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BTSV of Air Canada's 75th Anniversary Commercial

BTSV of Air Canada's 75th Anniversary Commercial

Director and designer Karmin Zariffa was hired by SpaFax and AirCanada to turn out their promo videos in celebration of AirCanada's 75th anniversary. The spots showcase air hostess uniforms and airplanes used over the years. Karmin used a lot of in camera effects and object building to pull these off and we are thankful to be able to see how he and his team did. Enjoy this BTSV. You can see the final videos in the full post.

Download Canon's EF 40mm Autofocus Firmware Fix

Download Canon's EF 40mm Autofocus Firmware Fix

Did you buy the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, that our very own Jaron Schneider reviewed, only to be disappointed when it's autofocus stopped working? Well don't sweat it. Canon just released firmware 1.2.0 to rectify the problem. The downside is you need to be the proud owner of a Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D to install the upgrade. All others will need to send their lens into Canon Service. Eek!

Shooting Toys in Place of People: "ToysR'JustLikeUs"

Shooting Toys in Place of People: "ToysR'JustLikeUs"

Too often I find myself frustrated when I want to shoot but I don't have access to a model. Like many photographers I get hung up on the idea that I need to have the professional model, the studio, the stylist, the MUA and when I don't have those things I render myself incapacitated. Not a problem for Santlov and his series ToysR'JustLikeUs, where toys are depicted living our lives and loves. Check out these shots I pulled that show toys engaged in photography.

Playboy Photo Shrunk Down to the Size of a Hair

Playboy Photo Shrunk Down to the Size of a Hair

Singapore scientists have shrunk a portrait of Swedish Playboy model Lena Soderberg down to the width of a human hair. Measuring a mere 50 micrometres across the print was made with a device that can produce colour images of up to 100,000 dots per inch. The image used by a team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research originated in a 1972 issue of Playboy and is commonly used for testing printing techniques. I know there is a joke in here somewhere and I invite you to drop it in the comments below.

Fun with Photos: Take Your Own Mugshot

Fun with Photos: Take Your Own Mugshot

Thanks to a promo for the upcoming BBC America crime drama, "Copper", it's never been so easy to become a New York criminal from the 1860's. Skip the trip to NYC, the raping, thieving, killing and oh ya the time travel and go straight to the online mugshot creator, Mugshot Yourself to quickly and easily produce your very own mugshot. Recognize any one from the sample photos?

Photographing Men in "Half-Drag"

Photographing Men in "Half-Drag"

NYC based photographer Leland Bobbé has been getting a lot of exposure for his not only gender but mind bending series, "Half-Drag". Leland attempts to capture men with their female alter egos at the same time and in camera. I found myself holding a hand up to separate these photos into two so I could process the personas individually. I even cut the first one apart for you. Nice work Leland.

Behind the Scenes of David Guetta's "Titanium"

Behind the Scenes of David Guetta's "Titanium"

My main man in Montreal, photographer Benjamin Von Wong, sent me two videos last week. The first is this great peek bts of David Guetta's "Titanium" video. And the second is of Ben kicking, burning and drenching the Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 to see if it really is as indestructible as it claims. It's worth noting that this is a product Ben found and wanted to have fun with and that he is not sponsored by the product's company. You can see his torture test here. Thanks for these Ben.

Fun Portraits of Portraits

Fun Portraits of Portraits

I stumbled across an older post today that features English student Lisa Roux, who photographed her subjects while they wore their own portraits. Not a new concept but I found the character in this series fun, natural and a bit whimsical. This analog approach reminded me a bit of this early post where a projector was used to superimpose the subjects' face back onto themselves but far more light hearted.

Von Wong Shoots Superbowl Leather Designer

Von Wong Shoots Superbowl Leather Designer

Benjamin Von Wong gives us some tips for shooting with less than optimal conditions as he goes to work on models wearing pieces made by master leather worker Cecilio Martinez. This latest and last installment of Ben's European tour finds him in Spain, without power, light stands, experienced models or the ability to speak Spanish. So check out this video and if you want more then head over to Ben's Blog where he lays out all the juicy details.

Surreal Landscape Photography

Surreal Landscape Photography

Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé is turning out some interesting landscape photography using a 1x1 meter, suspended, glowing square. And it's worth noting that Benoit's images are not Photoshopped. Benoit Paillé: "I hate lanscape. So I decide to stage my own vision of lanscape. I create an art light installation for poetic space/time purpose...

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