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HTC U11 Eyes smartphone features a dual selfie camera with live bokeh

17 Jan

HTC has launched a new variant of its U11 smartphone called the HTC U11 Eyes, and it’s built specifically for selfie takers (cue eye roll). The name “Eyes” refers to the handset’s chief feature: dual front-facing cameras, which resemble a pair of eyes and bring features like live bokeh and post-focusing to selfies.

HTC packs some other premium features into the model, including an 18:9 ratio Full HD+ 6″ Super LCD 3 screen and a “flagship camera” on the rear, but other than the front-facing camera, the handset is more-or-less the same as the regular HTC U11.

The front-facing camera is comprised of dual 5MP BSI sensors behind F2.2 aperture lenses, which support Full HD 1080p video capture in addition to stills. The selfie cameras produce “studio-quality portraits,” claims HTC, with Bokeh Mode being the most notable feature. In that mode, selfie backgrounds are blurred in real time, though users also have the option of adjusting it manually after the fact.

The model’s front camera also supports Screen Flash, HDR Boost, Voice Selfie, Auto “Beautification,” Auto Selfie, and Selfie Panorama. The rear camera, meanwhile, features a 12MP HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4?m pixel, BSI sensor, OIS, F1.7 aperture, an LED flash, and UltraSpeed Autofocus. HTC has included a “Pro Mode” with manual control for its rear camera, including 32-second long exposures, Raw support, and manual control.

Cameras aside, the HTC U11 Eyes has a high-capacity 3930mAh battery that supports up to 28.8 hours of talk time (depending on the network) as well as Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, IP67 water- and dust-resistance, Edge Sense squeezing support, HTC USonic audio tech, active noise cancellation, and Face Unlock.

Availability outside of China and pricing isn’t clear. Engadget reports that its “local sources” put the price potentially at HK$ 3,200, which is equivalent to about $ 410 USD and 334 EUR.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Mevo Plus is a pro-tier livestreaming 4K camera for Vimeo Live

02 Nov

Following the finalization of its Livestream acquisition earlier this month, Vimeo has announced a new camera for Vimeo Live called Mevo Plus. This hardware joins the original Mevo camera and is compatible with Vimeo Live, the company’s livestreaming platform. The original Mevo camera will be phased out, according to Venture Beat, as the improved Mevo Plus becomes the main camera product for Vimeo Live.

Vimeo Live was announced in late September as a livestreaming platform, “specifically meant to address the needs of professional event creators.” Now, those same professional event creators have a dedicated camera that is integrated with this service, although the Mevo Plus also works with Periscope, Livestream, Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube.

Mevo Plus features a 150 f/2.8 glass lens, 12.4MP Sony 4K sensor with a 3840 x 2160 capture resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 30fps frame rate. Video content can be recorded to the device or can be streamed using Ethernet, WiFi, and LTE. Other features include a six-axis motion sensor, forward-facing speaker, magnetic base, 150-degree FOV, and a built-in battery able to power the camera for up to an hour. The full list of tech specs are available here.

Mevo Plus is priced at $ 500, and the original Mevo model is now discounted to $ 300 as the remaining inventory is sold off.

In addition to offering Mevo Plus by itself, the company is also offering a Mevo Plus Pro Bundle for $ 800, a $ 100 discount over the bundle’s regular price. The bundle includes the Mevo stand, case, Mevo Boost accessory device, and a tripod. Click here to find out more or order one for yourself.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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DxO offers Android model, adds Facebook Live support and battery grip to One camera

16 Oct

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DxO has announced version 3.0 of the iOS app for its ‘One’ connected camera as well as a beta USB-C Android version of the device. This significant upgrade adds support for Facebook Live broadcasting, with the ability to utilize the iPhone’s built-in camera(s), as well as the one on the One (no pun intended). The new software allows users to monitor each camera separately, adjust settings as needed and then effortlessly switch from one to another.

The update also brings with it support for video and still time-lapses. The One uses ‘Auto Ramping’ to maintain white balance and exposure throughout the sequence in order to avoid ‘flicker.’ Still images can be saved in Raw format and can also be combined to create a 4K video.

New accessories include a battery pack, which holds up two batteries (each adding 1 hour of ‘life’), a tilt stand and a ‘cable back door’ that allows for extended shooting when using the outdoor housing.

Android users who have been waiting for a One of their own, take note. DxO has developed a One for tablets and smartphones and will be starting an ‘Early Access’ program in the next several weeks. The Android version uses a USB-C connector that may limit compatibility to those with the newest smartphones, though we’ve reached out to DxO to see if a microUSB adapter will work.

The new firmware for iOS is available immediately from the App Store. The battery pack is $ 50 while the tilt-stand and cable back door are available at no charge.

The DxO ONE now supports Multi-Camera Facebook Live and Time-Lapse features as well as new accessories and an Early Access Program for Android

The latest free iOS app update, available free of charge, opens up a number of new opportunities for using the DxO ONE remotely and autonomously, transforming the camera into the perfect photo and video accessory for your iPhone

PARIS – October 16, 2017 – DxO, a key player in digital image technologies, announced a major update to the DxO ONE, its miniaturized and connected professional-quality camera for smartphones and tablets. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. The DxO ONE ecosystem of accessories now includes an external Battery Pack that doubles the camera’s battery life as well as a Cable Back Door for the device’s waterproof case, allowing you to use the DxO ONE outside or even underwater for extended periods.

“While smartphones have made significant progress in terms of image quality, they don’t come close to the photos and videos a real camera like the DxO ONE can offer. Most importantly, you have to hold them in your hand, and you constantly need them for other things, like making calls, sending messages, or checking your social networks,” explains Jérôme Ménière, DxO’s CEO and founder. “The DxO ONE is the first photo and video camera designed to operate as both a handheld and remote device. It’s even able to function remotely over a long period of time — for example, you can use it outside to record a time-lapse or Facebook Live video. Because it works in perfect harmony with your smartphone, it is the ideal photo and video assistant for this device.”

Multi-Camera Facebook Live capabilities: the ultimate solution for broadcasting professional-quality videos

With its iOS application update to version 3.0, the DxO ONE revolutionizes video publication using Facebook Live by allowing users to instantly and easily create a live video stream. Its revolutionary Multi-Camera mode, which leverages the DxO ONE and both iPhone cameras, gives users the ability to experiment with shots that can’t be captured with the iPhone’s cameras alone, making it easy to create professional-quality video streams.

DxO ONE’s Live Facebook solution offers a set of advanced controls, including a mini-control panel that allows the user to preview all three views to compose shots, adjust lighting, or prepare the subject before shooting and streaming live from different angles. Just like filmmakers, users can switch from one camera to another at the touch of a fingertip, as well as record sound from the DxO ONE’s or the iPhone’s built-in microphone, and switch the sound source during playback.

Wi-Fi control also allows users to control the camera remotely while also sending videos over Wi-Fi or 4G, making it easy to experiment with new compositions. And with its large sensor and ultra-bright optics, the DxO ONE offers a natural bokeh that allows users to capture high-quality video.

Stunning, ready-to-share time-lapse videos

Version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS application’s Time-Lapse feature lets you capture stunning videos and share them without going through a complex post-processing process. The easy-to-use interface guides users through the appropriate settings — duration, interval, and time of shooting — and warns them if their selected settings are incompatible. DxO ONE’s unique Auto Ramping technology avoids flicker effects by providing consistent exposure and white balance across all images. Once the settings are established, the phone can be used normally while the camera continues to take pictures. The videos it produces can then be shared immediately.

In addition, the DxO ONE iOS 3.0 application’s Time-Lapse feature uses an intervalometer, transforming the camera into an automatic camera that periodically takes professional-quality images in RAW format at a user-defined rate. Advanced users can also create 4K videos in post-processing.

For long-term use no matter the weather and even underwater, the Cable Back Door connects the DxO ONE to an external battery when the camera is used with the Outdoor Shell — a must-have combination for superb outdoor video and time-lapse imaging.

New accessories for optimizing the DxO ONE experience

The new Battery Pack extends the DxO ONE’s battery life. It includes a Cradle, two rechargeable batteries, and a USB adapter. The Cradle attaches to the bottom of the DxO ONE once the back door has been removed so you can connect either one of the two batteries or the USB adapter. Each battery adds up to one hour of battery life, and the USB adapter allows the DxO ONE to be recharged directly from an external battery.

The new Tilt Stand lets you hold the camera on any surface and choose between five different tilt directions as well as different angles of view, greatly facilitating use of the DxO ONE in standalone mode, or for hands-free remote use when controlled by Wi-Fi.

DxO seeks out Android users

Building on the success of its DxO ONE for iOS, DxO has developed a DxO ONE for Android equipped with a type-C USB connector, making it compatible with recent Android smartphones and tablets.

The DxO ONE Android will be offered in the coming weeks via an “Early Access” program that is open to all. It will allow users to preview the DxO ONE Android and receiving regular updates with the latest application features. The Early Access program will be an opportunity for participants to share their feedback and help improve the DxO ONE experience on Android.

“Since its launch, we have added dozens of features to the DxO ONE, thanks to feedback from users,” said Jean-Marc Alexia, Vice President of Product Strategy. “Today, DxO is responding directly to one of the most frequent requests by launching the Android version, and we will continue to listen to market needs. “

Price & availability

Version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS application, along with the application for the Apple Watch, are immediately available for free via the iTunes App Store.

Version 1.0 of the DxO ONE Android will be available for free in the coming weeks via the Google Play Store, as part of the “DxO ONE Android Early Access program”.

The Battery Pack ($ 59,99 | £49.99 | 59,90 €) will be available at dxo.com.

The Cable Back Door will come with any purchase of a waterproof Outdoor Shell from DxO’s online store.

The Tilt Stand will be provided with the DxO ONE free of charge.

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Live coverage of the Google Pixel 2 launch on DPReview

05 Oct

10:45am PT

That’s all folks! You can learn more about these products on the Google Store right now. As for us, we’ll be running over to get our hands on the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in person, and see if they really are the world’s best smartphone camera. Stay tuned or our hands-on take later today!

10:43am PT

The Google Clips camera looks for clear moments to capture. You can clip it anywhere. It features an F2.4 lens, 130° field of view, and captures short ‘clips’ that can be saved as motion photos, videos, or high res stills. You can choose which high-res still to save by navigating through a clip. When reviewing clips on your phone, just swipe right to save any one.

Will cost $ 250 and is “coming soon.”

10:40am PT

“A camera that takes photos for you, so you can enjoy the moment and get shots you could never get before.”

Starts with an AI engine at the core of the camera. Google Clips looks for “moments” by analyzing the scene and capturing photos automatically, so you can be part of the moment you’re capturing.

10:38am PT

One more photography update, having to do with candid photography that lets you be part of the moment as the photographer.

Meet Google Clips: a new lifelogging-style camera designed with parents and pet owners in mind.

10:37am PT

Here’s something they did NOT mention when talking about the new screen: the new Pixel 2 wide gamut display claims to offer “100% DCI-P3 coverage.” While OLEDs often offer close to full DCI-P3 coverage, our Technology Editor Rishi Sanyal is a bit skeptical of the 100% figure and wants to see an actual CIELAB diagram. Some estimates ‘cheat’ by counting extended gamut outside of the P3 space in one color to make up for the lack of gamut coverage in another color. We’ll have to wait and see, but most OLED coverage estimates max out at 99% DCI-P3 coverage.

Plus, we’re still waiting to find out if the Pixel 2 phones offer proper color management to provide accurate color on these wide gamut displays. Even the original Pixel phones offered wide gamut displays, but displayed wildly inaccurate colors because of the lack of proper color management and display profiles.

10:30am PT

Worth noting about that DxOMark score of 98: that’s an aggregate of Photo and Video scores.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 still beats the Google Pixel 2 in the Photo category, scoring 100 to the Google Pixel’s 99. The Pixel’s insane Video score of 96 is what gives it that high overall score. In Video, the iPhone 8 Plus scored an 89 and the Note 8 only scored an 84. We’re guessing this high score is largely due to the smooth video the combination of optical + electronic stabilization enables.

Here’s DxOMark’s full review.

10:27am PT

Feature breakdown:

  • Ultra Vivid OLED Display
  • Super Fast Charging
  • Water Resistant
  • The Fastest Fingerprint Sensor
  • Smartest Assistant
  • First Phone with Google Lens
  • Exclusive AR Stickers
  • World’s Highest-Rated Camera

Pre-orders start today.

10:23am PT

12MP F1.8 rear camera with OIS. Smaller 1/2.55″ sensor though (1/2.3″ on last year’s models). HDR+ still takes a burst of shorter exposure shots to preserve highlights, then combines (averages) them to reduce noise. The latter essentially simulates the effect of a larger sensor. While this works very well for static scenes, it can be problematic for moving objects like running kids.

Portrait mode in the Pixel 2 uses Google’s computational photography tech. No second camera required. Just split pixels on the sensor combined with machine learning. This allows both the front and back camera to use Portrait Mode.

It’s actually quite clever: the phone creates a rudimentary depth map using Dual Pixel technology and machine learning. Or, as our Tech Editor explains it, “The pixels are split just like on Canon Dual Pixel sensors. And the Samsung Galaxy. It’s used for phase-detect AF (fast focus) as well as to create a rudimentary depth map using the left and right perspectives viewed from behind one lens. Smart.”

And you no longer have to move the camera upward while taking a photo in Portrait mode. You can just snap a shot. This would make it work better with slightly moving subjects compared to the original Pixel phones. Sadly, Portrait mode is not simulated in real-time as it is on recent iPhones.

Oh, and the Video mode uses OIS and EIS at the same time. We’ve seen this on 1″-type compact cameras and some ILCs like Canon M-series and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, but it’s a first for smartphones. This should lead to incredibly smooth video!

10:20am PT

Pixel camera now!

“With Pixel 2, we have reimagined smartphone photography. DxOMark has issued Pixel 2 an unprecedented score of 98.”

That trounces the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which both scored 94.

10:18am PT

Augmented reality updates now. Very similar to the AR updates we saw with Apple and the new iPhones—inserting furniture or games into the real world through augmented reality.

Something ‘exclusive’ to Pixel 2 are AR stickers that interact with the world and with each other… because Google needed something to compete with Apple’s Animojis.

10:14am PT

Talking about Google Lens now. Using pictures, machine learning technology, and Google Assistant to pull information out of images and tell you all about them. Like pulling phone numbers off a flyer, or… telling the difference between muffins and chihuahuas (their example, not ours).

10:10am PT

Squeezing the phone triggers Google Assistant, so you can ask it to take a selfie. And it uses Machine Learning to tell if that squeeze was “intentional.”

Still waiting on more comprehensive updates about the camera. Hopefully it’s not all software and AI-based improvements. We’re really hoping for some hardware updates like OIS and maybe a bigger sensor or better processor.

*fingers crossed*

10:05am PT

Pixel 2: Full HD OLED display on the smaller 5-inch model. 100,000:1 contrast ratio. More than twice the contrast ratio of phones in its class (save for the iPhone X). Comes in three colors: Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White.

Pixel 2 XL: Less bezel, ‘gently curved’ screen, wide color gamut display, integrated circular polarizer so you can view the screen through sunglasses, 538 ppi (up from 534 ppi in the first Pixel XL). Comes in two colors: Just Black and ‘stylishly simple’ Black and White. We’re told the screen is optimized for VR, which may mean a pixel arrangement more amenable to high magnification.

“We don’t set aside better features for the larger device.” OOOO sick burn on Apple.

And yes, they are both IP67 dust and water resistant! On par with the iPhone, but a bit short of Samsung’s IP68. That’s a big upgrade from the IP53 rating of last year’s phones (what do IP ratings mean?).

10:00am PT

Google VP Mario Queiroz on stage, getting ready to talk about a ‘smarter’ and ‘simpler’ smartphone.

The Google Pixel 2, designed “with the best of Google built in.” Comes in 2 sizes, 5-inch and 6-inch XL. More Google Assistant capabilities and will “continue to offer the best photography.”

9:58am PT

One hour later, we’re FINALLY about to hear about Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL!!!

9:55am PT

The 12.3-inch Quad HD touchscreen is nice, it’s the first laptop with Google Assistant built in, and the laptop comes with the new Google Pen that can be used in concert with Google Assistant. 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity… wonder how well photo editing in Lightroom on the Pixelbook works with the pen?

9:49am PT

*Sigh*…

Still waiting on the Google Pixel 2 launch. Moving on to Pixelbook from Google Home. It’s like they’re TRYING to torture the photo nerds. Let’s see if there’s any photo-centric reasons to be excited about the Pixelbook…

9:35am PT

We’re getting a bunch of Google Home updates/announcements. There’s a small one now… something about fabric… they needed 100+ tries to find an appropriately grey grey… cool stuff… clearly we’re very interested in this part.

*insert Jeopardy waiting music here*

9:21am PT

Next generation of Google devices are “fast” and “easy to use” and “anticipate your needs.” Products that get faster and more helpful over time thanks to machine learning.

9:19am PT

Rick Osterloh: “Pixel had the best and top rated smartphone camera. We’re really proud with how well the Pixel did as our first generation smartphone.”

He’s not wrong. But there’s a lot of room to improve…

Rick is talking about the challenges facing hardware development. So Google is going to take a “different approach” to smartphone [photography] advances by living at “the intersection of AI, software and hardware.”

9:12am PT

Pichai is confident that Google is at the forefront of driving the shift to this AI-first future.

One of the major leaps forward Google has made, is in Object Detection, which he says is now at 45% accuracy! The company is using this tech in Google Lens and, says Pichai, in the Google Pixel smartphones.

9:05am PT

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on stage. Started with a somber note about the horrifying tragedy in Las Vegas, and the natural disasters around the world.

Now talking about how Google is using machine learning technology to improve everything from Google Maps, to parking difficulty prediction, to Google Translate. Pichai is “excited about a shift from a Mobile-first to an AI-first world.”

This shift will no doubt have a major impact on the future of mobile photography.

8:59am PT

Are you ready? The Google DJs are winding down the music.

8:45am PT

We’re officially inside the SF Jazz Center waiting for the presentation to start! A few things we’re hoping for: optical image stabilization, better depth of field simulation with live preview, and a much more durable Pixel 2/XL on par with the iPhones (IP67 rating) or even Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 (IP68 rating).

8:30am PT

Hot on the heels of Apple’s own smartphone announcement, Google is taking on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X with its own release. In T-minus 30 minutes, Google is set to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (among a few other things) and we’ll be covering the launch live from San Francisco on Twitter and on this page.

Watch the livestream with us, and keep refreshing this page for up-to-the-minute takes on all things photography related from the Google event.


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Feature-boosting Panasonic GH5 Firmware 2.0 is officially live

28 Sep

The long-awaited ‘Firmware Update Version 2.0’ for Panasonic’s GH5 is officially live today. The update was teased when the camera was first unveiled, and more details about the update were released in August. But even then, the official release date was a mystery. We only knew that it would drop at ‘the end of September.’

Well, it turns out ‘the end of September’ meant today: September 27th, 2017.

If you own a GH5 you’ll want to head to Panasonic’s support website and download this firmware update ASAP. You can get a full breakdown of the features this update adds or improves upon here, but here’s a quick list of the most prominent boosts:

  • 400Mbps All-I compression options in 4K (200Mbps in 1080)
  • Higher resolution 4:3 video capture for shooting with anamorphic lenses
  • Hybrid Log Gamma shooting mode (HDR TV-ready Log shooting)
  • More responsive autofocus, especially in 24p video shooting
  • USB-based tethered shooting option with free Mac/Win software
  • Additional Stabilization mode steadier hand-held video
  • Improvements to 6K and 4K Photo modes

Grab the free update for yourself at this link, and be sure to check out our full Firmware Version 2.0 feature breakdown while your camera updates:

GH5 Firmware 2.0 Feature Breakdown

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Aurora HDR 2018 pre-orders go live ahead of September 28 launch

13 Sep

Macphun has started taking pre-orders for Aurora HDR 2018, giving both Windows and Mac users a chance to purchase the software ahead of its launch later this month. The pre-order period will run from September 12-27 and includes a special lower price of $ 89 for new customers versus the regular $ 249 rate. Existing Aurora HDR customers can update for $ 49.

The Aurora HDR 2018 pre-orders are bundled with four free bonuses: a travel photo training video by Matt Granger, five sets of HDR Brackets by Pros, a 3-month membership to Zenfolio, and an HDR training video by Trey Ratcliff. According to Macphun, these bonuses have a value of $ 150.

Head to the Aurora HDR 2018 site to pre-order. The software will be available starting on September 28.

Via: CanonRumors

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Lighting 103: How Designers Gel Live Performances

09 Sep

Abstract: A dynamic, 3-D scene and hundreds of sources—a talk with a theatrical lighting designer


Photo ©Lucas Krech

Today in Lighting 103, a little side trip. Fair warning: we are taking a bit of a deep dive. For some of you this will make your eyes glaze over. But for others, it'll be a very cool look into the way live performance lighting designers think with respect to color.

No worries; we'll be back in the center of the bell curve in the next installment.

A Chat with Lucas Krech

New York-based Lucas Krech is a lighting designer who works with operas, dances, plays and performance pieces. He is also is a photographer, which is how we originally intersected via Twitter.

A ways back, I wrote to him to find out a little more about how people approach the process of lighting live performances. What I got back was basically a firehose/brain dump that gave me a fascinating look into how he thinks. Read more »
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Where Gods Live: Forest Environment Enhanced by Live Digital Projections

01 Aug

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

As if forests aren’t magical enough already, the Japanese art/technology collective Teamlab will be live-projecting their signature transforming visuals onto the surfaces of Mifuneyama Rakuen Park, giving visitors the feeling of being on an alien planet. ‘Forest Where Gods Live’ is a collection of individual installations with names like ‘Ever Blossoming Life Rock,’ Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats,’ ‘Memory of Continuous Life’ and ‘Resonating Forest.’

“TeamLab is executing an art project called ‘Digitized Nature’ where ‘Nature Becomes Art.’ The concept of the project is that non-material digital art can turn nature into art without harming it. We exist as part of a process of eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for us, however, to sense this in our everyday life. It was when we were wandering through the woods that we realized the shapes of those giant rocks, caves and forests, that have been formed over an infinite amount of time, are the continuous cycle of life itself.”

“By applying digital art to this unique environment, the exhibition celebrates a massive chunk of life that nests on such continuity. In Mifuneyama Rakuen, we got lost in the ambiguous border of garden and forest, and finally, we have come to realize we exist on the borderless continuity between nature and humans.”

Sponsored by Japanese beauty brand Shiseido, the awe-inspiring installation will be in place throughout the 500,000-square-meter garden located in the Saga prefecture July 14th through October 9th, 2017. If you can’t make it out there in person to experience the immersive exhibit firsthand, taking some time to delve into the individual pieces on the teamLab website is well worth it. The collective has produced a number of videos showing their projections in action, with descriptions of their inspiration behind each one.

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Join us and the Nikon D7500 for a Facebook Live chat Friday, June 9th, 1pm EST

11 Jun

DPReview editor and music photographer Dan Bracaglia took the Nikon D7500 along with his D750 to shoot the Big Bldg Bash music festival in Seattle.

On Friday, June 9th at 1pm EST, he’ll join fellow editor Carey Rose on Facebook Live to talk candidly about how it fared as well as his thoughts on how it fits into Nikon’s current lineup. We’ll also be fielding your questions live – join us!

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Out of Gas: Abandoned Station Will Live its Golden Years as a Venue

06 Jun

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ]

A formerly abandoned gas station in London’s White City district may have outlived its usefulness in its original purpose, but it’s got a new, more relaxing job to do in the ‘hereafter.’ If all those pastel colors didn’t tip you off, the station is in retirement, and it will live out its golden years acting as a colorful venue for pop-up events in the midst of a decade-long urban regeneration effort aiming to create a “thriving, creative neighborhood.”

The station, located on Wood Lane, sits between the BBC’s former headquarters at the Television Centre and White City Place, the former BBC Media Village, both of which will reopen this year after redevelopment. Designer duo Craig & Karl, aka Craig Redman and Karl Maier, took inspiraiton from the bright colors of a television test card for the station’s cheerful new palette and decorated it in their signature graphic style.

“We view this project as the petrol station’s second life, or ‘wonder years,’ which led us to use the words ‘here after’ as a reference to heaven or utopia,” say the designers. “Now that the petrol station has fulfilled its duty, so to speak, it’s free to enjoy itself.”

In a jam-packed, space-challenged city where so few people even own vehicles, this is an especially fitting and fun revitalization of a disused urban space. Doesn’t it make you wish all gas stations were treated as art objects?

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