Beijing Winter Olympic Games|International Olympic Committee (IOC): Single incident of Dutch journalist being dragged away by security guards

As China hosted the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Dutch journalist Sjoerd den Daas was forcibly dragged away by Chinese security guards while reporting live from China. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) described the incident as unfortunate on Feb. 5, stressing that it was an isolated incident and promising that foreign media coverage of the Winter Olympics in Beijing would not be affected.

NOS.nl said on February 4 that its reporter Dundas was surrounded by several security guards during a live news broadcast in Beijing, China, and that one of them dragged him away by force. Dundas tried to continue to face the camera, another security guard tried to grab Dundas’ hand in front of the camera, the TV station finally cut off the connection with Dundas, and later said Dundas was fine.

Obviously, we are in contact with the Dutch broadcasting company, and this is an unfortunate situation,” said Mark Adams, a spokesman for the IOC.

Adams believes someone was overzealous and said Dundas was quickly able to get in front of the camera and record his report with the help of the people on the scene.

5 Ways to Get Your Photography Motivation Back Again

After learning photography for a while, you may feel less fun and less motivation to even pick up a camera to shoot… I believe that many friends will also encounter similar problems, of course, the author is no exception, so what is the solution? Can you regain your motivation for photography? Take a look at the methods below!

(1) Watching other people’s wonderful works
Don’t just indulge in your own photos! There are many wonderful works in this world, and while viewing these photos, you will find the composition, color expression, subject content, lighting, etc. used by photographers, so that you can apply them in your own photos. And watching more wonderful works, you will definitely be able to ignite the fighting spirit of “I also want to shoot this effect”, so that you can pick up the camera and set off again!

So where can you see wonderful works? You can go to 500px.com, National Geographic and more to watch the works of masters from all over the world!

(2) Learn the built-in functions of a camera
Today’s digital cameras actually have a lot of built-in functions. You might as well pick up your camera’s manual and take a look at some of the built-in functions that you haven’t used before, and see if there are any special skills you can use!

For example: some of these features that are easy to miss are:

Built-in double exposure: Take interesting photos with double exposures
Bracketing: Easily take a series of photos for HDR composition
Built-in time-lapse photography: Set up time-lapse shooting directly on the camera without a cable release!
Rear-curtain sync flash: Allows you to take stunning evening portraits even with the built-in flash
Exposure Lock (AE-Lock): Easily lock the metering value and recompose the picture
Built-in electronic spirit level: keep your photos from falling apart, and it is more convenient to use high/low angle composition with LiveView
Special photo effects: such as small models, highlighting monochrome, photo effects, etc., make your photos more varied

(3) Ask a friend to borrow a lens that has never been used
If you are a novice, you usually don’t have a lot of lenses. In the world of SLRs, one of the advantages is that you can exchange lenses. Try asking your friends to borrow lenses with different focal lengths and functions (such as 12mm ultra-wide-angle, 300mm long Focus, f/1.2 ultra-large aperture, extremely anamorphic 180º fisheye lens, etc.), take advantage of this feature to take photos, you will find that the original photography world will become different!

(4) Using new equipment
The new equipment can definitely stimulate your freshness. In addition to the camera body, you can also try black cards, different filters such as gradient gray, dimming filters, morning and twilight mirrors, star mirrors, etc., or even buy one. A tripod (if you don’t already have one). With new equipment, you can try different shooting techniques to make your photos more diverse.

(5) Set a theme for the shooting
Shooting aimlessly will not only slow down the progress of your photography skills, but also make you feel “I don’t know what to shoot”, thus reducing the motivation to take pictures. At this time, you might as well set some simple shooting themes for yourself, such as “cloud”, “quiet”, “water”, “light and shadow”, etc., so that you have a goal when shooting, and you can concentrate more on finding the shooting subject. The opportunities for great photos are greatly increased, which increases the satisfaction of photography!

8 Improper Uses of Photography Filters

After shooting for a period of time, students will often use different filters, such as polarizers, gradient gray, etc. But sometimes because of the first contact, I don’t know much about the usage and characteristics of various filters. Some mistakes will be made, which will make the result of shooting unsatisfactory. Or something weird happens. Here are 8 wrong usages of filters, don’t make them again after you learn them!

Photo from deviantart.net

(1) Gradient Gray Filter: Incorrect Gradient Position
Gradient gray filters are gradients from dark to transparent, allowing you to balance light differences (such as taking photos of the sky during the day). When you use a gradient gray filter, remember to always check the gradient position. Especially when you change the angle or zoom in/out, otherwise the light and dark levels of the photo will look weird.

It is recommended to use the glass gradient gray filter of FGEARS in the United States, which is one of the best filters on the market! Available at GearSuggest®, the official Fotobeginner store.

GND Filter

(2) Gradient gray filter: the gradient is too obvious
There are two main types of gradient gray filters, “Hard” and “Soft”. You can choose different types at different times. Hard is mainly used when shooting coastal sunrises and sunsets. And Soft will be used in general. However, when using the two filters, you must also pay attention to whether the gradient will be too obvious. So please use the appropriate degree and variety of filters. Don’t blindly pursue high-level filters or use too many blocks together.

(3) Polarizer: used in (ultra) wide-angle lens
Polarizers are useful in landscape photography. It can not only eliminate the reflection on the water surface and green leaves, but also make the blue sky bluer. But be careful, the blue sky must be in the other direction of the sun, otherwise it will not have an effect. Therefore, if you use a wide-angle lens (especially a wider ultra-wide-angle lens), the shooting range will have the opportunity to extend from one side of the sun to the other side, resulting in a dark blue at one end of the photo and white at the other end (due to sunlight). There is a chance that the effect will be worse than not using CPL!

CPL Filter

(4) Polarizer: do not reset after changing the direction
Polarizers need to be adjusted before shooting. If you shoot from horizontal to straight, you must re-adjust the polarizer to get the effect, be sure to pay attention!

(5) Adjustable ND filter: black cross appears
Now many manufacturers have also launched “Variable ND Filters”. The advantage is that the degree of dimming can be adjusted at will according to the environment and needs, avoiding the trouble of carrying multiple ND dimming filters. But if you adjust too much, the photo will have unsightly black crossovers, which can be solved by being careful not to overshoot the adjustable range.

可調式 ND Filter 過份調整可能會出現黑色交叉。

(6) Do not keep the filter clean
Most of the filters are installed in front of the lens and have a direct impact on imaging. If your filter is full of greasy dirt or dust, it may cause problems such as unsharp photos or dust spots. So remember not to ignore the cleaning filter!

(7) Use of poor quality filters
Many novices are also greedy to buy low-quality filters to use. In fact, a good filter can be used for many years, taking thousands of photos for you. Poor quality filters are mostly unsatisfactory in terms of workmanship, light transmittance or coating color. It makes the photo prone to color cast and sharpness drop. And cleaning is mostly not easy due to the lack of an effective coating. Therefore, it is recommended that students start with a better filter if they have enough budget!

(8) Using the wrong size
Whether it is a round or square filter, we also need to use it with different lens sizes. If the filter is too small it may not cover enough. Filters that are too thick also have a chance of black corners when using a wide-angle lens. You should pay more attention before purchasing.

Canon 50mm f/1.4

Invincible metering method – “Matrix metering” that can be used at any time

任何時候也能用的「矩陣測光」

For novice or amateur photographers, metering often seems difficult to master, and there are many different metering modes built into the camera, so when should you use which metering mode to get the desired effect? Now let the author share how to use “Matrix Metering” to deal with 99% of the daily environment! After you finish your studies, you can take pictures at any time without changing the metering mode!

What is the metering mode first?
In modern digital cameras, most of them also have at least 3 metering modes:

  • Matrix/Evaluative Metering
  • Center-weighted Metering
  • Spot Metering

The difference between them is actually only the selection of the range used for calculating the luminosity. Matrix metering will select the area of the full-frame photo for calculation, spot metering will use the focus point or a very small area in the middle for metering, and center-weighted metering will use between the two.

A good partner for matrix metering: exposure compensation button (+/-EV)
When using matrix metering, there is a very useful and cooperative function in the camera, which is the exposure compensation button (+/-EV)! The Exposure Compensation button allows you to increase or decrease the exposure value yourself. One thing to note is that this button is not adjusted in post-production like Photoshop. Instead, you can directly increase or decrease the aperture, shutter or ISO to achieve the change of exposure, so it is more worthwhile to use it as a post-modification.

To use the exposure compensation button, simply press the button to turn the dial, or click to add or subtract. Please read the camera manual for details!

Tips when using matrix metering:
(1) When the scene is normally exposed to light

In the normal light-receiving environment, that is, shooting in the absence of very bright or very dark conditions, modern digital cameras have been able to measure the light very accurately, try to maintain a balance between the light level and the dark level of the photo, and set the aperture intelligently, Shutter and ISO values. Therefore, no matter whether you are outdoors or indoors, as long as you are not shooting under extreme light sources, you can trust the ability of matrix metering and shoot directly!

(2) In backlit/backlit scenes

When you are shooting backlit/backlit photos, your subject will be facing away from the light source and the lens will be facing the light source. At this time, the camera’s matrix metering will think that the photo has a lot of light (assuming your subject does not cover the entire frame), As a result, the overall photo is darkened to achieve balance, and the subject becomes underexposed or silhouetted. Of course, if the ultimate goal is to shoot a silhouette, it is very convenient, otherwise you have to greatly increase the exposure compensation (sometimes need +3EV) or use the flash to fill in the main light!

(3) When shooting black/white scenes

When black/white things take up a large part of the photo, matrix metering will make mistakes, thinking that the environment is very dark/very light and get the wrong settings of overexposure and underexposure, so we have to use experience before pressing the shutter. -/+ EV to correct the absence of matrix metering.

Explanation: If you encounter black things, you need to reduce EV, and if you encounter white things, you need to increase EV (many students will also make mistakes!)

(4) When taking portraits

Normally, the face of the portrait should have the correct exposure when taking a portrait photo, so pay more attention to the exposure. When you are using matrix metering, be sure to first look at the light around the subject for +/-EV compensation.

(5) When the front is facing the sun/light source

When your photo will contain the sun or a strong light source, unless you are using a wide-angle lens and the light source is only a small part of the photo, the camera will lower the exposure and make the photo darker. At this time, you may wish to have +0.7 or +1.3EV (adjusted according to the situation) before shooting, so that the photo can return to normal exposure.

(6) When shooting night scenes

When shooting night scenes, if the photo is full of light sources (such as neon lights, Christmas lights, etc.), you need to increase the EV, otherwise the resulting photo will be dark; but if the night is the majority, you need to reduce the EV EV, so that the black areas are not overexposed and become gray.

Of course, the matrix metering at this time is just a reference, it is best to use the manual mode to fully grasp the exposure value!

Unraveling the Mystery of ISO – Tips for Setting ISO in Different Situations

In the world of photography, the “exposure triangle” of aperture, shutter, and ISO is the main element that constitutes a photo. As long as you understand the combination of these three things, you can basically take photos with no blur and correct exposure. But many newbies don’t know when to use the value of ISO. This article is to solve the mystery of ISO! Take a look and learn together!

解開ISO之迷

What is ISO?
ISO can be called “light sensitivity”. In the old film, the ISO value is fixed, that is, if you use a film of ISO400, you must complete the whole cylinder of film before you can replace it, but in the digital age, ISO can be changed at will to match the ambient light when shooting, which is very convenient, so we should make good use of the benefits of this technology to help us take beautiful photos!

As soon as you enter the room, even if the human eye feels that the brightness is sufficient, there is a high chance that you must use ISO800, ISO1600, etc. to shoot handheld.

Shooting moving objects (such as racing cars, children, pets, etc.), even outdoors, a higher ISO can increase the shutter speed and help take clear photos.

Low ISO helps to reduce light absorption. With ND filter, you can use slow shutter speed to shoot flowing water in broad daylight.

The signal noise will be obvious only in the dark position of the photo, but not very visible in the light position. Therefore, the signal noise will be less affected when using high ISO in the daytime.

Auto ISO setting
If your camera has the “Auto ISO” function, you can turn it on when you are shooting by hand, so that the camera will automatically increase the ISO to a suitable position according to the current light, aperture and shutter speed. Some cameras will automatically detect the used camera. The focal length is used to set the ISO, so that the shutter can meet the requirements of “safe shutter”, which is very convenient!

“Auto ISO” usually has two settings, one is “highest ISO” and the other is “lowest shutter”. The former is used to limit how much the camera can raise the ISO. Usually, I will set it to the next highest ISO available to the camera. For example, if the maximum ISO is 6400, it will be set to 3200 (the second highest). The automatic boost should be set according to the actual needs and the focal length used, so as to meet the “safety shutter”.

What if the lens/body has anti-shake function?
If the lens/body has an anti-shock function, you can set the ISO to a lower value when holding the camera, so that the shutter can be slow, and the photos taken with the anti-shake function will be clear and reduce noise.

Canon discontinued after Nikon | Do cameras finally become “tears of the times”?

As a giant in the field of digital cameras, Canon Ixus series compact cameras have been popular all over the world. Canon EOS system has gone through more than 20 years of history today. Their products are loved by consumers for their outstanding quality and performance. It is a popular camera brand among photography enthusiasts in Asia and around the world.

However, even a well-known camera manufacturer like Canon is still unable to escape the negative impact of the sharp shrinking of the global camera market. Recently, an announcement with the official seal of Canon Zhuhai Co., Ltd. circulated on the Internet. The text of the announcement stated that the company is facing unprecedented difficulties due to the sharp contraction of the market and the long-term raging of the new crown virus. Through the joint efforts of the company and all employees, it still failed to reverse the predicament. After careful research, the headquarters made a difficult decision to terminate the company’s production.

It is reported that Canon Zhuhai, established in 1990, is one of the earliest Japanese-owned enterprises to enter Zhuhai. It was also the leader of Japanese-funded enterprises in Zhuhai. At its peak, Canon Zhuhai-produced digital compact cameras accounted for half of Canon’s global sales of digital compact cameras. The closure of the factory not only means that Canon is ready to move camera production out of mainland China, but also means that Canon’s digital camera production will shrink significantly.

Today’s readers may not remember, but in the first decade of the 21st century, in the era when smartphones had not yet emerged, most mobile phones did not support the camera function at all, and even high-end Symbian mobile phones were far from “clear” One of the most basic requirements has a large distance. The digital camera at that time was a symbol of fashion, and owning a digital camera of your own was much more meaningful than owning an iPhone today.

Driven by this general psychology and fashion trend, Canon cameras at that time were hot in the country and in short supply. In particular, the Canon Ixus IXUS series with fashion as its selling point, with its compact and stylish design, as well as the advantages of easy portability and simple operation, became a hit in the market and even led the development trend of digital cameras for a time. .

According to the announcement released by Canon China in 2008, with the help of the Ixus IXUS series and the Boshow PowerShot series, Canon has become the world’s first manufacturer of small digital cameras with sales exceeding 100 million units. Among them, Canon Zhuhai Co., Ltd. was the main production line of Canon compact digital cameras at that time, and it was the guarantee that Canon digital cameras could be continuously exported to all parts of the world.

However, today’s Canon Zhuhai has long gone.

After entering 2010, China ushered in a period of blowout growth of the smartphone industry. In the smartphone market at that time, many mobile phone manufacturers such as Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Coolpad, OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi, and LeTV were fighting fiercely. Rapid iteration of mobile phone imaging systems. The imaging needs of ordinary users can be met with a lightweight, low-cost mobile phone. Small digital cameras instantly became a thing of the past.

According to the “Canon Zhuhai 2020 Environmental Report” released by Canon Zhuhai’s official website, as of the end of 2020, the company has invested a total of 220 million US dollars. Actual production of 12.29 million lenses, 1.029 million digital cameras, 94,000 digital video cameras, and 1,317 employees. Not to mention comparing the peak data, even comparing the data of previous years, it can be said to be a complete cut.

According to industry sources, in order to reverse the situation, Canon Zhuhai tried to apply to the Japanese headquarters to open up more technical micro-single and SLR production lines, but was eventually rejected. Today, the main source of Canon SLRs is still Japan. In the end, Canon Zhuhai only undertook the business of some mirrorless camera lenses. But from the data point of view, it has been difficult to reverse the situation. In the end, Canon Zhuhai, which has settled in China for more than 30 years, could only end up sadly leaving.