Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Tiffany Mitchell recently posted professional photos of a motorcycle accident she had. As if posting (and even having) such photos wasn’t weird enough, they also contained conveniently placed bottles of water. Because of this, the post seemed like it was sponsored, and she received lots of criticism from the community. People have been calling her out for glamourizing an accident, even for staging the whole thing for the sakes of product placement.
Perhaps you’ve seen a post going around Instagram lately, claiming that the platform will soon be able to use your posts in court cases against you. Perhaps you’ve even shared it, too. Well, Instagram has responded to the viral post and explained that it’s nothing but a hoax.
Along with your gentle reminder about the being extra curious in the next few days, here is a short reminder of how April Fools Day was celebrated in photography blogs over fifty years ago. Well, lacking internet and blogs, they had to pre-conceive their jokes in advance and put them to print in time for magazines to hit the shelves for Aprils 1st. (certainly, not being obvious like Trademarking Bokeh, heh).
In 1966. Tony Karp, a guy who knows his gear* put togetheran extensive Aprils Fools piece for Modern Photography. This included a tilt lens, screen guides, large format reflex, a camera that will give you an electric shock if you screw up, and a few other gadgets.
Here is the amazing thing. Many of those gadgets are now actual products. The Flexagon is very similar to a Lensbaby composer, EVFs can do composition overlays (see this crazy one from the Sony A7III if you drool over EVFs).
Go through the different pieces of gear and see how many of them turned up to be real in the last few years (hint: all). Hit us in the comments with the modern version of these shenanigans.
While it’s not quite April 1st in London yet, Kodak Moments UK were a little eager with the pranks. They took to the streets of London to get people try out a “super fast phone charger”, which would then wipe all the data on their phone before their eyes. This one seems particularly cruel and heartless, but it does make a very good point. Your phone could get lost, stolen or die at any time and you could lose everything.
It’s a feeling many of us have felt at some point, even if only briefly. We get up out of our seat, fumble around in our pocket, phone missing. Panic sets in for a second until we notice it fell out of our pocket and onto the chair we were just sat on. Panic over. But what would you do if your phone disappeared or died one day?