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Wednesday, 17 October


Adobe MovingStills Creates Realistic Camera Moves in Still Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

At the ongoing Adobe MAX 2018 conference, Adobe is showing off some sneak peeks of features being developed for the Creative Cloud. One of them is MovingStills, which lets you add realistic camera moves to any still photograph, bringing it to life.

The idea is to use artificial intelligence to intelligently create parallax based on whats found in a photo, turning it into a faux video shot with a moving camera.

Heres what an ordinary zoom into a 2D photo looks like without any special technology:

The result is not very impressive, the presenter says. It looks quite flat and theres no illusion of depth, theres no parallax. Its not quite like a real video.

By developing a feature that understands how the things in the photo are arranged in 3D space, a much more realistic result is possible.

In addition to single click animation to bring photos to life, allowing MovingStills to select the optimal camera path, you can also choose between different camera paths to produce different effects.

The view control interface lets you specify the view youd like the shot to start with and the camera view at the end, and the AI will fill in the motion in between the two camera positions.

Finally, since the feature can be so hands-off, an entire album of photos can be quickly turned into moving stills.

No word yet on when MovingStills will be included in a Creative Cloud app update.


If You Backed Meyer Optik Grlitz on Kickstarter, Your Money is Gone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

If you backed a Meyer Optik Grlitz lens on Kickstarter and are still waiting for your reward to arrive, theres some bad news for you: it never will, and your money is now gone. net SE, the company behind those lenses and other vintage brand reboots, is dead.

The news was first reported by photoscala after an official notice was published to direct claims to a law firm.

This news comes less than two months after we reported on the nightmare happening behind the scenes at the company, which launched new Kickstarter after Kickstarter in order to fund existing lens projects already promised to backers.

net SE launched the Trioplan 50 (right) on Kickstarter before it had fulfilled its rewards to backers of the Trioplan 100 (left).

In early August, net SE announced that founder and CEO Stefan Immes had gotten into a serious traffic accident and would no longer be involved in the company for the foreseeable future. Around the same time, the company delisted its shares from the over-the-counter market in Germany and filed for bankruptcy.

photoscala reports that insolvency proceedings have been opened on the remaining assets of the company, which is the final nail in the coffin one that means theres no hope of Kickstarter backers ever seeing the products theyre still waiting for.

In addition to Meyer Optik Grlitz, net SE also attempted reboots of vintage brands that include Emil Busch A.-G. Rathenau, Oprema Jena, C.P. Goerz, Ihagee Elbaflex, and A. Schacht.

Kickstarters history is littered with much-hyped projects and products that ended up never seeing the light of day, leaving backers angry and without...


Underwater Photos: A Deep Dive Into Prep, Gear, Shooting, and Editing "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This article is not about my advice on how to run your photography business with regard to legalities, releases (prop, model, and liability), safety, price, and style, etc. However, it is about what I do, how I prep, and how I take photos underwater. Thats it. Read it and if you get some good ideas and want to try, then go explore and do it safely and legally.

A Little About Me

Ive always been interested in photography and was hooked with my first camera long ago a Minolta X700. If there is a photo opportunity, Im all in and Ill submerge myself into learning more about that particular type of photography. My passion for photography takes me everywhere from shooting macros of insects, to landscapes, time lapses, portraits, weddings, and more. And in this case, shooting models underwater.

Ok, so lets get into what I do to shoot underwater.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Shooting underwater with a model can be dangerous. I always chat with the model before we shoot and again the day of and before we get in the water to explain the risks of shooting underwater. After the chat, we get in shallow water, take a look around, become familiar with our surroundings, and practice what we will do.

If at any time I notice the model struggling, we will stop and re-evaluate our session. At that point, we will either stay in shallow water and do portraits or stop the shoot altogether. Its also very important to take frequent breaks between shots. She or he needs to be well relaxed, focused, and comfortable. Constant communication during the shoot is essential and will give you an idea of how they are feeling.

Models on IG: @lexii_shepherd (left) and @burgers_works (right).

To further minimize the risks, I have multiple safety people who are well known to me as excellent swimmers, know CPR, and keep constant focus on the model and myself during the shoot. They are always there to render assistance if any problem sho...


TinyMOS NANO1: The Worlds Smallest Astrophotography Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

TinyMOS is trying to become the GoPro of astrophotography, and its next camera will be another big step in that direction. Called the NANO1, the camera will take the crown as the worlds smallest astronomy camera.

If you thought the original TinyMOS TINY1 camera of 2015 was small, get this: the NANO1 is 3 times smaller, weighing less than 3.5 ounces (100g).

The NANO1 (left) and the TINY1 (right).

The size and portability would make the NANO1 a nearly weightless camera option for taking on long hikes into the mountains or wilderness.

But what it gives up in size it gains in power: TinyMOS claims the NANO1 will be 3 times more powerful than the TINY1. Inside the camera is a Sony backside-illuminated sensor that will allow it to capture 12-megapixel still photos (up from 4MP) and 4K video.

The front of the NANO1 features a dual interchangeable lens mount system, supporting lenses for both the M12 mount and the C-Mount.

The NANO1 will launch with iOS and Android companion apps that will allow users to control, download, and share photos. There will also be an accessory line thats designed to pack flat. One accessory is a Z-tripod mount with Arca Swiss compatible rails for mounting onto larger systems.

Heres a sample time-lapse shot using a pre-production NANO1 prototype in the town of Mersing, Malaysia:...


openSX70: Teaching the Old Polaroid SX-70 New Tricks "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Polaroid began to market the SX-70 camera in Florida in late 1972, about 46 years ago. The camera was a technology and design icon from day one, the brainchild of Dr. Edwin Land.

Brought back to life by the Impossible Project in 2008 (now Polaroid Originals), it is still considered the best instant camera in the world, even by todays standards.

openSX70 is a project I run that aims to replace the Apollo-era PCB brain on the SX70 Polaroid camera with a modern Arduino-based easy to program PCB. This would allow us to add manual control to the camera, studio flash, double exposures, self-timer and much more.

The project is open source for non-commercial uses (licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0). Heres an overview of what weve done.

Step 1: Read All We Could Find

To accomplish this vision, we uncovered repair manuals, dug deep in the Polaroid patents, and even contacted some of the amazing engineers that worked on the camera!

Step 2: Build a Frankencamera

Using off-the-shelf components and Arduino boards to make a camera that proves the concept.

With the camera, I was able to take my first picture and double exposures!

Step 3: Design a PCB to Fit

We then worked to design a PCB to fit inside the camera and a control module.

The openSX70 PCB as a work-in-progress in Fritzing.

With AutoCADs Eagle, we designed a custom PCB and control module that can:

  • Operate flashbars and electronic flash
  • Control de manual options of the camera
  • Fire an external flash via a PC-compatible socket
  • Have a information...


This Music Video Mixes Day and Night Using Its Main Characters "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a creative music video that may bend your brain. Featuring the song No More by the French electro band Loo & Monetti, the video visually mixes day and night through the two main characters.

Its a poetic film involving two characters, one living in the day and the other at night, producer Lionel Payet Pigeon of La Plante Rouge tells PetaPixel. They cross the same places, but at different moments, like they where looking for each other.

The bodies of the characters were used as transparent masks in the shots windows into the opposite half of a day.

Whats impressive is how the effect was achieved. There was no motion control or green screen involved in the project everything you see was done with rotoscoping, 3D tracking, and a whole lot of hard work.

P.S. The director of the music video, Guillaume Panariello, is the same artist who shot a 3.5-minute music video in just 5 seconds using a 1000fps high speed camera.


Leaked Photos of Leica M10-D Show Mysterious Advance Lever "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photos of a not-yet-announced Leica M10-D digital rangefinder have leaked, and the sneak peek shows the M10-D will have an unusual feature among digital M rangefinders.

The photos were first published by the Japanese camera rumor site Nokishita. On the top plate of the M10-D, attached to the shutter button, is what looks like a film advance lever that was used in film Leicas to move the film between the two spools in the camera one frame at a time.

When the M series went from analog to digital between the M7 and M8, the advance lever (understandably) disappeared. Heres what the Leica M10s top looks like:

Is currently unclear what the lever will be used for, though theres speculation that Leica is adding in a lever to manually cock the shutter in order to provide a more genuine film camera experience.

That theory is supported by whats seen in the leaked photos of the back of the camera:

For comparison, heres what the back of the M10 looks like:

As you can see, the camera completely does away with the LCD screen thats used for Live View, reviewing photos, and adjusting settings. The camera can therefore also do away with the Live View, Play, and Menu buttons that were found to the left of the screen.

Instead, the screen has been replaced by an exposure compensation dial, and...


Pentax is coming with a Big surprise next year! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Well known and very reliable Pentax source Asahi Man just shared this on the Dpreview forum: Its time to put this senseless speculation to an end Nope,Pentax will not going out of photo business There is a very, very internal

The post Pentax is coming with a Big surprise next year! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Sony lists all their new sensors from Four thirds up to Medium Format "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony published those new graphs with their new sensors on sale for third party companies. The probably most important news is that indeed the new Fuji X-T3 seems to use the IMX571 Sony sensor.

The post Sony lists all their new sensors from Four thirds up to Medium Format appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Evening view of the beach in Maui. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Evening view of the beach in Maui.

Tuesday, 16 October


Camera Autofocus Systems Explained: Phase, Contrast, Hybrid, DFD "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Camera manufacturers have been utilizing different types of autofocus systems in modern digital cameras. If youd like a primer on how each one works, heres a fantastic 18-minute video by tech tester Gerald Undone that will bring you up to speed.

Gerald examines the systems in three cameras: the Canon EOS R with its Dual Pixel AF, the Sony a7 III with its hybrid phase-detection, and the Panasonic Lumix G9 with its Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology.

In addition to explaining how the major AF systems work, Gerald also helpfully explains strengths and shortcomings, giving you the knowledge you need to determine which AF type is right for your needs.

Heres a table of contents for the video with the timestamps of the topics discussed:

01:20: Misconception: Everyone Thinks Contrast Detection is Bad
02:04: How Phase Detection Autofocus Works
02:55: How Contrast Detection Autofocus Works
03:50: Ways Contrast Detection Is Better Than Phase Detection
04:45: Ways Phase Detection Is Better Than Contrast Detection
04:54: The Pulsing You See with Contrast Detection
05:43: How Mirrorless Cameras Handle This Differently
06:43: How Camera Makers Decided to Solve These Problems
06:51: Solution #1: Hybrid AF & How It Works
07:30: Solution #2: Dual Pixel CMOS AF & How Its Different
08:28: Shortcomings of Canons Dual Pixel AF
08:47: How the EOS R Addresses These Issues
09:10: Why Dual Pixel Is the Best for Video
09:42: Why the Modern Hybrid AF Systems (Sony) Are My Favourite
10:10: But the Panasonic G9 Is Still Faster because of DFD
10:20: Solution #3: What is Depth from Defocus & How It Works
11:42: The Limitations of Depth from Defocus
12:33: Why Some Lenses Perform Better Than Others
13:00: The Importance of Autofocus Points & Coverage
14:13: Why You Shouldnt Use Focus & Recompose
15:42: Practical Applications: Whic...


Macro Photos of Butterfly Wings Made by Combining 2,100 Separate Shots "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Chris Perani specializes in shooting extreme macro photos of insects using microscopes. For one of his projects, he focused on butterfly wings and capturing them in an extraordinary amount of detail.

For each of the photos in the series, Perani captured a staggering 2,100 separate exposures and merged them into the resulting ultra-high-resolution macro photos.

Perani shot the photos using a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm camera lens.

Since I am using a microscope objective, the depth of field is almost nonexistent, Perani tells PetaPixel. Using a focus rail, the lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject, which can be up to 8 millimeters.

This yields 350 exposures, each with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together. This process yields one piece of 6 piece puzzle. The process is repeated 6 times for different sections of the wing with the final result being the composite of these pieces.

You can find...


KiiPix is a $40 Analog Instax Printer for Smartphone Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Holgas recently-announced Holga Printer will let you turn smartphone photos into Instax prints without needing a battery, but that printer will cost at least $48 and wont arrive until after March 2019. KiiPix is a $40 analog printer thats essentially the same, and its already available.

Using KiiPix is also super simple: open the printer up, make sure theres film inside, place your phone on the holder, and print by pressing the lever on the side. Once your print has been exposed, a hand-cranked knob on the side of the printer is used to manually eject the print.

These printers are essentially compact pinhole cameras that allow you to expose your smartphone display onto Instax film.

Turning your brightness all the way up ensures that enough light is collected while the print is being made. A mirror on the surface of the printer lets you align your phone screen while its pointed down.

The KiiPix can fold up compactly when not in use. And since it doesnt require any kind of battery or cable, its a pocket printer that can be taken everywhere.

Heres a 1-minute video...


A $10 Headshot Versus a $25 Headshot "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A university student named Amish recently learned one of the basic truths of photography (and life): you generally get what you pay for.

Amish, whos currently studying at the University of Florida, just started looking for a job and decided to update his LinkedIn profile picture.

While browsing Facebook, Amish saw an ad placed by a guy who said hed take headshot photos for $10.

I asked him to take the picture but it wasnt great, Amish tells PetaPixel.

A couple of days later, Amish saw another Facebook post in the same group by a gal who charged $25.

I thought, let me see if she could take a better picture and she did, Amish says.

Here are the two photos he paid for side-by-side (unlabeled, but you can probably guess which is which):

Amish shared this quality comparison on Reddit, where it quickly went viral.

The first one looks like a mug shot in a Wall Street Journal article about white collar crime. So you got that going for you, Redditor attorneyatslaw writes in the top comment.

If you ever balk at the higher rate one photographer charges over another, just remember that there may be a vast difference in experience and the quality of what youll get back.

And the same is true for photo retouching: heres a crazy (and hilarious) example of why you shouldnt go cheap on a retoucher.


Whats New in the Oct. 2018 Update to Photoshop and Lightroom "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Adobe has released updates to the entire photography ecosystem, which includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, and Adobe Camera RAW.

Heres a rundown of whats new, with descriptions by Adobe:

Lightroom Classic CC

Faster tethering: Experience greater speed and stability when tethering a Canon camera to Lightroom Classic CC.

One-step Merge to Panorama: Create HDR panos faster now that you can merge multiple bracketed exposures into multiple HDR photos and then stitch them into a panorama all in one step.

Depth range masking: Make selections based on specific depth ranges in either the foreground or background of your HEIC photos.

Improved negative Dehaze: See less noise when you move the Dehaze slider to the left of zero.

Improved high-ISO rendering: Get natural color in your low-light, high-ISO shots.

Lightroom CC

People View: Find photos of specific people faster now that Lightroom uses Adobe Sensei technology to automatically sort your photos based on whos in them.

Apple Photos import (Mac only): Easily import your Apple Photos library into Lightroom on your desktop. Theyll be synced to the cloud so you can access, edit, organize, and share them on all your devices.

Adobe Portfolio integration: Showcase your photos on the web now that you can send them directly t...


This Cluster Light is Made of 7 Godox AD200 Flashes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Like most photographers who have been working for many years, I have my favorite, go-to lights. These include the Broncolor Para 88, 133, and 222; the Broncolor pre-2006 style Flooters; the Elinchrom Zoom Spots; and Elinchrom Litemotiv Indirect.

Note: This article contains a portrait that may not be work safe.

I have adapted all of these modifiers within the last year to fit the Flashpoint 1200H remote heads, as well as the 600Pro (AKA Godox AD600 Pro) and 600H Pro, as I prefer these mobile, lightweight, HSS capable flashes for the flexibility they provide over any other current brands or models.

The Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO

Some of these modifier adaptations proved to be slightly more difficult and costly than expected, mostly due to the lack of efficient adapters on the market. But with some trial and error, and the help of a good metal shop, I finally got there!

I also like to use arrangements of multiple lights that are combined into one larger light source. For example, a tower of 3 strip boxes creates a nice rim/edge light, and using 2 such towers on each side of the subject, with an additional overhead strip, creates an easy-to-use backlight. Powered by 6 Flashpoint 600H Pro remote heads, as well as a 1200H remote head for the center strip, these 7 boxes work as one light.

For special effects, I sometimes also group several theatrical spots. This allows me to project lines, cycles, and other shapes. For greater control of the placement of these sharply defined lights, it is much easier to use several stacked spots.



First leaked images of the new Leica M10-D "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

These are the first two leaked images of the new Leica M10-D. Announcement coming within the next weeks. via Nokishita

The post First leaked images of the new Leica M10-D appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Sony WX800 announced today and Ricoh WG60 coming soon "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We got two compact camera news: Sony announced the new WX800 (full info here). It is the worlds smallest compact camera with 24-720mm zoom. Nokishita reports that Ricohs waterproof digital camera WG 60 will be released this month or

The post Sony WX800 announced today and Ricoh WG60 coming soon appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Bad news: If you had a Meyer Optik Grlitz lens on preorder on Kickstarter you just lost your money :( "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The German website Photoscala reported the bad news: The company Net SE is now officially bankrupt. The company has many Kickstarter projects branded as Meyer Optik Grlitz, C. P. Goerz und Oprema Jena. And if you had one of these

The post Bad news: If you had a Meyer Optik Grlitz lens on preorder on Kickstarter you just lost your money :( appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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