DJI Launches DJI Pro Website

DJI launched its Pro website targeted at photographers and videographers. Read the full news release here

From DJI’s Website: 

DJI Pro is dedicated to professionals using DJI’s advanced aerial and gimbal technologies, such as the Inspire and the Ronin series. The new website consists of five categories: 

Product Information: Explore DJI products. 

DJI Masters Program: Learn from professional cinematographers with unique insights into the industry as well as the innovative imaging technology they use. 

Showcase: Find out how DJI products are being used on film sets.

Education: Learn about how to setup and use each product.

Events: Get the latest info on DJI, local events, workshops and more. 


Sigma Updates Optimization Pro Software to v1.5

Sigma announced version 1.5 of it’s SIGMA Optimization Pro software.  The software is dedicated for the Sigma USB Dock, Sigma Flash USB Dock FD-11, and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.  The update provides adds an “AF function button setting” feature and enables customization of the 70-200 F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. The Mac version also adds compatibility to Mac OS Mojave and improves Chinese language support. Read the full press release here

Family Advertising for Vacation Photographer as Full-time Employee for the Equivalent of $100K US Annually

The Daily Mail reports that a family is advertising for a full-time vacation photographer to document the family’s travels.  The photographer musts be available to travel on short notice. Of course, all expenses will be covered. Trips could be as long as three months and the photographer should expect to be gone the greater part of the year.  The job offers benefits, sick leave, and 30 days paid vacation in addition to the 80,000 British Pound (approximately $100K US) annual salary.  Read the Daily Mail article here

Leica Japan Announces f/5.6 Summaron-M Black Limited Edition Lens

Leica Rumors reports that, according to Japanese site DC Watch, Leica Japan announced a black, limited-edition version of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 lens.  The Summaron-M 28mm lens is a vintage lens design that was originally produced in screw mount at the Wetzlar, Germany, factory from 1955-1963.  According to Leica’s website, the new version, originally only available in silver, is a “slightly revised design” with an M-bayonet mount and 6-bit coding for modern Leica rangefinders.  The Photo Beat has not been able to find a corroborating news release from Leica Camera. 

Facebook Photo API Bug Exposes Millions of User’s Photos to Third Party Apps — Facebook Says It’s Fixed

Facebook notified developers that third party apps had access to a “broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 and September 25, 2018.”  Facebook believes 6.8 million users may have been affected and states up to 1,500 apps by 876 developers were affected. Facebook says the issue has been corrected. Additionally, the announcement states Facebook will roll out tools in the coming week to help developers who was impacted.  Finally, Facebook will notify users they think have been impacted and advise all users log into third party apps to “check which photos they have access to.”  Read the full Facebook announcement here

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 14, 2018

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. 

Humor

Portrait Photographer Surprised to Discover His Lens Has Apertures Other than F/1.4 — FStoppers