Every week we bring you contests hosted on Viewbug, and once a month we specifically sponsor one contest to help bring talented and perhaps unknown artists forward. We already featured one oustanding artist for his stellar image in Yosemite, and we are close to picking the next one. Check out our favorites from the current contest and help us decide who deserves a feature.
Articles written by Jaron Schneider
ONA, makers of some fine fashion-forward camera bags, has announced the availability of new camera bags: the Prince Street and Berlin II. The bags are designed to carry a camera, two lenses, an iPad and personal items. The Berlin II is a Leica collaboration and made for the Leica M-System. It features one signature red rivet and a red interior.
Today is World Photo Day and to celebrate 175 years of modern photography, Lytro has released a pretty snazzy infographic that shows the history of camera innovation from the inception of the photograph all the way up to present day (ending as expected with their Light Field camera the Ilum).
There is no denying it: there are a lot of motion control devices and even more slider options out there. With the success of Kickstarter, it seems like we get a new awesome idea every week and it can be hard to keep up. That said, I was recently pointed to the Nebo Motion Control Slider and decided to share it with you all because it's actually pretty cool despite entering a very crowded market.
Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week your best "old and rusty" image enters you a chance to win... a mystery prize! Once you submit your image, the prize will be revealed. You could win awesome prizes and have your photo reviewed by renowned photographers. Don't miss out!
I think it's fair to say that the 7D II is coming soon, with a lot of signs pointing to a release at Photokina this year. This fire sale on the camera only bolsters that possibility, with the body only now at $999 and bundeld with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 at $1,099. This is still a darn good camera, if not a bit dated, for such a low price. [via B&H]
Syrp's timelapse machine, the Genie, rocks at what it does despite some limitations. You can read our full review of the unit here. Many of those limitations are made easier to swallow once you see what you can do with the new Magic Carpet slider, a tool with a lot of options for both video and timelapse.
The Samsung NX30 is a very affordable, DSLR-like mirrorless camera with a lot of features and a lot of promise. It's Samsung's number two camera in terms of "levels" (much like a 5D would be second to the 1D in Canon language) and is designed to appeal to an emerging photographer as well as the everyday user (like mom or pop), but is it be a camera worth considering for anyone semi-pro and above?
One of the members of performance artist YouTube channel RV Wonderspunk is claiming that fast food chain Burger King not only used her photo in an unintended and sexually charged way, but also did so without asking permission or paying for the image. Aside from the fact the photo is allegedly stolen, this is an example of how far from original intent some can take an image.
THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED 08/06/2014 10:55 AM PST. Wikimedia, the company behind Wikipedia, has refused the requests of a photographer to remove a photo from its Wikimedia Commons photo collection of royalty free images. The Telegraph is reporting that Wikimedia claims that the photographer who owned the camera on which the image was taken doesn't actually own the photo... the monkey who shot the selfie does.
PocketWizard has expanded their TTL compatibility to several popular Nikon and Canon cameras, including the Canon 70D, 1D X and 6D as well as the Nikon D810, D610 and D4S. The update to its ControlTL firmware is for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. The update is available today and can be installed into your radio triggers via USB connection to your computer.
Western Digital makes some of my favorite hard drives, and one drive in particular recently caught my interest: the My Cloud Mirror. The idea of the My Cloud Mirror was appealing: managing my own cloud network that could be accessed from anywhere and also shared out of, but without a monthly fee. Basically, it is a personal DropBox. I had a pretty set-in-stone process for working remotely and delivering content which has included DropBox, but I decided to give a wholly WD workflow a shot and see if it could do the job just as well, if not better.
The Music Bed has just announced a huge contest aimed at aspiring filmmakers called "Project Film Supply." The plan is to award three aspiring filmmakers with over $50,000 in prizes to help bring their film vision to life. To enter, all you have to do is pitch your short film idea, get votes, and the top three winning ideas will receive a ton of stuff from The Music Bed as well as a host of their industry partners.
A small amount of nudity has made this NSFW, but it's really pretty minor and totally worth making a profile to view it, I promise. If not, you can go straight to the Vimeo video here. The last time we featured Lightfarm Brasil's work, most of you were just as stunned by it as me (and I was floored). Today they sent me their latest project and I'm just as awed by this one as the last. It is called "Harmful Nature" and again masterfully combines 3D renderings with photography to produce an oustanding final product.
Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week you can a solid year of SmugMug Pro by submitting your best photo taken way down at ground level. This contest is judged by commercial photographer Jessica Zollman.
There is no avoiding it: timelapse is popular right now. With the ability to use relatively low-cost cameras to still generate extremely high resolution video, hardly a day goes by without a new, amazing timelapse video blowing up on Vimeo. The Syrp Genie is a Kickstarter success story, garnering over six times the original asking pledge amount. After using it for several months, I have to say it gets a lot right, but it still left me wishing it did more.
Now this is fascinating: Lady Gaga worked with photographer Robert Wilson to produce a stunning video portrait. The portrait was one of a set of others that were on display in the Lourve last year, but are only released to American audiences last Saturday at the Watermill Center in New York. Likely as a marketing initiative, two minutes of those 6 hours have been uploaded to YouTube.