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[Video] A Dynamically Lit Elegiac Nighttime Short (a must see!)

[Video] A Dynamically Lit Elegiac Nighttime Short (a must see!)
Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton teams up with Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes and designer John Spatcher, to make this stunning short that features a very unique light source, an LED suit. Just picture it, a lone surfer illuminating his way down the slopes of Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, captured on a Red Epic camera. Can't? You don't have to. Just watch!

[Pics] Gods and Beasts: Striking Portraits From Mongolia

[Pics] Gods and Beasts: Striking Portraits From Mongolia
If you had 4 months in Mongolia, would you make the best of it? Well French photographer Remi Chapeaublanc sure as hell did. Check out this magnificent series entitled, "Gods and Beasts". For the gear geeks: My french isn't what it use to be but if I read correctly, when not shooting film, Remi's cameras of choice are Minolta Dynax 5D. Update: Remi tells us he took these shots with a Sony A77 prototype on loan from SONY.

[Discussion] A Whole New Camera: Are Our Cameras Outmoded?

[Discussion] A Whole New Camera: Are Our Cameras Outmoded?
Designer Jean-michel Bonnemoy believes that a traditional camera's design is dictated by the need to hold a roll of film in the back. But with the advent of digital tech there is no longer a need to maintain a form factor that is inherently contrary to smarter ergonomics. Enter the D-CAN. What are your thoughts on this new camera design? Should we shake off the shackles of design's past? Do we even want to?

[BTSV] The Lies Behind the Lens: Will You Shoot Anything for $?

[BTSV] The Lies Behind the Lens:  Will You Shoot Anything for $?
Check out this clip from, "Bigger Faster Stronger", where photographer Rich Schaff explains how some companies hire him to take before and after photos on the same day, for misleading supplement advertisements. Is this why some photographers get into photography? Is this even legal? I mean, how far are you willing to go to make a buck? Please leave your comments, thoughts and rants in the full post. UPDATE: Looks like this video got pulled. Can't imagine why but that's ok, we found another source.

[Pics] Wickedly Humorous Anthropomorphic Photography

[Pics] Wickedly Humorous Anthropomorphic Photography
Thanks to The Wired's Jakob Schiller for reminded me of one of photography's most creative, comedic and provocative shooters out there. I'm of course talking about sculptor and photographer Terry Border, who is well know for his "Bent Objects" anthropomorphic photography. Looking at Terry's photos will remind you of how you use to feel when you heard a wickedly dirty joke during your childhood. More inside.

[News] How Peter Hurley Shut Me Up (a lesson in jawlines)

[News] How Peter Hurley Shut Me Up (a lesson in jawlines)
Do you have have a lot of photographer friends? Well if you do then you will know what I'm talking about when I say that, we spend a lot of time arguing about techniques, lighting, gear and each other's individual style/aesthetic. It's all in the name of good fun and education. I've personally taken more than my fair share of pot shots at friend and fellow photographer Peter Hurley, while sitting across the bar or poker table. But he has shut me up with his lastest video, over on Scott Kelby's, "Guest Blog Wednesday Featuring Peter Hurley". In 15 short minutes Peter demonstrates what it means to accentuate your subject’s jawline in a portrait and I gotta say, it's 15 minutes well spent. Get sample pics and a link to the video in the full post.

[Pics] Hauntingly Beautiful Winter Landscapes

[Pics] Hauntingly Beautiful Winter Landscapes
Russian photographer Daniel Korzhonov has turned out some hauntingly beautiful winter landscape photography while trekking around the Ukrainian republic of Crimea. Armed with only his Nikon D80 a propensity for soft focas and the unique weather patterns of Crimea, Daniel has pulled off some shots that look nothing short of alien... mystical... surreal...? Ah! Take a look for yourself and pick your own adjective.

[Pics/Video] How to Make Your Own Models

[Pics/Video] How to Make Your Own Models
There is definitely no shortage of models out there but if you feel there is or you can't get them to risk their lives for your art then maybe it's time you made your own. It may not be what American street installation artist Mark Jenkins had in mind but hey, it's a cool idea none the less. Mark's work is actually aimed at making people take notice of their surrounding environment and fellow man/woman rather than their smartphones. He creates life-like sculptures from packaging tape and even clothes some to “to camouflage the art as reality”. See pics of Mark's striking installations and a video on how he makes his models in the full post.

[News] New Photo Tech Removes Unwanted People, In Camera

[News] New Photo Tech Removes Unwanted People, In Camera
It's hard to get Lee (see 5:44) to be anything less than southern gentlemanly but I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times I've heard him curse under his breath as some New Yorker casually strolled in front of his lens. So Lee, this one is for you. Scalado has created an aptly named, photo-taking system that allows you to selectively remove people in a photo by isolating those pesky, inconsiderate, moving objects from that of the static background, with a touch. What am I talking about? You can see what I mean in the video. "Remove" will be available for Android and iOS in the near future but picture being able to perform this action from the screen on the back of your DSLR. Take that New York tourist!

[Pics] Explosive Cauliflower: A Lesson in Creative Photography

[Pics] Explosive Cauliflower: A Lesson in Creative Photography
Don't let me ever hear you say, "Man there just isn't anything worth shooting anymore. It's all been done before." Cause if you do I'll point you to artist Brock Davis and say, "If dude can make a shoot with nothing but creativity, imagination and cauliflower you have no excuses." Brock recreates three famous explosions: The Hindenburg disaster, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the Challenger disaster.

[Pics] From Enchantment To Down: The Demise of Disney Heroines

[Pics] From Enchantment To Down: The Demise of Disney Heroines
French photographer Thomas Czarnecki's series, 'From Enchantment to Down', has been called twisted by some but for me there's more scintillating than a sinister dark fable. Thomas's work depicts alternate endings for some of Disney's most noted heroines to portray, what he calls, 'the naive universe and the innocence of the fairy tales' with 'much darker reality that is as much part of our common culture'.

[News] Nikon's D4 Release Date to be Delayed

[News] Nikon's D4 Release Date to be Delayed
Nikon Rumors is reporting a delay in the shipping of Nikon's D4 and are citing firmware issues as the cause. So if you've been eagerly awaiting your February 16th pre-order, sucks to be you. But hey, what's an extra month's wait for one of the best cameras ever? The delay seems to be global, so don't expect yours to ship until March 15th. That just means more time to save your pennies. Pre-order yours now.

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