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Thursday, 21 September


I Shot Macro Photos That Capture the Beauty of Peacock Feathers "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My name is Can Tuner. Im a photographer living in Turkey, and I have been shooting macro photographs for about 7 years now. As someone who likes to photograph the tiny details of nature, I recently chose the peacock feather as a subject and started a special project on it.

The peacock feather has a beauty that is worth examining closely. The feathers, which are notable for their color and metallic structure, are among the many often unseen beauties of nature.

For this project, I used the Canon 6D as my main camera and a Yongnuo YN560 III flash and two IKEA Jansj work lamps for lighting.

I used three microscope lenses for shooting these macro shots: a Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x (5x magnification), Nikon CF Plan 10x 0.30 WD 16.5 (10x magnification), and Lomo 3.7x (3.7x magnification).

All the photos in this project were of a single feather.



Google Buys Pixel Phone Division from HTC in $1.1 Billion Deal "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Google Pixel smartphone and its best camera ever will soon be even more Made by Google. The search giant just announced that it would purchase the Pixel hardware division from Taiwans HTC in a $1.1 billion deal.

Prior to this deal, Google designed, developed, and marketed the Pixel phone while HTC was the contracted hardware manufacturer.

Reuters reports that this acquisition is an all-cash deal that will add another 2,000 employees to Googles headcount, bringing a fifth of HTCs total workforce in Taiwan into the Google fold.

As part of the deal, Google is also acquiring a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property no manufacturing assets are included and the two companies are planning to explore additional ways of teaming up in the future.

This is the second major smartphone business acquisition by Google in the past half decade. The company acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012 and failed to generate any notable products before selling it to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in 2014.

This big push into smartphone hardware could be a boon for the Google Pixels camera capabilities, especially when compared to Apples iPhone line. Back in July, former Google exec Vic Gundotra caused a stir by claiming that the iPhone 7 camera is years ahead of Android-powered cameras.

Its because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API, Gundotra said. That can take YEARS.

Apple doesnt have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.

Perhaps by plunging deeper into the hardware side of this business, Google can help itself and other Android phone manufacturers close this gap Gundotra is referring to.



How to Photograph White Wine on a Perfectly White Background "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

White wine in product photography can be easily made to glow and give a beautiful color and gradient through the glass. In this 9-minute tutorial, Dustin Dolby of workphlo shows a great way to achieve this with a simple setup.

Heres Dolbys description of the video tutorial:

When considering how to photograph products on a white background, there are a few lighting tips we can keep in mind. A bright gradated background will refract beautiful light into our wine bottles giving them a sense of volume. By capturing a high-contrast backlit frame we also make it possible to cut out the wine in photoshop, negating the need to get #ffffff white backgrounds straight out of camera.

Because the wine bottle is transparent, youre able to light it from the back. But if you directly flash the bottle with a strip box from behind, youll get a not so nice effect with horrible contrast and no softness.

However, by adding a large diffusion panel you can totally change the effect. This brings out much more of a symmetrical look, but dont forget to increase your flashs power having added the diffuser.

Dolby then moves the strip box to more of a side-angle behind the diffusion panel, before adding a second strip box to face directly at the side of the bottle.

A reflector from the right brings detail out into the label and cap of the bottle, but if its too strong an effect you can composite and blend a shot with and without the reflector.

Dolby sugg...


Ep: 213: A Whole Lot of Gear and more "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 213 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Canon Explorer of Light, Charles Glatzer

In This Episode

If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to...


Fotodiox launches the new PRONTO Leica M to Sony E autofocus adapter "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fotodiox just launched the new Leica M to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter (yes autofocus!). The adapter is now in Stock at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT and Amazon ES.

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Wednesday, 20 September


How to Easily Make Photo Selects with a Client Using Lightroom Web "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Youve always been able to do selects from Lightroom on the Web, but until now you needed an Adobe ID. Convincing a client or model to sign up for an Adobe ID can be a challenge. Now they can authenticate using either Facebook or Google, making the process much simpler for everyone. If you are already using collections, youre halfway there!

Photos in a collection

If you havent been syncing with Lightroom Mobile or have no idea what collections are, lets take a look.

Select your photos and choose Create Collection Give your collection a name. Make sure you Include Selected Photos

Now were going to head to and find your collection.

Once you have located the collection, click Share ...


This Short Film Was Lit Entirely with Drone Lights "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Using drones to illuminate scenes and subjects using flashes and powerful LED lights is a new trend made possible by the emergence of affordable and intelligent consumer drones. If youd like to see what the latest experimentation is producing, check out the 2.5-minute short film above, titled mmoires. It was lit entirely with drone lights.

I think its this is an absolutely revolutionary way of film lighting both in a creative and technical sense allowing for both very traditional (big crew) setup with a very tiny crew and also creating some surreal, nearly painterly lighting effects that I havent seen before cinematographer Tim Sessler of BROOKLYN AERIALS tells PetaPixel.

Last year, Sessler and his crew shot the worlds first drone video to use the dolly zoom (AKA the Vertigo effect) to create a mind-bending video.

For this latest project, there was one major challenge the team had to overcome.

Because the light was hard mounted, all drone movements would translate into the light, Sessler writes. While flying, this usually isnt a huge issue (it is less noticeable), in a stationary shot every little movement of the drone (compensation for wind) would result in a shift of the light beam and become very noticeable.

To overcome this, the crew mounted multiple 100W LED chips onto MoVI stabilization systems to keep the light beams stable while the drones moved around in the air.

They ended up building three lights: a 900W floodlight supported...


Shooting Boiling Water with a Macro Lens and Colored Lights "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Recently, Ive become interested in photographing boiling water in a glass tea kettle. It may sound boring and uninteresting, but with the right lighting, you can get some truly fascinating images.

It all began when I was boiling my tea water one day in January this year, and I happened to have my camera with a macro lens and a speedlight mounted, lying nearby. I decided to see what would happen if I photographed the boiling water in the glass teakettle, and I was very surprised by the results! It looked like melted metal, and the shapes were a lot more intricate and detailed than I would have expected.

When experimenting with this, I have gotten the best results when using a macro lens with a long focal length. I used my trusty Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. You could probably get interesting photos with a non-macro lens, but you would likely have to do some cropping to take away the edges of the teakettle and the background, as you wouldnt be able to focus as closely.

I set the aperture to around f/6 or f/7 for the sharpest results, and I focus fairly close, but not all the way to 1:1 magnification. I make sure that the room is as dark as possible, as this gives the photos a calmer background.

I use either a normal speedlight mounted on the top of the camera or, for more interesting results, I use two speedlights with colored gels, placed at different angles towards the tea kettle. I used two...


Snapseed Gets New Photo Filters and a Facelift "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Unlike the previous version, Looks are now available to access straight from the main screen of the app. From there, you can then go ahead to apply a number of customized filters to your photos.

There are also 11 new presets created by the Snapseed team to give you completely different styles with a simple tap of the finger.

iOS users will soon benefit from a new Perspective tool, too. This will adjust skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings.

The update is available now to users on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

(via Snapseed via...


Car Racing Photographer Gets Crowd to Light Up a Photo with Phones "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a beautiful shot captured by drift car racing photographer Larry Chen, who got the crowd to help light up his shot by pulling out their phones, turning on the LED flashlights, and waving them at the cars as they zoomed past.

Chen has been covering the Formula Drift series since 2006 and has been its official photographer since 2012. Over the past decade, Chen has covered about 90 of these professional drifting events both in the United States and overseas.

Chens good friend Jarod Deanda is the longtime announcer of the series, and he occasionally helps pump the crowd up by asking them to do the wave,

The added coolness factor of a cell phone light during the crowd wave was something Ive been meaning to capture, Chen tells PetaPixel. We have had two night events this year so far and both times I made a mental note to myself that I really needed to try to capture one of these cool scenes especially with drift cars battling in the foreground.

Chen was doing his normal coverage earlier this month when he captured this photo:

I noticed two light streaks due to fans in the stands using their cell phones to record video, but at the same time their LED flashlights automatically lit up, Chen says. The idea to ask Jarod to ask the crowd to help me get this epic photo popped into my head, so I immediately texted him as he was in the race control tower.

You can hear Jarod instructing the crowd at 1:15:10 in this video:

I wanted to get the light streaks to be long as possible without getting too risky in terms of not being able to g...


Heres a Map with Up-to-Date Drone Laws For Every Country "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Obeying local law when flying your drone is paramount, but those laws vary from country to country with some not allowing drones in at all. To help with planning, blogger and frequent traveler Anil Polat has created a map of the world with the laws of each country.

The map uses laws sourced from each countrys appropriate governing body and is updated frequently. Anil says he also included links to registration forms and any contact information you might need to request permission to fly in each country.

Because laws can vary from state-to-state in the U.S., Anil has also included separate state laws, along with any area-specific laws found in other countries.

The map is split into color-coded categories:

  • Green: means that drone use is generally allowed
  • Yellow: Drone use is limited or may require cumbersome registration processes
  • Red: Drone import or use is prohibited or otherwise heavily restricted
  • Grey: No data or there are no defined or applicable UAV laws

The full map is hosted on Google My Maps. Anil has also released smartphone apps containing the same data, which can be found for Android and for iOS.



The iPhone X and Digital Lighting Will Change Photography Yet Again "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Theres a feature tucked away in the new iPhones that doesnt seem to be getting a lot of traction, but it represents a massive sea change in photography. Its the Portrait Lighting mode, and its the second shot across the bows of traditional photography from the world of computational photography.

The first shot was fake bokeh in which the 3D map generated by a dual (or multiple) camera is used to generate background blur, to simulate the look of contemporary fast lens portraiture. This was widely derided for a few minutes, and then improved, and now its pretty much accepted. A few holdouts still mock it, but normal people cant really tell the difference.

This next shot is a much much bigger one. With the 3D map, the only thing preventing doing photographic lighting in post is available computing power. This is exactly what Portrait Lighting mode does. In effect, it digitally alters the lighting of a portrait to make it closer to a professional lighting style.

Its not perfect, and I am sure the Internet will mock it roundly when it gets around to it, looks so fake, lame, a professional would totally do it better all of which may be true. But this is not a technology that is going to get worse over time, though. Its going to get better.

Two years ago, I imagined a virtual studio for the professional photographer, with virtual lights placed and moved as needed, after the shot was taken, and the final results rendered as a standard 2D image for retouching. Apple has done me one better and worked out how to consumer-ize it. Rather than moving virtual lights around, Apple simply offers a handful of styles, treating it like an Instagram filter. Pick the lighting style that makes you look best! Click click, that one, yeah.

Theres room for both, though, its just software.

Its not even hard! This next example isnt even an iPhone this is me and my rough knowledge of how my own ugly mug is shaped. Original, drop catchlights, shade in shadow, shade in highlight...


Canon 6D Mark II Sensor is Good But It Trails Nikon and Sony: DxOMark "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The camera gear testing lab DxOMark has just published its review of the Canon 6D Mark II. The conclusion is that the DSLRs sensor is very good, but it trails behind the latest and greatest sensors by both Canon itself and the rival brands Nikon and Sony.

DxOMark gave the 6D Mark II sensor an overall score of 85.

This score indicates good overall performance, DxOMark says. Its the 5th best Canon sensor that has been tested, trailing the 5D Mark IV (which got a score of 91), 1D X Mark II (88), 5DS (87), and 5DS R (86).

Among all camera brands and models, however, the 6D Mark II is found much lower on the leaderboard

DxOMark notes that the 6D Mark II performs well in low light, but its weaker in the area of dynamic range (something that has already been reported by other testers).

Head to head against the current full-frame semi-pro DSLR completion from Nikon and Sony, the 6D Mark II compares well for both color and ISO performance, DxOMark writes. Its that lower dynamic range score which has impacted on the 6D Mark IIs overall score, however, with over 2-stops better dynamic range possible on the Nikon D750 at base ISO.

For Landscape (Dynamic Range) its headline score of 11.9 Ev is a slight step back compared to the original 6D however, and remains off the pace compared to the best performing new sensors from both Canon, as well as its main Nikon and Sony competition.



This AI Tool Creates a 3D Portrait From a Single Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have come up with an AI tool that will turn a 2D portrait into a 3D version, using just a single portrait photo you upload to it.

Normally, when creating a 3D image, you would need multiple shots so that depth can be calculated and used to produce the final result. However, the team has worked out how it can be done with just one frame.

The research paper describes their technique, known as Direct Volumetric CNN Regression, which is used to bring the 3D image to life.

Computers have always faced problems when it comes to 3D face reconstruction, a problem which the researchers describe as of extraordinary difficulty.

Our [tool] works with just a single 2D facial image, does not require accurate alignment nor establishes dense correspondence between images, works for arbitrary facial poses and expressions, and can be used to reconstruct the whole 3D facial geometry, writes the researchers.

To achieve this, their system has been fed a data set of 2D images and corresponding 3D facial models. Learning from this training, the computer then is able to generate the 3D model itself from just a single new frame by extrapolating the data.

The findings have a variety of wider applications, such as in producing 3D avatars for video games, virtual reality, and curing mid-week boredom....


Fake or Real? Sony A6000II specs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

From unknown sourcewhich means it easily can be wrong: As you might have noticed the A6000 bundles are discounted right now by $200-300 to clear stock. Wanted to share some specs of the upcoming Sony A6000 Mark II which should

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Techart unveils the Canon EF lens to Fujifilm GFX 50S adapter with Autofocus & Aperture control "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Techart unveils the Canon EF lens to Fujifilm GFX 50S adapter with Autofocus & Aperture control Guangzhou China, Sep 20, 2017 The innovative adapter developer, Techart, who has previously launched the first autofocus adapter for manual lenses, has unveiled

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Tuesday, 19 September


MEET MOXIE: OUR GIANT SCHNOODLE "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Meet Moxie, our giant schnoodle.  If you would have told me a year ago that I would be selling my chickens and buying a puppy to train for service, I would have turned my head to the side for a dramatic spit take, laughed hysterically and then maybe started crying at the idea.  Growing up I helped train my puppy and I learned quickly that getting a puppy and training it to be a well-behaved dog is and something I wouldnt be doing until I was absolutely ready.  I have sworn up and down that we were not getting a dog until my youngest was old enough to be self-sufficient (so like 12) and really didnt see getting a dog in our future for quite some time.

Diabetic alert training service dog to be

And then everything happened and for some reason I just could not put to rest that we needed to look into a diabetic alert dog.  You guys, I dont know and I hope with everything that this is some sort of divine revelation and not just me going absolutely nuts.  With the stress and madness of our lives right now it just seems like not the best time to get a puppy but I could not put it to rest.  I tried.  After a few days of research I quickly realized that buying an already trained d.a.d. was 100% impossible for our situation but buying a puppy and training her ourselves seemed a little more like what we could do.  I spent a few weeks doing more research and we started looking at dogs.  I looked at the rescues here and at the pound.  I am unfortunately allergic to EVERTHING and the more time I spent around the standard service breeds (german shepherds, labs, golden retrievers) the more I realized that we just couldnt have one living in our house full time if I didnt want to be on allergy meds 24/7.

At one point I started researching Giant Schnauzers and they just stood out to me.  I dont know what it was about them but I felt really drawn to the idea of a giant schnauzer.  Theyre a good breed for a service dog, theyre hypoallergenic and super smart.  We also kept coming back to the idea of getting a pood...


Opremas New Biotar 58mm f/2.0 Lens Has a Record 17-Blade Aperture "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Having recently succeeded in crowdfunding the revival of the Biotar 75mm lens, Oprema is at it again and is looking to bring back the legendary Biotar 58mm f/2.0 with an aperture containing a record 17 blades.

Having only just got started with their crowdfunding efforts, the project has already surpassed the goal of $50,000. If it successfully funds and launches, the lens will be the only lens in the entire world with a 17-blade aperture.

We absolutely wanted to maintain the optical features of the lens. We wanted to keep its subtleness, its wonderful ability to catch lights and colors and, of course, its legendary center focus and the one and only Biotar bokeh, writes Oprema. In other words, we wanted to build a worthy continuation of the famous blueprint while maintaining the grace of the original design.

Its all possible because of the lens fully manual design. Autofocus lenses have fewer blades to reduce the number of moving parts, but the Biotar doesnt have to adhere to these limitations.

The lens will have less than 1% distortion, a minimum focusing distance of 0.5 meters, a 58mm filter threads, and a weight of 410 grams.

Here are some sample photos that show what the working prototype of this lens can do:



Portraits of Strangers Found Through Craigslist "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

For their ongoing Craigslist Encounters, the Los Angeles-based photography team Kremer Johnson has been shooting portraits of completely strangers who are each found using Craigslist. Each subject responded to an ad titled Characters Wanted and agreed to pose for $20 an hour.

Fstoppers writes that photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson have posted the ad three times so far, and each time it goes up they receive about 70 to 100 responses.

The photographers have shot portraits of about 30 people so far, and theyre aiming to photograph over 100 more in the upcoming year.

Each subject is interviewed to determine a portrait location thats meaningful to them.



Review: The Profoto A1 is a Simple and Naturally Beautiful Flash "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We all know and love the legendary lighting manufacturer that is Profoto. For decades, they have produced and supported the most durable, powerful, and consistent lighting equipment for professional photographers around the world.

In recent years, they have pushed the lighting industry forward with the introduction of the B1 and B2 and their OCF system. These new lights have changed the way photographers work by allowing for unheard of flexibility and mobility. Ever the innovator, Profoto just gave us something weve always wanted, but never thought to ask for.

Profoto just announced the A1, an on-camera flash, with full integration into the Air-TTL system that weve come to know and love.

In an effort to make the Air-TTL system more accessible, and easier than ever before, the A1 fills a gap that has long been present in Profotos line up. Time and time again I hear photographers ask for an on-camera flash that they can use with their B1 and B2 heads. Profoto listened and gave us a small flash, with an interchangeable battery, modeling light, and a built-in magnetic attachment for modifiers like gels and diffusers.

From the moment I was told about it, I was excited. After using it on several shoots, I was blown away.

My first shoot with the A1 was a simple indoo...


How to Fake the Look of Bullet Time Using a Single Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a new 3-minute music video by Russian/Ukrainian group 5Nizza. In it, the band finds themselves in a variety of situations, but as the action is frozen they keep on singing while the camera pans around them. How was it done? It turns out the effect was created with a single moving camera and a green screen.

The bullet time effect was popularized by the film The Matrix, in which Neo appears to stop bullets in their tracks while the camera spins around him. For the Hollywood film, they used multiple camera systems, digital compositing, and computer-generated characters to create the famous scenes.

But with a limited budget for this new music video, director Max Ksjonda had a different idea.

Instead of spending a huge amount of money on fancy rigs and editing, he suspended the band members into the air alongside a variety of props. The ropes and supports were then removed in editing, and the background added in thanks to the green screen.

This animated GIF shows the comparison of the video before (right) and after (left) the editing process:

You can see the full music video again, but this time without the post production editing:


(via Max Ksjonda via Gizmodo)



Instagram May Soon Break Its Classic Grid (and All Your 33 Mosaics) "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Instagram has long featured a 33 grid of photos across its platform, allowing photographers to get creative and create larger photo mosaics by uploading the individual pieces as separate photos in the correct order. If youve spent a considerable amount of time and effort building these mosaics yourself, heres some bad news: it looks like Instagram may soon break that classic grid (and your mosaics).

The Ringer reports that a number of Instagram users across the Web have noticed 44 grids on their accounts.

Some users arent pleased about it, since switching to...

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