If you thought surfing in Texas was absurd, then this little video and accompanying feature will truly blow you away. As part of an original SmugMug Film, Photographer Chris Burkard and professional surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley, and Chadd Konig fight through frigid temperatures and rough conditions, all to capture the adventure that is surfing in the Arctic Circle.
The Nokia Lumia 630′s Magical Photo-Improving Screen —Photocritic
[...] the size of the screen on the Nokia Lumia 630 isn’t going to improve your photos if they’re already not terribly good. You’re responsible for that. Go out, take more photos, think about the composition and the lighting, take more photos, and apply what you’ve observed. That’ll make your photos look better, because they’ll be better.
It’s a day heavy with beautiful Leica news. First, we shared the photos and story behind this one-of-a-Kind Leica M4 that you can’t have, and now we’ve caught wind of another iconic Leica that is going up for sale (and is probably just as unattainable for most of us).
What makes this Leica (a Leica III, to be exact) special isn’t some particular one-of-a-kind design, it’s the fact that this is the actual camera used by photographer Yevgeni Khaldei to take his iconic Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag photograph in 1945. Read more…
The World Cup is over. Germany came out victorious over Argentina, with a final that managed to bring in an estimated 26.5 million in the US, alone. But after 64 games, 171 goals and 1,917 fouls, there are far more highlights than the bang the World Cup ended on.
The above video, put together by The Guardian photographer Jonny Weeks, takes a frame-by-frame look at the moments that defined the world’s largest gathering of soccer talent and fans. At only 99 seconds long, it’s a quick, but brilliant piece whether you’re a soccer fan or not.
(via The Guardian)
Photo Field Trip —Diablo
Chances are good you’ve never heard the term Mingi, but if you were born to one of the tribes in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, this age-old tribal tradition might have been your death sentence. These days, however, that is far less likely, and it’s due almost entirely to the work of Kara tribesman Lale Labuko and his friend and photographer John Rowe. Read more…
Exposure bracketing is the practice of taking several exposures – at least two, usually more – of the same scene. With each exposure taken, the goal is to vary the exposure time, effectively giving you more range to work with in post when all is said and done. Nowadays such capability is implemented into the firmware of cameras, allowing you to automatically set this up and capture all of the exposure with only one press of the shutter.
But figuring out just how to utilize these capabilities and understanding what various settings do can be a struggle. Here to help is Mark Wallace of Adorama TV to help walk through the process of setting up and capturing a scene using auto exposure bracketing.
A Photographic Muse Beyond The Ruins —NY Times
“As a journalist,” he said, “I’m compelled to share the social history and current struggle of this community, which is why I chose to come back in the first place. As a photographer, I’ve grown more and more interested in Pine Bluff as a setting to experiment with new ideas, take some risks and forgive myself for making photographs for the sake of photography.”
Besides the dreaded vertical video, the worst thing about capturing video on a smartphone is camera shake, which leaves your video looking rather jerky and chaotic at times. Most stabilization rigs are built with much larger cameras in mind, but ADPLUS Co. is looking to change that with their ‘ultra-small’ Elephant Steady stabilizer for the iPhone.
Nothing like a little bit of gear porn to get you through hump day. But don’t worry, it’s… like… super classy gear porn. All ‘hump day’ and ‘gear porn’ word play jokes aside, this gorgeous one-of-a-kind Leica M4 is truly a work of art… and you can’t have it. Read more…