Articles Written by Michael Zhang

Hoya EVO Antistatic Filters Help Keep Dust Off Your Glass and Out of Your Shots

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Sick of wiping and blowing dust off your lens filter? Check out Hoya’s new line of EVO Antistatic lens filters, which actively repel dust particles to keep them from sticking to the glass.
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Forget Clouds: Man Photographs Cheetos That Look Like Things

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Have you ever looked up and noticed that a particular cloud looks like a face, a dog, a ship, or some other object? It’s a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia, where the human brain takes randomness and tries to turn it into something significant and known.

Andy Huot’s project Cheese Curl Art revolves around pareidolia, but instead of spotting things in clouds, Huot photographs Cheetos. Recognize the Cheeto above? The photographer captioned it, “Sasquatch.”
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This is What You Get When You Put a High-End Canon DSLR Kit in an X-Ray Machine

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This image shows what you get when you put a high-end Canon DSLR kit under a medical X-Ray machine.
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Woman Told She Has to Buy Back Her Stolen Nikon D3200 from Pawn Shop

These days, there are a number of search engines, sites and services that can help you track down your camera if it’s ever stolen from you. Unfortunately, finding the camera is often only half the problem — you still have to get it back, and sometimes that can be pretty tricky.

A woman from Voulsia County, Florida had this problem recently: after locating her camera at a pawn shop, she found out she would have to re-buy it to get it back.
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external On That Over-Processed Times Cover Photo of MA17 Crash Site —BagNewsNotes

retouched “[...] the printed version goes way too far, fundamentally misrepresenting reality. If something happened at night, you can’t turn it into day. It’s the kind of factual misrepresentation — in terms of orienting an event in time — that opens Pandora’s Box. (You’ll notice, by the way, how the alteration also makes the colors freaky — like you’re looking at the scene through a kaleidoscope.)”

 
Jul 20, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external Why You Should Not Take Photos Of The 7 Ugliest Buildings In D.C. —BuzzFeed

Benny Johnson of BuzzFeed visited seven different government buildings in Washington DC and attempted to take pictures from the sidewalks. The Department of Education was the only one at which he didn’t run into issues with security guards.

 
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The 10 Most Watched Videos Posted by the Art of Photography

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One of the rising stars in the world of photography media is the show The Art of Photography, a podcast on iTunes and a channel on YouTube. It was launched by photographer Ted Forbes back in October 2008, and has been growing in popularity quite a bit as of late — so much so that the channel has become a full-time gig for Forbes.
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Want to Make a Family Portrait More Exciting? Just Add a Lightning Strike to the Background!

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Now there’s a family portrait you don’t see every day. Photographer Kelly DeLay captured the photo above showing himself and his family standing in front of a gigantic supercell at sunset with a large lightning strike illuminating the horizon.
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external How to Build a Laser Camera Trigger for Under $2 —Vela

Pretty technical, but this could be a fun weekend project if you have the know-how.

 
Jul 18, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external Should News Outlets Publish Photos of Air Crash Victims? —The Atlantic

After the crash of yet another Malaysian Airlines jet, the question is being asked: “Is it ethical for news outlets to publish graphic photos of the victims?”.

News outlets, the good ones, spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to present information as it unfolds; part of their thinking should respect the fact that images, once revealed, cannot be unseen.

The Washington Post has a similar article. The Big Picture and TIME have both gone ahead with sharing brutal images (albeit with clear warnings).

 
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