Photo FOMO: Photography ‘could be a sign of terrorism,’ film-inspired presets

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photo FOMO is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Nikon’s crazy new 125x zoom camera, A.I. that can clean up noisy photos, the world’s tallest monopod, and the end of the Nikon 1 series; find briefs on the latest in accessories and photo industry news from this week with Photo FOMO.

Photography is a sign of … terrorism?

Cameras are sometimes mistaken as weaponry, but this week the Department of Homeland tweeted a warning that “photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity.” To be fair, the tweet clarifies that it is “prolonged interest … in an unusual or covert manner,” but that didn’t stop photographers from protesting the advice.

Tweeters responded with statements from the fact that taking photos on public property is legal to photographers with their own stories about being questioned to a link to the American Civil Liberties Union’s guide on what to do if you’re stopped by police while out taking pictures.

Skylum Luminar gets several improvements for Windows user

Formerly Mac-only, Skylum (previously Macphun) is continuing to expand the Windows version of its image editing software. In Skylum Luminar 2018 Version 1.3.0, Windows users will see a number of improvements, including new white balance options and the option to save an image’s editing history. The update also supports DNG Camera Profiles, which serves as a customizable starting point for RAW images. The update includes enhanced speed when opening a RAW file. The Mac version doesn’t have the same long list of updates but adds some plugin support for Imagenomic and a new DxO film pack.

Godox adds mid-level flash AD400Pro with quick recycle times

Godox’s line of all-in-one outdoor flashes just got a little bigger — the Godox AD400Pro is a 400Ws photo flash that boasts a recycle time from .01 seconds to a one-second refresh. Color temperature is adjustable, while the flash also accommodates modifiers. Rated for 390 flashes at top power before the battery runs out, the flash also supports TTL compatibility with most major camera brands. While not the most powerful in the line or the smallest, the AD400Pro sits at a middle ground between power and portability. While pricing hasn’t yet been released, the flash is slated for release next month.

Photography

Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Mobile

Whether by the pool or the sea, make a splash with the best waterproof phones

Whether you're looking for a phone you can use in the bath, or you just want that extra peace of mind, waterproof phones are here and they're amazing. Check out our selection of the best ones you can buy.
Mobile

Here's where you can pre-order the Moto G7 Power and its massive battery

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.
Photography

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 mimics tilt-shift blur for less cash

Want to create a tilt-shift image on a budget? The new Lensbaby Composer II with Edge 35 mimics the look of a tilt-shift lens for under $500. The new Edge 35 optic is part of the Composer Pro II optics system.
Photography

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 is sharp enough to handle futuristic 90-megapixel cameras

Lens launches come with a lot of hype and marketing speak but a recent test confirmed some of the initial claims around the Sony FE 135 f/1.8. A rental company says that the Sony 135mm is the sharpest lens that it has ever tested.
Photography

Forget folding phones, the Insta360 EVO camera folds in half to shoot 360 video

The Insta360 EVO is a...flip camera? Unfolded, the Insta360 Evo shoots 3D in 180 degrees, folded, the new camera shoots in 360 degrees. The EVO launches with what are essentially a pair of 3D glasses for your phone, not your face, the…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Photography

Obsbot Tail camera uses A.I. to follow the action (or a pet) for you

Want to capture more epic action selfies, or see what your pet is doing while you're gone? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action.
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.
Photography

Loupedeck Plus can now edit video, audio with Final Cut Pro

The list of Loupedeck Plus-compatible software is growing. The photo-editing console now works with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition for video and audio editing. The controls can be configured to be used on either platform.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Computing

Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 
Photography

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.
Photography

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.