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Saturday, 15 September


My Experience With Apple as a Photographer and Creative Pro: In Short, Not Good "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My name is Pye Jirsa, and Im a wedding photographer and the co-founder of SLR Lounge. Before I get started, let me say that I feel like the most unlucky person when it comes to electronics and major purchases. But, even with my bad luck, perhaps you will find this experience odd and worth sharing.

What you are about to read is not doctored or manipulated to get more views its simply my experience this past year with Apple products.

In the past, I respected and held Apple in high regard. However, I am by no means a fanboy of anything. I will use whatever it takes to get the job done, and I will tell you the pros and the cons of the tools I use. This is not a sponsored article, nor would Apple pay me to write this. Theyd probably pay me not to. But thats exactly why I feel it is important to share my experience using the new iMac Pro, MacBook Pro, and iPhone X.

Born Of PC

I was always a fan of Apples iPhone and...


Lens Case Duo: Protective Lens Cases for Both Bags and Waists "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Think Tank Photo has launched its new Lens Case Duo series of protective lens cases. The quick-access, dual-opening padded cases are designed to protect your lenses both in camera bags and on a belt.

Each of the six cases features a zippered lid on top as well as a zippered opened on the side. The two ways of accessing the lenses within allow the cases to be used for transporting gear in rolling cases, backpacks, and shoulder bags.

When you need to start shooting, the cases can be turned into a modular system that provides quick access to lenses on a bag or a belt, which can be slid through the loop on the back of each case.

The larger cases also come with shoulder straps for an alternative method of wearing them.

The size different sizes are the Lens Case Duo 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40. The smallest size can hold kit lenses and small prime lenses, while the largest size can hold telephoto zoom lenses such as the Canon, Nikon, or Sony 70-200mm f/2.8.



Canon will announce the new PowerShot SX 70 HS very soon "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Image on top shows the current SX60 The new super-zoom PowerShot SX 70 HS will be announced within the next days according to Nokishita.

The post Canon will announce the new PowerShot SX 70 HS very soon appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Friday, 14 September


How to Shoot the Natural Glow Look: A Beauty Lighting Setup "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

For the last few beauty shoots Ive done, I was asked to emulate the Natural Glow Look. This is a pretty common look in photography today! We see it in campaigns of big makeup companies such as Loreal, Estee Lauder, Revlon, and LOREAL, ESTEE LAUDER, REVLON, & Neutrogena, just to name a few.

The first step in getting the Natural Glow Look is to get a team (a makeup artist (MUA) and hairstylist, or at minimum an MUA) that will be able to portray the natural glow as close as possible before the shooting even begins. My MUA, Monique Carraway, does a great job of emulating this look, therefore making my job so much easier!


The Natural Glow Look lighting can be achieved with multiple lighting modifiers. The two that I find myself using the most would be a white beauty dish, or a silver parabolic or regular umbrella.

The background is totally user dependent. If you would like a high key white background, I would suggest putting the model in front of some type of rectangular or parabolic softbox. This way when you take the image, it will be a beautiful pure white background. Also (depending on how far your subject is from the backlight), you will get a great wrap-around effect.

You can also simply change your backdrop color, or only use the key light to create a nice grey color behind the model! Today we will be going with the high key setup with a parabolic softbox behind and our key light will be a white beauty dish.

Once the model, Erica Silhan, was on set, I gave her an aluminum chair (back of the chair facing the camera) to sit on. The model is approximately 6-8 inches away from the parabolic softbox which has a 300-watt-second strobe on it at about 1/16th power.

Our key light is about 3-4 feet away from the model directly centered to her and slightly above eye level. Our beauty dish is bare and the light is set to 1/2 power.

(Please note my strobes operate like this:...


Art School Photoshops White Students Into Black Ones in Ad Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A private art college in France has apologized after it was discovered that one of its promotional ad photos was Photoshopped to show black students when there were none in an effort to appear more racially diverse.

The mile-Cohl in Lyon sparked controversy this week after people noticed something peculiar about an image being used to promote a new campus being opened in Los Angeles, California:

Heres a different group photo captured at the same shoot Notice anything strange?

To make things easier to see, here are the people who have been Photoshopped:

As you can see, some of the students have had their skin noticeably darkened

while others have been replaced entirely with different people:

mile-Cohl has admitted to the Photoshopping, but blames the US communications company that it hired for PR.

The communication company decided on its own to darken the skin of some students to add diversity, assistant director Emmanuel Perrier...


How and Why to Use High-Speed Sync "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

How do you use high-speed sync? When would you use it? How do you set it up? These questions will all be answered by the end of this 5.5-minute video and the article below.

What is It?

High-speed sync is the ability to sync your strobes to a camera when the shutter speed is set faster than 1/200 of a second. Thats basically all it is.

When to Use It

You would use high-speed sync when you have a very bright background and your subject is in the shade. I want a wide aperture because I want the depth of field to be shallow. If Im wide open at aperture f/2.8, that means that my shutter speed should be at 1/800th of a second at least. But you wont be able to sync your strobes that high unless you have high-speed sync.

What to Do

So what do I do about this if I dont have high-speed sync? Well, you can put your model out in the sun and you wont have a problem syncing up your strobes, but then your model will look bad because well, its bad light.

The only way to have your subject be properly exposed while having them in the shade is to use high-speed sync. Since youll have more control of the light on her face in the shade, this is the ideal place to be if youre on location or outside. You wouldnt be able to do this without high-speed sync because the background exposure is brighter than 1/200th of a second.

Focal Plane Shutter

With your camera, it takes a picture of your sensor on a plane. When you are using strobes, your sensor is able to take a picture of the entire plane, giving you your exposure. When you go to higher shutter speeds, your focal plane is smaller. Therefore, the sensor is only capturing part of the image. When youre at very high speeds without high-speed sync on your strobe, you will only get a small sliver of an exposure. Maybe the eyes or something. It would look like shes in Venetian blinds!

What is High-Speed Sync

In order to compensate for the focal plane shutter, strobes will begin to pulse after 1/200th of a second. What that means is it will pulse at every interval of the focal plane shutter.

Now when we are in direct sun, and our subject is in the shade, we will be able to shoot at aperture f/2.8 and a very fast shutter speed to compensate.

These are what images will look like if youre in direct sun:

It looks ok, but I dont ha...


Do You Know Your Top 5 Photographs? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I was interviewed by street photographer Eric Kim back in 2016, and it was a huge deal for me! I remember when I first started shooting street, his blog was one of the first that I came by.

It was filled with so much information, but what was more interesting to me were the interviews he did with other street photographers. These interviews helped me discover so many photographers, Brian Day, Damian Vignol, Josh White. I could name so many. I just remember thinking, my work is going to be next to theirs again, it was just really exciting for me.

Eric sent me a series of questions and I analyzed them for days. I was like, This is my moment, everything needs to be perfect. (For those wondering, I completely butchered this moment as there were so many typos and statements that didnt make sense, but thats beside the point.) Once the questions were answered, I scrolled down to the part where Eric had requested photographs.

As I read that sentence, I panicked. I was like, Well, what photographs do I send him? How many does he need? After an hour I decided that 5-10 was a solid number, and now I just needed to figure out which ones to s...


Women in Photojournalism "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Women in the field of photojournalism are routinely harassed, hit on, and groped by their senior male colleagues. The managers who assign journalists to assignments are loathe to assign women to this story or that, for reasons that are at best vague and at worst perfectly clear. Many women graduate from school trained as photojournalists, and very few are able to make a career out of it.

As I say, this is expected. Depressing, but expected.

The standard essay, written every few months, covers all this ground. Its a pretty burly argument. Women have a right not to be fondled on the job, or at job-related events. If this argument doesnt cover it, were probably in the territory where no argument is going to make much impact. Right? I mean, is anyone actually willing to stand up and say that these things are OK?

Unfortunately, the standard essay never seems to stop there.

The point is raised that photojournalism is, to a large degree, performed by white men, and therefore reflects a white male viewpoint. So far, so good, that seems very reasonable. The next step, though, is to assert that womens photographic voices are inherently different and that by having more women doing photojournalism, we would see different pictures made in different ways about different stories.

Somewhere in here, two separate problems arise.

Beatrice and Mom, by Andrew Molitor

The first problem which arises is that there isnt much evidence th...


The GoPro HERO is Actually a HERO5 with Crippled Firmware: Report "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

If you own the latest GoPro HERO (2018) action camera, get this: your $199 camera is reportedly actually a $299 GoPro HERO5 camera that has been crippled in firmware. And whats more, you may actually be able to unlock the full potential of your camera yourself.

Physically, the GoPro HERO (2018) and GoPro HERO5 Black are virtually identical aside from minor labeling and cosmetic differences. If the latest reports are correct, then the two cameras actually share the same hardware specs the HERO (2018) simply has features and specs that are downgraded in firmware.

The GoPro HERO 2018 (left) and GoPro HERO5 Black (right) are physically virtually identical.

Hypoxic reports that it was able to confirm that the HERO (2018) is actually a downgraded GoPro HERO5 by tricking the cheaper camera into loading the HERO5s firmware.

It loaded properly and all the features were unlocked, Hypoxic writes. Even GPS and 4K at 30fps work great! [] [T]here is no difference between a GoPro HERO and a GoPro HERO5 hardware-wise.

Hypoxic says that it has decided not to publish the patch because the leg...


How to Photograph Bioluminescent Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

There are certain natural phenomena that most photographers would love to capture. Aurora, eclipses, meteors, rainbows, eruptions, lightning and tornados all present challenges to the photographer, not least of which is (with the exception of eclipses) having a camera pointed the right way when they happen. Bioluminescent algae is no different in this regard. Like all the most incredible natural spectacles it is hard to predict and tricky to capture.

Ive been lucky enough to witness bioluminescent algal blooms on several occasions and have had a camera to hand when it has occurred. Of all the photographs Ive taken they are easily the most popular and generate more interest (and copyright theft) than anything else Ive ever photographed. So I thought Id give everyone the low-down on this amazing natural occurrence, from a photography perspective, in order to answer everyones questions about it.

Where to find it

The main issue with photographing bioluminescent oceans is finding the algal blooms in the first place. Ive had emails from people in places like Japan and America who admired my images and then asked me where and when it occurs. They seemed to believe that this was a regular occurrence, like the tides, that could be easily predicted and viewed from specific locations. Unfortunately that is most definitely not the case and far and away your biggest problem will be finding the algae in the first place.

There are some locations worldwide where bioluminescent algal blooms have been known to appear and visiting one of these locations is definitely the best way of maximizing your chances of viewing it in the wild. It has been regularly seen in Puerto Rico, the Maldives, and America (particularly Florida) and also in several hot-spots around Australia. Here in Oz, the bioluminescence has been seen in Tasmania, Cairns, Port Lincoln, Port Phillip Bay, and the Gippsland Lakes but Im lucky enough to live a very short drive away from one of the most reliable hot-spots Jervis Bay.

The common link between these locations is that they are at the end of a tidal circulation area, in which flotsam and jetsom traditionally wash up. The dinoflagellates in the water accumulate and get deposited in these areas on an incoming tide. In the case of Jervis Bay, the natural circulation of the bay often leads to the depositing of ocean matter on the beaches on the southern side.

The primary source of flow-agitated bioluminescence is dino...


Facebook is Now Fact-Checking Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Facebook is making it a priority these days to fight misinformation being spread on its social network, and the company has just announced that its now fact-checking photos and videos being shared by users.

27 third-party fact-checking partners in 17 countries around the world had already been tasked with reviewing articles over the past 2 years, but now their workload has been increased to verifying the truthfulness of visual content as well.

Facebook says that its first line of defense is artificial intelligence: machine learning is used to identify potentially false content using various signals things like user feedback, text extraction (and comparison with news articles), and image manipulation detection.

Photos that have been flagged are then sent to the third-party fact-checkers.

Many of our third-party fact-checking partners have expertise evaluating photos and videos and are trained in visual verification techniques, such as reverse image searching and analyzing image metadata, like when and where the photo or video was taken, Facebook says. Fact-checkers are able to assess the truth or falsity of a photo or video by combining these skills with other journalistic practices, like using research from experts, academics or government agencies.

The conclusions of the human fact-checkers are then fed back into the AI to help improve its accuracy.

Types of false photos Facebook is trying to fight against include ones that are manipulated or fabricated, out of context, and false captions.

People share millions of photos and videos on Facebook every day, Facebook says. We know that this kind of sharing is particularly compelling because its visual. That said, it also creates an ea...


Canon plans to announce one Full Frame and two APS-C mirrorless cameras in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Nokishita spotted the new codes of three mirrorless cameras registered by Canon: K433 is a 26 Megapixel Full Frame Mirrorless EC811 is a 24 Megapixel APS-C Mirrorless EC812 is a 24 Megapixel APS-C Mirrorless We have no

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