Posts Published in February 2011

Light Painting Photos That Give a Visual Look at Wi-Fi Signals

Here’s one of the most creative examples of light painting and long-exposure photography we’ve seen — a few techie guys built a special 12-foot-long rod with 80 LED lights that light up depending on how strong a particular Wi-Fi signal is. By walking the stick around and capturing the lights in real time, they were able to photograph “light charts” showing how a particular Wi-Fi signal strength fluctuates in a particular area.

Immaterials: light painting WiFi (via Gizmodo)

“Zoom” Windup Camera Toy for Children

If you want your kids to grow up with the same love of photography you have, you can try performing some “inception” giving them photography-related toys from a young age. “Zoom” is a camera windup toy by Z Wind Ups that waddles around, looking at things with a magnifying glass.

With a big lens housing his clear camera eye, Zoom should be able to pick up the spots on Lanie the Ladybug’s back from several feet away. Unfortunately, Zoom is missing just that–the zoom button that the factory seems to have forgotten to install! No worries, though, because that magnifying glass works just fine [...]

You can buy one for $5 over on Z Wind Ups.

Zoom (via Chip Chick)

An Introduction to the Beautiful Art of Night Photography

This short video gives a beautiful and inspiring introduction to night photography. Don’t watch it if you already have plans tonight — it might make you want to grab your camera and shoot once the sun goes down.

Ring Flash Add-on for Your External Flash

Photojojo has a new ring flash adapter that allows you to shoot soft, studio-style portraits without shelling out the big bucks for an actual ring flash. It’s a plastic add-on with a reflective circle that simply channels the light from your existing flash, so it doesn’t require any batteries.
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Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Launch as Seen from an Airplane

We’re lucky that cameras and camcorders can be used during flights, or we wouldn’t have this amazing view of the Space Shuttle Discovery‘s final launch from inside an airplane. There was also a student project that captured the launch from the edges of space using camera-laden a balloon.

Tourist Photographs of Famous Locations Combined into Surreal Images

For her series entitled “Photo Opportunities“, photographer Corinne Vionnet gathered hundreds of photographs taken by tourists at famous locations and combined them by layering them together, creating surreal views of places we’ve all seen before in photographs.
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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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Photographs of Loved Ones Have the Power to Dull Pain

Scientists at Stanford have found that looking at pictures of loved ones can reduce pain. The study involved performing MRI scans on the brains of lovestruck students who were subjected to heat pain on their skin while focusing on photographs of their significant others. The results showed that the images have a calming effect on the pain processing parts of the brain — similar to the effects of Tylenol or narcotics like cocaine — and reduced pain by a whopping 36 to 44 percent on average.

Maybe you should think about adding photos of loved ones to your first aid kit at home.

(via Photography News)


Image credit: Hold Hands by B Tal

Skier Falls Off Giant Cliff with GoPro Helmet Cam Rolling

All of us can now experience what it’s like to accidentally fall off a giant cliff thanks to a GoPro helmet camera and one brave skier who miraculously escape unscathed. Warning: you might pee your pants while watching this.

(via f stoppers)

Millions of Photos from the Sygma Archive May Soon be Destroyed

In 1999 Corbis — privately owned by Bill Gates — paid $20 million to acquire Sygma, a legendary photo agency that was the largest in the world at the time. After the acquisition, the agency bled money and suffered heavy fines due to the mismanagement of photographs, paying $2 million at one point for losing 750 of one photojournalist’s photos. In 2010 the new agency, named Corbis Sygma, filed for bankruptcy after its debt had risen to €73m (~$100 million). Now the court appointed administrator of the defunct company is saying that millions of images in the collection may be destroyed after a failed attempt to sell them at auction.
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Fruit Roll-Ups Make for a Tasty Flash Gel When in a Bind

Photographer John B. Crane was ice climbing in Colorado when he came upon a little ice cave full of “tiny wonders”. Wishing he had a green gel, he suddenly had the brilliant idea of using some Fruit Roll-Ups he had brought along for that purpose.
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