Get your FREE Photography Guide

A guide to "Capturing Motion" in low light situations

The Most Distasteful Wedding Photo Ever, Instagram BANNED My Photo: FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk 203

Let’s start off with that distasteful wedding photo, yes it’s flat out distasteful. On top of it being a not great photo it’s one of those photos as a photographer you simply say na, you know what, i’m not shooting that. That’s the type of photo your friend takes with a cell phone but not you as a working professional. 17:29

Instagram decided to take down my halloween costume photo stating that it did not meet community guidelines. I don’t know about you but i’ve seen photos of woman wearing far less and showing more that I guess are perfectly fine to be there.

This weeks show is brought to you by RODE, WE LOVE RODE, we use RODE and you should check them out as well. Find out more about RODE right here.

Stephen loads us up with Photo News Stories, we have an 8TB Western Digital Hard drive for gear of the week and as always we round the show up with Flying Solo, Wheel of Fro and Memes.

I hope you enjoy RAWtalk each and every week.

00:00:16 There is an imposter in town!
00:02:30 My Instagram Pic Removed?!?
00:04:20 Plug of the Week
00:08:02 I went to a Wedding, met the photographer, it went well
00:11:35 Stephen Shoots Group Love
00:15:11 Photo News Start Here, Top Photographer
00:17:29 Couple take frisky wedding photo
00:21:15 Inside Look at Nikon Glass Factory
00:22:28 Yongnuo releases 2 new items
00:23:23 Star Wars Action Figure Pics
00:24:52 Microsoft Surface Studio
00:28:50 Surface Book i7
00:29:10 The New Mac Book Pro
00:33:13 Apple teamed up with LG=5K Display
00:35:10 Afghan Girl Arrested
00:38:05 24 Karat Gold Drone
00:39:20 Life Light
00:41:10 Gear of the Week
00:43:00 Flying Solo
00:57:33 Wheel of Fro
01:00:19 Memes of the Week
01:04:42 Hash Tags of the Week

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

AdoramaTV Drops First Episode of “Top Photographer”

AdoramaTV’s new show Top Photographer premiered this week on their YouTube channel. Hosted by Nigel Barker and featuring guest judges David Bergman and sports radio and TV host Ben Lyons, it challenges five hand-picked photographers including Andrew Kearns, Jamiya Wilson, Chris Palermo, Scott Borrero and Roxy Rodriguez, to photograph a portrait of U.S. Olympic fencing team member Miles Chamley-Watson. The challenge was that each photographer only had 30 minutes to shoot—from start to finish—and could only show one final unedited RAW photo in the end. Also, while they were shooting, the others were locked away in a room and couldn’t see other contestants’ images or technique. Check out the full 24-min episode below:

Newlyweds Share “X-Rated” Parody Photo from Formal Shoot

On a less serious note, newlyweds Gareth and Toni Ferguson have both gone viral after sharing a “special” wedding photo from their big day. Speaking with their wedding photographer Matt Hodgson, the couple decided they wanted something “a bit different” for their album and pre-planned one of their formal photos where they wanted Toni on her knees, with Gareth pants-down, drinking from a champagne bottle, simulating well—you know…Gareth says, “Nobody knew about it except the photographer. He found it hilarious when we told him what we wanted before the big day – he loved it.” The photo has since been posted all over, but was first posted to Facebook, which was reported, and removed. It was meant to just be a joke, as she wasn’t actually performing the lewd act and there’s no visible nudity, but people didn’t find it very funny. Toni says, “People have told us it’s disgusting, that we’ve lost the plot or have missed what a wedding is supposed to be about. Some have even called it porn. You’d think they’d never seen a willy before.” She goes on to say, “All the other photos were a bit boring and really awkward. They look so beautiful but it is weird having to stand in a line with all these people and pose and smile. Now we’ve got something for the wedding album that’ll be making us laugh for the rest of our lives and something we’ll definitely never forget.” Yup, definitely won’t forget that one… (via DM)


Photo by Matt Hodgson

Nikon Shows You How They Make Their Glass Elements for Lenses

Nikon brings you behind the scenes of how the glass is made for every Nikkor lens. Part of Nikon’s “Philosophy of NIKKOR” video series, the factory tour showcases how the lens elements—called Hikari glass—are made and how all the equipment is designed, assembled and repaired in-house. The factory is very strict on making their lenses, guaranteeing a precise refractive index for each piece of glass. Check out the full video below: (via DT)

Yongnuo Announces Budget Clone of Canon’s 100mm f/2 Lens

Speaking of lenses, Yongnuo is at it again and released their own budget 100mm f/2 lens for Canon cameras. Costing just $170—compared to Canon’s own $500 version—the lens is made up of 8 elements in 6 groups with a 58mm filter thread, looking nearly identical to the “real” version. No official word on when the 100mm lens will hit retailers though. Will you be getting one? (via PR)


New Photo Series Takes Star Wars Figurines & Transforms Them Into Silhouetted Pieces of Art

Photographer and graphic designer Sebastien Del Grosso has a new photo series called “the Cosmos of Star Wars.” The photos, which mimic a digitally made movie-like poster, were all created with action figurines of classic Star Wars characters. Check out the full project here; so creative! (via PP)


Image by Sebastien Del Grosso

Microsoft Unveils the “iMac Killer”–the Surface Studio

Microsoft has unveiled their “iMac killer,” the new Surface Studio—their first all-in-one desktop. Built for creatives, this thing has the world’s thinnest touchscreen LCD display at 28” big with a resolution of 4500×3000 pixels, which will let you change color spaces on the fly. Maxed out, it will have a 2TB hybrid harddrive, 6th generation core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB GPU. It has 4 USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, SD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, ethernet port, and Bluetooth. They also released the Surface Dial which mimics a hockey puck-like design that will cost $100 allowing users to use it on the screen and off, switching between brush size, colors, features, volume controls—whatever. It’s available now for preorder starting at $3,000 and maxes out at $4200. Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Book i7, which adds a Core i7 processor—hence the name—a second fan for internal cooling, upgraded GPU for twice the graphics power and a new battery for 30% more life. This one will cost your $2400. Too expensive or competitively priced?

Apple Introduces a Touch Bar with the New Macbook Pro

On the other side, we’ve got the new Macbook Pro. The big thing about this is the introduction of the new Touch Bar and the fact that they basically killed off the Macbook Air. The Touch Bar is application specific and will let you control certain functions inside applications and also let you remap custom buttons while outside an app. For example, you can map your favorite shortcut keys in Photoshop to the bar and tweak colors, and while in Final Cut you can scrub through and pinch and zoom in your timeline and much more. TouchID is also built into the Touch Bar for logging into websites securely. Maxed out, it will come with a revamped cooling system, new speakers that are “smaller but louder,” 256GB SSD, core i7 quad core processor, 16GB of RAM, 4 thunderbolt 3 ports and more. The new Pro’s will remain in 13 and 15-inch models, and are much thinner and half-a-pound lighter than the previous generation. The new displays are also 67% brighter with 25% more colors than their predecessors. Plus, they’ve expanded the touchpad, making it 2x bigger. It’s available now starting at $2400.

Apple Teams Up with LG to Produce Their New 5K Displays for Macbook Pro Users

Apple has also teamed up with LG to produce their new retina display for their Macbook Pros. Calling it the “ultimate docking station for the Macbook Pro,” it’s a 27-inch 5K display with built-in speakers, microphone, camera and 3 extra USB C ports which simultaneously charges your Macbook Pro at the same time. It packs a resolution of 5120x2880px and 218PPI and will run you $1300. They also announced a 21.5” version for $700, if you need something more affordable and compact. What does this say about Apple not making their own Thunderbolt displays anymore?

“Afghan Girl” Arrested in Pakistan, Facing 7-14 Years in Jail

The woman known as “Afghan Girl” has been arrested in Pakistan for using a fake identity card and living in the country illegally. She was arrested by the country’s FIA and faces 7-14 years in jail and a fine of up to $5000 if she’s found guilty. Now 46 years old, Sharbat Gula become famous after photographer Steve McCurry took her photo at a refugee camp back in 1984, that image later made its way to the cover of the June 1985 edition of National Geographic. Steve McCurry has since reached out and says he will do everything possible to help her out and that her arrest is a “violation of her human rights.” He goes on to say, “I am committed to doing anything and everything possible to provide legal and financial support for her and her family. I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms. She has suffered throughout her entire life.” Do you agree with him? (via PP)

The Rolls Royce of the Drone World: a 24K Gold DJI Phantom 4 Up For Sale

You can now own a 24 karat gold-plated DJI Phantom 4 drone for the “low” cost of $24,000. Calling it the “world’s most lavish drone,” and the “Rolls Royce of the drone world,” the one-of-a-kind drone is being sold by Drones Direct. The frame of the drone is coated in gold, while the gimbal, camera, rotors and props remain original. Drones Direct manager Tim Morley says “It is the ultimate status symbol for the gadget-lover who wants something more bespoke.” Will Merideth be able to shoot this one down? (via DIYP)


Lume Cube Kickstarts the Life Lite

Introducing the Life Lite, by Lume Cube. Basically a Lume Cube but smaller, the Life Lite is only 1×1.5 inches and weighs only 2 oz. It outputs 1000 lumens of “studio quality light” at the palm of your hand. Just like the Lume Cube, the Life Lite is being supported by a new Kickstarter campaign. Spec wise, it’s daylight-balanced, has a micro USB charging port, and a built-in magnet and tripod mount. Paired with a smartphone app, you can control the brightness output, tell it to act as a flash or constant light, pair multiple units together and more. It’s also waterproof as seen in their promo video below. The campaign has already raised more than double its goal of $33,000 and still has 3 weeks to go. Grab your own Life Lite for an early bird contribution of $39, which will start shipping in March.