About Patents, Design Patents and DIY Mockups


There is a thread on r/photography noting that posts were taken down from DIYP, FStoppers and Petapixel. The thread tells that a letter was sent to Petapixel (which PP shared) asking them to take a post down.  Here at DIYP we got a similar letter.

I can assume that Josh (who is the author of the article) and Fstoppers got similar letters. I mean, why send a letter to only one of the places where certain info is published, right?

The main concern or anger can we the fact that the post was taken down and that DIY info should be with the masses, I mean, no one that has the time (and probably not the money) to make a product would buy it, right? That’s what I think too. This brings us to the issue of…

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[NSFW] Obscuro Is An Hauntingly Beautiful Nude Series Taken In A Dark Pool


Some photos can only be made once a complicated array of elements come together. Such is Obscuro by Steve Richard (previously).

Obscuro is a series of photos of nude dancers and models shot while wrapped in delicate fabrics. Oh yea, it is also shot in a top down view underwater.

Steve Richard has been taking photos for this series for over 15 years and the technical nature of those photos yields quite a few challenges:

(The photos and video after the jump contains artistic nude)

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Yongnuo Extends Their Lens Line with A 35mm f/2 Lens


When Yongnuo launched their nifty fifty, we knew it was likely that they will extend their lens line and start making more lenses. If you are making clone-ware it only makes sense that once you have the means to produce a product you will want to utilize those capabilities to create more similar product.

And so, Yongnuo  now announced their 35mm f/2 Lens, which looks incredibly similar to Canon’s 25 years old EF 35mm f/2 lens. (Canon since upgraded to a newer Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens)

While initial reports on Yongnuo’s nifty fifty were not that promising, we would love to see a comparison between those two lenses.

As for the striking resemblance to Canon’s Lens, aside from the fact that the Yongnuo lens has 7 blades rather than 5 (a difference we have seen in their nifty-fifty as well), the lenses bare striking resembles.

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Pentax Unveils The Pentax K-3 II Declaring It To Be The Sharpest APC To Date


Ricoh just announced the Pentax K-3 II. The camera is the successor to the popular Pentax K-3. The camera has some similarities to the prior K-3 and some new features.

The K-3 II has the same magnesium alloy casing, metal chassis as the K3, and a sensor featuring 24.35 effective megapixels.

As far as focus is concerned the camera has a 27-point AF system and it can shoot up to approximately 8.3 frames per second.

One of the raved additions to the camera is an improved 4.5EV stop shake reduction system. Ricoh claims that it will be the sharpest APC to date and also included a selectable anti-aliasing filter, which can be turned on or off to either garner the highest resolution and sharpness possible or provide enhanced protection against moiré.

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Watch How Cameras Change Over Time In These Morphing Animated GIFs


Cameras have changed over the years. Design consideration, ergonomics and improving electronics (not to mention the move from film to digital) left a mark of cameras form factor.

The folks at ebay deals takes us for a time trip watching how cameras evolved over time in a trippy series of morphing GIFs. Pentax is at the top the following cameras are shown below: Polaroid, Olympus, Leica, Fuji and Canon.

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Spiffy Gear Announces Studio Strobe Add On To Its Light Blaster System


We are big fans of Spiffy Gear’s Light Blaster and have seen quite a few creative uses of it over the time. From jewels photography & commercial work through light graffiti , and even a wedding proposal. But studio shooters were always complaining about the need to use hot shoe Strobes with the system.

Today, the Light Blaster gets a new add on – a Universal Studio Strobe Adapter:

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Photographer Calls For Selfie Stick Free Weddings, Gets Massive Approval, Has To Take The Post Down


Many photographers don’t appreciate the fact that wedding guests use their camera and smartphone to take photos during a wedding. This is mostly because those many times interfere with the work of the photographer.

The post below surfaced on facebook and was massively shared gaining around 4,000 shares and 5,500 likes in the course of three days:

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