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Cinematographer Martin Lisius has detailed the creation of a 16K 15,985 x 5792 pixels HDR video titled "Prairie Wind." The video was published on Vimeo, though the online version of the video is limited to 8K. According to Lisius, the project involved two Canon EOS 5DS cameras with Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lenses and a custom-built calibrated mount.

"Prairie Wind" showcases weather over America's Great Plains, according Lisius, who explains in the video description, "I’m fortunate to have grown up on the Great Plains of America where I can touch the sky often. A storm there can transform you ... Finding new ways to convey this experience to others is important to me."

The project involved four months of shooting footage across six Great Plains states and another three months of processing. Lisius estimates "Prairie Wind" contains around 6,100 16K images that were stitched using an 8-core Mac Pro workstation. "Making this short film taught me Jedi-like patience," Lisius said.

Full details on the creation process can be found in the video's description on Vimeo. Samples of the full 16K resolution are available to download for free through file-sharing site WeTransfer and licensing is available through Storm Stock.

Posted: November 17, 2018, 7:25 pm

The Nikon Z7 is the company's first full frame mirrorless camera, and one that presented Nikon with a stiff challenge: how to build a mirrorless camera that could measure up to its own DSLRs and deliver a familiar experience to Nikon users. Chris and Jordan have used the camera for the past couple of months and tell us whether they think Nikon succeeded.

Editor's note: In order to fully cover the Z7's new video capabilities, we will be publishing a separate video focused entirely on the camera's video features and performance.

Also, make sure to read our in-depth review of the Nikon Z7.

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Posted: November 17, 2018, 2:00 pm

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Brian Hammonds / National Geographic Photo Contest

CLIMBERS OVER SEOUL

Rock climbers can be seen from Bukhansan's Peak outside of Seoul, South Korea. The size of the South Korean mega-city is hard to imagine without visiting.

National Geographic has shared the first collection of entries from its 2018 photography contest. The photographs, which fall under the categories of 'wildlife, people, and places' showcase beautiful scenes and subjects from all over the world. To see more editor-selected entries, head over to National Geographic's website.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Photo Contest

THE SHEPHERD FROM TRANSYLVANIA

On the Carpathian mountains in the region of Bran village i found this authentic shepherd. His name is Nea DAN. It was a real joy to listen to his life story as a shepherd .

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Photo Contest

FLY OVER TRANSYLVANIA PARADISE

Fundatura Ponorului is a remote village from Transylvania in the Carpathian mountains where people have been living in harmony with nature for hundreds of years . The main activity is animal breeding. The hay gathering is the main activity that takes place during the summer and is the main source of food for animals during winter time .

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Yaron Schmid / National Geographic Photo Contest

BABY TEETH

We spotted a pride of lions sleeping on top of the kopjes in the Serengeti, and as we got closer to the rocks, we saw that there were quite a few cubs in that pride. The best moment was when 3 of the young cubs started chasing, playing and biting their mom's tail as if they were kittens that were playing with yarn. I can't remember when was the last time that I laughed so hard as I did watching these guys.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Mo Wu / National Geographic Photo Contest

MOONLIGHT

Wanaka Tree is the most famous tree in New Zealand. At a summer night, I captured the shadow of the tree in the golden moonlight on Wanaka Lake.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Marcus Hennen / National Geographic Photo Contest

CURIOSITY

A creative portrait of a little curious burrowing owl. This owl was pretty cute and sat on a small branch in a front yard. I cropped the photo a bit to support this moment of curiosity.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Istvan Ladanyi / National Geographic Photo Contest

THE ALWAYS WATCHING EYE OF A BLACK SWAN

The always watching eye of a black swan. I toke this shot as I noticed the sleeping black swan and he noticed me and open his deep ruby red eye. It was a magic moment because the contrast of the black feathers and the red eye catched me from the first time.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Laura Wood / National Geographic Photo Contest

UNSEEN (SELF PORTRAIT)

It isn't always obvious - your identity as a mother. It's clouded by expectations, demands and sleep deprivation. For the most part, you live out your day and your duties behind doors with only children looking on who don't fully understand the sacrifices you make. Seven pm rolls around and you breathe a big breath as your children go to sleep, you pour a glass of wine and your identity changes again. Always a mother, but sometimes more than others.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Karen Donnelly / National Geographic Photo Contest

SOARING

Taken in the rising morning aboard a hot air balloon, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Water buffalo scatter on the mara below.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Ana Luiza Sampaio / National Geographic Photo Contest

WINTER IN PINGYAO

This picture was taken during the winter in the ancient city of Pingyao, province of Shaanxi, China. In this season, the skyline of Pingyao changes completely. The use of charcoal to heat up the houses makes the sky deeply smoggy. At the streets, the only color one can distinguish is the red from the national flags and lanterns of Chinese New Year. The dust and soot modify the life of the residents, who strive daily to cope with the cold and the air pollution.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Alison Langevad / National Geographic Photo Contest

A NEW LOOK

'Sporting a new look' These rhinos were dehorned in an effort to save them from poachers. The poaching of rhinos in South Africa has reached crisis level.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Roger Chen / National Geographic Photo Contest

SISTERHOOD

A quiet moment backstage as dancers of the classical Indian Kuchipudi dance form, which is focussed on rhythmic hand gestures and eye movements, support each other in preparation for the performance.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Vladimir Kushnarev / National Geographic Photo Contest

FATHER AND SON

The family of nomadic herders living at the Polar Urals. Father and son Tiberi.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Leighton Lum / National Geographic Photo Contest

LAND ON FIRE

Recently the Kilauea volcano erupted causing thousands of gallons of lava to flow into the ocean. It was an incredible sight to witness such power of this eruption!

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Camille Niel/ National Geographic Photo Contest

LAS COLORADAS

A Salt evaporation pond located in Yucatan, Mexico. This pink color come from the plankton, shrimps and roots of red plants

Posted: November 16, 2018, 10:26 pm

Rhino has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new Rhino Arc II, a "robotic camera assistant" designed to replace a fluid head. The Arc II features a 4-axis motorized head with support for both tripods and the Rhino Slider, as well as up to 6.8kg/15lbs of camera equipment. Users have both joystick and mobile control options.

Rhino Arc II supports LightLapse, Interview, Keyframe, and Rack modes for smooth camera movements in a variety of filming scenarios. The robotic assistant supports Rhino Focus and the High Torque & High Speed Motor as optional tools for expanded capabilities.

The system is also backwards compatible with the Rhino EVO Motor and Slider EVO. When used with an optional Rhino Power dummy battery, Arc II offers integrated power output for mirrorless and DSRL cameras. Other features include an integrated 501 plate receiver, an OLED screen, and a pan motor for motorized mounting.

Rhino is offering the Arc II to Kickstarter backers who pledge at least $960 USD, a $240 discount over the anticipated retail price. The campaign also offers other rewards for backers, including the Rhino Slider Carbon, Slider Pro, and Rhino Arc II + Slider bundles. Shipping is expected to start in May 2019. To dine out more information and to make a pledge, head over to the Kickstarter campaign.


Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

Posted: November 16, 2018, 8:08 pm

Software company Skylum and mobile image sharing community EyeEm have teamed up and launched a global photography scholarship that is open to anyone interested in photography. Skylum Software will be supporting 10 artists on the EyeEm platform with $10,000 to help them focus on their photography.

In addition the selected photographers will be able to create editing presets for the Skylum Luminar software. The presets will be available to purchase on the Luminar marketplace as part of a special collection. Revenue from preset sales will be shared 1/3 with the artists.

Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko said: “Our focus has always been to provide artists with the best photo enhancement tools, and collaborating with a creative community like EyeEm to empower next generation of creatives is just a natural fit”.

If you want to apply for the scholarship you'll need an EyeEm acccount, have an impressive portfolio, and convince the decision makers that your work is standing out. Submissions are open from now until December 2. You'll find more information and the submission form on the EyeEm website.

Posted: November 16, 2018, 5:38 pm

If you have any particularly embarrassing or otherwise compromising photos on your iPhone you might want to think twice about how to keep them from being discovered by someone else. Simply deleting them might not be enough.

A vulnerability allowing hackers to access deleted photos and other files on the iPhone X was discovered by two researchers this week at the Pwn2Own hacking contest for finding iOS and Android bugs.

Richard Zhu and Amat Cama demoed the issue by connecting the iPhone X with iOS 12.1 to a malicious Wi-Fi network and exploiting a vulnerability in a so-called just-in-time (JIT) compiler which is designed to help iPhones to perform certain tasks faster.

The couple could then retrieve a photo from the Photo app's Recently Deleted album where images are stored for 30 days after you delete them from the camera roll. This feature allows users to recover deleted photos should they have a change of mind. Through the same method other files processed by the JIT compiler could be accessed as well.

Zhu and Cama received a $50,000 reward for their findings and Apple has been informed of the bug. According to Forbes, the issue has yet to be fixed, though.

Posted: November 16, 2018, 3:38 pm

Nikon's D3500 DSLR is one of the best camera bargains out there, with a list price of $500 including a lens (and it will be even less on Black Friday). While it doesn't have Nikon's latest and greatest technology, this compact DSLR has a reliable 24MP sensor that produces impressive-looking photos. See how it captured tropical Kauai and chilly Seattle in our sample gallery.

See our Nikon D3500 sample gallery

Posted: November 16, 2018, 2:00 pm

Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Z7. Firmware version 1.02 is now available and brings a couple of fixes for Nikon's flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, including a flickering issue, an ISO selection problem, and an occasional crash that could occur when displaying certain Raw files.

Below is the full changelog of changes made in firmware version 1.02 for the Nikon Z7:

  • Fixed an issue that caused the display to flicker if pictures were scrolled during playback zoom after the user had taken pictures using the viewfinder with Prioritize viewfinder selected for monitor mode and then removed his or her eye from the viewfinder before starting playback.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i to crash when displaying NEF (RAW) pictures taken with the following options selected for HDR (high dynamic range) in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU:
    • HDR mode: On (series) or On (single photo)
    • Save individual images (NEF): On
  • Fixed an issue that allowed the camera to exceed the value chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU if it was from ISO 200 to 20,000 and On was selected for MOVIE SHOOTING MENU > Electronic VR.
  • Updated some help displays.

To see what firmware version is currently installed on a Nikon Z7 camera, turn on the camera, press the 'Menu' button, then go to 'Firmware Version' under the 'Setup Menu.'

If the camera needs an update, Nikon has provided a thorough guide and the accompanying download links on its Nikon Z7 firmware page. Nikon has also provided a detailed PDF explaining the firmware updating process.

Posted: November 15, 2018, 8:27 pm

500px has launched a redesigned Home Feed that was inspired by photobooks, according to the company. The new 500px Home Feed is designed to increase photographers' exposure and enable them to browse more images without navigating away from the feed. 500px says machine learning powers a new recommendation system to help surface content.

500px explained in a blog post that its new recommendation system will help increase photographers' visibility on the platform by more evenly distributing exposure. Users will see a greater variety of content on the new Home Feed, as well.

Photo pages have been redesigned to make details, Pulse, views and other info readily accessible without being distracting. Photos are prominently displayed at the top of the page on a dark background for minimized distractions.

The changes apply to both desktop and mobile, the latter of which now supports the ability to view and publish Galleries. The redesign also enables users to add images to existing Galleries and then share them with followers.

Other changes revolve around the recommendation system and include suggested images in a grid format for desktop and carousel for mobile, as well as recommendations based on user activity. Recommendations will also draw from recently uploaded images to improve the discovery of new content.

According to 500px, it will not provide NSFW content on its new mobile Home Feed in order to comply with Google's and Apple's respective app store restrictions. The NSFW images will still be accessible on desktop, however, assuming the user opts-in to the content in their account settings. The changes are rolling out now.

Posted: November 15, 2018, 7:07 pm

DxO has announced a new update to Nik Collection, the plugin suite it acquired from Google back in October 2017. Nik Collection version 1.1 is the second major update since DxO relaunched it back in June 2018 and puts an emphasis on adding more compatibility for the latest operating systems and Adobe applications.

DxO says Nik Collection has been optimized for full compatibility with macOS Mojave as well as the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. DxO has also fixed a few bugs hidden from the days Nik Collection was in the hands of Google, 'including problems with freezing when installing the macOS version of the software, block effects along the edges of the image, and compatibility issues with certain color profiles.'

Nik Collection on macOS has also been updated to work with the Adobe Photoshop competitor Serif Affinity Photo.

Nik Collection by DxO 2018 version 1.1 is available on the DxO website for €69/£59/$69. Users who purchased Nik Collection by DxO after the June 2018 update can update their software for free.

Press release:

Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1: promises kept!

DxO is offering the latest versions of the plugin suite relaunched in June 2018 with an update that offers improved stability and compatibility with the latest operating systems and Adobe host apps.

PARIS — November 14, 2018 — DxO, one of the most innovative companies that offers imaging solutions for the general public, has announced the immediate release of Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1, DxO's second update to the creative plugin suite designed for photographers and graphic artists. This version is completely compatible with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. It also corrects a certain number of interface and compatibility issues with other host applications.

Compatibility with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe software

To ensure the best possible user experience, the Nik Collection was optimized so it could be fully compatible with macOS Mojave as well as the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. DxO's development teams have also resolved issues that were left over from the Google version of the plugin suite, including problems with freezing when installing the macOS version of the software, block effects along the edges of the image, and compatibility issues with certain color profiles. In addition, the compatibility problems between Nik Collection by DxO 2018 and Serif Affinity Photo with macOS have also been resolved.

"When we launched Nik Collection by DxO last June, we agreed to deliver the best possible user experience and to provide our customers with assistance and support. We also promised to organize the community and ask for feedback through regular surveys," said Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Product Strategy and Marketing at DxO. "We made progress in each of these areas. Now, we are taking one step further towards our goals by concentrating all the latest product updates in this new version."

About Nik Collection by DxO

Nik Collection by DxO includes seven plugins that offer a full range of creative effects and filters:

  • Analog Efex Pro, a classic lens, camera, and analog film simulator.
  • Color Efex Pro, for color corrections, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Dfine, which reduces noise in digital images.
  • HDR Efex Pro, for editing HDR images.
  • Sharpener Pro, for increasing the precision and detail of digital images.
  • Silver Efex Pro, a black-and-white converter inspired by dark room techniques.
  • Viveza, for locally adjusting color and the tonality of specific areas within the image.

Thanks to exclusive U Point technology, the Nik Collection by DxO plugins can be used to apply local adjustments to specific areas in the image with seamless precision.

Nik Collection by DxO can also be opened with other host programs, including DxO PhotoLab 2, Serif Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, and other image processing software that features an export menu to a third-party program or is compatible with Photoshop plugins.

Posted: November 15, 2018, 2:38 pm

You can download our sample video right here.

The Nikon Z6 is a supremely capable video camera that comes with a 24MP full-frame sensor and captures oversampled 4K footage with no crop. It can also shoot 1080/120p footage for slow motion clips. The above sample footage was all shot hand-held with in-body IS turned on using the Auto AF area mode and Fulltime autofocus (AF-F).

Clips were recorded in-camera using Nikon's Flat Picture profile. While not quite as workable as 10-bit N-log footage available over HDMI, a little time spent tweaking Flat Picture footage can lead to very nice results. This footage was edited in Final Cut 10.4.

Video still

Below please find our video still for comparing the Z6's various video modes to those of its peers, including its most direct competitor, the Sony a7 III.

4K

The Z6 and a7 III are taking different approaches to their oversampled 4K output with the Sony doing a better job capturing fine detail. The Z6 on the other hand looks to be using larger-radius sharpening (by default) which results in a punchier look out of camera. As expected, the Z6's full-frame 4K looks better than the Z7's full-frame 4K, which doesn't use all its pixel rows, reducing both resolution and low-light performance.

The Z6's cropped 4K also appears to use larger-radius sharpening than the Sony's and looks similar (but still slightly better) when compared to the Z7's. Interestingly the Z6's 4K full-frame footage looks very similar to its 4K APS-C cropped footage. There may be a bit of a noise penalty using the later, but detail is broadly similar.

1080p

The Z6's full-frame 1080/24p looks better both than the Z7's full-frame 1080/24p and than the a7 III's 1080/24p. As a whole, the Z6's HD footage has much more sharpening applied than the a7 III's, but it doesn't necessarily show much more tangible detail. This is also the case when comparing the Z6's 1080/120p to the a7 III's.

Posted: November 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Fujifilm has announced the impending arrival of new firmware updates for its GFX 50S, X-T3, and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. The updates bring improved in-body image stabilization on the X-H1, 4K HDR and F-Log video for the X-T3, and a new 35mm format mode for the GFX 50S.

GFX 50S

The new firmware for the Fujifilm GFX 50S, version 3.30, is due out by the end of November 2018. Fujifilm says the update adds support for a new 35mm Format Mode when using GF- and H-mount adapters, which crops the center of the sensor to a size of 36mm x 24mm, a makes for a 30.5-megapixel image. The update also improves upon the eye-sensor responsiveness, adds simultaneous deletion of Raw and JPEG files, and supports color adjustments for the EVF and LCD displays.

X-T3

The new firmware for the Fujifilm X-T3 is version 2.00. Set to be released in December 2018, the firmware update brings 4K HDR recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). HLG footage should simplify the capture of HDR content and should improve post-production capabilities. Fujifilm notes it's only compatible with the camera's 10-bit H.265 (HEVC) mode, and works best when viewed on displays and TVs with HLG format support.

Firmware version 2.00 for the X-T3 also brings simultaneous output of Film Simulation and F-Log footage, meaning it's possible to record in F-Log while viewing the Film Simulation image on an external monitor. Fujifilm says this capability isn't compatible with '59.94P/50P, FHD high speed recording, 4K interframe NR, and HDMI output info display mode.'

Continuing on, the X-T3 will now be compatible with All-Intra and maximum bitrate recording with H.264, up to the maximum bitrate of 400Mbps. Also, movie files will no longer be split when the file reaches 4GB so long as it's being stored to an SD card with at least 64GB of storage. It's also now possible to display color temperature on the EVF and LCD displays in Kelvin.

Newsshooter has shared a video showing off some of the new features of firmware version 2.00 for the Fujifilm X-T3.

X-H1

Last up is the Fujifilm X-H1, which is set to receive firmware version 2.00 in December 2018. The defining feature of this firmware update is the improved image stabilization. Fujifilm says in-body image stabilization will now work better with optical image stabilization in lenses to improve overall stability.

'With an XF or XC optical image stabilized lens, in-body image stabilization worked with 3 axis (up and down / optical axis rotation). The remaining 2 axis (right and left pitch, yaw angle) was controlled by optical image stabilization in the lens," says Fujifilm in its press release. "[Firmware version 2.00] has a new image stabilization algorithm to allow the in-body image stabilization to work in all 5 axis and to achieve more than five-stops (up to the equivalent of 5.5 stops) image stabilization by cooperative control according to the types of frequency and blur amount."

Fujifilm notes lenses must also be updated to their latest firmware to get this compatibility. You can find a full list of up-to-date lens firmware on Fujifilm's website.

Posted: November 14, 2018, 10:06 pm

NASA has shared images of the California Camp Fire as seen from space. The wildfire started on November 8 and quickly spread, ultimately destroying nearly 8,000 buildings and burning 135,000 acres, according to Cal Fire, as well as claiming at least 50 lives.

Some of the images were captured using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer on NASA's Terra satellite, according to the space agency, which says the images show natural colors. Unlike images from the ground, NASA's aerial snapshots reveal the sheer scale of the blaze and how far its smoke has dispersed westward across the state and over the ocean.

NASA is home to its Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview, a platform that provides access to high-resolution images from more than 700 satellites. The images in this application are updated within three hours of being captured, according to NASA, providing a near-real time look at every corner of the planet. Imagery of the Camp Fire, as well as other California wildfires, can be accessed through the platform.

Posted: November 14, 2018, 8:03 pm

Google's latest Pixel 3 smartphone generation comes with the company's new Night Sight feature that allows for the capture of well-exposed and clean images in near darkness, without using a tripod or flash. Today Google published a post on its Research Blog, explaining in detail thecomputational photography and machine learning techniques used by the feature and describing the challenges the development team had to overcome in order to capture the desired image results.

Night Sight builds on Google's multi-frame-merging HDR+ mode that was first introduced in 2014, but takes things a few steps further, merging a larger number of frames and aiming to improve image quality in extremely low light levels between 3 lux and 0.3 lux.

One key difference between HDR+ and Night Sight are longer exposure times for individual frames, allowing for lower noise levels. HDR+ uses short exposures to provide a minimum frame rate in the viewfinder image and instant image capture using zero-shutter-lag technology. Night Sight waits until after you press the shutter button before capturing images which means users need to hold still for a short time after pressing the shutter but achieve much cleaner images.

The longer per-frame exposure times could also result in motion blur caused by handshake or to moving objects in the scene. This problem is solved by measuring motion in a scene and setting an exposure time that minimizes blur. Exposure times also vary based on a number of other factors, including whether the camera features OIS and the device motion detected by the gyroscope.

In addition to per-frame exposure, Night Sight also varies the number of frames that are captured and merged, 6 if the phone is on a tripod and up to 15 if it is handheld.

Frame alignment and merging are additional challenges that you can read all about in detail on the Google Research Blog. Our science editor Rishi Sanyal also had a closer look at Night Sight and the Pixel 3's other computational imaging features in this article.

Posted: November 14, 2018, 5:25 pm

Based on the original Lume Cube, the new Lume Cube Air is a small, lightweight and affordable portable light source aimed at vloggers, casual photographers and other content creators.

The Lume Cube AIR features LED lighting with a 5700K daylight balanced color temperature, 400 LUX at 1m output, and a 60-degree beam angle. The light is waterproof down to 30 feet and weighs only 2oz (57g). A built-in magnet allows for easy attachment to many metallic surfaces but the Lume Cube Air also comes with a conventional tripod mount.

The light is controlled from the Lume-X iOS or Android mobile app which lets you connect to and combine multiple Lume Cube AIRs and control brightness, light mode and strobe speeds. You can also check battery levels, all via a Bluetooth connection.

In the box you'll find white and orange diffusers for color correction, a lanyard and a USB charging cable. The Lume Cube Air is available now from Lumecube.com and select retailers globally for $69.95.

Press Release:

LUME CUBE AIR FOR ON-THE-GO CONTENT CREATORS NOW AVAILABLE

Unique features, slimmed-down size and extra accessories provide an all-in-one lighting solution for every content-creation challenge

CARLSBAD, Calif. – November 14, 2018 – Known as the world’s most versatile light for content creators, Lume Cube announced today the launch of the all-new Lume Cube AIR. Derived from the original Lume Cube, the Lume Cube AIR is the smallest, lightest, and most portable lighting device designed to help content creators capture better photo & video. With newly designed features, improved LED output, and multiple accessories included in every box, the latest solution is an affordable, all-in-one light that allows anyone hitting the “record” button to produce professional quality content on any device, from a smartphone to a professional DSLR camera. It is available now from Lumecube.com and select retailers worldwide for $69.95.

“As an innovative brand in the imaging market, we are committed to delivering valuable tools to help the growing community of content creators around the world capture stunning photos and videos,” said Riley Stricklin, co-founder at Lume Cube. “When developing the Lume Cube AIR, we made listening to our customers a priority. We wanted to ensure we fully understood their needs so that we could craft a portable lighting solution that best enables them to create quality, on-the-go content, all while at an economical cost. Based on this feedback, Lume Cube AIR has been designed as small and as sleek as possible, has a built-in magnet for more versatile mounting options, and includes multiple accessories inside the box to ensure our customers have everything needed to capture professional quality content in any environment.”

From the digital influencer and YouTube star, to the at-home vlogger and casual photographer, the Lume Cube AIR offers the perfect combination of size, power, durability, and light quality needed to illuminate any scene, whether on or off camera. For the first time, users will receive two diffusers (white and orange) inside the box that provide both diffusion and color correction capability, which is essential for any broadcast or live streaming application.

The Lume Cube AIR features:

  • Unmatched Light Quality & Custom Lens – Packed with the best LED specs for its size, the Lume Cube AIR lighting has a CRI rating of +/- 90, a 5700K daylight balanced color temperature, 400 LUX at 1M power, and a 60-degree beam angle.
  • Compact, Waterproof & Durable Design – Weighing in at just 2oz with overall dimensions of 1.625” x 1.625” x 1.125”, the Lume Cube AIR is the smallest and most portable light of its kind, allowing content creators to uncover new creative opportunities whether in the rain or submerged under water up to 30 feet.
  • Bluetooth & App Control – From the Lume-X iOS or Android app, users can connect to multiple Lume Cube AIRs and control brightness, light mode, strobe speeds, battery levels, and more. The Bluetooth functionality allows for a seamless connection and fast adjustment of any lighting set-up, creating a truly smart mobile studio.
  • Built-In Magnet – In addition to a tripod mountable thread, a built-in magnet provides complete mounting versatility and allows for numerous lifestyle applications outside of content creation. The Lume Cube AIR can be mounted to a bike, attached to a car for maintenance, put in manual Strobe Mode for emergencies, and much more.
  • In-Box Accessories – Out of the box, the AIR is equipped with the accessories needed to tackle any content-creation challenge. The white diffusion, orange (warming) diffusion, lanyard and charging cable provides an all-in-one solution for anybody looking to enhance the level of their content creation.

For more information on Lume Cube and the all-new Lume Cube AIR, visitwww.lumecube.com.

Posted: November 14, 2018, 4:11 pm

Nikon USA has announced that its Z6 full-frame mirrorless camera will begin shipping this Friday, November 16th. The body-only kit will retail for $1999.95, while the body plus Nikon Z 24-70 F4 S lens will set you back $2599.95. Adding the FTZ Mount Adapter is only $200 more, which is $100 less than if the adapter is purchased separately.

You can find all of our Z6 content here, and don't miss our sample gallery, either.

Z6 samples by Brandon Woelful for Nikon:

Press Release

The New Nikon Z 6 to Hit Shelves Right In Time for the Holiday Season

Nikon Will Also Offer an Array of Special Promotions, Instant Savings and Discount Programs for their Latest Products this Holiday Season

MELVILLE, NY (NOVEMBER 14, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. EST) – With the holiday season just around the corner, Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the retail availability of the new Nikon Z 6 camera, which was announced alongside the Nikon Z 7, Mount Adapter FTZ, and the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, 35mm f/1.8 S, and 50mm f/1.8 S lenses in late August of this year. In addition to announcing retail availability for this product, Nikon will be offering an array of holiday promotions, instant savings programs and special discounts for a variety of Nikon products.

Nikon Z 6 Availability

The Nikon Z 6 offers an incredible value for photographers and content creators, striking the perfect balance of speed, optical performance and powerfully cinematic video features while maintaining the advantages of a lightweight mirrorless design, all at an incredibly compelling price point. The versatile Nikon Z 6 includes a 24.5-megapixel-BSI CMOS sensor, wide ISO sensitivity range of 100–51,200, 12fps continuous shooting at full resolution, 5-axis in-camera vibration reduction technology, crystal clear 3.6m-Dot Quad VGA viewfinder and full-frame 4K UHD video capture with full pixel readout.

The Nikon Z 6 will be available nationwide starting this Friday, November 16 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,599.95 with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens and $1,999.95 for the body only configuration.

Nikon Holiday Promotions

Nikon Inc. is also unveiling several new holiday promotions to encourage consumers to share the gift of photography with their friends and loved ones.

For consumers in the market for a new mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z system is an ideal entry-point. Now, for a limited time, Nikon Inc. will be offering $100-savings on the Mount Adapter FTZ when purchased alongside the new Nikon Z 7 or Nikon Z 6.

Additionally, Nikon will be offering numerous special promotions on the extensive lineup of Nikon DSLR cameras, camera kits and NIKKOR lenses, which are great gift options for those looking to take their photography and video capture to the next level this holiday season.

The list below outlines the instant savings available starting on November 22, 2018

Entry-Level DSLR Savings:

- Nikon D3500 Double Zoom Lens Kit: $499.95 (after $350 instant savings)
- Nikon D3500 18-55mm VR Kit: $399.95 (after $100 instant savings)
- Nikon D5600 Double Zoom Lens Kit: $699.95 (after $450 instant savings)
- Nikon D5600 18-55mm VR Kit: $649.95 (after $150 instant savings)

Enthusiast and Professional-Level DSLR Savings:

- Nikon D7500 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Kit: $1,449.95 (after $300 instant savings)
- Nikon D7500 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Kit: $1,749.95 (after $570 instant savings)
- Nikon D7200 Body Only: $799.95 (after $300 instant savings)
- Nikon D7200 Dual Zoom Lens Kit: $999.95 (after $550 instant savings)
- Nikon D750 Body Only with MB-D16 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,399.95 (after $939.95 instant savings)
- Nikon D750 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D16 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,899.95 (after $1,539.95 instant savings)
- Nikon D500 Body Only with MB-D17 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,799.95 (after $469.95 instant savings)
- Nikon D500 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D17 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $2,399.95 (after $939.95 instant savings)
- Nikon D810 Body Only with MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $2,799.95 (after $629.95 instant savings)
- Nikon D810 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $3,299.95 (after $1,229.95 instant savings)
- Select legendary NIKKOR lenses also available at up to $200 in instant savings

Posted: November 14, 2018, 4:00 pm

The One X is Insta360's latest consumer 360-degree cam and is controlled via an iPhone or Android smartphone, and retails for $400. The big news on the new model is the 5.7K resolution which means you can reframe the spherical footage and extract a standard 16:9 video with good resolution after capture. During recording you don't have to worry where the camera is pointed at.

5.7K video is recorded at 30 frames per second. For smooth motion in action videos or slow-motion effects you can also opt to record 4K footage at 50fps or 3K video at 100fps. In photo mode the camera captures 18MP still images.

The One X also comes with an improved version of Insta360's FlowState stabilization and a new TimeShift feature that lets users adjust the speed of different parts of a clip to put the focus on key moments, using either slow-motion or hyperlapse effects. The "Bullet-time" special effect was already available on the predecessor Insta360 One.

We've had the chance to play a few days with the new Insta360 One X. Read this article and find out how we got on.

Key specifications:

  • 18 MP still image resolution
  • 5760 x 2880 @30fps, 3840 x 1920 @50fps, 3008 x 1504 @100fps video resolutions
  • Built-in 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization
  • Live-streaming
  • Exposure compensation and manual control over shutter speed and ISO
  • Weight with battery: 115g
  • Dimensions: 115mm x 48mm x 28mm
  • MicroSD card slot up to 128GB
  • 1200mAh battery, 60 mins run time shooting 5.7K @30FPS or 4K@50FPS video

Operation

The One X only has two buttons, making stand-alone operation very straightforward. The small button is the power button and also used to cycle through shooting modes and settings. The larger button is the shutter and also used for confirmation when navigating the menus which are displayed on a small circular OLED display.

Camera settings are shown on a small circular display.

The display isn't always easy to view in bright light but you can enable a QuickCapture mode that powers the camera up and immediately starts recording when you long-press the shutter. This is a useful feature for shooting while riding a bike or doing any other activity that demands your full attention.

At the bottom of the device is a standard tripod mount which allows you to attach the camera to all sorts of supports and selfie-sticks. With an adapter, you can use the One X with a GoPro-style mount, and if you don't have any other means of support, the flat base allows you to place the camera on any flat surface.

The One X connects to mobile devices via WiFi, or, for better transfer speeds, via a supplied USB-cable. Via the same connection you can also trigger and control the camera from the dedicated mobile app. Parameters such as ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, and shutter speed are user adjustable.

In the app you can view images and videos that are stored on the camera or your mobile device. Photo editing options include filters and stickers.

The dedicated One X app lets you transfer, view, edit and share both 360-degree videos and still images.

Videos

The One X can record 5.7K 360-degree video which allows you to reframe on your phone and extract a 16:9 1080p standard video at very good quality. The easiest way to achieve this in the app is through the Viewfinder feature.

In Viewfinder mode the 360-degree video is played back on your device. You can then move the phone just as if you were recording a video in real-time. Whatever is visible on the display of your device will be "re-shot" and saved as a new video.

You can use the Viewfinder, Pivot Points or Smart Tracking to frame your video In Viewfinder mode you press and hold the red shutter while moving the phone as you would during recording of a standard video.

The video below is totally uncut to give you a better idea of what's going on. After starting to record I hand the camera to my buddy who then simply rides along with the camera in his hand, not worrying about where the lenses are pointing.

Back home I "re-shot" the video using the Viewfinder function and aiming to keep myself in the frame. With a conventional action camera this type of video would have been a lot more difficult to shoot, especially from a bike.

Viewfinder also allows you to "recycle" your 360-degree footage and re-shoot several versions of the same footage. The sample clip below was recorded from the same 360-degree footage as the one above, but this time with different framing, creating more of a typical rider point-of-view video you would get with a conventional action cam in a chest or handlebar mount.

For this third version of the same video I applied a Tiny Planet effect to the 360-degree footage. The feature won't particularly useful to more serious video makers but makes for a nice party trick.

As you can see in the video samples above, the camera is capable of capturing decent detail, even when using only a portion of the full 360-degree footage. With the sun always visible somewhere in the frame, there is inevitably some clipping in the brightest areas of the sky but overall dynamic range is pretty good and, although occasionally visible, stitching artifacts are well under control.

The real highlight is Insta360's FlowState stabilization, though. Footage is very smooth and almost looks like it was shot from a gimbal, despite the hand-held capture.

Footage is very smooth and almost looks like it was shot from a gimbal

The sample below was recorded with the Insta360 selfie-stick to give a perspective from higher up than usual. Camera movement was created using Insta360's pivot points instead of Viewfinder mode. You can set as many pivot points as you like in a video and the app creates smooth transitions between them. Pivot points are a good alternative to Viewfinder mode if you prefer a more automated solution.

The app also offers a subject tracking option for controlling camera movement during editing. This works generally well but will stop tracking if the subject is momentarily obscured by another object, so depending on your footage it's not always the best solution.

Below is the same video in 360-degree format as a reference. If you pan the video to see myself you can see that the Insta360 app is doing quite an impressive job at making the selfie-stick disappear from the footage.

In lower light, like the indoor scenes below, the camera is still capable of producing good detail and noise-free footage. When light conditions get really dim the otherwise excellent FlowState stabilization loses some of its efficiency. However, you have the option to sacrifice some image detail for faster frame rates which allow for a very similar stabilization performance as in good light.

I've also created a "Bullet-time" video using the optional Bullet-time handle that allows you to swing the selfie-stick over your head in a circle. In bullet time mode the camera records at 100 frames per second, allowing for a slight slow-motion effect in playback. The feature is fun to play with and with some more practice more impressive results than mine should be easily possible.

Still images

The Insta360 One X will likely be most attractive to video shooters but the camera is also capable of capturing 18MP spherical still images. In still image mode you can activate HDR mode, configure interval shooting and capture in Raw format. A self-timer is on board as well.

In the app you can view and export images in several formats including full 360-degree fisheye, tiny planet and crystal ball formats. Below you can see a few samples, in original 360-degree format and Tiny Planet or Fish-eye variations.

Full 360-degree image Full 360-degree image
Tiny Planet Fish-eye

The camera is capable of producing good quality 360-degree image output that in terms of detail, noise, color and dynamic range is roughly on the level of a good smartphone camera. While in some video clips some stitching artifacts are just about noticeable, they are as good as invisible in most still images, making the camera an interesting and affordable option for professional users, such as property agents or wedding photographers.

Full 360-degree image Full 360-degree image
Tiny Planet Fish-eye

Conclusion

I've used a couple of Insta360's earlier models before, for example the Insta 360 Air. Those older consumer cameras were easy and fun to use but had one important limitation: the video resolution would not allow for the extraction of standard video at a sufficiently high resolution. The cameras were fun to play with but ultimately not of much use to anyone serious about video.

At a retail price of $400 the One X now makes high-resolution 360-degree footage available to the masses, allowing for the creation of Full HD video from the camera's 5.7K 360-degree output. During recording this means it doesn't matter where you are pointing the camera because you can select the final frames in post-production in the app.

This makes the camera extremely useful for use on a bike, while hiking or running or doing any other kind of physical activity during which you don't really want to think about where to point your camera.

At $400 the One X makes high-resolution 360 footage available to the masses, allowing for Full HD standard video from the camera's 5.7K 360-degree output.

I've never been a big fan of using GoPro-style action cams on a bike for example. If you mount it to the handlebars or your chest, the footage gets quite boring quite quickly. But if you hold it in your hands and try to frame an interesting video, you dramatically increase the risk of crashing. The One X makes shooting interesting video on a bike so much easier, which is why I have been carrying it on every single bike ride since I received the camera for testing.

Both video and still image quality are on the level of a decent smartphone camera, all editing can be done on a mobile device and the dedicated app is intuitive and straightforward to use, making the Insta360 One X an easy recommendation to anyone who has a use case for 360-degree video and still images but a limited budget.

If you find the features of the One X appealing, you may also want to read our reviews of the Rylo Camera and the GoPro Fusion, two other 360-degree cameras that we liked and which include similar feature sets.

What we like:

  • Ability to "reframe" 360-degree footage to create Full-HD standard video
  • Intuitive app control, very easy to use Viewfinder reframing function
  • Very good video stabilization in most conditions
  • Price

What we don't like:

  • Occasional stitching artifacts in video footage
  • Strong wind noise in some outdoor videos
Posted: November 14, 2018, 1:00 pm

Tomas Roggero

The New York Times has opened up applications for its 7th annual New York Portfolio Review on March 30 and 31 in New York City, New York.

The applications, which are free to submit, are now open on The New York Times' website for the review, which is put on by The New York Times Lens column, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and United Photo Industries.

So long as the applicant is over 18 years old, they're free to apply. The New York Times says "all types of photography will be considered." The deadline for applications is December 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

"The first session, on Saturday, March 30, will be for photographers 21 and older," reads The New York Times announcement post. "Each participant will receive six private critiques. The second session, on Sunday, March 31, will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of at least four private critiques for each participant, as well as free workshops on how to best present, promote and publish photographs. We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday."

The New York Times specifically mentions anyone who attended last year's review is ineligible to apply. Also, if someone has attended more than twice in the seven years the portfolio review has been going on, they too are ineligible.

When a photographer is chosen for a portfolio review, they will be able to request their top choices for who is to review their work. The New York Times has provided a partial list of the reviewers on the bottom of its announcement page.

To enter, head over to The New York Times' application page and fill out the required form. In addition to personal details, such as first name, last name, age, contact information, and a short biography, applicants can upload up to 20 photos from one or two projects. The images must be JPEGs and no more than 1,200 pixels across at 72 DPI.

Applicants who have been selected will be notified by January 12, 2019. The New York Times warns "Be sure to triple-check the email address you submit, because in past years some people were accepted into the review, but couldn’t be contacted with the good news because of a typo in their address. Don’t be that person."

Posted: November 13, 2018, 9:34 pm

On September 10, stock image company Picfair introduced a new option for photographers to showcase their work called Picfair Stores. The online storefronts went live for all users a couple weeks later and are now joined by a new subscription option called Picfair Plus. Customers who sign up for Plus get access to new features, including support for custom templates and custom domains.

The free Picfair product enables users to create their own online store with custom prices for image sales. Picfair Plus builds upon that, enabling customers to connect the store to a custom domain, add social media profiles, eliminate Picfair branding, sort content into albums, choose design themes, and set up custom image ordering on the store's home page. Below is a comparison of the free and Plus versions of Picfair Stores.

In addition to the new features, Plus customers get early access to new future features and highest priority customer service. Picfair Plus is priced at £4.99 / $5.62 per month, but there's also a £49.90 / $64.66 annual subscription option. A sample Picfair Store with Plus features is accessible here.

Posted: November 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

ON1 has launched its new ON1 Photo RAW 2019 photo editor for macOS and Windows. The new software is a "major upgrade" to the existing ON1 Photo RAW editor, according to the company, which has added new features that include focus stacking, a non-destructive layers workflow, a new portrait tab, and more.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 relies on AI-powered algorithms to bring "significant enhancement" for users who want to migrate from Adobe Lightroom. In addition to the batch of new features, the updated application also adds additional camera support and lens profiles, HEIC file support, and a new interface with reduced contrast, updated UI elements, and an overall modern look.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is available now with a 30-day free trial and $99.99 USD purchase price. Existing ON1 product owners are offered the upgrade at a discounted $79.99 USD. Alternatively, customers can get access to the new software via an ON1 Plus Pro membership, which is currently priced at $129.99/year with a regular annual price of $149.99 USD.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 – An All-New Photo Editing Experience Now Available

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 – An All-New Photo Editing Experience Now Available
Portland, OR – November 13, 2018​​ – ON1, Inc announces that ON1 Photo RAW 2019, an all-new photo editing experience and a major upgrade to ON1 Photo RAW, is available today. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes all-new features and technologies along with a streamlined workflow that is elegant, powerful and easy to learn. Notable new features include a new non-destructive workflow for layers, auto-alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait tab, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates and more. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes the tools photographers need in a single well thought out photography workflow application.

This all-new photo editing experience gives photographers the features they use the most from the Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® worlds in a single application. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 also includes a significant enhancement to the migration process for customers looking to move away from Lightroom®. Version 2019 is the first solution to utilize AI-powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The transferred settings will also remain non-destructive and be re-editable inside ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

The ON1 community drives the development of ON1 Photo RAW based on what’s most important for their photo editing needs. Every new feature and improvement made in version 2019 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project.

  • A New & Faster Editing Workflow ​​–​ ​​All of the editing modules from previous versions have been combined into the Edit module to create a single place for editing photos. The former editing modules are now available as tabs to allow you to work in each seamlessly without changing the application appearance. These include Develop, Effects, Portrait, and Local Adjustments tabs.
  • A New Workflow for Layers​​ – ON1 Layers is no longer a separate module. Instead, the power of layers is accessible within the non-destructive workflow in the new Edit module. This allows for creating or editing multi-layered files, including raw files, and keeping non-destructive settings for each photo layer. Customers can also move, size and mask each layer. More importantly, and a new concept, each layer has its own non-destructive settings, all the way back to the original file. What’s most exciting is if you are working with raw files, powerful adjustments like exposure, highlights and shadows can now be processed using the raw data in a layered photo workflow. All without having to change modules or applications.
  • New Lightroom Photo Settings Migration​​ – New AI-powered algorithms give customers the ability to transfer Lightroom edited photos, keep the non-destructive settings, and move them into ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The updated Lightroom Migration Tool in version 2019 transfers almost every edit you can make in Lightroom including raw processing, crop, retouching and local adjustments along with folders, photos, collections, and metadata.
  • New Focus Stacking​​ – Automatically blend a series of photos at different focus distances to increase depth-of-field. It’s so fast, you can adjust the focus in real-time, just like changing the focus on your lenses. Think of it like HDR, but for focus instead of exposure.
  • New Auto-Align Layers​​ – Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content, making it easy to mask and blend them together.
  • New AI Masking Tool (coming Winter 2019)​​ – This new tool, powered by machine learning, will allow customers to easily identify areas of their photos to create a selection or mask and the AI technology detects your subject matter and automatically creates a beautiful mask.
  • New Portrait Tab ​​– The new Portrait tab automatically detects faces in your photo allowing you to easily retouch, smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten teeth.
  • New Text Tool​​ – The new text tool is perfect for creating posters, postcards, or adding your byline or watermark. Easily control font size, color, position, and more and then save a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos quickly.
  • New Master Keyword List​​ – Now you can see every keyword you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete keywords.
  • Enhanced Local Adjustments​​ – Local adjustments have been enhanced to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range. This also includes new controls like haze, whites and blacks.
  • New Layered HDR Workflow​​ – With the powerful new non-destructive layers you can combine other photos, text or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. Use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions even.
  • New Filter Options in Effects ​​–​ ​​We have added dedicated film grain, curves and color adjustment filters to Effects. These let you add film grain to color photos and make advanced, targeted color and tone adjustments faster. There’s even a new filter selector that allows you to search for filters, learn what they do and even view a sample before you add them.
  • New User Interface​​ – The new user interface has a fresh and modern feel. Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. Updated icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual space.
  • Other Updates ​​– including support for HEIC files, keyboard shortcuts for changing modules, more accent color options, color labels on folders and more.
  • Additional Camera Support​​ – Added support for the Fujifilm XF10, Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon P1000, Nikon Z7, Panasonic LX100 II, Leica M10-P.
  • Additional Lens Profiles​​ – Added lens profiles for: Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM (750), Chinon Auto Chinon 35mm f/2.8, KMZ Helios-40 85mm f/1.5, Nikon 200-500mm F5.6 174, Panasonic LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0, Panasonic LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5/F1.2, Pentax Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4, Sigma Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM, Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS, Sony FE 50mm F1.8, Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 DiIII C001, Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A032), Voigtländer Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar III.

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is available today for $99.99. Previous owners of any ON1 product can upgrade for $79.99. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available as part of an ON1 Plus Pro membership for a for $129.99/year (Reg: $149.99/year). ON1 Plus Pro includes a perpetual license of ON1 Photo RAW along with in-depth post-processing and photography education from the industries best trainers such as Matt Kloskowski, Hudson Henry, Tamara Lackey and many more. All of it is easy to follow along and fun. For a limited time, a purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes some great bonuses. These include the ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Foundations video course, which provides the perfect get up and running training and the ON1 Looks eBook and series of 25 videos and practices files and to help you master ON1 Photo RAW 2019.

A 30-day free trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available for download from the ON1 website.

A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes both macOS and Windows installers and activation for up to five computers. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, world-class customer support based in Portland, Oregon USA, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month.

What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include several free updates over the next year with all-new photo organizing and editing features, AI-powered algorithms to enhance workflows, other feature refinements, as well as updates for cameras and lenses. The first free update will in Winter 2019.
ON1 is also working on solving additional problems for customers who share files across multiple computers or work environments as well as those customers who are shooting video as part of their photography process.
"As we’ve said before, we have big plans at ON1. Our team is already busy working on the next free updates to version 2019. These will include dual display support, an editing history, and additional capabilities and enhancements to Focus Stacking," says Craig Keudell, President of ON1.

About ON1 Photo RAW – An All-New Photo Editing Experience

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is a game changer. Version 2019 includes everything photographers look for when editing their photos including an integrated photo organizer, raw processor, pixel editor, and layered file workflow. It’s like having Lightroom and Photoshop® in one application without paying a monthly subscription. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will also use ON1's

state-of-the-art processing engine providing a fast, smooth, comfortable, and fun photo editing experience while producing the highest quality results for your photos.

Photo RAW seamlessly integrates the features of photo organizing, non-destructive editing, layering capabilities, the best masking and selection tools, portrait retouching, hundreds of photo effects, text, HDR, automated panorama stitching, photo resizing, and more into one powerful yet easy-to-use software application.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 supports RAW files from over 800 cameras, but it isn’t just for raw files. It also supports file formats include JPEG, TIF, PSD/PSB, PNG, HEIC and DNG are supported and benefit from the speed, performance, and abundance of editing tools in the app. Photo RAW 2019 will also integrate as a plug-in to Adobe® Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC as well as Apple Photos and will continue to work as a standalone photo editor and rival the Adobe Photography Plan. Like the current version, version 2019 will integrate with the major cloud services to allow for uploading, managing, and editing photos across multiple computers. This enables users to sync photos and their edits across multiple computers or in a studio setting.

Posted: November 13, 2018, 5:00 pm

We got our hands on Tamron's second-generation SP 15-30mm F2.8 a couple of months ago at Photokina, and we've just started shooting with a copy for Nikon mount. The lens sports a number of internal enhancements, such as the addition of a second processor so that autofocus and stabilization are each handled by their own chip. See how we've gotten along with the lens so far.

See our Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery

Posted: November 13, 2018, 2:30 pm

When it comes to buying used photography gear, there are plenty of options around the web: eBay, Amazon, KEH, B&H, and Adorama. Now, there's a new option — Gear Offer, a photography-specific marketplace for selling and buying used camera equipment.

Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, Gear Offer is a self-proclaimed "marketplace just for photographers that's hassle free, priced fairly and continually improving" founded in March 2017.

Trusting a new online marketplace isn't always easy, but Gear Offer clearly lays out its terms of service and guidelines on how selling and buying items works.

Listing items on Gear Offer is free. There's even a built-in pricing tool that uses recent sales of identical products as a guideline for what price you should set your item(s) at. Once the gear is listed, it's a matter of waiting for someone to click the "buy now" button on the product page or make an offer that's accepted.

Once an item is purchased, the funds from the buyer will be transferred to their Gear Offer account. The seller then packs up the item, ships it off, and adds the tracking number to the purchase on Gear Offer. The buyer will then receive updates until the item (hopefully) safely arrives on their doorstep. After the payment has cleared, which Gear Offer claims is "typically in 2 business days" the seller will receive their funds. Below is a chart provided by Gear Offer that illustrates the timeline of the buying and selling process.

To protect against fraudulent accounts and activity, Gear Offer says it uses machine learning to continually evaluate the risk of certain sales and transactions. It also relies on reviews from buyers and sellers to help build trust between frequent users. In the event something does go wrong, Gear Offers says customer service is provided by "real live humans," and not ones in offshore call centers.

To confirm this claim DPReview tested the Gear Offer contact line by calling at roughly 4pm ET on a Saturday and after stating its name via a Google Voice operator service, DPReview was connected to a line that was eventually directed to a voicemail that said we would hear back "as soon as possible" regarding its inquiry. DPReview called again five minutes later in a secondary effort to contact the Gear Offer team and was immediately connected with a representative from the company.

Gear Offer makes its money is through a 6.9% processing fee when an item is sold, similar to how eBay and Amazon works, although at a lower rate — Gear Offer notes that eBay charges 12.9% (plus a standard $.30 fixed processing fee).1 The 6.9% fee comes from the income of the seller of the item.

Head over to Gear Offer to find out more and browse around the current listings. A Gear Offer spokesperson informed DPReview inventory is low at the moment, but is always looking for more sellers to help build its collection of gear. To list or purchase photography gear sign up for an account.


1 The eBay processing fee is 10% and the PayPal processing fee is 2.9%, which makes for the 12.9% total fee.

Posted: November 12, 2018, 11:30 pm

I think there may be more than a few of us who have been told that we spend too long looking through a viewfinder instead of experiencing life first hand. And there will be plenty of us who know that sometimes we don’t get to experience an event because we are constantly looking for the best angle and thinking photography rather than feeling the moment as everyone else is.

Filmmaker Casey Cavanaugh has made a really cool film on the subject, and has created a wooden rig that allowed him to mount his Sony a7S above the viewfinder of a Hasselblad 500CM so he could record the movie through the viewfinder of the medium format film camera. I won’t spoil the story for you, but it doesn’t end well for the Hasselblad! Cavanaugh also shared the main actress in the film, Corrina VanHamlin, tragically passed away after it was made.

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Link in bio || We all had a really amazing time making this short film for the Capital City Film Festival. Watching it now is a little more difficult for me as well as anyone who might have known the amazing lead actress, Corrina VanHamlin. She tragically passed away this year and her performance in this film is but a glimpse into the wonderful and talented person she was. I’m extremely grateful that we were able to make this piece of art together. Huge thanks to the rest of the team, @xiaoxinghan @ryanzern @danhartleyvideo @lukepline • • • • • • #cinematic #shortfilm #hasselblad500cm #hasselblad #fujiframez #framez #sonyframez #fujifilm #sonya7sii #sonya7riii #sonya7iii #fullframe #atomosshogun #groundglass #mediumformatfilm #mediumformat #mediumformatphotography #mediumformatcamera @hasselblad @hasselbladfeatures @hasselbladculture @hasselblad.japan @petapixel @phoblographer

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See the GxAce YouTube channel to watch Casey's other films. Cavanaugh is the same guy behind the DIY XPan camera video DPReview shared last week.

Posted: November 12, 2018, 11:04 pm

The New York Times has millions of printed photographs stored in an underground archive nicknamed "the morgue," and it has begun the arduous task of digitizing this collection. Google is part of the project, according to a post on one of the company's blogs, where it explains that its machine learning and cloud technologies will help The New York Times store, process, and search its archive.

The morgue houses between 5 and 7 million photographs dating back to the late 19th century, all of them stored in folders within file cabinets. Many of the photos haven't been viewed in decades and all of them are at risk of damage. In 2015, for example, the morgue experienced minor damage after water leaked in from a broken pipe.

The New York Times' CTO Nick Rockwell said in a statement to Google:

The morgue is a treasure trove of perishable documents that are a priceless chronicle of not just The Times's history, but of nearly more than a century of global events that have shaped our modern world ... Staff members across the photo department and on the business side have been exploring possible avenues for digitizing the morgue’s photos for years. But as recently as last year, the idea of a digitized archive still seemed out of reach.

To help preserve this visual history, Google has stepped in to provide The New York Times with its cloud storage product for storing high-resolution digital copies of the photographs. The New York Times has developed a processing pipeline for the digitization project that includes resizing images using Google Kubernetes Engine and storing metadata using PostgreSQL, in addition to the open source command-line software ExifTool and ImageMagick.

Google's machine learning technology augments the system to offer insights into the digitized content. The company's Cloud Vision API is used to detect text, logos, objects, and more within photographs, while the Cloud Natural Language API uses the detected text to categorize the images. This data makes it possible to search the digitized collection for specific images that would otherwise be lost in the vast archive.

Posted: November 12, 2018, 7:23 pm

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