We’ve done a couple of tutorials on how to edit skin tones and make them look better in Adobe Lightroom, but today we’re sharing a video specifically walking you through how we edited a single image. You’ll see just how simple it really is to get perfect skin tones just by working manually with the color channels. The video is after the jump.
With the announcement of the new Fujifilm X-T10 today, DigitalTev also has a new video to follow up. The camera is marketed at those who don’t reach for higher growing fruit, and Kai notices that immediately by switching out the kit lens to something a bit more serious. He likes the old school SLR feel and realizes that the X-T10 has better autofocus until the X-T1 gets a firmware update in June. However, he states that the eye detection AF doesn’t work and that this camera focuses faster than all of their previous ones.
As far as image quality goes, Kai states that this is the sharpest that you’re going to get with a croppd sensor.
It seems like Micro Four Thirds cameras are never really big secrets; at least that’s what Four Thirds rumors seemed to have right on point with the Panasonic G7. This is the company’s latest camera in their G series and is targeted at enthusiasts by combining the best of come of their other cameras and putting it all into this one. The G7 has the sensor of the GF7 and the processor of the GH4, shoots 4K video, and has improved autofocus performance that Panasonic claims works down to -4 EV.
We put a big emphasis on the word claims there; especially since we spent less than five minutes with the prototype that we handled at the company’s headquarters. The big feature that Panasonic seems to be pushing is the new 4K Photo mode that essentially just snaps full 4K video sized photos.
Providing this camera really can perform like this, it’s bound to win awards and drop jaws–but this camera still has some weird ergonomics.
Last week, we got to play with what’s possibly the future of drones and selfies. It was only a matter of time until someone developed an autonomous drone that followed you around and shot photos and video of it. It’s called the Lily; and when we met with CEO Antoine Balaresque in Central Park, we didn’t exactly know what to expect. The photo above shows a prototype of what the Lily looks like. The Lily is a drone that follows you around while hovering and documenting your life as it happens. To do this, it connects to a little device that you can put in your pocket or in a watersealed watch type thing.
Antoine tells us that the Lily features the same camera as the GoPRO Hero 3; so you know that it’s quality stuff. It shoots 1080p at 60p or 120p at 720p. Alternatively, it can also shoot photos.
To get it going, you simply throw it up in the air and it will take off. To land, you can have it come to your hand or as soon as it hits a surface it will detect that and stop the propellers. Lily is also waterproof up to three feet; so if it drops into the water you shouldn’t be too worried. Lily can record audio but the device that you have on you can also record the audio.
A demo video of the Lily is after the jump. It will initially be available for $499, but will skyrocket up to $999 later on. So consider this a promo deal to get interest.
The idea of 4K video lenses sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it? With modern lens design being so incredibly good and able to resolve loads and loads of detail, why does it matter? Canon developed a video explaining the science behind these lenses in a very interesting way.
Canon’s video breaks it down into four different components and talks about things like lens coatings, contrast, MTF, and resolution. According to the video, the lenses have to be able to resolve a 9MP image of some sort–which pretty much every lens released since 2009 is very capable of doing since that’s when the megapixel war took a very big leap with the release of the Canon 5D Mk II’s 21MP full frame sensor and Sony’s A900 24MP full frame sensor. But if lenses are too sharp, then they create moire (in conjunction with the sensor) and other issues.
What’s really cool is how they explain light loss when beams of light pass through elements on a lens and how coatings helps minimize light loss. The animated video on Canon’s 4K Video Lenses is after the jump.
Forensic photographers have a grisly job. Dealing with gruesome evidence on a daily basis isn’t easy, and the job is becoming eclipsed cheaper digital technology. Nick Marsh has been a forensic photographer for over 20 years, and for him, forensic photography is much more than just cataloguing evidence for presentation in the courtroom.
For Marsh, forensic photography is as mental as it is physical, and he sees evidence everywhere he goes. If he’s at a restaurant, he’ll notice your fingerprints on the glass. He approaches his craft as a photojournalist might, with an attention detail and honesty.
“Technology’s had a massive impact. In reality, it’s decimated the number of photographers employed by police forces. Everybody’s got a phone, an iPad, a compact camera, even a small digital SLR, doesn’t make you a photographer. It just makes you somebody who has a camera,” Marsh says of how digital technology has affected his field.
To listen to Marsh talk about his craft is akin to listening to a great film director or an artist share their musings on the craft and how it’s changed. Check out the video below by David Beazley.