes Web-Only After 45 Years "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Shutterbug has announced that its ending its photography print magazine after 45 years, moving forward as an entirely Web-based publication.

Shutterbug magazine had a great run, but the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last 4+ decades, and we felt now was the time for Shutterbug to become a dynamic, web-only publication, Editor-in-Chief Dan Havlik says. has grown dramatically in recent years with record traffic and expanded reach to photographers around the world. We can now dedicate all our resources to further growing our online presence and expanding our video, social media, mobile and e-commerce channels.

As readers have increasingly turned to the Internet to consume content over the past several years, many print magazines have been finding it difficult to adapt to change. Some have killed off their print editions to survive, while others have folded their operations entirely.

Popular Photography was a staple of the photo industry for 80 years before it completely closed shop in March 2017, leaving its website as an archive of old articles.

But Shutterbug sees a path forward through the Internet. The magazine says that traffic has increased over 700% in the four years since Havlik took his post, and the magazine has amassed a sizable following on social media with over one million combined followers.

A selection of Shutterbug print magazine covers.

Havlik says it wasnt a plummeting of print magazine subscribers that forced the decision to kill it, but rather its financial sustainability.

Circulation has actually been quite strong and we had a devoted print magazine audience, Havlik tells PetaPixel. We were still at around 10...


First leaked images of the new Fuji XT100 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Here are the first leaked images of the new Fuji XT100 that will be announced on May 24. via Nokishita

The post First leaked images of the new Fuji XT100 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Sigma 105mm f/1.4 E-mount preorders open on May 25th "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 BEAST lens will be available for preorder from May 25. it will cost nearly $2,000 and be available as native Sony E-mount option too. #sonyimages #sonyalphasclub #sonyalpha #sonyphotography #sonyphotogallery #sonyalpharumors #sonyalphagear #SonyPhotoGallery #SonyAlphasClub #SonyMirrorless #sonyalphaphotos

The post Sigma 105mm f/1.4 E-mount preorders open on May 25th appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


An image from a motor home photo project I worked on in late April. It might be a photo used in some marketing material this spring where I work. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

An image from a motor home photo project I worked on in late April. It might be a photo used in some marketing material this spring where I work.

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Monday, 21 May


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.



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



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.

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Sunday, 20 May

Saturday, 19 May


The 5 Best Nikon Full Frame Lenses: Kai Wongs Picks "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a 16-minute video in which Kai Wong shares his latest list of the 5 best full frame lenses worth investing in if youre a Nikon DSLR shooter.

Heres the list of Wongs picks (watch the video to hear his intro and explanation for each choice):

#1. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL $4,000

#2. Nikon 58mm f/1.4 $1,600

#3. Nikon 85mm f/1.4G $1,600

#4. Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E $2,200



Moms Multi-Million Lawsuit: Photog Posted Indecent Photo of Girl at Dance "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A Georgia mother is filing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against a local photographers photo company, accusing it of publishing an indecent photo of her 15-year-old daughter at a school dance.

The Associated Press reports that the Cady Studios had been hired to photograph the North Cobb High School homecoming dance in September 2017, which the girl attended.

One of the photos shot that night was captured at the moment the teens dress slipped down, exposing her right breast.



The Physics Behind Sunbursts and How It Can Help You Focus Your Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to sunbursts in photos those points of light with rays streaking out of them people often have polarizing views. Optical diffraction is the physical property that causes this effect. The appearance of sunbursts is more technically described as diffraction spikes, and its caused by the bending (sometimes referred to as spreading) of light around an object like the edges of your cameras aperture.

When an aperture is large relative to the wavelength of light, you dont get much diffraction. But when the size of an aperture is small, the effects of diffraction become apparent. The divergent light of varying wavelengths travel different distances to the camera sensor and cause interference some interfering waves increase their combined amplitude, while others cancel each other out.

The diffraction that causes spikes is the same property that makes lenses less sharp at large f-stop numbers.

Lens performance is limited by aberration and diffraction. In full-frame systems, lenses are diffraction limited around f/22, with optimal performance occurring around f/8.

Diffraction spikes in camera lenses

Most modern lenses use an iris diaphragm to control the size of the aperture. Wide open, the effects of diffraction are unnoticeable because most of the light can pass directly through the diaphragm without being affected by diffraction occurring at the edges. But as the aperture becomes smaller and approaches the wavelength of light, diffraction has a pronounced effect. When diffraction occurs around an edge like an aperture blade, it creates two visible spikes of light 180 apart and perpendicular to the blade edge.

On a lens with an even number of blades, the diffraction spikes from opposite sides of the aperture overlap. So n-number of even blades yields n-spikes.



This Eye-Popping Flyover of NYC Was Shot in 12K "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Over the past several years, director Phil Holland has been specializing in high-res, large-format aerial cinematography. This gorgeous video titled Above NYC is a flyover of The Big Apple shot in 12K using a special rig comprising 3 RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras.

The cameras worth $79,500 each for a total cost of $238,500 were mounted inside a special 6-axis gyro-stabilized aerial camera rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, which in turn was mounted to a helicopter.

For the stitching to work properly, they had to figure out the correct amount of overlap, and the cameras had to be synced using REDs Jetpack SDI module, Engadget reports. Putting the video together in post was equally tricky, as everything needed to be aligned, warped, stitched and blended.

Because all three cameras were pointed in different directions, shots needed a perspective adjustment to create a perfect rectilinear projection.

Once the footage from the individual cameras are stitched together and processed, each frame of footage is the equivalent of a 100-megapixel photo with a sensor size equivalent to 645 medium format film. The resulting 12K footage has 48.5 times the resolution of 1080p.

The video above is an 8K export of the original 12K film. For now, youll just have to be content with imagining how much detail the original 12K film contains.



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