Fail: Cameraman Crashes Segway; Knocks The World’s Fastest Man To The Ground

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He may be the world’s fastest man, but he’s no match for a segway riding photographer. After winning the 200 meter dash at the World Athletics Championships, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt was taking a celebratory barefooted stroll down the sidelines as he waved to the throng of cheering fans in the arena stands–it was a pretty standard series of events for the champion sprinter.

That is until this cameraman loses control of his segway and topples into an unsuspecting Bolt. It appears the cameraman was too distracted grabbing video footage to notice he was about to run into some railing. The photographer was bucked off the segway as it rolled into the back of Bolt’s legs, sending both men to ground. [Read more…]

How A 365 Day Project Helped Launch A Young Photographer’s Professional Career

857988_408400192587738_2059669835_oThree hundred sixty five day photography projects are tough. There’s got to be a high level of dedication and desire to improve. Time has to be made everyday to conceive an idea, take the actual photograph, edit, and post it in your journal. Birthdays, holidays, sick days–it doesn’t matter, there’s still a photograph to be made, no matter what. But, all of those things that make 365 projects seem so daunting, are a large part of what makes them so beneficial to one’s progress. And, when you’re as dedicated and talented as AlexStoddard, they can legitimately bring your photography game to the next level. [Read more…]

Instagram Unsquares, Will Allow Portrait and Landscape Photos – Kicks Off With #Starwars Exlusive

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For a long time now, Instagram signature look was a square photo with a filter applied. But users are not happy about this restriction. In fact Instagram reports that about 20% of their uploads have crop lines to allow an upload of a horizontal or a vertical photo.

So starting today, Instagram will allow uploading, embedding and filtering of horizontal and vertical photos.

This is somewhat problematic for Instagram as they are trading away one of their biggest distinctions with ease of use. So the press release kinda juggle between wanting to keep it square and wanting to allow more formats:

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Hasselblad Developed This Manual to Train Astronauts How To Take Photos in Space

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We’ve seen a lot from NASA over the years, from original space exploration photos to intriguing experiments to some of the most incredible time-lapse footage you will ever watch.  Heck, we’ve even witnessed a moon landing Hasselblad go for three quarters of a million dollars!  But, we’re talking mere rocket scientists here, not esteemed photographers with an art school education.  So how does one go about training an under-qualified PhD to snap photos while on a road trip around the globe at 17,500 miles an hour?

Intent on proving that anyone can learn to take a picture, Hasselblad, presumably at the behest of the United States government, developed a comprehensive training manual for astronauts.  From specific instructions on operating the Hasselblad cameras to basic photography principles, astronauts were put through a crash course before going into space.  Here’s a look at the manual…

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Canon Announces EF 35mm F1.4L II with Improved Optics and Chromatic Aberration Control

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Canon has just announced the upcoming release of the EF 35mm F1.4L II USM, an upgraded version of the wide-angle, L-series prime lens.  Boasting features such as 14 optical elements and an improved water-resistant housing, the lens is also the first in the world to implement Canon’s new Blue Spectrum Refractive technology, significantly reducing chromatic aberrations in-camera.

“The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light,” states Canon’s press release, “which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance.”  The BR technology essentially takes light from the blue wavelength spectrum, which has proven difficult to properly refract, works to better refract the light to a single focal point.

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Why I’m Not Ditching My DSLR for a Sony A7R II

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Before I even start this article, we need to add a disclaimer – if you love charts and graphs and full resolution comparisons, or if you have a visceral emotional attachment to your gear and/or need validation for your purchase decisions from the internet – you might want to move on to the next post.

However, if you are willing to have a rational discussion on why it might not be the best idea to ditch your current DSLR for a shiny new Sony A7R II, please continue reading!

The release of the Sony AR7 II has generated quite a bit of excitement in the photography community (to say the least).

And for good reason, looking at the specs, its a beast of a camera – everything you could possibly want.

However, in this article I am going to explain why I am not switching to a Sony A7R II (or a Fuji X-T1 either for that matter) any time soon.

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Everything Photographers Need To Know About Color Space & How It Can Impact Your Prints

 

color-spectrumRoy G Biv–quick show of hands if you’re familiar with the term. Even if it doesn’t ring a bell at first glance, once you realize you’re looking at a mnemonic and not some random guy’s name, it starts getting a little more obvious: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Yes, those are the colors of the rainbow, but more importantly they’re also the referred to as the visible electromagnetic spectrum.  [Read more…]

QuickRelease One Wants To Rid You Off The Chaos Of Competing Quick Release Plates Standards

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If you use any gear that connects to a camera via a plate in your workflow (Tripod, Jib, Gimbal, SteadyCam, Slider, …) you will recognize this pain right away. Your Tripod may work with a Manfrotto square plate while your Jib works with an ArcaSwiss plate and your video head takes that weird Manfrotto Penta-plate. Getting the right plate for the right gear is a mess, and it means that you need to change plates on your camera every so-often.

There has been some good attempts at fixing this (The C-SLR M-Plate is one of the better ones that we have had the pleasure of testing), we have yet to see an accessory that is compatible with ALL plate systems.

Enter QuickRelease One from Edelkrone.

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Incredibly, Model Holds Breath for 4 Minutes to Shoot Underwater Video in a Single Take

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Holding my breathe for even a minute is a difficult task, let alone for four minutes straight.  And I can’t say that I’ve ever been tied up and sunk to the bottom of a pool.  But, for free diver Marina Kazakova, it’s all in a days work.

Lydia is a song about a failed relationship,” says Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect, “and how it can be kind of tragic sometimes when two people’s life choices lead them in different directions but their love is still there.”  Apparently, drowning a woman was the best way to communicate that (said in all jest).

The incredible music video, brought to life by Pier Pictures, was shot a single 4-minute underwater take, during which Marina held her breath the entire time.  Now we get a look behind the scenes of how this inspiring film was created.

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The Evolution of Magazine Covers

Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra take a look at how we’ve changed in the past 100 years

Cosmopolitan

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Cosmopolitan covers started out with women dressed conservatively. Then they started showing some skin. Then more skin. Finally, they started posing in sexy positions.

As women have earned more rights throughout the years, they’ve also earned the right to wear whatever they damn well please. Or maybe that just sells more magazines?

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