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[News Discussion] Does your Nikon D800 Lock Up?

[News Discussion] Does your Nikon D800 Lock Up?

So many gear releases, so many bugs, glitches and freak outs. The Admin over at Nikon Rumors has just made a brief post about his new Nikon D800 locking up. In a picture, he provides, the D800 can be seen with the LCD on, even though the camera is off and apparently the only way to reset it is to pull the battery. When you head on over to his post you will find in the comments that this doesn't seem to be a new issue for Nikon users but kinda disconcerting none the less.

[News] $60 Million in Camera Gear Seized from Smugglers

[News] $60 Million in Camera Gear Seized from Smugglers

Chinese customs authorities have detained 14 people suspected of smuggling approximately $63.5 million US worth of photo and video equipment. Officers at Gongbei Customs, Zhuhai City, south China’s Guangdong Province, said the smuggling ring has already transported more than 60,000 cameras, 13,623 lenses, 483 flashlight and 1,025 video cameras from Hong Kong to Guangdong from January 2011 to February 15, 2012.

[News] Photoshopping the Truth (scandalous)

[News] Photoshopping the Truth (scandalous)

There are questions regarding the church’s wealth in Russian which have recently received a lot of press due to a scandal over photographs of it's leader wearing an enormously expensive watch. The Russian Orthodox Church seemingly had editors doctor a photograph, on their site, of the leader Patriarch Kirill I, in attempt to obscure a $30,000 watch that he has claimed to not exist. The amateur shop job extended a black sleeve where there once appeared to be a Breguet timepiece but somehow managed to forget to remove the reflection of the watch.

[DIY] Light Painting with Steel Wool

[DIY] Light Painting with Steel Wool

When it comes to photography projects, Benjamin Von Wong is one of the most prolific guys I know. It seems like every few posts I'm compelled to bring you something cool Ben is doing. Whether it's playing with his pliable models, setting them ablaze or just a quick tip. His latest venture has him teaming up with Udi Tirosh over at DIY Photography to show us how to light paint with steel wool. Including the basic technique, location, safety and a few other helpful tips to consider. For someone who plays with fire as much as Ben and with hair that big, he must know what he is doing... right?

[News] Canon's 5D Mark III Has Issues

[News] Canon's 5D Mark III Has Issues

It's bound to happen. With new gear comes new bugs and Canon Rumors has already reported on the first two issues with Canon's 5D MarkIII.

Issue One:
Image Stabilization Noise
A couple of lenses have been exhibiting strange noises when the shutter button is half depressed on the 5d MarkIII but the image quality is not affected and the noise does not occur during Live View. The two known affected lenses are

[Video] See 3 Top Photographers Shoot it Out : GPP2012

[Video] See 3 Top Photographers Shoot it Out : GPP2012

This years GPP2012 Shoot-out that pitted David Hobby, Martin Prihoda and Gregory Heisler against one another was brilliant. All three photographers approached their respective photos from completely different points of view, using completely different techniques, resulting in an enlightening experience for all. Don't get me wrong, last year's shoot out was great too but his one has definitely encouraged me to make plans to attend GPP2013 in Dubai, featuring workshops, seminars and talks by the world's best photographers.

[BTS] Rock Photographer: Guitar Hero for Photographers

[BTS] Rock Photographer:  Guitar Hero for Photographers

Joey L always seems to have some project up his sleeve that's pushing the boudries of photographic applications. His latest endeavor has him teaming up with Jesse Korman and Thomas Leavy aka All-Nighters, as they turn out Rock Photographer. This iPhone app is a unique game, obviously directed at shooters and has been dubbed, a Guitar Hero for photographers. Check out the behind the scenes video to see this amazing project come to life and all the fresh talent involved.

[BTSV] On The Road With The Crew of No Reservations

[BTSV] On The Road With The Crew of No Reservations

The crew for Travel Channel’s television show, "No Reservations" with Anthony Bourdain have started posting BTSVs on their Road Bite TV, YouTube Channel. This is an interesting and entertaining look at what the crew, from producers to cameramen, have to go through while traveling the world. Check out the first four videos and decide if life on the road is for you.

[Video] Ninjas (Robotic Drone Mounted RED Epic)

[Video] Ninjas (Robotic Drone Mounted RED Epic)

The guys over at Omstudios wanted to show off the capabilities of the their OMCOPTER drone, housing a RED Epic. The video clearly shows the drone's ability to move in, out, around and over the action. Sadly we are cheated out of all the awesome clashes of steel and slashing of viscus as there is no sound to this video. But I'm sure, if you ask nice enough, our very own Patrick Hall will beat box out all the sound effects for you over the phone. Check out the video and a couple of BTS of the OMCOPTER drone, in the full post.

[News] Photographer Kills, Rare, Earless, Mutant Rabbit

[News] Photographer Kills, Rare, Earless, Mutant Rabbit

The Limbach-Oderfrohna Zoo in Eastern Germany was holding a big media event to introduce three-week-old Til. Til was (that's right, I said "was") a rare earless mutant rabbit, that met a tragic end when a photographer took a backward step into the animal’s pen crushing him. Until that moment (ironically) Til was living in a private enclosure for his protection even though there had been requests to put him on show to the public.

[News] 6 Tips for Better Portraits via The New York Times

[News] 6 Tips for Better Portraits via The New York Times

Hello Fstoppers' Fans. We just wanted to give Peter Hurley a well deserved pat on the back for just being featured in the Gadgetwise section of the New York Times and to toot our own horn over the success of our first full length tutorial DVD. If you're still in the dark and don't know what all the hype is about then check out the published article where Peter shares a small part of the DVD with, "Six Tips for Better Portraits". Or you can skip all that and jump right into grabbing, "The Art Behind The Headshot" DVD. The most comprehensive DVD on how to get the ideal headshots for your clients.

[Video] Be the Next Big Viral Video (creative/LED)

[Video] Be the Next Big Viral Video (creative/LED)

I'm starting this one with a disclaimer: this post is oriented towards the trending, creative use of LEDs. Like the L.E.D. Surfer post or the Invisible Car post. So, watch this video if you have an open mind and a creative urge, cause it's not photo/video specific.

Now that I got that out of the way... We are seeing more artists taking advantage of the LED tech as it becomes less expensive to work with. Light painters being early adopters of LED use, have opened our minds to the seemly unlimited and magical potential they have to offer in the creative arena.

[News] A Single Roll's Worth of Prints Sells For $5,903,250

[News] A Single Roll's Worth of Prints Sells For $5,903,250

On March 12th 2012, 36 recent prints by photographer William Eggleston sold for $5,903,250 at a Christie's auction. That's equivalent to one roll of film!

This was the first time Eggleston created digital pigment prints, as opposed to his usual dye-transfer process that he's used since the 1970s. The highest selling print , "Untitled, 1970", which depicts a child’s tricycle brought in $578,500.

[Gear] The 1st Affordable Digital Cinema Camera

[Gear] The 1st Affordable Digital Cinema Camera

The Digital Bolex is a cinema quality digital camera. Which is to say it shoots RAW images or digital negatives, instead of compressed video. And the kicker is, the Bolex is not just designed with pros in mind but consumers as well, by making it inexpensive (relatively speaking), compact, and easy to use. Like a lot of great ideas that come to market these days, this project is being launch via Kickstarter. The Digital Bolex shoots it's footage at a native resolution of 2048 x 1152 in Super 16mm mode. If you don't get why all of this is so cool, then be sure to watch the promo video.

[BTSV] Creating Super Heroes with an Overhead

[BTSV] Creating Super Heroes with an Overhead

Haristobald's photostream has some interesting shots in it but what is more interesting is how he produced them. Using an old school, overhead projector, A4 sized transparencies, a strobe and a bit of mechanical know how, Haristobald can now transform his environment and his models. See behind the scenes of his latest Superman shoot and jump into the full post to see a video on how he modified an archaic device into a useful photography tool.

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