The Huawei P11 might feature a triple-camera that takes 40MP photos ...

LARS REHM, DPREVIEW:

Huawei was one of the first mobile manufacturers to tap into the potential of dual-camera designs, and if rumors are true, Huawei might soon also be one of the first—or the first—manufacturer to move into triple lens territory as well.

All of the Chinese manufacturer's current models come with a setup that combines the image data from a 12MP RGB sensor and a 20MP monochrome chip for improved dynamic range, noise levels and zoom performance, as well as generating a natural looking bokeh effect. But Huawei's next P-series model, which will most likely be called P11, is rumored to feature not two, but three cameras on the rear.

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Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

Sebastiaan de With, the designer behind the iPhone photography app Halide, recently published a short piece titled The Power of Shooting RAW on iPhone. And while some of the discussion is a bit basic for most of our readers—it's a safe bet most of the people reading this know what a RAW file is and the advantages it offers—his before-and-after photos demonstrating the power of RAW files, even smartphone RAW files, are worth sharing.

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The photo lessons I learned from getting stuck in NYC for 2 weeks ...

TOM KLUYVER, PETAPIXEL:

Let’s be honest: how can one be stuck in NYC? NYC was supposed to be a four- or five-day stop for my project Around the world in 80 followers, but it worked out quite differently.

With this project, I aim to travel the world by staying on couches of followers of my Instagram or project in general. Up until then, 90% of the places I stayed at were arranged beforehand with people who followed me on Instagram. Just to be clear: I actually did not know them! 

However, nine possible hosts after New York canceled or did not respond to messages anymore, leaving me with no other sleeping spot than the one I had in NYC. It took me 10 days extra to find a new sleeping spot and this one was all the way over in Chicago.

This eventually meant I had to spend two weeks in NYC. After this huge setback, however, I was very fortunate at the same time to spend two weeks in NYC.

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The pixel wars are back, and that's great!

SHAWN C. STEINER, EXPLORA:

When the megapixel counts started to stabilize at about 24MP, many of us thought the days of constant one-upmanship in camera resolution was just about over. Well, apparently, they were just on a break because, in the past few years, we have seen the release of multiple cameras starting to expand to more than 40 megapixels. Beyond this, a few manufacturers are using multi-shot modes to create images of even greater resolutions. While many may bemoan this with the potential for added noise in low light and sluggish computers, I’m excited to see what is going to happen next, and you should be, too.

The obvious reason to be happy about the latest high-megapixel sensors is simply that companies are still developing new sensors with higher resolution. With retina displays and 4K TVs now commonplace, our imaging tools are going to have to produce consistently higher-resolution content to match. We also know that down-sampling or cropping to native resolution is a better practice than up-scaling later or even shooting exactly to the proper size. Part of the reason that down-sampling is a successful practice is because of how modern image sensors work. They rely on arrays of red, green, and blue pixels, usually in a Bayer pattern, and then interpolate the color and luminance information to create a final image. In practice, this means that you are not leveraging the full resolution of the sensor, since some data is not captured—it is created.

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Researchers demo AI that can change the weather and time of day in photos ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

NVIDIA Research is showing off a new project that uses artificial intelligence to change the time of day and weather in an image. The technology is called "unsupervised image-to-image translation," and it involves a newly-created framework capable of producing high-quality image translations, such as turning a day photo into a night photo, or a summer photo into a winter photo.

It is, to use the technical term: bananas.

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How I accidentally became a marriage proposal photographer ...

ANDY CRAWFORD, PETAPIXEL:

Being at the right place at the right time sometimes results in the unexpected. That’s exactly what happened to me on November 7th, 2017, when my wife and I were waiting to photograph the sunset at Lookout Mountains’ Sunset Rock while returning home from a West Virginia photo adventure.

I was shooting test photos when a couple from Chattanooga walked out onto the rock and sat down — right where I was hoping to get some shots of the Tennessee River snaking around Chattanooga. No problem: I just switched gear and asked them to pose for me. The images show the couple sitting and enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding area.

“Can you take a few more?” the man asked when I thanked them and promised to give them a copy of the image.

There was plenty of time before sunset, so I put the camera to my eye and started shooting… only to see the man — Alex Roberts — get down on one knee and pull out a box containing a diamond ring.

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A buying guide to the best enthusiast long zoom cameras ...

STAFF, DPREVIEW:

So you've got your pocketable compact for everyday shooting and maybe a digital SLR or mirrorless camera for when you want to get serious. The former typically have lenses that are too short, while the latter require a multi-pound piece of glass to reach above 200mm. If you're willing to sacrifice image quality and depth-of-field control, you can buy a camera with a big lens that coverage focal ranges that are either impossible on interchangeable lens cameras, or very expensive.

The long zoom cameras in this buying guide fit into the 'enthusiast' category, meaning that they offer solid build quality, electronic viewfinders and (usually) 4K video capture. All of these long zooms have 1"-type sensors.

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This website tracks the market value of used camera gear ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of used equipment. It’s like the Kelley Blue Book of camera gear.

The front page features a search bar. Type in whatever piece of equipment you’d like to look up to bring up its product page. The product page features the products specs, a daily price chart that spans about a year, average prices for individual sellers and trusted sellers, and ongoing listings for the product through various marketplaces (e.g. eBay, Adorama, Amazon, KEH, Fred Miranda).

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The hall is ugly ... what now?

B&H EVENT SPACE, EXPLORA:

In this B&H Event Space video, wedding photographers Laibel and Chana Schwartz show you how to create great portraits in less than desirable environments, allowing you to come away with happy customers, as well as elements for a noteworthy portfolio. During this presentation, the Schwartzes discuss the seven techniques they use to produce beautiful portraiture in any setting, despite tacky backgrounds. Learn their tips for finding your happy spot, thinking outside your box, changing your perspective, styling things yourself, or even hitting the road and leaving the event hall. After watching, you’ll walk away with the tools in your pocket to create images that transcend their origin and come alive in your camera.

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Which filters to use in landscape photography and why ...

WILL NICHOLLS, PETAPIXEL:

Filters are the bread and butter of landscape photographers. Here’s a 12-minute video from Nature TTL that will teach you what filters every landscape photographer should have in their bag, as well as why to use them in the first place.

The video is presented by official Nikon Ambassador Ross Hoddinott, who’s an incredibly experienced landscape photographer. While out shooting on the coast, Ross talks through his choices of filters and what real situations are making him apply them.

A crucial piece of takeaway information is to not use a filter just because you have it. So many photographers fall into this trap, using unnecessary filters to “get their money’s worth.”

By the end of this video, you should have a good understanding of what to look out for as a cue to tell you that you need a particular filter.

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