In case you missed it, Google recently rolled out a pretty big change to their Gmail system: tabs. The new layout comes standard with a few, but you can also add your own. One of the standard options is the “Promotions” tab which, as you can imagine, is quite good at catching and segmenting marketing emails. This is great for users, but scary for marketers, especially given the data MailChimp just released. [more]
Sometimes you see videos that just enthrall you in their simple yet beautiful elegance. This timelapse by Daniel Csobot is one such experience. He uses a Canon EF 100mm Macro on a Canon 7D with a Kessler CineSlider to capture the growth of a flower from seed to sprout to full growth. [more]
Apparently all the bad press surrounding the Lunar hasn’t deterred Hasselblad from their present course of skinning current Sony cameras with the expensive “H” logo and wood accents. PhotoRumors is reporting that Hasselblad will be releasing a compact camera called the “Stellar” that will just be the RX100 with some fancy aesthetic additions. Well, at least they aren’t toting megapixels, right? [more]
Not too long ago we featured a tutorial that showed you how to make a fantasy desert kingdom out of tourist images, and thought I would share with you another amazing project by a talented artist. Alexander Koshelkov has quite an impressive resume of outrageous Photoshop compositions that excellently use real world items to create fantastical scenes. He just released this time lapse where you can watch his latest composition which took him just over 7 hours and uses 284 Photoshop CC layers. [more]
Researchers from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany have proposed quite an awesome attachment for the standard DSLR that would bring the power of a Lytro and more to the cameras already in the marketplace. Their design proposes a configurable, removable camera add-on for high dynamic range, multispectral, polarization, and light-field imaging called the KaleidoCam. And it works. [more]
Peak Design, who launched a successful Kickstarter Project back in 2011, wants to improve on their original camera clip design by making it stronger and more versatile. Their solution? The Capture system. What they’re planning looks to be a beefed-up version of the popular Spider Holsters. It clips to belts, bags, backpack straps and the like and allows for easy and secure access to your camera with a tripod-like quick release system. [more]
This is highly unusual, and super unlucky for both the golfer and the camera guy. Today in the first round of the British Open, Pro Thomas Bjorn chipped a ball out of the “rough” on the first hole and struck a very expensive camera. An estimated $80,000 camera to be exact. There isn’t much else to say other than watch this, then check out how crazy the damage looks. Yikes. [more]
Just a quick note that we’ve noticed you can grab a refurbished Nikon D600 for a little over $400 off the new price at B&H. This is Nikon factory refurbished to original like-new specs, and likely were used as a quick loaner or as a review copy. That said, I’m willing to bet they’re in great shape. Get one for $1584, which is a slick deal for a full frame sensor.
Nokia’s new massive megapixel cell phone has been a hot topic of conversation. The numbers look pretty impressive and the new features Nokia is touting (like manual focus) sound like a welcome addition to cell phone camera technology. But how well does the Lumia handle those 41 megapixels? You tell us. [more]
Photographers are artists. That is one fact that the original photographers spent years convincing others to be truth. But how often do we consider the models to be artists? I would wager rarely, if ever. Model Jen Brook challenges that mentality by acting as the creative director on a group of images she calls her “Dreamcatcher Project.” She works with a group of photographers to capture her vision, and the results show that she has the “eye” as well as the unusual ability to create through others. [more]
Just because we are photographers for a living doesn’t mean all our equipment has to be 100% utilitarian. Sometimes a little bit of style and fashion is appreciated, and ONA looks to deliver in that department. The ONA Leather Brixton, now available in “dark truffle” color, is a sling bag that looks like a businessman’s briefcase sling, but is designed with a photographer in mind. [more]
So a few months ago I wrote about how much I love my Squarespace account, and you would not believe the overwhelming chorus of “Me too!” I experienced in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter. I’m happy to see that I wasn’t alone in my adoration for the website company. As easy as it is to set up my photo site on Squarespace, it might be even easier to add eCommerce to it. If you want to sell product, including prints, you can manage it all from Squarespace extremely easily. [more]
This week, Ben Von Wong shows us a set of great conceptual photographs he shot with model Jen Brook that feature a great shallow depth of field and dark, moody atmosphere despite being photographed in bright daylight. Ben was able to do this using PocketWizard hypersync and was kind enough to document the shoot to show us exactly how he did it. [more]
So the story about something happening to liveBooks is true… except it isn’t as bad as many feared. It appears they were just absorbed by WeddingWire. We have all the details, but you can rest easy: if you are a liveBooks user, you won’t be losing your site. [more]
UPDATED: LIVEBOOKS ACQUIRED.
ORIGINAL STORY: While we don’t like to lean heavily on rumors, our own investigations are pointing to some validity with regards to Vincent Laforet’s recent article regarding liveBooks. liveBooks is one of the staples of the industry, providing seriously high end, powerful and great websites to photographers worldwide. However, Vincent’s sleuthing (backed up by some emails I just sent to liveBooks) hints that all might not be well in the kingdom. [more]