From sparks jumping between 32-foot Tesla Coils to a house covered in balloons and 12-foot flowers that pulse with your heartbeat, Beakerhead was full of a wonderful mix of installations where art meets engineering and science. This year, the event ran from September 19-23 and was attended by thousands and thousands of people. Beakerhead put together both a photo and video crew to capture all the great events and attendees.
Fujifilm announced an update to their Instax lineup at Photokina this year. The brand new SQ20 comes as an update to the SQ10 and maintains the popular 62mm x 62mm square format that fits nicely between the credit-card sized regular instax images and the large instax wide. This is the first instax camera to incorporate a zoom, at 4.0x. A number of other features have been added as well, including a motion mode, which allows you to take a video up to 15 seconds and then select a specific frame to print. This will be helpful for those hard-to-capture fleeting moments that move quickly.
There is a sort of metaphoric beauty to shooting images that rely on the use of a mirror. Looking through mirrors and creating an image using that vision is one of the most compelling reasons to hold on to and keep shooting with a DSLR. It is the major defining feature separates a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. With the industry moving full speed towards mirrorless full-frame cameras, the question that has been popping into my mind is, ‘Do mirrors matter? Will they matter? Will we yearn for the days where our cameras were built with mirrors inside of them?’ Or will we look back at DSLR cameras with disgust at a platform that contained far too many moving parts?
The OrangeMonkie Foldio is a small and portable light box setup that is primarily used for product photography. The Foldio is meant for both professional and amateurs alike to create excellent photographs with a white or black backdrop – the lightbox also comes with LED strips attached to the top of the box to light up all of your products from the top down creating a nice shadowless look.
Panasonic has released a new firmware update for the GH5 and GH5s. The most significant improvement to the camera’s performance is in the continuous autofocus mode, for both stills and video. Previously, there was some disappointment with how well the camera tracked a subject continuously – particularly if you wanted it to use the full autofocus area and not a single point. The focus would frequently jump to the background.