Gauntlett Cheng’s Says “Bye Bye” to Fall/Winter
Church was a fitting venue for Gauntlett Cheng’s elegiac “Bye Bye” collection, which marked its final Fall/Winter effort before 2020, when the line will downshift to just one full collection per year. For a young brand, the pivot may seem like sacrilege, or at least a reason for devotees to Gauntlett Cheng, with its small-batch techniques and inclusive tailoring applied to everything from knit cardigans to racy evening wear, to grieve. But at St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery last night,…
Drones Will Need to Have ID Numbers Displayed: FAA
The US government is ordering that all drone owners in the US add external markings to their drones, displaying registration numbers to make it easier to trace the drone back to its owner.
The FAA regulation was published today at the Federal Register and will take effect on February 23rd, 2019, so drone owners have the next 10 days to add markings.
When drone registrations were mandated the first time back in 2015, owners were allowed to put their registration numbers inside the battery compartments of their drones. With this latest change, the ID numbers will need to be visible without having to open up any part of the drone.
The FAA says this tweak was made in response to safety concerns “regarding the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.”
Bloomberg reports that the FAA is also working on regulations that would require drones to broadcast a radio beacon identifying both its owner and their location. Calls for such measures intensified after drones caused a shutdown at Gatwick Airport in the UK — the nation’s second busiest — delaying over 100,000 travelers and leading to the military being called in to assist.
Pokémon GO Adds an AR Camera for Posing Pokémon in the Real World
If you’re a fan of both Pokémon GO and photography, you may be happy to know that the game has been updated with an augmented reality camera that lets you shoot portraits of your Pokémon in the real world. The feature is called GO Snapshot.
The new mode lets you shoot photos of any Pokémon you have in your Pokémon Storage. You activate the camera by hitting the feature while looking at a Pokémon or by selecting the camera in your Bag of items.
Once you’ve selected the Pokémon you’d like to shoot, tap anywhere on your screen while it displays the real-world scene to throw its Poké Ball to that location. Your Pokémon will then stay still in that spot while you move around and find your perfect angle.
If your Pokémon is distracted or facing the wrong direction, simply brush your finger across it to make it face you.
All the photos you snap during the shoot are stored on your device automatically, and you can then easily share them with others through social media sharing options.
Niantic says the new feature is arriving soon, so you should find it through an update in the coming days.
Here’s an unusual way to obtain the simple stock photo you need: Photo Creator is a web app that lets you build your own realistic stock photos. The site features thousands of models, objects, and backgrounds that you can combine into your own creations.
Panels on the left and bottom edges of the app show models, objects, backgrounds, and text you can add into the frame. After inserting them, you’re free to move, resize, and reorder (from foreground to background).
“The secret is the uniformed lighting (we shot all photos on own) and 3D-rendered scenes,” Icons8 founder Ivan Braun tells PetaPixel.
Once you’ve created the stock photo you have in mind, you can export and use the image as a JPEG/PNG for free as long as you link back to the web app in some way as credit. You can also unlock the ability to download PSD files for $20 per month, and the subscription gives you all models and objects already masked and layered.
Here are some example stock photos created in the app:
Here’s a short 1-minute video introducing the web app and showing how it works:
Head on over to Photo Creator if you’d like to give the web app a try yourself.
NYFW Parties Hard This Season With Wang and Friends
This New York Fashion Week was far from any other Fashion Week we’re used to. This time around, the catwalks gave us just as much reason to dress up as they did to party.
Despite not even showing during the fashion week calendar, nothing could stop Alexander Wang from throwing a party. I mean, hello? He’s Alexander Wang. The beloved designer decided to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. New York Fashion Week’s party scene has recently been pretty d…
Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ is a Still Camera for Cinematographers
Leica today announced the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”. It’s a special M rangefinder still camera that’s designed for professional cinematographers and filmmakers.
While the camera is mostly identical to the standard Leica M10-P in terms of specs and features, it contains two special Cine Look modes that are built directly into the camera.
The “ASC Cine Classic” mode simulates the classic look of 35mm motion-picture film, while the “ASC Contemporary” mode provides a look that mimics the “digital style of contemporary movies.”
Common aspect ratios used in cinematography can also be selected inside the camera’s menu system. Once activated, you’ll be able to see the aspect ratio as a bright-line frame while you’re composing shots in Live View.
“The Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ offers cinematographers and directors the freedom to view and assess scenes with any desired lens before filming even begins,” Leica says.
The camera is designed to be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers, which was founded back in 1919. An ASC logo appears on the top plate of the camera.
Each kit comes with not only the special Leica M10-P but also a gold-finished Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH lens, a Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder, and a Leica M-PL-Mount Adapter (for using PL mount cine lenses).
“The combination of the included electronic viewfinder, M-PL-Mount Adapter, Cine Look pre-sets and aspect ratio options enables the use of the camera as a director’s viewfinder, making it an extraordinarily versatile and useful tool for filmmakers,” Leica says. “And together with the Leica FOTOS App, location scouting can be made much easier, as results can be shared and discussed immediately with everyone involved in the filming project.”
Leica says the M10-P “ASC 100 Edition” will be available sometime in the autumn of 2019, but there’s no word as to how much the camera will cost when it hits the market.
ProGrade Digital’s Recovery Pro Can Save Lost RAW Photos
ProGrade Digital today expanded beyond memory cards and readers and into the world of software with the introduction of Recovery Pro. It’s a program that recovers lost, deleted, and or/corrupted photo and video files.
Recovery Pro goes beyond JPEG files and recognizes other types of photo files as well, including most types of files (including RAW) from cameras by companies like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, DJI, GoPro, and more (e.g. TIF, CRW, CR2, DNG, NEF, ORF, SRF, PEF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG).
In total, the software is currently capable of recovering over 90 different types of photo, video, and audio files from SDXC, microSDHC/XC, CompactFlash, and CFast cards.
“We are happy to release our new Recovery Pro software after having spent nearly one year developing it to refine the recovery capabilities for all types of still and video files,” says ProGrade founder and CEO Wes Brewer. “Today, there are a variety of free and paid software applications for professionals to recover lost images and video files, but each has limits due to the complexity of various file structures and corruption scenarios.
“We believe that our new Recovery Pro software is the most comprehensive tool available, and yields the highest possible success rate for recovering damaged files from all types of cameras–be it action cameras, drones, pro camcorders, DSLRs or some of the newest mirrorless models.”
Ben Baker: Photographing the World’s Most Powerful People
Photographer and movie maker Henry Thong made this episode for his documentary series Makers Who Inspire about the life and work of photographer Ben Baker. Over the years, Baker has pointed his camera at some of the most powerful people in the world.
Baker is a portrait photographer based in New York City who has spent the last 15 years focusing his work on people of power, or as Baker puts it, “people who effectively run the world.”
“Through his work with Time Magazine, Fortune, Politico, and The Sunday Times, Ben has photographed media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch, superstar celebrities the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman, visionary innovators like Elon Musk, and political heavyweights including Michael Bloomberg, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama,” Thong writes.
This App Uses a Camera Overlay as a Guide for Instagram-Worthy Poses
If you’ve ever handed your smartphone to a kind stranger and asked them to shoot a photo of you, you may have found it difficult to communicate exactly what framing and pose you’d like them to capture. A Korean app called SOVS2 (which stands for “SomeOne Very Special”) is designed to help with this problem.
The tagline for the app is: “Don’t explain it, just show it!”
To show the photographer exactly what you’d like the resulting photo to look like, you simply choose a pose and position the figure outlines on the screen. The stranger you hand your phone to can then simply overlay the figures on the screen over you and whoever you’re posing with to nail the exact framing you’re envisioning.
Here are some examples of the poses available through the app:
There’s also a background mode that lets you photograph the exact background you’d like. The stranger is then shown a translucent version of the background when composing the new shot with you in it — all they need to do is line up the live view with the previously-shot reference background.
SOVS2 is a free app through the iTunes App Store, but packs of poses cost about $1 each. There’s also a different version of the app called SOVS that costs $1 and is designed for framing and posing a single person.
Marina Drops “Diamonds,” and a New Track
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend—unless you’re Marina, that is. The artist formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds is dropping the bling from her stage name, going by the simple moniker “MARINA” for her new musical chapter. Allow the Welsh pop star to reintroduce herself with a new single and video, “Handmade Heaven,” off her highly anticipated fourth album, rumored to be titled MARINA4.
The video depicts a Narnia-like winter wonderland, enhanced by Marina’s chilling vocals. Sti…