Photography News: An upside-down camera, app secretly uses photos to train A.I.

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photography News of the Week is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Canon’s new RF lens and the latest Wacom tablet, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.

Polaroid’s special edition OneStep 2 is upside-down in celebration of Stranger Things

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Something strange is going on with Polaroid’s latest Instant camera. This week, Polaroid launched the Stranger Things special edition OneStep 2. The special edition prints the usual Polaroid design upside down while incorporating the red and blue colors from the show.

With the special edition camera, Polaroid also launched special edition film which has 16 different designs on that traditionally white frame, also with a nod to the Netflix hit. The new releases are part of Polaroid’s throwback campaign, simultaneously celebrating the upcoming third season of the Netflix series that re-imagines the 1980s.

The camera is available for about $110, while the film sells for $18 for a pack of eight.

Photo storage app Ever slammed for slyly using customer photos to train surveillance A.I.

Photo storage app Ever is taking heat for discretely using the images customers stored on the platform to train artificial intelligence systems used in surveillance and other tasks. According to a report by NBC News, the app adds user photos to a training database for A.I. programs, only informing users of the use through one line in the company’s privacy policy: “Your files may be used to help improve and train our products and these technologies.”

While Ever allows users to automatically create albums based on facial recognition, those images were also used to help improve A.I. designed for recognizing faces. Ever then sells that technology to private security companies.

The company says that names and identifying information is not associated with any of the photos and has since adjusted the privacy policy and added a pop-up in the app.

Nikon DSLRs get firmware refresh with real Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi on several Nikon DSLRs initially worked exclusively with Snapbridge, but with the latest firmware updates, photographers can use third-party apps to control the cameras. Nikon recently launched new firmware for the D850, D500, D7500, and D5600.

All four cameras gain direct Wi-Fi along with a handful of bug fixes. The D850 and D500, for example, get a fix for an issue that could cause trouble focusing on the edges of the image. All the firmware updates are available directly from Nikon.

Got a great action or adventure shot? Red Bull Illume photo contest is now open

Red Bull Illume, a photography contest focused on action and adventure, is now open for entries. The contest highlights the best action and adventure photography of the year over 11 categories, which includes the new categories for Best of Instagram and Moving Image.

A group of 50 judges will choose category winners and one overall winner in November, handing out more than $100,000 worth of prizes, including the Sony a7 II with a 24-105mm lens. Submissions are open through July 31 at Red Bull Illume.


Save hundreds on Nikon and Canon EOS DSLR camera bundles for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming and the sales are already starting. If you’re a photographer (or are looking to get into it) and want to grab some new gear, then the ABT Memorial Day sale has some great deals on DSLRs that can save you up to $450.

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

If your smartphone camera isn't giving you the results you want, 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 can touch.

Leica and Lenny Kravitz team up again for special-edition snakeskin rangefinder

How's this for over the top: The Leica M Monochrome Drifter, designed by Lenny Kravitz, uses a vegan python skin wrap and matching strap along with two color-coordinated lenses and a bag. The set will cost nearly $24,000.

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…

The best Nikon cameras, from DSLRs to superzooms

After reviewing dozens of Nikon cameras, we've rounded up the top models from the mighty D850 to the 125x-zoom P1000. These are the best Nikons you can buy right now.
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Treat your selfie with one of these 13 apps made to beautify your pics

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Peak Design’s Travel Tripod is must-have gear for photographers on the go

Peak Design has returned to Kickstarter to launch its latest product, the Travel Tripod. The company's first tripod, it uses a unique design with a triangular center column to minimize the volume it takes up in your bag.

What are mirrorless cameras and are they better than DSLR cameras?

What exactly is a mirrorless camera, and what makes them so special? In this article, we break down the specifics of mirrorless cameras, including how they differ from the likes of a DSLR camera, and what kind of pros and cons are.

What is ISO? A camera's sensitivity to light -- and how to use it -- explained

Curious what ISO is and how it affects your photos? Here's everything you need to know about the fundamental camera setting, including how it impacts exposure and how to properly adjust it for certain scenarios.

Olympus launches Tough TG-6 waterproof compact, and we’re not entirely sure why

With a spec sheet nearly identical to that of its predecessor, we're having a hard time figuring out what's new about the Olympus Tough TG-6. A new flash diffuser and fisheye adapter were also announced.

Adobe Premiere Rush now allows Android users to edit video without the laptop

After launching on desktop and iOS, Adobe Premiere Rush, a streamlined video editor, is now available on Android. Premiere Rush is designed for social media projects and non-professional editors.

The Fujifilm GFX100 is a 102-megapixel, stabilized beast of a mirrorless camera

Double-digit megapixels just not enough? The Fujifilm GFX100 boasts the highest resolution yet for a mirrorless camera. But along with those 102 megapixels, the medium format camera offers in-body stabilization, 4K video, and enhanced…