What to Read
How Photographer Randal Ford Shot the Animal Kingdom, A Book of Over 150 Animal Portraits — FStoppers
Rhiannon Adam: Fracking in the UK #1 — a photo essay from the “frontline of the fracking resistance” –British Journal of Photography
What to Watch
On the Frontlines of Photography — A CBS Sunday Morning video in which Ted Koppel examines the lives and work of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both killed in Libya in 2011. Additionally, the piece features filmmakers Jim Campbell and Sebastian Junger. It’s a worthwhile use of 10 minutes of your time.
Free Solo — this one will still require a trip to theaters but it’s worth it. Jimmy Chin an Chai Vasarhelyi document Alex Honnold as he achieves a climbing dream–climbing the 3,000 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. The film is a treat for photographers not only because of it’s stunning imagery and scale, but in the many behind the scenes moments during which Chin and his team discuss how they will capture the imagery without disrupting the climber. Any slip will likely kill Honnold. Check out National Geographic’s page with images and a trailer.
Portrait Photographer Surprised to Discover His Lens Has Apertures Other than F/1.4 — FStoppers
On December 11th, Adobe released updates to its photography ecosystem. According to the blog post announcing the release, the updates focus on workflow and performance improvements. While the list of updates is long and comprehensive, one of the key features of the update is the ability for photographers to customize the Develop module. Jump to the full Adobe Blog Post for detailed information.
GSM Arena reports Google Photos has implemented restrictions to its free photo and video storage service. RAW files will no longer be stored for free and will count against a user’s storage quota. Similarly, free storage for video files will require videos to be at least one second long and “the right file type.”
Roger Cicala of Lensrentals published a tear down of the new Canon RF 50mm F1.2L lens earlier this week. His findings lead him to conclude “Canon has invested very heavily into developing the lenses of the RF system. This level of engineering didn’t all happen in the last year, they’ve been working on this for quite a while.” Click here for the full article complete with plenty of photographs of the disassembly.
Leica announced the Leica CL street kit which consists of a Leica CL system camera and a Summicron-TL 23mm F2 ASPH lens. The camera boasts a 2.36 million pixel electronic viewfinder, a 24MP sensor, the ability to shoot 4K video and connects wirelessly to mobile devices with the Leica FOTOS app. Read the Leica announcement here.
Sigma Corporation of America announced that the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM — its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018. According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. Read the full announcement here.
VSCO, known for film emulation preset packs designed for Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw, announced via a notice posted to their online store that the company is “always moving forward [and therefore] making the complete move from desktop to mobile starting March 1, 2019.” Desktop presets will no longer be available after that date. In the future, VSCO’s mobile presets and editing tools will be available through the VSCO app. The company invites you to Upgrade your VSCO with a membership that costs $19.99/year.