You’ve probably heard of Opteka, the company that manufactures lenses, grips, and other photographic accessories and equipment. We found a recent offer on their Facebook page that we wanted to get your opinion on. [more]
This is the kind of story that just boggles my mind. IBM just released a Guinness World Record-setting movie called “A Boy and His Atom,” made by moving atoms using an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope. It weighs two tons, operates at a temperature of negative 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface over 100 million times. IBM researchers used the microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to “feel” atoms. [more]
Samsung has been pushing all angles lately. They’re putting pressure on Apple, their TVs rock (I have one) and their cameras are nothing to shake a stick at (that means they’re pretty good). They’re at it again, this time with expanding their line with the NX2000, a 20.3 megapixel APS-C interchangeable lens pocket camera mini monster that is stacked with everything Samsung could throw into it. [more]
Originally inspired by Indiana Jones for this image, photographer Matthew Drozd almost immediately ran into budgetary constraints. In this video he sits down with us to talk about how he came up with his concept, how he found his team, how he avoided potential equine issues and how he balanced his lighting to make the final composite. There isn’t a lot of technical information to be had here (though the idea of flashes spooking a horse at night is important), but definitely take note of [more]
If you have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Flickr (that means pretty much all of you) you might want to read this. In the UK, the rights around who can use your images has drastically changed. A new reform act shifts the power away from citizens. It’s something none of us ever wanted to see happen, and it’s being called the “Instagram Act,” named after the widely publicized attempt by Instagram to do something similar thing last year. [more]
It’s here, Firmware Version 1.2.1 is now available to download for your Canon 5D MKIII, which among many updates, enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8, enables uncompressed HDMI output, and improves the speed of the camera’s focus when using a Canon Speedlite AF-assit beam. [more]
While browsing the Twitterverse today, I noticed a quick and to the point tweet from Fotodiox that introduced me to a constant LED light fixture that would accept my Bowens mount light fixtures. It promises serious power mixed with the modular adeptness that I just love. Meet the Fotodiox LED100WA. [more]
One of the most frustrating things that can happen in photography is seeing a perfect moment and snagging a shot, only to get back to your computer and find out the picture was barely out of focus. As a wedding photographer, I can’t count how many times my couple has been composed perfectly with that magic moment that only lasts one frame, and my autofocus drags away from their eyes. To be fair, there is a lot of human error that goes into focus problems. However, did you know the problem doesn’t always lie in the user? [more]
Wacom today announced the Cintiq 22HD touch, a new addition to its interactive pen display portfolio, now featuring multi-touch. Combining multi-touch with Wacom’s pen technology, the new Cintiq 22HD touch offers an on-screen experience and a more intuitive and natural way to work. The new Cintiq is expected to retail for $2,499. [more]
Mark Laita started this black and white portrait project “Created Equal” that focuses on the contrasts between people, and how their lives and cultures mold them. This fine art series shows in a rather beautiful way how similar we really are and possibly the only thing that really separates us is how we view each other. “At the heart of this collection of diptychs is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances, or fate molded us and weathered us into whom we have become”. [more]
We received over 1000 submissions from our readers to our new POTD contest, and yes, we looked at every single one of them. There were some brilliant entries and it was incredibly tough to select the top 30 for the month of April, but they’ve all been chosen, and you can check out the gallery here [more]
“Eastman Kodak Company today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor, with respect to its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization. Under the agreement, which will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses will be spun off under new ownership to KPP. The settlement agreement provides, among other things, for the spin-off of Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to KPP for cash and non-cash consideration of $650 million. [more]
“Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model – the last V System camera in the company’s portfolio.
The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line.
Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: “Everything has its place in time. The veteran 503CW combined with an extensive V System range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, was for seventeen years the camera of choice for discerning professionals and aspirational amateur photographers. [more]
Beauty retouching can be an arduous task in any photographer’s workflow. The amount of detail that can go into retouching a glamor portrait can easily run into several hours. Learning the secrets of the pros can be even more difficult. Julia Kuzmenko McKim has made learning easy with her new book entitled ’Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion and Portrait Photography‘ [more]