High-Speed Camera Records Video of Light Beam Bouncing Off Mirrors


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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.

The video above is

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Curious Octopus Plays Tug-of-War with Diver’s GoPro, Tries to Steal It


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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.

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Camera Used to Capture the Infamous Rodney King Beating is on Sale for $225,000


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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

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A Parody Film About a Photographer’s First 8×10 Experience


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Need a chuckle? Photographer and filmmaker Caleb Knueven made this tongue-in-cheek short film titled “8×10 | My First Exposure.” The 8-minute video tells the story of Knueven’s first experience in large-format photography in the excessively sentimental style often seen these days.

The top comment on the video summarizes it well: “This feels like a fever dream in the best way possible.”

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The MyHeritage ‘Photo Enhancer’ Uses AI to Restore Old Family Photos


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In “news we missed last month,” genealogy website MyHeritage has launched its very own easy-to-use Photo Enhancer tool that uses deep learning technology to turn blurry or faded family photos into sharp snaps in a single click. People on social media are loving it.

Of course, we’ve seen this kind of AI-powered tech before, but the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer puts it all together into a one-click tool that does a surprisingly good job. And since it’s free to try it out, it’s helping to introduce this kind of technology to people who didn’t know that AI photo enhancement has gotten

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Wildlife Photographer ‘Blown Away’ by Canon EOS R5’s Animal Eye AF


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Wildlife photographer Andrew Beck of Wild Eye recently got the chance to test out an early production unit of the Canon EOS R5 out in the wild… literally. And according to him, the camera’s Animal Eye Autofocus is a game-changer.

In a short hands-on preview video published last week, Beck shares EVF footage that he captured while shooting with the EOS R5 in a variety of different lighting scenarios. All of the footage was captured in South Africa’s Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, and some of the low-light and bird footage in particular is very impressive.

“The speed of acquisition

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Sony Won’t Redesign Their Menus, So This Photographer Did It for Them


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Sony shooter and Vlad Shagov recently did what many photographers have been hoping Sony would do for years: he completely redesigned the Sony menu system from the ground up. Based on the response so far, Sony may want to send Shagov a thank you note… or a contract.

To create this concept Shagov focused on taking full advantage of the touchscreen, and took some inspiration from the menu system in the Ricoh GR.

“I didn’t focus on structure at all. I focused more on visual style, and on the possibility to use touchscreen in menu,” explains Shagov. “It seems that

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Scary Video Shows Father Dangling Young Boy Off a Cliff for a Photo Op


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A shocking video has surfaced online that shows just how far some parents will go to get a “unique” photo of their kid. The clip, originally posted to Chinese social media site Weibo, reportedly shows a man dangling his young son off a cliff as a relative takes photos.

The incident allegedly took place yesterday at the Hongjing Road: a winding, 12-mile stretch of scenic highway on the outskirts of Beijing. You can see others sitting on the side of the road, dangling their feet off the edge, but one family decided to take it a terrifying step further by

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Hands On with the Yongnuo YN450M Android-Powered Camera


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Ever since it was first announced in late 2018, the Yongnuo YN450 represented something of an experiment. Only available in China, the YN450 is half-Android phone and half ILC, complete with a proper lens mount and a Micro 4/3 sensor. Does that make it the perfect camera/phone for photography enthusiasts? Not really…

Up until now, we’ve only seen the YN450 at trade shows or in advertising, but the folks over at Linus Tech Tips were actually able to get their hands on the camera/phone, set it up, and test it out IRL.

Specifically, they got their hands on the

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Commercial Photographer Explains Why You Shouldn’t Use a Light Meter


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Commercial photographer and educator Karl Taylor is a working pro with an impressive portfolio to his name and major brands on his CV. So it came as a surprise when he declared recently that he hasn’t used a light meter in 15 years… and explained why you shouldn’t be using one either.

Taylor’s advice is bound to raise some eyebrows, but if you’re willing to keep an open mind, he lays out two big reasons why he thinks that light meters are a bad idea if you’re shooting digital.

In the video, he explains how he abruptly stopped using a

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Robot ‘Spy Pig’ Camera Destroyed by Territorial Komodo Dragons


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The BBC/PBS show “Spy in the Wild” continues to be a never-ending source of robot camera hijinks. This time, a ‘spy pig’ robot ended up on the wrong side of a some territorial male komodo dragons who didn’t take kindly to its presence. The interaction didn’t end well for the pig…

This clip comes from Episode 3 of Spy in the Wild 2, which aired in May. The clip starts innocently enough, as the pig helps to film a fight between two males who are eager to mate with the same female. But once the fighting ends, with

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NASA Shares Beautiful Satellite Photo of Madagascar Bay that Looks Like a Giant Octopus


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If you need a break from the lawsuits and software updates, and just want to sit in awe for a moment, NASA has got you covered. The space agency has just re-shared a stunning satellite image of a bay in Madagascar that looks just like a giant octopus.

Forget spotting shapes in the clouds or the aurora, this is much cooler. The photo was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, and it shows Bombetoka Bay on the northwest coast of Madagascar. The photo was posted to NASA’s Instagram account in late

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GravGrip is a Battery-Free Hydraulic Stabilizer for Phones and GoPros


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An intriguing little camera stabilizer has blown up on Kickstarter over the past couple of weeks, raising over $270K with more than two weeks left in the campaign. It’s called the ‘GravGrip‘ and it’s a pocket-sized, hydraulic-based stabilizer for action cameras and smartphones.

There are a lot of smartphone stabilizers available from the big guys out there like DJI and Zhiyun Tech, but unlike pretty much everything else we’ve seen, the GravGrip isn’t a battery-powered gimbal. Instead, it takes the same hydraulic technology that dampens a car’s glove box mechanism, and packs it into a pocket-sized accessory with

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This Gangster Film Replaces Guns with Cameras


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What if the gangsters in crime movies battled it out with cameras instead of guns? That’s the premise of this new 5.5-minute parody short film titled “Camera Wars.”

Created by filmmaker and vlogger Tim Pan of Mediastorm, the film is about two gangs that meet in an abandoned warehouse to do a deal for an ultra-powerful camera stabilizer. But when the deal goes south, everyone pulls out their camera and all hell breaks loose.

Want to see how this short film was created? Pan has released a 12.5-minute making-of video (it’s in Mandarin but you watch

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This Site Provides Free RAW Files So You Can Practice Photo Editing


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Back in 2017, we told you about a site called WeSaturate that allowed you to download free raw photos for editing practice. Unfortunately, that service has since shut down; thankfully, someone else has stepped in to fill the void.

Signature Edits is a website and YouTube channel dedicated to teaching readers/viewers about photo editing, selling presets, and teaching photography branding. But their most recent project is a little different. Inspired by WeSaturate, which shut down earlier this year, they’ve created a free resource for beginners who need RAW files for photo editing practice.

“Starting out in photography, it was

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A Rare Photo of Someone Smiling in the 19th Century


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Portrait photos from over a century ago rarely show subjects smiling, but this 19th century photo is an exception, and it’s been going viral online for that reason.

The photo is found in the National Anthropological Archives maintained by the Smithsonian Institution. The 14.5×6.5-inch photo was captured in 1894, and it shows a Native American girl named O-o-dee of the Kiowa people in the Oklahoma Territory.

It’s believed that the photo was captured by a photographer named George W. Bretz who ran a photo studio in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. An album of Bretz’s photos, which includes this

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CFExpress vs XQD: Nikon D6 Buffer Test


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If you’ve been wondering what kind of continuous shooting improvement you can expect from CFExpress over XQD, this video tries to answer that question. Put together by JANG HEE LEE, it shows the difference between shooting with CFExpress and XQD on the brand new Nikon D6 DSLR.

The video was created as a “buffer test” for the D6, and it highlights the advantage (or lack there-of) that the new CFExpress format offers over XQD on this particular camera.

To show this, Lee ran several tests, capturing 14-bit RAW photos at 14fps, 14-bit RAW photos at 12fps, and 12-bit RAW

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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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Mesmerizing 4K Footage of Deep-Sea Creatures that Live in the Unexplored Ningaloo Canyons


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The Schmidt Ocean Institute has released a stunning 4K highlight reel of footage captured during their ROV expedition to the previously unexplored Ningaloo Canyons in the Indian Ocean. Over the course of 180 hours of exploration, researchers uncovered some 30 new species, as well as “the longest animal ever recorded.”

It’s hard to overstate the scientific value of the footage above, and yet, it’s also easy to ignore the research aspects and just enjoy the hypnotic footage for what it is.

The video was captured by the ROV SuBastian, a robotic underwater exploration vehicle that can dive as

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The OnePlus 8 Pro’s Infrared Camera Can See Through Plastic and More


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The new OnePlus 8 Pro is a great Android phone for lots of reasons. It’s got a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 865, and a quad-camera system with not one, but two 48MP Sony sensors inside. But that’s not why it’s making headlines. It’s making headlines because of its 5MP infrared camera, which can actually see through some materials.

This ability came to light on Reddit first, and has since been demoed by several reviewers who have a OnePlus 8 Pro in hand. As you can see in the demos below, it works best on thin black plastics, but it can see

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