These Photos Show How Steinway Makes Its Famous Grand Pianos

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Feb 102016
 

Founded in Manhattan in 1853, Steinway & Sons is widely considered to be one of the greatest piano makers in the world. Its grand pianos grace the world’s grandest stages and are played by the best pianists.

Architectural photographer Chris Payne visited the company’s factory at One Steinway Place in Astoria, New York, and created beautiful photos that document how raw materials are turned into some of the world’s finest musical instruments. His project is titled “Making Steinway: An American Workplace.”

Payne first toured the Steinway factory in 2002 while working as an architect. After his father and grandmother (both pianists) passed away, he decided to return to the factory to shoot a series about the instrument that had been so central to his family.

“The piano is something we all know and love as a whole; its deceptively simple, iconic form is instantly recognizable,” Payne writes. “But my photographs look in a different direction: a deconstruction of the piano’s unseen constituent parts and a glimpse into the skilled labor required to make them.”

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Adobe Portfolio Helps Photographers Build Portfolio Websites in Minutes

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Jan 312016
 

If you’re looking to build an online portfolio website to showcase your best photos, Adobe Portfolio is a new option for doing so. Launched today, it’s a tool that helps creatives build simple yet beautiful portfolio sites.

The online editor is designed to help you get your own website designed, up, and running in just minutes.

You start out by picking a layout as a starting point (you can change your layout later on if you’d like). Next, you personalize the layout with your own style and design choices.

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Jan 082016
 

Zeiss has teamed up with Fellowes Brands to announce an intriguing new product line at CES. The duo utilizes Fellowes Brands pedigree of smartphone photography technology and Zeiss’ wealth of lens manufacturing history to bring an iPhone lens trio. 

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Pictured is the existing Exolens accessory mount by Fellowes Brands. It provides a solid platform to mount an additional iPhone lens, as well as a 1.4″ thread on the bottom for further mounting.

Zeiss have provided the optics to make up 3 new lenses for the iPhone 6; a wide, tele, and macro zoom lens.

“The first three lenses – wide-angle, telephoto and macro – are scheduled to be launched in late Q2 2016. The wide-angle and telephoto lenses offer excellent image performance with outstanding edge-to-edge contrast. The macro lens features a zoom function – unique for accessory lenses of this type – for flexible image composition. The new lenses can be used on the Apple® iPhone® with customized mounting brackets.”

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Dec 232015
 

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Giroptic’s 360cam, first introduced earlier this year, is now available for pre-order. The camera features three cameras and lenses alongside three microphones for recording content across 360-degrees. As with similar cameras, these videos and pictures can then be viewed with VR headsets for a more immersive experience and with the maker’s related mobile app.

The 360cam’s resulting footage can be recorded at 2048p 2K and 4096p 4K. The content is stitched in-camera, meaning there’s no post-processing necessary. Camera control is available on mobile devices through the maker’s mobile app, as well. Says Giroptic, users can capture content, view it, and share it with a smartphone.

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Dec 232015
 

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Adobe makes some of the most powerful graphics tools available, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Photoshop is by far the most popular tool for graphic designers and hardcore photo editors, but it isn’t Adobe’s only photo tool.

Adobe also makes a program called Lightroom, which is just the photo editing features of Photoshop. It’s a nice streamlined experience for people who don’t need Photoshop’s mountain of graphic design tools.

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Dec 092015
 

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In 1941, legendary photographer Ansel Adams began working for the US Department of the Interior to shoot large format photos of National Parks and other notable locations out in the great outdoors.

Guess what? The same job opening has appeared again: the National Parks Service is looking to hire a black-and-white large format photographer, and the salary is up to $100,000 per year.

A new job listing at USAJOBS shows that the National Park Service of the Department Of The Interior is looking for someone to fill an opening with the title “Photographer, GS-1060-11/12.”

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Dec 042015
 

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The already very strange Samsung controversy just took an unexpected turn. It must be noted this is a rumour and it is up to you whether to believe it or not! There’s no official announcement but looking at it logically it would definitely explain why Samsung felt it ok to pull their NX system off the market despite having some very valuable (class leading) technology under the hood.

I always felt the decision to suddenly end Samsung camera sales was strange and needed a better explanation.

Now we might have a good one. I read on Slashcam and Mirrorless Rumors today that Nikon “have bought Samsung’s NX technology to launch a pro mirrorless camera”.

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Dec 042015
 

The app recognizes which sensor you have faced forward and automatically changes the menu whether you are looking to measure light or temperature.

The app looks very sleek and easy-to-use, swiping between menus allows you to analyze exposure, color temperature and luminance values. The previous version featured ND exposure adjustment, calibration adjustment, continuous metering and a zero lag interface; the same can only be assumed for the Lumu Power.

As the Lumu Power utilizes a Certified Apple Lighting connector it will only natively work with iPhones 5 and newer.

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Nov 302015
 

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Ken Duncan, one of Australia’s most famous landscape photographers, is publicly fighting for photographers’ rights in Australia after being “nearly arrested” last Friday after being spotted by “Big Brother” while shooting on public land.

In a viral post on his Facebook page, Duncan writes that he was shooting at the newly opened Gosford Quarries reserve in Barangaroo, Sydney, when he was confronted by two rangers and told that he couldn’t take photos without paying a fee and having a permit. Duncan was taking a picture for the quarry without charge.

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Nov 112015
 

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The Light L16 is basically 16 cameras in one. It packs the power of a DSLR into the small form factor of a smartphone, and allows you to change your DoF and focal length after you’ve captured your image.

The L16 is the world’s first multi-aperture computational camera. Utilizing a folded optics design, it simultaneously captures up to 10 images with 16 separate cameras at 3 focal lengths and then combines them using its computational algorithm to produce a 52MP image. This allows users to adjust depth of field, focus, and exposure after the images has been captured. Furthermore, thanks to the 16 cameras that range in focal lengths between 35mm to 150mm, the L16 will choose a subset of those cameras to capture images based on the field of view the users sets themselves.

Take a look at this promo for the Light L16 camera: 

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Oct 232015
 

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The market for high dynamic range (HDR) TV sets are forecast to become an everyday form factor in the television industry by 2019 when shipments rise to 32.6 million, according to a new report from IHS.

HDR TVs offer enhanced brightness for a broader palette of light outputs and sparking highlights. Currently, HDR TVs are a niche market because of the high price and lack of content for the high resolution displays with only 2.9 million units forecast to be sold in 2016. However, in the next three years, HDR TVs will rise by more than 11-fold, IHS says.

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Oct 022015
 

At IBC, Italian company SmartSystem were showing the latest updates to their range of sliders with a unique fluid drag system system instead of a traditional moving belt. As a result these sliders offer a very smooth travel motion – probably the smoothest I’ve seen. There is a Reflex version for smaller cameras and a Pro version that can carry weights of up to 100kg.

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Sep 302015
 

I spent the best part of this morning lining up outside a London Apple store waiting to collect my shiny new iPhone 6S. I had wanted the larger 6S Plus for its optical image stabilisation, but there were none to be found anywhere within about 200 miles.

I’d seen a number of tests over the past few days where people had tried to compare the new iPhone against other 4K cameras. I’m not really concerned about whether the iPhone is ‘better or worse’ than my Sony a7R II; what matters is how usable the footage looks and whether I could cut it in with other cameras if necessary. The trouble is that most testers hadn’t tried to optimise the iPhone image or grade it in any way. So having finally got my hands on the phone – and given it a quick charge – I set out to see what it was really capable of.

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Sep 302015
 

As of today, the Nebula 4200 will be available for pre-order. Filmpower were responsible for one of the first pistol grip stabilizers, their innovation has continued with an affordable sub $1000 5-axis stabilizer – the Nebula 4200.

Not much has been covered since its original announcement a few months ago; here is the Nebula 4200 at BIRTV 2015 in August:

The stand-alone feature of this stabilizer is the fact that it’ll account for 5 axis: vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll. That all important spring loaded section is reminiscent of a steadicam arm, controlling the vertical axis (something gimbal devices like the Movi really miss)

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Sep 282015
 

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Let’s get this clear: there are dozens of cameras–from Canon’s and Nikon’s DSLRs to Sony’s RX line–that offer better performance to professional photographers than Apple’s latest iPhones. But, when compared to most other smartphones as well as point-and-shoot cameras (those that have survived in the last few years anyway), the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus offer the best all-around results.

Here’s what’s new: The iPhone 6s now has a new iSight camera with a 12-megapixel sensor, compared to last year’s iPhone 6 which had eight megapixels. Apple says the devices have been reengineered to prevent “crosstalk between the subpixels.” (More on that in a moment.) The lens composition remains the same, offering an f/2.2 aperture. The larger iPhone 6s Plus model also has optical image stabilization, which is now available while shooting videos at up to 4K resolution. The Cupertino-based company has also updated its front-facing camera; it now packs five-megapixel sensor versus just 1.2 megapixels previously.

Jargon aside, this all amounts to a lot of noticeable improvement. (See the chart below.) The bump in the number of pixels is particularly welcome because it is coupled with “deep trench isolation” technology that compensates for the loss in quality smaller pixels usually bring with them. The result in low-light situation is astounding when compared to the iPhone’s predecessors and almost all of its smartphone competitors. That doesn’t mean your photos will be perfect. Washington, D.C.-based photographer Brooks Kraft tells us, for example, that inside the Capitol, as he followed Pope Francis’ visit, he had difficulties capturing movement, resulting in images where the main subject was blurry. (The iPhone has a tendency to keep ISO low, even in low-light situations, as it favors fast shutter speeds to prevent motion blur.)

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Sep 252015
 

I am intrigued with the filmmaking possibilities afforded by the new Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. How about you?

Here is a “Behind the scenes” overview…

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Sep 252015
 

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Red Digital Cinema recently dropped an unexpected bombshell that radiated waves of excited expectation among filmmakers everywhere. This bombshell has a name. The Red Raven, a new $6K RED camera.

Word of RED Raven spread fast, attached to the simple hashtag #4K4ALL. Yes, the original disruptor, innovator and “freedom fighter” leading the independent film world into its biggest technological and creative revolution is at it again.

Details have remained vague and a full announcement has been promised for Friday 25th September but just today a few new details emerged.

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4K4ALL carries with it very high expectations in terms of an affordable price point for RED’s latest new camera, and today we have a much better idea of where the RED Raven will be positioned.

Here’s what we know from Jarred Land himself:

“The Raven doesn’t replace Scarlet, It’s a new category in our line up. Raven is a younger, hungrier, more “spirited” member of the RED family with a bit of a chip on his shoulder ready to take on the entire sub-$10k market with images that you will be incredibly proud of.”

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Sep 252015
 

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360-degree video has arrived on Facebook.

The social network is beginning to add the immersive videos to the News Feed, the company announced Wednesday. The videos will be viewable from the web and from Facebook’s iOS and Android apps.

The videos, first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, are filmed with a special camera setup that captures q full 360-degree view of the scene. Much like the 360-degree videos on YouTube, you can change your view of the video by dragging you finger (or cursor, if you’re on a browser) around the screen or holding your phone at a different angle.

The videos will be available on the web and Android app first and will roll out to the iOS app “in the coming months.”

Facebook is partnering with a select group of publishers on the videos — including Disney and Lucasfilm, GoPro, Vice and Saturday Night Live — to start but says it will open up the videos to more people “who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium” in the next few days.

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Sep 222015
 

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Samyang Optics has announced two new lenses due out this October under their Rokinon branding. The first piece of glass announced is a 50mm f/1.2 lens, while the second is a 21mm f/1.4. Both products are compatible with Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E mounts. The lenses are entirely manual focus but feature aspherical elements, with the 21mm housing an extra-low dispersion element, for increased image clarity.

The Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 is designed as a prime portrait lens, providing a 75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras and 100mm focal length on Micro Four Thirds systems. The fast f/1.2 maximum aperture allows for low light shooting and precise control over your depth of field while a nine-blade aperture promises smooth bokeh.
 

The Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 is a wide-angle lens that provides a 31.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras and a 42mm focal length on Micro Four Thirds systems. Also equipped with a maximum aperture excellent for low light conditions, the 21mm will allow you to capture photos within tight spaces.

Within the 21mm lens you will once again find nine rounded diaphragm blades for smooth bokeh and elements coated with Rokinon’s ‘Ultra Multi-Coating’. This lens features eight elements in seven groups without an extra-low dispersion element; it does, however, contain three aspherical elements.

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Sep 212015
 

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) — an image attribute that offers a wider range between the blackest blacks and whitest whites in images — has been generating plenty of interest in cinema circles, as well as for remastering movies for home entertainment, but the potential to offer HDR in live broadcasting is considered by many to be a key missing link in the HDR dialog. At this year’s IBC,  focus was moving in that direction.

Delia Bushell, managing director at BT TV and BT Sports in the UK, spoke about BT Sports’ recently-launched Ultra HD 4K sports channel and said the company is looking to add HDR capabilities, possibly in two years. Sky Broadcasting in the UK is among additional broadcasters testing HDR.

“There’s still some technology questions open, but the big issue is the cost,” said Twentieth Century Fox CTO Hanno Basse, who chairs the UHD Alliance that’s working on quality standards for HDR home entertainment. “For a Hollywood studio, making HDR is fairly straightforward. On the [live] TV side, they don’t have that luxury, especially if it’s 4K. They’ll need new cameras, switchers … and that’s a much higher investment.”

On the technology side of the equation, during IBC several manufacturers showed demonstrations of how live HDR broadcasting might be handled. For instance Technicolor teamed with video processing company Elemental (which was recently acquired by Amazon Web Services in a deal reportedly valued at around $500 million) to host a live IBC demonstration of a broadcast delivery system of 4K with high dynamic range.

The demonstration includes a new server-based version of Technicolor’s Intelligent Tone Management software that scales standard dynamic range source material (in this case, 4K at 60 frames per second) for HDR use. The aim is to allow sports or live event productions to continue use current cameras and infrastructure at a venue, and also upscale the broadcast to include HDR. The Elemental Live video encoder was used for encoding and delivery in the demonstration.

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