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Practically every photographer has Photoshop somewhere on their computer, even if it is generations old. One of the most useful tools in that application is Image Size, and you can use it to give your 12 MP smartphone pictures a resolution bump. This is particularly handy for making 13" x 19" prints.

For example, this 2016 shot of the Golden Gate Bridge was captured with an iPhone 6S.

IMG_1018-1024.JPG Original iPhone 6S photo. All pictures by Derrick Story.

The original file measured 3024 x 4032 pixels. If I printed it at 300 dpi, I could make a 10" x 13" print with no cropping at all. That's short of the 13" x 19" output we were hoping for. But using Image Size, I could get there.

sample-up-gg-bridge-1024.jpg Using Image Size to sample up the picture.

In Photoshop, I went to Image > Image Size, checked the box next to Resample with the Bicubic Smoother option, and increased the Fit parameters to 150 percent. The resolution remained at 72 ppi for this step. After clicking OK, Photoshop said that I could now make a 15" x 20" print at 300 ppi from the very same image. Yay.

resampled-image-1024.jpg After Image Size, I had the resolution I needed to make a print.

Once I had the resolution that I needed, I could enhance the image and make that 13" x 19" print that I was hankering for.

We can use all sorts of tools to sample up images, even the Swiss army knife app, Preview, has Adjust Size that provides this functionality. And of course, we've been reading about the new software that uses AI to further refine the results.

But Photoshop, if you have it, is a sweet spot because it is readily available, provides lots of options for sampling up and sampling down, and works great.

BTW: that Golden Gate Bridge shot is now hanging on my wall at home.

D-Story-Framed-Bridge-1024.jpg The final product hanging on the wall.

If you want to know more about the story of this shot, check out my Medium.com article titled, How I Made a Large Wall Print from an iPhone 6S.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #811, Oct. 5, 2021. Today's theme is "Ben Long Says a Photo Practice Might Not Be What You Think." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Photographer/Writer Ben Long joins the show this week to explain his ideas on how to grow as a photographer, as outlined in his new book, The Practicing Photographer. In the interview, I ask him how practice can be fun. He tells me I have it all wrong. And off we go! I'm pretty sure this is a half hour that you're going to enjoy.

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Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! (And welcome to our new members.) And be sure to sign up for Inner Circle Annual Gathering of the Clans on Saturday, October 23.

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 43 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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Lots of good news on the DxO front with the release of Nik Collection 4.2.

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In addition to providing native support for the Mac M1 processor, DxO fixed an issue that prevented Silver Efex Pro and Viveza from working properly with Capture One Pro 21. Now with version 4.2, the workflow is smoother than ever for C1P photographers, especially if they are using an M1 Mac.

DxO is also running a Back to School Sale discounting discounting Nik Collection 4.2 to $99.99 (regular price is $149.99 and the package includes 8 software programs, 250 presets, and built-in U Point technology). The sale ends October 10, 2021.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #810, Sept. 28, 2021. Today's theme is "Why I'm Still Podcasting." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

The other day, during a conversation, someone asked me, "Why, after all this time, are you still podcasting? Don't you get tired of the grind?" In the moment, I wasn't overly articulate, other than to say, "I still like it." Scintillating, right? But after some reflection I was able to put my fingers on a few key reasons, and I'm going to share those with you in today's TDS Photography Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Why, 809 Episodes Later, I'm Still Podcasting

I wrote this piece for Medium.com, and I'm going to read it for you now. I think it sums up my love of podcasting quite well.

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Canon Confirms the EOS R3 Is Not a Flagship Camera

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The Canon EOS R3 is one of the most technologically advanced cameras that Canon has produced. Improvements to the autofocus alone put the Canon EOS R3 ahead of almost every camera that Canon has ever produced. Despite this, Canon maintains that the EOS R3 is not a 1 series flagship camera.

The Canon EOS R3 is the priciest RF mount camera to date. With a price point of almost $6,000, it sits uncomfortably close to the Canon 1D X Mark III, the current Canon flagship camera. The Canon EOS R3 includes a number of improved features, such as video quality, autofocus, and a significant jump in the number of frames it can capture per second, albeit with the electronic shutter. However, the Canon EOS R3 is still not considered a flagship camera by Canon.

In a recent discussion with Canon, it was confirmed that the EOS R3 camera does not replace the Canon 1D X Mark III to become the new flagship. The key reason it's not considered a flagship camera is that the 1D series cameras are designed to operate in far more challenging conditions. Although the EOS R3 does have similar weather-sealing when the hot shoe cap is attached, it may not be as capable in tougher environments.

Interestingly, this could end up being a challenge for Canon. If a $6,000 camera is not a flagship camera for Canon, what will an actual 1 series RF mount camera cost? Also, what kind of features could we see in a potential 1 series RF mount camera?

It is, however, important to mention that there are a few features the 1D X Mark III holds over the EOS R3. These include a larger buffer and the ability to shoot much faster using the mechanical shutter. The 1D X Mark III can manage 20 frames per second for up to 1,000 images, whereas the EOS R3 can only manage 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter. It's also limited to a maximum of 150 images when shooting at 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter.

In general, photographers that shoot with 1 series cameras expect zero compromises. And based on what the EOS R3 can do, Canon may have something remarkable planned for its first-ever RF mount flagship camera.

Our First Writing Workshop!

Writing for Artists Who Want to Publish (or just get better)

This online workshop is designed to help photographers, and all types of creatives, improve their writing skills for online sites including publications such as Medium.com. Useful for the business environment as well because improved clarity in writing often translates into successful business interactions.

Over the course of four sessions, you'll learn how to translate your thoughts into effective articles and posts that will engage readers. We will cover online style, article construction, self-editing tips, and promotion.

You will also have access to our online workshop community, DerrickStoryOnline, where you can ask questions, share techniques, and show off your work. Your membership to our online community extends pass the workshop itself, so you can continue to share notes with those who share your particular interests.

Our weekly meetings during the workshop itself are via Zoom, with AM and PM sessions available so you can match this event to your busy schedule. Plus, we record each session and make them available to participants for future reference.

You can sign up today and reserve your spot.

How I Use Two Printers to Save Money

You can read the entire article here.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! (And welcome to our new members.) And be sure to sign up for Inner Circle Annual Gathering of the Clans on Saturday, October 23.

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 43 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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How I Use Two Printers to Save Money

Nothing brings a good photograph to life like making an 11" x 14" or 13" x 19" print of it. But as any photographer knows, big output uses a fair amount of ink. And when you buy OEM cartridges, they are expensive.

I've developed a sweet little workflow that has reduced these costs considerably. And I think you might find it useful if you have access to a smaller multifunctional printer with a second larger one designed for photography.

Start with the Smaller Printer

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I have a Canon MG6821 multifunctional printer that I bought a while back for around $65. I use it for scanning, making copies, and "quick & dirty jobs". It's great. Instead of purchasing the more expensive Canon cartridges, I've been using third-party ink that costs a fraction of the OEM kit. I've been using this tandem for quite some time. The output looks great and the printer seems perfectly fine with it.

When I want to make a big print for framing (and archival), I first experiment with the image using 8.5" x 11" Red River Paper. I use the same surface for the test prints as I plan to use for the final image. I tend to like the Arctic Polar Luster.

Once I get the image looking the way that I want with the letter-sized output, I move over to the Canon Pro 100. This typically only take a print or two, and costs very little.

Finish with the Big Printer

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Now that I understand how the image will print, and the adjustments required for it in the print dialog box, I set up the job with the Canon Pro 100 using Canon ink and the same Red River Paper surface. More often than not, I get it right on the first print.

Using this system has extended the life of my expensive Canon print cartridges, while still providing the quality I want for the final output. Give it a try and see what you think!

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #809, Sept. 21, 2021. Today's theme is "Photography's Final Flurry of Summer." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Canon, Apple, and GoPro close out our sizzling rampage of announcements at the end of summer. What a wild couple of weeks it has been. Today we're going to take a look at the final fruit of the season, then turn our eyes to what autumn and the close of the year might bring. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Photography's Final Flurry of Summer

#1 - Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Digital Camera $5,999

Among the most significant technologies in the R3 is the 24.1MP stacked sensor which affords truly fast readout speeds to help reduce rolling shutter distortion and benefit fast continuous shooting and video recording applications. This full-frame BSI CMOS sensor is also benefitted by an updated DIGIC X processor, which helps boost the overall speed for up to 30 fps continuous shooting with an electronic shutter, 6K 60p raw and 4K 120p video recording, and intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS II autofocus with Eye Control AF for intuitive focus point selection.

Key features include: 6K Raw and DCI/UHD 4K Video Recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilizer (5-axis), 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (120-fps refresh), 3.2" vari-angle LCD (4.15m-dot resolution), Dual Memory Card Slots (Slot 1: CFexpress Type B, Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II), built-in GPS module, can shoot natively in HEIF, a crazy amount of connectivity, and it weighs in at about 2 pounds.

Shipping begins November 30, 2021.

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#2 - Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens $299

Ultra-wide field of view mixed with a compact and portable design, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a sleek everyday wide-angle prime. Blending a compact, lightweight design with a bright maximum aperture, this rectilinear ultra-wide comes in handy when photographing interiors and architectural subjects, as well as broad landscape views and astrophotography scenes.

Other features include: One aspherical element helps control distortion and promotes a high degree of sharpness; Super Spectra Coating has been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions; STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.

Minimum focusing distance of 5.1", along with a maximum magnification of 0.26x, makes this a unique option for close-up shooting while retaining great depth of field.

Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

#3 - iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max

This information is from the article iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max: A15 Bionic chipset, new triple-camera array, ProMotion display and more on DP Review.

"At the core of the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is Apple's A15 Bionic chip, which should offer slight performance increases compared to last year's iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max feature new 6.1" and 6.7" Super Retina XDR Displays, respectively, which top out at 1,200 nits of brightness (for HDR stills & video) and include Apple's ProMotion technology, which intelligently adjusts the refresh rate to improve performance when you need it and conserve battery when you don't (10-120Hz). The display can hit 1,000 nits peak brightness outdoors even outside of HDR mode, a 20% increase over last year's models."

"The triple-camera array on the rear of the device features a 6x focal length range, and includes a 77mm (equiv.) focal length (3x) telephoto module, a 13mm (equiv.) F1.8 ultrawide module and a 26mm (equiv) F1.5 wide module. The ultra-wide camera gets a 92% improvement in light-gathering ability compared to the F2.4 module in previous models. The wide camera module gets larger 1.9 �m pixels, up from 1.4 and 1.7 �m on the 12 Pro and Pro Max, respectively. The main, wide camera also uses sensor-shift image stabilization like last year's Pro Max model, while the ultrawide and telephoto use 'dual optical' image stabilization. In addition to stills, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro 13 Max can record Dolby Vision HDR video at up to 4K60p."

"A new video capture feature, called Cinematic Mode, has also been added to Apple's latest devices. This new feature, limited to 1080p at 30 fps, uses AI and Apple's depth mapping technology to track subjects and rack focus automatically with the ability to change the depth of field even after shooting, just as you can with the still photo Portrait Mode. You can also refocus the video after-the-fact."

"Another new camera feature Apple showed off is 'Photographic Styles,' which seems to be a more intelligent version of Picture Styles you typically see on DSLR, mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras. When snapping a photo, you can choose between four different presets, which you can tweak to fit your specific editing preferences. When the shutter is pressed, the iPhone will then include your personal style in its image processing pipeline to give you the best image possible straight-out-of-camera."

"Apple says the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max last 1.5 and 2.5 hours longer, respectively, than their predecessors, due to improved efficiency and updated batteries."

"iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are available to pre-order starting this Friday, September 17 starting at $999 and $1,099, respectively, and are available in four colors: Graphite, Gold, Silver and Sierra Blue. Storage options range from 128GB up to 1TB, which is the first time an iPhone has been available with 1TB of storage."

#4 - Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 Lens $297

An ideal everyday lens, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is a versatile prime straddling wide-angle and normal fields of view and featuring a bright f/2 maximum aperture. The distinct focal length is wide enough for spontaneous shooting but still tight enough for portraiture and selective focus shooting. Additionally, the lens's compact, portable form factor makes it perfect for walkaround shooting and equally well-suited to use on FX or DX-format camera bodies.

In terms of handling, a stepping motor AF system offers quiet and smooth focusing performance that benefits both stills and video capture and a programmable control ring can also be set for intuitive adjustment over a variety of camera and exposure settings.

This lens will be shipping soon.

#5 - GoPro HERO10 Black $499

Updating their flagship action camera with a 23MP sensor and a new G2 chip design for enhanced functionality, the HERO10 Black from GoPro adds more speed, performance, touch control responsiveness, and higher frame rates, rounding out this full-featured action camera. This newest model provides high-detail 5.3K60, 4K120, and 2.7K240 video and 23MP photos with updated professional settings and practical functions from its predecessor, the HERO9.

The front display, which in the previous HERO model showed status information, is now larger at 1.4" and offers a live view, allowing you to frame shots for vlogging and similar uses. A new HyperSmooth 4.0 digital image stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling lets you produce even smoother, more stable videos without a gimbal. While still a full-on action camera, the HERO10 Black makes use of its immense feature set to also let you use it as a webcam and for 1080p Full HD live streaming, and it also automatically connect to the cloud, allowing your footage to be uploaded while you shoot when you have a GoPro subscription. It provides a comprehensive solution for all your action cam adventures and it maintains a robust design that's 33' waterproof without an external housing required. An optional dive housing can additionally be used to take the camera into much deeper waters.

The Hero10 Black is shipping now.

IKEA's Sj�m�rke Goes Under Surfaces for Invisible Wireless Charging

You can read the entire article on Petapixel.

IKEA has been adding more function and style to the ever-expanding lineup of work-from-home furniture and accessories in its arsenal. The company's new the Sj�m�rke wireless Qi charging pad will bring wireless charging to nearly any wood or plastic-based surface in a home.

According to the instruction manual, the device is designed to mount underneath surfaces for which you'd like to hide cables in order to keep the room looking neat and minimalist.

Unlike most other wireless charging stations, which require users to place their rechargeable devices on a matt or charge station, this seven-inch by three-inch charger hides beneath a table or shelf using double-sided adhesive strips (or screws should buyers want to make it permanent), creating an invisible wireless charging station.

With its 5 watts of power, it will be available in IKEA stores and online starting October 2021 with a price tag of $40.

Our First Writing Workshop!

Writing for Artists Who Want to Publish (or just get better)

This online workshop is designed to help photographers, and all types of creatives, improve their writing skills for online sites including publications such as Medium.com. Useful for the business environment as well because improved clarity in writing often translates into successful business interactions.

Over the course of four sessions, you'll learn how to translate your thoughts into effective articles and posts that will engage readers. We will cover online style, article construction, self-editing tips, and promotion.

You will also have access to our online workshop community, DerrickStoryOnline, where you can ask questions, share techniques, and show off your work. Your membership to our online community extends pass the workshop itself, so you can continue to share notes with those who share your particular interests.

Our weekly meetings during the workshop itself are via Zoom, with AM and PM sessions available so you can match this event to your busy schedule. Plus, we record each session and make them available to participants for future reference.

You can sign up today and reserve your spot.

Preorders Available for Luminar Neo

What's New in Neo?

Layers let you effortlessly combine two or more images and manipulate them to achieve your desired effect.

Portrait Background Removal AI allows you to remove an unwanted background from your portrait in seconds thanks to AI.

Relight AI is a tool for controlling the light in your photos based on image depth as determined by AI, allowing you to easily and effortlessly fix photos that need fill lighting.

Mask AI allows you to easily detect and select elements of your photo for precise control over how tools are applied.

Pricing

Starts: September, 20 (8am New York Time)
Ends: October, 18 (8am New York Time)

For artists making a new purchase:
$65 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$76 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo

$94 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$115 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI

Luminar Neo should be available winter 2022. You can preorder now on the Skylum website.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! (And welcome to our new members.) And a big thanks to our iPad mini winner, Kevin McNamara! His favorite repurpose is: "With a Bluetooth connected speaker I use an old iPad as a digital stereo system internet radio and Apple Music."

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 43 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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When I think about what I used to have to lug around to get an additional 1TB of storage, it makes me appreciate the new Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD even more. I can fit three of these in my front pants pocket!

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Not only is it light and compact, it's affordable as well weighing in at $159 for 1TB of storage. There are also 500MB and 2TB models at similar prices.

What you get in return is very useful for anyone working with digital media:

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  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Performance: Industry-leading read/write speeds up to 2,000MB/s.
  • High-speed Capacities: Up to 2TB to support high resolution images, 8K videos, and large documents.
  • Built for Durability: Tested to be water resistant, dust resistant and shockproof with an included rubber sleeve.
  • Pocket-sized Portability: Small, lightweight form factor for easy, on-the-go storage.
  • Speed: Up to 2,000MB/s read, 2,000MB/s write.
  • Capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB.
  • Dimensions: 69.54 x 32.58 x 13.5mm. Weight: 28.9g.
  • Casing Material: Metal + Plastic.
  • Warranty/Support: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, Mac OS (v.10.14.x +), Linux (v. 2.6.x +), Chrome OS.

The kit comes with a USB-C cord and a very nice rubber sleeve so you don't have to worry about it banging around in your bag.

It connected quickly to my MacBook Pro. I copied a Capture One Pro catalog (13GBs in size) to the drive in 25 seconds. I then accessed the catalog from C1P and had no problems during editing.

Because of its super-compact size, however, I think the XS2000 would also be a great companion for USB-C tablets, and I'm even thinking of setting it up as a media server for my VW ID.4 that has USB-C connectivity as well.

One last thought... as the holidays approach, I think the XS2000 would be an excellent and affordable gift for the photographer/videographer/musician in your life. Who among them doesn't need an extra terabyte of storage?

You can buy the Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD now directly from Kingston Online Store.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #808, Sept. 14, 2021. Today's theme is "My Top 5 Recent Gear Announcements." I'm Derrick Story.

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My word! The camera industry has been very busy of late. And we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. With new announcements from OM Digital, Ricoh, Fujifilm, Venus Optics and others, there's enough window shopping to dazzle our eyes like a tot set loose in a toy store. What are the picks of the litter? I'll share my 5 favorites on today's TDS Photography Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

Digital Photography Podcast 808

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My Top 5 Recent Gear Announcements

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#1 - Sigma 24mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

I-series lens emphasizing a sleek and stylish physical design built to the same operational standards of Sigma's Cine lenses, including a mechanical aperture ring, knurled metal components, and various switches and tactile controls for intuitive operation. Wide-angle 24mm lens designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however, can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 36mm equivalent focal length. Minimum focusing distance of 9.65" for unique close-up shooting capabilities. Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality. All-metal body with high-precision metal parts and a metal hood. $639 and coming soon.

#2 - Ricoh GR IIIx Compact Camera

A newly developed 26.1mm F2.8 GR lens, which harmonizes exceptional image quality with a slim design. Unlike past GR-series models which featured a 28mm wide angle of view for exaggerated perspective, this lens provides a 40mm standard angle of view in the 35mm format, delivering images with a more natural perspective and a more truthful sense of depth for a completely different type of street photography. Also features an APS-C 24 MP sensor with 14-bit RAW, 3-Axis IS with Auto Horizon Correction function to effortlessly optimize image composition, and a cool accessory GT-2 Tele Conversion Lens to extend the focal length to approx. 75mm telephoto in the 35mm format, usable in combination with the camera's auto detection and crop functions. No U.S. availability set yet, but it is listed in the U.K. and E.U.

#3 - M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO

"OM Digital Solutions Corporation is pleased to announce the development of two new lenses that conform to the Micro Four Thirds System standard: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO compact large-diameter single-focal- length lens, and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO compact telephoto zoom lens. Both lenses will join the M.Zuiko PRO series, featuring compact and lightweight lenses that offer excellent resolution and make the most of the unrivaled portability and image quality that is the hallmark of the Micro Four Thirds System. In conjunction with this development announcement, the M.Zuiko Digital lens roadmap has been updated. OM Digital Solutions will continue to leverage the strengths of the Micro Four Thirds System to enhance its lineup of lenses and broaden opportunities for photographic expression."

#4 - FUJIFILM X-T30 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens

Sharing a sensor with the professional-oriented X-T3, the X-T30 II features an APS-C-format 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, which has a back-illuminated design to afford smooth tonal rendering, improved low-light performance, and a low native ISO 160 setting. Plus, the camera features X-Processor 4 quad-core CPU inside X-T30 II offers fast, accurate autofocusing, 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen, Front and rear command dials, 18 Film Simulation and Grain Effect Modes, and XF 15-45mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens features a 23-69mm equivalent.

Lens and camera kit should be available in late October for $999.

#5 - Venus Optics unveils $899 Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95

The manual focus lens is constructed of 14 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical element, one extra-low dispersion element and four ultra-high-refractive elements. It features a fifteen blade aperture diaphragm, an aperture range of F0.95 through F16, has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (19.7") and uses a 72mm front filter thread. Plus there's a "de-click" switch for the aperture ring.
Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF is available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems and can be purchased via Venus Optics' official website and authorized resellers for $899. The first 100 units ship with a free focus gear belt.

And Still More to Come!

Both Canon and Apple are holding special announcement events today, so we will have more gear to discuss next week as well. Wow.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

You can read the entire article on NY Times.

Apple issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability in its products on Monday after security researchers uncovered a flaw that allows highly invasive spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect anyone's iPhone, Apple Watch or Mac computer without so much as a click.

Apple's security team has been working around the clock to develop a fix since Tuesday, after researchers at Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity watchdog organization at the University of Toronto, discovered that a Saudi activist's iPhone had been infected with spyware from NSO Group.

The spyware, called Pegasus, used a novel method to invisibly infect an Apple device without the victim's knowledge for as long as six months. Known as a "zero click remote exploit," it is considered the Holy Grail of surveillance because it allows governments, mercenaries and criminals to secretly break into a victim's device without tipping the victim off.

Using the zero-click infection method, Pegasus can turn on a user's camera and microphone, record messages, texts, emails, calls -- even those sent via encrypted messaging and phone apps like Signal -- and send them back to NSO's clients at governments around the world.

An Apple spokesman confirmed Citizen Lab's assessment and said the company planned to add spyware barriers to its next iOS 15 software update, expected this year. NSO Group did not immediately respond to inquiries on Monday.

Our First Writing Workshop!

Writing for Artists Who Want to Publish (or just get better)

This online workshop is designed to help photographers, and all types of creatives, improve their writing skills for online sites including publications such as Medium.com. Useful for the business environment as well because improved clarity in writing often translates into successful business interactions.

Over the course of four sessions, you'll learn how to translate your thoughts into effective articles and posts that will engage readers. We will cover online style, article construction, self-editing tips, and promotion.

You will also have access to our online workshop community, DerrickStoryOnline, where you can ask questions, share techniques, and show off your work. Your membership to our online community extends pass the workshop itself, so you can continue to share notes with those who share your particular interests.

Our weekly meetings during the workshop itself are via Zoom, with AM and PM sessions available so you can match this event to your busy schedule. Plus, we record each session and make them available to participants for future reference.

You can sign up today and reserve your spot.

Canon and Panasonic Drop Out of NAB Due to COVID-19 Concerns

You can read the entire article on Petapixel.

Panasonic and Canon have announced that neither will be attending NAB this fall as previously planned, joining Sony in pulling out of trade show commitments due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Canon informed PetaPixel that it has canceled plans to attend both the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas as well as Infocomm in Orlando, Florida. The company issued the following statement:

Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 Delta variant, Canon has made a carefully considered decision to withdraw from this year's NAB and InfoComm Shows. The communities that NAB and InfoComm represent are something that we will greatly miss this year, but the health and safety of our team members, customers, and potential show guests is our number one priority. Canon will continue our plans to communicate exciting new products and innovations in virtual and remote settings, and our teams all over the world will share our news and updates in the coming weeks. We are continuously monitoring the situation and we look forward to attending events in the future.

While COVID cases have been slightly declining in Las Vegas where the NAB Show is still scheduled to take place from Saturday October 9 through Wednesday the October 13, concerns over safety have now led multiple companies to adjust plans for in-person exhibitions. InfoComm, which takes place in Orlando, Florida, is still scheduled to take place in late October, but the state currently accounts for nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! (And welcome to our new members.) And a big thanks to our iPad mini winner, Kevin McNamara! His favorite repurpose is: "With a Bluetooth connected speaker I use an old iPad as a digital stereo system internet radio and Apple Music."

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 42 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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Anti Street Photography in Maui

By the time I boarded the plane at San Jose Airport, I had enough of the world. I was tired of the bickering and bad news. So I tuned it out and headed to Maui. I had a paperback on my lap, Lord of the Flies.

IMG_0573.jpeg Sunset on Maui - iPhone 12 Pro Max. Photos by Derrick Story.

Over the last two weeks, I've ignored the media and focused on life around me. This reboot is reflected in my photography as well. With my Olympus Tough hanging from my wrist, I've recorded the world that's right in front of me.

I call this anti street photography, not only because I'm nowhere near pavement, but the tone is also different. My walking path leads to to sand, water, and trees. I swim in the ocean and eat in the open air. And I sleep a lot. The pictures are less charged.

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P9030011.jpeg People Watching Before Breakfast - Olympus TG compact camera.

Upon my return, the world seems about the same as I left it. I'm still not watching much news. I'm somewhat detached from the events over which I have no control.

My writing is focused on photography and improving skills as an artist. Our next workshop is on infrared imaging. That will be rewarding. After that, the Oregon Coast, then some classes on writing. All good stuff. And of course, as always, the weekly podcast.

This is the world I have influence over. And I think for the time being, it's better that I focus my energy here.

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P9060083.jpeg The Beautiful World Underwater - Olympus TG compact camera.

I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone on Tuesday's podcast.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #807, Sept. 7, 2021. Today's theme is "Getting from Here to There: An Update from Maui." I'm Derrick Story.

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Despite all of the reports of travel challenges, most of them can be overcome with a bit of extra planning. But what exactly do you need to know, and prepared for, as you travel from here to there? I have a number of tips to share with you, for Hawaii or anywhere else, on today's TDS Photography Podcast.

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Getting from Here to There: An Update from Maui

In most parts of the world, the ongoing pandemic is having an impact on daily life. Not only in terms of additional regulations and restrictions, but it affects staffing as well at hotels, restaurants, airports, and practically everywhere else. This all points in the direction of spending more time planning.

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The five tips I'm covering here help address many of those situations.

#1 - Plan Further Out than Ever

I've been coming to Maui for years. Generally speaking, if we wanted to go out, we would use Open Table or call the day before and get a reservation. But now, you need to have your key reservations long before you get on the plane to your destination. That includes any important service including restaurants.

#2 - Learn the Rules of the Road

I'm using Hawaii as an example because that's where I am. But this applies to many, many destinations. Go to the state's or country's travel site and find out what you need to do for admission and to avoid quarantine.

For example to be admitted to Hawaii, you have to complete a travel record online, upload your vaccination proof or recent COVID 19 test results, and complete a health report.

In return, you'll receive a QR code that will let you bypass tedious stoppages at the airport.

#3 - Bring Lots of Masks

Masks are required practically everywhere. And if you're on the plane for 5 hours, you better have a mask that is comfortable for that period of time. I also have masks that go with my wardrobe, that I can stow in my swimming trunks, and extras in case one or more breaks.

#4 - Get in a Patient Frame of Mind

Everything moves slower. Lines take longer. There are few people available to help you. And if you let these delays get under your skin, it can adversely affect your trip.

One of my favorite signs I've seen recently said, "Please be kind to the employees who showed up to work to help you."

#5 - Get Creative

In an effort to go with the flow, we've discovered new things to do that work more easily with the situation at hand. For example, we've never spent much time at the beach parks here on Maui. But by packing our lunches and gear in the rental car and exploring some of these locations, we discovered a wonderful new feature of the island.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II is the least expensive medium-format digital camera ever

You can read the entire article on DP Review.

Fujifilm has announced the 51 Megapixel GFX 50S II camera that - at $4000 - is the cheapest medium-format digital camera that's ever been released. The 50S II is largely similar to the GFX 100S, but with a lower resolution sensor and a lack of 4K video capability.

Relatively compact in size, the GFX 50S II offers in-body stabilization, with up to 6.5 stops of shake reduction. (The IBIS system can also be used to create ultra-high-res 205MB images.) The camera has a substantial grip and has plenty of room on the top plate for dials and an OLED info display. On the back, you'll find a two-axis tilting LCD and a 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder with an equivalent magnification of 0.77x. The camera has dual card slots with support for UHS-II media.

The 50S II continues to use contrast-detect AF, which won't be able to keep up with the phase-detect system on the GFX 100S. Similarly, the 50S II's top burst speed is just 3 fps. The older sensor on the GFX 50S II only supports Full HD video, but quality is good. Its battery life of 440 shots/charge is comparable to full-frame models, which are very much the 50S II's competition.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II will be available in late October for $3999 body only. It can also be bundled with the new GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens for $4499.

Our First Writing Workshop!

Writing for Artists Who Want to Publish (or just get better)

This online workshop is designed to help photographers, and all types of creatives, improve their writing skills for online sites including publications such as Medium.com. Useful for the business environment as well because improved clarity in writing often translates into successful business interactions.

Over the course of four sessions, you'll learn how to translate your thoughts into effective articles and posts that will engage readers. We will cover online style, article construction, self-editing tips, and promotion.

You will also have access to our online workshop community, DerrickStoryOnline, where you can ask questions, share techniques, and show off your work. Your membership to our online community extends pass the workshop itself, so you can continue to share notes with those who share your particular interests.

Our weekly meetings during the workshop itself are via Zoom, with AM and PM sessions available so you can match this event to your busy schedule. Plus, we record each session and make them available to participants for future reference.

You can sign up today and reserve your spot.

What's New in Apple iOS 15 for Photographers

You can read the entire article on Petapixel.

Text Photos - The most useful feature is so simple. How much do you hate the bother of trying to save photos that are texted to you? The old way: put your finger on the photos and wait for the Save button to appear. Then hope it makes it to the camera roll in the Photos app. New way: there's a share tab right next to the photo in the iMessages app, and a new "shared with you" album in your camera roll of texted photos.

Live Text - Apple has added the ability to copy text from a photo and send the words to an e-mail or document, which is incredibly useful if you take pictures of recipes or the like. (Google added this to Android several years ago. Just sayin'.)

Info Please - A new feature that probably won't get much play at first, because it's not really totally ready for prime time is an information tab you can click on under the photo to reveal the download about artwork, landmarks, pet breeds, and flower types. In my tests, I was able to find the breed of a dog shown in a photo as well as a flower type. Some landmarks popped, others didn't.

EXIF - More importantly, for photographers, we finally get EXIF information listed in the Camera Roll, which tells us which of the iPhone lenses we used, what our automatic exposure was, and this is fantastic, the file name of the photo. This basic info hasn't been available in previous iOS editions and it really helps when I want to search for the photo on my computer. Knowing what it's called is a lot more useful than just looking for that photo of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! (And welcome to our new members.)

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 40 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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