"One of the ways to understand how light works in photographs is to do basic exercises. We did one way by creating the portrait lighting cheat sheet that shows how positioning a single light effect a portrait, others have done similar stuff with an egg.
Photographer Pat David had another idea. Using a CC-BY 3D scan by Infinite Realities and an open source 3D modeling software called Blender 3D (Blender is darn near real rendering engine, it can even mimic shaped bokeh), he started to play with positioning various light sourced around the scanned head."
"In this striking multiple exposure shot, Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu shows an assortment of planes taking off at Hannover Airport in Germany. While it may seem like a lot of airplanes, this scene is quite typical. Now just imagine this occurring at airports all over the world, every single day of the year and you start to realize just how much air traffic there really is. Be sure to check out the startling simulation of air traffic in a 24-hour period below, it may surprise a few of you"
"It’s winter. It’s slow. We get bored. We have lots of stuff to play with. Too much stuff and too much time leads to all kinds of trouble. I mean experimenting to find combinations of equipment that might benefit our customers. So anyway, Joey decided it would be a superb idea to take a tiny little Nikon V1 mirrorless camera with it’s 2.7 crop factor and put it on the back of a Nikon 600mm f4 VR with a 2X teleconverter. I mean, who doesn’t need a 3250mm equivalent lens, right?"
I just love it when people use ordinary stuff to create new gear. Take a Yoyo for example. It's built to roll and collect wire, reminds you of something? It reminded Marc Cocchio a basic slider. And indeed a slider was build from a yoyo.
Datacolor has introduced an app for the Apple iPad that allows you to use its Spider3 color calibration system to calibrate the tablet's screen. The free SpyderGallery app can be used with both the iPad and iPad2 and allows all the images on the device to be viewed within a single color-corrected gallery. The app requires you to own the Spyder3 calibration tool (Express, Pro or Elite) and have access to a WiFi network. It is available for download now from the Apple's App Store.
I have covered Flickr member Fotoopa and his custom made Nikon rig for capturing insects in flight in the past. He now has an improved monster machine. The main camera is a Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8D lens but there is an external shutter Uniblitz VS14 between the camera and the lens that reduces the shutter lag from 52 msec to 3.3 msec.
"Well almost… I’ve had this Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (1919) folding camera for ages. Its been a great piece of photo history sitting on my shelf. Was curious if it could make pictures again, so I hacked it onto my 5D. Here are the results. WOW!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!"
After the Nikon D5100 firmware was decrypted and we got the first unofficial "Star Wars" firmware update, there is now a full hardware emulator including screen visualizer for the Nikon D3100/D5100/D7000/D* cameras that uses the Fujitsu FR MIPS...
"I've seen some crazy setups for high speed photography utilizing all sorts of weird parts. There is even a system that will turn the lights off for you, if you so please. But, this is the first time I am seeing such a huge overkill in term of components used to gain some control over the circuit."
"The Blinky is a self-assemble DIY Pinhole lens made from cardboard. Similarly to the Paper Fold Pinhole, the film chamber is kept shut with a rubber band. (Did I say this kit is genius yet?) and the film is wound with a wooden peg."
"One of the problem of shooting with the 5D and other members of its family is the mini-HDMI port. While it is technically usable, when you are in the field, you quickly realize how precarious the wire is plugged into the mini-HDMI slot."
After I just came across this new USB 3 card reader from Phottix, I realized that they also sell 0.85x and 1.25x viewfinder magnifiers for Leica M rangefinders for $69 each (for comparison, the original Leica 1.25x costs $299): Silver 0.85x...
If you are still shooting film and are still in love with the magic of pinhole cameras, I have no doubt that you are going to fall head over feet for this next tutorial. You could always buy a model, but nothing gets a good old-days thrill like building a pinhole camera yourself.
SLR Magic contacted me to clarify the recent reports about them taking over Noktor’s website which happened just few days after Noktor officially closed it down. Obviously the old Noktor company went out of business. SLR Magic will now design Noktor lenses and sell Noktor products under the SLR Magic brand. No specific plans were given for the future of the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but SLR Magic representative confirmed that they are planing to continue the Noktor line with ultra fast lenses.
Next month SLR Magic will start shipping a new 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens for Sony NEX system.