Posts Published in September 2012

Win a Professional Heavy-Duty Vanguard Tripod Worth $600!

Vanguard announced a fancy new professional tripod at Photokina last week, and today we’re giving you the opportunity to win one of the first ones as photographers are just getting their hands on them. The Vanguard ABEO Plus 323CB is an uber-durable carbon fiber tripod that comes with a BBH-200 pro ball head. It features a fast-adjustment central column, tension adjustable leg locks, 3-in-1 feet (rubber, spikes, and snow/sand shoes) for stability on any surface, an anti-shock ring, and accessory hook, and a max weight of 26.4 pounds. It’s retail value? $600.
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Photos of Astronauts Using DSLRs on the International Space Station

Earlier this month we shared some neat photos of astronauts using DSLRs while on spacewalks outside the International Space Station. In case you’re also wondering how the cameras are used inside the habitable satellite, we’ve carefully perused NASA’s 2Explore Flickr photo stream in search of those photos as well, and have collected them here in one place for your viewing pleasure. They’ve got some pretty nice gear up in the ISS… lucky astronauts.
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What Stock Photo Buyers Are Looking for in the Year 2012

If you’re trying to make some side money by selling photographs as microstock — or are trying to do it full-time — it’d be wise to heed the advice of one of the most successful players in the industry: Yuri Arcurs. He has published an interesting “state of the industry” report with his thoughts on the types of photographs that are currently in demand with stock photo buyers.

As all active microstock photographers must have noticed, we have seen a constant decrease in sales in terms of our return per image over the last few years. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to shoot great images and profit from it in the same way as it was 5 or 6 years ago. Many critics have claimed that the microstock industry is almost entirely devoid of artistic sensitivity, and is instead only concerned with making an easy profit. But surprisingly, this harsh criticism seems to have had a positive effect on the industry as a whole, because although the return per image has decreased a lot, I have also witnessed an interesting tendency: To make sales now, it’s about getting back to the roots of photography. More artistic, less processed images, and a more naturalistic style, which I, personally, fully endorse. It’s great to see some more artistic and natural images making their way up on the “most downloaded” lists as opposed to the more conventional microstock images that are always overly retouched, overly bright and overly clean.

He also writes that many of the concepts and images that were once popular are now stagnating due to the fact that photographers flooded the industry with them, highlighting shifts in four huge categories: lifestyle, business, medical/health, and spa/wellness.

What sells in microstock anno 2012? [Yuri Arcurs]


P.S. If you haven’t seen it already, check out this interview we did with Arcurs last year.


Image credits: Photographs by Yuri Arcurs/PeopleImages

Soldier Captures POV Footage of Intense Firefight with Taliban in Afghanistan

We’ve shared some pretty intense footage captured using helmet-mounted cameras in the past, but perhaps none as crazy as the video above. Shot by a US soldier in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, the video offers a point-of-view look at what it’s like to face machine gun fire from the Taliban. [Editor's note: Be warned -- there's a bit of mature language.]
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One Memento: A Camera App That Can Only Shoot a Single Photograph. Ever.

Would you use a camera app that could only shoot a single photo before becoming useless as a camera? The answer is probably no, but you should still take a look at One Memento nevertheless. It’s might sound unappealing at first, but the idea behind the app is quite interesting.

It’s a photography experiment that’s based on the idea of limitations. By making the app a one-shot digital camera, the makers are forcing people to seriously think about what they would like to capture and share with the world.
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Beautiful Time-Lapse of Long Exposure Star Trails Traversing the Night Sky

North Carolina-based photographer Daniel Lowe sent us the gorgeous video above, which shows star trails forming and floating across the sky. Most time-lapse videos of the night sky show stars as points of light, rotating around Earth’s pole. Lowe’s video shows the long streaks of star trails doing the rotating, making the video even more surreal and magical.
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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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iPhone 5 Has Purple Flare, Possibly the Same Issue That Plagued the Leica M8

If you were thinking about buying the iPhone 5 as your primary carry-around camera, you might want to hold off on that. Reports are emerging that the camera suffers from purple flares when bright light sources are in or around the frame. Cult of Mac reports that iPhone 5 owners are taking to online forums to express their displeasure with this issue.
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Photographs of Models of Photographs of Abandoned Buildings

Yesterday we featured an interesting example of digital photographs being reintroduced into the real world in another form (Google Street View photos as life-sized portraits), and now here’s another one. For her project “Broken Houses“, NYC-based photographer Ofra Lapid created realistic models of abandoned buildings using printed photos, and then photographed them on an infinite gray background.
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Canada to Try and Capture Single Falling Snowflakes on Camera

Winter is just around the corner, and the Canadian government has plans for a crazy photographic science project to welcome it. The goal of the effort will be to capture images of a single falling snowflake. They plan to use an extremely fast (and presumably expensive) camera that’s capable of capturing detailed footage of the flakes as they float down to Earth.
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Bokehlicious Glimpses of the Camera Fanatics Who Attended Photokina 2012

While attending Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany last week to talk about the C300 for Canon, filmmaker Philip Bloom decided to create a short film documenting the event (the world’s largest photo trade show). However, instead of pointing his camera at the shiny new cameras like everyone else was doing, he decided to capture portraits of the camera-obsessed attendees. The video above, titled “Camera Geeks”, is what resulted.

On the technical side of things, he was shooting with the Canon 1D-X with the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lens. Everything was shot at 50p and then conformed to 23.976 frames per second. Some of the flickering you see is due to the bright screens found throughout the halls. The footage was also graded in Colorista II and had some faux film grain added in post. You can see some still photo portraits created through the course of this project over on Flickr.

(via Gizmodo)