The Associated Press has officially released their list of the best photos of 2014. From sports, to conflict, to politics and everything in between, check out the best that AP’s photographers captured over the past year.
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Missed that Cyber Monday deal on the 28-inch 4K Dell monitor for only $300? Or decided to skip it because it was a TN panel and not IPS? No worries, Dell just announced two new monitors that are yet again setting a new low-price bar for jumping into the 4K game — and these are IPS panels with 60Hz refresh rates! Read more…
Many photographers frown upon it, fearing that if they shoot on spec, clients may start to expect it, forcing photographers to work even harder (and spend out of pocket) to land jobs.
But shooting on spec is a strategy that can work if it’s for a client you trust, and if you’re shooting for your portfolio, too. Photographers Aaron Greene, Alex Farnum and Chris Stanford all landed assignments from the spec work made for clients they were pursuing. In all three cases, the photographers had pre-existing relationships with the clients or their ad agencies. Those relationships gave them access to the people, information and brand strategies they needed to plan their spec shoots, and get their work in front of the critical decision makers.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not the Sony a7II is worth pre-ordering and you’d like a more detailed rundown of the features and real life performance of this camera, this video from Alpha Creative Skills should help.
In it, Mark Galer runs you through all of the differences between the a7 an a7II — minute and otherwise — before slapping a Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 lens onto the camera and showing you how well the 5-axis stabilization works. Read more…
When Falling Off a Horse is Part of the Job Description —Nat Geo | PROOF
In one sense, “Cowboys on the Edge” is a simple story grounded in a stunningly beautiful landscape and the intense camaraderie of the bagualeros. There’s something primal in this tradition of hunting dangerous wild animals, but also in how the cowboys care for their own animals—the horses and the dogs that are their companions. The men need to trust each other and their animals. I think both the tenderness and the brutality inherent in this way of life surface in the pictures.
Using light painting to capture the smooth motions of athletes, especially water-based athletes, is not new. You might remember these light painting wake boarding photos by Patrick Rochon, for example.
But photographer Stephen Orlando‘s images of Kayaking, Canoeing and Swimming remove one of the central parts of these images: the athletes. What remains are the simple, captivating paths of light left by the paddle or arm as it slices through the water, propelling its owner. Read more…
Some hugely innovative news is coming out of the Olympus rumor mill today. According to highly trusted sources, the followup to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 will take a page out of Hasselblad’s multi-shot book and, using its sensor shift capabilities, spit out 40MP images from its 16MP sensor! Read more…
Every year Instagram goes through their data and compiles a list of the ten most Instagrammed locations of the year. And while they haven’t published the list themselves yet, they were kind enough to send it over to us.
So, without further ado, join us as we count down the top 10 geotagged locations of 2014 on Instagram. Read more…
See What Vintage Miami Was Like —TIME | LightBox
Sensor Crop Factors and Equivalence —photographylife
The subject of sensor crop factors and equivalence has become rather controversial between photographers, sparking heated debates on photography sites and forums. So much has been posted on this topic, that it almost feels redundant to write about it again. Sadly, with all the great and not-so-great information out there on equivalence, many photographers are only left more puzzled and confused.
Thanks to so many different formats available today, including 1″/CX, Micro Four Thirds, APS-C, 35mm/Full Frame, Medium Format (in different sizes), photographers are comparing these systems by calculating their equivalent focal lengths, apertures, depth of field, camera to subject distances, hyperfocal distances and other technical jargon, to prove the inferiority or the superiority of one system over another. In this article, I want to bring up some of these points and express my subjective opinion on the matter.