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500,000 WOW's, DJI Phantom 4 and more: RAWtalk 175

First off I want to thank everyone who has ever subscribed to may YouTube channel as well as watched any of my videos. I have officially surpassed 500,000 Subscribers.

This weeks show is brought to you by the fine people at Hoya, Tokina and Kenko. This week we focused on a few items one being extension tubes. If you’re not sure what extension tubes are they give you close to the same effect of a macro lens but for a tenth of the cost.

Don’t forget to submit your RAW file for 30 for 30.

Photo News Strikes back followed by an update with Noah where you can learn a ton of different marketing techniques.

Finally we hit you with Flying Solo, Gear of the week and the Wheel of FRO.

00:00:16 – Where’s Todd?
00:02:08 – 500K Subscribers: Thank You
00:06:00 – Plug: Kenko Extension Tubes / Hoya Filters
00:10:55 – Lightroom CC 30 For 30
00:12:00 – Should We Critique Todd’s Photos Again?
00:12:37 – Photo News
00:34:24 – Gear of the Week: DJI Phantom 4
00:37:47 – Our Grand Canyon Drone Footage
00:39:58 – Noah Update / Interview
00:58:56 – Flying Solo
01:02:13 – Text of the Week
01:06:54 – “Straight Outta Focus” Shirts Coming to the Store
01:23:10 – Wheel of Fro
01:28:25 – Wheel of Fro Submissions

Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:

Adobe Updates Camera Raw, Now Supports Cameras That Aren’t Even Out Yet

Adobe has updated Camera Raw to version 9.5 along with Lightroom CC to version 2015.5. Along with the usual small bug fixes, it now supports numerous new cameras, some that are not even out yet—which is a first. For example, it now includes support for the Nikon D5, D500, Canon 1DX Mark II and the new Sony a6300. The new release also now supports a handful of new lenses. For the full changelog, head to Adobe’s official blog.

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Instagram To Mimic Facebook’s Post Order Algorithm

The big topic of discussion this week: Instagram will soon be changing their feed, mimicking Facebook’s top news posts. The current Instagram feed remains in chronological order, but will soon change to a new algorithm that showcases top images it thinks you’ll want to see. The Facebook-owned company posted a new blog post entitled “see the moments you care about first” which notes the upcoming changes. They say, “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.” They note that “If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in.” No word on when the change will roll out. Will you embrace the change?

Patent: Selfies To Replace Passwords on Amazon?

Pictures could possibly replace our password(s) on according to a recently filed patent. The new patent explains how selfies taken with a smartphone or tablet could be used in place of a password before making purchases. It wouldn’t be that easy to crack either by simply holding up a still-photo of the person: the patent explains that it would require a user to make an expression of some sort, such as winking with one eye or moving their head from side-to-side. Check out the full patent here. Isn’t a fingerprint much more secure? (via DIYP)


Wedding Photographer Offers Thieves Reward to Return Stolen Memory Cards

A wedding photographer named Francielle Santo got her car broken into last week and lost over $10,000 of camera gear and all of her client’s wedding photos from that same day. The photographer is now making a public plea for the thieves to return just the memory cards so she can retrieve the couples photos—she’s offering $1000 for them. Santo says after dropping her assistant off, she stopped for a few minutes to pick up friends in Boston and locked her car, giving the thieves enough time to break her window and steal her Canon 5D Mark III along with the rest of her equipment out of the trunk. She hasn’t told the newlyweds about the loss of their images just yet either, because she doesn’t want to ruin their honeymoon (hopefully they don’t watch RAWtalk!). She tells Fox 25, “I went crazy. I was crying. Nothing compares to her wedding day. I cannot replace that. I’m broken-hearted right now for the photos and I’m the one suffering right now.” Santo is now urging pawn shops to keep an eye out for her stolen equipment. (via PP)

Photographer Photoshops Dog Into a Giant Clifford-Like Pet

An Instagrammer named Chris Cline has been using Photoshop to turn his dog named Juji into a Clifford-like 10-foot giant dog. He says it usually takes him about four hours to produce an image, from the initial taking of the photo to the final edit. Cline tells Petapixel, “I love that I can offer others the gift of making your dog larger than life, because in a dog owners eyes, that’s exactly how we see them.” He goes on to say, “I keep thinking I’m gonna run out of ideas but with him around they just keep coming.” Check out the full set of images here. (via PP)

“This is not funny, Dad!” What with everything happening lately, I’ve been really pressed for time and haven’t had the chance to get to new edits. So I thought I’d repost this hilarious picture of Juji with his freshly groomed hair. And not to worry, the weekend is finally here so I’ll be posting new edits over the weekend. I’m super excited to get into some new ideas and even try some things I’ve never done before. Thanks everyone for being so supportive. #barkbox #Bestdog #worldofcutepets #chrisandjuji #goldendoodles #dogsofinstagram  #goldendoodlesofinstagram #weeklyfluff #rsa_graphics  #ig_underground #ellen #dogsofinstaworld #dogsandpals #dogscorner #ellendegeneres #excellent_dogs #dog #puppiesofinstagram #bestwoof #dailydoseopuppies #theellenshow #arts_help #petscorner #animaladdicts #mydogiscutest #petsofinstagram #exklusive_shot #hikingwithdogs #campingwithdogs. #WHPeyetricks

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The Drone Racing League Final Looks Like an ESPN Broadcast

The Drone Racing League has officially kicked off and released a video of the Miami Lights final which was held at the Miami Dolphins Stadium recently. The video, which can be seen below, was shot similar to a live sporting event, showing POV footage from the drones and even including live commentary and pilot interviews after each lap. Check out the full 13-minute race which includes wipe outs and crashes below. The best part? The winner gets a giant airplane prop as his trophy! For more behind-the-scenes clips, check out their stacked YouTube channel.

This Photographer Used a Drone to Create a 3D-Printed Model of a Giant Jesus Statue

On the topic of drones, a photographer named Jeff Cremer used his drone to make a 3D-printed model of a giant statue of Jesus in Lima, Peru. The tech used to create the model is called Photogrammetry, which uses several images to create a 3D map of an object or space. Using a DJI phantom 3 Pro, he took around 110 photos from three different elevation points while the drone was automatically flying 360-degrees around the statue by using the “Point of interest” mode. Using a program called Altizure, Cremer then made a 3D rendering of the statue. After that, he used a program called Autodesk Memento to make the final 3D model and wire frame. Finally, he used a service called Sculpteo to actually print the model since they offer full color printing. He says, “In the end, it took around 10 min to fly out and take the photos. It took a couple of hours to do the point cloud render although most of that was just waiting for the cloud computer processor to become available. I edited the render in another 10 or 15 min. It took about a week to get the final product in the mail.” Check out a photo of the resulting 3D model below: (via PP)

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New Startup Want to be the Netflix of the Camera Gear Rental World

An upcoming company called Parachut is trying to be the Netflix of the Camera Gear Rental world. Their new subscription-based model offers unlimited rentals for $149/month with the first month only being $99. Here’s how it works: you fill out a gear wish list and profile questionnaire. Their staff will then curate a top gear list based on your list and shooting needs. Users will then receive all of the gear from their list, which they can keep as long as they want. Once you’re done with it, you ship it back via a prepaid shipping label and can then try something new. Also, if you’d like to own the gear you’re sent, Parachut will sell it to you at a discounted price. No contracts, no hassle, is what they claim. Interested? Reserve your spot now before they publicly launch here. (via RM)

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