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HAZMAT Surfing Video Predicts a Dangerous Future for Our Oceans

HAZMAT Surfing Video Predicts a Dangerous Future for Our Oceans

Earlier in the week, we shared Michael Dyrlands, HAZMAT Surfing photo series. To recap, HAZMAT Surfing is a photo series that gives a futuristic look at what surfing could be like twenty to twenty-five years down the road and spreads awareness of our oceans contamination. Dyrland came up with the idea after he was unable to enter the water on a trip to LA because of ten billion gallons of run off that had polluted the ocean after an evening of heavy rain. Dyrland has now released a video version of HAZMAT Surfing, which continues to spread awareness of the contamination of our oceans.

Behind the Scenes Photographing President Barack Obama

Behind the Scenes Photographing President Barack Obama

New York City-based portrait photographer Drew Gurian primarily focuses on the intersection of photography and music culture. But most recently he had the opportunity to team up with Mic.com to photograph President Barack Obama during his speech on the Iran deal at American University, and during a video interview in the White House library. This brief behind-the-scenes video gives you a really great sense for what it must me like to be privileged enough to get this kind of access.

Fuji X Mount Lenses App Lets You Test and Compare Lenses Without Leaving Your Couch

Fuji X Mount Lenses App Lets You Test and Compare Lenses Without Leaving Your Couch

We have all been there when trying to pick a new lens. 14mm or 18mm? How big of a difference does that 4mm of focal length make? What sort of differences in depth of field will I see when comparing this zoom lens at f4 to this prime lens at f2.8? Well Fuji has come to the rescue and has released an app to iTunes and Google Play that will let you test all of their lenses from your phone or tablet.

Rokinon Announces New Affordable Professional Grade Cine Lens System

Rokinon Announces New Affordable Professional Grade Cine Lens System
Rokinon is announcing their new professional grade cine lens system, which offer professional optical quality, features, specifications, and the performance that is expected out of a superior cine lens system, all for a significantly lower price. The three XEEN lenses are 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm which all feature a constant aperture of T/1.5 and full frame coverage. The lenses will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and even PL with additional focal lengths scheduled to be introduced throughout 2015 and 2016.

HAZMAT Surfing Photos Raise Awareness of Contaminated Oceans

HAZMAT Surfing Photos Raise Awareness of Contaminated Oceans
Michael Dyrland is a photographer based out of Washington. On a trip to Los Angeles for a shoot, Michael was hoping to score some classic California days and get into the ocean for some epic surf. The conditions Michael encountered were not exactly what he had hoped for, following and evening of heavy rainfall, he was confined to the beach for several days because the ocean was contaminated with ten billion gallons of run off. As Michael puts it, the contamination was composed of “sewage, garbage, oil, and shit (literally, human fecal matter).” Michael made the decision not to paddle out to avoid being vulnerable to staph infections, respiratory illness, MRSA and Hepatitis C.

Instagram is About to Become One of the Largest Advertising Businesses on the Planet

Instagram is About to Become One of the Largest Advertising Businesses on the Planet

Big news comes out of Instagram this week as they open their advertising API to the masses of potential clients around the world. The third-party partners are now plugging their information and creative campaigns into the API making this weekend the most ads I have seen in years. Though the quality of the imagery doesn't seem to stray too far away from what I am used to seeing its interesting to see where this goes for Instagram, I believe it could be the next big advertising company.

Stand Out Photo Workshops Are Coming - Learn From Industry Leaders

Stand Out Photo Workshops Are Coming - Learn From Industry Leaders

If you hadn't heard of it before, the Stand Out! Photographic Forums is a huge photography industry event (taking place in New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles) loaded with affordable workshops taught by some of the biggest and most successful names in the industry. You can learn directly from legends like Mark Seliger, Pratik Naik, and Michael Muller. Phase One was even nice enough to ask me to come and teach classes on digital teching and shoot pre-production. You should read below to learn more about all of the classes and offerings.

Secret White Balance Trick for Photoshop

Secret White Balance Trick for Photoshop
There are many ways to adjust white balance. From adjusting it in camera, using a grey card, or adjusting it in post, it really depends on the situation you are in and your personal preference. Personally, I always shoot RAW and keep the white balance setting on my camera on auto almost all of the time. This way, I don’t have to fiddle with it in camera and the camera gets it right most of the time. If by some chance the camera does get it wrong, I will take it off the auto setting and find the setting that works best for the light that I am it, but still knowing that because I am shooting RAW, I can always make the adjustments in Lightroom or camera RAW.

How Photographers Change The Way You Feel About War

How Photographers Change The Way You Feel About War

Seeker Stories defines itself as taking a deep look at some of the world’s most unique individuals, places, and cultures. With weekly short documentaries set out to expand our perspective and transform our understanding of the world. Having watched their latest documentary about the role photographers play during wartime, I have to say, they've achieved what they set out to do. I've often thought about being a wartime photographer and this video has rekindled that desire.

DSCOVR Spacecraft Captures "EPIC" Photographs of The Dark Side of The Moon

DSCOVR Spacecraft Captures "EPIC" Photographs of The Dark Side of The Moon

Today NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured an event that will only happen twice a year due to the orbit of both the satellite and moon's orbits. DSCOVR, which is floating in space 1 Million miles away, took the images between 3:50PM and 8:45PM on July 16th. NASA will soon begin a constant, daily observation of Earth to provide photos and collect weather information for NOAA using and the satellite's camera "EPIC," a 4 megapixel camera.

How MythBusters Captures Secondary Footage

How MythBusters Captures Secondary Footage
Have you ever watched the Discovery Channel's hit television show “MythBusters” and wondered how they got so many great shots? On August 4th Blackmagic Design announced that DP Scott Sorensen is using ten Pocket Cinema Cameras to capture secondary footage, as well as shooting cold openings and the new title sequence. Scott is also using a MultiView 16, SmartView monitor, and numerous mini converters analog to SDI to remotely and wirelessly control the Pocket Cinema Cameras.

Behind-The-Scenes: Explosion Shot from Ignition

Behind-The-Scenes: Explosion Shot from Ignition

Anglo Klaxon Pictures is a film and video production company that was established in 2009. They specialize in practical effects, specialist photography and set productions. With a resume of short films including The Trial, Apartment Eleven and a wide variety of film festival selections under their belt, they are preparing for the release of Ignition. A short film where a man wakes in a concrete chamber and is forced to play an intense game of survival. While the film hasn’t been released yet, they did release this behind the scenes video of a practical effects shoot for the film, involving the shooting of a fireball as it blazes through a scaled miniature corridor set.

Nikon's New AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Is More Than Meets the Eye

Nikon's New AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Is More Than Meets the Eye

Nikon's newest AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR isn't any ordinary lens. Aside from the obvious addition of VR, the lens features a number of other features, including a new 82mm filter size and increased weight. While it's hard to consider those last two qualities "features," if you thought it was a bit odd, you were right. There's a reason behind everything -- and the reasons behind the design changes prove this might be a lens to think on more than you otherwise would. It also starts making that hefty price tag feel a whole lot cheaper.

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