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During the Great American Eclipse, while most photographers worried about camera settings and solar filters, Redditor zhx decided to bust out a Game Boy Camera, which was introduced in 1998 and features a 128128 pixel CMOS sensor.
Heres the photo, captured from Portland, Oregon:
The solar eclipse actually takes up a very small portion of the frame, and the dark circle is a halo effect from the corona around the moon.
Heres a photo of the camera kit zhx used:
The camera is so old that working with the resulting files isnt exactly easy and straightforward. Heres zhxs explanation for how he got the photo off his Game Boy Camera:
I shot it on my backlit DMG [Game Boy], then I use the Interact Mega Memory card on my Pocket (the camera doesnt fit in the DMG with the Mega Memory) and back the SAV file up to the Mega Memory. Then I plug my USB 64M cart into the MM and restore the file to that, which I can then plug into my computer and retrieve (I use EMS-Qart for that part). Then I can open the SAV file in either GBCamera Dump or this site which provides a pretty drag-and-drop front end for this task. I then typically enlarge the BMPs in Photoshop and export to PNG.
When it was released in 1998, the Game Boy Camera was actually the worlds smallest digital camera. Earlier this year, astrophotographer Alexander Pietrow became the first person to ever photograph the Moon and Jupiter using the device.
Image credits: Photographs by.....
Google recently published a paper showing how easy it is for a computer to detect an identical watermark from a large collection of photos and then cleanly remove that watermark from each photo. Shutterstock has responded to Googles AI by developing a new randomized watermark that counters it.
Googles research found that many common stock watermarks can be removed since they appear identically across a huge number of online photos.
Shutterstock was actually notified about the search before the paper was published, and its engineers began working on a way to fix the flaws that Google researchers uncovered. Googles conclusion was that to prevent computers from being able to easily isolate a watermark, you need to introduce random variations to your watermark. Thats exactly what Shutterstock decided to do.
The challenge was protecting images without degrading the image quality, Shutterstock CTO Martin Brodbeck says. Changing the opacity and location of a watermark does not make it more secure, however changing the geometry does.
Engineers developed a new watermark randomizer that results in no two Shutterstock watermarks ever being exactly the same now.
The shapes vary per image and include contributor names, Brodbeck says. By creating a completely different watermark for each image, it makes it hard to truly identify the shape.
Heres what the standard Shutterstock watermark looked like prior to this new technology being rolled out:
And heres what the new watermark looks like:
This new random watermark has been rolled out to all of Shutterstocks 150 million+ photos and images. Google engineers already tested the new watermarks and found that they successfully foil Googles watermark removal AI system.
Heres an eye-opening example that shows the power of shooting RAW. Photographer Dan Plucinski captured a beautiful photo of the solar eclipse yesterday, and this is the before-and-after comparison showing the straight-out-of-camera image (on left) compared to the edited one (on right).
Plucinski got to the location in Oregon at 6am and set up for his shot. During totality, Plucinski shot exposure bracketed photos using his Nikon D750. This photo was captured without a filter at f/11, 1/8s, and ISO 100:
But this photo didnt accurately capture what the human eye could see. To correct that, Plucinski did some minimal editing on the shot to bring out details in the shadows. Since he was working with a RAW file, there was quite a bit of detail to be recovered. Heres what his photo looked like after the exposure tweak:
The fog is actually from the French and Whitewater wild fires, Plucinski tells PetaPixel. I bracketed my shots with the intention of using HDR, but after seeing how many recomposed images went viral, I just loved the authenticity of a single exposure like this.
Its unbelievable, but thats how it actually looked in person.
Having this degree of flexibility for exposure adjustments is a huge benefit of shooting RAW over JPEG. At the same time, the Nikon D750 is a camera known for having a fantastic dynamic range.
And just in case youre wondering, heres what the details in the shadowy landscape look like if you try to recover them from the JPEG photo:
When it starts pouring outside, most photographers may run for cover and hide from the rain. For photographer Ilko Allexandroff, heavy rain becomes an opportunity to shoot stunning backlit portraits of subjects. Heres a 20-minute video in which Allexandroff discusses his methods, helpful tips, and 6 types of lighting setups he uses.
Here are the 6 scenarios and some beautiful example photos for each one:
A single light will illuminate raindrops and turn your subject into a silhouette.
If youd like your subjects face illuminated with a single light from behind, you can place your subject next to a wall or other structure that can bounce some light back onto them.
Placing your subject near another light source such as a store window can illuminate their features while the single flash in the back illuminates the rain.
Allexandroff sometimes uses a single flash behind the subject and then increases exposure on the subjects face and features during post-processing.
Olympus announced its OM-D E-M10 II entry-level mirrorless camera back in August 2015, so its time for a refresh, and that refresh is nearly upon us. The upcoming Olympus E-M10 III has just been outed with leaked photos and specs.
The E-M10 III will reportedly have a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a touchscreen, 4K video recording, 121 contrast autofocus points, an electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots, UHS-II support, and a microphone input. The announcement date for this camera and 4 new lenses may happen on August 31st. Stay tuned.
If you use the popular CrashPlan for Home as your cloud photo backup service, heres some bad news: youre going to have to start paying more or move your photo archive elsewhere. Code42 just announced that CrashPlan for Home is being discontinued.
Code42 says its transitioning out of the consumer backup market and shifting its strategic focus to serve business and education customers. Starting now, CrashPlan for Home is no longer being offered to new customers. The entire service is also being wound down over the coming months until its completely killed off on October 23rd, 2018.
If youre an existing customer, heres what this change means for you: Code42 is giving you a free additional 60 days to your current subscription and two different options.
The first option is to upgrade to the CrashPlan for Small Business service, which costs $10 per device per month for unlimited storage. Youll also get a 75% discount for your first year.
The second route you can take is to stop using CrashPlan and to move all your data elsewhere. CrashPlan now has an exclusive partnership with the competing cloud storage service Carbonite, which will be offering discounted prices exclusively to existing CrashPlan customers who switch to its $60/year ($5/month) service.
If youd like to move your data to a service other than Carbonite, you may want to wait until your current subscription with CrashPlan expires, as the money youve already paid is non-refundable.
It seems that after years of offering free and extremely cheap options for cloud data storage, companies in the industry are beginning to tighten their belts or die off. Copy.com shuttered its cloud storage se...
An 800-year-old stone coffin in a UK museum was damaged earlier this month when parents decided to lift their child into it to pose for a photo.
The Guardian reports that the ancient artifact was on display at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, on August 4th when the kid was lifted past the protective barrier and placed into the coffin. The coffin then fell off its stand, breaking a chunk out of it.
Security camera footage shows that the family quickly left the area without reporting the damage to museum staff, who discovered it and then found out what happened through recorded CCTV video.
The sandstone casket was an extremely rare piece that was discovered back in 1921 at the priory, which was founded in the 13th century. While damage to such an artifact cannot be fully fixed, its estimated that the necessary repairs will only cost less than 100.The coffin prior to the incident. The family caused more damage to an already damaged section of the coffin.
The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museums service, whose staff strive to protect Southends heritage within our historic sites, museum conservator Claire Reed tells the Press Association. You can put all the risk assessments in place but you really dont expect people to try to get into the artefacts.
Due to the actions of the careless family, future museum-goers wont have as nice of a view of the coffin: the museum is planning to fully enclose the coffin now to prevent any future damage.
Image credits: Photographs by the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Los Angeles-based photographer Daniel DeArco recently shot a series of inverted room photos of a dancer and a mirror on a wall. To turn the idea into reality, DeArco and his team spent days building a sideways room.
Heres a 3D rendering showing the set that was built:
A standing pool of water on the ground was the mirror on the wall, and the sidewall had furniture fixed to it to serve as the ground in the photo.
The team spent 5 days building the set but ended up having only 2 hours to shoot on it. Here are some photos DeArco captured over 90 minutes:
Digital cameras usually have infrared filters on the sensor that work to block out almost all of the infrared information reaching it. To shoot infrared photos, photographers often have their camera converted to capture infrared light by removing this filter, but in turn the camera loses its ability to capture normal images. If youd like to dabble with IR photography, theres an easier alternative.
If youre new to the world of infrared photography, altering a camera and restricting it to one narrow genre is probably not an attractive prospect. After all, what if you decide its not for you?
In the 12-minute video above from e6 Vlogs, learn about the alternative way to try it out: by using specialized filters.
These filters screw onto the end of your lens and block all visible wavelengths of light. The small amount of infrared light that does manage to reach the sensor, despite the blocking filters, is then the only light available. Consequently, this means using very long exposures to create an image, but its a cheaper alternative than making a camera sacrifice.
Remember, if you do this youll need to compose and focus your shot before putting on the filter, otherwise youll just see a black screen. Some cameras offer a Live View boost mode that brightens it up enough, but not all do.
Canon registered a new G1X Mark III camera at Bluetooth.org. Usually this means the camera will be announced within 1-2 months. Found via Nokishita
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DJI is releasing a new firmware update for the Spark camera drone, and this is one update that Spark owners will not want to ignore. If you fail to properly update your Spark, DJI will disable it and prevent it from flying at all.
Earlier this year, there were some reports of DJI Spark drones falling out of the sky. This came just month after GoPro Karma drones were found to lose power, leading GoPro to recall and relaunch the Karma.
But while the GoPro Karmas issues were caused by a faulty physical battery clasp, the DJI Sparks problem appears to be software based and something that can be remedied with a firmware update.
DJI announced today that the new firmware enhances flight safety and performance by improving the battery management system to optimize power supply during flight.
The firmware will be available later this week through the DJI GO4 App on smartphones and through the DJI Assistant 2 desktop program. Failure to comply will lead to your drone being grounded remotely by DJI.
If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off, the company says. DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities.
Other secondary improvements...
Of the endless stream of Great American Eclipse photos being shared online, there are some notable gems that are going wildly viral on social media. Heres a roundup of the amazing shots that are wowing viewers across the Web.
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The curves tool is a powerful one in both Photoshop and Lightroom, with the ability to change both the tones and colors in an image. This 7-minute tutorial from PiXimperfect examines the tool in the context of removing color casts from the shadows of a photograph.
The video starts with an example of an image with a green cast to the shadows, showing how to remove the cast and then going on to explain how exactly the curve tool works to achieve this.
Unmesh Dinda adjusts the image by creating a curves adjustment layer. He selects green in the drop-down color menu and then chooses the On-image adjustment tool.
This tool allows you to target your adjustments to just the color that you select. To remove the green, simply click and drag down in the shadowed area with the color cast. This will increase the magenta in the shadows because magenta is opposite to green. If you were to drag up, it would introduce more green, removing magenta.
At 1:25, Dinda gives a crash course in masking. By masking out the areas that you want to leave as they are, you can make sure your color corrections apply only to the part of the image that you want to target.
From 4:30 onwards, Dinda goes on to visually explain exactly how the curves tool works to adjust colors in an image.
Much of this knowledge can be applied to Lightroom or any other photo editing tool with a Curves adjustment panel. Once you know the way it works, its simple to apply the same techniques using different applications.
(via PiXimperfect via...
Im going to start this field test back to front and for one reason only: the LoupeDeck system blew my socks off. If youre a wedding photographer in fact, if youre into any genre of photography the Loupedeck is a game changer.
I used it to edit a full wedding from start to finish. It not only halved my editing time, but it made the experience of editing fun again. I was in my element editing with the Loupedeck, waking up early to start editing because my workflow had become so smooth and ergonomic. I could end the field test here and just say get your hands on one, but if you need more persuading, continue reading.
I recently returned from shooting a wedding in Treviso, Italy, and there was a package waiting for me. The guys over at Loupedeck had let me know they were sending across a system for me to try out, and I thought why not give it a proper field test and really put it through its paces by editing a weeks worth of wedding images on Adobe Lightroom.
In a nutshell, the Loupedeck is a console that has a whole host of buttons, twisty knobs and sliders/rollers that all represent those sliders you see on the right of Adobe Lightroom. Its aim is to save you time on both a PC or Mac, become more creative with your photographs, and unlock the potential and detail of every single image you work on.
Initially launched on Indiegogo, the Loupedeck campaign finished 488% above target. People could see the huge potential in Loupedeck, and they werent wrong!
As always, Im brutally honest with my Field Tests, if I were to purchase the Loupedeck initially without reading any reviews, the price does appear to be slightly steep. At $299, it certainly wouldnt be something I would rush into and I would have probably found myself searching Google to see if it really is worth it. It is.
As any prof...
Facebook Live is becoming much more than shaky smartphone streams from celebrities like it once was in its infancy. Elgato just announced a new live streaming tool called Cam Link that will change how you go live.
Cam Link is an HDMI tethering device that will allow you to connect any high-end camera (that has an HDMI output) to your computer, readying it for live streaming onto social media. Your modern DSLR, for example.
With [our device], the computer reads the professional camera as a webcam, Cam Link tells PetaPixel. [This] allows users to capture footage directly to their hard drive for easy viewing and storage, resulting in a simplified workflow and elevated production value.
There are almost no competitors on the market, and the closest solution comes in at 4x the cost of Cam Link.
The device boasts ultra low latency technology, which should allow its 1080p/60 video to stream with minimal delay. Its really easy to work too, you just plug it in and get going! No fiddly settings to work with.
All of your streams are recorded straight to your hard drive, too, and that means you dont need to worry about your cameras memory card filling up and ending your broadcast early.
A high-quality camera is a critical upgrade to any creators setup, but often comes at the cost of a complicated and cumbersome video workflow, says Julian Fest, General Manager of the company. The arrival of Cam Link will kick off a new era of higher-quality visuals on YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms. These products will help content creators stand out by allowing them to experiment with cre...
Countless photographers tried their hands at capturing the Great American Eclipse yesterday, but leave it to NASA to nail some truly incredible shots. The agency has begun sharing some of its best work, giving us a different perspective of the awe-inspiring phenomenon.
The photos above and below show the moments of totality as seen from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Madras, Oregon, respectively.Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.
One amazing sight NASA photographers were able to capture was the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun as the eclipse was underway.Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky
7 photos of the ISS transit were combined to create this beautiful composite image:Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky
Kowsky also shot the transit at 1,500 frames per second using a high-speed camera. Heres the slow-motion video:
While photographers on Earth had their cameras pointed at the ISS, NASA was also shooting photos of the moons shadow covering the U...
The Camera Calibration Panel in Lightroom is often left untouched, owing to its position in the panel stack and uncertainty over its functions. This 15-minute video from Anthony Morganti explains the panels features in detail.
The Camera Calibration panel is split into a few sections, starting from the bottom: RGB Primaries, Shadow Tint, Camera Profile, and Process.
The RGB Primaries section tweaks the overall color mix in your image. Each camera manufacturer has a different profile calibrated for that cameras make and model. These values can differ dramatically between manufacturers, which is why you may hear people say that a certain manufacturers images have better skin tones, for example.
Changing these values differs from changing the values in the HSL panel because they affect the overall definition of red, green, or blue. Changing blues in the HSL panel will target areas of the image that appear blue, whereas changing blues in the Camera Calibration panel will affect all pixels that contain blue in their mix.
The Shadow Tint is a little more straightforward: this will just change the color cast that shadows have, with green and magenta canceling each other out.
The Camera Profile options match the profiles that are available on your camera. When you select a scene or profile mode on your camera, this changes the way the image is processed to JPG. If youre shooting RAW, the options in-camera have no effect on the final RAW image (although they will be visible in the JPG preview). This panel gives you the opportunity to apply a profile of your choice in post.
Finally, the Process section will change the entire process engine that Lightroom uses. Adobe has changed this three times in Lightrooms lifetime, which is why there are currently three options. Changing this will affect everything, including the sliders available in the basic panel. Its recommended to leave this at the setting marked with (Current).
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CanonWatch summed up the rumors about the future Canon FF mirrorless system cameras: Different sources and sites were reporting that early prototypes exist, at least to be tested inside Canons labs. This intel came in 2016 and early 2017. Canon
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Photoshops Liquify Tool is a very powerful tool for retouching images, especially photos of people. Learning all of the features of the tool is important to make sure your edits dont look unnatural. This 25-minute video from tutvid will help you master Liquify, as Nathanial Dodson explores 10 tips, tricks, and features.
The tutorial covers the tool in some detail, showing how to make non-destructive changes, useful hotkeys, masking and freezing sections of the image, smoothing your edits, the face-aware tools and more.
The video is roughly broken down in to the following sections:
0:45 Intro and making non-destructive
1:45 Useful keyboard shortcuts
4:00 Using the Warp tool
6:20 The Reconstruct tool
7:15 The Smoothing brush
8:00 Pucker and Bloat tools
10:00 Freeze and Fall for locking sections of the image
11:40 Viewing background context when liquifying an isolated layer
13:30 Using selections as masks in Liquify
15:45 Face-aware tools for easy editing of facial features
Heres a horrifyingly exaggerated example of what can be quickly and easily achieved using simple sliders with the Face-aware tool:
As Dodson says, the best way to learn to use Liquify is to jump in and play around. If youve followed along with this video, hopefully youre well on the way to mastering this powerful tool!
Late last month, a man named Jeff H. was walking on a trail in Yellowstone National Park when he noticed a group of tourists ignoring warning signs and standing next to one of the famous hot springs for close-up photos. His video 4.5-minute video above showing himself scolding the tourists has since gone viral.
What the heck. Hey! Get out of there! Jeff can be heard shouting in the video. A sign next to the trail warns, Danger. Fragile Thermal Area, and instructs visitors to stay on official marked trails. Even after Jeffs shouts, the tourists continued taking snapshots of the pool, touching the water, and posing for group pictures.
After pointing his camera in several tourists faces as they walked back to the trail, Jeff was confronted by a few of them who asked why he was filming them and requesting that Jeff delete the footage.
Public reaction to the video has been divided, with many praising the man for protecting the park from careless trespassers, while others accuse Jeff of being rude and unhelpful in the way he dealt with the situation.
Walking up to a hot spring in Yellowstone is not only bad for the thermal features, but the boiling, acidic pools are extremely dangerous as well: just last year, a 23-year-old man from Oregon died and was dissolved after he accidentally fell into a hot spring while reaching down to check the temperature.
And the government takes these trespasses seriously as well: last year, federal arrest warrants were issued for three men caught on camera while walking on Yellowstones Grand Prismatic Spring.
Back in 2015, we reported that the Atlanta Falcons new football stadium would feature an innovative retractable roof that looks and works like the aperture in a camera lens. The $1.6 billion stadium is complete and ready to open this weekend, and we have our first look at the aperture roof in action.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as its now called, recently shared a 35-second timelapse video of the roof stopping down:
Eight unique roof petals can open in less than eight minutes, creating a camera lens-like effect that exposes the inside of the facility to the open air on game and event days, the stadiums website stated back in 2015.
Now they just need to mount the worlds biggest lens onto the roof to turn this stadium into the worlds biggest camera.
Steve Irvine is a Canadian potter who has had a lifelong interest in photography. Some years ago, Irvine decided to combine his two passions by creating ceramic cameras. Each beautiful and unique creation is fully functional as a pinhole camera.
The cameras have no lens, light meter, viewfinder, or automatic shutter, and yet they can produce gallery quality images, Irvine writes. I use black and white photo paper in them for the negatives. The negatives are either 4 x 5 inches, or 5 x 8 inches.
Here are some of Irvines ceramic cameras, with each one followed by a sample photo shot using it:Made of stoneware, and fired to cone 10 with a bronzy glaze on the outside, and a matte black glaze on the inside. Copper tubing, brass fittings, and 24K gold leaf were added, plus some parts from an antique anesthetic machine, and the foot valve of a water well.
Made of stoneware, and fired to cone 10 (roughly 1,300 deg. C) with a copper blue glaze on the outside, and a matte black glaze on the inside. Aluminum leaf, and 24K gold leaf were added after the camera came out of the kiln.
Black dogs are commonly overlooked at animal shelters. Theyre the last to be adopted and the most likely to be euthanized. Photographer Shaina Fishman has taken it upon herself to shine light on this problem and raise awareness, hope, and love for these dogs.
Black dogs are just as loving and just as playful but shelter staff can have a hard time photographing them, says Fishman. A good photograph is crucial to creating interest for a potential adopter.
While I cant take great photos of every black dog in a shelter I
can bring awareness to the problem and with this series show that
black dogs are
Fishman recruited 14 black rescue dogs for a photo shoot and provided the portraits to their rescue. A single Instagram photo of one of the groups of puppies led to all of them being quickly adopted.
If youre in a photography-related industry, I would highly recommend that you avoid working with photographer Tony Le-Britton, unless you would like to work with someone who has used other peoples images as his own, and would like to potentially be paid in eternal excuses.
Heres the long story of my dealings with Le-Britton
This past weekend, industry retoucher Natalia Taffarel sent me a message to warn me about Tony. I am so glad she did. The message showcased photographers he had been stealing from and claiming as his work. This shocked me because he had been using those images on his Facebook claiming it was his. Sadly, I did not get a screenshot because it was taken down after he was called out. However, below where I post my conversations, youll see him using one of the offending images as his display photo as proof of it.
Just after Natalias message, I saw my friend Dana Cole post a warning to all creatives about him including the images and the photographers he stole from:
The image on the left actually belongs to photographer Yu Tsai.
Here are all the links from the others that Dana saw on his website:...
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