‘Eadweard’ is a Biopic About Photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard is a new indie biopic about the life of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who’s considered to be one of the godfathers of cinema due to his early experiments with capturing and projecting motion. The film is a 104-minute psychological drama that tells the story of Muybridge’s life, from his controversial photos of nude and deformed subjects, to the murder of his wife’s lover, to his work as one of the earliest “filmmakers.” eadweard Muybridge is the photographer who famously used 12 separate still cameras in 1872 to photograph a horse galloping as a sequence of shots (proving that all 4 feet come off the ground at the same time): galloping Here are some still frames and publicity shots from Eadweard: stillframe1 stillframe2 standing camera publicity stillframe3 jump Eadweard has gotten very positive reviews so far (it has a score of 7.5 on IMDB) and has been screening in various cities around the world
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A Glimpse Into Iron Mountain’s Mine, Home of Many Iconic Photo Originals

In rural Butler, Pennsylvania, hidden away 220 feet under the hills is one of the most valuable priceless photo collections in the world. That’s where a company called Iron Mountain helps store Corbis gigantic collection of historical photos in a refrigerated, maximum security vault. We’ve taken a couple of looks at this vault in the past, once in 2011 and again in 2014. The 6-minute video above is yet another look at Iron Mountain’s fascinating facility: in addition to showing the photo collection in the mines, it takes a step back and gives us a better picture of what the whole underground operation is like. In case you missed them the first time around, here are the previous videos we shared that look more closely at the photo collection kept in the Iron Mountain mine:

Sony RX100 IV Sample Shots at 100fps, 250fps, 500fps, and 1000fps

Earlier this month, we shared some sample 1,000fps footage captured with the new Sony RX100 IV. If you’d like a closer look at the slow-mo capabilities of the camera, photographer Mathieu Gasquet of MirrorLessons just posted this 3-minute-long video that contains various clips shot at 100fps, 250fps, 500fps, and 1000fps (and played back at 25fps). Keep in mind that the Sony RX100 IV is a sub-$1,000 compact camera.

Studying Lovebirds Could Help Us Build Better Drone Cameras, Scientists Say

lovebirddrone The way lovebirds turn their heads while flying could help engineers build better camera drones that can capture scenes with less blur, even during high-speed maneuvers. That’s what scientists are saying after studying the flight of lovebirds with a high-speed camera. Stanford mechanical engineering professor David Lentink recently discovered that lovebirds are able to turn their head at record-breaking speeds during flight. The birds, which are known for their agility in the air, were found to be able to turn their heads at up to 2,700 degrees per second. This means the bird could turn its head 360-degrees around (if it could) in less time than it takes for a human to blink — their head turns are literally faster than the blink of an eye. Here’s a super-slow motion video of a lovebird turning its head and changing its direction in the air: So how does this finding have
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The Story Behind Steve McCurry’s Iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ Photo

afghangirlheader Want to hear the story of how the iconic Afghan Girl photo was shot? NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry to find out the background behind the famous National Geographic cover picture. Here’s the 4-minute-long segment that aired this past weekend: McCurry was in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan in December 1984 when he came across the girl in a makeshift classroom. “I noticed this one little girl with these incredible eyes and I instantly knew that this was really the only picture I wanted to take,” he tells NPR. The photo he took went on to become one of the most popular images ever to grace the front of National Geographic.
P.S. You can also read a text version of the story over on NPR’s website.
Image credits: Header photographs by Steve McCurry

This is How Press Photos Were Transmitted Back in the 1970s

In our world of digital photography and high speed Internet, photojournalists can quickly and easily send large numbers of high-res photos to the other side of the globe. Things weren’t always so convenient. The video above shows what a photo transmitter looked like back in the 1970s. What you see is a United Press International UPI Model 16-S, which scanned photos and then transmitted them using a telephone line. In a 2012 blog post for The Dallas Morning News, photo director Chris Wilkins offers a glimpse into how the UPI 16-S worked. First, you place a print on the drum and start the transmitter. The drum then rotates at a consistent speed while a scanning beam would move slowly across the photo, scanning one line at a time. Transmitting the analog signal required a connection to a phone line. The Dallas Morning News shares this photo showing how the
Photograph by Andy Scott/The Dallas Morning News
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US Publishes Unseen Photos of 9/11 by Dick Cheney’s Staff Photographer

19917058105_4f11e6dba9_z The United States has published a new collection of photographs taken in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001, attacks by Dick Cheney’s staff photographer. It’s a set of images showing Cheney, George W. Bush, and other prominent officials in the President’s Emergency Operations Center bunker. 356 photos were uploaded to a Flickr gallery created by The U.S. National Archives. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that was filed by PBS’ FRONTLINE. Here’s a selection of the photos showing how officials responded immediately after the terrorist attacks that day:
Vice President Cheney Watches Television

Vice President Cheney Watches Television

Vice President Cheney Watches Television

Vice President Cheney Watches Television

Vice President Cheney Talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Vice President Cheney Talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby

Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Depart the White House on Marine Two

Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Depart the White House on Marine Two

Vice President Cheney Aboard Marine Two

Vice President Cheney Aboard Marine Two

Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

This is What Adobe’s Dehaze Slider Does to Photos of the Night Sky

beforeafter Adobe’s new Dehaze slider has been wowing photographers since it was launched for Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW last month. We’ve seen what it can do for haze, rainy days, and blizzards, but there’s yet another interesting application: enhancing photos of the starry night sky. New Zealand-based photographer Tom Mackintosh recently did some casual experiments with this late one night from the outer suburbs of Auckland, where light pollution still affects his view of the sky. After setting up his Canon DSLR and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, he captured this photo at ISO 3200, 24mm, f/2.8, and 20s (this is what the unedited RAW photo looked like straight out of camera): T90SidH He then did some standard enhancements inside standard, tweaking tone, noise, color, and sharpening. Here’s what he was able to get with those tools: 5owUXni Not bad, right? The Milky Way became more visible, and the
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How to Create Basic Double Exposure Portraits in Camera and in Photoshop

4 Scouting the world to find the perfect shot is one of photography’s pure joys. You discover the perfect moment, carefully frame your viewfinder, and press the shutter button. Within a fraction of a second, the world is seemingly pulled in through your lens: striking your film or sensor to create an everlasting impression. However, what would happen if you fired the shutter a second time and created another impression over the first? You would create a double exposure: two images combined within a single frame. Let’s take a look and see how these artful creations come to fruition through a bit of simple ingenuity.

The Magical Double Exposure

During the days of film, a double exposure could be captured by taking one photograph and then snapping another without advancing the frame. By carefully composing the shadows within the first image, the second image can fill in areas that were
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You Sure You Want to Be a Wedding Photographer?

Screen-Shot-2015-07-21-at-6.28.56-PM If you want to be a wedding photographer, you need to stop and think about your life. So you want to be a wedding photographer? Want to go pro, go full-time, ditch that desk and take the industry by storm? Stop and think about your life. Do you LOVE to work? Like, truly LOVE working? Not the recognition, not the money and the fame, and least of all the internal accomplishment feedback that comes from achieving small successes that only you can see. Nope, you pretty much need to love doing the work.
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Photo by Leeann Marie

Many fantasize about becoming professional wedding photographers. When you see rock-star photographers, their glamorous lives, their cool hair and fast cars, you perhaps do not see the hours, days, weeks and years of hard and thankless work that got their stars a-rockin’. That’s understandable. And when you realize that many of the actual
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This is the Power of Age-Reduction Visual Effects

You’ve probably seen many examples of Photoshop being used to make a portrait subject look younger, but have you seen the same type of age-reduction retouching in real-time video? Digital artist Rousselos Aravantinos recently did an age-reduction test using the digital compositing software Nuke and Mocha Pro. The 30-second video above shows the results of his experiment. “I’ve decided not to apply any facial markers, to challenge myself (and make my life more difficult). It’s a 100% work in 2D space,” the Los Angeles-based artist writes. “There are a few things i would like to improve, but I felt like it was time to move on.” beforeafteragereduc The original video is a short moving portrait of actress Michele Valley shot with a Nikon V1 mirrorless camera. You may not think that Aravantinos’ de-aging work looks completely realistic, but it’s an interesting look at what one person can do these days
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AP to Upload More Than 550,000 Historical Videos to YouTube

The Associated Press today announced that it will be uploading more than 550,000 historical video clips to YouTube, giving the public access to more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage of notable events. This project is being done in partnership with British Movietone, one of the world’s largest archives of historical newsreel footage. The goal is to create a sort of “view-on-demand visual encyclopedia.” “Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date,” the AP writes. The giant archive will feature videos spanning from 1895 to the present day. Here are some notable historical clips uploaded by AP Archive so far:

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

The Titanic Before Its Last Voyage in 1912

The Hindenburg Disaster in 1937

An England vs. Germany Soccer Match in 1938

The Attack
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How to Hold Your Camera: Tips from a Chiropractor

howtoholdchiropractor As a chiropractor, I’m always looking for improved biomechanics that reduce injury and fatigue. Proper camera technique increases stability, improves capture quality and protects your joints from repetitive microtrauma. The techniques I’ll be sharing work best for left eye dominant photography. If you have always been right eye dominant, experiment with using your left eye.

Tip #1: Your Stance

stance Begin with your connection to the ground. An athletic stance will maximize your stability. Assume the heel-toe line of a boxer’s stance. Place your feet shoulder width apart with an even distribution of weight. Use your legs to support the weight of your camera. Avoid muscling with your arms, shoulders and back. Relax your shoulders, do not hunch. Keep your feet not too close or far, not too squared, not too sideways. Do not lock out your knees.

Tip #2: Your Grip

gripping With your left hand, find the balance point of
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NASA Snaps First Photo of Earth with Camera That’s 1 Million Miles Away

nasaepicviewdscovr NASA’s new Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (DSCOVR) has captured its first photo (shown above) of our planet from one million miles away. By comparison, the similar and iconic Blue Marble photo captured by the crew of the Apollo 17 was just 28,000 miles away when that picture was snapped in 1972. At a distance of 1 million miles, every picture captured by DSCOVR actually shows what happened on Earth 5 seconds in the past, since that’s how long it takes light to travel from Earth to the camera. That camera is the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which packs a four-megapixel CCD sensor and an 11.8-inch telescope lens with a field of view of 0.61º. The sensor is black-and-white, and there are 10 different filters that can be rotated into position depending on the desired wavelength of light. “The color images of Earth from NASA’s EPIC
A photo of the EPIC camera found on DSCOVR.
The L1 Lagrangian point. Illustration by Xander89/Wikimedia.
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11 of the Most Interesting Lenses in the History of Photography

lens-637558_640 For almost two centuries, the science and art of photography has allowed people to capture the world around them through carefully crafted lenses. However, not all lenses are created equal. While most lenses just aim to please, others aim to impress. Today, we are taking a look at some of the most exotic lenses we could find.

#1. Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens: Creamy Bokeh

petzval_lens_quarter2_4_1_19 The Petzval lens has been in the spotlight since Lomography resurrected it in 2013 via KickStarter. The original glass, however, was developed in 1840 by Joseph Petzval. The lens itself is comprised of two doublet lenses and a Waterhouse aperture. The result is a lens with an extreme drop off in sharpness at the edges and a unique creamy bokeh. Lomography currently sells the glass starting at $599.

#2. Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens: Super Wide Angle

6mm_mini The legendary Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 from 1973 is
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A Brief History of the Canon Canonet Rangefinder

canonet In January of 1961, Canon introduced the Canonet, a consumer-friendly 35mm film rangefinder camera aimed at the average person. Over fifty years and fourteen variations later, film photographers still look back on the Canonet as an excellent choice for beginning and experienced photographers alike. Let’s travel back in time to see how it all began and why the Canonet remains popular even today. By the 1960s, Canon had introduced a number of film cameras that were well-suited for professional photographers, but the company wanted to branch out from their primary lineup of advanced cameras with an easy-to-use device. The idea of a camera for the masses birthed the original Canonet, which was priced at 18,800 yen — an equivalent of around $1,000 in today’s money after taking inflation into account.
Photography by Hiyotada

The original Canonet from 1961. (Photograph by Hiyotada)

The first Canonet from 1961 incorporated the company’s ‘Electronic Eye’
A Canonet GIII-17 with Canon flash unit. (Photograph by jvanderwees)
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Back in 1995, A 1MP Pro Digital Camera Cost $20,000

Want to see how far digital cameras have come over just the past 20 years? Check out this 4-minute clip that CNET released back in 1995, when digital cameras were only just starting to find their way into the hands of serious photographers. One of the cameras featured in the video was referred to as the “B-2 Stealth Bomber” of digital cameras at the time. It was a Fujix Nikon camera that cost $20,000 ($31,000 in today’s money), could shoot 1.3 megapixel photos, and used a removable 131MB hard drive that could store 70 photos. fujixnikoncamera Once digital photos were captured, you could transfer them to a computer and then “modem them” to production, anywhere in the world. During this time, Apple was still making standalone consumer digital cameras alongside companies like Kodak and Casio. The influential Apple QuickTake was produced between 1994 and 1997, and is considered to be
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Why I Stopped Using the DNG File Format

dngheader A couple of years ago, when I switched careers and moved into photography full time, I did a lot of research on multiple aspects of running a photography business. One of those areas, digital asset management (DAM), deals with, well, managing your digital assets, your image files. I discovered Adobe’s open standard Digital Negative Graphics (DNG) file format. There are a number of advantages to converting your proprietary raw files (CR2, NEF, etc.) to DNG files, including file size, embedded file verification, future compatibility, and speed. In Lightroom, DNG files open and render previews faster than raw files. Two years ago, that may have been beneficial, but now Lightroom has graphics-card hardware acceleration, SSD drives are relatively inexpensive to buy and easy to install, and RAM is inexpensive to upgrade and easy to install. On a good computer, the speed difference is microseconds, so small as to be unnoticeable.
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This is How Our Photos of Pluto Have Improved Over the Years

howviewchanged Pluto was first discovered on February 18, 1930, by a 23-year-old man named Clyde Tombaugh, who compared photos captured 6 days apart and discovered the dwarf planet moving between the two shots. Since then, scientists have created numerous photos of Pluto over the years, but none clearer than the ones NASA made over the past week with the New Horizons space probe. Here’s a look at how mankind’s view of Pluto has gotten sharper over the years as we’ve pointed better (and closer) cameras at it. These initial photographs were captured using the Hubble space telescope:

May 16, 1994


March 7, 1996




July 20, 2011

2011 New Horizons beamed back its first photo of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in April 2015:

April 9, 2015

4-9 Since then, photos of Pluto have gotten sharper and sharper as New Horizons approached for its flyby:

May 12, 2015


June 2, 2015


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TEDx Talk: Babycakes Romero Discusses ‘The Death of Conversation’

Street photographer Babycakes Romero scored a viral hit last year with his project “The Death of Conversation,” a series of photos showing people “together” but lost in the worlds of their own smartphones. Romero was recently invited to TEDxBergamo in Italy to talk about the project and his thoughts on the images. You can watch the 16-minute presentation above. In case you missed it the first time around, here are some of the photos from the series: You can find a larger set of the photos in our post from last year. More of Romero’s photo projects can also be seen on his website.