Posts Published in June 2010

Interview with Zoriah Miller

Zoriah Miller, commonly known as Zoriah, is an award-winning photojournalist and war photographer whose work has been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries, museums, and publications. Check out his website, blog, one-on-one photojournalism workshops, and Wikipedia article.

PetaPixel: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Zoriah Miller: I began photography when I was 15 years old and within the first year of shooting I won a national award and was pretty into the idea of becoming a photojournalist. Three years later I was shooting abroad and had all of my equipment stolen…well, actually I had everything stolen and ended up having to spend some time in a homeless shelter until I could get money and documents to get out of the country…but that is another story. The point was that my camera and lenses were gone and I pretty much gave up. I graduated college, moved to New York, was in the music industry for six years, gave that up to go abroad and study disaster management and humanitarian aid to developing countries, hated that and then picked up a used camera and a plane ticket and have been shooting ever since then.
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iPad Camera Connection Kits Selling for $100+ on eBay

Apple recently announced that they’ve passed the 2 million mark for iPads sold, and it looks like a large number of the owners would like to import photographs onto the device from their cameras. The already overpriced Camera Connection Kit, which ordinarily sells for $29 on Apple’s website, is now selling for over $100 on eBay. The reason is that the item is backordered on Apple’s website, and iPad owners seem to prefer paying an extra $70+ dollars instead of waiting 3-4 weeks.

The prices should plummet once Apple catches up and when 3rd-party kits start showing up on eBay from Asia.

(via Engadget)

“Leave Me” is a Heartbreaking Short Film About a Broken Canon DSLR

Leave Me” is an award-winning short film (~3 minutes) by Daros Films that revolves around a broken Canon DSLR. It’s amazing how much you can communicate in three short minutes. Oh… and you might want to have some Kleenex at hand.

Confrontation Between a Police Officer and Photographer in Los Angeles

The above video was recorded by Shawn Nee for Discarted, a blog that fights for photographers’ rights to shoot in public locations. It shows Nee getting into a verbal exchange with a police officer over whether or not he can legally photograph the officer.

Opinion over this video — created in February but just released yesterday — is extremely divided. Photography blogger Thomas Hawk thanks Nee for “continuing to fight for photographer’s rights”:

Our ability as citizens to document the police is extremely important. Historically, citizen photography has been instrumental in documenting police abuse cases from Rodney King to the recent shooting death of Oscar Grant. To wear a badge and a gun in our society is a privilege and ought to only be afforded to those willing to enforce actual laws and not intimidate citizens by making up illegal photography rules of their own.

On the other hand, comments left in various places regarding the video argue that Nee was intentionally provoking the officer, “stirring the pot” for the purpose of producing this video. A commenter at the LAist writes,

Who is harassing who in this video? Clearly, the guy taking the video wanted this to happen. He had a video camera set up, to video himself taking picture of an officer making a traffic stop? The cop tells him to stop at the beginning, and that the the guy on the bike is making him nervous. The officer is making a traffic stop. Lord knows how tense a traffic stop can be. Then you have this kid pull up behind up, and stop, and start taking pictures.

What are your thoughts on this video?

Giving Away a Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course

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

Howdy y’all! We’re giving away a Fundamentals of Digital Photography short course by the New York Institute of Photography. This course is worth $398, and includes physical learning materials, a personal student advisor, online exams, and evaluation by a professional photographer that examines the photo project mailed in.

To enter, all you need to do is:

Tell us how you’ve been learning photography so far

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 post, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

This contest will end Saturday, June 5th, 2010. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

This giveaway is now over. We received 302 comment entries and 131 tweet entries for a total of 433 entries. The randomly selected winner using is…

#5: Allie

I’ve been learning with the help of my partner (a pro tog!)

Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize.

Thanks for participating everyone!

A big thanks to our sponsor, the New York Institute of Photography, for providing the prizes for this giveaway!

Beautiful Stop-Motion Engagement Session Video by Sarah Yates

After shooting the engagement session of Tori and Austin, wedding photographer Sarah Yates took 500 4×6 photographs of the session and created this beautiful little stop-motion video. If you’re a wedding/engagement photographer, this might be a great idea for something else to include in your package.

Austin and Tori Stop Motion Engagement Session (via Photojojo)

Samsung EVIL Concept with Stackable Hot Shoe Accessories

Two weeks ago we shared a futuristic concept Sony DSLR designed by Tecnofotografia, and now they’ve done it again, with a concept design for a compact Samsung camera.

One of the main selling points of this concept is the fact that the external electronic viewfinder has a hot shoe of its own, allowing an external flash unit to be stacked on top:

What do you think of this idea? Should accessories that use the hot shoe have hot shoes of their own to allow stacking?

Prototipo de compacta con óptica fija desplazable (via Photo Rumors)

Opera Parody of Google’s Super Slow Motion Chrome Tests

Early last month we shared a creative viral video Google made to show off the fast rendering speed of their Chrome browser using super slow motion. Rival browser Opera has released a “super slow motion” video of their own to show that their browser is faster than a potato. Enjoy.

Interview with Brian Auer of Epic Edits

Brian Auer is the blogger behind the photography blogs EpicEdits and FeelingNegative.

PetaPixel: Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

Brian Auer: 28 years old, one wife, two kids, and no super powers that I know of. Grew up in southern California, moved to north Idaho around age 12 and finished growing up. Went to college and grad school at the University of Idaho, took my first job in New Jersey, switched jobs, and now I’m in San Diego. All in all, my background is relatively unexciting. Now I have the office day job and all of my free time is spent with my family and/or working on my photography hobby.
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Upside Downy Face Portraits Fun but Not Exactly Flattering

Upside Downy Face is a creative series of portraits by Bruton Stroube Studios in which every subject is hanging upside down but shot right side up. The resulting photographs are priceless:

To see the rest of the portraits in this series, click here.

If you try taking some self-portraits upside down, please link us to the photos in the comments!

(via Photojojo)

Image credits: Photographs by Bruton Stroube Studios and used with permission