Emilia Clarke’s True Calling is Posing for Stock Photos

Vanity Fair created this tongue-in-cheek 4.5-minute video in which actress Emilia Clarke recreates some of the most generic business stock photos. “I feel confident that making stock footage is what I’ll be known for forever,” says Clarke, who’s currently best known for her roles in Game of Thrones and the new Star Wars movie, Solo. “Making stock footage… that’s the new high bar.” (via Vanity Fair via Laughing Squid)

This Photographer Uses a Quad-Flash

Godox recently released its new EC-200 extension head (AKA Flashpoint eVOLV 200) for the Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash (AKA Flashpoint eVOLV 200). Celebrity photographer Markus Klinko decided to combine four extenders and flashes into this unusual-looking quad-flash. Klinko has used many different ring flashes and parabolic umbrellas over the course of his career, but “neither [type is] ideal for extreme close up work when balanced, even front-lighting is required,” he writes at DPReview. But these “new remote heads from China on the other hand, are small and light enough to allow for several of them to be
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Why Infrared Images Look the Way They Do

Infrared photos and videos have an instantly recognizable look to them that you’re probably familiar with. But do you know the reasons things look the way they do? Here’s an interesting 4-minute video that explores the subject through infrared views of the “invisible” side of London. The video was created by Andrew Steele, a photographer, computational biologist, and science presenter. It “shows what you would see if your vision extended beyond the red end of the rainbow,” Steele says. The infrared shots were filmed with a Nikon D5200 DSLR “was converted to full-spectrum by removing the hot mirror and
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Here’s a 4K Flow Motion Timelapse of an African Safari

Time-lapse photography artist Tyler Fairbank just released this beautiful 3-minute short film titled Safari Botswana. It’s a 4K “flow motion” timelapse that captures the sights and sounds of the African country. “I shot about 38,000 raw still images over 8 days and the entire video is made up of those stills,” Fairbank tells PetaPixel. Those 38,000 photos were rendered into roughly 300 separate time-lapse clips. Everything was edited in LightroomTL, Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve. “From the Okavango to Chobe to the Kalahari, Botswana is home to some of the best wildlife in the world,” Fairbank writes.
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Northrups Sue Photo Thief, Make Them Pay $60,000

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup were shocked when they discovered one of their photos being used on a product’s packaging without their knowledge or permission. They then sued the photo thief and collected AU$60,000 (~$45,000) for the offense. Here’s a 26-minute video in which they share the story of how it all happened. It all started back in May 2016, when the Northrups were sent a photo of a fancy $49 iPhone case on a Target store shelf… with a photo Tony had shot of Chelsea (using a DIY ring light) staring out from the screen.
The original
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US May Soon Require Drones to Have Visible License Plates

Heads up if you’re a drone-flying photographer in the United States: the government may soon require a physical license plate on the outside of your drone. Bloomberg spotted the proposed rule that was quietly filed earlier this month. Drone owners are currently required to register their aircraft with the FAA and place identification information somewhere on their drone, but the new rule would go a step further and require license plates that are visible at all times, just like what’s required of cars. “This action would require small unmanned aircraft owners to display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA
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Fujifilm X-T100: Most of the Goodness of the X-T20 for Just $600

Fujifilm has announced the X-T100, the latest mirrorless camera model in the X Series lineup and an even more affordable sibling of the $900 X-T20. The X-T100 is an entry-level body in the X Series stable for photographers who are willing to give up some feature, specs, and portability offered by the X-T20 in order to save on cost. Inside the X-T100 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor (not X-Trans) with a high-speed imaging processor (not X-Processor Pro). The sensor has an ISO range of 200-12800 and is extendable to 100-51200. The continuous shooting speed is 6fps, down from
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Photographer Captures Eagle and Fox Fighting Over Rabbit in Midair

Wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi was out shooting a few days ago when he witnessed and photographed a crazy sight: a bald eagle and red fox fighting over a rabbit… in midair. While photographing the non-native foxes in San Juan Island National Historical Park on San Juan Island in Washington state, Ebi spotted a young red fox carrying a rabbit it had caught across a meadow. As he panned his camera to follow that fox, a bald eagle suddenly swooped in from behind Ebi and grabbed the rabbit while it was in the fox’s mouth. “To my surprise, the scene was
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This Photography Jacket Was Inspired by the US Military’s M-65 Field Jacket

The camera bag brand Langly has unveiled a new weatherproof jacket designed for professional photographers called The Langly Field Jacket. The design was inspired by the US military’s iconic M-1965 (AKA M-65) field jacket. “Originally developed by the military to function in any climate, the M-65 keeps cool on hot days, warm on cold nights, and dry during monsoons,” Langly says.
The US Military’s M65 field jacket (available at Army Surplus World), the inspiration for the Langly Field Jacket.
The Langly Field Jacket features a wind- and water-resistant outer shell, weatherproof tape-sealed seams, and an adjustable wireframe hood
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Perspective Distortion, Or: Why Lens Compression Doesn’t Exist

Here’s an enlightening 7-minute video by Fstoppers that explains why “lens compression” is a misconception that’s actually “perspective distortion”. Basically, the reason a camera can “add 10 pounds” to a person isn’t due to the focal length of the lens used but rather the distance from the camera to the subject. But since that distance is largely dependent on how large the subject needs to appear in the frame, distortions are often explained as “lens compression.” “These noticeable differences lead most photographers to believe that wide angle lenses are distorting a scene while telephoto lenses are compressing a scene,
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Apollo Lets You Magically Edit Lighting in iPhone Portrait Mode Photos

Apollo is a new “immersive illumination” iPhone app that lets you edit 3D lighting in Portrait mode photos. The app uses the depth map created by dual camera iPhones, allowing you to post-process photos as if they were 3D renders. “Apollo is the first app to use the depth data of your portrait mode photos to calculate photorealistic lighting,” Apollo says. “Using a proprietary graphics card processing algorithm, Apollo is able to illuminate a portrait scene in real time.” You can add up to 20 new light sources in each photo. Each light source can be adjusted for position
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This Camera Got Too Close to a Rocket Launch

Renowned NASA photographer Bill Ingalls placed a remote DSLR camera too close to the launch pad during the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch yesterday. When he went back to retrieve the camera, this is what he found. The $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and pricey L lens used for the close-up had gotten melted by the intense heat. “Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh,” Ingalls writes. “And yes, it made pix until its demise.” Ingalls did manage to retrieve photos from the memory card on the camera, including this frame
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Google Photos Now Lets You ‘Star’ and ‘Heart’ Pictures

Google Photos is taking another step towards being a social photo sharing app that can compete with the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. Google has unveiled the ability to “star” and “heart” photos. The new “star” is the mechanism for adding photos as Favorites and will be available when browsing your own photos. This lets you highlight the “keepers” you’ll want to look back on by visiting the new Favorites album.

People Magazine Once Paid $10,000 for a Photo It Didn’t Even Want

Photographers often reminisce about the glory days of magazines, when they were given huge budgets, freedoms, and paychecks to create images. Here’s one crazy example of what things were like then: People magazine once paid $10,000 for exclusive rights to a photo it didn’t even want… just to keep it away from competitors. The New York Times has published a fascinating oral history documenting the last days of Time Inc. before the “pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.” Former People assistant managing editor Albert Kim shares how publications would get into
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Sony Investing $9B in Image Sensors, Aims to Be Top Camera Brand by 2021

Sony has unveiled a new three-year plan for its business segments under new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, and it’s clear that one of the company’s primary goals is to dominate digital photography. The company, already the clear-cut leader in image sensors with a reported 50% market share, is planning to invest 1 trillion yen (~$9 billion) into mostly image sensors over the next three years as companies like Samsung and (now) Canon have begun ramping up their own sensor businesses. And in a presentation given at Sony IR Day 2018, Sony also stated that one of its mid-range initiatives
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Photographer Has Close Encounters with Huge Manta Rays

Photographer William Drumm of Denver, Colorado, has been traveling to Socorro Island over the past two years in hopes of swimming and capturing images of the world’s largest manta rays. This 2-minute video shows some of the beautiful encounters Drumm has had. Caters Clips writes that the shots were captured between October 2017 and April 2018. The largest manta rays on Earth can reach a whopping 23 feet (7m) in width, or about the length of four humans lined up head to toe.

RED and Lucid Unveil 8K 3D Camera for 4V Holographic Photos

The camera companies RED and Lucid have unveiled a new 8K 3D/4V camera that’s designed to work with the RED Hydrogen One modular holographic phone. RED is building the high-resolution hardware for the camera while Lucid is providing the 3D Fusion Technology software that it’ll use. The new camera will be the “first dual camera to give users full 8K video and picture capabilities converting to 4V in real-time while allowing them to shoot like professionals with dynamically adjustable lens distances for the best 3D focus and zoom,” Lucid says. Attaching a RED Hydrogen One phone to the camera will
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Do $5,000 Camera Lenses Float?

There’s a viral video floating around that appears shows a photographer accidentally dropping what looks like a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS lens into a swimming pool while crouched at the edge. Photographer Steven Ho of Macau, China, posted the video to his Facebook page, where it quickly received hundreds of shares and tens of thousands of views:
“What if it were you?” Ho asks in the caption. If this video wasn’t faked, then the photographer may have taken over $7,000 worth of Canon DSLR gear for a swim: a high-end 5D-style DSLR could be around $2,000 used, and
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Instagram’s ‘All Caught Up’ Feature to Ease Your FOMO

Instagram’s decision to move away from a simple chronological feed to an algorithm-based stream can make it difficult to keep track of whether you’ve seen everything “new” from people you follow. But help is on the way: Instagram is now testing an “All Caught Up” message to let you know when you’re up to speed. TechCrunch reports that some users have begun seeing the feature — Instagram often tests prospective features among a subset of users prior to rolling it out to all — while scrolling through their feeds. Once you’ve browsed through everything new over the past couple of
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Shutterbug Kills Print Magazine, Goes Web-Only After 45 Years

Shutterbug has announced that it’s ending its photography print magazine after 45 years, moving forward as an entirely Web-based publication. “Shutterbug magazine had a great run, but the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last 4+ decades, and we felt now was the time for Shutterbug to become a dynamic, web-only publication,” Editor-in-Chief Dan Havlik says. “Shutterbug.com has grown dramatically in recent years with record traffic and expanded reach to photographers around the world. We can now dedicate all our resources to further growing our online presence and expanding our video, social media, mobile and e-commerce channels.”
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