Nik Collection

A good news for all Nik Collection fans came today from DxO, one of the most innovative companies in consumer imaging. DxO has acquired Nik Collection assets from Google, and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community. DxO didn’t mention if the Collection will be still available for free as it was when Google purchased it a few years ago. Anyway, the Collection is available for free download from DxO website. Here’s DxO‘s press release which announces the Nik Collection acquisition from Google.

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Nikon D850

Nikon Corporation announced today the release of the Nikon D850, a FX-format digital SLR camera that optimizes the combination of high resolution and high-speed performance to set the standard for next-generation full-frame cameras for professional photographers and serious hobbyists across landscape, commercial sports, fashion and wedding genres, and multimedia content. Development of the D850 was already announced by Nikon last July 25.

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Separate screening for cameras in airports requested by TSAAmerican and international photographers are going to experience an even more tedious experience if they fly to or within the USA. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just announced that all electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a bin for separate screening as part of a rollout of new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items. This means that also your camera inside the backpack or bag you intend to bring with you on board of the plane must be pull out of and place it inside a bin for X-ray screening while passing through the standard security lanes.

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2017 World Press Photo contest winner announcedA dramatic image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, taken on December 19, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey, was named the Photo of the Year in the 2017 World Press Photo contest. The photo was taken by Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer during a photo exhibition that he decided to attend at the last moment simply because it was on his way home. The Turkish photographer arrived during Ambassador Andrey G. Karlov’s speech, and within moments a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, opened fire and killed the Russian Ambassador. Although Mr. Ozbilici was just a few metres away from the gunman, he did not panic and run. The 2017 World Press Photo contest winner said in a phone interview: I’m a journalist and I had to stand and do my job even if I got hit or killed. At that moment I tried to represent not just A.P. but all good independent journalists.

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Vivian Maier Till her death in 2009, Vivian Maier was a mysterious and rather eccentric nanny who was covering a lovely secret for street photography.  But the most unbelievable thing is if it had not been for a chance discovery at a Chicago thrift auction in 2007 by John Maloof, a young Chicago historian, the world would still be unaware of her life and talents.

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