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Actor Chris Pratt Tells the Story of How a Mystery Photographer Kickstarted His Career for Free

Today, Chris Pratt is a superstar actor whose credits include the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, but when he was 20 he was just a kid living out of his car in LA who wanted to make it as an actor — a goal he might never have achieved if it hadn’t been for a generous mystery photographer in West Hollywood who took his headshots for free. Read more…

Magnum’s Bruce Gilden Delivers a Brutally Honest Critique of Art Photography

Author’s note: The following video does contain some explicit language and one instance of nudity at 3 minutes. Proceed with caution, especially if you’re at work.


Bruce Gilden — a Brooklyn-born photographer who has won numerous awards and is now part of the Guggenheim Fellowship thanks to his street photography work — recently sat down with VICE to do a little art critique. Although ‘critique’ might be a nice way of putting it. Read more…

Storm Chaser Captures Mesmerizing Time-Lapse of Clouds Rolling Like Ocean Waves

Undulatus asperatus” is a cloud formation proposed in 2009 that roughly translates to “roughened or agitated waves.” These dark and stormy clouds travel across the sky in ominous waves, but generally dissipate without an a storm forming.

Storm chaser Alex Schueth was recently in the right place at the right time with his DSLR, and managed to capture one of these formations in the mesmerizing time-lapse video seen above.
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The Itsy Bitsy Spider: A Tiny Spider Made Itself at Home Inside This Lens

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We spend a lot of time over at Lensrentals getting dust out of lenses. Dust doesn’t affect an image, except in very rare circumstances, but people want their rental lenses to look nice and clean inside and out, and our inspectors check the inside of every lens with spotlights and send any dusty ones over to the repair department. Read more…

Surreal, Perspective-Bending Underwater Film Uses Zero Special Effects, Only Camera Tricks

Perspective, gravity, up, down, all of them are mere suggestions in The Ocean Brothers: a mind-bending, surreal video by brothers Francisco and Armando del Rosario and their friend Armiche Ramos.

Entered into the World ShootOut 2014 underwater photography competition, the video took home the top prize with nary a competitor in sight. No special effects were used, just camera tricks and freediving skill that makes it seem as if the world is conforming to their whim.

(via Sploid)

Side-by-Side Comparison of All Eight iPhone Cameras, or: Why the 6 is DxOMark’s New Smartphone King

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Okay, so maybe it bends a little easier than it should, but there’s one thing the naysayers will have to begrudgingly admire about the iPhone 6, and that’s the camera. For proof, check out these side-by-side images that compare all 8 iPhone cameras, and then see why DxOMark ranked the iPhone the best smartphone camera they’ve ever tested. Read more…

Stuff People Say to Photographers: A Funny List of the Most Infuriating Comments You’ll Hear from Clients

Sometimes, you just have to laugh to keep form crying, and that’s what this fun video from Clint Decker of The Crossroads DSLR Photoclub tries to help you do by compiling all of the “s**t people say to photographers’ that makes steam come out of our ears. Read more…

6 of the Best iPhone 6/Plus 240fps Slow Motion Video Examples Released So Far

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6+, one of the more interesting features added to the new devices was the ability to capture video at 240fps when shooting at 720 resolution.

Now, with many of the 10+ million devices preordered already in the hands of consumers, we’ve compiled our six favorite videos that showcase all 240 frames at work. From wine being poured majestically into a clear glass, to a dog not-so-majestically shaking off, you’ve got a few mesmerizing minutes ahead of you. Read more…

Guy ‘Fixes’ the iPhone 6’s Protruding Camera with a Grinding Machine

Editor’s Note: Viewer discretion is advised. Apple lovers and Jony Ive might be disturbed by the content that follows. Also: RIP iPhone 6 Camera


Hate the iPhone 6’s protruding camera? Feel like it totally takes away from the entire design? Can’t stand that the phone can’t lay flat on its back? The folks at PeripateticPandas agree with you, and they have an… um… industrial fix for you. Read more…

8 Issues Street Photographers Run Into and How to Deal with Them

From nerves, to an obsession with a ‘decisive moment’ that may never come, to confrontations with people who don’t want you taking their picture, street photographers run into issues that are uniquely their own.

In the video above, the guys over at DigitalRev TV run through what they consider to be 8 of the most common problems new street photographers are likely to run into, and how to deal with each of them.