These Shoes Feature a Vintage Nikon Camera Patent Illustration

Here’s a pair of shoes you might find interesting if you’re a photographer, and particularly a Nikon shooter. The online store Zen Photo is selling “Nikon Patent Sheet Shoes.” The design on the sneakers is an illustration from a vintage Nikon camera patent. The high top sneakers feature a rounded toe and a soft-textile lining. Sizes range from men’s size 8 to size 14. Here’s a closer look at the design: If you’re interested in picking up a pair, they’re currently on sale at Zen Photo for $60, down from the regular price of $100. (via ZenPhoto via
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Aurora Photographers Spot New Night Sky Phenomenon, Name it ‘Steve’

Aurora photographers have been buzzing in recent days about a newly spotted phenomenon in the sky. It’s a purple ribbon of light that differs in appearance from standard aurora. After being confirmed as a new phenomenon, it was given a new name: “Steve.” After focusing its Swarm program satellites on locations where there were Steve sightings by photographers, the European Space Agency detected the purple ribbon with its instruments. The temperature inside the ribbon was 3000°C hotter than the air around it, and the gas was traveling at 6 km/s versus the 10 m/s speed of the surrounding air.
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Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3,583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision was realized with the creation of an art museum, site specific works, and a veritable explosion of art and architecture by the likes of Tadao Ando, James Turrell, Walter de Maria, Claude Monet, Rei Naito, Ryue Nishizawa and more.
Yayoi Kusama “Pumpkin.” Photo by
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Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision… The post Stop Taking Photos appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

China Says No Xie Xie to Dolce & Gabanna’s Photos

In 2012, Dolce & Gabbana launched their “Italian Family” campaign with actress/model Monica Bellucci and photographer Giampaolo Sgura. The campaign echoed Tommy Hilfiger’s 2010 campaign “The Hilfigers,” shot by Craig McDean, in which various models inhabited different characters of an quirky, idealized family (think Wes Anderson film). As the seasons progressed, the campaign morphed from a fictionalized… The post China Says No Xie Xie to Dolce & Gabanna’s Photos appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

When You’re Taking a Photo Class But Your Only Friend is a Cat…

This digital contact sheet is what you get when you’re doing a high school portrait photography project, but your only friend is a cat. “This was a high school photography class I took in 2011,” the photo enthusiast, Cherie, tells PetaPixel. “The assignment was to photograph a subject in different types of light: silhouette, glamour, split light, etc.” Cherie says she didn’t have any friends at the high school she could call upon, so she decided to shoot portraits of her cat Pumpkin. “I used a desk lamp behind a poster board, put the cat on a stool,
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The Real Behind My ‘Pretty’ Instagram Feed

Today, while casually scrolling through someone’s perfectly curated Instagram feed (#FeedGoals for sure), I all of a sudden had to fight the urge to hurl my phone against the wall. I wasn’t annoyed at the Instagrammer with perfect hair (although why mine never falls remotely like hers is infuriating). I was annoyed at the cultural pressure so many of us choose to succumb to when snapping away and editing our latest photos for Instagram. Look, it’s not like I’m going to start posting pictures of my boring lunch in my dimly lit kitchen — I’m not that against Insta-culture. And
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I Got a Free Haircut Using My Camera

My name is Trey Cockrum, I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Indiana. This is the story of how I recently traded my photography for a haircut. I was out in Laguna Beach, California, for a conference I was shooting and attending, and I ended up seeing a barber shop just down the street from where the conference was being held. At some point, the group of people I was with made a bet to see if I could get a free haircut from the barber using my photography services — no one in the group thought
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This Photo Shows Earth Framed by the Rings of Saturn

NASA just published this remarkable photo captured by its Cassini spacecraft on April 12th, 2017. Shot from 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away, it shows Earth as a bright dot framed by Saturn’s icy rings. Zooming into the original, high-res version of the photo also shows the Moon as a smaller and dimmer point of light near Earth:
This cropped and zoomed-in version of the photo above shows the Moon next to Earth.
NASA says the photo was made while the rings were backlit — they were blocking the Sun from view while the spacecraft’s camera’s snapped the
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How NOT to Approach a Photograper If You’re an ‘Influencer’

I really dislike it when photographers aren’t treated with respect for their time and talent. Sadly, it happens way too often. Photographer Justin Rosenberg recently fell into this situation. He was recently approached by a media personality that wanted to take advantage of her position. The funny part is that she had less online engagement than he did, so there was legitimately no value to the over-inflated claims produced in the beginning. The conversation below is exactly how NOT to approach a photographer when you want someone to produce content for you. I do wonder if she just moved on
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The Trump Administration Has Finally Started Using Flickr

It took a lot longer than we expected—in fact, some said it would never happen—but President Trump’s administration has finally given in and started uploading to the official White House Flickr account. A slew of uploads all went up yesterday, starting with a “Photo of the Day” from March 15th and progressing from there. When the Flickr account first went live yesterday, every photo uploaded was a so-called “Photo of the Day,” covering most (but not all) of the days from March 15th through April 20th. These were followed by a slew of photos from last weekend’s White House
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People are Forming Instagram ‘Pods’ to Try and Beat the Big Bad Algorithm

There’s a new Instagram fad in town, and it promises to bring you more followers, likes, comments, and exposure for your work. No, we’re not talking about botting—that’s already on its way out. We’re talking about exclusive groups called “pods.” As anyone who has ever spent time on a photo sharing platform knows, bots, like-for-like, and comment spamming runs rampant. 500px was (is?) notorious for not cracking down hard enough, and Flickr certainly isn’t immune, but it’s Instagram who has been hardest hit over the last year or so. As the community has grown to over 600 million
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Video: This Large Bird is Not a Fan of Wildlife Photographers

Wildlife photography can be tough if your subject insists on making life difficult for you. Here’s a video that shows a recent encounter between a wildlife photographer in Belarus and a western capercaillie, the largest member of the grouse family. The photographer was shooting at a wildlife sanctuary at Vyhanaščanskaje Lake when the capercaillie decided it had seen enough of the picture-taking. It began sitting on the photographer, biting at him, and whacking him with its wings, forcing the photographer to set his DSLR kit down and protect his face instead.

Photographer’s Stolen Cameras Blown Up by Bomb Squad

There was a bizarre story over in Canada recently that ended with a photojournalist watching his stolen Nikon camera equipment getting blown up by a bomb squad. While shooting at a courthouse in Quebec on April 3rd, photojournalist Éric Beaupré had over $6,000 in camera equipment stolen after he left his bag in what he thought was an area reserved for the press. Gone were two expensive DSLRs and four pricey lenses. A few days later, on April 7th, a large cardboard box mysteriously appeared at the front door of the newspaper L’Express. On the outside of the box was
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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Should the Media Use Official Portraits When Reporting Misconduct?

Two police officers in Georgia were fired after videos showing them brutally beating a motorist spread like wildfire on social media. A criminal investigation has been initiated over their conduct, and photos of the two officers have emerged in the media. The official police portraits from the Gwinnett County Police paint a radically different personae than the actions of Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Officer Robert McDonald caught on video. The smiling faces of civil servants in uniform posing in front of the American flag create a cognitive dissonance in light of the assault. The motorist, Demetrius Hollins, on the other
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Should the Media Use Official Portraits When Reporting Misconduct?

Two police officers in Georgia were fired after videos showing them brutally beating a motorist spread like wildfire on social media. A criminal investigation has been initiated over their conduct, and photos of the two officers have emerged in the media. The official police portraits from the Gwinnett County Police paint a radically different personae than… The post Should the Media Use Official Portraits When Reporting Misconduct? appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

This Web App Creates Random Camera Company Marketing Jargon

When camera companies announce new cameras or lenses, the press releases are often filled with generic statements about the wonderful qualities of the product. Now the marketing teams behind those words have a new shortcut: the Random Photo Marketing Generator. The humorous tongue-in-cheek web app is the creation of Lens Rentals founder Roger Cicala and software developer Seb Pearce. It all started when Cicala realized that camera corp press releases were all so similar that they might as well have been automatically generated. “Today’s photography marketing blurbs were so boring they might as well be generated by a computer,” Cicala
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