Canon Released an ISO Monster That Goes Up To 4,000,000 ISO

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The new Canon camera which goes by the boring name of ME20F-SH is capable of taking photos in almost complete darkness or in Canon’s words “delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux“. This is quite extraordinary and I would usually expect this kind of a low light monster from Sony, but looks like Canon is taking the low light game seriously now. And for a good reason.

The market for low light is a niche that is not yet fully tapped into. Aside the obvious surveillance usage, Canon suggests using the camera for cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries. This will definitely help you enjoy either your favorite animal or favorite Jersey shore Character in the middle of a moonless night.

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New Website Tells You If You Can Bring Your Selfie Stick

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Some days, the Internet makes being nice a challenging prospect, but we’ll give it a try here.  Selfies, many of which will be burned into our memories for a very long time, are a permanent part of modern culture.  I was rather humored (and simultaneously disturbed) to see selfie sticks being sold in the toy section of Walmart yesterday.  Targeting consumers when they’re young, I guess, is a way to ensure long-term profitability.

However, not every great destination permits devices such as selfie sticks to be used while visiting.  If you’re a self stick-toter, a new website may be your best friend.  The site canibringmyselfiestick.com takes inventory of numerous landmarks around the world and gives you a simple answer as to whether or not you are allowed to bring the accessory.

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Fotokite’s Quadconpter Is Not Legally A Drone, It’s A Tethered UAV

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So, the FAA (US), the CAA (UK), Transport Canada (Canada, duh) and countless others are taking a stand against drones restricting usage and allowed flying zones and conditions. Especially for commercial use.

This is where Zurich-based company – Perspective Robotics hopes to gain footage in an ever-crowded niche. Their UAV solution is somewhat different from the DJI’s and 3DR’s out there in the sense that it does not use a radio to control the UAV. Rather it is using a tethered cable to deliver power and control to the airborne half of the unit.

Fotokite claims that at least one Airspace regulator –  DGAC, the French airspace authority – exempted them from the Drone classification.

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Photographer Answers the Question, ‘What Would Chairs Look Like As People?’

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Many of us have often pondered the great question, “What would chairs look like if they were people?”  Okay, so perhaps not, but I appreciate those who think outside the box (with the exception of a classmate in high school whose way of thinking stood as a stumbling block in my mathematics career).

However, it was during a disappointing shoot that award-winning photographer Horia Manolache was inspired to ponder that very question.  What resulted was an intriguing and somewhat comical portrait series.

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Crowd Sourced Photo Project Delivers Window Views From Around The World

A window covering manufacturer, Somfy, just released an interesting crowd sourced photo project aptly titled, “A View From Here“. For the project, they tasked 27 photographers from around the globe with a rather simple set of instruction: take two photographs of the view from your window, (one in the morning and one in the evening) and tell us what you see and how it makes you feel. 

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How to Photograph the International Space Station. Every. Single. Time.

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Photograph of an ISS transit using Triggertrap Mobile taken by Aaron Harris

Photographing the International Space Station is no easy feat. It takes skill, a fair amount of planning, and a whole lot of patience. After years of planning, Aaron Harris has managed to perfect his method for capturing the ISS in transit. Aaron uses his Canon 7D with a Sigma 150-500mm, and of course his Triggertrap kit, to capture his stunning images. We got in touch with Aaron to find out how he captures his impressive ISS photos.

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Children Give Unfiltered Opinions On How Models Are Portrayed In Fashion Photography

kids vs fashion2Interested in photographing fashion and models? You may want to take a moment to watch the entertaining clip below. In the video, filmmaker, Yolanda Dominguez, sits down with a group of 8 year old children and shows them various photographs from recent fashion campaigns. As they describe their initial reactions to the images, you can’t help but laugh (mostly because they’re right). “There’s a girl taking a sh*t,” exclaims one of the children. “It is like she is poor…” and, “she needs a first aid kit to get healed,” are other examples.  [Read more…]

This Clever Strobe Case Transforms Into a Reflector

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Here is a clever idea. A Strobe case that turns into a reflector. There are many strobe soft reflectors out there, but none that double duties as a strobe case. The LP742 from LumoPro is a transformer of a case that doubles as either a full reflector (think Flash Bender) or a small flag (think speedstrap flag thingy).

The case is actually made from three parts: a velcro strap and a case with two reflective prats that zips into one piece.

When assembled, the case is a regular holster, but when the zipper opens, each of the two parts can be velcroed to a strobe on its black side (for flagging light) or on the reflective side (for extra reflection).

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