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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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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The Best Use of a Polaroid Camera…

David Hollenack was in an alley southeast of Columbus, Ohio, when he noticed that one of the garages had this unusual Polaroid “security camera” installed. The 21-year-old Ohio State civil engineering student was in a low-income neighborhood working as an inspector for an engineering firm. “I was sitting in my truck in an alley doing paper work and I looked up and saw the sign,” Hollenack tells PetaPixel. It read, “Stop littering your on my camera,” with an arrow pointing up to a Polaroid camera aimed at the ground. Yes, the flash is closed and covering the lens, but perhaps
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When a Camera’s Frame Rate is Synced to a Bird’s Wings…

There are many videos online showing how helicopters can look like they’re magically floating when their rotors are synced with a camera’s frame rate. But here’s a new video of something we’ve never seen before: a floating bird. YouTuber Ginger Beard shared this home security video that captured a bird flying by and taking a look at the camera. But because the camera’s frame rate is perfectly synced to the flapping wings of the bird, the wings are only captured while they’re in a single position. This makes the bird look like it’s magically floating around in front of the
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When a Camera’s Frame Rate is Synced to a Bird’s Wings…

There are many videos online showing how helicopters can look like they’re magically floating when their rotors are synced with a camera’s frame rate. But here’s a new video of something we’ve never seen before: a floating bird. YouTuber Ginger Beard shared this home security video that captured a bird flying by and taking a look at the camera. But because the camera’s frame rate is perfectly synced to the flapping wings of the bird, the wings are only captured while they’re in a single position. This makes the bird look like it’s magically floating around in front of the
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20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Date a Street Photographer

Photographer Rohit Vohra, a Leica Ambassador and the co-founder of APF Magazine, came up with a humorous list of 20 reasons why you should never date a street photographer. Here they are: 1. They will zone focus, rather than giving you their undivided attention. 2. You ask them to take one decent picture of them and they will try to juxtapose or form layers. 3. They will take you to train stations for lunch. 4. They will have a ready answer for what draws them to street photography but draw a complete blank when you ask them what
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NASA Just Shot the Closest-Ever Photos of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot” (or G.R.S.) is a giant storm on the gas planet that has possibly existed for at least 350 years. NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew just 5,600 miles above the storm on Monday, snapping new photos that give us a beautiful view of this famous feature. The distance between Juno and Jupiter is the closest any camera has gotten to the Great Red Spot, giving JunoCam the opportunity to show us Earthlings details we’ve never seen before. And in case you’re wondering just how big this storm is, here’s a NASA illustration showing its size
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Did You Know: Flash Memory is Named After the Camera Flash

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: did you know that flash memory is named after the camera flash? The memory cards used in digital cameras are a type of flash memory, or “electronic (solid-state) non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.” Flash memory was invented back in the 1980s by a Japanese electrical engineer named Fujio Masuoka who was working for Toshiba. Writing data to flash memory involves changing certain bits from 1 to 0, and erasing data involves resetting all the erased bits back to 1. After seeing how the erasing process works,
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Artists Delete Graffiti Photoshop-style with a Painted Illusion

Now this is clever: a group of street artists in Russia have “deleted” the graffiti covering a dumpster and abandoned car with a clever anamorphic illusion. Using paint, the artists covered the graffiti with Photoshop’s transparency checkerboard to make it look like someone had cut out the graffiti from a layer in Photoshop. The artwork is aptly titled “Ctrl-X.” It was created as part of the Stenograffia street art festival. Here’s what the original scene looked like before the artists began: First, the artists painted the dumpster and car white. Next, after the sun went down, a projector was
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I Asked Photographers for Ideas for Photography Horror Movies

I asked photographers to come up with a premise for a photography-based horror movie, and the answers did not disappoint. Some of these situations quite literally terrify me to think about, and others make me outright laugh!

When a Panorama Selfie Goes Wrong

The intelligent panorama features on smartphones these days can help capture some pretty neat shots, but they can also produce some very strange results if things go wrong. Mitchell Flann and Erika Gomos were using the Wide Selfie mode on a Samsung Galaxy S7 recently when Gomos sneezed midway through the exposure. The gem above is what resulted. “We’re Canadians from Vancouver BC and we’ve been backpacking Europe for a month and a half, and we have another two weeks to go. That photo was taken beside the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest along the Danube river,” Flann tells PetaPixel.
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When a Panorama Selfie Goes Wrong

The intelligent panorama features on smartphones these days can help capture some pretty neat shots, but they can also produce some very strange results if things go wrong. Mitchell Flann and Erika Gomos were using the Wide Selfie mode on a Samsung Galaxy S7 recently when Gomos sneezed midway through the exposure. The gem above is what resulted. “We’re Canadians from Vancouver BC and we’ve been backpacking Europe for a month and a half, and we have another two weeks to go. That photo was taken beside the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest along the Danube river,” Flann tells PetaPixel.
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Bald Eagle Steals GoPro and Takes it for a Joy Ride

Environmental researcher Matt Beedle was using a GoPro camera to capture some shots of bald eagles a couple of years ago and ended up with some unexpected and viral footage: while the camera was rolling, an eagle decided to snatch it up and take it up for some aerial shots. Beedle was shooting footage in Juneau, Alaska, in May 2015. After setting some salmon on a log in the wetlands near his home, he set up his GoPro HERO4 Silver on a nearby stump and waited for eagles to arrive. One eagle did show up in the frame to eat
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Here’s Something Every Photographer Needs to Hear

SLR Lounge recently published this 8-minute video on 10 ways you can light and shoot the same scene. But it’s the short monologue at the end, starting at 6m38s, that has received quite a bit of attention in the online photo community. Pye Jirsa talks about how every photographer can help foster a culture of supporting one another. If you can’t watch and listen to the video above, here’s a transcript of the monologue, shared here with Jirsa’s permission:
We as photographers can be a guarded and protected bunch when it comes to helping and educating each other, sharing knowledge
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This is the Bizarre World of ‘Dark Stock Photos’

There’s a new Twitter account called “Dark Stock Photos” that has been amassing a huge following over the past month. It’s an ever-growing collection of “f***ed up stock photography”: images designed to be sad and somber that are often simply bizarre. “In attempting to illustrate some of the darkest moments in life, a particular genre of stock photography has accidentally struck comedy gold,” writes creator Andy Kelly in The Guardian. “[…] I harvest the likes of iStock and Getty for the saddest, bleakest images I can find.” “So many questions,” he continues. “Why do these photos exist?
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Photographer vs Model: This is What Happens When Roles Are Reversed

What happens when a model and a photographer switch places? In this humorous 18-minute video, photographer Matt Granger swaps roles with Stephanie Pham, his model of 7 years experience. “Who is most important in creating a great image?,” Granger asks. “The Model or the photographer? And what if the roles are reversed!?” Under the guidance of Granger, model Steph arms herself with two Sony a9 cameras. Much to the envy of many photographers reading this, no doubt. The result is experience on both ends: Granger doesn’t know much about posing, and Pham doesn’t know much about shooting. Granger
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