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Book Club for Photographers

One of the goals I have set for myself this year is to read and study one non-fiction book each month. I love reading and have learned so much from some great books over the years but just feel like it would be even better if I was able to do this with a group of like-minded photographers so we could read, discuss and learn from each other. [more]

A Year In Review – Fstoppers Most Viewed Posts of 2013

2013 has been exceptional for Fstoppers. Between winning the [F] Award for Best Online Media/News Resource this past March, and having over 45 million pageviews in this past year alone, Fstoppers has become among the largest websites for photography news in the world. So to celebrate, lets take a look at some of the posts you clicked on the most this year.

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Fstoppers Reaches 200,000 Facebook Fans: THANK YOU!

I think I speak for all of us here at Fstoppers when I say the last few years has been one hell of a ride. Fstoppers went from being a tiny little speck of a niche interest blog to over 10 million readers in just shy of three years. We’re hugely proud of what this site has become to all of you, and hitting the 200,000 Like landmark means a lot to us. So thank you! [more]

Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Omar Carter Dies at 29

We’ve featured his work on Fstoppers before, New York native photographer Omar Carter was always known for his infectious smile, warm heart and talent as an up-and-coming wedding and lifestyle photographer. The photography community is shocked to hear of his passing on December 24 2013 from meningitis.

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TSA Confiscates Blower Because “It Could Fly Like a Missile”

Of the things photographers should consider not putting into their carry-on luggage, the Giottos Rocket is pretty high up there. Generally the reason is that it somehow resembles a bomb. Even if the resemblance only exists in Looney Tunes. However, that isn’t why CanonRumors user Surapon lost his. Nope, this reason is legit even dumber. [more]

The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

Whether you have any interest in National Geographic or not, you simply owe it to yourself to check out the winners of their 2013 Photography Contest, as well as the short BTS video showing the judges in action. In particular there is a 60 second segment in the video that is one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard all year about the essential key to taking better photographs that can apply to every one of us. [more]

More Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Footage Surfaces

We recently shared test footage directly from Blackmagic’s CEO, but today more footage has shown up online from some of the Blackmagic testers. Captain Hook, a cinematographer out of New Zealand, made this compilation of footage for you to take a look at. At this point, since I doubt many of you have 4K monitors, we should focus on detail and quality of the footage. What do you think? [more]

See All of Sigma’s 2013 Line In a Holiday-Themed Size Chart

Sigma, feeling rather in the holiday spirit, created this fun, seasonal size comparison graphic to showcase their line of lenses as we near Christmas. I thought it was a cool look at the diversity of lenses and might actually help you decide what to get and what you can fit into your bags. I want that one the size of a bazooka. [more]

Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the 4K production camera, as well as test footage shot with it. Today Blackmagic confirmed they are in the final stages of testing the camera, and released several gigabytes of ungraded 4K footage to the masses for blanket toying with. Though we didn’t grade or otherwise edit the footage other than what you see here, we encourage you to give it a shot! [more]

The British Library Adds One Million Public Domain Images to Flickr

2013 is coming to a close and in this author’s opinon, one of the greatest things to happen this year has been the release of hordes of public domain images by major institutions. From the Getty Open Content program to crazy macro photos of bees. We’ve seen a massive surge in public domain contributions. Today we get to add another donor to the list, and quite possibly the biggest I’ve seen so far. [more]

Love, Loss, Life And The Intense Power Of Photography

The ability of photography to capture singular moments of emotion – love, particularly – is what many of us find fascinating with the medium, particularly those of us that photograph people. Ben lost his wife Ali to lung cancer shortly after they married, but with his young daughter Olivia, paid tribute to both the love for his wife and the love for his daughter in a wonderful, touching shoot that highlights the true power of photography. [more]

Custom SLR Makes $10,000 Tripod Christmas Tree, Will Donate to Charity

I’ve sort of been waiting for that signature heartwarming story to rise up in these last few days winding down to Christmas, and I had just about given up hope until I caught wind of this fun little project by Custom SLR (makers of straps, tripods and other gadgets for cameras). The team decided to try and make a tripod tree, the largest they thought possible, and donate all the decorations to the Salvation Army and all the tripods to afterschool and nonprofit photography programs. And they did. [more]

Photoshop’s Tilt-shift Used to Create an Itty-bitty Universe

Imgur user ScienceLlama took images sent from the Hubble Space Telescope and applied the tilt-shift filter from Photoshop CS6. The resulting images are… a little astronomical. Bazinga!

You can give all the images a look over in the full post and a thanks to space-obsessed Fstoppers reader pnts for turning us on to these images. [more]

Photojournalist Helps to Make Impact on the War in Africa

Photographer Marcus Bleasdale spent a great deal of time from 2003-2004 covering the exploitation of natural resources in Eastern Congo. Children were either used to mine gold for the rebels that was sold to finance the war or to pick up a weapon and fight as soldiers. Human Rights Watch, with these pictures, pressured the company buying all of this gold ($150 million dollars worth) to stop. [more]

Tamron Announces Launch Date for 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Lens

Tamron has announced the launch date of the newly-designed 150-600MM F/5-6.3 DI VC USD today, saying they anticipate the lens to be available in the USA on January 17, 2014. For more information on the lens, please see our original story on the upcoming Tamron glass. If you are interested in how it performs, we also posted sample images purportedly taken with the lens. [more]

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