Rant: How Sony Can Fix the Terrible Menus on Its Great Cameras

Rant: How Sony Can Fix the Terrible Menus on Its Great Cameras

Many Sony shooters rave about their cameras but rant about the menu systems within them. Camera reviewer Maarten Heilbron has some ideas on what’s wrong and how things can be improved. Here’s his 11-minute video “rant” on the subject.

“Sony’s features are at the leading edge of camera technology,” says Heilbron. He accepts that this will lead to complexity in the menus, but he nevertheless remains frustrated at the lack of organization and clarity.

With the introduction of the new a7R III, Sony has adjusted the menu. Heilbron hoped that with this new generation of cameras there would be a completely redesigned menu, but he was disappointed.

There are a whopping 181 settings, excluding “My Menu,” in the A7R III’s menu. That’s a lot of options that would clearly need some proper organization to avoid having things get messy.

First off, Heilbron suggests that there is clearly room for another tab at the top of the menu system, but this hasn’t been utilized and that only increases the number of pages that need scrolling through.

The squares at the bottom only take up space and “duplicate” the page numbers nearer the top. Since these cameras have touch-enabled screens, why is this not possible to use in the menu? Heilbron thinks that’ll make things a lot quicker to navigate.

Another major hang-up is that it appears similar settings are not clustered together and are instead “interspersed” with completely irrelevant settings. This makes it a bit of a minefield to navigate.

Heilbron likes the changes to the Custom Key selections, which now let you move between pages rather than scrolling an “endless list.”

However, it seems there is still a lot of work to be done. Check out the video above to hear more of Heilbron’s thoughts and suggestions regarding Sony’s menu systems.


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Rant: How Sony Can Fix the Terrible Menus on Its Great Cameras

College Sports Photographer Was Paid by Other Schools While On the Job

College Sports Photographer Was Paid by Other Schools While On the Job

The chief photographer of the University of Tennessee Athletics Department is now under investigation and on paid leave after a state investigation found that he photographed athletes from other schools for those schools while on the job.

The Knoxville News Sentinel writes that a new report released Thursday by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found that UT athletics photographer Donald Page had used UT camera equipment during work hours to shoot non-UT athletes, and that he was paid by other universities to do so.

The report also stated that Page, who earns $56,661 according to UT’s public salary database, had hired other people to help photograph non-UT athletes on his behalf, paying those assistants in cash. In total, he was found to have earned $9,240 from other schools while on the job, and over $6,000 while off work.

A conclusion from the report was that, at minimum, Page “abused university work time and equipment for his personal benefit” and that his actions “resulted in a waste and/or abuse of taxpayer funds.” Since UT is a public school, Page is a state employee.

UT placed Page on paid administrative leave back on June 15th, 2017 and has been awaiting the comptroller report before making a decision on Page’s future. The comptroller is recommending that UT officials determine for themselves whether Page violated any official UT policies with his actions.

We’ve reached out to Page for comment and will update this article if/when he responds.


Image credits: Header photo by Joel Kramer and licensed under CC BY 2.0


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College Sports Photographer Was Paid by Other Schools While On the Job

Meet Genesis Vega, the Rising Model to Watch

Meet Genesis Vega, the Rising Model to Watch
While some may say that at five feet Genesis Vega may be petite in stature, there is nothing small about the twenty-year-old’s personality. V sat down with the boisterous young model to talk about everything from her favorite anime character and first job, to her goals for 2018 and how she manages to keep a level head in the social media age. …

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Meet Genesis Vega, the Rising Model to Watch

Man Finds ‘Deathbed Photo’ of War Photographer Gerda Taro

Man Finds ‘Deathbed Photo’ of War Photographer Gerda Taro

A man sharing a photograph of his father online has apparently stumbled upon the last known photograph of legendary war photographer Gerda Taro, who’s regarded as the first female to shoot on the front lines of conflict (as well as the first to die while doing so).

Warning: This article contains graphic photos.

It all started on January 16th, when former soldier and historian John Kiszely of Gloucestershire, England, posted a photo of his father to Twitter.

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Someone then responded to the Tweet by asking that Kiszely post a photo of the back of the print. Kiszely obliged.

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A sharp-eyed observer then pointed out that the wounded woman may be Taro. Kiszely then confirmed that the note on the back of the picture reads: “Mrs Frank Capa, Brunete.”

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The full inscription reads: “Brunete Front, June 1937 (in Torrelodones) Mrs Frank Capa = of Ce Soire of Paris, killed at Brunete.”

Taro was never married to Capa — she rejected his marriage proposal — but many people mistakenly believed that they were married. The name “Frank” may have been due to a mixup between the names “Robert Capa” and “Frank Capra,” the famous film director.

Gerda Taro, whose real name was Gerta Pohorylle, was the companion and professional partner of Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann) who helped create the legend of Robert Capa before being killed at the age of 26 while covering the Spanish Civil War in 1937. While documenting the Republican army retreat at the Battle of Brunete on July 25th, Taro was critically injured when the car she was riding on collided with a tank. She died the next day.

Gerda Taro in Spain, July 1937.

“I never looked at the back,” Kiszely tells The Guardian. “To me this was just a photograph of my father with another patient.”

“My very first impression is that it does look very like Gerda Taro,” Taro biographer Jane Rogoyska tells The Guardian. “The thing that inclines one to think it is Gerda Taro is the short hair and those very thin eyebrows, and just the fragility of the body.”

Rogoyska does note that there needs to be additional research into the details surrounding this photo to be sure that it does indeed show the last months of one of history’s most famous war photographers.


Image credits: Photographs provided to PetaPixel by John Kiszely


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Retailer CVS Announces Move Toward Unretouched Beauty Photographs

Retailer CVS Announces Move Toward Unretouched Beauty Photographs

CVS Pharmacy has announced that it will use only unaltered photographs in all of the marketing and packaging they produce, and the company will ask the brands whose products they sell to comply with new transparency standards for altered imagery. The retail pharmacy chain, the largest in the U.S., introduced the initiative earlier this week.

CVS joins brands such as American Eagle’s Aerie and Dove in making the shift away from the heavily retouched imagery that has become the norm in the fashion and beauty industries. Photographs heavily altered in post-production have been increasingly criticized in recent years for promoting unrealistic beauty standards. “The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established,” said President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health Helena Foulkes in a statement.

Beginning this year, all imagery produced by CVS Pharmacy will adhere to new post-production standards, and the company will use a “CVS Beauty Mark” watermark to call attention to images which are not “materially altered.” The company has defined material alteration as “changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics.”

The company announced they will require transparency for all beauty imagery in its stores and marketing materials by the end of 2020. “We’ve reached out to many of our beauty brand partners, many of whom are already thinking about this important issue, to work together to ensure that the beauty aisle is a place that represents and celebrates the authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve,” Foulkes said.

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Rudimental Talks Tour Life and New Single “These Days”

Rudimental Talks Tour Life and New Single “These Days”
UK-based jamband Rudimental has blessed us once again with another contagious, uplifting beat, this time featuring friends Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen. As the lyrics for “These Days” reflect upon love, loss, and friendship, the song ultimately delivers a hopeful message that will keep you on a high for days to come. To get inside the minds of the men behind the music, we sat down with Rudimental to talk influences, bucket lists, and what’s next.

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Rudimental Talks Tour Life and New Single “These Days”

Canon G7X Mark III Photos Leaked: 4K Video is Coming

Canon G7X Mark III Photos Leaked: 4K Video is Coming

The first photos of the upcoming Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III camera have been leaked, and the images reveal that 4K video recording is finally coming to the PowerShot line.

Photo Rumors received and published the first leaked photos of this camera, which will replace the Canon G7X Mark II. From the images, it appears that Canon is taking a new direction with the physical design of the camera — one that’s smoother, sleeker, and simpler.

Canon Rumors notes that a number of features and specs can be figured out from what’s seen in these photos.

First, the camera will shoot 4K/50P video, the first time 4K recording will be offered in a Canon PowerShot camera.

Other specs and features include a 1-inch sensor, 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 IS 4.2x lens (35mm equivalent), USB-C, a microphone jack, HDMI, and a tilting screen that’s possibly OLED.

Just for the sake of comparison, here’s what the front and back of the current Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II look like:

There are no other details available about this camera at the moment, but we’ll likely be hearing more about it in the coming days.


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Canon G7X Mark III Photos Leaked: 4K Video is Coming

Instagram Now Tells People When You Were Last On: Here’s How to Disable It

Instagram Now Tells People When You Were Last On: Here’s How to Disable It

Instagram is rolling out a new Activity Status feature that you may or may not be comfortable with, depending on how much privacy you like to have on social networks. It allows people you follow or have previously chatted with to see how long ago you were last on Instagram.

The Verge reports that the feature is on by default, so you’ll be constantly broadcasting how frequently you open up the app. The time since your last use will be visible to people on the direct messages screen.

While this type of feature is common on social apps these days, this one is being quietly rolled out on Instagram and forces you to reveal more information about your behavior than before.

Some people have turned to Twitter with warnings about it to others who may be unaware:

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If you don’t want to broadcast your activity, thankfully it’s extremely easy to turn off this new feature. Here’s how…

First, visit your profile screen and tap the settings button.

On the settings screen, scroll down a bit and you’ll see a new option called “Show Activity Status,” which is on by default. Turn this off, and voila! You’re now browsing more privately.

Do note, however, that the Activity Status is a two-way street — you’ll need to share in order to see. If you turn off your Activity Status, you won’t be able to see other people’s either.


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Instagram Now Tells People When You Were Last On: Here’s How to Disable It

Quick Tip: Mike Davis on Editing Your Work for Competitions

Quick Tip: Mike Davis on Editing Your Work for Competitions

The Alexia Foundation’s call for 2018 grant applications reminds us how photographers often struggle to edit their own work. We recently asked Mike Davis, chair of the Alexia Grant competition and a professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, for his advice about photo editing. Here’s what said about editing for competitions:

“I think the biggest mistake photographers make in selecting images for contests or competitions is that they tend to choose images based on the captions—the informational aspect. In a [competition], judges have no idea what the captions say. They’re purely responding to what they feel in the image, at least in my experience. The critical thing is choosing the first image that sets the stage for all others. What do you feel from the image, and what do you know from the image? You have to feel something from that image. If you don’t, so what? Outta here!

“Images that have significance are going to make you feel something. Then secondarily, how is the color? Does the color convey to that quality? Does the light convey to that quality? Is the composition helping? And that means, Is it a three-dimensional space I’ve expressed? And then there’s: Is the moment value an important part of the frame?

“Moment value for me is more than just: Is there an instant that happened and I captured it? There can certainly be a unique instant in the photograph, but it’s more about the coming together of all elements in the frame, uniquely. And the more elements there are, the higher the moment value. That doesn’t mean there has to be a ton of crap happening. It just means, in the way Cartier-Bresson expresses the decisive moment, [there’s] more of a complete geometric expression.”

See our story “Veteran Photo Editor Mike Davis on Editing Your Own Work.”

The Alexia Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Professional and Student Grants. The application deadline for the $20,000 Professional Grant is February 1. Applications for the five student grants are due March 1. Student grant winners receive $1000, plus funding for a semester of study at Syracuse University.

Related:
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7 Grant-Writing Tips from 2017 Getty Editorial Grants Juror Chelsea Matiash
How to Put Together a Standout Submission for Open Calls, Awards and Juried Reviews

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What Went Down on ‘American Crime Story: Versace’

What Went Down on ‘American Crime Story: Versace’
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace did not waste time before amping up the eerie. The FX series, directed by Ryan Murphy, who also headed up the award-winning American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson in 2016, debuted with “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” for last night’s big premiere.

In the opening sequence, viewers see Gianni Versace–played by Edgar Ramirez–contently starting his morning with a stroll through his Casa Casuarina mansion on sun-soaked Miami Bea…

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What Went Down on ‘American Crime Story: Versace’