David Schonauer

Tech News: Sony Adds FE 50mm f/1.4 to the G Master Lens Line

DP Review   Tuesday February 28, 2023

Sony’s newly announced FE 50mm f/1.4 GM lens provides a less expensive, lighter-weight alternative to its 50mm F1.2 GM lens. “As with other recent Sony lenses, it's been designed to be as at home shooting video or stills: it has a clicking aperture ring for stills shooters with the option to de-click if you're shooting video. There's also a switch to lock it into or out of the 'A' position that passes aperture control to the camera,” notes DP Review. Using a pair of XD linear motors to drive the focus, the lens can autofocus up to 1.9x faster than the original Sony/Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA from 2016, says Sony. Price: $1,299.   Read the full Story >>

Exhibitions: Spotlighting Early Black Photographer KD Ganaway,

UC Riverside   Tuesday February 28, 2023

On view through August 6 at the California Museum of Photography, the exhibition “KD Ganaway: From Butler to ‘Race Photographer’” showcases the work of King Daniel "KD" Ganaway, who was among the earliest Black photographers of renown in the United States. Ganaway worked as a butler in Chicago for 18 years, spending one day off every two weeks practicing photography. Self-described as a “race photographer,” his prints of Chicago landscapes and industry were printed in magazines throughout the 1920s.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: AI-Created Images Lose Copyright Protection

Reuters   Tuesday February 28, 2023

Images in a graphic novel that were created using the artificial-intelligence system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection, the U.S. Copyright Office says. Author Kris Kashtanova is entitled to a copyright for the parts of his book Zarya of the Dawn, but not for the images produced by Midjourney, the office said in a letter viewed by Reuters. The decision is one of the first by a U.S. court or agency on the scope of copyright protection for works created with AI. Ars Technica has more.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: National Geographic's Pictures of the Year Contest

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   Tuesday February 28, 2023

Karthik Subramaniam, a software engineer in San Francisco who is also an avid wildlife photographer, is the winner of National Geographic’s Pictures of the Year contest for his image of bald eagles near Haines, Alaska, which hosts the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles each fall. Subramaniam spent a week camped out near the shore of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska, waiting for action as the eagles hunted for salmon. “Wherever there’s salmon there’s going to be chaos,” he notes.   Read the full Story >>

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