In the 1880s, photographer William Jennings set out to prove that lightning was a far more varied and volatile thing than a simple zig zag in the sky. After some trial and error, he ultimately succeeded, capturing what is often shared online as “the world’s first photograph of lightning.”
The story of Jennings’ achievement begins with painting. According to a 1939 article in Popular Science, the photographer set out to photograph lightning with his 4×5 plate camera because he was suspicious that “lightning bolts were not of the zig-zag form pictured by artists.”
What does the inside of a car tire look like while it’s being driven on? That strange question was just answered by engineer Matt Mikka of Warped Perception, who mounted a GoPro inside a tire and then took it for a spin.
In the 9-minute video above, created in response to a viewer request, Mikka spends the first 4 minutes showing how he got the camera set up in the tire before showing the results of the experiment starting at 04:05.
“One of the main reasons I came to YouTube in the first place ways to open up people’s
Given all of the overheating controversy and the intense focus on the camera’s 8K and 4K video capabilities, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the Canon EOS R5 is also a stills camera. But Gordon Laing at Cameralabs didn’t forget, and he’s reviewed this camera specifically for stills photographers.
The full review and all of the included samples were captured using a boxed, full-production unit of the Canon EOS R5, so no “pre-production” warnings here. It’s just a proper review of all the things that matter to stills photographers: resolution, noise, dynamic range, autofocus performance, IBIS with and without a
Focus Features has just dropped the first trailer for the Pete Souza documentary The Way I See It. The movie follows the former White House Photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama as he “transformed” from photojournalist into a “searing commentator” on the state of US politics, all through the power of his photographs.
Whatever your political bent, you have to admit that Souza is a giant within the world of photography. As the Chief White House Photographer for two of the most iconic presidents from either side of the isle he was granted an incredible level of access,
By now you have probably seen Nike’s viral video entitled “You Can’t Stop Us.” It is very cleverly produced and executed short that blends archival footage with footage created specifically for this campaign. I sat down with the DP, Logan Triplett to find out how they created this video and the associated challenges they went … Continued
Almost 9 months after announcing the so-called Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) for preventing image theft and manipulation online, Adobe has finally released details on how this special authentication system will work when they begin rolling it out later this year.
First announced at AdobeMAX 2019 last November, the CAI is a system for permanently attaching attribution and other metadata to an image in order to combat misinformation (i.e. sneaky photo manipulation) and photo theft. However, when it was first announced, details about how it would actually work were pretty sparse.
Want an astrophotography challenge that doesn’t come around very often? Try photographing Saturn peeking out from behind the Moon.
Amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Paul Stewart of Timaru, New Zealand, managed to create the beautiful photo of just that back in 2014.
The photo is a composite of three photos. Stewart first captured a base photo of Saturn emerging from behind the Moon. Stewart then exposed Saturn and the Moon separately in subsequent photos. Finally, he composited the properly exposed objects onto the base frame to bring out the details of each.
An octogenarian couple in Taiwan is going viral after they began posing for fashion photos while wearing the clothes left behind by customers of their laundromat.
Husband-and-wife duo Chang Wan-ji (83) and Hsu Sho-er (84) own and operate Wansho Laundry in central Taiwan. Over the years, they’ve collected quite a few garments that customers never picked up.
Reef Chang, the couple’s 31-year-old grandson, wanted to add some excitement to his grandparents’ day-to-day routine during the COVID-19 pandemic, so he suggested that they have fun by turning the clothing items into trendy outfits and then modeling them for a new Instagram
The folks over at COOPH recently tamed up with Brooklyn-based freelance photographer Joe Greer to put together a helpful “beginner’s guide” of sorts for anybody who wants to get started with film photography.
The short video consists of 7 quick tips that’ll help you get off on the right foot if you want to explore analog image making. In short, the tips Greer covers are:
Keep a Logbook – Film photos don’t come with EXIF data. If you want to improve quickly, keep a logbook so you can learn from your mistakes and capture more keepers.
In his TimeScapes series, photographer Martien Janssen has been “playing with the element of time,” combining images in creative ways to create “a new type of dimension” in his time-lapse photography. And there’s no better example of this than his film TimeBlend.
Captured in Bagan, Myanmar, the time-lapse uses a stacking technique you may have seen before—usually called cloud-stacking, and often used for star trails as well. Basically, Janssen blends the images in each time-lapse sequence into each other, creating something striking and painterly in the process.
“By blending images from the timelapse sequence with each other, I aim
If you spent any time on social media yesterday, you probably ran across the latest Nike ad titled “You Can’t Stop Us.” The brilliant bit of video editing was put together entirely from archival footage, combining multiple frames into a seamless montage that’s dropping jaws left and right.
Each shot in the video is made up of two different bits of footage, which have been stitched together down the middle to create a continuous shot. It’s visually arresting, grabbing hold of you and refusing to let go while simultaneously sending the symbolic message that “we are never alone.”
Photographer and occasional PetaPixel contributor Usman Dawood has put together a video and camera showcase that seeks to prove a simple, possibly overlooked point: the best beginner camera for aspiring professionals isn’t a high-end APS-C system… it’s a used Canon 5D Mark II.
The recommendation might seem absurd to some readers—the camera is a full 12 years old at this point—but its age is part of its appeal, explains Dawood.
A used full-frame 5D Mark II can be had for around $500, and despite its older sensor and image processor, DPReview studio scene test images show that the full-frame 5D
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have put a specialized camera to use in a cool new experiment, capturing super-slow motion video of a light beam moving through a carefully-arranged set of mirrors.
We’ve shared some of incredible high-speed camera achievements in the past, including the recent breakthrough that allowed scientists to capture a staggering 70 trillion frames per second. But even with these advancements, we haven’t seen any footage of a beam of light actually moving through the air, and that’s exactly what Edoardo Charbon and his colleagues have captured here.
Earlier this month, in the waters off the coast of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France, a freediver got into an underwater tug-of-war with a small octopus who badly wanted to run away with the diver’s GoPro. The resulting footage is sort of like a 4-minute underwater chase scene.
The “incident” took place on July 8th, and you can see it above captured from two vantage points: the stolen camera, and the diver’s camera in hot pursuit. Eventually, the duo meet and play tug-of-war as the persistent octopus refuses to give up his bounty.
Photographer Dan Roberts recently collaborated on an “intercontinental light painting.” Using a projector and the power of the Internet, he and Frodo Alvarez captured a light-painting portrait in real time from across the world: Frodo’s light from Spain ended up on Dan’s camera in Denver.
Enter Dan, who describes the experience below and explains how you can recreate this neat experiment.
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RECENTLY: I’m in the United States, and we’re not allowed to enter most other countries because we did a horrible job with a global virus.
During the a7S III announcement, Sony made much of the heat dissipation technology that allegedly allows the camera to record 4K/60p video internally for over one hour. The implication was clear: “our camera doesn’t overheat.” But at least a couple of reviewers have had a different experience…
Moments ago, Ted Forbes over at The Art of Photography uploaded a video that you probably saw coming: a deep-dive on the brand new menu system that Sony debuted with the Sony a7S III. If you’re wondering how the menus have changed, and what Sony did (and didn’t) address, this is a great resource.
Putting so much emphasis on a UX redesign might seem silly, but the dated and confusing menu system on all of the Sony a7 and a9 cameras so far has been a huge source of frustration for users and bad PR for Sony. Even after all
*Checks calendar* … Nope, it’s not April 1st. There really is a “Potato Photographer of the Year 2020” contest, judged by the likes of Martin Parr, and they really did just reveal the winners of the contest earlier this week.
African-American Princesses Series is a beautiful portrait project that reimagines the traditional fairy tale princess as young Black girls with their own dash of style and culture.
Created by hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and the child photography business CreativeSoul Photography, the project aims to “inspire more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses.”
“The idea was developed early on in childhood from the consistent lack of representation of Black children in mostly all forms of media where children play a significant part,” Gatson says. “Even though I loved watching and reading fairytales and fantasy, I
In 1991, four white police officers were caught on camera violently assaulting a black man named Rodney King during an arrest. When the officers were acquitted, that footage ultimately sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots; and now, the video camera that captured it is being auctioned off for a starting bid of $225,000.
The famous footage of the arrest and beating was captured by a 31-year-old plumber named George Holliday from his Lake View Terrace apartment using a Sony Video8 Handycam CCD-F77. It would go on to become one of the first ever “viral” videos, and was at the