DJI might unveil Mavic Air at drone event

In a mysterious teaser video released by DJI today, the Chinese manufacturer is likely about to launch its newest drone. The video does not include a lot of details. Along with the video, DJI has sent out invitations for an “Adventure Unfolds” event on January 23, 2018.

Entitled “Adventure Unfolds,” the video explains that we are all “billions of atoms and molecules bonding together in harmony” but that “with seemingly insignificant size comes formidable strength and power.”

The video concludes with: “The question is, ‘Are we ready for what’s to come?’” 

#AdventureUnfolds – DJI’s New Drone

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2018 Photo Contest by Shoot & Share Open January 8th

Here’s your opportunity to to put your photographic skills up against tens of thousands of other photographers. The 2018 Photo Contest by Shoot & Share claims to be the world’s only free & fair photo contest. You can begin submitting your entries on January 8, 2018.

Here’s a fun intro video Shoot & Share put together:

I’m a big fan of this contest because it’s all about the photos. Unlike most competitions, it is completely free. You can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. The photographer’s name is never displayed during voting so each photo is judged on … Read more

Professional Photographers Now Require a Permit in Positano, Italy

Are you planning on visiting Italy? Did you buy the latest in photo and video gear for the trip? If so, your journey will bring you to the breathtaking town of Positano along the Amalfi Coast. Like all enjoyable and productive travel photography trips, this one also requires planning. You need to be aware of the new taxes imposed by Positano’s city council regarding permits for photography and video.

One of the the most photographed places in Italy, Positano, is now requiring a permit for anyone who wants to take photographs or make videos for commercial purposes. This applies to all … Read more

Adobe Introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018

The Adobe Elements team has just announced the release of Photoshop Elements 2018 & Premiere Elements 2018. No, I want to reassure you that you didn’t miss versions 16 and 17. Moving forward both apps will take on the upcoming year of their release in-lieu of a version number; hence, the transition from version 15 to Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018.

Okay, now that I’ve explained that, let’s get on to the good stuff. And while you’re reading this post, I don’t want you to think that these products are for the “pros”. However, they are definitely … Read more

Apple Special Event at Steve Jobs Theater – New iPhone, MacPro, Apple Watch

Apple sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The media invites offer a first look at the theme of the event and feature the tagline: “Let’s meet at our place.”

View the Apple Special Event here on September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote, the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater. The event will be the first time non-Apple personnel will be allowed on the grounds in any number, … Read more

ON1 Announces Major Update to Their All-in-One Photo Editor

ON1 has announced a major update to ON1 Photo RAW in the form of ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5. The update to the all-in-one photo organizer, editor and RAW processor for macOS and Windows brings numerous new features to the application plus optimization to performance and the overall user experience. The major updates to ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 include the following:

  • Lens Correction: A new Lens Correction pane has been added to ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 and it will automatically detect lenses and apply corrections, including distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral fall-off corrections.
  • Compare mode: The new compare mode allows
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Sony Releases Firmware Updates for Alpha Mirrorless Cameras

Only a couple of weeks ago when Sony issued firmware updates for many of their lenses, Sony today has released firmware updates for many of their popular mirrorless cameras. The updates mainly address issues with overheating as well as fixing the “star eater” problem that was introduced in a prior firmware version, as well as various other stability issues. Basically, the star eater issue involved the Sony cameras’ noise reduction algorithms incorrectly identifying stars in the night sky as noise, and as a result, removed them in images. This has not made the photographers in the astrophotography community particularly happy.… Read more

Google Street View Now Features Uluru

Google Street View Now Features Uluru

As a photographer, it’s impressive to virtually travel around the world using Google Maps and accessing their amazing repository of data and imagery. Today, Google has extended their reach by announcing a collaboration with the Indigenous Australians, specifically the Anangu – world’s oldest continuing culture – of the central desert.

Two years ago, Australian engineers started working with the traditional owners of Uluru and Kata Tjuta – as well as Parks Australia and Tourism NT – to create an online experience of the sacred area through Google Maps – Street View. Fast forward two years and the epic 348 metre … Read more

Apple WWDC 2017: Major Updates for Photographers

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller took the stage to announce updates headed to MacBooks, iPads, Apple TV, and more.  The Apple WWDC 2017 keynote streamed live for just over 2 hours but that’s because Apple introduced a ton of new updates. Don’t worry, I’m not going to itemize each and every update announced in this post. I’ve carved it down to just the items that I think would be of interest to the photographers out there.

macOS High Sierra

First up, macOS High Sierra, the core of the macOS … Read more

Stunning Time Lapse View of the World on the 100th Anniversary of Nikon

Nikon Commemorates 100th Anniversary with Stunning Time Lapse Video

Nikon Europe released this 3-minute video by SmugMug Films showing a compilation of time lapse videos of Earth created using thousands of still photos shot by Nikon DSLRs onboard the International Space Station.  The bright flashes are lightning strikes hitting the earth, watch and enjoy.

The video above was created as a promo leading up to Nikon’s 100th anniversary event on July 25th.

“Nikon’s history in Space began with the Nikon Photomic FTN, a modified Nikon F camera that was used aboard the Apollo 15 in 1971 and Nikon cameras have been aboard every manned space flight since,” Nikon says.

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