Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 17 – New Announcements from Nikon & More

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In this episode new announcements from Nikon, The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2019 and Stephanie Leigh Rose creates anti-selfies.

CoolPix W150

Nikon Z 6 & Z 7 firmware

Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware with eye-detection AF and more is coming on May 16

World Press Photos 2019


The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2019

Stephanie Rose Anti-Selfie Project

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Liam Douglas 00:01 You’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 17 in today’s episode, some new announcements from Nikon, the cameras, the shot, the winning photos, a world press photo 2019 and a woman shoot anti selfies, I dying it. Famous landmarks. All this on episode 17 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam Douglas 00:48 photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 17 Nikon has a new announcement if you are looking for a digital camera to help a child fall in love with photography. They have just announced their new coolpix Debbie you one 50 and ultra durable and waterproof camera that you may be interested in buying for the young person in your life that you would like to ignite their flames of photographic passion. [inaudible] is built to survive all kinds of environments and accidents. It’s waterproof down to 33 feet shockproof from 5.9 feet cold truth down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit minus 10 Celsius and dustproof design wise, it features a rounded body that both grownups and kids can handle with these. This new camera features a 13.2 megapixel sensor and a three x optical Nightcore Lens. Additionally, two stills that can also record full HD video with stereo sound and this new camera, we’ll come in a variety of colors such as white, orange, blue, and even a kind of funky looking pink with flowers Motif, the builtin little planet editing function let you quickly turn real world scenes into tiny planets. Similar to a circular photo editor software that I have on my Mac. You can do something similar and I especially love to use that with 360 drone views, uh, that I shoot with my drone might Dji Phantom three that says the graphical user interface has been modified to make it easier for first time users to navigate. Camera operations can also be customized by selecting the design of the menu screen based on five options as well as a variety menu feature that can be to limit the availability of selected camera functions.
Liam Douglas 03:04 There is currently no news on the release date or the pricing, but that camera is scheduled to be released at some point in 2019.
Liam Douglas 03:16 Next up. Nikon has released a new 15 second video that provides a preview of their upcoming, I detect autofocus functionality that will be coming to the z six and Z. Seven mirrorless full frame camera bodies. Nikon had first, uh, mentioned that they were working on an update that would include, I detect auto focus in January of 2019 but the release of that firmware has been slightly delayed while they’re working out some bugs according to the rumors that I’ve read online, there’s still no concrete date on when the item will be released, this firmware update, but it should becoming sometime hopefully and Q two of 2019 so you’ll definitely want to be keeping your eye out for that update if you are a canon z six or the seven owner.
Liam Douglas 04:16 Other major upgrades promised by Nikon include raw video support, outputting raw video to the atomistic Ninja five monitoring recorder using the pro Rez raw codec and support for next gen CF express memory cards. But it is unclear if those two items will be bundled with this firmware release. Oh, and I apologize. It looks like they’ve tentatively scheduled the release for May 16th of 2019 so it looks like they have narrowed down a potential release date in May. We’ll have to wait and see if it actually comes out at that time or if it ends up getting pushed back yet again.
Liam Douglas 04:58 On another note, it cameras, they shot the winning photos of world press. Photo 2019 have been announced now, if you’re not familiar, world press photo is a series of awards that are given out to camera brands and manufacturers and models. Um, based on they use, uh, the use of those cameras by professional photo journalist. And if you’ll remember in the recent episode I did with uh, Joe Mott who had been a photojournalist for a number of years. We had talked about how the photo journalism, uh, John Rowe photography has kind of died off. It’s definitely a lot weaker than it was say 20 years ago. But that’s not to say there aren’t still professional photo journalists out there. Now the announcement by world press photo, the winning photos for the 2019 edition and these are considered the most prestigious awards in journalism and the camera metadata shared alongside the top photos is again providing us with an inside look at what gear the world’s top photo journalists are using in the field at this moment.
Liam Douglas 06:12 Nikon surprisingly took the crown from Canon in 2018 with 52% percent representation among winning photos compared to Canon’s 30% Nikons time at the top. However, did not last this year can instruct back and was behind 46.4% of the winning photos compared to Nikons 36.8 well, Sony has made huge strides in the camera market over the past year. It became number one if you didn’t already know in the full frame camera market in the u s last year, it’s used by a photo journalist in world press photo hasn’t changed. Only a single finalist photographer was confirmed to have used a Sony Camera, which happened to be the a seven r two for their work.
Liam Douglas 07:06 So it looks like, although Sony is number one as far as full frame camera buddies in the u s as of last year, they still got a long ways to go to crack into the professional photo journalist market. And I think there’s still going to struggle for a little while yet before they’re going to break into professional sports photography market as well. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that Sony has the a nine a lot of people rave about it. It can supposedly do 20 or 30 frames a second, whatever the case may be. Um, but I’ve also read a lot of articles and seen a lot of videos where different users are saying the autofocus isn’t quite as accurate as a lot of other people will lead you to believe it is. Now, I did reach out to Tony Northrup, if you’re familiar with Tony and Chelsea Northrup, uh, with their youtube channel and they’re, they’re a podcast, which is picture this.
Liam Douglas 08:06 I reached out to Tony after I’d watched some of the videos about the a nine and, uh, the videos I was watching and I watched him of videos that were posted by a few different professional photographers that do shooting sports. And the consensus among these, uh, professional full time sports photographers were at the Aa Nines autofocus was only accurate about 54% of the time compared to you Dannon’s one dx mark to a Nikon d five B, an accurate 98 99 100% of the time. I reached out to Tony about this, this was a few months back and he was telling me that in all of his testing, the Nikon arming the Sony a nine was just as accurate as a canon and Nikon. But I’m, I’m 100% sold on that yet because I still to this day see more recent data online where people are still saying it’s not nearly as accurate as others had been portraying it.
Liam Douglas 09:05 Now, I don’t know if it’s a matter of the, the style was sports shooting. You’re doing, I know in, I believe in Tony’s video, um, he was photographing a jogger that was more or less running dead on at him and in some of the other videos I’ve watched, um, if you are off it, a little bit of an offset diagonally from the runner then it was missing quite a bit. Now maybe that’s been fixed. And a recent firmware update, I’m not sure. I know Sony has dropped a bunch of firmware of Bates recently. Um, but I don’t think they released anything for the a nine. I could be wrong. I know they’re big one recently was for the a seven bodies, uh, to enhance the, I detect auto focus in the, give them the uh, at to add on the uh, animal. I detect auto focus as well.
Liam Douglas 09:54 Um, which was included in their recent HPSC mirrorless body, which I think was the 68, 6,400. Um, but so I’m not 100% certain on that. I could be wrong. Maybe they did release an update for the [inaudible]. It made its auto focus as far as shooting action sports more accurate, but I haven’t seen anything concrete on that yet. I’ve heard yes from some people know from others. So as far as I’m concerned, it’s still kind of up in the air. Now, uh, getting back to these awards, uh, in terms of individual cameras, the Canon five d mark for the five d mark three, the Nikon d five, the Canon one dx mark too in the Nikon d eight 50, where the top five tools of choice with photo journalists and the five d mark four definitely was the biggest, uh, that was the one that was used by the most professional photo journalists, um, with six and then the five d mark three came in at five, the Nikon d five before the one dx mark two, and then icon d eight 50.
Liam Douglas 11:04 We’re both tied at three. And there were some other cameras in the mix as well. Uh, to uh, to was the Canon Eos 60, used by two shooters and icon d three s two shooters, Nikon d 802 shooters. And from there it went down even further of course down to one and you had a variety of bodies under a single user be a whole bunch of different bodies. The Eos five Dsr, which I have and love, I think it’s a fantastic camera and you had the Canon Eos one DX, the first generation, the Nikon d 300 the Nikon d 7,200 the Nikon d four the Fuji film x Pro to the ECS 100 t three g film, the ECS 100 s the ECS 100 and then one shooter with the Sony a seven r two which I mentioned a moment ago and one with the Leica Q and the area sensor size bowl frame is understandably still the format that is most used at 73.3% versus a at 11.1 and no data was 15.5 in other words, those images, the SIF data didn’t indicate whether it was a full frame or an aps body being used.
Liam Douglas 12:25 Now if you do want to see the top camera gear breakdown, I will include the link in the shownotes door. You can see the breakdowns for 2018, 17, 16 and 15 as well as this data for the 2019 awards. So it’s definitely, like I said, um, the market has definitely shifted back again, not the market, I’m sorry. Uh, with photo journalist that’s shifted again. It was canon for a long time. Nikon managed to win it last year, but now it’s back to cannon again and it’ll probably stay that way in the foreseeable future. Uh, I could be wrong, but I really, I just honestly don’t think that photo journalists or going are going to be jumping on the mirrorless full frame bandwagon anytime soon. I think it’s going to be a few more years yet. And the reason why I say that is because the DSLR technology has been around for quite a long time now.
Liam Douglas 13:22 They’re extremely robust, they’re extremely durable, you know, with the magnesium and all of that, the weather sealing and the, it’s just proven technology. So I really don’t think you’re going to see a serious number of photo journalists, which into Marilyn’s full frame bodies just yet. I think it’s going to be a few more years yet, but we’ll have to wait and see. Now there’s been speculation by uh, many people that the DSLR technology, as long in the tooth and short to live, a lot of people are forecasting that again and an icon will only be making DSLRs maybe through 2019 and that’ll be it. Uh, I don’t believe that. As a matter of fact, during a recent interview with one of the Canon executives, I believe from Canon Europe, he was actually saying that Canon is going to continue making DSLRs for the foreseeable future in addition to their mirror list, full frame offerings.
Liam Douglas 14:25 So I don’t think Canon is going to pull the plug. Just, yeah, and I, and I believe a big reason for that is they know they’re top dog when it comes to photo journalists. And when it comes to sports photography, serious sports photography, you know, like the folks that are shooting for sports illustrated or the people that are shooting for MLB and Nhl and NBA and all that stuff, the Olympics, all of those professional sport shooters are still using DSLRs. And I don’t think that’s going to change just yet. I think we’ve got a little bit longer to go. There’s already, as I mentioned in an earlier episode, there’s already rumors that can and will be releasing a one dx mark three, uh, towards the tail end of 2019 or, or very, very early in 2020 so that they have and photographers hands in time for the summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Liam Douglas 15:19 So we already know they’re going to make at least one more where they’re going to release at least one more high end pro sports body and the one DX series. Now whether or not they’re going to replace the one dx line with a mirrorless bowl fry, full frame sports body would dual memory cards and everything, 2030 frames a second, whatever the case may be. Whether or not they’re going to do that after the 2020 releases. The one DX mark too. I don’t think so. I think can, I mean there’s already rumors that they’re going to do a pro body that they’re probably going to drop on yet this year it’s going to be the third. Um, eos. Our body, what they’re going to call it. I’m not sure yet. Nobody seems to know for sure yet. Uh, but they are rumored to be releasing a probiotic this year that’s going to have dual memory cards.
Liam Douglas 16:14 It’s going to have in body image stabilization and possibly a higher frame rate. Uh, even more advanced. I detect auto focus and there’s even rumors that this new probiotic may possibly also have cannons, new Quad Pixel autofocus that I mentioned, uh, recently in a pretty, and I think it was episode 16, but we’ll have to wait and see if that actually happened. So I do believe that Canon is going to release a professional body in the Ios are line with the RF mount. But I’m certain it’s not going to be their sports body. They’re not going to be, they’re not gonna, they’re not going to kill off the one dx line just yet because it’s a work horse. I mean it’s a tech, it’s a body that’s been around for quite a while. For the longest time it was technically a crop body camera cause I had a 1.3 crop factor and a lot of people didn’t realize that the older one ds all were 1.3 crop factor and they were not true full frame.
Liam Douglas 17:15 The one, the body did not become true full frame until the one dx came out. And now the one dx mark two and of course the one DX mark three which is on the horizon. So they are true 35 millimeter full frame DSLR bodies unlike the older generations of one d like the one Dan and the one ds and so on and so forth. Those raw dot three crop factor. So I don’t think Canon is going to be releasing a high end sports body and mirrorless and under the eos are technology just yet. I think it’s going to be a couple of years yet. Usually what Canon does is they’ll release a new one d body, uh, and they’ll wait a couple of years before they release it’s replacement. That’s generally how it goes. They released the one DX, they wait a couple of years and the one dx mark two comes out, they wait a couple of years.
Liam Douglas 18:10 Then the one dx mark three comes out. So if they’re going to release the one DX Mark Three in early 2020 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, and that’s going to be it for at least a couple of years. So chances are we might not see a replacement for the one DX body and Amir list full frame derivative until 2022 but who knows, maybe Canon’s cooking something up. Uh, like I mentioned before in a previous episode when I was at imaging USA and spoke to the gentleman from cannon at the CPS lounge, he did tell me that cannon’s got stuff in the works that’s going to blow everybody’s mind. So who knows? Maybe I’m off on this. Maybe they’re going to release a one DX mark three but they’re also going to release an EOC. Are Derivative sports body? I don’t think so. And if they do, I think the earliest they might do that would be the end of 2020 early 2021 they’re not going to want to cannibalize their one dx mark three market, you know, by releasing a sports body alongside it and Merrill list.
Liam Douglas 19:19 So I don’t see that happening. But who knows, maybe they’re, maybe they’re going to release the one dx mark free and then at the end of 2020 or early 2021 they’re going to release their first muralist sports body that can do 2030 40 who knows? 40 frames a second. God only knows. I mean everybody’s looking to push up the frame, you know the frame per second. You know, for the longest time cannon was always king there, especially with the one dx line and now Sony had to move the bar up by coming out with the a nine they can do 22 theoretically 30 frames a second. I don’t know if it can actually truly do 30 or not. I’ve heard mixed things on that, but they wanted to move the bar up with a Sony did. So they came out with a nine is a full frame, mirrorless sports body.
Liam Douglas 20:13 But again, like I said, the auto focus on that, it’s still questionable as far as how accurate it is. Uh, you know, I’ve seen a lot of stories both ways and a lot of videos both ways. That’s neither here nor there. All right, so I don’t want to beat that story to death too much. But like I said, I will share the link to this story about the photos of the world press photo 2019 or ads that will be in the show notes. And the last topic I wanted to touch on in this episode is kind of an interesting story. Now in this day and age, especially with millennials and all of that, everybody’s aware that we have what’s known as the selfie craze and the selfie craze is where all these young people, especially to go around snapping pictures of themselves with their smartphones all the time and posting them on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and Yada, Yada, Yada.
Liam Douglas 21:09 Well, this story that I came across on pet a pixel today I thought was really interesting and this was posted a couple of days ago by Michael Zang and the title is woman shoots anti selfies. I dying at famous landmarks and I thought this was kind of cool and it’s a really great idea, especially in, like I said in the Selfie Day and age, it’s kind of interesting to see somebody doing anti selfie. So I thought this is really cool. And in the article it says when normal people visit famous landmarks these days, they commonly pull out their phones and snap a Selfie to keep as a memory of being there. Well, artists, Stephanie Lee rose does something different. She shoots anti selfies of herself. Dying and dying isn’t quotes of course, because it’s all stage. Rose says the project titled Steph Dies is a photographic performance art series. And in the article on pedit Pixel, they have several of her images and it’s really interesting.
Liam Douglas 22:16 The first one, uh, I don’t see any mention about where this one was taken, but it’s her like face down and a fountain or a body of water in a town square. Um, and then the next one is her dad at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And in all of these shots she’s laying face down. So, Eh, she, there’s a shot here for dead in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Uh, there’s another one of her dead on the rocks near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a nether, one of her at the Paris marathon and so on and so forth. And I just thought this was a really creative and interesting idea for an artistic photo project. They just go around the world to different countries and photograph or herself as a dead person. And all of these interesting places. Uh, there’s even one here, and I don’t know how to pronounce the name of it, but there’s one of her dead at the base of a glacier in Iceland and those, one of her dead in the middle of the square at borough market in London.
Liam Douglas 23:29 And a couple of more in different places in Paris. Maybe that’s where she’s based out of as well as a couple of more of her in Italy. But I just thought that was a really interesting artistic concept that instead of doing selfies, doing anti selfies of herself dead at these famous landmarks. And the one of the reasons why I find this interesting is not only for the creative aspect of it and you know her thinking outside the box and doing something different and unique. But I also think it’s applicable. And like I said in the in 2019 and this selfie age, we do see frequently stories on the news where people have gotten killed over taking selfies, people have fallen off of cliffs, people have gotten hit by vehicles, by trains, by buses, all kinds of crazy stuff. So I think in that aspect, this project to hers kind of plays to that in two different ways.
Liam Douglas 24:35 Being opposed to the standard Selfie by doing an anti selfies as an artistic story or project. But then also the other side of that is you could look at it as her way of protesting against people that are constantly doing selfies and landmarks and jeopardizing themselves and others around them because they are more deeply concentrating on getting their selfie shot than they are what’s going on around them. And as a result, people are getting injured, named and even killed over something as stupid as a selfie. I mean, I’m sorry, but how narcissistic do you have to be to get killed while taking a selfie? That’s just insane. But maybe that’s because I’m an old timer. Maybe that’s why I think it’s a little bit nuts for young people to be getting themselves killed over getting a Selfie, um, at a, at a, a landmark or a canyon or a cliff or a set of row drugs.
Liam Douglas 25:42 And that’s another thing. People are still doing railroad photos all the time. And I want to keep reminding you that photographing on active railroad tracks is actually against federal law. The railroads are privately owned by the rail companies and you are trespassing. I’ve shot on railroad tracks myself. I try to limit it to only shooting on abandoned tracks. I never put models on tracks. I like to just shoot the railroad tracks themselves because I liked to leading lines that you get in and the look that you get that generally once in a blue moon, I’ll stand on the tracks, but generally I will stand near the tracks and just shoot at an angle that makes it look like I’m shooting more over the tracks, but not necessarily being on the tracks themselves because it is dangerous and it is trespassing. Now when I find a band and railroad tracks, I’m not afraid to get down on the ground and lay right down on my stomach to get a unique point of view of the tracks, but I’m not dumb enough to do that on live tracks and all.
Liam Douglas 26:46 I guess I’m trying to say people is use some common sense when you’re taking photos and especially when you’re taking selfies, but and the other hand, maybe this is what a Darwin meant, the Darwin awards you hear about all the time, so not trying to be morbid and cruel to anybody, but please, if you’re going to take a Selfie, I can understand, you know, if you’re excited about being someplace you’ve never been before in a foreign country or or at an international landmark, that’s cool. That’s great. If you want to document it, that’s fine, but pay attention to what is going on around you so you don’t become another statistic. All right, that’s it. I’m going to wrap up this episode. I will also have the lengths to Rose’s project on her Facebook, her website and her Instagram, so you’d be able to check that out in the show notes as well. And this is episode 17 of William Photography podcast. Wrapping it up. Please remember to like rate and review, subscribe, whether it’s an iTunes, Google play or any other software that you use to listen to podcasts. And I will see you next time in Episode 18