This Photo Booth Shoots ‘Professional’ Headshots for $20

IRIS is a new photo booth that’s designed to shoot “professional” portraits of professionals for only $20. Instead of looking like typical photo book snapshots, the portraits are supposed to look like they were shot by a headshot photographer with studio lighting. You can pay for your shoot on the IRIS website before visiting a booth, or you can make your payment at the booth itself. Once you’re inside the booth, enter your email to get things rolling. The screen will then guide you with instructions and advice for posing. Your session includes 6 different shots. You can pick one
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An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

My name is Susan Stripling, and I’m a wedding photographer based in New York. This is an open letter about sexism, feminism, the industry that I love so much, and everything in between… I have been a wedding photographer since 2002. I was 24 years old when I started my business. I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home
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Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Researchers at Virginia Tech have been studying the injury risks posed by consumer drones by flying them into dummies’ faces, and they’ve now come to a conclusion. The study found that the risk of a catastrophic head injury was less than 5 percent in an impact with a drone weighing 2.6 lbs (such as the popular DJI Phantom). Bloomberg reports that the study, which was published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, involved crashing a number of differently sized drones into crash test dummies, using sensors to measure the impact and calculate the risks posed in a real-life
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Nikon: If We Go Mirrorless, We Must Think Full Frame

All signs have been pointing in the direction, but Nikon has just seemingly confirmed in a new interview that its upcoming mirrorless camera will contain a full frame sensor. The Chinese website Xitek published an interview with Nikon Imaging Product R&D General Manager Tetsuro Goto, who stated that due to current trends, Nikon must go full frame if it hopes to be competitive in the mirrorless camera market. “Full frame is the trend,” Goto says in a translation by Nikon Rumors. “If Nikon will go mirrorless, it must be full frame.” But what’s exciting for Nikon photographers is the
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Are Photographers Ruining Photography For Photographers?

Photographer Brendan van Son recorded this 9-minute video in which he shares his frustration with the current landscape of photography in the social media era. Is the influx of new photographers ruining the joy of photography by crowding locations and behaving impolitely towards others? Photography is more accessible than ever, and with social media networks like Instagram a major part of daily life for many, the days of shooting landscapes at sunrise in peace are over, according to Brendan. In his vlog, Brendan heads to Moraine Lake early to take some shots at his “favorite place in the world”, but
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The Yashica Camera Brand is Teasing a Big Comeback

Yashica may be the latest iconic photography brand to be plotting a big comeback. The Japanese camera brand has been teasing a “coming chapter” through a series of enigmatic teaser videos titled “The Silence of Story.” The 1-minute video above is a compilation of three of these teasers. The Yashica brand was born back in December 1949 in Nagano, Japan, for clock components. After pivoting to camera parts, the company launched its first camera, the twin-lens reflex (TLR) Yashimaflex medium format camera, in June 1953. Over the following decades, Yashica would grow to become a prominent manufacturer of film
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Nikon Slammed for Promoting D850 in Asia with 32 Men and 0 Women

Nikon is being criticized this week for its selection of pro photographers promoting the new D850 DSLR in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Take a look at the professional photographers in the lineup, and you’ll see 32 men and zero women. We began receiving tips on this discrepancy from photographers two days ago, and we’ve been reaching out to Nikon for comment. “It’s a nice glaring omission of females in this D850 Pro Group,” one well-known professional photographer — a Canon shooter — tells PetaPixel. “They should be blasted.”
Portraits of the 32 photographers, as they appear on
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Nikon Slammed for Promoting D850 in Asia with 32 Men and 0 Women

Nikon is being criticized this week for its selection of pro photographers promoting the new D850 DSLR in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Take a look at the professional photographers in the lineup, and you’ll see 32 men and zero women. We began receiving tips on this discrepancy from photographers two days ago, and we’ve been reaching out to Nikon for comment. “It’s a nice glaring omission of females in this D850 Pro Group,” one well-known professional photographer — a Canon shooter — tells PetaPixel. “They should be blasted.”
Portraits of the 32 photographers, as they appear on
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Nikon Slammed for Promoting D850 in Asia with 32 Men and 0 Women

Nikon is being criticized this week for its selection of pro photographers promoting the new D850 DSLR in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Take a look at the professional photographers in the lineup, and you’ll see 32 men and zero women. We began receiving tips on this discrepancy from photographers two days ago, and we’ve been reaching out to Nikon for comment. “It’s a nice glaring omission of females in this D850 Pro Group,” one well-known professional photographer — a Canon shooter — tells PetaPixel. “They should be blasted.”
Portraits of the 32 photographers, as they appear on
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Polaroid Originals Launches with New OneStep 2 Camera and i-Type Film

Polaroid is back. Days after teasing a major return to its instant photography roots, Polaroid has just launched Polaroid Originals, a brand new brand dedicated to analog instant photos. Along with the new brand comes a new OneStep 2 camera and the debut of a new film type called i-Type. This surprising launch comes on the 80th anniversary of the legendary Polaroid brand, which was originally founded by Edwin Land back in 1937. After popularizing instant photography and peaking in the early 1990s, Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001 and ended instant film production in 2008. The instant film
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Polaroid Originals Launches with New OneStep 2 Camera and i-Type Film

Polaroid is back. Days after teasing a major return to its instant photography roots, Polaroid has just launched Polaroid Originals, a brand new brand dedicated to analog instant photos. Along with the new brand comes a new OneStep 2 camera and the debut of a new film type called i-Type. This surprising launch comes on the 80th anniversary of the legendary Polaroid brand, which was originally founded by Edwin Land back in 1937. After popularizing instant photography and peaking in the early 1990s, Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001 and ended instant film production in 2008. The instant film
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DxOMark Smartphone Camera Rating Now Considers Bokeh and Zoom

DxOMark, the popular benchmarking website for sensors and lenses, has updated the way it will rank and score smartphone cameras. It’s introducing bokeh and zoom as categories in its scoring methodology, with added importance on low-light and motion performance as well. The scores will now appear in this format: “Every single mobile that has been tested between 2012 and now, you can compare, because it followed the same protocol,” Clement Viard, senior director of image quality evaluation at DxOMark, tells Digital Trends. “But technology has changed so rapidly in the last five years that we have had to change the
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The Return of Kodak Ektachrome Film is Nigh

Want to shoot Kodak’s extinct Ektachrome film again? You’ll be able to very, very soon. Kodak is saying that a limited supply of the resurrected film is coming by the end of the year, and a full relaunch is scheduled for 2018. Kodak Alaris announced at CES back in January that it was planning to bring the classic Ektachrome film stock back from the dead, saying that 35mm Ektachrome would hit store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2017. After months of silence, it appears that these plans are still on track. In response to a Facebook page inquiry
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Sony Ups Pro Support for Photogs with 24/7 Call Center, Walk-In Spots, More

Sony has just announced improvements to its Sony Imaging PRO Support program in North America, reflecting its increasing popularity among professional still photographers and videographers. There is now a 24/7 domestic call center, and walk-in service centers in New York City and Los Angeles. Sony has also introduced technical teams that will provide field service at major sporting events, media events, and shows across all of North America. Such services will include camera cleaning, evaluation loaners, education, and seminars. Membership to the PRO Support program has grown 40% year over year in North America, and now Sony has also expanded
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Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky

Scott is one of those guests where I couldn’t possibly do justice to their resume – so apologies in advance to Scott, but here’s the short version: He’s currently the Executive Chairmen of the professional referral platform Prefer, was the founder of Behance, the creative portfolio platform that I’m sure many of you use, VP at Adobe, and author of the bestselling book “Making Ideas Happen.” I’m leaving out a ton – such as his time at Goldman Sachs, Benchmark, and as an early investor in Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope among others – but you get  the idea – Continue reading "Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky"

Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation?

Dear Canon, You and I have had a very, very long friendship that has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back as far as the 450D, which was released in March 2008. I own more Canon lenses than I know what to do with including many “L” series lenses which I firmly believe are the best lenses on the market. I have recommended your cameras and
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