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A truly mass-market (and widely adopted) at-home automatic film processing machine has yet to appear in the world of photography. Photographer Mark Webb didn’t want to wait around for one to show up, so he cobbled together one with his hardware and software knowledge. It’s called the Developist.

Webb, who calls himself “an English bloke [working] in a garden shed”, says he was inspired by seeing the Filmomat auto film processor but balked at the machine’s €3,500 (~$4,070) price tag, so he decided to have a go at creating his own.

He just finished the “1st step prototype” of the Developist — at this stage, his machine is a semi-automatic developing assistant similar to the Kanton DX35 concept design that we featured earlier this month.

The Developist can currently control and monitor temperature, agitation, and timing. Manual input is still needed from the photographer for different steps of the process, but Webb is working on the next phase of the project, which is making the machine entirely automated to the point at which you can simply place a tank with film in the machine and have it completely processed from start to finish.

It’s not as pretty as the Filmomat (and especially the Kanton...

The IPPAWARDS, or iPhone Photography Awards, has been celebrating the joy of iPhone photography since 2007, and it just released the winners of its 2018 photo contest celebrating the best iPhone photos of the year. The grand prize winner this year is Jashim Salam of Bangladesh, who shot the above photo with an iPhone 7.

Captured in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, the image shows “Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.”

Here are the other winning photos from this year’s contest:

A week ago, Apple announced upgrades to its MacBook Pro line that brings the processing power of the 15-inch version up to a 6-core 8th generation Intel CPU. The new CPU is supposed to bring a 70% performance increase, but reviews are finding that the laptop runs too hot, throttling the real-world CPU performance.

In the 6-minute video above, popular tech reviewer Dave Lee states that even though the new MacBook Pro contains a beast of a CPU, the laptop’s physical design presents a major problem.

“The i9 in particular is a very powerful CPU — when it comes to multi-core applications, this thing’s a beast,” Lee says. “The problem though is that [the new MacBook’s] chassis […] cannot cool the i9 properly.”

Lee tested the MacBook Pro with Adobe Premiere, and after a few seconds of rendering, very serious throttling rears its ugly head after just a few seconds.

“This i9 in this MacBook can’t even maintain the base clock speed,” Lee says. “Forget about turbos and all of that stuff. It can’t even maintain the 2.9GHz base clock, which is absurd. […] All of that CPU potential is wasted inside this chassis […] This degree of thermal throttling is not acceptable.”

To confirm that it is indeed cooling that’s causing issues, Lee tested the same render with the MacBook Pro in a freezer. Performance instantly...

Heads up: you can currently download one of the most popular digital photography books out there. Tony Northrup is giving away How to Create Stunning Digital Photography as a free eBook download.

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup just blew past the 1 million subscriber mark with their ultra-popular YouTube channel, and to celebrate, they’re doing a camera giveaway and allowing anyone to download the eBook version of their book.

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography ordinarily costs $20 as a paperback and $10 as an eBook. On Amazon, it’s a 5/5-star book with over 2,200 reviews, and it’s ranked as the #2 bestseller in the categories Digital Photography and Digital Audio, Video & Photography.

The book is a self-paced photography class containing over 14 hours of online training videos, hands-on practices, practice quizzes, classroom support from a private online community, and lifetime updates (it’s regularly refreshed with new content and videos).

“To show our gratitude, we’re giving away Stunning Digital Photography for FREE, to everyone,” the Northrups write. The duo writes that the book is being released as a “pay what you can download.”

“Pay what you can. Even $0,” the Northrups state on

Microbursts are intense small-scale downdrafts that can dump a huge amount of rain on a small area in a short period of time. From a distance, the phenomenon looks like a pillar of water crashing down on the Earth. In Arizona, an airport security camera just captured one of these “rain bombs.”

Royal Norman, the meteorologist at Channel 3 in Phoenix, shared this 26-second video that was captured by a camera at Sedona Airport in the middle of Arizona.

Playing back at 8x actual speed, the timelapse shows a wet microburst reaching down to the ground starting at about 7 seconds in.

I’m a bug enthusiast and macro photographer, and I was recently fortunate enough to photograph a wasp fighting a tarantula. It felt like winning the lottery.

At the end of a rather dull and disappointing 4-day-long macro photography trip to a mountainous region in Israel, I was ready to pack up my stuff and head back to the city with almost nothing exciting written on my SD cards. It was only when I reached the gate of the countryside house where I was staying, right when the World Cup battle between Croatia and France began airing, that another clash of titans began taking place right next to me.

A rather strong and unusual rustle sound coming from the dry leaves caused me to turn my head, and for a few seconds, I couldn’t believe my own eyes. A massive, black furry tarantula spider, was wrestling one-on-one with a smaller, yet still quite large, wasp.

Now someone who is less of an insect geek would have probably placed his bet on the tarantula. It is larger, heavier, and beefier, and it has two fangs packed with venom for killing its prey. And yet, you’d be terribly wrong to think the black furry spider just wanted a wasp for launch. In fact, it was entirely the opposite. The wasp is the attacker here, and it’s called a tarantula hawk for a reason.

Fujifilm has just announced the XF10, a new tiny camera with a big sensor. It’s an ultra-lightweight X Series compact camera that boasts an APS-C CMOS sensor at its core.

The pocket-sized camera shoots 24.2-megapixel photos (with a 3:2 aspect ratio), 4K video (30-min continuous recording), and Full HD high-speed video.

On the front of the camera is a Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 fixed lens (equivalent to a 28mm lens in 35mm terms). A Digital Teleconverter feature lets you capture photos with 35mm and 50mm equivalent focal lengths as well.

No, the camera doesn’t have a 125x zoom lens, but the fixed lens allows the camera to weigh in at just 280g (9.9oz).

The back of the XF10 features a 3-inch, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD with simple operation — perfect for those who enjoy taking pictures with smartphones but wish to have the better image quality that comes from using a larger sensor.

The Fujifilm XF10 is the first X Series camera with “Square Mode,” which lets you shoot 1:1 aspect ratio photos with a flick of the touchscreen. Captured photos can also be easily transferred to a smartphone via Bluetooth, convenient for those wishing to post the square photos to Instagram.

Other features and specs include an ISO range of 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200), 11 Film Simulations, 19 Advanced Filters (including two new...

Last week, Apple and Blackmagic unveiled a new $699 external GPU (eGPU) that brings “desktop-class” graphics performance to MacBook Pros. But if you were hoping that it would be a godsend for speeding up your sluggish Photoshop or Lightroom for post-processing photos, you may want to check out this new 16-minute review by photoshopCAFE.

Colin Smith got his hands on a Blackmagic eGPU and put it to the test with his 2017 MacBook Pro running Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro.

When he tested applying a complex preset to 49 photos, Smith actually found that using the eGPU was actually slower than just simply using his MacBook Pro (14.73 seconds vs 9.78s).

Applying a Radial Blur filter to a massive panorama was slightly (but almost inconsequentially) faster when using the eGPU (27.52 seconds vs 28.34s).

It was the same story with other features tested: there wasn’t much of a speed gain when using the new eGPU.

But there’s a reason for this: your graphics card isn’t actually as important for running Photoshop and Lightroom as other components in your computer, namely the CPU, RAM, and SSD (which is much faster than a traditional HDD).

Adobe has a couple of helpful FAQ pages on

Maybe you’re a beginner, just got your first camera, and you’re trying to learn to navigate the world of photography. Or you’ve been photographing for a while, but you’re looking for something different, something new. How do you decide the best direction for your photography? How do you find that photographic genre that really clicks with you, that makes you want to keep venturing out of the house, keep improving?

This can be a tough problem. Newcomers to a photographic genre aren’t necessarily aware of the benefits and drawbacks of that genre. But as you gain experience, you start to understand what that type of photography is all about, and maybe you wish you had known some of those things at the beginning…

Why shoot macro?

I’m primarily a macro photographer. And, after a few years of practice, I’ve noticed certain characteristics of macro photography that make it distinct from other photographic genres. Aside from the whole, “We shoot small things” bit, I mean. These might not be obvious to the newcomer but can become significant in the long run. So I’ve compiled a list: six reasons why you should be a macro photographer.

Before I begin, a quick note: if you find all (or some) of these reasons appealing, then maybe macro photography is the thing for you. And if that’s the case, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog, where I will be offering...

A new drone video has emerged that has people shaking their heads. The 2-minute clip shows a drone hovering a short distance away from an airport runway while an Airbus A380, the largest commercial airliner with seating for up to 525 people, takes off and whizzes right past the drone.

Fstoppers reports that the Emirates A380 was taking off from runway 14 of Plaine Magnien Airport on Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean.

While the exact distance between the drone and the airliner is difficult to gauge from the video, it’s sufficiently clear that the drone is hovering too close from the aircraft from a safety point of view.

The video was originally uploaded to Facebook by Air France A380 captain Thierry Paris, who found the clip and wrote “Hello flight safety!” in the caption before he subsequently deleted the video. The video has since been mirrored and reported on as an example of what not to do with a camera drone.

(via Helicomicro via Fstoppers)

Visual Exercises is a new photo project by Polish fine art and portrait photographer Alicja Brodowicz, who hunted for similarities between the human body and nature created diptychs of her findings.

I photograph the human body – the microcosm,” Brodowicz says. “Its’ fragments: hair, scars, texture of skin, wrinkles. I am interested in individual particularities; I look for distinguishing features and irregularities. Imperfections are my favorites.”

“I photograph nature – the macrocosm,” she continues. “Surface of water, grass, tree bark, dry leaves.

“I combine the two images, looking for converging lines, textures, similarities in layout and analogies in composition between the microcosm and the macrocosm. I look for unity between the human body and the nature.”

“The series...

Superzoom cameras are getting crazier and crazier in their reach. If you thought the 83x zoom on the Nikon P900 was impressive, watch this video demonstrating the power of the 125x zoom on the new Nikon P1000.

In the 5.5-minute video, Indian civil engineering student Jayanta Mandal takes the Nikon P1000 out to a location overlooking the city and zooms in on various things in the distance. The 24-3000mm equivalent lens is so powerful that you can zoom into a skyscraper construction project on the horizon…

…and see the individual workers at the top.

Be warned, though: your camera will likely attract stares if you walk around shooting at the telephoto end:

The Nikon P1000 is now available for $1,000.


Image credits: Video and still frames by Jayanta Mandal

The Kennel Club has announced the winning photos of the 2018 Dog Photographer of the Year photo contest. This is the 13th year of the contest and entries are submitted by thousands of photographers from countries all over the world.

The overall winner (and the top photo in the “Oldies” category) is “The Lady of the Mystery Forest” by Dutch photographer Monica van der Maden.

This picture was made in the early morning in the forest. I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a tree. When I wanted to make the shot she turned her head to the left to her owner and this was the moment where you could see her soul.

Dogs come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. But their heart are all the same filled with love.

Here are the other winning photos in each of the different categories:

Puppies

Ceylin was the second dog of my friend Birguel. The photo means much too me since her first dog, also an Italian greyhound died at puppy age in a car accident. 13 weeks old Cylin has the whole life in...

Light, the startup behind the groundbreaking 16-camera camera L16, has a new investor with a much longer history in photography. Leica is now a shareholder in the computational photography company.

Light just announced a massive $121 million Series D funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund, and Leica Camera AG also participated in the round with an undisclosed amount.

“The new funding will allow Light to expand the reach of its imaging platform beyond consumer photography and into security, robotic, automotive, aerial and industrial imaging applications,” Light says.

The company is also officially directly confirming that the first Light-powered smartphone will be launching later this year — a phone that “will shatter the expectations of mobile photography,” the company says.

The Washington Post first broke the news on the existence of the phone earlier this month, reporting that it features as many as 9 separate cameras on the back. Here are a few views of Light’s prototype phone:

“Light’s technology is a revelation, showing that several small, basic camera modules, combined with highly powerful software, can produce images that rival those produced by cameras costing and weighing orders of magnitude more,” says Light CEO...

Sony has been receiving attention and praise in recent years for the quality of its sensors and the fact that it produces sensors for other heavyweight camera companies, including Nikon. But even though some of Nikon’s CMOS sensors may be manufactured in Sony factories, Nikon actually spends a considerable amount of resources designing those high-end sensors.

Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource was recently given a rare behind-the-scenes look at Nikon’s secretive sensor design operations for a Nikon-sponsored in-depth report.

“I’ve known for some time that Nikon actually designs their own sensors, to a fairly minute level of detail,” Etchells writes. “I think this is almost unknown in the photo community; most people just assume that ‘design’ in Nikon’s case simply consists of ordering-up different combinations of specs from sensor manufacturers, picking a feature from column ‘A’, another from column ‘B’ and so on, like a Chinese restaurant menu.

“In actuality, they have a full staff of sensor engineers who design cutting-edge sensors like those in the D5 and D850 from the ground up, optimizing their designs to work optimally with NIKKOR lenses and Nikon’s EXPEED image-processor architecture.”

Responsible for determining the layout of devices on the CMOS sensor, Nikon’s sensor designers (assembled in teams that work on sensors for specific cameras) work to...

Here’s a photo shoot you probably shouldn’t attempt yourself: photographer Ken Kiefer recently took his wife (underwater model Kimber Kiefer) and two other models into the crocodile-infested waters of the Chinchorro Banks in Mexico for a photo shoot. The goal was to shoot underwater glamour photos of the models right next to the fearsome reptiles.

The New York Post reports that lionfish were used to lure the crocodiles toward the models.

Watch how quick and accurate this American Saltwater Crocodile is as it snatches a lion fish snack 😱🐊. Only with @xtcdivecenterxcalak @yucatandivetrek. Video shot from the @gopro on my awesome wife’s rig. @kimberkiefer didnt even flinch w croc in her face 😍😍. #checkouttheview #canonprofessional #underwaterphotography #croc #crocs #crocodile #ikelite #yucatan #mexico #reptile #godzilla #ninja #lionfish #predator #freedive #dinosaur #jurassic A post shared by

Photography can be confusing. I get it. I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Because of this, at times it helps us to actually put some of these theories and myths to the test. One of these myths is the concept of compression and, with it, parallax.

This gets confusing to me as I am sure it does for some of you. Of course, there will always be the joker that knows everything and needs to let you know he knows everything. So this post is for the average, humble photographer that can’t seem to get their head wrapped around this concept of compression, distortion, and parallax. Let’s test this out.

But first, let’s define some terms.

Lens compression is the idea that when you use a telephoto lens things in the background of the image will appear larger and compressed closer to the foreground. It’s a bit like the warning of your side view mirrors on your car. An example would be if you have a row of pillars coming towards the camera. The pillars will not only appear larger but the distance between these pillars will seem to be more compressed when using a larger focal length lens.

Parallax is the apparent displacement of the position of the foreground with the background in an image. As an example, to use our line of pillars, the pillars in the background in relation to the pillars in the foreground shifts to become visible....

Photographer John Dykstra says he believes in the power of perspective. His surreal photo style is created entirely with practical effects and simple ingredients — things like paint, chalk, and glass — rather than digital image manipulation techniques.

“My goal is to create photographs that dabble between abstract truths and concrete reality,” Dykstra says. “By drawing connections between illusions of realism and the subjectivity of human experience, my work lingers between daylight and daydream.”

Here’s his account of how his first anamorphic illusion (shown above) came about:

My first idea came to me when I thought about how our perspective can trap us, and how so many of our boundaries in life are self-imposed and illusionary. Combining that thought with anamorphic illusions lead me to the idea for “Penalty Box,” a self-portrait that depicts me as drawing the illusion of a box around myself in chalk. At first I tried drawing the illusion on paper, but that didn’t work at all. Then I remembered the work of John Chervinsky, who I discovered a month earlier just after his passing. He was using chalk on chalkboard to create these very interesting photographs, and I knew I had found the solution to creating my piece. I quickly built a small 8’ x 8’ x 4’ plywood stage in my parents’ garage—God bless them for letting me use that space—covered it with a pint of chalkboard paint, set up...

When most people think of the word Zen, a meditating monk in a monastery comes to mind, a practice of enlightenment, a person being in the present or someone without attachments. When I think of Zen, I think of a lifestyle that has profoundly influenced my photography practice. I would like to dive into the ways of zen photography and how it might enlighten your creative practice.

The word Zen is from the Japanese interpretation of the word Chan which has ties to the Indian practice of meditation. Zen originated as a school in China, influenced by Buddhism.

It later found its way into Vietnam, Korea and then Japan where Zen is currently known today. Zen practices take from Buddha nature and sitting meditation known as Zazen. There are two-forms of Zen teachings: Rinzai and Soto. I could write a whole book on the subject, but let’s move on.

In short, all you need to remember is that Zen can be a state of mind. Stillness, simplicity, looking inwards, beginners mind and finding the beauty in all things. Take these words into consideration when engaging in your photography practice. Remember that Zen photography can be more about your mindset than the subject matter you’re capturing.

A leaf falling in autumn is Zen. A river...

The 360-degree VR camera company Kandao Technology has announced Kandao Raw+, a new software tool that helps you create better low-light photos by shooting and combining burst shots rather than capturing single exposures.

Kandao Raw+ uses computation photography to turn a set of RAW photos captured in burst mode into a single photo with increased detail, dynamic range, and less noise.

Instead of shooting a longer exposure using a tripod, you can capture a burst of shorter exposures (up to 16 frames) while shooting handheld. The shots are aligned automatically and information from multiple photos are merged.

The software doesn’t just simply stack the exposures, which would often result in motion blur and/or the ghosting of moving objects. Instead, you select a reference photo that will serve as the image that will be optimized using the info gleaned from the other exposures.

For high-contrast scenes, Kandao Raw+ lets you create photos with higher dynamic range without having to do exposure bracketing (i.e. capturing a set of photos, each with a different exposure value). Instead, you shoot a set of images with the same exposure and the recovery of details in the highlights and shadows will be automatically handled by the program.

Here are some images showing what Kandao Raw+ can do: