5 Reasons to Bring Your Photography Outside


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Memorial Day has passed and at least here in southern New England, summer is in the air. Around this time of year I find myself outside more often than not, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, the work load is too much and I get stuck in the studio or working in front of a computer for long hours during the day. If you’re anything like me you can only take so much time indoors, so getting outside is essential. If the long days, warm nights, and sunshine aren’t enough to get you into the outdoors with a camera, here are a few reasons why getting outside can help you become a better photographer.

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$1,350 Camera Drone Whacked Out of the Air by an Angry Neighbor


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The folks over at Lucky7Drones were testing out their $1,350 DJI Phantom 3 camera drone this week when an angry neighbor walked up and whacked the drone out of the air with a shirt, breaking the 4K camera and three of the props.

Luckily for the drone operators, the whole incident was captured on camera.

In a blog post, the drone owners write that the “extremely inebriated” neighbor actually committed a felony by damaging their drone since it’s valued at over $500 (in California anything over $900 is felony vandalism).

The drone's 4K camera was heavily damaged in the incident.

The drone’s 4K camera was heavily damaged in the incident.

When the cops arrived on the scene, they questioned the man about a big gash on his shin — it turns out that after the man smacked the drone, the drone gave the man’s leg a smacking as well.

“We want people to see this and know that violence

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DEFY’s Dactylcam Lite Essentially Gives You a 600ft. Dolly Anywhere You Need It


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While DEFY already has a camera line system for larger cameras, they’ve released a cheaper version, the Dactylcam Lite, that handles payloads up to 10 pounds (and with the G2X attached, cameras up to 3.5 pounds):





Here’s more on the Dactylcam Lite Kit mentioned in the video, which comes in at $5,000:


  • DEFY G2X gimbal for handheld stabilization
  • Dactylcam Lite line system for line system stabilization
  • Up to 10 lbs of payload on the Dactylcam Lite line system
  • Up to 3.5 lbs of payload on the G2X gimbal system
  • One-piece solid construction packable aluminum sled
  • Quick hook asymmetrical design
  • Easy quick release and attachment to line
  • Speeds up to 35+ mph
  • Gimbal Quick Release Plate
  • Self-leveling and Dampening Camera Swing
  • Pelican Case with custom TrekPak
  • Customer Service rep provided for initial set up and tutorials
  • Technical support via phone, email and/or video chat


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Hasselblad A5D: A New Line of Aerial Medium Format Digital Cameras


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Back in March, Phase One Industrial launched the world’s smallest 80MP medium format camera for drones. Now Hasselblad is following suit with an aerial camera announcement of its own. The company has announced a new line of aerial cameras called the A5D.

The new cameras feature a sleek, black design and are available in three different sensor sizes: 40MP, 50MP, and 60MP. They boast up to 14 stops of dynamic range and can store images on CF cards or on external storage.

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Like the Phase One camera, the Hasselblad body is geared more toward industrial purposes rather than ordinary still photography. There’s a camera synchronization feature that allows 8 of the cameras to capture exposures with 20 μs of each other, making the photos easier to stitch afterward.

Hasselblad is offering 9 of its H System lenses in aerial editions with special locking mounts that minimize vibration and increase stability.

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My New Thoughts on Google Photos After Digging Around for a Week


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Last week when Google Photos launched, I quickly tested it out and then wrote a post with my immediate initial reaction to the service. Much of my early disappointment centered around the fact that Google chose to limit the size of photos in the service to 16 megapixels. As a DSLR shooter this meant that a large portion of my library would be downsized with Google Photos. Bummer.

Flickr by contrast offers every user 1TB of free storage for your photos (which is more than what 99.999% of photographers need at present) at full original high resolution.

So in my mind this made Flickr’s free offering a vastly superior offering over Google Photo’s free offering. Flickr’s had that offer out for a while now which is why I hoped that Google would respond by offering us a similar 1TB (or more) of full high res original storage. Google Photos

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One Man Orchestra: 100 Clones in 1 Photograph


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This may look like an ordinary photo of an orchestra, but there’s something special about this shot: it’s a clone photo in which every one of the 100 musicians in the frame is the same person.

The image was created by Alexander Light, a violinist for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra who’s also a passionate photographer.

After hearing of the idea, the orchestra wanted to make a giant print of Light’s photo, so Light created the shot as a giant panoramic image measuring 200 megapixels. Roughly 400 individual photos were stitched to create the final photo.

Light tells us he first photographed the empty music hall, and then shot photos of orchestra percussionist Heming Valebjørg sitting in each chair with each instrument. The shoot took 5 hours to complete.

The photographer then spent 7 months editing the image in his free time. Here are some crops that offer a closer look

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Report: Nikon and Apple Working on Secret iOS App


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If you’re a Nikon photographer using iOS devices, you may be in for a treat in the near future. Rumor has it that Nikon and Apple are currently collaborating on a secret new iOS app for Nikon cameras.

Nikon Rumors wrote back in early March that app engineers at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California, were working with Nikon USA on a “secret project.” There was speculation at the time that it could involve the Apple Watch.

Yesterday Nikon Rumors posted an update on this, saying that the secret project is actually a new iOS app — most likely Nikon branded — that will allow photographers to purchase new features and have them added to their Nikon cameras wirelessly.

No word yet on whether this is meant for Coolpix compact cameras, or whether it will also involve Nikon DSLRs, but it sounds like Nikon is working on some kind of

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This Week In Photography Books: Sachiko Kawanabe


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by Jonathan Blaustein

The sun doesn’t care if you live or die.

It’s true.

The glowing orb, impossibly far away, hangs in the sky, while we spin around it. Its heat and light enable our existence, yes, but don’t fool yourself.

The implacable star has no feelings about any of us. It just is, and so are we. The only difference, near as I can tell, is that we are here for the briefest of times, aware our journey is finite.

The sun, on the other hand, will outlive us all.

I’m sitting at my white kitchen table, musing as usual, enjoying the ambient sounds of chirping crickets. Outside, the aspen leaves shimmer as only they can; proof of the slight breeze that animates them. Bird calls complete the scene.

There is nothing else, at the moment.

I just finished meditating, which is a practice I’m trying to adopt. It might explain my metaphysical mood. Meditation is one of those things that are clearly good for you, like spinach, but it takes dedication to adopt it properly. (We’ll see if it sticks.)

So I AM calmer than I might otherwise be. But it’s not just the silence, and the sweet muscle relaxation that comes from sitting still, breathing in and out in rhythm. No, my mood was further enhanced by just the right photobook, at just the right moment.

I’ve really come to love this job, because I have a routine that revolves around entering other people’s worlds, each and every week. I’m rather picky about what I like, when I see things on the wall. I want NEW. I want innovation.

But with books, I’m far more interested in crossing the threshold of an immersive experience. Losing myself, as I do when I have a camera in my

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Tiffen’s Rota Pola VND & 138mm VND Let You Quickly Control Exposure in Matte Boxes


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Tiffen showed off a few interesting filter products at NAB, including a new 138mm variable ND, and the new Rota Pola VND, which takes their circular polarizer filter tray, and adds another polarizer to give you a variable ND:




To read more on the 138mm, there’s a PDF you can check out here. Here’s more on the Rota Pola VND (which doesn’t seem like it’s shipping yet but should retail for under $1,000):


  • Up to three effects in one unit:
  1. Rotating Tiffen 138mm Circular Polarizer
  2. VND (Variable Neutral Density)*
  3. Warm to Cool FX fader*

Filming Mad Max: Fury Road- with DP John Seale ACS ASC and 2nd Unit cinematographer David Burr ACS


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By technical editor Matt Allard: https://vimeo.com/127381179 The Victorian Branch of the ACS (Australian Cinematography Society) recently had a detailed explanation of what went into filming Mad Max: Fury Road. The film’s cinematographer John Seale ACS ASC and 2nd Unit cinematographer David Burr ACS take you through a brilliant two-hour presentation. Fury Road has been in […]

Atomos Shogun Action Pack – Matte LCD Protector, Lightweight Travel case, Armor Case and Sunhood


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By technical editor Matt Allard: Atomos have announced a new range of add on accessories designed to make the 4K Shogun monitor recorder more durable and easier use in the field. The new accessories will be bundled together under the name Shogun Action Pack but they will also be available to purchase separately. It is […]

RCs New York City Gallery Show June 13, 2015 11AM-6PM


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First off, I’d like to thank Scott for giving me the opportunity to share this invitation with you.  Next Saturday June 13, 2015 I will have a few of my images shown at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City as part of Canon’s #FromLightToInk campaign.  As a NYer, born and raised – I can’t begin to explain how exciting and humbling it is to have my work there, if for such a short amount of time.  If you are in the area, I would totally love it if you could stop in.

I also wanted to share with you a little bit about the project – and why I was even happier to participate once I knew the social media involvement in it – not having it be about me.

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The project came about as a partnership with Canon to have people more

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More Thoughts on Google Photos


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More Thoughts on Google Photos

Last week when Google Photos launched, I quickly tested it out and then wrote a post with my immediate initial reaction to the service. Much of my early disappointment centered around the fact that Google chose to limit the size of photos in the service to 16 megapixels. As a DSLR shooter this meant that a large portion of my library would be downsized with Google Photos. Bummer.

Flickr by contrast offers every user 1TB of free storage for your photos (which is more than 99.999% of photographers need at present) at full original high resolution.

So in my mind this made Flickr’s free offering a vastly superior offering over Google Photo’s free offering. Flickr’s had that offer out for a while now which is why I hoped that Google would respond by offering us a similar 1TB (or more) of full high res original storage. Google Photos will

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