Posts Published in January 2014

How Would You React if Your Photography Dreams Were Shattered in an Instant?

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It’s a question we hope none of you ever have to answer, but one that a talented colleague and PetaPixel reader is facing with incredible optimism and strength.

Wedding photographer Anthony Carbajal was recently diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. And he’s now reaching out to the photography community for support as he comes to terms with the end of a three-year professional career that was everything he could have hoped for. Read more…

Helmet Cam Captures Skydiver’s Terrifying Unconscious Free Fall and the Heroism of the Friends that Saved Him

If there’s a secret contest going on for most terrifying action camera video, then 25-year-old skydiver James Lee recently gave the skydivers in the mid-air plane crash a run for their money. In a terrifying video captured on the veteran skydiver’s helmet cam, you see him get knocked unconscious just seconds after jumping, and then get rescued by his fellow skydivers. Read more…

PhotoShelter’s Photog’s Outlook on 2014 Survey is Packed Full of Interesting Info

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Despite all of the crazy gloom and doom talk that tends to circulate in the photography industry, it seems us photographers are still an optimistic bunch.

PhotoShelter has just released their “Photographer’s Outlook on 2014 Survey,” and besides being chock full on interesting and useful tidbits about who to follow and what to read (we’re proud to say PetaPixel made the most-read blogs list!), it also showed that photographers have a very positive perspective on the upcoming year. Read more…

Nokia’s New ‘Goodbye DSLR’ 1020 Ad Will Either Make You Laugh or Piss You Off

What’s the best way to entice the professional photography market to buy into your device? Insult them of course! At least that seems to be Nokia’s strategy in its latest Lumia 1020 Ad, “Goodbye DSLR, Hello Lumia 1020.” Read more…

external “Lessons From a Master Cat Photographer” —New York Times

Walter Chandoha has been photographing animals for over half a century! In this short video put together by The New York Times he shares some of what he’s learned from so many years of shooting (in the good way) our furry friends.

 
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The New ‘Flag’ App Will Print and Mail You Your Photos for FREE

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A new app called ‘Flag’ is exploding on Kickstarter today, and it’s based on a very simple premise. The app will print and mail you museum quality, 220 gsm prints of 20 photos per month absolutely free… just as long as you allow them to place advertisements on the usually-blank back side of the photo.

That’s it: no catch, no shipping charges, nothing. For now, you have to live in the US, but they hope to expand out soon. Read more…

‘Head Shots’ Photo Series Parodies Violent Posters by Making the Photog the Victim

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Artist Jon Burgerman thinks there are too many violent film posters greeting us everywhere we go. These posters of movie and TV show characters holding weapons are all too common, and most of them show the protagonist brandishing their weapon right at the viewer.

And so, Burgerman decided to fight back using a little bit of fake blood, a sense of humor and photography. Read more…

The Only Camera NASA Ever Brought Back from the Moon Will Soon be Auctioned Off

Update: According to collectSPACE, this might not have been the only camera brought back from the moon. Check out the update at the bottom for details.

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A total of fourteen Hasselblad cameras made it to the moon on the Apollo missions; but of those 14, only one ever made it back. And now, that one camera is going to go home with a lucky (and rich) collector pending an auction at WestLicht in Vienna on March 21st. Read more…

external The Mysterious Story of Bill Eppridge’s Lost and Found Beatles Photographs —CBS News

Bill Eppridge believed that a good photojournalist had a certain amount of luck when it came to being in the right place at the right time. He certainly was in the right place on the morning of February 7, 1964. Bill, just 26, was in the Life magazine office early that day when Director of Photography Dick Pollard needed someone to be at JFK Airport to photograph the arrival of a British rock group known as The Beatles.

Not only was Bill there when they stepped off the plane, but he also followed the group for the next six days. Strangely, all 90 rolls of film, with more than 3000 images went missing for years. They resurfaced around the same time that The Beatles were breaking up and Life, the great weekly news magazine, was ending as well.

 
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Interview with Andrew Peacock: Doctor, Climber, Adventure Travel Photographer

Update: Andrew recently created a Facebook page where you can follow him as he continues to go on enviable adventures. Be sure to give him a follow if you found this interview and his work interesting.


A few weeks ago, we shared some photos taken by adventure travel photographer Dr. Andrew Peacock who was stranded on the Russian ship M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy in the Antarctic. The thing is, we didn’t want to stop there. When we visited his site in search of his contact information, we immediately fell in love with his photography.

Our “Permission to Share Photos” email quickly evolved into a “Permission to Share Photos and Interview Request” email. Fortunately for us, he said yes. Read more…