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An Inspiring Review of Amazon’s Bestselling Tripod

The AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is a $24 tripod that’s the #1 bestseller over on Amazon. The #1 review on that tripod is the 8-minute video above, submitted by a man named Michael Trimble.

“As you can see I have no arms so I need a tripod that is lightweight but full on perks,” Trimble his writes. “This tripod is EVERYTHING I hoped for & then some!”
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Shoot Tank: A Shark Tank Parody with Photography Entrepreneurs

Director David Robin created this humorous spoof of the TV show Shark Tank for the WPPI conference and expo that took place in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. It features a number of well known photography industry figures (Roberto Valenzuela, Bambi Cantrell, Jerry Ghionis, Melissa Ghionis, and Gary Fong) as the investors and entrepreneurs.

Although they portray a couple of inept inventors in the parody, Melissa and Gary have found success with their actual products in real life. The Ghionis’ are behind the new Omega shoot-through reflector and Fong is well known for his Lightsphere diffusers.

(H/T ISO 1200)

Rolleiflex Factory to be Liquidated at Auction: Here’s a Look Inside

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It’s the end of the road for the company behind Rolleiflex cameras. Just two months after Fujifilm put up one of its major film factories at auction, DHW Fototechnik is doing a liquidation auction of its own, selling off the massive amounts of equipment used in manufacturing twin-lens reflex cameras.

The auction gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the tools and spaces that were once used to great cameras with the iconic Rollei brand.
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Here’s an 80x Super-Telephoto Lens for Smartphones

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We recently shared an impressive demo of the 65x optical zoom lens on the Canon SX60. If you’re a smartphone shooter who wants the same reach without having to buy a new camera, check out this ridiculous 80x lens for smartphones.
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Watch as Photoshop Experts Try Their Hand at the Original Photoshop 1.0

Photoshop experts who teach the software for a living generally know it like the back of their hand. But how skilled would they be if they were forced to downgrade to the original version of the program, Photoshop 1.0? That’s what CreativeLive set out to find out recently.

They asked 8 well-known Photoshop experts — Dave Cross, Jared Platt, Ben Willmore, Chris Orwig, Julieanne Kost, Aaron Nace, Tim Grey, Matt Kloskowski, and Jason Hoppe — to try their hand at version 1.0. The results of this experiment can be seen in the video above.

This Dog Was Taught to Smile for the Camera

Children’s book author Josh Gottsegen says he taught his 3-year-old labrador Olive to smile for the camera on command. Olive has been learning tricks since she was a puppy, and this is an “ultimate dog trick,” he says.

(via Laughing Squid)

DIY Leica M-P ‘Correspondent’ Edition on eBay Comes with a Leica M6 and Sandpaper

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Some jokester has put up a listing on eBay for a DIY version of the new Leica M-P “Correspondent” edition. Carrying a €33,000 (~$35,300) price tag, the unusual camera kit comes with an ordinary Leica M6 and a small square of sandpaper.
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Comic: The Trend of One-Photo-a-Day Art Projects

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Here’s a little comic titled “Art Project” by xkcd that pokes fun at the way people are using cameras to capture the passage of time and create art. One of the pioneers in this space was photographer Noah Kalina, who has been shooting a selfie every day since the year 2000. His latest “Everyday” compilation video released in 2012 showed 12.5 years of his life in 7.5 minutes. People have since taken this project into all kinds of creative directions.

In case you didn’t catch it: the two people on the left are simply capturing an ordinary photo and 24fps video, respectively.

Guy Makes a 365-Day Proposal Video by Popping the Question Every Day for a Year

Here’s a 365-day project that took a tremendous amount of planning and dedication. On January 8, 2014, Dean Smith decided that he wanted to ask his girlfriend Jennifer to be his wife. He also had a crazy idea for how to do so: a 365-day video-a-day project, synced to music.

So, for every day over the next year, Smith captured a short clip of himself popping the question with a whiteboard. He also carefully planned it so that each of the 365 clips was part of a lip-synced music video. The entire project can be seen in the video above.

One Supernova Seen Four Times in Single Photo Due to Gravitational Lensing

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Astronomers have captured the first photo of a single supernova showing up in four different places of a single image due to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. The “lens” in this case was a massive galaxy that is capable of using its gravity to bend and magnify light.
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