Photography News: Flickr keeping Creative Commons photos, ONA gets colorful

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ONA x Passion Passport Bowery capsule collection

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 the full Nikon Z7 review and the stealthy Leica Q-P camera, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.

Flickr isn’t deleting its Creative Commons photos

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A week ago, Flickr, which is now an entity of SmugMug, announced it was making a number of changes to its platform, including removing the Yahoo login requirement, adding more “Pro” features, and limiting free accounts to 1,000 photos. Not long after the announcement, Flickr faced backlash regarding the possibility of Creative Commons photos getting deleted, most notably from the accounts of major accounts, including NASA, world-renowned libraries, universities, and other nonprofit institutions.

Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley even went so far as to write up a blog post regarding his concern on the issue, saying “Many users are concerned such a limit on free account capacity might cause millions of CC images to be deleted from the Commons. A lot of people have reached out to us directly and asked what we can do. I’m confident that together we can find solutions, if we assume goodwill and bring our collective creativity to the problem.”

Well, it appears as though Merkley’s wish has come through. SmugMug CEO Dan MacAskill shared an update on the Flickr blog noting that Flickr will be sparing Creative Commons photos from the 1,000 image limit of free accounts and is working hand in hand with nonprofits and other institutions to provide free Pro accounts so they can continue to host their images on Flickr.

ONA x Passion Passport Bowery Capsule Collection

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Camera bags can be just as much about form as they are function. After all, sometimes you want your camera bag to make a statement. Well, now you can get really wild with the new limited-edition Capsule Collection from ONA, made in partnership with traveling and tourism company Passion Passport.

The camera bags, which are essentially modified versions of ONA’s signature Bowery camera bag, come in five saturated colors: Green, blue, gray, yellow, and orange. According to ONA, “each bag is handcrafted in Morocco from Italian leather and 1000D Cordura, the lightweight, durable material that has transformed the way people explore the world for the past fifty years.”

Only 400 bags are being produced. The ONA x Passion Passport Bowery bag retails for $189 and can be purchased through ONA’s online store.

7Artisans shares 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens for drones

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Chinese optics manufacturer 7Artisans has shown off a new 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens for Sony full-frame cameras that’s specifically designed to be used for drone and aerial photography. The lens weighs just 49 grams and can be locked to infinity focus using three built-in screw locations.

There’s no information on when this lens will be available or what it will retail for, but B&H is a retailer of 7Artisans gear, so keep an eye out there.


Get up close and personal with this telephoto lens for your phone

Moment is replacing its aging 60mm telephoto lens with a new 58mm tele lens, redesigned from the ground up for the latest iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy phones. Mount it onto the phone via a case and get closer with 2x optical zoom.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.

Photography news: Best spot for fall photos, new firmware from Fuji and Nikon

Where's the best spot to take fall photos? Michigan, according to social media and a Nikon contest. The results and more in this week's photography news, including significant firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T3, X-H1, and GFX 50S.
Movies & TV

Winter coming in spring? HBO reveals 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.

Golf ball-sized Lume Cube Air is a pocketable LED for photos and video

Off-camera lighting for smartphones and GoPros just got even smaller. Meet the Lume Cube Air, a smaller portable LED light designed for photos and videos that weighs only about two ounces.

Edit portraits with A.I. and adjust focus in the new ON1 Photo RAW 2019 editor

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 now has a dedicated tab for portraits that automatically recognizes faces to help with retouching. The update also brings a new focus stacking tool, enhancements to layers, and improvements to local adjustments.

Taking shots in the dark with Night Sight, the Pixel’s newest photo feature

The Google Pixel range has always been the home of some of the mobile world's best phone cameras. That performance is now getting even better with the introduction of the low-light Night Sight mode.

Alpha Female: Sony awards five women grants to support artisan diversity

Women can face several challenges in launching a photography career -- Sony's latest initiative aims to help propel women in the industry forward. Sony recently announced the winners of the Alpha Female program.
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

Fewer pixels, better camera? The Nikon Z6 shows the beauty of restraint

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.

See the National Forests like never before in these awe-inspiring drone videos

What's the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. With no ban on drones in National Forests -- at least, not yet -- filmmakers have a way to capture the immensity of these locations with stunning results.
Product Review

With outstanding image quality, the ‘basic’ Sony A7 III excels in every way

Replacing the four-year-old A7 II as the new entry-level model in Sony's full-frame line, the A7 III is an impressively capable camera that gives more expensive models a run for their money.
Social Media

Addicted to Instagram? Its new ‘activity dashboard’ is here to help

Ever get that nagging feeling you're spending too much time on Instagram? Well, a new "activity dashboard" has a bunch of features designed to help you better control how you use the addictive photo-sharing app.