Wedding Photographer Pushes Stepmom Aside to Get the Shot

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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Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with an Octopus

Filmmaker Taiyo Masuda was kayaking with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he captured an unusual wildlife encounter on camera: a seal swam right up to Mulinder and slapped him viciously in the face with a large octopus. The footage above was captured using a GoPro HERO7 Black off the coast of South Island in New Zealand and has been going viral online. “We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks,” Masuda tells PetaPixel. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing
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This is the First Video Ever Shot from an Asteroid’s Surface

A week after giving us the first photo from the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu, Japan’s MINERVA rovers have just sent back new views of the asteroid’s surface, including the first video ever from an asteroid’s surface. MINERVA-II2 (AKA Rover 1B) captured 15 frames over 74 minutes on September 23rd of the sun “traveling” across the “sky.” When played back in sequence, the images become a video of the rover’s view, captured 174 million miles (280M km) away from Earth. The rover also shared photos of the rocky asteroid surface in between hops: The rovers are moving around
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The Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton Edition

Behold: the ultra-uber-limited Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton edition. The 24K gold camera is wrapped in soft albino buckskin covered with the luxury label’s famous LV monogram. Only 7 will be produced with each camera (bundled with a 24-70mm f/4S lens and exotic strap) priced at $7 million. Just kidding. Photographer Boonlert Rojanaboworn, the operator of Nikon Club Thailand, created this Photoshopped faux special edition camera as a joke for his community of camera enthusiasts. Nikon Rumors then picked it up, causing Nikon photographers around the Web to balk. But there are actually prior examples of real limited edition
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This Was the World’s Largest Camera Back in 1900

Check out this monster of a camera. It was the world’s largest camera back in 1900, built for the specific purpose of shooting the largest photo in the world of the “handsomest train in the world.” In 1899, a new train called “The Alton Limited” was built in Pullman, Illinois. What was special about the train was its perfectly uniform and symmetrical design. Here’ a description from a pamphlet preserved by the Indiana Historical Society:
[N]o railway train in the world had ever presented so uniform and symmetrical design. No train of cars had ever before been built
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This Beardlapse Shows a Man’s Beard Growing Over 911 Days

A Canadian man named Jon and his Russian wife named Eva spent 911 days between 2015 and 2018 hitchhiking around the world through 33 different countries. Jon didn’t shave during the entire journey and afterward, he turned his selfies into this time-lapse showing 911 days of beard growth. Jon shot the selfie clips using his Canon Rebel T6i and a GoPro HERO3+ Silver. Oh, and Jon also created a timelapse of the beard getting shaved off (and his wife’s subsequent reaction), as well. (via CANRUSH via Laughing Squid)

This Guy is a Professional Divorce Photographer

As the wedding photography industry gets more and more saturated with competition, some photographers may switch over into different niches that aren’t as hot. Here’s a 1.5-minute video that offers a glimpse into the work of Tom Byrd, a professional divorce photographer. “For a lot of people, the day their divorce is finalized is the new happiest day of their life,” Byrd says in the Comedy Central “Mini-Mock” (wink wink). “I encourage people to get personal, vulnerable.” Byrd says he sometimes takes the couple back to the location of their first big fight to rekindle “that energy.”
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How to Turn Any DSLR into a Mirrorless Camera

Can’t wait for Nikon and Canon to launch their new mirrorless cameras and want to fork over money for the ones already on the market? Photographer Eric Rossi made this 4-minute video that shows how you can convert your existing DSLR camera into a mirrorless camera. “I show you how to DIY and hack it yourself,” Rossi writes. “Be VERY careful of how you approach doing this. You may cause some damage, so please follow my tutorial step by step.” Rossi’s technique involves surgically removing the mirror with pliers. “You can still go around using your Nikon Canon camera
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Photos of Zookeepers as the Animals They Care For

For the past few years, the Minnesota Zoo has been celebrating National Zookeeper Week in mid-July by shooting a set of lighthearted photos in which the zookeepers recreate photos of the zoo’s animals. “Our dedicated zookeepers are starting to resemble the animals in their care,” the zoo says. The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. You can find out more about it on the zoo’s website and Facebook page.
Image credits: Photographs by the Minnesota Zoo and used with permission

Photographer Spots Mother Duck with Giant Brood of 76 Ducklings

This photo may look like the result of a photographer going too crazy with Photoshop’s Clone Stamp, but it’s a real photo of an actual duck family. Minnesota-based wildlife photographer Brent Cizek was at Lake Bemidji back in June when he spotted this mother duck leading a ginormous blood of over 50 ducklings. When Cizek revisited the lake to look for the mama duck (which he dubbed “Momma Merganser”) in July, his second sighting revealed that she had grown her adopted brood to 76 or more. Cizek says the mother, a common merganser, could only have laid about 15
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Dog Takes GoPro and Shoots Viral Chase Scene

A dog named Bonnie is a star on the Internet this week after an action camera clip she shot went viral. Back in 2016, Bonnie was handed a ping pong paddle-mounted GoPro HERO3 by her owner, Carmen Michelle. The camera was filming as she ran away from Michelle’s husband and other dogs in the yard. The resulting video was a humorous and strangely stabilized chase scene:
The video went viral again this month after Michelle shared the video to Reddit with the caption: “The only
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French Army Photographers Are Good at Not Attracting Attention

Photographer Paul Grayson recently attended the bi-annual Eurosatory 2018 defense and security expo in Paris, France. While there, he caught a glimpse of stealthy French military photographers wearing ghillie suits and holding Nikon and Canon DSLRs. “The French Army reconnaissance team duo still use ‘traditional’ Nikon body and telephoto lens combos,” Grayson tells Nikon Rumors. “The sniper spotters of the Gendarmerie’s GIGN [the elite national police tactical unit], on the other hand, use Canon,” Grayson tells PetaPixel. “The reconnaissance team image makes me think: ‘Nice to see the French Army continuing to include our favorite “old technology” in their reconnaissance
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Guy Proposes to His Photographer Girlfriend with a Camera Tattoo

Charlene Trickey is a professional photographer based in Florida and the owner of Trickey Photography. When her boyfriend Travis Durham proposed to Charlene yesterday, he did it with a large tattoo on his thigh with a vintage camera and the words: “Can’t Picture Myself Without You. WYMM?” Note: The videos below contain some strong language. A box next to “WYMM” was left empty for Charlene to check if/when she accepted the proposal. “Travis called me to come pick him up, and when I came in the [tattoo] shop he went to show me his “new tattoo” on his
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What a Real Photographer Boot Camp Would Be Like

Photography workshops are often marketed as “boot camps,” but what would they be like if they were actually like military training boot camps? Photographer Matt Granger made this lightheartedly cringey 5.5-minute parody imagining just that. Watch the video if you want to learn important skills every photography must know — things like what your “war face” should look like.

The 5 Worst Types of Photographers

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup made this lighthearted 7.5-minute video about the 5 worst types of photographers you’ll meet.

Here’s a rundown of the 5 types featured in the video (which was posted a few years ago):

#1. The Copy Cat: Photographers who are way too “inspired” by what they see you doing.

#2. The Chatty Cathy: Photographers whose incessant talking ruins peaceful photo outings.

#3. The Gear Nerd: Photographers who carry way too much gear all the time.

#4. The Photography Widow: Photographers who give more time and attention to their work than their

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Charlie Chaplin Created the Original ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ in 1922

One of the biggest memes of 2017 was the ubiquitous “distracted boyfriend” photo that took over the Internet. The photo may have peaked in late 2017, but it appears that English actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin actually shot the very first “distracted boyfriend” nearly 100 years ago. Over the weekend, movie writer Peter Goldberg shared the Chaplin version of the meme.

The people of Reddit then flipped the still frame horizontally to make it match the famous meme. Here’s the photo that was shot
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These Cranes Were Caught Dancing In Sync with Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’

Ilene Karlsberg-Gerstein of Clermont, Florida, was driving down the road last Wednesday when she came across two sandhill cranes dancing with each other. After she pulled out her phone to shoot video of the scene, Karlsberg-Gerstein found that the cranes were dancing beautifully to the song playing in her car, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. Here are the lyrics that just happened to be playing while Karlsberg-Gerstein was shooting:
When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight
Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on
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This Poignant Music Video is About a Photographer’s True Love

Back in 2001, this music video made the rounds on the Web before “going viral” was even a thing. It’s for the hit song “Because I’m a Girl” by the Korean pop trio KISS (the video above is the English version sung by one of the members). The story is about a photographer’s expression of true love. And in case you’re curious after watching the video, you can read more about the safety of Ilford products here (yes, some are quite hazardous).

This Stock Photo Fail Was Spotted at a Supermarket in Poland

This line of hand mixers was spotted in Poland in a Biedronka store (the largest discount supermarket chain). Instead of properly using licensed Shutterstock stock photos that come without watermarks, the graphic designers used watermark versions. And apparently, no one noticed (or cared). “In Biedronka, you will find Shutterstock blenders,” the Polish Facebook page Brief writes.
Image credits: Photo used with the permission of Brief

If Photographers Were 100% Honest with Clients…

Canadian comedian Lilly Singh made this 2.5-minute tongue-in-cheek video that imagines what some photo shoots would be like if the photographers were 100% honest with their clients. “This is what your photographer REALLY meant to say to you when he made you take 400 photos and not one was in focus,” Singh writes. An alternative title could be: “How NOT to Be a Portrait Photographer.”