Shared a Night-Time Photo Of The Eiffel Tower? You Are Breaking The Law

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One of the most iconic places to visit in France (and in Paris in particular) is the Eiffel tower. And while anyone is free to take its photos by day or night, sharing a photo of the light-show that the tower is engulfed in is pretty much infringing on the copyright of the show.

torrentfreak aims a spot light on this weird copyright situation by explaining that some architecture and some landmarks are copyrighted.

Actually, the Eiffel tower official website states this pretty clearly:

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Parachute Wraps Around Gopro, Skydiver Calmly Untangles It And Moves On

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A lot has been said about the dangers of skydiving with a camera attached to one’s helmet. The bonus of awesome footage comes with the risk of having a weird pong camera mount sticking out of your helmet. And while most of the time the camera will provide some sweet memories there are occasions where it can put you in a life threatening situation.

There is not much info about the footage below. But it clearly shows the dangers of using a GoPro Helmet Mount while skydiving. One of the divers had his bridle tangled in another diver’s GoPro camera (bridle is part of the parachute extraction mechanism).

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Astronauts Aboard The ISS Immerse A GoPro Into A Floating Sphere Of Water

nasa-goproThis is proof that astronauts are just the best. The team aboard the International Space Station decided to kill some time by releasing a large ball of water into the spacecraft and sticking a GoPro inside it. Because they are in space, the surface tension of the water caused it to take on a spherical shape, allowing enough room for the action camera to fit inside as it floated around in the cabin. There’s also some really cool footage of the astronauts attempting to handle the sphere. Their reaction to the experience is almost as fun to watch as the GoPro water ball itself.

As further proof that astraunts rule, NASA even filmed the entire thing in 3D for our ultimate viewing pleasure (so long as you have the appropriate 3D eyewear to make it work). But, even if you don’t have 3D glasses, the 2D version is pretty rad, too. Take a look at the awesome footage, below. It certainly puts a whole new perspective on underwater photography. [Read more...]

3D Printed Images Offer The Blind An Opportunity To Experience Photography

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The Touchable Memories project, which is being spearheaded by 3D printer manufacturer, Pirate 3D, is bringing photography into the lives of individuals who have either lost their eyesight or were born blind. Using the Buccaneer 3D printer, Pirate 3D are able to print dimensional photographs from the participants past, giving them a tangible way to revisit their memories.

You can watch a heartwarming video on the project (below) to witness the first time the participants were able to experience a 3D printed photograph, including the story of one man who was once again able to work as a director of photography on a film for the first time since losing his eyesight over eight years ago. [Read more...]

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?

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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.

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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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