FIND THIS WEEK'S EASTER EGG AND WINThis week FS Weekly News is giving away an Urban Disguise® 70 Pro and a Big Photo Blog Theme, from Big Photo Blog.com, to one lucky winner. Entering to win is easy. All you have to do is follow the contest rules. The hard part is, finding the contest rules. As you may have guessed by now the rules for winning these awesome prizes are contained within this week's Easter egg. For those of you who are new to FS Weekly News, each week I hide a little something special for our readers to find. So, look closely, as most Easter eggs are pretty subtle. In fact last week's was a single underlined comma, in the article, "Do You Want To Get Paid?". Take another look if you missed it.
AN ASTONISHING PHOTO PROJECTJason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor who has taking his art to new depths, literally. Working with concrete, Jason creates artificial reefs by submerging his art underwater. The sculptures themselves are brilliant but when coupled with the alien environment and all the new life that emerges as a result of his works, the photos produced are nothing short of astonishing. This story is, again literally, so four months ago but I couldn't risk any of our readers missing out on it. See more about his project in this post on TwistedSifter and check out Jason's home page.
HOW WELL DO YOU SEE COLOR?"FACT: 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency. Take the online color challenge, based on the official FM100 Hue Test by X-Rite."
When I read this my first reaction, as a photographer and a male one at that, was "Am I seeing color accurately?" 1 out of 12 men have some form of color deficiency!? The thought bothered me, so of course I had to take the test and I did... twice. I managed to get a "0" (perfect score) both times, with much relief. How do you stack up? Are you shooting the world through rose colored glasses or you're very own special hue? We here at Fstoppers are curious, so, take this test and leave a comment of your results.
COPING WITH WEDDING DAY DISASTERSThis week PDN's featured article dealt with going that extra mile and being prepared for one of life's most important days. PDN asked wedding photographers, Kim and Adam Bamberg, Yvette Roman, and Della Chen what they had in their bags to help deal with wedding day curve balls. Want to see how they ensure the day is more joyous than stressful? Then read on.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY OR PERVERSION?We all know they are out there. The "photographers" who got into the business just to shoot bikinis and nudes or short skirts on the street and claim it's for art. But then there are the other guys and gals out there who are legit, conscientious and courteous. And for them, stories, sensationalized by media such as WBZ-TV's "Downtown Crossing ‘Street Photographers’ Crossing The Line?", by Jim Armstrong, hurts us all. To show the other side of WBZ-TV's story, Joe Gallo, who was in the interview, created a new site, "The Photo Recession". The site features some of Joe's thoughts and images, related to this controversy. Watch WBZ-TV's video, peruse Joe's site and let us know what camp you reside in.
PANORAMA PHOTOS ON YOUR IPHONEIt's cool and it's free. Gizmodo's App of the Day for April 22nd is the interactive panorama and capture app, Photosynth. I personally tried this app out and it's pretty keen (as long as your subjects are all under similar lighting conditions). You simply pan around , up and down, to any area you wish to capture and the app will stitch the image areas together. Give it a try.
KIDS REENACTING MORBID NEWS"Photographer and art director Jonathan Hobin has created a jarring series titled, In the Playroom, that makes us question what our children's brains are soaking in through the ever-pervasive modern media."
This clever and thought provoking series almost seems whimsical despite its serious content. It is a must see, so tune into My Modern Met's, Alice, as she blogs yet another great post. And you can find more by Jonathan here.
INSANELY SUBLIME TIME LAPSE VIDEOThis week’s past post highlight goes to: The Milky Way Unlike You’ve Ever Seen It. Terje Sorgjerd, a popular time lapse photographer responsible for The Aurora, does it again with this insanely sublime time lapse video called, "The Mountain". Do us all a favour and email Terje and beg him to do a BTS video.
CANON TROUNCES NIKONOk, let's be honest. There isn't any real difference between the two systems. Nothing significant any how but being a minority Canon user in the Fstoppers crew I'm always down for creating a bit of friendly rivalry with my Nikon brethren. That being said, Canon Rumors reports that Canon dominated the DSLR global market shares for 2010 at 44.5% vs Nikon's 29.8%. Canon was also named the "Best Professional Lens" for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and the "Best DSLR Entry Level" for the Canon EOS Rebel T3i by the TIPA Awards 2011. On the flip side Nikon Rumors announced that the Nikon D7000 and Nikon COOLPIX P300 won Best Advanced DSLR and Best General Camera.
MEMORY CARD ESSENTIAL TIPSPhoto Focus lays down 15 essential memory card tips for Photographers, that many of you may find helpful. One that I'd like to add is: if you ever put a card in your camera and find it not working, don't put it in another, as there maybe something lodged in one of the card's ports. This has been known to cause bent pins in cameras, an expensive thing to repair.
FSTOPPERS' MONTHLY CONTESTDo you have confidence in your work? Well that feeling of self-assurance could win you a shiny new LiteDisc Oval 41"x74" Soft Gold/White by Photoflex and a custom banner at the top of Fstoppers.com, linked to your site. How cool is that? To enter just click on the forum link below and post a shot, that best depicts this months theme, "CONFIDENCE". Contest ends soon, so hurry.
Weekly Quote: “ No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit." -Ansel Adams-
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