Posts Published in May 2013

Tumblr Shows How Common the ‘Arms Crossed’ Pose Is in the Local Paper

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If you ever find yourself on the cover of the local paper, you may want to stay away from the ‘arms crossed’ power pose. It may not seem that common, but a new Tumblr blog begs to differ, and it’s doing a great job of it. Read more…

VSCO Teases Exciting New Version of Its Camera App, and This One Will Be Free

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Visual Supply Co, the people behind the film emulation software VSCO Film and the $1 iOS app VSCO Cam, have taken to the interwebz to tease an upcoming version of the latter that has many smartphone photography junkies excited. The new VSCO Cam will come with an all new interface and, according to them, “represents major advancements in mobile photography image processing.” Oh, and by the by, this one’ll be free. Read more…

Canon 1D C Firmware Update is Service Center-Only, Has Photogs Wondering

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Canon recently announced an exciting firmware update for its professional grade cinema camera: the EOS-1D C. But even though the fact that the 1D C can now shoot 25fps 4K is exciting, it’s not improvements or bug fixes that have people talking, it’s the fact that Canon is requiring that you go to an authorized service center to get the new firmware installed. Read more…

Tokyo Skytree Panorama Rig Powered by 12 Nikon D3S DSLRs

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The Tokyo Skytree is a massive broadcasting tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan that currently holds the title of world’s tallest tower and second tallest structure. Measuring in at a completed height of 2,080 feet, the broadcasting tower — which also doubles as a restaurant and observation tower — gives visitors a stunning 360-degree view of Tokyo.

But it wasn’t enough for the folks behind the project to let people come up, gawk and take their own pictures. They decided that a view like this had to be documented professionally, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; which is why there are 12 Nikon D3S’s equipped with Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D lenses arranged around the tower at all times, keeping tabs on the city below. Read more…

Photographer Seeks to Match All Pantone Colors to Real World Things

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The Pantone Color Matching System is a standardized way for printers to make sure that they’re all using the same color without having to constantly get in touch with one another. Each color is classified by name and number and given its own swatch for good measure.

In his new photo series The Pantone Project, photographer Paul Octavious is taking that system out of the world of swatches and into the world at large. His self-proclaimed mission is to “match all the Pantone colors to things I find in everyday life.” Read more…

Sun-Times’ Photojournalism Strategy: Reporters With iPhones

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Hey, recently fired Chicago Sun-Times photographers — want some insult to go with that injury?

Too bad, because newspaper management revealed today the paper’s strategy for replacing the work of the 20 shooters about to hit the pavement: Reporters will squeeze off a few shots with their smartphone to accompany stories.
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Upcoming CompactFlash Card to Feature RAID-Like Mirroring for Instant Backup

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When it comes to data, redundancy is the best policy; backup, backup and backup again. This is doubly true where photos are involved, which is why professional photographers have gotten in the habit of keeping several external backups or using multiple cards for backup in DSLRs that support twin slots.

And now, Japanese company Amulet is hoping to add yet another layer of safety (and peace of mind) between you and the potential loss of your photos with its upcoming ‘Wise CF Card Duo.’ Read more…

Beautiful Camera Lens Ring Creations by Photographer Ben High

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Ben High of Marion, Iowa has two big passions: making jewelry and making photographs. When he’s not designing jewelry at Philip’s Diamond Shop, High loves tinkering with old cameras and shooting instant film photographs.

The two talents sometimes come together for some pretty fantastic results; a number of rings High has created are inspired by camera lenses.
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Researchers Take First-Ever Photographs of Molecules Forming Chemical Bonds

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Science nerds and photographers can join hands today and stare in awe at what a team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory managed to do. Entirely by accident, these scientists have managed to take the first ever high-res images of carbon atoms in the process of forming chemical bonds.
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Instagram ‘Not a Photography Company,’ Says Co-Founder

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In case you thought Instagram was just about faux-antiquing images, au contraire. They’re not even a photography company, co-founder Kevin Systrom (shown above) clarified during a recent discussion at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club.
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