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B&H is Shipping an Extra $3,200 Sony a7R III to Customers by Accident

B&H is Shipping an Extra ,200 Sony a7R III to Customers by Accident

When I picked up my new $3,200 Sony a7R III camera from B&H Photo at UPS on Monday morning, I was surprised at how it was packed, because it was a box inside a box. This never happens, so imagine my surprise when I opened this rather large second box to find two cameras inside.

Knowing the law, for a split second I knew that I could keep what was inside, but I immediately reached out to my contact at B&H Photo during my drive home to find out what happened. Considering others received and unboxed cameras from B&H Photo on YouTube, I hoped it was a one-off error, so I worked with them to figure out how this happened. They figured out that any 7lbs box being shipped must be a double pack, which was where our conversation stopped.

Since then, I have discovered that I was not the only one to receive two cameras. I am not sure why this person wanted to be on the news for returning something they didn’t pay for, but I highly encourage any of you to do the same thing.

Depending on the size of this error someone will likely lose their job around the holidays. There are also your fellow photographers out there that are being deprived of stock by this error of unknown size.

I’ve done some digging and I know more than 20 people who have received an extra camera, so that is a fairly significant loss on everyone’s behalf. Roughly $66,000 is not a bad salary and it could be a much larger error than that, so if the cameras aren’t returned you can bet jobs will be lost.

I don’t believe in a lot in this world and karma certainly hasn’t worked in my favor, but it still doesn’t change things. People should try to do the right thing. So if you receive a second camera in error, contact B&H Photo. If they take the time to reach out to you because you received one, just send it back and be happy with the camera you paid for.

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading.

About the author: Louis Ferriera is a second-generation Leica photographer that learned analog photography on a first production year Leica M3 that he inherited from his uncle. Photography has been an avocation of his for 25 years and he became involved in professional photography when the transition to digital photography began in the 90s. You can find more by Louis on Fuji Addict, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, 500px, and Twitter. This article was also published here.

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B&H is Shipping an Extra ,200 Sony a7R III to Customers by Accident

50% of All Flickr Photos Are Shot with Smartphones Now — Mostly iPhones

50% of All Flickr Photos Are Shot with Smartphones Now — Mostly iPhones

The rise of smartphone photography just hit another milestone: for the first time in Flickr’s history, half of all photos being uploaded to the photo-sharing service were shot with a smartphone in 2017.

In addition to revealing the most popular photos of 2017, Flickr today also shared its annual review of camera trends across its platform.

Here’s the breakdown of what cameras photographers are using for the photos being uploaded to Flickr:

Smartphones hit 50% this year, up from 48% in 2016 and 39% in 2015. DSLRs had 33% share, up from 25% in 2016 and 31% in 2015.

Point-and-shoots were a big loser and the victim of the smartphone’s rise, dropping to 12% this year, down from 21% in 2016 and 25% in 2015. Finally, mirrorless cameras have yet to make a big move in the industry: they represented 4% of photos this year, up from 3% the previous two years.

Here’s a breakdown of the camera brand representation on Flickr in 2017:

“When it comes to brands, Apple iPhones remained the dominant camera models, with 54% of the top 100 devices being named iPhone and an almost clean sweep of the top 10 Devices of 2017, accounting for 9 our of the top 10 devices,” Flickr says.

The most popular cameras were the iPhone 6, 6S, and 5S, in that order. The only non-iPhone camera in the top 10 was the Canon 5D Mark III, which placed #9 in 2017. The Canon 5D Mark II was in the top 10 last year, but it has since dropped out and been overtaken by yet another iPhone model.

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50% of All Flickr Photos Are Shot with Smartphones Now — Mostly iPhones

Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung smartphone are about to get a lot more internal storage. Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage solution that will appear in the next generation of smartphones from the South Korean giant.

The 512GB chips will provide vast internal storage space and may spell the end of the need for microSD cards by most smartphone users who want to store years of photo and video memories.

Samsung says that this is the first chip of its size in the mobile industry that offers this new level of “unparalleled storage capacity and outstanding performance.” It takes up the same amount of physical space as Samsung’s previous 256GB chip, so it’s unlikely we’ll see smartphones increase in size as a result.

Smartphones using the new 512GB chip will be able to store about 130 10-minute-long 4K Ultra HD video clips.

“The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of micro SD cards,” says Samsung VP Jaesoo Han. “By assuring an early, stable supply of this advanced embedded storage, Samsung is taking a big step forward in contributing to timely launches of next-generation mobile devices by mobile manufacturers around the world.”

Samsung has introduced a new “power management technology” in the chip, helping to minimize the “inevitable” increase in the amount of energy required to run it.

The new chip will be able to do fast transfers, boasting read and write speeds of 860MB/s and 255MB/s respectively. At these speeds, a 5GB video clip can be transferred to an SSD in about 6 seconds — that’s over 8 times faster than a “typical” microSD card.

For random operations, the chip can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS — that’s about 400 times faster than the 100 IOPS of a conventional microSD card.

Samsung has said that it intends to “steadily increase an aggressive production volume” for the 512GB chips, as well as expanding the previous 256GB chip’s production.

“This should meet the increase in demand for advanced embedded mobile storage, as well as for premium SSDs and removable memory cards with high density and performance,” says Samsung.

(via Samsung via DPReview)

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Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District
As it stands, Gucci is a fashion force to be reckoned with. And over the course of several months, the Italian fashion house has celebrated their décor line at Maxfield, started a holiday gift giving initiative, and is now opening a storefront in the Miami Design District just in time for Art Basel. The imaginative design concept, conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, features a two-floor boutique decorated with velvet armchairs, pale pink velvet dressing rooms, textured rugs and…

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Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Artist Stole Photos for $15,000 Public Art Installation

Artist Stole Photos for ,000 Public Art Installation

Here’s a tip for the digital age: if you’re commissioned with $15,000 to create a public art installation in a large city, don’t steal photos from the Internet and pretend they’re your own. That’s the mistake one well-known artist in Canada recently made, sparking a good deal of controversy and embarrassment.

A couple of years ago, Calgary artist Derek Michael Besant was commissioned by his city to create a temporary art exhibit that aimed to make an underpass “more neighbourly” as part of the “4th Street S.W. Underpass Enchancement Project.”

Avenue Calgary Magazine reported in 2015 that Besant — a man who formerly headed the drawing department at the Alberta College of Art and Design for 16 years — visited the underpass with a camera, recorder, and notepad, photographing and interviewing passersby to capture profiles of them.

“I didn’t want to decorate anything,” Besant said at the time. “I wanted it to reflect something about the site. I thought the context of the place was more critical to address than put a picture of something in there.”

His final artwork, titled Snapshots, was a series of 20 giant Polaroid-style photos installed on both sides of the underpass. Each one contained a blurred portrait and quotes given by subjects Besant interviewed.

Photo by Derek Michael Besant
Photo by Derek Michael Besant

“We encounter all theses different groups,” Besant told Avenue Calgary Magazine. “They’re certainly concentrated in that one corridor. It’s a real a cross section of the city.”

Except the photos weren’t what Besant said they were.

Late last month, UK comedian Bisha Ali was contacted by a Canadian friend who had noticed her face staring back at him in the Calgary underpass exhibition.

Despite the blur applied to the photo, Ali recognized it as this photo that had been taken of her by Jayde Adams:

Surprised, Ali began investigating the exhibition. She soon discovered the project’s website and learned that it was a government-funded art exhibition that had a public art budget of $20,000 CAD (~$15,600).

After finding more photos of the installation, Ali realized that she recognized quite a few of the other faces in the photos — they were other comedians that she knew.

Comedian Sofie Hagen then confirmed that it was her in one of the photos.

At this point, Ali knew she was definitely onto something.

After some more sleuthing, it was discovered that Besant had lifted the photos from the program for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival of comedy — that’s why so many of the faces were of faces that Ali recognized. Nearly every face was eventually matched to a comedian in the program:

As word of this dishonest exhibition spread and controversy grew, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi requested an investigation into the exhibit, Maclean’s reports. Besant responded by advising officials to take down the artworks.

After consideration, Calgary decided to take down the art last week. It appears Besant’s website has been taken down as well.

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Artist Stole Photos for ,000 Public Art Installation

Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

It started full of hope and possibilities: In 2011, Lytro promised a camera that could change photography forever with its light-field technology, which allowed photographers to refocus after the shot. But having already announced a change in the company’s direction towards video rather than consumer still cameras, Lytro has now shut down its online sharing platform for light-field still images. is no more.

The platform was used by Lytro camera owners to share interactive images where the focus could be selected simply by clicking on any part of the scene. With the closure of the service, it’s now impossible for owners of Lytro cameras to share such interactive images online — the Lytro desktop application is now the only remaining way to refocus shots.

Other ways you can still experience the images are by printing them as 3D lenticular prints or through a VR headset. If you want to share such an image online, the only thing you can now do is export a standard video, JPEG, or GIF file.

Lytro’s original light field camera.

“More than two years ago, Lytro began focusing on Light Field video solutions for the cinema and virtual reality industries and discontinued the manufacturing and distribution of Lytro cameras for photography,” writes Lytro. “As a part of our plan to further focus on these new efforts, the ability to publish from Lytro Desktop and Lytro Mobile to will be discontinued.”

Any Lytro photos embedded on websites will no longer work, and there’s no way of circumventing that. The company says all the stored images are gone for good. In fact, you can now see the missing embedded file on a previous post PetaPixel wrote about the Lytro web viewer.

In other news, Lytro just announced the Immerge 2.0, its new volumetric video camera that’s covered with lenses.

(via Lytro via DPReview)

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Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

I Shot 7 Photos of the Same Location in Different Seasons

I Shot 7 Photos of the Same Location in Different Seasons

Throughout the years, I noticed that I visit the same locations around my house many times to see how they look during different seasons and different times of the day. Sometimes the area where you live may not motivate you very much to photograph because you see the same things every day. However, when I started photography, I began to see the world (and my home area) in a different way.

I started to look for compositions everywhere, and I now have a bunch of spots that I like to revisit. I am always surprised that these spots almost never look the same. This is an example of a tree lane about 5 minutes drive from my house. There are 7 shots taken throughout the year in different seasons and different times of the day. Even during specific seasons with only a few days difference, things can look totally different in a photograph.

Here are some tips on shooting the same locations over and over:

1. I often drive around in my car and see potential spots. Just stop and get out when you see something interesting. Look through your viewfinder with different lenses and see what works best. Use a 70-200mm for compression (good for trees and stuff).

2. Interesting roads, straight or curved, can look cool in pictures, especially with zoom lenses.

3. Look for lonely houses that stand out. They can often be found in the countryside. Some houses have nice trees around them that look different throughout the seasons.

4. I like to look at farms through different seasons because they always grow different things.

5. When you don’t have time but you see something interesting from your car, just do a quick snap with your mobile phone. You can check the GPS data of the photo later and see where you took it to return.

6. Try to visualize how a scene would look during not only a different season but also time of day. How does the sun rise from it in the morning and where does it set in the evening? How will the light affect the scene? Is it at a place where there’ often fog? How would rain affect the scene? Try to see this in your head and then decide when it would be worth checking it out.

7. Push yourself to check a scene you like near your house as much as you can, even if you think you already shot it in the same conditions. You’d be surprised how often a certain scene can change depending on weather and seasons. Also, you never know what happens on the way. I am sometimes unmotivated, but when I push myself to go out, I often find scenes or conditions that I didn’t expect. When you don’t go out, you don’t get anything.

8. Every country has their own charms. I often hear people say, “Where I live, everything is boring.” That’s because you live/grew up there! You can’t see the beauty. Push yourself to go to spots that have photographic potential and try to see it. I often hear people in my own country say the same thing: “The Netherlands is boring, we don’t have mountains, everything is flat.” Focus on what you do have (we have beautiful forests, windmills, tulips, picturesque canals, etc).

I hope you found this useful.

About the author: Albert Dros is a 31-year-old award-winning Dutch photographer. His work has been published by some of the world’s biggest media channels, including TIME, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and National Geographic. You can find more of his work on his website, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram. This article was also published here.

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I Shot 7 Photos of the Same Location in Different Seasons

Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Line of Merch

Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Line of Merch
You’ve been a fan of Pat McGrath’s beautiful makeup for as long as you can remember. You’ve worn her cosmetics—and now you can sport her first ever line of apparel.
This week, the makeup artist launches her first-ever collection of branded merchandise for longtime fans, selling several limited edition pieces reflective of her iconic beauty looks. The launch comes just in time for the holidays, along with the re-release of three Pat McGrath Lab kits.
Featuring a number of short and long s…

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Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Line of Merch

Shooting the Milky Way Handheld with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art Lens

Shooting the Milky Way Handheld with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art Lens

After getting his hands on the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lens recently, photographer Alyn Wallace decided to take it out into the Elan Valley Dark Sky Park in Wales to put it through its paces. His first test: shooting the Milky Way handheld.

“With the f/1.8 aperture you can let in so much light onto your sensor,” Wallace says. “This is the fastest super-wide-angle lens ever made. Sigma have totally defied the laws of physics to create this lens.”

Wallace went into the dark sky park (one of the darkest places in Wales) with the Sigma 14mm mounted to his Sony a7S II using Sigma’s MC-11 Canon to Sony adapter, which allows the lens to work with Sony’s SteadyShot in-body stabilization.

Wallace shooting the Milky Way handheld with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art

Wallace ended up shooting a 1-second exposure at f/1.8 and ISO 51200:

The straight-out-of-camera image was very noisy and pretty dark, but after some adjustments and noise-reduction in Lightroom, Nik Dfine, Wallace was surprised by the result.

“This image turned out way better than I was expecting it to,” Wallace says. “The final image is surprisingly clean. It cleaned up really nice. The detail that’s left even after that aggressive noise reduction is so impressive.

“I think this is a testament to how well this lens resolves detail because noise reduction algorithms are programmed to look for edges and to try and retain detail in those edges by not blurring them and smoothing them out. Because this lens resolves detail so well, the noise reduction software has an easy job of knowing where to do the noise reduction and where not.

After doing his handheld test, Wallace stuck his camera onto a tripod and did further tests to see how well the lens would perform with ordinary use in astrophotography. You can watch those tests and Wallace’s thoughts in the 13-minute vlog at the top of this post.

“In conclusion, the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lens… I can sum it up in three words: it’s a beast,” Wallace says. “It’s a beast in that it’s big and heavy, but it’s a beast in its performance — the sharpness and the detail that it resolves. It’s just second to none. It’s in a league of its own.”

P.S. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is another camera that performs well when shooting the Milky Way handheld. We’ve previously shared examples here and here.

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Shooting the Milky Way Handheld with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art Lens