Posts Published in October 2010

Photographer JR Wins Prestigious TED Prize for Giant Faces in Slums

The TED conference announced yesterday that the 2011 TED Prize would be awarded to the anonymous street artist and photographer known as JR. Previous winners of the $100,000 award include Bill Clinton, James Nachtwey and Bono.
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A Brief History of Nikon Cameras in Space

Nikon created this short video to introduce the various Nikon cameras that have been used during space exploration. The music is pretty cheesy, but it’s pretty interesting if you’re into this kinda thing.

Nikon Cameras: Chosen for Outer Space (via Nikon Rumors)

DIY Ring Flash with an Old Strobe and a Plastic Container

One of the things about macrophotography is that you either have to shoot wide open (and have a depth of field of about 1 micron or so) or stopped down to get some decent DOF (but have ridiculous shutter speeds making everything a blur). The solution: put a strobe on it! Given that you are so close to your subject, it’s hard to properly light it. A ring flash is a good choice and at the tiny distance it is used from the subject, it has the effect of a large softbox creating even lighting.
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Create Autumn Spectrums with Leaves

When the leaves on trees are just starting to change color in the Autumn, try collecting them and arranging them into shapes with a spectrum of colors! The above example was created with Maples leaves by Flickr user Mr. dale.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credit: Autumn Spectrum 10/10/10 by Mr. dale

Why Wedding Photographers Should Be Aware of Their Surroundings

This poor wedding photographer wasn’t looking at where he was going and, as a result, caused a huge commotion and likely ruined his pricey gear. On the plus side, he’s probably learned to make note of his surroundings for the rest of his life. Hopefully the photographs survived.

(via DigitalRev)

Giving Away Gift Certificates for Glass Prints by Fracture

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winners were randomly selected and announced below.

Fracture is a startup company that prints photographs onto shatter-proof glass. The 2mm thick glass gives your images an HD-television look, and is guaranteed to last at least 3-5 years under the harshest conditions (e.g. direct sunlight). We’re giving away four (4) $50 gift certificates, which is enough for four prints at 8×10 or two at 11×14.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Tell us what photo you might use the gift certificate to print

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 on this post
  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 giveaway is open to international readers. It will end Friday. October 22, 2010. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 248 comments and 142 Tweets for 390 responses total. Without further ado, here are the randomly selected winners:

#232: Ken

I’ve got a photo from my daughter’s drama camp this summer that would be perfect for this type of presentation and would love to try out some of my landscape work as well. Particularly fall foliage, bet the colors would really pop!

#253: @mikefortgens

I would print a picture of our two year old to hang it on the wall #happywife

#59: Kgigone1

I’d print one photo from each of the weddings I was in this fall!


I would have a portrait of my 4 year old and my newborn!

Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize (we’ll be emailing you as well).

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stayed tuned for more giveaways soon.

A big thanks to Fracture for providing the prize for this giveaway!

I See London, I See France, I See Camera Underpants

Gap is selling a pair of vintage camera boxers for $12.50, or $10 each if you buy two.

Photographer Chris McCaw Burns Through Photo Paper — Literally

Photographer Chris McCaw was making long exposures of the night sky during a camping trip when he forgot to cap his camera lens before going to sleep. When he woke up, he discovered that the sun had burned a hole through his negative. After processing the film, he found that it had solarized, or reversed in tone. What started as an accident McCaw now does intentionally for his “Sunburn” series of photographs.

Using homemade large format cameras, McCaw exposes silver gelatin paper for extended periods of time, burning through the paper and inverting the image.
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Stop-Motion Music Video Tells Story Using Lite-Brite Children’s Toy

Introduced in 1967, the Lite-Brite is a children’s toy where colored pegs are inserted into a black board and then illuminated, resembling LED lights. The new music video for the song SMS by David Crowder Band tells a love story using this toy by animating the story one photograph at a time. Someone must have spent an eternity making changes to the Lite-Brite during the making of this video. The hard work definitely paid off in the end though.

Public’s Right to Photograph Federal Buildings Upheld by Settlement

On November 9th, 2009, Software programmer Antonio Musumeci was filming the arrest of a protestor outside a federal courthouse in NYC when he himself was arrested. His main camera was confiscated, but he recorded the entire encounter on a second camera (the resulting video is above). In April 2010, the New York Civil Liberties Union sued the government on Musumeci’s behalf, and yesterday it was was announced that a settlement had been reached, with the government recognizing the public’s right to photograph and film in public spaces outside federal buildings.
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