Photoshop CC Easter Eggs: Monkey, Banana, Coffee, and Toast

Did you know that hidden within Photoshop CC are a number of “easter eggs” that customize the photo editing app in wacky ways? Three that you can activate in the latest version of Photoshop CC are “Layer Monkey,” the “Banana Toolbar,” and “Coffee & Toast.” Here’s a quick look at how you find each one (keep in mind that these are entirely for fun, i.e. completely useless):

Layer Monkey

While you have a document open, select Window->Layer Comps. Create a new Layer Comp. Rename that Layer Comp to “Layer Monkey 0”, and you’ll suddenly see a
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Bus Photobombs Ruins Shot of Georgia Dome Implosion in a Hilarious Way

The Georgia Dome stadium was demolished yesterday after serving for decades as the home of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. During the event, one unlucky cameraman was on the receiving end of one of the funniest bus photobombs you’ll see. The 46-second video above shows what happened to the cameraman operating The Weather Channel’s livestream of the event. After 40 minutes of waiting to capture the implosion for the world to see, the cameraman was horrified to see a large bus roll into the frame at the exact moment the implosion began. “No bus! Get out of the way!
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‘Polaroid’ is a Scary Short Film with an Instant Camera

Why do so many photography-themed scary films feature Polaroid cameras? Who knows… but this 3-minute short film titled “Polaroid” by Joey Greene will have your heart racing. The synopsis reads: “It’s the things we can’t see that terrify us the most…” Not to be confused with a horror movie released into cinemas this year that’s also called Polaroid, this new film was shot with a very small crew using a RED Scarlet-Weapon. It was honored as a Staff Pick at Vimeo. In the film, the main character appears to be moving into a house. He opens up a box
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Khloe Kardashian Brings Own Lighting to DMV for Driver’s License Photo

Here’s an unusual idea that you may only be able to pull off if you’re rich, famous, and well-connected: socialite Khloe Kardashian wanted the perfect driver’s license photo, so she decided to bring her own portrait lighting and makeup artist to the DMV. In a recent episode of the reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kardashian brought lighting director Landon Hosto and her friend Malika Haqq to the DMV to help improve her driver’s license photo. After getting touched up by Haqq, Kardashian posed for her official portrait while Hosto held up a giant ring light in
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This Guy Ruins His Friends’ Instagram Food Photos

In the age of Instagram, snapping a photo of a picture-perfect meal before eating it has become something of a ritual (science also suggests it helps food taste better). But one guy has made it a ritual of his own to ruin his friends’ Instagram food photos and capture their horrified expressions. Kevin Freshwater posted a compilation video showing how his friends react to having their Instagram food snap ruined as it’s being shot (warning: there’s some strong language):
It seems there’s some kind of universal disdain for this type of Instagram photo. In less than a week after
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Photographer Barely Avoids Crashing Rally Car

Photographing rally car racing from right next to the track can be extremely hazardous to your health. Here’s a 1-minute video that shows how one cameraman narrowly avoided getting squashed recently by a crashing and flipping rally car. Positioned at the end of a bend, the man found himself directly in the path of an out of control car that slammed into the hill and began rolling toward him. He grabbed his camera and tripod and managed to sidestep the car just as it barreled past. And it’s not just out-of-control cars that photographers need to watch out for —
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A Colorized Photo of Native Americans Looking at Camera Film in 1913

Here’s a beautiful photo from over 100 years ago that shows two Native Americans looking at a strip of photographic film against the sky. It’s a black-and-white photo that was colorized by colorization artist Jecinci. The photo was captured in 1913 by photographer Joseph Kossuth Dixon during an expedition with department store tycoon Rodman Wanamaker, who sponsored three photographic expeditions between 1908 and 1913 to document the Native American way of life. Here’s the original image as it’s found in the Library of Congress digital collection: The caption is: “Two Native Americans, wearing feather headdresses, looking at photographic
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This is One Concert Photographer’s ‘Viral’ Business Card

Concert photographer Rich Gastwirt came up with this unusual “viral” business card for getting his website URL into people’s hands. It’s a simple black card that reads: “Hi. You don’t know me, but I’m trying to enjoy the show that you’re talking over. Kindly shut the f*** up.” In the bottom right-hand corner is his domain name, which forwards to his Facebook page. “The entire purpose is to be viral with them,” Gastwirt tells PetaPixel. “People always ask for cards at concerts and I used to make nice ones with photos, but they invariably ended up in the trash,
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Wedding Photo Recreates Childhood Shot of Bride and Groom

Here’s a beautiful then-and-now photo that shows a bride and groom on their wedding day in the exact same pose as when they received their first holy communion as children decades ago. Polish wedding photographer Maciej Rafalski was preparing to shoot the wedding of a couple named Paulina and Damian when he came across the childhood photo of them during the first communion. The young Damian is seen giving Paulina a sidelong glance. “When I saw this old photo, I knew we had to repeat it,” Rafalski tells PetaPixel. During their communion portion of the wedding ceremony, the couple were
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Wedding Photo Recreates Childhood Shot of Bride and Groom

Here’s a beautiful then-and-now photo that shows a bride and groom on their wedding day in the exact same pose as when they received their first holy communion as children decades ago. Polish wedding photographer Maciej Rafalski was preparing to shoot the wedding of a couple named Paulina and Damian when he came across the childhood photo of them during the first communion. The young Damian is seen giving Paulina a sidelong glance. “When I saw this old photo, I knew we had to repeat it,” Rafalski tells PetaPixel. He shared the idea with the couple, who loved the idea.
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Nikon Gear Arranged Neatly: This is One Photographer’s Collection

If you like both photography and “things arranged neatly” photos, check out this photo of photographer John S. Payne‘s Nikon SLR collection. Actually, this is only about 1/3 of his entire collection. Payne is a North Carolina-based photographer who has been shooting with Nikon since 1975 and seriously collecting since the early 1990s. He now has about 150 Nikon cameras and 155 lenses with a total value of about $150,000. We previously featured his camera collection in July 2016, when it was worth $125,000. Here’s the “family portrait” we shared at the time: If you’re wondering how
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This Artist Turns Trashed Cameras Into Little Robots

Recirculation Art” is an ongoing project by Southern California-based artist James Rauff in which he turns junked cameras into little robot figures. Creators writes that the whole concept started when Rauff was watching a movie and then decided to take apart an old Canon Powershot S410 to recreate the robot in the film. He began doing the same thing to other non-working cameras, and it became a series. After disassembling the cameras, Rauff modifies the little pieces and combines them in new forms using adhesives. Once the robot is built, he takes it out to various abandoned urban
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Watch a GoPro Go Through an Electron Beam Irradiator

Here’s a 2.5-minute video recorded by a GoPro Session action camera that was given a trip through an electron beam irradiator. “Radiation shielded Gopro Session is sent through electron beam irradiator,” writes Andrew Seltzman of RTF Technologies, who posted the video in December 2016. “[T]here is a 1/4″ thick lead plate above the camera box to provide shielding from direct irradiation from the beam. For this run the beam current was turned up to full power allowing the ionized air glow to be visible in the dark.” Seltzman is a plasma physics graduate student at the University
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Watch a GoPro Go Through an Electron Beam Irradiator

Here’s a 2.5-minute video recorded by a GoPro Session action camera that was given a trip through an electron beam irradiator. “Radiation shielded Gopro Session is sent through electron beam irradiator,” writes Andrew Seltzman of RTF Technologies, who posted the video in December 2016. “[T]here is a 1/4″ thick lead plate above the camera box to provide shielding from direct irradiation from the beam. For this run the beam current was turned up to full power allowing the ionized air glow to be visible in the dark.” Seltzman is a plasma physics graduate student at the University
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Watch a Camera Get Dissolved by Nail Polish Remover Fumes

Here’s a timelapse video showing how an old plastic camera melts away when you expose it to acetone fumes. The 3-minutes in the video spans 25 hours of real time. Acetone is the organic compound that’s the primary ingredient in nail polish removers and paint thinners. It’s a good solvent for many types of plastic, and as the video shows, you only need to expose plastics to the fumes rather than the liquid for dissolving to happen. (via Amazing Timelapse via Technabob)

Vintage Cameras Recreated with Paper by a Master Origami Artist

Korean artist Lee Ji-hee has recreated a selection of vintage cameras out of bright, colorful paper in some seriously advanced origami work. The paper versions are much funkier and bright than their original counterparts, giving the Seoul, South Korea-based artist’s work a unique style. There are plenty of cameras to see, too. He’s recreated many, from the 1952 Leica IIIf Red Dial to the 1938 Super Kodak Six-20. You can get an insight into how the cameras are made in this behind the scenes film. Looking closer at each camera, the attention to detail is amazing. If you want to
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Parody: A Fast-Posing Tutorial with the Model Who Pioneered It

Fast-posing for rapid-fire portrait shoots has been getting quite a bit of attention in recent times — last week we showed how Chinese models pull of two poses per second for retail fashion photos. Photographer Slater King has a humorous take on the trend: he made the 2-minute parody tutorial above with one of the models who helped pioneer fast posing. “Sometimes your client wants you to do a hundred, two hundred shots in a day,” King says. “Impossible. No… if you get fast posing right.” To demonstrate fast posing, King invites a model named Lena who revolutionized the
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This Rodeo Photographer Has Survived Two Insane Bull Hits

Norm Betts is one tough photographer. The photojournalist has spent over a decade shooting rodeos inside the arena during actual competition, and he has had at least two bone-shattering encounters with charging bulls. Both hits were caught on camera. CBC News reports that his latest brush with death occurred earlier this month at the Kitchener-Woolwich Ultimate Rodeo Tour. During a split second in which Betts wasn’t watching the bull, the animal charged and rammed Betts at full speed, sending Betts and his DSLR kit flying across the arena. The incident was captured at around 30 seconds in this video:
After
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Nikon Made the Weirdest Music Video for Its 100th Birthday

To celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 25th, 2017, Nikon decided to make one of the weirdest and wildest music videos you’ll see. The 4-minute long video above is the “Nikon Version” music video for the song Oz by the Japanese rock band Mrs. Green Apple. The video seems to be set in some kind of magical Nikon dreamland castle. Inside, an army of Oompa Loompas are doing a massive synchronized dance to celebrate the anniversary. In another part of the castle, other Nikon employees are dancing and strutting around while being photographed by tiny figures who have DSLRs for
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