Posts Published in June 2013

Hasselblad Job Listings Reveal Plans for Two Compact Cameras and a DSLR

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So far, the partnership between Hasselblad and Sony hasn’t been as enriching as both companies might have hoped for. Hasselblad’s Lunar mirrorless camera was met with less-than-favorable reviews once people realized it was basically a re-branded Sony NEX-7 with a massive price tag.

But have no fear, the companies haven’t stopped working together yet. In fact, if recent Hasselblad job listings are to be trusted, the company has three new cameras in the works. Read more…

This Interesting Concept Camera Splits in Two, Makes Sure Nobody Is Left Out

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The downside to being the photographer in any given group is that you inevitably wind up being left out of the majority of the photos. One simple little student concept camera seeks to change that by splitting in two and allowing both subject and photographer to take a picture at the exact same time. Read more…

Victor Oladipo Records His Experience at the NBA Draft Using Google Glass

At this year’s NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic used the second overall pick to select former Indiana University guard Victor Oladipo. For Oladipo, this day at the draft represented the fulfillment of a life-long dream. And thanks to Google Glass, we get to experience a lot of that special day for ourselves. Read more…

First Photos and Rumored Specs Leak for Sony’s Mysterious PureView Competitor

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It’s been almost two months since we mentioned Sony’s mysterious camera-focused smartphone code-named “honami.” Thought to be a PureView and UltraPixel competitor, it’s expected to add another powerful camera to the smartphone market, but so far Sony has kept a pretty tight seal on any potential leaks. Read more…

Beware of Fruit: Instagram Experiences a Massive Fruit Diet Spam Attack

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It was only a matter of time until spammers got ahold of Instagram, and yesterday it finally happened. Even though the Facebook-owned company hasn’t yet made any moves into advertising, you may have noticed an awful lot of pictures of fruit on your feed this weekend.

That’s because some spammers managed to hack many an Instagram account Saturday, posting random photos of fruit and singing the praises of a “miracle fruit diet.” Read more…

Iconic Photographer René Burri On Six of His Best-Known Photographs

Swiss photographer René Burri has had the opportunity to photograph some of history’s most famous personalities. His photograph of Che Guevara smoking a cigar in his office in Cuba has become nothing short of iconic, and by a fortunate turn of events, he even met and photographed Pablo Picasso.

The video above is a short interview with Burri in which he tells the stories behind six of his best-known images, including the photos of Guevara and Picasso. Read more…

Humanoids: Beauty, Photo Retouching and the Uncanny Valley

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Full disclosure: I’ve never done commercial photography and don’t exactly know what goes into making a picture for an advertisement. The only knowledge I have on this subject is the hours of behind the scenes work I’ve watched, the hundreds of magazines, blogs and tutorials I’ve read and, obviously, the billions of ads that have bombarded my field of view since the first moment I began to comprehend visual information.

When you’re in the process of building a photographic portfolio, you think long and hard about what type of photographer you’d like to be. I’ve read over and over that it’s important to choose a specific area of the business in order to obtain the type of clients you’re looking for. Before I began this research, I was under the impression that I wanted to be a commercial photographer.
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Humorous Samsung Video Takes on the Perception that Bigger Cameras are Better

When it comes to cameras, is bigger always better? Samsung didn’t try to answer that question, but the company did shoot a funny video that shows pretty clearly that the general public seems to think the answer is “yes,” even if there’s no difference at all. Read more…

Google Glass for Photography: A Street Photographer’s Perspective

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Street photographer and Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley Richard Koci Hernandez (known best as just Koci) lucked out when he won Google’s #ifihadglass contest and earned the right to purchase (that’s right, they didn’t give them to him for free) a Google Glass pair and become a “Glass Explorer.”

We also lucked out, because Koci has been able to do what many Glass Explorers can’t: give us a street photographer’s perspective on the revolutionary product that may one day do to smartphones what smartphones did to point-and-shoot cameras. Read more…

external What It’s Like to Shoot in 128-Degree Weather

— Chris Carlson at San Francisco Chronicle

I forgot my oven mitts, the desert driving trick I learned as a teenager after burning my hands too many times on the steering wheel. And my rental car is black, adding several degrees to the outside temperature of 127. When the digital thermometer at the Furnace Creek visitor center ticks up to 128, a few people jump out of their cars to take a picture. [...]

I don’t stay long. The camera around my neck gets so hot it stops working. An error message flashes a warning at me.

 
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