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April 18, 2014

Over 64,000 pictures in the Readers Flickr Pool

We have another new milestone in the Readers Flickr Pool. Over 64,000 pictures submitted by photographers like you. As usual, we mention the milestone picture, picture #64,000, the Old Overbey Store in Tennessee, an HDR photo by photographer Joel Williams taken with the Leica M9 at 24mm.

If you are not familiar with the Flickr Readers Pool, you can check the details (three paragraphs) after the break...

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April 01, 2014

(A1) GameStop to open 150 DSLR mini-stores in select US metro areas in next 3 years

This is an April Fool's Day 2014 post... Original post after the jump...

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(A1) Launching new Essay blog covering the intersection of Photography and Religion

This is an April Fool's Day 2014 post... Original post after the jump...

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(A1) Launching new Selfies Photography School (SPS)

This is an April Fool's Day 2014 post... Original post after the jump...

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March 25, 2014

New HTC One Flagship Smartphone with Bokeh Camera and Open Camera API and microSD slot (up to 128GB)

Apple and Samsung may have been moving smartphones by the millions, but it was HTC One (M7) that won most of the critical acclaim in 2013. Today HTC announced their new flagship, the HTC One (M8).

From a photography perspective, the main new feature is a two lens camera on the back of the phone. The second camera is used to capture detailed depth information of a scene - this is captured using hardware, not software guestimates. The term Bokeh was featured prominently in the official presentation by HTC. So let's just call it the Bokeh smartphone!

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March 18, 2014

New Samsung NX Mini camera is officially announced

It looks like Samsung is taking a page from its smartphone strategery and transferring it to their NX interchangeable lens cameras. Today Samsung announced the new "NX Mini" iLC camera, with a 3-inch twist-and-shout screen on the back, a 20.5mp backlit CMOS sensor, 6fps RAW, NFC, pop-up flash, 1080p video, and Lightroom 5 full version included. It will be available in multiple fashionable/pastelish colors.

The NX Mini will be offered in two different kits. The prime kit will be bundled with 9mm f3.5 lens with a starting price of $450. The zoom kit will be bundled with the 9-27mm f3.5-5.6 Lens and SEF-7A Flash for $550. Both come with LR5 as mentioned above.

Due to time constraints we cannot do our usual announcement round-up. You can find the detailed specs at B&H Photo for the prime kit and the zoom kit.

If you are familiar with the various Samsung Galaxy smartphone variants, you may want to prepare for an avalanche of NX camera variants. How about an NX Mega? NX Active? NX Ring? NX Amp? NX Prevail? NX Admire? NX Victory? NX Stratosphere? NX Reverb? Joking aside, the first two hypotheticals could be useful for some photographers, "Active" as in weatherproof/waterproof and "Mega" with a big screen for people who like iLC cameras with giant LCD screens.

Poll to help determine blog's future: which recurring blog features do you find more useful?

Once upon a time we were able to follow the whole camera market with a very wide angle lens. However, since then, a steady barrage of new cameras (200+ per year) and new camera systems made the everything-about-everything style of coverage unsustainable. So now we are in a transition period. So far we've been trying to nibble around the edges to make it work again. It FAILED!

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Podcast: Talking Fuji X system at Digital Trekker (49 mins)

If you have 49 minutes to spare or to mix into your commute, The Digital Trekker latest podcast talks to photographer Piet Van den Eynde about the Fuji X system. This is their second conversation on the X system. The first conversation happened a year ago, in March 2013.

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March 11, 2014

Over 63,000 pictures in the Readers Flickr Pool

We have another new milestone in the Readers Flickr Pool. Over 63,000 pictures submitted by photographers like you. As usual, we mention the milestone picture, picture #63,000, a black and white portrait by photographer Dierk Topp taken with the Sony a7r and the Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm f4 ZA OSS lens. [corrected; lens is 24-70, not 24-80]

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March 10, 2014

It Pays To Complain: 500px now gives photographers 70% of revenue

500px generated a big controversy among photographers rights advocates (eg photographers) when it announced in early February that photographers would only get 30% of the revenue from every sale. A firestorm ensued, and finally, the fruit of the complaint labor paid off, this month 500px announced that photographers will get 70% of the revenue from every sale.

The 70-30 split is an increasingly popular split between the creators and the infrastructure, including iTunes and Google Play.

And here's where this reversal potentially becomes great news for photographers. 500px has a minimum license price of $250, so photographers can make a minimum of $175 per license (70% of $250).

PANASONIC GH4 STOCK STATUS
Updated: 7/30/14 at 10:45am ET
KitIn-StockPre-Order
GH4
$1700
Amazon (via 3rd parties)
Adorama
B&H Photo
eBay Search
Amazon itself (TOOS)
GH4 w/YAGH
$3300
B&H Photo
Adorama
YAGH Unit
$2000
Adorama (openbox, $1900)
Amazon ($1900+ via 3rd parties)
B&H Photo
Adorama


Sony and Panasonic agree on Archival optical discs (coming Summer 2015)

Taking pictures is where the fun is, but the hard truth is that every photographer has to wear a mini IT system administrator hat in order to deal with backups and backups of backups and even more backups. And G-d forbid if you need to perform restores. Adding to the options (or the confusion) today is a new agreement between Sony and Panasonic for new Archival optical discs for long term storage. The first wave of products are expected to come out at some point in the summer of 2015. The first generation will offer 300GB per disk (write-once, dual side), with storage options increasing to 500GB and 1TB over time. More details as they get closer to release.

Announcements at Wired UK and CNet News and Engadget.

Prices revealed (and pre-orders available) for Panasonic GH4 and DMW-YAGH Interface

Panasonic generated some 4K excitement with the GH4 announcement and its optional DMW-YAGH Pro Audio Video Interface. Fast forward to now, and the prices have been announced for both items and pre-orders are accepted.

The GH4 camera body only kit will start at $1700 and it is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Adorama and B&H Photo. The shipping estimate for the GH4 is late April to early May in 2014, with the usual caveats of new releases.

The DMW-YAGH Pro Audio Video Interface will start at $2000 and it is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Adorama and B&H Photo. The shipping estimate for this is May/June 2014 with the usual new release caveats.

However, if you happen to want both, there are some good news, you can pre-order them together as a kit for $3300, a discount of $400 over buying them separately. Pre-orders for the combo are available at Adorama and B&H Photo. The shipping estimate for this is May/June 2014 with the usual new release caveats.

HTC bucks trend, continues with Ultrapixels as it teases new HTC One flagship

Whle most Android smartphone manufacturers are obsessed with increasing the megapixel count, HTC is bucking the trend with its Ultrapixels technology and judging by the new official HTC teaser for the upcoming highly-anticipated new HTC One flagship phone, HTC will continue with the Ultrapixels idea, even though the mere notion (of offering the mass market something with a smaller number) is a high risk proposition.

You can watch the video on YouTube or find it YouTube-embedded right below...



Via Android Central and Android Spin and Cult of Android

March 06, 2014

Getty Images adopts the YouTube approach, Image Embeds for the Web and Social Media

Getty Images is trying a new approach to the way its images are (mis)used by the free-content-hungry internet denizens, they are going YouTube-style, by having an "Embed" option for Getty Images, so people can embed them (non-commercially) on their social media, websites, blogs, tumblrs, and forums. This move is an attempt to get some kind of return on the already-happening sharing-without-permission of their images. Even if a small percentage of people use the new tools, it is a practical win for Getty and those involved. At least in theory.

Getty has an Embed Help page and added an "Embedded Viewer" section to its Terms and Conditions.

Via Tech Crunch and Wired UK and CNet and The Verve.


Example of new Getty Image embeds
Here is an example below using the new Getty embeds feature. The image "Cat and Camera" by Akimasa Harada is Javascript-embedded below using the new Getty Images Embed feature.

The embed widget includes the picture, which is a link to the Getty page of the particular image, along with a byline (but no direct link) to the photographer, along with social media share buttons: Twitter, Tumblr and Share (Embed).


Free Adobe Photoshop Express adds In-App Purchases (Filters and NR)

Adobe is slowly building up its mobile imaging app arsenal as it is faced with hundreds (if not thousands) of mobile imaging apps already in the marketplace. Yesterday they launched Revel on Android (Google Play) and today they have added two features to the free Adobe Photoshop Express app via In-App Purchases: Filters cost $3 and Noise Reduction costs $5. I am mildly surprised there's no HDR buzzword in-app option :)

Via Android Police.


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