Something really BIG is coming Tuesday for photographers, and we’re all over it!


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OK, for us, things don’t get much bigger than this — now, unfortunately I can’t tell you actually what it is that’s coming Tuesday, but it’s SO BIG that we’re doing FOUR free live Webcasts on Tuesday and you’re invited (if you’re a photographer, you’re going to want to be there to see and talk about this big secret thingy).

Here’s the top secret details:

Who: Me and RC (co-hosts of The Lightroom Show)
What: Four free LIVE webcasts for photographers
Where: http://kelbyone.com/secret
When: Tuesday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 PM (all Eastern Time zone)
Why: We can’t tell you why yet (we’ve been double-sworn to secrecy and we had to put RC’s car up for collateral in case we blabbed so we’re keeping this one top secret till then)

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The Top 10 Cameras Behind Photos Submitted to Shutterstock in 2014


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What are the most common cameras used by stock photographers? While we don’t have the data across all stock services, Shutterstock has provided us with some numbers that may be somewhat representative for the industry.

As you can see in the chart above (larger version here), the most popular camera — by a significant margin — was the Canon 5D Mark II. The 5D Mark II was followed by the newer 5D Mark III. Together, the cameras combined for about 41% of the photos captured by the top 10 cameras.

Shutterstock obtained these numbers by extracting the EXIF data from the photos uploaded to Shutterstock in 2014. “Not all of the photos contain this information,” the company tells us, “but millions do and we are able to see the top 10 cameras.”

The data team also compared the photo approval rate among the top 10 cameras. 58% of

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Opinion: Can an Aperture user be happy with Apple’s new ‘Photos’ software?


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One of the most talked about subjects for photographers using Macs to process and archive their photos is the loss of Apple Aperture and its replacement, simply known as Photos. This new software strongly resembles the iOS software of the same name and while it still offers some of the features from the enthusiast-grade Aperture, quite a few things are missing. Learn more about Photos – both what it offers and doesn’t – in this opinion piece from DPR Editor Jeff Keller. Read more

EyeEm Raises $18M More to Turn Photo Sharers Into Photo Sellers


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Photo sharing service EyeEm has raised an additional $18 million in funding after taking $6 million from investors back in 2013. The new war chest will be used to further the company’s mission of becoming the top network for photographers looking to make some money with their photos.

Photographer and EyeEm CEO Florian Meissner announced the news in a blog post yesterday. Meissner had originally founded EyeEm back in 2011 with a few of his friends after having his DSLR stolen on in the New York subway system while doing a photography gig. He then had the idea of creating the world’s largest community and marketplace for mobile photographers.

In his announcement, Meissner reveals that EyeEm now boasts 13 million users — an impressive number, but still far short of the numbers boasted by Instagram, which passed 300 million users last December.

The money is “going to help us keep

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Guitarist Grabs Fan’s Camera and Uses it to Play Slide Guitar Solo


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Country music star Brad Paisley pulled an unusual camera stunt at a live show last year. While playing a guitar solo, Paisley grabbed the GoPro of a fan in the front row, held it against his guitar, and played a slide guitar solo with the camera as the slide.

The fan, Mike Perlof, later posted the entire 1-minute clip to YouTube, where it has since racked up hundreds of thousands of views. The camera slide action starts at about 35 seconds into the video.

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It was “THE MOST AMAZING thing that has ever happened to me at a live show,” Perlof writes. “It was the perfect storm because I happened to not have my case on my GoPro which would have made it nearly impossible to play slide guitar with the camera at that angle that Brad got.”

“Not to mention passing the camera without skipping a single

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The Sally Mann Article


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Most of the photography world (the part that matters, anyway) is talking about Sally Mann's article in the New York Times, published yesterday. In it, Sally writes at length, and movingly, about the fallout from her 1992 book Immediate Family.

Although we're not in touch any more, I was acquainted with Sally during the time she was working on the pictures for that book—I was a guest at Sally and Larry's country place on the Maury River several times, and I met their kids when they were kids. I tried to convince her to have the book published by Jack Woody of Twin Palms…the photographs are as flowing and deep as river waters, and Jack Woody, who I didn't know, was publishing some physically very beautiful books at the time. I thought he would be up to the task of reproducing Sally's photographs in a way that did

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Photographer Stages Playful Scenes to Bring Everyday Things to Life


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Animated Photography” is an ongoing project by photographer ErAn Croitoru, who stages and shoots creative scenes with everyday objects that turn them into living creatures.

“This project is for the silent objects in all of our lives,” Croitoru writes, “the things we use and leave in the background.”

Some of the photos clearly have a good amount of Photoshop editing behind them, but others are simply the result of some simple tricks during the photo shoot.

"Break Free"

“Break Free”

"Food Fight"

“Food Fight”

"The Other Side"

“The Other Side”

"She Loves Me (not?)"

“She Loves Me (not?)”

"I Think It's Number 2"

“I Think It’s Number 2″

"The End"

“The End”

"Evolution"

“Evolution”

"Kids (all they want is some coffee)"

“Kids (all they want is some coffee)”

"Watch Out"

“Watch Out”

"Save the King!"

“Save the King!”

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes videos showing how “Save the King!” was shot:

"The Attack on Nail City"

“The Attack on Nail City”

The making of “The Attack on Nail City”:

You can follow along with the project over on its

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I Hardly Know Her: A Free Flickr Viewer with Minimal Distractions


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Want a cleaner way to show someone your Flickr photographs? Check out the website I Hardly Know Her (IHKH). It’s a free web app that repackages any public Flickr photostream into a super minimalist layout that puts all the focus on your photos.

For example, the screenshot above shows what the official White House photostream looks like when viewed through IHKH. Here’s what it looks like if you visit the photostream directly through Flickr:

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Using IHKH is as simple and minimalist as the site’s design. All you need to do is add someone’s Flickr URL to the end of IHKH’s domain name. If your Flickr page is found at flickr.com/photos/yourname, then simply visit ihardlyknowher.com/yourname to find your photos.

IHKH is a third-party service developed by photographer Justin Ouellette, whom we interviewed back in 2009. The source code for the app has also been released

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Russell Lord NOMA Curator of Photographs Interview – Part 2


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Jonathan Blaustein: We could talk forever, as there are so many things I want to ask. But I want to hit some of the cogent points of your experience, and then work our way to NOMA.

You alluded to the fact that you did four years at Yale, and it was seminal, and you must have been good at your job because they gave you more and more responsibility the longer you were there. So then, I see that you were the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I will put my nerd credentials on the table and say that museum is my favorite public space on god’s earth. The first time I heard that about you, I got googly eyes, for sure. “Oh My God, he worked at the Met!”

Russell Lord: (laughing.)

JB: What does it mean to be a fellow? Does that mean your job had a limited scope, or time horizon? What was that phase like for you, in addition to those specific logistical questions?

RL: The fellows program at the Met has two categories: pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. You apply when you are working on a dissertation, and ostensibly the Met pays you a lump sum of money to continue doing research, using their resources to do that research.

In order to be awarded a fellowship, it behooves you to be working on a topic that their collections are rich in, or have some effect on.

JB: Right.

RL: They have a lot of really early photography material that I was interested in looking at. But perhaps even more importantly, they have this incredible History of Photography library. They have a copy of Daguerre’s manual, for example. I think they might even have an early copy of Talbot’s

Angus McBean British, 1904-1990 Self Portrait, 1949 Gelatin silver print 1988 Discretionary Purchase Fund, 88.10
Carlotta M. Corpron American, 1901-1988 Floating, 1945 Gelatin silver print Gift of Clarence John Laughlin, 82.281.25
Jay Dusard American, born 1937 Wall, 1972 Gelatin silver print Museum purchase through the National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant, 81.22
Edmund Kesting German, 1892-1970 Marianne Vogelgesang, circa 1935 Gelatin silver print Museum purchase, 79.133

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Quick guide on how to shoot big sky photography


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Big sky photography – a way to give your landscape photos the shock element.

But it ain’t easy shooting the sky, and you need to acknowledge the fact that the there will be obvious contrast issues. Even more importantly, you’ll encounter a big problem in finding the best time to go on a photo shoot. This is were we come in and save the day.

What to keep in mind when embarking on a big sky photography shoot?

Besides worrying about what gear you are using, you should consider thinking about when it’s the perfect time to take a landscape photo that is encompassed by the sky. We can’t just take photos of sunny, beautiful scenery all the time – where’s the fun in making everything blissfully happy? We need to get out of our comfort zone and take a walk, with our camera of choice gripped tightly in our hand, when

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NAB 2015: FileCatalyst


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C300 Mark II: PVC Gets A Closer Look At NAB 2015


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The C300 Mark II, we talk to Canon to find all the details on their new flagship camera.

NAB 2015: Facilis Technology


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NAB 2015: Cinedeck


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View a Unique Perspective of the World Through Sony’s ‘Never Before Seen’ Campaign


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One of the greatest things about action cameras is that they allow filmmakers to capture what usually goes unseen.


Knowing this, Sony has teamed up with filmmakers and artists, including Vine star Zach King and directors Wilkins & Maguire, to bring you the “Never Before Seen” campaign, a series of films that not only showcases the capabilities of the Sony Action Cam, but also celebrates the unique and, yes, largely unseen perspective that action cams allow shooters to see. These films range from experiments, stunts, short documentaries, sport-related adventures, and short stories.



The campaign has kicked off with the release of four films (so far), Picture Machine, Paperports, Creature, and TKO. Check them out below, along with BTS videos from the last two:




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‘SKYGLOW’ Is a Mesmerizing Experimental Timelapse with a Timely Environmental Message


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The night sky is rapidly disappearing, and two filmmakers are on a mission to raise awareness.


More often than not, the primary purpose of timelapse filmmaking is to be aesthetically pleasing; in other words, to look pretty. Sure, it can be used as a narrative device to show the passage of time, but it’s almost always used to be visually pleasing in and of itself. But what if timelapse could be used for something more? What if the medium itself could be used to deliver a salient environmental and political message at a point in time where that message was direly needed?



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Fun but of Phantom 3 flying at Rhyolite ghost town. Bit too…


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Fun but of Phantom 3 flying at Rhyolite ghost town. Bit too windy though! Needed the Inspire one really!

NAB 2015: Canon’s NEW 4K Camera XC10


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Nathan Thompson gets upclose and personal with Canon’s NEW 4K camera, the XC10

Steadicam Introduces a Bunch of New Stabilizers for Large Format Cams, DSLRs, & GoPros


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Steadicam came prepared to NAB with a bunch of great tools for stabilization, including the Steadicam Solo, Smoothie, Curve, and M1.






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Aimed at the DSLR market, the most notable thing about the Solo’s design is its versatility. Although it can be operated with the Steadicam vest and arm, as well as handheld, it also extends to be used as a monopod. It’s meant for DSLRs under 10 lbs. Also, the Solo is well-calibrated right out of the box, so if you want to switch between using it as a handheld stabilizer and a monopod you can.



The entire kit is $1495, which includes the Solo, the arm, and the vest. The Solo alone costs $499 and is currently shipping.




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NAB News 2015 Panasonic also release a new P2 shoulder mount camera AJ-PX380


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Panasonic’s multi-codec AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full raster HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 megabits down to […]