TV panel price bottomed out in February

According to the latest data from market research firm TrendForce, the price of 55-inch TV panels came to US$155 in early February, down 0.9% from late January, while Monitor panel prices were US$88.7, down 1.1%. Analysts expect TV panel prices to bottom out in February, but IT and Monitor panel prices are showing signs of expansion.

TV panel prices have been collapsing since the middle of last year, and the decline has even reached 40% in the past six months. However, after the bottom of TV panel prices, it is expected that the decline will start to be moderated in February, according to Bo Yu Fan, vice president of research at TrendForce, in addition to small-sized TV panels, where demand is gradually stabilizing, the decline will be moderated to less than $1, and the decline of medium and large-sized TV panels will also be moderated to less than $10. It is expected that in February, the price of small-sized TV panels such as 32 and 43-inch panels will stop falling, or fall slightly by $1; while 50 and 55-inch TV panels will shrink to less than $5, and TV panel prices in February will have the opportunity to gradually begin to recoup the decline.

As for the trend of IT and Monitor panels, they are different from TV panels. According to Boyu Fan, IT panel prices are expected to expand as supply continues to expand and the demand side enters the off-season adjustment mode. In terms of NB panels, lower-end HD TN panels fell between $1.8 and $2, while FHD IPS panels fell between $1.4 and $1.6, both slightly larger than the previous month. In the Monitor panel segment, the overall decline was wider than the previous month, with an average drop of around $3.

Make good use of the characteristics of the lens to take beautiful photos!

In the world of photography, the right body and lens can be very helpful to the work of photography. When you encounter a good subject, as long as you can make good use of the different characteristics of the lens, you can take beautiful photos anytime and anywhere!

(A) Do not miss any wonderful scenes
Sometimes we encounter some “unattainable” scenes, only one camera at hand do not give up shooting, in broad daylight or light under the shooting is easy, but in the dark or dark shooting can try to enlarge the aperture and enhance the ISO, try to keep the shutter speed in the “safety shutter” (1/focal length), so handheld shooting is no big problem. If the lens has optical anti-shock, it allows you to shoot at a speed lower than the safe shutter speed, so the photo quality will also be improved!

Review of Sony Vario-Tessar T * FE 24-70mm f / 4 ZA OSS (Sony SEL2470Z FE 4  / 24-70 Optical Steady Shot) | Happy

(B) the use of lightweight lenses to capture the street
If you like to capture SNAP on the street, there are a few tips to pay special attention to.

(1) Don’t go too wide or too telephoto – a lens with too wide an angle will include too many elements on the screen and will easily lose focus.

(2) Make good use of large aperture – large aperture has two very important functions when capturing, one is to enhance the shutter speed, freeze the movement and time of the subject; the second is to use the shallow depth of field to achieve the effect of highlighting the subject, these two points are also very useful for SNAPSHOT.

(3) Lightweight, not easy to cause others to resent – just think if you hold a 70-200mm telephoto lens shooting at strangers, it is easy to bring attention and resistance, but if your lens and camera is small enough and light enough, such “aggression” will be much less! Of course, the best way is to politely ask others if they can take pictures!

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(C) the use of large aperture to shoot a beautiful bokeh
A large aperture is one of the most attractive is to be able to shoot a very beautiful bokeh (Bokeh) effect, bokeh can effectively make the subject “out of” the background, highlighting the place to express. Whether in portraits, close-ups or even landscape photos are also very useful! To shoot a large aperture, f/1.8, f/2.8 and other aperture levels can already be competent, 50mm or more lens can shoot shallow depth of field. Another point to note is that for a more rounded and beautiful bokeh, you can choose a lens with more aperture leaves – the more aperture leaves, the more rounded the light point will be at full aperture!

How to Create Bokeh In-camera and Using Photoshop

Which lens should I choose?
The above photos also use the Zeiss lens corresponding to Sony’s full-frame camera A7/A7R, so for students who just got Sony A7/A7R full-frame camera, which one should they get? If you only bought the body (not together with the kit lens), you may want to consider getting the Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, so that you can cope in any environment (including travel or daily use). As for the other two fixed focal length lenses, it depends on the subject you like to shoot. If you like to capture SNAPSHOT, you should go for the Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA, but if you will be shooting more portraits, you should buy the Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA with 55mm focal length! Both have large apertures, so you can shoot easily even in low-light conditions.

Hands-On with the Sony / Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70 FE f/4 ZA OSS

Postscript
After reading the above analysis, you may find that I have not mentioned the image quality, in fact, these three lenses are also from the prestigious Carl Zeiss (Zeiss), basically Zeiss is the guarantee of quality, you can rest assured. Of course, you should also look at the test photos of the lens before buying to decide whether you like the color and quality of the shot before making a decision!

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The game industry arms race, the next big company that may be acquired may be it

After Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a record-breaking $68.7 billion, the game industry will enter an arms race. It is expected that the competitiveness of the Xbox platform will increase by leaps and bounds in the future. Competitors have also begun to consider buying large game manufacturers to compete. It is believed that Electronic Arts will be the most likely target to be acquired.

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In the past, most of the mergers and acquisitions in the game industry were smaller companies or studios, with an amount of millions to tens of millions of dollars. Until early last year, Microsoft first acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, for $7.5 billion. Then Take-Two bought Zynga, a mobile game company, for $12.7 billion. At the beginning of this year, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard at a sky-high price. In less than a year, the record for the amount of mergers and acquisitions broke three times in a row, which has a profound impact on the structure of the game industry.

According to an analysis by the Financial Times, the next most likely to be bought will be the American Electronic Arts (EA), with a current market value of about $38 billion. For technology giants such as Google, Apple, Amazon, Netflix or Meta, It is not difficult to eat.

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For a big company similar in size to Activision Blizzard, EA has been doing quite well in recent years, including buying mobile game companies Playdemic and Glu Mobile for $3.6 billion, and there has been no sexist scandal similar to Activision Blizzard’s global attention.

Therefore, the Financial Times believes that Apple, Amazon, Google, Meta and Netflix, technology giants that are willing to increase investment in the game industry, are all possible buyers, and EA prices are not a big problem for them.

The report finally pointed out that as a direct competitor of Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s wealth is not as strong as Microsoft’s, and it needs to be carefully considered if it wants to acquire EA.

Xbox One S | Xbox

Whether there will be major news from EA this year, it will be time to prove, if it is confirmed, the amount may once again break the record set by Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.

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

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.