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DPRK 360: Photographer Captures Immersive 360° Panoramas All Over North Korea

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About a year ago, we linked out to what we then believed to be the first 360-degree interactive panorama ever made of Pyongyang, North Korea. That interactive image was shot by photographer Aram Pan, but it was only the beginning.

Since then he’s expanded in a big way, shooting over 40 interactive 360-degree panoramas all over the mysterious country for the DPRK 360 website and Facebook page. Read more…

external Sony’s RX10 camera now shoots higher-quality video at a lower price —Engadget

Sony’s Cyber-shot RX10 is a pretty capable camera, but it still has weaknesses: it doesn’t shoot super high-quality XAVC-S video, and that steep $1,300 price is bound to steer some people toward DSLRs and mirrorless cams. Well, consider both of those problems licked.

 
Sep 02, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Couple Scammed by Fauxtographer Passing Off Stolen Images as His Own

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear about fauxtographers stealing other photographers work and passing it off as their own. Heck, there’s an entire website dedicated to shaming the scam artists who do this. But despite the distinct possibility that you’ll be caught and have your career destroyed if you do this, it continues to happen.

Case in point is a recent situation involving Lin and Jirsa Photography and the tale of how their images were stolen and used by an unnamed photographer to entice new wedding clients with work that wasn’t his own. Read more…

Airglow ‘Ripples’ Over Tibet Give Aurora Photography a Run for Its Money

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When you think of colorful ripples of ‘stuff’ in the sky, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. But while we’ll never get sick of seeing those polar spirits dance, the phenomenon above gives Aurora photography a run for its money. Read more…

external Go Ahead And Call Yourself A Photographer, It’s All Right —Photodoto

I think that’s a whole lot of bull. I think old-school (and some new-school who like to think they’re old-school) creatives feel threatened in many ways by how much more accessible their field of work has become in recent years — decades — and are determined to defend themselves by attacking others’ methods instead of simply taking a step back and realizing that accessibility won’t hurt them. It won’t.

 
Sep 02, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 1 Comment »

Comprehensive Guide Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Codecs

If you’re thinking about adding a video component to your portfolio, one of the most important-but-confusing things you’ll have to wrap your head around is codecs — the different video compression/decompression formats available to you. These not only determine the quality retained by the camera, but also affect how you will approach the post-processing of the footage.

Unfortunately, video codecs — with all of the myriad factors at play and the number of options available — can be a bit confusing, and so cinematographer David Kong has shared the above, incredibly comprehensive look at everything you need to know. Read more…

ZEISS Officially Announces Loxia Line of Lenses for Full-Frame E-Mount Cameras

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After a week packed with photo and info leaks about this mysterious line of lenses, ZEISS officially pulled the cover off of its Loxia line of manual focus lenses for the Sony full-frame E-Mount a7, a7R and a7S cameras. Read more…

external Why Violent News Images Matter —TIME | LightBox

A recent slew of situations resulting in catastrophic violence and death, including the Israel-Gaza war, the armed expansion of the Islamic State, the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in the Ukraine, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and also the spread of the Ebola virus, has led to a renewed debate as to what kinds of imagery media outlets should be expected to show.

 
Sep 02, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

These Incredible Images of Smoke Took Three Months and 100,000 Photos to Capture

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You probably wouldn’t think it, but capturing shapes in smoke is an incredibly difficult task. In fact, it took photographer Thomas Herbrich a full three months, over 100,000 photos and one dead camera to capture approximately 20 images he considered keepers for his Smoke series. Read more…

Leaked: Sony’s Next Smartphone ‘Lens Camera’ Will Let You Swap E-Mount Lenses

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You get a leak! And you get a leak! Everybody gets a leak!

It looks like somebody (or a few people) in the know at Sony were feeling very generous this morning because we woke up to not one, but two separate sources of leaked photos showing a very exciting new product from Sony: the next QX, smartphone-mounted ‘lens camera.’

And it’s exciting because, in this case, the term ‘lens camera’ doesn’t really work anymore. This isn’t a whole camera contained in a lens… it’s more of a smartphone-attachable E-Mount that will let you swap out lenses! Read more…