Check yourself Lytro, Google’s new Lens Blur mode is coming through! Today the Google Research blog introduced a new mode in the Google Camera app that allows Android phone and tablet users to take photos and change the focus after the photo is taken. By changing the depth-of-field slider, you can simulate different aperture sizes, to achieve bokeh effects ranging from subtle to surreal. According to the blog post the new image is rendered instantly, allowing you to see your changes in real time. Click more to see examples of this new mode that could be a serious game-changer for phone photography.
Yes, you did read the title correctly, Pixels.com has launched a new image licensing marketplace, and you’re in control. Pixels.com is an online image licensing marketplace that enables artists and photographers to self-manage their images, prices and licenses. Take a look at how Pixels.com is structured, works, and proves to be a major game-changer for our entire industry. [more]
Peter Menzel is an award winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in many national and international publications such as: National Geographic, Time, Wired, Geo, Stern, Paris Match, Life, Le Figaro and Forbes. Today his new project: Waste in Focus. A documentary project that profiles eight families in four different cities with one weeks worth of trash. [more]
Australian supermodel and Victoria Secret Angel, Miranda Kerr, exposes all for British GQ’s May issue. Accompanying the provocative nude images of Kerr, is an interview where she discusses love, sex, and potentially experimenting with another woman-ooh steamy. I’m sure you’re wondering what could be better than a naked supermodel saying things like “The more sex I have, the more defined my arms and stomach get.” Well, I’ll tell you: Australian pranksters called The Bondi Hipsters mimicking the photo shoot frame by frame. [more]
Anja Niedringhaus, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, was killed and her colleague Kathy Gannon wounded on April 4th when an Afghan police officer opened fire on their car.The journalists were traveling with election workers in eastern Khost province in a convoy that was protected by Afghan soldiers and police officers, according to the AP. “What the world knows about Iraq, they largely know because of her pictures and the pictures by the photographers she raised and beat into shape,” said AP photographer David Guttenfelder. [more]
Recently I had an opportunity to try my hand at creating the new hotness in cyberspace, Flixel Photos Inc.’s Cinemagraph Pro for Mac, what they are calling a living photo creation software. Cinemagraph Pro allows users to easily create Cinemagraph images, a media form that combines elements of a moving video to a high quality still photograph or referred to as ‘hybrid photography.’ [more]
Let me begin by saying that it’s March and not April 1st, because what I’m about to reveal is not a joke. After 75 years of business, Calumet Photographic is closing their U.S. stores. This morning they announced through Facebook their “immediate closing in the United States”.
First Kiss – a short video directed by Tatia Pilieva and uploaded to Youtube has gone viral overnight. In just one day the black and white video spotlighting the first moments of physical intimacy between two people, has received over 11 million views and is still going strong. Tatia Pilieva got 20 strangers together, paired them up, and asked them to kiss for the first time in front of her camera. When the strangers have finished embracing, we all just want to stand up and slow clap. But wait… one thing the video doesn’t publicize is that it’s an advertisement for a clothing line. [more]
Known as Trappy on message boards and Facebooks groups, and the “aeriel anarchist” among drone hobbyist, Raphael Pirker the 29-year-old swede will be making headlines today after a federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) case against Pirker. In 2011 the FAA smacked Pirker with a $10,000 fine after he flew his Styrofoam drone around the University of Virginia while filming an ad for the university’s medical school. This became a test case for the FAA’s authority to prohibit people from flying a drone for commercial purposes. [more]
The folks over at creativeLIVE are broadcasting an entire week of photoshop classes. Classes kicked off Monday, February 24 and will continue to stream LIVE for free until Friday, February 28th. This week covers a broad spectrum of things available to photographers in Lightroom and Photoshop such as workflow, digital file management, local and global adjustments, photo restoration, selections, and my personal favorite, advanced beauty retouching. [more]
Some great deals through B&H have been brought to our attention at Fstoppers and we wanted to take a moment and share the love. If you’re looking to add some serious fun to your summer B&H is having a massive sale on phantom quadcopter bundles. [more]
Take a few minutes to experience this spectacular piece of 90s gold featuring Jean Claude Van Damme, or should I say JCVD. Before this ultimate film bad-ass was featured doing epic splits on trucks for Volvo, he was showing us what cameras were capable of in the 90s film industry. [more]
Matt Kloskowski, Director of education for Kelbyone, provides a taste of what attendees can look forward to at the 2014 Photoshop World Conference and Expo in this exclusive tutorial. This year’s Photoshop World Conference and Expo will be held in Atlanta, Georgia between April 8-10th. The conference is a Photoshop-nerd mecca with special events like: parties hosted by Canon, portfolio reviews and tons of other great networking opportunities.
Do you live, bike or walk in a city plagued by potholes? I do. I live in a city absolutely filled with potholes. In fact, right outside my front door in plain sight, is a cluster of them- they hide beneath snow and wait for low riding sedans to bottom out. When I came across Mypotholes, a project by photographers Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano I was ecstatic. This imaginative duo had a different perspective on how to deal with these annoying tar craters plaguing our cities.
At the end of this month, Photoshelter will be hosting a very exciting webinar: Mastering Lightroom Organization with Peter Krogh. If you’re a professional photographer and you’re asking what DAM means and who Peter Krogh is, it’s time to educate yourself. Peter Krogh is the Mr. Miyagi of Digital Asset Management (DAM). With over 30 years of experience as a photographer, writer and one the world’s foremost authorities on DAM, Krogh is a Lightroom Master. [more]