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Sneak Peek: This is Content-Aware Fill on Steroids

Sneak Peek: This is Content-Aware Fill on Steroids

Adobe Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill is a powerful way to remove portions of photos, but its results can fall short and it doesn’t have tools for customizing the results. But that’s about to change: it will soon receive a huge upgrade with its own workspace and tools, and the 2-minute video above is a Sneak Peek at what’s coming soon.

Content-Aware Fill is currently found in a simple dialog box with only a few things you can adjust:

Without the ability to customize things much beyond selecting the areas to remove, photographers often get “Content-Aware Fails”:

Adobe is addressing this problem by giving Content-Aware Fill its own workspace and a collection of dedicated options and tools.

A new real-time preview of the results will show you what you’ll even before you choose to apply the fill to the image.

With the new workspace, you’ll be able to deselect portions of the photo that you’d like to exclude from the Content-Aware Fill results:

You’ll be able to Rotate and Scale source pixels and have Adobe’s AI technology intelligently fill in hard-to-fill patterns and textures:

You’ll be able to use the Mirror checkbox to use a reflection of part of the photo to fill in a space:

The new Content-Aware Fill will make it easy to do fills that were previously difficult or impossible for the feature to do when it was merely a one-click solution.

While Adobe hasn’t revealed an exact date on which the new Content-Aware Fill will be released in Photoshop, the company does say that it’s “coming soon,” so we’re guessing that it’ll be in a matter of weeks or months.


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Sneak Peek: This is Content-Aware Fill on Steroids

Photojojo Shuttered After 12 Years of Stocking Photo Awesomeness

Photojojo Shuttered After 12 Years of Stocking Photo Awesomeness

The photography business Photojojo has closed up shop after 12 years of procuring content and products for photographers.

In an email to newsletter subscribers, the Photojojo team announced the closure and explained that it didn’t have the manpower to keep things running.

“I’ve made the tough (but right – imho) decision to close PJ’s virtual doors because our tiny team doesn’t have the bandwidth to run Photojojo as the majestic unicorn of a photo gear lovin’ community that we know it can be, and no one puts unicorn in a corner,” Laurel writes.

The Photojojo homepage in 2010.

Photojojo was founded by entrepreneur Amit Gupta back in 2006 as an email newsletter providing regular tips, tricks, and inspiration. As the popularity of the newsletter grew, the business utilized its marketing reach and prowess to launch an online store that sold all kinds of photo products found around the Web and world.

The Photojojo online store in 2014.

After Gupta was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, the online photo community rallied to help him find a bone marrow donor. Gupta found a match in early 2012, received a transplant, and survived the cancer.

Three years later, in August 2014, Gupta sold Photojojo to the online photo service Zoomin.

The Photojojo team is still sticking around in the industry, though: it will be focusing its entire efforts now on Parabo Press, the photo printing app and service that Photojojo launched back in October 2015.

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“We started Parabo Press a couple years ago, because we love printing photos just as much as we love snapping them. So, team Photojojo is now fully focused on Parabo’s mission to ‘fill your space with joy,’” Laurel writes.


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Photojojo Shuttered After 12 Years of Stocking Photo Awesomeness

Fujifilm GFX 50R Leaks: The Cheapest Digital Medium Format Ever?

Fujifilm GFX 50R Leaks: The Cheapest Digital Medium Format Ever?

2018 is turning out to be the year of the mirrorless camera. After answering the Nikon Z and Canon R mirrorless camera announcements with the X-T3, Fujifilm isn’t quite done: it will reportedly soon announce the GFX 50R, the cheapest digital medium format camera ever.

A photo of the upcoming GFX 50R was leaked and first published by Fuji Addict back on September 1st.

More details about the camera are now starting to emerge. Fuji Rumors is hearing from “multiple trusted sources” that the camera will cost around $4,500. By comparison, the Fujifilm GFX 50S currently costs $5,850.

The $5,850 Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera.

Photo Rumors is hearing that the price of the camera will be around $3,600. It suggests that the rumored price discrepancy could be explained by the price tag with and without a bundled kit lens.

In either case, the camera would be the most affordable digital medium format camera ever to hit the market.

The design of the camera is said to be “rangefinder styled“, “exactly like the Fujifilm X-E3” in its look except much larger in its size.

The Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C mirrorless camera.

Other rumored features and specs include a tilting screen, dual SD card slots, no display on the top plate, and a joystick.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a hefty camera that’s about as thick as it is tall. The GFX 50R will reportedly be much slimmer in its design, making it much more accessible for a wide range of photography genres.

Fujifilm will reportedly be officially announcing the GFX 50R on September 25th. Stay tuned.


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Fujifilm GFX 50R Leaks: The Cheapest Digital Medium Format Ever?

Ep. 296: Canon’s EOS R, the Fujifilm X-T3 and a Whole Lot of Sweet Lenses – and more

Ep. 296: Canon’s EOS R, the Fujifilm X-T3 and a Whole Lot of Sweet Lenses – and more



Episode 296 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Canon finally unveils its full-frame mirrorless system with the EOS R. Did they best Nikon? (#)

Four new RF lenses for that Canon EOS R, three adapters and a flash. (#)

Tamron unveils its 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. (#)

Fujifilm ups its game with the X-T3. (#)

Nikon’s D3500 builds on its predecessor with more modern looks and shaves weight. (#)

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Ep. 296: Canon’s EOS R, the Fujifilm X-T3 and a Whole Lot of Sweet Lenses – and more

Fold Yourself This Paper Nikon Z7 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm

Fold Yourself This Paper Nikon Z7 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm

Can’t wait to get your hands on the new Nikon Z Series full frame mirrorless camera? If you’d like to get a feel for the camera’s size first, you can now fold yourself a paper version of the Nikon Z7 and Z 24-70mm lens.

The printable designs were posted by Boonlert Rojanaboworn over in the Nikon Z series Club Thailand Facebook group. Here are the full-sized images you can download and print:

Print the cutouts on A3 size paper, glue the paper to thicker card stock, carefully cut out the pieces, and fold.

Here’s what the folded camera and lens look like:

You can mount your lens to the camera if desired for a completed kit.

(via Nikon Z series Club Thailand via Nikon Rumors)


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Fold Yourself This Paper Nikon Z7 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm

Plumber’s Tape is a Cheap Way to White Balance Photos

Plumber’s Tape is a Cheap Way to White Balance Photos

Want a cheap and easy way to white balance photos without having to buy a color checker or special cards? Here’s a neat hack: you can actually use ordinary white plumber’s tape — the kind you use to seal pipe threads.

LibRaw, the software company behind FastRawViewer, shares that all you’ll need is some Teflon/PTFE white matte plumber’s tape and a white rectangular eraser. Wrap the plumber’s tape around the eraser about 4-5 times and voila! You can place the do-it-yourself white balance reference in any scene and use it as a white point when color correcting your RAW photos.

There are several advantages to this homemade reference compared to commercial options out there, LibRaw says.

While a gray card may only cost you $10 to $20, that cost can stack up if you ever need several of them at once in the same scene. You can get as much plumber’s tape you’ll need for a few dollars.

You also won’t need to worry about your cards getting dirty or damaged, which could affect their effectiveness. If your DIY white balance reference gets dirty, simply wrap new tape and you’ll be ready to go again.

Finally, a white balance “block” can work better than a white balance card in certain situations in which a card might not stay in place where you need it to be (e.g. outdoors in a windy environment).

LibRaw tested this DIY white balance reference against a color checker and found that results achieved were virtually equivalent to what you get with a $74 X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.

Photos of a test scene with different white balance settings (left) and the result of the custom white balance established by clicking the DIY white balance reference (right).

Plumber’s tape works as a white balance reference because of the properties of the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) used.

“Sintered PTFE has been known to have high spectral purity, low opacity (that’s why 4 layers is enough), and a very diffused reflection with close-to-1 factor for many years,” LibRaw states. “However, for obvious reasons, this has not been disseminated as public knowledge.”

LibRaw also tested the custom white balance brick with a spectrophotometer against plumber’s tape, a white balance reference page recommended by X-Rite, a commonly-used gray patch, and a white patch.

“As you can see, our Teflon tape has a reflectivity factor […] that is the highest of all materials checked, […] a spectral purity equal to 0, and RGB values almost identical to one another […],” LibRaw says. “The graph […] shows that the spectral response of our DIY target is extremely flat.”

So if you’d like a cheap and easy way to add a “pure” white point to your photo shoots, you may want to consider throwing some rolls of plumber’s tape and some erasers in your camera bag.


Image credits: Header photo by Kees08 and licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. All other photos by LibRaw and used with permission.


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Plumber’s Tape is a Cheap Way to White Balance Photos

Time-Blended Composite Photos of Moscow

Time-Blended Composite Photos of Moscow

For the past three years, Russian photographer Vadim Sherbakov has been capturing time-blended composite photos in his home city of Moscow.

To create the photos, Sherbakov visits the locations and stays for 1-3 hours as the light changes. With his camera fixed in the exact same place, Sherbakov captures a large number of photos that show different lighting conditions over that time.

Once at his computer, Sherbakov picks the best portions from various photos across time and combines them into a single composite photo. In this way, Sherbakov is able to create photos that show things like car light trails on the ground and fading sunlight in the sky, both in the same frame.

Each is “a single image what could not be created otherwise by taking just a single shot,” Sherbakov tells PetaPixel.

Sherbakov particularly likes including “textured, puffy clouds” in his shots, and he sometimes waits weeks until the sky is just right in order to capture the perfect shots of a particular place.

Sherbakov says his project is ongoing and that he’s still continually visiting new places. You can follow along with his work on his website, 500px, and Instagram.


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Time-Blended Composite Photos of Moscow

The Official Way to Pronounce ‘Nikon’

The Official Way to Pronounce ‘Nikon’

You may have heard the camera brand “Nikon” be pronounced in different ways by different people in different countries. But what’s the official and “correct” way of pronouncing the company’s name?

Mike Johnston over at The Online Photographer was recently corrected by someone who rejected his American way of saying NIGH-kon in favor of the British way of saying NICK-on, so Johnston posed the question to his readers.

Nikon is a Japanese company, and the Japanese pronunciation (NEE-koh with a very silent n at the end) sounds different than both the American and British versions:

Johnston’s conclusion is that people in different places can have different pronunciations that are all correct. A reader named Eamon who used to work for Nikon confirmed Johnston’s conclusion.

“There is no debate,” Eamon tells TOP. “It’s settled. Zero room for disagreement. Nikon Corporation (that’s Nikon Japan) officially and consciously blesses all regional pronunciations of their company name.

“This is policy, agreed upon decades ago—likely in the 1950s—in some meeting room somewhere in Tokyo. Nee’kon is correct. Neye-kon is correct. Nick-on is correct. Many others are correct.”


Which pronunciation do you use?

Since “Nikon” is a made-up brand name in the Japanese language that doesn’t actually mean anything, Nikon gets to make the rules for how it’s pronounced, Eamon says. And Nikon’s rule is that all regional pronunciations around the world are equally correct.


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The Official Way to Pronounce ‘Nikon’

This Guy Turned a Broken Camera Into a Working ‘Watch’ Camera

This Guy Turned a Broken Camera Into a Working ‘Watch’ Camera

Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami had a broken vintage Chinese Seagull TLR camera on his hands, and he recently decided to get creative with it by turning the lens into a working wristwatch-style camera.

The broken Seagull TLR camera that Rostami started with.

Rostami extracted the lens and shutter mechanism from the camera and mounted them to a black leather watch strap.

Custom-cut circular pieces of film are loaded into the back of the camera.

Here’s what the resulting camera looks like when worn on the wrist like a watch:

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Capturing a photo can be done by setting the self-timer and waiting for it to trigger the shutter mechanism, as this video shows:

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Here’s what the resulting photos look like once developed:

Digitally inverting the negatives reveals the black-and-white photos:

“Not the sharpest of photos, but certainly a sharp looking piece of kit,” Rostami tells PetaPixel.

The finished watch camera.

Rostami is the same photographer who flipped an element in a vintage lens and got “magic bokeh.” You can find more of his work on Facebook and Instagram.


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This Guy Turned a Broken Camera Into a Working ‘Watch’ Camera

Victorian Prisoner Mugshots Brought to Life with Color and Motion

Victorian Prisoner Mugshots Brought to Life with Color and Motion

I’m Nick Harris, a photo restorer and colourizer at Photo Restoration Services. I take immense pride in my work and the preservation of memories for future generations. I’d love to share a recent project of mine, of colorized Victorian prisoner mugshots.

They’re fascinating, particularly the method of using a mirror to reveal the prisoners’ side profiles and hands all in a single photo. People are enamored by old photos and I believe these stories and historical photos really deserve to be seen.

Photos post-1890 utilize a shoulder mirror, cleverly positioned to capture the prisoners’ full face and profile in a single shot. They showed their hands to reveal any distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, birthmarks or even missing fingers, like the unfortunate Joseph Wildsmith.

Joseph Wildsmith jailed in 1887 for theft – perhaps he lost the tip of his finger during the act!
London born Seaman Benjamin Parker was aged 30 in 1890. Living in Hull when arrested for housebreaking, he was sent to Dartmoor Prison.

John Cane was a Labourer from Shropshire. He was jailed for sexual offences in 1888 at the age of 26.

Cane comes alive in the below motion photo, giving a real engaging insight in moments leading up to his mugshot being taken.

Barnsley born Alfred Hirst, a married Coal Miner, was aged 37 in 1890. He served his sentence for theft in Dartmoor Prison.
Hoyland born Nailmaker Isaac Chappell was 46 in 1890. Residing in Barnsley when arrested for theft he spent time in Portsmouth Prison.
Joe Schofield jailed in 1887 for sexual offences
Barnsley born Baker John Wm. Ogden was 27 in 1887. A single man, living in Barnsley, he spent time in Parkhurst Prison for crimes of theft.
James Carey
Pontefract born Miner James Carey was 46 in 1890. Living in Mexborough when arrested for theft, he spent time in Parkhurst Prison.
Monk Bretton born George Shaw, an unmarried Labourer, was 48 in 1886. He was apprehended for beastiality and sent to Dartmoor Prison.

These colorized mugshots were part of a major exhibition for Barnsley Museums.

You can find more examples of my photo restoration and photo colorizing work on my website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


About the author: Nick Harris is a photo colorizer and restorer based in the UK.


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Victorian Prisoner Mugshots Brought to Life with Color and Motion