Posts Published in April 2011

Fox Takes Rights to Movie about Death of Kodachrome away from Dreamworks

DreamWorks won’t be making a movie about the death of Kodachrome film after all — Fox will. Turns out the director of the movie, Shawn Levy, had a first look deal with Fox that gives the film studio first dibs on Levy’s projects.

It was the result of an honest error […] producers initially brought the pitch to Fox 2000, which passed. Believing that represented due diligence under Levy’s Fox pact, producers next went to DreamWorks, which went for it (though sources say no money changed hands).

But 20th Century Fox caught wind of the deal, decided it ultimately liked the project and, citing its deal with Levy, yanked it back onto its development slate, where it stands today. [#]

The film is rumored to be about a father and son who take a road trip to process their final Kodachrome rolls before development ends.

(via Variety)

Show Off Prints with a Giant Photo Album Coffee Table

Having a coffee table that looks like a giant photo album is already pretty unique, but what about a coffee table that also functions as one? Remembrance is a coffee table designed by North Michigan University design student Mitch Steinmetz that opens up to reveal your photos like any good giant photo album should.
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The Story of How the Influential Nikon F SLR Camera Was Designed

The Nikon F, Nikon’s first SLR camera, played an important and influential role in photographic history after it was unveiled in 1959. It was the first to combine many of the emerging camera design ideas into a single body, and was the first SLR system widely adopted by professional photographers around the world. This is an interesting 20 minute documentary film that tells the story of how the camera was designed.
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Soaking Film in Alcohol Gives Photos a Strange Look

Here’s something to try if you feel like shooting some abstract analog photos: drop your film in some rubbing alcohol and let it soak for about ten minutes before shooting with it. Just be sure to let it dry out first lest you want to sanitize the inside of your camera. The resulting photographs should have a blue, green, and purple tint, along with tiny brown dots in random places. These photos were shot by Flickr user Casey Holford using soaked Kodak Ultramax film.
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Facebook Page Aims to Reunite Owners with Photos Scattered by Tornadoes

There have been a number of devastating tornadoes in the Southeastern United States this past week, with the homes in many communities reduced to rubble. While certain things can be rebuilt or replaced, photographs lost in the storm often cannot be. A new Facebook page has been created after the storms that aims to reunite owners with photographs scattered in the winds, and already boasts close to 50,000 fans and 600+ uploaded photographs. It’s a neat idea, and a great example of how Facebook can be used for good and not just procrastination.

Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes (via PhotoWeeklyOnline)


Update: Interesting turn of events… Looks like Facebook didn’t like what was going on, and killed off the page. Wow.


Update: Never mind. Looks like the URL of the page got changed or something. Here it is.

Inconspicuous Camera Bag Designed to Look like a Quiver for Arrows

If Legolas from Lord of the Rings ever decided to trade his bow for a camera, the new Urban Quiver by the newly formed Blackstone Bags is a camera bag he might use. The quiver shape keeps it from attracting too much attention from would-be thieves, while the compactness allows it to be stored in small spaces like the overhead bins on airplanes.
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How to Make a Photographer Promo Agencies Can’t Refuse

We’ve featured examples of creative photographer promos before, but this one by Casey Templeton takes the cake. He created it back in 2010 and mailed it to 300 of the top creative agencies around the country. His hard work sure paid off — check out all the responses that he got back at the end!

2010 Commercial Photography Self Promo (via f stoppers)

These Ceramic Cameras are Like Munnys for Photo Enthusiasts

twine sells these neat ceramic cameras that remind me of the popular Munny toy that kids can decorate. Rather than giving one of these to a photography-lovin’ friend as is, you could customize it yourself for a unique camera-related gift. The instamatic and folding Polaroid cameras are available for $34 each, while the Land camera doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

Ceramic Cameras (via swissmiss)


Update: Commenter Tomas ruskin points out that if the “instamatic” is the one shown in the photo, then it’s actually an Argus C3.

Reuters Team Photo Gear for Shooting the Royal Wedding

The highly publicized wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton is happening tomorrow, and Reuters will be sending a 15 member team composed of photographers from all across Europe to cover the event. The photo above by team member Phil Noble shows the crazy amount of gear he and photographer Kai Pfaffenbach will be carrying.

The plan however (as thorough as it is) involves some serious kit. Between us we will carry 10 cameras and a vast array of glass from 800 and 600mm lenses down to a 15mm fish eye and an even wider lens on a Go-Pro action camera. Conservatively this is 50kg (110 pounds) of kit each.

We hear they’re also looking for anyone with a spare donkey that could help lug around the equipment.

Final preparations for the big day (via boywithgrenade)


Image credit: Photograph by Phil Noble/Reuters and used with permission

Ethereal Slow Motion Skydiving Captured with GoPro and Slowed with Twixtor

Melbourne-based design studio Betty Wants In captured some skydiving footage using a GoPro HD camera and then slowed it down with Twixtor for an ethereal faux slow-motion video of skydivers floating through the heavens.