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Flour, Fire and Feathers: An ‘Epic Shootout’ Between Rebecca Litchfield and Ben Von Wong

What do you do when you’re in Israel with Benjamin Von Wong, Rebecca Litchfield, Simon Pollock, Mike Kelly and Adam Lerner and Jared Polin, and you have some free time on your hands. Why, you think up and plan a crazy photography challenge of course!

At least that’s the route DIY Photography chose when they came up with the idea to match the photography skills of Ben Von Wong and Rebecca Litchfield against each other in a photo battle royale of sorts that involved a trifecta of photogenic F-words: Flour, Fire and Feathers. Read more…

Pics.io Goes Live! Brings Browser-Based, Google Drive-Powered RAW Editing and Photo Organization to All

It was just over a year ago that we told you about Pics.io, a platform that promised to bring the RAW editing and photo organization capabilities of programs like Lightroom to your browser.

Well, after a year spent mostly under wraps and unusable, Pics.io is officially in public beta and ready for the world take it for a spin. Read more…

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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Canon EOS-1, Canon Europe had the opportunity to interview the men behind the design and technology of the EOS-1 series. In these exclusive interviews, Tsunemasa Ohara and Yoshiaki Sugiyama of Canon Inc. Tokyo share secrets behind the development of the EOS-1 series that first debuted in 1989.

 
Aug 21, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

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.

 
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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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 »

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…