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]
I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you have never heard of Nations Photo Lab. They certainly aren’t as big as some of the other print house powerhouses in the industry, but in a way I’m glad they aren’t that huge. I can appreciate them, and while working with them I got the feeling I was appreciated. What really matters, though, is price and quality of the product. Nations didn’t let me down. [more]
About two years ago, Chimera showed us the first collapsible beauty dish at WPPI, something that promised to make traveling with the bulky, often heavy modifier a lot easier. However, with a price point of $230, it was a bit pricey for many. In the past few days, Phottix has released their version of the collapsable beauty dish. It has several distinctly different features that separate it from the Chimera version, but there is one thing that will stand out: the price is only $75. [more]
LED has come a long way in the last three years. It was not too long ago that serious photographers and videographers were having a hard time with the idea of LED. They tended to be under powered and cast unattractive shadows. But there was potential, and that potential is beginning to blossom. Fotodiox’s LED100WA monobloc-style heads are one such shining example of how far LED has come and what can be done with it. [more]
Remember the huge brouhaha surrounding Olympus back in late 2011? The former presidents of the company Masatoshi Kishimoto and Toshiro Shimoyama as well as the chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and a few other execs were found to be lying about massive losses the company sustained, about $1.7 billion in discrepancies. They were finally ruled against, but no one is serving any jail time. Weak. [more]
If you’ve been on the fence regarding the EOS M, now might be the time to jump off. Canon has discounted the bejeezus out of it, dropping the price by 50%. Since Canon has recently updated the firmware to help with the slow auto focus, this camera is even more of a bargain today. You might not want to think about this one too long, as B&H is surely to run out of stock any time now. EOS M is $299 [more]
Benjamin Von Wong is known for making some pretty exceptional creative images, but this time he decided to go audio instead of visual. In his latest project, he uses 12 Nikon cameras (with the assistance of Nikon Professional Services) and the musical know-how of composer Andrew Kesler to produce a masterpiece of rhythm and shutters. [more]