Articles written by Austin Rogers
Shooting outdoors can be some serious business, cave photography is certainly no exception! Getting quality images in pitch blackness is an incredible feat, but the guys from Lowepro and Joby show how photographer Chris Higgins does it by journeying deep underground in a Tennessee cave.
Gillette, founded in 1901, has been around for just over 100 years now. To celebrate, they recently put together a genius stop-motion video showing the evolution of men's hair during that time. This video takes us behind the scenes of the four-day production and shows the painstaking level of attention-to-detail involved in creating an animation of this magnitude.
Benjamin Von Wong, along with several other photographers (including Fstoppers' own Mike Kelley) was recently sponsored by a non-profit called Kinetis and Broncolor's GenNEXT program to travel to Israel to photograph and explore. While the group was there they came up with some really awesome shoots including this recently released series by Benjamin Von Wong of athletes doing ridiculous tricks in historic Jerusalem.
Since its announcement in April, 2014 the Sony a7S has been getting quite a bit of press for its out-of-this-world high-ISO video performance. This palm-sized, sub $3k camera can shoot up to ISO 409,600 (a value that was unheard of until the D4s) allowing low light video shooting like nothing you've ever seen.
Josh Newton is all too familiar with shooting under pressure as a professional wedding and musician photographer. Recently though, he had a wedding shoot that's gotten him national press for it's high stakes and unbelievably gorgeous results. Josh was able to take some time out of his busy schedule for a brief interview to talk about his now famous forest fire wedding shoot.
At some point or another we've all been heckled by the man for our photography but this is taking it to an extreme. Turns out photography based t-shirts aren't even safe. Jared Polin, of Fro Knows Photo recently had a run-in at a Six Flags amusement park because of his signature "I SHOOT RAW" t-shirt.
Today Canon announced a new Dropbox-like service for hosting images online. During development the service was cryptically called Project1709, now given the name Irista (according to CNET, that's pronounced eye-RIST-ta). The new service is stumping many as it doesn't appear to do much, if any, more than Dropbox and its ilk.
Adobe just announced the immediate availability of ACR 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. The update brings with it several refinements and enhanced compatibility with several new cameras including the Canon G1XII, Fuji S1, Nikon 1 series, Olympus OM-D E-M10, and Panasonic GH4.
This little DIY "hack" from MrCheesyCam on YouTube shows you how to add a 3 stop ND filter to lenses that you might otherwise not be able to (such as the MFT Rokinon Fisheye as shown in the video). All the components needed for this nifty little mod cost well under $10.
Cambo recently gave the world a sneak peek at a new compact ACTUS View Camera designed specifically for mirrorless cameras (perfect for the α7 series). This system features several improvements over their old X2 system as detailed below. The "core system" will reportedly include the bellows, bayonet, and a choice of Sony, Canon, or Nikon camera mount.
Lauri Laukkanen, photographer and editor over at SLR Lounge, recently posted an image to the Fstoppers Facebook group that's been getting a lot of buzz. The popular image came out of a personal project that he developed and shot over the course of just two days. The behind-the-scenes video shows Lauri and his team on location at Yyteri, Pori (Finland), their extremely minimal setup, as well as the final images.
According to his bio, Jesse Chen is a software engineer at Facebook and recent graduate of UC Berkeley. Jesse has a personal blog which we recently stumbled across that includes a blog post from 2012 that detailed how to go about stealing copyrighted images and removing watermarks.
Jonathon Keats is an American conceptual artist based in San Francisco. This year Jonathon began a new project he calls Century Camera in which he (and the people of Berlin) hide 100 pinhole cameras with the hopes of creating the first series of century-long exposures. Jonathon was kind enough to make time to speak with me and share the details, inspiration, and process behind this ambitious project — you don't want to miss this.
Last month, Lytro announced their second generation light field camera they call Illum. The Illum system is clearly geared at serious amateur and professional photographers interested in experimenting with variable focus photography. This new mini-documentary features photographers using the Illum system, the technology behind it, and their creative process.
Last month, the guys at PetaPixel reported the first successful recovery of stolen gear due to the service Lenstag. In related and more recent news, this past weekend a pawn shop in Boston, Massachusetts did a little detective work of their own to recover a stolen Nikon D3100.
Finally, the last Nikon product announcement for the day: Nikon has just rolled out the new Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera system, an update to the 2013 Nikon 1 S1. The new S2 features a 14.2 MP sensor (up around 4 MP from the S1), shoots full-HD 1020p video, and fires at 20 FPS. It comes in four colors, and will have a price of $446.95 (including the kit 11-27.5 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens).
If you plan on picking up the newly announced Nikon 400mm f/2.8E you'll definitely be interested in looking into the new TC-14E III, Nikon's latest 1.4x teleconverter. This baby will boost the focal length of your lens by 1.4x, only reducing the light by one stop. This will effectively turn your 70-200 f/2.8 into a 98-280 f/4.0, or that new 400 f/2.8 into a crazy 560mm f/4.0.