Hunting For Technology At CES 2018

Drones, robots and SSD dominate the worlds largest consumer electronics show
Another annual electronic circus in the desert is over. 179,999 people and I wandered the aisles of wireless phone chargers, 3D printers, drones, TVs and other “innovations”. There were robots: One that played table tennis, a couple which folded laundry, and one that is trying to replace your dog. We experienced a power outage, and did I mention... Read more

Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Hands On Exclusive In Hawaii

Versatile APS-C Zoom Lens Is The Perfect Travel Companion
At a media event in Oahu, Hawaii, Sony provided a small selection of media, including myself, a first look at the new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for Sony’s APS-C a6000/a6300/a6500 cameras. We took the lens out to shoot some local food markets to check out the image quality. With 12 groups and 16 elements, including an aspherical element, the $600... Read more

Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 Winners Announced

One photographer in each of 11 categories in the global professional photography competition was awarded the Hasselblad Master designation, among a record-setting 30,000-plus submissions
Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018
Photo by Jorge de la Torriente, Miami, USA, winner in the Aerial category of the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018. Hasselblad has announced the Masters Awards 2018 winners. One photographer in each of 11 categories in the global professional photography competition was awarded the Hasselblad Master designation, among a record-setting 30,000-plus submissions. Here’s... Read more

Nikon Storytellers Scholarship

Open to eligible students in the United States and Canada, submissions are being accepted for the program, which will award 10 academic scholarships of $10,000 each
Nikon Storytellers Scholarships
First announced in July, in conjunction with Nikon’s 100th anniversary, the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship is now accepting submissions. The program is open to eligible students in the United States and Canada, with 10 academic scholarships of $10,000 (US) each awarded to the winners. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in the United... Read more

Video: PhotoJoseph Reviews Final Cut Pro X 10.4

A look at the video editor’s latest features, including new color capabilities and the new white balance tool
Final Cut Pro X 10.4
Nearly every Final Cut Pro X user has been waiting for this day for a long, long time. The vastly improved color tools in FCPX are massively welcome, and very exciting! On Friday’s Photo Moment show, I quickly went through the bullet list of new features, then spent some time exploring the new color capabilities, including LUT application (including... Read more

Hands On With The Leica Q

A generational camera at an heirloom price
Leica Q camera
I handed a millennial a Leica Q, and you won’t believe what happened next. Hint: She took good and even great photos with it. Prior to me handing Emma Broback the Q, and putting down her avocado toast for a minute, she’d never heard of a Leica. Really…this is like the song Hey Nineteen, but not about May-December romance, and we’re colleagues,... Read more

First Look: Final Cut Pro 10.4 Update

Big advances in features despite the small version number change
Final Cut Pro 10.4
Today’s update of Final Cut Pro X to Final Cut Pro 10.4 brings a substantial number of features, despite a modest version number update from 10.3 to 10.4. For some programs, the number changes in this update would warrant a full version number change, so don’t let the version number fool you. Final Cut Pro 10.4 has three “major” new features,... Read more

PhotoJoseph’s Live-Streaming Setup

A video tutorial with tips for live-streaming content
live streaming
If you’ve seen any of my live-streaming videos, you’ve probably gathered that there’s something more than an iPhone involved! I get asked all the time, “How are you streaming” or even “What app are you using on your iPad to switch?!” (I do switch sources using my iPad, but it’s just a remote control). This article and video are provided... Read more

Inside Canon Professional Service & Support Center

A visit to Canon’s service center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Professional Service & Support Center
There’s no denying that for the professional photographer, support of gear is nearly as important as the gear itself. Countless photographers have been saved by the repair and loan services of the various professional support programs. When I worked in the media centers of the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics, I watched as a stream of photographers... Read more

Self-Assigned Challenge: Photos In The Attic

The scanning technology in the Epson FastFoto lets photographers quickly archive decades of prints laying around the studio.
Epson FastFoto FF640
It’s raining in Seattle and will do so until next summer. In April, the rain lets up for a bit, bringing a respite to Seattleites, with bright rays of sunshine. But then Mother Nature abruptly closes that door, and we’re right back to low-hanging ever-gray clouds, a mist I’ve described as the dreep: raindrops so steady and persistent they’re... Read more