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Recent NYPD Helicopter/DJI Phantom Close Encounter Not What It Seems as Audio of Radio Recording Surfaces

Recent NYPD Helicopter/DJI Phantom Close Encounter Not What It Seems as Audio of Radio Recording Surfaces

Yesterday, Fstoppers writer John White shared news of an apparent close call between two irresponsible pilots' DJI Phantom drones and an NYPD helicopter. Naturally, this sparked a conversation about the safety of such drones in the hands of the public. But as with many hyped new stories, all was not as it seemed. Recently surfaced radio recordings catch the pilots in a rather calm mood as they seem to question the presence of the drones amongst themselves and take it upon themselves to chase down the Phantom to the remote pilots.

ESPN Body Issue 2014 Is Out With Beautifully Executed Photographs of Star Athletes in the Nude

ESPN Body Issue 2014 Is Out With Beautifully Executed Photographs of Star Athletes in the Nude

ESPN's Body Issue 2014 is out -- and the results are stunning. Every one of the 59 images in the "Bodies We Want" piece is a beautiful portrait of the pinnacle of the human form. There is no doubt these are professional atheletes with perfect, sculpted bodies. No puffed-up editing, no extraneous fluff. This is the real deal: clean, sharp, and on point. Oh, and did I mention there's a BTS video? No, wait. There are 13 BTS videos featuring the likes of Jamie Anderson, Michael Phelps, Venus Williams and many others.

BTS: Beats by Dr. Dre World Cup Ad, "The Game Before the Game"

BTS: Beats by Dr. Dre World Cup Ad, "The Game Before the Game"

If you've been following the world's favorite sports championship as closely as they do everywhere except in the U.S., you've undoubtedly noticed snippets of Beats' beautifully filmed World Cup commercial, "The Game Before the Game." Featuring Serena Williams, Lil Wayne, and numerous soccer stars, the cinematic ad shows the world's greatest talents' pre-game/pre-show preparations from patriotic nail polish to prayers and phone calls to home.

Nikon Announces the Nikon D810

Nikon Announces the Nikon D810

Another famous late-night announcement brings us news of the long-awaited successor to the camera that brought medium-format resolutions to the masses. With its all-glorious 36 megapixels, improved low-light performance, and a new processing engine, the Nikon D810 is finally here... Update: Pre-orders are open at B&H.

Convert Unused USB Thumb Drives Into Your New, Favorite Live-Work SSD

Convert Unused USB Thumb Drives Into Your New, Favorite Live-Work SSD

We all have a half-dozen or so USB thumb drives laying around. You know, the ones you bought to replace the ones you thought you lost, but then found a week later? Maybe they were free at a trade show? I had my fair share and decided to do something about it: I created my new favorite and totally portable live-work "SSD." Considering I just needed one, $16 accessory , it all seemed pretty reasonable to me.

OK Go Creates Its Most Mesmerizing Music Video Yet, All with Practical Effects

OK Go Creates Its Most Mesmerizing Music Video Yet, All with Practical Effects

Known for their clever, continuous, long-take music videos, OK Go just released their newest video for the song, The Writing's On the Wall . The video certainly does "get you high," with a dizzying and mind-boggling array of practical and perspective games -- all filmed by the group members themselves as they hand off the camera on what seems to be a Manfrotto Fig Rig Stabilizer , or something similar. Keep an eye out for the tricks before they happen and let us know your favorite part in the comments!

Best iPhonography in the World: 2014 iPhone Photography Awards Winners Announced

Best iPhonography in the World: 2014 iPhone Photography Awards Winners Announced

The longest running and oldest iPhone photography competition, the iPhone Photography Awards ( IPPA ), announced its 2014 winners yesterday. For those still not convinced that the iPhone can be used to make beautiful images, be forewarned: your room for that excuse is dangerously thin. Get out there and create some great images - after you check out these photographers and their fantastic iPhone art.

Michael Schmidt Reviews the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Michael Schmidt Reviews the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Michael Schmidt of Chemnitz, Germany, shares a video review of Canon's new and quite affordable EF-S 10-18mm IS STM lens . The lens features silent focusing thanks to its stepping motor (STM) and even throws in built-in image stabilization (IS). While the lens exhibits some minor issues (some expected distortion seems quite controlled for this focal length), overall image quality seems fantastic and the lens' focusing motor is truly silent and smooth.

iOS 8 Improves Your Current Phone's Camera and Paves the Way for iPhone 6

iOS 8 Improves Your Current Phone's Camera and Paves the Way for iPhone 6

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) previewed a new operating system for the Mac as well as iOS 8 for the iPhone , which comes with a host of new features due out this fall. While many features of Apple's new iOS releases leave out older devices, this one will improve your iPhone's camera (past, current, and future) with some great features we've all been too patient to see.

"Nearly New" Polaroid 405 4x5 Instant Film Back on Kickstarter

"Nearly New" Polaroid 405 4x5 Instant Film Back on Kickstarter

Some may have noticed a good portion of the DIY and Kickstarter projects for film photography revolve around the 4x5 format. That's likely because, for lovers of film, it's the best format out there. The negative size allows for incredibly sharp and enlarged prints. It's possible (just) to handhold a 4x5 camera for street photography. And despite many film stocks' deaths by the second, you can still get some of the most popular films in 4x5 sheet film packs.

NCAA Final Four's Awesome Backboard Camera Setup

NCAA Final Four's Awesome Backboard Camera Setup

Action/adventure sports photographer Brett Wilhelm , who comes from a long-time staff position with NCAA Photos/ Clarkson Creative and currently shoots for the likes of ESPN's XGames.com, Sports Illustrated, and NCAA , takes us through a typical NCAA backboard camera setup. He shows us everything from how they reduce vibration and glare from the backboard to how to get every image to the photo room as efficiently and reliably as possible.

Pricing of the Sony a7S Revealed

Pricing of the Sony a7S Revealed

Sony's high ISO full frame compact camera announced earlier this year finally has a price: $2,498 . It's more than the a7r and a7 and probably more than some of you guessed. That said, the performance of the ISO is impressive and if they are able to solve the rolling shutter issues with a firmware update it stands to be a heck of a camera. In addition to pricing, we also have specifications for the new full-frame compact, and B&H is now accepting pre-orders .

Nikon's New Fluorine Coating Is Your Best Protection Against a Dirty Front Element

Nikon's New Fluorine Coating Is Your Best Protection Against a Dirty Front Element

Nikon provided a new video highlighting the benefits of using its fluorine coating, first used on the just-announced updated 400mm f/2.8 lens . In addition to adding a certain clarity to the image because of its antireflective properties, the new 400mm f/2.8 benefits from the fluorine coating's ability to repel just about anything that might hit it. I want this on all of my lenses!

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