Photographing Rock N Roll’s Biggest Stars – 36 Years Of Shooting Austin City Limits

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Austin, Texas based photographer, Scott Newton, has many aspiring music photographers dream gig. For the past 36 years, Newton has been the photographer for Austin City Limits (ACL), a well known music series that hosts popular musicians for special one-off live TV performances. As ACL photographer, Newton has put together an expansive portrait collection of stars such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Coldplay , Dave Matthews Band, and more.

Back in 1979, the first year of Newton shot for ACL, he was limited to shooting only two rolls of black and white film per show. Those earlier images were used for promotional shots in newspapers, so “You couldn’t get too fancy,” Newton told the Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. Newton now revels in artistic freedom and digital photography, taking upwards of 2000 photos per show for ACL’s website. [Read more...]

Canon Unveils… Self Promotion Site, Disappointing Millions Around The Globe

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Two days ago Canon started a 48 hour countdown under the domain seeimpossible.usa.canon.com, hinting on a something new and big technology (and as much as I hate to sar game changer, there have been talks about that as well).

Canon signed the message with “AT CANON, WE SEE IMPOSSIBLE”.  Previous similar announcements have been quite a disappointment with Canon starting a contest or releasing a camera bag. We were hoping to see something big this time as Canon also invested in a full page ad in the New York Times.

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Adobe Rolls Out Creative Cloud 2014.2 Updates at AdobeMAX; Photoshop Gets New “Layer Inspector” Workspace

As expected, mobile and touch capabilities were the star of the show at Adobe’s Keynote this morning. The majority of the presentation revolved around product demos of their mobile apps, some of which are new as of today. Photoshop Mix, a mobile app that caters to non-destructive photo editing on the go, looks surprisingly strong for composite photography, and is now available on iPhone (iOS7 or greater).  All of the mobile apps are deeply integrated into their desktop versions thanks to Adobe’s Creative Profile, which makes all your projects accessible throughout all your Adobe programs, mobile or desktop.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

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Adobe Keynote Teaser; Adobe Unveils New Mobile Editing Apps, Optimizes Photoshop And Lightroom For Touchscreen Use

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In just a few hours, Adobe will deliver it’s keynote address at the company’s annual MAX conference where they are expected to announce a host of updates to their existing line up of image and video editing software. As they continue to push their mobile editing services, Adobe hopes the star of the show will be their slew of all new and/or updated mobile editing apps, including the release of Photoshop Sketch and a new mobile video editing app, Premier Clip.

Adobe is poising themselves to grab the mobile editing industry by the horns, as they have also optimized the user interfaces of their desktop applications for mobile and touch devices. Users of popular editing programs like Photoshop can expect to see some changes in the visual aspects of the program, like bigger buttons and a new “Libraries” palette….

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Homestar Runner Returns With Ridiculous Rap Video Parody Paying Homage To Fisheye Lenses

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Fans of the cult classic internet cartoon, Homestar Runner were delighted to discover the creators have posted a new episode after having been on a long hiatus. The cartoon, known for its pure randomness and quirky flash animation, held true to its roots, this time with a hilarious rap video parody that pokes fun at over used fisheye shots.

The video is part “tutorial” with verses like “Put the camera on the ground and aim it up // make my kicks look huge and my crew look tough” and partially “behind the scenes” footage that will have you nodding and rapping along with the Strongbad posse…”Once you use the fisheye you just can’t stop // it used to be expensive, but then the price dropped.” [Read more...]

Camera51 App Claim They Crammed All Compositional Info Into An App That Tell You How To Shoot

I was wondering when something like this will pop up. An app that not only shares information about photography, but also tells you how to shoot. Camera51 is just that. An app that tells you how to shoot to get better photos.

I am really not sure what I think about this kind of technology, on one hand smartphone photographers do sometimes spray and pray, but on the other, I am not sure I am comfortable with the idea of letting an app telling me how to shoot.

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The Camera That Holds The Title Of Most Used On Flickr Might Surprise You

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The Canon Rebel T3i is the first dedicated camera to show up on the list. (Photo: Canon T3i by Andy Malmin)

In fact, the cameras that hold the title of not only the most used, but also the second, third, and fourth most used cameras on the popular photo sharing website might grab your attention. Chris Gampat from The Phoblographer, did some researching on the matter recently and discovered that the usual suspects from Canon or Nikon don’t even make the list until the 5th place slot. Do you know which camera model holds all the glory? If you guessed Apple, pat yourself on the back. The iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 4 round out the top four, respectively, while Canon finally makes it on to the board with their Rebel T3i claiming fifth. [Read more...]

Someone Put A GoPro In An Owl’s Nest; Owlets Give It An Adorably Thorough Investigation

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We’re all getting a little anxious to get our hands on a the new GoPro 4, so, while you’re waiting, here is another installment of adorable animal footage captured with a GoPro to serve as a little inspiration. This time the team over at AS Goprod helps us get acqauntaied with a curious owl and her nest of fledglings that are impossibly adorable. The clever photographer must have noticed the owls nest and secured a GoPro onto the branch directly in front of the nest. (Note to self: put GoPro in front of owls nest.) 

The footage the photographer was able capture of the highly inquisitive birds is perfect beyond words, take a look:

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GoPro Hero 4 Models To Get 4k Video Capability At 30fps And Touch Screen LCD

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After a thread on Reddit exploded with rumors regarding the forthcoming (and highly anticipated) GoPro 4, news about the details of the action camera began seeming more and more reliable. The Reddit thread is now reporting that Michael Zhang says he can confirm the rumors in a post he wrote over on PetaPixel.

It looks like GoPro has been listening to it’s consumers as they have added several important upgrades including the ability to record 4k video at 30 fps. (Previous versions could only recocrd 4k at 15 fps). However, only the GoPro Hero 4 Black will feature the 4k at 30fps upgrade. Instead of higher frame rates at 4k, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver will get a new touch screen LCD to help take the guesswork out of farming shots. Unfortunately, according to Zhang, the touch screen will not be available on the Hero 4 Black edition.
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Evolution Of The iPhone Camera: Comparing The iPhone 6 To All Of Its Predecessors

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Starting with the original iPhone (left) and working all the way through to the new iPhone 6 (right).

Now that the iPhone 6 has been released, we’ve been seeing a lot of comparison and review posts on the device’s camera. But, this comparison by photographer, Lisa Bettany, might be the most interesting one I’ve come across. Bettany took the new iPhone 6 and put it through multiple camera tests right alongside every other iPhone model that has been released. That’s 8 generations of iPhone cameras to work with!

The side by side image comparisons of each of the iPhones shows a telling story on how Apple has been working to continually further the technology behind the device’s tiny sensor. Of course, there’s still room for improvement (you could always try one of these), but it’s still interesting to be able to see how the iPhone has evolved over the past 7 years. [Read more...]