Kandao QooCam 8K 360 Camera- $589 USD

At CES 2020, Kandao was showing its new QooCam 8K 360 Camera. The camera features a lot of functionality and the ability to capture HDR footage at up to 7680 x 3840 footage. The camera was initially shown at Interbee 2019 late last year. The Kandao QooCam 8K 360 Camera can record high-quality 360° video. … Continued

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Autel EVO II – World’s first 8K foldable consumer drone

At CES 2020, Autel has unveiled its new range of EVO II drones. The range consists of the EVO II, the world’s first 8K foldable consumer drone, the 6K EVO II PRO, and the EVO PRO II Dual, which features the ability to record 8K and thermal images. Ther EVO 2 series features the longest … Continued

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Gigabyte shows at CES 2020 the first water-cooled eGPU for content creators

Gigabyte at CES 2020: the first water-cooled eGPU for content creators

Gigabyte debuts at CES 2020 two new AERO laptops for creators, the AORUS RAID SSD 2TB expansion card and the first water-cooled eGPU, the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box.

Don’t let the name fool you. The AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is more than a solution for gamers. In fact, it’s a portable graphics box or external GPU – eGPU –  that is ideal for gamers, but can also be perfect for content creators, 3D animation, streamers, YouTubers and others that require the highest level of graphic processing.

Gigabyte at CES 2020: the first water-cooled eGPU for content creatorsGigabyte at CES 2020: the first water-cooled eGPU for content creators

Announced in November 2019, the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is the world’s first external graphics box with a built-in all-in-one water cooling system, AORUS WATERFORCE, the only solution, according to Gigabyte, that allows users to enjoy the best GeForce RTX 2080 Ti computing performance and both a quiet and comfortable environment at the same time.The all-in-one cooling system integrates a large copper plate, a 240mm aluminum radiator and two 120mm fans. With an optimized pump and water block, it provides the most efficient water flow and cooling performance at a lower noise level.

From video editing to broadcasting

Equipped with the powerful NVIDIA Turing architecture GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, the eGPU allows creators to work faster than ever, accelerating workflows with incredible boosts in performance. From video editing to 3D animation, photography or broadcasting, the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box can save users a lot of time. The eGPU connects to the laptop PC through Thunderbolt 3, providing speeds up to 40 Gbps and delivers 100W to charge the laptop PC. Users should confirm the PC used (Windows 10) is compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

Key features of the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box:

  • Powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Ti delivers incredible performance for games, creators and A.I.
  • WATERFORCE all-in-one cooling system
  • Thunderbolt 3 plug and play
  • Supports 3x USB 3.0 for peripheral
  • Supports 1x Ethernet port
  • Supports Power Delivery (PD 3.0) to charge the laptop PC
  • RGB fusion 2.0 – 16.7M color synchronize with other AORUS devices

New Aero laptops

Two new laptops made it to CES 2020, expanding the AERO line introduced in 2017. Now Gigabyte introduces the all new AERO 15 OLED and AERO 17 HDR laptops for creators. The AERO series laptops not only has powerful performance that can greatly reduce media processing times, it is also the world’s only laptop with X-Rite Pantone calibration certified, guaranteeing accurate display colors. The portability for creators are also fine-tuned, by equipping the AERO with a large 94 Wh battery in an ultra-portable chassis, giving creators an extended 8 hours of battery usage. Create anything anywhere.

Because there is a whole generation of professionals, from different areas, who also like to play games, Gigabyte brought the all new 240Hz AERO 15 and the 144Hz AERO 17 to CES 2020. Not only are they suited for creative works, but also powerful and fast (refresh rate) enough for gamers to experience AAA games with ease. The AERO series laptop also comes with fully fledged per-key backlit keyboard, with every key lighting customizable to the gamers, making the laptop a unique and powerful piece.

Upgrade to PCIe 3.0

Also new at CES 2020 is Gigabyte’s AORUS RAID SSD 2TB expansion card, which offers an affordable way for users to upgrade to PCIe 3.0 without purchasing a new motherboard. The card has an embedded enterprise class NVMe RAID controller with 4 x PCIe 3.0 512GB NVMe SSD. Users can expect Gen 4 performance on the PCI3 3.0 platform with Read/Write (R/W) performance of up to 6300/5900 MBs. The RAID array can be configured for Ultra-High Performance or data redundancy, and as an OS drive or SSD storage drive.

Gigabyte includes its dedicated AORUS Storage Manager and SSD Tool Box, which allows users to configure a RAID array with a single click and monitor both SSD temperatures and fan speeds to keep their SSDs cool and performing at a high level.

OWC– new eGPU, Thunderbolt 3 enclosures & SoftRaid Software

At CES 2020, OWC is showing a range of new hardware and software products. These include the ThunderBay 8, ThunderBay FLEX 8, Akitio Node Titan, and their SoftRAID Standard and SoftRAID Pro software. Akitio Node Titan The Akitio Node Titan is an external Graphics Processing Unit Enclosure (eGPU) that transforms notebooks or other slot-less computers … Continued

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Plugable Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C Docking Station with 100W Power Delivery

At CES 2020, Plugable has announced its new Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C Docking Station. Called the TBT3-UDZ is can deliver up to 100W of power. According to Plugable, the TBT3-UDZ is the most versatile, powerful and accessible docking station in 2020, exceeding limitations of other docking stations on the market. The docking station features 14 … Continued

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Recreating an empty folder structure on the Mac

The other day I was working to create a duplicate hard drive for some out of office editorial. The original project directory was a well organized but folder heavy creation that I wanted to replicate on a new, portable hard drive. Being a portable hard that was to be used for file transfer I only wanted some select pieces of media out of the tons of media on the edit RAID.

Imagine this nice, organized project folder structure but with tons more folders inside of the RAW and TRANSCODED folders for days and days of shooting a multicamera project. Bits and pieces of that might need to be replicated on another RAID for collaborative editorial.

As I was thinking about it I asked this question on Twitter.


My first thought was … why have I never thought of this need before? I can think of no good answer other than I suppose that all these years I just created the folders manually when I needed to. But I also thought that I’m sure there are others who have wondered the same thing so hence this blog post. May this help you in the future.

Post Haste

I should have known to check Digital Rebellion’s array of tools to help with a workflow request. The answer lied in one of the best workflow tools for post-production, Post Haste.

This was news to me!

Being template-based, Post Haste lets you import a folder structure and create a template off of that. That can be very helpful if it’s something you’ll have to replicate over and over but also doable for one-time use. After you create your new folders just delete the template.

Don’t let this one feature short-change what all and how useful Post Haste can be. It’s so good and free that even Engadget wrote about it.

Beyond Compare

One thing I really like about mentioning this kind of need on Twitter is you might get options you never knew about. That is the case with Beyond Compare, a file and folder comparison tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux that has an option for Copying Folder Structure. It’s $30 for the standard version and $60 for the pro version.


I hadn’t heard of this piece of software before so it’s a good one to have on your radar as it looks like it will do a lot more than just compare files and folders and copy folder structures. The 3-way merge that is part of the pro version looks insane. There’s a full feature list that is worth browsing through if you’re in the need of such a utility. I look forward to digging into its capabilities in 2020.

Terminal, rsync and a more nerdy technical way of doing it

I got several replies that this directory replication can be done right in the Mac Terminal with a bit of more advanced Terminal knowledge. I don’t really know rsync from NSYNC nor do I really care to but if that’s your jam then here it is. I do know that rsync is an incredibly important Terminal command and a lot of the Mac utilities use rsync to get their work done. I’m happy to use those rsync front end interfaces to make this kind of stuff fast and easy and idiot-proof.

Terminal!

Rsync and args!

Weird text strings!

More weird text strings!

Okay but what do you do what that?


And then another app that looks to be just for this purpose.


And of course ….


But that’s assuming you have to actually write some kind of script in AppleScript.

Any other options you know of for copying a folder structure and creating it on another drive without all the media inside? Let us know in the comments so others can learn as well.

Canon Europe confirms its focus is on RF, not EF lenses unless the ‘market demand[s] it’

Although Canon’s flagship 1DX Mark III DSLR is still on the horizon, it seems as though Canon has stopped research and development efforts for new EF lenses.

In an interview with Digital Camera World, Canon Europe pro product marketing senior manager, Richard Shepherd, said that while Canon will continue to support EF lenses, the plan is to focus on RF lenses, unless the ‘market demand[s] it.’ Below is the full quote, shared by Digital Camera World:

‘As you know, last year we launched the RF mount and EOS R system […] To date we’ve launched ten critically acclaimed lenses, and as it’s a new system we plan to continue this, launching more RF lenses while still fully supporting the EF lens system. And of course, should the market demand it, we are ready to create new EF lenses. But for now, our focus is on RF.’

While this is the first time we’ve seen detailed confirmation about Canon ceasing development of new EF lenses, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Canon’s EF mount was released 33 years ago when it replaced the FD mount in 1987. Since then, we’ve seen the rise of digital cameras, the fall of point-and-shoot cameras and now the rise of mirrorless cameras. Canon’s RF system is clearly the future for the company and as such it makes sense Canon would be more interested in investing its capital looking forward rather than behind.

As of October 12, 2017, Canon said it had surpassed production of more than 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses—just shy of four million per year since the mount’s inception. The number has inevitably gone up by millions since and you can count on it continuing to rise for many years to come, even long after production has stopped.

A Beginners Guide on How to Use Levels and Curves in Photoshop

A Beginners Guide on How to Use Levels and Curves in Photoshop

Levels and Curves adjustments layers in Photoshop are a staple tool for any photographer who uses the software, but they aren’t particularly intuitive to beginners. Here, PHLEARN give a beginner’s guide to using both levels and curves.

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Hands on With the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III From a Filmmaker’s Perspective

Hands on With the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III From a Filmmaker's Perspective

This week is no doubt going to be crammed full of chatter about Canon’s new flagship news and sports shooter, the 1D X Mark III. Back in December, filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte had a chance to spend a day playing with this new behemoth, and it’s interesting to hear his thoughts.

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BPS 061: What are the Essential Elements in ALL Successful Stories with Karl Iglesias

Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. The Essential Elements in ALL Successful Stories with Karl Iglesias Today on the show we have returning champion Karl Iglesias. His last episode is one of the most popular shows ever in the history of the podcast.…

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Core FX9 V-Mount Adapter and Core Hypercore Neo Mini Batteries.

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Core FX9 V-Mount adapter with a Hypercore Neo Mini battery on my PXW-FX9

One of the things about the FX9 that makes no sense is it’s external DC input. When you are using just the camera body the FX9 requires a rather odd-ball 19.5 volts to power it via it’s DC in connector. Most cameras have a 12v to 16v input range so they can be used with the multitude of V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries that are common place in the world of professional video. But not the FX9.  The FX9 is also fairly power hungry so the standard BP-U batteries can be a little limiting, especially if you also need to power any accessories as the camera doesn’t have a power output. A V-Mount battery will run the camera for a long time and they generally have D-Tap power outlets, but they are the wrong voltage for the FX9s external input. So if you want to use a V-Mount battery, as I do, then you need not only a mounting plate but also a voltage converter.

The adapter I have chosen to use is manufactured by Core. Why this one? One thing that was important for me is not only to be able to power the camera from a V-Mount battery, but also to be able to power it from a standard external 12 volt power supply such as found in most studios, or something like a car battery. The Core CXV-FX9 adapter includes a voltage regulator that takes the 12 to 16 volt range of a typical Lithium battery and converts it to the 19.5v needed by the FX9. It also has an industry standard 4 pin XLR connector that you can use to power the camera from a 12v external power supply.

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The Core FX9 V-Mount adapter has an industry standard 4 pin XLR input for standard 12v power supplies.

Hot Swap:

If you have a power supply connected to the 4 pin XLR you can hot swap the V-Mount batteries. If you have a battery on the adapter you can hot swap to and from the external power. During hot swapping the adapter not only continues to feed the camera with power but also the 2 D-Tap ports on the adapter remain powered.

Low Battery Warning:

One issue that all these adapters have is that they have to convert the battery voltage up to 19.5 volts and this is what is fed to the cameras DC in connector. This means that the camera has no direct connection to the battery, so it has no way to know the charge state of the battery. All you will see in the viewfinder as an indication of the output of the voltage converter. This will remain at a constant 19.5v all the way until the battery is flat and cuts off, at which point the camera will just die. That’s not good, if you are halfway through recording something it could corrupt your media. You won’t have any warning in the camera of the battery going flat.

To try to address this at least in part the Core adapter has an LED light on the operators side that is green when the battery is well charged, but turns to red when there is only around 10% of the batteries capacity left. This does at least give some warning of a battery about to die.

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The Core FX9 adapter has an LED battery status indicator that turns red and flashes when the battery voltage gets low.

As well as the adapter, I’m trying out a couple of Core’s Hypercore Neo Mini batteries. These are nice, compact 98Wh batteries. They are UN Tested and certified so meet all the requirements for air travel. These batteries have a clever LCD display that displays the available run time of the battery. This is much more advanced than a simple charge indicator (it has one of those too). The battery actually detects the load being drawn from it. It also knows the exact state of charge of the battery.

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Core SWX Hyoercore Neo Mini 98Wh battery with incredibly accurate run time display giving the time in minutes until the battery will be flat based on the cameras power draw.

Using these it is able to calculate with great accuracy how long it will be before it will be flat. I have found this to be remarkably accurate, typically to within just a few minutes. I’ve been using this display to let me know when I need to start thinking about changing the battery. It’s accuracy gives me the confidence to continue shooting until I’m down to the last few minutes of run time. Typically I’m getting around 2.5 hours without the Atomso Ninja recorder and just under 2 hours with the Ninja from one of these excellent little batteries.

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Core V-Mount plate for the FX9 showing the lugs that lock into slots in the camera battery compartment to eliminate any flex or wobble.
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There are two D-Tap power outlets at the top of the Core FX9 V-Mount plates as well as 3 1/4″ mounting holes for accessories.

Attaching the adapter:

Attaching the adapter to the camera is easy. It uses the same mounting points as Sony’s XDCA extension unit. So there are lugs that slide into slots inside the FX9’s battery compartment as well as two small bolts that attach it to the top of the camera. This makes it incredibly secure with no wobble or other movement. I would have no concerns about supporting the entire camera rig from the battery adapter or adding perhaps a V-Mount wireless video link and then large or heavy batteries behind that. It’s very secure and it looks like it’s meant to be there. Another nice touch is that as well as the 2 D-Tap power ports on the top of the adapter there are also 3 additional 1/4″ mounting points for accessories such as monitors or wireless receivers etc.

I do have one small criticism. The position of the D-Tap ports is quite close to the edge of the adapter. If you are using a tall battery and you have a very fat D-Tap plug they can interfere with each other.

Despite this the Core V-Mount battery adapter gets a big thumbs up from me. The voltage indication is most useful as is the ability to use a normal 4 pin 12v XLR feed.

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The Core FX9 V-Mount battery adapter gets a big thumbs up from me.

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A Review of the Panasonic S1’s After 10 Months

A Review of the Panasonic S1's After 10 Months

The Panasonic S1 is a nicely balanced stills and video camera that brings with it quite a few top-shelf features all packaged in a rugged, versatile, and well-designed body. This great video takes a look at how the camera has held up after using it for almost a year.

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JVC shows CONNECTED CAM STUDIO at CES 2020 and ships new 500 series

With built-in streaming and connectivity options, the three compact 4K cameras in the 500 Series, from JVC, are designed to optimize both image processing and IP performance. They are shipping now!

JVC is at CES 2020 to show, among many other products, its solutions for IP video production, centering on CONNECTED CAM STUDIO compact live production and streaming suits for live events, such as sports and music, that support a wide range of video production workflows from shooting and broadcasting to streaming. JVCKENWOOD booth is #4602, in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center.

The demonstration of the CONNECTED CAM STUDIO is directly connected to the CONNECTED CAM 500 Series streaming handheld camcorders, which are now shipping. These three compact 4K cameras — the GY-HC500 base model, the GY-HC550 with advanced streaming and graphics, and the GY-HC500SPC sports coaching and production camera — are designed to optimize both image processing and IP performance. With built-in streaming and connectivity options, the 500 Series units offer users advanced low-latency.

A series of companies have opted for the 500 Series CONNECTED CAM models to help expand their broadcast and production capabilities. Illinois-based TV, radio and newspaper group, Quincy Media; the forthcoming Stamford, CT-based XFL American football league; and Irving-based television and media company Nexstar Media Group have each purchased the new 500 Series CONNECTED CAM models.

CONNECTED CAM 500 Series

“We’ve had an enormous amount of interest in these new cameras since they were first introduced,” says Joe D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “We are thrilled to be able to get these new models into customers’ hands so that broadcasters can take advantage of their advanced features and connectivity options; something we are focused on at JVC. The new 500 Series models help increase the capabilities of our CONNECTED CAM family and IP-based production options. They provide unbeatable production-over-IP workflow solutions with amazing images, at an affordable price.”

The GY-HC500, GY-HC550 and GY-HC500SPC cameras can record to SSD (solid state drive) media in 10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates. The cameras also record several other native 4K UHD and HD file formats to support a wide range of workflows. For creative flexibility, the cameras record HDR footage in the hybrid log gamma (HLG) or 10-bit J-Log modes, and support 120 fps slow-motion HD recording. These features allow for high-quality video playback, giving users the option to highlight or review previously recorded materials from anywhere.

A camcorder with Facebook Live

Last August JVC also introduced a solution for professionals using online platforms for streaming. The JVC GY-HM250 was presented as the first professional camcorder with Facebook Live. ware of the potential of the system, JVC Professional Video announced, at the time, a major upgrade to its family of GY-HM250 4KCAM compact handheld camcorders that streamlined connectivity to Facebook Live. The free upgrade includes a new “Facebook Live” menu choice to simplify the connection process, making the GY-HM250 the first fully integrated Facebook Live professional camcorder in the industry.

Opening a Post House in a Country Without Post Houses

Africa Post Office had even more challenges when starting their thriving creative editorial shop: posts houses weren’t a thing in Nairobi before they came along.

In many markets, we are used to the idea of a “post house,” a dedicated shop where production companies and filmmakers come in for their projects to get special expertise through the post process.

In Nairobi, post had traditionally been a purely in-house business, so when experienced editor Franki Ashiruka launched Africa Post Office, the job wasn’t building a client roster, it was changing client habits to get them used to the very concept of a post house. We talked to them to get their story.

NFS: What was sort of the thinking process behind opening up your own shingle?

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The Little Trick That Can Greatly Improve Your Black and White Photography

The Little Trick That Can Greatly Improve Your Black and White Photography

Black and white photography has a timeless quality, but shooting memorable colorless images is more difficult that it first seems. This little trick can help.

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7 Criminally Under-Seen Indies of 2019

You may have missed these movies in theaters. Now, it’s time to see them.

Indie releases are extremely finicky. They involve the perfect confluence of unpredictable elements, from buzz out of a festival to an ironclad marketing strategy, and even good weather on the film’s opening weekend. Too often, the best cinema gets lost in the din of big-budget spectacles.

The following seven films were some of the finest released last year. Too few people saw them. They weren’t underrated, per se; most were generally critically acclaimed and did well on the festival circuit. Despite the accolades, though, some of these films grossed as little as $700,000 at the box office. Others enjoyed a healthier domestic run, but still failed to crack even the top 150 list of best-grossing films this year. As we await Sundance and the rest of 2020’s highly-anticipated releases, now’s the time to give these films their deserved attention.

Read our criminally under-seen lists from 2018, 2017, and 2016.

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HP Envy 32 all-in-one PC with built-in wireless charging is an NVIDIA RTX Studio system

During its time at CES 2020, HP has unveiled its new Envy 32 all-in-in PC with built-in wireless charging and a 31.5-inch 4K HDR600 display. This PC AiO model is offered with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, as well as up to 1TB of storage and 32GB of RAM. The Envy 32 has the widest display available in an all-in-one system.

According to HP, its Envy 32 is the first all-in-one PC to join the NVIDIA RTX Studio program, which means that it is capable of running more than 40 design and creativity apps that feature RTX-accelerated ray tracing and AI-based features. This is particularly useful for filmmakers who engage in real-time high-resolution video editing and photographers who deal with large quantities of high-resolution images.

In addition to its considerable graphics capabilities, the HP Envy 32 is the first all-in-one PC to feature Advanced Audio Stream and the loudest volume level among AiOs, according to HP. A pair of integrated front-firing tweeters and subwoofers with Bang & Olufsen tuning offer audio even when the PC is turned off, eliminating the need to use an external speaker.

Other features include an aluminum stand with built-in wireless charging, edge-to-edge display glass, an included multi-device keyboard, heathered acoustic cloth, Nightfall Black matte finish and Dark Ash woodgrain accents. The HP Envy 32 AiO is available from HP, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers with a starting price of $1,599.99.

Apple’s 2020 iPhone photography contest seeks best Night mode shots

Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max in Night mode by Eric Zhang.

Apple has announced another iPhone photography contest, this one soliciting photos shot using the company’s Night mode feature found on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This new contest follows the first ‘Shot on iPhone’ competition announced by the company in January 2019. The new contest is open to submissions through January 29.

The 2020 iPhone Night mode photography contest opened to submissions on Wednesday, January 8; the five winning images will be announced by Apple on March 4.

Interested iPhone 11 owners can submit their favorite shots on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #NightmodeChallenge and #ShotoniPhone, as well as on China’s Weibo service using the tags #NightmodeChallenge# and #ShotoniPhone#.

Shot on iPhone 11 Pro in Night mode by Austin Mann.

Apple is also giving competitors the option of emailing a high-resolution version of their images to its shotoniphone@apple.com; in this case, photographers must use the following file naming convention: ‘firstname_lastname_nightmode_iPhonemodel.’

Social media submissions should include a note about which iPhone model was used to capture the image in the caption. Apple says contestants can use third-party and Photos app editing tools to edit the images. Submissions must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on January 29 to be eligible. As well, contestants must be at least 18 years old.

The company has offered multiple tips on using the Night mode feature, including paying attention to the capture time displayed in the Night mode icon and using a tripod to keep the shots steady. Winning images will be showcased in a gallery on the Apple website, Apple Newsroom and Apple Instagram account; they may also appear in Apple’s digital campaigns, among other promotions.

The full list of judges and other details can be found in Apple’s announcement.