This Photographer Travelled Across New Zealand with a Gandalf Costume

by admin February 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Now that the Internet is saturated with timelapse and drone videos, one of the next big frontiers may be combining the two. Timelapse photographer Artem Pryadko shows what’s possible in the gorgeous 2-minute “DroneLapse” above.

How far would you go to see justice if you found your memory card stolen and photos posted online? For travel photographer Paul Eustice, the answer is: halfway around the world.

If you enjoy seeing experimental photo projects and unique homemade cameras, check out this “Straw Camera.” It was created by filling a wooden box with 32,000 drinking straws for light to pass through.

An iPhone cannot compare to a $30,000 100MP Hasselblad camera. It’s like comparing a Chevy Nova to a Bugatti Veyron. But there is a way to make this comparison “fair,” and that’s what Usman, the lead photographer at Sonder Creative, did in this intriguing comparison video.

As Snap Inc., the company behind the ephemeral photo sharing app Snapchat, prepares for its Initial Public Offering (IPO), the company is filing papers that call out rival Instagram and reveal profitability may never be a part of Snapchat’s future.

It seems that Canon will be breaking with tradition for an upcoming camera by releasing an entry-level model number that’s not a multiple of 10. A not-yet-announced Canon “77D” has appeared in leaked photos and specs.

“Street photography is dead”, declare forum threads and thinkpieces far and wide. The Internet and phone cameras have watered the quality down. The uniformity of the modern world means nothing is interesting anymore. Privacy and security issues make it immoral and dangerous. From a lot of angles, it seems, the photographic discipline I love is under attack.

Roger Cicala—the founder of Lens Rentals and one of the most entertaining and informative voices in the world of optical testing—has some news for you: zoom lenses are never as good as primes, and they vary so much from copy to copy that you should probably never trust a zoom lens review.

Nikon dropped a couple of very troubling bombshells today. The first was a “Recognition of Extraordinary Loss” due to company-wide restructuring; the second was the cancellation of the much-delayed series of Nikon DL compact cameras announced in February of 2016.

For years, airline pilots have reported seeing unusual lightning phenomenon that we don’t get to witness from the ground. Luckily for us, astronauts on the International Space Station have a perfect vantage point, and one of them did capture “blue lightning” while orbiting the Earth.

One of the often recurring discussions among professional photographers is whether or not we should ever work for free. I’ve been known to rail against those who do and against clients who request free pictures… so why did I recently waive my own rule?

Yongnuo has been making decent Canon knockoffs for a while now, so when it was discovered that an 85mm f/1.8 Canon clone was in the works, we got excited. Now, we get to find out if the Yongnuo, at half the price of its Canon counterpart, can keep up.

If World Press Photo assigned a theme to their annual competition, this year’s might have been “Tragedy.” Death, imminent death, fear, loss, pain—these are the true subjects of the images that won this year’s top prizes, highlighted, at the very top, by a photo of an assassin brandishing a murder weapon.

Here’s a neat little animation from Harman Technologt, the folks behind the Ilford brand of film, that breaks down exactly how a basic film photography SLR (single lens reflex) camera works.

When I go to a photography exhibit or show, I find myself looking at similar work: photographs made from an inkjet printer that are just stylized archives. Be it a photo of a bird, a dress, a subject or event. Whatever it is, it’s just a photograph. A photograph that can be easily duplicated with the simple press of a button. A print on a piece of paper, nothing more, nothing less.

Episode 150 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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I had a few hours to kill before work one morning, so I decided to head down to a public garden a few miles from my house and take some pictures.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography. I hope they inspire you.

Last year, journalist Esther Honig published a viral series of images showing how photo retouchers in 27 countries around the world “enhanced” a portrait of her according to their cultural preferences. Inspired by that project, the UK medical website Superdrug Online Doctor just published a similar experiment that explores body image.

I’m always searching for interesting personal projects—ideas that are worth the effort and time it takes to make it visible.

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