Friday, August 31, 2018

Winners of Arts Council's third annual Photography Show announced - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON -- Wendy Dexter and Avelynn Dick were the top winners in the Mattoon Arts Council's third annual Photography Show held Aug. 23-26 at the Mattoon depot. Dexter, from Humboldt, won Best of Show in the adult category for her photo, “Shoe View.

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How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable - New York Times

We have a responsibility to portray the visceral realities of an often devastating world, but we also have a responsibility to maintain the humanity of the people we photograph. And on this measure we too often fail, especially when it comes to ...

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Apple is now offering free 30-minute over-the-phone photo editing classes

Don’t worry, Mac users. If you suck at editing your photos, Apple has your back with an over-the-phone photo editing class. Yes, that’s right, they’re going to guide you through editing your photos… over the phone. Hey, at least they’re free, right? The sessions last for 30 minutes and you’ll have an Apple Photos “expert” […]

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John McCain's 106-Year-Old Mother Leads His Blended Family of 7 Children in D.C. Memorial Services

Roberta McCain, the 106-year-old mother of the late senator John McCain, was front and center at her son’s memorial services at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

She attended with the rest of her family — including McCain’s two sons, Doug, 58, and Andy, 56, and daughter, Sidney, 51, from his first marriage and four children from his second: Meghan, 33, Jack, 32, Jimmy, 33, and Bridget, 27. Sen. McCain was married to his second wife Cindy for 38 at years at the time of his death.

RELATED: McCain Family Attends Public Viewing to Hug and Exchange Stories with Thousands of Mourners

Pushed in a wheelchair by a uniformed serviceman, Roberta paid respects to her son at his casket draped in an American flag in the center of the Capitol’s rotunda. She was also positioned right next to the podium from which Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave their tributes to the late Arizona Republican.

Roberta McCain

RELATED: John McCain’s Mom, 106, Is ‘Proud’ of His Legacy — But It’s ‘Tough’ to ‘Bury Your Child’: Source

At one point during the service, Robert was seen comforting her granddaughter Meghan, and she also received a special greeting from Vice President Pence before the ceremony began.

The service started with a prayer that praised McCain’s “willingness to speak truth as he understood it, even when it was not politically expedient to do so.”

RELATED: Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence Honor John McCain’s ‘Fighting Spirit’ in U.S. Capitol

Next, McConnell recalled that McCain — who was often his political opponent — had “America’s fighting spirit. … I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege.”

Ryan reminded attendees that “what stands out about John McCain is what he stood for,” adding, “The rich blessings that only freedom can bestow. The sense of purpose that a battle joined can bring. The common humanity that burns in each of our hearts.”

The vice president closed out the speeches with similar sentiments but also shared a story about McCain’s incomparable work ethic.

RELATED: John McCain’s Wife Asks Mourners to Honor Her Husband by Sending Flowers to Hospitalized Veterans

Pence recounted a time he had a day packed with travel and meetings alongside the late six-term senator, who was 20 years his senior. Late that evening, Pence said McCain told him, “Mike, we’ve got a few more meetings tonight. Why don’t you turn in? You look like you could use some rest.”

Pence also shared that “John McCain loved the men and women who served in the uniform and he was a champion of the armed forces throughout his career. … Today he lies in the place where he served last, the United States Congress. Soon he will go to rest in the place where he served first.”

RELATED: John McCain’s 106-Year-Old Mother Will Attend His Funeral on Saturday

Until Thursday, it was unclear if the McCain matriarch would be present for her son’s memorial service because she was recently slowed by a stroke. She also plans to attend McCain’s burial on Saturday, according to NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell.

As Roberta grieves the loss of her son, who died of brain cancer at the age of 81 on Saturday, a close McCain family friend told PEOPLE that she is a “very strong woman” who’s retained her “spunky” spirit.

“She is all there, mentally, and is still going strong at 106,” the friend said. “She outlived her 81-year-old son. That tells you a lot. But it’s a tough blow to bury your child.”

RELATED VIDEO: Senator John McCain Dies at Age 81

The insider noted that while Roberta did not travel to Arizona following Friday’s news that her son would be ceasing medical treatment for glioblastoma — the most aggressive form of brain cancer, with which he was diagnosed in July 2017 — the two did speak on the phone recently, and she knew the extent of her son’s illness.

The friend said Roberta was her son’s “biggest supporter and the leader of his fan club.”

“She was incredibly proud of him,” the source added. “His mommy loved him. He knew that.”

Meghan opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship with Roberta ahead of her November 2017 wedding, four months after her father was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer. When asked about potentially not having her dad at her wedding, The View host immediately thought of the endurance of her grandmother.

RELATED: Meghan McCain Honored Dad John at Her Wedding with His Favorite Foods: Apple Pie and Wild Game

Meghan and John McCainSierra Blanco Photography

“The thing is my grandmother is 105 and still alive and well — my grandma Roberta,” she said. “This sounds arrogant, but it never even occurred to me that I wouldn’t live to be 105 and that all the people in my family wouldn’t live to be 105 because we have this really intensely weird DNA of strong people who live forever. … So you just never think its going to be your family member, but … nobody knows what the future brings.”

McCain’s body will lie in the rotunda for a public viewing, and on Saturday, a service will be held in the war hero’s honor at Washington National Cathedral. Finally, McCain will be buried in the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after a private memorial service.

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Getting Into Slow Motion Photography For Epic Marketing -- Check Out The Virts - Forbes

It seems a bit ironic that a high-speed camera is needed to make slow motion video. If you have been on YouTube or nearly any social media platform in the last few years, you have likely seen the results – which are nearly always mesmerizing, and ...

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Seeing Red

Okay, this should be an easy one for you. All you need to do to participate in this week’s photography challenge is come up with something red!

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

That could mean finding a red subject, making your own (oil and water and dye) or using a selective color technique to remove all the other tints in the image except for red.

Weekly Photography Challenge – The Color Red

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

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Seven quick cinematography lessons that will make you a better filmmaker

If you are into filmmaking, there are plenty of ways to improve your work and to make the shooting more successful and efficient. In this video from StudioBinder, Brent Barbano of ShareGrid gives you seven quick, but very valuable lessons that will help you raise your filmmaking on a higher level. 1. Just shoot The […]

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Instagram photography awards dominated by dog entries, in pictures -

Ahead of the shortlist announcement on Friday 7th September, the judges of the inaugural Photobox Instagram Photography Awards have revealed that a huge 5,000 out of the 180,000 entries were of dogs. The camera-loving dogs range from Nelson, ...

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Seatrade INFOCUS photography competition now open for entries - Travel Daily News International

The second edition of the Seatrade INFOCUS Photography Competition, held in conjunction with Seatrade Maritime Middle East - the maritime meeting place for the Middle East held biennially in Dubai – announced that budding, amateur photographers from ...

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Your self-doubt might be coming from imposter syndrome

I don’t deserve to be writing this because there are more capable people who can speak more eloquently than I can that can deliver this message to you. This is exact thought that went through my head as I was writing this blog post because I’m not the best writer. It took 10 minutes just […]

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Nikon repairs may be invalidating your insurance and future warranty

So, this is an interesting one and not something I’ve come across before. But a British photographer we spoke to reports having had serial numbers in his Nikon lenses changed after sending them in to be repaired by Nikon Professional Services in the UK. He says that Nikon told him they sometimes have to replace the […]

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Building a photography career on three cheap lenses

Photography is one of few industries where perception of skill feels quite so inextricably linked with equipment. For a lot of people, the start of their interest in photography is tied directly to the gear they buy: working out just enough about how aperture works to want to invest in a fast 50, getting enough […]

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Stunning high-res photo of a stellar nursery

Carina Nebula

Astronomers using an infrared telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile recently released an infrared photo of the Carina Nebula that shows the inner workings of the star factory “as never before”.

This spectacular image of the Carina nebula reveals the dynamic cloud of interstellar matter and thinly spread gas and dust as never before. The massive stars in the interior of this cosmic bubble emit intense radiation that causes the surrounding gas to glow. By contrast, other regions of the nebula contain dark pillars of dust cloaking newborn stars.

This is a massive image…the original is 140 megapixels (<- that’s a 344MB download). Phil Plait notes that it may contain about 1 million stars and gives a bit of background on what we’re looking at here:

The colors you see here are not what you’d see with your eye, since it’s all infrared. What’s shown as blue is actually 0.88 microns, or a wavelength just outside what your eye can see. Green is really 1.25 microns and red is 2.15, so both are well into the near-infrared.

Even in the infrared, a lot of gas and dust still are visible. That’s because there’s a whole bunch of it here. And it’s not just randomly strewn around; patterns are there when you look for them.

For example, in this subimage you can see long, skinny triangles of dust. These are formed when very thick clots of dust are near very luminous stars. The wind and fierce blast of ultraviolet light from the stars erode away at the clump and also flow around it. They’re like sandbars in a stream! This is the same mechanism that made the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle nebula, and they’re common in star-forming nebulae.

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Histogram or Artistic Expression: What Matters Most?

How literally should you interpret a histogram? Where do the lines intersect between artistic expression and photographic technicalities? It’s important to first recognize that a histogram is nothing more than a mathematical representation.

A histogram doesn’t grasp the concept of what looks good versus what looks bad and it certainly doesn’t equate your artistic vision into its calculations either. It wasn’t until I became fully aware of how a histogram operates that I was able to determine where my own artistic expression overcomes the technical side of photography.

If you look up the definition of histogram you’ll discover this: “A graphical representation of the tonal values of an image.” With that said, I see two use cases for the histogram: as an in-camera exposure guide and a reference tool used during post-processing.

In camera, I use this as a means to quickly determine “acceptable” exposure and to ensure that I’m not losing any detail in the highlights or shadows of my image.

When it comes to post-processing images in Lightroom, you’ll notice a combination of the luminance (grey) and RGB histogram. This might look intimidating at first, but once you spend some time with it, you’ll quickly become comfortable with the information it provides. Along the X-axis, moving from left to right, you have black tones, shadows, mid-tones, highlights and whites..simple as that!

I find the most useful histogram feature in Lightroom to be the clipping indicators that allow you to easily identify areas of your image that have clipped or “blown out” highlights or shadows. In order to see this use the shortcut key (J) to toggle the indicators on and off. Clipped highlights are displayed in red and clipped shadows are visible in blue.

Below is the final image after some additional edits and resolving the clipped areas, notice the difference in the before and after histogram.

So where does this leave us? Once you’re comfortable with how to translate a histogram and understand how to use the resulting information during post-processing, it becomes easier to discern between your artistic vision and the exposure technicalities.

The below example illustrates this point well. This is a RAW file from a recent backpacking trip where I envisioned a dark, subdued image with a moody edge to it, as you can see it’s quite underexposed with a large amount of shadow clipping which I was able to correct.

If I hold down ‘Shift’ and double click ‘Exposure’, Lightroom indicates that according to the histogram this image requires over 3.5 additional stops of exposure in order to “properly” expose the photo — below is the result.

This is obviously not what I envisioned the end result to appear like. Below is the final edit I landed on that closely aligns with my original artistic vision for the scene. If you were to look only at the histogram, you could easily draw the conclusion that this photo was underexposed, but in reality, it’s exactly how I envisioned the end result — I love it!

I believe we all have similar images and situations as this in our portfolios where the photo may not be “technically” sound, but it matches the output in our minds and at the end of the day, that’s really all that truly matters.

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About the author: Mark Denney is a landscape photographer based in North Carolina. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Baltimore street photographers share tips for improving your Instagram game and capturing the city - Baltimore Sun (blog)

In the age of Instagram, everyone thinks they're a photographer. But good photography comes with practice, technique and some consideration. We turn to some of the area's better-known street photographers for tips on capturing Baltimore and sprucing up ...

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Sony launches HX99 and HX95, the smallest compact cameras yet with 720 mm zoom

For all of you who want to travel light and don’t take photos with a smartphone, Sony has just launched two new compact cameras: HX99 and HX95. Both of them feature a 30x, which isn’t new for compact cameras. But the difference is that the 24-720 mm equivalent lens is placed in the tiniest body […]

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Canon’s new “EOS R” mirrorless camera to come with four new “RF” mount lenses

According to serial-leakers Nokishita, Canon’s new mirrorless camera will be announced at some point during the next four weeks. They’ve just posted a list for new product announcements coming in September that includes a new “EOS R” camera, along with four “RF” mount lenses, along with a few EF and EF-M lenses. We’ve been hearing […]

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Tamron’s upgraded 15-30mm f/2.8 lens promises better image quality, improved AF and vibration compensation

Tamron has introduced a new and improved version of their 15-30mm f/2.8 lens. The SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 promises a lot of improvements over its predecessor. Some of them include better overall image quality, as well as faster and more accurate AR and improved VC (vibration compensation). So, let’s jump in and […]

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Tamron introduces 2nd-generation 15-30mm F2.8 full-frame lens for Canon and Nikon

Tamron has updated its SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD lens with new elements and coatings, a more powerful autofocus CPU and an enhanced Vibration Correction system.

The use of XGM (eXpanded glass-molded aspherical) and low-dispersion elements reduce distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations, according to Tamron, while an AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) coating handles ghosting and flare. The lens is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to keep water and oil off of the front element. The 15-30 F2.8 has nine rounded aperture blades.

A Dual Multi-Processing Unit and new algorithms have boosting AF speed and precision, and the VC system now corrects for up to 4.5 stops of shake. The 15-30 has a minimum focus distance of 28cm (11"), a magnification of 0.2x and support for rear gel filters on the Canon model. It supports Tamron's TAP-in Console for making fine adjustments to autofocus and Vibration Correction.

The Nikon FX-mount lens will ship first on September 21st, with the Canon EF-mount version coming about three weeks later. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 G2 will be priced at $1299.

Press Release

Tamron Announces A New Advanced, Super High-Quality, Fast, Ultra-Wideangle Zoom Lens

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041)

August 31, 2018, Commack, New York— Tamron announces the launch of a new high-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041), for full-frame DSLR cameras. The new model will be available in Nikon mount on September 21st and in Canon mount October 12th at a suggested retail price of $1299.

With a well-established reputation for ultra-high-quality wideangle zoom lenses with its Model A012, Tamron carries on the tradition of high optical performance with the new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041). By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element, as well as multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, the distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations so common in wideangle shooting have been greatly minimized. Furthermore, a newly developed AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating has been applied to reduce ghosting and flare more thoroughly than ever before. The optical performance in this high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens is outstanding. In addition, the built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) enables vastly improved AF speed and precision and image stabilization. This is a next-generation super high-quality, high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens with first-rate optics and a wide range of features that serve to revitalize the user’s shooting experience. With the release of this model, three of Tamron’s high-speed F/2.8 zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) are now G2 (Generation 2).


1. Super high-quality high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens
The Model A041 is an F/2.8 ultra-wideangle lens with a focal length starting at 15mm that offers high resolution even in the peripheral area of the image. By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to curtail distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations, Tamron has achieved a degree of resolution throughout the range that is just as good as a fixed focal length lens.

2. Newly developed AX Coating
The AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating, especially effective for wideangle lenses that tend to let in harmful light from peripheral areas, was developed to control rays that affect image quality. It is a revolutionary new proprietary coating developed in-house by Tamron using specialized deposition technology. The new coating keeps the reflection factor for peripheral areas at the same high level as that for the center area, not only overcoming standard curvature issues, but even overcoming the problems of conventionally produced convex surface with large curvatures for which uniform deposition has always proved difficult to achieve. Furthermore, the Model A041, along with eBand (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating utilizing nanotechnology, and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, makes effective use of three different types of coatings, thereby enabling unsurpassed curtailment of ghosting and flare and consequently enabling superlative, exceptionally clear image quality edge to edge.

3. High-speed, high-precision AF
Superb AF speed and precision is delivered by equipping the lens with a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system and employing an enhanced AF control algorithm to improve performance. The AF drive uses proprietary Tamron technology, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), enabling high torque, high response, and silent operation. And because it comes with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, manual focus adjustments can be made on the fly.

4. VC promises sharp images for all varieties of shooting
Tamron released the first high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens in the world equipped with a VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, the original Model A012. The new Model A041 has been further improved with a newly developed VC mechanism that surpasses former versions and reaches 4.5 stops , according to CIPA standards. This makes it possible to shoot sharp photos over a wide range of photographic scenes, including indoor and outdoor shots as well as handheld shots at stopped-down aperture settings for landscape photography.

5. Rear filter holder
The Model A041 made for use on Canon (EF-mount) cameras comes with a filter holder as a standard feature that lets you insert gelatin and other sheet filters into the rear side of the lens. This makes photography using filters much easier and simpler by overcoming the problem of the curvature of the front lens elements that made shooting with filters so difficult in the past.

6. Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
Abrasion resistance capability has been vastly improved on the new Model A041. The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.

7. The new design provides greater operability and design consistency
With the new SP design applied, Model A041 shares the same feel of high quality and operability as the other two models in this series, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025). Tamron has merged beautiful craftsmanship with intuitive design in this new high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens. Even details like the shape of the switch box, distance-scale window, and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality, as well as design. The result is a next-generation lens that’s easy to use yet loaded with cutting-edge technology.

8. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A041 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens’s firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.

9. Moisture-Resistant Construction
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

10. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 specifications
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 15–30 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4.5 stop(s)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX)
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 18
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings 2 eXpanded glass molded aspherical + 1 molded glass aspherical + 3 aspherical elements, Anti-reflection eXpand + BBAR + fluorine coatings
Minimum focus 0.28 m (11.02″)
Maximum magnification 0.2×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 1110 g (2.45 lb)
Diameter 98 mm (3.86″)
Length 145 mm (5.71″)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter notes Canon version accepts rear gel filters
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No

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Photographer Devin Allen shares tips for street photography - Baltimore Sun (blog)

Baltimore Sun (blog)
"When you create, create for yourself, and just hope people like it," says photographer Devin Allen. While doing a photoshoot of some vacant houses, he shares some of his photography tips. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun video). "When you create, create ...

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40 Movies About Photography - Resource Magazine

a 60's film with a cult following status, this film follows Thomas a fashion photographer played by David Hemmings, who discovers he accidentally captured a murder on film in the background of one of the images while he's developing it in the darkroom.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

It's all about the details for married Naples photographers, Meli and Matt Neubek - Naples Daily News

A diamond ring catches the light. A bouquet of purple flowers stands out over a stark white dress. A groom smiles big when he sees his bride for the first time. It's all about the details for Matt and Melissa "Meli" Neubek, a married couple who live in ...

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Laowa's probe lens gives a bug's eye view, even underwater

Macro probe lens isn't exactly a new idea, and in fact, it's a favorite tool amongst underwater photographers. For those who prefer sticking to the land, though, they now have an option. Laowa, a brand known for its special photography lenses, is lev...

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Polaroid launches new “Mint” digital pocket printer & 2-in-1 instant digital camera

Polaroid has today announced two new products. There’s the Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 instant digital camera & printer and the Polaroid Mint instant digital pocket printer. The Mint 2-in-1 is a digital camera aimed at selfie shooters. It even features an “integrated selfie mirror”. The Mint pocket printer is for use with your smartphone or tablet. […]

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The Indonesian customized Vespa scene is straight out of Mad Max

Indonesia Vespa 01

Indonesia Vespa 02

Festivals dedicated to the celebration and modification of Vespa scooters are held in various places around Indonesia. Photographer Darren Whiteside traveled to these festivals to capture the “extreme Vespa” scene going on there. I love the creativity and ingenuity on display here. For more, here’s a video tour of the 2018 festival in Kediri.

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Tags: Darren Whiteside   Indonesia   photography   remix   Vespa

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Updated firmware for Fujifilm X-T100 and X-A5 include two new filters, square capture mode

Fujifilm has new firmware updates for its X-A5 and X-T100 mirrorless cameras. The updates include new and updated features in addition to a number of bug fixes.

First up is the Fujifilm X-A5. Firmware version 1.20 adds two new Advance Filters called 'Rich & Fine' and 'Monochrome [NIR].' The 'Rich & Fine' filter is made for food and still life photography, with an emphasis on saturated colors and a slight vignette. As the name suggests, the 'Monochrome [NIR]' filter simulates the look of a near-infrared camera through selective toning of the scene.

Also included in the update is a new Square Mode, which enables 1:1 format capture and improved autofocus accuracy in AF-C mode when the shutter is half-pressed. A bug that caused the highlight warning not to show in the Info display has also been squashed, alongside a few others.

Onto the X-T100, firmware version 1.10 adds the same two new Advance Filters, Square capture mode, improved autofocus accuracy in AF-C mode present in the X-A5 firmware update. Fujifilm has also made the default ISO setting when switching between P, S, A, M, Adv modes 'Auto.'

Fujifilm also fixed an issue with the autofocus frame shifting when zooming in on the focus position display. Other bug fixes, including the aforementioned highlight warning issue, have been included as well.

You can download firmware version 1.20 for the X-A5 and firmware version 1.10 for the X-T100 on Fujifilm's website. Installation instructions are found on the bottom of the respective update pages.

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This Guy is a Professional Divorce Photographer

As the wedding photography industry gets more and more saturated with competition, some photographers may switch over into different niches that aren’t as hot. Here’s a 1.5-minute video that offers a glimpse into the work of Tom Byrd, a professional divorce photographer.

“For a lot of people, the day their divorce is finalized is the new happiest day of their life,” Byrd says in the Comedy Central “Mini-Mock” (wink wink). “I encourage people to get personal, vulnerable.”

Byrd says he sometimes takes the couple back to the location of their first big fight to rekindle “that energy.” And instead of shooting a wedding party, Byrd’s subjects are often happy divorce lawyers.

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McCain Family Attends Public Viewing to Hug and Exchange Stories with Thousands of Mourners

Sen. John McCain‘s children and members of the public mourned his death, together, at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday evening.

After attending a private ceremony for family and friends in the afternoon, three of McCain’s seven children — Sidney, Jack and Jimmy — returned to the rotunda to hug and share stories with those waiting in line at the public viewing. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, some 12,000-15,000 waited in line to say goodbye in the sweltering heat, CBS News reported.

Emotional footage from a local NBC station showed mourners thanking the children for their father’s service and Sidney, 51, telling one woman waiting in line, “It’s so incredible that all of you are here.” Another man could be heard telling Sidney, “It’s the least that we can do for a great man like that.”

Meanwhile Jack, 32, made the rounds offering hugs and handshakes, including one to a little boy holding an American flag.

The family and friends of John McCain paid their respects to the late six-term senator and decorated veteran earlier Wednesday, during a private memorial service at the state capitol.

Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, and Cindy McCain, his wife of 38 years, were both at the service and wept over his casket. At one point, Cindy tenderly placed her cheek against the flag draped over her husband’s coffin.

RELATED: Meghan McCain Breaks Down in Tears Over Her Father’s Casket as Senator’s Funeral Services Begin

The McCain family announced on Friday that the six-term Arizona senator had decided, “with his usual strength of will,” to discontinue medical treatment for stage-four brain cancer.

Just one day later, McCain died at the age of 81.

RELATED VIDEO: Senator John McCain Dies at Age 81

McCain will lie in state at the state capitol through Thursday. There will then be a public procession to carry his casket to the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a 10 a.m. local time service. Senator McCain’s family and friends, along with state, local and tribal officials, and business and civic leaders from across Arizona were invited to attend.

There will then be a public viewing in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday afternoon before the casket is transported to Maryland for a private service at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday.

RELATED: John McCain’s 2008 Running Mate Sarah Palin Is Not Invited to His Funeral: ‘It’s Sad’

Following her father’s death, Meghan, 33, shared a touching tribute on social media.

“In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things,” she wrote. “He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman — and he showed me what it is to be a man.”

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“All that I am is thanks to him,” she continued in her tribute. “Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love. My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad — but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.”

RELATED: Meghan McCain Shares Touching Tribute to Late Father: ‘All That I Am Is Thanks to Him’

Cindy also mourned the loss on social media. “My heart is broken,” tweeted Cindy, 64, minutes after her family announced the late senator’s death.

“I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” she continued. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”

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Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

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When it comes to creating a serene living space, Medellín-based firm Opus Studio put nature first in their design for the gorgeous Gozu House. Located in the small Colombian province of Antioquia, which sits in the Andes mountains, the home blends into its stunning natural environment with help from its natural stone cladding and expansive green roofs.

Sitting at an altitude of 7,200 feet, the 5,000-square-foot family home sits nested into a lush, green valley within the Andes Mountain range. The structure is comprised of three main modules, topped with two undulating green roofs meeting at the center module. The home’s jagged silhouette is designed to mimic the the mountains in the background. one story home with glass entrance

Related: A striking timber home with a green roof disappears into a Mexican forest

The Gozu House has a subtle presence thanks to its low, elongated volume, which, along with the natural pine wood and stone cladding, virtually camouflages the structure into its natural environment. The entrance of the home sits between the two “wings” of the design. Once inside, the entryway extends into a winding corridor that wraps around the interior, leading to the central living area and the exterior.

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Large glass panels and sliding doors provide a seamless connection with the outdoor space throughout the home’s layout. At the heart of the design is an open-air courtyard with a swimming pool surrounded by a large wooden deck –  a fun entertainment area for socializing.

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To create a home that was energy-efficient, the architects relied on a number of passive strategies. For instance, the main living space is oriented to the east to take advantage of the day’s sunlight while the bedrooms face the West to provide shade and privacy. Although the dual green roofs certainly play a part in connecting the home to its surroundings, they also provide an insulative thermal inertia for the living space, reducing the home’s energy needs.

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Photography and video by Isaac Ramírez Marín via Opus Studio

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The best iPhone vlogging microphone under $80 – DIYP reviews the RODE ME-L vlogging mic

When it comes to vlogging with just your phone, the first thing you should buy is a microphone. The native audio from the iPhone is not stellar, to say the least. And a good microphone is the fastest way to bump the quality of a phone video. While for work we use RODE’s  $289 Videomic Pro Plus, […]

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Three reasons why you don’t have to be a pro photographer to make great photos

What does it mean to be a professional photographer? Many people will assume that the tag “professional” automatically means that you take amazing photos. But is it true that only pros are great photographers? In this great video, Mark Denney discusses three reasons why you don’t have to be a professional to still take great […]

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting Nature Photography

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How do you, as a beginning nature photographer, go about improving? How do you ensure that you gain useful skills as rapidly as possible so that you can start shooting professional quality nature photography?

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In reality, it’s often difficult for the beginner to recognize how they should learn nature photography.

But I myself am a nature photographer, and looking back the answers to these questions are clear. So I thought I’d make a tutorial that discusses several things I wish I had known at the beginning of my nature photography journey.

Read on. The sooner you know these things, the sooner you’ll begin to take consistently stunning images.

1. Photograph every day

The first thing I wish I had known when starting nature photography is extremely simple,

Photograph every day!

I cannot emphasize this enough.

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If you’re truly serious about improving as a nature photographer, you should try to take at least one photograph of nature, every single day. It doesn’t matter if you take it with your DSLR or your iPhone. Just get out and shoot.

You’ve likely heard that practice makes perfect, and this is part of that. But there’s more to it. By photographing every day, you’ll ensure that your artistic eye remains strong.

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What do I mean by that? If you photograph every day, thinking about light, color, and composition will become second nature. You’ll start to see photographic opportunities everywhere.

This is exactly where you want to be as a nature photographer.

2. View the type of photography you want to create


This is a huge one, as well. If you want to create great nature photography, you have to view great nature photography.

When you view amazing photography, you develop an eye for light, color, and composition without even realizing it.

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This is an essential skill for a budding nature photographer. Plus, there’s an added bonus – it’s really fun!

Start by looking up the type of photographs that you’d like to create. You can use a well-organized site like 500PX. Or you can just use Google. The important thing is that you find photography to look at for inspiration.

For instance, if you’re an up-and-coming macro photographer, try viewing the portfolios of photographers such as Mike Moats and Kristel Schneider.

If you’re a beginning landscape photographer, look at the work of Ian Plant and Thomas Heaton.

If you’re a budding wildlife photographer, look to photographers such as Marsel Van Oosten and Matthew Studebaker.

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Then expand from there.

The purpose isn’t to memorize their images so that you can copy them in the field. Rather, the goal is to appreciate great imagery, while recognizing (if only subconsciously) what makes it great.

The goal is also to get inspired.

3. Light matters more than you think

I’ve emphasized the need to practice photography every day, and that truly is essential. However, when practicing, there’s something extremely important you need to consider. That is the light.

I’ll state it plainly. Photograph the two hours after sunrise, the two hours before sunset, and during midday only if it’s cloudy.

Otherwise, stay indoors.

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This generally takes some retraining of the brain. It’s easy to think to yourself, “It’s such a nice sunny afternoon; I should get out and photograph!”

But you need to resist this thought. Because photographing during a sunny afternoon will result in harsh, contrasty images that are almost never desirable in nature photography.

Start spending time observing the quality of the light. Notice how nicely illuminated your subject is when the sun is low in the sky. Notice how lovely and soft the light is on a cloudy afternoon. Notice how harsh the light is under the midday sun.

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As a beginning photographer, I often forgot about this rule. So my photographs paid the price. I have thousands upon thousands of photographs that are simply unusable because of the harsh sunlight.

Memorize the rule. You may not be able to see such a difference in your images at present. But in a few years, you’ll thank me!

4. Gear matters less than you think

While light is more important than you think, gear is also less important than you may imagine.

You might think that gear is essential. You may ask me, “Jaymes, if my gear really isn’t important, then why do you spend so much time reading gear reviews and upgrading your equipment?”

But my response is this: gear does matter. High-quality lenses will allow you to capture the detail on a singing bird or the movement of sparring polar bears.

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High-quality cameras will allow you to photograph a wolf under the cover of twilight or a hawk flying directly above.

Yet gear is nothing without the photographers that wield it. A good photographer can get stunning images with any equipment. Whereas a bad photographer cannot create stunning images, regardless of their gear.

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So focus less on making sure you have the right equipment. Instead, practice using the equipment you do have. Try to eke out as much as you can from it.

Eventually, if you work hard enough, you will get beautiful images, high-quality gear or not.

5. Most of the images you take will be terrible

Beginning nature photographers often have a dangerous misconception about nature photography. That is that the best photographers rarely take bad images.

This belief can lead to discouragement on the part of the budding photographer.

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This type of abstract photograph comes amid a huge number of deleted images.

After looking through your memory card, to find that only you’ve managed to nail a single image (out of a hundred!), you may want to give up.



Because most of the early images you take will be terrible, and that’s okay. This is true for nature photographers of all levels. Of course, at the higher levels, the nature photographer’s standards are higher, but the tip still applies.

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This is true for me, as well.

I go on dozens of photo shoots each month and take around 600 images per shoot. Yet I’m happy if I get a single image..

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Photography by Kristin Dillon to exhibit at Gibbs Library - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

WASHINGTON — The photographic work of Kristin Dillon will be on view through Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road. Dillon is a 29-year-old photographer from Minnesota.

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This is the long and wonderful story of ending up right back where you started. It dawned on me the other day that I am in the exact same place today that I was twenty years ago. And I'm okay with that. Let me explain. Normally when one says that they ...

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Samsung announces the new X5 super fast 2.8GB/sec external SSD

Portable external SSDs are still in their fairly early days, as far as adoption goes. But that isn’t stopping companies like Samsung from making them bigger and faster already. Samsung’s T3 and T5 SSDs have proven to be quite popular, but the new Samsung X5 SSD really takes it to the extreme offering transfer speeds […]

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Bokeh or Nokeh – What Is Your Preference (and Does It Really Matter)?

So I’m down at the dock at the cottage and I decided that I wanted to snap a photo of my coffee to post a fairly typical, quick and easy Instagram banger. Since the purpose of this photo was straight to social, I arranged the composition and then pulled out my phone to snap the […]

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Nikon’s New D3500 is its Lightest and ‘Friendliest’ DSLR Ever

Nikon has announced the new D3500, the lightest and “friendliest” DSLR ever made by the company. The entry-level camera replaces the D3400 and is nearly identical internally. Outwardly, however, the D3500 is noticeably more portable.

Like the D3400, the D3500 features a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED image processor, 5fps continuous shooting, a native ISO range of 100-25600, an 11-point autofocus system, an in-camera Guide Mode for beginners, Effects Modes for creative styles, a pop-up flash, Full HD 1080p 60fps video recording, SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen.

The top of the new D3500 The top of the previous D3400, which the smaller D3500 replaces.

The main thing that’s different between D3500 and D3400 is the smallest size and redesigned user interface. The D3500 features a body design that’s extremely similar to the D5600 except for a few button placement differences and the lack of a Vari-Angle touchscreen. The playback button is larger, and the most frequently-used controls are all found on the right side of the LCD screen now.

The back of the new D3500 The back of the D3400.

These physical changes have made the D3500 about 0.24in (5.5mm) thinner (2.76in/70mm vs 3in/75.5mm) and 1.06oz (30g) lighter (12.87oz/365g vs 13.93oz/395g).

And while the D3400 is rated for 1,200 shots per charge, the increased battery life of the D3500 gives it a 29% boost to 1,550 shots per charge.

“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” says Nikon EVP Jay Vannatter. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”

Here are some official sample photos captured with the new D3500:

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The Nikon D3500 will be available with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $500 or with the 18-55mm and an additional 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lens for $850. Both bundles will hit store shelves in September 2018.

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Creative Recovery: Art and photography offer hope and understanding - The Laconia Daily Sun

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Polaroid's OneStep+ makes instant photography even more fun with app connectivity - Mashable

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#1518: Drone Photography, Carrying Tradition Across The Border - WAMC

On this week's 51%, a drone photographer endeavors to get more women into the field while another photographer tells her subjects to lose the smile. And a transgender woman makes history in the world of politics. I'm Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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