Dear Groupon Man

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Dear Groupon Man,

I was surprised when you called this morning. And on my cell phone, no less. I was in the middle of a really hectic morning but I had a few minutes so I decided to take the call.

And before we go any further, I just want to say thank you for being super friendly. I could hear all the other Groupon people in the back on their phones and I have no doubt that my name was but one in a long list of names you had to call today, but still, you were upbeat and nice. And it did not go unnoticed, so thank you. Really.

You said that you were looking to feature a photographer in my area and wanted to offer me that opportunity. Yowzers! I got real excited, like I had won something, and then I remembered this was Groupon and you wanted me to advertise with you. So, I allowed you a little of your spiel because nobody likes to be cut off mid-sentence. And then when you paused, I said, in my sweetest voice:

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Which One Of These Party Animal Cameras Would You Invite Over To Your Place? [Humor]

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What could possibly be more fun than personifying inanimate objects? Especially when those objects are cameras. And not just any old Canon or Nikon DSLR, those are entirely too boring. Everyone knows those trendy mirrorless types have all the personality. They’re basically the reality TV stars of the camera world. Don’t believe me? Check out this humorous clip from The Camera Store, where they partake in a harmless little social experiment by inviting 6 different mirrorless models to a party (7 if you’re counting Samsung, that poor guy never gets any love).

The cheeky dialog between the cameras pokes fun at all the sterotypes and stigmas attached to each camera in the real world. Except for Samsung, a good time is had by all, especially the Sony a7r who convinces the Fuji X-T1 to go back to his place before the party is even over… [Read more…]

Heidi Levine is the Inaugural Winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Credit: Warrick Page

Credit: Warrick Page

The award, given by the International Women’s Media Foundation, was created in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while covering the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan.

Heidi Levine is an American freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem, who has covered the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Syria as well as the Israel-Lebanon war and several conflicts in the Gaza Strip. She has also worked in India, Jordan, Iraq, Sweden, Afghanistan and Georgia.

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How to Perfectly Capture Steam in Food Photography


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I normally hangout at a local coffee shop editing photos because it’s easier for me to concentrate (plus free electricity and air condition… not always easy to find those in the Philippines). On my last visit I saw a person holding a cup of steaming hot coffee and thought of this article. This will be a 2 part article on getting good steam shots for coffee shots or food photography.

We will be using ‘real hot water’ rather than photoshopping the smoke…

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Paul C. Buff, the Man Behind White Lightning, AlienBees and Einstein Flashes, Dies at Age 78.

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Buff, through a company carrying his name, has been creating studio flashes since 1981 when he introduced the game-changing White Lightning flash.

In 2001, realizing the potential of the digital photography revolution and the changing market, he started selling the smaller, cheaper and friendlier AlienBees Flashes.

His most recent flash unit, the Einstein E640, has also been a huge success and it used by amateurs and professionals alike.

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Phase One Releases Capture One 8.2; Available for Download

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The RAW converter now enables you to separately tone shadows, highlights and midtones via the improved 3-Way Color Balance tool.

The software’s extensive adjustment tools will benefit from an updated processing engine and the entire workflow is said to be faster and more stable.

Other new features include Dynamic Locations, high-res previews for 4k and 5k monitors and improved graphics.

The 8.2 update is free if you have a Capture One Pro 8 license, and available for a 30-day trial if you don’t.

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National Geographic Photographer Shows The Fascinating & Dangerous Life Of A Sherpa

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“Sherpa does not mean to carry something, it’s an ethnic group, not a job,” begins Aaron Huey. Huey, really needs no introduction, his work with National Geographic speaks for himself. On his latest adventure shooting for the magazine, Huey wanted to explore the life of the Sherpa–the ‘Unsung Heroes of Everest‘.

In this 14-minute long clip, Huey, expounds on his time spent with the Sherpas including some humorous vignettes, thoughtful insights, and a whole bunch of jaw dropping photos. [Read more…]

Instagram Releases Layout, an App Dedicated to Creating Collages

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Several third-party apps have been built in recent years in order to accommodate Instagrammers’ growing desire for grid collages and other forms of combined photos.

Hoping to offer its users an advanced yet simple solution, while eliminating the competition, Instagram decided to launch Layout as a standalone app.

The main advantage of the app seems to be that it presents you with several configurations based on the photos you selected from your camera roll, rather than having you choose a grid beforehand.

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Studio Binder Aims to Simplify the Chore of Coordinating Talent

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For a recent bridal photography fashion session, I had over thirty emails flying around between myself and my talent just to confirm availability, let everyone know what time to be there, where to go, and what to bring.

And that doesn’t include all the reminder and clarification text messages.

This was a a relatively simple shoot with just me, a model, makeup artist, video guy and location owner involved.

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I Know Nikon Needs to Boost Sales but This Seems a Bit Much

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A few weeks ago I mentioned Nikon’s latest financial results and its efforts to increase sales and diversify its revenue stream, but the latest product release appears to be somewhat of a desperate move.

No, Nikon didn’t announce the rumored 50MP camera or anything actually useful. The company’s latest release is a stainless steel hot shoe cover, with a big fat price tag for such a little, useless accessory.

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