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Compress Your Images Without Compromising Quality with Squoosh

Images on the web have been increasing in size throughout the years, and the displays we are viewing these images on have followed suit accordingly. High resolution desktop monitors and large mobile phone displays have become the norm, but unless you’re paying for the fastest internet plan, chances are these large images online will still take a second to load. This is where the recently launched browser utility Squoosh comes in. An open sourced project created by the fine folks over at Google Chrome Labs, Squoosh promises to “make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser.”...
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Seven Reasons Flash Is Superior to Natural Light for Portrait Photography

With the number of portrait photographers proclaiming that they only shoot in natural light perplexingly on the rise, one begs to question why someone wouldn’t want to have full control over how they lit their portrait subjects. This is something that photographer Craig Beckta addressed in his latest video, where he shares the seven reasons why he believes flash is better for portraits than natural light....
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Review: Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (Sony FE Mount)

Announced back in September of this year, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the latest entry joining Sony’s premium G Master lens lineup. At press time, it also happen to be the lightest and most compact G Master lens as well, barely tipping the scales at a mere 15.7 oz (445 g). Exceptionally sharp from corner to corner even when shooting wide open thanks to a pair of extreme aspherical glass elements, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is also capable of producing some truly dreamy bokeh courtesy of its circular aperture design that incorporates 11 blades. This combination makes this lens one of the most versatile wide angle native lenses available for Sony E mount, with lots to love for landscape shooters, astrophotographers, street shooters, and environmental portraitists alike. Since we only got to spend a few hours with the 24mm G Master in San Francisco back when it was first unveiled during a behind closed doors media briefing, we were excited to finally get our review unit in so that we can put the lens through more exhaustive testing on our own terms....
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Comparing the Dynamic Range of the Sony A7 III, Canon EOS R, Fujifilm XT-3, and Nkon Z7

When we look back at 2018 in the future, we will remember this year as the year that the photography industry moved full steam into the mirrorless world. Never before have we had so many compelling mirrorless camera options on the market at the same time, with the Sony A7III being the first one to be announced back in February of this year at WPPI, followed by the Nikon Z7, Canon EOS R, and the Fujifilm XT-3 being announced within mere days of one another later on during the summer. Photographer Michael Andrew recently did a comparison of the dynamic range between these four mirrorless cameras in his latest video, which you can view after the jump....
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The New Capture One 12 Introduces UI Enhancements, Plugins, and More

Earlier today, Phase One announced the release of Capture One 12, a major version update to the company’s RAW conversion, image editing, and asset management software. With the release of version 12, Capture One’s user interface has been completely overhauled while maintaining the program’s high degree of customizability, including a brand new menu system as well as a keyboard shortcut manager. Additionally, Capture One 12 also introduces three new masking tools for added creative possibilities when processing RAW files: Luma Range (Luminosity) Masking, Linear Gradient Masking, and Radial Gradient Masking. Another enhancement introduced with Capture One 12 is a new Capture One Plugins ecosystem, allowing third party developers to expand the functionalities of Capture One. Fujifilm support was first introduced with Capture One 11.3, and with Capture One 12, Fujifilm support is further enhanced with the introduction of Fujifilm Film Simulations support....
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First Impressions: Nikon Z6 (A More Affordable, Lower Resolution Z7)

When Nikon first announced that they were finally entering the Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless camera market with the Z6 and Z7 back in August of this year, only the 45.7MP Z7 was initially available. From a business standpoint, it certainly made sense that Nikon would want to release the top end Z7 first as demand for the brand new camera system would surely skyrocket, especially since Nikon was playing catchup when it comes to Mirrorless. Fast forward to today, three months after initial announcement, the Z6 is finally available. With a more modest resolution of 24.5MP and a lower autofocus point count of 273, but boasting faster frame rates (12 FPS in the Z6 vs 9 FPS  in the Z7) and double the ISO sensitivity (a maximum of 51,200, expandable to 204,800 in the Z6 vs a maximum of 25,600, expandable to 102,400 in the Z7), pricing for the Nikon Z6 is also much more reasonable, coming in at only US $1995.95 compared to the Z7’s US $3,399.95. Nikon recently invited us down to Florida to test out the brand new Nikon Z6 in a variety of different conditions, and our experiences so far have been fairly positive. Despite having a lower resolution and autofocus points, the Z6 may actually be the Mirrorless camera that will suit the needs of more photographers when compared to the Z7, especially if you’ve already got a good selection of F mount lenses and are looking to stay with Nikon while moving into the Mirrorless world....
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Samsung Launches Affordable Large Capacity 860 QVO SSDs

Samsung aims to make the storage capacity vs performance tradeoff a non-issue with their new affordable & high capacity Samsung 860 QVO series of SSDs....
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Review: WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel (It Hauls a Ton of Stuff)

The WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel holds a ton of stuff for photographers on the go. There are lots of options on the market when it comes to hauling our photography gear around. Small messenger bags are great if I’m just getting around town and traveling light with only a single camera body paired with a...
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New Drobo 8D Includes Thunderbolt 3 and Intelligent Volume Management

During a behind closed doors meeting earlier this year at PhotoPlus Expo, we got to sit down with Drobo’s Chief Technology Officer Rod Harrison to learn about the brand new Drobo 8D Direct Attached Storage (DAS) that the company just officially announced today. Designed with creative professionals in mind, the Drobo 8D DAS is a very easy to operate, nearly plug and play Direct Attached Storage device that features impressive performance while ensuring ease of use for creatives that may not have a background in managing enterprise level storage devices. The 8D is also the first Drobo product to have Intelligent Volume Management built in, supporting a maximum volume size of 128TB, and is also the first 8 Bay Drobo device to include an SSD Accelerator Bay for Hot Data Caching. The Drobo 8D is the first new product from the company after it was acquired by StorCentric, and reflects the parent company’s commitment to building world-class customer-centric storage products. We look forward to reviewing the Drobo 8D as soon as review units are available. Full press release after the jump....
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First Impressions: Viltrox PFU RBMH 20mm f1.8 ASPH (Sony FE)

When Viltrox extended an invitation for us to check out their brand new line of lenses at this year’s Photo Plus Expo, our interest was certainly piqued. Up until this point, China-based Viltrox’s focus has been on the manufacturing of photography accessories like lens mount adapters, external monitors, speedlights, and LED lighting. We were quite eager to see how they fared with their first foray into lens manufacturing. As of right now, all of the lenses that Viltrox is working on are designed for Fujifilm and Sony mirrorless camera systems, which includes the Viltrox PFU RBMH 20mm f1.8 ASPH (Sony FE, manual only), Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f1.8 (Sony FE, manual only), and the Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f1.8 STM (Fuji X and Sony FE, autofocus). At their booth at Photo Plus, Viltrox had both the 20mm and 85mm Sony FE manual lenses as well as the Fuji X mount version of the autofocus 85mm STM lens on display, with the manual lenses being the only functional prototypes. Viltrox’s explained that the we should expect the finalized version of the autofocus Fuji lens by the end of this year, with the Sony version arriving sometime during Q1 of 2019. Due to our extremely packed schedule at Photo Plus, we only got to spend some very limited hands on time with the prototype lenses, this first impressions article will focus on the Viltrox PFU RBMH 20mm f1.8 ASPH manual focus prime lens for Sony E-Mount....
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First Impressions: Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 (Sony FE)

When Viltrox extended an invitation for us to check out their brand new line of lenses at this year’s Photo Plus Expo, our interest was certainly piqued. Up until this point, China-based Viltrox’s focus has been on the manufacturing of photography accessories like lens mount adapters, external monitors, speedlights, and LED lighting. We were quite eager to see how they fared with their first foray into lens manufacturing. As of right now, all of the lenses that Viltrox is working on are designed for Fujifilm and Sony mirrorless camera systems, which includes the Viltrox PFU RBMH 20mm f1.8 ASPH (Sony FE, manual only), Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f1.8 (Sony FE, manual only), and the Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f1.8 STM (Fuji X and Sony FE, autofocus). At their booth at Photo Plus, Viltrox had both the 20mm and 85mm Sony FE manual lenses as well as the Fuji X mount version of the autofocus 85mm STM lens on display, with the manual lenses being the only functional prototypes. Viltrox’s explained that the we should expect the finalized version of the autofocus Fuji lens by the end of this year, with the Sony version arriving sometime during Q1 of 2019. Due to our extremely packed schedule at Photo Plus, we only got to spend some very limited hands on time with the prototype lenses, this first impressions article will focus on the Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f1.8 for Sony E-Mount....
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Capturing the Spirit of Fall Through Creative Photography

For many photographers in the northern hemisphere, the Fall is a favorite time of year to go out and create some photographs. Leaving the sweltering summer heat in the rear view mirror, it’s much more comfortable for photographers to be out and about with their gear during the Autumn months without having to worry about sweating through their clothes every five minutes. Autumn also brings about a variety of changes that provide added visual interest for photographers. Once verdant leaves take on hues of golden amber and deep crimson as the warming scents of spices from teas, coffees, and baked goods fill the air. Pedestrians change their wardrobes to adapt to declining temperatures, while decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving begin to adorn homes and store fronts. As long as you’re paying attention, there’ll be something of interest for you to photograph....
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Wine Country Camera Introduces Affordable Blackstone ND Circular Filters

Wine Country Camera, boutique filter systems manufacturer known for making high-end camera filters and filter holders, just announced that they will be offering their Blackstone ND filters in circular sizes. This means that Wine Country’s Blackstone ND filter technology can now be had at a much lower price point. Made using the latest Vapor Deposition Coating technology, Wine Country Camera’s premium Blackstone ND filter line offers advancements over competing, traditionally dye-based ND filters which are known to sometimes cause color cast....
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Cecilia Introduces New Backpacks and Messenger Bags for Photographers

With over 160 years of experience crafting high quality leather goods, Cecilia announced today that they are releasing an all new lineup of camera backpacks and messenger bags. Named after world renowned cartographers, this new line of bags are made from full-grain cowhide or water resistant cotton canvas, and will be available in black or chestnut. The new bags are designed to with with both mirrorless and DSLR cameras, with room for additional lenses, accessories, and other daily carry items....
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Creating the Photograph: Pauleth Ip’s “Dying of the Neon Light”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. As working photographers, oftentimes we’re essentially guns for hire, executing concepts assigned to us from art...
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Review: Loupedeck+ Brings Improvements Over the Original Version

For many professional photographers, post processing is an integral part of their workflow. While I prefer to get as much done in camera as possible, knowing what I’m able to pull out of my RAW files during post production have allowed me to shoot under some less than ideal situations and still produce work that I was able to deliver to clients. This doesn’t mean I necessarily enjoy sitting in front of my computer working in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC or Capture One any more than I have to. Given the choice, I’d rather be out and about clicking my shutter rather than clicking away on my keyboard or dragging sliders around with my mouse. This is where the Loupedeck+ comes in, with the promise of cutting down editing time and making the process more intuitive. ...
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Salvaging Forgotten Memories With The Rescued Film Project

Imagine that you were shooting with a film camera instead of a digital one; What are you going to do if you misplaced a roll of film by accident? What if you forgot about a roll inside a camera that you haven’t used in ages? Maybe you exposed a roll prematurely when changing rolls? What about if you found an old roll of film inside a camera that you inherited from a family member? Recently, we got to speak with Levi Bettwieser, founder of The Rescued Film Project, about his efforts to recover images from rolls of film that once were thought to have been lost in the mists of time....
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Review: Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art “Bokeh Master” (Nikon F Mount)

Marketed by Sigma as the “Bokeh Master,” the Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is the latest addition to the Japanese optics manufacturer’s Art series of lenses. The ninth lens in Sigma’s Art series to feature a wide aperture of f1.4 (six for Full Frame, three for APS-C), it is also the longest focal length currently available in the series. Bokeh addicts will sing songs of praise about the Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens, provided that they’ve got the adequate arm strength to wield it....
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The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Updates Include Lightroom Classic CC

Today at Adobe MAX, the company’s annual creative conference, the San Jose based software giant announced upgrades to Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, as well as other applications in the Creative Cloud suite. Adobe also introduced Adobe Premiere Rush CC, an industry first all-in-one video creation and editing application designed with social media creators in mind, simplifying video creation as well as sharing on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram....
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Review: Fujifilm X-T3 (It’s a Crop Sensor Powerhouse)

Fujifilm threw everything and the kitchen sink into their latest powerhouse APS-C camera While Full Frame mirrorless cameras have certainly dominated the conversation as of late, with seemingly every major digital camera manufacturer on the market announcing or releasing new Full Frame mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm is keeping their focus on their crop sensor camera bodies...
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Moment Delivers Photography Accessories for Brand New Google Pixel 3

Google announced the brand new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones earlier today, and Moment is releasing brand new photography accessories for smartphone photographers looking to upgrade to the new Android devices. As part of this release, Moment is introducing new photo cases, lenses, and as well as the Moment Pro Camera app for Android....
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Elevating the Art of Cosplay Photography: Don’t Be Another GWC

Every year, hundreds of thousands of comic book, video game, cinema, television, and pop culture enthusiasts descend upon the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan to attend New York Comic Con, an annual convention that’s being held later this week for its 13th year. Last year, New York Comic Con attracted over 200,000 attendees, and it is projected that attendance numbers will reach and possibly exceed nearly a quarter of a million this year. While a majority of the people in attendance are average consumers looking to check out the latest offerings from comic book publishers, video game developers, movie and television studios, as well as to attend panel discussions and meet and greet photo ops with their favorite celebrities, there has been a rapid growth in attendees attending while donning costumes of characters from their favorite fandom. Ranging from casual to wildly elaborate, cosplaying, as the practice of dressing up as your favorite character is known within the community, has become such a big component of conventions like New York Comic Con that the Eastern Championships of Cosplay competition has been held at New York Comic Con since 2014, with winners going on to compete at national level cosplay competitions....
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The Inspiring Winners of the 2nd Annual Huawei Next Image Awards

uawei has just announced the winners of the second annual Next-Image Awards. The Next-Image Awards is a global competition in partnership with the International Center for Photography and judged by some of the world’s foremost photography experts. All submissions were taken with Huawei devices. The 2018 Next-Image Awards competition includes six categories: “Good Night,” “Faces,” “Hello, Life!”, “Check-In,” “Timeline,” and “Storyboard.” Winners from each category were selected by a panel composed of five industry experts including Mark Lubell, executive director of the International Center for Photography, along with five up-and-coming young visual storytellers — many of whom are recent ICP graduates — as mobile photography cannot just be defined by experts, but also by a young generation who use their phones on a daily basis to take pictures to share on social media....
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Phase One Expands Fujifilm GFX Support to Capture One

You’re finally going to be able to use the Fujifilm GFX series of cameras with Capture One. Phase One announced a strategic software agreement with Fujifilm today, expanding existing Capture One software support to more Fujifilm cameras with the release of Capture One 11.3. This new release of Capture One offers significantly expanded Fujifilm camera...
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First Impressions: Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master (Sony FE)

Earlier this week, Sony invited members of the photography press to an event in San Francisco where they unveiled the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master lens, making it the 30th Full Frame lens for Sony’s E mount overall and the 8th lens within the G Master series. Weighing in at only 445 grams, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is currently the lightest and most compact lens in the G Master lineup. With excellent corner to corner sharpness and a wide focal length, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is a lens that will suit the needs of photographers specializing in astrophotography, environmental portraiture, landscape photography, and travel photography alike....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm XT3 (Fujifilm’s Jack of All Trades Camera?)

Fujifilm announced their latest X-Series camera yesterday, the Fujifilm XT3, boasting sensor and image processor upgrades that promise to deliver significant performance improvements over its predecessor. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge step forward for Fujifilm and they didn’t pull any punches with this camera, targeting photographers and videographers alike with some impressive features. We were invited to the media briefing as well as the launch event where we learned about all of the latest advancements they’ve packed into the X-T3, and got to spend some hands on time with the camera as well....
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Is Panasonic Really Going Full Frame and Starting from Scratch?

When Panasonic first released their revolutionary Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds G1 camera almost exactly a decade ago, Mirrorless technology was still in its infancy. It would be another five years before the world first saw the release of Full Frame Mirrorless cameras in the Sony A7 and A7R. Sony has since reached their third generation with their Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, and the sector very recently saw some new contenders enter the fray in the newly announced Z6 and Z7 from Nikon and the EOS R from Canon. Numerous reports have been circulating of a Panasonic Full Frame camera being announced later this month, and if these reports are to be believed, the Full Frame Mirrorless market is about to get even more crowded....
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The Fujifilm XT3 Includes the X Trans 4 CMOS 26.1MP Sensor

The Fujifilm XT3 was introduced today, ushering Fujifilm into its fourth generation of the mirrorless APS-C camera market. Boasting an all-new back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as well as the X-Processor 4 processor, the Fujifilm X-T3 promises to deliver remarkable image quality, significantly improved AF performance, and outstanding tracking performance of fast-moving subjects along with blackout-free burst shooting. Videographers will be happy to learn that the Fujifilm X-T3 is the first APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60P 10bit recording....
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The Most Basic Thing You Need to Know About Street Photography

It was renowned street photographer Garry Winogrand who once said, “Anything and all things are photographable.” However, in today’s society where almost everyone has a cell phone, and just about every cell phone has a camera built in, many people are increasingly concerned about their personal privacy. The line between what you are allowed to photograph and what you should photograph is constantly being challenged. On top of that, what and where you may legally be allowed to photograph in your home country isn’t always the case while you’re abroad. And then there’s the question of ethics; just because you could photograph something or someone, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should....
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The Phase One IQ4 Offers a 151 Megapixel Option with Backside Illumination

Phase One introduced a brand new Phase One XF IQ4 camera system this morning, built upon their new and expandable Infinity Platform. Three full frame (645) medium format camera systems are being introduced as part of this launch: the 151MP Phase One IQ4 150MP, the 101MP Phase One IQ4, 100MP Trichromatic, and the 151MP Phase One IQ4 150MP Achromatic. The Phase One IQ4 150MP and IQ4 150MP Achromatic cameras are the first full frame medium format cameras in the world to come equipped with 151MP backside illuminated (BSI) sensors, featuring ultra-efficient pixel design to deliver unprecedented image quality and detail....
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If the Zeiss Full Frame Camera Is Real, They’re Probably Going After Street Photographers

Zeiss recently released a teaser image on their official Chinese Weixin page, and while details are scarce at the moment, we have a feeling that they are hinting at a yet to be announced Zeiss Full Frame Camera....
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First Impressions: DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI introduced the next iteration of the Mavic drone series in Brooklyn this morning. Replacing the Mavic Pro are two new drones: the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. It’s been almost two years since DJI first released the Mavic Pro, and DJI has included some major improvements to the pair of new Mavic 2 drones. Front and center are 2 brand new cameras which differentiate the two Mavic 2 models. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with a Hasselblad L1D-20c camera that features a 28mm lens, with an adjustable aperture range of f2.8 to f11. At the heart of the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera is a 1″ 20MP CMOS sensor. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom on the other hand comes equipped with a 24-48mm optical zoom lens, capable of 2x optical and 2x digital zoom, and is paired with a 1/2.3″ 12MP CMOS sensor. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro’s camera will benefit from Hasselblad’s world renown color science, while the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom comes with a new “Super Resolution” mode that stitches 9 images together onboard the drone itself to create one large composite....
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Luke Garmon Hilariously Lampoons That One Friend Who’s Into Photography

In this parody video from creator Luke Garmon that’s been making its rounds amongst the photography community, Garmon portrays a caricature of someone we’ve all undoubtedly crossed paths with at one point or another: that one friend who’s in love with photography, but can’t stop chasing one trend after another....
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Opinion: What We Want to See in the Reported Sony A6700

When Sony announced that they would begin shipping the A6500 just 8 months after introducing the A6300, many felt that the updates in the successor were incremental at best, while others felt that many of the features should’ve been included in the A6300 to begin with. While details on the reported Sony A6700 are slim at the moment, lots of information have begun surfacing around Sony’s upcoming flagship crop sensor camera. With a much longer development cycle this time around, we believe the Sony A6700 will feature a lot of significant improvements across the board....
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These Light Painting Portraits from Jason Page Are for iHeartRadio

Based out of Hobe Sound, Florida, photographer Jason D Page has been creating light painting photographs for over a decade. Jason is also the creator of the Light Painting Brushes system, a collection of specialty lighting tools designed with light painters in mind. We had previous featured some of Jason’s work here on the Phoblographer: These Faces Were Created With Long Exposure Light Painting and his “Lady of the Lake”. Most recently, Jason did a light painting portrait project with the artists performing at iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango music festival in Los Angeles, and shared his experiences with us....
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What We Know About the Google Pixel 3 XL So Far

Earlier this week, a user by the name of dr.guru leaked a set of photos of what appears to be the white prototype version of Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL on the XDA Developers Forum. While much of the technical information displayed on the device have been redacted to help maintain the source’s anonymity, we can still discern quite a bit of details about Google’s next flagship handheld. One of the first things you’ll notice in the leaked photos is that the Pixel 3 XL will most likely feature a top notch on the front of the device, similar to ones found on Apple’s iPhone X as well as Android handhelds from Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and others. Like the Pixel 2 XL, the front of the Pixel 3 XL also appears to have a bottom chin bezel, where a front facing speaker resides....
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New Teasers Hints the Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Is Coming This Month

Details surrounding this new camera system are scarce at the moment, but as we had previously reported, Nikon is promising to deliver full-frame mirrorless cameras as well as NIKKOR lenses built around an all-new mounting system, and adapters will also be available allowing users with existing Nikon DSLR lenses to adapt them to the yet-to-be-named new mount. All of this comes from a new countdown on Nikon USA’s website....
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Review: TerraMaster D5-300C Hard Drive Bay

Just as rent and transit fares are ever increasing, so too are the size of the raw files created by the latest cameras. This is just a fact of life that we as content creators have to contend with on a daily basis. You can never have too much storage, but you may have some hard drives laying around collecting dust, and the TerraMaster D5-300C may just be the right DAS (Direct Attached Storage) device for you to put them to use....
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Review: LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 (The Dock Photographers Need)

With the advent of cameras with ever increasing megapixel counts, never before have content creators been faced with the challenge of managing and maintaining such vast amounts of data. This is especially challenging for photographers and videographers who work primarily from their laptops, which tend to be lacking in storage space unless you’ve got deep enough pockets to afford one with a large hard disk/solid state drive. It’s not uncommon to see content creators juggling multiple external hard drives, stacking them up on their desks like oversized decks of playing cards, plugging them in as needed to retrieve or archive photos or footage. This process can be quite a hassle, especially if you don’t remember where you stored a particular file. LaCie’s 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 aims to be an all-in-one solution for content creation professionals to both ingest and store all of their valuable data in one compact, minimalist package....
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Luc Kordas: Finding the Daydreamers Among Us in NYC

For years, New York City has been a mecca for street photographers looking to capture unique moments occurring all around us. Unless you happen to be in New York City during a hurricane or a massive snow storm, chances are, you’ll be surrounded by locals and tourists alike going about their lives, moving from one destination to the next. In his latest series titled “DAYDREAMERS,” New York based fine art, portrait, and street photographer Luc Kordas, whose work we’ve previously showcased here on The Phoblographer, focuses on everyday individuals experiencing quiet moments with their eyes shut among the crowds of New York....
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First Impressions: Sony RX100 VI (Sony’s Camera for Street Photographers?)

Sony’s latest premium point-and-shoot covers a huge focal range in a compact package, and will surely fit the needs of street photographers looking to be as unobtrusive as possible. During the camera’s announcement day, we had some time to walk around and play with the camera. So far, it seems a bit hit or miss....
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Camera Bag Review: Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L

Like most photographers, I’m always looking for “THE” perfect backpack, one that allows me to haul my entire kit with me when I’m shooting on location, travelling, or simply roaming the streets of New York City trying to capture the next decisive moment. Take it from someone that’s used over a dozen different camera backpacks throughout the years, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is as close to perfection as I’ve found. Is there room for improvement? Certainly. But until the inevitable 2.0 revision is released, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is THE do it all, carry everything, go everywhere backpack to beat, and it’s certainly the best camera backpack that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using....
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Want to Create Your Own Adobe Raw Profiles? Here’s How!

When we reported on Adobe’s Profiles-centric update last month to Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom CC, one of the questions that we kept hearing was how and when end users will be able to create their own creative profiles, just as many have done with presets. We’re happy to report that you’ll finally be able to do so today....
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First Impressions Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC April 2018 Update (Mac, PC and iPad Test)

Today, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is receiving a pretty big update: the way that camera profiles work is getting a revamp. They’re first and foremost moving to the top of the interface and Adobe has been working with a number of third party companies to create even more. Profiles are pretty big if you wanted your RAW image to look the way that the JPEG preview did. For Fujifilm users, being able to apply the Astia, Velvia or Acros film simulations are huge–and Profiles did those. For Sony, being able to add something like their Portrait or Clear simulation is also pretty big. And for Canon, there are options like Faithful, Landscape, etc. In addition to that, Adobe has added a number of their own options....
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Review: Lensbaby Burnside 35mm F2.8 (Sony FE)

To say that the Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f2.8 lens is an unusual lens would be an understatement. In an age where many photographers focus heavily on the speed at which the latest cameras and lenses can track and maintain focus on a subject, and whether or not the images produced are tack sharp from corner to corner, it’s nice to be reminded of the joys and challenges that come with photographing with manual equipment. This has always been what made Lensbaby lenses so interesting to use. While some photographers may find shooting with manual lenses challenging, it has never been easier to photograph using manual glass when they are paired with the latest camera bodies with advanced image stabilization capabilities built in....
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Free RGG Tutorial: How to Photograph and Retouch Beer

If you’ve ever wondered why the images we see on beer advertisements always look super polished, that’s because every element on display was painstakingly planned. Commercial beer photography requires a skillset far exceeding just the mastery of photography fundamentals. Every last detail in an image used in commercial advertising campaigns were tirelessly obsessed over, with nothing left to chance. Reflections were carefully angled, shadows precisely casted, and every last droplet of water meticulously and thoughtfully placed. In RGG EDU’s first ever full length free tutorial, photographer Rob Grimm will guide you through a comprehensive workflow required in creating these precision crafted images so that you can develop the skillset necessary in becoming a successful beer photographer....
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