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AT&T decision to drop Huawei Mate 10 Pro reportedly made under pressure from US Congress

17 Jan

According to a report by Reuters AT&T’s decision to not sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, currently one of the best camera smartphones, in the US might have been made under pressure from the US Congress.

According to the report, lawmakers did pressure the communications company to drop its plans to offer Huawei’s devices to customers. AT&T is also being urged by Senators and House members to put an end to its collaboration with the Chinese manufacturer on standards for its 5G network.

The report claims that companies are being told that doing business with Huawei, China Mobile and other Chinese companies could reduce the chances of procuring government contracts. “The next wave of wireless communication has enormous economic and national security implications,” said Michael Wessel of a US-Chain security review commission. “China’s participation in setting the standards and selling the equipment raises many national security issues that demand strict and prompt attention.”

According to US intelligence information, Huawei has shared sensitive information with the Chinese government

In addition, Congress has proposed a bill that would prevent any government agencies from working with the Chinese company. The proposal says that, according to US intelligence information, Huawei has shared sensitive information with the Chinese government, and that Chinese security agencies can make use of Huawei equipment to spy on US businesses.

As one would expect, Huawei insists that its technology does not come with any built-in tools for access to US communications infrastructure. The company also told Reuters that its equipment is used by 45 of the world’s top 50 carriers, for all of whom security is a priority.

The good news is that If you are based in the US and did like the Mate 10 Pro’s camera performance in our full review, you’ll still be able to purchase the device, just not through a carrier. Instead you can buy the unlocked version on Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
 

Nine straight-forward tips from an award-winning travel photographer

13 Jan

Travel photographer Bob Holmes recently put together this quick-tips video for Advancing Your Photography in which he shares nine useful photography tips; or, as Holmes puts it in the video, nine ‘crutches’ for when you feel like the muse has deserted you.

They’re basic tips, but this is what Holmes looks for when he goes out to shoot—lines, punctuation, and energy—and they’re the reason he has managed to continue producing award-winning work year after year after year.

For those of you who prefer reading to watching, here’s a quick summary of all nine tips:

  1. Look for leading lines – they can lead your viewer through the composition
  2. Look for diagonals – they give a dynamic feel to your photos
  3. Look for horizontal lines – they will give a calm feel to your photos
  4. Capture gestures – they can really help your photo pop
  5. Try to find ‘punctuation’ – like a splash of color or a solitary person in a larger landscape
  6. Put energy into your photos – you can do this by capturing movement in the frame
  7. Be receptive – let the picture ‘impress itself’ upon you
  8. Look at art for inspiration – famous paintings are often examples of fantastic composition and great lighting at work.
  9. Look at photography books for inspiration – there’s a reason the Irving Penn’s and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s of the world are still remembered today.

The tips might seem overly simplistic, but simple isn’t always a bad thing when you’re trying to get out of a rut. And it’s not like Bob Holmes doesn’t know what he’s talking about: he’s the only photographer to ever win the Travel Photographer of the Year Award 5 times, most recently in 2017.

Check out the video above for photo to go with each of the tips, and then let us know if you have your own “get out of a rut” routine in the comments.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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DxOMark splits from DxO Labs, is now an independent privately-owned company

11 Jan

In an email distributed late last month, DxOMark Image Labs announced that it has been spun-off from DxO Labs. DxOMark now exists as its own privately-owned independent company, which will continue to “pursue the development and commercialization of image quality solutions and services.”

DxO Labs, meanwhile, continues to develop its photo editing software, DxO PhotoLab, as well as the DxO One smartphone camera attachment. We’ll also keep a close eye on what DxO plans to do with the Nik Software Collection, which it recently acquired from Google and promises to update in early 2018.

The business change happened back in September, according to the email, which didn’t go into further detail about the matter. The full note reads:

We’ve had an important internal change as well: In September, DxOMark Image Labs was spun off from DxO Labs. DxOMark Image Labs is now a privately-owned, independent company. As such, we continue to pursue the development and commercialization of image quality solutions and services that support our customers in designing the best-quality camera systems for a range of markets, including smartphones, DSC/DSLRs, drones, action cams, surveillance, and automotive.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Enter to Win One of Three Lenses from Tamron!

10 Jan

Enter to win a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD (in winner’s choice of Canon or Nikon mount), a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount) or a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount)!



Over the last several years, here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers.

We are fortunate enough to be able to do it again this month. For this competition, Tamron is giving away THREE lenses.

Win one of three Tamron lenses

These three unique prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create BETTER pictures. Tamron is the world’s most awarded photographic lens line. Each prize will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win:

Grand Prize

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens.

100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom – Value $ 799. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No Substitutions.

 

Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD

Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD

Second Prize

The second prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution across a wide range of focusing distances.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Value $ 599. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Third Prize

The third prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution for fast focus.

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD – Value $ 449. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

 

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD

Learn a little more about Tamron here:

How to win:

To win this competition you’ll need to:

  • Visit the above lenses’ information pages and learn more about the lenses and their core use.
  • Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to win and HOW you would you utilize your chosen lens. Please note: there is a limit of ONE entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is January 30th, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST (UTC-8). Comments left after the deadline will not be considered. Do this in the next 21 days, and on February 8th, 2018, the team at Tamron will choose the best three answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.

By “best” – we’re looking for you to show an understanding of the lenses and how they will best suit your needs. So, you’ll need to check out the product pages to put yourself in the best position to win. There’s no need to write essay length comments – but we’re looking to hear what you like about the lens and how it would help your development as a photographer.

This contest is open to everyone, no matter where you live – but there is only one entry per person. To enter – simply leave your comment below.

Photo by Zvardon Frantisek

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Disclaimer: Tamron is a paid partner of dPS.

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Report: GoPro has laid off 200-300 more staff from its drone division

06 Jan

Californian action camera manufacturer GoPro has laid off between 200 and 300 staff, according to a report by TechCrunch. The report claims the redundancies have been made in the division of the company that builds it aerial offering—the Karma drone—and that GoPro cited a need to “better align our resources with business requirements” as the reason for the layoffs.

GoPro has suffered in recent times, with its share price taking a hammering and profits showing in negative figures. One of the main reasons for this was the much-anticipated Karma drone, which had to be recalled after it was discovered the battery could shake itself loose, causing the device to lose power mid-flight and plummet back to Earth.

The company claims that, since returning to stores, Karma has been the number 2 best-selling drone priced above $ 1,000 in the US for a period of six months up to September 2017. Even so, it would have faced (and still does) stiff competition from former partner DJI.

GoPro’s November report to shareholders announced increased revenue of $ 300 million, up 37% on the same quarter last year, and a gross margin of 40%. The company was in profit too, making $ 15 million against a loss of $ 104 million in the third quarter of 2016. However, the share price has remained low, with current trading at $ 7.51 against a high of $ 90 in October 2014.

After 370 job cuts in 2016 and early 2017 the company stated that it employed 1,327 people, but that number is now set to drop to close to 1,000, according to the TechCrunch report.

GoPro, which has been operating under the name since 2004, hasn’t commented on the claims, but the job losses have come between the end of the financial year (December 31st) and the company’s annual report, which would seem the logical time to do it.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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A letter from the Publisher

04 Jan

The first week of a new year is an important time for every business, and DPReview is no different. As we reflect on the past year and define our goals for 2018, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Some of you might know me from occasional forum posts and comments—usually to explain a new site feature, or some new style of advert. My name is Scott Everett, and I’m DPReview’s new General Manager and Publisher, replacing Simon Joinson, who stepped down in October.

At its core, DPReview is a group of people. Those people are dedicated to investigating all of the latest developments in photographic imaging technology, and providing informed, unbiased analysis to our readers. We’ve been doing this in one way or another for almost 20 years; I joined DPReview in 2011, which feels like a long time ago, especially in such a fast-paced industry, but the site’s essential mission hasn’t changed in that time.

We are, of course, also a business. Traditionally, like most websites, DPReview has generated the majority of its income via conventional ‘banner’ advertising. But as advertisers increasingly move away from conventional ads and seek to position different types of content in as many channels as they can, we’ve faced an important question: how can we meet the needs of our advertisers while maintaining the trust of our readers?

Regular site visitors will have seen new kinds of content appearing on DPReview over the past couple of years—from long-form videos to occasional co-branded articles. Most of it has proven popular with our readers (thanks as always for the feedback), but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. And we are most definitely not going to compromise the high editorial standards that brought you here in the first place.

Simon Joinson, Barney Britton, and Allison Johnson listen politely as I attempt to explain something.

You’ll see some changes on the site in 2018 and beyond. We are in the middle of automating many of the tests we perform on cameras and lenses (yes, we plan to bring back lens reviews), which we hope will increase the consistency of our product reviews, and hopefully decrease the amount of time that some of them take. We are also working hard to re-think the user experience of the site on both desktop and—perhaps more importantly—mobile.

In an era when countless blogs offer up half-baked opinions on new products within minutes of their launch, DPReview with our labor-intensive method of testing might seem like something of a dinosaur. But we’re OK with that.

While both the photography and publishing worlds have changed drastically since I bought my first digital camera (an Olympus E-1, if you were curious), DPReview in 2018 is what it always was: a website run by and for discerning photography and technology enthusiasts. And our readers are our most valuable asset. This site would not be what it is without the community of photographers that visit every day.

So hello, thank you for your support, and Happy New Year!

Scott Everett, Publisher and General Manager, DPReview.com

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Interview with an astronaut: What it’s like shooting photos from space

28 Dec

Jared Polin (aka. Fro Knows Photo) recently scored an interview that has us all extremely jealous here at DPReview. A phone call to NASA to find out if astronauts shoot Raw in space led to an interview with Marine fighter pilot and NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, who had arrived back to Earth from the International Space Station just three days before Jared spoke with him!

The entire interview is fascinating from first question to last, but first things first: yes, astronauts do shoot Raw in space. Bresnik himself says he shot RAW+JPEG so he could download the JPEGs onto his laptop and see the shots ASAP, but the Raw files are beamed down to Earth where the folks at NASA process them to their full potential.

This is far from the only only topic Polin and Bresnik cover, though. They hit everything from radiation damage, to stabilizing your shots in space, to the glass available, to what it was like switching from Nikon D4 cameras to the brand new D5s that arrived on the ISS in mid-November, and much more.

And all the while, gorgeous photos Bresnik captured while up there scroll across your screen. Photos like the ones below—some of our favorites from Bresnik’s last 2 months on the ISS:

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Editor’s Note: Bresnik also contributed the #oneworldmanyviews hashtag, which paired shots of beautiful locations captured in space with photos of the same spot taken from Earth.

For Polin, the conversation seemed surreal. He tells DPReview that:

For me I was in awe for a lot of the interview. It’s not easy to wrap your head around SPACE and the sheer fact you can transfer the data back to earth. Sure that’s been going on for decades but think about it. 250 miles up in space there’s a station with six astronauts on it, with an entire Nikon setup of D5’s and glass up to an 800 5.6 for god sake. The direct downlinks to NASA transfer data all night long.

Check out the full interview up top, scroll through the gallery above for a bit of awe, and if you want even more, head over to Bresnik’s Twitter account where you can find enough photos, videos, and timelapses to keep you busy until New Years and beyond.

And, since Polin says he may actually get to interview an astronaut who is on the space station when he talks to them, we’re curious: what would you ask an astronaut about photography in space? Drop your suggestions in the comments.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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A happy ending: Police recover stolen limited edition Leica from The Camera Store robbery

27 Dec
Shattered glass from the break-in. Photo: The Camera Store

You could look at the story of the recent robbery at beloved Calgary camera shop The Camera Store as a play in three acts. Act 1: the store is robbed of over $ 27,000 USD worth of high-end camera equipment. Act 2: Local and worldwide media attention helps police nab two suspects and recover most of the gear in just 48 hours.

And now, Act 3: The final piece of stolen equipment—a rare, limited edition Leica M-P Edition Safari—is returned to the shop, making this particular theft a complete failure.

Act 3 took place just before Christmas, when the Calgary police executed a search warrant—ostensibly at the home of one of the two suspects arrested previously, 60-year-old Tan Xuan Hung Bui and 36-year-old Justin Ross—where they found the stolen Leica M-P Edition Safari worth $ 13,000 CAD (~$ 10,250 USD).

Posing with the recovered Leica M-P Edition Safari Photo: The Camera Store

The Camera Store announced the recovery on its blog at the same time as the news broke in The Calgary Herald. And, as promised, the tipster who alerted the police to the sketchy online gear sale that led to the two suspects’ arrest will receive a $ 5,000 CAD (~$ 3,800 USD) shopping spree at The Camera Store as a token of thanks.

According to The Calgary Sun, the ‘winner’ is “a gentleman from Edmonton.”

But this happy story is not without its one gray cloud. That rare Leica M-P, a collectors item, was scuffed somewhere between its theft from and return to The Camera Store. Then again, given the amount of attention this particular story has gotten, maybe that’ll make the camera even MORE valuable.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Season’s Greetings from DPReview.com

26 Dec

As DPReview celebrates its nineteenth anniversary, I’d like to wish each and every one of our visitors a very Merry Christmas (something I couldn’t have said last year, apparently) from all of us here in sunny Seattle, and to thank DPR’s amazing staff and contributors for all their hard work over the last twelve months.

In many ways 2017 has been another challenging year for the photo industry, with sales of cameras and lenses still sluggish and flagship phones from Apple and Samsung proving that if you put enough clever tricks in the image processing pipeline it’s possible to overcome many of the disadvantages inherent in such small sensors and to offer photo quality in a phone that is more than good enough for most casual users.

Of course, as Sony has shown recently with its Alpha and RX cameras, there’s still plenty of room for innovation in the traditional camera market, and – as I say pretty much every year – there’s never been a better time to be an enthusiast photographer. There may be fewer cameras launched every year, but anyone shopping for a new body, lens or premium compact is spoilt for choice, and there’s been an explosion of creativity in the accessory market, in part fueled by crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, giving us even more opportunities to feed our photography obsession.

DPReview had a very busy 2017 – we published over 2300 articles (the highest ever, and almost 70% higher than 2016), including 75+ product reviews, more than 100 standalone sample galleries, dozens of videos and a small number of our ever-popular ‘sponsored articles’ to help pay the bills.

All change

Meanwhile, our engineers were beavering away behind the scenes on new features you’ll see appearing on the site in 2018, and in early autumn we moved offices (just down the road, but moving is surprisingly disruptive when it involves disassembling and reassembling a studio and a custom testing lab).

Speaking of moving, after more than 13 years at DPReview.com (and over 20 years reviewing cameras), I decided in September that it was time for a new challenge. I stood down as DPReview’s Editor-in-Chief and General Manager on October 1st, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to take up a new role in Amazon’s hardware development organization (Lab126), working on future Amazon devices.

Yes indeed, for those of you who made it this far down the page, this year’s Christmas message is my last. I feel incredibly lucky to have been part of the story of DPReview and, in a broader sense, to have had such an amazing vantage point from which to watch and report on the biggest revolution in photography since the Box Brownie. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here, and of the part I’ve played in the evolution of the site from a simple news and reviews site with a slightly crazy forum into the DPReview.com we have today.

Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people, made some great friends and travelled the world shooting with pretty much every digital camera ever made. Since my first content was published here (the Canon S1 IS and HP Photosmart R707 reviews) in early 2004 I’ve personally produced about 115 reviews and thousands of news stories and articles, overseen almost 18,000 published pieces of content and taken just over 300,000 photos.

Special thanks must go to my good friend Phil Askey – not only for bringing me onto DPReview in the first place, but also for the most enjoyable and rewarding few years of work of my life, back when it was essentially just the two of us running one of the biggest websites in the world in the middle of the biggest boom in the camera industry in a generation.

Phil and Simon, always working hard.

Thanks also to all the staff, past and present, who have made DPR such a vibrant and authoritative source of information and inspiration, and to the numerous vendor representatives who have put up with me for all these years with constant patience and good grace. But most of all I want to thank you, the readers, because without you there’s literally no point to any of this. You are the purpose of this site, and the reason our standards have remained so high. I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support and feedback over the years.

I’m confident I’m leaving DPReview in safe hands, both editorially and on the business side (watch out next week for more information on that), and I’m excited to see what the next generation of DPReview leadership brings to this resilient little corner of the internet in 2018 and beyond. All I can say is that I’m not going away entirely – I’m staying on as an associate editor (for as long as they’ll allow me), and I intend to still write occasional reviews and articles. But for now, all that’s left for me to say is so long (and thanks for all the fish).

SJ

Simon Joinson, former Editor-in-Chief and General Manager, DPReview.com

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2017

22 Dec

It’s that time of year again and if you’re a regular JMG-Galleries reader that means one thing…
it is time to kick off the 11th annual best photos of the year blog project. This is by far my most popular blog project with hundreds of photographers taking part last year (see Best Photos of 2016,  2015, 2014, 2013,  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007).  It’s great to see the community of photographers that have developed around this blog project. As always I hope the exercise of picking your best photos helps improve your photography (10 Ways to Top Your Best 20xx Photographs).

So without any further delay here is how you take part to submit your best photos of 2016.

How to Participate (Read Carefully)

  1. Review & select your best photos from 2017.
    Note: Photo edit carefully narrowing down your results to your best 10 or 5 photos. Reference Pro Tips: Photo Editing with Gary Crabbe for pointers.
  2. Create a blog post on your website or a Flickr/500px set containing your best photos from 2017.
  3. Complete the form below by Tuesday JANUARY 2rd at 11:59PM PST to take part. The following Tuesday, or thereabout, I’ll post a link to all submitted sites and photos on my blog. Throughout the week I’ll also share the results across all my social media accounts.

Spread the Word!
Feel free to spread the word of this project on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, photo forums you frequent and/or your blogs. All who are interested in taking part are invited.


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