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Thursday, 23 November


Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony sparked a great deal of excitement when it announced its blazing fast full-frame a9 camera in April, but somehow it managed to make an even bigger splash with its a7R III unveiling in October. In addition to fantastic reviews coming out about it, the a7R III just got another solid vote of approval: TIME just selected it as one of the top 10 gadgets of 2017.

The a7R III is the only camera that made it onto TIMEs list, coming in at #10.

With notable improvements over its predecessor and a cheaper price than Sonys A9 Alpha, the recently unveiled Sony Alpha A7R III stands to be one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made, TIME writes. It can shoot at twice the resolution of the A9 and has an autofocus thats twice as fast as the A7R II, although its worth remembering that the A9 offers faster burst shooting.

But the lower price and heightened performance are likely more than enough to impress pro and novice photographers alike.

It seems photographers are equally enthusiastic. The camera is a #1 seller over at B&H, and Sony issued an announcement and apology last week, stating that a7R III shipments may be delayed because of extremely high deman...


Black Friday deals on Sony cameras, Olympus gear, Zeiss and Rokinon E-mount lenses, Sandisk cards "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We got a huge amount of new Black Frdiay delas. You can check the full list on those links: USA at Amazon US. BHphoto. BestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA. eBay US. EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES.

The post Black Friday deals on Sony cameras, Olympus gear, Zeiss and Rokinon E-mount lenses, Sandisk cards appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Ep. 231: Just Because You Can, Doesnt Mean You Should and more "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 231 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: DP, photographer, timelapse cinematographer and editor, Drew Geraci

In This Episode

If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to...


Canon registered the new EOS-M50 in Russia too "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Both the Bluetooth agency and the russian Eurasian Economic Commission do show that Canon registered the new mid level EOS-M50 camera. Expect this camera to be announced in Q1 2018. via Letsgodigital and Canonwatch  

The post Canon registered the new EOS-M50 in Russia too appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


This summer I started working with Sony camera equipment. It has been a good change. This is a photo of some gear in the desert. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This summer I started working with Sony camera equipment. It has been a good change. This is a photo of some gear in the desert.

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Wednesday, 22 November


How This Portrait Was Shot and Edited, From Planning to Final Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Francisco Hernandez has launched a new video series titled Behind the Shot that will document the entire process of how a photo of created, from concept to finished image. In this 12-minute video, Hernandez shares how he shot a portrait of a model named Barbie.

Hernandez originally met Barbie back in 2014 when he was just starting out. After sending out around 40 messages to photographers in search of an assistant position, Hernandez heard back from one based about an hour away. It was at the first shoot with the photographer that Hernandez met Barbie, and this is one of the portraits that resulted then:

Earlier this year, Barbie contacted Hernandez and asked if he would be able to do a portrait shoot. She suggested a location, and Hernandez agreed after taking a look at it through Google Street View. Barbie also selected her own outfit and did her own makeup.

Since he was planning to expose for the sky, Hernandez had an assistant hold a reflector to illuminate the darker shadows in the shot.

Heres what a first straight-out-of-camera test shot looked like without any lighting on the model:

After adding in the light and reflector, Hernandez found that placing the octobox 3.5 feet away was too far and didnt illuminate his subject well despite being at full power.

When Hernandez moved the octobox to about a foot away and the reflector closer as well, heres what resulted (the straight out of camera shot without the octobox cloned out from the upper left hand corner):

Hernandez boosted exposure and brought down highlights (to prevent the sky from stealing attention from the model).



On Making It as a Photographer, or: What if Your House Burned Down? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

What if your house burned down? Have you still made it as a photographer?

3 weeks ago I was sitting, much as I do now, winding down on a Saturday evening, finding some time to write a newsletter and blog post. I had just released an image shot for Kohler, a company whose advertising I had wanted to be a part of for a long time, and wanted to write something around this image and the process to create it.

Earlier in the day, I had listened to comedian Bill Burr being interviewed on Tim Ferriss podcast. A good laugh, as always with Bill Burr, balanced by Tims prodding for life lessons.

At one point, they talked about accomplishments and the idea of making it. Bill Burr had bought a house and said to his wife I know you are not supposed to say this, but I made it!

He continues, Theres a sickness in this business of: if you think you made it, youre going to relax and then its all going to go away!

No! I tell jokes for a living and I bought a house. I MADE IT!

The stigma is that one cant, as a photographer or creative, say or admit that you have made it. The second you do, you relax and lose your drive and creativity I can so relate, and Bill Burrs thoughts lingered with me as I started writing.

Shooting for Kohler was a long time goal of mine creatively and by Bill Burrs standard of buying a house, I have made it several times over.

So have I really made it?

I settled in that evening reflecting on what I had accomplished as a photographer and the blog post shifted to words about goals and the acknowledgment of reaching them. Of pausing and being content for a moment rather than going straight into the chase of creating another image or landing the next assignment.

That was my Saturday 4 weeks ago.

That Sunday night, we were woken up by flashlights shining into our bedroom window and our neighbor shouting that the hillsides were on fire. We packed our essentials and got out.

That was October 8th.

The weeks since have been indescribable. The fires around Sonoma and Napa in California, where we live, burned more than 100,000 acres. Lives were lost and neighborhoods left in ashes. One of my best friends and 5 of our neighbors lost their homes. It is devastating.

There are many emotions around the 17 days we were in mandatory evacuation. My per...


Photoshop CC Easter Eggs: Monkey, Banana, Coffee, and Toast "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a quick look at how you find each one (keep in mind that these are entirely for fun, i.e. completely useless):

Layer Monkey

While you have a document open, select Window->Layer Comps. Create a new Layer Comp.

Rename that Layer Comp to Layer Monkey 0, and youll suddenly see a cute monkey face icon looking back at you instead of the standard comps icon.

Layer Monkey! appears in English no matter what the app or OS language is, Adobe tells PetaPixel. To dismiss Layer Monkey: Rename the Layer Monkey 0 Layer Comp to any other name.

The Banana Toolbar

This easter egg is one we shared recently. First, open up the Customize Toolbar menu by either selecting Edit->Toolbar or by clicking the on your toolbar and selecting the option there.

Hold Shift while clicking the Done button, and voila! Your toolbars Edit Toolbar icon has now been replaced by a yellow banana.

To get rid of this banana, open up the same Customize Toolbar menu and hold Ctrl/Cmd while clicking on Done instead of Shift.

Coffee & Toast

You can replace Photoshops UX color chips with icons of coffee or toast. First, open up Photoshop/Edit->Preferences->Interface.

To replace the color chips with Toast, hold Shift and Opt/Alt...


7 Ways to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres an in-depth 28-minute tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel that will show you how to enhance and create amazing eyes in portrait photos using Photoshop.

Each technique forms a different step to a thorough eye enhancement, but all adjustments should be made on separate layers so that your edits are not destructive.

1. Remove the Red Lines

The first step to better eyes is to remove those unwanted red lines in the whites of the eye. At this point, you can also remove unwanted eyelashes that look unattractive and obtrusive.

2. Selecting the Eyes

To make it easy to apply different adjustments to the eyes, separating them onto their own layer is ideal. With some clever selection work, you can take just the iris of the eye and bring it over to a separate layer.

3. Dodging and Burning the Eyes

Using the dodging and burning tools will allow you to bring more contrast into the iris. Darkening the tops of the iris, underneath the eyelashes, gives much more punch to the shot.

4. Adding Highlights to the Eye

The introduction of a highlight to the lower part of the iris will add that glint typical of magazine covers. After having created a moon shaped selection at the bottom of the iris, a white fill color with blur applied will lay the foundations of the highlight. Using the Overlay blend mode, it will suddenly appear much more natural and appealing.

5. Adding Contrast

Temporarily disabling your dodging/burning and highlights adjustment, a Curves adjustment layer applied to the iris layer you created before will allow you to directly apply contrast to the target area.

Normally you would see the color emphasized strongly by an adjustment of the curves, but if you only want to adjust the luminosity of the iris with your Curves tweak then that is possible too. Just select the Luminance blend mode, and youre good to go.

6. Changing the Eye Color

Not happy with your models eye color? No problem. You can change this with a simple Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. If you tick the Colorize checkbox in the dialog window, your adjustment will apply to the entire iris layer.

7. Remove Chromatic Aberration

If youre getting a purple outline around the catchlight in the eye, this can be remov...



The Germans know how to bake, and Buchteln is a perfect example of that.  I do fantasize a little about one day opening up a German Bakeryamongst my list of other things I want to be when I grow up.  I found Das Cookbook right after I came home from Germany and realized that I could not live one more day without German pretzels in my life.  No where, NO WHERE in St George sells a real, fresh German pretzel so I set out to learn how to make them and this cookbook has been a lifesaver.  Not only does it include recipes for classics like Pretzels, Buchteln and Spatzle, but it has other amazing recipes-all with a slight Californian twist SO BASICALLY THE MOST PERFECT COOKBOOK FOR ME EVER.

leftover thanksgiving ideas for cold turkey and cranberry sauce

What is Buchteln you ask?  Its magical.  Its delicious.  Its what you daydream about when you think about rolls.  Basically the Germans (I think technically the Austrians came up with these buteh) decided to just go ahead a pre-fill a sweet dinner roll with jam and then slather butter all over the outside so all you have to do is grab one and eat it as soon as their done baking.



Unexpected: Panasonic will announce something Big right before Christmas! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I really though that with yesterdays Leica CL release announcement we were done with product announcements for 2017. But 43rumors reports that Panasonic will give us a Christmas surprise by announced some kind of big MFT news. We dont k

The post Unexpected: Panasonic will announce something Big right before Christmas! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Tuesday, 21 November


Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits: I Did a Photo Shoot in Lowes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A few weeks ago, a model friend of mine, Rachelle Kathleen, and I were planning to meet for a fun little photo shoot. Instead of searching out the usual beautiful locations around where we live, I had the idea to do just the opposite. I wanted to go somewhere ugly by all conventional photography standards and then see what we could do with it. Lowes seemed like the perfect option.

The point was to challenge ourselves. I wanted somewhere with horrible lighting and limited backdrops. Somewhere that made absolutely no sense for a photo shoot. Our local Lowes home improvement retail store hits all those points. Before we went in we decided on a few rules:

1. We had to work with whatever was already there. I brought in just my camera without any artificial lighting or props. She simply brought a small bag with a couple outfit options.

2. We couldnt rearrange the displays or make any big changes. In one instance (as youll see later) we moved a cart from the side of the aisle to the center, but then put it right back. Weve both spent years in the service industry, we werent about to leave the workers with a trashed store an hour before closing time on a Sunday night.

3. Wed stop shooting if anyone was in the background. We didnt want to give anyone any reason to complain, so we went to a place that was completely empty of customers, and if someone did show up, we lowered the camera until they were done browsing and left the area.

Of course, if none of this was allowed we wouldve left, but as soon as we walked in an employee asked if they could help us and I asked, We were just going to take a few photos, is that okay?

He replied, Of course! I was just wondering why she was so overdressed for a trip to the hardware store!

Since they were about an hour from closing the store was almost completely empty. Anyone we did come in contact with was super friendly, if not slightly curious. We had a few people stop and watch, but thats to be expected anytime Rachelle models anywhere. The girl just cant help but stop traffic.

And this is what we got! Ive included the cell-phone pic of the actual location along with each photoset, so you can see what we were working with.

Lowes Location 1: The Paint Samples



A Nikon D850 Review for Nature Photographers "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Its finally here! My Nikon D850 review is finally finished! It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! This is a true field test loaded with real-world examples, advice, and tons of tips for getting the most from all the new features.

Yes, its a bit of a long review, but I didnt want to simply tell you about the new features I wanted to show you how to use them as well. Nothing more frustrating than a review that tells you about some amazing new feature but leaves you clueless when it comes to using it, right? Well, rest assured this will give you all that and more. So, sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy!

I also wanted to include some extras to go along with the video. These are either items that people have frequently asked about or that I referred to in the video.

D850 Bird In Flight (BIF) Settings

One of the questions I am getting a LOT is about bird-in-flight (BIF) settings. As with my other cameras, this sensor sees a lot of flying feathers, so youre in luck!

As always, keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you and thats cool we can still be friends.

Focus Mode: AF-C of course. Since I use BBAF, Im always in AF-C. However, if youre more of a shutter release shooter, youll want to make sure you remember to switch to AF-C for action or face cards full of 46MP disappointments. AF-C is the only mode that can track/follow your subject, so, if youll pardon the pun, its the only way to fly!

AF Activation: For me, its always Back Button AF. It gives you the best of both AF-S and AF-C without all the switching back and forth. Rather than ramble on, Ill refer you to this good-looking guy who did a video on the subject:



Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Share Photos in 4K High Resolution "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Facebook has just introduced the ability to share high-resolution photos on its Messenger app. This makes for a much better, and less compressed, visual user experience for the countless people who send photos to one another every day through the popular app.

Were making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger, says Facebook in a statement.

Photos up to 4,096px x 4,096px in size can now be shared at their maximum resolution. According to Facebook, the new photo sizes will be shared just as quickly as before.

These comparison images show the benefit of 4K photo-sharing on the app (the quality before is on the left, and the 4K resolution is on the right):

Once you have updated your app to the latest version, high-resolution photo-sharing will happen automatically since its the new default setting.

As of today, both Android and iPhone users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea will benefit from the 4K resolution sharing. Other countries will be added to the rollout in the coming weeks.



Yashicas Faux Film Y35 Camera Raises $1.28 Million on Kickstarter "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

It seems that a lot of photography enthusiasts want to shoot a stripped down digital camera with pretend film rolls. The Kickstarter campaign for Yashicas new Y35 DigiFilm camera is now over, and it managed to raise a staggering HK$10,035,296 (~$1,284,559) from 6,935 supporters to bring the camera to market.

Yashica, a Japanese camera brand with a storied history, began teasing a comeback to the camera market in mid-September. Days later, it announced that it would be announcing an unprecedented camera, sparking speculation that the company might announce a serious mirrorless camera.

When the Y35 was announced on October 10th, it was instantly clear that the camera wasnt geared toward serious, advanced photographers. Instead, it was a stripped down digital camera with pretend film rolls called DigiFilm.

To change your photo format, style, and sensitivity, instead of adjusting settings in the camera, you insert the specific DigiFilm roll youd like. There will 4 basic DigiFilm rolls at launch: ISO 1600 High Speed, Black & White (ISO 400), ISO 200 Ultra Fine, and 120 Format.

After the initial announcement, Yashica unveiled two additional DigiFilms as well. The first is called Unexpected 2017 (in my fancy), which gives your photos a warm color tone and worn out look.


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