Posts Tagged ‘trivia’

Did You Know About the Rear Gelatin Filter Slot on Some Wide Angle Lenses?

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Did you know that certain wide angle lenses offer slots on the rear mount that allow you to insert gel filters? Often this design decision is due to the fact that the bulbous front element prevents the use of a standard filter that screws onto the front, but sometimes it’s not.
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This Picture of Elvis and Nixon is the Most Requested Photo from the US National Archives

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Of all the millions of historical photographs held by the US National Archives, the photo above is the single most requested. It was captured in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970, and shows Elvis Presley meeting then US President Richard Nixon.
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Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Served as a Reflector for Bounce Lighting Moon Photos

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Conspiracy theorists often point to moon landing photos as evidence that the whole thing was faked by the US government. One of the arguments is that since there’s only one main light source in the photos — the sun — the shadows should have been much darker and less detailed.

That argument has now been debunked thanks to one newly uncovered fact: Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit actually served as a great reflector, bouncing light into the shadows and illuminating many scenes.
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Canon’s First Camera Just Turned 80; Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the ‘Kwanon’

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The breakneck pace of photo technology advancement makes it easy to forget how young our industry really is, but we had a reminder yesterday when, not long after ‘modern photography’ itself turned 175 years old, the very first Canon camera celebrated its 80th birthday. Read more…

Did You Know: Instagram Started Life as a Check In App Named After Booze

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Here’s a neat piece of photo trivia you can throw out the next time there’s a lull in conversation at a party: Instagram wasn’t originally called ‘Instagram.’ In fact, it wasn’t even a photo sharing app. Instagram was initially called ‘Burbn’ (after the Whiskey) and it was a check in app ala Foursquare. Read more…

This is the World’s First Photoshopped Photo

Recognize the photo above? Titled “Jennifer in Paradise,” it holds a special place in the history of digital photography: it’s the world’s first Photoshopped picture.
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Some Intriguing Trivia Tidbits on Shooting ‘The Shining’

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There is little doubt that auteur Stanley Kubrick looms large as a director able to distinctively bring his films to life through his vision. He has left his mark across the motion picture landscape.

He also happens to be responsible for some very interesting technical results in the realm of photography as well (including owning 3 of the 10 Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 ever made).

Any words I write here about him will pale in comparison to the reams of scholarly works already published. And so, instead, I give you a couple of fascinating pieces of Shining/Kubrick trivia that you can whip out the next time there’s a lull in conversation. Read more…

Why Didn’t People Smile in Old Photos?

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Ever wonder why people in old paintings and photographs generally don’t have smiles on their faces? We explored this subject a little back in November 2012, and found that reasons may have included technical limitations, oral hygiene, and the seriousness of formal occasions.

Over at the Public Domain Review, Nicholas Jeeves has written up an in-depth piece on this subject that comes to some different conclusions.
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Remember: 770 is the Magical Number for Photography at Public Libraries

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Have an afternoon to kill at a public library and want to go directly to the photography section? Just remember the magical number 770.

That’s the division number for “Photography & computer art” in the Dewey Decimal System, used in hundreds of thousands of public libraries in 135+ countries around the world.
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Google Considered ‘Pew Pew Pew’ As the Activation Phrase for Google Glass

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One of the neat features in Google’s Glass wearable computer (and camera) is voice commands. Say “okay glass,” and the device will start listening for an instruction from you. Here’s an interesting (and humorous) piece of trivia: did you know that Google considered using “pew pew pew” as the activation phrase?
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