Keeping it up with all the ton of photography related news is hard; but don’t worry, we are doing the hard work for you! Welcome to your list of highlights from the fantastic world of Photography.
HARDWARE & GEAR
Own the Moment
Or at least that is what the new Insta360 camera promises with their newest system that shoots 180 3D and 360 photographs and video. The camera comes with a full integration with Adobe Premiere Pro so you don’t have to hassle with stitching, ergo no waiting. Just start and edit on the go. This innovative camera has been meticulously designed from the inside-out to capture mouthwatering footage in a compact foldable unit. This camera could be the future not only for action videos but also for certain cinematographic appliances if people get creative enough. You can get yours at $419.99.
Lensbaby for Fuji
Since Lensbaby appeared it has gradually detached from the “cheap lens” niche they had in the beginning. Also, they have started to develop options for Fujifilm users, and their newest Composer Pro with Edge 35 is no exception. This lens will start shipping in April 2019, and it will have a price of $449.95. Back in the beginning, Lensbaby lenses came with a pretty rudimentary aperture system based on something that looks pretty much like packing rings that you had to move around. This lens has been designed to fit the X-Mount and has an aperture of f/3.5 to f/22. The lens body can tilt up to 15° which is very impressive and is made out of multi-coated glass rather than some plasticky thing.
New 85mm for Sony E Mount
The newest Samyang 85mm f/1.4 lens for Sony E Mount promises to be very sharp and a great option for Sony users. The lens has been designed to perform exceptionally well at some of its brightest apertures thanks to its Extra Low Dispersion lens. The lens comes with 9 blade circular diaphragm enabling an interesting quality bokeh. And last but not least, a fast autofocus motor and weather sealing design. Watch this video by Sonder Creative to get a better feeling of the lens.
Second Thoughts on Straps
Have you ever wondered about changing your camera strap? Here Jason D. Little shares with us some nice ideas about why you should have a strap that isn’t the default one on your camera.
There are Never Enough 50mm f/0.95 Lenses
Zenit has announced a 50mm f/0.95 lens for Sony full-frame cameras. Gannon Burgett shares more about this new fully manual lens here.
Artificially Intelligent Flash
Canon has made a nice breakthrough here with their new Speedlite 470EX-AI. This flash will make photography easier for all those fellow photographers having troubles to find the sweetest direction for bouncing light. Watch this video shared by Abdulaziz Hmadi and see how this new flash works.
Backup is BAE
Digital archiving habits are worthy of being highly structured and even obsessive. In this column, Albert Dros shares a very personal point of view about how he deals with photography backup. Even though he talks about a specific brand, I think his workflow is pretty valuable and should be considered as a good starting point for anyone interested in backing up their images.
Cameras Made Out of Everything
From Watermelons to trailers, Brendan Barry makes cameras out of pretty much everything. Watch this short documentary film by Ilford to know more about the craft of this camera maker. As long as someone understands light, any camera will work for them. The film is about how Brendan makes cameras out of everything, and the best part is that they actually work.
The Belted Survivors
Photography changes everything, there is no doubt about it. Here in this project, various people share their survival stories thanks to being saved by seat belts. The scars are recreated based on each person’s story, but they are really shocking, so please, always use a seatbelt when driving.
Staged Photo wins $120K
Controversy has been spinning around the renowned Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA). After the winning photograph (which was cataloged as being spontaneous) was a total stage. You can read more about what really happened here.
Contact Sheets are Great
One of my favorite assets is Magnum’s Contact Sheet book. This amazing body of work blows my mind for two reasons. First, you get to know that iconic photographs have siblings, and second, the editing process is extremely crucial in photography. And I’m talking about selecting the work, the thing that you do with a computer is post-processing. Simon King has taken it to the next level and shares his opinion about why he keeps sharing his contact sheets, even when digital.
THE WEEK IN IMAGES
Mourning in New Zealand
People all over New Zealand were united after the March 15th mass shooting. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has imposed stricter national gun laws and is seeking answers from social-media companies about the live-streaming dissemination of the attack.