DIY – Film Canister Bag Address Tags

I’ve seen lots of used film canisters re-purposed as dangling bag accessories for sale in trendy parts of Hong-Kong. The idea is to drill or burn a small hole in the top of the plastic spool and fit a key-chain to that. I figured it would be a lot more useful to use the can to give a return contact address in case the bag is lost and found. What better way could there be than to use film?

DIY - Film Cannister Bag Address Tags

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Pros Vs. Joes – The Difference Between Amateur and Professional Photographers

There has been a lot of talk recently about what the difference is between amateur and professional photographers.

Comments by industry big shots, such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer who proclaim that there “is no such thing really as professional photographers” (well maybe not pro cat/flower/sunset photographers posting to Flickr anyway).

Or, when venerable institutions such as the Chicago Sun Times decide to lay off their entire photography staff – you do start to wonder – what exactly is the difference between amateur and professional photographers?

Professional Wedding Photographer

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How to Recreate the Demi Moore Vanity Fair Cover Pose

Naked and pregnant. That’s how movie star Demi Moore chose to pose for her 1991 Vanity Fair cover photo. The classic shot, captured by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, celebrated the natural glamour of the pregnant body and became the most famous maternity photo of all time, changing the landscape of portrait photography forever.

How to Recreate the Demi Moore Vanity Fair Cover Pose
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz @ Vanity Fair 1991

Award-winning portrait photographer Sue Bryce breaks this legendary pregnancy pose down into 9 easy steps [mildly NSFW]: [Read more...]

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Disassembling gadgets and photographing them arranged in a neat way is the new geek porn. Almost every new camera, iPhone, Galaxy and why do I need this gadget gets this treatment which usually results in a beautiful OCD-ish photograph. Here are a few samples by Todd Mclellan, Martin Kozák and Kelly Hofer.

But what about the old gadgets, the long forgotten ones, the dial phone, the original Sony Walkman?

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Photo editor Gabriel Menashe does just this. He gives those old gadgets a new life as photographs of neatly arranged dissembled components. The project is called Taking Apart. [Read more...]

Quench Your Photography Rumors Thirst With These 8+ Photo Rumors Sites

As with anything trendy, rumors are a big part of the photography industry. And as with anything that is a big part of anything nowadays, there are photography rumors sites for just about everything and anything in the world of photography.

Those sites share gear development news, industry statistics, brand specific deals and most importantly insider’s information.

Quench Your Photography Rumors Thirst With These 8+ Photo Rumors Sites

While some rumors fade away, a lot of them turn out to have a solid base and become main stream news once formally released.

Favorite quote of all sites: “This site is not affiliated with Canon/Nikon/Fuji/Sony/Olympus….”

If you want to know the future before it happens (at the risk of being totally wrong), here are the main sites that cover photography rumors. [Read more...]

Watch out Instagram! – An Analog Tale

The love story started spontaneously. I noticed it in the middle of a boring day – it was love at first sight. There were no special news events that day to photograph – no ultra-orthodox demonstrations or Palestinians throwing stones. I decided to visit the old flea market in Tel-Aviv, a vibrant place I always find fascinating and which I never get tired of photographing.

Watch out Instagram! - An Analog Tale

It was in one of those narrow side alleys that I suddenly noticed it – an old camera with a beautiful accordion neck. I stopped by the stand and carefully picked it up in my hands as if I was holding an old Chinese vase. I tried putting on an indifferent face, turned to the seller and asked the price. “150 shekels” was his answer. (That’s equivalent to about $42 as I write this.) “That’s really expensive”, I snorted, “I’m willing to give you 50 shekels for it”, I continued with the best apathetic voice I could generate. The seller, who probably sees a hundred bad traders like me every day, just nodded lightly, letting me know that I was wasting his time. I walked away, knowing I would be back to his stand soon enough, but I had to make it look as if I came back by chance. Five minutes later, I was back at the stand. “I’ll give you 100 shekels for it and that’s my final offer” I shrugged. “Sure, no problem – 150 shekels and it’s yours,” replied the seller without even looking at me. Needless to say, we closed the deal. [Read more...]

A Primer On The Math Behind F-Stops

Have you ever wondered why the aperture number skip in such a weird way? What does 1.4 has to do with 2? The video below by Dylan Bennett has a great primer on the relations between focal length, aperture and the amount of light hitting the sensor.

A Primer On The Math Behind F-Stops

My favorite part is the trick to remember aperture stops -> Start with 1.4 and 2. and then double the numbers for the next stop => 1.4, 2, 1.4×2=2.8, 2×2=4, 2.8×2=5.6, 4×2=8 and so on. [Read more...]

Fighting Content Thieves With Photos

Content theft is a major pain in the neck with almost every big blog. I have had this blog copied and pasted verbatim several times over the years and always used the good old DMCA method to fight off the thieves

Fighting Content Thieves With Photos

But photographer Neil van Niekerk (who runs the excellent Tangents photography blog) came up with a way more amusing way to fight of those content ripoffs using photos.

Basically he set up his server to serve a different set of photos to his readers and to the infringing site. Here is Neil’s description, which is kinda of an interesting tale: [Read more...]

Should Camera Makers Fear The Changing Market?

So…. the camera market boat is getting a pretty good shake up this last month, and while the changes may seem sporadic, here and there, I think there a big underlying scheme that is starting a paradigm change in the Camera industry (no, not 4/3 :).

Not a week ago Sigma announced a lens mount conversion service. This joins a new/old strobe from Phottix, the Mitros. Which was a Canon only Strobe until recently and now has a Nikon flavor (and Sony coming soon). I would say that it could be a 99.99% replacement to the Nikon/Canon flagships the SB910 and 600EX-RT.

Should Camera Makers Fear The Changing Market?

I think that those two independent events mark a transition in the camera industry and will force camera makers to rethink their strategies. Here is why: [Read more...]