Fotodiox Canon to FUJIFILM GFX Autofocus Adapter with Variable ND

Fotodiox has announced its new Canon to FUJIFILM GFX Autofocus Adapter with Variable ND. The new adapter, as the name suggests allows FUJIFILM GFX users to mount Canon EF lenses and have full access to autofocus, image stabilization, and aperture control. Not only can it utilize all of those features, but the adapter has a … Continued

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Intel NUC 9 ‘Ghost Canyon’ modular computing platform

At CES 2020, Intel has announced its new NUC 9 ‘Ghost Canyon’ modular computing platform. It is the first Intel NUK to support desktop discrete graphics. While the design and skull livery is a bit over the top, the NUC 9 is being targeted at gamers. NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing. With the … Continued

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How I Succeeded at Doing a 365 Photo Project

Three years ago, I attempted a 365 Project. About 90 days in, I had to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to make it to 365 days, so I turned it into a 100 Day Project. I know that a 365 Project sounds pretty simple — take and post one photograph each day. My standards for the images I post on my social media are very high, but in the end, I had to accept the reality that I wasn’t going to strike gold each day. I really did try though.

Since I’m a portrait photographer, I’m always looking for an interesting face or a visually engaging interaction between people. But often I would go the entire day without seeing anything that I wanted to capture. Some days the only people I am really interacting with are my wife and daughter and I was hesitant to flood the project with endless family photographs. Not to mention, many family moments aren’t meant to be shared publicly. Sometimes I would walk the streets searching for a good image to photograph just to satisfy the project. But, I don’t think that obligation is the best motivation for photography.

To further complicate matters, I also decided to capture all project images with a digital Leica M body. It’s a heavy camera that is a pain to carry around all day. It’s larger than many other mirrorless cameras. And, it’s expensive, so anytime I take it out of the house, I have to intentional about where I’m putting it down. One mistake and I’m out $7,000. I can’t tell you the relief I feel when I don’t take the camera with me.

Still, over the course of the 100 days, I did create several images that I really like — images that I might not have taken otherwise. By the way, some images from my original 365 can still be found on Instagram by searching the hashtag #100DaysofLeica.

In 2019, I again decided to try the 365 Project. Sure enough, after a few months, I was ready to quit; just like before. Every one of my previous problems returned, along with a new one. I was posting the images to 2 Instagram accounts, Facebook and LinkedIn. It was overwhelming and time-consuming.

I was debating ending the project, but a few encouraging comments on Facebook inspired me to continue. But I had to make some concessions.

Only about 85% of the photographs from my 2019 project are of people. The rest are pictures of things, which are much easier to shoot. If I don’t have any interactions with people that I want to photograph, then I will photograph a subway train, or a rainy NYC street even though images such as those don’t really mean a lot to me. I post each day’s image to Facebook, but I only post the strongest ones to Instagram. I’ve eliminated LinkedIn from the process. This has greatly reduced how much time I’m dealing with the project each day.

The biggest change I made was allowing myself to post images from my archive. In this manner, the project has evolved to being as much about posting an image a day as it is about creating an image each day. I’ve learned that posting from my archive frees up the shooting process in that if I capture an intimate family moment that I don’t want to post on social media, I can rest easy knowing that I did indeed create a new image this day, even if no one but me and my family saw it.

Every single image is taken with a digital Leica M body. I’ve been a Leica shooter since 2013, so I have quite a large archive of images and it’s nice to share those as well. (Incidentally, looking through my archives has convinced me that no camera produces stronger looking straight-out-of-camera images than the CCD-sensor-based Leica M9. I sold mine years ago, but I’ll be purchasing another sometime in 2020).

I’ll be continuing the 365 project for 2020 and I’d encourage others to do so as well. My own sister was inspired to create one of her own after viewing my postings each day. Her images are taken with an iPhone and pretty much every shot is of a thing or place. Most of her images aren’t meaningful to me. But it is her project and I think each person needs to define what their own 365 Project will be.

There are no rules. If the project isn’t making you happy, modify it. Or kill it entirely as I did the first time around. But it’s worth trying at least once. You may look back at the end of the year see a handful or more images that mean something to you now, or will mean something to you years from now.

About the author: John Ricard is a NYC based portrait photographer. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Ricard’s work on his personal website, business website, personal Instagram, and business Instagram.

Is Fujifilm Losing Its ‘Kaizen’ Mojo?

After launching its X-Series line of cameras with the X100 back in 2011, Fujifilm began developing a reputation for ‘Kaizen’ (literally “change good” in Japanese), or pushing out frequent major firmware upgrades that breathe new life into older cameras.

Examples of Fuji’s Kaizen updates include adding 4K video to the X-Pro2 in 2017 and adding powerful new video capabilities to the X-T2 in 2018.

In 2019, many major camera manufacturers ((e.g. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus) launched Kaizen firmware updates of their own, but Fujifilm was uncharacteristically quiet in this area it helped popularize.

DPReview TV made this 5.5-minute video discussing this observation and offering theories for what’s going on at Fujifilm.

“It just sounds like Fuji is kind of losing their way a little bit,” says Jordan Drake. “It almost feels like there’s a little bit of that camera segmentation going on that we always complain about.”

“You could certainly say that they’re trying to protect sales on the X-Pro3 for a little bit longer because right now it right now has those unique features,” says Chris Niccolls.

Contender: Alita: Battle Angel Visual Effects

To create a photorealistic computer-generated character who must carry an entire film as its titular star, the filmmakers behind Alita: Battle Angel relied upon the performance capture footage shot by director Robert Rodriguez of leading actress Rosa Salazar on stage in Austin, Texas. “Rosa is the basis for Alita all the way through,” said Eric […]

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Michigan Photographer Shoots Lake Superior Sunrise Every Day of 2019

Lake Superior features one of the harshest winter climates found in the United States. Despite temperatures as low as -32°F at times, photographer Bugsy Sailor visited the shoreline every day in 2019 to shoot the sunrise for his project Year of the Sunrise.

“Most sunrises we experience in life are by happenstance,” Sailor tells PetaPixel. Typically, it’s something we see on our commute to work, from the kitchen window, or while lying in bed. Rarely is the sunrise the destination.”

Sailor did make the sunrise his “destination,” and he resolved to visit that destination for 365 days.

“More documentation than artistic expression, this project was about commitment,” he says.

Here are 24 sunrises he shot in 2019 — one sunny and one gloomy photo from each month:

January 1, 2019
January 29, 2019
February 15, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 13, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 16, 2019
April 20, 2019
May 8, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 4, 2019
June 8, 2019
July 5, 2019
July 30, 2019
August 28. 2019
August 5, 2019
September 18, 2019
September 21. 2019
October 14, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 4, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019
December 11, 2019

“If my 2019 New Year’s resolution was to ‘spend more time outside and take more photos,’ it would have lasted a month,” Sailor says. “However, by giving myself a specific resolution of photographing every sunrise, it gave me a very simple commitment that results in a lot more time outside and with my camera.

“I wanted to be deliberate in seeking nature and time outside, beginning each day outside, regardless if it was a -32º windchill or sideways rain or a complete whiteout.”

You can find all the photos from the project on its webpage. You can also find more of Sailor’s work on his website.

Image credits: Photographs by Bugsy Sailor and used with permission

Don’t Get Burned by Fake Camera Gear, This Video Warns

A couple of years ago, Canon USA and the National Crime Prevention Council launched a contest called “Stop Fakes” to raise public awareness about the dangers of using counterfeit power accessories. This 26-second video by Anthony Pegg was selected as the winner.

“The contest was created to help promote awareness around the safety risks of using counterfeit power accessories, such as batteries, chargers, and external flashes, as well as how to avoid counterfeit products,” Canon says. “Entrants were asked to create an original video demonstrating their creative interpretation of one or more of 10 anti-counterfeit tips.”

Here are the 10 anti-counterfeit tips published by Canon and the NCPC:

By winning the contest, Pegg received a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II, and his video was distributed to over 1,500 media outlets around the country — the video has since racked up over 5 million views on YouTube.

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