Two of the biggest photography retailers in the UK are going to officially merge tomorrow. This marks the culmination of a process that was set in motion way back in March when Calumet owner (and former Bowens owner) Aurelius bought Wex Photographic and announced that the Calumet competitor would merge with its former adversary.
If you visit the Calumet UK website today, you're greeted by the following message:
"From 26 September, Calumet Photographic Limited UK will be merging with Wex Photographic, offering an improved experience and wider range of products to photographers across the UK," reads the statement. "Later this week, this website will be closed and moved to www.wexphotographic.com."
The statement goes on to assure Calumet customers that there will be "minimal disruption" to service, and any outstanding pre-orders, back-orders, or vouchers will be honored under the new brand.
For more information about the merger and how it will (or won't) affect customers, you can visit this FAQ page on the Wex Photographic website.
|Photo by Damian Patkowski|
Apple's newest macOS operating system, macOS High Sierra, launched today. But if you use a Wacom tablet to do your photo editing, you'll want to hold off on hitting the upgrade button. It seems Wacom tablets won't work with High Sierra until the end of October.
The disappointing news was broadcast in a tweet published by the main Wacom Twitter account that read, "We will release a Driver update late October for 10.13 High Sierra. The current driver is not compatible." If you click on the more info link offered in that tweet, you get this slightly more detailed explanation:
Apple has announced 10.13 High Sierra will be released September 25th. Wacom is currently working on a new driver update to support the new operating system. The new Wacom driver will be ready by late October at the latest. Due to nature of the changes in High Sierra, the existing Wacom driver for 10.12 will not work. To continue to use your tablet uninterrupted, Wacom suggests not to upgrade to 10.13 until the new driver is released.
The news is particularly disappointing given that Apple announced High Sierra months ago, and gave developers access to that beta the very same day. And based on the wording of the announcement, the old driver won't work at all, so upgrading to macOS High Sierra will leave you Wacom-less for at least a couple of weeks—if you rely on a Wacom tablet for your work, you'll just have to wait.
Keep an eye on this link to know the instant Wacom releases their overdue macOS High Sierra driver.
These days, capturing professional-looking video no longer requires Hollywood-sized budgets. But does that mean that there's no longer much advantage to Hollywood-quality gear? Let's find out. Gene of the YouTube channel Potato Jet pegged his Canon 80D setup against an Arri Alexa setup that costs upwards of $80,000 and filmed several scenes with both cameras rigged up side-by-side.
Unlike his previous (very popuplar) iPhone 7 vs Arri Alexa video, this one is a bit more of a fair fight—the sensor area used to shoot most formats on the Arri is much closer in size to the 80D sensor than the iPhone, and one of the cameras isn't a freaking smartphone.
Of course, the difference between the footage is still immediately obvious—who would have guessed an $80K setup would shoot better footage than a $3,000 setup?—but the side-by-side comparison is fun and interesting to watch all the same. That's because Gene doesn't just point out the differences in the dynamic range and quality of the video from the two cameras, he outlines the pros and cons of using a small light-weight DSLR like the 80D vs a cinematic powerhouse like the Arri Alexa.
Check out the full comparison for yourself up top, and if you want to see more from Gene or consider yourself an amateur filmmaker, definitely subscribe to Potato Jet.
In the last year, I’ve probably walked over 2,000 miles with my camera. I love photo walks because they are so meditative. There is also great excitement when you get home to look at the photos, to see if you captured anything good. And finally, it adds a dimension of extra beauty and flow to your regular long walks.
The following are the seven most important lessons I have learned when it comes to getting the most enjoyment and best possible results from your photo walks.
This one is not only about lenses, it applies to equipment in general. I always just bring one lens—the one on my camera.
I pick a lens that I feel would fit this particular day, and this particular photo walk. If it is a beautiful morning with a clear sky, where I can anticipate a sunrise, I would likely bring a wide angle lens. If I am out walking with my girlfriend, I might bring a portrait lens.
The point is that I try to minimize the weight and amount of stuff I bring, so that the camera gear never becomes a burden. You want to feel free and light during a photo walk.
Have you noticed that, as you enter an IKEA store, you usually encounter a too-good-to-be-true deal in the first few minutes? Like, an insanely good deal? The reason is that they want you to take that deal and put it in your bag, as this will shift you into "shopping mode" early on in your visit.
Entering "shopping mode" is a threshold you must cross, where you make the decision that "today I am shopping." And soon item number two and three goes into your bag as well. The sooner you go into shopping mode, the more money IKEA makes from your visit.
It is the same with photo walks. The sooner you take your camera out of the bag, turn it on, and take the first photo, the sooner you enter into photography mode, and the more photos (and hopefully good photos) you will come home with. As soon as you snap the first couple of photos, you enter a more creative mindset.
This one seems unintuitive, I know, but the more constraints you have, the more creative you will get. A great first constraint that I always utilize is that I only bring one lens (see above), and that lens it is always a prime. But see what happens if you add even more constraints, such as only shooting in black and white, or only shooting in portrait orientation.
A constraint is particularly useful if you initially feel resistance towards it; stay determined to work your way through the initial resistance, and your creativity will spring into action.
I find that the best results come from the photo walks where I allow myself to walk without a set plan. I go out exploring. Whenever you get a feeling that the light is particularly beautiful in a certain direction, or your intuition just tells you that you should go somewhere, go there.
I'm not giving you this advice because I necessarily believe our intuition can lead us to the best photos. I have simply found that following my intuition boosts my creativity, and the result of that is always better and more beautiful photos.
This one is common to hear from street photographers, where the so-called decisive moment is everything, but I think it applies in all forms of photography. When your gut feeling says that you have an opportunity to take a great photo, go for it. Even if your camera is packed in the bottom of your bag. Even if you feel embarrassed to take a photo in the situation at hand for whatever reason. Even if you tell yourself you can come back later and take that photo.
Usually, you cannot come back later. Photos are unique moments that you freeze, and moments never come back. The exact same scene, with exactly the same light, will never come back. So always take the shot if your gut tells you to!
Never just quickly glance at your camera's screen and think to yourself "looks good, let's move on." Chances are, the photo isn't really that good. It might be slightly out of focus. It might be a bit tilted. It might be overexposed.
Always make a habit of checking the composition, exposure and sharpness of your photo before leaving the scene. Otherwise you might be very disappointed when you bring up the photo on your computer screen only to discover that it wasn't as good as you thought. If you check your photos in detail, by zooming in on details to check sharpness, you can always retake the photo while you're still at the scene.
A final key to creativity is variation. Always walk to new places, because novelty triggers creativity. If you always walk the same path, on every photo walk, you will get increasingly bored and gradually lose inspiration. Walk new walks every time!
Micael Widell is a photography enthusiast based in Stockholm, Sweden. He loves photography, and runs a YouTube channel with tutorials, lens reviews and photography inspiration. You can also find him as @mwroll on Instagram and 500px.
This article was originally published on Micael's blog, and is being republished in full with express permission.
Vitec Group, the company that owns camera accessory brand Manfrotto, has just added two other major brands to its stable: JOBY and Lowepro. Vitec bought the brands from the Dayman Group, bringing them into its already sizable photo equipment portfolio.
Vitec already owns a large collection of brands that operate across the stills and video markets, selling everything from bags, to tripods, to light stands, camera cages, batteries, lighting and video monitors. Well-known Vitec-owned names include Gitzo, Lastolite, Wooden Camera, Colorama, Litepanels and SmallHD.
This acquisition brings the GorillaPod flexible tripod series of camera and mobile supports under Vitec’s control, along with Lowepro’s massive range of bags, cases and pouches.
It’s difficult to see what the purchase of either business brings that’s new to Vitec, as the company already has products in almost all the areas JOBY and Lowepro already supply. It will inevitably reduce the company’s competition though, and as the press release says it will strengthen Vitec’s position as a global supplier. Vitec also says that the purchase, particularly of Lowepro, will give it better access to certain markets (such as the USA) in which it needs a better hold, and that it expects to enjoy better relationships with Apple, Amazon and B&H Photo because of the deal.
The purchase cost Vitec $10.3 million in cash, with an expected total investment of around the deal of $32 million to integrate the new brands. While Vitec Group wants the intellectual property of JOBY and Lowepro and some of the R&D and manufacturing facilities in the Far East, it also expects to save $7 million a year by the end of 2019 by "consolidating and simplifying the business, improving procurement and supply chain management, and leveraging Vitec's distribution platform."
Vitec, the leading global provider of products and solutions to the broadcast and photographic markets, is pleased to announce the acquisition of leading photographic brands JOBY and Lowepro.
With a worldwide presence across 22 high quality and recognized brands, JOBY and Lowepro have joined the Vitec Group portfolio as part of the Photographic Division, sitting alongside other Vitec owned, leading photographic brands Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto and Avenger.
The acquisition will enable Vitec to become the leading global provider of accessories within the newer and fast growing iPhonography and vlogging markets, as well as strengthen their position within the photographic bags market.
JOBY introduced the GorillaPod in 2006, which transformed the camera accessories market, while Lowepro is a market leader in bags designed to protect electronic and photographic devices.
Lowepro remains the recognized market leader of photographic bags, with its focus on supporting the professional outdoor and adventure photographer and will perfectly complement the Vitec owned brand Manfrotto, with its range of photographic bags focused on supporting professional urban and studio photographers.
Vitec plans to integrate the two brands into its Photographic Division, with existing organizational structures under the leadership of Marco Pezzana, Photographic Divisional Chief Executive.
“We are proud to announce that two remarkable brands within the photographic accessories market, JOBY and Lowepro, will join the Vitec Photographic Division,” Pezzana commented. “We pride ourselves on supplying the leading photographic brands to the global market. This natural addition to our business strengthens the already outstanding offering we provide to our partners worldwide.”
He continued, “We believe that our extensive knowledge of the photographic market will enable us to add a wealth of value to these already leading brands. JOBY and Lowepro’s product development expertise, coupled with our established global distribution network, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, creates exciting opportunities for both Vitec Group and our global partners.”
Absolutely, positively never try this yourself. By all accounts, this flight was highly illegal and DPReview in no way condones this activity.
If you're at all plugged into the world of drone news, you've probably seen this video floating around the past week. Captured by master First Person View (FPV) drone pilot Paul Nurkkala, it shows his "flight of the year" in which he flies around, inside, onto, and under a moving train... barrel rolls included.
Nurkkala captured the video using his custom built drone, which is equipped with a GoPro Hero5 Session and piloted from afar using special FPV goggles.
The video has split the internet into two predictably conflicted camps. The first thinks it's just the coolest footage to ever come out of a drone, because Nurkkala is clearly such a talented pilot. The second is infuriated that he would do something so obviously illegal, post the results online, and receive so much praise and adulation (and so many views... at last count his 5-day old YouTube video had accrued nearly 850,000 views).
No judgement if you find yourself both entertained and a little bit annoyed/angry while watching the video.
|Photo: Intel Corporation|
Intel has just announced their next-gen (8th generation, to be exact) desktop CPUs. And while the new chips aren't quite as exciting as the 8th gen laptop chips the company debuted in August, they still pack a performance punch that photo and video editors may want to pay attention to.
The 8th generation desktop chips come in the same three main flavors: Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3, except each of these has received a substantial performance boost "for gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance."
The top of the line i7-8700K starts at 3.7 GHz but can easily be overclocked to 4.7 GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. This, along with some other improvements, allow the 6-core/12-thread chip to edit 4K, 360-degree videos up to 32% faster than the previous generation, and edit any 'content' up to 65% faster than a three-year old PC.
In addition to the top of the line i7, the 8th gen lineup also boasts the first ever 6-core i5 chip and 4-core i3 chip, which should definitely appeal to those of us who want to build a photo and video editing PC for a little less without sacrificing performance. Here's an overview of the full lineup:
More details about the new chips are available on the Intel website and in the press release below. If you're interested, the new processors will all be available starting October 5th at prices ranging from $117 for the base-model i3 to $359 for the powerhouse i7-8700K.
Newest Processors Deliver Premium Performance, with a Boost in Frame Rate of up to 25% Gen over Gen
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2017 – Intel today announced that its new family of 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 5, 2017. The new desktop processor family is built for gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance. Ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, these processors deliver premium performance for what comes next, opening the door for a new level of faster, easier and more immersive experiences.
This new family introduces the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor. The family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked1 “K” processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O. These processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards.
The top of the product stack – the Intel Core i7-8700K – is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor ever.2 It is capable of 4.7 GHz maximum single-core turbo frequency, the highest frequency ever from Intel thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, making it a performance powerhouse for both single and multi-threaded applications.
“We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs,” said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. “Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular– offer an unbeatable experience.”
Powerful, Fluid and Vivid Gaming
Gamers will revel in the powerful and fluid experience of gaming. Compared with 7th Gen Intel Core, gamers gain up to 25 percent more frames per second3 on popular and demanding games like Gears of War* 4. As gaming continues to expand to include a social audience while playing, performance while mega-tasking is critical so game + stream + record is now up to 2 times faster5 compared with a 3-year-old machine.
Advanced Content Creation
Save time and create more. The 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family positions Intel as the choice for speed, accuracy, power, format compatibility and high-quality graphics creation and consumption. Edit 4K 360-degree videos with ease – up to 32 percent faster6compared with the previous generation – plus, edit content up to 65 percent faster4compared with a 3-year-old PC.
Performance matters with overclocking. The 8th Gen Intel Core unlocked1 “K” processors will overclock to higher levels than prior generations. Intel has added new features to enhance the experience, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery, and updated Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility and Intel® Extreme Memory Profile.
For the platform, the new Intel Z370 chipset provides improved power delivery needed for the new 6-core processors to reach their maximum performance as well as enhanced package power delivery for overclocking and memory routing support. More than 50 new motherboard and system designs will be available from a variety of leading providers.
Launch games and load media projects faster. Add Intel® Optane™ memory to desktop computer with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor to gain additional accelerated system responsiveness, up to 2.1 times faster7 compared with a 5-year-old desktop with HDD alone.
8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available beginning Oct. 5, 2017.
Canon is developing a new imaging system called the Free Viewpoint Video System that may revolutionize the way sports and other events are broadcast. The system, as demonstrated in the video above, eliminates the restrictions of a single viewpoint by making it possible to view the action in an immersive multi-angle way.
Put another way, Canon says the system "gives the user a sense that they are really there."
The Free Viewpoint Video System utilizes existing imaging technologies that Canon has developed over the years. The company explains that stadiums utilizing this system will have multiple high-res cameras positioned around the arena; these cameras record the action simultaneously, while image processing technology rehashes that footage as high-resolution 3D spatial data.
The end result is an immersive video in which users are able to move a virtual camera within this rendered 3D space, providing a view of the action from various viewpoints and angles around the field. Among other things, Canon explains that viewers can "experience the simulated physical sensation of being among players on the field during a game."
The company plans to showcase the Free Viewpoint Video System via its booth at Inter BEE 2017 from November 15th through the 17th. Canon also plans to talk with athletes and sports teams about possible uses for its video system.