Western Digital announces portable SSDs
Western Digital has announced two new portable drives specifically designed for photographers and videographers. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD offers IP55 water and dust resistance with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and reads speeds up to 550 MB/s and the SanDisk My Passport Wireless SSD offers an SSD drive with an enclosure with an integrated wifi connection and a 6700mAh battery.
Microbeads ban goes into effect in UK this week
A ban on using microbeads in products went into effect on tuesday of this week in the UK. Manufacturers are banned from using the plastic microbeads in products such as toothpaste, and facial soap. A ban on sales of such products will go into effect in July. Thousands of tons of the small plastic beads make their way into the oceans every year as they are virtually impossible to filter from water treatment plants before being discharged into waterways.
Green sea turtles in Pacific rookery are turning 99% female
At Ingram Island off Northern Australia, the Pacific Island’s largest green sea turtle rookery, scientists have found that female sea turtles outnumber males by 116 to 1. Scientists expected to see a higher percentage of female sea turtles to males as warmer sand during egg incubation leads to female gene expression and climate change has lead to warmer temperatures in this part of the world. However, they were taken aback by the degree to which females outnumbered males.
Panasonic announces the Lumix GH5S
At the CES Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic has announced the Lumix GH5S mirrorless camera. It offers internal recording of 4:2:0 Cinema 4K at 60fps along with 4:2:2 Cinema 4K at 30fps. It also offers Variable Frame Rate recording. It features a 10.2MP multi aspect sensor with a native ISO up to 51,200 and 14 bit RAW still images.
ROV footage of amazing deep water jellyfish
Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials available from Erin Quigley
Lightroom and Photoshop guru Erin Quigley runs excellent training sessions specifically aimed at underwater photographers. In conjunction with this, she has published a series of free tutorials and these are all now available via a single landing page on her website. There is a mixture of lessons for Lightroom and Photoshop and there are techniques suitable for both beginner and advanced users.
Blue Planet II premieres in US on January 20th
After a long wait, the BBC series Planet Earth: Blue Planet II will make it to broadcast television in the United States on January 20th. The series is scheduled to air on BBC America. The BBC America website also has a channel finder to locate BBC America on your local cable provider.
Guide: Updating copyright information for 2018
Wetpixel offers a guide for photographers dealing with how to update their workflow and equipment to allow for the 2018 year change. This includes updating metadata and watermark templates in Lightroom and a reminder to check camera and equipment settings.
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