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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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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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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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.
This photo shoot is a year old, but we are so
happy we stumbled across it today. After shooting too many maternity shoots in a row, photographer Martyn Wilkes
decided to break the monotony with a bit of fun. He asked his friend Francisco Pérez to pose for his own “maternity” shoot.
The resulting … paternity? … shoot turned into a spot-on parody of countless maternity shoot tropes. Flowing skirt and flower crown on, thin cloth wrapped around his ample bosom, and belly exposed with flowers and the baby name “Noelia” painted on, Pérez (nickname Paco) put on an appropriately
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Quick! Can you tell me why a super high transmittance radially asymmetric flourite element is so important to your images? If you can't, that's probably a good thing, because I just made it up. This web app that mimics the sometimes excessively jargon-laden marketing material of photo companies will give you a good laugh.
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When camera companies announce new cameras or lenses, the press releases are often filled with generic statements about the wonderful qualities of the product. Now the marketing teams behind those words have a new shortcut: the Random Photo Marketing Generator
The humorous tongue-in-cheek web app is the creation of Lens Rentals
founder Roger Cicala and software developer Seb Pearce
. It all started when Cicala realized that camera corp press releases were all so similar that they might as well have been automatically generated.
“Today’s photography marketing blurbs were so boring they might as well be generated by a computer,” Cicala
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Ah, cats. You love them or you hate them. The noisy, little furballs with personality to spare are often the subjects of pet portrait photographers and cat ladies
everywhere. A few minutes thumbing through hashtags like #cutekitty, #catlover, and #kitten on Instagram will produce more of that feel-good vibe than I can handle on most days. One pet photographer took cat photos to the next level and created a set of pet portraits that don’t necessarily generate as much of that cute and cuddly feeling as others.
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Designer and Dad Stephen Crowley
is doing his best to give his relatives a heart attack… Photoshop style. The creative father recently decided to Photoshop his 18-month-old daughter Hannah into “marginally dangerous situations” for a laugh, and the results have gone viral.
The whole thing started on a lark: the Dublin-based dad using his Photoshop skills to have a little bit of fun with relatives following him on social media.
So he would post an objectively terrifying photo like the one below, with the tongue in cheek caption “Cooking up a storm (before everyone goes crazy, don’t worry, the oven
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Sometimes as adults we draw our creativity from our children, there is something so innocent and fresh about how they see the world around them. Occasionally a few will include their children in this process and we are usually left with something both clever and adorable at the same time. This is what Stephen Crowley
has done with his daughter Hannah, Photoshopping his images to create a story of a mischievous little girl always getting into dangerous situations.
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Are you a digital artist and feel like having a laugh at the expense of ‘ole Puti’ himself? If you reside in Russia, you may want to tuck those feelings neatly into your pocket and carry on – unless jail-time is appealing to you.
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Alex Cooke wrote a post
last week about Pepsi's fiasco of a TV commercial. The ad seemed to offend the majority of people who watched it, causing Pepsi to quickly pull it. On Saturday SNL did their own skit on what they believe it was like on set seconds before they were ready to film.
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There are plenty of tutorials and examples on the Web for capturing amazing photographs of the moon. Photojournalist Van Applegate
recently experienced a humorous personal fail that shows how not
to do it.
Applegate is a news photojournalist and documentary filmmaker who works full-time for Fox 5
in Washington, D.C.. He has won 6 Emmy awards, a Murrow award, and an AP award, so Applegate is no stranger to handling a camera and creating award-winning imagery.
But while he was out on assignment in Thurmont, Maryland, Applegate noticed the full moon in the horizon and decided to capture a
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The New York Times, purveyors of excellent 360-degree video via their The Daily 360
section, inadvertently took the concept of “chimping” to a whole new level.
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It’s been posted nearly everywhere by now. The official White House portrait of the first lady, Melania Trump is being criticized all over the web for its 1980’s-esque vibe and overall lack of quality. The image has photographers everywhere claiming that they could have produced better, however, given that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll receive an opportunity to photograph the First Lady in a studio environment, I’m interested in how the community thinks the portrait should look.
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It is yet again the day of the year on which you can’t trust anything you see online. Here’s a roundup of some of the April Fools’ Day jokes that have emerged in the world of photography in 2017.
A Review of the Samsung Family Hub 2.0
DPReview published a camera review
of the Samsung Family Hub 2.0 line of camera fridges, which feature 21.5-inch 1080p LED screens, Internet connectivity, and cameras “with enough resolution to allow you the freedom to count your yogurt cups from anywhere in the world.”
Tomato Booth Camera App
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We hear everyone in the photography industry talking about image quality, image quality, image quality. We especially hear about this in any circle of people chatting (or writing) about night photography. Conversations (and books, articles and blog posts) are rife with opinions and advice about how to push the limits of our cameras and lenses in order to get the best image quality in low-light situations.
But at what cost? We get so caught up in capturing all this dim light that we don’t notice that we’re making decisions that in every other photography situation are actually detrimental to image
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How the heck do you pronounce the word ‘Bokeh’? It’s a question new and seasoned photographers alike struggle with, argue about, and make fun of each other over, so the folks at Photo Gear News
decided to clear it one up once and for all.
Inspired by some Internet trolling he received when he asked for the right pronunciation on camera (“This guy works for a photography company pretends not to know how to pronounce bokah [sic
]? Embarrassing.”), Photo Gear News editor Richard Sibley decided to walk around The Photography Show in the UK and ask attendees
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You can't work in the photography industry for any length of time without developing a few pet peeves; it's only natural. Surround yourself with anything for 8-12 hours per day, and a few things are bound to get on your nerves. So, what is it that drives photographers up the wall? A lot, it seems. A few brave photographers and other industry professionals shared what makes them crazy. Is your personal pet peeve on this list?
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Credit where credit is due: this is a creative workaround. If you need a way to stabilize your footage, but you don’t have any kind of gimbal or steadicam to work with, why not just shoot the thing by hand-holding your drone?
That must have been the thinking behind this video by a small Brazil-based production house called Space Criative
. They show how a whole ‘cinematic’ couples video was filmed by using a drone that never actually took off. Instead, one of the Space Criative guys used it as a hand-held camera and followed the couple around; and you have
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