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Manfrotto Announces a New Line of Pro Bags and Apparel

Manfrotto Announces a New Line of Pro Bags and Apparel

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.

The $199 Waterproof ContourRoam Shoots 1080p Handsfree

The $199 Waterproof ContourRoam Shoots 1080p Handsfree

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.

Photos from the Fantasy World of Marwencol

Photos from the Fantasy World of Marwencol

Mark Hogancamp suffered a brain damaging assault that left him having to relearn how to live. Lacking any memory of his past and being cut off from adequate health care for recuperation he created his own miniature fantasy world as a form of art therapy. The photographs created out of the narratives of Marwencol (his fantasy world) are creatively realistic and have resulted in the creation of "Marwencol", a documentary movie (available on Netflix). You can click here to see some of the photos and a link to Marwencol.

Two Free Books on Street Photography

Two Free Books on Street Photography

Photographer Thomas Leuthard just published a second free book about street photography called "Collecting Souls… What Street Photography means to me". That and "Going Candid... An Unorthodox Approach To Street Photography" can be downloaded here as PDF documents. Truth is I haven't looked at these books yet... I need you guys to check them out and tell me if they're worth the time to read or not. :P

Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.

Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.
The title pretty much says it all. Using LG's new LMS-100 mouse scanner you are able to scan pictures by depressing a button and swiping across an image with a few quick flicks of the wrist. You can save PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and PDF and the device also features Optical Character Recognition that converts text from said images into an editable Word document. The potential convenience of this mouse is enough to make me want to get my hands on one for testing... hint hint LG. Promo video and discussion inside the post.

Short Videos Go a Long Way

Short Videos Go a Long Way
We are seeing it more and more these days. Short films being produced by amateurs and pros alike, sometimes with the most minimalist of equipment, that are making it big. Whether it be Drake Doremus's "Little Crazy" (which was shot on the Canon 7D and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was later bought by Paramount for 4 million bucks) or this latest short done by Portal fan/filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, there can be no doubt that all you need to "make it" is some creativity, dedication, know how and sweat. Portal: No Escape "A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there... This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software." With more than 2.3 million views, "Portal: No Escape" has raised the question as to whether or not it should be turned into a feature length film and has been getting a resounding, "Hell yes!" from viewers. See the "Little Crazy" trailer and add to the discussion inside the post.

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Ignacio Torres puts together a series of animated photos that are nothing short of cool. You maybe put off by the motion at first, thinking: "Just another set of animated gifs." but the more I look at these shots the more I like them, especially once you understand the concept behind them. The technique Inacio used to create galaxies, though simple, was surprisingly effective. Take a good look inside.

See NYC Days and Nights Combined into One Glorious Frame

See NYC Days and Nights Combined into One Glorious Frame

Every now and then a cool photo series makes the rounds on the internet and it's hard to miss. But because I like to play it safe and Stephen Wilkes's "Day and Night" exhibit is too awesome to miss I had to post it. Stephen spends no less than 10 hours shooting each New York City landmark until he captures the perspectives of both day and night, to be combined into a single frame. The results are inside.

Splicing Family Genetics Together with a Camera

Splicing Family Genetics Together with a Camera

Once again I find myself impressed and vexed all at the same time. When am I going to produce a creative body of work like Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott's "12:31" or something as intriguing as Ulric Collette's "Genetic Portraits" where he virtually, splices family members together? The genetic similarities between family members allowed Ulric to create a portraits that almost look like normal people when together.

Annie Leibovitz's Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant

Annie Leibovitz's Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant

Assistants, aka "voice activated light stands", can be a wealth of knowledge and experience if you are fortunate enough to have access to one that's been around. It's not entirely unheard of, to meet an assistant that knows their lighting better than the photographer they are working for. If only one of them would create a blog about their BTS exploits... wait a minute. What do we have here?

A Website Dedicated to Outing "Photographers"

A Website Dedicated to Outing "Photographers"

You may find YouAreNotAPhotographer.com (a site dedicated to outing supposed professional photography businesses) entertaining, educational and yes even offensive. But one thing is for sure, if you don't get why these pics should be making you shake your head with the occasional chuckle, then you need to be looking at these photos as examples of things NOT to do or consider a new line of work. Vids, Pics & Comments.

Makeup Ads Banned in UK for Too Much Photoshop

Makeup Ads Banned in UK for Too Much Photoshop

I just read on PetaPixel that the "Advertising Standards Authority, the ad industry watchdog in the UK, has banned an advertisement by Lancome featuring Julia Roberts for being misleading, stating that the flawless skin seen in the photo was too good to be true." I'm curious to know how fellow photographers and retouchers feel about standards and regulations governing our practices where advertising is concerned. How would it effect the way we do our jobs or how we look at things aesthetically, creatively and socially? Discussion inside.

Canon and Nikon Take Their Lens Battle to the Chessboard

Canon and Nikon Take Their Lens Battle to the Chessboard

The guys at LensRentals.com got bored during their move to a new work space. So they dug up some tiles and a $%!^ ton of Canon and Nikon lenses in order to created a chessboard. What started out as idol play is now a camera geek's dream come true. You can rent this chess set for $9,221 per week or shell out the $151,202 in lenses to possess your very own and always have back ups. See the photos.

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