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Audrey Hepburn’s Iconic Wardrobe Will Be Auctioned at Christie’s

Audrey Hepburn’s Iconic Wardrobe Will Be Auctioned at Christie’s
Few Hollywood starlets have had the lasting style legacy that Audrey Hepburn has had; her elegance, chic looks, and classic taste remains timeless. Later this month, Christie’s is set to hold an exhibit and major auction on a number of Hepburn’s famous ensembles and personal belongings ranging from annotated movie scripts to accessories, beginning online on Sept. 19 with a live auction on Sept. 27.
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Audrey Hepburn’s Iconic Wardrobe Will Be Auctioned at Christie’s

Hasselblad’s X1D Field Kit is a Medium Format Starter Pack for $17,500

Hasselblad’s X1D Field Kit is a Medium Format Starter Pack for ,500

Hasselblad has just unveiled a new discounted Field Kit that contains the X1D-50c medium format mirrorless camera, 3 XCD lenses, a Pelican case, and a collection of accessories.

The Field Kit offers an “excellent value, all-encompassing package tailored for X1D enthusiasts.”

The lenses included are the 30mm f/3.5, the 45mm f/3.5, and the 90mm f/3.2. They’re packed away into a specially tailored Pelican case, providing “robust protection and easily transportable equipment.”

Hasselblad has also thrown in cleaning equipment (a cleaning cloth, dust blower, and lens pen), as well as 2 camera batteries, a shoulder and wrist strap, and a USB cable.

The X1D-50c, 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm currently cost $8,995, $3,995, $2,695, and $3,195, respectively, for a total of $18,880 if you purchase those 4 items separately. And that’s not including the Pelican case and accessories you get with this Field Kit.

Pre-orders for the X1D Field Kit are available now for $17,500 on the Hasselblad website and through retailers such as B&H, and it will start shipping on September 20th, 2017.


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Hasselblad’s X1D Field Kit is a Medium Format Starter Pack for ,500

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm announced today that a series of firmware updates are coming to X Series mirrorless cameras later this year. As rumors foretold, the X-Pro2 will be getting 4K video recording as part of its update.

The new firmware versions will be released for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F, and X-T20 to add new features and improve operability. Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to each camera:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Version 4.0

  1. Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes (excluding HDMI output for recording).
  2. Supports tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi using compatible software to enable transfer of images to a computer, or to control the camera from the computer. (Requires FUJIFILM X Acquire and Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO/Tether Shooting Plug-in)
  3. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  4. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  5. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  6. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X-T2 Version 3.0

  1. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  4. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X100F Version 2.0

  1. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.

Fujifilm X-T20 Version 1.1

  1. Touch panel operation while looking into the electronic viewfinder.

The firmware updates will be available for download sometime in November and December 2017 depending on which camera you have.


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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Polaroid is Teasing a Huge Return to Its Instant Photo Roots

Polaroid is Teasing a Huge Return to Its Instant Photo Roots

Polaroid has a huge announcement scheduled for next week. The company’s website now features a teaser for a September 13th reveal, and it sounds like Polaroid is going to make a splash by going back to its instant photography roots.

Here’s a look at some of the messages that are displaying under the countdown timer.

It definitely sounds like Polaroid is planning to unveil some next-level Instant film technology. Instant photography fans may see “analog dreams” fulfilled with “the most complex set of man-made chemical reactions ever.”

The teaser about the 3-year-old girl’s challenge is a reference to Polaroid’s origins. It’s said that inventor Edwin Land was on a vacation with his 3-year-old daughter when she asked why she couldn’t see a photo he snapped of her right away. Inspired by this question, Land decided to create a camera system that would produce instantly viewable photos. In 1948, the Polaroid Land Model 95 was born.

It was a huge milestone in the history of photography, and Polaroid is suggesting that it will be making an equally significant announcement on September 13th, 2017.

It’s also not surprising that Polaroid would have huge plans and ambitions now. After years of licensing out its brand to other companies for all kinds of Polaroid-branded products, Polaroid was sold back in May to the same family that owns The Impossible Project, which produces analog instant films for old Polaroid cameras. The Smolokowski family may now be trying to help the Polaroid brand regain its former glory.

September 13th looks like it’ll be quite an exciting day for photography fans. Stay tuned.

(via Polaroid via The Phoblographer)


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Polaroid is Teasing a Huge Return to Its Instant Photo Roots

V Edit: Strike A Chord

V Edit: Strike A Chord
Once considered a rigid and rather unsexy fabric, corduroy is staging its return just in time for Fall. This season the runways were ablaze with various fabrications of corduroy in shades of burgundy, chestnut and mustard yellow marking the victorious return of corduroy. Notably, Prada served up a pair of updated mahogany trousers that were low-slung and slouchy, while Marc Jacobs decked out a shearling corduroy jacket in blood red, equipped with coordinating flares.
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V Edit: Strike A Chord

Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma

Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma

Want to see what it’s like to fly into the eye of one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded? After Hurricane Irma developed into a Category 5 storm yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew airplanes directly into the hurricane to gather weather data. Cameras on the planes captured videos and photos of the experience.

Here are a couple of videos showing what flying through Irma’s 185mph (~298kmh) winds was like. This first one is by Nick Underwood of NOAA and shows the fierceness of the storm:

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Once the plane enters the eye of the storm, everything becomes eerily quiet and peaceful. Here’s a video by Rob Mitchell of NOAA:

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Here are some still photos by CDR Kibbey of NOAA from inside the eye:

Hurricane Irma is now recognised as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. And in case you’re wondering: airplanes are better at flying through hurricanes than thunderstorms because they can easily deal with horizontal winds but struggle with vertical winds.


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Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma

How to Spot a Photography Lover on Tinder

How to Spot a Photography Lover on Tinder

Reddit user Blownsh*tup was chatting with a Tinder dating app match named Orli when the two had this brilliant and punny exchange.

The girl had a solid reply:

So that’s how you identify a fellow photography enthusiast on dating services…


Image credits: Screenshots by /u/Blownsh*tup and used with permission


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How to Spot a Photography Lover on Tinder

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator is an image editor for macOS that launched back in 2007 and has since grown into a formidable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in a previously untouchable domain. Now the company has just announced a Pro version of its software, which is set to be released this fall.

On the surface, Pixelmator Pro has a completely redesigned interface that aims to reduce the clutter. The company says it is “designed exclusively for working with images”, and it puts the image front-and-center, eschewing the floating windows of its predecessor for a streamlined and unified display.

Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is fully native to macOS, meaning you get all of the niceties that the operating system brings: built-in versioning, split view, iCloud support, native tabs, touch bar support, and trackpad force touch.

The team has taken advantage of macOS’ Metal 2 to improve GPU utilization, and Apple’s CoreML framework to introduce AI machine learning features to the software. This enables things like automatic layer naming based on content, automatic horizon straightening, more intelligent selections and a Repair tool to remove and replace sections of your image (think Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill).

“Using machine learning, Pixelmator Pro automatically recognizes the contents of images and gives descriptive names to every layer you add to your composition. In real-time. So you don’t end up with a bunch of layers called Layer 1 to Layer 99. Just drop in a photo from your Photos library or elsewhere on your Mac and it will automatically be named for you.”
“With the help of machine learning, Pixelmator Pro detects the horizon in images to automatically straighten your shots for you.”
“Featuring an algorithm developed and enhanced using machine learning, the Repair Tool lets you paint over objects to remove them, recreating image areas with stunning realism. It intelligently matches surrounding colors, textures, and even the structure of the image to naturally repair areas. As if by magic.”

Pixelmator Pro allows full RAW editing and adjustments with nondestructive edits, but it lacks the library management tools of Lightroom. It also includes what the company calls a “cutting-edge painting engine”, allowing for brush painting that is “staggeringly responsive, fluid, and natural”.

The software will be available this fall, with the price yet to be announced. It’s not clear whether the original Pixelmator will run alongside the advanced Pro version, but the former is currently priced at $30 on macOS. Pixelmator Pro will also be released on the iPad sometime after the macOS launch and will be competing heavily with Affinity Photo for the iOS photo editing crown.

You can find out more about Pixelmator Pro on the extensive launch website that has just gone live.


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Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features