On May 14th, 2009 a little blog called PetaPixel made its debut. More than 10 years and nearly 27,000 published posts later (26,886 to be exact), as we wrap up our first full decade in existence, it seemed appropriate to look back at the ten most popular articles of the decade.
So before you go ring in the New Year and the new decade (semantic debate aside), scroll down and check out the ten pieces of content that you’ve found most interesting, inspirational, informative, or just plain sharable from January 1st, 2010 through December 31st, 2019.
“Talks at Google” is a program in which notable people in various industries are brought to Google to talk about their work. Over the years, a large number of notable photographers have participated to share their stories and images.
Over the past several years, over 40 photographers have given hour-long lectures for Photographers at Google. Subjects have ranged from the artistic side of photography to discussing specific photo projects that reveal something about our world.
Here’s a selection of 12 of our favorite photography talks at Google so far:
#1: Art Wolfe on “The Art of the Image”
#2: Vincent Versace on “The Lens is the Brush”
#3: Christopher Bonanos on “Instant:The Story of Polaroid”
#4: Eric Cheng on “Underwater Photography”
#5: Tamara Lackey on “Embracing Self-Consciousness”
Sony today announced that it’s planning to launch a new wireless lighting control system for professional Sony shooters.
A prototype of the new system is on display at the WPPI 2016 conference and trade show in Las Vegas. The system will include two main components: a FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and a FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver.
The devices have a maximum range of 30m (~98 feet) and a flash sync speed of 1/250s (with high speed sync support as well). Photographers will be able to control up to 15 separate flash units assigned to 5 different groups. The exposure of connected flashes can be controlled both automatically and manually.
Sony will be announcing the full specifications, pricing, and availability later on, but for now the company is saying that the Wireless Lighting Control system will be available through retailers starting in the summer of 2016. So if you’re a Sony
You have been around long before I ever picked up a camera, and you will undoubtedly be around long after I fire off my last exposure. Photos resonate with people, which is why I, like so many others, love your craft.
But this essay isn’t about why I love photography, or how I honed my art form, or how I discovered myself through the moments I captured. It is about how a fell out of love with you.
I downloaded Instagram in 2011 amidst a string of medical problems that forced me to be bed ridden. At that time, with no prior knowledge of what constituted a good photo, I used Instagram as a creative outlet for sharing quick snaps off my camera roll with an audience that was mostly a few friends and family members.
I didn’t have exposure to photos other than my own, so I
“When the Profoto Softlight Reflector was released in 1980, fashion photographers soon nicknamed it ‘The Beauty Dish’ due to its unique ability to bring out the beauty of the model,” Profoto writes. “Since then it has grown to become one of the most iconic tools for creating a creamy yet crisp light, often referred to as a ‘beauty light’.”
The new OCF Beauty Dish is designed for the Profoto B1 and B2 flashes (it can’t be used on other models due to “heat issues”). Rather than a metal build, the new version uses durable fabrics that allow it to be collapsed and carried in a small bag that fits inside any small backpack.
Mounting the OCF Beauty Dish involves using a patent-pending design that
Sony today announced the HX80, a new compact camera with a 30x zoom lens and a built-in retractable electronic viewfinder.
According to Sony, the DSC-HX80 is the world’s smallest 30x optical zoom camera (with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens), as well as the first high-zoom compact camera with a retractable EVF (an OLED Tru-Finder that pops up from the top).
Inside the camera is a 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS sensor that can shoot both still images and Full HD videos. On the back is a 921K-dot, 3-inch LCD screen that can tilt 180 degrees.
Other specs and features include Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity, Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization, and a pop-up flash unit.
The Sony HX80 will be available in April 2016 with a price tag of $350.
When the darkest material on Earth was announced back in 2014, photographers suggested that it could be used for everything from the ultimate non-reflective black backdrop to an art gallery in which the photos “pop.” Well, that darkest material just got even darker.
The material, called Vantablack, is still being developed by the UK-based company Surrey NanoSystems. While the original Vantablack could already absorb 99.96% of light that hits it, Surrey NanoSystems decided to do better.
The latest version of the Vantablack doesn’t even have a percentage figure for its light absorption. Why? Because it absorbs so much light now that the company’s spectrometers can’t measure it anymore.
This is what it looks like when a laser pointer’s red dot is passed across the surface:
B&H is one of the largest camera gear retailers on Earth, so these warehouses serve as a central hub of the latest and greatest photo equipment as they move from manufacturing into the hands of photographers.
New York City-based photographer and educator Katrin Eismann was invited a week ago to pay an unannounced visit to B&H’s warehouse in Manhattan to document what she saw. Here are her images and captions:
The winning photos have just been announced for the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 contest. The grand prize was awarded to Italian photographer Davide Lopresti for his image “Gold,” a portrait of a spiny seahorse.
“Over the years the Mediterranean’s population of seahorses has drastically reduced,” writes Lopresti. “Their numbers have only recovered thanks to public awareness and a significant restocking campaign.”
“Areas of the sea have now been set aside, protected from harmful fishing methods, like trawling. This has allowed vulnerable and delicate creatures, like sea horses, to return. This is what I hoped to celebrate with this image.”
For his prize-winning shot, he used a long exposure and camera panning to add some blur to the portrait. The seahorse was frozen with a beam of light from his strobe. “My aim was to give the scene a sense of grace and strength simultaneously,” he says.
Mickey H. Osterreicher is a lawyer who has served as General Counsel of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) since 2006. We had a chat with Osterreicher about his life and the state of photographers’ rights.
PetaPixel: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Mickey Osterreicher: I was born and grew up in the Bronx, New York and left to go to college in Buffalo at 16. Although I wasn’t consciously aware of it I always was the one taking the family photos. I began working for the school newspaper at SUNY Buffalo in my sophomore year and covered many news stories including the anti-Vietnam war protests in Washington and the Democratic National Convention in 1972 in Miami.
I found I loved photojournalism and began stringing for AP and the NY Times. I was part of the first graduating class of “special majors,” receiving my Bachelor
“Once Upon a Dane” is an ongoing photo project that documents the “life and tales” of a Great Dane named Apollo.
It’s “an ongoing journey to learn the customs and traditions of this proud race of gentle giants,” photographer Benjamin Peniche tells us. By day, Peniche is the founder and CCO of an architectural firm called Arkham Projects in Merida Yucatan, Mexico. In his free time, Peniche is a photographer that likes to focus on his beloved puppy.
Peniche and his wife got Apollo as a puppy 2 years ago. Shortly after, he began creating a photographic record of Apollo’s life after realizing that they hadn’t taken a single photo of their precious dog.
What do you do when you find a good location to photograph, but the time of day isn’t right due to strong sunlight and harsh shadows? That’s the subject of this 12-minute tutorial by photographer Mike Browne.
Browne demonstrates how you can overcome less-than-ideal lighting by moving your feet, adjusting your camera settings, and looking for compositions that use the situation to your advantage.
Here’s a beautiful 2-minute video by Great Big Story in which photographer Anuar Patjane talks about what it’s like to swim with and photograph whales in the ocean.
If anyone has the qualifications to discuss this type of magical photo, it’s Patjane. While diving near Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico, Patjane and a group of divers encountered a humpback whale and her newborn calf. Here’s one of the photos he made:
Wondering where Canon is headed with its most basic entry-level DSLR? Wonder no more: photos and specs of the soon-to-be-announced Canon Rebel T6 (AKA 1300D) have leaked.
Digicame-info reports that the DSLR will pack an APS-C-sized (22.3×14.9mm) 18MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC4+ image processing engine. ISO range will be 100 to 6400 (expandable to 12800).
Other specs and features mentioned so far include Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity, Full HD video recording, a video snapshot feature, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Filters, a continuous shooting speed of 3fps, a 3-inch LCD screen, a size of 129×101.3×77.6mm, an da weight of 485g.
While an exact announcement date hasn’t been leaked yet, it’s expected to be close at hand. There’s also no word yet on pricing and availability, but we’re guessing it’ll be in the ballpark of $500 with a kit lens like the T5 was.
My name is Sasha Leahovcenco, and I’m a photographer based in Los Angeles. Last year, my friend (and project producer) Cale Glendening and I traveled to Mongolia to meet an eagle hunter and spend a week documenting his story.
His name is Konki, and he lives near Deluun Village in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia. Originally a herder, he decided to take up the profession of hunting with eagles after his father’s passing 2 years ago. Eagle hunting is a heritage passed from father to son, generation after generation by the beautiful people of the Altai mountains and Mongolian hills.
Each day, we woke up at 6am, and had breakfast together with Konki and his cousin.
At 7:30am, another 2 eagle hunters would arrive from the other parts of the mountain where they live, and together our group would go hunting.
The SkyWall100 can be used by a single person and is light enough (~10kg/22lbs) to be carried around. It uses compressed air to shoot the projectile, so it’s nearly silent and can be used in public without causing people to panic.
Once the projectile is fired at the drone with an advanced targeting system, a net inside emerges to capture the vehicle. A parachute is then automatically deployed to safely lower the drone to
I personally own the Fujifilm X-T10, but I became curious recently: is the new X-Pro2 worth the upgrade, or is the X-T1 enough of an upgrade from the X-T10?
I already did some tests shots on the X-Pro2 for a recent post, and it performed extremely well. But I was still curious on how the two higher-tier cameras compare. So, I borrowed the X-T1 from a friend and did some comparison tests with the X-Pro2, which was lent to me by Fujifilm.
I wanted to make the tests as fair as possible so I shot almost all of them inside my studio, as the lighting and conditions don’t change. All shots were taken using same lens, the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4.
Side By Side
Below is a side by side comparison of the two cameras. For me, the X-Pro2 feels more sturdy, it’s like I’m holding a small version of a full