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    A simple cable cam system called Wiral LITE has launched on Kickstarter, where the campaign has already blown away its funding goal, raising nearly a quarter-million dollars in just a few days' time. The system is comprised of a motorized, remotely-controlled device that rolls across a cable fixed to two poles or similar structures. A camera can be attached to the bottom of Wiral LITE, which itself rolls across the cable while the camera records cinematic motion shots.

    The cable cam system is being presented as an alternative to portable motorized slider devices, offering the ability to record motion shots over much larger distances than the average portable slider.

    Wiral LITE features a standard camera mount on the bottom and can handle camera/lens weights up to 3.3lbs / 1.5kg. The system includes a ball joint, a GoPro mount, cable, quick reel for retracting the cable, a tightening strap, end stop clips, batteries, and a battery charger.

    The cable system offers multiple modes, including a time lapse mode that moves with a minimum speed of 0.006MPH, but the device's top speed is 28mph / 45kmh.

    The team behind the device explains that the Wiral system takes 3 minutes to setup, which involves attaching both ends of the reel to a pair of objects, tightening the cable between the two, and then mounting the Wiral LITE onto the cable. In other words, setup is a breeze:

    And once you're set up, you can capture long-range panning shots like this with ease:

    Wiral LITE is being sold to backers for a pledge of $200. Bundles are also available for those who want to pledge a bit more, such as an 'Ultimate Kit' for pledges of $250 or an 'Extreme Kit' for $1,700.

    To learn more or put a pledge in yourself, head over to the Kickstarter page.

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    At the W. Eugene Smith Fund's 38th annual awards ceremony at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City last night, the organization awarded its prestigious Smith Grant, two Smith Fund Fellowships and the Chapnick Grant.

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  • 10/19/17--11:31: The Best Tripods of the Year
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    When it comes to photography accessories, there's nothing as valuable as a tripod.

    Sure, filters are great, but at the end of the day, you can emulate most of their effects in post-processing.

    Camera remotes are nice too, but by and large, you can get away with your camera's self-timers.

    Speedlights and reflectors can be beneficial as well, but if you shoot in the morning and evening hours, you can capitalize on beautiful Golden Hour lighting.

    What's difficult to do, though, is find a good substitute for a tripod.

    You can set your camera on the hood of your car, but that might risk your camera falling off or scratching the paint.

    You can rest your camera on a bean bag as well, but that's not as versatile a solution as a tripod.

    With that in mind, here's my picks for the best tripods of the year.

    Best Tripod Alternative - HandlePod

    Though HandlePod isn't technically a tripod, it still serves the same purpose.

    In fact, it might be even more versatile than a tripod given that you can use it in a myriad of ways.


    For starters, you can set it up as a tabletop quadpod, with its four rubber feet serving to give it a sturdy, stable base for your camera to take tack-sharp photos.

    You can also fold the handle down 90-degrees, press its four feet against something strong like a wall, and you've got another means of steadying your camera.

    Fold the handle down to 180-degrees, and you've got an ideal setup for taking photos and videos with a stabilizing handle that helps you get cleaner shots.

    But my favorite feature of HandlePod is the fact that you can use it hands-free.

    With the integrated elastic cord, you can lash HandlePod to a sturdy object - like the post in the images above - and give your camera the support it needs.

    Likewise, being able to lash it to virtually any object means you can take photos from interesting perspectives to increase the visual appeal of your images.

    Better still, HandlePod is a tiny thing, and when folded up, it can easily be transported in your pocket. That makes it an ideal gadget for traveling.

    With three-axis rotation for easy camera positioning, a slotted camera mount to accommodate various sizes of cameras, and a great price, it's hard to go wrong with HandlePod!

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    Best Small Tripod

    By "small," I refer to a tripod that's easily portable and can support a load up to nine pounds.

    In that range, the Vanguard VEO 2 204AB is one of the best you can buy.

    That's because this tripod is lightweight - it's made of aircraft-grade aluminum and magnesium - coming in at under three pounds.

    It's got 4-section legs that give it versatility with regard to height, yet because they're 20mm wide, they give your camera plenty of support to get a sharp photo.

    Better still, you can quickly and easily set up this tripod thanks to a cutting-edge center column that allows you to snap your fingers and twist each leg to lock it in place.

    The VEO 2 204AB has another trick up its sleeve, too.

    It gives you three different angles to position the legs, that way you can keep the tripod level even if the ground underneath it is not.

    It's angled rubber feet help give it strong footing as well.

    This tripod even comes with a ball head and a bag to carry it in, making it an even better value.

    If you want a feature-packed, full-sized tripod that won't break the bank, give this one a long, hard look!

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    Best Mid-Range Tripod


    If you need a tripod with a larger load capacity, you might look for something like the Sirui ET-2004 Tripod Kit, which can support up to 26.5 pounds of gear.

    But don't think that the big load capacity means this is an unwieldy tripod - it still only weighs 3.5 pounds.

    What's more, it has flip-lock legs for quick setup and breakdown. Each leg has an automatic leg angle locking mechanism too.

    The legs also fold up to 180-degrees for a compact form factor when carrying the tripod.


    To assist you in getting better shots, the Sirui ET-2004 Kit has a center column that can be inverted so you can get interesting low-angle shots.

    Each foot has a retractable metal spike as well, giving it the ultimate in stability on uneven terrain when shooting outdoors. There's even a built-in level to ensure your horizons are nice and straight.

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    This tripod kit comes with a Sirui E-20 Ball Head, which has separate adjustment knobs to pan the head and for locking it down.

    In other words, this tripod is an ideal companion for landscape and nature photographers that want a solid tripod with excellent features, but again, without spending a ton of money.

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    Best High-End Tripods

    Alta Pro 2 Tripod 1

    There are a couple of excellent options if you need a tripod with the ultimate in features and flexibility...

    The first is the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT shown above.

    As you can see, it has a Multi-Angle Center Column that gives you limitless possibilities for the shooting angle.

    That's further helped by 3-section legs that have 4 positioning angles that range from 20-degrees to 80-degrees.

    It's also easy to set up and rock solid with a twist-lock system for each leg.

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    Since it's made of carbon fiber, the Alta Pro 2+ 263CT is lightweight, easy to transport, and can still support up to 15.5 pounds of gear.

    What's more, the hexagonal center column means that even when you need a little extra height, the center column won't wobble or waver, giving you the sturdy support you need to get the sharpest photos.

    Add in an integrated bubble level, a canopy suspension loop to add counterbalance weights, angled rubber feet for extra stability, and the Alta Link system that allows you to connect reflectors, arms, and other accessories with ease, and you've got a recipe for one heck of a tripod system!

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    Another great option for a top-end tripod is the Sirui W-2204 Tripod shown above.

    This rig isn't just lightweight and durable thanks to its carbon fiber construction, but it's also waterproof. That means no gunk or grime getting into the tripod's legs!

    Speaking of the legs, each one has four sections with easy-to-use adjustable twist locks that allow for quick setup for fast shots.

    This tripod also has a removable leg that can be attached directly to the center column for use as a monopod, too.


    There's other handy features you'd expect from a high-end tripod as well...

    There's a built-in bubble level, three leg angle positions for accommodating uneven terrain, and slip-resistant rubber feet with stainless steel spikes for added stability.

    The legs fold up to 180-degrees for easier carrying, and the split center column allows you to switch from a standard-height column to a short one quickly and easily.

    It even comes with a center column hook for adding weight to act as ballast, a custom padded carrying case, and a monopod kit.

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    Not long after Verizon took over Yahoo and Flickr, we can see the first changes. The once popular platform is terminating their service which allows users to turn their photos into wall art. Also, they’re giving up the book printing service. However, it won’t be terminated completely, but turned over to Blurb instead. According to […]

    The post Flickr shuts down their wall art and photo book printing services appeared first on DIY Photography.

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  • 10/19/17--11:50: Invisage Acquired by Apple?
  • Reportedly, there is some sort of acquisition deal reached between Invisage and Apple. A part of Invisage employees joined Apple. Another part is looking for jobs, apparently. While the deal has never been officially announced, I got an unofficial confirmation of this story from 3 independent sources.

    Somewhat old Invisage Youtube videos are still available and show the company's visible-light technology, although Invisage worked on IR sensing in more recent years:

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    A photographer whose photos have appeared on the front page of the New York Times over 30 times has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper. He accuses the Times of misclassifying his employment status, discriminating against him based on age, denying assignments due to an arrest, and retaliating against him due to making these claims. […]

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    Irene Rudnyk Shares Her First Large Format Camera Experience
    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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    Who doesn't love a good photography vlog? We have a pair of landscape-centric videos to share with you today. The first video is from Gary Gough, a photographer and educator. Gary was recently in the Isle of Skye in Scotland leading a five-day workshop. He considers the Isle of Skye one of the best places in the world for landscape photography due to its dramatic skies. In the video below, we go behind the scenes with Gough in Scotland and see him work. He discusses different images, which is a great way to learn some nice tips...
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    These drawings were done from 1918 to 1919 by Elizabeth Stohn.  Ms Stone was a child at the time, and was something of a "cross-category" artist.  Part Schoolgirl art, part naive, part trained (as she had just completed her "art school training" by correspondence school. )  Certainly not what is generally considered "outsider" art, though that term is pretty widely applied as far as I can tell.  These are folky and charming, but not really folk art either.  Outsider Art? Nah.

    While thousands of women studied art and (like Ms. Stohn) aspired to be an artist, even naming early woman artists is hard.  They were screwed over ever since they were here in every field.  Why should art (or comics, for that matter) be the domain of men?  Plus, here is a secret…they were often better than the men and never received the credit.  They were lost and laboring as "anonymous" in quilting, needle-point, and other acceptable near domestic arts.   

    Labels appropriate to Ms. Stohn could maybe include "rebel" too.  I have written about her life and how she was one of the first women to use "thought and caption" balloons.  That post sorta went mini-viral in the comic book world, being picked up by comic historians and suchThe Comics journal linked to it as well. One day I hope to scan her entire "graphic novel"  From Poverty to Luxary (sic)

    I remember respected art scholar and dealer Randall Morris saying something like "Cartoonists have their own school, they aren't outsider artists" and I don't differ with him.  Still there are many standards being applied on the walls of the outsider art fair, and each show will continue the mixed blessing of being labeled as an outsider. 

    "I know it when I see it" was used to describe pornography by Justin Potter when ruling in a landmark obscenity case heard by the Supreme Court in 1964. I am pretty sure he threw his hands up when he said it.  "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it..." he said.  We should avoid that esteemed opinion when evaluating outsider art.  

    A wonderful group of  "comic books" were one of discoveries at the last Outsider Art Fair.  I'll guess he took some courses too, but it is a guess.  Dan Nadel would be the person to ask. I sure would love to see them, but as I say, I wasn't there. 

    (There was another Johnson (real name Ferd or Ferdinand Johnson) working at the same time in Chicago, and he became quite well-known among other cartoonists.  Same fellow? I can't tell…I didn't go go cartoonist school! (joke)  It was certainly not the same fellow,  but neither of them were being "obsessive" about drawing.  They were just doing what comic book artists do.  That would be filling page after page with drawings.  Ask Gary Panter, a great artist who is not an outsider.  He published a massive book containing his sketchbooks.  Read the great essay on Frank, the outsider HERE by Dan Nadel.  There were other great cartoon artists (Basil Wolverton, Windsor McCay for example) and there were plenty of bizarre comic strip artists who were visionaries.  Mr. Nadel knows his stuff…See the magnificent volumes he put together on some HERE. Any library specializing in any art must have these two books.  Like the books displayed at the last outsider art fair, he reveals dozens of quirky and magnificently talented artists, be they self-taught or not.

    Ponder on what an outsider artist is, and if the work you are appraising fits some arbitrary non-definition like Justice Steven's frustrated legal opinion of smut, ponder more. Everyone has their own concept. But can we agree, at least, that if one went to art school, he isn't an outsider?  Outsider Art...I know it when I see it.

    Other articles in the I'm Not at the Outsider Art Fair series are HERESee also two books on Folk art Outsider art by the writer Jim Linderman HERE and HERE.

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    Five-Year-Old Fashion Photographer Should Be an Inspiration to Us All

    Jayden Bethea is a toddler on a mission. At an impressively young age of five, Jayden has already discovered and developed an impressive passion for fashion photography. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Selah B. Marie Bethea, Jayden is showing that creating great photography is within the reach of anyone who has a passion to create and a willingness to experiment. Armed with his trusty Nikon D5300, 18-55mm lens, and the support of his energetic mom, Jayden is creating work at a quality far beyond his years.

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    Nikon issued the following statement regarding a new Nikkei article titled "With sharper focus, Nikon looks to beat first-half profit forecast" that was published yesterday: There was a media article regarding Nikon's expected financial results. Nikon has made no announcement in this regards. Nikon's financial results of the 2nd quarter for the fiscal year ending […]

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    Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing the violence in Burma's Rakhine state, since August 25. Many of the refugees tell distressing stories of their villages being attacked or burned by Burmese soldiers, or of their neighbors or family members being injured or killed. The United Nations has accused Burmese troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign. The new arrivals in Bangladesh join an already-existing large population of Rohingya refugees, which has prompted the government to announce plans to build one of the world’s largest refugee camps to house more than 800,000 stateless Rohingya, replacing hundreds of makeshift camps that are popping up near the border. Local medical teams, supported by UNICEF and WHO, have started a massive immunization drive in the camps, racing to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. The UN Refugee Agency has called the current crisis the fastest-growing refugee emergency in the world today.

    A woman collapses from exhaustion as Rohingya refugees arrive in a wooden boat from Burma on the shore of Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on October 1, 2017. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters)

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    Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing morning’s first light in the First Light Photo Contest with chances to win a Polaroid Cube and more! A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Sarah Marino for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Sarah Marino is a professional nature and landscape photographer, photography educator, and widely published writer. She strives to capture personally expressive […]

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    Just a quick heads-up on upcoming Strobist events. If you are local to Buenos Aires or Dublin—or have ever wanted to spend a photo-centric week in Havana—check out the details below.

    Buenos Aires, Argentina: November 17-19

    I'll be doing a seminar and two workshops in Buenos Aires in November. In the half-day seminar on the 17th, we'll move beyond F/stops and shutter speeds and take a step back to look at photography from a broader perspective. How can you approach your photography in a way that also incorporates your other skills and expertises? How can you turn this approach into sustainable business models and ecosystems?

    Whether your goal is to make money or just to become more aware of and focused on who you are as a photographer, this talk is designed to prompt deeper thought. And because of the Contrastes Magazine's sponsorship, the talk is *free*. Well, at least for subscribers of the magazine. (Which means that if you are not yet a subscriber, the half-day seminar will only set you back the cost of a magazine subscription.)

    On the 18th and 19th, I'll be teaching small-class workshops on lighting. These are shooting workshops, and are appropriate for anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about small-flash lighting. Because of the sponsorshop, they are also economically priced.

    More details are here: Buenos Aires Workshops

    Dublin, December 3-5

    I'll be both speaking and teaching for the Irish Professional Photographers Association in Dublin in December. More important: Italian photographer Sara Lando will also be teaching here during this time.

    Sara and I will both be speaking on Sunday the 3rd. Sara will talk in the morning about the thousand things you wouldn't think about that go into a successful conceptual portrait session. I'll be talking in the afternoon about how to incorporate your photographic expertise into a wide range of external possibilities—and how to build digital and economic ecosystems around that.

    On Monday and Tuesday the 4th and 5th, I'll be running a two-day, small-flash speedlight bootcamp. This is a small class, and we'll be shooting the whole time. But between us, where you really want to be is in either or both of Sara's two classes. Her unique approach to creative portraiture will cause you to completely re-examine your own approach. Honestly, the less creative you feel you are, the more you can benefit from spending a couple of days with her.

    More details here, with early bird prices in effect until October 31: Dublin Workshops

    X-Pedition Havana, January 12-19

    Our inaugual Strobist X-Pedition is set for Havana, Cuba, from January 12-19. This is not a photo junket. This is an intensive week in perhaps the most photographically (and culturally, economically, etc.) interesting city in the western hemisphere.

    The US government makes it a total pain in the butt to get to Cuba, and it is becoming far more so under the tightening restrictions. But having been there, I can tell you it is well worth the trouble. Go while you still can.

    Our week is designed around learning and photography in a tight, small-group environment. When the light is crap, we'll be indoors learning how to think and see more like a photojournalist. When the light is right, we'll be out shooting. We have several location shoots lined up, and you'll get plenty of time to explore on your own as well. Throughout the week, we'll also be learning to bridge the perception-reality gap for lesser-traveled destinations.

    Our goal by the end of the week is threefold: to make you a more observant and focused traveling photographer, to learn to shoot efficiently while retaining time for yourself and/or family while on the road, and to have the knowledge and experience to grab your camera and confidently head to nearly any place in the world.

    This trip is nearly full. As of this writing, we have only one spot left in our Havana X-Pedition.

    More details: X-Pedition Havana

    I'm stoked about each of these, and very much hope to see you there.


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    Just a quick in stock update! The brand new Sony RX10 MKIV is now in STOCK at B&H PHOTO HERE!  

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  • 10/19/17--12:42: Nikon D7500 Review
  • Today we are going to look at the newest member of Nikon’s D7xxx series – the D7500 and try to determine what it brings to the table and who might be the target audience for this camera. Less than two … Continue reading

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    My name is Richard Haw, and I’m a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. In this post, I’ll show you how scanning film works with the Nikon D850’s unique new “Negative Digitizer Mode.” I have been digitizing my negatives using DSLRs for some time now, using the Nikon Picture Control to get a positive image when […]

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    High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
    by Robert Glenn Ketchum

    After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #8:
    Wind River, #8: The morning dawns cool and breezy, and we wake to the sound of the wind blowing through the stands of trees. Weather is pouring over us in the form of small, puffy cumulus clouds, but they are NOT building up, they are blowing through - at least at the moment. It feels like a fall day, more than a summer one, and we all agree to proceed with our plans. Breakfast, daypacks and cameras, out on to the trail, and into Ramshorn Basin. The “basin” begins as another expansive pitch of meadows with tree stands, but it rises more steeply. The constant breeze increases as we ascend, and then becomes wind storm, as the tree stands sheltering us somewhat, cease, and our walk continues through a big, broad meadow that is totally exposed. These meadows are not as lush or as tall with flowers as those where we have been, but they are still completely covered with tiny alpine blooms that are hugging the ground, and staying out of the cold breeze as much as possible. At the head of the basin, we find numerous snow patches left from the previous winter, even though we are in the heat of August. The terrain is very spare, but quite weirdly garden-like with flowers popping up anywhere there is supportive soil. To us, strangely, summiting is a meadow walk-up, with the only rock we encounter being the rubble where no meadows are growing. Note also that it is hard to tell from here which of these is the actual Ramshorn.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #7:
    Wind River, #7: Our path leads us through several broad meadows filled with flowers, that are punctuated by stands of trees. The expansive terrain at this elevation is really surprising to us, as it was invisible from below, and although we are “alpine” at about 9,000ft. by all description, this does not look like the alpine we know from hiking in granite mountains. Were these alpine meadows and lakes as we knew them from adventures in Idaho ( dfc7fc), we would be surrounded by rock at this point, the lake would be jewel-like, set in that rocky terrain, and the “meadows” would be small and intimate, in many places only supporting space for a single tent. Right now it feels to us like we are still walking in the the trees and meadows of the forest floor, that is now several thousand feet below us. AND, where is the lake? Then the trail rounds a bend, and this appears. With room to camp an army almost anywhere, we pick a nice viewpoint of these summits, and settle in. The trail goes on past our site, so after we set up and square away camp, we return to it to see where it leads. In this image, we have come in from the left, and the continuing trail goes to the right, through that spot of sunlight on the other side of this POV. What we discover is that it winds around BEHIND the cliff faces that form the front of the range and lie before us here. We ARE at the heart of it all, for sure, as we hoped to summit, and preferably Ramshorn Peak, 11,800ft.. What we do not expect is the trail takes us to Ramshorn Basin, where we can approach these mountains from their backside. Knowing the basin is our ascent point, we scramble in the nearby crumbling ledges for the remaining afternoon, gaining some treeless elevation so we can watch the afternoon storm build over the Du Noir Valley. With weather past, we descend and head back to camp for the evening. Enroute along the trail, we encounter (at a good safe distance) a MONSTER badger prowling around, so after dinner we have a new food storage protocol involving really tall trees, then - sunset, star show, lights out! Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will take in new views and breathe a much thinner part of the atmosphere at 11,000+.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #6:
    Wind River, #6: Our hike through the trees brings us right to the base of the steep, layered walls, and then the trail runs along them for awhile, until it comes to a stream tumbling down a verdant and flower-filled ravine of boulder rubble. Turning rather steeply up the ravine, our trail ascends through a scree of small rocks, and bridges various rock band layers as it climbs. Progress is slow because the rubble makes traction difficult. We get some rain as we slog upward, but nothing that makes life miserable. Although these are NOT the kind of mountains we expected to hike in, they are strangely beautiful at the peak of their summer bloom. As quickly as our ascent began, it ends, leveling off once again into a broad meadow of grass and more flowers. It is clear we have risen considerably higher, and all of us can tell we are exercising at 7,000ft. or more, because we work harder to breathe, and stop more often to catch our breath. What surprises me now, is how expansive this new meadow is. From below, none of us had any sense that there were pockets of terrain this size, so far up the slopes of these strangely configured mountains.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #5:
    Wind River, #5: Our trailhead/car corral does not seem very alpine to us. The path wanders off through a broad flat basin filled with flowers and grasses, and hardly seems to climb at all. This particular trail supposedly goes to a “high” lake affording access to several summits, but from where we are, it is still unclear where that lake might be. The afternoon weather has started to roll through, but the day is quite hot, so we are not really concerned if it rains, and we walk on. We finally enter some forest and draw closer to the sheer faces of the cliffs. When I put on my telephoto to study them, I see how truly odd they are. This is NOT big granite. These mountains look like layers of hardened mud and conglomerate rock that poke weirdly shaped spires skyward, like goofy sand drip-castles that you make at the beach. According to an occasional trail sign, we are not far from the lake of our intended destination, and it is several thousand feet higher, but I am still skeptical because it sure does not look like there is any place for an alpine lake in the image to the right.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #4:
    Wind River, #4:  Weather over the Du Noir Valley and Dubois has included thunderstorms and rain every day in the late afternoon. Bill Lund has warned us not to be on the backroads of the badlands (previous post) if they are wet because they become “grease-mud,” so Chris, Kathy, and I, get an early start on our first backpacking adventure in Wyoming. The dirt track we follow winds through the desert-like badlands, past colorful mud mounds, and across occasional washes that clearly fill with flash floods when it storms. Then the road begins to rise, and our view changes dramatically. What was not visible from our previous position in the valley, were the foothills beneath the ridge of peaks we hoped to summit. View of them had been blocked by the badlands, but now that we are here, the scale of things is much larger, and there is an entire forested woodland we must still work though before we arrive at the trailhead. I think all three of us are taken aback by this unanticipated change, but the meadows that are around us now are filled with flowers, there are streams everywhere, and although the afternoon weather has arrived, we are no longer on “grease-mud”, so we forge ahead. We continue to wind through relatively lush woodlands, and finally come to a “car corral” that marks the starting point of the trail.
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    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #3:
    Wind River, #3:  Awaiting the arrival of my friend Chris Korody and his girlfriend, Kathy, I explore the area around the Disney ranch, where I am staying. I am amazed that the tallest range in the state barely shows any summits, but rather just long, sloping, heavily forested hills and valleys. What I learn is that I am on the eastern side of the Wind Rivers, and the granite summits are more visible from the abrupt western faces. On this side there are few hikers into the high range, because it is 18-20 miles up one of these valleys just the leave the treeline. Over here, cattle are grazed in those high valleys, and hunters and cowboys do everything from horseback. It appears the most direct approach to the heart of the Wind Rivers is from Pinedale, WY on the other side of the range. When Chris and Kathy arrive, I explain what I have learned to them, and we decide to do something around Dubois first, just so that they can acclimate to our elevation, and Kathy can become more comfortable with backpacking, which she has only done a few times. Bill tells us that the Du Noir “backcountry” is supposed to be beautiful, with many lakes, and it all can be accessed from roads through the badlands. With Ramshorn Peak, so prominently on the skyline, I suggest we should try to camp near it, and summit if we can, to which all agree. Now, to avoid any grease-mud incidents...
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    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #2:
    Wind River, #2:  Bill Lund, Sharon Disney, and their extended family and friends are all happy to see me when I arrive at the front porch of their Diamond-D Ranch near Dubois, WY. I have a lot of gear, and they have a lot of family, so it is mutually agreed that I will sleep, and spread out, in one of the cowboy bunkhouses that is not being used at the moment. Over the next few days, I explore the area, sometimes riding around the property on horseback with Bill. One evening, on one such ride, this view offers me a much greater sense of where I am. I am looking east, out over the Du Noir valley and into the colorful, desert-like formations I passed driving in. I can now see that they are the foothills of taller summits that Bill says are part of the Du Noir Wilderness Area, and that especially pointy peak is Ramshorn, the tallest in the range (11,800ft.) He also refers to the desert foothills as the “badlands,” and warns that if I go exploring the roads in them with my van, I will need get back to the highway if it starts rain, because the dirt turns to grease mud, “and you will simply slide off into a ditch.” Those formations ARE, literally, mud mounds melting down.
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #1:
    Wind River, #1:  I receive my MFA from CalArts in 1974, at a time when Bill Lund, the husband of one of the school’s founders, Sharon Disney, is serving as the school’s President. My graduate show attracts a lot of attention from him and the board of trustees, and Bill and Sharon invite me to visit them during the coming summer at the Diamond-D, a large ranch they own, outside of Dubois, WY. The ranch lies in the Du Noir River valley on the eastern slope of the Wind River Range, a very tall part of The Continental Divide. In climbing lore I know the range has a lot of granite, with famous faces and specific summits, that bear some unusual names: The Cirque of Towers; Pingora; Wolf’s Head; Haystack Mountain; Warbonnet, AND it has more than 40 of the tallest peaks in WY, although most people mistakenly think those are The Grand Tetons. I have hiked and camped in Yellowstone and the Tetons, but I have never seen the Wind Rivers, so I am not exactly sure what to expect. Hoping to have some company, I ask my Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club friends in nearby Sun Valley, ID, to consider joining me, and I extend the same invitation to my friend, Chris Korody, who in previous summers, has been one of the teachers in the photography workshop program, I have helped to found at the Sun Valley Creative Arts Center. For reasons of employment, no one from the DFC&FC can join at the moment, but Chris has a blossoming relationship with Kathy Schleussner, a girl who lives next door to my family home in LA, and he and she offer to come. Driving to the Dubois highway junction from Sun Valley gives me a view of the Tetons to the west, and the Gros Ventre to the south, but I cannot see what are supposed to be the sky-piercing summits of the Wind Rivers. The road to Dubois then passes over a low divide and begins to descend into a broad valley with evergreen forests and big pastures on one side, and a strangely colorful desert that looks like mounds of mud melting down, on the other.
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    ​Why the Next Era of Stock Photos Looks So #Instagood

    Stock photography has always been something of an enigma. Used by brands, marketers, advertisers, and the media, it’s managed to withstand the test of time and the radical shift in how media is consumed and sold. Stock photography has, until recent years, served up functional, generic images that could be used in diverse ways by a core customer base. That’s no longer what creators want. To keep up with demand, stock photography providers have started evolving past cookie-cutter imagery to more compelling, artistic, and authentic visuals—keeping stock not only relevant, but making the industry a leader in the visual arts.

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    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, you’ve undoubtedly read about the updates to Lightroom, specifically the split into two versions. I’m swamped with a client job at the moment (some design work) and so I haven’t had the time to devote as much to checking out the new versions as I would like. With that in mind, I will have a more detailed analysis on the Adobe announcements next week, once I’ve done thorough testing, but for now I wanted to give you my first thoughts.  

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    There seems to be a lot of mixed feelings about Adobe Lightroom CC Cloud and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, as well as the long standing and polarizing subscription based model for most of Adobe’s software. We’re not here to give our opinion on all of this, we’re going to see how things play out with Read more...

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    There are few couples as great as a wide-angle lens and a landscape.

    After all, that's why most landscape photographers have at least one wide-angle lens in their bag.

    Actually, I'd say most landscape photographers have at least one wide-angle prime as well as a zoom lens that's capable of a wide-angle perspective.

    But the question for new photographers is, how do you use a wide-angle lens?

    Thomas Heaton addresses that very question in the video above.

    Watch and follow along as he discusses the types of lenses he's used in the past, what he uses now, and how to get the most out of your very own wide-angle lens.

    I've added a detailed play-by-play below, so read on for further details on this topic.

    How Wide is Wide Enough?

    Editor's Tip: If you're ready to get a different lens, why not sell your old one and use the proceeds to fund your next purchase? For details how to do that, click here.

    As Thomas notes in the video, on multiple occasions, he's expressed that 24mm is plenty wide for landscapes.

    However, he's recently found himself in various situations in which he wanted an even wider lens.

    As a result, he picked up a 16-35mm f/4 lens to get a little extra real estate in the images he takes.

    Now, this doesn't mean that you also need a 16-35mm lens...

    You might want something narrower, like the aforementioned 24mm lens, or you might want something even wider, like a 12mm lens.

    The point is that the wider you go, the more of the scene you can get into the shot.

    Another tip is this: the wider the lens, the more foreground you can incorporate into the shot.

    And the more foreground that's in the image, the better you can emphasize the colors and textures of the landscape, which helps create a more dramatic photo.

    So, tip number one is this: no matter what the focal length of the lens you decide to buy, get it down low to the ground so you can highlight foreground interest!

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    Use Weather as Your Guide

    All photographers - myself included - are guilty at one point or another of scrapping plans to go out and shoot when the weather is less than ideal.

    But as Thomas notes in the video, when you shoot with a wide-angle lens (or any lens, really...) you need to tailor your images to the conditions the weather gives you.

    In Thomas' case, living on the northeastern coast of England, there's a lot of gray, rainy days to contend with.

    But armed with a wide-angle lens, Thomas can still get incredible shots if there's some interesting foreground elements to highlight.

    landscapeYouTube Screenshot/Thomas Heaton

    As was noted earlier, the wider the lens, the more you can show off the foreground elements.

    That means stretching them out and using them as a way to invite viewers to keep investigating the image, including moving their eyes from the foreground to the midground to the background of the shot.

    In the screenshot above, you can see Thomas' image adheres to this mantra.

    Yes, it's a gray day, but by using his 16-35mm wide-angle lens, he's able to incorporate those beautiful rocks into the foreground to give the scene loads of texture.

    What's more, the dark, black color of the rocks provides a nice contrast to the light gray of the sky.

    So, the second tip for using a wide-angle lens is this: if the weather isn't ideal, look for texture, color, or even patterns, lines, or shapes in the landscape to provide some interest to your photos.

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    Take the Time to Compose the Shot

    composetheshotYouTube Screenshot/Thomas Heaton

    With all that foreground detail in a wide-angle shot, it's imperative that you take the time to compose the image to maximize the impact of the elements within the frame.

    This means getting down low to the ground to make foreground elements prominent in the shot, moving to the left and the right to see if there's a better perspective from which to shoot, and keeping an eye on details in the midground and background to ensure they all work together to create a cohesive image.

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    It's also worth mentioning that you need to check the edges and corners of the image.

    Look for distracting elements like twigs or tree branches entering the frame, the shadow of your camera or tripod appearing in the image, or other elements that will stick out like a sore thumb in the photo.

    And there you have tip number three: slow things down, maneuver your camera and wide-angle lens around, and actually take a few moments to perfect the composition before pressing the shutter button.

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    Get a Wide-Angle Filter Adapter

    wideanglefilterYouTube Screenshot/Thomas Heaton

    First of all, if you photograph landscapes, you should have a solid set of filters in your bag, including a polarizer at the very least, if not also a couple of ND grads and a solid ND.

    I won't get into the nitty-gritty of what each filter does, so if you want more details, check this article.

    What needs to be pointed out, though is that you can use a standard filter and filter holder on a wide-angle lens.

    For example, if your lens fits 77mm filters, a 77mm filter will work just fine.

    However, if you use it with a standard adapter, the chances that your images will have vignetting - darkened areas around the edges - is much greater.

    Though that can be used as an artistic element in your shots, in this case, it's prudent to grab a wide-angle filter adapter (like the one shown above), so the filter sits closer to the lens, thereby minimizing vignetting.

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    Final Thoughts

    landscapeYouTube Screenshot/Thomas Heaton

    If you follow the steps outlined above, you'll be in a good position to get improved landscape photos.

    Of course, there are plenty of other elements to bear in mind as well, including the time of day you're out shooting, the camera settings you use to get your shots, and how you might get the shot sharply in focus.

    On that last note, Thomas offers a few insights into focus stacking to get a sharp photo from front to back.

    I think you'll agree that his efforts on that front are quite successful. Just look at that photo again - I mean, WOW, right?!

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    This is one of those stories you couldn’t make up if you tried. Most people, especially content creators, such as those with YouTube followings of 60K+ people know that much of the Internet is copyrighted. That just because an image appears in a Google Images search result does not mean that it’s free to use. […]

    The post Internet “entrepreneur” shocked that copyright owner sued him for stealing their work appeared first on DIY Photography.

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    Canon has filed a patent in Japan for a giant flip screen for the rear display of professional-form DSLR cameras. First spotted by Canon Rumors, the patent illustrations show a 1D X-style camera with a screen that spans nearly the entire backside of the camera. And instead of flipping out to the side, it uses […]

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    The FlickrFam has once again found a way to #RaiseTheBar for Flickr Friday’s latest theme. We expected to see dramatic photos of what it means […]

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    Thank you to all the photographers that shared their showing animals in the wild in the Wildlife Photo Contest 2017 with chances to win a Canon EOS 77D and more! “Another great collection of images and another challenging task to narrow these down to just a few. I was looking for powerful images that made me stop and want to look further into the photo… to ‘see’ an image with great technical […]

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    Top 10 WeeklyFstops - Simplicity

    When it comes to composing a photograph, there is a natural tendency to pay attention to the subject ignoring the distractions. This is just a matter of liking your own art and viewing it in an idealistic way. Sometimes until you show your photos to an audience, the distractions are invisible to you. This is where simplicity can help.

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    Athentech also used this week to unveil its own new software updates this week (alongside Adobe and Macphun).  Perfectly Clear Version 3.5 is expected to ship at the end of October.  It’s now both an application and a plug-in/extension to other applications. We’ve got all of the breaking news here first. A first look video…

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  • 10/19/17--14:30: Photo – The Bells
  • Gaze upon the magical bells of the carillon, from Cast in Bronze. More photos at Have Fun, Jeff Share This:

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      people of Jerusalem photographed with Fujifilm GA645 on ilford FP4   today my post is about people. people of Jerusalem, photographed with film camera that i bought with idea to take mostly portraits – outdoor and indoor, in color Read More ...

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    My name is Evan Ranft and I’m an Atlanta based photographer and YouTuber. This video was inspired by a recent conversation with a friend who just got their first DSLR camera. They were asking me questions that seemed obvious to me but it made me realize how little first time camera users really know. So my goal with this video was to break down the key mistakes ruining people’s photos in

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    Just a quick heads up for all you KelbyOne members out there — Issue 34 of Lightroom Magazine is now available! In this issue, our own Rob Sylvan dives into the new Lightroom ecosystem to shed some light on the two new versions of Lightroom. Plus, Serge Ramelli teaches us how to capture and edit images […]

    The post Issue #34 of Lightroom Magazine is Here! appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.

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    Canon Introduces Next-Day Service for CPS Platinum Members

    Photographers are generally a resourceful bunch, but if there's one thing that can bring them to a grinding halt, it's broken gear. Canon is seeking to minimize the inconvenience of such situations by introducing next-day service for qualified Canon Professional Services members.

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    Have you ever heard of a thief stealing an object from a store then blaming the store because it had “maliciously” placed said object on the shelf for sale, all but inviting theft? If you haven’t heard of this argument then welcome to the reality most people occupy, except for one social media star with a following of 60,000 people.

    The post YouTuber Entrepreneur Sued by “Malicious” Photographer for Stealing Copyrighted Photo appeared first on Light Stalking.

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  • 10/19/17--16:00: Photographer of the Day: Joe
  • Category: Sports Photograph: Joe “A Break from the Waves” There’s something about surfing that speaks to me. This shot is great for two reasons. One, minimalism is clearly showcased here, with the surfboard taking center stage. It’s simple and your eye is immediately drawn to the yellow color that covers the board. Two, it’s a…

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    Here are a few tricks to help you capture that perfect view next time you're enjoying the outdoors.

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    Bagi Kamu yang masih pemula ingin membuat blog, memilih platform blog yang tepat adalah hal yang paling awal untuk ditentukan. Platform blog sendiri ada ada banyak, namun yang paling banyak digunakan dan umumnya dipakai, yaitu Blogger dan WordPress. Kedua platform … Continue reading

    Source: Memilih Platform Blog Yang Tepat, Blogger Vs WordPress!

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    Samsung just unveiled its newest entry into the nascent virtual reality (VR) camera market when it debuted the 360 Round at the annual Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, California.

    The post Samsung Introduces the 360 Round VR Camera appeared first on Light Stalking.

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    Beers & Cameras! Meet me for a Beer and to shoot! November 4th 2017, Phoenix AZ By Steve Huff Hey hey! November 4th is the date, and it is going to be awesome! I am starting the Phoenix chapter of the awesomely fun meet up group “Beers & Cameras” on November 4th 2017 and we…

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    Sony has released lens firmware update version 03 for the FE 70-200/2.8 GM Lens for improved AF-C on Sony a9 mirrorless cameras while zooming. What Does This Do? This update (version 03) improves AF-C (continuous AF) performance for zooming when attached to an ILCE-9 camera (requires the latest ILCE-9 system software update). Note: The lens […]

    The post Sony Releases Lens Firmware Update v03 for FE 70-200 f2.8 GM Lens appeared first on Portrait Photographers Miami l Celebrity Portrait Photography Florida.

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    While the major changes in the Lightroom universe have stolen the limelight, upgrades to Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC were also announced at Adobe MAX 2017

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    B&H has the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV in stock and now shipping out to customers. This newest addition uses the familiar 24-600mm equivalent zoom lens and adds an incredible 24fps still image capture rate thanks to the BIONZ X processor. The RX10 IV’s AF system features 315 AF points with on-sensor phase-detection. Impressively, the AF and AE […]

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  • 10/19/17--19:45: Adobe Releases Camera Raw 10

  • Adobe has unveiled the latest version its Camera Raw plug-in

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    With Adobe’s decision to make Lightroom CC cloud-based (and to require that ALL your photos go to the Cloud) we wanted to check how big your photo library is.  Please choose from one of the answers below so we can better understand your storage needs. photo by ohsuriya & Adobe Stock.

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    Change is an inevitable thing, especially when your parent company Yahoo is bought out by US telecom giant Verizon. That’s why the recent announcement from photo-sharing service Flickr has met with resignation rather than surprise as the once-darling photo repository’s users increasingly express worries about an uncertain future with the service.

    The post Say Goodbye to Flickr’s Photobook and Wall Art Printing Services appeared first on Light Stalking.

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    The newly-announced Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new step for Canon with the flagship of its G-series line checking all the boxes of a DSLR in a very compact package. The 15-45mm lens offers a 24-72mm equivalent field of view on the APS-C format sensor with a variable aperture starting at a bright […]

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    With a little over a week to go before PhotoPlus Expo, announcements start popping up and only increase in number as the show approaches. Normally, the “showstoppers” are reserved for the show itself, but this year’s pre-show announcements have been some whoppers. Here’s a quick rundown: HP Announces Zbook X2 “Super Tablet” Ok, “super tablet” is my term, they actually called it a “detachable PC”. Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. What really counts is that HP has managed to cram a desktop class system into a 14″ tablet with a DreamColor display, integrated Wacom pen interface, discrete Nvidia graphics card(!) and enough CPU, RAM, and NVME SSD storage to get the job done for creatives. Here’s the press release: LAS VEGAS, NV – October 18, 2017 — Today at Adobe® MAX, HP will showcase the world’s most powerful detachable PC1 designed to solve the performance and mobility needs of artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need to push Adobe Creative Cloud® and other professional applications to the limit. The performance of the HP ZBook x2, the world’s first detachable workstation,15 increases productivity and allows digital creators and storytellers the freedom to work when and where inspiration strikes. HP’s reinvention of detachable PCs began earlier this year […]

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    The latest milestone numbers for Canon reminds us of just what a behemoth that Canon really is. Since first EOS 650 SLR rolled off the line in 1987 and, since then, Canon has produced 90 million EOS film and digital cameras and 130 million EF lenses. A Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera was the […]

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    How to Handle Friends Asking for Discounts on Your Photo and Video Services

    If you do this long enough, you're going to be asked to do work by friends, and they're going to want a discount or simply not value what your services are worth. Here's how to handle that potentially awkward situation.

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