At B&H’s Optic 2019, photojournalist and New York attorney Richard P.
Liebowitz discusses the ownership of intellectual property, and he emphasizes that, as a photographer you need to iron out details—in writing—of who owns the copyright to your work before you sign a contract.
If you’re a photographer interested in the best ways to protect your photos, this is a video you need to watch.
Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC.
A 17-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), he has produced award-winning photojournalism.
Richard now helps his fellow NYPPA members and other artists around the world resolve intellectual-property infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis.
As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.
Aurora Aperture Adapter Mount Format Filter (AMF) filter is a revolutionary filter format that works for all DSLR lenses on popular mirrorless mount adapters.
You will only need one set of filters for all your adapted lenses, no more multiple sets of filters or step-up rings, or complicated and bulky square filter systems.
The AMF drop-in filters work extremely well with ultra wide-angle lenses, especially those that have a protruding front element and are without front filter threads. Those types of lenses require a bulky filter adapter paired with very large filters. They are inconvenient to carry around and are unfriendly to your wallet.
The AMF Filters is currently available through a kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign.
It started out innocently.
After verifying firsthand that Mount Evans was closed due to snow and ice, despite it being summer, we decided to explore Guenella Pass.
Traveling the entire previous day gave Brittany a strong desire to go for a hike and she didn't have to expend much energy convincing me to take that option.
The plan was to explore the nearby alpine tundra from trails leading from a parking area near the top of the pass.
We grabbed a backpack, some water, snacks, and rain shells and set off on what we thought would be a mini-adventure.
Carrying the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted (primarily for wildlife) and a
Nikon Z 7 with a Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens mounted (primarily for landscape) seemed to be an ideal set of gear for the planned short hike.
While hiking, Brittany continuously wanted to see what was over the next ridge.
In this location, deception reigned and the answer to the what is over the next ridge question is always another ridge.
Still, we kept asking the question until having climbed mostly rock and snowfield over 2,400' (730m) up in roughly 3.5 mi (5.6km).
Unintentionally, we found ourselves on top of a very high mountain.
The view at the top of the 13,800' Table Top Mountain was spectacular.
What Brit was feeling from the altitude ... was not nearly as pleasant.
Unfortunately, we needed to promptly go back down and couldn't spend much time on top.
Fortunately, Brit found the mental fortitude to get some great photos despite the altitude sickness but she didn't feel good until after a nap back in town.
While I was not as strongly affected by the high elevation, I definitely should have left the 100-400 in the SUV as it gained a lot of weight on this hike.
See the distant thunderhead cloud looming over Brittany's head in the image?
That was another reason to go down quickly.
That storm brought us near white-out snow conditions for a short period of time during our descent, adding to the day's story.
While photography is great for storytelling, going on photo adventures is a great option for creating stories.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Today we show you how to change a subject's pose with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop! Whether you're trying to get the perfect composition or trying to nail a particular effect, the Puppet Warp Tool can help you reshape and reposition any body part–for the perfect pose, every time.
Shooting on location gives you an instant backdrop which will immediately tell a story about what you're shooting. However having a great location is only the start of the process however, so in this video photographer Gavin Hoey has some simple tips for maximizing the character in your location portraits shoots.
It's all about forward planning. Gavin starts by hiring the right model and outfit for the look he's after. In this case he combines a grimy urbex location with a beautiful red dress. Then he works on adding controlled flash to the existing ambient light to create some drama in his images. Finally he adds some simple props which when used on their own or combined together, create a variety of different looks within the same location.
The link above will take you to the Large model, appropriate or flashes like the Canon 600EX and Nikon SB-900 series flashes (a full list of compatible flashes appears at the bottom of the product page).
A smaller version of the light modifier is also available and accessible via the page above.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he walks you through the process of creating natural looking flash photography by working and balancing the strobe with the natural available window light coming into the location. When people claim flash photography does not look natural, often times they are not mixing it well with the environment. By working with the natural light in the space, your flash photography will be elevated to the next level.
Capture Smooth Footage With The New Compact, Lightweight Ronin-SC, A Single-Handed Stabilizer For Mirrorless Cameras
Updated design offers excellent portability and the latest intelligent features including subject tracking
July 17, 2019 - DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.
“The Ronin-SC took the powerful technology from the Ronin-S and put it in a lighter and smaller form factor,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology.”
Compact, lightweight for ease of use
The Ronin-SC was created to be portable and travel friendly, weighing only 2.4 lbs., 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and can be taken apart to easily fit into backpacks and cases. The reduced weight makes the Ronin-SC not only easily transportable but aids in reducing fatigue when using it on extended photo and video shoots.
Robust and intuitive design
Using high quality materials including magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic, the Ronin-SC’s durable construction is built to last and endure everyday use. Its powerful high-grade motors are capable of supporting up to 4.4 lbs and its dedicated battery offers users up to 11 hours of operation. Taking feedback from the Ronin-S, the Ronin-SC offers new design features including 3 axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axis which makes balancing the camera simplified as well as helping during transportation. Additionally, the Ronin-SC features a new position lock system. Once the gimbal is balanced, the time it takes to remount the camera and start working is mere seconds, saving precious time during shoots. Similar to the Ronin-S, users can control the gimbal movement with the responsive joystick and easily access different modes and gimbal settings with the use of the Mode (M) button and the front trigger button.
Intelligent modes for endless creative possibilities
A staple in the Ronin series, the Ronin-SC features a host of intelligent modes to inspire all levels of content creators. Using the redesigned Ronin app, users can set up to 3 different custom profiles, adjust various settings such as motor output and even run balance tests to ensure that the camera system is properly setup. The popular 360-degree roll movement can be saved in one of the custom profiles by simply selecting it in the app and for fast paced scenes, Sport mode, which increases the response speed of the gimbal, is easily accessed by holding the Mode (M) button. The Ronin-SC offers the same modes as Ronin-S but with several exciting new additions, including Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0:
New Force Mobile: The new Force Mobile, similar to Force Pro, conveniently synchronizes the movement of your connected mobile device* with the Ronin-SC gimbal, offering an immersive filming experience. Users can now operate gimbal movements at a max distance of 82 feet** using the new Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
New ActiveTrack 3.0: Using a mobile device, Ronin-SC users can select a subject for the gimbal to accurately follow. The new algorithms include deep learning and optimized calculations for human figures. Similar to the technology found in some DJI drones and the Osmo Series, ActiveTrack 3.0 uses the mobile phone’s camera view and sends this information to the Ronin-SC. Users can mount the mobile phone to the top of the camera’s hotshoe with the included phone holder mount, open the Ronin app and select the subject to follow automatically.
Virtual Joystick: Control gimbal movement remotely using the virtual joystick, ideal for when Ronin-SC is on a tripod or monopod.
TimeLapse: Create compelling TimeLapse content, adjusting settings including interval, clips and frames per second.
Motionlapse: Add the element of motion to your TimeLapse.
Motion Control: Set unique movement paths with Motion Control by selecting up to 10 different points.
Panorama: Automatically capture panoramas in multiple rows or columns.
Wide array of camera compatibility and accessories
Ronin-SC was created to work seamlessly with popular mirrorless camera systems on the market. A full list of compatibility can be found https://www.dji.com/ronin-sc. Additionally, the Ronin-SC is compatible with a variety of DJI accessories including a new, lighter external focus motor, Command Unit, DJI Force Pro, DJI Master Wheels, and some third-party accessories. Detailed information on compatible accessories can be found at https://store.dji.com/category/ronin-sc-and-accessories.
Pricing and availability
The Ronin-SC will be available for purchase at www.dji.com, flagship stores and retail partners today. Customers can choose between Ronin-SC Standard, which includes the essentials to get you up and running for $439 USD or the Ronin-SC Pro Combo, which adds the focus wheel along with the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop (RSS) Splitter for $539 USD.
DJI Care Refresh
DJI Care Refresh is now available for Ronin-SC. For an additional $49 USD, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.
* Currently Force Mobile functionality will only work with iOS devices.
** Distance is tested in an open unobstructed environment.
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
In this fifth video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses tips and techniques for how to best capture audio with lavalier and boom mics. From ways to conceal lavs on talent to proper operation of a boompole, you’ll see real-world examples of the types of methods that are used to enable great audio capture, regardless of environment or application. Check it out.
While the photography-specific deals aren't typically great or plentiful during these events, it's definitely worth perusing Amazon's Prime Day Celebration over the next 48 hours to see if there's an intriguing deal on an item (or items) that you've had your eye on or otherwise pique your interest.
I spotted this lone bristlecone pine tree on my first drive up Mount Evans.
The uniquely shaped tree alone on the side of the mountain begged to be in an image and on the last day of this trip, I made that pine my sunrise subject.
A clear sky does not hold promise for an amazing sunrise or sunset, but what can be counted on is the opportunity to incorporate a great sunstar into the image.
To create a sunstar from a point light source requires a narrow aperture.
The narrower the aperture, the bigger the sunstar is the rule.
I often select f/16 for these types of images as the effects of diffraction are usually tolerable at this aperture, even on the highest resolution cameras.
A downside to using a narrow aperture with the sun in the frame is that flare effects are increased, especially from lenses with high element counts.
Whether or not the flare shapes are attractive and desired may be a personal preference.
Also note that, in general, wide aperture lenses create the largest sunstars.
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens' f/4 aperture isn't terribly wide and in this case, I opted for f/22 to get a larger and more attractive (including stronger points) star.
I don't like the softness that diffraction creates at f/22 so the portion of the frame without the sunstar in it was merged from an f/11-captured frame.
I captured a 5-shot bracket (varying by 1 stop) at each aperture setting and opted to use a brighter f/11 image for the foreground.
The other property a clear sky can promise is a very warm light immediately after the sun rises or immediately before the sun sets and the warm first or last light of the day raking over a scene is often welcomed from a landscape photography perspective.
The small crescent moon included in the frame just above the left side of the pine tree was a bonus for this image.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Anhui China, Jul 8, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to introduce the the Nikon Z & Canon RF mount to the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens (Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D) and the world’s widest zoom lens (Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6).
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear native lens for full frame mirrorless cameras.
The lens falls into the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ products line-up and the patented optical design successfully minimizes the optical distortion to the lowest.
This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements.
Photographers can also take advantage of the super close focusing distance (less than 6” from the sensor) and the f/2 aperture to create some wide angle close-up shots with pleasing bokeh.
Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the size of the lens to only 1.1 lbs and 3” long.
The flat front surface design allows photographers to use 72mm circular filter with ease.
Unlike the Sony E variant, the new Nikon Z / Canon RF variants feature a design of 5 straight aperture blades which produce a clean and sharp 10-point sunstar rendering.
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom (Nikon Z mount only)
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom lens is currently the widest full frame zoom lens in the market.
The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease.
The one-of-a-kind 130° FoV also helps photographers to realize many formerly impossible shots.
Similar to the Sony E-mount variant (released a few months ago), Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of this new Nikon Z variant to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 1.1 lbs (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm.
It also incorporates a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10- point sunstars.
The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element.
It comes with an excellent close up performance and is able to focus as close as 6” from the sensor.
A rear 37mm filter thread is included to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter.
Venus Optics have NO plans to launch Canon R mount for Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6.
The new variants of Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D & Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 are currently available to order and from authorized resellers.
Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 849 for each lens.
Pricing may vary in different countries.
On February 26, 2014, Nikon released a Service Advisory informing users of the D600 that Nikon would provide corrective servicing, free of charge, of D600 cameras exhibiting a particular issue.
This announcement is to inform users of the D600 that requests for this free corrective servicing will only be accepted until January 10, 2020.
Service to address this issue requested after the offer of free service expires will be handled in accordance with standard Nikon repair policies.
If you would like to have your Nikon D600 inspected for this issue and corrected as needed, at no cost to you, please request the service from a Nikon service center as soon as possible.
Some users have indicated the appearance of multiple granular dust spots in images captured with the Nikon D600 digital-SLR camera. These granular dust spots are reflections of internal dust generated with camera operation, or external dust particles that have found their way into the camera, either, or both of which, have adhered to the camera's low-pass filter.
While the structure and concept of digital-SLR cameras make the complete elimination of these dust spots very difficult, it has come to our attention that, in some rare cases, they may be reflected noticeably in images. Therefore, Nikon is informing users of a service to reduce this issue again.
Apple has updated the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air gets a True Tone display, while the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro gets fully kitted out with an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, Touch Bar, True Tone, and more. The MacBook Air now has True Tone on its Retina Display. True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance to the color temperature of the light around you, providing a much more natural viewing experience.
Learn more here.
If you're like me, after having purchased the 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle (especially over multiple years), you may have a ton of LUTs (Look Up Tables) that can be used to color grade your videos and images.
For instance, the last time I counted, I had over 600 LUTs sitting in a folder on my hard drive.
Unfortunately, sifting through my LUTs to find one that's appropiate for a specific video/photo project has has been a painfully slow and tedius process, requiring the of application of each LUT individually within the software editor for preview purposes.
Thankfully, there's a better way.
A Swedish software designer has created an excellent (and free) program – Bulk LUTs Previewer – that allows for fast and easy previewing of your locally stored LUTs.
How Does Bulk LUTs Previewer Work?
It's really simple.
Open the program and click "Import" to point Bulk LUTs Previewer to the image you'd like to use as the sample.
I'd suggest using a small resolution image as a full-resolution image will make the previews load significantly slower.
Click the "3D Luts" button and navigate to your folder containing the LUTs.
Click "Generate" to generate the LUT previews.
How to Apply a LUT in Photoshop
Once you've found the LUT you'd like to use, here are the steps for applying the LUT to an image in Photoshop.
Open your image and add a Color Lookup Table adjustment layer.
In the Properties panel of the adjustment layer, click "Load 3D LUT..."
Click the "Load 3D LUT..." option and navigate to the appropriate LUT.
While the sofware is free, I highly suggest donating to the author (using the "About" menu option) to encourage the software's further development (I did).