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Macphun has just announced that its changing its name to Skylum. The company, which became well-known for its popular photo editing apps for Mac, is expanding to Windows and needed a new name as a result. Company CEO Alex Tsepko announced the rebranding in a post on the official blog.
Macphun was born 7 years ago as a company that developed apps for the iPhone. The brand released nearly 60 apps during its first 3 years of existence.
But the brand finally made it by launching a series of popular photography apps FX Photo Studio, Silent Film Director, and Perfect Photo that went on to be downloaded more than 20 million times.The Macphun logo.
Macphun launched FX Photo Studio Pro in 2011, the companys first app for the Mac App Store. In 2012, the companys Snapheal basically standalone Content-Aware Fill for Macs was selected by Apple as one of the App Stores best apps.
Since then, our products have been getting this (and similar awards) non-stop, Tsepko writes. I believe Macphun is the only photo software developer in the world to hold this recognition for five straight years in a row.
We also have more Apple Editors Choice awards than most app developers on a Mac.
Photographer Denis Cherim has an eye for creative composition. His Coincidence Project is filled with cleverly framed photos containing interesting relationships between light, shadows, and the lines of objects.
Cherim started the project 5 years ago and has been adding to the ongoing series ever since. Whenever he finds an interesting coincidence, he pulls out his camera and captures it using his Fuji X-T2.
Many of the photos force you to look more closely to understand whats actually going on.
Cherim was born in Romania, moved to Turkey at the age of 10, and then lived in Madrid for 14 years after that. He has since lived in and traveled through many countries and is currently doing a 3-month artist residency in Taiwan. As a result of his travels, the Coincidence Project contains photos from Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, Toledo, Valencia, London, Bucharest, Constanta, Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Istanbul, Viena, and more.
We featured Cherims work in 2016, and he has created a number of inspiring new photos since then.
Do you enjoy making your own lighting gear instead of spending hefty fees for commercial products? Heres a 10-minute tutorial by photography instructor Joe Edelman on how to build and use your own strip light modifier for under $25.
Edelman says that a lot of current modifiers are expensive and that spending anything from $125 or more on a modifier that only gets occasionally used is too much for [him] to justify, so he decided to create his own. He also thinks shop-bought strip lights are not entirely practical. For example, having to insert a strobe light entirely into the strip modifier means that you cant access the controls.
With this DIY model, you are able to mount it either vertically or horizontally while still retaining access to the controls.
To create it yourself, youll need the following:
The video also includes some great tips for how to actually use the strip light in the studio.
For example, with the strip positioned on the right (and with the majority of the strip at a height to ensure light falls from above) a very nice portrait can be taken with just a single light source.
Here are some other examples of different setups, as well as the resulting images:...
Want to fake a luxurious lifestyle on Instagram? Theres a Russian company that can help you do so. It specializes in renting out a private jet for Instagram photo shoots for people who dont have the wherewithal to actually fly around in one.
Private Jet Studio is a company based in Moscow that has turned a grounded Gulfstream G650 jet into a rentable photo studio this is a private plane that costs over $65,000,000 if youd like to own one yourself. The company is the only studio in Russia that currently offers this concept.
Meet Jim Mortram, a photographer with a past that involved battling anxiety and depression. Now he uses photography to interact with his community and draw attention to those who are struggling to get by. In this 3-minute video by Wex Photo Video, find out what Mortram thinks about the power of photography.
There was a period of almost a year where I didnt really speak out loud, says Mortram of his difficult past. I was loaned a camera It helped me reintegrate myself back into a community and meet people.
Photography helped to rescue Mortram from the clutches of depression, and now he uses it to tell the stories of others facing similar challenges.
For people living in a relatively small market town, things may look pleasant on the surface. But if you look a little bit deeper, you can definitely see the struggle and isolation that people are facing.
Mortram thinks that its his duty to use photography to share images of people and to try to help others understand what goes on behind closed doors.
You can also see more of Mortrams work on his...
Fujifilm will be killing off more of its camera film products in 2018, further dwindling the companys limited selection of analog offerings.
The company announced earlier this month on its Japanese website that a number of multi-film packs will be discontinued starting in March 2018. Heres the list:
The good news (for now) is that photographers will be able to still purchase Superia Premium films in packs of 3 as well as the same Velvia and Provia stocks as individual film rolls (its the packs that are being discontinued).
But the bad news is that these multi-pack discontinuations arent exactly a good sign for the future of each film line.
As well all know from history, killing off packs is a telltale sign that the film is no longer being produced and they will just milk the remaining stock as singles, Japan Camera Hunter writes. You nature photographers had better stock up on Velvia while you can.
Whats more, a number of film stocks are being...
In the 1850s, photography became much more affordable and accessible for consumers. This sparked a trend in the Victorian era of postmortem photography, where dead loves ones featured among the pages of family albums. Heres a 2-minute video by the HISTORY channel about this creepy fad.
Known as memento mori (which means remember you must die), the trend became increasingly popular for a period of time, and even Queen Victoria slept underneath a photo of her dead husband.
Many people were photographed at home as if they were sleeping, often lit in a heavenly light from a nearby window.
Pupils would be painted onto the photos to bring life back to the dead corpse, which had to be photographed within 24 hours of death before decomposition started to creep in.
Most of the subjects were infants and children, who would sometimes be photographed with their favorite toys.
Sometimes the living would even pose with the dead for one final family photo.
Postmortem photography eventually died out decades later around the start of the 1900s when casual photography and snapshots became more common.
(via HISTORY via...
Photographer Eric Pare recently went out into the desert and shot a set of photos showing a model sitting next to the moon. And the size of the moon in the photos wasnt faked. Pare managed to capture a gigantic moon by using a 1120mm lens and having his model sit very far away.
Pare was shooting with a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR using a Canon 400mm f/5.6 mounted to a 2x extender (Mark II), which in turn was mounted to a 1.4x extender. The teleconverter stacking gave the resulting setup a focal length of 1120mm.
To achieve the lens compression he needed to make the moon (a distant object) look bigger than usual, Pare placed himself at a great distance from his model:
It turned out to be much easier than expected, Pare says. During the shooting, I realized that I was able to step down the aperture to f/64 by using the extenders. This gave me a very dirty low-quality image, but the fact that the moon and Kim were quite in focus was very mind-boggling.
Heres a photo Pare captured at 1120mm, f/64, 1/125s, and ISO 1600:
At this aperture, all the dust specks on the sensor show up in the image as ugly dark splotches. By cleaning up the photo in Photoshop, however, Pare was left with a usable image that was created using a single exposure.
Pare also used focus stacking at larger apertures to get the moon and his model both in focus. Heres a focus stacked image that used separate photos captured at 1120mm, f/11, 1/200s...
Ricoh has unveiled two new lenses in its premium Star-series lineup: the Ricoh HD Pentax-DA 11-18mm f/2.8 and the HD Pentax-D FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW. Both lenses are optimized for super high-resolution photography and high megapixel digital SLR cameras.
Available in Pentax-K mounts, the lenses are the first of a new generation for the Star-series.
Premium-quality Star-series lenses deliver the highest performance among the PENTAX K-mount interchangeable lens series, and have been highly regarded by PENTAX K-Mount users since the days of film, Ricoh says.
The Star-series has a clear focus on quality, with an additional aim of providing exceptional toughness and outstanding operability so that the lenses stand up to a number of situations that could be thrown at them. This means the lenses boast a dustproof and weather-resistant build.
The 11-18mm f/2.8 lens will cover the image circle of an APS-C format crop sensor and will be available in summer 2018.
The 50mm f/1.4 lens is built for full-frame sensors and has a minimum shooting distance of 0.4 meters (15.7 inches). Theres also a newly developed ring-shaped SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) which enables faster and quieter autofocus. Its scheduled for launch in the spring of 2018.
Further details, including final names and pricing, will be made available by Ricoh at some point in 2018.
Heres a beautiful photo from over 100 years ago that shows two Native Americans looking at a strip of photographic film against the sky. Its a black-and-white photo that was colorized by colorization artist Jecinci.
The photo was captured in 1913 by photographer Joseph Kossuth Dixon during an expedition with department store tycoon Rodman Wanamaker, who sponsored three photographic expeditions between 1908 and 1913 to document the Native American way of life.
Heres the original image as its found in the Library of Congress digital collection:
The caption is: Two Native Americans, wearing feather headdresses, looking at photographic film; they stand next to a stream with photographic equipment at their feet and tipis in the background.
Photographers Against Wildlife Crime is a new book being launched on Kickstarter that is taking aim at the world of wildlife crime. With 20 of the most high-profile nature and conservation photographers involved, the book is coming at a crucial time for our natural world.
The wildlife crime industry is worth $20 billion, making it the fourth most lucrative crime in the world behind drugs, human trafficking, and arms dealing.A large bull elephant in Chitwan National Park sits with its leg chained. The 50 year old beast is restrained as it has killed five mahouts (handlers) in its lifetime. Patrick Brown / Panos Pictures A thresher shark caught in a gillnet in Mexicos Sea of Cortez. Tens of millions of sharks die each year as victims of fishing by-catch or to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup. Brian Skerry
With such a monumental problem to combat, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime will publish hard-hitting and inspiring images to help stir public opinion and make a real difference. Crucially, the book will also be published in Mandarin for distribution in China.A volunteer with the NGO, Care for Wild Africa, comforts a baby rhino after undergoing treatment for injuries caused by hyenas. The rhino was orphaned after its mother was killed by poachers. She was luckier than most as many calves who see their mothers killed are also attacked by the poachers, using machetes to break their spines so they cannot run away. Brent Stirton ...
The Nikon D850s reign as the top rated camera at DxOMark was incredibly short-lived: less than a month after giving the D850 the first official score of 100, DxOMark has just crowned the Hasselblad X1D-50c medium format camera with a highest-ever score of 102.
In its newly published review, DxOMark praises the Hasselblad X1D-50cs cropped medium-format 50-megapixel sensor, which measures 43.832.9mm (traditional medium format is 56x42mm). The sensor has about 70% more surface area than the 35mm full frame sensors found in high-end DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
Its this large sensor that gives the Hasselblad X1D-50c and other medium format cameras on the market a fundamental advantage in DxOMark tests compared to cameras with smaller sensor formats.
Compared to the Nikon D850, the X1D-50c has roughly the same portrait (color depth) score, the same landscape (dynamic range) score, and a much better sports (low light ISO) score.
[W]ith a theoretical maximum ISO 25,600 setting, the X1D-50c is should b...
Both Kobeissi and Gulotta got to choose an ugly location, and both tried their hand at shooting great pictures of the same model in that place.
The challenge is really going to be taking something thats not conventionally pretty and make it look good in pictures, Kobeissi says. Its not always about the location its how you work with it.
Check out the full challenge in the 10-minute video above, and see what you think of the results below:
Canon and Nikon, watch out: Sony is on the rise. Just months after Sony claimed the #2 spot for full-frame interchangeable lens camera sales in the United States, Sony has also passed Nikon at the largest online camera gear rental business in the US.
LensRentals recently shared with PetaPixel its annual list of the most popular equipment rented for 2017, and Sonys rise is one of the main conclusions the company took away from the data.
Sony has overtaken Nikon for #2 in the popularity stakes, a LensRentals spokesperson tells PetaPixel. Wed hinted at this being the case in 2016, but its clear this year.
Heres a spreadsheet showing the most popular camera products that have been rented out in 2017:
While Canon gear still dominates the leaderboard, the $2,200 Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens is now in the #5 spot. The first Nikon product, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II lens, doesnt show up until #11.
But its not just this one popular lens ranking that shows Sonys rise: LensRentals tells PetaPixel that the overall volume of Sony rentals has eclipsed the overall re...
Vintage lenses seem to be increasingly popular nowadays, and not just in the hipster crowds. In this 5-minute video, photographer Mark Holtze looks at why some people are picking up (and dusting off) old vintage lenses instead of their more modern equivalents.
The first and foremost reason is the cost. You can pick up some really nice vintage prime lenses made by respected brands for under $100. These lenses were once considered new and exciting (and often quite pricey), and just because they are older now doesnt mean they dont still do a good job.
In this way, vintage lenses can provide a cheaper way to explore photography with a number of different focal lengths and lens types, especially if youre just starting out.
Remember that vintage lenses will probably require an adapter to work with your camera, but the adapter you need will probably only cost in the region of $20.
Vintage lenses are also handy for ensuring that you learn the actual concepts of photography since theyre entirely manually focused and have a manual aperture ring as well. These attributes force you to understand and deal with the fundamental concepts of photography in a more direct way.
Check out the full video above for more information about vintage classic lenses. You can also subscribe to Holtzes YouTube channel here.
Want to see how the shutter system in a modern DSLR is replaced once it fails? The South African camera repair company Photographic Repairs shared this time-lapse of a shutter replacement surgery involving a Canon 6D.
If you have seen Error 20 on your Canon DSLR before and wondered what it is we do to fix this problem, here is your answer, Photographic Repairs writes. In this time-lapse video, our super-star technician Raymond Whittaker replaces one of our clients shutter units in his Canon 6D.
The camera is disassembled quite a bit before the shutter assembly can be reached and removed.
After swapping it out for a new one, the process of putting everything back together again commences.
The Canon 6D has a shutter thats rated for 100,000 actuations, and the Camera Shutter Life Database says that the average reported lifespan of the 6D shutter in the real world is 126,193.8 actuations. And in case youre wondering, heres what your shutter can look like after it fails at the end of its life.
DxOmark tested the Hasselblad X1D sensor performance and it did beat all the rest of the camera crowd: Image quality on the Hasselblad X1D-50c is outstanding, crashing through the 100-point barrier to become the highest-scoring commercially-available sensor weve tested. At
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The new Sony A7rIII and the new 24-105mm FE lens preorders are now open: Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. And this is a
Kono! is already known for being rather creative with film, having developed an ISO 6 film back in 2015.
The two new 35mm films are called Dubblefilm Moonstruck and Dubblefilm Sunstroke. Theyre not actually brand new film, though. The Phoblographer reports that they are 24-exposure rolls of Kodak-based films that have been pre-exposed to achieve their unique effects.
Sunstroke has been reanimated with light leaks, this effect you get when a faulty camera allows unwanted light to seep into the film and cause unpredictable results.
Here are some examples of the Sunstroke film effect:
If you use Lightroom 6 and dont have any plans to switch to Adobes subscription software, heres a warning: dont run the Lightroom updater through Adobes download manager with default settings. It will delete your Lightroom 6 and install Lightroom CC instead.
Weve been hearing reports from Lightroom 6 users in recent days about this issue.
If you then try to log into Lightroom it now demands a Subscription or a 7 day trial, thus preventing you from getting your images.
We reached out to Adobe, who confirmed this issue and posted a notice about it on the Lightroom Journal blog today.
The good news is that you can get Lightroom 6 back and prevent this from happening again. The problem is that the Remove old versions option in the Advanced Options of the update is checked by default.
If youve had Lightroom 6 replaced by Lightroom CC on your computer, heres what youll need to do to get 6 back:
First, uninstall Lightroom Classic CC from your computer and then download the Lightroom 6 installer from Adobes Download Photoshop Lightroom page to reinstall the app on your computer.
One of the main qualities Olympus says it focused on was bokeh aesthetics.
By focusing not only on the bokehs size but also its quality, each lens produces a feathered bokeh effect that better emphasizes the main subject and allows it to stand out within the image, Olympus says. The shallower depth of field produced at F1.2 is especially ideal for portrait photographers.
Shooting at f/1.2 produces a feathered bokeh effect that transitions smoothly from sharp to defocused areas of the photo. Stopping down the aperture results in a more traditional bokeh quality.
The 17mm f/1.2 is a new ED-DSA lens, containing both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) qualities. These lens elements help counter wide-angle optical issues such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the edges of the frame.The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2
Both the 17mm f/1.2 and the 45mm f/1.2 are lightweight lenses that feature a durable build theyre dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14F/-10C).The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO...
Hisakata Hiroyuki is a Japanese photographer who has focused his career on a rather unusual subject matter: action photos of cats that make them look like theyre doing martial arts.
Each of the pictures freezes leaping cats in time and makes them look like theyre practicing fighting techniques and sparring with other cats.
As photographers, it is very easy to focus on stills and ignore the world of videography. However, video is an increasingly powerful tool and understanding it can benefit your work and career as a stills photographer. This 5-minute video by COOPH offers 8 reasons why you should be getting to grips with moving images and how you can quickly improve a short film.
Heres a summary of the 8 basic points:
#1. Video is great for engaging with your audience on social media
#2. You can create behind-the-scenes videos to attract new clients
#3. Vlogging allows you to build and improve your brand
#4. Use cinematic shots to create awesome fillers
#5. Creating tutorials online will help boost your fan base
#6. Promoting your films is easy through social media channels
#7. Video gives you lots of different skills and a better portfolio
#8. Collaborations with other YouTubers is great for widening your audience
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