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Great Reads in Photography: February 21, 2021

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy! Baltimore Photographer/Activist Gets Sneaker Line from Under Armour – CBS Baltimore © Devin Allen, photo courtesy TIME Devin Allen’s protest photography has landed him two TIME covers, …

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ER Doctor Documents COVID-19 Battle in a LA Hospital with His Camera

There have been some dramatic images coming out of the coronavirus battle around the world and stateside as well. However, when a doctor attending on the patients is himself the photographer, there is a greater intimacy level involved as he understands what the caregivers and patients are undergoing. Dr. Scott Kobner is the chief ER …

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Recent Nikon Interview Leads to Question: ‘Where is the Differentiation?’

Nikon China recently invited members of the media to its headquarters in the region where the developers of the Z7 II answered many questions about the new camera and Nikon’s future. After reading responses, Nikon expert Thom Hogan questions what Nikon has done to differentiate itself. Hogan may be familiar to some thanks to his …

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Ken Rockwell Patents ‘Smart Cropping’ Camera Software for Zooms

Ken Rockwell has announced that he has patented a software addition that would leverage the ability for full-frame cameras to shoot in crop modes and automatically apply that feature when a lens is zoomed for extra optical throw in situations like bird photography. Rockwell says that he along with optical patent attorney and co-inventor Ben …

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NASA’s ‘Perseverance’ Mars Rover Has Sent Back New High-Res Photos

NASA’s Perseverance has been on the surface of the Red Planet for about a day now and is already sending back images that are far superior to the original two published yesterday, including one photo of the drone midair captured from its “jetpack.” While not officially listed on the Mars Perseverance image gallery (at least …

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Researchers Release Improved 3D Models Made From Tourists’ Photos

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning advancements have allowed researchers to build detailed 3D models of real-world locations by using the reference data of thousands of tourists’ photos. The finished models have cleanly removed unwanted objects and even normalized lighting conditions. The project and associated paper are titled Neural Radiance Fields for Unconstrained Photo Collections and …

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Tenth Annual Mobile Photography Awards Crowns its Winners

The Mobile Photography Awards has published its tenth annual selection of the best works of international photography captured on mobile devices. Founded in 2011, it is the longest-running international competition for photos shot and edited exclusively on smartphones and tablets. The judging panel, which you can see here, selected the winners of various categories from …

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