Articles Written by David Becker

Gruesome Photographs Smuggled Out of Syria Show Widespread Torture, Execution

Editor’s Note: This post contains graphic imagery

A single courageous photographer could turn the tide of Syria’s bloody civil war, after he snuck out of the country with thousands of images documenting brutal torture by the nation’s totalitarian regime. Read more…

Yet More Fuji X-T1 Deets: Weather-Sealed Lens, .05-Second Shutter Lag

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Will Fujifilm have anything left to say when it actually announces the X-T1 next week? Given the number and detail of the leaks we’ve seen appear ever since the company teased the camera earlier this week, we’re not entirely sure. Read more…

Fujifilm Varies Pixel Size in Proposed Image Sensor Design

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One of the things you kind of take for granted with a digital camera sensor is that every pixel is the same size, but Fujifilm may turn that idea on its head with a new RGBW sensor design that uses bigger pixels for white and green frequencies. Read more…

Bird Gets Ahold of Egg Camera, Captures Great Aerial Footage of Penguin Colony

The filmmakers behind a BBC nature show got more than they bargained for when they came up with the idea of encasing a video camera in a fake egg to gather surreptitious footage of a penguin colony on the Falkland Islands. Read more…

Behold Lux: The 100% Do it Yourself, 3D-Printed Medium-Format Camera

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“Do-it-yourself” can mean a lot of things, but for camera dweebs, it’s usually entailed some degree of scavenging and recycling parts from factory-made cameras. Grad student and specialty camera builder Kevin Kadooka understands the ease and accessibility of the practice but doesn’t think it’s sustainable — eventually we’ll run out of old cameras to cannibalize.

So for his latest project, the hardcore tinkerer decided to go 100% homebrew, producing a camera that uses nothing from an existing camera. Instead, his handsome medium-format Lux camera relies on off-the-shelf electronics and mechanical parts and a body constructed of plastic panels produced by a 3D printer. Read more…

Vandalism or Public Service? New Project Aims to Eliminate Crappy Tourist Photos

If the major photography awards had a “service to mankind” category, the front-runner at this point would have to be #noshittyphotos, an inventive new project that aims to eliminate lousy vacation photos by telling tourists exactly where to stand to get a good shot of major attractions. Read more…

New York Photographer Steals Photos to Earn Business, Says That’s ‘Called Biz’

The new Jwarstyle wedding portfolio.

Purloining somebody else’s photos to promote your photography business has become depressingly common lately, but occasionally a new cretin comes forward to push the practice to a new level of sadness. Read more…

Canadian Olympic Team Pictures Criticized, Given ‘Gold Medal in Awkward Portraits’

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You’re photographing some of the most elite athletes in the world, shortly before they step onto the international stage to compete for glory and gold. So naturally you … make them look kind of funny? Read more…

Empire State Building Management Files a $1.1M Lawsuit Over Topless Photo Shoot

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The owners of the Empire State Building have sued a New York fashion photographer for $1.1 million after he snapped topless photos of a model on the observation platform without permission. Read more…

Passenger In Fatal Plane Crash Captures Whole Thing on His GoPro

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On December 11th, Ferdinand Puentes captured many people’s worst nightmare on video: his plane making an emergency water landing.

Puentes enjoys capturing takeoffs and landings, and so his GoPro was already rolling on that fateful day when something very bad happened to the single engine of the small plane in which he was a passenger. Read more…