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DJI reveals the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest

03 Feb
“Above the polar bear” by Florian Ledoux — SkyPixel Photo Contest 2017 Grand Prize winner

Chinese drone-maker DJI and aerial photography website SkyPixel have announced the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest, which was launched back in October. Winners span three categories—Landscape, Portrait, and Story—split between a “professional group” and “enthusiast group.”

The Grand Prize this year went to “Above the polar bear” captured with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone by Arctic and wildlife photographer Florian Ledoux.

As the Grand Prize winner, Ledoux will receive an impressive collection of gear valued at more than $ 15,000 USD, including a DJI Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X7 and lens, iPhone X 256GB, Nikon D850 DSLR camera body, and more. The contest also awards thousands of dollars’ worth of gear to other contest winners.

A total of 18 other winning images were announced, three per group in both the professional and enthusiast categories. SkyPixel also revealed nine nominated images and 10 “Popular Prize” images. Overall, more than 40,000 people from 141 countries entered images in the contest.

You can check out all of the winners for yourself in the gallery and list below:

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Landscape – Professional Group

1st Prize: Sun’s Up, Nets Out by Zay Yar Lin
2nd Prize: Comet into Darkness by Drone Hikers
3rd Prize: Santa Maddalena village in front of the Geisler or Odle Yolo… by Valentin Valkov

Landscape – Enthusiast Group

1st Prize: Lobsters Farm by Trung
2nd Prize: GEOMETRY OF LIQUID GOLD by Javier del Cerro
3rd Prize: Raising Ducks by caokynhan

Portrait – Professional Group

1st Prize: Balmoral Ball by Petra Leary
2nd Prize: ???? by ??
3rd Prize: The Rebirth by andrea

Portrait – Enthusiast Group

1st Prize: Dancer by cocoanext
2nd Prize: Free Wheeling by nigelkwan
3rd Prize: ??? by ????

Story – Professional Group

1st Prize: ????”——??????? by ????????
2nd Prize: ??????? by ??
3rd Prize: ??? by lalienware

Story – Enthusiast Group

1st Prize: 1??????? by ???
2nd Prize: ???????? by ???
3rd Prize: The Long Ride by Jesper Guldbrand

Nominated Entries:

Landscape: The Path of Camels across the Sands by Abdullah Alnassar
Landscape: ELEMENTS by olivier…
Landscape: ??????? by LENG_VISION
Portrait: FANCY FINISH by Martin Sanchez @ zekedrone
Portrait: Lost in by Marc Lamey
Portrait: Untitled by Bobo
Portrait: ?? by ????
Story: Elemental by Max Foster
Story: ??????? by ???

Popular Prize – Top Ten

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???????? ????“??” by ???
????? Pointing to the light tower by henter liu
???? by Anter
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Plane in the Forest by mark calayag
white wonderland by Eberhard Ehmke
Barcelona by David

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Nikon claimed the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for December 2017

24 Jan
Nikon says the jump to #1 was due to ‘exceptional demand’ for the D850.

Nikon made a major sales announcement today, revealing that the company achieved the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for December 2017. More specifically, the company “attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017, in the full-frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (DCIL) category in the U.S.” That DCIL term is what we refer to as just ILC here at DPReview, and yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.

The numbers come from the US retail tracking group The NPD Group Inc., and the result is due largely to what Nikon calls “exceptional demand” for the Nikon D850 DSLR, which launched in August of last year and went on to be one of the most highly demanded cameras of the 2017 holiday season.

Admittedly, the result only covers a single month’s worth of sales, but Nikon is quick to point out that it is the most important sales month of the year.

“December is a significant month for sales because of the large volume of units sold during the holidays,” reads the press release. “Industry-wide, DCIL full-frame unit sales for the month of December 2017 were almost equal to unit sales from January through March of 2017.”

Interestingly, it’s not just the D850 that propelled Nikon into the #1 spot. According to the Japanese camera giant, the top two cameras in the full-frame ILC segment during December were the Nikon D850 at #1 and the Nikon D750 at #2.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the 2018 BCN camera rankings that had Canon users so excited, and less than a year after Sony announced that it had claimed the #2 spot in the full-frame ILC market from Nikon for the period from January to February of 2017.


Correction: An earlier version of this article said that the D750 probably wasn’t the #2 best-selling full-frame ILC overall, since Nikon specifically used the term ‘DSLR’ in that section of the press release. However, Nikon has since confirmed that the D850 and the D750 were the #1 and #2 best-selling full-frame ILCs for December 2017.


Press Release

Nikon Inc. Achieves #1 Spot in full-frame Camera Market During Important 2017 Holiday Selling Season

Market Bolstered by Exceptional Demand for the Award-Winning full-frame (FX-format) D850 DSLR

Melville, NY (January 23, 2018) – Imaging leader Nikon attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017, in the full-frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (DCIL) category in the U.S.1 The overwhelming success of the powerful new Nikon D850 DSLR as well as the acclaimed D750 DSLR helped contribute to the brand’s strong growth within the full-frame camera segment for December 2017. According to The NPD Group, Nikon achieved double-digit unit and dollar sales growth within the full-frame camera segment in December 2017 vs. December 2016.2

This market category comprises all full-frame digital cameras with interchangeable lenses (DCIL), including DSLR and mirrorless cameras. December is a significant month for sales because of the large volume of units sold during the holidays; industry-wide, DCIL full-frame unit sales for the month of December 2017 were almost equal to unit sales from January through March of 2017, according to The NPD Group.3

“Nikon has returned to an emphasis on high-end products for advanced and professional users. These users appreciate Nikon’s full-frame offerings because of their amazing image quality, reliability, low-light capability and high-speed performance,” said Bo Kajiwara, President and CEO, Nikon Inc. “Nikon is an innovative, diversified company with a clear, long-term strategy to thrive into 2018 and beyond.”

Since the beginning of 2017, the camera industry has seen strong growth in the full-frame segment, with consumers gravitating toward Nikon’s innovative offerings for advanced and professional photographers. The month of December alone saw an overall increase of 69% in units and 59% in dollars compared to the same period in 2016.2 Nikon specifically experienced an 81% increase in units, and 88% growth in dollars for this segment.2

For the month of December, the top two selling DSLR cameras in this segment were the Nikon D750 and the Nikon D850.4There has been exceptional demand for the extremely versatile, highly acclaimed D850, which is the ultimate combination of speed and resolution. This 45.7-megapixel full-frame DSLR is a tool for serious photographers with robust construction, unparalleled imaged quality and proven reliability. Both the D850 and the D750 have won a myriad of industry and consumer accolades, and both are perfectly complemented by the vast NIKKOR lens system, which offers the best in optical excellence.

“Premium segments are leading the imaging market, as consumer demand for features like full-frame are on the rise,” said Ben Arnold, executive director, industry analyst for The NPD Group.

Kajiwara also added, “We want to sincerely thank our customers and our fans for making this achievement possible.”

1- The NPD Group Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Detachable Lens Camera, full-frame, Based on unit and dollar sales, Dec 2017
2- The NPD Group Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Detachable Lens Camera, full-frame, Based on unit and dollar sales, Dec 2017 vs. Dec 2016
3- The NPD Group Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Detachable Lens Camera, full-frame, Based on unit sales, Dec 2017 vs. Jan- March 2017
4-The NPD Group Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Detachable Lens Camera, full-frame, Based on unit sales, Dec 2017

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Wedding photography inspiration: MyWed reveals 2017 Award winners

18 Jan
Photo by Ken Pak, MyWed Photographer of the Year 2017

MyWed has announced its MyWed Award 2017 winning wedding photographers and their award-winning images. Awards span 21 different categories, including ones like “Cake Cutting,” “Getting Ready,” “Wedding Guests,” “Rings,” and more.

Photographer Ken Pak ultimately won the contest’s “Photographer of the Year” award, receiving a Nikon D5 camera and some serious bragging rights as his prize. The series below won Pak both the Best Wedding Story category, and the title of Photographer of the Year (you can see the full photo series here):

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MyWed Award 2017 ran from October 1st to November 2nd, 2017, later revealing its shortlist and judging rounds before ultimately announcing the winners on December 20th.

Check out all of the 21 winning images in the gallery below:

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To see all of the winning images, visit the MyWed Awards website, or click on any of the links in the list below to visit individual photographer and category pages:

Jorge Romero, the winner of the Engagement category
Gustavo Liceaga, the winner of the Getting Ready category
Vormkrijger Be, the winner of the Details category
Soven Amatya, the winner of the Wedding Guests category
Andreu Doz, the winner of the Ceremony category
Aleksandr Vasilev, the winner of the Rings category
Roman Matejov, the winner of the Family Portrait category
Egor Zhelov, the winner of the Heroes of the Day category
David Hofman, the winner of the Wedding Party category
Alejandro Gutierrez, the winner of the First Dance category
Jorge Romero, the winner of the Bouquet Toss category
Soven Amatya, the winner of the Cake Cutting category
Pablo Macaro, the winner of the Gadgets category
Vinci Wang, the winner of the Camera Angle category
Arjan Van Der Plaat, the winner of the Moment category
Vinci Wang, the winner of the Framing category
Aleksey Malyshev, the winner of the Recognizable World’s Places category
Rino Cordella, the winner of the Traditions category
Ilya Rikhter, the winner of the Rotated Photographs category
George Stan, the winner of the Higher and Higher category
Ken Pak, the winner of the Best Wedding Story category


All photos courtesy of MyWed

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Best Photos of 2017 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

11 Jan

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Get ready to start 2018 off on the right foot with some creative inspiration. The results of my 11th annual Best of Photos project hopefully will provide just that by introducing you to photographers and their work from all over the world. Get ready to travel around the world in 100+ links.

For those who are new to my blog project, photographers taking part span the gamut of photo enthusiasts to professionals. The great thing about photography is that no matter what your skill level we all can relate equally in our love for the art of photography and visually exploring. With that in mind I encourage you to reach out to photographers whose work you enjoy to keep sharing & growing as an artist.  I am incredibly thankful that this tradition has been embraced and enjoy seeing how familiar faces have evolved their work & grown over the years.  I hope reviewing your best photos of the year and comparing them to years pasts keeps you inspired and aware of your progress as a photographer.

If you’d like to take part next year and be informed when submissions open for the “Best Photos of 2017? blog project add your name to my mail list. You won’t be spammed. I send out newsletters quite infrequently.

Thank to everyone who took part!  I invite you to visit each link below as I have and introduce yourself to many of the participating photographers.

Best Photos of 2017

  1. Jim M. Goldstein – Best Photos of 2017 by Jim M. Goldstein
  2. Randy Langstraat – My Ten Favorite Photos of 2017
  3. Michael Russell – My Top 10 Photos of 2017
  4. Phil Colla – Best Natural History Photos of 2017
  5. Greg Russell | Alpenglow Images – 2017 year in review
  6. Mike Matenkosky – My Favorite Photos from 2017
  7. Khürt Williams – 2017 Favourites
  8. Carl Donohue – Expeditions Alaska
  9. Kevin Ly – Kevin Ly | Best of 2017
  10. Martin Quinn – Quinn Images – Best of 2017
  11. Robin Mayoff – RHM Images Best of 2017
  12. Craig L. Howe – On the Move
  13. Johann A. Briffa – 2017: A Photographic Retrospective
  14. Harold Davis – Harold Davis—My Best of 2017
  15. Denise Goldberg – top photos :: 2017
  16. William Bean – Bill’s Blog
  17. Greg Clure – Best Images of 2017
  18. Rick Holliday – Best Images of 2017
  19. Peter Carroll – Peter Carroll – Favourites of 2017
  20. Mike Chowla – My 10 Best Photos of 2017
  21. Wendy M. Seagren – wendy seagrens best photography 2017
  22. QT Luong – 2017 in Review, Favorites, and Seasons Greetings
  23. Jenni Brehm – Changing Perspectives
  24. Rachel Cohen – Rachel Cohen Photography
  25. Brian Knott (FMKphoto) – 2017 year in review
  26. Shikha Shrivastava – My favorite photos of 2017
  27. Dave Wilson – Dave Wilson Photography – Best of 2017
  28. Larry Millican – Millican Photography
  29. Alexander S. Kunz – My Favorite Photos from 2017
  30. Mark Duffy – 500px
  31. Stefan Baeurle – Top 10 Favorites of 2017
  32. Adrian Klein – Favorite Photos of 2017
  33. Alan Majchrowicz – Photo Highlights 2017
  34. Russ Bishop – Russ Bishop Photography | 2017 – The Year in Pictures
  35. Todd Henson – Best Photos of 2017: My Favorites of the Year
  36. Peter Tellone – My 2017 Top Ten Best Images
  37. Aaron Hockley – thisGruntled – Best Photos of 2017
  38. Tony Wu – Favorite Photos of 2017
  39. T.M. Schultze – T.M. Schultze Website
  40. Andrew S. Gibson – My Favorite Photos From 2017
  41. John Pemberton – JPSquared – Images of 2017
  42. Scott Thompson – Scott Shots Photography’s Top 10 Tahoe photos of 2017
  43. ElDuro Tuco – ElDuro Tuco
  44. The DarkSlides – The DarkSlides
  45. Jon McCormack – From Ancient Cities to Endangered Animals – 2017 in Photographs
  46. Fred Mertz Photography – Fred Mertz Photography
  47. Richard Valenti – Richard Valenti Photography
  48. Jeff Hubbard – My Favorite Photos of 2017
  49. Andrew Scharlot – 2017 Best Pictures
  50. Deb Snelson – Favorite Photos of 2017
  51. Richard Wong – Favorite Photos From 2017 – Richard Wong
  52. Caleb Weston – Dubland
  53. Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images – My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2017 – A Year-End Retrospective
  54. Tom Whelan – Nature Diary
  55. Robert Varley – Robert Varley
  56. Kyle Jones – Favorites from 2017
  57. Neil Creek – Neil Creek – Photographer
  58. tim fiddimore – North Devon 2017
  59. Richard Murphy Photography – Best of 2017
  60. Alan Dahl – Favorites of 2017
  61. Gabor Ruff – Natural History Photography – Highlights from 2017
  62. Kevin Ebi – Living Wilderness: Best of 2017
  63. Clint Losee – 10 Best Landscape and Scenic Photos of 2017
  64. Mark Hespenheide – Best of ’17
  65. Ilias Katsouras – Okrivadas
  66. David J Grenier – 2017 Top 12 Photographs
  67. J. J. RAIA – 2017 Jim Goldstein Project
  68. Rob Tilley – Best of 2017 – My Favorite Images of the Year
  69. Björn Göhringer – Top 14 From 2017
  70. Bernt-Inge Madsen – Bernt-Inge.com
  71. USKestrel Photography (Pete Miller) – My favorite images of 2017: A Different Perspective
  72. Milan Hutera – 2017 in Pictures
  73. Fred Murphy – Fred Murphy Photography
  74. Harry Hitzeman – My Top Photographs of 2017
  75. Andrew Thomas – Best of 2017 – Aerials
  76. Dean Foster – 2017: Year in Review
  77. Simon Ng – 2017 A Year of Water
  78. Michael Katz – Michael Katz Photography
  79. Drake Dyck – Top Ten (favourite) Images of 2017
  80. Jose Manuel Santos – The Magnificent Douro Valley
  81. Gary Buzel – Gary Buzel Studios
  82. Bryan William Jones – Top Photos of 2017
  83. Peter Knott – 2017 Favourites
  84. Kamala Venkatesh – Kamala Venkatesh
  85. Jason Frye – My Top 10 of 2017
  86. Jackson Frishman – Favorites of 2017
  87. Thomas Yackley – Top Ten Landscape and Nature Photos of 2017
  88. Mark Graf – 2017 – A Year of Despair and Dragons
  89. Kurt Lawson – 10ish Favorites of 2017
  90. Jorge Ramirez – Selection 2017
  91. William Neill – William Neill’s Light on the Landscape Photoblog
  92. Daniel Leu – Favorites – 2017
  93. Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston – Top 10 Favorite Images from 2017 ~ Journey of Light
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  95. Mike Christoferson – 2017 Has Come and Gone
  96. Carol Schiraldi – Best of 2017 – My Top Images
  97. Robin Black – My 10 best photos (or personal favorites, anyway) of 2017
  98. Bryn Tassell – Favourites of 2017
  99. Steve Luther – SkyVista Photography Best of 2017 Images
  100. George Stark – George Stark Images
  101. Josh Meier – Josh Meier Photography Best of 2017
  102. Werner Priller – My Favorite Images of 2017
  103. Peter Krogh – Best of 2017 Photographs by Peter Krogh
  104. Under Pressure Photography by Scott F McGee – Top 10 Photos of 2017
  105. Joseph Smith – 2017 Favorites – A Year’s Review
  106. Chuq Von Rospach – 2017 BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR
  107. Charlotte Gibb – Twelve Months – Twelve Photographs
  108. Holly Davison – Holly Davison Photography
  109. Colleen Miniuk-Sperry/CMS Photography – Favorite Photos From 2017
  110. Anne McKinnell – Top 10 Landscape Photos of 2017
  111. Jim Stamates – My Favs of 2017
  112. Neil Corman Photography – Ten Images from 2017
  113. Eric E Photo – Analog: 2017
  114. Phyllis Whitman Hunter – Phyllis Whitman Hunter Photography
  115. Catalin Marin – My favourite shots of 2017
  116. Catalin Marin – Corporate work – My favourite client shots of 2017
  117. Simon Ponder – Sponderpoints
  118. Greg A. Lato – latoga photography Favorite Photos of 2017
  119. Paul Rosenblum – Best Shots of 2017
  120. Patricia Davidson – My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2017
  121. Tim Aston – Favorites from 2017
  122. Yosemite and Bay Area Photography by John Harrison – “My Best Nature
  123. Sue Shuey – Best Overall 2017
  124. Ron Niebrugge – My Photo Blog
  125. Michael Frye – My Top Photographs of 2017
  126. Jao van de Lagemaat – Jao van de Lagemaat’s Best images of 2017
  127. David Leland Hyde/Landscape Photography Blogger – Best Photographs of 2017
  128. Mike Cavaroc – Free Roaming Photography
  129. Patrick Endres – 2017 Favorites
  130. Alex Buisse – Best of 2017

Have a great 2018!

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Have Your Say 2017: the winners

06 Jan

Have Your Say 2017: The Winners

As 2018 gets started in earnest, it’s time to look back at what you thought of the best-of-the-best in photography gear in 2017. We first whittled everything down to your final choices after two rounds of voting, and our final poll culminated in thousands of votes cast across 16 choices. Without further ado, let’s see which product you’ve crowned as the absolute best of 2017.

Runner-up: Sony a9

In third place for our final poll is the sports-oriented Sony a9, garnering 10.7% of votes and easily edging out the next-best performer, the iPhone X. As we stated in our full review, it’s an incredibly capable speed-machine, and its 20 fps burst shooting with zero blackout is one of our favorite features.

Runner-up: Sony a7R III

In the second-place position in our final poll with 21.3% of total votes sits the Sony a7R III. It’s a supremely well-rounded camera, offering 42MP of resolution and 10 fps burst shooting while also improving ergonomics and battery life. We think it’s the best camera Sony’s made yet, is one of our joint-winners for High-end Camera of the Year as well as our choice for Product of the Year and it easily earned a Gold award in our full review.

Winner: Nikon D850

It’s only fitting that each of our joint-winners for High-end Camera of the Year should be among your choices for the best products of 2017 – and with an impressive 25.8% of total votes in our final poll, Nikon’s D850 handily takes the top spot.

Although we picked the a7R III as our overall Product of the Year, the race between it and the D850 was incredibly tight, and you certainly can’t go wrong with either. The D850 is truly a DSLR tour-de-force, blending speed, resolution and image quality with superb ergonomics and a vast lens ecosystem for nearly limitless creative possibilities. We’ve called it the best DSLR on the market, and now, you’ve crowned it as your favorite product of 2017.

Full results

Here’s the final breakdown of all 4,614 votes. A hearty thank you to everyone who voted – we can’t wait to see what the photographic world has in store for us in 2018!

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Top Street and Travel Photography Tips 2017

01 Jan

If you’ve been reading over the last few of days you may have seen these already:

  • The Best Landscape Articles on dPS in 2017
  • Top Portrait Photography Tips of the Year on dPS in 2017
  • Most Popular Post-Processing Articles of 2017
  • Best Beginner Photography Articles 2017
  • Reviews and Articles on Photography Gear – 2017

Top Street Photography Tips 2017

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Street Photography
  2. What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why
  3. How to Conquer the Biggest Fear in Street Photography
  4. Tutorial – Easy Camera Settings for Street Photography
  5. 7 Vital Tips to Improve Your Candid Street Photography
  6. 6 Reasons Why You Should Use a Standard Lens for Street Photography
  7. The Pros and Cons of Black and White Versus Color for Street and Travel Photography
  8. 7 Tips for Capturing the Decisive Moment in Street Photography
  9. How to Tell a Story With Your Street Photography
  10. 5 Tips for Photographing Street Portraits

Top Travel Photography Tips 2017

  1. 6 Reasons Why Your Travel Photos Don’t Look Like the Ones in Magazines
  2. 7 Non-Photography Items Which No Travel Photographer Should Leave Home Without
  3. 6 Practical Tips to Instantly Make Travel Photography Easier
  4. 7 Travel Photography Tips I’ve Learned from People in the Industry
  5. 8 Travel Photography Tips for Your Next Journey
  6. 10 Quick Tips for Travel Photography
  7. How to Backup and Manage Your Photos When Traveling Without a Computer
  8. How to Shoot Engaging Travel Portraits from Start to Finish
  9. How to Plan a Street Photography Shoot When Traveling
  10. Tips for Taking Documentary Style Travel Photos
  11. 7 Realities That Hit Once You Become a Professional Travel Photographer

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2017 in review: a look back at December

31 Dec

December brings with it colder weather and early much-too-early sunsets (at least here in Seattle), as well as a chance to look back on the last twelve months. 2017 saw the continued rise of the smartphone coupled with uncertainty in the interchangeable lens and compact camera market. Will there be fewer camera manufacturers a year from now? We’ll find out soon enough.

As you might imagine, December a quiet month for camera announcements. Information about the next generation of smartphones started to trickle out, including news of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor and the Huawei P11, which may feature three cameras. December also marked the arrival of the iMac Pro that, fully loaded, will set you back more than $ 13,000. Speaking of Apple, Final Cut Pro X received a much-needed update, adding HDR, VR and curves support.

2017 saw the continued rise of the smartphone coupled with uncertainty in the interchangeable lens and compact camera market

The end of the year brings with it lots of “best of” competitions, and some like National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year, Sony World Photography Awards and the always entertaining Comedy Wildlife awards are worth a look. We joined the competition parade and shared our favorite products of the year, which were drawn from our latest Buying Guides. We also pitted the Nikon D850 against the Sony a7R III and compared the portrait modes of the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X.

For those seeking more pretty pictures, we posted galleries for the Olympus 45mm and 17mm F1.2 Pro lenses, the Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE and, naturally, the iPhone X. We also cranked out two reviews, of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and G9 X Mark II.

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Leica, Leica, Leica

In addition to announcing a special red edition of its M (Typ 262) body, the company also reported a 6% increase in revenue compared to the last fiscal year.

Read more about the red Leica M

Read more about Leica’s earnings

And, in drone news…

December was a busy month for drone regulation. In a not very surprising move, the Federal Aviation Administration banned drone usage near US nuclear facilities. Over in Holland, the country’s drone-catching eagles are being retired due to a lack of demand and training difficulties. A shame, since that would’ve been fun to watch.

Read more about new FAA regulations

Read more about drone-catching eagles

Canon EOS 7D Mark III on the way? (Of course!)

The rumor mill is buzzing about an update to Canon’s venerable EOS 7D series of APS-C DSLRs. Rumor website CanonWatch says that the third revision is coming before next summer, which even if the rumor itself isn’t based on any solid facts, still seems like a pretty safe bet. We made a wish list of what we’d like to see in the next 7D, as well.

Read more about Canon 7D Mark III rumors

Photographing the Northern Lights

Photographer and DPReview contributor José Francisco Salgado teamed up with our own Dale Baskin to share tips on how to capture this amazing phenomenon.

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Best Photos of 2017 by Jim M. Goldstein

31 Dec

I’m happy to report 2017 was a much better year than 2016 on many fronts. Family was healthy, we avoided experiencing the passing of family members, there was a fair amount of travel, a few great photos were taken and most importantly to me my boys continue to experience nature and ask for repeat camping trips.

In past years yearly recaps I’ve emphasized how much of my focus has shifted from taking nature photos to instilling a sense of wonder about and deep respect for nature in my two young sons. That continues to be the case.   I’ve never delved into it too deeply in past yearly recaps why my prioritization has shifted. In part it’s likely very obvious for some. That said I do want to call it out. I became a photographer because of my love for nature. If I hadn’t been so intrigued by nature I’d never have had a reason to pick up a camera. With the onset of social media and mobile phones with cameras I’m not sure that can be said of many young photographers today. More and more as I view photography online I wonder whether people are truly interested in their subjects (all styles of photography not just nature) or just trying to increase their follower stats because that’s the thing to do in this day and age. Perhaps my cynicism is getting the better of me after working at Borrowlenses where I dealt with photography talking heads & professional and aspiring professional photographers on a daily basis. An element of my becoming a jaded photographer I’m sure (kudos to my friend Richard Wong for writing that post). I’ll avoid going down the path of airing dirt for now as that’s a series of posts unto itself. Anyhow once my boys got old enough it was quite natural for me to want to go back to my roots enjoying nature over photography. I’d like my children to deeply respect and value our natural world. What would I be teaching them, about nature and in general, if I was always taking photos on our trips versus living the moment?

For that reason my yearly recap photos have and will continue to be split between family photos and everything else. While my boys are in their most formative years I’ll continue to put my emphasis behind experiencing nature versus artistically capturing it. The fact that my boys regularly tell me, often out of the blue, they want to go camping again means the world to me. I’m incredibly grateful one aspect of my professional outdoor photographer mind has not lost a beat and that is timing our trips for optimal conditions. This used to torment me as I’d leave my DSLR behind, but the more my boys reminisce and ask for more nature experiences the more I know I’ve made the right call.

Now that that’s out of the way… my favorite photos, in no particular order are below. Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to view this post and my blog in general.  If you happen to have a recap of your best photos of 2017 I invite you to submit it to my blog project, where I list the best photos of photographers who read my blog. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get inspired at the beginning of the new year.

Best of  Landscape & Nature

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I took my boys to witness the total solar eclipse in August of 2017. We went off road to an isolated mountaintop with 360 degree views in eastern Oregon. My focus for the eclipse itself was on the experience with my boys, but we did star gaze a lot at night before the big day. In trying to explain how the earth moves I set up a quick star trail sequence to show the boys. This was the result.

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Water levels were near record levels this spring in Yosemite Valley. I made what has become a regular hike to Upper Yosemite Falls to take time-lapses of moonbows with my friend, Brian Hawkins. Like me, he seems to have enough screws loose to think this night hike is a good idea along with huddling in ice cold mist to capture this view.

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At the beginning of the year I timed a trip to Yosemite Valley to capture some long overdue winter star trail photos. This was a single 2+ hour exposure taken with my Canon 5D Mark II. Pictured is Three Brothers with star trails reflected in the Merced River.

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Another single 2+ hour exposure taken with my Canon 5D Mark II. Pictured is Upper Yosemite Falls as seen from the valley floor.

PacificOverlander.com Truck Under the Milkyway

For most of my family trips this year I’ve rented an SUV outfitted with a rooftop tent via PacificOverlander. I took this photo on the first night of one of my trips with the boys as we explored the Owens Valley. While they slept I snuck in this photo of our truck/tent under the Milky Way. If you’re unfamiliar with PacificOverlander it’s well worth investigating. I’ve had several amazing experiences and my boys keep asking me why I keep giving the truck back. They regularly have so much fun on these trips it would seem they’re sold on having a truck/rig like this of their very own.

 

Best of Family

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Taken on our trip to see the total solar eclipse, the boys enjoy hanging out in the tent atop our PacificOverlander SUV. This photo sits atop both my home and work desk. It’s probably my favorite photo of the year as it captures the raw joy my boys have on our camping excursions.

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I spoiled my kids with ice cream atop the Glacier Point lookout in Yosemite National Park. A moment I enjoy remembering through this quick snapshot.

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Wrangling family for a group photos is… a challenge. This is especially true when the boys enjoy making faces and test the patience of my wife. Every so often though a photo comes out just right. This was one that I took while we enjoyed a sunny day at a beach near Half Moon Bay.

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Not a technically great photo, but the fact it captures the raw excitement of my youngest son exploring new places makes it one of my favorite of the year. The had a fun time rock hopping at Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park.

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Trains… my boys love trains. Given the opportunity they’ll always jump on a train and lucky for them the commuter train, Caltrain, is very close to where we live. Bright eyed and excited I couldn’t help but take this photo of my son as we started to roll.

 

Bonus Images / Honorable Mentions

I didn’t take this first image, but it’s impossible to exclude as it’s a great keepsake from a very fun trip. Below that you’ll see a short slideshow of images that might show a glimpse of the future. While I’m not actively taking serious photos in front of the boys they’ve none the less taken to photography on their own. If you’ve seen my past years “Best of” photos you’ll also see that my oldest son continues to enjoy being part of trick photos (forced perspective, rotated images, etc.). His best this year was “rock climbing” at Devils Postpile National Monument. Lastly my oldest also enjoyed getting drenched under a rainbow at Bridal Veil Fall in Yosemite this spring.
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If you’re curious to see how these compare to my “best of” images selections from years past I invite you to check them out: Best Photos of the Year by Jim M. Goldstein.

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2017 in review: a look back at November

30 Dec
This shot from Dan’s Gear of the Year writeup wasn’t taken in November but it seemed apt for an overview article.

November is usually a fairly quiet time for the industry: all the cameras the manufacturers are hoping will sell around Christmas have been announced. Well, except for Leica, which always likes to set itself apart – this time by launching a new model in mid November. Still, there was plenty going on in the wider world of photography:

The internet has always made rather more liberal use of other people’s images than is legally allowed but it’s generally only the egregious examples that tend to get pursued. US TV network CBS bucked that trend by going after a photographer who’d used a screengrab from a forty-year old TV show on social media. Meanwhile, another photographer took action against pop star Bruno Mars for using one of her photos on social media without seeking the appropriate license.

The UK’s National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules

Speaking of licenses, the UK’s National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules, after four planes and their passengers were diverted to other airports in response to one incidence of careless droning. It’s probably no surprise that tighter rules may be implemented in the UK, and that DJI has the ability to track its drones.

Meanwhile Eastman Kodak announced more job losses, just four years after a bankruptcy restructuring that saw it exit the photography market. However, at the same time, the company also gave an insight into the work it’s doing to recreate its Ektachrome filmstock.

But, just because all the camera makers were able to put their feet up until after Christmas*, that didn’t mean we could do the same. Instead, we worked to test and evaluate the a7R III and put together the best-informed review we could, only for it to really complicate our Gear of the Year and DPR Award choices. But those are a topic for next month…

* I mean, I’m pretty sure that’s what happens.


Sony a7R III review

We put a lot of effort digging into the a7R III’s performance. The sensor was common to both this camera and the Mark II but enough changes had been made that we wanted to make sure we’d experienced and captured those differences and improvements. And what improvements…

A first look at the Leica CL

The Leica T and TL series cameras have tended to split opinion, with their minimalist design and touchscreen interfaces. The CL is a much safer product, though: traditional controls and pared-down classic styling. Barney took a closer look.

Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM

An 85mm F1.4 has long been one of the glaring omissions from Canon’s lens lineup. Not content to just fill that gap, Canon decided to make an image stabilized version worthy of its ‘L’ designation. As you can imagine, we were pretty excited to get out shooting with it.

New Fujifilm Raw-conversion software

Fujifilm released a Raw converter but one with a difference: all the processing is done by the camera.

Take a closer look

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Reviews and Articles on Photography Gear – 2017

30 Dec

If you’ve been reading over the last few of days you may have seen these already:

  • The Best Landscape Articles on dPS in 2017
  • Top Portrait Photography Tips of the Year on dPS in 2017
  • Most Popular Post-Processing Articles of 2017
  • Best Beginner Photography Articles 2017

Now it’s time to geek out a bit and talk about photography equipment. Here are some of the reviews and tips from 2017 to help you make the best of your gear.

Reviews and Articles on Photography Gear – 2017

  1. Review of the New Sigma 500mm F4 DG HSM OS Sport Lens
  2. Review of the New Flagship DX Camera – The Nikon D500
  3. Review of the New Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filter Holder and Neutral Density Filters
  4. Review of the Wine Country Camera Filter Holder System
  5. Review of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens
  6. Review of the New Nikon D5600 Camera Body
  7. Review of the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
  8. Camera Bag Review – The Udee Backpack
  9. Review: Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
  10. Think Tank Signature 13 Camera Shoulder Bag Review
  11. The New Canon 6D Mark II – Hands-On Previews and Thoughts
  12. Review of the K&F Concept TC2534 Lightweight Carbon Fiber Tripod
  13. Review of the new Spekular Modular LED Light System
  14. VSGO Camera Sensor Cleaning Kit Review
  15. Eight Ways to Get Rid of GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome
  16. When is the Right Time to Upgrade Camera Gear?
  17. Tips for Buying Used Camera Gear
  18. Recommended Gear for Doing Long Exposure Photography at Twilight and Dusk
  19. DIY Hack 2-for-1 Luggage and Camera Roller Bag

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