This Is Where Nat Geo Hacks Their Cameras To Do More

Dec 9, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

This Is Where Nat Geo Hacks Their Cameras To Do More

Dec 9, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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National Geographic is known for capturing unbelievable photographs. For some of their stories they have cameras diving into the deep oceans, hand on trees, or left behind for weeks to capture a rare mating in a desolated jungle.

While Nat Geo also uses stock Nikon Cameras, they do modify them sometimes in what could only be dubbed the heavens of camera hackery labs. The lab, led by Kenji Yamaguchi – Nat Geo Chief Maker, converts cameras, lenses and strobes for specific needs. Nat Geo’s Proof did a full story and video on Kenji, giving a glimpse into the wonderful world of Nat Geo’s camera hackery.

… Kenji builds contraptions that can’t be bought. When a photographer needs to fasten a camera onto a thirty-foot pole to capture a bird in her nest, or build a wide-angle macro lense to identify pollen on a flower with mountains in the background, he’ll call Kenji

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An example of such a device is the one enabling photographer David Doubilet to capture gorgeous half submerged photo at Suruga Bay, Japan below. Or photographer Steve Winters to get extreme close ups of big cats.

Photograph By David Doubilet / national geographic
Photograph By David Doubilet / national geographic

Kenji has held this job for 32 years. I think I would too.

[The Magic Starts Here: Kenji’s Workshop of Camera Wizardry | Proof via gizmodo]

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Udi Tirosh

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4 responses to “This Is Where Nat Geo Hacks Their Cameras To Do More”

  1. Markus Avatar
    Markus

    Thanks for sharing this – its awesome!

  2. Dan Corby Avatar
    Dan Corby

    I would love a video tour and to see some of his contraptions.

  3. Mike Hill Avatar
    Mike Hill

    This looks a lot like my working area at home for photography. But they also forgot to show the computer.