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Wednesday, 13 September


I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasnt Paid a Dime "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My name is Michael Sechler, and Im a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world and I wasnt paid a dime. Heres why.

Firstly, Id like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights.

A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the water had receded. We took our shoes off and walked through the muddy marsh, shells, and rain to find out that they were two manatees. They had been stranded on land but the storm. After trying to help, I took this photo:

I posted it to my Facebook, and thats when things started.

Virality is an odd thing. You dont see it coming, but you can feel the momentum building while its happening. My phone notifications started going off like popcorn. One here, one there, then many more at once. People were tagging and sharing in an attempt to find someone to help these guys, while also hunkering down for the storm.

The first request for usage came from Fox News Desk. I froze. At this point, it was still very local, and I couldnt see where it was going. Also, I was very distracted by the hurricane outside. I didnt even know if I could ask for licensing because other photos were floating around (although not as good).

The key part here is that I also didnt know how. What did I ask for? How much should I ask for? Did they even care? Did I have to copyright or license it somehow?

So I told Fox they could use it as long as I was given credit. Unfortunately, this might ha...


Godoxs New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro.

The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered.

The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power.

There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with modeling light status control and stroboscopic multi flash.

The Xpro can selectively transmit data to conserve energy and battery life, as well as a useful magnification function that displays details of each groups settings.

Global adjustments can be made to exposure values in M mode, and some other features include FE lock, flash exposure compensation, and 11 customizable functions.

Theres also a new TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, which allows you to meter your flashes while in TTL mode. If you then click a button and switch to manual mode, the settings will be automatically adjusted to give the equivalent output.

Lighting Rumours notes that this is almost exactly the same as Nissins TTL memory function, and it seems like Godox may be taking aim at them with this latest introduction.

The user interface also has direct-select buttons for each wireless grouping another similarity to the Nissin Air 10s. Such buttons are expected to give greater usability than when using other master flash uni...


Born From Urgency: Joey L. Releases Book and Film on War Against ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Joey L. has released a follow-up documentary to his 2015 film Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan, again finding himself embedded with Kurdish guerrilla organisations on the frontlines against ISIS. The new documentary is titled Born From Urgency, and is available online for free.

Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.

Joeys latest hour-long documentary offers a deeply personal, humanizing, and controversial view...


The HP Z8 PC Can Be Upgraded to an Insane 3TB RAM and 48TB Storage "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Need the ultimate workstation for your photo and video editing? HP just launched a new lineup of desktop workstations for you. The latest Z Workstations can be upgraded with mind-boggling hardware specs. The top-of-the-line model is the Z8, followed by the Z6 and Z4.

These monstrous desktop computers run Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and are geared towards creatives, visual effects artists, and anyone who needs an enormous amount of computing power at their fingertips.

The Z8, which HP touts as the worlds most powerful workstation, contains 24 RAM slots that allow you to insert up to 3 terabytes of memory in an age when most people are working with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. With 3000GB at your disposal, you can probably open up an entire photo shoot in separate tabs while working in Adobe Photoshop and do editing work at full speed.

For storage, the Z8 can be upgraded with up to 48 terabytes of space in case, you know, youd like to keep your entire lifetime archive of photos close at hand on your main workstation.

Theres also dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 cores, as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards.

Other specs include Thunderbolt 3 (optional), Dual 1GbE Ports for high bandwidth data transfer, USB 3.1 Type C ports, a new internal design with improved air flow for cooling, a 1700W power supply, and 9 PCIe slots.

If the Z8 is too much computer for you, the Z6 offers up to 384 GB of memory, and the Z4 can pack 25...


How the Nikon D850s Dynamic Range Stacks Up Against Rival Cameras "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The new Nikon D850 is a beast of a camera by pretty much all accounts, but how does it stack up against other rival cameras and the D810 it replaces? In this image quality comparison by Tony Northrup, see whether the new camera is really a full-stop improvement over the D810 as Nikon claims.

Northrup compares the D850 with the Nikon D810, Canon 5DS R, Sony a7R II, and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. He runs through the dynamic range at base ISO and the noise profiles from base up to 25,600 ISO.

While the D850 is definitely a solid im...


DxOMark Smartphone Camera Rating Now Considers Bokeh and Zoom "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

DxOMark, the popular benchmarking website for sensors and lenses, has updated the way it will rank and score smartphone cameras. Its introducing bokeh and zoom as categories in its scoring methodology, with added importance on low-light and motion performance as well.

The scores will now appear in this format:

Every single mobile that has been tested between 2012 and now, you can compare, because it followed the same protocol, Clement Viard, senior director of image quality evaluation at DxOMark, tells Digital Trends. But technology has changed so rapidly in the last five years that we have had to change the protocol.

With dual cameras simulating DSLR-style bokeh, as well as optical zoom now being possible, DxOMark has had to adapt. Taking this into account, the new zoom sub-score and bokeh sub-scores should help to clear things up.

DxOMark designed a dedicated studio setup for the new bokeh test.

The latest smartphone models come with camera technology and features that have slowly but surely brought our original test protocol to its limits, DxOMark writes.

Low-light testing will now be performed down to just 1 Lux, and motion-based test scenes will allow more accurate evaluation of a cameras performance and processing techniques for real-world situations. There are also updates to the way it analyzes video capture, inc...


The Return of Kodak Ektachrome Film is Nigh "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to shoot Kodaks extinct Ektachrome film again? Youll be able to very, very soon. Kodak is saying that a limited supply of the resurrected film is coming by the end of the year, and a full relaunch is scheduled for 2018.

Kodak Alaris announced at CES back in January that it was planning to bring the classic Ektachrome film stock back from the dead, saying that 35mm Ektachrome would hit store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2017.

After months of silence, it appears that these plans are still on track. In response to a Facebook page inquiry about the upcoming film, Kodak responded by saying that a limited supply of the film will be available for market testing this year and that availability is coming next year.

Whats a bit unclear at this point is the company behind this Ektachrome relaunch. The original announcement at CES was made by Kodak Alaris, a separate company thats owned by the Kodak Pension Plan in the UK and which runs Kodaks Personalized Imaging division. But this latest comment was made by the Facebook page verified as being operated by the Eastman Kodak Company, based in the United States.

Weve reached out to Kodak for comment and will update this post if we receive any clarification.

Back around the time of...


Sony Ups Pro Support for Photogs with 24/7 Call Center, Walk-In Spots, More "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony has just announced improvements to its Sony Imaging PRO Support program in North America, reflecting its increasing popularity among professional still photographers and videographers.

There is now a 24/7 domestic call center, and walk-in service centers in New York City and Los Angeles.

Sony has also introduced technical teams that will provide field service at major sporting events, media events, and shows across all of North America. Such services will include camera cleaning, evaluation loaners, education, and seminars.

Membership to the PRO Support program has grown 40% year over year in North America, and now Sony has also expanded its support into Canada, offering all of the same benefits to the Canadian market.

Our team is fully committed to building an ecosystem that supports the needs of digital imaging professionals today and tomorrow, says Sony Vice President Neal Manowitz. We are focused on reducing downtime, removing costs and improving overall satisfaction. New walk-in locations, a 24/7 domestic hotline, and a field team supporting event depots are just a few of the many steps we are taking to provide the best-in-class solutions for professionals.

To be a member of the PRO Support program, which costs $100 per year, you must be a professional photographer and own at least 2 full-frame bodies and 3 Sony lenses. You can then apply for consideration by Sony.



Phase Ones IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Back Sees Color Like the Human Eye "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Phase One today unveiled the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back. It is based on a new CMOS sensor that perceives color close to what the human eye sees. The new sensor was created in a collaboration between Sony and Phase One.

Phase One already has a 100 megapixel back, but the new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back uses a new Bayer filter color technology that produces more accurate colors.

Most of the other features like sensor size (53.4 x 40.1), active pixels (11,608 x 8,708), dynamic range (15 f-stops), pixel size in microns (4.6 x 4.6 microns) and 3.2-inch rear touch display are the same. However, the base ISO drops from 50 in the earlier back to 35 in the Trichromatic to produce a very clean image with low digital noise.

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to how clean are those files, how clean are those filters, says Dave Gallagher CEO of Capture Integration who has been working with Phase One for the last 18 years and just got his hands on the new back. Those three filters, if they can give us a more precise pass through of the RGB color, rather than if one filter overlaps 400-550 nanometers and the other one starts at 500, that 50 nanometers of overlap passing through both filters is going to cause muddiness.



Makoto Azuma sends flowers (and a Fuji camera) into outer space "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Makoto Azuma did send a pack of flowers into outer space (30.000meter altitude). And to record this he used a Fuji camera. The balloon exploded when it reached the outers space but they managed to save the camera with the

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Tuesday, 12 September


Finalist Shots of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 53rd year, and this years edition certain wont disappoint. Today the competition offered a glimpse into this years finalists, which will be displayed in an exhibition that will tour museums and galleries around the world.

This years competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries, with photographers all competing for the top prize of over $6,500. Here are the finalists along with their details and captions:

Animal Portraits

Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is icebound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist animals. The food convoys arrive at the end of May. Over just a few days, vast flocks of snow geese descend on the tundra of this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling from wintering grounds some 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) away in British Columbia and California. Not only is this the biggest breeding colony of snow geese in the world, and the only remaining one in Asia, but it is also growing: from 160,000 geese in 2011 to about 300,000 by 2016. The Arctic foxes catch any weak or sick birds, but what they feast on are the goose eggs, laid in early June in open nests on the tundra. Though the pairs of snow geese actively defend their nests, a fox may still manage to steal up to 40 eggs a day, harassing the geese until theres a chance to nip in and grab an egg. Most of the eggs are then cached, buried in shallow holes in the tundra, where the soil stays as cold as a refrigerator. These eggs will remain edible long after the brief Arctic summer is over and the geese have migrated south again. And when the new generation of young foxes begins to explore, they too will benefit from the hidden treasures.

Nikon D300S + 600mm f4 len...


Saving Priceless Family Photos from Hurricane Harvey Floodwaters "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Record-smashing rainfall brought by Hurricane Harvey recently flooded thousands of homes across the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, including my grandmothers home in Southwest Houston. Despite being located in a flood-prone area, her single-story house had never flooded before in more than five decades of her living in that house.

As a result, my grandmother, Jeanne Samuels, who will be 94 this December, was caught off guard by the foot of floodwater that made its way into the house a few hours after Brays Bayou crested on the morning of Sunday, August 27th.

My wife and I were dealing with our own flooding situation at our home near Downtown Houston that morning when my brother called me in a panic after speaking with our mother, who, along with a cousin and a friend, thought theyd be safe at my grandmothers house upon Harveys arrival.

Quickly getting off the phone with my brother, I called our mother to insist that they evacuate the house as soon as possible. I then phoned several of my grandmothers neighbors in search of an evacuation route. Thankfully, we found one. My grandmother and everyone else in the house, along with three dogs, managed to wade through rising floodwaters in the backyard, crossed through a gate in the fence, and found shelter in a friends multi-story house the next block over on higher ground.

Over the next 36 hours, residents in my grandmothers neighborhood of Willow Meadows became first responders, performing hundreds of rescue operations, often by boat, throughout flooded streets in the area.

When floodwaters receded two days later, we were able to access my grandmothers house. Virtually everything from the floor up to about a foot was destroyed.

Family members, friends, coworkers and waves of perfect strangers then proceeded to re-flood my grandmothers house with help, tearing out damaged flooring, drywall, furniture, appliances and property. By the following Monday, much of her life and reminders of 67 years of marriage to my grandfather, Joseph Samuels, who died in 2011, had been piled up in mounds of discarded debris that has consumed most, if not all, of her front yard.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 2, we were busy mucking out one of the back bedrooms in my grandmothers house when my brother and mother discovered a wooden suitcase at the bottom of a closet. Inside, we discovered a large cache of photographs and negatives, the oldest of which were dated from the early 1920s. They had belonged to my great-grandfather.

The items had sat, submerged, in floodwater for at least a day, plus however long it took for their eventual discovery....


Apple Unveils the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X with Next-Gen Photo Features "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Apple has just officially announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, a new generation of iPhones that boast, among other features, upgraded cameras for improving the photos captured by the masses. Theres also a brand new Portrait Lighting technology.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The new glass-backed iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively. Inside the phones is a new A11 Bionic six-core CPU thats not only powerful for the phones general speed and functions but also beneficial for photography as well. It allows for faster low-light autofocus, improved pixel processing, and hardware noise reduction.

Theres a new 12-megapixel main camera module in both phones that has lower noise and a wider dynamic range. The dual camera system on the iPhone 8 features a f/1.8 main camera and a f/2.8 telephoto camera. Apple says the new imaging sensor is 83% more light efficient and uses less battery power as well, allowing you to shoot more photos and video on a charge.

Optical image stabilization will be present on not just the iPhone 8 Plus, but the iPhone 8 as well.

Portait Mode has been improved, resulting in sharper foregrounds and backgrounds that are blurred more naturally.

On the video front, Apple says the iPhone 8 line has the highest quality video capture ever offered in a smartphone. The phone analyzes 2 million tiles in the scene per second to predict image and movement. In addition to 4K 60fps, youll also be able to shoot 1080p slow motion at 240fps twice the frame rate as the iPhone 7.



Netflix Buys Rights to Kodachrome Movie About the Last Days of the Film "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Netflix has just bought the rights to a movie that photography enthusiasts may find fascinating. Kodachrome is set in the final days of Kodachrome film. The movie itself is named after the popular Kodak film that came into existence in 1935 and was discontinued in 2009.

Deadline reports that the deal for the film cost Netflix $4 million. Starring Oscar nominee Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, and Elizabeth Olsen, Kodachrome follows a father and son as they race across the country on a road-trip to reach the worlds last remaining Kodachrome lab before it closes its doors.

The screenplay is based on A.G. Sulzbergers 2010 New York Times article For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas.

The film generated a strong buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Netflix will now be launching the film in a theatrical release. Netflix has rights to the film in the US, Canada, UK, Italy, Benelux, Japan, India, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. No word yet on when exactly the film will hit the big screens.

Image credits: Lead photo courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival


Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Dear Canon,

You and I have had a very, very long friendship that has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back as far as the 450D, which was released in March 2008.

I own more Canon lenses than I know what to do with including many L series lenses which I firmly believe are the best lenses on the market. I have recommended your cameras and other equipment to anyone who will listen to me. I challenge you to find anyone who has been more passionate about using and promoting your products in the general photography community than I am.

But here is where things start to get a bit complicated since the launch of the Canon 5D Mark II way back in March 2008 it has been extremely hard to be genuinely excited about any new cameras you have released. And here is why: the Canon 5D Mark II is, in my opinion, the last truly innovative camera you have developed and released.

The Mark II saw professional video features introduced into a full frame SLR camera for the first time. This was a game changer for many professionals in both the photography and video community as it pushed people toward the SLR form factor in both fields, as well as allowing crossover without the need for the bulky and at the time extremely expensive video equipment.

I have always used Canon cameras although I have tried many other brands and individual models both for personal research and also to review. I truly hope to be using Canon cameras for many years to come.

Since then the models of cameras you have released have been very solid and perform well. But with each generational update has also come a substantial price rise, for not much in the way of new technology or innovative features. The 5DS and 5DS R were the first all purpose (not taking into account the 1D series or competitors equivalents of cameras which in my opinion are not all purpose in terms of consumer level equipment) SLR cameras on the market to be priced over AU$5,000 here in Australia (and ~$3,700 in the United States).

For the AU$5,000+ investment per camera, I again got a solid performing camera with a 50MP sensor. But and here is a very b...


New Sony RX10m4 packs BIG tech for a BIG price :) "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony announced the new Sony RX10m4 and is rumored to have another announcement in October for E-mount stufff. The RX10m4 has BIG tech inside (see the presentation page) but it comes for a heavy price: $1,699 at BHphoto!

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KOBRA is a New Flash Modifier Hoping to Make a Splash in a Crowded Market "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The KOBRA is a new flash modifier thats hoping to be a game-changer in an already crowded market. The brainchild of photographer Paul McKelvey, the KOBRA has just been launched on Kickstarter. McKelvey was frustrated with the results of whats currently on the market, so he created the KOBRA to paint with light, not spray.

It took 26 different 3D printed prototypes, but McKelvey and his accomplice Brian Hayes, a 3D designer, have finally come up with their flash modifier design.

The KOBRA was made to give photographers an effective flash modifier solution that is lightweight, flexible and with an attractive design, said McKelvey. As a professional photographer, I have used all the on camera flash modifiers that are available and have been unsatisfied with the results. I decided to stop complaining and make my own.

The KOBRA is made of high-grade, flexible silicone and has a unique way to grip onto a lens, meaning there is no need for a noisy hook and loop system or heavy magnets. It will work with almost any flash unit, too.

The objective of the KOBRA is to bounce light off the internal reflector before it hits your subject, rendering a pleasing three-dimensional quality to the light, says McKelvey. To further enhance the users experience, KOBRA has a refreshing, cutting-edge look without the need of the weight and bulk of powerful Earth Magnets, or noisy Hook & Loop attachment systems.

The material is so durable that it will simply bounce back to its original shape after being folded and stored inside your camera bag. The silicon structure is just one piece which grips onto the KOBRA attachment band (which can be used to attach gel strips) and is itself entirely diffusing of light.

Its backbone comes from the patent pending built-in reflector, which bounces the lig...


Sony Unveils the RX10 IV with Blazing Speed and a 24-600mm Lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony has just announced the RX10 IV, the latest model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series of superzoom bridge cameras.

Inside the RX10 IV is a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor. The camera can do continuous shooting at a whopping 24fps with full AF/AE tracking and a buffer of 249 shots.

Sony says the RX10 IV features the worlds fastest autofocus speed among cameras in the same class (fixed lens cameras with a 1-inch sensor). The AF system has an acquisition time of just 0.03 seconds and uses 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 65% of the frame.

For the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology, Sony says. This advanced technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sonys acclaimed line of interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.

On the front of the camera is a 24-600mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.4-4 zoom lens, allowing photographers to shoot both near and super far subjects. The 25x lens features built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 4.5 stops of shake compensation.

The back of the RX10 IV features a 3-inch, 1.44-million-dot tilt-able LCD touchscreen with WhiteMagic technology for better visibility in harsh sunlight. Above the...


Photographer Settles Monkey Selfie Copyright Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer David Slater has finally settled his two-year legal battle over the monkey selfie photos that went viral back in 2011.

The animal rights group PETA has dropped the lawsuit against Slater after Slater agreed to donate 25% of all future profits from the photo to registered charities dedicated to protecting the welfare or habitat of the monkey named Naruto.

Naruto the macaque monkey had originally snapped selfies of itself after picking up Slaters camera in an Indonesian national park. After the photos went viral and were published far and wide, a debate erupted over whether Slater actually owned the copyright to the photos, since Naruto was technically the one who triggered the shutter.

In September 2015, PETA sued Slater on Narutos behalf in order to have the copyright officially assigned to the 6-year-old monkey. Throughout the dispute, the US legal system and government both argued against PETAs claim: the US Copyright Office stated it couldnt register the works of monkeys in 2014, and a judge ruled that the monkey couldnt own a copyright in 2016.

Despite these setbacks, PETA pushed forward with its legal battle against Slater, who revealed earlier this year that the lawsuit had driven him to financial ruin.

In announcing the settlement today, PETA states that the case broke new ground for animal rights.

PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for nonhuman animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal,...


(UPDATED) Sony A7IIIspecs! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

  The A9 body Today Sony will have a big announcement. UPDATE: But they dindt announce the new A7III. Instead they announced the RX10m4. Still those A7III specsshould be pretty accurate: 24MP sensor same as the A9 Same A9 body

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Monday, 11 September


Color Photography Godfather William Eggleston to Release First Music Album "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

William Eggleston is well known for his work in the early 1970s as a pioneer who helped legitimize color photographys place in the art world. The 78-year-old artist has revealed that he is releasing his first music album one composed of improvised symphonic tracks recorded on a Korg synthesizer.

Eggleston is revered as one of the most influential artists of the latter half of the 20th century. His experimentation in the 60s with color photography and later MoMA exhibition in 76 challenged an industry that saw the medium as suitable only for commercial prints and tourist snapshots.

In 2012, a print of his photo Memphis (Tricycle) sold for $578,500 at auction.

Memphis (Tricycle) by William Eggleston

His coming album is titled Musik and contains 13 tracks cut from more than 60 hours of material recorded on to some 49 floppy discs in the late-80s and early-90s.

The artist joins other multi-talented individuals such as Bryan Adams, Ralph Gibson and Milt Hinton and even Ansel Adams, whose creative outputs were not bound only to the art of photography.

Heres a taste of Egglestons Musik:

Egglestons album will be made available...


The Photographer Whos Friends with Over 200 Hummingbirds "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

By day, Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA who studies volcanoes. But one of her nicknames is The Hummingbird Whisperer, and thats because shes an avid photographer who has become friends with a colony of over 200 hummingbirds.

After moving into her office in the geology building at UCLA, the first thing Barboni did was set up a hummingbird feeder outside her window. She has since set up three additional feeders, and in the 2.5 years that followed, the number of tiny birds that regularly visit to feed exploded to over 200 and that number is still growing.

Every weekday, Barboni puts out the 80-ounce feeders filled with a custom nectar made from water and sugar. The hummingbirds will sit on her finger if she puts her hand out, and if she doesnt put out the feeders on time the hummingbirds fly into her office to yell at her and remind her.

Heres a 2-minute video by UCLA about Barboni and her love for the birds:

Barbonis friendship with these birds has also given her an opportunity to capture an impressive portfolio of photos. Here are a selection of her photos:



Making coffee. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Making coffee.


Kodak Printomatic: A New Instant Print Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Kodak today launched a new stylish point-and-shoot instant print camera, the Kodak Printomatic. It prints high-quality, full-color photos straight from the camera, something which Kodak says makes it the ideal all-in-one solution for capturing and sharing vibrant prints instantly.

Created alongside its licensee C+A Global, the Printomatic is perfect for anyone attending events or vacationing who wants to create an instant memory, and its perfect as a scrapbooking camera, too.

The Kodak Printomatic is a contemporary camera with a wonderful balance of digital and analog technology, says Steven Overman, President of Kodaks Consumer and Film Division and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer. Its an accessible device for anybody who wants to create a lasting memory in a tangible, colorful way.

The camera has a maximum resolution of 10-megapixels and can store the images on a microSD card.

Its similarities to the olden days stop there, though, with a number of modern features making this quite a unique camera.

The built-in lithium ion battery means you can shoot for longer, and theres a low battery indicator that will tell you when its running low. Its built-in flash will turn on automatically when the light is low thanks to a special sensor. Theres also a printer status indicator, and two separate printing modes: vibrant color, and black & white.

It spits out 23-inch Zink photo prints that dont require using ink cartridges, toner, or film. The prints are durable, water and tear resistant, and even have an adhesive back.

The camera is small and compact, too, meaning itll fit into someones back pocket easily. It is even capable of shooting a new photo while still printing the previous one.

Available in gray or yellow, the...


TIMEs Latest Cover Photos were Shot on the iPhone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

TIME magazines latest issue features a special project titled FIRSTS, which features profiles of 46 influential women who are changing the world. For the photography in the project, TIME recruited 28-year-old Brazilian photographer Luisa Drr to shoot 46 portraits and 12 cover photos using an iPhone.

TIME Director of Photography Kira Pollack writes that she first came across Drrs work while browsing Instagram, where the young photographer currently has over 44,000 followers.

I was instantly lured down the magical scroll of @luisadorrs feed, Pollack writes. There were countless images of women of all ages against ethereal yet raw landscapes. Natural light, lovely tone, each one a studied composition. The pictures were incredibly consistent.

In her bio line she had written All photos made with the iPhone. I tracked her down immediately.

In September 2016, Drr arrived in New York City and began a whirlwind tour of the United States (her first visit to the country) to shoot portraits of the 46 women for TIME (her first assignment for the magazine).

For Firsts, the pictures are made with natural light, using only a reflector when necessary, Drr tells TIME in an interview. I like the simplicity of how these pictures are made....


Sony A7III could be unveiled at Photoplus. Rumored specs look promising "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

image above shows the current A7II With the notable exception of the A9 Sony has been very quiet this year. Their short camera release cycle madness seems to be over. But luckily we will likely get a new camera at

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This is How the Leica M10 is Made "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to see how Leicas cameras are made these days? Photographer Richard Seymour made this 4-minute video that provides a beautiful look at how the new Leica M10 is built in Wetzlar, Germany.

Leica writes that the M10 is exclusively put together by Leica specialists at the companys factory in Wetzlar using 1,100 individual components. These parts include 30 brass-milled components, 126 screws, and 17 optical elements.

After the top and base plates are milled from solid blocks of metal, workers spend 40 minutes grinding and polishing them by hand.

Here are some still frames from the video that show different steps in the assembly process:

From beginning to end, there are over 50 different adjustment steps that go into making sure everything is precise and p...

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