Last week, FStoppers published a story about Dutch photographer J Salmeron’s copyright conflict with the band Arch Enemy and one of their sponsors, Thunderball Clothing–a small independent company based in Poland. Thunderball reposted an image of Salmeron’s without permission — by reposting it from the sponsored musician’s Instagram feed, not the photographer’s.
Today, FStoppers issued an update to the story. Apparently, the owner of Thunderball Clothing reached an agreement with Salmeron, but due to the intense amount of backlash from the public, has decided to shut down her company.
Both articles are worth reading. At The Photo Beat, we imagine that the opinions will vary widely across the spectrum of possible interpretations. However, there are certainly lessons to be learned here.
ON1 Software released their ON1 Photo Raw 2019.1 software with a significant list of changes. ON1 improved editing workflow, the layers workflow, and added the ability to migrate Adobe Lightroom photo settings. Additionally, it features a text tool “for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations.”
The software packages also features a layered HDR workflow, improved portrait tools and better focus stacking work, auto-aligning layers, and local adjustments. Photo Raw 2019.1 competes directly with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC by offering an image catalog feature. See the full list of new and upgraded features here.
Both full and upgrade versions of On1 Photo RAW 2019.1 are currently $10 off, priced at $89.99 and $69.99 respectively. A 30 day free trial is available here.
Sigma released their plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CC that allows for X3F RAW file processing. The plug-in is for files from “DP Merrill series, dp Quattro series, and SD1/SD1 Merrill and sd Quatro series cameras.” However, it does not support X3I files or X3F files from specific cameras. Click here for the release and download page links.
As 2018 winds down, media outlets are releasing their best and worst lists content and gear released this year. Follow the links below:
British Journal of Photography – Best of 2018: BJP Editorial Director Simon Bainbridge
DPReview – Gear of the Year 2018 – Barney’s Choice: Nikon Z7
DPReview TV – Best and Worst of 2018
News Shooter – Best Audio Product of 2018
News Shooter – Best Camera Accessory of 2018
News Shooter – Best Mirrorless or DSLR of 2018
Sigma and Tamron released updated firmware for lenses this week. In Sigma’s case the update concerns their 70mm F2.8DG MACRO | ART lens specifically for Sony E-mount. The update corrects an issue witch Clear Image Zoom functionality.
Tamron’s update is for their 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. It addresses compatibility issues with Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS-R.
Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom canceled hundreds of flights for the third day in a row due to drone activity in the vicinity of the airport. The Transportation Secretary issued statements regarding the matter. The Army and Police are investigating and pursuing persons of interest in the matter. It appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt air traffic using drones. Dronelife published an article regarding the impact to the drone industry and perceptions of drone aviation as a result.
What to Read
Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck
Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog
Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog
Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers
FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography
What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy
What to Watch
Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary”
Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.
A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.
And Then There’s This:
Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice
DJI announced the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone today. The new enterprise variant of the very popular Mavic 2 features side-by-side visual and thermal cameras. According to the announcement DJI developed the drone in partnership with FLIR systems, a leader in thermal imaging systems. Read the announcement and also check out DJI’s Mavic Enterprise page.