Sony announces new Cyber-shot RX10 IV with phase-detect AF and 24 fps bursts ...

JEFF KELLER & RICHARD BUTLER, DPREVIEW:

Sony has announced the RX10 Mark IV, a high-speed addition to its long-zoom 1" sensor compact lineup. Thanks to a newly developed Bionz X processor (borrowed from the a9), it can shoot at 24 fps with AF and AE and can shoot for up to 249 JPEG images (112 Raw). Its 0.03 sec AF-lock speed is claimed to be the World's fastest.

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Explorest lets you browse the favorite photo spots of other photographers ...

WILL NICHOLLS, PETAPIXEL:

In need of new photo locations? The new iOS app Explorest might be the answer for you. By curating locations from photographers local to an area, the app aims to provide a real insight into unknown photographic opportunities.

If you’re stuck for inspiration and have frequented all your favorite photo haunts a little too often, then open up Explorest and take a look at the hidden gems other photographers have shared.

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UN seeks worldwide drone registry to pave way for global standards ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

The United Nations has revealed a controversial proposal to create a worldwide drone registry that would require UAV owners around the globe to register their details in a single unified database. The registry would, in an ideal situation, serve as a single database through which government and law enforcement officials in many countries could access drone operator information from a central location.

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Why camera gear costs what it costs ...

DANNY LENIHAN, PETAPIXEL:

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments were almost wholly negative with more than one contributor stating “You can buy this from **insert website name** for $7″ or “I got one from China for $5 and it works just fine.”

Fantastic. What you actually did is perpetuate a cycle of intellectual property theft, and put your own equipment at risk by using something that has zero accountability, or any certification, made with unknown materials, in a factory where you have no idea what the conditions are like. That’s what you did.

I’ll take you through it, step by step, so you can understand.

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Instagram is fine, but real prints are better ...

SHAWN C. STEINER, EXPLORA:

There is something about holding a print in your hands that can never compare to the digital screens of our smartphones. I must admit, Instagram and Snapchat may be great for getting more eyes on your work but, if you really want to make an impression, then the best bet is to hand your friends, both old and new, a physical photograph at a party. So how do you go about getting your everyday snaps off your phone and into the real world? Easy. You use a portable printer.

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Nikon D850 first impressions review ...

RICHARD BUTLER, DPREVIEW:

One of the D810's most significant features was its ability to shoot at ISO 64. There are two main factors that influence the Raw (saturation-based) ISO rating: efficiency and full-well capacity. Higher efficiency (a higher proportion of photons being registered) would push base ISO upwards, while an increased full-well capacity (capacity for electronic charge) pushes it down.

The D810 offered a lower ISO by increasing its full well capacity (or, at least, finding a way to squeeze a bit more out of it). This meant it was able to capture just as much of the light it was exposed to as the D800 but could tolerate more light before it started to clip. This meant it could be given greater exposure, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio and gives cleaner tones across the image: an improvement often interpreted as improved tonality.

This ability to tolerate an extra 2/3 EV exposure is why we say that the D850 is able to compete with the latest batch of medium format cameras, whose 44 x 33mm sensors would capture 2/3EV more light at the same F-number and shutter speed.

So does the D850 manage to repeat this trick? Yes, it certainly looks like it.

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A free Photoshop course in 33 videos ...

WILL NICHOLLS, PETAPIXEL:

Want to learn Photoshop from the very beginning? Here’s a beginner’s guide by TastyTuts will let you jump-start your post-production skills. It’s a series of 33 videos that will help you know everything you need to handle the popular editing software “like a pro”.

The course is structured around how to create a book cover design graphic, but all of the skills are relevant to photographers, as there are so many different ways you may find yourself using the software to further your images.

Once you’ve downloaded the course materials in the project folder and grabbed the PDF worksheet, bookmark this page and get started on your free course today!

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Sony: 'Our company has a vision which is more important than profit alone' ...

RISHI SANYAL, DPREVIEW:

Recently, DPReview was invited to Japan to visit both the Sony headquarters in Tokyo and Sony’s image sensor factory in Kumamoto. The trip was an opportunity to gain some insight into both the philosophy and the technology that underpins the company.

We spoke to both Sony Semiconductor Solutions, the company making the imaging sensors in your cameras and smartphones, and Sony Digital Imaging (DI), the division of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions (SIPS) that makes everything from interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) to action-cams and camcorders, and lenses. Sony Corporation itself, the umbrella above all these groups, has its hands in a number of sectors - from consumer electronics to smartphones to professional services and motion pictures. Sony Semiconductor, as we previously reported, is its own company, which has some interesting implications we learned about through the course of our conversations.

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Photographer sues Proctor & Gamble over copyright in $75 million+ case ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

A photographer is suing consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, accusing the corporation and the world’s largest advertiser of not paying her for photos that have appeared on Olay packaging and marketing materials used around the world. An expert on the photographer’s side estimates that P&G could owe more than $75 million.

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Let's hook up on Instagram

By DOMINIQUE JAMES

I’m on Instagram, along with millions of others. On my small corner at least, I am very active on Instagram. I post pictures on Instagram at least once a day. And on many days, I post more than one photo.

I can’t tell you exactly how I got hooked on Instagram, but I am. I realized, not long ago, that I’ve been posting a bunch of photos. Not dumping just any picture or anything like that, but curated photographic images from the so many that I’m always taking with different cameras, and posting them for for all to see.

What kind of pictures will you see on my Instagram?

Well, there are many different types.

You’ll see: pictures of amazing places from my frequent travels (consider it my “wish-you-were-here” postcards), pictures of savory food that I enjoy (occasionally, food that I cooked myself at home), pictures of awesome products that I love to collect and use and want to share with you (such as fountain pens, headphones, Apple stuff and Apple-y things, among others), pictures that are intended as fine art photographic images in black-and-white and full color (something that you might want to hang on your home and office walls), and then there are also pictures of some of my commercial and advertising work (many of which are outtakes from studio and on-location photo shoots that I’ve done). And, of course, every once in a while, I shoot and post very experimental photos--something quite strange, something quite different.

I enjoy sharing pictures on Instagram. And I would like it very much if you take a look at them.

Also, I would like it if you can tell your friends to take a look as well.

On this website (which you can bookmark), you will instantly see a spread of the latest 20 images culled directly from my Instagram feed - https://dominiquejames.net/instagram.

From your web browser, you can also see the latest images directly - https://www.instagram.com/dominiquejames/.

And, if you’re on Instagram, we can definitely hook up with each other and check out each other’s photos. I've made so many fascinating connections with so many awesome people from all over the world.

On the Instagram app, look me up and add me — @dominiquejames.

By the way, as much as I enjoy posting photos online for all to see, I also very much enjoy looking at the amazing pictures that you and everyone else post online. It's an awesome experience to see what everyone else is up to, pictorially speaking, that is!

So, I think it’s going to be fun and surprising, and kinda amazing.

I promise. Let's hook up!

You can now read this daily photography blog from your favorite RSS reader ...

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

Good news!

If you like getting your daily dose of news and information from the convenience of your favorite RSS reader—on your desktop or laptop, on your smartphone or mobile device, you can now get all of the latest contents of this constantly updated photography blog by adding our RSS feed.

To get started, copy this RSS link: http://dominiquejames.net/blog?format=rss

The next step is to simply go and open your RSS reader and then add the link.

That’s it!

From important and valuable photography links with short commentary to thought-provoking quotes, from original, never-before-published exclusive photographs, interviews and long-form articles created exclusively for this blog, to amazing contributions from several regular and guest bloggers—you can now get it all on your RSS reader.

By adding our RSS link and feed to your reader, you won’t ever miss a thing again that’s on our blog.

Also, if you get the chance, please check out and bookmark the official Dominique James Photography website at www.dominiquejames.com. This photography website is regularly updated to showcase new, exciting, evocative, and never-before-seen original black-and-white and color photographs that can be licensed directly from the website for commercial, editorial, and personal use.

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