You may remember the Lytro camera from Patrick's earlier posts, "...An Image You Can Focus After You Capture It" and "The Focus Later Camera...", well now Lytro has announced it's consumer light field camera with an 8x f/2 lens and built in storage. An 8GB camera that stores 350 pictures will be priced at $400, while a 16GB with a 750 image capacity will cost $500. Lytro cameras are currently available for pre-order, shipping early 2012. The question now is, "Is this camera going to be developed for professional use or is it destined to be little more than a consumer gimmick?" Take a look at the photos and video in the full post and let us know what you think.
As creatives we photographers have very little reason to be packing standard humdrum business cards (let's leave those for the door to door salesmen and insurance agents). Photographer/Blogger Katie Sokoler obviously agrees with me as she recently posted on how she made her home made cards. I love exchanging cards but am often disappointed when I'm out networking with my peers and I recieve a card that is unimaginative or worse, tacky. Whenever I hand mine out I'm often bombarded with a slew of questions like, “Is this an envelope? Is there something inside it? Can I open it?". To which I respond: “Yes it is. Yes there is. Yes you can.” Which often leads to the question, “How much did it cost to have these made?” To which I respond: "I did them myself." So I decided to follow Katie's example and throw up a few pics to show how I make my cards. See how putting in a little bit of effort can help get you remembered.
Likely not the first and definitely not going to be the last, this clip shows the video quality of iPhone's new 4S in tandem with Canon's 5D Mark II. Sadly there is no sound in this video and I would've liked to have seen some close ups of people in this comparison but it's interesting enough for a quick look. I love shooting with all sorts of cameras and have no doubt the latest iPhone will be worth the upgrade for the camera alone. In fact I was at the 5th Ave Apple Store on friday with one in hand, at the check out, when they asked, "What are the last four digits of your social security number?" Sadly being a shiny new American resident, I didn't know and had to walk away empty handed. Maybe I'll go back today. Wish me luck.via [RobinoFilms]
Avanaut (aka Vesa Lehtimäki) is proof that creativity, ingenuity and photography know how, are the qualities that make an intriguing photo. With out a camera worth thousands of dollars or pencil thin models, Avanaut has turned out some dynamic shots, using primarily, Star Wars lego figures. His use of light, perspective and inexpensive props, produced some very cool dramatic scenes full of motion. See the results for yourself and check out Avanaut's Flickr Stream for more wonderful shots.
Researcher Kevin Karsch and his team at the University of Illinois are developing software that lets users easily insert objects into photographs. It seems to have great potential for adding in animated objects with realistic lighting. Could be a powerful tool for all you creative minded shooters out there. See the impressive demo video in the full post.
We've all seen and been inspired by the works of Jan von Holleben, with his trade mark "laying down" poses. In this latest series created for German newspaper ZEIT he is at it again but what strikes me is the clever use of everyday house hold objects to depict one's dreams. See the photos inside.
Remember that post I did on Nightmare Fear Factory's haunted house photo booth? Of course you do, cause I just posted it yesterday and you check Fstoppers.com everyday, right? Well the awesomeness of those photos has spurred the lads on the Something Awful forums to fire up Photoshop to make them even more awesome. Take another look.
If you haven't been there or heard of it, Nightmare Fear Factory in Niagara Falls is a haunted house that's actually scary shit. I know cause I've been there and still have the scars in my ribs from where my date's claws dug in. Over 100,000 people have chickened out and made the "Chicken List" and what's even scarier is they now have a photo booth inside, so you can't even pretend it didn't phase you. Picture walking in complete darkness through a maze, while clinging to the person infront of you and taking tiny unsure steps, when suddenly a car darts out of no where with its lights blasting and horn blaring. Now picture what someone's face would look like when this happens or better yet, see for yourself.
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Besides being respected members of the photo community, what do Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Greg Slater, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Brad Trent and Melissa Rodwell all have in common? Well for starters they (to name just a few) have all agreed to write something just for you, our Fstopper readers. Starting this October we will bring you posts written by some of the biggest names in photography, exclusively on Fstoppers.com. You'll have the opportunity to learn a little more about our Featured Guests and they will have an opportunity to speak directly to you and share whatever takes their fancy. Be it their latest projects, rants, opinions, advice, stories and more. Leave a comment telling us who you would like to see as a Featured Guest and we just might make it happen.
Are you curious as to what your shutter count is? Then head on over to MyShutterCount.com, where they presumably are able to tell the shutter count of "most cameras" simply by uploading a picture. And if you want to know how many of those clicks you can expect before your camera goes kaputs then check out the Camera Life Expectancy Database. Now, I'm on the road posting from my iPad 2 and can't check this service out for myself, so once again I have to call upon you, our special team of Fstoppers' tester monkeys, to give this site a go and see if it lives up to it's claims. More importantly I want to know who has the heaviest trigger finger. So post your shutter count in our comments and lets see, who amongst us, has the strongest camera kung fu.
When looking for a professional gear bag the main question seems to be Lowepro or ThinkTank. But now Manfrotto has thrown their hat into the ring by announcing it's new pro line series of bags and apparel. The Lino line has feature packed bags, jackets, vests, gloves and more. It all seems incredibly functional, with pockets that expand to hold strobes and lenses and gloves that store memory cards. I'm not so sure about the style of the clothes yet but hey, they're Italian, who am I to judge their fashion sense? To see product photos take a look at the full post.
September 27th will see the release of "Shutterbugs, a comedy web series about a group of obsessive photographers". (Do you know anyone obsessed about photography? :P) It would be nice to have a weekly series to make us laugh. The question is: Will we be laughing with it or at it? Links to Shutterbugs' promo video and info are in the full post.
Resting 120 feet below the water and towering 55 feet above the sea floor, lays the sunken ship Vandenberg and an exhibition of 12 photos by Andreas Franke titled, "Life Under The Sea". I passed this article over last week but Reese made me take a second look and I'm glad she did. See sample photos inside and leave your comments.
If you're like our adventurous duo Lee and Patrick and can't help but want to capture every moment of your daredevil exploits be it wake boarding, rock climbing, snowboarding, etc, then this sleek little number just maybe what you need to put down your not so waterproof D7000. Contour's latest, entirely hands-free mountable camera, the ContourROAM can shoot 1080p 30fps video and 5MP still images with a lens that rotates 270 degrees and includes a freakin laser line for leveling shots even when the camera is mounted at odd angles. It supports up to 32GB of storage via microSD and has a built-in multi-directional mic for catching audio. All aluminum construction makes this nice and rugged with a battery life of three hours per charge. Sample video and product shots inside.