It's not every day that a video interview keeps me interested, undeterred by distractions, the entire time I'm watching it. But this one definitely did, mainly because it involves something that probably 90 percent of little boys, one of which I used to be, often dream of: being an astronaut. And learning about taking photos in space is just icing on the cake.
In this interview, Photo-Educator Jared Polin has a nice chat with NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik about his experiences creating photographs aboard the International Space Station. Bresnik just got back from a stint on the station, and agreed to an interview. It's pretty cool to be able to call up NASA and arrange something like that. In a short 20 minutes, Polin gets him talking about everything from his grandfather's photography legacy to pixel damage due to cosmic radiation hitting camera sensors.
Does NASA shoot Nikon or Canon? Do the astronauts shoot raw? What shutter speeds do they tend to use? Do they photograph just for "work," or do they shoot for fun as well? Grab some coffee and watch this video to find out the answers to these questions, and more. And then consider checking out how to become an astronaut. You know, just in case. If you don't make the cut, though, you can just follow Bresnik on Instagram.
[via Jared Polin]