Quick Tip: Photographing a Reluctant Subject? Shoot From The Hip (Or From The Ear)

This has happened to me countless times and I wish I knew this tip back in the days when I was starting out. James Madelin (the ‘Orbis‘ guy) and Matt Granger (Get You Gear Out) just shared this incredibly simple, but useful tip on shooting shy people.

James’s tip shares a tip from his photojournalism days where he had to shoot people that didn’t really want to be photographed. His first tip is to shoot from the hip (which is kinda common knowledge), but it was his second tip that threw me off. Shooting people with the camera set against your ear while talking to them. They see the camera, they hear the clicks, they know they are being photographed, but somehow the fact that the glass is not standing between you and them makes them easier about the whole experience. The benefit of shooting from the ear over shooting from the heap is that you are shooting at eye-level and that you engage with your subject.

Now, of course, I would not recommend this for anything but photojournalism, as it may raise privacy issues, or start a small riot, but if you must get a frame for a paper, this could save your day.

[Photographing a reluctant subject | Matt Granger, James Madelin]

Autonomous Quadcopters Used For The Most Wonderful Choreography

Usually when we features drones (or quadchopters, or UAVs) we share on how they invade privacy, crash on private property or cause violent misunderstandings. But today we stumbled upon this wonderful piece by ETH Zurich of Cirque du Soleil, that would not have been possible if it weren’t for drones. So with my sincere apology, here is a tribute to how wonderful drones can be.

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An Optical Illusion That Turns Celebrities Photos Into Monsters (But Only In Your Mind)

Take a minute to watch the video above. Focus on the middle cross. Now watch it again and focus on either on the sides.

We have grown and were taught that celebrity headshots represent the ultimate beauty. And they usually do. But not always. An optical illusion called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.

But…. It turns out that if you place two faces (attractive as they may be) next to each other and flash them rapidly, both faces features become exaggerated. While this is a relatively new find, Matthew B. Thompson explains some of its aspects:

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Canon 7D Mark II Announced: 20.2MP, 1080p/60 Video, Native ISO 16000 And 3 Lenses

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We knew it was coming and there you have it. Just one day ahead of Photkina and Canon announces the Canon 7D Mark II. While there are no big surprises, there is an interesting spec to go through:. But first the good news: The camera is planned to be be available for purchase in November for $1800 (though it is available for pre orders now).

As far as new stuff, Canon did not do much on the body, a bit smaller and a bit heavier than the mk1, but all the buttons just about remained the same. The internals however are completely renovated:

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[At Your Own Risk] How To Convert An EOS 550D To Shoot In Infrared

Until the 20th century, “reality” was everything humans could touch, smell, see and hear. Since the initial publication of the chartered electromagnetic spectrum… humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see and hear is less than one millionth of reality.”  Foreword by Niles Davis.

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Here at Destruction Of Cats Technologies, we bring you cutting edge innovations at the forefront of the photographic revFURlution with the aid of duct tape, cardboard and other salvageable treasures found in neglected trashcans in deserted alleyways.

3 years ago, in the alleyways of Bondi Beach, Stevender hacked into his camera against the wishes of his friends, family and ancestors to reveal a hidden spectrum invisible to mere mortals: Infrared.

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Samyang Adds A 12mm 1:2.8 Full Frame Lens To Their Line Of Wide Prime Lenses

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If the Zeiss Otus can be described as superb quality at a superb price, Samyang (known as Rokinon in the US) can be described as Good quality at a good price. This a reason that many choose those lenses as go to lenses when starting out and looking for decent quality primes and wide angles.

Today, Samyang announced the addition of a new lens to their arsenal: The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS. This is an Uber wide lens, with a 180˚ field of view on a full frame  sensor and a 118˚-124.6˚on APS-C.

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The Pinhole F Is A Pinhole Camera Based On The Legendary Diana F

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After building a beautiful Holga styled pinolga Ray Panduro set out to recreate other iconic cameras as pinhole cameras. His next inline was the Pinhole-F a recreation of the famous medium format Diana F.

Made entirely out of cardboard, glue and some black paint, the camera features a 40mm focal length and a f-stop of about f/150 which means it needs a tripod for almost every shot, as well as plenty of light.

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The Zeiss Otus 85/1.4 – A Lens Made For Portraits With Strong Wallet-Impact

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Looks like Zeiss engineers are finally allowed out of their basements after completing (and launching)  the Loxia lens line last week and releasing a new Otus today.  Just a few minutes ago, Zeiss announced the release of a new Otus family lens – the Otus 85mm f/1.4. This is the second high end Otus lens after the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55.

The lens, classified as a short telephoto, should be an optical marvel. According to the press release:

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