Category Archives: Photography

Fujifilm Announces New Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm will soon have a new entry-level camera on the market called the X-A5, which should be of interest of both photo enthusiasts and vloggers alike.

The latest entry in Fuji’s X series line of digital cameras, the X-A5 is mirrorless and it comes with a 24.2 APS-C image sensor. This sensor uses a Bayer color filter, instead of Fujifilm’s X-Trans array. The camera also comes standard with an automatic Bluetooth image transfer, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording and a 180-degree tilting touchscreen. What’s more, as opposed to previous cameras in this series, the X-A5 also comes with a microphone jack. This latter feature should make it very popular with vloggers and those who create YouTube shows.

That doesn’t mean that photo enthusiasts are left out, as they will also find many things about this camera attractive, especially its XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. This is the company’s first lens in the series that has a motorized power zoom. This zoom option is both light and compact. It weighs less than 5 ounces (136 grams). It also has a 15 mm focal length at the wide end. So, for those on a low budget, this lens could be a good alternative to some ultra wide lenses Fujifilm sells, such as the 16mm f/1.4 and the 14mm f/2.8.

Fujifilm expects to begin shipping the X-A5 on February 8, and the suggested retail price of the camera will be $599.95. The company will also begin selling this month the XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens as a standalone item. Both the camera and the lens have color options. The camera itself is available in pink, brown and black, while lens is available in either silver or black.

Shutterfly Acquires Lifetouch

On Tuesday, Shutterfly announced that they have purchased Lifetouch, a Minnesota-based photography company that specializes in school portraits. Shutterfly reportedly bought the privately owned company for $825 million.

Lifetouch was founded in 1936 as National School Studios. Founders Bruce Reinecker and Eldon Rothgeb journeyed to one-room schoolhouses in Minnesota to take class portraits. The company grew rapidly over the next few years and became the largest school photography company in the United States. Before his death in 1987, Reinecker surrendered ownership of the company to his employees.

In 1984, the company changed its name from National School Studios to Lifetouch. In 1994, they began opening fashion photography studios in malls and later transitioned to taking photos of church members after they acquired United Church Directories in 1995. Over the years, Lifetouch has purchased many large photography studios like Olan Mills and CPI Corporation.

Shutterfly’s purchase of Lifetouch is part of a new effort to expand into school photography. Lifetouch reportedly earned more than $900 million during their last fiscal year and photographed over 20 million students. The sale will be finalized later in the year, but Shutterfly states that they plan to keep the two companies separate for now.

After the deal was announced on Tuesday, Shutterfly’s stock soared in after hours trading. Shares continued to rise on Wednesday, increasing by 28%. The same day, Shutterfly announced larger than expected earnings for their fourth quarter. This caused the stock to leap even higher, hovering around 72.00 on Thursday. This continues the stock’s trend of upward mobility for the year; the company’s stock has risen more than 39% in the past year.

As a result of the sale, Shutterfly’s earnings are now projected to double by 2020 and their yearly earnings are expected to top $1.22 billion. Post-sale, Shutterfly reportedly has earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $450 million.

Instagram and the Power of GIFs

When it comes to modern technology, there are two things that millennials absolutely love. They love GIFs and they love taking photographs. Luckily, there’s now a way to combine the two. This ends in neat photographs, funny jokes, and memorable pictures. Instagram rolled out their latest update and it has a lot of people talking.

Just when you think the Instagram app has done it all for your photography needs, they come out with something new. Users can create something called their story, similar to what Snapchat has. It’s a temporary glimpse into someone’s life made up of pictures and videos. The story eventually deletes. In the meantime, however, users are having some fun. According to Buzzfeed, you can now quickly and easily add a GIF to your Instagram story by downloading the latest version of Instagram.

There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to this latest update. You can post a video of yourself running and then add a GIF that shows someone chasing you. You can add a funny face, a celebrity crush, a cute animal, and much more. The possibilities are endless to create true masterpieces. GIFs can also be used to enhance your Instagram story with even more cool effects! You can mess with the weather by adding animated sun or rain. Many people are still left hoping that eventually, they’ll be able to add GIFs to their regular Instagram posts. Right now, that option is not available unless you were to download a third-party app. Instagram will hopefully listen to the people and allow them to add GIFs to all aspects of their life. This will make it easier to create memes and inside jokes among users. GIFs are all the rage and it’s time that Instagram makes full use of them just like other apps like Facebook has done.

Sony offers the feature packed A9 camera, but can it compete with rivals?

Professional photographers know that investing in professional equipment can make the difference between producing a good snapshot and a professional quality image. An amateur may not be able to see the difference. Some people may believe that the Dunning-Kruger effect is in play, but even amateur photographers who overestimate their skills can benefit from a good, inexpensive DSLR camera. The Sony A9 offers the user just what he or she needs to bring her pictures up to the next level.

The camera is slightly less expensive than similar models offered by competitors like Cannon and Nikon, but it has a feature their entry DSLR models do not. It is capable of recording videos. Many entry level DSLR camera models do not allow for this functionality. The user can adjust the lens for night shots, and it comes with a built in screen viewer, which is standard for many far less expensive digital cameras. The camera’s lightweight makes it easy to carry around, according to The Indian Express.

The Sony A9 may be a worthy rival for its competitors, and it is a feature rich camera, but being a feature rich camera does not always translate to commercial success. Although Sony may be banking on PlayStation Christmas sales to boost its numbers, the company has many other divisions.

The Sony A9 may not have been on everyone’s Christmas list, but it might be something people invest in for their own reasons. Professional YouTubers know they need high quality video cameras. People taking snapshots with the camera know this as well. YouTubers also typically want the camera to support microphone plugs to improve the sound quality of their products. It will be several months before the A9 gets reviewed by one of the communities to which it will be marketed.

How to Use Drone Technology

The photography industry and hobby has continued to be impacted by technology significantly over the past few decades. While must of this improvement has been due to improvement in the cameras, most recent enhancement in photography has come through the increased prevalence of drone photography as it provides a unique perspective for all photographers.

For those that are interested in drone photography, a recent news article ( pointed out several ways that you can become better at shooting pictures through the use of a drone. One of the main tips that drone photographers have used is to find an object that is common and can be used for scale. If you are trying to take a picture of a landscape, it would be a good idea to have an image of a person or a car in it. In these situations, it will be easy for someone to get a better perspective of how large of an area you are capturing.

Another tip for those that are looking to use drones for their photography hobby or job is to shoot in the RAW format. One of the main reasons why you should do this is because the raw format does not compress images as much as other types of formatting does. This is extremely important when you are using drone technology as you will want to be able to capture as much of the image as possible. This can end up providing you with a much clearer and more substantial picture than some of the other technology and formatting options.

Ultimately, those that are looking to provide the most impressive photos will still need to focus on traditional photography tips. This can include using lighting to your advantage, using the right type of camera or lens, and other tips that have been used by photographers for generations. This will allow you to continue to develop with new technology while also providing great product to your customers.

Corpus Christi photographer and occupational therapist showcases her client’s success

The luckiest individuals can make their hobby their profession. The second luckiest individuals are people who can find ways to combine their hobby and their professional life. Occupational therapist Heather Sage Allerman from Corpus Christi Texas has found a way to do just that. Her photography project helps share her client’s success stories with the world. She offers special sessions for her clients every six months, according to the Caller Times.

Because of Allerman’s role as an occupational therapist, the project showcases skills the clients have learned in her care. Although she focuses on young children with developmental delays, young adults, particularly those about to graduate High School have also been featured in her work. Jordan Arsipe is shown posing for his senior picture in one of her Mighty One projects.

The Mighty photography project has not spread far beyond Corpus Christi and the outlying areas, but Allerman wants to share her work with others. She hopes other occupational therapist join the project and showcase their success stories. Allerman believes she is not the only occupational therapist interested in photography as an art form, and she knows there are many other success stories to be shared.

Allerman shows pride in all her clients, but she particularly admires the toughest cases. One young girl, born with two parts of her brain missing, eventually learned to walk and play kickball. The goal of occupational therapy is different than physical therapy, although the two fields are often seen as related. Occupational therapy teaches life skills, while physical therapy is designed to strengthen muscles after injury and restore range of motion. Younger cllients with developmental delays may need both to improve function.

Pro Photographers Share Secrets To Taking Perfect Lighthouse Photos

Lighthouses are beloved by photographers all around the world. Luckily for any amateurs out there, professional photographers are now sharing their top tips to capturing the perfect lighthouse pictures the next time you’re traveling around any coastline.

First off, you need to be sure you have the necessary equipment to capture the images you desire. For example, if you want your lighthouse photos to include the surrounding landscape, then you should invest in a wide-angle lens. People who only want to take a close-up picture of lighthouses, however, should get a medium telephoto lens.

No matter whether you’re trying to capture only the lighthouse or the lighthouse with landscape, every pro photographer suggests buying a tripod. A solid tripod will help you get the clearest shot of the lighthouse no matter what time of day you click your pic.

Another issue to consider when taking lighthouse pictures is glare, especially with lighthouses that have intense blue skies and waters around them. To help get rid of unwanted glare, photographers suggest investing in polarizing, neutral density, or split neutral density filters.

Now that you have all of your equipment, it’s time to go online and do some research on lighthouses you’re interested in photographing. A few key pieces of info you should be on the lookout for include the lighthouse’s GPS coordinates, popular visiting hours, and weather conditions. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to arrive at your destination as early as possible to beat crowds of tourists.

It’s also a good idea to add some foreground interest to complement your lighthouse photo. A few common foreground items photographers suggest include a boat, a tree, or rocks on the shore.

If you want to add a sense of movement in your images, consider using the long exposure effect. It’s especially useful to use this technique when you’re capturing images of waves crashing against a cliff.

One last tip is to experiment with putting your lighthouse photos in black and white. Simply changing a photograph from colored to black and white can instantly give that photo a more somber tone and reduce excessive “visual noise.”

Wilson Bentley’s Work On Snowflake Close-Ups Inspires Modern Photographers

Thanks to the renewed interest in snowflake photography, more and more people are learning about the legacy of Wilson Bentley. Bentley, who worked as a farmer in Vermont for most of his life, is credited with capturing the first close-up photos of snowflakes in the late 1800s.

It took Bentley approximately two years to figure out the best way to photograph a snowflake using his technology. After much trial and error, Bentley figured out the right combination of lights, focus, and aperture to get the perfect shot of a snowflake in a short amount of time.

Once Bentley saw a snowflake he liked, he would quickly put it into a microscope slide and hold his breath. He then placed his camera on top of his microscope to get the perfect shot.

Modern photographers draw a great deal of inspiration from Bentley’s dedication to the craft, especially considering how few tools he had at his disposal. Since Bentley lived on a farm in the frigid Northeast, he couldn’t develop his photos till springtime.

Throughout his life, Bentley produced some 5,000 professional photographs of snowflakes. His first published work on snowflake photography was an article in a 1904 edition of the Christian Herald.

Bentley also worked with researchers at the Smithsonian Institution Archives to share his photos and findings. People close to Bentley say he wanted to preserve his photos for future generations.

Believe it or not, Bentley sold these first-ever close-ups of snowflakes for a meager five cents. Bentley never raised his price throughout his life.

Although Bentley passed away in 1931, his legacy certainly lives on. During the Great Depression, the National Weather Service released a special collection of over 2,500 of Bentley’s photos. Entitled Snow Crystals, this text is considered a classic of both microphotography and meteorology.

According to Bentley’s great-grandniece, Sue Richardson, her “Uncle Willy” was obsessed with microscopes from a very early age. Indeed, Bentley was so interested in science that he asked his mother for a microscope on for his 15th birthday.

Bentley probably couldn’t imagine his immense impact on professional photographers. Building on Bentley’s work, photographers now use multi-angle cameras to capture images of snowflakes as they fall from the sky. There are even phone apps that can help amateur weather geeks take professional quality snowflake pictures in a snap.

Sue Richardson hopes all of this new technology will both help preserve those fleeting snowflakes in the sky as well as her great-grandfather’s legacy. Although Bentley wasn’t much appreciated during his lifetime, this renewed interest in snowflake photography should encourage more people to read about Wilson Bentley’s immense contributions to science and photography.

The She Knew Posters

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve probably seen or heard about the “She Knew” photographs or posters that are plastered in multiple places across Los Angeles. The posters depict Hollywood Actress, Meryl Streep with a red mark across her face. Harvey Weinstein is standing very prominently beside in the photograph. A right wing artist that lives in Los Angeles states that he is the creator of the posters. Furthermore, the right wing artist states that the posters are revenge for the actress speaking out against President Donald Trump.

The Artist, Sabo
Most people are not familiar with the artist that created the posters that are now the talk of the town and gaining world-wide attention. The artist would like the world to know that he drew the red mark across Meryl Streep’s face to show that she was fully aware of the misconduct of Harvey Weinstein, but chose to ignore this behavior. Sabo was not alone in revenge seeking. He and another artist came up with the concept to create the posters that bashed the actress.

LA Posters Go Viral
Take a walk around popular spots in Los Angeles and you will probably see the larger than life posters that depict the well-known actress with Weinstein. The artists made sure that the posters were placed in very prominent spots that would gather quick attention. For example, a poster was spotted within the vicinity of Meryl Streep’s home. Other posters were placed close to the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ headquarters. Another poster was placed near the 20th Century Fox studio lot.

More About Sabo
Now, people are trying to learn more about the artist Sabo that feels very strongly about his art and left wingers or liberals. The artist favors the Republican party and the things that they stand for politically. In fact, it is reported that Sabo makes his living by creating provocative works of art that get a lot of attention.

22 Scenes of All the Money in the World Re-shot for Free

The cast of All the Money in the World had to re-shoot 22 scenes after Kevin Spacey was replaced with Christopher Plummer due to sexual harassment accusations. The unique part was that they did all of the re-shoots for free. The case was reportedly more than happy to do the re-shoots for free, too. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg flew back to Europe for that purpose. The former gave up her Thanksgiving celebrations to do so. She later stated that when the allegations occurred that she had been very worried that the movie and everything that she and her fellow cast members had worked for, was not going to see the light of day and that it made her appreciate the massive effort that director, Ridley Scott was making all the more.

Scott wanted to “test” the cast to see if the sexual allegation motive would outweigh any financial ones for re-shooting. He turned out to be more than right and he was very impressed. However, he has stated that the re-shoots were not 100 percent free as there had to be funds to replace Spacey.

All the Money in the world is based on the true story of John Paul Getty’s grandson being kidnapped in Rome in 1973. Williams plays the mother, Gail Getty and Plummer has been replaced to star as John Paul Getty. Wahlberg plays the ex-CIA agent, Fletcher Chase who was assigned to the case and sent to Rome. All the Money in the World has already been nominated for several Golden Globe awards but whether or not it will win any of them is currently in question. The fact that it has been is a strong reinforcement of the message the predatory behavior should have legal reinforcements and not be tolerated.