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How a Chance Encounter Helped Launch My Concert Photography Career

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I was a month and a half into the photography program at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver when I decided to skip school for a day for a concert. I had a ticket to see Mumford & Sons playing in Laramie, Wyoming, before they hit Red Rocks in Colorado.

At the time, I was already contemplating dropping out of school, due to feeling that I would never be good enough to make it in the photography world, and would just be wasting time and money.
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Wedding Photos Shot with a Lytro Light Field Camera

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Earlier this month, we shared some sample photos showing how Lytro’s Illum light field camera performed in capturing the NFC Championship game. Here’s another look at the camera with a very different subject matter: wedding photographs.
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Promo Piece: A Simple 36-Page Photo Magazine

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Self promotion has been one of the most difficult things for me to overcome as a photographer. I constantly ask myself “Who cares?”, “Is this relevant?”, and “Do I sound like a douche bag?”. I’ve decided to get over myself this year and just put the work out there and let the chips fall as they may.

To that end, I started this year with a new promotional piece that focuses exclusively on my sports and fitness work. Here is a look at my simple new promotional material.
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First Sample Footage of the GoPro HERO4’s Upcoming 240FPS High-Def Slow Motion

GoPro is planning to release some firmware updates in February 2015 that will add new features to its HERO4 Black and Silver cameras. One of them in particular is 240FPS recording at 720p in the HERO4 Black, allowing the camera to shoot high definition and slow motion at the same time.

Brent Rose over at Gizmodo got his hands on the firmware update for an advanced look, and shot the sample video above at the 2015 Winter X Games. The footage was captured at 240fps and then played back at 24fps.
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First Person View: Covering a Nebraska Cornhuskers Basketball Game

Photographer Nate Olsen is the Assistant Athletic Photographer for the University of Nebraska’s athletics department, so he covers all of the school’s sporting events. He recently decided to strap a GoPro HERO4 to his head to show what it’s like to cover a Cornhuskers basketball game through his eyes and lens. The video above is what resulted.
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Monkey Latch: One-Click Changeovers Between Your Camera and Its Accessories

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Wilson Tse and Craig Hansen of British Columbia want to make it easier for photographers to switch their cameras between accessories such as straps and tripods. The duo has created a new universal camera mount system called the Monkey Latch that aims to tackle this issue.

It’s a quick release system that lets you move your camera from one accessory to another in just seconds with one click.
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This Group Photo Was Captured by a Satellite Camera 373 Miles Overhead

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This past week, 300 employees at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) posed for an unusual group picture to mark Israeli Space Week. They arranged themselves in the shape of giant letters to spell out “IAI” and posed as a satellite camera snapped the shot (shown above).
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Pen, Brush and Camera: A 1998 Documentary on the Life and Work of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Above is a full 50-minute documentary from 1998 about the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the legendary photographer who’s considered to be the father of photojournalism. It’s titled “Pen, Brush and Camera.”
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DJI Mandatory Firmware Update Will Disable Camera Drones in Washington DC’s No Fly Zone

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Yesterday we reported that a DJI Phantom quadcopter operator had accidentally crashed his camera drone onto the lawn of the White House at 3 in the morning, causing a security panic among those tasked with ensuring the President’s safety (later reports suggest the man was drunk).

DJI wants to make sure this type of incident never happens again: the company is issuing a mandatory firmware update that will disable its camera drones in Washington DC’s no fly zone.
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Single Edition Leica 600mm f/5 Prototype Lens Shows Up on eBay for $230,000

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The Leica R 600mm f/5 Apo-Telyt prototype lens has appeared on eBay with a hefty price tag of $230,000. We say “the” instead of “a” because only a single copy of this lens was ever made for the company’s Apo-Telyt line — lenses don’t get rarer than this.
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