DJI Matrice 200 Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky

DJI Matrice 200 Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky

If you fly a DJI Matrice 200 drone, beware: there are reports of the drone losing power and falling out of the sky. DJI says it’s currently investigating.

BBC News reports that UK police have grounded the drone after a police drone “experienced an in-flight issue” and landed onto the roof of a commercial building. Officials later stated that some of the drones suffered a “complete loss of power during flight.”

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) then followed up with a notice warning that a bug can result “in the aircraft falling directly to the ground,” even when the battery still holds a charge. As a result, the CAA is advising that operators stay at least 50m (164ft) away from (and never directly above) people, vehicles, and structures.

DJI quickly issued a notice last Friday acknowledging that it received reports of the issue and vowing to investigate and fix the problem.

DJI followed up with another notice today advising owners to fly with caution if they use TB50 and TB55 in their drones.

DJI’s TB50 (left) and TB55 (right) batteries.

“DJI is investigating reports that a small number of batteries have shown incorrect power levels that have led to loss of power mid-flight,” DJI writes, saying that it’s working on a firmware update for the affected batteries that will provide “improvements to flight safety.”

You’ll be able to download the firmware fix through the DJI Pilot App in the “coming weeks.” Until then, DJI is instructing owners to land and recharge when their batteries reach about 30% of their capacity.

These latest reports are reminiscent of the disastrous launch of the GoPro Karma camera drone back in 2016, when owners also had their drones plummet mid-flight. GoPro quickly recalled the Karma and later determined that the power loss was caused by a faulty battery clasp. The Karma was returned to the market, but it wasn’t able to find a place in an industry dominated by DJI — GoPro announced in January 2018 that it would be killing off the Karma and exiting the drone business.

(via DJI via Engadget)


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DJI Matrice 200 Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky

Laowa 10-18mm: The World’s Widest Rectilinear Full-Frame Zoom Lens

Laowa 10-18mm: The World’s Widest Rectilinear Full-Frame Zoom Lens

The Chinese lens manufacturer Venus Optics has revealed the full details of its new Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE lens for Sony mirrorless cameras. It’s the world’s widest rectilinear full-frame zoom lens.

The lens was first unveiled back in April 2018, but details were slim and there was no word on pricing and availability.

Venus says that the lens was created in response to mirrorless camera shooters wanting a compact wide-angle zoom lens. The 10-18mm is the smallest lens in its class, measuring just 3.5 inches long, weighing just 17.5 ounces (<500g), and having a lens diameter of 70mm.

“It is a welcome relief for landscape, adventure or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and struggling to find a compact wide-angle zoom to pair up with their cameras,” Venus says.

The lens has a field of view that ranges from 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm), allowing for “many impossible shots.”

A rear filter thread on the lens supports 37mm UV/ND filters.

There’s also an optional 100mm magnetic filter holder system.

Features and specs of the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE include a 5-blade aperture, 14 elements in 10 groups, a minimum focusing distance of just 0.5 feet (15cm), 0.25x magnification for macro photos, and a switch that toggles click/clickless aperture adjustments.

Here are some sample photos captured using the lens:

In 2016, Venus Optics unveiled the world’s widest f/2.8 rectilinear lens in the Laowa 12mm f/2.8. Prior to this latest Laowa 10-18mm lens, the previous “widest” title holder for this class of lenses was the Canon 11-24mm f/4L.

The new Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE will hit store shelves in late November 2018 with a price tag of $849. Pre-orders can be placed now.


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Laowa 10-18mm: The World’s Widest Rectilinear Full-Frame Zoom Lens

Rebecca and Fiona Talk The “Art of Being a Girl”

Rebecca and Fiona Talk The “Art of Being a Girl”
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Swedish pop duo Rebecca & Fiona are a single entity, split into two bodies. For one, they’re prone to finishing each other’s sentences, as if they’re operating from a singular hive mind. They rarely (if ever) fight and their fearless, always on point aesthetic suggests they pull their sort-of-but-not-overly coordinated looks from a single closet. To be friends with one is to be friends with both. They even share an Instagram account.   

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Rebecca and Fiona Talk The “Art of Being a Girl”

SZA Teases Sooner-Than-Expected New Album

SZA Teases Sooner-Than-Expected New Album
Hide your wigs and your coins because SZA is ready to snatch them both. Following her set at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse festival last night, which included a surprise cameo by fellow headliner Cardi B, the V113 cover star dropped yet another surprise: that she’s currently hard at work on a follow-up to her 2017 smash CTRL—and it could arrive before the end of the year.

In an interview backstage with the NYC-based radio station, SZA vowed that the album would be even more personal than her…

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SZA Teases Sooner-Than-Expected New Album

How to Shoot and Retouch a Dynamic Cosmetics Ad in Photoshop

How to Shoot and Retouch a Dynamic Cosmetics Ad in Photoshop

Highly stylized looks offer a great learning opportunity to the beginner or intermediate product photographer. When items are placed on a composite-heavy background, there are certain considerations we can make in-camera to avoid a headache in Photoshop.

Since we are using speedlights, we’ve used adapters to make them fit inside stripboxes, which are great modifiers for controlling the light to flatter our cosmetic. By placing our stripbox behind the subject at a 45-degree angle, we can add a nice edge light which will make our product stand out on the dark composited background.

By setting this light up while other lights are off, we can get a strong read on how the edge light is positioned. We can also avoid flare, by getting a pure look at the contrast present in the black background. Here we adjusted the angle of our light a couple times before we achieved this stark level of contrast while cutting the edge out nicely.

Since our product cap is glossy, it will reflect our lighting directly. This incentivizes the use of a diffuser, which, in combination with a stripbox, will give us a larger area to reflect light onto the cap. By placing the stripbox such that it is almost perpendicular to the diffusion panel, we can create a gradient going from the inside to the outside of the cap. We turned our edge light off while we made these adjustments.

The gradient gives an edgy look to the product, while flattering the matte & glossy materials, and sufficiently lighting the brand name and text.

Now we can turn our edge light back on, and we will see right away a fashionable look emerge with just two speedlights. Of course, any type of lighting can be used here, as long as you can modify it properly. The strip boxes helped a great deal in crafting this look with precision.

Reflective frames can give you good data to incorporate in post-production, and it only takes a quick second to hold a piece of paper or card, to bounce some fill back in the subjects darker right side. Even if you don’t use all of this data, it takes a moment to capture and would be a huge headache to “fake” in Photoshop.

Mounting our product on a wire, allows us to diligently tweak the lighting, making our compositing work very straightforward. Shooting the accompanying applicator is as simple as cleaning it off and placing it similarly in the boldly lit environment.

By ensuring our products are sufficiently lit and carved off the backdrop nicely with an edge light, we create an easy time in Photoshop. The high level of contrast makes the items easy to select out, while the bright edges ensure the product will sit confidently on a low-key composited backdrop. We used pixels here as a background element, though this is just one small application of an array of looks that will now be at your fingertips.


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About the author: Dustin Dolby is a commercial photographer and speedlight enthusiast. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Dolby teaches photography through his YouTube Channel, workphlo, where he breaks down studio setups using minimal gear and retouching techniques.


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A 3-Minute Explanation of Bit Depth in Digital Photography

A 3-Minute Explanation of Bit Depth in Digital Photography

Don’t know what it means when one camera shoots 8-bit photos while another one shoots 10-bit? Here’s a helpful primer by ZY Productions that will bring you up to speed on the basics of bit depth in less than 3 minutes.

If this video piques your interest in the subject, here’s a 5,648-word article on the subject that’s way more in depth — it covers both what bit depth is and practical considerations for cameras, editing, and printing.

(via ZY Productions via Fstoppers)


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A 3-Minute Explanation of Bit Depth in Digital Photography

Creative Juxtaposed Photos of People on Beaches

Creative Juxtaposed Photos of People on Beaches

Moises Levy is a Mexico City-based photographer who uses juxtaposition to tell the story of life on beaches and open spaces. His black-and-white photo portfolio is filled with clever framing and compositions.

“Perspective changes everything,” Levy tells PetaPixel. “Human condition is the main subject of my photography. I use several resources to express my ideas in photography, like perspective and scale.

“I believe being too close to my subject help me create powerful images.”

Many of Levy’s photos are shot from a low angle through legs and objects in the foreground to create a frame-within-a-frame containing subjects in the background.

“I prefer to create anonymous subjects and for that, I like to work with backlight to create high contrast black and white images in a more graphic sense,” Levy says. “I also like to shot minimal and very clean images and for that, I use very low angles in places with almost no distractions like beaches and open spaces.”

Levy works with a single camera (a Leica or Fuji) and a single lens (a 28mm or 35mm) when he goes out to shoot.

You can find more of Levy’s work on his website and Instagram.

(via Moisés Levy via Colossal)


Image credits: Photographs by Moisés Levy and used with permission


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Creative Juxtaposed Photos of People on Beaches

About Last Night: V and Lily-Rose Depp Celebrate Halloween

About Last Night: V and Lily-Rose Depp Celebrate Halloween
Last night, V and Chanel kicked off the festive Halloween weekend with a party that is sure go down in the books as one V’s biggest bashes.

Hosted by V116 cover girl Lily-Rose Depp, the V crowd headed over the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, landing at Mission PR’s offices to do final costume touch ups, and then arrived at Dumbo’s brightest treasure, Jane’s Carousel. The river-front soiree was DJ’d by the legendary Martinez Brothers providing solid vibes  while the beautiful crowd en…

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About Last Night: V and Lily-Rose Depp Celebrate Halloween

Man’s $650 World Series Ticket Stolen Through Instagram Photo

Man’s 0 World Series Ticket Stolen Through Instagram Photo

Heads up: you should never post photos of modern event tickets online. A Boston Red Sox baseball fan just learned this lesson the hard way. After sharing a photo of his $650 ticket to Game 2 of the World Series on Instagram, he was later shocked to discover that someone had used it in his place.

Boston 25 News reports that 28-year-old Robbie Johnson arrived at Fenway Park for Game 2 on October 24th and had trouble getting into the ballpark — the ticket wasn’t being accepted by the scanning machine.

After paying a visit to ticket services, Johnson was informed that his ticket had already been scanned a couple of hours before he arrived.

Johnson eventually realized that he had posted a photo of his ticket on Instagram earlier in the day.

What he didn’t realize, however, is that the photo contained both his barcode and his unique ticket number — everything that’s needed to create a duplicate ticket. Someone had discovered Johnson’s photo and used it to gain free entry into the World Series.

Johnson ended up paying another $450 for a replacement ticket so that he could get in with his sister.

If you ever do wish to post a photo of an event ticket online, just make sure you cover or blur the barcode and unique details to prevent this type of theft.


Image credits: Header photo illustration based on photo by U.S. Air Force/Todd Maki


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