Watch: A GoPro Gets SLo-Mo Scorched In Flames During A Failed Rocket Test

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Copenhagen Suborbitals is the kind of project we like. They are a non-profit, DIY-driven, Arduino-powered project “working towards launching a human being into space, and bringing him safely back to earth“. This is interesting because most projects I know of only care about the getting to space part, and leave the safety back bit.

One of the development phases involves building a rocket engine. It would be a simple task, it is not rocket science after all…

Wait, it is rocket science. This is why every step is tested again and again to insure it is working. On August 20th, the team did a static test for their HEAT2X Engine (one that does not try to lift a rocket into air) and luckily had a GoPro 3 camera strategically placed right under the engine. The footage show an inferno on earth in 240 FPS.

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Is This Grizzly Bear Making A Bid For Wildlife Photographer Of The Year?

Photo by Jim Lawrence

Photo by Jim Lawrence

I’m still trying to decide if this would be a dream come true or a hair raising experience (or both?), but one thing is for certain it’s definitely a once in a lifetime moment. I caught up with Canadian based photographer Jim Lawrence, who was in the right place at the right time when this curious grizzly bear decided to have a closer look at the photographers Nikon D800. [Read more…]

Rapper ‘Presto Flo’ Falls Into Harbor During A Photoshoot

We’ve all seen A LOT of fail videos all over the web because it’s almost impossible to not see them and while they’re all entertaining to an extent, I haven’t quite seen any video that’s as hilarious as this one:

The person in this video supposedly is “Presto Flo”, a rapper from Florida who was shooting “Promotional Images” that day. Let’s just say I’ve seen shoots that went better than his… A small gust of wind and…. Better the ocean than a 100 meter dive down a cliff. According to the video description on YouTube he landed on an oyster bed and had to be taken to the emergency room.

We’re ending this with a PSA: watch whats on your back when you have your pictures taken

Photographer’s Image Gets Stolen For A Political Attack Ad

The Alaskan photographer Mark Osborne recently had not-so-nice surprise waiting for him in the mail: A political attack ad targeting his friend that’s running for the State of Alaska House Of Representatives, Dan Ortiz. The nasty thing about this ad was the image that was used: It was a screengrab from a video that Mark shot himself. Understandably upset about the unauthorized use of his image, Mark Osborne responded in the classiest manner possible:

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A Guide To Photographer’s Rights (And What To Do If You Get Arrested)

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Hopefully, none of you will ever actually be in a situation where this would be useful, but Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), sat down to make a quick, but helpful, informational video regarding the legal rights of photojournalists. In the video, which is a 3 minute long gem of a sound bite, Osterreicher, explains several different scenarios photographers working in public places often find themselves in and what they can do to prevent interactions with the police from escalating.

Given recent situations regarding the possible violations of photographer’s rights in Ferguson, Missouri and other demonstrations around the country, the video is certainly worth taking a look at. [Read more…]

No, You Can Not Patent “Sorting And Uploading Photos For Athletes To Download”

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A few weeks back we reported a weird patent lawsuitPhotoCrazy (owned by Peter Wolf), was suing a South Carolina event photography business, Capstone, for violating a few patents. without going into the technicalities of it Photocrazy claimed that “taking photos of an athlete at an event, sorting the images by the bib number wore by the athlete, and putting them a website” is their patent.

Sound like bull, right?

Right! And court backs it up.

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New Zealand’s Hobbit Safety Video Shows Everything Can Be Epic

When we think airline safety videos we usually think… Actually we don’t think, we black out because we know it is going to be as boring as watching paint dry.

Then on the other hand you have the Epic The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,which should come out by the end of the year. hmmmm…..

Air New Zealand meshed the two up to create the most Epic airline safety video ever.

Aside some epic landscapes, elves, Orcs, The Lord of the Eagles and some epic battles, the movie also features one Elijah Woods and a quick hello from Peter Jackson.

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These Camera Themed Ice Cubes Are A Perfect Fit To Photography Cocktails

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There are many way to show you love photography. but what happens when you put the camera down and just want a cold drink? Well, you can still have that strong photography connection with your camera by sipping your pop (or scotch) with camera shaped ice cubes made with the just-been-released camera themed ice cube tray – PhotoPhreezePhun™.

The set comes with a full set of camera related cavities that you can fill with water (or Jello?) and freeze – two cameras – a DSLR and a mirrorless, a lens and a hot shoe strobe. The press kit also shows the ice tray converted to chocolate cubes maker. I think the latter would be tastier :)

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Adobe Germany Sets Different Creative Cloud Pricing Based On Browsers

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A lot has been said about adobe’s move from the licencing model to the rental model which Adobe calls the creative cloud.

It started with adding a $9.99/ month photography package which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, but now we may be seeing the next step on the Adobe Creative Cloud pricing.

It turns out that browsing to Adobe’s creative cloud plans in Germany yields different pricing for different browsers.

If you visit the page in safari the photography package will be €9.99 and buying the entire CC bundle will be €49.99

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Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” To Be Reprinted For First Time Since 1952

Photo by Fabrizio Sciami

Photo by Fabrizio Sciami

Henri Cartier-Bresson fans will be excited to learn the famous street photographer’s classic book, The Decisive Moment, will be reprinted by none other than renowned  photo book printer Gerhard Steidl. The re-release comes over half a century after it’s original (and only) release in 1952. The original printing was for a run of 10,000 books, 7,000 of which were in English, the other 3,000 in French. Despite being received with high accolades and essentially launching Cartier-Bresson to the forefront of the photography world, The Decisive Moment sales figures were poor and the thought of a second printing was abandoned. [Read more…]