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  • The hardest life lesson 17 photographers learned

    The hardest life lesson 17 photographers learned

    17 Photographers reveal the hardest life lesson they learned when starting out Photographer Ami Vitale with a rhinoceros friend Ami Vitale: Failure is a tough [...]

  • Elinchrom Hi-sync technology

    Elinchrom Hi-sync technology

    Last year, as the Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS was announced, I set up a BMX shoot for Elinchrom USA here in Santa Fe, New Mexico [...]

  • Brilliant ads that illustrates why real photographers are needed

    Brilliant ads that illustrates why real photographers are needed

    It’s no secret that the photography market is no longer the exclusive realm of professionals. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re [...]

  • The Numbers Behind Selfie Deaths Around the World

    The Numbers Behind Selfie Deaths Around the World

    Back in September 2015, we reported that selfies now cause more deaths worldwide than shark attacks. As people become more and more daring in their attempt to snap the perfect self-portrait to share online, there are more stories of those picture-takers getting seriously injured or killed. Here’s a closer look at the numbers behind this […]

  • Photography and Bad Weather Conditions

    Photography and Bad Weather Conditions

    When dark clouds roll into the sky most photographers run for shelter, but the ones who stay out and brave the weather can sometimes capture [...]

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  • Kruger National Park tests drones in fight against poaching

    Kruger National Park tests drones in fight against poaching

    The Kruger National Park, one of Africa's biggest game reserves, and various partners have invested R16 million in drone technology to fight poaching. Authorities at the park will spend the next 12 months evaluating the effectiveness of [...]

  • End of an era: Fujifilm to discontinue FP-100C instant film

    End of an era: Fujifilm to discontinue FP-100C instant film

    Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is to stop production of its FP-100C instant film that enthusiasts use in old Polaroid-type cameras. The film has only been available in the 3.25x4.25in size recently, since the 5x4in version was discontinued, but it has been keeping vintage cameras clicking since Polaroid stopped production itself.

    The company says that it will halt production in spring this year, but that stocks will continue to be available for some time after that. Falling demand and sales are cited as the reasons for the ending of the product line, which also spells the end of the working life of Type 100 cameras. The company used to produce a black and white version too, but that was stopped in 2014.

    The Fujifilm FP-100 films are particularly popular with enthusiasts and professionals because they produce very good quality images, but also because a negative can be recovered, cleared and used for making prints. The film comes in a peel-apart format, and the section most people discard contains a negative that is difficult to see because it has a black coating on the outside – to prevent light getting into the pack. This can be removed with domestic bleach, and when thoroughly washed and dried a very serviceable negative can be had.

    There is a Japanese notice on the Fujifilm Global website, and the film’s data sheet is available in PDF format.

  • New Gear: DJI Phantom 4 Drone Refuses to Crash

    New Gear: DJI Phantom 4 Drone Refuses to Crash

    DJI Phantom 4 Drone

    Courtesy of DJI

    The latest UAV from DJI has a slightly different body style than the previous Phantoms

    Back at CES 2016, drone companies were hinting that obstacle avoidance was going to be the next big thing in drones for this year. Now, the big daddy of the drone market, DJI, has announced their new Phantom 4 drone and it’s built to be super easy to fly while still maintaining advanced features that experienced users desire.

    The first real boon for the less experienced pilots is Phantom 4’s new system for sensing obstacles in front of it. If it “sees” an obstacle when you’re controlling it, it will simply stop and hover so it doesn’t crash. There’s also a new TapFly mode, which allows you to simply tap on the live view camera feed in the DJI app and send the drone flying on its way. It will use the on-board avoidance systems to automatically dodge objects in its way. It’s like fancy autopilot.

    Another new feature is the ActiveTrack function, which uses the cameras object recognition tech in order to lock onto a subject and then track it as it moves. So, if you’re trying to shoot someone riding a bike, or running, the drone will just follow along behind that person until it’s told to stop.

    The body has been redesigned and given a magnesium core for stiffness, so it actually looks a little different than the typical DJI drone body we’ve gotten so used to. The battery has also been revamped and moved, extending the flight time to up to 28 minutes and changing the center of gravity to make the whole thing more efficient.

    DJI Phantom 4 Drone

    Courtesy of DJI

    The camera on the DJI Phantom 4 is mounted to a 3-way gimbal for stabilization

    The camera is set on a built-in 3-axis gimbal for stability and captures 4K footage up to 30 fps and 1080p footage at up to 120 fps if you’re looking for slow-motion action. The lens has also apparently been revamped to make it sharper.

    The Phantom 4 starts shipping on March 15th and costs $1,399, which is about where we might expect it to land. I’m looking forward to giving it a try, especially since my record with flying drones is a bit, um, spotty. I’ll certainly be able to give that obstacle avoidance function a good workout.

Gadgets and Gear

  • Photography Gadgets – Small Items, Big Results

    Photography Gadgets – Small Items, Big Results

    Do you want to improve your photos with very little effort? Then consider adding some gadgets to your basic photography kit. Gadgets range from simple, [...]

  • Buying and Selling Camera Lenses… and Regret

    Buying and Selling Camera Lenses… and Regret

    If you’re anything like me, your camera bag tells the story of the many lenses that have come and gone. Very few, if any, have stuck around from the beginning. The cheap sometimes leave to make room for the more expensive, and vice versa. Sometimes it’s about upgrading to the latest and greatest, to meet […]

  • 3 Must Have Photography Tools

    3 Must Have Photography Tools

    Fortunately for  photography  beginners, you will not have a hard time to look for tools or equipment because there's a lot of them available in [...]

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Camera Tests

  • Samsung NX500

    Samsung NX500

    The Samsung NX500 combines the performance of the NX1 with a very compact design. The newest CSC camera of the NX series offers image resolution [...]

  • Nikon D7200

    Nikon D7200

    The Nikon D7200 is the new flagship of Nikon's DX cameras (APS-C sized sensor). The camera offer 20 MP resolution, got a very fast and [...]

  • Canon EOS 5DS

    Canon EOS 5DS

    The Canon EOS 5DS is the first full frame sensor SLR with an image resolution of more than 50 MP. It is equipped with a [...]

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PiX Magazine is Africa’s leading photographic and imaging magazine. Photography is our core business and as such we aim to draw close ties between our editorial and the design elements within the magazine. PiX Magazine is the essential companion for enthusiasts and pro photographers looking to refine their skills.

PiX Magazine caters to the creative individual who owns a digital camera and who wishes to improve their skills. The magazine focuses on photographic tutorials and techniques and showcases the work of some of the best photographers in South Africa. The combination of tutorials and spectacular images mean that PiX readers can draw inspiration from local and international talent featured in the magazine and at the same time, incorporate lessons learned to improve their own photography.

PiX Magazine is a high quality photographic subscription magazine. It focuses on various various photographic topics, inspirational images, expert advice on all latest technology.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors

In Kenya, a group of young Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region formed a cricket team with big hopes: to promote healthy living, to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and women's issues, and ultimately to become [...]

Bird Warefare

Netherlands national police have been conducting research into using birds of prey to take out unwanted drones. The bird spots and intercepts the drone before taking it to a safe landing spot.   An [...]

The Dizzying Cityscape of Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, space has always been at a premium. The small autonomous territory, part of the People's Republic of China, houses more than 7.3 million residents within just 426 square miles (1,104 sq kilometers)—resulting [...]

The 2016 Dakar Rally

Leaving Buenos Aires on January 2, nearly 350 competitors started the 37th annual Dakar Rally: a two-week off-roading adventure through Argentina and Bolivia. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes—are currently on stage [...]

Newlyweds in the Ruins: A Syrian Wedding Photo Shoot

In Homs, Syria, where entire city blocks have been reduced to rubble by years of civil war, a Syrian wedding photographer thought of using the destruction of the city as a backdrop for pictures [...]