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Olympus Just Pulled Its Camera Business out of South Korea

Olympus Just Pulled Its Camera Business out of South Korea

Olympus has announced that it will be withdrawing the presence of its camera division from South Korea, choosing instead to focus on its medical and science businesses in the country.

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Lensfinder Drops Its Selling Fees For Filmmakers

Is there anything better than free?

Lensfinder, a website for filmmakers to sell or buy used cameras, lenses, and filters, has removed its sellers’ fees as first reported by ProVideo Coalition. The eBay-styled site has hundreds of offerings in each category that are bought and sold by those in the filmmaking community.

It’s founder, Ryan Avery, who was part of the now-defunct Veydra lenses, says the change in fees was prompted by those finding workaround to avoid the selling fees. When the site launched, there was a 4% fee, plus PayPal fees, during checkout. Lensfinder has now dropped the 4% fee, but the PayPal fee still applies.

Lensfinder is popular among filmmakers because of its intuitive search tool that is not found on other sites like eBay. Users can focus a lens search by brand, including Canon, Sigma, Sony, or Zeiss, format, mount type, or by feature. Searches can also be filtered by condition, focal length, and price.

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Lightroom Tip: How to ‘Stack’ as Many Spot Removal Points as You Want

The spot removal tool in Lightroom is a fast and simple method to touch up a photo and cleanup imperfections. While not as accurate or full-featured as the various touchup tools in Photoshop, sometimes you only need a simple and fast way to perform a touchup directly from Lightroom.

Using the tool is straightforward. You click on the small brush icon and then will be offered a choice of either Clone or Heal. In most cases, the Heal choice will yield the best results for fast touchup of blemishes. You can also set your Size, Feather, and Opacity preferences.

Then, fixing a blemish or problem in the photo is as simple as simply “painting” right over it with the tool.

Lightroom will then try and find another area of the image that most closely represents the same color, texture, lighting and so forth:

In most cases, Lightroom does a fairly good job the first time around. If not, you can easily click and drag the suggested reference point to another area of the image.

While adding a single spot removal point usually works, there are times you may need to add more than one. Here’s the problem: if you try and add two or more spots directly almost on top of each other, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do. It’s a real hassle, actually.

The reason is because the selected cursor points overlap each other, and when you are trying to move your mouse over them, Lightroom will just select the previous point and will not allow you to activate a new selection.

The Helpful Shortcut

Fortunately, there is a great keyboard shortcut which will solve this problem. Simply press the H key on your keyboard. Once you do, Lightroom will “hide” all of the previous spots that you have placed in the photo and you can easily maneuver your cursor to wherever you need and add another spot.

For a short demonstration on how to do this, please see the video.

A couple of things to keep in mind about this tool and this shortcut:

  1. Lightroom is not the best software application for performing detailed touchup on photos. Anything other than a very simple touchup job will require a more full-featured pixel editor like Photoshop.
  2. Lightroom will also slow down as you increase the number of spot points using the touchup tool. Meaning, you don’t want your photo to be filled with them like this

If you need to do this much touch up, use Photoshop!

However, for quick fixes directly in Lightroom with a minimum of hassle, give the ‘H’ shortcut key a try if you need to add more than one point from time to time.

Happy Lightrooming!


About the author: Chris Lee is a corporate photographer, technical trainer, video editor located in the Atlanta area who created the pal2tech YouTube channel last year. He recently woke up one morning and realized that he loves teaching photography even more than actually taking photos. We know… he still finds that hard to believe also.

Ohio Reveals Plan to Allow Wedding Receptions with Up to 300 Guests as of June 1st

Large gatherings, including wedding receptions and other events, have been banned in Ohio since mid-March, but that’s all about to change. As of June 1st, Ohio will begin allowing wedding receptions with up to 300 guests, effectively re-opening the wedding photo industry… with some restrictions.

According to Cleveland.com, the plan was unveiled by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing. The new guidelines allow banquet venues and catering services to re-open while following the same rules that have been set out for Restaurants and Bars, including:

  • Ensure minimum of six feet distance between groups and set up barriers when this isn’t possible
  • Increase the frequency of surface cleaning, handwashing, and sanitizing
  • All employees must wear face coverings
  • All guests are recommended to wear face coverings
  • Close all “open congregate areas” that aren’t “necessary for the preparation and service of food or beverages,” such as billiards, card playing, pinball games, video games, arcade games, dancing, and entertainment.

That last point probably has you scratching your head, but it isn’t a typo. Not only will tables/groups need to be kept six feet apart, there is to be no congregating during these events, even if there is the maximum 300 people in attendance. You can see the full guidelines for yourself below, or read them at this link:

“We recognize that there are a lot of weddings and events that are important to people’s lives that can and should go on,” Husted said during yesterday’s briefing. “We are just asking that it be done safely—as safely as possible—to avoid the spread of the virus.”

A spokesperson later clarified that gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited state-wide under the current stay-at-home order. The 300-person limit only applies to events being held at established venues.

The announcement comes just one week after Washington State revealed re-opening guidelines for professional photographers, but if that’s a baby step towards reopening in earnest, Ohio’s announcement is a giant leap that not everyone will agree with. It does, however, mean that some wedding photographers will be able to get back to work… albeit shooting receptions with no dancing, congregating, or “entertainment” of any sort.

(via SLR Lounge)


Image credits: Header photo by Alasdair Elmes, CC0

Those Waiting for Panasonic S1H ProRes RAW Will Have To Wait A Little Longer

Stop the presses.

The Panasonic LUMIX S1H is a beloved camera option for video shooters because of its versatility and lucrative recording formats. The full-frame sensor can record 6K 24p, 5.9K 30p, and both 4K DCI and UHD 60p with internal 4:2:2 10-bit sampling.

In August of last year, Atomos stepped up to announce that it would develop ProRes RAW over HDMI for the LUMIX S1H, and more recently set a date for its release on May 25th. Well, that has been changed.

The ProRes RAW capability has been pushed back to an undisclosed date as Panasonic and Atomos aim to “ensure the highest possible level of RAW recording.” While the delay is unfortunate, it’s better than receiving flawed firmware that will need additional updates right out of the gate.

Atomos says that “an unforeseen technical issue has come to light in the final rounds of beta testing that needs rectification prior to shipping.” Both companies are working together to complete the development as soon as possible.

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Aputure’s Nova P300c Soft Panel Gives Flimmakers A Spark of Color

Aputure makes available its highly-anticipated new soft panel.

The Nova P300c is a 300W RGBWW LED soft light panel that packs some serious color. RGBWW combines red, green, blue, tungsten and daylight chips into a single fixture that can dial in a wider color spectrum than an RGB light alone. When it comes to creating visually distinct color palettes RGBWW fixtures can offer unique lighting setups.

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Meet the COVID-Killing Robots That Might Save Film Sets

“Germ-zapping” robots that have been used successfully in hospitals might try to make it in Hollywood soon.

Since film and TV productions have ground to a halt in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen many different teams come to the table with options for getting back on set. Baltasar Kormákur is trying color-coded armbands. Other productions are quarantining together. Producers have written handbooks with potential guidelines.

But no one has suggested germ-zapping cleaning robots—until now.

The robots hail from a Texas company, Xenex Disinfection Services, and according to independent research, they are able to kill 99.99% of the coronavirus in 2 minutes. The robots use “LightStrike” technology, or pulses of ultraviolet light, to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Mesmerizing 4K Footage of Deep-Sea Creatures that Live in Unexplored Undersea Canyons

The Schmidt Ocean Institute has released a stunning 4K highlight reel of footage captured during their ROV expedition to the previously unexplored Ningaloo Canyons in the Indian Ocean. Over the course of 180 hours of exploration, researchers uncovered some 30 new species, as well as “the longest animal ever recorded.”

It’s hard to overstate the scientific value of the footage above, and yet, it’s also easy to ignore the research aspects and just enjoy the hypnotic footage for what it is.

The video was captured by the ROV SuBastian, a robotic underwater exploration vehicle that can dive as deep as 4500m (14,750ft)—far deeper than any human could possibly dive unassisted–stay down for much longer than a human occupied vehicle, and capture 4K video while it’s down there. The footage you see is literally showing parts of the sea floor that no human had ever laid eyes on before.

Many never-before-scene animals were recorded during these dives—around 30 new species, the researchers reckon—but the most newsworthy is a new specimen of Apolemia that might be the “longest animal ever recorded,” at approximately 47m (154ft) long.

If you’re needing a short break from the stresses of the day—or if you enjoyed the amazing underwater photography of Alexander Semenov that we shared yesterday—definitely take a moment to feast your eyes on the expedition highlight reel up top. And if you want to see even more, head over to the Schmidt Ocean Institute website where you can watch the full ROV SuBastian live streams, read the researchers’ latest “Cruise Blog,” and explore the institute’s image gallery.

(via Laughing Squid)

Afuera: Rooftops and Balconies in Times of Isolation

Afuera: Rooftops and Balconies in Times of Isolation

Luis Cobelo

Short video — Bathed in the brilliant warm Spanish sun, the residents of Barcelona are limited to rooftops and balconies for solitary exercise and fresh air during the covid-19 lockdown.

I was born to look.

Our outside (afuera) was suspended and we retired without protest. We were afraid. Suddenly the deafening noise within us is louder and we crave the external one back, to distract from it.

I look at a section of a city: Barcelona. It could have been anywhere. Without the strategic privileged position (a 180-degree view terrace) in which I find myself, I could not have done it. In fact, I never meant to, I just looked out the balcony and saw an older man walking on the roof, just like he would on the street, but without shop windows or people; only with himself. My immediate reaction was to make a video, not a photo. I was attending a unique, private, historical event. The man is doing well, he is not sitting on a couch all day. He moves, he exercises. His thoughts maybe are in the future, longing for that afuera.

I open my field of vision a little more and there they all were. I had a feeling that something was going to happen and I was there, with my looking machine. Life moved to rooftops and balconies. There is no precise time, although good weather lures them outside. Contemplation and confinement became a way of survival. People with balconies look out expecting to see something that is clearly empty, some kiss or hug each other, others just talk, quite a few do some kind of exercise, look at the horizon, play ball, sunbathe, take selfies…

I had a feeling that something was going to happen and I was there, with my looking machine. Life moved to rooftops and balconies.

No one sees me. I’m hidden, they don’t know that I exist. For the moment. I observe, with some nervousness: the sensation of being discovered is the excitement of a voyeur. The smartphone has become an extension of my body, it is what connects me to the world. A world in collective hysteria. So I prefer to come back to the roofs and the balconies around me. Where real people are just waiting with enormous resilience.

That older man keeps walking on the roof. This vision has become the emotional thermometer of my confinement. If I see him, I feel good. Whenever the time to go out will come, who knows, the desired routine will return and he’ll go out again, watching people move, the cars, the noise of the city. Then, I will stop meddling.

It will be weird, for everyone.

—Luis Cobelo


Editor’s note: We discovered this new work (and many more excellent visual stories) on the great new site created by the visionaries behind the Cortona on the Move photo festival — Be sure to check out The Covid19 Visual Project, and submit your own stories for consideration, too.

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