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Harvard sued over allegedly profiting from 1850s images of American slaves

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 mar 2019 - 19:54

Harvard University has been sued over its licensing of daguerreotypes believed to be the first images of American slaves. The lawsuit was filed by Tamara Lanier, who says she is the direct descendant of Renty, the man featured alongside his daughter, Delia, in the daguerreotypes. The suit was filed on March 20 in the Middlesex County Superior Court.

The daguerreotypes were commissioned in 1850 by Harvard professor Louis Agassiz, a Swiss-born Harvard professor who sought the images in support of polygenism, a flawed theory that human races have different origins. The commissioned images were taken by J.T. Zealy in Columbia, South Carolina. A total of 11 slaves were photographed, including Renty and Delia, who were stripped naked and imaged from multiple angles.

The images were apparently lost for years before turning up in the Harvard University Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology's attic in 1976. Since their discovery, according to the lawsuit, Harvard has used the images of Renty for profit, including as the cover image for the book From Site to Sight: Anthropology, Photography and the Power of Imagery, which was published by the Peabody Museum and sold by Harvard.

According to the lawsuit, Lanier had repeatedly reached out to Harvard over the images, but the university failed to address her concerns. Lanier reportedly provided Harvard officials with proof that she is one of Renty's descendants but was unable to get a response. The lawsuit seeks to have Harvard turn over the images to Lanier's family and to pay an unspecified amount in damages.

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Unreal Engine's latest demo videos show just how photorealistic the digital world has become

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 mar 2019 - 18:46

At this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC), Epic Games showed off a new pair of demo videos that show just how capable its Unreal Engine has become thanks to advanced ray tracing technologies.

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The first video, seen above, is titled Rebirth and showcases just how photorealistic scenes can be when developed with the gaming engine's technology. The demo, designed by the studio Quixel, highlights how realistic the lighting technology inside Unreal Engine 4 has become.

The demo was created by just three artists who developed it all using a standard version of Unreal and real-world scans from Quixel's Megascans Icelandic collection. The result is a stunning showcase of textures and details that rival reality, as seen in the gallery of screenshots above, captured from the 4K stream.

The second demo is a teaser for an upcoming movie titled Troll. Still in the works, the movie is a collaboration between Deep Forest Films and Goodbye Kansas Studios. The short glimpse we get of it once again highlights just how realistic the animated lighting is in the scene, with the face of a woman being dynamically illuminated by little fire fairies of sorts.

As for what this means in the world of photography, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Aside from the inevitable point in time when we can no longer tell a rendering from an actual image — if it's not already here — the ability to replicate precise lighting situations could open up the door to new software and technology that could not only help to simulate lighting setups in the digital world before testing them out in the real world, but also open up the door to adding realistic lighting to scenes and portraits in post-production.

Keep in mind that unless you're viewing the videos in Google Chrome on a 4K monitor, you won't be able to see them in their 4K glory. Even in 1080 though, the videos look incredible.

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Report: Instagram bug revealed some users passwords as plaintext in URLs

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 mar 2019 - 15:46

Less than a day ago, it was revealed more than 20,000 Facebook employees had access to over 600 million user passwords that were stored in plaintext on Facebook's servers. Now, it's being reported that Instagram too has suffered from a bug that inadvertently exposed users passwords in plaintext.

According to an exclusive report from The Information, Facebook informed affected Instagram users about a security flaw that caused passwords to be shown in plaintext when users opted to use Instagram's 'Download Your Data' tool, a tool that ironically enough was created to help users see just how much information Instagram (read: Facebook) has collected on them.

A screenshot of the text shown after users request a download of all the data Instagram has collected from them.

In an email sent out by Instagram to affected users on Thursday, passwords were exposed in the URL that was sent when a data download request was made. This means if the download link was viewed on a shared or public device, it would be possible for anyone to see the affected users' password. In a statement to The Information, an Instagram spokesperson said the issue was 'discovered internally and affected a very small number of people.'

Regardless of how many Instagram users were or weren't affected by this bug, such an issue shouldn't be possible if Instagram were properly keeping passwords hidden with the proper encryption technology, as the passwords should never be able to be seen in plaintext — anywhere. In a statement to The Information, principle research scientists at security firm Sophos, Chet Wisniewski, said:

'This is very concerning about other security practices inside of Instagram because that literally should not be possible. If that’s happening, then there are likely much bigger problems than that'

The 'Download Your Data' tool has since been updated to fix the issue, but it might be a good idea to change your Instagram passwords regardless as a precaution.

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Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R added to buying guides

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 22 mar 2019 - 13:00

We've added Panasonic's new Lumix DC-S1 / DC-S1R to three of our buying guides. Both are listed in our 'Best Cameras over $2000' guide, with the S1 being considered for video and the S1R for landscapes. While we'll have more detail when our reviews are published, these guides provide quick overviews of both models.

Best Cameras over $2000

Best Cameras for Video

Best Cameras for Landscapes

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Video: 10 tips for fixing Photoshop and speeding up your workflow

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 mar 2019 - 23:05

YouTube Photoshop tutor Colin Smith has shared a video in which he demonstrates ten tips for making the application run more smoothly.

His tips on the Photoshop Cafe YouTube channel include ways to streamline the program’s interface as well as methods to assign more memory to help with intensive tasks. One of the best tips shows how to avoid processes that use more memory than is necessary when we are copying one image on to another.

The tutorial is aimed at new users, but out of the ten tips there is bound to be one or two that even more advanced users aren’t aware of or hadn’t thought of. Smith claims his final tip will solve 99% of problems most users have with the software. Below is a rundown of the ten tips and their respective timestamps in the video:

0:48 - Remove the welcome screen
1:30 - Shrink the New Document window
2:00 - Increase recent documents up to 100
2:48 - Increase how much RAM Photoshop uses
3:20 - Fix varies display issues
3:50 - Go back to legacy compositing
4:20 - Tweak your scratch disk settings
5:42 - Don't copy and paste
6:43 - Free up resources
7:44 - The 'fix all' solution (and bonus tip)

For more Photoshop tutorials, head over and subscribe to the Photoshop Cafe YouTube channel.

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'Gear Lust' music video is a photographer's ode to Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 mar 2019 - 19:06

Canadian photographers Taylor Jackson and Lindsay Coulter teamed up to create 'Gear Lust,' a music video centered around Gear Acquisition Syndrome -- that is, a photographer's compulsion to acquire more gear than can reasonably be used.

The amusing song kicks off with, 'Some people say that I have a problem acquiring gear, some say that I have Gear Aquisition Syndrome, but I like to call it Gear Lust.'

In addition to YouTube, the song is available to stream from Spotify and Apple Music.

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DJI confirms its drones are prepared for the GPS 2019 week rollover event

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 mar 2019 - 18:08

DJI has confirmed its drones are prepared for the GPS 2019 week rollover scheduled to take place on April 6. The event may disrupt some GPS receivers, but most manufacturers have confirmed that their systems have been tested ahead of time and are prepared for the rollover.

The GPS 2019 week rollover is an event that will take place due to how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Receivers are provided with time information from the GPS system, which uses a 10-bit week counter to count weeks from 0 to 1023. Upon reaching the end of that range, the system reverts back to 0 and starts over.

GPS receivers that aren't prepared for the rollover may incorrectly report a date of 19.6 years in the past (1024 weeks), resulting in some GPS devices displaying a date of August 22, 1999, starting after the April 6 rollover. The first GPS rollover took place on August 21, 1999.

To avoid this complication, manufacturers must push out software updates to prepare their devices for the change. In a brief statement published on March 20, DJI said that all of its 'platforms have been thoroughly tested' and will not be impacted by the GPS rollover. DJI drone owners can continue to use the devices as normal.

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Craft brewery partners with Kodak to create a beer that doubles as film developer

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 mar 2019 - 17:07

Delaware craft brewery Dogfish Head has teamed up with Kodak to create SuperEIGHT, an analog-inspired Super Gose beer designed specifically to develop film.

Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, was recording an episode of The Kodakery, a podcast created by Kodak, when he learned that with the right levels of acidity and vitamin C, it would be possible to create a beer capable of developing film. Coincidentally enough, the research and development team at Dogfish was already working on a beer with properties that would align perfectly with those needed for developing film, and so SuperEIGHT was born.

After further developing the 'super-refreshing, sessionable Super Gose,' the Dogfish Head team sent a few batches over to Kodak for testing and sure enough, it worked. The resulting footage, seen in sample footage above, isn't nearly as impressive as dedicated developers, but for a beer we'd say it's pretty darn impressive. Kodak and Dogfish Head even shared a recipe for the development, which can be downloaded and printed off.

As for the beer itself, SuperEIGHT has an alcohol content of 5.3% and 'is made with eight heroic ingredients including prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices and a touch of quinoa, along with an ample addition of Hawaiian sea salt.'

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will start shipping six packs of 355ml (12 fl oz) cans in April 2019.

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Review: Lomography Diana Instant Square

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 21 mar 2019 - 14:00
Lomography Diana Instant Square
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The Diana Instant Square camera from Lomography mashes the charm of a Diana F+ toy film camera with the novelty of the Instax Square format. Lomography has long offered an instant back for the F+, but this takes the concept a step further. The Diana Instant Square is the only instant camera with truly interchangeable lenses and like most Lomography products, offers unpredictable and often lo-fi results.

Key specifications:
  • 75mm F11 (38mm equiv.) kit lens
  • 1/100 sec fixed shutter speed
  • Four aperture settings
  • Zone focus
  • Removable viewfinder
  • Auto frame counter
  • Double exposure and bulb mode
  • Attachment flash (sold separately)
Compared to peers

See our complete instant camera guide

The most obvious competitor to the Diana Instant Square is the Fujifilm SQ6 - it also uses Instax Square format at a similar price tag. But unlike the Diana - which is manual focus with manual aperture control - the Fujifilm is more automatic in its operation.

Operation

The camera operates on four AAA batteries that you load into the bottom, and a pack of Instax Square film pops into the rear of the camera. The camera has three settings: Off, On and MX (multiple exposure). When you turn it on the film counter on the back glows green to show you how many shots you have left. It ships with an optional viewfinder that slides onto the top.

Before you shoot you will probably want to triple check that you aren’t in pinhole mode, which my camera kept seeming to click into

Shooting with the camera is very straightforward. The lever to select your aperture is found on the bottom of the lens. Aperture settings are cloudy (F11), partly sunny (F19), sunny (F32) and pinhole (F150).

Left of the lens is the shutter release, on top is a shutter speed toggle (1/100 sec or bulb) and below the lens is a lever to adjust the aperture setting. Focus is set on the front of the lens.

Focus settings are found on the front of the lens and can be set to one person (1-2m), a small group of people (2-4m) or many people with mountains (4m - infinity). On the top of the lens you will find a lever to switch shutter speeds - there are two options: N (1/100 sec) and B (Bulb Mode, Unlimited). The camera’s shutter release is found on the right side of the lens. Before you shoot you will probably want to triple check that you aren’t in pinhole mode, which my camera kept seeming to click into.

Usability The body is large and chunky.

The Diana Instant Square is more of a toy than an actual photographic tool, and although operating it is quite simple, getting it to produce images that you actually want to share with the world takes some finesse. The results were certainly unpredictable.

The Diana Instant Square seemed to work best when shooting outdoors, without a flash on very bright days. Although you have the option to attach any type of flash, the dedicated Diana F+ flash made the camera feel the most balanced. The results when shooting with the flash were also unpredictable. Sometimes photos turned out totally overblown, and other times they shot out totally black even when the settings on the camera were altered slightly. The Diana Instant Square essentially seems to do what it wants.

Getting the Diana Instant Square to produce images that you actually want to share with the world takes some finessing

A few times the back door that keeps the film in place popped open on me, so I decided to secure it with a large piece of gaff tape. Unfortunately, when this happened I ended up losing a few of the Instax sheets inside and it reset my film counter. The metal levers that control shutter speed and aperture are covered with a small piece of plastic; the one on the aperture lever fell off almost immediately, exposing the metal edge. It isn’t particularly sharp, but over time I did notice that the lever began to bend.

Image Quality A multi-exposure example from the Diana Instant Square.

The image quality of the Diana Instant Square was expectedly unpredictable. Sometimes I ended up with a double exposure that I didn’t expect, some images had major vignetting, and others had interesting focal fall off that gave them a dreamy quality.

The Diana Instant Square seemed to work best when shooting outdoors, without a flash on very bright days

Sometimes frames that appeared totally black could be rescued once they were scanned and photoshopped. Other frames came back totally overblown or completely dark. When it worked, it worked well, but getting it to work was a bit of a guessing game.

$(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryStripV2({"galleryId":"5178493936","isMobile":false}) }) Conclusion If you're a perfectionist or a control freak, you are better off shooting with a different instant camera. Similarly, for the money, there are far better-built options. But if you can lean into the camera's unpredictability, appreciate its history or like the aesthetics of Diana’s plastic lenses, this kitschy camera might be for you.

Ultimately we had a lot of fun with the Diana Instant Square when the shots came out, but it hurt a bit every time one didn’t.

What we like:

  • Classic look of the Diana Camera
  • Manual exposure control
  • Double-exposure mode
  • Interchangeable lenses

What we don't:

  • Fiddly controls are easy to knock
  • Manually driven focus
  • Unpredictable exposure results
  • Accessory flash needed for indoors Flimsy build quality
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Photogenic Paris street seeks to ban Instagrammers certain times of the week

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 21:51

Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.

The number of images on Instagram with the hashtag ‘Rue Crémieux’ has reached over 31,000 and those trying to live in the quaint cobbled street have had enough, according to a report on French website Franceinfo.

Sur un remix dubstep de "Jingle Bells" ?? #paris #ruecremieux pic.twitter.com/r7Fd23bYyB

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) December 28, 2016

Residents have to not only put up with tourists photographing their beautiful street but with parties of dancers filming routines with their pastel colored houses being used as a backdrop and the blaring music that goes with it. Locals have described the situation as 'hellish' and are fighting back, forming an association to petition the local government for road closures at the weekend and during evenings so that they can get some peace.

Quand tu tournes ton clip tout seul. ???? #SOSdétresseamitié #ruecrémieux pic.twitter.com/S9BWW68Dc4

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) November 15, 2016

Alternative Instagram and Twitter accounts have been set up to document the ‘S**t people do in rue Cremieux,’ as seen above. The accounts show pictures and videos of dance troupes, fashion shoots, music video crews, endless selfie takers and photographers using the street as though it were a public studio.

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DJI releases $39 mic adapter for its Osmo Pocket camera

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 18:59

DJI's Osmo Pocket is an impressive little camera that punches well above its size and size. The video from it has proven impressive, but the one area it lacks is in the sound department.

The onboard microphone aren't necessarily terrible, but it could use a little improvement, and up until now that wasn't possible. After many hints that one was on its way, DJI has finally released a 3.5mm microphone adapter for the Osmo Pocket that plugs directly into the camera's USB Type-C port.

The adapter works with TRS 3.5mm connectors. In case you've never noticed, 3.5mm jacks will have either one, two or three black bands wrapped around the male connector. Cable Chick has a great explainer on the differences, but a brief synopsis is that one band means it's a TS connection that supports mono audio, two bands means it's a TRS connection which supports stereo audio and three bands means it's a TRRS connection which supports stereo audio plus a microphone. If you're using the Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter with a TRRS connection, you might also need to purchase an additional adapter, such as this one offered by Rode.

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter is available now at B&H and the DJI Store for $39.

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Instagram rolls out Checkout payment feature, data handled by Facebook

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 15:25

Instagram has announced Checkout, a new feature that is not directly imaging-related, but should still be of importance to many users. Checkout will allow users to purchase goods and services from Instagram business accounts without leaving the app and finalizing the transaction in another app or browser.

After tapping on a product page users will be able to select sizes, colors, and other product characteristics and make payments inside Instagram. Previously they would have redirected to the retailer's website for these actions.

Instagram says it will "securely" save your name, email as well as billing and shipping information after your first order. This information package will be stored and managed by parent company Facebook but only be used by Instagram for the time being.

Checkout is currently in closed beta and only available to users in the USA. Participating brands include Adidas, Burberry, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Nike and Zara. The current list of brands will be expanded soon. Retailers are charged a selling fee by Instagram for the service.

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NVIDIA Research project uses AI to instantly turn drawings into photorealistic images

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 14:51

NVIDIA Research has demonstrated GauGAN, a deep learning model that converts simple doodles into photorealistic images. The tool crafts images nearly instantaneously, and can intelligently adjust elements within images, such as adding reflections to a body of water when trees or mountains are placed near it.

The new tool is made possible using generative adversarial networks called GANs. With GauGAN, users select image elements like 'snow' and 'sky,' then draw lines to segment an image into different elements. The AI automatically generates the appropriate image for that element, such as a cloudy sky, grass, and trees.

As NVIDIA reveals in its demonstration video, GauGAN maintains a realistic image by dynamically adjusting parts of the render to match new elements. For example, transforming a grassy field to a snow-covered landscape will result in an automatic sky change, ensuring the two elements are compatible and realistic.

GauGAN was trained using millions of images of real environments. In addition to generating photorealistic landscapes, the tool allows users to apply style filters, including ones that give the appearance of sunset or a particular painting style. According to NVIDIA, the technology could be used to generate images of other environments, including buildings and people.

Talking about GauGAN is NVIDIA VP of applied deep learning research Bryan Catanzaro, who explained:

This technology is not just stitching together pieces of other images, or cutting and pasting textures. It's actually synthesizing new images, very similar to how an artist would draw something.

NVIDIA envisions a tool based on GauGAN could one day be used by architects and other professionals who need to quickly fill a scene or visualize an environment. Similar technology may one day be offered as a tool in image editing applications, enabling users to add or adjust elements in photos.

The company offers online demos of other AI-based tools on its AI Playground.

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Canon EOS RP review in progress

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 14:00
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The Canon EOS RP is among the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market, and is the least expensive full-frame camera at launch, ever. And though its specifications aren't going to set the world on fire, the RP is a likable little camera with solid JPEG image quality that will be a fine photographic companion for casual users and those already within the Canon ecosystem looking for a compact second body.

Key specifications:
  • 26.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 4K/24p (from 1.7x crop region)
  • 4 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (5 without)
  • Pupil detection AF in continous/Servo AF mode
  • AF rated to -5EV (with an F1.2 lens)
  • Digic 8 processor
  • 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
  • Fully-articulated 1.04M dot touchscreen
  • Twin command dials
  • CIPA rated to 250 shots per charge

Accounting for inflation, the EOS RP (body-only) is priced within $75 of the original 6MP Canon Digital Rebel / EOS 300D that was released back in 2003 - a camera that really helped bring large-sensor digital photography to the masses. And like the Digital Rebel, the EOS RP promises to offer a bit of a stripped-down shooting experience in exchange for its large full-frame image sensor at a reasonable cost. It's worth noting, however, that the earlier Rebel debuted with a range of relatively low-cost lenses designed for it - not so much the case today.

While other manufacturers are moving ever further up-market with more expensive and capable devices, the EOS RP stands alone in providing more novice or budget-constrained users with access to the shallower depth-of-field that full frame cameras offer over those with APS-C or smaller sensors. There are caveats, though, in that the RP is a poor choice for those looking to shoot video, and the native lens selection is lacking at this time.

The EOS RP is available now at a price of $1299 body-only, $1999 with the EF adapter and a 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, and $2399 with the native RF 24-105mm F4L lens.

What's new and how it compares

The EOS RP has a lot of ingredients we've seen in other Canon cameras before, but certainly not at this price point.

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Body, handling and controls

The EOS RP's diminutive size and light weight don't get in the way of some well thought-out controls.

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Image quality and sample gallery

Take a look at how the RP stacks up in our standard studio test scene as well as how its images look out and about in Seattle and New Orleans.

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Specifications

Want the full list of specifications for the EOS RP? We have you covered.

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Judge rules RNC didn't violate photographer's copyright with unauthorized image use

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 23:11
This is Erika Peterman's photograph the RNC took from Rob Quist's Facebook page and altered to use on a derogatory mailer. Used with permission.

In May 2017, photographer Erika Peterman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Republican National Committee (RNC), alleging the organization had used one of her images for a political mailer without permission. The image features Rob Quist, a Democratic congressional candidate who had run against GOP candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana.

Peterman's image, which was licensed to the Quist campaign, was used by the RNC without permission as part of a mailer that mocked the politician. In response to the lawsuit, the RNC claimed its mailer represented fair use of the copyrighted image, and Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has sided with that argument.

A photo of the mailer that was sent out to Montana residents by the RNC that used Erika Peterman's photograph without permission. Used (here) with permission.

According to Lexology, the court dismissed Peterman's case, finding that the RNC had 'transformed' the photo adequately enough to claim fair use. Only small visual alterations were made to the image, such as cropping it to fit the mailer, and those edits alone weren't sufficient for it to be considered transformative.

However, the court found that the image's use on a mailer that criticized Quist had transformed the work, stating that the image's inclusion as an element in this critical media qualified as fair use. The court said:

The mailer uses Quist's musicianship to criticize his candidacy, subverting the purpose and function of the Work. With the addition of the treble clefs and text throughout, the mailer attempts to create an association between Quist's musical background and liberal political views… In this context, the image takes on a new meaning.

In addition, the court claimed that the RNC's use hadn't impacted Peterman's ability to profit from the image and that Peterman's had published the image to Twitter and Facebook. By publishing the image on social media, the court stated, 'it must be assumed that the MDP, Quist Campaign, and Peterman herself would have welcomed reposts, [etc.] by other pro-Quist social media users.'

Ultimately, the federal judge found the RNC's unauthorized use of the copyrighted image to be 'moderately transformative and wholly noncommercial [sic],' stating that 'the court determines that the undisputed facts establish that the RNC is entitled to judgement as a matter of law."

DPReview spoke with Peterman via email and she shared the following response regarding the ruling:

I think equating political criticism to transformative use is pretty far-reaching. This decision gives any political party (or PAC) the freedom to use artistic or creative photos of political candidates for political criticism under the auspices of fair use. This impacts me greatly because I do a lot of political photography and work hard to create compelling, creative photos for the candidates I work with. And, like any photographer or artist, I also want to share my work. However, if I know that my photos can be used for "political criticism" without my permission, it creates a major dilemma for me. And no, I'm not appealing. Not because I don't think the decision is wrong, because I do. However, even if my decision were reversed and remanded back to the district court for a trial on whether the RNC's use of my photo was "transformative", I would again be in front of the same judge and the outcome would probably be the same. Additionally, I would most likely have to pay the RNC's costs and possibly their attorney fees. That's thousands and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars I don't have. Last, the judge's comments about my sharing the photo on Twitter are incorrect. I posted a different photo of Rob Quist on Twitter, but not the one that was the subject of the lawsuit.

DPReview has contact both the RNC and Peterman for comment. This article will be updated accordingly when and if a response is given.

Update (March 19, 2019): This article has been updated with a quote from Erika Peterman

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Nikon updates Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility to address various bugs

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 19:20

Nikon has updated its Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility 2 programs to address multiple bugs and add new features.

Nikon Capture NX-D

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 is mainly about fixing various crashes and glitches that would occur when using the app. Below is a thorough rundown of the ten issues that have been fixed, according to the changelog:

  1. The application would crash under some conditions.
  2. If the Specify size option was selected in the batch processing dialog, some time would elapse before the Start button would be available.
  3. Changes to image length in the Convert Files dialog would sometimes not be matched by changes to width.
  4. All changes to NEF/NRW (RAW) pictures made with NEF/NRW + JPEG enabled would be lost when the files were saved in JPEG format.
  5. Batch processing and file conversion could not be resumed once paused.
  6. The application would sometimes fail to launch.
  7. Image artifacts (“noise”) would increase in pictures saved in other formats.
  8. Straighten now functions as intended.
  9. Files saved at an image quality of “99” would be larger than those saved at an image quality of “100”.
  10. Portions of NEF (RAW) images shot with the Z 6 would sometimes not display correctly after the pictures were saved using NEF processing.

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon ViewNX-i

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 fixes two main issues found in version 1.3.1. The first is an issue that caused files saved at an image quality of 99 to be larger in size than images captured at an image quality of 100. The update also fixes a problem that caused files being saved using 'Ctrl+S' to lose or alter the XMP/IPTC information.

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon Picture Control Utility

Last up is Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2. This update fixes an issue that caused some NEF images shot with Nikon Z6 cameras to not be displayed properly after the images were saved.

Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

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LEE100 is a next-generation filter holder with a modular design for easier operation

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 16:40

LEE Filters has announced the LEE100 filter holder, a next-generation filter holder that improves upon the design and interface of its predecessors to help improve the experience of working with photography filters.

Made from injection-moulded composite materials, the holder is both rigid and lightweight. Like its predecessor, the LEE100 filter holder relies on a spring release for easy one-hand operation when an adapter ring is mounted to a specific lens. This release can be used in three different settings to accompany different shooting needs: neutral, half lock and full lock.

The neutral setting keeps the filter holder attached to lenses, but allows it to both rotate freely and detach itself in the event the filter holder gets hit, so the camera and lens doesn't fall to the ground as well. Half lock keeps the filter holder secured onto the adapter ring, but allows for easy rotation of the ring to better account for the horizon and other elements. The full lock setting keeps everything locked in place so the filter holder will neither rotate nor detach from the adapter ring until it is unscrewed and released.

New on the LEE100 filter holder are modular filter guide blocks that come in one, two and three-slot configurations. Unlike previous versions of LEE's filter holders that required screws to hold the guides in place, the LEE100 features snap-in guides that can be quickly changed without the need to carry around a screwdriver. The guides themselves are also tapered now, which not only lends to a more streamlined aesthetic, but also improves the resistance, which helps to better keep the filters in place when making adjustments.

LEE says up to three filters can be used before any vignetting is visible. All of LEE's 100mm filters can be used in the new holder as well as the new LEE100 Polarizer.

The LEE100 filter holder is available at as a single unit and in various kit arrangements. Alone, the LEE100 filter holder is available at B&H for $96. The Deluxe kit, which includes the LEE100 filter holder, LEE100 Polariser, Big Stopper, LEE 0.6 ND medium grad, LEE 0.9 ND hard grad, LEE 1.2 ND medium grad, 50ml ClearLEE filter wash and ClearLEE filter cloth, is available at B&H for $739.

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Panasonic Lumix S1 sample gallery

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 14:00
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We've been getting a feel for Panasonic's full-frame mirrorless cameras for a little while now, but only recently received final production firmware for the S1 and its high-resolution sibling, the S1R. Take a look through our first images shot with final firmware and see how it handles a variety of scenarios.

See our Panasonic S1 sample gallery

See our Panasonic S1 pre-production sample gallery

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Photo Mechanic 6 will launch March 25 with faster speeds, new UI and 64-bit support

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 20:03

Photo ingesting software Photo Mechanic is about to receive a major update in the form of Photo Mechanic 6. This update follows the last major update, version 5, released way back in 2012.

According to Camera Bits, the company behind the software, Photo Mechanic 6 will be faster, offer 64-bit compatibility, have an 'intuitive and compact' user interface and support for selecting specific images to ingest.

Photo Mechanic is billed as a faster alternative to catalogue-based software like Lightroom, enabling photographers to quickly ingest, tag, cull, view, oragnize, and export images. Among the product's features is support for ingesting images while shooting with a tethered camera, copying files from more than one card simultaneously, using saved GPS tracking logs to geotag photos and more.

Photo Mechanic 6 will be released on March 25. Existing customers who are eligible for an update will be able to purchase the new version for $89 USD; a new product license will cost $139 USD.

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Nikon is now bundling its FTZ mount adapter with Z6, Z7 cameras sold in the US

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 19:38

As first reported earlier this week, The Nikon FTZ mount adapter will now be included for free with the purchase of all Z6 and Z7 cameras in the United States.

Nikon's FTZ mount adapter usually retails for around $250 on its own and cost just $150 when bundled with the Z6 or Z7 camera, but now it's being offered free of charge at multiple retailers, including Adorama (Z6, Z7), B&H (Z6, Z7) and Amazon (Z6, Z7).

A screenshot of the deal as seen on Adorama.

Again, this deal is limited to the United States for the time being. DPReview has contacted Nikon to see where else, if anywhere, this deal is being offered. The article will be updated accordingly if DPReview gets a response.

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