Studio Stick Portable Smartphone Recording Studio

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Napier Jigger Cocktail Measuring Cup

Napier Jigger Cocktail Measuring Cup 01Produce the perfect tipple every time with the Napier Jigger Cocktail Measuring Cup. This cup has easy-to-read stepped measures to take the guesswork out of making a balanced drink. The stunning vintage design of the Napier Jigger transports you back to the 1930’s era of classic cocktail craft. Creating and experimenting with drinks is now easier than ever. The Napier Jigger is so accurate and easy to use because the actual structure of the cup provides the measurements. Each tier… Continue Reading

MW60 Leica 0.95 Headphones

Introducing the Master & Dynamic MW60 Leica 0.95 Headphones. These two iconic brands have come together to produce an instant classic. The MW60 Headphones take inspiration from the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. This is the fastest aspherical lens in the world. Likewise, the MW60B-95 Headphones really deliver when it comes to audio. This set of headphones features stunning materials including custom smooth cowhide leather. Inside are durable stainless steel components to make the MW60B-95 Headphones last as long as… Continue Reading

Getty Images Bans Photos Containing Photoshopped Weight

Getty Images has banned photos that contain subjects whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger. The move comes in response to a new law in France that requires that Photoshopped weight be clearly labeled.

France’s new law, which was passed in December 2015, takes effect for commercial digital photos starting on October 1st, 2017. From that date forward, photos with digitally manipulated models will need to be marked as photographie retouche, which translates to retouched photograph.

Advertisers who break this new law face fines of up to 37,500 (~$44,000).

In response to this new regulation, Getty Images decided to update the photo submission policies for its service and for iStock, banning the Photoshopping of weight completely. It was announced to contributors through an email that was obtained by DPReview:

Here’s the text of the email:

Important Information on Retouched Images

Effective October 1, 2017 a new French law obliges clients who use commercial images in France to disclose whether the body shape of a model has been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.

As a result, also effective October 1st, we have amended our Creative Stills Submission Requirements to require that you do not submit to us any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.

Please note that other changes made to models like a change of hair color, nose shape, retouching of skin or blemishes, etc., are outside the scope of this new law, and are therefore still acceptable.

Effective 1st October 2017, any content submitted where this type of retouching has been carried out will be a breach of our Submission Requirements and your Agreement with us.


Getty images | iStock

From the email, we see that this new policy doesn’t affect most of the work done by professional retouchers – it’s specifically targeting editing that has been done to alter the model’s figure and weight.

It appears that the policy change is a blanket ban affecting worldwide contributors and not just those in France. It’s also unclear what Getty Images plans to do with policy-violating photos that are already part of its massive 80+ million photo collection. We’ve reached out to Getty Images for comment and will update this post if/when we hear back.

Minolta Quietly Released a Set of New Digital Cameras

Minolta has quietly released a trio of digital cameras. This is apparently the first camera product releases under the brand name since it went out of business in 2003.

Minolta was a Japanese camera manufacturer, famed for creating the first autofocus in a 35mm SLR camera, and seems to be emerging from the shadows once again.

The brand merged with the Konica Corporation, forming Konica Minolta, in 2003. However, in 2006, the new merger announced that it was leaving the camera and photo business. The SLR arm was sold on to Sony, and ever since Minolta has remained very different to its old self.

At least until now, when a number of Minolta cameras cropped up on Amazon. It appears that the Minolta name is now owned by Elite Brands, whose website displays all of the new models.

In actuality, 2 of the new cameras are the same – they’re just different color versions. This is the Minolta MN357, a 20-megapixel Wi-Fi-capable digital camera with a 35x optical zoom and 1080p video. It costs $230, but already has two 1-star reviews on Amazon to its name.

Got about 10 pics with it then it stopped working! one reviewer writes. Seller told me to try something see if it would work, still wouldn’t do anything. Seller refunded my money.

For those who know Minolta for their excellent optics in the past, be aware this has no relation to them, says the second reviewer. At best the rights name has been sold on, at worst it is using the Minolta name on cheap knockoff items.

The second camera model launched is the Minolta MN5Z. This is also a 20-megapixel camera, but with a 5x optical zoom, that costs $100.

The first of these cameras became available on the Amazon website starting back May 24th, 2017, but until now they have mostly flown under the radar.

(via Amazon via Photo Rumors)

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Headphones

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless HeadphonesEnjoy the full spectrum of your audio with the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Headphones. Connecting via Bluetooth, this headset has a cord that connects the earbuds and rests along your neck. Using aptX HD and CVC noise cancellation, the SoundBuds Curve are hard at work delivering your tunes. They’re also ideal for workouts. The shell is water resistant and the interior uses a hydrophobic nano-coating. Suffice to say, you can sweat all you want without fear. The SoundBuds Curve also… Continue Reading