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Watch How DSLR Shutters Work in 10,000FPS Super Slow Motion

If you want to see the mechanics of how a modern DSLR shutter works, one way to do so is through slow-motion captured with a high-speed camera. That’s what Gavin Free of The Slow Mo Guys recently did by pointing a Phantom Flex at his Canon 7D and capturing what goes on inside the mirror box during exposures of various shutter speeds.

By slowing down the movements after shooting at up to 10,000 frames per second, we get to see exactly what goes on in the camera in the blink of an eye.
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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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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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Study Finds that Professionally Captured Photos Are More Memorable Than Amateur Ones

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The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) recently conducted a study that compares public perception of professional photographs versus amateur ones. The main conclusion was that, yes, people can tell the difference between the two, and that professional photographs are generally more memorable than their counterparts.
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Keepers of the Streak: A Film About the 4 Guys Who Have Photographed Every Super Bowl

Countless photographs have been captured by numerous photographers over the course of Super Bowl history, but only four photographers have covered all 48 Big Games since Super Bowl I in 1967: John Biever, Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer and Tony Tomsic.

“Keepers of the Streak” is a new documentary film by sports photographer Neil Leifer that chronicles the journey of those four men. Above is the official trailer for the movie.
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W. Eugene Smith Considered Darkroom Work to be 90% of a Photo’s Creation Process

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American photojournalist W. Eugene Smith was widely praised for his devotion to photography and for pioneering the use of the photo essay to tell stories. He is said to have “created at least fifty images so powerful that they have changed the perception of our history.”

There’s one little fact about how Smith worked that may be of great interest to photographers these days, especially as debates rage on regarding the merits of “straight out of camera” (SOOC. i.e. non-Photoshopped) photography: Smith believed that most of what makes a photo is done in the darkroom rather than in the camera.
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JPEG Voodoo: Or, Does JPEG File Size Matter?

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Would you say the above photograph has any compression artifacts? Compressed too much, not enough, or just right? What exactly is “just right” anyway. This post will explore the concept of compression, why and how do we do it, and how aggressive we should be in either reducing the file size or increasing the image quality.
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What Outdoor Photos Would Look Like with Other Stars and Planets as Our Sun and Moon

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The photo illustration above shows what a photo of a sunset here on Earth would look like if the sun were replaced with Arcturus, one of the brightest stars in our “neighborhood.”

The Russian Federal Space Agency recently released a couple of “Alternative History” videos that imagine what the sky would look like if the Sun were replaced with other stars and if the moon were replaced with planets in our solar system.
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A Primer on Insuring Your Camera Gear and Making It Recoverable

If you’ve invested any significant amount of money in your camera gear, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s insured against loss or damage. If you’ve never really explored this subject before, here’s a helpful video that can bring you up to speed. It’s a 13-minute overview by the folks over at DSLR Video Shooter on the best services and solutions out there for making sure your gear is insured and recoverable.

Gear Insurance: Best Solutions, Tips and Tools [DSLR Video Shooter]