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Sony Updates its SDK for Stronger E-Commerce Focus, Provides Multi-Camera and MacOS Support

Announced today, Sony has released an update to the Sony Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows for custom imaging solutions with the company’s cameras. The update is designed to allow for automated photography for businesses and researchers to automate and standardize image capture. Sony says that the update to the SDK is particularly helpful to …

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Photographers Send Sony a7S III to Shoot the Aurora Borealis from Space

Three photographers recently sent a professional full-frame camera, the Sony a7S III, to near space on a weather balloon and managed to capture groundbreaking “close-up” shots of the Aurora Borealis (the “northern lights”). Amateur photographers have used weather balloons in recent years to send cameras to near space for awe-inspiring photos of our planet, but …

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Adobe Releases Lightroom for Apple M1 and Windows Arm, Adds Apple ProRAW Support

Adobe has announced that the latest version of Adobe Lightroom is now a native app for both Apple computers with the new M1 chip as well as Windows Arm platforms. The company says the app has been “rebuilt to take advantage of the newest performance and power efficiency benefits.” The rebuilt application will be able …

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Capture One 21 Announced: Leica Collab, Speed Improvements, Dehaze, and More

Capture One has announced Capture One 21, the latest version of the editing software that brings a host of new features as well as a collaboration with Leica to bring camera tethering support to its cameras, starting with the SL2 and S3. Capture One adds several new features in addition to the built-in support for …

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1951-2020: Ikea’s Catalog, the World’s Longest Running, is No More

Ikea has announced that it is sunsetting its catalog as part of a continued transition to digital sales. Described by Ikea as “iconic and beloved,” the publication will cease both print and digital publication. The Ikea Catalog had found itself the center of attention numerous times over the years, from a story on most of …

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National Geographic Terminates its Contract with Fine Art Gallery Amid Legal Complications

The National Gallery of Fine Art has apparently lost its association with National Geographic. Based on a multi-week investigation, I have been able to determine that National Geographic recently cut ties with the gallery amid legal complications. I wrote three (here, here, and here) articles about National Geographic Fine Art Galleries (NGFA) spanning just over a year …

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Sony Parts Supply Shortage May Indicate AKM Factory Fire Directly Impacting Camera Industry

In late October, a massive fire completely destroyed the AKM parts factory in Japan. While mostly responsible for A/V parts manufacture, speculation that it could affect the camera industry popped up a few weeks later. A new notice of camera parts shortage from Sony appears to confirm that link. Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) is responsible …

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Canon Appears to Have Finally Designed a Dual Pixel BSI Sensor

Canon has patented a new sensor design that mimics the design of backside-illuminated (BSI) sensors made by Sony. Mixing Dual Pixel with BSI would likely result in huge leaps in low light performance, dynamic range, and readout speeds. The design illustrated in Canon’s patent application does not specifically state that it would be a backside-illuminated, …

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