• Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:50:31 +0000

    Fujifilm Adds Pixel Shift Multi-Shot to GFX100, Enabling 400 MP Capture

    Fujifilm has announced a firmware update the brings pixel shift multi-shot functionality to the GFX100. The camera combines with newly-announced software to combine 16 RAW images into a single 400-megapixel image.

    The feature works by combining the 102-megapixel sensor, the X Processor 4, and the in-body image stabilization system to move the image sensor in 0.5 pixel increments and record high-resolution RGB pixel information over the course of a 16 image capture.

    The images can then be fed into new software to produce a single 400-megapixel DNG file.

    Fujifilm’s new software is called Pixel Shift Combiner and not only acts as the necessary piece of the puzzle to create the large images, but it also can be used to facilitate capture capability when using Pixel Shift Multi-Shot. With this new feature, Fujifilm says that images can be created that “faithfully reproduce nearly every detail” and “achieve optimal image quality with 400 megapixels of resolution.”

    Fujifilm says that this feature is particularly useful for archival or cultural preservation work, where photographers must document the intricate details of historical artifacts or works of art. The technology was implemented in the GFX100 IR, which adds the element of infrared into archival and forensic image capture.

    This technology also has implications for product photography work. In an example, see below in this image provided by Fujifilm, shot by Koenigsegg and Dan Kang:

    Without using the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot, a 100% crop would provide this level of detail:

    But the additional megapixels from the Pixel Shift allows for considerably more resolution. This is a 100% crop from the 400 megapixel file:

    As expected, increasing the pixel count dramatically balloons the file size. A JPEG of the original 100 megapixel file is a hefty 51.5 megabytes. The 400-megapixel version is a whopping 204.9 megabytes and took considerably more time to work with in Adobe Photoshop.

    In addition to the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot feature, Fujifilm made a few other changes to the GFX100 in Firmware Version 3.00. First, ratings to images recorded in the [Jpeg + RAW] mode are applied to both Jpeg and RAW files now. The company also resolved a phenomenon where in multiple-flash shooting scenarios where the EF-X500 is used as a commander, flashes in some groups sometimes didn’t fire correctly. The company also promises that the accuracy of the Eye AF function for the front eye has been improved. Fujifilm also lists that they addressed other “minor bugs.”

    The new firmware is available now and can be downloaded here.

    Image credits: Car photo by Koenigsegg and Dan Kang and used with permission.

  • Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:23:28 +0000

    Fujifilm Announces GFX100 IR, a Forensics-Focused Infrared Camera

    Fujifilm has announced a unique, specialized version of the GFX100 camera. Still insisting on calling it a “large format” camera, this latest version can shoot infrared images at either 100 or 400 megapixels thanks to newly-added pixel shift functionality.

    Fujifilm says that the images shot with the GFX100 IR allow you to see details in images that are not visible to the naked human eye. For example, the company says, “this can be important to in helping to identify counterfeit documents.” Additionally, it can be useful for those working in cultural preservation as the infrared spectrum can be used to analyze pigments in historical artifacts or works of art.

    Fujifilm’s latest firmware update allows for Pixel Shift Multi-Shot which is particularly useful for archival and forensics work, like the company bills this camera as suited for. It’s compatible with Capture One means that images can be shot while tethered and from the same angle of view, repeatedly.

    Below are a few examples of what a normal image would reveal, followed by what can be seen when shot in infrared:

    Image shot normally. Image captured in infrared. Image shot normally. Image captured in infrared.

    Different IR filters can be used in front of the lens to make images at different wavelengths which in turn reveal different details. Using the appropriate IR cut filter will allow GFX100 IR to be used normally – that is to say, in the same manner as the standard GFX100 digital camera – to traditional color images within the visible spectrum.

    The GFX100 IR will not be made available to the general public or for personal use, instead only available by specific Fujifilm authorized retailers for the use in forensic, scientific, and cultural preservation applications.

    “Sales of GFX100 IR will be subject to a GFX100 IR User Agreement, which sets out the specific terms of use for the camera,” Fujifilm says in a press release.

    The GFX100 IR is currently expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021. No price was listed as a part of the announcement.

  • Tue, 24 Nov 2020 21:10:35 +0000

    Animal Shelter Photographs Older Dogs Dressed as Senior Citizens to Encourage Adoption

    Senior dogs are typically harder to find homes for than younger puppies but are no less in need of a home. To help encourage their adoption, the Flagler Humane Society has playfully dressed these older dogs as senior citizens in an ongoing photo series.

    As reported by CBS News and My Modern Met, the idea for the photo shoot was originally created as part of the “Clear the Shelters” month of August earlier this year, but has continued through November as it is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month.”

    The Humane Society staff brainstormed ways to aid in the adoption of these dogs, and since one of the office managers, Kyndra Mott, was a photographer, they came up with the fun promotion.

    The result is an ongoing series of photos featuring a dog in need of a home dressed in hats, wigs, and glasses and accompanied by bags and jewelry normally seen on human senior citizens. The adoption campaign has largely been successful, as more prospective adopters have become aware of the animals: on the last reported update, all but three of the senior dogs have found homes.

    The Flagler Humane Society is based in Palm Coast, Florida, and is committed to the welfare of animals. The organization provides shelter and care them as well as programs and access to services that aim to enhance the bond between animals and people. The organization was founded in 1980 and takes in unwanted animals in Flagler County and the surrounding areas.

    If you’re interested in adopting any of these dogs or others who need homes, you can contact your local humane society or donate to the American Humane Society. If you’re in the Flagler County area, you can reach out to the Flagler Humane Society specifically here.

    (via Laughing Squid and My Modern Met)

  • Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:28:19 +0000

    Sigma to Present New Mirrorless DN Lens in ‘Sigma Stage’ Livestream

    Sigma has announced that it will present a new lens in the DN series for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras on December 1, 2020. The lens is rumored to be a compact wide-angle for Sony E and Leica L-mount cameras.

    Sigma provided multiple ways to watch the live stream, which will be hosted by the company’s President Kazuto Yamaki:

    The specifically English version will be broadcast at the video link below at 7 AM eastern time, 4 AM pacific time:

    Sony Alpha Rumors has reported that the lens looks likely to be a compact wide-angle prime lens made to work especially well with the a7C camera. The publication has noted that a European Influencer named Stephan Wiesner might have been testing the lens, which he shared on an Instagram story earlier this month, with speculation that it will land somewhere between a focal length 20mm and 24mm:

    Despite the above leak, Sigma has done a particularly good job keeping the details of this upcoming lens under wraps. No definitive details have emerged since then, though the anticipated time of the announcement was predicted pretty accurately.

    (via Sigma via Mirrorless Rumors)

  • Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:30:34 +0000

    Poking Fun at Terrible Photography Missions in Video Games

    Many pop-culture references to photography tend to get it wrong, and this 30-second video perfectly encapsulates how silly video game photography missions can be.

    While funny, there seems to be a real disconnect with how game designers view photography. With older games like Metal Gear Solid, the scenes can feel tedious and unrealistic:

    It’s not even older games that struggle with photography, though. Modern games like the newly-released Call of Duty: Cold War use photography as a trope that mainly serves as mission filler and takes away from the main reason someone would play the game.

    But for every stack of games that get it wrong, some games do a very good job integrating photography into the base of a game. The obvious first example would be Pokemon Snap. The upcoming sequel to the extremely popular Nintendo 64 game may not give players all the options real photographers would expect to find in a camera, but it does put significant emphasis on understanding subject placement and visual interest.

    One final older game that integrated photography extremely well into an action-adventure game was Beyond Good and Evil. The platformer expertly combined other gameplay elements with photography-based gameplay that was neither a distraction nor filler. Few games balance its integration as well as Beyond Good and Evil did.

    What video games do you think hilariously get photography wrong? What about your favorites that get it right? Let us know what you think in the comments.

    (via Reddit Videos)

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