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09.01.14     photography  

Software That Sees What Camera Doesn't

Ever want to accomplish the impossible task of turning an object (such as a couch or chair) around in your image to make it more visually pleasing? It used to be impossible. Now it's a reality. While you won't see the other side of the actual chair in question, the software uses objects of a similar shape in a database to create the illusion. Check out how they do it below.


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08.31.14     photography  

Imaginatively Updated Glass-Plate Photos from Romania

Photographer Jane Long took a whimsical and imaginative approach to old glass-plate photos. Using the work of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, taken around the time of WWI, she edited the portraits into entirely new works of art. The results are charming and contemporary.

To see more images and learn more click HERE.

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08.30.14     photography  

Photo Shoot.....Using a Taser?

Patrick Hall, photographer and co-founder of Fstoppers, says he's always throwing ideas around in his mind. One of the crazier ideas he had was taking some portraits right at the point when a person is being hit with a stun gun (taser gun). Although he realized the possible negative outcome of the experiment, he decided to go ahead and try it anyway. :) The results are hilarious. You can check out the video below.

To read what he had to say about the photo shoot, see pictures, and a behind-the-scenes video CLICK HERE.

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08.30.14     photography  

Sony A7s Astrophotography

Finally tried my hand at Astrophotography with the Sony a7s. It was spectacular. My Dad and I headed up to Haleakala late in the evening and were having so much fun we shot for about 3 hours. I was trying different techniques, this image was my favorite.

I was using a Canon 14mm 2.8 L II on the Sony a7s with just your basic Fotodiox adapter.

I stayed mostly in the ISO range of 3200-6400, no issues.

For this shot, Shutter speed was 13" at f2.8, ISO 6400

We sure had a lot of fun. It was amazing to me how clear the sky was up there at 10,000 feet!

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08.28.14     photography  

Beautiful Timelapse of Tokyo Using Entry Level Gear

Some photography enthusiasts get wrapped up in the idea that more is more. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment trying to give you an edge or produce better work. Which is great -- if you have the money. But have no fear newbies and those on a tight budget. Great results are not only possible but very likely from even entry level gear. This timelaspse below proves just that.

It was made using a Canon Rebel T4i, Sigma 10-20mm, and Sigma 50mm. All of this gear is considered entry level and comes with reasonable price tags. If you learn proper technique and skill, the sky is the limit. Check it out below.


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08.27.14     photography  

Tips For Improving Smartphone Photography

Many times when you're out and about exploring the world you might find that the only camera you have on hand is your smartphone. While they've come a long way and are capable of truly awesome pictures, it's always nice to make the most of your most portable camera. Commercial photographer Lorenz Holder shares 7 tips for taking better smartphone pictures. Check it out below.


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08.26.14     photography  

B&H Photo Introduces: The Canon Lens Experience

B&H Photo has presented an exciting new feature to their site; The Canon Lens Experience. In their words;

"Covering all things related to Canon and its lenses, The Canon Lens Experience is an immersive hub containing interviews, technical information, interactive tools, educational articles, and glossaries that take in the breadth of Canon's network of optics. This multi-faceted project began with a desire to uncover the wide range of options dedicated to Canon photographers and includes in-depth details about what makes Canon lenses so special and how these technologies can be employed for successful imaging results."

They're offering a wealth of information in the form of five sections; Experiences, Virtual, Lenses, Why Canon, and a Glossary. This is a truly invaluable resource for photographers of all skill levels.

Experiences - They've chosen 15 photographers with expertise in a diverse array of backgrounds. They range from aerial photography to underwater photography. These industry leaders share their experiences and stories of their work for all of us to learn from.

Virtual - This will display focal length, aperture, tilt-shift, image stabilization, and macro in an easy to use interactive tool. How cool is that? You can see what these settings and tools will look like and how it will affect your images right on the site.

Lenses - Another awesome interactive tool showcasing available Canon lenses with descriptive information on each lens.

Why Canon - "Dedicated to the unique lens-based technologies employed by Canon, this guide highlights a range of topics from basic lens design concepts to some of the proprietary techniques and features found in Canon's lens lineup."

Glossary - This is a comprehensive glossary with definitions of photography terms, tools, and concepts.

Make sure to check out this free and amazing photography education resource by CLICKING HERE.

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08.26.14     apps!  

'Hyperlapse' by Instagram

The team at Instagram stepped up the game this week by releasing their newest app. 'Hyperlapse' can make super-smooth images out of up to 45 minutes of video. Check out their promo below.

Stabilization for Hyperlapse from Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo.

To learn more check out the post on PetaPixel here.

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08.25.14     tutorial & training videos  

Epic Shootout Featured on 4K Shooters Podcast

4K Shooters did a podcast review of my Epic Shootout Between the A7s and GH4. Feels really nice to be recognized for all the hard work we put into it! Thanks again for your help team! I think 4K Shooters is going to be a great resource website, check them out if you are into video production!

You can listen to the podcast 4K Shooters Podcast HERE.

You can check out my Sony A7s vs Panasonic GH4 Epic Shootout HERE.

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08.24.14     fun!  

Japanese Painters Use Single Stroke For Detailed Dragons

A video of a Japanese art studio with generations of master artists trained in the technique of Hitofude Ryuu (Dragon with one stroke) has been circulating the internet. It's hypnotizing to watch the painters use a single brush stroke, loaded precisely with beautiful colors, create the detailed design of a scaly dragon.

Check out the artist in action below.


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