Photographer Captures Star Exploding in Before-and-After Photos


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Back in February, photographer Jason Guenzel began photographing a particular galaxy in the sky on moonless nights. Then in early May, he captured something unexpected and extremely rare: a star exploding, or the birth of a supernova.

Guenzel is an award-winning astrophotographer based in a suburban area of Michigan who has dedicated himself to shooting space objects for the past six years. He also shares the art of capturing astrophotography on a modest budget through his popular Instagram account, @thevastreaches.

“I am shooting under suburban light pollution, which is the dominant source of noise in each shot,” Guenzel tells PetaPixel.

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You Can Grow Plants in Used Film Canisters


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Houseplants and film photography have both seen renewed interest among younger people in recent years. Here’s a neat way to combine these two loves: you can recycle used film canisters by turning them into tiny pots for plants.

Photographer Marina Llopis of IFWEFILM shared the idea in a short video tutorial earlier this week.

You’ll need to pull off the top cap of the canister — you can do this with pliers and a bottle opener. Once you take the film reel

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Wedding Videographer Denies Refund and Mocks Man Whose Fiancée Died


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A wedding videography and photography company has sparked fury online for its response to a client who requested a refund after the death of his fiancée.

KRDO reports that the Dallas, Texas-based Copper Stallion Media had been booked to film the wedding of Justin Montney and Alexis Wyatt, who reportedly put down a non-refundable $1,800 upfront for the services.

Tragically, the 22-year-old Wyatt died in a car crash in February. Montney then reached out to Copper Stallion Media for a refund, believing that the company should grant it because the wedding cancellation was out of Montney’s control.

When the company

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You Can Now Use Fujifilm X and GFX Cameras as Webcams


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Fujifilm has just officially announced webcam support for X and GFX series cameras. The new software allows you to use your mirrorless camera — yes, even a medium format one — as a camera for your online video calls or video streaming.

FUJIFILM X Webcam Support is compatible with 64-bit Windows 10 and the following cameras: GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4.

“As interconnectivity and video conferencing become increasingly important to all of us, Fujifilm is pleased to announce a simple, free way for compatible Fujifilm X Series/GFX cameras

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Guy Pushes Photographer Into Pond, or: Why You Should Insure Your Gear


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Photographers with expensive gear often insure it against accidents and theft. This 1-minute video shows something else it can protect you from: asinine “pranks” when you’re simply minding your own business.

According to the St Albans and Harpenden Review, the incident occurred in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, on May 7th, 2018. The photographer was shooting along the edge of the ornamental lake in Verulamium Park when a man walked up to her from behind, shoved her into the water, and then walked away.

The woman received bruises on her arm and damage to her Canon DSLR equipment worth many

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138-Year-Old Dury’s Camera Store in Nashville Closes for Good


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One of the oldest camera stores in the United States is permanently closing up shop after being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dury’s, the Nashville camera store that first opened its doors back in 1882, announced the closure through a message posted to its Facebook page by CEO Charles Small.

“After very careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to close our doors for good,” Small writes. “This is something that when I started working for this company in 1991 I never in a million years thought I would ever be doing.

“In the last eight weeks I have

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Duracell Sells Cheap Batteries for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras


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Duracell is best known for its popular “copper top” alkaline batteries, but did you know that the brand also makes batteries for a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras?

Head over to DuracellDirect.com and you’ll find batteries available for most major brands, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm.

If you find your camera listed, then Duracell has a compatible battery for you.

The batteries are much more affordable than the ones offered by the camera manufacturers. For example, the Canon 5D Mark IV battery by Duracell costs $27.50 while the Canon version costs $63. The Fujifilm X-T3

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Bigfoot Poses in Hilarious Real Estate Photos for $1M House


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There’s a beautiful million-dollar house for sale in the forested town of Felton, California, that’s attracting a huge amount of attention for an unusual reason: its real estate photos feature bigfoot.

5649 Hillside Dr, Felton, CA. Photo by Elijah Crowell.

The gallery of 94 photos starts out with your typical wide-angle views of the property at dusk and mid-day, but once you get to photo #23, Bigfoot suddenly shows up and is seen enjoying the various areas and features of the house.

Enjoying a book in the great outdoors
Bigfoot warm and cozy in the living room.
Bigfoot doing some

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How to Shoot a Rim Light Product Photo with One Light


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Here’s a 12-minute tutorial by AdoramaTV in which photographer Gavin Hoey shows how you can capture a perfect rim light shot without using multiple stripboxes and flashes — all you need is just one light.

In the tutorial, Hoey captures product photos of static glassware items, lighting the photos from different angles with his one light.

Once he has the photos he needs, he loads them into Photoshop and then combines them into a single finished composite photo that’s fully rim lit.

The single monolight used in the tutorial is the $549 Godox AD400 Pro (AKA Flashpoint XPLOR 400PRO TTL).

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These Photos Imagine What Tangible Anxiety Would Look Like


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“The Anxiety Series” is a new project by Indian photographer Arjun Kamath that tries to answer the question: “If anxiety were tangible, what would it look like?”

It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States experienced some kind of anxiety disorder in the past year and nearly 1 in 3 experience it at some point in their lives, and these are numbers published prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Shot in Bengaluru, the photo narrative revolves around the lives of eight fictional characters(male and female),” Kamath tells PetaPixel. “Both young and old, these characters are drawn

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Olympus Exits Camera Market in Korea


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Olympus has announced that it is exiting the camera business in South Korea due to plummeting sales.

The Korea Times reports that Olympus Korea will shutter its imaging segment on June 30th, 2020, and will focus all of its efforts instead on its optical and scientific equipment businesses. The Olympus service facility in the country will continue to operate until March 31st, 2026, allowing Korean photographers who own Olympus gear to have their gear repaired.

“Olympus Korea had made strenuous efforts to increase the profitability and efficiency of its imaging business by concentrating on mirrorless cameras, including OM-D and PEN

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Photographer Converts Instax Camera to Shoot Tiny Wet Plate Photos


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Italian photographer Ursula Ferrara‘s Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide camera is a bit different than others you’ll find. Instead of shooting Instax Wide instant photos, it’s used for capturing tiny wet plate collodion photos.

Ferrara started out by taking the shell of an empty Instax Wide cartridge and combining it with the metal shell of a light switch using some brads.

For plates, she poured collodion on black plastic cards — any flat plastic card will work, from fancy business cards to hotel card keys.

After pouring the collodion and then sensitizing the plate in a silver bath in the darkroom,

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This Joker Photo Was Shot with a Toy Figure and Household Items


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Editorial travel and commercial automotive photographer Arjun Menon has been exercising his creative muscles as of late by shooting cinematic scenes at home using action figures and household items.

“I was listening to this song […] when this idea popped into my head,” Menon says. “Joker falling down a skyscraper and yet showing no signs of fear or remorse! After all, being a sociopath comes with their own ups and downs.”

The above photo of Joker falling from a skyscraper was captured with an assortment of things, including an air conditioning cover and some computer equipment.

Menon began by

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Photographer Captures Four ISS Passes in One Night Sky Photo


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Photographer Mark Humpage went outside his home in the UK this weekend and captured this amazing photo showing the International Space Station (ISS) streaking across the sky four separate times.

Quadruple passes of the ISS over the UK only happens a few times a year, and Humpage was fortunate to have clear skies during this latest occurrence. What’s more, the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have led to plane-free skies, giving Humpage an unusual opportunity to create this type of photo with only the ISS.

The photographer started out by using Heavens Above to look up the times and directions for

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DJI Drones Could Be Kicked Out of US Market After Losing Patent Suit


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A US judge has ruled that Chinese drone juggernaut DJI violated the patent of a smaller drone maker, and he is recommending that most DJI drone models be pulled from store shelves and blocked from being imported.

The ruling was issued on March 2nd at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), according to a press release by Steptoe, the international law firm representing Autel Robotics USA, a China-owned drone company based in Seattle, Washington.

Autel had accused DJI (officially SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd.) of violating one of its patents (US Patent No. 9, 260,184), which is

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Wile E. Coyote Chasing Road Runner Caught on Camera in Real Life


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A university professor was visiting at the Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Arizona, earlier this month when he captured a scene straight out of classic Looney Tunes: a real-life Wile E. Coyote chasing a Road Runner.

Michael Thomas Bogan, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, caught the chase on camera on May 9th.

“There is literally a coyote chasing a roadrunner,” Bogan is heard saying in the

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Shooting Creepy Photos of Women in Public Isn’t a Crime, Court Rules


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An appeals court has ruled that a 40-year-old man who followed women around with a camera to shoot creepy images of them did not commit any crime because the photography was done in public places.

The New York Times reports that three women accused 40-year-old David Eric Lambert of following them around large stores (a Dollar Tree, a Hobby Lobby and a Walmart) and shooting imagery of their chest and buttock areas with his smartphone camera.

Lambert was arrested, convicted of unlawful photography in three separate cases, and sentenced to over 3.5 years in prison.

David Eric Lambert’s mugshot

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Aurora Aperture Unveils Next-Gen Rear-Mount Filter System


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The Irvine, California-based photography gear startup Aurora Aperture has announced a new next-generation rear mount filter system. It’s designed to be an elegant solution for photographers to use filters on ultra-wide lenses that don’t have a front filter thread.

Traditionally, photographers using such lenses would have to choose between using lower-quality gel filters on the rear end or ultra-large adapted glass filters on the front end.

Aurora Aperture announced the photo industry’s first rear-mount glass filters, the CR (Canon Rear Mount) filter set, back in 2017. Now the company is building upon that idea and expanding its horizons.

The

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Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI


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Sony today unveiled the world’s very first image sensors that have artificial intelligence capabilities built-in. The sensors are capable of processing captured images and extracting intelligent metadata at high speeds.

The upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 intelligent vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, and having built-in AI “reduces data transmission latency, minimizes any privacy concerns, and reduces power consumption and communication costs,” Sony says.

The IMX500 and IMX501 are backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensors that have resolutions of approximately 12.3 megapixels and 4K/60fps video capabilities, and they’re expected to be priced at ¥10,000 and ¥20,000 ($93 and $187), respectively.

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Moment Unveils New Rugged Slings, A Step Into Bags for Larger Cameras


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Moment started as a company that designed high-quality lenses for smartphones, but the startup is quickly becoming a general brand that outfits photographers and filmmakers with everything from straps to filters to bags. Now the company is stepping into the world of bags for full-size cameras with the launch of its new Rugged Camera Sling.

“We’re introducing the Rugged Camera Sling we’ve always wanted,” Moment says. “For sling lovers this has all the details they will appreciate. For non-sling lovers this bag adds comfort that other slings leave out.”

The sling is made out of 100% recycled polyester

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