As Toby is on an adventure in Iceland with McKay Photography Academy there is no live mish mash this week. Regularly scheduled live shows will return August 19th. You're still not completely without a Toby fix as throughout the trip you’ll have access to small vlogs during the journey. If you would like to go on a free trip with Toby, Christina, & McKay Photography Academy you have a chance to win! The Yosemite contest ends soon, sign up at http://photorec.tv/giveaway/.
In Case You Missed It, Variable ND Filter vs Non-Variable ND
If you’re looking for longer shutter speeds to get a dreamy effect in water or trailing lights from traffic in the city a ND filter is your best bet. While a simple 10 stop ND filter works for some things it can be a bit strong for your shot. Check out Toby’s article and video this week about variable ND filters vs non-variable.http://photorec.tv/2015/08/variable-nd-filter-vs-non-variable-nd/
A few higher end lenses from Nikon announced this week to fill out their existing line up. A new copy of the standard 24-70mm format, a fast 24mm prime, and a new long range telephoto. The new 24-70 is boasted to be much sharper than its previous iteration but as prices stand currently will that be $600 of a difference.Pre-Order at B&H:Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VRNikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G EDNikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
In the take with a grain of salt today the new rumor is that a new DSLR replacement for the current high end EOS-1DX is coming due to recent price cuts. Considering the current model was announced in 2011 it is time for an upgrade but don’t expect much until 2016.
Canon has a new video camera with a bit of a twist, a sensor with 4 million ISO. The Canon ME20F-SH is a 2MP camera that has a MSRP of $30,000 so it’s being marketed towards high end film. In the end for us though it's technology that, hopefully, might trickle down so we might see benefits for DSLRs in the future.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPuT7R7JVxk
Fujifilm announced a new camera that also has a special sensor, in this case it can see ultraviolet and infrared. Quite useful for professional work that needs such frequencies such forensics, healthcare, and scientists. While it can be used for some day to day IR photography one big benefit would be Astrophotography as it can capture more available light than a similar model without infrared. Unfortunately for all the good it does this camera is currently spreading on the news as technically it may be able to see through clothes.
If you happen to like polarizers, but are annoyed carrying around more filters, Olympus might have a solution. While there isn’t anything solid out yet they’ve filed a patent for a sensor with a built in polarizing filter. As Sony has filed for a different but similar method previously it’s something that we hopefully might see in the future.
While its design makes me think it’s going to start glowing red and say hello Dave, Nokia’s new virtual reality camera Ozo might be interesting. As multiple companies such as Google, GoPro, Samsung, and Jaunt are in the field everyone wants a bite of the new virtual reality market. As its priced in the five figure range Ozo is made for professionals for use in films, gaming, applications such as maps, and education. Whether it sticks around or not is for the future to decide but with how many variations are in the market one model is bound to make it.
As its been brought into question lately via a few news stories Zeiss clarified what it means to have the Zeiss branding on a Sony lens. While most of it is straightforward the article is worth a read if you’ve ever been curious.
With the latest update to Photoshop Adobe stuck another nail in the coffin of those using the CS6 version to skip paying for the cloud. Adobe killed updates to Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 which in the meantime isn’t a large problem but it is a future one. As new gear arrives on the market CS6 can’t support you’re stuck with the free Adobe DNG converter to use RAW photos which kills a simple workflow.
As with the above story Lightroom and Photoshop have new updates. While there are no miraculous new features they do fix a list of bugs in the system.
Another day, another drone shot out of the sky story. In Kentucky a man thought a drone was spying on his daughter, at a 250’ altitude, so it had to go. Like most of these stories firing a shotgun straight up into the air, in the city limits, is not a good idea. In the end the pilot is out a pricey drone and the homeowner is looking at two felonies for damaging the drone and shooting in city limits.
KFC has been in a bit of a tech binge lately, earlier in the year in Germany their promotion involved adding bluetooth keyboard liners to trays in Germany to stop greased up phones. It’s short on details but in Canada KFC is promoting a bucket with a instant photo printer. Because yes, you really need to keep that photo of you eating a bucket of chicken.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NP8ju1RDkc
In more Food & Photo related news Google advertised their new Google Photos revamp with waffles over the weekend. Food trucks in New York City gave out free waffles if you show them a photo of a certain subject on Google Photos before the time runs out. Why Waffles? I have no clue.
In clever light painting, Eric Pare came up with a new and cheap idea for a lightsource. Using fluorescent bulb tube guards and a couple bright lights you can effectively make a large lightsource."Once you got [the tube guards], it’s really simple, you set your camera on a tripod on bulb mode, and you trigger by yourself using a remote. On these 2, I used 2x 300 lumens flashlights inside the tubes, and I simply created the shapes behind Kim. Exposure time: about 3 seconds."
Instagram Challenge - My Town
Toby’s Winner - https://instagram.com/p/47eI8QptrV/ - The tones the angle and the recognizeable landmark all make this an awesome shot for the “my town” challengehttps://instagram.com/p/47eI8QptrV/Honorable Mentions -https://instagram.com/p/5uy4sJIPSA/ - The light, color and angle of this old theater is sweet!https://instagram.com/p/5uy4sJIPSA/It almost feels like cheating with an aerial shot of his town https://instagram.com/p/5-snNMqxHM/ but the framing and again the light here is wonderful.[embed]https://instagram.com/p/5-snNMqxHM[/embed]Christina’s Winner -https://instagram.com/p/5y0K9sFK8q/Honorable Mentions -https://instagram.com/p/58TiZAEsyu/https://instagram.com/p/0ZlNwSvdxY/As Toby’s in Iceland, known for its great scenic views, next week's challenge will be landscapes. Join the fun on instagram and challenge yourself to go out and get a photo! Just remember to tag your photos so we can see them with #PRTV and #PRTV_landscape.
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