Brain Scan Shows How 14 People Would Like To be Photoshopped To Perfection

 

How would like to be photoshopped given the opportunity to give your face what your heart desires. Note that your heart and your head do not always desire the same thing.

This is exactly the question that photographer and psychologist  Scott Chasserot was out to find out by combining Photography, Photoshop and Brain Scans. He dubbed the project Original Ideal.

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Watch: Jackie Chan Trashes A Studio To Fight Off ‘The Bad Guys’

I’ll admit, I love a good Jackie Chan movie. I think he is one of the only artists who can make Kung-Fu funny and painful at the same time.

One of Chan’s fighting trademarks is his ability to use everything and anything around him as combat tools and studio gear is no exception.

In this epic fight sequence from Armour of God: Chinese Zodiac Chan is running away into a studio while fending of a full gang of ‘bad guys’. The scene ends with the mandatory selfie. (Weirdly that studio uses light stands as tripods, but we will this one go…).

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Want a Natural Density Filter – Best Buy Has them On Stock

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If we had a breaking news section, this would probably be breaking news. Best Buy just introduced a new family of filters - “Natural Density Filters“. You can get them right here.

So, this is obviously a typo (confused with Neutral Density Filters) and thing will resume to normal as soon as the Department Of Web Sites Categories gets their hands on this and makes a fix. (Hopefully, they will not have to throw all their stock of Natural Density Filters and replace them with Neutral Density Filters as throwing away so much stock can be quite expensive.

/end irony

[Natural Density Filters | Best Buy. Thanks for the tip Simon]

P.S. If Best Buy says that they don’t carry this kind of filter, just point them to this screen grab.

This Water Weight Bagel Is The Evolution Of Sand Bags

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With the advance of photography we are seeing smarter lighting, smarter tripods and smarter light stands (to the extent of having them voice activated), but one thing I thought that could not be evolved is the sand bag. Guess I was wrong.

The folks from Inspired Photo Gear just came up with a nifty new invention simply called the WaterWeight, but to make the concept clearer I suggest calling it the Bagel Water Weight. There are two new things that the bag brings to the table (or on location) – when closed it is incredibly small – maybe about an iPhone 5c big and only 7 grams heavier (139g vs 132g). This means that you can pack two of those when going on a shoot and they don’t really take any space in the bag.

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How I Shot it: Hairmake & Blue Dots Body Art Photoshoot

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This is a project of my hairmake friends we did together some time ago, I have another article from the same project, too I bet you’ve seen it, but here is the article for it too. It’s been really hard work putting all the blue stamps on both the model’s face and the background, but definitely worth it, as I really love that set of images! I’m using a 2 lights setup,which I’ll write about below! finally, it has a bit of style to it, either you love it or you don’t!

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You Don’t Need A Selfie Stick To Take A Selfie In Space

Living on the ISS has it perks (like putting a Gopro in a Bubble, or capturing amazing timelapses), but one of the more underestimates benefits the lack of need for Selfie Sticks. You see, when the gravity is not pulling the camera down you can just place it in space, it has nowhere to fall to.

If you don’t believe me check this footage from ISS test pilot Oleg Artemyev.

The lesson of the day is that even Cosmonauts chimp.

P.S. Next step: hovering VALs

An Insane Rig Of 50 EOS1DX DSLRs Captures Really Expensive Bullet Time Photos

We have covered quite a bit of bullet time rigs but even the really high-end ones usually use an array of GoPros which are not the cheapest way to get a good bullet time shot but is it manageable.

A collaboration between Swiss TV station and Swiss Canon upped the game by making a bullet time rig with 50 Canon EOS 1DX DSLRs (yes that’s a 5 followed by a zero). A single one of those bodies is about $6,800 so it totals up to roughly $340,000. Oh yea, they needed lenses too. Weapon of choice was Canon’s top notch 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Those roughly cost $2,100 a lens. So we are looking at an additional $105,000 of lenses, bringing the total (with some memory cards, cables and 50 bubble levels) to just about half a million Dollar’s worth of gear.

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DIY: Use A Camera To Make Water Flow Backwards (With No Software)

Interesting things happen when you combine makering with photography. Take this project by science channel brusspup for example. He has a neat way of making water flow in some weird ways, with the topping on the icecream being making them flow backwards.

So, how does it work?

The first part is tone generator. Brusspup is using a homemade device for that, but you can use an online tone generator. Tones are generated at 24Hz (that is 24 peaks a second). Those tones are fed to a hose via a speaker. Now the hose is generating a waveform, but we can’t see it because it is constantly changing.

The second part is the camera, which runs at 24 frames per second. You can think of a 24 FPS camera as a stroboscopic device that takes 24 images a second and freezes them.

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This Is A Good Time To Buy Nikon (D610 At $1,600, Optional Savings Of Up To $800)

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Nikon is trying to be the first horse in the race to cross the line and lock your holidays presents with an impressive discount program. Of course Nikon is not just begin generous for the sake of generosity. They are hoping to get your holidays presents and end of year money. Luckily they are doing quite a good job.

The biggest news is the discount on the D610 @$1600 (or $2245 wit a kit lens, which is about $800 discount) and the D7100 @$945 (or $1,500 with both kit lenses which represents about $630 discount).

Here is the full list of available product. The link above directs you to B&Hs Nikon selector where you can choose a bundle and see the pricing/discount. Like any good thing, there is a time limit and the counter currently points at Nov 22nd. Following below is the full list of discounted gear. We expect Canon to throw a counter punch soon.

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Julian Richards Explains Why He Closed A Successful Photo Rep Agency: ‘Photographers are undergoing self-inflicted castration’

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There are many times we write about how the photography market is changing. How photographers are perceived to bringing less value to projects and how they are perceived to be worth their gear and nothing more. Heck, we posted an open letter about this today.

But while we have been mainly highlight the small business photographer, a recent interview by PDN reporter Amy Wolff with photographers’ rep Julian Richards sheds some light a similar process is happening at the very high end market as well.

Mr. Richards had a successful photo rep agency for over 20 years and at times his roster included photographers such as David Barry, Chris Buck, Michael McLaughlin, Dana Gallagher, Sian Kennedy, Greg Miller, James Smolka and Henrik Knudsen. A pretty impressive team. Yet, after 20 years he decided to quite. The interview is filled with painful insight from Mr. Richards.

The most striking thoughts comes when Mr. is asked about how the industry changed. (Bolding is mine)

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