Strange Conversations from Working in a Camera Store

I’ve worked in a camera store now for about a year and a half, and I’ve been a photographer for about 7 years. I enjoy working in the camera shop, as it’s my one consistent form of income as a photographer. In this camera store we are all directly trained by the camera manufactures, meaning Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm and all the others come to our store and train us directly. The whole team knows the in and outs of every camera and knows the practical application of all the things we say. That being said, some of the conversations
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Future NFL Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald Dives into Family Portrait Photography

Future NFL Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald Dives into Family Portrait Photography Some families head down to their local mall to get their portraits taken. However, if you’re Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting, then NFL superstar and photography enthusiast Larry Fitzgerald is your go-to man for the job. As a pre-Mother’s Day gift, Bunting surprised his mom with an exclusive photoshoot with the Arizona Cardinal’s wide receiver that left her speechless. [ Read More ]

This Bride Doesn’t Have Girlfriends, So She Did a Photo Shoot with Bros

24-year-old Rebeca Brantes of Brazil is a computer engineering student who’s one of just 4 women in her class of 60 students. Leaving up to her recent wedding, Brantes realized that she didn’t have any girlfriends from school for a bridal photo shoot, so she decided to invite her best guy friends for an unusual photo series. Brantes invited photographer Fernando Duque to shoot a series of cliché bridal party “behind the scenes” photos, except with a group of five bros standing in as Duque’s girlfriends. “I came up with the idea one week before the wedding,” Brantes tells Bored
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Olympus UK Support Rep Replies to Customer with Cheeky History Lesson

Need a bit of comic relief this Thursday? Olympus UK has you covered. In response to a customer’s question about joining the Olympus Club, the rep decided to offer photographer Greg West a history lesson in US/UK relations. Mr. West got in touch with PetaPixel podcast host Sharky to share his story. “I was on the 43Rumors.com web site reading about Olympus gossip and saw a link to the Olympus Rising Talents program,” says West. “I clicked to join the Olympus Club and was surprised not to see the US listed in the list of countries that you had
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Whose Idea Was It to Run With This Idea for a Skittles Commercial?

Whose Idea Was It to Run With This Idea for a Skittles Commercial? Just when you think you've seen it all, Skittles comes out with a new ad like this. Skittles has always done some weird commercials but this one is definitely on the top of the list, especially with mothers day right around the corner. I personally do not see how this is a way to advertise Skittles, but hey... who am I to talk? At least the audio is nice and crisp! [ Read More ]

Skier Falls Into 60-Foot Crevasse with His GoPro Rolling

“Yeah, I’m in a crevasse”, Jamie Mullner radios to his friends after tumbling 60 feet to the depths of a glacier in the Swiss Alps. “I had the GoPro recording; how epic is that!?” This GoPro Video of the Day starts with Jamie and his friends surveying the slope in front of them. In a little moment of foreshadowing, Jamie points out an obvious crevasse and says that he’s a little bit sketched out. Moments later he’s at the bottom of it, having skied in to a section that was hidden by snow. Amazingly, Jamie wasn’t injured and seemed
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A Visual Effects Artist Made This Epic Video to Sell His Old Car

Israeli visual effects artist Eugene Romanovsky wanted to sell his old 1996 Suzuki Vitara SUV, so he created this out-of-this-world 2-minute video to advertise its qualities. The ad shows the car zipping around in ordinary landscapes before appearing in famous movies and on the moon. “#BuyMyVitara – Suzuki Vitara ’96 for sale,” Romanovsky writes. “With deep sorrow selling my little beast…” In case you’d like to hire his skills rather than buy his car, he serves as the VFX supervisor at the Tel Aviv, Israel-based creative group Gravity. (via Eugene Romanovsky via Laughing Squid)

This Graph Captures the Struggle of Organizing Your Photo Library

Photo Library Management The photo organization struggle is real. Whether you’re a professional photographer shooting thousands of photos per client, or a hobbyist who can’t resist grabbing your phone for every sunset, today’s xkcd comic captures your photo organization struggles beautifully. The comic graph shows the relationship between the number of photos you take, and the amount of time you have to organize them. The more photos you take, the harder it is to keep it organized and the more time you have to invest. Eventually, you either don’t have enough time and fall into the “Can’t find good photos among the thousands
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Medical Ad Spoof Pitches Pill that Will ‘Cure’ Your Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Need a little comic relief? Check out this medical ad spoof for Noventus, a pill that will cure you of the dreaded Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS)… as long as you don’t mind a little bit of rectal bleeding and an “atrophied sense of self.” The video was put together by Tony and Chelsea Northrup, and we have it on good authority that it’s making Tony consider a career move to medical ad modeling. A cross between ads you’ve probably seen for drugs like Cialis and Zoloft, Chelsea begins by outlining the life-destroying effects of Gear Acquisition Syndrome before
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Ok, We Get It. You Shot It With Your Phone.

Ok, we get it. You shot it with your phone. You brought your DSLR, but you fell into a fountain and waterlogged all your gear. The repair estimate was nearly $2,000, except you went to Thailand and got it fixed for $120. Good thing you had your iPhone. The quality was so good that your client, a barber named Steve who has never paid for photography, couldn’t tell the difference. When your friend challenged you to take a night shot with your phone, you muttered, “bring it on” to yourself, then built an app because your company tells you to
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Leica M3 vs Game Boy Camera: The Comparison You’ve Been Waiting For

Inspired by a list that I saw some time ago made by “gadget experts” (whatever those are) who chose the Leica M3 as the top gadget of all time and the original Game Boy as one of the top five, I decided to compare them. My first conclusion was that the Game Boy is probably a better videogame than the Leica. The M3 doesn’t run any games, as far as I know. Guess I should compare them as cameras, then. I bought an original translucid Game Boy a few months ago. Lovely thing with its green-and-yellow-ish screen. I then decided
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When You’re Taking a Photo Class But Your Only Friend is a Cat…

This digital contact sheet is what you get when you’re doing a high school portrait photography project, but your only friend is a cat. “This was a high school photography class I took in 2011,” the photo enthusiast, Cherie, tells PetaPixel. “The assignment was to photograph a subject in different types of light: silhouette, glamour, split light, etc.” Cherie says she didn’t have any friends at the high school she could call upon, so she decided to shoot portraits of her cat Pumpkin. “I used a desk lamp behind a poster board, put the cat on a stool,
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Minecraft in Real Life: Retoucher Turns Real Animals Into Cubic Creations

Copyright disputes, huge camera announcements, the decline and fall of Instagram botting, this week has been a pretty serious one in the photo industry. Let’s wrap it up on a slightly… sillier note. Behold: Minecraft in Real Life. Retoucher Aditya Aryanto from Jakarta, Indonesia recently had a simple idea: what if real life animals looked more like the cubic creations in the game Minecraft? Curiosity sufficiently piqued, he took to Unsplash and Pixabay to find some great public domain images to play with, pulled them into Photoshop, and began liquifying curves into unnaturally straight lines. Before he knew it, he
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Video: This Large Bird is Not a Fan of Wildlife Photographers

Wildlife photography can be tough if your subject insists on making life difficult for you. Here’s a video that shows a recent encounter between a wildlife photographer in Belarus and a western capercaillie, the largest member of the grouse family. The photographer was shooting at a wildlife sanctuary at Vyhanaščanskaje Lake when the capercaillie decided it had seen enough of the picture-taking. It began sitting on the photographer, biting at him, and whacking him with its wings, forcing the photographer to set his DSLR kit down and protect his face instead.