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Creative Retouching Turns Classic Glass Plate Portraits Into Modern Day Fine Art

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If you follow PetaPixel, you’re already familiar with the haunting portrait archive of Costica Acsinte. For decades after the end of World War I, Acsinte was possibly the only professional photographer in all of Romania, and the over 5,000 glass plate negatives he left behind are now being painstakingly digitized so that they don’t succumb to the ravages of time.

And as these photographic treasures are digitized, one photographer is plying her retouching skill to turn the black-and-white, somber images into fantasy fine art portraits. Read more…

Ferguson Cop Pulls Gun On Photographer Who Was Asking Directions to the Media Area


By now we all know that the stories of media/police confrontation from Ferguson, MO have two sides. On the one hand, seemingly unnecessary arrests of major photojournalists had even the President of the United States condemning that officers’ actions. On the other, a photojournalist on the ground explained why he was embarrassed by the way the media is acting in the area.

And yet, it’s hard to imagine there being a good reason why, on a relatively peaceful protest day, a police officer answered a journalist’s seemingly innocent question by pulling and pointing a gun at him. Read more…

external Photographing The Most Challenging Mountains On Earth —Indefinitely Wild

National Geographic photographer and The North Face team climber Cory Richards was the first American to summit the 8,000 meter peak of G2 during its brutal winter season. In this interview he shares about the natural compliment of photography and climbing that’s taken him to great heights in his career.

 
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Trippy Video Shows You What a Bird Song ‘Looks Like’ Using Photos and 3D Software

It starts with photos. A lot of photos. Photos of birds, bugs, plants and any other nature-y things that Australian artist Andy Thomas can get his hands on. And once he’s got those, he somehow manages to turn them into a birdsong you can ‘see.’ Read more…

CAMS Sling Strap and Plates Make Shooting Portraits Easier and More Comfortable than Ever

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Most sling-style straps today have a problem: the mounting point. They all use a rather bulky connector or plate screwed into your camera’s tripod mount, so if you’re using a pro body or a battery grip on your camera, these straps make it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to take advantage of shooting portrait style.

To solve that problem, a designer and an engineer have teamed up to create CAMS, a pro sling strap, camera plate and lens plate that are built with the aforementioned problem in mind. Read more…

external Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Launched For iOS And Android —Photography Bay

Lensbaby-Mobile-AppThe Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot lens, originally announced as a Kickstarter campaign featuring selective focus, is now available for purchase here for $69.95. The lens comes with a free app for iPhone and Android which is necessary for orienting the images properly.

 
Aug 21, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

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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Dramatic Studio Portraits of Big Cats by NatGeo Photographer Vincent J Musi

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National Geographic‘s Vincent J Musi will quite literally do whatever it takes to get the animal portrait he’s looking for, including kneeling in urine while singing Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” to a growling Snow Leopard… hand gestures included.

Fortunately, the trick works (was it the hand gestures? he wonders), “mesmerized and captivated by [his] theatrical prowess and virtuosit,” the Snow Leoppard stops and stares at the yummi, camera-wielding steak. One down, seven to go. Read more…

Leica Announces the Leica M-P, a Humble Upgrade Focused on Speed and Durability

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Leica has officially unleashed their next M-series camera, the Leica M-P. Almost identical to the Leica M in its design and functionality, a number of significant improvements have been made that focus on bringing robustness and longevity to the M-System product line-up.

Oh, and one more thing — the signature ‘red dot’ is missing. Read more…

external Twitter Will Remove Images Of The Deceased At The Request Of Family —Engadget

Following the apalling Twitter harassment of Zelda Williams after her father’s death, Twitter has created a new policy that allows users to request images and videos of deceased family members to be removed “from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death”. Twitter is taking measures against bullying on the social media platform but also “considers public interest factors” in determining whether or not they will honor requests.

 
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Kodak Announces the End of Its Much-Loved BW400CN C-41 Black & White Film

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Kodak recently issued an official statement confirming the discontinuation of yet another film stock: the much-loved, fine grain, chromogenic black & white film BW400CN. Read more…