Sony Gave An Octopus At A New Zealand Aquarium A Camera; Trains It To Photograph Tourists

Rambo firing the red shutter release with a tentacle.

Rambo firing the red shutter release with a tentacle.

Octopuses are pretty wondrous animals with all those legs and insanely astute critical thinking skills. It’s actually not surprising at all an animal trainer working at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photos. In fact, it only took “Rambo” the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.

Now, Rambo charges a cool $2 for a visitor to her tank to sit for a portrait taken by the octographer. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses. But, if you’re looking to have Rambo take your photo, be sure to check her hours first, as the aquarium says she’s on a light work schedule. [Read more…]

Gorgeous Aerial Drone Photos That Would Be Totally Illegal Today

Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona.

Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona.

 

Drones are more popular than ever and have become rather mainstream as a photography tool, hobby or gadget.

Their popularity however led to restrictive laws and regulations due to privacy concerns, commercial rights and plain and simple dumb operating practices (a drunk pilot flying over the White House comes to mind…).

“Between the introduction of drone technology, and today’s laws limiting or banning their use, there was a glorious period when you could fly a camera almost anywhere”, says Amos Chapple, a Kiwi travel photographer who took these photos.

Below are some of Amos’ stunning photos that could land you a hefty fine or even jail time, should you attempt to take them today.

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An Open Letter to People Who Write Open Letters

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Sometimes we get stuck in the mire of our own making. Thank goodness we can find a pump around to dredge us out of the muck.

Last week an open letter dispute erupted on social media. That could be said of just about any week on social media, but this time it was about a photographer and a band who wanted to use a photograph.

I found myself intrigued but after reading both letters I felt more confused and chagrined at the situation than angry. It was a minor tempest in a teapot… one of those very small kids teapots because, let’s face it, not too many people even care about such things as this.

The photographer fired off a note after being contacted by the band for the free use of an image in a book they were doing.

Enter fireworks.

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In My Bag Lets You Search Gear By Photographers (Or Photographers By Gear)

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We have said it time and again, the gear in your bag will not make you a better photographer. But admit it, it is always intriguing to peek in the toolbox of awesome photographers.

Online magazine In My Bag give you just this, the ability to look for photographers you like and peek in their bags.

The idea is to narrow down your interests and do a drill down to a photographer (or photographers) you like. You get a bit of information about them, their social media info, short philosophy and some of their best imagery and, for the real GAS inflicted photographers, peek at their bag.

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Learn How to Instantly Remove Color Casts in Photoshop

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Color casts are quite possibly one of the most annoying and frustrating issues photographers encounter during post processing, but unfortunately sometimes they cannot be avoided. In other cases photographers simply do not know how to correct this issue in camera.

Often caused by certain types of light or filters, color casts can be a royal pain in the butt to remove and many try and fail to successfully do so.

Enter Jimmy McIntyre’s latest video tutorial where he shows how to remove color casts with the click of a button.

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Quick DIY Tips To Boost Your Props And Set Building Game While Working On A Budget

Okay, we know you’ve been hungry for some DIY projects, and while this clip is geared towards the video crowd, there’s still a lot of useful ideas that can be incorporated into a still photography project, too. The guys over at Film Riot came up with these DIY props and set decorations for their short film, U.F.Oh Yeah. Staying true to form, they delivered with a great clip to show you how to replicate some of their prop hacks.

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Adobe Adds Morph Cut And Lumetri Color Panel to Premiere, Making Editors Lives Easier

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The next round of updates to Adobe’s Creative cloud for video should be pretty exciting for anyone who is heavy on video editing. Adobe is adding two tools for video editing and color grading that should really streamline the video workflow. They are called Morph Cut and Lumetri Color Panel.

The first one is Morph Cut. This one is aimed at helping you remove all those ‘aa’ and ‘emmm…” from a clip. Morph cut is a transition effect that once applied on a jump cut, it smooths out the jump in the speech and makes it look like a continuous talk. (I just wish thy used it on the voice over….)

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Canon Is All Over 4K; Announces Two Camcorders, a Monitor and a Proprietary Video Format

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Earlier today Canon officially announced the XC10 – a compact, fixed-lens 4K video and digital stills camera, targeting aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. The camera is a first step towards upgrading to one of the high-end EOS Cinema cameras.

Alongside the XC10 Canon also revealed the professional EOS C300 Mark II cinema camera, with impressive 4K capabilities and a dynamic range of up to 15 stops.

Not stopping just camcorders, the company has also developed its own video format targeting 4K professional camcorders and unveiled a new 24-inch 4K reference display.

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Stop Working For Free: Pat Pope’s Final Word on His Open Letter to Garbage

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Please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Pat Pope and I’m addicted to reading negative comments and abuse hurled at me on the internet. For the sake of my own sanity, this is me going cold turkey.

Last week I made the mistake of writing one of those Open Letters you hear about. I wrote it in response to a request from Garbage’s management company that they’d like my permission to use a photo that I took and I own in a book they intend to publish and sell for money. But they’d like to not pay me. Since it went out on the internet it’s caused a huge debate, and within that debate I’ve been called a “whiney weener”, a “shitty douchebag”, and an “egomaniac”, and I’ve been encouraged to “watch your back” because “we will find you”. I found it quite hard to read those comments, not least because I’m English and I’m not sure what two of them actually mean.  For the sake of balance, I’ve also been described as an “internet warrior” and someone who is “standing up for the little guy”, so it wasn’t all terrifying, some of it was just a bit mad. But I need to get back to my life now, so I’m turning it all off. This is my final and only comment on the whole debacle, and I just want to use it to clear up some misconceptions.

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More Drones: DJI Announces The Phantom 3 Drone

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If I had to pick one topic that I get pitched about the most with regards to NAB, it will have to be DRONES. With a Capital D. And it does seem that they will be a hot topic during 2015.

One of the first birds to arrive is the new DJI Phantom 3 announced today from Chinese company DJI.

Unlike their GoPro line, this Drone from DJI comes with its own integrated camera. There are two versions to this new drone: The Professional version showing off golden stripes, which shoot up to 4K at 30 fps, and an Advanced version (silver striped) that shoots at 1920 x 1080 resolution at up to 60 fps.

The price tag of both will not make you drop, and range between $999 (advanced) to $1,259 (pro).

Features wise, it seems like this drone is a natural evolution from the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ with a similar 3 axis integrated gimbal.

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