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Star Trails, Fog, Volcanoes and a Meteor: A Spectacular 270-Image Composite

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270 photographs and a total exposure time of two hours and fifteen minutes went into creating this stunning composite photograph of an Indonesian landscape complete with an erupting volcano, a steaming caldera, a meteor, copious amounts of fog and beautiful light trails created by cars traveling below the fog. Read more…

external New VSCO Film® Camera Profiles For Sony, Nikon And Canon —VSCO

VSCO has just released a free update for all five VSCO Film packs for Lightroom 5.6 and ACR 8.6 for Photoshop CC that is tailor-made for specific Sony, Nikon and Canon cameras. The custom camera profiles are designed for greater accuracy in developing film emulated images.

 
Aug 20, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Sony Curved Sensor to Make Its Debut in Strange Perfume Bottle-Themed Selfie Cam

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You know what they say: see a need, fill a need. Or, in the case of Sony’s upcoming perfume bottle-shaped selfie camera, “see a fad, create a product.” We assume that’s written somewhere in the internal memo that first gave life to the camera you see above, a seemingly very real and definitely very strange camera that trusted sources tell Sony Alpha Rumors will be one of the first to feature Sony’s revolutionary curved sensor. Read more…

What Photographers are NOT Considering When Using High ISO

What is it about this picture that 'was' considered along with high ISO?

What is it about this picture that ‘was’ considered along with high ISO?

It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can now shoot in situations where previously, I ‘had no choice’ but to use flash or put the camera down, so it’s no surprise many photographers are taking advantage of high ISO to be able to shoot in poor existing light.

The key word here is ‘poor’, so I’ll elaborate. The rule of light is that when a light source is large and close, it is at its softest, but when a subject becomes further away from a light source, the quality of that light deteriorates at a fast pace. So much that it gets to a point where the light ends up looking muddy and horrible, because the contrast ratio of light on the subject compared to the background is almost non-existent. Read more…

external This Is What A Media Blackout Looks Like —National Journal

“We’re gonna put you under arrest if you don’t leave the area. This is your final warning,” an officer told us.

“We don’t want to have to take you to jail but we definitely will, OK?” one said.

We didn’t go to jail, we didn’t get arrested, but we also didn’t get the story.

 
Aug 19, 2014 · ↬ Via · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

NatGeo Photographers List the Strange and Horrifying Things that Have Happened to Them On Assignment

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The Photo Society, a website run by a collection of National Geographic photographers, took the time a while back to put together a wonderful little tribute to photographer Wes Skiles, who passed away doing the work that he loved.

In tribute, the photographers compiled a ‘Reality Check’ list of all the crazy, strange and sometimes horrifying things that have happened to them on the job. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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GIF YouTube Easily Converts YouTube Clips to Your Favorite Animated Format

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GIF YouTube is the YouTube-to-GIF converter we’ve all been waiting for… well, GIF lovers at any rate. It uses the ‘do one thing well’ mentality to very easily and effectively turn any YouTube video into an animated GIF of your choosing. Read more…

external The Zen of Rock Photography —National Geographic

I always have this feeling that this is the story in which everybody is going to figure out that I don’t really know what I’m doing, and it’s going to be the end of my career. I suppose I should have gotten over that a decade or two ago, but I didn’t. That dread is still with me. And I suppose I think that that dread is in some ways a good thing, because when you know that your pictures are going to appear on the pages alongside the likes of Dave Harvey or William Albert Allard or any other number of luminaries, you know, it really puts a burden on you—that this better be good.

 
Aug 19, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Iceland from Above: Gorgeous Aerial Photos of Icelandic Landscapes by Lukas Gawenda

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Photographer Lukas Gawenda has been a landscape lover since he was 10 years old. And even though he’s photographed everything from US National Parks, to his home country of Germany, to the tiny worlds of macro photography, none of them quite match the majesty he captures when he takes to the skies over Iceland. Read more…

Google’s 360º Panorama App ‘Photo Sphere’ Now Available On iOS

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Google’s Photo Sphere has been one of the glowing capabilities of Android phones since its release just over a year ago, but the reign of exclusivity is now over for the Android faithful. As of earlier today, Google has officially brought its Photo Sphere capabilities to iOS though the Photo Sphere Camera app. Read more…