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If Your iPhone Has a Green Dot in iOS 14, Your Camera May Be Spying On You

If you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 14 already, you may have noticed a little green dot at the top of your screen when using certain apps. It’s a new security feature Apple came up with to help you have peace of mind about your camera privacy. When you see the little green dot, that means that there’s an app that’s actively using your iPhone’s camera....

Gear Doesn’t Matter? Actually, It Does

There is a phrase that I see regularly pop up on photography forums that I think is horrible advice for emerging photographers or anyone getting started in the image-making business. It is repeated over and over again and while the intent might be good, I think it does a disservice to beginners who don’t know any better. That phrase of course is “gear...

Canon and Fujifilm Release Updated Webcam Utilities

Canon and Fujifilm have both released updates to their respective webcam utilities, which allow their customers to use their still photography cameras as webcams for online video conference calls. Canon Out of Beta Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility was first released for Windows back in April, but now Canon has brought that version of the software out of...

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 for Canon RF and Nikon Z Costs $680

The Chinese brand ZY Optics has just released its Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens for Canon RF and Nikon Z. It’s a fast manual portrait lens for $680. The lens, previously available for other mounts, features 9 elements in 6 groups, an 11-bladed aperture, a minimum focusing distance of 3.28 feet (1m), and a filter diameter of 77mm. You...

How to Photograph Dogs like Elliott Erwitt

The relationship between man and dog is unlike man’s relationship with any other animal on the planet. When it comes to animal photography, you can find many books, online lessons, or YouTube videos showing you and teaching you how to photograph animals… so that they look like animals. This article is not going to be the typical wildlife photography...

Capturing the Loire Valley’s Fairy Tale Castles with an Infrared Drop-In Filter

My name is Pierre-Louis Ferrer, and I am a professional French photographer specialized in infrared and ultraviolet photography for ten years now. I spend a large part of my free time experiencing and testing new filters and equipment to see behind the visible. My work is mostly divided between artistic photography, dermatologic photography for cosmetic...

TikTok Will Be Banned in the US on Sunday

The United States government just announced that the video-sharing social app TikTok and the social app WeChat will be banned in the US starting on Sunday “to protect the national security of the United States.” President Donald Trump had signed an executive order in August to force a sale of TikTok to a US-based company. This month, TikTok began working...

Analogue WonderBox is a Subscription Service for 35mm Film

Analogue Wonderland has just announced Analogue WonderBox, a new subscription service that sends a curated set of 35mm films to analog photographers every month. “Every week we get questions from folk getting into film photography – either for the first time or returning after a couple of decades in the digital world – asking for film recommendations...

Here’s How Many DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras Top Brands Shipped in 2019

There are some new numbers out that give us an idea of how the top brands in the camera industry did in 2019 in terms of DSLR and mirrorless camera shipments. Canon was still the market leader by far, Sony dominated mirrorless cameras, and Nikon was still trying to find traction with its Z series. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei, the world’s largest...

Venus Optics Unveils the Laowa 14mm f/4 ‘Zero Distortion’ Lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless

Venus Optics has announced the new Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL ZERO-D, a new “zero distortion” ultra-wide-angle lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Laowa 14mm f/4 is an RL (rectilinear) ZERO-D lens, meaning it’s marketed as being able to capture straight features in the scene as straight lines with virtually zero distortion from corner to corner in...

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