We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.
A handy 100GB will set you back just $1.99
As more and more cloud services battle for your online storage needs, Google has now announced it will significantly cut the price on its Google Drive plans, undercutting much of the competition.
The full monthly pricing breakdown is $1.99 for 100GB (down from $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (down from $49.99), and $99.99 for every 10TB if you need some truly huge storage, up to 30TB at $299.99. If you're not looking to pay out for storage, the free allocation currently sits at 15GB.
Back in 2012, Google Drive limited you to 5GB of free storage, and the maximum plan was 16TB for $799.99 per month. As Google puts it, even just a single terabyte is "enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things."
If you already paid for Google Drive, you've already been bumped to the more affordable options. And if you're just signing up, be sure to allow yourself enough time to upload those images—stashing your terabyte of backups online might take a few days to sort out!
Finally matches Google's search by image
Microsoft's search engine Bing has rolled out a new feature called Image Match, catching up to what Google rolled out two years ago with its Search By Image tool. As with the Google version, the Bing Image Match button pops up when you image search for a subject, and will show you results of the same image, but at multiple different sizes from around the web.
If you already have an image, and want to track down its source (or see where else online it's being used), you can also use Image Match by pasting in a specific image URL, or else uploading a file from your computer.
If you haven't encountered the Google version of this trick (sometimes also known as "reverse image search"), it's actually extremely useful. Photographers can use it to quickly see if their photos are being shared anywhere they're not aware of; or you can use it to track down more information about an image that you found, if you don't know the original provenance.
However, one area Google still does differently is that Seach By Image won't just bring up multiple instances of the same image, but will also show you other, visually similar photos, too.
So if you've ever wondered where that one image that's been sitting on your hard drive for the last five years actually came from, throw on Bing Image Match, and maybe you'll find out. If not, you could always try Google and TinEye, too.
In a court case bound to have far-reaching implications for U.S.-based photographers looking to use drones or other model aircraft for commercial shoots, National Transportation Safety Board Judge Patrick G. Geraghty has struck down an FAA suit against a photographer for his 'reckless' use of a drone. Model aircraft aficionados and photographers alike have reason to celebrate this ruling, though naturally the FAA has announced a decision to appeal. Learn more