Posts Published in July 2013

Sigma Announces Conversion Service for Switching Lenses Between Mounts

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The rumor was true — kinda. Sigma today announced a new Mount Conversion Service for its Global Vision line of lenses that will allow photographers to convert their lens lineups to different mounts if they ever decide to change camera brands (e.g. Canon to Nikon and vice versa).

Unlike what was previously rumored, it’s not a free service: the conversion will cost you a pretty penny — just not as much as you’d pay to buy a new copy of the lens.
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Photographer Learns Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Close to Wild Moose

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Norwegian photographer Arvid Strømnes learned a lesson earlier this week about why you shouldn’t get too close to wild animals while trying to capture them on camera.
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external Canon to Announce a New Cloud-Based Photo Sharing Service? —Photography Bay

canoncloudCanon is sending out invitations to an invite-only press event on August 21st, 2013. The invite itself has a cloud design on it, suggesting that the company is preparing to launch some kind of cloud-based service.

CanonWatch writes that it will most likely be the official public launch of Project 1709, the cloud photo storage and sharing site that Canon announced back in September 2012. That service is currently in private beta. If this rumor is true, we’re guessing Canon will have a better name than “Project 1709″ for the site.

 
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Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched

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Dove Canada is getting serious about promoting Real Beauty by going after art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers — basically anyone who distorts body image in print. In order to fight those who they feel create an unrealistic representation of what the body actually looks like, they created a “Beautify” action that can be downloaded for free from popular editing sites. The action appears to add a “glowing skin” effect when in reality, it reverts the image back to its original, unretouched state, thus driving home Dove’s philosophy that “Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched.”

I don’t know about you, but if I downloaded a skin enhancing action only to find it reverted my image back to the unretouched state, I’d be throwing out all my Dove products in protest.
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Portraits of the Bearded Men in an Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

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Every year, in the third week of July, over 100 silver bearded men descend upon the city of Key West, Florida. Their goal: to be declared the man who most resembles American writer Ernest Hemingway. The contest they participate in is put on by the Hemingway Look-Alike Society, and is the largest sanctioned look-alike competition in the world.

Photographer Henry Hargreaves visited the festivities this year and created a new photo project titled “Becoming Hemingawy.” It’s a series of portraits showing some of this year’s contestants.
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Be Careful When Jumping in on the Fake Anime Fight Fad at a Wedding

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Remember that fake anime fighting photo fad that emerged from Japan earlier this year? Vancouver-based photographer Tanja learned recently that it sometimes doesn’t mix well with wedding photography. After asking the groom and groomsmen to pose for an action-packed group shot, she snapped this memorable (and embarrassing) photo.

The force of the energy attack was so great that one of the groomsmen had his pants burst open in the back. “This is what happens when men go wild. It was epic,” Tanja writes. “I keep laughing when I look at it!” Thankfully, the groomsmen had a good laugh as well.

external “Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer” —The New Yorker

At Chelsea Market, I snap a photo of a man shorter than me. Then a gent carrying an oversized steamed lobster. I duck into the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel and take a picture of a plate of currywurst for a German-food-loving friend. “Mmm, currywurst,” I say, adding those words as a caption to the photo I’m about to send. “Mmm, curry vs.” is how Glass interprets my caption.

Writer Gary Shteyngart shares what his life has been like so far while using Google Glass.

 
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The Photograph that Launched My Career

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Being so close to the release of the 2013 Arizona State University Football campaign, I wanted to take an opportunity on to talk about an image that I created many years ago while still a student at ASU. When many people ask me where I believe I crossed the line from hobbyist to professional, I tell them of this campaign, and actually place the beginning on a single image. The fact that the image still lives on my website is a testament to how much I enjoy it and how much it means to me. It is the photo that opened many doors in my career, yet very few people know the background behind its creation.
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Archives of Influential Early Photographer Fox Talbot Get New Lease on Life

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A British group working to preserve the work of influential 19th century photographer William Henry Fox Talbot has discovered previously unseen work by the innovator.

A project led by Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries has been working to preserve the largest extant pivate collection of Talbot’s work since family members revealed last year that they were working with a New York dealer who could sell key works to private collectors.
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external Kodak CEO Antonio Perez to Step Down in 2014 —USA Today

Antonio Perez, who oversaw Eastman Kodak Co. during one of the most trying periods in company history, will be stepping down from the position by fall 2014 at the outside.

The Rochester-based printing and imaging company said Tuesday night that Perez will serve as CEO of the company once it exits from bankruptcy, but only until a successor is named or for a year, whichever comes first. He then would serve as a consultant for up to two years.

It’d be interesting to know what Perez’s popularity rating is like inside and outside Kodak.

 
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