Monthly Archives: October 2018

A Great Guide, Some New Hardware And Software, The Bookshelf And Some Films, What You’ve Missed This Week In Photography

Photo by Nathan Anderson

Photo by Nathan Anderson

Today we’ll talk about some cool stuff that got our attention last week.

A USEFUL GUIDE

Photography for Beginners

Photographer Touch has a great post on Photography for Beginners. If you are starting out, or need to refresh the basics of photography, then this is for you. It comprehensively covers everything from understanding your camera, composition guidelines and common mistakes beginners make. Photography for Beginners over at Photographer Touch is definitely worth your time.

HARDWARE AND GEAR

The new storage solution for Photographers

Storage is getting more and more complex due to the huge amount of information generated each day. Last week we noticed that Drobo and Nexsan were nicely melting together as part of this less known company’s portfolio called StorCentric.

Photoshop on the iPad

Many digital retouchers and photographers will be able to unleash all their creativity on the iPad. (well, not now, but still). A fully-featured Photoshop is coming to the iPad, but you won’t be able to get your fingers on it until 2019. Nevertheless, you can sign-up to keep yourselves posted with the latest news about it. They promise to keep all the familiar desktop tools and workflows fully integrated. From blend modes, layers and resolution, everything about your PSD files will be kept just like if you were in a regular desktop environment.

Holga is alive and well

Restyling mobile photography, Holga Digital has made a pretty interesting comeback, now it brings us the Holga Printer. This retro-looking device will allow you print images directly from your phone, but without WiFi, without even batteries simply by using Fujifilm’s Instax instant films. Even though these aren’t state of the art prints, they are a great way of making your photography experience even broader.

SOME STORIES

The US Combat Cameraman

Since Robert Capa, the role of the war photographer has taken on an amazing mythology. NATO published an 89 seconds video depicting the work of Austin Boucher, the US Army Cameraman. He documents soldiers in peace and war, at rest and in combat. Earlier this year we knew that the US Navy was cutting down their photographer positions to save money. Even so, they are aware that the job of every Comcam is to be there to document history.

Philippe Halsman meeting Jean Cocteau

Last week Magnum Photos published an epic story of how the encounter between Philippe Halsman and Jean Cocteau went when they met for the first time. Halsman was a great portrait photographer and worked with the likes Dali and Clint Eastwood. This story is quite a delight to read if you are into Photography and Poetry.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Destination Europe

The European migrant crisis is a serious topic, and many photographers have been there to document the terrible drama of families escaping from violence in their hometowns. In this collection of photographs from Jason Florio, you can see the hectic reality of refugees on their way to reach a dreamed land in Europe.

This is a Small World

Click here to watch all the winners from the contest made for capturing the smallness we rarely see thanks to the Nikon Small World 2018 Award. Click here to watch the entire selection from the contest, they all look from outside of this world (there are even photographs of human neurons). It is extremely psychedelic.

The Final Appearance of the Giant Puppets

For 20 years, the Royal de Luxe theater company has presented their giant marionette show. But now they are moving on from the giants and planning something else for the next extravaganza. Click here to watch a collection of the final appearance of the iconic giant puppets.

THE BOOKSHELF

Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan

Beowulf Sheehan is an American photographer known for photographing authors, artists, and other figures. He is considered to be his generation’s foremost literary portrait photographer. His latest book is a great asset for people into portraits that have a different vibe in them. Also when purchasing it a portion of the proceeds will go to BookUp, a program of the National Book Foundation.

THE FILMSHELF

Refugee (2016)

Narrated by Cate Blanchett, Refugee is a short documentary film available at Netflix depicting five photographers approaching refugees in different ways. In the film, you’ll see the work of Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller, and Tom Stoddart.

Kodachrome

We love movies about photographers, even when they are fictional because we know that to some extent, they have developed their characters upon the idea of the photographer itself. This film is about a dying photographer who wishes to go to a small photo shop that is the last place that develops Kodachrome film and will stop developing Kodachrome in a few weeks. Well, it isn’t all about that of course, there is a whole drama involved, but Kodachrome is the main player.

This Week’s Update Sees Us Recovering From Photokina 2018 – Here’s What You May Have Missed

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Photokina 2018 is long gone now, but it was a total blast. This event is known as the largest and most anticipated photographic event in the world. Before this year, it happened in a biannual format, but after 2018 it will become a yearly event according to this. Camera makers are making it pretty tough for us consumers with such an overwhelming amount of gear to choose, and this year was extremely exciting due to game-changing appearances. Today we want to talk about the main highlights from Photokina, but we will be focussing on gear…so here is your 2018 cameras and lenses from Photokina update.

CAMERAS

Alright, since everyone (literally, everyone) released new cameras with innovative technologies, we’ll mention only one from each brand. It is important to mention that some of these brands got in before everyone else and released a couple of weeks before the main event, but for historical purposes, we will group them around Photokina 2018.

Canon EOS-R This isn’t Canon’s first mirrorless attempt but it is the first that really made some noise. The EOS-R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with a new lens mount. We are pretty sure that some true Canon devotees will take the mirrorless route they are trying to build with this camera, but the general review consensus seems to be that Canon’s offering still lags behind Sony’s mirrorless. You can get the official specs here.

Fujifilm GFX 50R Fujifilm reaffirmed that they’re are far from being interested in full-frame based cameras. On the other hand, they are putting traditional medium format camera manufacturers against the wall. The newest GFX 50R is a smaller and cheaper medium format in a range-finder system. This camera is still a serious investment but is the first real approach to an all-in-one purpose system that could work from the streets to the studio.

Leica S3 Leica is famous for releasing the most exclusive and desired range finders ever, but they released a DSLR this time… Like what? This isn’t a regular DSLR, so don’t freak out, this is a medium format DSLR camera. The S3 was quite a unique launch at Photokina. This camera is a massive tank that could be pretty interesting for certain fast action shooters. You can take a better look at the system here.

Nikon Z7 Nikon also released prior to Photokina their brand-new shiny mirrorless the Z7. This isn’t the first attempt from Nikon, and honestly, it does look nice because is a complete new system, unlike Canon that simply deflated the 5D into a Mirrorless system. General feedback from the photography community is that this is a very positive entry into the market. You can check out their specs here.

Panasonic LUMIX S1R This camera really got some attention at Photokina. Panasonic has been making some really serious breakthroughs in the camera world, especially on the video side for quite a few years now. This camera has a broader scope and goes beyond vlogging enthusiasts to the professional photographers demanding more powerful specs.

Phase One XF IQ4 150MP There isn’t anything truly innovative from Phase One at this point besides making things bigger and bigger in terms of Megapixels. Their last camera was 100Mp, and this one is 150Mp. These guys need to start doing something else before Fujifilm, Sony and now Leica all take their market share away from their exclusive hands.

Ricoh GR III Oh yes, the newest camera from Ricoh is an update of their mythical GR system. This camera could be an ideal option for those serious photographers that aren’t quite fully into street photography and want to have something to keep with them all the time.

Zeiss ZX1 Mad projects like this one really get the attention of serious photographers. Zeiss has been known for their state of the art optics, but this time they went nuts and introduced a full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens with 37.4 megapixels. But that isn’t the real breakthrough, the big deal is that it comes with built-in Lightroom, so you can develop RAW files in the camera. You can take a further look at it here.

LENSES

Fujifilm adds three new GFX lenses to their roadmap After releasing the GFX 50R (and announcing the development of a 100Mp beast, the GFX 100S) Fujifilm still unveiled three new lenses from their line-up:

  • Fujifilm GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • Fujifilm GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR
  • Fujifilm GF45-100mmF4 R LM OIS WR

This fills their medium format lenses roadmap a little bit more.

Ultra wide-angles from Laowa Venus Optics has a very peculiar and specific niche with their Laowa system, the ultra-wide angle lenses. At Photokina 2018 they released a lot of new lenses that could be a great solution for certain filmmakers and cinematographers.

Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sigma has a thing for all in-one lenses, and this time they announced five lenses, but the one that really got some attention was the 60-600mm zoom lens. It will be available in october 2018 with a price tag of $2,000.

Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master™ Prime Sony has quite a full portfolio in terms of cameras (being a pioneer in the mirrorless system for serious photographers) so they relaxed a bit this time and they announced some lenses. One of the most interesting is their widest G Master Prime lens yet, the 24mm F/1.4, which got some attention indeed.

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tamron announced a powerful ultra-wide angle lens, a 15-30mm lens with a pretty decent aperture of f/2.8, which is quite fast for such wide focal lengths. This could be an interesting solution for a lot of photographers working with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. You see guys, you shouldn’t have changed your mounts.

FILM

Kodak Ektachrome is finally and officially back, and shipping now! Last but not least, Kodak finally made their Ektachrome available again. After a long wait and a lot of expectations around it, it has finally become a real thing. And you can start buying them now!

So that is our gear round-up from Photokina. We hope you enjoyed this update. Leave us a comment, if you have anything to add.