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American Photography News for 19 Oct 2017

Surely, anyone who's a fan of traditional photography today certainly has large format photography on his or her bucket list. Thankfully, we have a lot of online resources to feed this curiosity with,... whether it's about getting the right gear to get started or learning the entire shooting process. In one of her recent videos, natural light photographer Irene Rudnyk gets to have a go with this beautiful medium for the first time, with pretty amazing results.
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Macphun responds to LightroomMacphun's own Digital Asset Manager (DAM) is coming to Luminar in 2018... and it'll be a free upgrade. Photo: Macphun It's no surprise that not everyone is exactly thrilled by Adobe's Lightroom... announcement. The end of standalone Lightroom, and the birth of Lightroom in the cloud, has a lot of legacy users looking for a new way to organize their photos into a perpetual library they don't have to 'subscribe' to. There are already tons of options out there, but if you're a fan of Macphun's editing applications, take heart: the software company has their own solution in the works. Earlier today, we heard from Macphun that they're working on their own Digital Asset Manager (DAM), which will work with both hard drives and cloud storage platforms. The Luminar photo manager's single image view....
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Instant cameras have been a big part of the recent analog resurgence, and it's easy to see why. There's nothing like seeing a print develop right before your eyes. With this medium, you also get to... own a bit of photography history in the camera itself. However, if you still need some convincing, New York City-based photographer Josh Katz has 8 reasons why every photographer should actually have an instant camera.
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Here’s a basic fact everyone should know: just because a photo appears in a Google search doesn’t mean it’s a free photo that you can use for any purpose. If it’s copyrighted, you could be... sued if you use it without permission. That’s what the guy in this 13-minute video found out the hard way. […]
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AI-powered Pholio hard driveIf you feel uncomfortable with your images being stored on cloud servers the Pholio device is a new offline alternative that offers many of the features we are used to from cloud services like Google... Photos. Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos, either at full size or smaller 'optimized' versions. If you choose the latter Pholio provides a link to the full size-version. Pholio comes as a standard version with a 500GB capacity or as a 'Pro' variant that offers 2TB of storage. 20,000 built-in descriptors allow for automatic tagging and easy searching, but the system is capable of learning if you want to add your own keywords. Face detection allows to find images and create albums for a...
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How Photographer PeterPhotographer Peter McKinnon first started his YouTube channel 9 months ago, but since then he has racked up over 1.1 million subscribers. In this 11-minute video, Paddy Galloway looks at how McKinnon... managed to achieve this incredible feat and what makes his channel so different from everyone else’s. Galloway estimates that the ad revenue alone is pulling […]
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The Samsung 360 Round cameraSamsung has just unveiled an interesting new gadget at their annual Samsung Developer Conference. Meet the Samsung 360 Round: a 3D VR camera. The new device uses 17 total lenses--eight horizontally... positioned stereo pairs and one upwards pointing single lens--to capture and livestream 4K 3D panoramic video at 30 frames per second. Each camera module features a 1/2.8'' 2MP sensor and F1.8 aperture. All of this is housed in a compact and rugged (IP65 water and dust resistance) uni-body that Samsung claims can handle all weather conditions. PC software for controlling the camera and stitching is included, and the camera features a range of interfaces for connecting external microphones, storage devices and more. "The Samsung 360 Round is a testament to our leadership in the VR market. We have...
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Throwback Thursday: theWe usually dig a bit further into the past for Throwback Thursday, but decided to make an exception for the Samsung NX1. Announced just three years ago, the NX1 is the camera that still leaves us... wondering what might have been had Samsung decided to remain in the camera market. Alas, we'll never know. On paper, the NX1 had impressive specifications; the camera that landed in our laps still felt rough around the edges and a bit, well... unfinished when it arrived. Samsung diligently improved the camera through a series of firmware updates over the following months, and the NX1 ultimately became a much more refined, responsive machine. On paper, the NX1 had impressive specifications; the camera that landed in our laps still felt rough around the edges and a bit, well... unfinished when it...
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Gallery: Fujifilm X-E3 sample photos

DP Review - 19 Oct 2017 14:00
The looks of a classic beauty in the body of a modern camera, the X-E3 is Fujifilm's latest rangefinder ILC and also a lot of fun to shoot with. Sporting the brand's latest 24MP sensor and offering... the latest JPEG 'Film Simulations,' we took the X-E3 along on a tour of the town. Take a peek through our sample gallery to get a sense of what it is capable of, in terms of image quality. See our Fujifilm X-E3 samples gallery
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Episode 221 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 – Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: Photographer and Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Mike Olbinski 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: […]
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Like many photographers, I worked for a time as an assistant in a studio, where one of my most important tasks was to follow behind (or in front of or beside) the photographer and make sure they... didn't trip over their PC cable, thereby unplugging the lights while simultaneously falling unceremoniously on their face.
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Adobe Announce Updates to Photoshop CC

Photography Blog - 19 Oct 2017 11:00
Adobe Announce Updates toAt Adobe MAX, Adobe announced a number of feature updates to Photoshop CC. Lightroom Photos is now available in the Photoshop start screen and search, so you can search or browse the photos you've... synced across Lightroom's desktop, mobile and cloud experiences and import and edit them directly in Photoshop. The search functionality in Lightroom Photos is powered by Adobe Sensei so you can search through your photos even if you've never tagged them. Furthermore, you can now open and edit 360 spherical panoramic images, and retain key metadata on export to use with third-party panoramic viewers. Another new feature is colour and luminance range masking in Adobe Camera Raw, as well as support for HEIF files, allowing users to take advantage of iPhone 7+ depth map data to create a shallow...
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Watch How Handcrafted Wooden Wet Plate Cameras are Made

The Phoblographer - 19 Oct 2017 09:00
It's always entertaining to watch how things are being made, especially if it's a trusty camera you use all the time. But, let's step away from the high-tech guts and circuits of DSLRs and other... digital cameras for now. Instead, let's watch something from the photography of centuries past be painstakingly handmade today. In a showcase of impressive craftsmanship, Norwegian photographer Dieter Schneider shows us how he makes his beautiful wooden cameras for wet plate photography.
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Sample Images: Rokinon SP 85mm f1.2 (Canon EF)

The Phoblographer - 19 Oct 2017 06:00
We're in the middle of reviewing the Rokinon SP 85mm f1.2 lens--which is one of the company's new high end lens offerings. Rokinon's build quality has never been the greatest in comparison to many... other brands out there but with the SP line, they're looking to change that. Not only are the optics top notch, but the build quality is too. They're making metal exteriors with rubber rings. In some ways, you can liken them to Zeiss. Two of their first lenses are the 85mm f1.2 and the 14mm f2.4 for full frame cameras. Unfortunately, these don't have autofocus. But that doesn't seem to affect the image quality at all.
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