In 2006, Sarah Scurr was a still a student, studying abroad while working on a languages degree in Santiago. While on a visit to the nearby San Rafael Glacier, Scurr took the image you see above from the tour boat. Scurr had tucked the photo away until she moved to the UK several years later. Pleased with how her glacier photo came out, she entered into a contest hosted by The Telegraph. The photo made it into the final rounds and was considered by to be one of the top contenders. Scurr was pleased with the success of her image, but didn’t put much more thought into it as she carried about her life. [Read more…]
‘Working for free’ is a charged topic for creatives and for photographers specifically. One side of the discussion claims that getting your name out there, getting exposure and creating contacts and networking is worth working for free, while the other side says that no work should be unpaid and that ‘working for free’ is essentially the industry’s way of ripping photographers of their well deserved compensation, while devaluing the entire market for everyone.
It is interesting to see the take on this questions from some of the world’s high-profiles and now-successful photographers. Of course, they were not always high-profile and successful so they can share a view going from their early trying-to-get-out-there days all the way to their current state.
Over the last few years we have seen the industry going against too skinny, too Photoshopped and just plain too western beauty standards. For me it is always amazing to that the beauty standards that we hold as glorious today are actually pretty short lived.
The team at Buzzfeed produced a 3 minutes video going all the way from ancient Egypt till nowadays showing how beauty standards have changed. It was not alway about being thin. Actually during the renaissance skinny meant starving and the general concept of beauty was pretty full.
We’ve heard rumors that Nikon has been working on the D7200 as a follow up to the D7100 and D7000, models and if this report from DiaryOfDennis is accurate, it looks like the company will be announce the new model at next week’s CP+ Camera And Photo Show. NikonRumors also posted on the possibility of an official announcement. Both websites are citing the same source, Novocert.ru, a Russian website which has gathered documents and information regarding the reportedly forthcoming Nikon cameras. [Read more…]
Everyone likes free stuff and it’s an especially sweet deal when we’re getting free editing software. The nice people over at DxO are giving away all kinds of it until February 28th. Included in the freebie deal are their popular OpticsPro 8 and their ViewPoint 1 software. [Read more…]
By now you already know that Flashes don’t just pop for a fraction of a second. This fraction has a value and its value determines how well it will stop motion (say a splash of liquid). This time is called T.5 (and T.1) and they are explained here.
So every flash manufacturer shares their T.5, and as with many devices there is some variance. Matt Kane of vela.io recently built a device for testing the actual flash duration using an Arduino board and a cheapo diode. The reason for this was to test how the output from strobes (and the vela LED airgap) behave.
Interestingly LED strobes behave differently than Xenon strobes and their fall off patterns is different. They are also much faster (see title image).
No many know this but Google Earth had a bigger brother called Google Earth Pro and while the ‘lil sibling was free, getting the pro version was $400/year. No small change.
I guess there were not too many hoppers on that offer and now Google is releasing Google Earth Pro for free (right here). That is a steep $400/year (or 100%) drop making Pro available to everyone.
What can you do with the pro version? For starters, you can export bigger images, the regular version supported only 1000×1000px photos, while the pro version enables you to dump 4800×3200px photos which should be good enough for 4K resolution.
The pro version also enables to capture HD videos of the view you are seeing on screen.
(Pro also enables batch address import and better distance measuring, but I guess that only applies to traveling photographers).
The fact that Google Earth Pro is now free does not mean you do not have to get a key but you can easily get one on the form here.
The modified infrared cut filter will allow greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha, necessary when photographing diffuse nebulae.
Following Canon’s 20Da (2005) and 60Da (2012), this could be the first full frame DSLR optimized for astrophotography.
When most people think of photo walks, they probably imagine a small group of photographers casually strolling down the sidewalk snapping photos of random things along the way. Then there’s FlaskMob, a group of photographers, models, and artists who do photo walks a little bit differently. For example, the photo walk the group organized near downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, was complete with their own mobile DJ, fireworks, steel wool spinners, smoke bombs, and booze. The organizers were expecting approximately 300 participants to show up; however, as word spread via social media, that number quickly grew to about 2000.
Wedding season is just around the corner, so there’s no time like now to learn some new tricks and brush up on your existing skills. In this series produced by Profoto, wedding photographer veterans, Justin and Mary Marantz, take you on a walk through of 20 different weddings, explaining lighting setups, must-have shots, and walk through of showing you exactly how they photograph in different settings and locations. The videos were made over the course of year, so you get a wide range of scenarios to learn from.
Here’s a sampling of the videos from the collection along with a playlist at the bottom so you can watch all the episodes. [Read more…]