Magazine Covers Shot with Phones Ain’t No Thang

Scoring a national magazine cover shoot to prove the greatness of a phone’s camera has become part of the standard PR playbook for manufacturers. TIME featured photos taken by Luisa Dörr using an iPhone for a September 2017 cover story entitled “Firsts” about women changing the world.
One of seventeen TIME covers photographed on iPhone by Luisa Dörr.
And GQ’s November 2018 cover features an image of First Man’s Ryan Gosling shot by Giampaolo Sgura on a Google Pixel 3.
Photo by Giampaolo Sgura shot with a Google Pixel 3.
On the one hand, the quality
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Why You’ll Never Find a Camera That’s Been to the Moon on eBay

NASA’s Apollo Program was an audacious mission to send astronauts to the moon — a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy’s in a bold speech in 1961 that was an ongoing part of the Cold War. NASA’s use of photography aboard spacecraft originated during the Mercury Program when John Glenn carried two cameras during his Mercury-Atlas 6 program: 1) a Leica 1g for ultraviolet spectroscopic photos, and 2) a modified Ansco Autoset (which was a rebadged Minolta Hi-Matic by the Ansco Company) which took the first human-shot, color still photos.
Astronaut Wally Schirra had been using a Hasselblad
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Magazine Covers Shot with Phones Ain’t No Thing

Scoring a national magazine cover shoot to prove the greatness of a phone’s camera has become part of the standard PR playbook for manufacturers. TIME featured photos taken by Luisa Dörr using an iPhone for a September 2017 over story entitled “Firsts” about women changing the world. One of seventeen TIME covers photographed on iPhone… The post Magazine Covers Shot with Phones Ain’t No Thing appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why You’ll Never Find a Camera That’s Been to the Moon on eBay

NASA’s Apollo Program was an audacious mission to send astronauts to the moon – a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy’s in bold speech in 1961 that was an ongoing part of the Cold War. NASA’s use of photography aboard spacecraft originated during the Mercury Program when John Glenn carried two cameras during… The post Why You’ll Never Find a Camera That’s Been to the Moon on eBay appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

A Star is Born – Jay Clendenin Goes Large with Lady Gaga

This weekend, Lady Gaga makes her leading actress debut in the fourth remake of A Star is Born co-written, starring, and directed by Bradley Cooper. The critics are predictably going, well, gaga over it. PR, of course, plays a role in any film’s success, and as Hollywood’s paper of record, the Los Angeles Times has a hand in… The post A Star is Born – Jay Clendenin Goes Large with Lady Gaga appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why David Butow’s Image of Jeff Flake Stands Out

Both position and timing matter in capturing a compelling and visually descriptive photo. Last week’s explosive SCOTUS confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh provided another interesting opportunity to explore this concept as a small group of photographers trained their cameras on the Senate Judiciary Committee members before the key vote on a motion to proceed to… The post Why David Butow’s Image of Jeff Flake Stands Out appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why Dedicated Cameras Will Always Be (Optically) Better than Smartphones

It’s September, which means another generation of Apple iPhones. This year, the iPhone XS (pronounced “ten ess”) adds a slightly larger sensor plus significantly more computing power via the A12 Bionic Chip to enhance the phone’s image signal processing. But despite the ability to perform 5 trillion operations a second, the iPhone still can’t do something your dedicated ILP camera can, namely, collect as much light. And when it comes to photography, true exposure (i.e. the total number of photons captured) is directly related to image quality. Of course, that much computing power does give some powerful workarounds.

Portrait
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PSA: It’s ‘Bokeh’ not ‘Bokuh’

There are many sounds that native American English speakers have trouble reproducing. The French “r” (aka the “voiceless uvular fricative”), the rolled double “rr” in Spanish, tonal sounds in various Chinese languages like Mandarin and Cantonese. But when it comes to the Japanese word that has entered the photographic lexicon to describe the quality of out-of-focusness, there is no excuse. It’s only two syllables.
From Apple’s iPhone webpage.
Bokeh. ボケ. “Bo” as in “both.” “Keh” as in “Kevin.”
It’s not “Bo-kuh” where the “kuh” sounds like “cover.” The mispronunciation is exacerbated by people like Apple’s Phil Schiller
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Why Dedicated Cameras Will Always Be (Optically) Better than Smartphones

It’s September which means another generation of Apple iPhones. This year, the iPhone XS (pronounced “ten ess”) adds a slightly larger sensor plus significantly more computing power via the A12 Bionic Chip to enhance the phone’s image signal processing. But despite the ability to perform 5 trillion operations a second, the iPhone still can’t do… The post Why Dedicated Cameras Will Always Be (Optically) Better than Smartphones appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

PSA: It’s “Bokeh” not “Bokuh”

Image: Apple There are many sounds that native American English speakers have trouble reproducing. The French “r” (aka the “voiceless uvular fricative”), the rolled double “rr” in Spanish, tonal sounds in various Chinese languages like Mandarin and Cantonese. But when it comes to the Japanese word that has entered the photographic lexicon to describe the… The post PSA: It’s “Bokeh” not “Bokuh” appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Who Photographed that Colin Kaepernick Nike Image?

Nike and Colin Kaepernick broke the Internet this week with an ad campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It.”

Reaction to the ad campaign was (unsurprisingly) highly polarized, and although Nike’s stock tumbled 3%, most marketing pundits have suggested that the controversy around the campaign is a win for the sneaker manufacturer. But who took the photo? Hint: It’s in the eyes. The image has the classic two Kino Flo lighting pattern employed by Martin Schoeller,
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Who Photographed that Colin Kaepernick Nike Image?

Nike and Colin Kaepernick broke the Internet yesterday with an ad campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of  “Just Do It.”  Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018 Reaction to the ad campaign was (unsurprisingly) highly polarized, and although Nike’s stock tumbled 3%, most marketing pundits… The post Who Photographed that Colin Kaepernick Nike Image? appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Flange Distance and Mount Diameter Explained by a Lens Engineer

Nikon has understandably made a big deal about launching their new Z-mount alongside the announcement of their new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. The Nikon F-mount was originally released 59 years ago and the company has made backward compatibility of the system a brand pillar. But technology has changed dramatically over that time, and the release of the new system allowed Nikon engineers to effectively design a lens system without being hamstrung by history. Two key design features are a much shallower flange distance and a much larger mount diameter. But what the heck does that mean? Nikon optical
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An Optical Engineer Explains Lens Flange Distance and Mount Diameter

Nikon has understandably made a big deal about launching their new Z-mount alongside the announcement of their new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. The Nikon F-mount was originally released 59 years ago(!) and the company has made backward compatibility of the system a brand pillar. But technology has changed dramatically over that time, and… The post An Optical Engineer Explains Lens Flange Distance and Mount Diameter appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

How Much Depth-of-Field Do You Get with Nikon’s 58mm f/0.95 Lens?

Along with the announcement of Nikon’s new mirrorless Z-system was the development announcement of a 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens. The Z-mount’s huge inner diameter of 55mm (the F-mount has a 44mm diameter) means more light collection capability, which enables ridiculously fast lens design. Nikon’s F-mount 58mm offering tops out at f/1.4. Of course, the larger the aperture, the shallower the depth-of-field. If you’ve ever shot headshots with a longer lens wide open you know how frustrating it can be to nail focus on the eyes when dealing with razor-thin DOF. The sway of your body can easily mean
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How Much Depth-of-Field Do You Get with Nikon’s 58mm f/0.95 lens?

Along with the announcement of Nikon’s new mirrorless Z-system was the development announcement of a 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens. The Z-mount’s huge inner diameter of 55mm (the F-mount has a 44mm diameter) means more light collection capability, which enables ridiculously fast lens design. Nikon’s F-mount 58mm offering tops out at f/1.4. Of course, the larger… The post How Much Depth-of-Field Do You Get with Nikon’s 58mm f/0.95 lens? appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

How Much Depth-of-Field Do You Get with Nikon’s 58mm f/0.95 lens?

Along with the announcement of Nikon’s new mirrorless Z-system was the development announcement of a 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens. The Z-mount’s huge inner diameter of 55mm (the F-mount has a 44mm diameter) means more light collection capability, which enables ridiculously fast lens design. Nikon’s F-mount 58mm offering tops out at f/1.4. Of course, the larger… The post How Much Depth-of-Field Do You Get with Nikon’s 58mm f/0.95 lens? appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Photographing Baltimore’s Murderous Summer

Photojournalist and photo editor J.M. Giordano has served in the Army, photographed a story on druids in the UK, worked in Prague, and been beaten by the police while covering the Freddie Gray protests (he called it an “occupational hazard”). The Baltimore native returned to the U.S. following 9/11 and has built his career on photographing… The post Photographing Baltimore’s Murderous Summer appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Photographing Baltimore’s Murderous Summer

Photojournalist and photo editor J.M. Giordano has served in the Army, photographed a story on druids in the UK, worked in Prague, and been beaten by the police while covering the Freddie Gray protests (he called it an “occupational hazard”). The Baltimore native returned to the U.S. following 9/11 and has built his career on photographing… The post Photographing Baltimore’s Murderous Summer appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Be Wary of the Wellcome Photography Prize

The Wellcome Trust is the world’s second largest charitable trust with an endowment of approximately £23.2 billion (~$30 billion). For the past 20 years, it has produced a photo contest called the Wellcome Image Awards, and this year, it rebranded the contest as the Wellcome Photography Prize. The Prize is free to enter, and images can be submitted into one of four categories. Each category winner receives £1,250 while the overall winner receives a prize of £15,000 (~USD$19,000). Furthermore, the winners and shortlisted entries will be displayed at the Lethaby Gallery of the University of the Arts London. My
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