Resolution Wars, part II: Comparing RAW files – Micro Four Thirds vs Medium Format, Really?

 

 

The Olympus E-M5 II really stunned us with its new High Res Shot mode that offers a whopping 40-megapixel JPEG file through some unique sensor-shifting multi-shot processing. The resulting image competes handily against high-resolution full-frame cameras, such as the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R.

However, for many advanced photographers, a JPEG is nice and all, but where's the RAW? Thankfully, the E-M5 II offers this too, but there's a catch: you need a special Olympus-created Photoshop plug-in in order to view and edit…

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Olympus E-M5 II Shooter’s Report Part I: Exploring Bermuda with the just-launched enthusiast mirrorless

 

 

A few weeks ago, the Olympus E-M5 II compact system camera made its debut as a followup to the extremely popular E-M5 (E-M5 vs E-M5 II). With a raft of significant changes throughout, including a record-breaking image stabilization system, redesigned weather-sealed body, tilt/swivel display, performance and movie-shooting enhancements, and more, we were keen to get our hands on the E-M5 II for a Shooter's Report just as soon as we could — and as it transpired, we had the perfect opportunity.

On a press trip to the…

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Breaking down the basics of shooting against a white seamless

 

 

A white seamless background is one of the most versatile options when it comes to photographing a subject, be it a still-life or portrait. To pay homage to the simple and resourceful tool, Zack Arias has shared the first video of a two-part series that walks through the basic workflow of using a white seamless.

Arias begins the video by explaining just how much space you’ll be needing to properly set up a white seamless. After breaking down the suggested area, Arias dives into the gear required to set it up, including the…

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Report shows Getty Images low on cash, stock photo profit down 17%

 

 

Getty Images appears to be going through some financial struggles. According to a report from Bloomberg Business, published yesterday, Getty Images burned through roughly a third of its cash in the last three months of 2014 alone.

A source, who wished to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, told Bloomberg the declining numbers just days after an invite-only conference for executives and investors.

According to the source, Getty Images is down to $27 million in liquid assets, a whopping $14…

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AP, NFL announce extension of exclusive photo licensing deal through 2017 season

 

 

The Associated Press and National Football League have announced today they’re extending their commercial photo agreement through the 2017 season.

The agreement continues a tradition dating back to 1967, when AP and its photographers documented the first Super Bowl. Not only did they cover the first Super Bowl, but every one since, including Super Bowl XXX in 1996, where AP was the first news organization to shoot digital-only cameras at the sporting event.

As has been the case for some time, this…

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Panasonic announces Lumix G 42.5mm portrait and 30mm macro lenses

 

 

Panasonic has announced two new pieces of glass for its Micro Four Thirds lens lineup: a 42.5mm f/1.7 portrait and 30mm f/2.8 macro.

Designed from the ground up as a portraiture lens, the 42.5mm f/1.7 offers a large maximum aperture at an 85mm full-frame equivalent focal length. In addition to the speedy, 7-blade aperture, the 42.5mm f/1.7 offers Panasonic’s optical image stabilization and 240fps Drive AF. As for the glass inside, it consists of 10 elements in 8 groups, including one aspherical…

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‘SHARE’: The art book designed to be ripped apart

 

 

What is art if not shared with others? That is the thought-provoking question brought to life by a new book called SHARE.

Curated and published by Heroes & Pioneers, the idea behind the book is to not purely consume, but also share. That’s because the book is designed to allow you to rip out the individual, perforated pieces of art display them in your own home or give them to a friend.

Inside the book are 50 pieces of art, many of which are photographs, from young, unpublished creators from…

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