Famed photojournalist Steve McCurry was one of 80,000 people inside the Stade de France watching a France-Germany friendly on Friday, November 13th, 2015. Twenty minutes into the match, three suicide bombers detonated explosive vests just outside of the national stadium as one part of a string of ‘highly coordinated’ terrorist attacks across Paris, France.
Hasselblad was once known for its incredible lineup of medium format cameras. But at some point in the past decade the Swedish company has gained a terrible reputation for taking Sony cameras, wrapping them in unnecessary and over-priced façades and branding them as their own.
One such camera is the Hasselblad HV, a Sony A99 disguised in a gaudy form factor and packaged with a Hasselblad-branded Zeiss 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. Normally, this camera sells for $11,995, but now you can get this full frame DSLR for a mere $3495, a massive savings of $8,500. [Read more…]
Astrophotography is becoming more accessible than ever. Not only have manufacturers made cameras specifically designed with celestial photography in mind, they’ve also started work on built-in star tracking that will use sensor-shift technology to account for the movement of celestial bodies in the sky during a long exposure.
The internet and Photoshop are both amazing tools that have facilitated endless amounts of good deeds.
But as a Canadian Sikh by the name of Veerender Jubbal recently found out, they aren’t always used with the best intentions in mind.
A selfie Jubal posted online several months ago was photoshopped to make him look like a terrorist and was spread online presenting him as one of the terrorists responsible for the murderous Paris attacks.
Clearly a fake, the photo still went viral and was printed and shared by European news outlets.
A rather funny, and perhaps somewhat worrying, video shows an encounter between Dallas Police detectives and a camera crew that took place a couple of days ago.
As we’ve seen too often lately, police are quick on the scene once a drone is around and in this case they were making sure the team wasn’t flying the device near the airport.
That would all be perfectly fine, except the ‘drone’ in this case wasn’t flying anywhere, with our without the FAA’s approval.
If you’ve been infringed (and frankly, who wasn’t) there is a big difference on what you can do to the offending party, depending on your registration status. (Well, in the US, at least).
If your photo has been registered with the US copyright office you can claim statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work + recover the attorney fees. If your photo is unregistered, you would have to prove damage, so there is certainly an upside for registering your photos with the copyright office.
One of the more common ways was sending a CD over, but this is quite a hussle. A new lightroom plugin – imagerights – aims at integrating copyright registration into your lightroom workflow. (And everything that is integrated into a workflow works better).
The idea is that you can select photos right inside lightroom and send them over to registration with the copyright office. Each batch is limited to 500MB, but you can send as many or as little photos as you want.
Sometimes real stories go beyond anything we can imagine. And this one from Damn Interesting podcast certainly exceeds any fictionous photography tale one can conceive. It involves espionage, camera coffins, secret film formulas and faxing a photo of the moon.
During the cold war the US initiated a Project Genetrix a secret project executed to gather intel from the closed border USSR. Project Genetrix launched huge 200-foot-tall, 100-foot-wide helium balloons into the air around strategic locations in Europe where the wind was supposed to carry them over the USSR where they will take photos and eventually exit the USSR air space to be collected by a friendly plane, mid air and have the film sent to the US for the intelligence force to decipher. This may sound like a kids play nowadays (and it is), but back in ’56 we did not have no gopros.
What if I told you that the photo above is actually not a black and white photo, it is in full color and it is your brains which is limiting you from seeing it in all its glory? Of course this is not actually the case, this photo is black and white, but this trick can make you see it in full color and explain how human color perception works in the process. hit the jump and follow the instruction in the film.
Most people reading this are probably photographers or work closely to some, so I’m sure you’re all aware of just how obsessed photographers can be when it comes to the fine details.
Canon also knows this but to find out just how obsessed professionals photographers can be, they came up with a cool little experiment.
Three people were brought to analyze a photo and eye-tracking technology followed their eye movements, showing where they focused and for how long.
The participants, however, were not randomly selected. In order to allow a proper comparison Canon invited a non-photographer a photography student and the professional photographer who shot the image. The photographer happens to be Joel Grimes, but for the sake of matter it could be any pro photographer.
Watch the video below to hear their comments about the photo and see what interested each of the viewers.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking “Forced Perspective” is the Leaning Tower of Pisa being held to prevent it from falling, or holding the Eiffel Tower. Yea, kitschy, I know. But in the right hands, forced perspective can be a powerful tool.
Oscar Hudson directed this clip for Darwin Deez and the thing is a mastery of forced perspective. Each shot is made with a money note hiding part of Darwin’s face and having his mouth show. Here comes punch though, this is not done in after effects, but in camera as a practical effect. The secret? Shooting at F/22 for maximum depth of field and playing with subject to camera distances.