Posts Tagged ‘safety’

This is Why Photographers Should Stay Off the Track at a Horse Race

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During a horse race, the track itself probably isn’t the place you should be wandering in order to snap the perfect action shot. Even if racers do tend to stay toward the inside of the track, things don’t always go as expected. A photographer in Finland learned this lesson the hard way this past week.
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Man Crashes Camera Drone on a Live FOX Segment While Talking About Drone Safety

Tech journalist Dave Mosher of Popular Science recently appeared on a FOX & Friends segment to talk about drone safety. He brought along a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ camera drone to fly in the studio — the same drone that someone crashed onto the White House lawn last month.

Immediately after talking about the dangers of drones and how an operator was killed by one a couple of years ago — in that case it was a powerful RC helicopter, not a camera drone — Mosher loses control of his and crashes it on live TV.

(via Photography Bay)

Stop Taking Selfies with Bears, US Forest Service Says

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This just in: running up to bears and snapping selfies with them is a bad idea. That’s according to a US Forest Service spokesperson who says that tourists are becoming more and more bold with approaching the creature for memorable snapshots.
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This Virtual Reality Game Could Help Teach Photojournalists to Survive in War Zones

Each year, hundreds of photojournalists put themselves in harm’s way to offer us a glimpse into the horrors of war, and too many of them are going in unprepared, not knowing even rudimentary survival and first aid skills that could mean the difference between life and death when they’re out in the field.

That’s where the Oculus Rift virtual reality game “Stringer” hopes to intercede, providing rudimentary training for conflict journalists that may just help save their lives. Read more…

Gofor Envisions a World Where Drones are an On-Demand Service

It’s only an idea, a thought experiment that is equal parts cool and terrifying from a privacy perspective, but the Gofor concept is definitely turning heads. Right now, getting into drone photography is pretty pricey, but Gofor imagines a world where you could rent one right from your smartphone. Read more…

Photographer Has Blower Confiscated by TSA Because it ‘Could Fly Like a Missile’

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It’s common knowledge that the Giottos Rocket Blowers and the TSA don’t get along. In the past we’ve told you to just leave it at home unless you want it confiscated with no more reason than “it looks like a bomb.” But the reason photographer and Canon Rumors forum user Surapon got was a whole lot more entertaining than that. Read more…

Camera’s Live View Might Be To Blame in New Zealand Train Death

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A New Zealand railroad buff killed by a train Saturday may have been misled by his camera’s LCD screen into thinking the train was a safe distance away. Read more…

PSA: Keep Your Camera Away From Your Face in Rough Waters

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Here’s a helpful safety tip for shooting action shots in or around water: if you’re using your camera in a rough-and-tumbly environment, do your best to keep it at a safe distance from your face. If you don’t, your face could end up looking like the one above.
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The TSA Sets Up an Instagram Account to Show Off the Things They Confiscate

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What do a loaded gun, a stun gun disguised as a pack of cigarettes and an inert grenade all have in common? Pictures of all of them are to be found on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new Instagram account, where the government agency is doing its best to show the public the kinds of dangerous things its employees are confiscating on a daily basis. Read more…

Tornado Chasers Getting “Too Close” In Their Hunt for Dramatic Imagery

There has been a series of devastating tornados in the American Midwest recently, and one of the emerging trends — especially in this social media era — is the hunt for dramatic photographs and videos. Earlier this week we wrote about how one particular filmmaker created a tornado-proof vehicle to capture footage from directly inside funnels.

That filmmaker is backed by the Discovery Channel and has the funds and know-how to do things correctly (i.e. “safely”). On the other hand, there is also a new generation of storm chasers who are getting closer and closer to the storms in ordinary vehicles; the video above is one example of when people take their cameras too close.
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