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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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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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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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!

This Couple Did an ’80s Themed Photo Shoot for Their 10th Anniversary

For their recent 10th anniversary, Steve and Danielle VanHorn hired photographer Vanessa Hoffmann of Giggle Monster Photography to do a photo shoot. But it wasn’t just any ol’ photo shoot — it was a 1980s-themed one complete with lasers, tube socks, and Spandex. Hoffmann’s portraits faithfully recreate some of the most popular photo trends of the time. You can find more of Hoffmann’s work on her website and Facebook page. (via Giggle Monster Photography via HuffPo)
Image credits: Photographs by Vanessa Hoffmann and used with permission

Comic: Who Needs a Fancy Telephoto Lens, Anyway?

I was banned from the airliners.net photography forum by concerned moderators after the end of my lens started brushing against planes as they flew by. xkcd’s comic today pokes fun at the growing world of lens adapters and extenders. With so many ways to convert between camera systems and with so many ways to extend your reach, who needs a fancy shmancy telephoto lens… right? What’s funny is that this comic is reminiscent of similar experiments that have been done in real life with stacking extenders. Back in 2010, BorrowLenses stacked five 2x Canon teleconverters onto a Canon 800mm lens to photograph the moon at 25600mm: This is wild, but we have yet to see a stacked arrangement that uses a webcam and enough converters
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Why I Am A Photographer

Why I Am A Photographer A casual conversation leads to an interesting question. There I was again. Spouting endless drivel at the beginning of a date. Trying desperately to impress her with my chatter. Listening to her and responding with what I hoped were deep and probing questions that both relayed my interest in her personally and required a significantly lengthy response which would provide me the necessary time to catch my breath and subdue my nerve-induced racing heartbeat. [ Read More ]

21 Signs You’re a Cocky Photographer

Over the years, I’ve joked frequently with my best friend Marc and my brother about things that are cocky in life. We sort of have this ongoing dialog pointing out cocky things and cocky people in the world, which is pretty cocky of us. They’ve also given me a lot of s**t since I became a photographer a decade ago. They point out how cocky our industry is and poke fun at me for my share of cocky moments, like having an army of scarfs, my bio picture, and much, much more. Typically you think of athletes or celebrities
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How to Make Your 4K Footage Look Like It Was Shot in the 90s

How to Make Your 4K Footage Look Like It Was Shot in the 90s So many photographers have recently been dipping their toes in the world of video. You can edit photos like a pro, but maybe you just can't seem to figure out video editing; it's very complex – like an onion, so many layers – and now you have to deal with sound design! If you've used presets for your photo editing, then you should definitely consider plugins for your video editing. Red Giant sent us a copy of their recently updated Universe 2.1. Jump on in and see what it's all about. [ Read More ]

Foreigners Are Photo Ops in China

If you’re a tall white guy walking around in touristy parts of China, there’s a good chance you may be stopped by random people and asked to pose for a photo. This strange phenomenon can be seen in this 3-minute video recorded a few years ago by comedian Paul Ogata. It’s titled, “Yes You May Photograph My White Guy.” Ogata was walking around the Forbidden Palace in Beijing with American comedian Gus Tate, who was living in Beijing. As they went about their business, other Chinese tourists kept walking up and asking for photos with Tate. “Tourists from remote
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My Worst Nightmare Came True: I S**t My Pants on a Photo Shoot

Hey guys. I’m a long-time PetaPixel reader and guest writer, but to avoid tarnishing my photography business forever and making my clients super uncomfortable, I’m going to use a pseudonym for this story of my worst nightmare coming true. Just call me Ernst Barnak. Warning: If you’re easily grossed out, you might want to stop reading here. You were warned. I’m 24 years old and a full-time wedding photographer from Montana. This is my first full year and I’m really hitting it hard with 20+ weddings either completed or upcoming. This particular day’s couple was everything I’d look for
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Overcome Fear & Self-Doubt w/ W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a veteran standup comedian, the creator and star of the hit CNN show “United Shades Of America” which is kicking off its 2nd season, host of a couple podcasts, one of which has probably the best title of any podcast ever – “Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period” – and author of a bestselling book among many other things he’s been part of over the course of his career. The word prolific does not even begin to describe this man. I believe he’s the first comedian I’ve had on, but what’s super interesting Continue reading "Overcome Fear & Self-Doubt w/ W. Kamau Bell"

Ill-Matched Song Choice in Official ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Movie Trailer Spurs Parodies

Ill-Matched Song Choice in Official 'Murder on the Orient Express' Movie Trailer Spurs Parodies It’s moviemaking 101: make sure the music used in a film is compatible with the emotion that is being conveyed on screen. Today, the official trailer for the upcoming film “Murder on the Orient Express” was released and immediately viewers took note of the peculiarly bad selection of soundtrack. One Reddit user took it upon themselves to show us just how much worse it could have been. [ Read More ]