When PETA and David Slater reached the settlement over the famous “monkey selfie case,” we thought it was finally over. Well, it appears that it wasn’t. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused the request to dismiss the case. In other words, we’ll soon hear an official appellate decision about the famous selfie.
I guess we all know by now that Facebook collects our data. But in a recent article, the Wall Street Journal focused on the data collected by just analyzing your photos. As it turns out, you’re giving away much more information that you provide yourself. As a matter of fact, Facebook can even determine exactly where you are at a given moment.
Photographer Justin Bettman creates interesting and slightly quirky photos in interior spaces that he creates himself – but these interiors come with a brilliant twist. They are all placed on the streets of New York and other cities, and none of the photos was actually taken indoors. Justin plays with perspective, his project Set in the Street plays with your perception, and you can even play with his sets once he’s done shooting.
We all get stuck in a creative rut every once in a while. Although it’s perfectly normal, it can still make us frustrated. In this video, Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom.net shares some advice on how not to lose your creative flow. He talks about his ways of staying inspired, but reflects on another important topic: how much does gear matter in this process?
As technology advances, we get to see some interesting camera-related inventions. Engineers at the University of Michigan have recently presented a prototype of a wireless camera that can power itself indefinitely by light. It’s also less than a millimeter wide, so it can be hidden anywhere.
If you’re shooting videos with your smartphone, there are plenty of accessories that help to expand your possibilities. At NAB 2018, Cinematics International Co, Ltd introduced an adapter that lets you pair your smartphone with camera lenses. You can attach any professional lens onto your phone and turn it into a cinema camera.
You know how many photographers say that gear doesn’t matter and that the story is more important than the gear you use? YouTuber Casey Neistat has made one of the most ridiculous (but pretty fun) comparisons between two pieces of gear. In this video, he tests a crappy $35 smartphone zoom lens against a $1,000 Sigma zoom lens. Can they even compare?
Someone has just bought their first “good camera” and immediately started “photography business,” proudly showing off their work which is… well, not really good. You’ve all seen these guys and perhaps asked yourself: why do bad photographers think they’re good? In this video, Jamie Windsor explains why this happens, and why people have so much self-confidence before they really master photography. It’s an interesting video, and I think it will make you look at things differently.