Welcome to 2019!
Bad news for one of our sponsors, the Hunts Photo store in Manchester, New Hampshire was broken into just before Christmas and the thieves made off with $50,000 worth of camera gear. This was the second break-in in four months. Hopefully the thieves will be captured soon. The open source program Darktable, which is a Lightroom like program, has been recently upgraded. Darktable is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux. A recent study in the Journalism and Mass Communications Journal highlights how photographs taken by non-professionals leave viewers less engaged.
The Fotobug guys review the new gimbal from DJI, the Ronin-S. Gimbals are becoming more important and more prevalent for video makers wanting to improve their videos by capturing smooth Hollywoodesque moves. The Ronin-s is an affordable 3-axis option from DJI, which has moved into professional gimbals in a big way. The Ronin-s currently supports a number of cameras to control focus triggering the camera on and off - more cameras are being added all the time. A number of accessories are also available including third party accessories. The unique design of the gimbal with the 45 degree rotating motor which allows the LCD view screen to be seen while operating the gimbal in normal or flashlight mode. DJI has also released an app which can control the gimbal including timelapse, tracking and panorama modes. Priced at $749, it went on sale over the holiday for $549.