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

How Huawei and Leica made a camera phone so good, we ditched our DSLR

What makes the Leica-designed Huawei P20 Pro camera so good? We traveled to Leica’s HQ in Wetzlar, Germany to hear it from the source. In short, it took a lot of experience, technology, and passion.
Product Review

Stop stringing cords and replacing batteries with Ring's Spotlight Cam Solar

We like outdoor wireless cameras but dread the low-battery warning that inevitably comes with them. We tested the Ring Spotlight Cam Solar to see if it was the answer to our dead-battery prayers.
Photography

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.
Photography

Here's a few tips to getting the best camera gear on Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day will have plenty of deals, and that may include cameras and photo accessories. Before you drop cash on that camera, here are some things to consider that could save you time and money.
Photography

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day photography deals (updated)

Amazon's biggest shopping day of the year is here, and if photography is your hobby, there are a few deals for you. From action cameras to accessories and photo-editing software, here are some of our favorite Prime Deals in 2018.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Product Review

Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro goes on a diet, but doubles the resolution

Porch pirates will think twice when faced with Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro. Packing top tier features into a slim design, the Doorbell Pro is at home beside any front door.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Photography

6 pro tips for taking amazing portrait photos with the Huawei P10

To really show us what the P10's Leica camera and its Portrait mode can do, a pro-photographer taught us how to use it. We learned plenty. Here are the best tips for perfect portraits and selfies.
Photography

Ditch the smartphone, this is the camera you want in your pocket

Fujifilm's XF10 offers premium image quality in a portable form factor that may just be enough to get smartphone shooters to pick up a real camera. It's also Fujifilm's cheapest premium compact yet, at $500.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses - something no phone…
Photography

3 simple things you can do to step up your selfie game

Taking a selfie might seem simple enough, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Here are three elements to keep in mind the next time you take a selfie to share on social media.
Smart Home

Oscar the A.I. trash can sorts your garbage and recyclables

Autonomous, an office furniture company, announced a Kickstarter campaign for Oscar, an A.I.-based device that sorts recyclables and garbage. Environmentally conscious owners will have the chance to assist with additional training.
Movies & TV

First footage from 'It: Chapter Two' says to bring your 'adult diapers'

A second film based on Stephen King's novel It hits theaters in September 2019. Here's everything we know about It: Chapter 2, which is set 27 years after the events of 2017's box-office blockbuster, It.
Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely come with a steep price tag

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will surely be big, bold, and pricey, but will it be foldable, or have an under-display fingerprint sensor? Those are just some of the rumors swirling around one of 2018's most anticipated phones.
Photography

With flip-out lenses, the Vuze XR transforms from 360- to 180-degree VR camera

The Vuze XR is a compact, dual-lens camera with an integrated handle and a neat party trick: The back-to-back lenses can flip forward to transition from 360-degree two-dimensional video, to 180-degree three-dimensional video.
Mobile

Here’s how to turn off camera shutter sound on your Android phone

That clicking shutter sound on your Android phone can get annoying if you like to take lots of pictures. Fortunately, you can disable it. We will walk you through how to turn off the camera shutter sound on your Android phone.
Photography

Brother’s new INKvestment Tank printer is made for people who hate buying ink cartridges

With a new ink cartridge design, Brother's new INKvestment Tank printer can run for up to a year before the cartridges need replacing -- ideal for users who want convenience and cost-savings.
Computing

Here are 5 free alternatives to Photoshop for all your photo-editing needs

Photoshop is a capable program, but it's also expensive. Lucky for you, there are plenty of great alternatives out there that allow for a range of versatility, without requiring you to break into your bank account.
Mobile

These might be the best photos shot with an iPhone in 2018

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) announced its official winners of its 11th annual global competition. Each one was selected from thousands of entries spanning over 140 countries around the world.
Emerging Tech

AirSelfie’s second-gen selfie drone with better flight time is now available

The second-generation AirSelfie drone more than doubles the original's camera resolution from 5 to 12 megapixels, quadruples its internal memory to 16GB, and adds 50 percent more flight time.