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04/24/2018 07:20 PM
7 Jedi Mind Tricks Every Portrait Photographer Should Know
Jedi mind tricks are not just for Jedi. They’re for photographers too. Us portrait photographers face a difficult mission. We must form instant connections with our subjects. Have you ever photographed someone with whom you just can’t click? I have, and it sucks. To avoid awkward suckiness sucking, I recommend using Jedi mind tricks. So […]

04/24/2018 06:12 PM
Photographer Shoots Thermal Photos of the Homeless in the Winter
With homelessness on the rise in countries across Europe, photographer Grey Hutton decided to take to the streets of London and Berlin to shoot portraits of the homeless in winter months using a thermal camera. His project is titled Traces of Warmth. “I wanted to get closer to these marginalized members of our society and, […]

04/24/2018 05:30 PM
This is the Surface of a Comet
Back in 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft captured the world’s imagination by arriving at a comet and snapping the first-ever photos of a comet’s surface. Now here’s something that’s even better: a series of photos turned into a motion picture of what it’s like on the comet at ground level. The 1-second video was made by […]

04/24/2018 04:55 PM
Requiem for My Canon Powershot G12
Seven years ago I decided to buy a camera to capture my climbing adventures. Little did I know how it would change my life. Not only did it make the climbing even more enjoyable, it also taught me all the important aspects of photography. A short while ago, that camera, my trusty Canon Powershot G12, […]

04/24/2018 04:33 PM
LEX is an Open Source Sony E-Mount Film Camera
LEX is a new prototype open source film camera that features a E-mount, allowing Sony photographers to use their existing collection of lenses. sonyalpharumors reports that the camera is the creation of one man named Alexander Gee who wanted to be able to use all the high-end glass being made for Sony’s digital cameras these […]

04/24/2018 03:24 PM
Photographer Wins Monkey Selfie Copyright Case, Court Slams PETA
Photographer David Slater has won his legal battle over that monkey selfie. A US appeals court ruled Monday that US copyright law doesn’t allow animals to file copyright infringement lawsuits. The decision, made by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, upheld a lower-court ruling that previously reached the same conclusion. Slater […]

04/23/2018 09:23 PM
Your Camera is Better Than What Legendary Photographers Used
If you think that buying a better camera or lens will instantly make you a better photographer, consider this: it’s likely that the camera you already have is better than what legendary photographers used to shoot history’s most famous and beloved photos. That’s the nugget of inspiration and encouragement that photographer Ted Forbes of The […]

04/23/2018 08:58 PM
NVIDIA’s AI-Powered ‘Content-Aware Fill’ is Mind-Blowing
NVIDIA is taking Photoshop-style “Content-Aware Fill” to the next level. The company has introduced a new state-of-the-art technique that uses AI to realistically reconstruct photos. This 2-minute video introduces the technology and contains examples that may blow your mind. What’s amazing about NVIDIA’s system and the current “Content-Aware Fill” in Photoshop is that NVIDIA’s tool […]

04/23/2018 08:00 PM
Nikon Pro Mirrorless Coming Along at a ‘Rapid Pace’, Launch Within a Year
It appears that Sony is right, and that Canon and Nikon are furiously racing to bring professional full-frame mirrorless cameras to their customers. The latest word is that Nikon’s mirrorless camera will be released in the current fiscal year. The Japanese business news outlet SankeiBiz reports that development of the new camera is advancing at […]

04/23/2018 07:22 PM
Shootout: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone
It’s been a few years now since smartphones became legitimate tools for professional photography. While a DSLR or high-end mirrorless is almost certainly the preferred choice, phone camera quality has reached the point where it can be used in many situations. TIME Magazine ran an iPhone photo as a cover image in 2012, and since […]

04/23/2018 06:26 PM
How to Shoot Polaroid i-Type Film in a Old Polaroid 600
Here’s a tutorial on how you can shoot Polaroid i-Type instant film in an old Polaroid 600 instant camera. I think the pictures speak for themselves I hope you like it, and that this tutorial saves you some money. Here are the materials you’ll need: Note: AA batteries are better, because they last longer, but […]

04/23/2018 04:33 PM
This Photographer Combines Toys and Practical Effects
Mitchel Wu is a professional toy photographer. He combines toys, photography skills, practical effects, and imagination to create “alternative universes” in which toy characters come to life. Instead of using digital trickery in Photoshop, Wu carefully sets up his shots to capture things like flying objects and splashes on camera. Many of Wu’s photographs combine […]

04/23/2018 03:56 PM
DxO Labs in Receivership, Bankruptcy Case Opened: Report
DxO Labs has reportedly gone into receivership as a bankruptcy proceeding is opened in France. The company is mum on what exactly is going on behind the scenes but says its customers shouldn’t be affected by the financial and legal situation. Canon Rumors first reported that one DxO Labs customer has received the following message […]

04/22/2018 05:25 PM
Ep. 273: The Photo Community Is Not Shy – and more
 Episode 273 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: Lonely Speck’s Ian Norman In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Show Opener: Lonely Speck‘s […]

04/21/2018 05:32 PM
My Thoughts on the SmugMug Flickr Acquisition
Yesterday, we learned that the photo-sharing site Flickr has been acquired by the photo sharing site SmugMug. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Flickr was purchased by Yahoo back in the early days of the internet in 2005 for probably somewhere around $40 million (give or take $10 million). Yahoo managed Flickr for many […]

04/21/2018 05:04 PM
Photos of the Tsukiji Fish Market
With an area of about 230,000 square meters, Tsukiji fish market is one of the largest fish markets in the world. Inside there are also many restaurants that serve the freshest fish sold, but the peculiarity of this place is the sale of tuna, which in Japan is so popular to the point that real […]

04/21/2018 04:34 PM
Meike Unveils an 85mm f/1.8, Its First Autofocus Lens
Meike has announced its new 85mm f/1.8 full-frame lens, the Hong Kong-based camera gear manufacturer’s first autofocus lens. It’s available for Canon EF-mount cameras. The MK-85mm f/1.8 features an all-metal body, a multi-coated front element, a lens hood, 9 elements in 6 groups, a minimum focusing distance of 2.78 feet (0.85m), and a filter thread […]

04/21/2018 12:37 AM
Flickr Has Been Acquired by SmugMug
Huge news in the photo sharing world today: SmugMug just announced that it has acquired Flickr from Yahoo, which was itself acquired by Verizon last year. This deal “will create the most influential photography community in the world,” SmugMug says. SmugMug’s acquisition allows it to gain tens of millions of new Flickr photographers as customers, […]

04/20/2018 09:09 PM
Shooting a Wet Plate Macro of a Cherry Blossom High on a Tree
After I recently saw cherry blossoms on my tree, I wanted to shoot one of them with my wet plate camera… while the blossom is still high on the tree. When I was young, this tree was the location of my climbing adventures. This tree has seen better days – the weather during recent years […]

04/20/2018 07:59 PM
Huawei P20 Pro vs Canon 5DS R: I’m Stunned…
The new Huawei P20 Pro smartphone boasts what Huawei claims is the best-ever smartphone camera. It has a combination of three sensors with individual lenses, a 40-megapixel (yes!) 1/1.7-inch color sensor (significantly larger than the 1/2.9-inch sensor in the iPhone X), a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor (both these sensors are approximately equivalent to a full-frame 27mm […]