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ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 announced, promising faster performance and new features

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 23 sep 2020 - 18:00

ACD Systems International has launched ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021. This is the newest version of the company's flagship photo editing software. The new version is focused on providing improved performance. ACD Systems International states that Photo Studio Ultimate 2021's performance enhancements are up to 100 percent faster and RAW decoding is up to 20 percent faster.

Frank Lin, CTO & COO of ACD Systems International, says, 'This product is everything you need to optimize your digital asset management, your photography workflow, your editing process and your work as a photographer. We're pleased to have focused on responding to customer feedback to make this the best product for today's photographers.'

New features in ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 include:

  • New Color Wheels and Tone Wheels – These wheels allow users to more precisely adjust colors, highlights, midtones and shadows.
  • Text on paths and text in a frame – You can now customize your text, including its path.
  • Refine Selection – In the new version, you can shift or soften edges, allowing for better use of included tools such as Smart Erase.
  • New and improved batch rename and resize functionality – You can now create your own templates and presets to speed up batch processes.
  • New optimized user interface and panes – New UI and panes are designed to streamline the editing process, allow the user to capture snapshots and view a full edit history for a file.
  • Improved Quick Search – Finding images in large databases is much faster.
  • Improved crop and watermarking – You can crop multiple images to custom sizes and add watermarks using anchor points.
  • Easier migration from Lightroom and Picasa – You can import face data in three clicks.
This screenshot shows the new Color Wheel in ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021. Image credit: ACDSee

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 is available now. You can purchase a perpetual license for $149.99 or purchase the software via subscription for $69 per year. You can learn more about ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 and evaluate your purchasing options by clicking here. Photo Studio is also available in Professional and Home versions as well for $100 and $60 respectively. These versions have fewer features than Ultimate in exchange for a lower price.

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Moment unveils CineBloom, its new line of cinematic diffusion filters

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 23 sep 2020 - 17:03

Photography accessory company Moment has released CineBloom, its new lineup of diffusion filters meant to ‘take the edge’ off your digital photos.

Inspired by cinema, the new CineBloom filters can be used with both stills and video, and ‘capture dreamy, film-like vibes straight out of a camera,’ not unlike the ‘Pro-Mist’ diffusion filters Tiffen produces.

The filters are constructed of ‘aerospace grade aluminum’ and ‘Japanese optical glass’ and come in seven sizes: 37mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. They're available in two densities — 10% and 20% — so you can choose exactly how much diffusion you’d like. Moment has designed the filters in such a way that they can also be paired with the company’s variable neutral density filters for further creative control right in camera.

The filters are available for purchase through Moment’s online store. Prices start at $50 for the 37mm filter and go up to $80 for the 82mm filter; the density you choose doesn’t affect the price.

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MFT ‘Alice’ concept camera promises smartphone AI with interchangeable lenses

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 23 sep 2020 - 16:06

A team of engineers, data scientists and content creators have come together to produce a camera that it says marries the quality of Micro Four Thirds with the artificial intelligence of a smartphone to ‘change and challenge the concept of the digital camera for the next decade’. Alice is a camera that uses a MFT sensor and lens mount, and which is controlled by a smartphone app.

Similar to Sony's QX10 camera announced back in 2013, Alice has no screen of its own, but uses a clamp on the rear to allow users to attach their phone for adjusting settings, previewing and reviewing images. The camera and phone will communicate using a 5GHz wireless connection while its creators say AI and computational drivers will offer ‘new capabilities and techniques for autofocusing, autoexposure, colour science and more.’

The idea was born out of an experience where a smartphone took a much better picture of a campfire scene on the beach than a professional photographer using a professional camera could manage. The project intends to combine the sort of image processing we see in smartphones with the technical quality achievable with the Micro Four Thirds system. The team behind the Alice Camera says the main camera manufacturers are losing ground to smartphones because they have failed to innovate and to introduce significant changes to their technology over the last ten years. This has left ‘content creators’ in an endless search for the perfect camera. The team conducted interviews will 1000 photographers and videographers to hear their gripes so that they could ensure the Alice Camera addresses them.

The app that controls the camera will allow your phone to be mounted with its screen facing the rear for normal control, or facing towards the back of the camera with a portion of the screen showing for selfies and vlogging. A Micro SD card will be used for storage and images can be transferred immediately for editing on the phone before posting online. The camera will be able to record 4K video at 30p or FHD at 60p, and will be able to stream live using the phone’s network connection.

Obviously a render of how the camera is expected to look in selfie/vlogging mode

The sensor chosen has only 11 million pixels, but those 4.63um pixels are claimed to offer better low light performance as well as an extended dynamic range.

The camera is still at the prototype stage at the moment, but pre-orders are being taken before an Indiegogo campaign begins next month. The full price of the Alice Camera will be £750 body only, but early birds and Indiegogo users will be able to pre-order at £450 and £550 with a deposit of £50. The finished camera is expected to be delivered in March 2021. For more information see the Alice Camera website.

And of course, with adapters, most full-frame and APS-C lenses will fit the MFT mount

Product Information:

Alice camera

Alice Camera™ is an AI-accelerated computational camera being built in Britain from the ground up for content creators. An interchangeable lens camera with a dedicated AI-chip that elevates machine learning and pushes the boundaries of what a camera can do. Alice is in concept prototype stage and will be available on Indiegogo in Autumn 2020.

Alice is a compact and low-profile camera which can be mounted onto the back of almost any standard smartphone. An ergonomic handle enables better hand placement and stability whilst capturing your scenes.

Alice uses the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, the most flexible and compact interchangeable lens system around, with over 50 professional-quality lenses available. Attach an adapter to use lenses with different mounts too!

Alice’s Micro Four Thirds sensor excels in low light conditions and allows you to capture high-quality 4K video with no crop. Large pixel sizes and an innovative Quad Bayer structure enable exceptionally low noise and high dynamic range.

Artificial Intelligence is transforming photography in the 2020s like digital technology did back in the 1990s. Alice has been designed from the ground up to harness AI and computational photography for modern content creators, offering you new capabilities and techniques for autofocusing, autoexposure, colour science and more.

The Alice Camera native app will provide you with a familiar smartphone user interface and experience. It will be easy to use and navigate with touchscreen interface and customisation. The camera system and firmware will improve with future software updates through our app.

We want to give creatives as much control as possible. We will be providing open-source software access to Alice allowing you to deeply customise your creative process, encouraging collaboration and software development. Regular software updates means Alice will stay up-to-date with the latest computational photography technology and features.

Fast wireless data transfer between camera and phone gives you a seamless real-time viewfinder on your smartphone. Instantly share your content to social media and live stream directly to your favourite platform. A selfie screen will appear when you turn your phone around so that you can view yourself at all times. Alice will even work when your phone is not attached. You can set up across the room and have your phone in your hand and content will still stream. Double whammy!

Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there’s always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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Sony ZV-1 review

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 23 sep 2020 - 15:00
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Product photos by Dan Bracaglia

The Sony ZV-1 is a 20MP compact camera geared towards vlogging. It has a new and novel directional microphone next to the flash hotshoe and there's a fully articulating touchscreen display. The ZV-1 shoots in 4K up to 30p and Full HD up to 120p and features a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens.

Although the Sony ZV-1 is designed specifically with vloggers in mind, it’s quite capable as a conventional compact stills camera too. If you're a hybrid shooter who is interested in capturing both video and stills, but doesn’t want to carry around two cameras, the ZV-1 has a lot to offer.

Out of camera JPEG | ISO 125 | 1/100 sec | F2 Key specifications:
  • 20 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS sensor
  • 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Fully articulating, 921K dot, 3” touchscreen display
  • 4K/30p, 1080p/120p and high-speed modes up to 960fps
  • 8-bit. Log and 'HLG' shooting modes
  • Directional 3-capsule microphone with wind-screen
  • Excellent autofocus in stills and video
  • Can be charged via USB while in use
  • 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for image and video transfer
  • Rated at 260 shots per charge

The ZV-1 can be had for $800 USD. The Sony GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth shooting grip, which doubles as a compact tripod, can be purchased for an additional $98.

What’s it like to use? The top plate controls include a large red 'record' button and a customizable 'C1' button that defaults to the Background Defocus function; it basically adjusts your lens settings so that your background is blurry while the subject remains sharp.

The ZV-1's ergonomics might seem a little quirky at first, but are fairly intuitive once you start shooting. There's a modest grip on the right hand side and it’s comfortable to use when shooting in selfie mode or a standard shooting position. When you are shooting with the camera held out at arms-length with the lens facing yourself, you can control the zoom rocker with your thumb and use your index finger to hit record or release the shutter.

The ability to easily swap between shooting videos and stills is one of the greatest assets of the ZV-1, made easier if you are using the memory recall functions in the camera. These let you customize banks of settings that include your shooting mode (Auto, PASM, video and so on), exposure settings, image or video quality settings, and quickly swap between them.

The ZV-1 comes with a windscreen for its mic (often referred to as a 'dead cat'), and the Sony GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth shooting grip is optional: It doubles as a compact tripod and allows users to control video recording, shutter release, zoom and has its own customizable C1 button.

The ZV-1's included fuzzy mic windscreen does an excellent job of cutting down on distracting wind noise when recording video, but unfortunately it also covers up the On/Off button on the camera.

On the back of the camera you'll find the camera’s single control ring, which is the only way to adjust shutter speed and aperture while shooting. It's not that bad if you're using the ZV-1 to capture stills, but can be cumbersome for vloggers since the only adjustments that can be made using the touchscreen are for focus. So if you want to adjust anything other than your AF area, you'll have to flip the camera back around.

The rear of the ZV-1 is dominated by the large touchscreen and is home to the only control dial on the camera. Unfortunately, the touchscreen's functionality is limited, so you may have to fiddle with that dial and those small buttons more than you'd expect.

For the most part, the lack of EVF isn’t a dealbreaker here. The one time when it’s frustrating is if you are shooting in very bright sunlight, as it can be difficult to see the image on the rear screen. Luckily, even on the sunniest days the exposures that the camera captured were pretty accurate when shooting in full auto, shutter priority or aperture priority modes.

Ports for microphone, HDMI cable and charging USB are all stacked on the right side of the camera – opposite of the articulating screen, which means you can operate the camera without any of those cables interfering. Sony has omitted a headphone port for audio monitoring. Although it’s rare to see content creators in headphones while they are actually recording, not having the ability to monitor pre-set audio levels will be a deal-breaker for some users.

The C1 and C2 buttons can be easily customized to your liking, although out-of-box they are set to control Background Defocus and Product Showcase. The Product Showcase mode will be useful by vloggers promoting products; it essentially automatically grabs focus onto a product when it enters the frame and defocuses any faces that it sees. The Background Defocus setting opens up the aperture to its widest setting, helping to blur the background behind the subject.

How does it perform? Out of camera JPEG | ISO 125 | 1/800 sec | F4

The ZV-1 offers impressive image quality. While shooting, I tended to keep it set to ISO Auto with a range of ISO 125-6400. The ZV-1 generally did a good job regardless of if I was shooting in P, A, S or M mode. White balance worked well, colors were pleasant and when shooting at lower ISO the noise was minimal. Moving up to 6400 noise becomes a lot more noticeable, and at ISO 12800 it’s very noticeable. The lack of pop-up flash on the ZV-1 makes it difficult to use the camera late at night or in dark settings.

The camera’s scene selection modes are hit or miss. The 'gourmet' mode for shooting food works well, as does the 'macro' mode. 'Pet' mode, which is supposed to help reduce blur when shooting subjects in motion, is inconsistent and appears to add a softening effect to your furry subject. Here you are better off shooting in S mode with the animal eye tracking activated. The same is true for the other scene selection modes– especially ones like 'Night Scene' or 'Night Portrait'.

'Beauty Effects' allow you to reprocess images that include faces in-camera with filters that include skin toning, skin smoothing, shine removal, teeth whitening and eye widening. If you crank these effects too far though you end up with images that look cartoonish.

Images shot in aperture priority mode with the ZV-1 looked slightly underexposed to me, but the Raw files are quite malleable when it comes to making adjustments to exposure, contrast and shadows. Sadly, you can’t reprocess the Raw files in camera, but if your image includes a single face you can add 'Beauty Effects' after the image has been shot. Each effect can be applied on a scale from 1-5, and as you would imagine, if you crank these effects you end up with images that look cartoonish. The effects don't work on photos with multiple people in them or on pets.

The autofocus and tracking capabilities of the ZV-1 are excellent. The ZV-1 features both human and animal eye tracking which makes it great for capturing pet portraits. The camera features a scene selection mode for this, but we were happier with the results when setting the camera manually. Captured in full manual. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 1000 | 1/100 sec | F1.8 | Animal eye tracking enabled

The ZV-1's autofocus is as good as we would expect from a modern Sony camera. It’s speedy, accurate, and incredibly reliable when it comes to face and eye detection and subject tracking. The touchscreen makes it easy to use regardless of what you are shooting.

On the video side, the ZV-1 can shoot 4K/30p, 1080p/120p and high-speed modes up to 960 fps (though at far lower resolution). It offers HLG shooting if you are planning to view your footage on an HDR capable display, and S-Log2/3 for advanced users that want to tone their video in post production. But for newer users, an 'intelligent auto' mode automatically adjusts settings based on a scene, and there are standard P, A, S or M modes too.

Although the ZV-1 was designed with vloggers in mind the camera really excels at capturing candids, even when it is set in a fully automated mode. Out-of-camera JPEG in Program Auto mode.
ISO 125 | 1/500 sec | F4

The ZV-1 has settings for zebra and focus peaking, as well as wind-noise reduction and image stabilization (Sony calls this 'SteadyShot'). The detail in 4K, Full HD and high-speed modes is impressive and the footage is smooth. Rolling shutter effects are minimal – especially important if you are doing a walk and talk-style shoot. The high-speed footage can be incredibly cinematic, but the need to enable buffering before shooting makes it a little hard to anticipate the footage that you are capturing. An iPhone, on the other hand, doesn't require this extra step.

How it compares to other vlogging cameras

Compared to its peers the Sony ZV-1 is more expensive, but it’s also the only camera of its kind that features the directional 3-capsule microphone – for most people, this will eliminate the need for an additional mic when vlogging. It also has the most reliable autofocus system.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III offers additional zoom with its built-in lens, and has the same size sensor as the Sony. It also has similar dimensions and a similarly-sized screen, but uses contrast detection autofocus that is prone to distracting hunting. On the other hand, its touch interface is responsive and refined, and it offers live streaming to YouTube directly from the camera (and using your phone as a hot spot).

Panasonic's G100 also has a novel microphone set up, using three small microphones and software for 'audio tracking' of talking subjects. In our testing, we found the Sony to sound a little better, though. The Panasonic's contrast-detect autofocus may 'wobble' too much for your taste, and it has a substantial crop in 4K that makes vlogging at arm's length nigh impossible.

The Apple iPhone 11 will give you the widest field of view and the largest screen – not to mention it's also the lightest and you're likely to just have it with you. Its smaller sensor though will limit how much you can blur your background.

Sony ZV-1 Canon G7 X Mark III Panasonic Lumix G100 Apple iPhone 11 Type Compact camera Compact camera Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Mobile phone MSRP $800 $750 $749 (w/ 12-32mm lens) $700
(64GB) Sensor size 1"-type
(116mm2) 1"-type
(116mm2) Four Thirds
(225mm2) 1/3.6"-type
(12mm2) Zoom range 24-70mm equiv 24-100mm equiv 24-64mm equiv 23mm equiv Autofocus type Phase detection Contrast detection DFD (contrast-detection) Contrast detection (on front-facing camera) Video spec Up to 4K 30p Up to 4K 30p Up to 4K 30p
(1.26x crop) Up to 4K 60p Screen 3.0" 0.92M-dot

3.0" 1.04M-dot

3.0" 1.04M-dot 6.1" 4.45M-dot Media format
  • SD
  • SD
  • SD
Internal / Cloud storage Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth (for transfer of GPS data)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 4G cellular internet connection
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
Dimensions 105 x 60 x 44 mm 105 x 61 x 41 mm 116 x 83 x 54 mm (exc lens) 151 x 76 x 8 mm Weight 294g 304g 352g (exc lens) 194g Conclusion

The ZV-1 is a unique camera with a very specific style of user in mind – and its settings speak to that. The guts of the camera are similar to the RX100 VA and if you can live without a viewfinder and a pop-up flash, the ZV-1 is very capable when it comes to shooting stills.

The ergonomics of the camera actually make it easy to swap between video and still settings, especially if you take advantage of the memory recall functions within the camera. It’s comfortable in hand, but still compact enough that it won’t feel like a burden to bring along. The directional 3-capsule microphone with dedicated wind-screen makes it fast and easy to record video clips with quality audio.

This video summary was filmed on the ZV-1. Did you find it helpful? Let us know.

We do wish that the camera had a headphone jack so you could actually monitor those audio levels, and that the wind-screen didn’t cover the On/Off button when attached to the top of the ZV-1. It would also be nice if you could adjust settings from the touchscreen.

Image and video quality are excellent and the autofocus, regardless of the situation, is accurate. It would be nice if the screen was slightly brighter, as it is difficult to see on sunny days and without a viewfinder that's the main way you compose your frames (to be fair, you could also pair the camera with your smartphone).

Though almost every camera on the market these days can shoot videos and stills (and using one's phone is quicker to record and publish instantly), the ZV-1 is a good option for vloggers who are interested in having something a little more advanced. The ZV-1 is also a good option for photographers who are interested in dipping their toes into the world of vlogging, or simply capturing quality BTS video of their process. In the end, the ZV-1 may have been designed for vloggers, but we think this would be an excellent compact camera for families, travelers and creatives of all kinds looking to document what they do.

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DPReview TV: How to start a YouTube channel Part III – should you shoot in a studio or in the field?

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 23 sep 2020 - 15:00

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own YouTube channel? In this video, we discuss the pros and cons of working of shooting from a studio vs. shooting in the field.

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ON1 unveils ON1 Portrait AI, new ON1 Photo Mobile features and ON1 Photo RAW 2021

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 sep 2020 - 20:11

ON1 has unveiled new updates for its suite of software, including major upgrades to ON1 Photo RAW and new features in ON1 Photo Mobile. ON1 has also announced the all-new ON1 Portrait AI, which is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Corel Paintshop Pro, Apple Photos and Capture One (at a later date).

ON1 Portrait AI uses machine learning to locate and evaluate each face in portrait photos to retouch and process them without the need for manual adjustments. Dan Harlacher, VP of Product for ON1, describes ON1 Portrait AI as follows, 'This product was created to solve the main problem portrait photographers face, spending way too much time editing individual portraits or entire shoots.' Harlacher continues, '…ON1 Portrait AI is incredibly fast at getting through an entire shoot…'

The new software classifies individual faces in the frame, adds 'realistic retouching' to the skin, eyes and mouth without the use of global retouching. The software also includes other tools for manual skin retouching. Tools include frequency separation, skin shine reduction, blemish removal, face shape sculpting, eye and teeth whitening and more.

ON1 Photo RAW Mobile for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices includes new masking features, allowing users to make specific localized adjustments and effects. As part of the new masking functionality, ON1 Photo RAW Mobile includes ON1's Perfect Brush. The brush includes edge detection features and allows the user to create a precise mask with just their finger. The new masking tools also support the Apple Pencil and Android Stylus. Further, local adjustments in ON1 Photo RAW Mobile utilize ON1's proprietary raw processing engine.

The mobile version of ON1 Photo RAW includes new effects and filters, such as the Dynamic Contrast filter, which ON1 states is the 'gold standard for amazing clarity and detail.' Additional new filters include Curves, Glow and HDR Look. Organization and workflow are improved with the new update as well thanks to new built-in ways to search and sort photos within the app.

ON1 Photo RAW for mobile is available on the App Store and Google Play. Image credit: ON1

ON1's president, Craig Keudell, says, 'ON1 Photo RAW Mobile has been significantly enhanced in a short amount of time and there is more on the way. The addition of creative masking tools and filters helps make it a photography tool everyone will want to use.'

ON1's autumn lineup is rounded out by ON1 Photo RAW 2021, ON1's flagship raw photo editor. ON1 Photo RAW 2021 is available for macOS and Windows and includes pro-grade photo organization, raw processing, nondestructive editing, a layers-based workflow and more.

A key new feature in ON1 Photo RAW 2021 is the integration of ON1 Portrait AI. In addition to the new portrait retouching functionality, ON1 Photo RAW 2021 makes it easier for users to organize their images with a new Smart Organize mode. This feature makes it easier than ever before to identify image duplicates, locate groups of photos from the same day or location and the mode can even identify similar images. ON1 states that it is the 'perfect solution for those who want to speed up their culling, improve organization, or even save on storage space.'

In terms of performing localized editing, ON1 Photo RAW Mobile is not the only new ON1 software with new features. ON1 Photo RAW 2021 includes a color range selection tool that integrates edge detection from ON1's Perfect Brush to create flexible gradient masks. You can create color-sensitive gradient masks, which should allow for easier local editing when working with skies behind subjects such as trees and buildings.

Photo RAW 2021 also includes new custom brush shapes. You can select between hard-edge shapes, making it simpler to paint straight edges or opt for more organic brush shapes and textures, which will allow you to paint on something like snow or grass. Further, a new non-destructive healing brush has been added to help remove distracting elements from your images such as dust spots, cables and people from the scene. The new healing brush includes a content-aware mode and a clone stamp mode.

A new full-screen preview mode has been added to the software, allowing the user to view an image without any distracting user interface elements on the screen. When in the full-screen mode, you can still utilize some tools, such as brush tools. There is also a new Quick Slideshow mode so you can show off your images in a full-screen display.

When ingesting images, ON1 Photo RAW 2021 includes new camera-based presets. This means you can set specific editing presets for individual camera models and even individual serial numbers. ON1 says this feature is helpful for users with custom camera profiles or with cameras that have been converted to infrared.

ON1 Photo RAW 2021 includes new local and global adjustment features. Image credit: ON1

In terms of global photo editing tools, ON1 Photo RAW 2021 includes a new Color Replacement filter. It is precisely what it sounds like, meaning that you can select a color in your image and adjust it. For example, you can select the color of a subject's eyes to change them, change the color of flowers in a scene and much more.

When it launches this October, ON1 Photo RAW 2021 will also add a new method to batch process HDR and panoramic photos, introduce color fill layers, present a refined user interface and add new camera and lens support.

ON1 Portrait AI is available now at a special introductory price of $59.99 (regularly $79.99). A free trial download of Portrait AI is available. When ON1 Photo RAW 2021 launches in October, ON1 Portrait AI will be integrated into the new software. For existing ON1 Photo RAW owners, you can preorder ON1 Photo RAW 2021 for $79.99. When you preorder, you will also receive the standalone and plug-in versions of ON1 Portrait AI. New users must pay $129.99 for ON1 Photo RAW 2021. Earlier this year, ON1 introduced a subscription service as well, ON1 Photo RAW 360, which includes all the new products mentioned in this article and is available as low as $7.99 per month. For more information, head to ON1's website.

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Facebook Rights Manager updated to give photographers more control over their images

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 sep 2020 - 19:42

Facebook has announced a new rights management feature designed to give creators more control over their images. On Monday, Facebook product manager of the creator and publisher experience Dave Axelgard said, 'We want to ensure Facebook is a safe and valuable place for creators to share their content.' Key to that goal is the newly announced Rights Manager for Images.

Instagram is the dominant image-based social network at the moment, making it a valuable platform for creators...but it's not without its controversy in the industry. Parent company Facebook is taking steps to address some of the criticism with its new Rights Manager for Images, which builds upon the existing Rights Manager to give photographers control over where their images appear on the social platform.

Rights Manager is a customizable tool found within the Facebook Creator Studio platform, which is built for creators to give them an element of control over their content across both Facebook and Instagram. The tool works by enabling users to add their content, after which Facebook will scan the two social platforms to find the content if it is posted on either.

Reposted content found on another user's Page or profile can be removed or, in cases where it may be beneficial to the creator, the owner can either add an ownership link to the content or simply monitor the repost going forward. Creators have the option of adding exemptions for partners who have permission to share the content so that it isn't flagged by the Rights Manager tool.

The newly announced Rights Manager for Images is described by Axelgard as a new version of the tool that is designed to offer management of photos 'at scale.' As with the original version of Rights Manager, Facebook requires creators to submit an application to get access to the tool.

The application includes selecting which Pages the user may want to protect, what type of rights owner they are (individual, publisher, etc.), the type of content that needs protected and similar details.

Facebook notes that this Rights Manager tool exists in addition to a number of other options creators have, including what it refers to as a 'fast and effective' intellectual property reporting system, as well as a policy for dealing with repeat copyright offenders and more. The tool ultimately gives creators the ability to prevent unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content, potentially bringing an end to reposts on Instagram.

It's unclear how many creators have access to the Rights Manager, which addresses only one aspect of copyright issues on social media. Facebook has been criticized for failing to give Instagram users the ability to limit the sharing of public posts, something that was recently brought to public attention due to a couple of lawsuits earlier this year.

Facebook indicated earlier this summer that it may give Instagram users the ability to disable sharing or embedding posts, which would, for example, prevent media companies from embedding images to get around paying the photographer a licensing fee. The social media company complicated the matter in June when it clarified that its terms of service does not include sublicensing embedded content.

Though this may give creators more control over where their images are embedded, critics have said that it still places the burden on creators to find and police the use of their images due to Instagram's readily available sharing and embedding tools. As well, the presence of these tools implies to users that they are allowed to embed public content on other websites without getting permission from the photographer first, potentially putting them at risk of unwittingly violating a photographer's copyright.

Instagram told Ars Technica back in June that it was 'exploring the possibility' of offering users the option of disabling the embed tool. Such a feature remains unavailable at this time, however, meaning that Instagram users must make their images private if they don't want users to have the option of sharing them.

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Samsung's new 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD offers read speeds up to 7,000MB/s

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 sep 2020 - 19:16

Samsung has unveiled the 980 Pro, its newest high-end NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 drive, which pushes read and write speeds to ridiculous speeds.

The drive will come in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities at launch and features a PCIe 4.0 interface that, with a compatible motherboard, will offer maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. Even if you don’t have a PCIe 4.0 motherboard on hand (there aren’t a lot available at this time, as the interface is relatively new), the new 980 Pros can still reach maximum sequential read and write speeds of 3,500MB/s and 3,450MB/s, respectively on an M.2 PCIe 3.0 motherboard.

As tends to be the case with SSDs, the smaller capacity drives will feature slightly slower write speeds (read speeds are the same across capacities). While the 1TB version will top out at sequential write speeds of up to 3,450MB/s via PCIe 3.0, the 500GB and 250GB models will top out at 3,400MB/s and 2,700MB/s, respectively. As noted by The Verge, How-to Geek suggests the slower write speeds may be caused by there being fewer NAND channels in smaller SSDs.

While PCIe 4.0 motherboards aren’t exactly commonplace at this time, it’s nice to see a future-proof SSD that will still improve speeds on the more common PCIe 3.0 interface.

The three capacities will start shipping this month with the 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models retailing for $90, $150 and $230, respectively. There will also be a 2TB version out before the end of the year, but no price has been shared at this time.

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Curated film subscription service launched by Analogue Wonderland

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 sep 2020 - 15:30

Online film retailer Analogue Wonderland has started a new curated film subscription service for those who enjoy trying different emulsions. The Analogue Wonderbox service promises to deliver six different 35mm films every two months so subscribers can expand their experience of unusual as well as regular emulsion types and brands.

Covering both color and black and white rolls, the service will offer negative and positive films, and users can expect extra goodies in the packages including offers on processing, merchandise and other free gifts. The idea of the service is to introduce film photographers to different emulsions but particularly to give those new to film, and those coming back to it, a taste of what is available.

The company says each week subscribers will be sent information on one of the films, with an explanation of what to expect from it as well as hints on getting the most from it. All subscribers will get the same films each time so they can discuss their results and post examples of their work. Each month the company will hold a competition for pictures shot on one of the films in the subscription pack.

Analogue Wonderland says that although some films will be cheaper than others the total value of each pack will add up to, or exceed, the cost of the service, and that the goodies, learning and community will make it even better value. There are over 100 films to get through, with a wide range of looks to be explored.

The subscription costs £50 (approx. $65) every two months, with shipping included for those in the UK. Shipping to Europe and the USA costs £12 (approx. $15). For more information see the Analogue Wonderland website.

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Sony a7C sample gallery updated, with more shots from compact 28-60mm kit lens

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 sep 2020 - 15:00
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Sony's a7C is a really compact full-frame camera – especially when paired with the new FE 28-60mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. We've been doing plenty of shooting with the combo and have updated our gallery to show you just what you can expect.

Check out our gallery of sample images

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Pixelmator Photo update adds AI-powered image upscaling tool, ML Super Resolution

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 sep 2020 - 22:12

Pixelmator, makers of the photo editing application Pixelmator Photo, has released Pixelmator Photo version 1.4. The new update includes ML Super Resolution, a new tool designed to enlarge low-resolution photos with a single tap. ML Super Resolution utilizes machine learning (hence the 'ML' in the name) and the processing power available in Apple iPad devices to enlarge photos, illustrations, paintings and designs while preserving and enhancing details, edges and textures.

ML Super Resolution was designed for the newly released iPad Air and was presented during Apple's 'Time Flies' event last week. The app is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip and Pixelmator states that it is the first AI-powered image enlargement tool available on a mobile device.

To enlarge images, ML Super Resolution 'creates a layered representation of the image that is over 100 channels deep, detecting features such as edges, patterns, textures, gradients, and colors.' After this, the channels are upscaled individually and combined back into a single image. Pixelmator states that the process 'requires up to 62 thousand times more processing power than traditional approaches,' something that Pixelmator states is only possible on iPad thanks to recent advancements in iPad performance and the dedicated processor in the Apple Neural Engine.

Tomas Andrijauskas, lead developer of Pixelmator Photo, says, 'The processing power of iPad has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last few years. With these advances, it is now possible to open up workflows that simply were not available in the past. One such workflow is using machine learning techniques to enlarge photos while retaining sharpness and enhancing intricate details.'

Pixelmator Photo 1.4 includes ML Super Resolution, a new AI-powered image upscaling feature. Image credit: Pixelmator

Of being able to show Pixelmator's work during an Apple event, Andrijauskas continues, 'Our team consists of 20 people and is based in a tiny Baltic country. So it is an incredible honor to be recognized by a company as respected and influential as Apple. It also shows that if you work hard to create powerful, beautiful, and easy-to-use products, your work will be recognized, no matter your location or size.'

In addition to the new ML Super Resolution tool, Pixelmator Photo version 1.4 includes a new split-screen view of original and edited images and support for the Apple Pencil's double-tap gesture.

Pixelmator Photo 1.4 also includes a new before/after comparison tool. Image credit: Pixelmator

If you'd like to learn more about Pixelmator Photo and its RAW editing tools, check out the overview video below and head to the Pixelmator Photo website.

Pixelmator Photo 1.4 is available now from the App Store as a free update for existing users or for $7.99 USD for new customers. Pixelmator Photo requires iOS 11 or later and a compatible iPad device. A list of compatible devices can be found on the App Store product page.

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MIT and UMass researchers develop world's first flat ultra-wide-angle fisheye lens

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 sep 2020 - 20:19

Researchers with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and MIT have developed a new type of fisheye lens that is flat and crafted from a single piece of glass. The lens is round, according to the researchers, and it is capable of capturing sharp 180-degree panoramas. This is the first flat fisheye lens made from a single piece of glass, which measures 1mm thick.

Ordinary spherical fisheye lenses are made from multiple pieces of glass designed to bend the light in such a way that it produces circular wide-angle images. The newly developed flat lens instead captures wide-angle panoramas by utilizing 'tiny structures' that scatter light in place of the curved glass elements in more costly spherical fisheye lenses.

The version of the lense introduced by the researchers is made for infrared photography, but the team says that it could be modified for use as a regular visible spectrum lens, as well. The flat design is ultimately more compact and less expensive to produce than spherical multi-element lenses.

The researchers envision a variety of uses for their lens design beyond interchangeable lenses. The thin, flat nature of the design would make it possible to implement the fisheye into smartphones, for example, eliminating the need to use a third-party lens add-on. Similar implementation could be used with laptops, VR headsets and even devices like medical imaging equipment.

MIT associate professor Juejun Hu, one of the researchers on the project, explained:

This design comes as somewhat of a surprise, because some have thought it would be impossible to make a metalens with an ultra-wide-field view. The fact that this can actually realize fisheye images is completely outside expectation. This isn’t just light-bending — it’s mind-bending.

Metalens refers to a flat lens that has tiny structures for focusing light. While wide-angle metalenses aren't new, the researchers note that a single piece of glass without any extra optics have been limited to 60-degrees. The newly published study details how the team got around these restrictions to develop an ultra-wide-angle lens capable of capturing 180-degree panoramas without extra components.

This 180-degree fisheye metalens features a single piece of transparent glass made from calcium fluoride with a lead telluride film on one side. A pattern of 'optical structures' called meta-atoms was carved into the film using lithographic techniques, the result of which were many 'nanoscale geometries' used to bend the light in specific, precise ways.

The carved structures can introduce phase delays into the scattering of the light -- depending on their shape -- to imitate the natural phase delays produced by the curved glass elements in spherical fisheye lenses. The light passes from the carved structures on the back of the lens through an optical aperture on the front of the lens.

Study co-author Mikhail Shalaginov said:

When light comes in through this aperture, it will refract at the first surface of the glass, and then will get angularly dispersed. The light will then hit different parts of the backside, from different and yet continuous angles. As long as you design the back side properly, you can be sure to achieve high-quality imaging across the entire panoramic view.

The study was partially funded by DARPA through its EXTREME program, which tasks experts with developing optical tools 'to enable new functionality and/or vastly improve size, weight, and power characteristics of traditional optical systems.' The agency goes on to explain that EXTREME will 'explore this optical design space and aims to understand the trade-offs, and harness the possibilities, afforded' by Engineered Optical Materials (EnMats).

Via: MIT

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Adobe's teases a new Sensei-powered Sky Replacement tool coming soon to Photoshop

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 sep 2020 - 17:32

Today, Adobe published a sneak peek video of its latest Sensei-powered feature coming soon to Photoshop, Sky Replacement.

Similar to the AI-powered sky replacement feature found in Skylum’s Luminar 4 editing program, Adobe’s new feature uses its Sensei AI to determine the foreground from the sky in an image and automatically masks the sky overlay to blend in seamlessly. While Photoshop will offer its own selection of presets, it’s also possible to import your own image of the sky.

Note how even the small details at the top of the structure are preserved and properly masked.

In addition to automatically masking out the sky, the Sky Replacement feature will also automatically tone the foreground of the image based on the color temperature of the sky being shown in the frame. As you can see around the two-minute mark of the above video, using a cooler part of the sunset in an image will result in a cooler foreground while using the warmer part of the sunset will give the foreground a warm, orange glow.

In addition to the automatic adjustments, there are also multiple parameters you can tweak yourself to ensure the sky looks exactly how you’d like. When you’re happy with the results, Photoshop will automatically create new layers for the masks and adjustments so you can further refine the image as you see fit.

Adobe doesn’t specify when we can expect to see this new feature in Photoshop.

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Tamron is extending the closure of two factories through the end of 2020 due to 'decreased demand'

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 sep 2020 - 16:34

Tamron Japan has published a statement [machine-translated] on its website noting that two of its three main factories will remain closed through the end of 2020 due to the ‘decrease in global demand due to the worldwide spread of the [novel] coronavirus.’\

This closure extension affects Tamron’s Hirosaki and Namioka factories, which were originally set to open back up on October 1. These facilities, located in Japan’s Aomori prefecture, are two of Tamron’s ‘mother plants.’ Each of these three plants play a role in the lens development process: the Hirosaki plant handles metal processing, assembly and repairs; the Namioka plant processes the lens elements; and the Owani plant molds the plastic components.1

Tamron says ‘the global market has not yet recovered, and in consideration of the uncertainty of the market environment in the future, we will continue to extend the partial closure of the domestic Aomori factory until the end of the year.’ Tamron notes business will continue during these closures, but it could ‘cause inconvenience and inconvenience to our business partners.’

If you’re interested in finding out more about the production process, Tamron Japan has an interesting online factory tour that walks through the steps it takes to manufacture a lens.

1 Tamron Japan

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The Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS goes to the track

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 sep 2020 - 15:00

The Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS offers an equivalent focal length range of 200-800mm, making it perfect for casual wildlife and motorsports photography. Relatively compact, lightweight and weather-sealed, the 100-400mm also offers powerful image stabilization, which works with the 5-axis in-body system used in current Olympus mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

We took the 100-400mm and an OM-D E-M1 Mark III to the Pacific Raceway here in Washington State recently, to see how it performs.

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Samyang has released its own lens simulator web app

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 sep 2020 - 21:23

Optics manufacturer Samyang has released a new lens simulator web app that allows you to see how certain lenses will affect the look of a scene based on sensor size and lens settings.

The web app creates a simulated scene using a cutout portrait of a woman as well as three backgrounds. By changing the sensor size, focal length, aperture and distance, the scene will adjust to show a simulated representation of what the image would like like when the shutter is pressed.

The web app is somewhat rudimentary, but its simulated representations do a good job of showing photography newcomers how crop factors, focal lengths, apertures and the subject’s distance from the lens can impact the look of an image. Samyang also includes an option to select on of its lenses to use as a preset of sorts to see what a given Samyang (also sold under the Rokinon/Bowen brands) lens will produce.

Both Canon and Nikon have lens simulators of their own, so this isn’t exactly an original idea, but it’s yet another option you can try out.

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Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS gallery updated with Raws

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 sep 2020 - 15:00
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The Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 offers Micro Four Thirds shooters a whole lot of reach in a hand-holdable lens. We've been putting its versatile zoom range to use ever since it was announced last month, and have updated our initial sample gallery with even more images – including Raw conversions. Take a peek at what it can do.

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Sony a7C sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 sep 2020 - 15:00
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Our team at DPReview TV spent the week shooting with the new Sony a7C. Check out the photos from their review of the camera, including many taken with the new 28-60mm F4-5.6 kit lens.

Did you miss the review? Watch it below.

View the Sony a7C sample gallery

Sony a7C review (DPReview TV)
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Sony announces plans to end camera sales and manufacturing in Brazil next year

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 sep 2020 - 20:26

Sony has announced plans to end its camera manufacturing and sales operations in Brazil by the middle of next year. Per Gizmodo Brazil, Sony will continue to sell its consumer electronics, including cameras, in Brazil until mid-2021. However, next March, its production plant in Manaus, Brazil will shut down. The plant has been in business for nearly 50 years.

In a statement to Brazilian employees, partners, retailers and suppliers, Sony said that its exit from Brazil is due to changing market conditions and expected business trends. Clóvis Letie, Sony senior operations manager in Brazil, has stated that operations in Brazil will continue to provide technical support and warranty service for products already sold. You can view an image of the statement in Portuguese by clicking here. Sony issued a follow up statement to Gizmodo as well, which can be seen here.

A screenshot from Sony Brazil's website shows that the new Sony A7C, recent A7S III and A9 II cameras are featured in the interchangeable lens category. These cameras and the rest of Sony's photographic offerings will no longer be on sale in Brazil starting in mid-2021.

In its analysis, Gizmodo Brazil states that the most surprising aspect of Sony's announcement is that the Japanese company is closing multiple divisions at once. It is also worth considering the influence of currency exchange rates and, of course, the ongoing pandemic. Gizmodo notes that Sony's strategy in Brazil has been to slash costs to any sector not generating significant profit, which after the middle of 2021 will result in the last vestige of Sony in Brazil being the PlayStation division.

While market conditions are surely challenging for Sony and other electronics companies, Brazil is a large market to exit. The large South American nation has one of the highest GDP in the world, both by nominal and purchasing power parity measures. Granted, on a per capita basis, the nation of over 200 million ranks much lower. Income is also not evenly distributed, perhaps making it challenging to generate a profit while producing and selling what are essentially luxury items.

The closure of the factory in Manaus will hurt locals. The closure will result in the loss of about 220 jobs, per PetaPixel. In addition to the loss of employment for over 200 people, Sony's exodus from Brazil will certainly hurt photographers as well. This comes only a few short years after Nikon left Brazil.

Another screenshot from Sony Brazil.

A PetaPixel reader writes, 'Personally, I receive this notice like a stab on my back. I invested a lot of money in Sony cameras and lenses, a lot of people too. Sony is already the standard for many professionals, live event, marriages, and advertising small producers…With Nikon already gone a few years, I made the move to Sony. Looks like a bad choice. Now, I will have to sell and buy everything new from Canon.'

This sentiment is likely echoed by many photographers in Brazil. Cameras and lenses are expensive photography is an expensive hobby for many and a way of life for others. Changing brands is not simple nor inexpensive. In the meantime, existing Sony owners can likely depend on ongoing product and warranty support, even after Sony stops making and selling most of its consumer electronics in Brazil.

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Gallery: 100 best lockdown portraits revealed from Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still project

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 sep 2020 - 16:26
100 best lockdown portraits revealed from Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still project

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the UK’s National Portrait Gallery have put together a digital exhibition of the 100 best portraits taken during the lockdown and submitted to the Hold Still photographic contest. The images, centered around the themes of Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness, will become a print exhibition later in the year and will tour the UK.


Set up to document aspects of life in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the global coronavirus pandemic, the Hold Still project was launched by the Duchess, a keen photographer herself, in May and was open for entries for six weeks.

Organizers say they received 31,598 entries which were judged by the Duchess alongside the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, a poet, a photographer and the Chief Nursing Officer for England. The judges said they selected the winning images based on the ‘emotions and experiences they convey rather than on their photographic quality or technical expertise’.

We've rounded up ten of the 100 images in the following gallery, but for more information and to see all 100 portraits visit the National Portrait Gallery website.

Making bread

Photographer: James Webb
Location: Colne, Cambridgeshire

This is me and my son Jake making bread together. Baking was something that I enjoyed but didn’t get to do very often. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to bake and enjoy this passion with my children. During this time we started off making flatbreads, cupcakes, muffins and the like, and then moved on to bread. Baking became a daily pleasure we were all able to enjoy together. We've continued to bake as a family and my children have enjoyed learning how to knead dough and the process of proving before baking. Making bread has become the new normal in our house and is a hobby now enjoyed by the whole family.

Glass kisses

Photographer: Steph James
Location: Cowfold, West Sussex

My 1-year-old little boy and his 88-year-old great grandma, who miss each other so much at the moment. I captured this beautiful moment between them whilst dropping off groceries. Kisses through glass.

This is what broken looks like

Photographer: Ceri Hayles
Location: Bridgend

This is what broken looks like. This is operating for 3 hours in full PPE. This is dehydration. This is masks that make your ears bleed because the straps have slipped and you daren't touch them. This is fighting an invisible enemy that becomes more visible each day. This is a face I never thought I'd show the world, but one which I wear more and more. I took this photo to have as a reminder of how far I’d been capable of pushing myself when I needed to. I sent it to my family to tell them what a hard day it had been and they were all so shocked by it. The person they know as being so well put together, always wearing a smile, was not the person they saw that day. Looking back on it now, I feel immensely proud of the commitment shown by myself and my colleagues to provide safe care for patients, even in the depths of a pandemic. We still wear full PPE for all of our cases, and you never get used to it, but I know we’ll keep doing it for as long as it is needed.

Last precious moments

Photographer: Kris Tanyag and Sue Hicks
Location: Chicester, West Sussex

This portrait was taken by Kris, the clinical lead in the care home where Phil lived. Kris took the photograph for Phil’s daughter, Sue who submitted the work. Sue said: ‘As I approached the window my father's smile lit up the world. Probably belying the fact that he couldn't really comprehend why, after normally frequent visits and companionship in his twilight years, his daughter hadn't been allowed to visit for the last three weeks. Easter Saturday 2020 and these precious, intensely emotional moments, will stay with me forever. One week later our wonderful dad, grandad and great grandad passed away peacefully. I can never fully express my gratitude to the carers who, sensing the situation and having looked after my father with love, care and compassion for seven years (as well as my mother for 3 of those years), made those moments possible.’

Kris explains: ‘We devised a plan for Phil to see his daughter Sue via a glass wall and communicate using mobile phones. Hearing our plan gave Phil a burst of energy to go in his wheelchair, hold a muffled conversation, reaching over to put his hand on the glass wall, convinced that he was touching Sue. Struggling to speak but hearing Sue made him so very happy. Their expression of emotion through tearful, smiling eyes and touching hands; the entire conversation was just one amazing moment!’

Funeral heartbreak

Photographer: Bonnie Sapsford and Fiona Grant-MacDonald
Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria

My brother, Barry, lives in the Lake District and could not travel to be with his family when our beloved Gran died of Covid-19 on 3 May 2020. Her cremation took place on 13 May in Edinburgh with only 8 people in attendance – and Barry had to watch it live online – but we were so proud he suitably dressed for the occasion. His wonderful partner, Bonnie took this powerful picture and sent it on to us. The family all missed him greatly and our hearts were shattered at the realisation that our grandmother’s first grandchild could not be with her on her final resting day.

At the end of a shift

Photographer: Neil Palmer
Location: Reading, Berkshire

This is a studio portrait of Tendai, a recovery and anaesthetics nurse, who was born in Zimbabwe, and now lives in my local town - Reading, Berkshire. I wanted to portray her caring side as well as a look of concern and uncertainty that many of us have experienced during this pandemic. It’s why I chose a lower than normal angle and asked her to look off camera, placing her half way down in the frame.

Justin, from the outside in

Photographer: Sara Lincoln
Location: London

Justin didn't know about my project when I turned up at his window with a camera. I just so happened to be across the road, capturing his daughter Safi and her family, who had volunteered to be a part of my 'Outside In' project, which documents my community living life in lockdown, through the window. Safi asked if I wouldn't mind popping over to capture a frame or two of her father and I am very grateful that I did. It was wonderful meeting this brilliant man albeit through the window. We spoke about this project, his art collection and how he manages to keep his plants so well. We talked about how surreal everything is right now, how the weeks have been for him isolating alone and his plans to jet off to France as soon as this madness is over. He finished up by telling me he had a spot of hay fever... A session that wasn't meant to happen, happens to be one of my favourites.

We're really lucky to have a garden

Photographer: Robert Coyle
Location: Sale, Manchester

The weekend is here, lockdown continues and Bernadette and Francis enjoy the garden. One Friday, as I finished emailing at the kitchen table, my wife had taken a chair and a drink outside to enjoy the evening sun. We were doing our best, like the rest of the country, with work, childcare and news of daily death tolls. Our son, had taken to relieving himself on the plants, much to our initial amusement and then slight frustration.

Everyday hero

Photographer: Arnhel de Serra
Location: London

When I drove past Richard I had to do a double-take, as I couldn't believe he was out on his postman’s round in fancy dress. I asked if I could photograph him, and over a few days we got to know each other. Given the doomsday scenario that the media were portraying in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt very strongly that here was a man who had something deeply personal and positive to offer his community. Is it an earth shattering news story? Probably not. As a human interest story however, I feel that his generosity of spirit should be celebrated, and I am delighted that he will be part of this very important project.

Never without her grandma


Photographer: Melanie Lowis
Location: Teddington, London

Millie (5 years old) made a cut out of her much loved grandma (73 years old). Millie sees Grandma almost daily and lockdown prevented the pair from seeing each other. As a retired teacher, Grandma would have made the perfect partner to help Millie with home schooling. The bond between this grandma and granddaughter is truly a special one and when lockdown ends, and the real grandma can return, it will be a very happy and emotional reunion.

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