Incredible Human-Sized Jellyfish Caught on Camera – Photography Article

This past weekend, just off the coast of Cornwall, UK, underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly captured what is being called the most viral wildlife story of the year: incredible footage of a rare human-sized jelly fish swimming alongside Daly in the murky deep. The footage was captured on the last day of Daly’s Wild Oceans Week—an initiative meant to inspire viewers and raise money for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK—and it shows a massive…

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Curious Monkey Tries Out Wildlife Photographer’s Camera – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJcJeuZaaMU] Danish biologist Mogens Trolle recently captured this charming video of a curious young monkey at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia who decided to give wildlife photography. Or, at least, that’s what it seems to be doing. Obviously we’re anthropomorphizing a bit here, but the monkey really does seem to go beyond just groping at the Canon camera. As Trolle himself put it, “You see a youngster looking very much like a wildlife photographer standing behind my…

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Timelapse Photographer Captured New York City’s Blackout on Camera – Photography Article

This past Saturday, just before sunset, the lights went out in New York City. Well, a big piece of it anyway. A massive blackout left a large section of Manhattan dark, and across the river in New Jersey, a timelapse photographer captured the whole thing on camera. The full blackout lasted about five hours and affected a swath of Manhattan that ran from Midtown as far up as 69th street on the Upper West Side. People were trapped in elevators,…

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Short Film Takes You Inside the ILFORD Factory to See How B&W Film is Made – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXpoALotxf0] UK-based film and photo paper manufacturer ILFORD Photo has released a new short film titled “Behind the Film” that takes you inside the HARMAN technology factory in the village of Mobberley, England, where all of the ILFORD and Kentmere B&W film, photographic paper and chemicals are made. The site featured in this film was first acquired by ILFORD in 1928, and the company has been making its black-and-white film, paper and chemicals there ever since. The short doc…

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Can You Actually Tell the Difference? – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84N73p5KwZg] Given how much more it costs to buy an f/1.4 prime compared to an f/1.8, beginners in particular often ask if the upgrade is worth it. Build quality and optical quality being equal, is the difference in light gathering capability and depth of field noticeable? Can you really tell? Photographer and YouTuber Pierre Lambert decided to do a blind “taste test” so to speak and find out if his viewers could actually tell the difference between photos shot…

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Picturesque Lake Popular on Instagram Actually a Chemical Waste Dump – Photography Article

It’s a popular question: how far would you go for a beautiful picture? For a number of Instagrammers, it seems the answer is: I would paddle out onto a beautiful Siberian lake that’s actually a chemical waste dump for the nearby power plant. What sounds like a joke is, in fact, very real. According to a report in The New York Times, a beautifully turquoise bit of water near the town of Novosibirsk has attracted hundreds of people intent on…

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Original Moon Landing Tapes Sold to Intern for $218 Could Sell for Millions – Photography Article

In 1976, NASA sold the original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing to then-intern Gary George by accident. The tapes were part of a set of 65 boxes of 2-inch videotapes that George bought for the whopping price of $217.77. Those same tapes are scheduled to be auctioned off through Sotheby’s on July 20th with a starting bid of $700,000, and an expected worth of up to $2 Million. It you think this all seems a bit stranger than…

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Why I Don’t Use Global Sliders in Lightroom – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9rL6C-uF4Y] When you use Lightroom, do you edit globally or locally? Many (possibly most) people use the global editing sliders liberally when processing an image. But landscape photographer Thomas Heaton‘s most recent video makes a good case for using mostly local adjustments and leaving those global sliders alone. In a video released this past weekend, Heaton shows his viewers how his Lightroom workflow has slowly but surely evolved to include only two or three global adjustments in total. Instead,…

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Why Ego is Crucial for Photographers, and How it Can Get in Our Way – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djtL0hvOYg4] Photographer Sean Tucker‘s latest video is a departure from the gear or technique videos that typically make the rounds in the photo world. In fact, it’s not even specifically about or for photographers. It’s for all artists, and it’s about the importance of understanding (and balancing) your ego. The word “ego” has many negative connotations. It’s often used as a synonym for “arrogant” or “self-centered.” But Sean disagrees with this assertion. He posits that ego is, in fact,…

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Facebook AI Made This Hilariously Bad Friends Day Photo Slideshow – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OzZxjqKG10] Facebook celebrated its 12th birthday back in 2016 by creating automatically-generated “Friends Day” videos for users showing up to 16 photos of themselves and their friends. But not all users got heartwarming videos — some were hilariously bad. The 1-minute video above, made for a guy named Tyler, was one of the fails that made headlines a few years ago and is now making the rounds again as an example of what happens when AI goes wrong. Instead…

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Is Canon’s New RF 85mm f/1.2L Lens Worth It? – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVzEe1e3bDc] Ever since Canon and Nikon debuted their latest lens mounts, there’s been a lot of talk about the “optical advantages” of the shallower, wider Z and RF-mounts. Canon even released a video more-or-less shaming their own EF lenses by comparison. But does this translate into meaningful real-world results? Photographer Matt Granger recently set out to answer this question by comparing the tried and true Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II on the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR against the…

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Photographer Captures Rare Meteor Explosion While He Slept – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9KOJJs_es8] Time-lapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte recently captured something truly awesome. While he was sleeping soundly in a cabin somewhere in Utah, the camera he set up earlier that evening captured the moment when a meteor entered the atmosphere and exploded, leaving behind a green trail of dust and ionized gas. The event happen on May 31st around 2am, approximately 1 hour after Vandeputte set up his Canon 6D Mark II with Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens and Canon TC80-N3 remote…

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Huge Price Drop on Nikon D5 and D810 – Photography Article

If you’re in the market for a full-frame DSLR and you don’t mind picking up a model that’s a few years old, now is the time. Yesterday, Nikon launched the biggest price drops yet on both the Nikon D5 and the Nikon D810, taking $500 off the flagship D5, $1,000 off the 36.3MP D810, and a whopping $1,600 off the D810 kit with the 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. The Nikon D5—which is rumored to see a replacement with 4K/60p…

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Cosplay Photo Shoot with Huge Fake Rifle Prompts Public Warning – Photography Article

A cosplay photo shoot on a California beach has prompted a public warning from the local Sheriff’s Office after worried beachgoers informed authorities that someone was carrying around a large rifle. According to KRON4, the incident took place at Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay on July 3rd. In pictures taken by onlookers, you can see the woman and a photographer walking along the beach, toting a large and very ominous looking rifle. In response to the incident, the Santa…

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What It’s Like to Shoot with Only a Smartphone for 6 Months – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1jbfip5er8] One of the most common pieces of advice when you’re stuck in a creative rut is to “limit yourself.” Pick one focal length, shoot JPEG only, try a style you’re not used to. But what about limiting yourself to just an iPhone? For the past six months, Seoul-based photographer Noealz Photo did just that. Six months is a long time to limit yourself to a smartphone—in Noealz’ case, an iPhone 7 Plus—especially when your primary genre is nighttime…

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Photographer Captures Perfect Shot of Person ‘Holding’ the Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

Photographer Albert Dros may have captured one of the coolest photos of yesterday’s total solar eclipse in Chile. In addition to a few striking photos of a his model, Bart Lablans, standing next to the eclipse, he also managed to capture Bart “holding” it at totality. Take that cliché Leaning Tower of Pisa photos. The photo was captured as part of a group organized by Dream Photo Tours and NatPhoto. But instead of using this rare opportunity to capture a…

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Wedding Photogs Berated for Refusing to Work with ‘Influencer’ for Free – Photography Article

UK-based wedding photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co recently ran afoul of an Instagram “influencer,” whose PR person seemed flabbergasted that the pair would choose not to work for free, for two years, in exchange for exposure to her client’s 55,000 followers. The story begins with an email from someone named “Melissa” who claimed to represent “a well known social media influencer” who is planning to get married in 2021. In her email to Betrothed &…

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This Handmade ‘Ultimate Photography Portfolio’ Took 18 Months to Build – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNnEEEacCg] NYC fashion and commercial photographer Dani Diamond recently embarked on a mission to create “The Ultimate Photography Portfolio.” By combining his love of photography with his skills as a woodworker and about 18 months of design & development, he was able to create something truly unique: a wooden, leather-bound, laser-engraved, 11×17-inch portfolio that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. The project was inspired as a kind of response to the Instagram problem. While social media helps Dani book clients…

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Macro Footage of the 11 Elements that Make up 99.9% of Your Body – Photography Article

[vimeo 345393485] In honor of The International Year of the Periodic Table, the scientists behind the Beauty of Science project set out to capture the 11 chemical elements that make up 99% of your body in the most artistic way possible. Using a Panasonic GH5 with an Atomos Ninja V for the cleanest possible footage, the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro lens to get as close as possible, and Edelkrone products for artistic camera movement, they were able…

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Photographer Using Drone Spots Shark Approaching His Family – Photography Article

During a family outing to the beach last week, photographer Dan Watson decided to take his drone up for a little aerial photography practice—and it’s a good thing he did. While framing up a photo of his family splashing around near the shore, he spotted a large shadow swimming right towards them. It only took him a split second to realize that the shadow was a shark, and start yelling for his family to get out of the water. All…

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Discovering Century-Old Dry Plate Photos – Photography Article

In my work travels, I recently met someone who gave me an interesting gift. Several years back he had been driving down a back road in Virginia and came across an old, abandoned farmhouse. He stopped and peeked in to see if anyone was using the place (you can’t be too careful about what you run across that looks abandoned these days), and saw only cobwebs. He went in and found an interesting box by Seed’s Dry Plates. The company…

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Pakistani Official Accidentally Uses Cat Filter During Live Press Conference – Photography Article

The face filters built into the cameras of social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are all the rage these days, but not usually in official government settings. But when a Pakistani politician live-streamed a press conference on Facebook Live last week, a cat filter was accidentally turned on. Hilarity ensued. Regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was holding the presser last Friday when viewers suddenly began seeing him with pink cat ears and whiskers. “I wasn’t the only one…

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NASA Finds ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo on Mars – Photography Article

NASA has announced an unusual new discovery: the iconic Star Trek Starfleet logo has been found on the surface of Mars. The insignia was captured by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that’s orbiting the red planet, and the MRO HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera team at the University of Arizona explains that the curious chevron shapes are footprints of old sand dunes: These curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex story of dunes,…

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Man Finds Box of Unseen Weegee Photos in His Kitchen Cabinet – Photography Article

Back in 1970, artist David Young purchased a box of old news photos at a Philadelphia thrift store. After moving to Seattle, Young put the box in his kitchen cabinet and forgot about it for years. It turns out that box contains unseen 1930s crime photos by the famed New York City photographer Weegee. Vulture reports that Young finally decided to take another look at the box of prints earlier this year. After uncurling the tight roll of photos, Young…

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Woman Captures Seagull Stealing $22 Lobster Roll From Her Hand – Photography Article

Pepperdine sports law professor Alicia Jessop was visiting Maine from California recently when she stopped by a popular tourist destination for a lobster roll. When she held out the roll to take a picture of it, a seagull swooped in at the exact moment Jessop pressed the shutter. Jessop was visiting the famous Cape Neddick Light lighthouse in southern Maine on June 7th when she ordered the $21.50 lobster roll from a parking lot lobster shack. “I wanted a lobster…

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This Bird Has Impressive Built-In Image Stabilization – Photography Article

Drones these days often feature mechanical gimbals to stabilize their cameras while in flight. But long before consumer drones exploded onto the scene, birds were already taking to the skies with impressive built-in image stabilization. Designer and wildlife photographer Anthony Roberts was shooting with his Canon 5D Mark IV and his 100-400mm image stabilized lens at South Stack on the UK island of Anglesey when he captured some neat footage of a male kestrel hunting in strong winds. Just look…

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This is Why You Don’t Put Your Camera on a Ledge – Photography Article

If you ever need to set your camera down temporarily, make sure you choose a safe place with as little gravitational potential energy as possible. It seems one photographer learned this lesson the hard way and paid a dear price. Photography Memes just shared this 14-second video that will make your face cringe and your heart skip a beat: The photographer set his camera down on the rail above stairs while setting up for a shoot. Upon opening up his…

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Less Than 1% of People Can Ace This Color Test – Photography Article

How do you think your perception of color stacks up against the general public? If you’re a photographer, have your eyes been trained to perceive color better than the average person? Here’s a short and sweet test that can help you find out. The UK-based vision care company Lenstore has created an online test of 10 questions that challenges your ability to differentiate between shades of color. It’s a challenging test: of the thousands of people tested early on, less…

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