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Tuesday, 19 September


MEET MOXIE: OUR GIANT SCHNOODLE "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Meet Moxie, our giant schnoodle.  If you would have told me a year ago that I would be selling my chickens and buying a puppy to train for service, I would have turned my head to the side for a dramatic spit take, laughed hysterically and then maybe started crying at the idea.  Growing up I helped train my puppy and I learned quickly that getting a puppy and training it to be a well-behaved dog is and something I wouldnt be doing until I was absolutely ready.  I have sworn up and down that we were not getting a dog until my youngest was old enough to be self-sufficient (so like 12) and really didnt see getting a dog in our future for quite some time.

Diabetic alert training service dog to be

And then everything happened and for some reason I just could not put to rest that we needed to look into a diabetic alert dog.  You guys, I dont know and I hope with everything that this is some sort of divine revelation and not just me going absolutely nuts.  With the stress and madness of our lives right now it just seems like not the best time to get a puppy but I could not put it to rest.  I tried.  After a few days of research I quickly realized that buying an already trained d.a.d. was 100% impossible for our situation but buying a puppy and training her ourselves seemed a little more like what we could do.  I spent a few weeks doing more research and we started looking at dogs.  I looked at the rescues here and at the pound.  I am unfortunately allergic to EVERTHING and the more time I spent around the standard service breeds (german shepherds, labs, golden retrievers) the more I realized that we just couldnt have one living in our house full time if I didnt want to be on allergy meds 24/7.

At one point I started researching Giant Schnauzers and they just stood out to me.  I dont know what it was about them but I felt really drawn to the idea of a giant schnauzer.  Theyre a good breed for a service dog, theyre hypoallergenic and super smart.  We also kept coming back to the idea of getting a pood...


Opremas New Biotar 58mm f/2.0 Lens Has a Record 17-Blade Aperture "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Having recently succeeded in crowdfunding the revival of the Biotar 75mm lens, Oprema is at it again and is looking to bring back the legendary Biotar 58mm f/2.0 with an aperture containing a record 17 blades.

Having only just got started with their crowdfunding efforts, the project has already surpassed the goal of $50,000. If it successfully funds and launches, the lens will be the only lens in the entire world with a 17-blade aperture.

We absolutely wanted to maintain the optical features of the lens. We wanted to keep its subtleness, its wonderful ability to catch lights and colors and, of course, its legendary center focus and the one and only Biotar bokeh, writes Oprema. In other words, we wanted to build a worthy continuation of the famous blueprint while maintaining the grace of the original design.

Its all possible because of the lens fully manual design. Autofocus lenses have fewer blades to reduce the number of moving parts, but the Biotar doesnt have to adhere to these limitations.

The lens will have less than 1% distortion, a minimum focusing distance of 0.5 meters, a 58mm filter threads, and a weight of 410 grams.

Here are some sample photos that show what the working prototype of this lens can do:



Portraits of Strangers Found Through Craigslist "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

For their ongoing Craigslist Encounters, the Los Angeles-based photography team Kremer Johnson has been shooting portraits of completely strangers who are each found using Craigslist. Each subject responded to an ad titled Characters Wanted and agreed to pose for $20 an hour.

Fstoppers writes that photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson have posted the ad three times so far, and each time it goes up they receive about 70 to 100 responses.

The photographers have shot portraits of about 30 people so far, and theyre aiming to photograph over 100 more in the upcoming year.

Each subject is interviewed to determine a portrait location thats meaningful to them.



Review: The Profoto A1 is a Simple and Naturally Beautiful Flash "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We all know and love the legendary lighting manufacturer that is Profoto. For decades, they have produced and supported the most durable, powerful, and consistent lighting equipment for professional photographers around the world.

In recent years, they have pushed the lighting industry forward with the introduction of the B1 and B2 and their OCF system. These new lights have changed the way photographers work by allowing for unheard of flexibility and mobility. Ever the innovator, Profoto just gave us something weve always wanted, but never thought to ask for.

Profoto just announced the A1, an on-camera flash, with full integration into the Air-TTL system that weve come to know and love.

In an effort to make the Air-TTL system more accessible, and easier than ever before, the A1 fills a gap that has long been present in Profotos line up. Time and time again I hear photographers ask for an on-camera flash that they can use with their B1 and B2 heads. Profoto listened and gave us a small flash, with an interchangeable battery, modeling light, and a built-in magnetic attachment for modifiers like gels and diffusers.

From the moment I was told about it, I was excited. After using it on several shoots, I was blown away.

My first shoot with the A1 was a simple indoo...


How to Fake the Look of Bullet Time Using a Single Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a new 3-minute music video by Russian/Ukrainian group 5Nizza. In it, the band finds themselves in a variety of situations, but as the action is frozen they keep on singing while the camera pans around them. How was it done? It turns out the effect was created with a single moving camera and a green screen.

The bullet time effect was popularized by the film The Matrix, in which Neo appears to stop bullets in their tracks while the camera spins around him. For the Hollywood film, they used multiple camera systems, digital compositing, and computer-generated characters to create the famous scenes.

But with a limited budget for this new music video, director Max Ksjonda had a different idea.

Instead of spending a huge amount of money on fancy rigs and editing, he suspended the band members into the air alongside a variety of props. The ropes and supports were then removed in editing, and the background added in thanks to the green screen.

This animated GIF shows the comparison of the video before (right) and after (left) the editing process:

You can see the full music video again, but this time without the post production editing:


(via Max Ksjonda via Gizmodo)



Instagram May Soon Break Its Classic Grid (and All Your 33 Mosaics) "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Instagram has long featured a 33 grid of photos across its platform, allowing photographers to get creative and create larger photo mosaics by uploading the individual pieces as separate photos in the correct order. If youve spent a considerable amount of time and effort building these mosaics yourself, heres some bad news: it looks like Instagram may soon break that classic grid (and your mosaics).

The Ringer reports that a number of Instagram users across the Web have noticed 44 grids on their accounts.

Some users arent pleased about it, since switching to...


Speed Up Photo Viewing in Lightroom with 1:1 Previews "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Ask any photographer their least-favorite thing about Adobe Lightroom, and they will most likely tell you its the applications speed. There are a few tricks to help optimize the responsiveness of Lightroom, and this minute-long Lightroom coffee break video focuses on generating 1:1 previews.

This is one you may know already, but if you dont, it can drastically improve your experience when flicking through your catalog. By generating 1:1 previews when you import your photos, Lightroom will do the legwork up-front to create full-resolution previews of your imported images instead of loading them only when you view the image.

Lightrooms Benjamin Warde notes that this will increase the time it will take for the initial import while Lightroom generates all of those previews for you. This is a good opportunity to grab a coffee (or a nap, depending how many photos youre importing).

If you understand the trade-off and you dont mind the extra import time, heres how you do it. Go to Lightrooms import dialog and look under the File Handling panel, change Build Previews to 1:1.

Thats it. Lightrooms Loupe View may now be just as fast as Photo Mechanic.


Profoto A1: Profotos First On-Camera Flash, Worlds Smallest Studio Light "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Profoto has just announced the A1, the lighting brands first-ever on-camera flash. Its also what the company calls the worlds smallest studio light.

Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light thats both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light, Profoto says.

The A1 features both a flash and an LED modeling light. The flash can be fired at full power 350 times on one Li-ion battery charge, which takes 80 minutes to juice fully Profoto says this battery lasts four times longer than AA batteries and has no performance fade.

The flash has a maximum energy of 76Ws and a power range of 9 f-stops (2.0-10), Profoto says. The recycle time is a mere 1.2 seconds at full power, 4 times faster than other on-camera flashes on the market (according to Profoto).

In terms of size and weight, the A1 measures 108x75x165mm (4.3x3x6.5in) and weighs 560g/1.2lbs (with batteries). By comparison, the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT measures 80x143x125mm ( and weighs 425.25g (15oz) without batteries.

The head of the A1 features a smart magnetic mount that allows various light shaping to...


Lensbaby Unveils New Composer Pro II 80mm and Bokeh Optic Lenses "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lensbaby has today released two new products: an 80mm lens known as the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 as well as a Creative Bokeh Optic that provide selective focusing and creative effects.

Composer Pro II with Sweet 80

With a maximum aperture of f/2.8, the lens can be closed down to f/16 at the most. It has a 46mm filter size, an internal 12-blade aperture.

The system allows photographers to achieve up to 15-degrees of tilt motion and has a minimum focusing distance of 22 inches (55.88 cm).

Measuring just 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5, the lens is pretty compact and ideal for those not wanting bulky gear on their camera. Plus, it weighs just 8.9 ounces (252g).

This 80mm lens captures Lensbabys signature sweet spot effect at a longer focal length.

The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 is available in a variety of mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E and A, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, Pentax K, and Samsung NX.

Here are some sample images of what the lens can do:

Cristina Venedict ...


The new Canon G1X III will be announced in October "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon will launch the new G1X III in October. Unconfirmed specs rumores so far: 24mp APS-C Sensor (The PowerShot G1 X Mark II was 1.5 sensor) Dual Pixel AF DIGIC 7 24-120mm lens (35mm equivalent) via CanonRumors

The post The new Canon G1X III will be announced in October appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Voigtlander launches the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Cosina-Voigtlander just released the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens in Japan. Price is around $1,200. English announcement should follow later today.  

The post Voigtlander launches the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens in Japan appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Monday, 18 September


The Beauty of Car Photography: A Look Through the Eyes of Easton Chang "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Meet Easton Chang, an internationally recognized car photographer. In this 5-minute profile by SmugMug Films, get a glimpse into how Chang captures incredibly unique images of performance cars.

Chang shoots using all sorts of different techniques for his cars: panning, tracking, and aerial action shots.

Cars are much more than an inanimate object, says Chang.

Hes a car-fanatic first and a photographer second. The former was what birthed his love of being creative behind the lens to convey his passion to others.

I wanted to show the world, and online, my passion for cars and what I was seeing through my own eyes, he continues.

Every car is different. Every location is different, and the character of the car is always different.



Heres a Handy New Site That Converts iOS 11 .heic Photos to JPEG "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

iOS 11 will mean that your iPhone takes its photos in this new format rather than JPEG as we are used to in an effort to save a reported 50% in file size (with no loss of quality).

But using these new .heic files probably wont be so simple to use readily. But, from the creators of Beamr and JPEGMini, HEICtoJPG will allow you to easily convert them.

Its able to process up to 30 files at a time, and using the service is as easy as just drag and dropping.

Once converted, youre given a link to click and that will download the JPEG straight to your computer.

The best part is that the HEIC files that are converted to a JPG will then be optimized by JPEGmini, so the quality of the photo will remain the same but the size of the file will be smaller, Beamr tells PetaPixel.

HEIC files are capable of storing both single images as well as image sequences (such as photo bursts or video clips) using both lossy and lossless compression. Audio and text can also be stored alongside image sequences. The new...


How I Shot Cliff Divers with a Total Solar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This is a post about photography plus trigonometry. I remember half joking with my math teachers in high school, asking why do we need to learn this? Im never going to use it in life. Fast forward to 4 months ago when Red Bull Media House calls and wants to shoot a cliff diver eclipse photo.

After doing some research, I discovered that the eclipse would be in totality at a very high point in the sky, and it would be very difficult to line up with the divers given the long focal length needed. We had to figure out the correct angle, height, and distance. Luckily I retained some of that math knowledge (and also had some help) and was able to pinpoint every position, height, and angle needed for our shot list.


We prepared for this shoot for four months. With so many moving parts and elements that need to perfectly align, preparation was definitely the key to success. We needed the perfect location with the right amount of distance of open space and it had to be in the path of totality. We also needed a spot for the divers to dive and to make sure the divers were high enough in the air to align perfectly with the sun.

After looking all over the country at different locations, we choose a farm in McMinnville, Oregon, with a large wide open field. There was a dive tank (normally used in traveling carnivals and other performances) erected in the middle of the open space, and we had it filled with 30,000 gallons of water (which was later used to water the very dry and dusty field.)

For the days leading up to the shoot, we used a range finder to map out shooting positions and tested focal lengths, dive times, and lighting.

Hanging and Controlling Lights

Im not too keen on heights and although I worked in a theater in college and I would hang lights in catwalks about 20-30 feet up, I couldnt imagine myself climbing and hoisting lights up an 85-foot tall tower. Just standing under it looking up gave me chills. So we enlisted the help of one of the amazing dive tank crew members Clark to help with rigging and hanging each one of the lights. We used Kupo Grip Super Viser Clamps to mount the lights to a pole that stuck out 2 feet so the light could be angled correctly....


Harnessing the Power of Auto-Stacking in Lightroom "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Auto-stacking in Lightroom can quickly organize a huge set of images in to more manageable stacks, which are small groups of images grouped according to their capture time. This 6-minute video from photographer Anthony Morganti shows how you can use the feature to speed up your workflow.

Auto-stacking is especially useful when you are taking burst images, like Morganti in his wildlife photography example. Normally this will result in a huge grid or filmstrip of near-identical images, which is difficult to deal with. By stacking them, you can reduce the size of the grid and quickly see which images were shot as a burst.

To enable the feature, right-click on any image in your film strip or grid and select Stacking>Auto-Stack by Capture Time.

You will get a dialog that lets you choose the time between stacks. The default shown in the above image is set to 01:00, which means that any image that was taken within a 1-minute period will be stacked.

At first, you wont see anything change. To collapse the stacks and clean up your film strip, youll need to again right click an image and this time select Stacking>Collapse All Stacks. Your film strip will instantly shrink and you will see numbers in the corner of each image indicating how many images are in the stack.

Another great use of this feature is for image bracketing, where you take a series of images within a short period in order to later combine them for an HDR. By setting the capture time period to something shorter, you can auto...


The Story Behind That Viral Distracted Boyfriend Meme Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

One of the hottest memes this year is the Distracted Boyfriend, also known as Man Looking at Other Woman. It shows a man looking backward, checking out another woman while his partner gives him a disapproving look.

The photo emerged in memes earlier in 2017 before going extremely viral and peaking in August. If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, theres a good chance youve seen this meme in one form or another. Heres one example of the meme geared towards photographers:

A look at the Google Trends chart shows how the meme absolutely blew up in late August 2017:

As the craze is dying down a bit, we caught up with photographer Antonio Guillem, the man behind the original stock photo, titled Disloyal man walking with his girlfriend and looking amazed at another seductive girl, to learn more about the shot and the story behind it.

Guillem is a 45-year-old professional advertising photographer based in Barcelona, Spain. For the past 5 years, he has been working 16-hour days, primarily shooting images for microstock agencies.

We are one of the top sellers microstock photographers in the world, Guillem says. 3 years and a half after we started, we were selling 1,600 photos a day.

Guillem says his best-selling photos are currently being purchased over 6,000 times every year, and this meme photo doesnt rank among his most popular work it sells about 700 times a year.



Canons M-i1 Mini Projector Can Beam Your Cameras Photos Wirelessly "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon has launched a new mini projector, the Mini Projector M-i1, that can be used to project photos and video wirelessly without needing a computer.

It measures only 105mm x 105mm x 22mm and weighs just 235 grams, but its able to project 1080p Full HD video over up to 3 meters, producing an 84-inch screen. The minimum distance for projection is 0.5 meters, which will produce a 14-inch screen.

The brightness of the screen is 701lm, and this is done using an LED light which is expected to last for around 10,000 hours of operation.

The projector will work over WiFi or Bluetooth, meaning that it can hook-up to smartphones, tablets, and even WiFi-enabled Canon cameras. This totally bypasses the need for a computer, allowing you to project photos on the fly.

Canon has targeted this new projector at a niche market that includes photographers looking to make presentations outdoors, or perhaps in conferences in open spaces where a larger projector would not be practical.

The projector will be able to read and project data stored in its embedded memory, or via a USB stick. It can be operated by a touchpad and has a built-in battery that lasts 2 hours.

You can even use the projector to charge a mobile phone, just like you would a normal battery pack.

Canon hasnt announced a release date yet, but it will be available at the Canon online store for approx...


This Photo Booth Shoots Professional Headshots for $20 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

IRIS is a new photo booth thats designed to shoot professional portraits of professionals for only $20. Instead of looking like typical photo book snapshots, the portraits are supposed to look like they were shot by a headshot photographer with studio lighting.

You can pay for your shoot on the IRIS website before visiting a booth, or you can make your payment at the booth itself.

Once youre inside the booth, enter your email to get things rolling. The screen will then guide you with instructions and advice for posing.

Your session includes 6 different shots. You can pick one to edit afterward on the screen using professional retouching tools things like teeth whitening, blemish removal, and skin softening.

After youre satisfied with your photos, you can choose to download one high-res photo file from the IRIS website as part of your paid session. If youd like the other 5 photos as well, you can purchase them for an additional $5.

Here are some sample photos that show what the IRIS photo booth can do:



Why to Shoot 2,300 Photos Even if You Only Need 3 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Whats the point in shooting thousands of frames when your client only wants a few? In this 10-minute video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shares his entire process during a shoot and why he takes thousands of different shots.

If youve been commissioned on a shoot, its unlikely that your client wants to publish the thousands of images you may take. But by doing so you provide ample choice for the perfect shot that correctly fits their taste and style.

During a product shoot with a case used for transporting fishing equipment, Morgan shot 2,300 photos for his client.

He started by capturing a number of images of the subject walking away from his car with the case. Morgan captured every moment during a typical fly fishermans day, ensuring that absolutely every angle was covered.

Whats interesting is hearing how he minutely adjusts his angles and settings based on the results he is getting in the field, and that comes from constantly checking his shots on the cameras LCD.

While it may be obvious that shooting more than the single few frames youll ultimately be delivering is a good thing, the most helpful point you can take from this video is all of the different ways you can work to capture one single product effectively.


Is Zenit launching a rebranded Leica SL? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Zenit made some noise lately because they announced they wil launch a new Leica alike mirrorless system camera in 2018. But according to USSRphoto (via Petapixel) this isnt a Leica rival. This is simply going to be a rebranded and

The post Is Zenit launching a rebranded Leica SL? appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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