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Sony Updates RX100 V (Model RX100M5A): New BIONZ X Image Processing Engine, Increased Buffer Size to 233 JPEG Images, Improved High Frame Rate, Focus Area Registration, Enhanced Peaking Function, Proxy Recording, New White Balance and AF Area Modes, New Light Metering Modes; Loses In-camera ‘PlayMemories Camera Apps’

The following video presents Sony | Cyber-shot | RX100 V – 4K movie:
The RX100 V with Fast Hybrid AF for shooting movies as well as stills features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor for focusing and tracking accurate enough even for the rigors of 4K movie shooting*¹*². And record movies in 4K(QFHD: 3840 x 2160) with full pixel readout without pixel binning. Such 4K movies contain approx. 1.7 times as much information as is minimally required for 4K movie output. This gives 4K movie images even more outstanding resolution that complements reduced moire and jaggies.

*¹ A Class 10 or higher SDHC/ SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps.
*² Continuous recording is available for approx. 5 minutes. The duration available for the shooting may change according to shooting conditions.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Sony RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI

Sony has quietly refreshed the RX100 V (model RX100M5A) by updating the previous model (DSC-RX100M5) with some of the features introduced in the RX100 VI. [Unfortunately, owners of existing RX100 V will not get a corresponding firmware/model upgrade.] New highlights/changes of Sony’s updated model RX100M5A include: (more…)

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Skylum Releases Free Update Version 1.3.0 to Luminar 2018

Skylum has released a new update to Luminar 2018! The 1.3.0 update includes numerous features enhancements and bug fixes for the Windows and Mac versions.

Mac New & Improved Features:

  • IMPROVED Raw Develop. The Raw Develop filter has improved handling of the Lens and Transform effects.  Effects are not shown on the left side (Before) when using the Compare option.  The effects are also not blended with original when using the Filters Amount slider.

  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate.  As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.

  • IMPROVED Batch Processing.  You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.

  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter.  Just hover your mouse over a LUT and it updates in real-time.

  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers eight Improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

  • IMPROVED Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file with the “Windows Compatible” option.  Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop and  Develop filters.

  • NEW Plugin Support. The following third-party plugins can now be used via the Plugins menu: Imagenomic Noiseware 5, Imagenomic Portraiture 3, Imagenomic Realgrain 2, and DxO FilmPack 5.

  • IMPROVED Filter Controls. To save you time, all filter checkboxes can be enabled or disabled by clicking on the control name or the checkbox.  Additionally, be sure to try scrubbable number sliders. Just mouse over the value for a filter and then click and drag left or right to move the slider.

  • IMPROVED JPEG Controls.  Take precise control over JPEG and JPEG-2000 compression. You can see a numeric value for the Quality slider.  You can also click on the number and enter a precise value.

Windows New & Improved Features:

  • NEW Faster opening of RAW-files. You can now open raw files much faster thanks to improvements in our RAW engine.

  • NEW White Balance Tool.  A new White Balance functionality and eyedropper tool have been added to the Raw Develop, Develop, and Color Temperature filters.

  • NEW Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop, Develop and Color Temperature filters.

  • NEW Layer Renaming. For all new layers, you add to a document (except for the original image) you can choose to assign a custom name.  Just double-click on a layer’s name to edit it. This is a great way to organize adjustment and image overlay layers in your project.

  • IMPROVED Filter Performance. You can now add or subtract filters more quickly to an image.

  • IMPROVED Blending Modes. When you choose a blending mode for an Adjustment or Image Layer, the experience is even easier.  Just hover your mouse over a blending mode and it updates in real-time. This is an easy way to simply mouse-over the list to find the perfect blending mode.

  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter.

  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers seven improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

  • NEW Canvas Color. You can now set the Canvas background color to White.  Choose View > Background > White to set the working Canvas to White or choose from other shades of gray or black.

  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate.  As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.

  • NEW DNG Camera Profiles (DCP). Are you looking for truly professional control over your raw files?  Then give DNG Camera Profiles a try. Luminar recognizes the industry standard DCP files that you may already have on your computer (or have bought from third parties).

  • IMPROVED Batch Processing. Windows users gain the useful Batch Processing improvements. These include the ability to “Replace or Skip Files” when saving the file with the same name when Batch Processing.  Additional options include the ability to create JPEG and TIFF files as well as improved reliability when renaming and numbering files on export.

The update is completely free to all Luminar 2018 users, and here are the instructions on how to get it:

  • The next time you launch Luminar, it should prompt you to update the software.
  • Or, you can also choose to manually check for the update:
    • Mac – Please choose Luminar 2018 > Check for updates.
    • Windows – Please choose Help > Check for updates.

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Get Luminar 2018 (use coupon code PHOTOXELS to obtain $10 OFF).

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Cameras Nikon

Nikon P1000 is the Superzoom Camera (24-3000mmm equivalent) To Rule Them All: 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor with 16MP Resolution, F2.8-8 125x Optical Zoom, 4K UHD Video, Dual Detect Optical VR for 5-Stops, and More

Nikon introduces its longest zoom ever in a superzoom camera: The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 boasts an astounding 24-3000mm (equivalent) reach, allowing you to shoot a wide-angle vista all the way to capturing a close-up of the moon. Designated scene modes, such as Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode, automatically adjust settings for optimum results when photographing birds and the moon.

The following video presents Introducing the new Nikon Coolpix P1000:
In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz discusses the new Coolpix P1000, a compact camera that provides an amazing 125x optical zoom, making it a great choice for any bird or wildlife photographer. It’s the perfect companion to have in your DSLR kit!

Main Features:

  • 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor with 16MP resolution
  • F2.8-8 125x optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent)
  • Dual Detect Optical VR technology for 5-stops of camera shake compensation
  • Snap-back zoom feature (to temporarily expands the field of view for super-telephoto shots)
  • Vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD
  • 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 4K UHD video with stereo audio recording and time-lapse effects
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to automatically transfer images to a photographer’s compatible mobile device
  • Picture controls, Creative modes and Filter effects
  • Macro images from as close as 1 cm away
  • RAW support
  • ISO 100-6400
  • Built-in accessory shoe (accepts Nikon Speedlights and the new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote)

The following silent video COOLPIX P1000: 4K video zoom example shot from 24-3,000mm:

Price and Availability
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Nikon Press Releases

Nikon Announces Five Recipients of the 2018 ‘Women Photograph + Nikon’ Grants

The following video presents Nikon Live at CES 2018: Deanne Fitzmaurice:
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Women Photograph mentor.
Watch as Nikon Ambassador Deanne Fitzmaurice talks about Storytelling with Heart at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

This is an update to the previous blog, ‘Women Photograph + Nikon’ 2018 Project Grants for Women & Non-Binary Photographers: Applications Open April 1 and Due May 15.

PRESS RELEASE

July 9, 2018

Nikon Inc. Announces Recipients of Women Photograph + Nikon Grants

Nikon to Award $25,000 to Support Talented Photojournalists, from Around the World, Working on Documentary Photography Projects

Melville, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2018 Women Photograph + Nikon Grant. The Grant, a continuation of Nikon’s ongoing support for the next generation of visual storytellers, is a collaboration with Women Photograph to help elevate the voices of female and non-binary photojournalists.

“As a brand, Nikon is committed to empowering photographers to tell impactful stories through compelling photography and videos,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “Each of these five talented individuals have a powerful visual voice, and we are proud to lend our support and help them continue to share their stories with the world.” (more…)

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Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-H1 Firmware Update Ver.1.10 (June 13, 2018): New Functions, Compatibilities With FUJINON Cinema Lenses MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mmT2.9, and Improvements

The following video presents Fuji Guys – FUJIFILM X-H1 – Top Features (Video)
The Fuji Guys are back to outline the top features of the X-H1 on the video side.

Fujifilm X-H1 with Vertical Battery Grip VPB-XH1 and FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 cinema lens

Fujifilm X-H1 with Vertical Battery Grip VPB-XH1 and FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 cinema lens

Fujifilm recently released the FREE firmware update Ver.1.10 for the Fujifilm X-H1 camera body.

Fujifilm X-H1 with FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema lens

Fujifilm X-H1 with FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema lens

The following video presents [BTS] A Little Part of me inside my Photos …/ FUJIFILM:
Behind the scenes of the short film “A Little Part of me inside my Photos…” featuring Japanese actress Yumi Adachi … directed by Masahiro Aida … Director of Photography: Masahiro Aida …

Gear: FUJIFILM X-H1 & MKX18-55mmT2.9, MKX50-135mmT2.9

The firmware update will provide the following new functions, compatibilities and improvements:
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Articles Fujifilm

You’re Invited: FUJIFILM Photo Walk With X-Photographer Kara Mercer in Seattle, Washington, USA, @ No Cost: 07/07/2018

The following video presents Spotlight Series: Kara Mercer:
Fujifilm presents USA X-Photographer Kara Mercer! Hear how Kara began her career as a commercial photographer by following a passion for storytelling.

Kara specializes in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands. Her work is influenced by minimalism and she has shot a wide range of commercial campaigns. Discover how Kara uses the mirrorless medium format GFX 50S to elevate her style and consistently create iconic imagery.

All video was captured with the FUJIFILM X-T2.

FUJIFILM Photo Walk with X-Photographer Kara Mercer

07/07/2018
5:30-7:30 PM
Seattle, WA
Top of the hill at the Gas Works Park, ending at Fremont Bridge

Fujifilm and Glazer’s Camera invite you to join X-Photographer Kara Mercer in Seattle for a FUJIFILM photo walk.

The highlights of this FREE event include the following: (more…)

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Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-T2 Firmware Update Ver.4.10 (June 13, 2018): New Functions, Compatibilities With FUJINON Cinema Lenses MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mmT2.9, and Improvements

The following video presents X-T2: Takayuki Yagishita x Travel Karuizawa / FUJIFILM:
Director Moeru Maruyama and cinematographer Takayuki Yagishita visited the city of Karuiizawa, Japan to document the seasonal change through the course of a year in 2017, from spring to winter.

Filmed on FUJIFILM X-T2 in 4K in corporation with Karuizawa Tourist Association.

This is an update to the previous blog, Fujifilm X-T2 Camera Body Firmware Update Ver.4.00 (May 8, 2018): New Functions, Compatibilities & Improvements.

Fujifilm recently released the FREE firmware update (Ver.4.10) for the Fujifilm X-T2 camera body.

Please note:

  • Upgrading firmware from Ver.4.00 to Ver.4.10 will remove the functions of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder”.
  • The functions of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder”, which was planned to be included in Ver.4.10 will be incorporated in Ver.4.20 to be released in July 2018.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, Marco Urso won with a photograph (above) taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR lens

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, Marco Urso won with a photograph (above) taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR lens

The firmware update will provide the following new functions, compatibilities and improvements: (more…)

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Tutorials

Easy tips for photographing Fireworks

Photographing good fireworks pictures is not that difficult as long as you know and apply some easy tips. While you can get good fireworks pictures by simply pointing at the sky and taking a snapshot of the exploding cascade of colors, knowing why they turn out so-so or great will help you increase your keepers rate.

Location
If you look carefully at the fireworks pictures you really like, chances are that they all include some kind of recognizable buildings, scenery or interesting elements. These could be a skyline, a famous landmark, silhouettes of people, etc.

Therefore, it’s smart to scout the area ahead of time to find the right perspective and a composition that you like. You need an interesting foreground and/or background, and, of course, lots of unobstructed sky space.

Remember that, if you are photographing in a public place where a lot of people will congregate to watch the fireworks show, then you may have lots of people standing in front of you when the event starts, perhaps obscuring the scene you have so carefully composed earlier when the place was empty. So, some kind of higher ground may be preferable.

Equipment

  • With fireworks photography, long exposures are common, and so a sturdy tripod is a must.
  • A small flashlight (or your cellphone plus the light app) can help you see in the dark to experiment and change settings on your camera.
  • Lens cap, a (black) card or hat/cap to put in front of your camera lens when the shutter is open and you are waiting for the next explosion to occur. Or, do as many of us do: use your hand (but do not touch the glass element of your lens for that will leave a smudge that will get recorded).

Exposure Settings
If you are using a smart phone, you are quite restricted in what you can adjust, and so is not the best camera to use. If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, chances are there will be a Fireworks scene mode that you can use. This will usually leave the shutter open for about 3 to 4 seconds.

With an Interchangeable Lens Camera (mirrorless or DSLR), you have more options in choosing shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Remember that, if you include a scene (or building) in your picture, you should then be exposing for the scene (or building). If your camera has AE-Lock, then point at the scene (or building), touch the AE-L button to lock exposure and recompose. You will want to choose a low ISO for the best image quality. This will also give you a longer shutter speed to record more than one fireworks explosion (using the “cover lens with hand” technique).

One important choice is whether you like to capture the trail and, if so, whether you prefer it to be fat or thin. This is where you decide on whether to use a large (e.g., f/2.8 for a fat trail) or small aperture (e.g., f/8 for a thin trail). Sometimes, I prefer to leave the trail out of my fireworks picture completely and expose only for the shimmering colors after the explosion.

If you opt to capture the trail, then you will also be capturing the explosion. Depending on how far away you are to the display, the explosion itself can be so bright that it will usually result in a big overexposed blob of light in the sky. But if you skip the trail, and wait just a second or so later after the explosion to open the shutter (or, if you are in Bulb or Time mode, to uncover the lens cap), you can then capture the fully bloomed and beautiful falling sparks. This way, you are still exposing for the scene and capturing interesting fireworks without overexposing your shot.

Continue reading for more tips in our Fireworks Tutorial.

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