This year’s CES has brought us some interesting news. Polaroid is one of the brands that launched a new product at CES 2017. After Snap and Snap Touch, they bring another instant camera that combines analog and digital technique. Only this one produces 3 x 4“ prints, unlike the previous two models which produce smaller, 2 x 3“ prints.
Kate Middleton has received a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. This information made many photographers angry. As soon as it was published, the news became a subject of mockery and criticism on social networks. The Duchess of Cambridge will likely be the first person to receive this honor without winning any of the society’s awards. What’s more, she has received the reward for her family snapshots and tour photos.
Human trafficking is undoubtedly a huge problem on a global level. There are many organizations trying to solve it, and now there’s an app that helps all of us join this fight. TraffickCam is an app that allows users to contribute to the database of hotel rooms all over the world. All you need to do is snap a few photos of the hotel rooms in which you stay on your travels.
But how does this help? Well, sex traffickers make their victims pose in the hotel rooms for advertisements. The database of hotel rooms can help investigators determine where exactly the photos were taken. This way they can track down the traffickers, arrest them and save the victims.
Good news for all adventurers comes from Fujifilm. They have announced new FinePix XP120, a rugged compact camera for all sorts of outdoor adventures. It has a 16.4MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 28-140mm Fujinon lens. The camera is waterproof to 65 feet (20 meters), shockproof to 5.7 feet (1.75 meters), freeze proof to 14°F (-10°C) and sealed against dust and sand.
There are plenty of reasons to start a 365 project. It can develop your creativity and push it further, help you find your style and learn something new. It helps you meet new people and get feedback on your photos. Also, it can serve as a diary when you look back on it some time after it’s done. However, this type of project and this approach may not work for some people. And I seem to be among them. I tried doing a 365 project and it didn’t really turn out as I expected. So I decided to share my thoughts on its negative sides.
Apart from being in love with photography, I am also completely enchanted by music. My photos are often inspired by music or song lyrics, and I love the way these two forms of art intertwine. Unfortunately, I can’t play any instrument, although I’ve tried. And I’m a terrible singer.
But, this made me think about people who are equally good at both these forms of art. So I started looking for musicians who are also photographers, and I made some fantastic discoveries. I made a list of ten awesome pop and rock musicians who are equally good at photography. Is your favorite musician among them?
I am a great fan of self-portraits. I am not the best photographer, but I’m my own best model, that’s for sure. At the same time, I don’t really like selfies and I rarely take them. When I tell this to people, they often ask me “What’s the difference?” I wasn’t sure how to explain at first. But I gave it a thought, and I came up with several essential differences between a self-portrait and a selfie.
Photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive profession. As a person who started photography as a young student, out of pure love and passion, I was not really able to afford everything I needed wanted for this hobby. To be honest, ten years later I’m still unable to afford most of the stuff. This held me back in some aspects, I suppose. But when I look back, I realize that it has also helped me in many more ways. Believe it or not, being poor made me who I am as a photographer.
I had an interesting discussion in a photography group on Facebook some time ago. It started with my question about the 35mm prime lens, and somehow I ended up discussing zoom lenses with a member of the group. He said that, as an event photographer, he doesn’t have the luxury of moving around and focusing with his feet so he only uses zoom lenses. I support him and agree with him – up to some point.
I am not a professional event photographer, so I have the luxury to experiment. And a few months ago I was in a situation where I had to experiment. My prime lens was put to a test in event photography – and I believe it passed.
Earlier this year, we were quite surprised (to say the least) by the information that Dutch police were training eagles to take down drones. And what’s more, it seems that the weird approach against UAVs worked. But it appears eagles in Australia require no training to do it. Because they started seeing surveillance drones as their prey, a mining giant Gold Fields has lost nine drones!