Posts Published in June 2010

Giant Panorama of 70,000+ People is the Most Tagged Photo in the World

At the Glastonbury Festival this past weekend, a giant panoramic photograph containing 70,000+ attendees was snapped during the halftime of an England World Cup match. Afterward, the photo was put online and opened up to tagging via Facebook Connect. Since then, over 2,500 faces in the photograph have been tagged, making it (unofficially) the most tagged photo in the world.
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How to Convert a Holga Lens for Your DSLR for Toy Camera Fun

I have been using Holgas on and off for many years, and I have always had the idea of how to make it digital. There are many current options one being strapping a medium format digital back to your Holga, but that method is very cost prohibitive for most people messing around with toy cameras. I have seen lens mods on DSLR cameras that take the body cap and glue the holga lens on, but they are upwards of 50 bucks each.

I like a challenge so I decided to make one myself! Here is my method for doing so, so you can do it too.
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Short Film Shot and Edited Entirely on an iPhone 4 in Two Days

Apple of My Eye” is a short film by Michael Koerbel that was created using only an iPhone 4 over the course of 48 hours. Editing was done entirely using the new iMovie app that’s bundled with the iPhone 4. It’s an extremely short film, running at about 1 minute without any real plot, but it’s an interesting glimpse at what the new phone is capable of. The video above also includes a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created.

What do you think of the iPhone 4’s photo and video quality?

Update: iMovie is a separate $4.99 app you can buy from the App Store rather than a bundled app. Oops. Thanks seanodotcom!

Win an Absolutely Massive Gift Certificate to Glas Apparel

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and announced below.

Fresh off the heels of the lens rental giveaway we did last week, we’re giving away a $300 gift certificate to Glas Apparel. The brand is designed around “glass”, or the lens of a camera, and many of their designs are based on this theme.

Check out their store for an idea of what you can use the money towards.

To enter, all you need to do is:

Tell us what you enjoy doing in your free time besides photography

There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!

  1. Leave your response as a comment
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet:

    As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

This contest will end Friday, July 2nd, 2010. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

Update: Sorry for not mentioning it before but, like the previous giveaway, shipping is to the US only (I guess you can have it shipped to someone in the US and then shipped to you).

Update 2: This giveaway is now over. We received 90 comment entries and 47 tweet entries for 137 entries total. The randomly selected winner is…

#96: @iljatulit

Hip-Hop and House dance.

Congratulations! Please email to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest! Check back soon for more awesome giveaways.

A big thanks to Glas for providing the gift certificate for this giveaway!

Futuristic Polaroid Camera for Printing Wallet-Sized Video Clips

Wouldn’t it be neat if we could print out short video clips in Polaroid-esque “prints”? That’s the idea behind Kim Hyun Joong’s Movie Polaroid Camera, a concept camera that uses a flexible display material rather than ink to “print” out ultra-portable video clips rather than traditional Polaroid pictures.

With the direction displays are going (and technology in general), I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw something this crazy sometime soon. Get ready for Harry Potter style photographs!

(via Photojojo)

Police Raid in the UK Uncovers 20,000 Fake Camera Cases

Police in England recently raided a Bowdon house to find 22,000 fake camera cases worth an estimated £500,000.

Messenger Newspapers reports that the cases were branded as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax and Kodak. A 40-year-old man at the residence was also taken into custody.

His downfall came when Canon discovered the counterfeit bags being sold online and conducted a number of “sting” purchases, passing on the information they discovered to authorities.

Something else that caught our eye about this story was that the police also discovered counterfeit camera lenses at the residence. All of us have obviously heard of fake bags before, but counterfeit lenses? I’d like to see one of those.

(via Imaging Insider)

Image credit: Camera case by Peter Hellberg

Panasonic Lumix G2 Commercial Behind the Scenes Fail

Back in May we featured an Olympus commercial that was shot entirely with the camera it was promoting (the Olympus PEN E-PL1), lending credence to the camera’s video capabilities.

Panasonic recently posted a behind-the-scenes video to its YouTube account showing how a new ad for their Lumix G2 camera was made. However, a close look at the video seems to reveal that most of the filming was actually done with Canon 5D Mark II cameras and a set of L lenses. Most of the comments on the video poke fun at this, with one commenter saying,

You shoot a commercial of an HD camera with another HD camera but post the footage in standard definition? Fail.

The takeaway for camera companies: eat your own dog food.

(via CrunchGear)

16-Year-Old Freelance Photographer Stopped and Detained in London

Over the weekend 16-year-old freelance photographer Jules Mattsson was photographing police cadets in an Armed Forces Day parade in London when he was approached by police and told that he needed parental permission to photograph the cadets.

The British Journal of Photography writes,

According an audio recording of the incident, the police officer argued, at first, that it was illegal to take photographs of children, before adding that it was illegal to take images of army members, and, finally, of police officers. When asked under what legislation powers he was being stopped, the police officer said that Mattsson presented a threat under anti-terrorism laws. The photographer was pushed down on stairs and detained until the end of the parade and after the intervention of three other photographers.

Mattsson, having been stopped by police before, started recording audio of the incident on his cell phone in an attempt to capture the arguments that police use against photographers. In the recording, an officer can be heard stating that they didn’t need a law to detain Mattsson.

This reminded me a little of the confrontation between a photog and policeman in Los Angeles that we wrote about earlier this month. However, in that case many commenters thought that the photographer had crossed a boundary and was intentionally provoking the officer in order to create a scene.

What are your thoughts on this new incident?

(via The Independent)

Nifty Digital Camera that Doubles as a Rubber Stamp

What if you could have a rubber stamp that had a built in camera, allowing it to instantly change the stamp design to “print” a photograph? Would it be a stamp camera or a camera stamp? Either way, we think it’s a nifty idea!
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Photozini Helps You Easily Make a Magazine from Your Photos

Companies that help you print and make things with your photographs are a dime a dozen, but Photozini‘s super easy magazine creation process caught our eye.

Their goal seems to be to take all the work out of turning your photographs into a nice magazine, and allow even those who are utterly computer-challenged to do so. Here’s a diagram found on the website showing how the service works:

After purchasing the Photozini kit for $40, they send you a Photozini USB card on which you can put up to 150 photographs. You then mail it in using their prepaid return envelope, and receive a photo magazine in about 3 weeks.

So much of the work is done for you that you don’t have a say on how the resulting magazine will look, but this could be a great way to quickly turn your vacation or event photographs into a nice magazine without spending hours on designing the pages yourself.