The Nikon Z9 Seen In Action at the Tokyo Olympics

While it is well-known that the Canon EOS R3 is being tested at the Olympics, Nikon has been a bit coyer with the status of its Z9. Over the past day, multiple photos have emerged that show that what is likely a functional prototype is indeed in attendance, however. Photolari has published two separate sets […]

The Nikon Z9 Seen In Action at the Tokyo Olympics

While it is well-known that the Canon EOS R3 is being tested at the Olympics, Nikon has been a bit coyer with the status of its Z9. Over the past day, multiple photos have emerged that show that what is likely a functional prototype is indeed in attendance, however.

Photolari has published two separate sets of images that show that there is at least one functional model of the Z9 at the Olympics. These recent images grant a first look at what the rear of the camera looks like, something that Nikon has yet to officially provide.

Images that were posted to Twitter but have since been removed were nabbed , and show a very close-up look at what the back of Nikon’s upcoming sports-focused camera. The photo is still in use as part of a larger story on the camera, however.

“Although before sharing them we make the pertinent checks — the photo is real, current and we believe we know its origin and have the green light — a misunderstanding lead us to make an unforgivable mistake for a media: we are actually using the photo without permission from its author or author,” Photolari writes, explaining why the original tweet was removed.

More recently, two additional images that show the camera set up and on tripods at a swimming event were published, which not only further lend credence to the belief that the prototype is functional but also provide another angle that Nikon has not yet officially shared.

It is unclear if these photos are of the same camera that was spotted the day before, but the inclusion of what Photolari calls “something weird” on the back of the camera is consistent between the two sets of images: the border of the LCD appears to be taped down for some reason.

Looking closely, it isn’t actually clear if the LCD on this particular Z9 prototype articulates. Nikon’s previous sports-focused full-size cameras have not featured either a simple articulating screen or a full vari-angle screen, so not having one on the new mirrorless Z9 would follow that trend.

These photos reveal a few other details that Nikon fans are probably excited to see. First, that aforementioned rear LCD is particularly large, so even if it does not articulate it does offer a lot of real estate for live view and for photo review. The design has a more hard-edged look to it, in contrast with the photos seen of the EOS R3, which is more rounded and soft. The button layout is quite similar to what is found on the Z7 II, but the increased size of the camera thanks to the integrated battery grip has allowed Nikon to add a second multi-directional joystick below the magnify buttons on the right side. There are also four additional buttons that are below the rear LCD.

PetaPixel reached out to Nikon for comment, but the company did not immediately respond.

Nikon has been quiet about the Z9 camera since it announced its development earlier this year. Other than promising it will be able to shoot 8K video, will feature a newly-developed stacked CMOS sensor, and will have a new image-processing engine, no other details were provided. That said, Nikon seems to understand the enormous pressure to make the camera special. The Nikon Z9 is expected to be officially announced in November.

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Apple Teaches How to Best Capture Photos with the iPhone’s Night Mode

Apple has released a brief shoot-along online educational class where the company shows how to capture — and edit — unique and interesting photos using the iPhone’s Night Mode. Apple launched a series of educational classes on YouTube in mid-July under its “Today at Apple” program. As noted by The Verge, Apple launched the program […]

Apple Teaches How to Best Capture Photos with the iPhone’s Night Mode

Apple has released a brief shoot-along online educational class where the company shows how to capture — and edit — unique and interesting photos using the iPhone’s Night Mode.

Apple launched a series of educational classes on YouTube in mid-July under its “Today at Apple” program. As noted , Apple launched the program in 2017 as part of a larger retail makeover but moved some of the sessions online due to the pandemic. While stores have begun to open back up, the move to YouTube shows that Apple intends to work on expanding its education to more people outside of its traditional methods.

This latest video is the first in the series of educational classes to be focused specifically on photography.

While Night Mode is supported by several iPhone models — iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max — only the latest iPhone 12 models support the mode for photos taken with the front-facing camera. When the camera detects a low-light environment, Night Mode turns on automatically. Using this shooting mode, users can adjust the capture time depending on how much light is required for a proper exposure.

In this Apple video, photographers Landon and Maria Lax share the behind-the-scenes of their nighttime shooting and post-processing, using their iPhones. While Landon goes out in the streets of New York, Lax, who is originally from Northern Finland where lack of light is an intrinsic part of life, shoots her nighttime images in London. Lax is drawn in by nighttime photography because the low light can contribute towards mystical-looking images that would look completely different if shot during the day.

Lax’s first piece of advice is to find a source of light that “looks good” or simply appeals to the photographer, whatever the color it may be. This can include differently colored windows, street lights, neon signs, and more. If the capture time needs to be manually increased to let enough light in, it is a good idea to bring a tripod, too.

 

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To make the shots stand out, even when shooting simple concepts, such as trees, Lax likes to experiment by placing different items in front of the lens, which can give a unique result. Transparent colored plastic can add a splash of color to the scene, which can be further emphasized by turning on the flash. Landon goes a different route and adds items with a reflective surface that subtly catches the light and a piece of mesh that introduces a soft fog-like haze.

Not every shot will come out as expected, says Lax. But, that’s part of the process because it takes several unsuccessful experimental photos to get to one that looks just right, whether the shooter is an experienced one or just a beginner.

Last but not least, editing allows images to reach their full potential. Color plays a big role in nighttime photography and through post-processing, photographers can make it more impactful and dramatic, such as by adding contrast and vibrance, as well as adjusting hue.

More of Lax’s work can be found on her Instagram and a brief tutorial on how to take photos in Night Mode on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro can be viewed on Apple Support’s YouTube page.

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