Posts Published in March 2011

Hook Your Child on Photography with this Vintage Fisher Price Shooter

Made in the early 1960s, Fisher Price’s Picture Story Camera was the first “camera” owned by many photo-enthusiasts. They’re built out of paper-covered wood and plastic, and contained a tiny disc with eight different “photographs” that could be seen by looking through the viewfinder — similar to the View-Master, except not in 3D. To change the photo, you simply hold down the shutter and turn the “flash”, a yellow block with pictures representing the four seasons.
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Overheard in a Camera Shop: My Camera is Broken

An old lady brings her newly purchased Canon T2i and kit lens back to a camera store in Toronto claiming they were defective.

Clerk: So whats wrong with your camera?
Lady: It only takes blurry shots, it’s broken.
Clerk: Were you shooting indoors?
Lady: Yes.
Clerk: What mode were you shooting in?
Lady: I don’t know.
Clerk: So auto… Was the flash going off?
Lady: No, I hate the flash.
Clerk: Were you using a tripod?
Lady: Now you’re asking the really hard questions!
Clerk: … Lady I could sell you any lens behind me and none of them would help you take a better picture until you learn how to use your camera.
Lady: …
Clerk: We can point you towards some places that can give you excellent short classes, or sell you a book.
Lady: I don’t need lessons, my camera is broken.


Thanks basic_hydronium!

Researchers Invent a Way of Shooting 3D Photos Using a Single Lens

The applications of this on the consumer photography market are likely nil, but researchers at Ohio State University have invented a method of shooting 3D photographs using a single lens. The trick is that the lens is cut like a gem, giving it eight different facets in addition to the main face that “see” the subject from different perspectives. Custom software then takes in the image and processes the 9 different views to create a single 3D image.
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Start a Self Portrait per Day Project with New Everyday App

After Noah Kalina published his “Everyday” video back in 2006 featuring a self-portrait a taken every day for 2,356 days, the concept took off and soon the Internet was filled with copycat projects by people who wanted to document their own lives in the same way. If you’ve been wanting to try you hand at taking a photo of your face every day but have lacked the discipline to do so, there’s a new app for the iPhone called “Everyday” that is designed to make things easier for you.
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Home Photo Studio Recreated with Lego

Using Lego pieces, Flickr user and Lego fan Larry Lars created an uber-accurate miniature version of his home photo studio. Maybe this could be a new method of creating lighting diagrams?
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Wooden Cameras Make for Beautiful Wedding Favors

When Liana Garcia Joyce got married a while back (doubling her film stash), her mom came up with the idea of giving away these hand-crafted wooden photo holders as wedding favors because Liana met her husband through their common interest in photography.
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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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Invisible Camera Shoots Terapixel Photos at Fractional ISOs

Photographer Chris Marquardt claims to have used groundbreaking research to create a mind-boggling transparent camera that’s capable of ISO 1/500, shutter speeds of 1/100000, and terapixel photos the equivalent of 3000 Canon 5D Mark IIs.

This is may be one of the most elaborate photography-related April Fools’ Day jokes we’ve seen. How do we know it’s a hoax (besides the obvious)? The camera will be released on April 1st, 2011 [see comments].

Combine Multiple Photos Using HDR Software for Surreal Results

Flickr user Paul Little creates surreal images he calls “HDR Mixes” by combining different photographs with the help of HDR software. While you’re normally supposed to feed the program multiple versions of the same photo (which are bracketed), with HDR Mixes you use two photos of the same scene and a third that’s completely unrelated.
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Retro-looking Home Video Created with a Canon 7D in Burst Mode

Here’s some neat camera trickery: Ryan Hargrave captured some unique home video by shooting stills with his Canon 7D in burst mode rather than using the video recording mode. After some post-processing work, he ended up with this sweet video of his children that looks like it was filmed decades ago.

(via planet5D)

NASA Astronaut’s Photography Manual

NASA has a long history of using Hasselblad cameras in space and, interestingly enough, you can download the Astronaut’s Photography Manual used to train astronauts from Hasselblad’s website. It covers everything from operating the Hasselblad 500EL/M to composition, using situations unique to astronauts in its examples and illustrations.

Who knows — perhaps if space tourism starts taking off you might soon find this manual invaluable!