This Music Video is About Camera Gear Lust


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Canadian photographer Taylor Jackson just dropped this new music video for a song titled “Gear Lust.” It’s about the never-ending desire some photographers have for getting more and more camera gear — something popularly referred to as Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.).

The song also features vocals by Canadian wedding photographer Lindsay Coulter.

This song is destined to shoot straight to the top of the MFT charts.

Astrophotography Can Capture Seismograms During Earthquakes


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During an earthquake, a camera capturing a long exposure of the night sky can capture star trails as seismograms that records the motion of the ground.

Back on January 20th, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Coquimbo, Chile. About 56 miles (90km) away, the ESO La Silla Observatory was in the process of shooting images of the night sky.

The observatory’s Rapid Action Telescope for Transient Objects (TAROT) telescope, which monitors gamma-ray bursts, was shooting a series of 10-second exposures of geostationary satellites and stars.

In the stacked photo above, each star trail is seen three times. The blurry left version

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Fake Model Wearing Ridiculous Outfits Tricks Fashion Week Photographers


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The world of high fashion can get weird, and YouTubers Zac and Jay wanted to see whether they could fake their way to the top of London Fashion Week 2019 by capitalizing on this weirdness. As you can see in this humorous 15-minute video, they accomplished their goal in getting photographers to buy the ruse, hook, line, and sinker.

The duo enlisted the help of Max Fosh, a “confident, unfashionable, blank canvas of a man.” After shopping for cheap but unusual items of clothing, the team came up with ridiculous outfits for Fosh and had him walk

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Hungary Using ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ Couple to Tell Couples to Have Kids


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The Hungarian government has launched a public campaign to encourage couples to have more children. What’s humorous is the choice of stock photo: whoever was responsible for the giant billboards chose the same couple that appears in the well-known “Distracted Boyfriend” photo meme.

The original “Distracted Boyfriend” photo by Antonio Guillem.

Shot by Spanish photographer Antonio Guillem back in 2015, the “Distracted Boyfriend” photo went globally viral as a meme in 2017. It shows a man with his girlfriend turning around to check out another girl who’s walking by (much to the annoyance of his girlfriend).

So it’s hilarious that

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Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster


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The MIT Technology Review recently published a story titled, “The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same.” The photo accompanying the article pissed off a hipster, and hilarity ensued.

The article was a summary of a research paper that found that in trying to make a “counter-cultural statement,” hipsters often end up looking like each other. And at the top of the article was a photo illustration of a hipster with copies of him:

The Register reports that the magazine soon received an angry email from a man who wasn’t happy when he saw himself

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Pictionary Air is Light-Painting Turned Into a Game


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The classic charades-inspired word-guessing drawing game Pictionary is entering the digital age, and light-painting photographers will feel right at home. If you need some fun practice before you head out with your camera, the upcoming Pictionary Air involves drawing in the air with a light pen.

Instead of using pen and paper, the drawer in Pictionary Air is tasked with drawing an invisible picture in mid-air using the special giant light pen. Whatever is drawn will show up in real-time on smartphones, tablets, or TVs (using Chromecast or AirPlay), allowing teammates to guess what the clue being drawn is.

The

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The Photo Editor Who Used a Homing Pigeon to Rush Photos to Press


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Photographer and photo editors sometimes need to bend over backwards to meet deadlines. Back in 1987, one newspaper photo editor came up with a clever way to rush some news photos from location to press: he used a homing pigeon.

Foster Marshall passed away on January 1st, 2019, after a 40-year-career as a photographer and photo editor for the The Florida Times-Union, a major daily newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida.

In his obituary celebrating his life and career, the Times-Union shared a wonderful story that highlights Marshall’s ingenuity and ability to think fast on his feet.

Foster Marshall, former photo

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How a Photographer Included Himself in a Family Photo a Century Ago


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Before the self timer and remote shutter release appeared in the world of cameras, photographers had a much trickier time getting themselves into group photos if they didn’t have an assistant to help expose the shot. But a vintage photo has surfaced showing one photographer’s clever solution to this problem.

The photo shared to multiple subreddits recently shows an unusual family portrait from the early 1900s (allegedly pre-1920, making it over a century old).

In addition to the family sitting among bushes, the photographer himself — perhaps the older son in the family? — and his large format camera can

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This is Why You Pay the Creative Who Shot Your Content


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If you’re a photographer or videographer who has ever had a client who refused to pay up after a project was shot, here’s a humorous story of revenge that may tickle your funny bone. Ridge Production claims that American rapper Sheck Wes didn’t pay up for the music video they shot, so they turned the footage they own into this absolutely ridiculous 4-minute parody (warning: there’s strong language).

Ridge founder and director Pat Ridge tells Highsnobiety that after shooting the music video a few months ago, his company was told that Sheck Wes didn’t like what they had created. He

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This Short Film is About the Agony of Waiting for a Pre-ordered Camera


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If you’ve ever pre-ordered some camera gear, you may know the struggle of spending days, weeks, or months waiting and wondering about when you’ll ever hold the equipment in your hands. That’s the pain that’s captured in this 3-minute tongue-in-cheek short film by SkyVista Productions.

The film shows a conversation between an uncle and his niece, who has been eagerly waiting months for the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K she pre-ordered from B&H. The $1,295 4K RAW compact camera was announced back in April 2018 but has been released in limited quantities on a first-come-first-served basis, so she’s definitely

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Discovering History in an 80-Year-Old Camera


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In my mom’s home office, there has been a really old camera sitting on her bookshelf since I can remember. No one ever touched it. I don’t remember a time where it has ever moved.

When we moved back to the states this past summer, we stayed with my parents for a week or so. I have no idea what I was doing, but one morning it caught my eye. When I ask my mom if I could have it (cheeky, I know) and she told me it was dad’s. So, off to look for dad I go!

Now he’s

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This Aerial Photo of Frozen Lakes is Not What It Seems


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Check out this aerial photo of four lakes in an icy winter landscape. It’s actually not what it seems. Photographer Josh Nukem captured this photo of a frozen puddle from ground level in his own backyard.

Josh had snapped a casual photo of the ground using his iPhone 8 Plus. Later, while reviewing his photos, he came across this one and had to do a double take.

“The way this picture of a frozen puddle in my backyard looks like a landscape from the perspective of a plane,” he writes, adding that zero editing has been done to the shot.

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Take a Trip Through Paris in the Late 1890s


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Want to see what life in the streets of Paris was like over a century ago in the late 1890s? Film restorer Guy Jones collected old footage shot between 1896 and 1900, slowed it down to a natural speed, and added sound for ambiance. This beautiful 6-minute experience is what resulted.

The scenes were all captured in Belle Époque-era Paris, France, by the Lumière company. Here’s an index of things and places you’ll see in the video:

0:08 Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)

0:58 Alma Bridge (1900)

1:37 Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)

2:33 Place de la Concorde (1897)

3:24 Passing of a

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The Dark Truth Behind the Sensor Size War


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Want to learn about the history of digital camera sensor sizes? Camera Conspiracies made this entirely serious and fantastically educational 11-minute video on the dark history behind the digital camera industry’s sensor size war (warning: it contains profanity).

“There are much bigger questions than whether Micro Four Thirds sensors can stack up with full frame,” he writes. “The sensor size war has a dark side that no one is talking about. Let us discuss.”

When the Cameraman Can Run as Fast as the Sprinters…


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Live side views of sprinters are usually shot using remote cameras on rails. But if you have a cameraman that’s as fit and fast as the athletes themselves, you can ditch the high-tech equipment and use just a gimbal stabilizer instead.

A clip from the 2016 Reebok Crossfit Games has been going viral online this week. It shows how ultra-fit cameraman Marston Sawyers ran alongside the competitors during the Suicide Sprint, keeping up with the top runners and keeping them in the frame while holding a heavy stabilized camera rig with one hand.

5 Camera Tricks… for Cheapskates


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Need a chuckle? Alex over at I did a thing made this 4.5-minute tongue-in-cheek video showing 5 creative camera tricks you can use… if you’re a cheapskate.

“Can’t afford to buy expensive camera gear or you would prefer to spend it on beverages?” Alex says. “Don’t worry, I have your back! And your legs, feet and head.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the golden nuggets of wisdom you’ll find in the tutorial:

Tip #1: “BLT” Camera Slider. When you don’t have money for a real camera slider but you have a fridge.

Tip #2: Rat Camera Angle.

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How NOT to Use a Reflective Umbrella


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Photographer Holly Romaya was walking through a local mall in the Detroit metro area recently when she noticed something peculiar about the mall Santa photo area set up for kids portraits. It seems the people responsible for setting up the lighting equipment don’t actually know how it’s supposed to work.

“As I was walking through my local mall, I saw the Christmas set up and took a peek at their setup,” Romaya tells PetaPixel, “and I said to myself, ‘Oh dear… That’s not right and it will give horrible light.’”

Here’s how the AlienBees flash unit and umbrella were

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Zoom Into the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way


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Scientists just further confirmed what has long been believed: that there’s a supermassive black hole scientists named Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This mind-blowing 1.5-minute video zooms in from a wide view of the night sky into the tiny little area where the latest telescopic observations were just made.

In a paper published on October 31st, 2018, scientists at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) detailed how they used the GRAVITY interferometer and the four telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to create a virtual telescope that effectively has a diameter of 427 feet

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This DSLR Costume is Fully Functional Camera


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By day, Yohei Shimada is a Japanese commercial photographer. When Halloween rolls around, Shimada becomes Cameraaman, a human-sized, fully-functioning DSLR camera that roams the streets of Japan to photograph other costume-wearers.

Here’s a photo of Cameraaman by photographer Taichi Andoh:

Pressing the shutter button on the costume triggers an off-camera flash photo that’s instantly displayed on the camera’s LCD panel for the subjects to review. Seeing the camera costume in action causes a huge deal of excitement among passersby.

Here are clips of Cameraaman

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Wedding Photographer Pushes Stepmom Aside to Get the Shot


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Wedding photographers often complain of ‘Uncle Bobs,’ or relatives who get in the way of professional photographers while trying to snap their own photos. When photographer Ashley Easterling encountered this during a wedding ceremony recently, she refused to allow the relative to ruin the bride and groom’s first kiss photo.

The 46-second video shows Josh and Lorna Dane Gantt being pronounced as husband and wife. As Easterling stands in the aisle to capture their first kiss as a married couple, Easterling’s stepmother (who had repeatedly stood in the aisle to shoot photos with her smartphone) stepped in front of Easterling

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