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these are the winners of the 2018 sony world photography awards

2018 sony world photography award winners announced after first revealing the shortlist and later the open category and national award winners, the world photo organization has finally unveiled the overall winners of the 2018 sony world photography awards. this includes the coveted photographer of the year, open photographer of the year, youth photographer of the year, and student photographer of the year awards, as well as the 10 winners of the professional categories. this year's winners vary greatly in both style and substance: from stark portraiture, to dreamy landscapes, to an ecologically-minded photo project that sheds light on the problem plastic pollution. the overall winner and 2018 photographer of the year accolade goes to british photographer alys tomlinson, whose project ex-voto: the winning work encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still life images of the ‘ex- votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of lourdes (france), ballyvourney (ireland) and grabarka (poland). tomlinson's project was selected as the best from the 10 professional category winners, where she also took home top prize in the discovery category. the title comes with $25,000 worth of prize money. open photographer of the year was awarded to it specialist and self-taught photographer vaselin atanasov for his photograph early autumn; youth photographer of the year was earned by ...





video: understanding the science of camera sensors: digital photography review

when we see a technical video posted online, purporting to explain some scientific concept that has to do with photography, we typically brace ourselves. more often than not, they fall into two categories: (1) oversimplified, or (2) blatantly incorrect.that's why this filmmaker iq episode on the science of camera sensors is such a breath of fresh air: not only is it factually solid, it goes into more detail and makes that detail easier to understand than just about any other technical breakdown of image sensor science we've seen... and they throw in a great explanation about how film works just to sweeten the pot.the 13 minute video explains:how photographic film uses a thin coating of silver halide crystals to capture light.the science behind the photodiode that converts light into electrical current for all digital image sensorshow a charged couple device (or ccd) sensor works, and its pros and cons.how a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (or cmos) sensor works, and its pros and cons.if you've never bothered to dive into the science of image sensors or, every time you tried, the explanation was just too dense, give this video a look and let us know what you think in the comments below.





samsung galaxy s9+ sample gallery: digital photography review

we recently got a hold of samsung's latest and greatest smartphone, the galaxy s9+. like the note 8, the s9+ has dual cameras (one wide, one telephoto,) but this time one of them can switch between f1.5 and f2.4 automatically or on demand.we took the s9+ on a recent trip to southern california and returned with a nice selection of photos taken under both sun and clouds. watch this space for a full review very soon.see our samsung galaxy s9+ sample gallerywe are retrieving offers for your location, please refresh the page to see the prices.





shooting greenland in winter: part 1

earlier this year, i was sent on assignment to shoot greenland in winter. this was a trip i had been wanting to do for years, but it always fell through due to scheduling conflicts and the fact that visiting greenland would be quite expensive to do on my own. luckily, i was approached by air greenland and visit greenland, in collaboration with my long-time friends and partners at square rock, and given the necessary financial support to finally realize this dream.being sent on an assignment and given a green light to shoot whatever i wished and realize my passion was incredible. indeed, on the one hand, i was a bit stressed by the need to justify the costs and produce good results for my sponsors. but on the other hand, i was completely free to go and do as i pleased, all taken care of.i was determined to take full advantage of the opportunity, and i'd like to tell you the story of my trip in this series of articles.selecting the destinationswhen air greenland is one of your sponsors, imagination flies. at the beginning, i naturally leaned toward destinations which i would never conceivably visit on my own. qaanaaq, in the far arctic north of greenland, was a candidate. but i was very quickly made to understand that since i was to produce images that would promote tourism in greenland, i would need to go somewhere where tourists might actually go!domestic flights to qaanaaq cost upward of $2,000, and that's not including the flight to greenland in the first place... not exa...





gopro will now accept almost any digital camera for trade-in, even 'destroyed'

gopro has relaunched its trade-up program, this time as a permanent option for customers located in the united states. the program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation gopro cameras exchanged for discounts on current-generation models. this time around, gopro is accepting nearly any digital camera in any condition. the company says it will accept any gopro or non-gopro digital camera under the program, and that any condition is acceptable, including "destroyed." to participate, customers must use the trade-up website to purchase either a fusion or hero6 black, where they'll receive a $50 discount on the hero6 black (bringing the price down to $350) and/or a $100 discount on the fusion (bringing the price down to $600). gopro provides the customer with a prepaid shipping label to send the company their trade-in camera; once the trade-in is verified, gopro ships the newly purchased camera to the customer. according to the program's faq, the trade-in camera must have a new value of at least $100 usd, and while multiple cameras can be traded-in, only one discount can be applied per camera purchase. customers have 45 days to ship the trade-in to gopro; once received, the company will charge their payment card for the new device. explaining why it decided to expand the program to cover any digital camera, gopro says, "it’s not so much that we want your old camera. we just want ...





smugmug snaps up flickr, promises 'the future is bright': digital photography review

photo-sharing site flickr has been acquired by photo hosting service smugmug. according to usa today, smugmug ceo don macaskill is committed to 'breathing new life' into the once market-leading service, and will maintain it as 'a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers'.one of the most important and popular services of the digital photography boom of the mid 2000s, flickr was acquired by yahoo more than a decade ago, but in recent years the site has been in decline as once-loyal users abandoned the stagnant platform in favor of competitive services. flickr loyalists had hoped that yahoo's then-new ceo melissa mayer would be able to 'make flickr awesome again' when she took over in 2012, but the once industry-leading photo site never regained its former relevance.following verizon's acquisition of yahoo and flickr in 2017, it looked possible that the service might be shuttered, but it seems that with the smugmug acquisition, this one-time giant of the digital photography landscape may have a brighter future than some users had feared.





sony 'striping': here's the fix: digital photography review

when we published our original sony a7 iii sample gallery, we and our readers had some concern over odd striping artifacts viewable in some images, such as the one above.it's known as 'pdaf striping' and it's not limited to a single camera, or even a single brand. it's likely due to light reflections off the metal masks of on-sensor phase-detect pixels. masked pixels, as opposed to a split dual-pixel design that obviates the need for metal masks, is to the best of our knowledge a design choice: the approach enables high performance af even during 10 to 20 fps bursts.1 the unfortunate side effect is the potential - albeit rare - for single pixel stripes in transitions from blown areas to darker ones. depending on your set of lenses and the kind of photography you practice, you might never see this issue, but if you do it can be unpleasant and distracting. particularly if you print large, or pixel peep.the striping does seem to be limited to certain lenses: the sony fe 85mm f1.8 is particularly prone to this issuein our shooting with the a7 iii, prominent examples of bright stripes tended to show up up in images that contained a significant amount of flare or backlit subjects. it seemed to mostly be an issue with shots taken with the fe 85 f1.8, when subjects were captured with the intent of deliberately inducing flare (we saw it in a couple 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 gm shots, but it wasn't offensive).we investigated the issue further with the help of our very own knowledgable f...





sony 'striping': here's the fix: digital photography review

among the major pieces of feedback we received when we published our sony a7 iii sample gallery concerned some odd striping artifacts viewable in some images, such as the one above.it's known as 'pdaf striping' and it's not limited to a single camera, or even a single brand. it's likely due to light reflections off the metal masks of on-sensor phase-detect pixels. masked pixels, as opposed to a split dual-pixel design that obviates the need for metal masks, is to the best of our knowledge a design choice: the approach enables high performance af even during 10 to 20 fps bursts.1 the unfortunate side effect is the potential - albeit rare - for single pixel stripes in transitions from blown areas to darker ones. depending on your set of lenses and the kind of photography you practice, you might never see this issue, but if you do it can be unpleasant and distracting. particularly if you print large, or pixel peep.the striping does seem to be limited to certain lenses: the sony fe 85mm f1.8 is particularly prone to this issuein our shooting with the a7 iii, prominent examples of bright stripes tended to show up up in images that contained a significant amount of flare or backlit subjects. it seemed to mostly be an issue with shots taken with the fe 85 f1.8, when subjects were captured with the intent of deliberately inducing flare (we saw it in a couple 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 gm shots, but it wasn't offensive).we investigated the issue further with the help of our very own kno...





meyer optik is reviving dr. rudolph's apo plasmat 105mm f2.7 lens: digital photography review

meyer optik has announced its new apo-makro-plasmat 105 f2.7 lens, a modern version of one of the classic plasmat lenses developed by dr. paul rudolph 105 years ago. as with previous meyer optik revivals, the company is funding its product on kickstarter, where it explains that the new plasmat 105 "offers natural sharpness, unbelievable color reproduction, and a glowing bokeh united at every step of the aperture."the name makro, meyer optik explains, was chosen by rudolph in reference to the makro-plasmat's suitability for 35mm, not macro, photography. the company says that while its revamped version of the lens offers performance that's "in the spirit of the plasmat lenses," it created the model with modern camera gear in mind.the apo-makro-plasmat 105 has a 105mm focal length, 60mm width, an f2.7 - f22 aperture, 1.1m / 3.6ft minimum focusing distance, manual focusing, 6 elements in 5 groups, as well as 15 steel aperture blades with an anti-reflex coating.as with the original plasmat lenses, meyer optik says its remake offers a unique combination of glow, bokeh, plasticity, and sharpness, explaining:the lens is sharp but it takes away the razor cut, sterile, microscope like sharpness and replaces it by an even sharpness around the subject that flatters it and pleases the eye of the spectator. thus the lens fills the whole space with amazing depth and at the same time with a smooth transition from focus to softness. the company plans to offer apo-makro-plasmat 105 for 3...





these are the winners of the 2018 sony world photography awards: digital photography review

this year's winners vary greatly in both style and substance: from stark portraiture, to dreamy landscapes, to an ecologically-minded photo project that sheds light on the problem plastic pollution.the overall winner and 2018 photographer of the year accolade goes to british photographer alys tomlinson, whose project ex-voto:the winning work encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still life images of the ‘ex- votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of lourdes (france), ballyvourney (ireland) and grabarka (poland).tomlinson's project was selected as the best from the 10 professional category winners, where she also took home top prize in the discovery category. the title comes with $25,000 worth of prize money.open photographer of the year was awarded to it specialist and self-taught photographer vaselin atanasov for his photograph early autumn; youth photographer of the year was earned by 16-year-old megan johnson for her image still; and student photographer of the year went to canadian student samuel bolduc for his series the burden, shot on behalf of college de matane, quebec.scroll through the slideshow to see the overall, open, youth, student, and all 9 remaining professional category winners, then head over to the world photo organization website to see all of the 2018 winners and runners-up.overall winners revealed for 2018 sony world photography awardsbritish artist alys tomlinson named photographer ...





meike announces full frame 85mm f1.8, its first autofocus lens: digital photography review

chinese accessories brand meike has announced it will introduce an autofocus 85mm f1.8 lens for canon and nikon full-frame dslrs. in addition to adding another (very likely) affordable third party option to the mix, this will be the company’s first af lens.details are a little thin on the ground, but early marketing materials suggest it will be a lightweight and compact lens with an all-metal body construction. the optical formula will use nine elements in six groups, and all elements will be multi-coated on both sides. close focus will begin at 0.85m with a maximum magnification of 1:1.8. the lens will be 79.5mm long and will accept a 67mm filter.in addition to the nikon and canon full-frame mounts, meike will release the mk-85mm f1.8 lens for sony aps-c models as well. no price has been announced as of yet, and the company hasn’t said when we should expect the lens to go on sale.for more information visit the meike website.





sony's updated 3d creator app can use your smartphone's front camera to scan your face: digital photography review

sony's 3d creator app with its 3d-face-scanning function was first introduced with the xperia xz1 and xz1 compact last year. now the japanese manufacturer is rolling out the update to version 2 of the app.the most important upgrade of the new version is the ability to create 3d models of your face with your smartphone's front camera. this means, unlike with the previous version, you don't need the help of another person to create a 3d-model of your face and head. of course, the option to use the main camera and get someone else to do the job is still available.the updated app also lets you share the results straight to facebook or order a 3d-printed copy of your model. and version 2.0 also comes with "post-scan cloud processing," which allows you to render 3d models with 4k resolution textures for better detail and realism.3d creator 2.0 is compatible with the xperia xz1, xz1 compact, and xz premium. if you're lucky enough to own one of these devices, you can download the newest version of the app from the play store now. if you are an iphone x user, check out the bellus 3d app for similar face scanning capabilities.





the 5-in-1 'one backpack' wants to be your do-it-all bag: digital photography review

design company itr studio has launched a kickstarter campaign for its the one backpack, a 5-in-1 modular backpack that can be used as a camera bag, work & gym pack, suit carry backpack, travel pack or tech-backpack, doing away with the need for multiple single-purpose bags.a magnetic system is used to attach modules to the base pack and adjust for different purposes and loads. five modules are available to configure the pack: a camera module, a sports module, a sling module, a suit carry module and a pouch module.the padded camera module is designed to carry a dslr and two lenses or a dji mavic pro drone with extra battery. the sports module comes with a portable and washable shoe bag. all modular components can be used individually or in combination, depending on your requirements.the base pack has a capacity of 30 liters and is available on kickstarter at an early bird price of $140 usd. the individual modules will set you back between $53 usd for the camera module and $85 usd for the suit carry module. for more information, check out the product video below or head over to the one backpack kickstarter page.





venus optics reveals four new laowa lenses for sony fe, fuji gfx, and more: digital photography review

venus optics has unveiled several new lenses today, including a wide-angle lens for the fuji gfx mirrorless medium format camera, and the "world's widest zoom lens for sony full-frame e-mount cameras." there are four new lenses in all: the laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 fe zoom, laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x ultra macro apo, the laowa 17mm f/4 gfx zero-d, and the laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye mft.all four will be on display at venus optics' booth at the beijing p&e imaging fair. but in case you don't happen to be in beijing between may 3rd and the 6th, read on to find out what these lenses are all about.laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 fe zoomthe laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 fe zoom is the aforementioned "world's widest zoom lens for sony full-frame e-mount cameras." according to venus optics, the lens was primarily designed for travel photography, offering an angle of view between 102° and 130° in a package that weighs only 496g and is less than 100cm in length.inside the 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 you'll find 14 elements in 10 groups, including two aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element. the lens' aperture can be de-clicked using a switch on the lens barrel, and if you like using filters, you'll be happy to know the lens features a rear filter slot built to handle 37mm filters.this laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 fe zoom will be available only in sony fe mount.laowa 100mm f2.8 2x ultra macro aponext up, the laowa 100mm f2.8 2:1 ultra macro apo is... well... it's an ultra-macro lens that offers a ma...





sample gallery: nikon 180-400mm f4e tc1.4 fl ed vr: digital photography review

announced just in time for the 2018 winter olympics, the nikon 180-400mm f4e tc1.4 fl vr has a built in 1.4x teleconverter - when engaged it provides a 252-560mm focal range with an f5.6 max aperture. similar in design to canon’s ef 200-400mm f4l is usm extender 1.4x, we expect this $12,000 lens to mostly find its way into the hands of working sports, action and wildlife photographers.though we at dpreview are none of the above, we also weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to give it a try. an exhibition soccer (football) match between two local seattle colleges provided the perfect chance to shoot with it mounted on the nikon d5.set up at the midfield line, the 180-400mm range was enough to effectively cover most game play. but the extra bit of reached provided by the teleconverter allowed me to occasionally punch in on the action when i felt comfortable. and engaging the teleconverter is as simple as flipping a switch near its base - a satisfying quiet ‘thunk’ sound lets you know it’s in place. by halftime, i'd mastered the art of flipping it on and off with my eye to the finder.as you might hope from a camera and lens combination costing almost $20,000, the autofocus hit-rate from the soccer match was nearly perfect. a majority of the images were shot with the camera set to its auto area mode, which for the most part locked on to my intended subject.once back in the office, with the images up on a computer, i was impressed by the lens's sharpness, even with ...





sony 'striping': here's the fix: digital photography review

among the major pieces of feedback we received when we published our sony a7 iii sample gallery concerned some odd striping artifacts viewable in some images, such as the one above.it's known as 'pdaf striping' and it's not limited to a single camera, or even a single brand. it's likely due to light reflections off the metal masks of on-sensor phase-detect pixels. pdaf striping is one of those annoying issues which only shows up sometimes, and which depending on the kind of photography you practice and your set of lenses, you might never see. but if you do see it, it's pretty unpleasant, and very distracting. particularly if you print large, or pixel peep.the striping does seem to be limited to certain lenses: the sony fe 85mm f1.8 is particularly prone to this issuein our shooting with the a7 iii, prominent examples of bright stripes tended to show up up in images that contained a significant amount of flare or backlit subjects. it seemed to mostly be an issue with shots taken with the fe 85 f1.8, when subjects were captured with the intent of deliberately inducing flare (we saw it in a couple 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 gm shots, but it wasn't offensive).we investigated the issue further with the help of our very own knowledgable forum members, and are pleased to announce that as of today there is at least one fix available, and another is coming in the near future.see the results for yourself:this fix is courtesy of professor hank dietz, who is none other than the fellow who...





oppo and corephotonics sign strategic agreement around dual-cameras: digital photography review

oppo, one of china's largest mobile phone manufacturers, has signed a strategic licensing agreement with corephotonics, a developer of dual-camera technologies based in israel. under the agreement, the two companies will work together on the development on oppo's smartphone camera roadmap, covering optical zoom, depth mapping for bokeh simulation and related features, as well as other areas involving smartphone camera optics optics, mechanics, computational imaging and deep learning among others.“mobile photography is a key focus of oppo, and we have always been eager to forge strong partnerships with leading suppliers like corephotonics,” said dr. king, oppo’s hardware director. “corephotonics’ dual cameras with wide-angled and telephoto lenses, along with the periscope-style construction, optical image stabilization and image fusion technology, edge mobile photography even closer to what digital cameras are capable of doing.”oppo and corephotonics have worked together in the past, including on a 5x optical zoom module that was implemented in an oppo prototype device and displayed at last year's mwc. we're looking forward to seeing the results from this now more formalized relationship.





the photo studio ar app lets you 'simulate' a photo shoot with 3d models: digital photography review

have you ever been at a beautiful location and wondered what a photo might look like if you had a model and some lighting equipment on hand? well, you no longer need to wonder. los angeles-baased visual effects studio surpuba ar has released photo studio ar, an app for android and ios devices that uses augmented reality (ar) to project a model into any real-world scene you can imagine.the app features a collection of 3d-rendered models, all based off real people. you can pose them in multiple animated positions, change their location in the ar environment, resize them to fit the scene and even switch their outfits (and purchase other 3d models) via in-app purchases.as for lighting, you can add multiple lights and props to the scene to emulate what a particular setup would look like. you can even alter where the artificial sunlight is in the app so that it reflects the sun’s current position in the sky.finally, there’s also a built-in recording function so you can save your ar location scouting trip for reference down the road.you can purchase photo studio ar for both android and ios devices for $10. in-app purchases start at one dollar a piece. to learn more, head over to the company's website by clicking here.





viral kfc ad campaign turns fried chicken into flames with photoshop: digital photography review

new york city-based advertising agency ogilvy and mather's latest ad campaign for kfc hong kong is on fire... so to speak. tasked with advertising the release of kfc's hot & spicy chicken, the agency created a clever collection of images that morphs the flaky breading and orange tint of crispy chicken into smoke and flames.the clever photoshop jobs include compositions of the spicy chicken with space shuttles, power rangers (we think?) and a rocket-toting drag racing car, but the concept has taken on a life of its own as all good memes do. a few twitter users around the world have started photoshopping their own versions of fried-chicken-as-fire.the series of advertisements picked up attention from the post-production ads reference awards for the clever campaign—a well -eserved accolade. below are a list of contributors to the campaign, as seen on the ogilvy and mather agency’s behance collection.agency: ogilvy & mather hong kongclient: kfc hong kongchief creative officer: reed collinscreative director / business partner: john koaycreative director: matt nisbetassociate creative director: kai fung chanart director: john koayaccount manager: stella fungproject manager: jennifer tophotographer: illusion, bangkokillustrator: illusion, bangkokretoucher: illusion, bangkok





capture one update adds new styles workflow, updated camera support: digital photography review

phase one has launched the first major update to capture one pro 11, the company's raw conversion and photo editing software. capture one 11.1 brings along a few important new features, including improved import performance, an updated styles workflow, a new resource hub, enhanced lcc presets, and support for new cameras and lenses.the most obvious changes in the update come in the form of new workflow adjustments that should speed up the importing and processing of large numbers of photos. now, you can apply styles and presets directly to a photo or on top of it as a layer; for even more control, you can control the opacity to make sure the effect is as subtle or significant as you want it to be.capture one has also thrown in a new ‘spring’ collection as part of its included styles packs.a new ‘normalize’ tool has also been added to the workflow. this tool replaces the old ‘skin tone white balance’ tab within the white balance module and, "is designed to make easier baseline corrections to images."and if you’re new to capture one (or simply want to refresh your skill set) capture one has dropped the learning curve by adding a new resource hub. you can now get instant access to free learning resources directly in the app, including: tutorials, webinars, news, and blogs, plus direct access to support and capture one’s web shop.finally, capture one 11.1 also includes updated support for eight new cameras and 16 lenses. below is a full list of the cameras and ...