The Praying Monks, or: How Quickly False Facts Can Spread for Viral Photos

praying It’s pretty common for great images to go viral on social media sites, but what happens when a photo goes viral with an incorrect caption… twice? Bangkok-based photographer Luke Duggleby recently experienced that firsthand when his 2010 image of 40,000 Thai monks in prayer at the Dhammakaya Temple made the rounds on social media following the Nepal earthquake, captioned as “100,000 monks in prayer after the Nepal earthquake as a necessary gesture of power.” Years ago, the image had gone viral in a similar fashion, only that time it was captioned “praying monks in Myanmar.” Luke’s photo has been shared countless times over the past couple months with the altered Nepal caption—here are just a couple of the places we found it:
American Hip-Hop artist B.o.B. posted the image on his Facebook page—that post alone received nearly 60,000 shares.

American Hip-Hop artist B.o.B. posted the image on his Facebook page—that post alone received nearly 60,000 shares.

Man Attacked by Bison After Taking Up-Close Photo with His iPad

7742962212_1dc0670d15_z It seems people still aren’t learning to keep their distance from wild animals when shooting tourist snapshots. A man was attacked and seriously injured by a bison in Yellowstone National Park yesterday after he tried to take photos of it with his iPad from just 3 to 5 feet away. A Yellowstone spokesperson says that the bison was lying the grass near a paved walkway near the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Several people surrounded the bison, and then man decided to step forward and shoot some up-close photos. The Associated Press reports that the 62-year-old Australian was tossed several times into the air by the animal. The National Park service recommends that people stay at least 25 yards away from bison, as they can weigh as much as a small car and run three times faster than humans. Bison and elk may seem friendly compared to bears and wolves, but
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This is a Giant Fujinon XA55 Broadcast Lens on a Tiny Panasonic GH4

giantandtiny What do you get if you mount a giant $60,000 broadcast lens to a tiny mirrorless camera? That’s what YouTube user SirJonnyCargo recently set out to find out. He used a Fotodiox lens adapter to mount his Panasonic GH4 onto a Fujinon XA55 lens. The results were actually very impressive. Here’s the video he posted showing what he did and some sample footage shot using the strange camera kit: The lens is a 9.5-525mm f/1.7 lens, but with a 2x extender and the 2.3X crop factor of the GH4, it’s the equivalent of a 44-2415mm lens in 35mm terms. That means it can go from this on the wide end: wide To this when zoomed in: tele This camera and lens combo “worked surprisingly well,” SirJonnyCargo says. Now if we could only find that $60,000 we misplaced… (via SirJonnyCargo via 43 Rumors)
Image credits: Video and still frames
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Chris Farina: A Top Boxing Photographer Shares the Tricks of His Trade

Here’s a fascinating 14-minute documentary about the work of Chris Farina, one of the world’s top boxing photographers and the official shooter for Top Rank. Farina shares about his career journey and how he goes about shooting some of the biggest athletes and fights in the sport. shootingringside One of the things Farina talks about is the importance of getting to know the fighters’ habits in order to anticipate what they’re going to do. “What we shoot is not what we see. We shoot before we see it,” he says. “If you see it through the camera, you missed it.”
Image credits: Video and still frame by the Undisputed Champion Network (UCN)

Mirror Self Portraits from the Early Days of Photography

earlyselfies Staring into a mirror and taking a self-portrait with a camera is nothing new. People have been trying to find ways to take their photographs since the 19th century. As humans, we take an interest in ourselves – a curiosity with a dash of self-obsession. A photograph can acknowledge our existence and allow us to view ourselves from the standpoint of others around us. Here are a collection of mirror self-portraits from years passed. The Edwardian period, the first decade of the 20th century, gave birth to a self-portrait of a woman using her dresser mirror and a box camera. The photograph depicts the woman taking her portrait; on the side, is a shelf full of other photos. We can assume she was relatively interested in photography at the turn of the century. unidentified_woman_taking_her_own_photograph_using_a_mirror_and_a_box_camera_roughly_1900-2 One of the first self-portraits of a teenager was believed to have occurred in 1914, since then,
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I Was a Victim of the Fake Negative Review Scam That Targets Photographers

threattophotogs There is currently a scam targeting photographers nationwide. It begins with a threat of false negative reviews if a business owner doesn’t pay a “reputation management fee”. Whether the business responds or not, the scammers will post many negative reviews then offer to have them removed or pushed down the search results… For a fee, of course. My photography business, Nyberg Photography, has become a victim of this extortion scam, as have countless other photographers around the country. It’s very important to research all reviews, whether good or bad, to ensure they are true. The key thing to remember about reviews, is that anyone can write a review for a company, even if they have never done business with that company or even live in a different country. And not all reviews are honest reviews, some may in fact be false. When looking at reviews, check for the owners
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Frog Photographer Robin Moore Hunts for the Rarest Creatures on Earth

robinfrogphotog Robin Moore is both a nature photographer and a conservation biologist. An amphibian specialist, he uses his skills in photography to create beautiful photos of some of the most endangered frogs on Earth, sharing those images with the world to raise awareness. In 2010, Moore teamed up with 120 researchers from 21 different countries on a hunt for lost species that were feared to be extinct — the team set out to find and photograph some of the most elusive creatures on Earth. Here’s a 16-minute feature by BBC Earth in which Moore shares his passion in using photos for conservation: In 2014, Moore published a book of his photos titled “In Search of Lost Frogs.” The 256-pages contain roughly 70,000 words and around 400 photos, and is currently the #1 ranked book on Amazon in the Amphibian Zoology section. Here are some of Moore’s amazing photos showing
The Cuchumatan Golden Toad, Incilius aurarius, from the Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, found during a search for lost salamanders. This species was only discovered as recently as 2012.
An Hourglass Frog, Dendropsophus ebraccatus,  on a blade of grass in the Osa Peninsula.
Reticulated Glass Frog, Hyalinobatrachium valerioi, on a leaf in the Osa Peninsula. Glass frogs are so-named because of their virtually transparent skin.
An Andes Poison Dart Frog, Ranitomeya opisthomelas, in the ChocÛ rainforest.
Red-eyed Treefrogs, Agalychnis calidryas, in amplexus in the Osa Peninsula.
Golfo Dulce Poison Dart Frog, Phyllobates vittatus, in the Osa Peninsula, endangered. One of the most toxic frogs in the world.
Variable Harlequin Frog, Atelopus varius, a critically endangered species that was feared extinct before being rediscovered in 2003.
Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog, Eleutherodactylus thorectes, a critically endangered species in the Massif de la Hotte. One of the smallest frogs in the world, it was rediscovered in 2010 after close to two decades.
La Hotte Glanded Frog, Eleutherodactylus glandulifer, a critically endangered species on the Massif de la Hotte. Rediscovered after almost 20 years in 2010.
A new species of beaked toad - later dubbed the "Monty Burns Toad" on account of its similarity to the nefarious villain in the Simpsons - found in the Choco of Colombia whilst searching for a lost species.
A Canal Zone Treefrog, Hypsiboas rufitelus, in the ChocÛ of Colombia with a shock of red webbing between the toes.
A glass frog, Hyalinobatrachium ruedai, peers through a leaf in the Choco of Colombia as we search for lost frogs.
The Solomon Islands Eyelash Frog, Ceratobatrachus guentheri, skips the tadpole stage, opting instead to lay eggs on the forest floor.
Finalist, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012. Honorable Mention, FotoWeek DC Natural History Portfolio 2011. Eyelash frog, Ceratobatrachus guentheri, on a leaf
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The Magic of a Chemical Photo Restoration Process

If given an old print to restore, most photographers these days would probably choose to scan it and fix the image up in Photoshop. Japanese restoration expert Murabayashi Takao uses a different technique: one that involves the magic of chemical processes. Watch and be amazed in the 10-minute video above. The video is episode 1 of a Japanese series titled “The Fascinating Repairmen,” which examines how repair experts in various fields do their restorations. According to a translation of the narration by Reddit user iizuna, Takao examines a print carefully to measure out the exact amount of chemistry needed — even a 0.1 gram change can make a huge difference in how the restored print turns out. Takao only has one shot at attempting this process: if it doesn’t turn out right, or if the print is completely wiped out, it can’t be recovered. The process
Before (left) and after (right) the chemical restoration.
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The Center-Framed Style of Mad Max: Fury Road

Yesterday we shared some interesting before-and-after images showing the visual effects work that went into the hit Hollywood movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Here’s a second look at the film from a different angle: the composition. In the 1.5-minute video above, editor Vashi Nedomansky explores how keeping all the action in the center of each frame made the shots so effective and easy to follow. “Because almost every shot was center framed, comprehending the action requires no hunting of each new shot for the point of interest,” Nedomansky writes. “The viewer doesn’t need 3 or 4 frames to figure out where to look. It’s like watching an old hand-drawn flip book whiz by. The focus is always in the same spot!” (via Vashi Visuals via ISO 1200)
P.S. Last year we shared a video showing how director Wes Anderson uses center framing and symmetry.

JPEG Compression Test: Google Photos vs. JPEGmini

googlephotosjpgmini In this article I will take a look at Google Photos’ new photo compression performance. I’ve been using a program called JPEGmini for a couple years now to compress my JPEG images. Its compression of JPEGs is lossy, but it claims to do so leaving the perceptual image quality virtually unchanged. As far as I can tell, its claims are pretty accurate, and it has literally helped me cut the size of some of my picture folders in half. As I’m sure most of you are aware, Google just unveiled Google Photos, and with it announced unlimited storage space for photos and videos. The unlimited part comes with a caveat: Google will apply lossy compression to your files. Like JPEGmini, Google claims to be able to apply lossy compression to images without changing the perceptual quality of the image. If you analyze the uncompressed and compressed images with a
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Five Tips to Help You Take Your Street Photography to the Next Level

DSCF0673-2-2 The art of street photography can be an extremely rewarding experience for photographers who are looking to capture the current state of the human condition. Candid street photography has allowed artists to capture the nature of the world and reflect on how society truly acts when it does believe it is being watched. If you’ve begun your venture into the world of street photography and already have a good handling of the basics, here are some tips to take your work to the next level. Disclaimer: Before I begin, I would like to point out that the photographs I am using in this article were shot by myself. I am far from the world’s best street photographer, and my photographs are simply here to illustrate possible points of focus on your next adventure. However, if you do indeed like my imagery, I thank you very much for your kind words.
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Photoshop CC 2014 Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet for Mac Users

cheatsheetheader Photographer John Coats wanted to become more familiar with the latest default Photoshop CC 2014 keyboard shortcuts, so he created a handy cheat sheet to use as an at-a-glance reference. It’s designed for photographers who use Mac, and is of high enough resolution (2560×1440) to be used as the desktop background on many displays. You can download the file for yourself here (or here).

This Telescope Uses 10 Canon Lenses Worth $100,000

canonlenses Now here’s a neat use of Canon’s lenses: the University of Toronto owns one of the smallest professional astronomical telescopes in the world that uses an array of photographic camera lenses instead of a single lens. Called the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, it uses ten ordinary Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II lenses that cost $9,999 each. That’s $100,000 in photo gear.
The Dragonfly uses 10 Canon

The Dragonfly uses 10 copies of the commercial available Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II

The telescope was born back in 2013 with only three lenses. Since then, more have been added, increasing the size of the telescope and improving its ability to detect extremely faint details around distant galaxies.
The Dragonfly back when it only had 8 lenses.

The Dragonfly back when it only had 8 lenses.

Yale astronomers used the 8-lens Dragonfly with a different arrangement.

Yale astronomers used the 8-lens Dragonfly with a different arrangement.

According to the university, the Dragonfly can actually see things that the “largest, most advanced” telescopes can’t thanks to the
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A Look at Benrido, One of the Last Collotype Printers in the World

callotype Collotype is a photo printing process that was invented by French photographer Alphonse Louis Poitevin back in 1856. Due to its ability to preserve fine detail in prints, the process was used to create fine art photo prints for many years before other processes arrived on the scene. Photographer Fritz Schumann writes that the collotype printing industry has collapsed in recent years, and that there are now only two commercial collotype printing companies remaining in the world. Both of them are found in Kyoto, Japan. The larger of the two, and the only one that can print in color, is a studio called Benrido. Schumann recently paid the studio a visit and created a beautiful 10-minute short film about its operations titled “A Story of Ink & Steel”: Benrido released a short-film itself about a year ago to share what collotypes are and what the studio does: Here’s another 10-minute
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Film vs. Digital: A Comparison of the Advantages and Disadvantages

photography-analog-camera-2 In a world in which photographs are primarily taken with digital image sensors, there are a growing number of photographers who are newly interested in film formats of the past. Why would anyone in our age of technological convenience still choose to shoot with analog film? To understand the advantages and disadvantages of each shooting practice, we are comparing the different aspects of each’s image quality, along with the cost of usage. If you have been thinking of tinkering with film photography, you have landed in the right place.


When it comes to both digital and analog formats, photographers want to know that their efforts will result in sharp, high-resolution photographs. With digital image sensors, we determine resolution by counting the number of pixels within a given area. Film does not have pixels, and thus an analysis of a film’s resolving power is calculated through angular resolution. Both methods
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A Look at How Photographer Jody Rogac Works in Her Brooklyn Studio

Mossless photo magazine founder and freelance photo editor Romke Hoogwaerts has launched a new video series titled in situ, which offers a casual, behind-the-scenes look at how photographers work and interact. The first video, shown above, features photographer Jody Rogac at work in her Gowanus, Brooklyn-based studio. Rogac shows us a little of how she organizes, creates, and edits her photos. one two three four Be sure to take a look at Mossless if you’ve never heard of it before. Hoogwaerts and co-founder Grace Leigh have regularly published fantastic interviews with photographers since launching the magazine in 2009. (via in situ via Reddit)
Image credits: Video and still frames by Romke Hoogwaerts/in situ

Electrophotography: Creating Photos with the Xerox Photocopying Process

electrography Most photocopiers (AKA Xerox machines) these days use a technology called xerography, which is also known as electrophotography. While it’s almost always used as a means to create copies of documents, electrophotography can also be used as a photo process for making prints. Photographer Tom Carpenter is one of the few artists on Earth who works extensively with this process for his images. Here’s a short two-minute-long documentary show how Carpenter creates an electrophotograph using Xerox’s oldest commercial copier: Electrophotography has some interesting attributes. A darkroom isn’t needed since the printing can be done in the light, it can produce detailed images with a nice tonal range, it doesn’t require toxic chemicals, and it’s faster than traditional film photography. Growing up in Rochester, New York, where Xerox was founded, Carpenter was trained in the process by photographer Joel Swartz, who did a significant amount of work with it in
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A Time-Lapse from a Telescope’s Point of View

Since 2012, photographer Kenneth Brandon has regularly ventured into the great outdoors at night to shoot time-lapse photos of the dark sky. He recently began to wonder what a time-lapse would look like from a point-of-view on his telescope rather than through it, so he attached a DSLR to the outside on a recent shoot in Panamint Valley, California. The video above is what resulted. Brandon says he was using a Celestron C11 telescope with a CGE computerized mount for tracking stars as they move across the night sky. In the video, we see how well the mount is able to keep stars fixed in the frame, eliminating star trails as long exposures are being captured. For the “piggyback camera” mounted to the outside, Brandon used a Canon 6D with a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens. telescopeandcamera You can find Brandon’s time-lapse work on his website and through his YouTube channel.
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OldSF and OldNYC: Historical Photos Plotted on Maps

oldnycheader OldSF and OldNYC are two websites created by software engineer Dan Vanderkam, who gathered tens of thousands of historical photos of San Francisco and New York City and plotted them on city maps. OldSF contains 13,000 geotagged photos found in the San Francisco Public Library’s Historical Photograph Collection, while OldNYC contains 40,000 from the New York Public Library. oldsfscreen Each of the websites is an interactive city map that contains dots at the locations where each photo was captured. streetsdots Click a dot to bring up a lightbox showing old photos snapped there. The items are linked to their pages at their respective libraries, and users can comment on images and submit feedback and corrections. galleryspot photodetails For the OldNYC project, Vanderkam tells CityLab that he has been working on it as a labor of love with library staff since 2013. The team has been using optical character recognition software to decipher geotag
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Assignment of a Lifetime: Riding in a U-2 Spy Plane at the Edge of Space

Back in 2010, San Francisco-based photographer Christopher Michel received a once-in-a-lifetime photo assignment from the US Navel Institute: to ride in the back seat of a U-2 spy plane at the “edge of space.” At the plane’s cruising and intelligence-gathering altitude of 70,000 feet above the ground, temperatures outside the plane fall to 70 degrees below zero. In the 3-minute video above, Michel shares a behind-the-scenes account of what the experience was like, along with a selfie he snapped in the air using a GoPro camera. You can find Michel’s photos from the assignment on his website. (via Seeker Stories via Laughing Squid)