Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap ...


The D5600 is the company's mid-range DSLR and it's the smallest and best-connected, yet.

Nikon has been on something of a roll, making solid DSLRs with good ergonomics, dependable metering, some of the best image sensors, often very good (often industry-leading) autofocus and a JPEG engine that gives results that lots of people like.

However, falling camera sales and rivalry both from smaller mirrorless models and the convenient, perpetually available smartphone means that producing a really good little DSLR isn't quite enough. The D5600 aims to address this by making it as painless as possible to get the images from the camera to your phone, meaning that you get the huge benefit of a large sensor camera but with as small an energy barrier as possible.

As such, the addition of SnapBridge is virtually the only change between this and the older D5500. It may sound like a minor change but, to us, we feel it's likely to be the making or the downfall of this model and perhaps it makes more sense than adding an array of clever but bewildering additional features and modes, as many rival makers seem to do.

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Enhance! Google uses AI to rebuild a portrait from an 8x8 pixel image ...


How many times have you rolled your eyes at those “zoom… enhance… zoom in closer… I SAID ENHANCE!” scenes on television shows? Well, Google is attempting to unroll your eyes with a pair of neural networks that can intelligently “enhance” images using a source image that is just 64 pixels.

The official process and paper, created by the Google Brain team, is called “Pixel Recursive Super Resolution.” In technical speak, the AI “synthesizes realistic details into images while enhancing
their resolution;” translated into TV-speak, the AI does a great job of mimicking the impossible “Enhance!” trope.

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Concert photography jobs, how to make money by shooting music ...


There are a lot more music photographers than there are music photography jobs — that’s just how it is in this corner of the industry. It’s a port of entry for many hobbyist photographers, and the result is saturation of the market. A lot of budding photographers are willing to work for free, making the gigs that are out there even tougher to get.

When most bands are composed of young people just out of (or still in) high school, is understandable that most aren’t able to pay photographers much. I used to charge local bands $100 for a band promo shoot. That felt like a fair price back then; I gained valuable experience and it was affordable for the musicians as well.

But a few years down the line when you have thousands invested in gear, $100 shoots aren’t going to cover your costs, not to mention your time. When you reach that point, you have to figure out other ways of simply financially maintaining your hobby. I want to shed light on a few opportunities that I’ve found and seen my peers succeed in, not just breaking even but actually making a living.

I’ll do my best to provide what kind of compensation you might be able to expect from some of these methods. I want to make sure I disclaim that I haven’t done all of these myself, but have friends or acquaintances who I know for a fact have found success in these opportunities.

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How to introduce 'lifestyle photography' to families ...


Firstly, what exactly is lifestyle photography? Most people are familiar with a family photo shoot, where they go to a studio and get a nice group shot of the family, all smiling in front of the camera. While this is perfectly nice, it feels rather static. Enter lifestyle photography.

Here, the photo shoot is mostly done at their home and the idea is to capture candid moments in their lives, without getting them to pose specifically for the camera. This helps in getting natural expressions and renders the photos a lot more memorable. Of course, there will still be a few certain posed shots, but the look will be more natural and easy-going. The problem is that most families have not been exposed to the idea of “Lifestyle Photography,” so it is important to understand a few things before you go ahead.

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How to make a DIY home photo studio on a budget ...


Need a home studio for some product photography? COOPH has some great ideas for you. In this inspirational little video, the magazine shows you how to build a DIY photography studio at home using mostly household items.

The video breaks down studios by size—so whether you’re shooting small, medium-sized, or large objects, COOPH has tips for you.

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CP+ 2017: the weird, wonderful, and everything in between ...


While there weren't a lot of new announcements at CP+, the theme of the show seemed to be glass: Sigma launched four new lenses, Tamron showed off two, Pentax announced the development of two full-frame primes, Fujifilm showcased a line of affordable cinema primes for Sony E-mount users and a ton of third-party brands had their latest glass creations on display.

So take a peek through our gallery for a rundown of the best of CP+ 2017 ... and some other stuff we found along the way.

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Digital image sensor inventors win £1M Queen Elizabeth prize ...


Four engineers who pioneered the creation of digital image sensors have been awarded this year’s prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize, which comes with a hefty £1 million award. The prize is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious in the field of engineering.

The winners are Eric Fossum and George Smith from the United States, Michael Tompsett from the UK, and Nobukazu Teranishi from Japan.

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The Westcott Omega 360 is the world's first 15-in-1 reflector ...


But wait, there’s more! They never actually say it, but Westcott’s new Omega 360 Reflector is dripping with “But wait, there’s more!” The versatile reflector kit from Westcott touts itself as the world’s first 15-in-1 reflector.

The Omega 360 is Westcott’s followup to the slightly less versatile 10-in-1 Omega reflector released back in 2014—the shape of the reflector has been updated, and the 10 has been upgraded to 15. 

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5 tips to get sharp photos while using a tripod ...


We all love to admire landscapes and cityscapes. The moment we witness the beauty of nature we instantly take out our camera and start clicking photos. If you are traveling with a tripod you would most probably be using it to take photos in low light conditions or to capture creative long exposure shots.

Shooting with your camera mounted on a tripod might seem easy and a quick fix, but it is equally important to know a few things in order to capture sharp photos. Simply follow these five tips and by end of this article you may be able to figure out why you were not able to capture sharp photos using a tripod before.

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Sony's crazy new smartphone sensor can shoot full HD at 1,000fps ...


Sony just debuted a new type of 3-layer CMOS sensor that captures images with incredible speed. At full tilt, the sensor can capture 1080p Full HD video at a blazing-fast 1,000fps, and all but eliminates the rolling shutter effect when shooting fast moving objects.

The newly-announced sensor was developed with smartphones in mind—imagine an iPhone 9 or Google Pixel 3 that can shoot 1,000fps at 1080p—and the secret to its speed is in its third layer.

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