Three Things I Appreciate About Canon Cameras

Three Things I Appreciate About Canon Cameras

Canon cameras tend to get a lot of flak for seemingly being behind the times technologically speaking, though they remain the top brand in the world. Nonetheless, it’s not all bad with them. Here are three things that I think Canon cameras do very well.

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Study Claims Photographers Get Asked for Free Work Because Everyone Knows They Love Their Job

Study Claims Photographers Get Asked for Free Work Because Everyone Knows They Love Their Job

It’s no secret that photographers suffer through the constant expectation of free or cheap work. And now, a new study suggests that the reason for it is because we love our jobs, in what scientists are calling “passion exploitation.”

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Shooting an Environmental Portrait From Start to Finish

Shooting an Environmental Portrait From Start to Finish

A couple weeks ago, I did a quick photo session with my Jiu Jitsu coach, Rafael Moreno, and I filmed the process from start to finish.

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Why ‘Charge What You’re Worth’ Is Bad Advice

Why 'Charge What You're Worth' Is Bad Advice

The phrase, “charge what you’re worth,” makes sense on the surface, and it’s advised so often in photography business circles that no one realizes it’s a bad idea.

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Wildlife Photo Contest Winner Disqualified Over Elephant’s Ears

African Geographic has announced that photographer who recently won its 2019 Photographer of the Year award has been disqualified due to photo-manipulation.

The photo, titled “Tim in Amboseli National Park, Kenya” and shot by photographer Björn Persson, shows a known Kenyan elephant named Tim standing in a field with dark clouds in the background.

Although the photo initially won Persson the title of Photographer of the Year, the publication’s “ever-vigilant community members with detailed knowledge of Tim” quickly noticed that something was off with the elephant’s ears.

African Geographic points to these two photos by Selengei Poole-Granli that were also submitted to the contest as ones that accurately show what Tim’s ears look like — notice the damaged areas:

Photo by Selengei Poole-Granli and shared by African Geographic.
Photo by Selengei Poole-Granli and shared by African Geographic.

A closer look at Tim’s ears in Persson’s photo shows that the damaged areas seem to have been “healed” (or swapped?):

A crop of the photo by Björn Persson.

“The judges did not pick up the error during the judging process,” African Geographic says, “although they did comment on the other obvious post-production work on the image, which they feel is acceptable and which adds a ‘mystical dimension to Tim, a sense of fantasy and legend’.”

After confronting Persson about the discrepancy, the photographer explained that the manipulation occurred accidentally during post-processing.

“Our judges have made the decision to disqualify […] after being made aware that post-production work by the photographer resulted in certain rips/tears in the ears of the elephant not being accurately reflected,” African Geographic says. “The entrant’s explanation, that this error occurred unintentionally while he was cleaning up the image (a common practice amongst photographers), has been accepted by judges – but the decision to disqualify the image stands.”

The contest’s rules state that: “Entries should be a faithful representation of the original scene. Localized adjustments should be used appropriately. The objective is to remain faithful to the original experience, and to never deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality.”

A new winner of 2019 Photographer of the Year has since been announced by African Geographic.

(via African Geographic via Digital Photography School)


Image credits: Header photo by Björn Persson

The FAA devises a new strategy for Remote ID

Remote identification (Remote ID) is the concept that drones need to be equipped with a digital license plate. Knowing who is flying an unmanned aerial system (UAS) where, and when, is imperative for increasing safety and security. Two senators on opposite sides of the political spectrum even urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to take action recently.

This Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) that a final rule on remote identification of drones could take up to two years to implement. This latest development also finds them looking to the committee for alternate strategies including how to get operators to voluntarily use remote ID.

‘We realize that there’s no schedule I can give you or anyone else can give you that will be quick enough to get to remote ID, from a regulatory standpoint,’ said Jay Merkle, executive director of the FAA’s drone integration office. ‘So we think working with industry to get early adoption of [technical] standards and voluntary compliance is a good way to start enabling and unlocking’ flights over people and beyond line of sight.

Remote ID for UAS has been a long time in the making. The process was introduced over two years ago. Rulemaking was supposed to begin on May 1st but was pushed back to July 21st. The newly-formed DAC hasn’t been neglecting it, however. ‘The reason for delay is not because people haven’t been working on it,’ Merkle said, describing the rulemaking as ‘very complex.’

Printing For Rich Contrast and Colors With Hahnemühle’s Photo Rag® Baryta

Printing For Rich Contrast and Colors With Hahnemühle's Photo Rag® Baryta

When you’ve decided to print your work and you’re looking for the right paper, your options are near endless. If you know that you’re wanting strong contrast and rich color representation, then take a look at this paper from Hahnemühle.

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A Photographer’s Powerful Photo and Message for a Mom After Birth

After a child is born, that newborn baby generally becomes the center of everyone’s attention. One photographer recently captured an often-overlooked moment of a mom post-birth, and her photo and the accompanying message are going viral, reaching millions around the world.

After her friend Tammy Wright of Jacksonville, Florida, gave birth to a baby boy on May 20th, photographer Alex Dovel of Alex Michele Photography shot the above photo of an exhausted Wright holding the side of her hospital bed. Dovel then shared the photo on her Facebook page with the following message:

In the hustle of the room I peered over at my friend bent over in pain. Baby had just been born and everyone was surrounding the miracle that happened before our eyes and naturally everyone was in awe of him. But I was especially in awe of her. I saw you, mama. I saw the pain in your eyes and in your face and in your body. Because this is now a new season called postpartum. We tend to forget our mamas when babies are around. We ask how baby is, what does baby need, can we hold the baby, can we buy this for the baby but… what about mama? Let us not forget the hard work she endured to carry this child AND the hard road ahead to mother and heal and feed and rest and parent her other children also. What do mamas really need? Meals dropped off, someone to watch baby so they can shower, solid childcare for her other children, house cleaners to stop by and help out. Heating pads and coffee and comfy PJs. Maybe fast food. Or a friend to fold laundry. Maybe a new movie to watch or your Netflix login. Let’s not forget the mamas. It’s just so easy to because women are incredibly strong and seem to have it all together but they need the support and the extra hands more than ever entering into that fourth trimester.

The post has since racked up over 200,000 reactions, 172,000 shares, and 17,000 comments.

“The feedback has been incredible!” Dovel tells PetaPixel. “Women around the world have been able to connect with each other on this platform to talk about a subject that is usually pushed aside!

“I’ve been featured everywhere it seems — even on my local news! It’s reached over 20 million people!”

You can find more of Dovel’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.”

Demystifying the Thought Processes of a Photographic Competition Judge in 10 Steps

Demystifying the Thought Processes of a Photographic Competition Judge in 10 Steps

Photography competitions are a fantastic way for a photographer to gain exposure, build prestige, acquire credentials, or see how they compare to their peers. Tyler Lanz of Laminart Industries has 10 steps to help improve your chances during your next submission.

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Is Canon Finally Bringing In-Body Stabilization to Its Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras?

Is Canon Finally Bringing In-Body Stabilization to Its Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras?

Canon has long resisted calls for in-body stabilization and it is feature that’s markedly missing from the EOS R and the EOS RP. However, news is emerging that in-body stabilization paired with lens stabilization is very much in the pipeline. What are the implications for its RF and EF lens line ups?

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Photographer’s Protest Leads to Facebook Admitting It Is Reviewing Its Policy on Nudity

Photographer's Protest Leads to Facebook Admitting It Is Reviewing Its Policy on Nudity

A backlash from photographers has this week seen Facebook agree to reconsider its policy on nudity within images hosted on the social network site. The furore followed Facebook’s decision to ban “artistic nudity” in photos. (NSFW).

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Learn How to Take Product Photographs Like a Pro!

Learn How to Take Product Photographs Like a Pro!

Want to spruce up your product photography skills or maybe get some inspiration for your next product shoot? Check out this video guide on how to light and produce great shots for your clients!

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DPReview TV: Panasonic DFD vs. Canon dual-pixel autofocus

To DFD or not to DFD, that is the question.

Panasonic’s proprietary DFD (Depth from Defocus) autofocus system has both critics and fans, but Chris and Jordan think the system might have received a bad rap. In this episode they compare DFD to Canon’s Dual-Pixel autofocus system. Might the results surprise you?

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The 10 Best Movies About Sexual Awakening

Picnic At Hanging Rock

We desire, we fall in love. We are haunted by curves and scents. Since when do all these inexplicable processes begin to evolve in one’s body and soul? Even before we receive our mother’s milk for the first time, sexuality is already rooted somewhere in the tender soil of subconscious. A shapeless shadow of sexual nature patiently rests, until a bright sunbeam of carnal stimulation comes to enlighten all these instincts into their full appreciable body.

Those first moments of sexual apperception define one of the most significant stages of life. A child fights a man in the territory of one body. A woman displaces a delicate girl from an inner kingdom. Such procedures are never simple, never direct, and never clear. Let’s observe them through the artistic sphere of cinema. The following are some of the best films ever made about the subject.

 

10. Attenberg (2010)

Attenberg

Athina Rachel Tsangari’s distant observation on the humankind, as it emerges in her 2010 “Attenberg,” perhaps comprises the most existential piece of the “New Greek Weird Wave.” Bizarre, even deformed and colorless in a unique way, this story is the projection of an ingredient deeply rooted yet constantly obvious in a pitch-black miniature society.

The film is focused on Marina, a 23-year-old girl who stands numb toward the world, while trying to decode the functions of her own mind and body. During the film’s opening scene, Marina is taught how to kiss by her unique girlfriend. The two of them have defined a personal sphere of reality— a one-way permeable fishbowl of senses that allows constant recycling of juvenile manners mixed with an odd constituent of adulthood.

Placed in a contemporary small-scale urban environment of silent pain and loneliness, the story’s tragic heroine appears as a curio in flesh and bones. Still, if one reverses the direction of the lens, the curio of our own world appears huge and firm. In Marina’s ostensibly maladjusted mind lives a child that denies coming of age and adopting the typical behavioral trends of adults. Her long-lasting sexual sleep is now interrupted so as to induct her in the cursed sanctum she has always been ignoring.

 

9. A Swedish Love Story (1970)

A Swedish Love Story

Quite before the occurrence of the tragicomic cinematic absurdity that established Roy Andersson as a groundbreaking arthouse director, the tender-hearted foundation of his 1970 “A Swedish Love Story” signified a primal glimpse of an insightful intelligence. Simplistic and honest, this story is found on a raw, glaringly textured slice of life.

Annika and Pär are two teenagers seeking love and attention in a materialistic world of egocentricity and emotional corruption. In each other’s eyes, both of them discover an inner destination.

Their relationship describes the features of an adult relationship, as their mood for exploring the limits of their sexuality progressively increases and expands. We see two children digging out the deep-seated carnal instincts of two lovers. But this is something bigger than a physical need.

Andersson’s first feature film, if watched carefully and critically, delves into the psychological labyrinths of two true-to-life teenage minds suffering from a primal form of deprivation. Approached with sympathy, their sexuality is here reordered on the fundamental bedrock of their emotional and spiritual substance.

 

8. À Nos Amours (1983)

A nos amours

You’ve met girls like her many times: she’s a classmate, a cousin, or maybe a friend. She’s the one carrying a bad fame. Why does she need all these lovers? Meeting Sandrine Bonnaire’s character in “À Nos Amours,” you get the answer— an answer raw, painful and entirely true.

Her home is a sad place. Reflective fragments of her parents’ broken marriage pierce Suzanne’s heart every single day. Her nights are given to temporary lover and romancers. During this course, a child escapes from home and hides all the pain under the newly shaped allures of a woman. Suzanne is lost and found somewhere there…

Still juvenile in a refreshing manner and aptly complex, Suzanne’s character becomes almost tangible in the viewer’s hands, being both very well-crafted and embodies by the arguably intelligent Bonnaire. “À Nos Amours,” seen through this girl’s eyes, is definitely a cinematic experience that aches, deserving all that sentimental sweat and toil while caressing the hurt skin of adolescence’s delicate sexuality.

 

7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

Bel Powley - The Diary of a Teenage Girl

One can never be truly prepared to deal with the teenage mind set-up exposed in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” This is an absolutely audacious art piece by the emergent female director Marielle Heller. Referring to the 1970s decade, the film employs the old-fashioned extravaganza of a cult era as exploring timeless issues of adolescence.

The story’s young heroine is a thirsty for life yet sentimentally clumsy girl called Minnie. We meet her the day she triumphantly confesses to her diary that she just had sex for the first time. And then, a breathtaking apposition of happenings reveals how Minnie and her mother’s boyfriend became lovers. Still, Heller essentially shows how her heroine’s explosive occurrence of sexuality is used simultaneously used as a weapon and a shield.

Thorough, bold, and captivating in an absurd way, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is an amazing film exploring the both dark and bright nature of a teenage mind. You can discover laughter, tears, even a breath of deep fear in this film’s paths and corners. In the end, you know that Minnie, as placed in her environment and shaped by her thoughts and sentiments, is a true girl.

 

6. I Killed My Mother (2009)

I Killed My Mother (2009)

Art is the greatest medium recreating aspects of life and channeling deep and untold thoughts. Art, above anything else, is a personal matter. Xavier Dolan’s work, in its sincerity and promptness, effortlessly prove this fact. Fresh as youth and mature as wisdom, his first feature film is a sweet lament about the blinding dawn of manhood.

Embodied by Dolan, Hubert is a middle-class teenage boy living with his eccentric mother. He is a quite mature young man, self-aware and sexually stable. However, there’s something he can’t understand: his mother. As a little boy, Hubert was very attached to Chantale. But what about that homosexual, stubborn man rising inside him? Why can’t he accept the beloved mother of his happy childhood?

“What would you do if I died today,” Hubert asks. “I’d die tomorrow,” Chantale answers while her son is already gone. At the age of 20, Dolan creates his first Freudian study of sexuality in cinematic form. The Canadian enfant terrible knew that love can tear us apart and even had the talent to make a film out of it. In this semi-autobiographical piece, he gives one of the greatest sex scenes of all-time.

Best smartphone cameras of 2019

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing your next smartphone, and it’s not a decision that should be made based solely on any individual feature. But we hear from a lot of folks that camera performance is right at the top of the list of considerations when it’s time to upgrade, and we’re often asked which smartphone camera is the best.

While we rank the Google Pixel 3 as the best all-around smartphone camera, it’s important to consider your unique photographic needs. Here are the smartphone cameras we think are worth consideration for a range of use-cases.


If you’re well-versed in smartphone imaging terminology, skip right ahead. But if you’d like a quick primer, here are some of the terms you’ll see referred to frequently in this guide:

Computational photography: Image capture and processing techniques that replace traditional optical processes with digital, or computational, ones.

Portrait mode: A photo mode that mimics the blurry-background effect known as bokeh. It’s used commonly for portraits, but isn’t necessarily limited to that use case.

Night Sight: Specifically, a proprietary Google camera mode that captures multiple frames and combines them to create a final image with more detail and less noise in dark situations. Other manufacturers offer their own, similar, modes but the Pixel 3’s is especially impressive, thanks to its use of super resolution that makes the mode useful even for daytime shooting.

Hybrid zoom: A method for zooming that combines traditional optical zoom with computational techniques, allowing for better detail rendering at intermediary focal lengths than digital zoom alone.

Best all-around: Google Pixel 3

It’s certainly not flawless, but if there’s one mobile device to recommend above all others for pure imaging prowess, it’s gotta be the Pixel. Sure, you’ll have just one main camera lens at your disposal, but Google’s clever multi-frame image processing brings capabilities to a single camera that are downright spooky.

Night Sight does an impressive job of rendering very dark scenes, and can even be used to bring out even more detail in well-lit scenes (provided your subject isn’t moving too much). It even uses machine learning to provide more pleasing colors. Portrait mode handles tricky subjects like hair convincingly, videos are well-stabilized, and it’s all integrated with Google’s powerful Photos app.

So who shouldn’t buy a Pixel 3? If any of the following use-cases are your primary goal for your smartphone photography, then you should consider our picks in those categories. And of course, if you’re deeply entrenched in iOS and/or you can’t stand Android, you’ll probably be happier with the iPhone XS.

Best for video: iPhone XS

The iPhone not only offers 4K/60p standard video recording (a notch above the Pixel’s 4K/30p) but it also offers HDR video capture at 4K/30p. This mode uses multiple frames for impressive dynamic range, and is simply some of the best footage we’ve seen from a smartphone.

The XS is a fantastic all-around camera in its own right, going so far as to even simulate optical properties of lenses like mechanical vignetting, so if you plan on consistently shooting a mix of stills and video it’s worth considering over the Pixel.

On the stills side, we’re particularly impressed by Apple’s decision to capture a wider (P3) color gamut and display high dynamic range photos in a manner that takes advantage of the HDR capabilities of the display – something no other phone (or camera) on the market does to-date. Not to mention that we’re partial to Apple’s color rendition over Google’s – the latter tends toward cooler white balance and less saturation.

We give the Pixel 3 an edge in our recommendations thanks to features like Night Sight and computational Raw (read up on all of that here) but the XS isn’t far behind.

Best portrait mode: Google Pixel 3

Oh, portrait mode: sometimes it’s pretty good, sometimes it’s okay, and sometimes it’s downright terrible. It’s a feature that’s very much a work-in-progress on every phone, but we think the best implementation currently is on the Pixel 3. Google uses its dual-pixel sensor as well as machine learning to identify subjects and backgrounds, giving a slightly more realistic, progressive blur. While others use similar approaches, Google’s additional use of machine learning to help the camera understand depth cues makes it stand out from the rest. It’s good enough for Instagram.

Best for zoom: Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei is the first manufacturer to bring folded optics to the smartphone market, packing a 5x telephoto lens into its P30 Pro alongside standard and wide-angle camera units. Other phones offer 5x digital zoom, but this tends to degrade image quality and the P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom image quality is significantly better. Furthermore, it utilizes hybrid zoom to fill in the gaps between its standard and tele lenses for improved image quality compared to simple digital zoom.

Though it lacks the impressive optical telephoto reach, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ are also worth considering for more focal length flexibility. They each provide 2x telephoto and ultra-wide lenses in addition to a standard wide-angle unit. If the P30 Pro isn’t available in your area and you’re one of the Android faithful, the S10-series are also good all-rounders.

Best budget smartphone camera: Google Pixel 3a

Flagship phones have packed in more and more impressive features in recent years and likewise, MSRPs have ballooned right along with them – up to and beyond the $1000 mark. In this context, Google’s Pixel 3a is bargain for $400.

You can easily spend less on a phone by opting for a device that’s a generation or two old, but you’ll be missing out on the significant camera tech improvements available on current models. That’s why the Pixel 3a is sort of groundbreaking. By sacrificing a few features reserved for the flagship (the 3a lacks wireless charging, water resistance and uses a slower processor) and some nice-to-have imaging features (no wide-angle selfies) you’ll still get the latest camera tech and save a bunch of money.

Should I wait for the next round of flagship phones?

You don’t have to be James Holzhauer (YES RICHARD I KNOW THAT NOBODY OUTSIDE OF THE US WATCHES JEOPARDY JUST GIVE ME THIS ONE THING) to know that betting on new flagship smartphones debuting in the fall is a safe wager. Should you wait a few more months for the latest and greatest? That depends.

The next crop of phones will likely rely on machine learning for smarter algorithms to process images, isolate Portrait Mode subjects and offer more focal lengths and zoom ratios. Screens will get bigger and nicer, bezels will continue to shrink and the Battle of the Notch wages on.

With smartphone sales down there’s more motivation to make the next generation even more enticing

Things get interesting on the camera hardware side. Rumors point to Google adding another rear camera, and murmurings of a triple-camera iPhone are looking increasingly plausible. That’s good news for anyone with an eye on a budget model too: if the XS successor adds a wide-angle camera to the mix, then the XR successor may adopt the dual-lens module currently used by the flagship.

If nothing else, with smartphone sales down there’s more motivation to make the next generation even more enticing (and the ‘affordable’ versions more affordable). If you’re an early adopter or hoping for a few more features on a budget model, you might want to hold off. But if you’re upgrading from a phone that’s more than a generation old, you’ll probably be satisfied with the advancements present in the current crop of flagships for some time.