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The History and Science of Lenses

The History and Science of Lenses In this intriguing video of the history and science of lenses, Filmmaker IQ gives us a tour down history lane to the earliest days of the optics that made possible not just photography but various genres of science: The tour takes us through the development stages of lenses and right down to the present day, when technological advancements have made it possible to produce marvelous optics that have taken photography to a completely new level. This should be a fascinating watch for anybody who wants to know how lenses came about, their earliest uses, how they helped develop the nascent art...

Photos of 1930s New York City by Berenice Abbott

Photos of 1930s New York City by Berenice Abbott The Federal Art Project was a Depression-era program that launched in 1935 to fund projects by visual artists in the US. That same year, American photographer Berenice Abbott received funding for a “Changing New York” photo project to document New York City. She shot 305 photos for the project between 1935 and 1939, and her work was published in a photo book and distributed to public institutions in New York. A portrait of Berenice Abbott taken by Hank O’Neal in New York City, 18 November 1979. Abbott’s goal with her NYC photos was to capture the diversity of people...

Here’s the Ghetto Way to Mount a DSLR Lens to Your Phone Camera

Here’s the Ghetto Way to Mount a DSLR Lens to Your Phone Camera Smartphone camera quality has gotten pretty darn good in recent years, but one of the limiting factors is still the tiny lens that’s found in front of the (usually) tiny sensor. Accessory makers have started addressing this problem by creating add-on lenses that you can attach to your phone to improve the look of your photos — even ZEISS jumped into the game this week. Jake Burgess wanted to use his Canon SLR lens on his iPhone, but he didn’t want to pay the high prices it takes to buy a commercial one. So, he came up with a makeshift solution that costs $ 0. All you need...

Nikon Sliced This D5 in Half to Reveal the DSLR’s Guts

Nikon Sliced This D5 in Half to Reveal the DSLR’s Guts Nikon’s big announcement at CES 2016 in Las Vegas this year was the new flagship D5 DSLR. In the company’s exhibition space, Nikon is displaying a Nikon D5 DSLR and Nikkor lens that have been sliced cleanly in half to show off the innards with a cross-section view. B&H came across the display today while roaming the show, sharing photos on Twitter and Instagram. “If you look closely you can see they are not the same camera, meaning it took 2 Nikon D5 bodies to create this display,” B&H tells PetaPixel. You can see how the Nikon logo on the pentaprism is more...

Samsung Cameras Are a No-Show at CES 2016: Looks Like the End is Nigh

Samsung Cameras Are a No-Show at CES 2016: Looks Like the End is Nigh Things definitely aren’t looking too hot for you if you’re a fan of Samsung’s digital cameras. The South Korean company has been showing off many of its latest and greatest products in Las Vegas at CES 2016, but there hasn’t been a single mention or appearance of a Samsung camera. For months, there have been rumors swirling around about Samsung killing off its camera business — rumors that Samsung has been mum about (and occasionally denied). But then Samsung began officially pulling out of camera markets… first in Germany, and then in the UK. There were...

Traffic Camera Snaps Shots of a Snowy Owl in Flight

Traffic Camera Snaps Shots of a Snowy Owl in Flight A CCTV traffic camera in Canada is getting high praise for its photography skills this week after shooting a series of beautiful photos of a snowy owl flying directly toward it. Canadian minister of transportation, Robert Poëti, shared some of the still frames on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week, where they were quickly shared thousands of times. The owl was seen above a road in Montreal, Quebec, back on January 3rd by the Transport Quebec camera. “Seasoned wildlife photographers may have some unlikely competition in the form of a traffic camera when it comes to this...

Watch The Muppets Cover the Song ‘Kodachrome’ by Paul Simon

Watch The Muppets Cover the Song ‘Kodachrome’ by Paul Simon Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film was retired from service back in 2009, but back in 1973, American singer Paul Simon immortalized the classic film stock in his hit song “Kodachrome.” The new ABC series The Muppets recently posted this short music video in which Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem — the rock band of The Muppets — perform “Kodachrome” live in concert. After being released, “Kodakchrome” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kodak reportedly demanded that all mentions of Kodachrome be followed by the registered trademark...

This is the Nikon D5 Shooting at a Blazing 12FPS

Nikon’s new flagship DSLR, the D5, features 12FPS continuous shooting — 14FPS with the mirror locked — and a new autofocus system that features 153 AF points and a dedicated AF processor (a first for Nikon). The extended buffer stores up to 200 shots of 14-bit lossless RAW plus JPEG fine. If you want to see what it’s like to autofocus and shoot at 12fps with the camera, check out this short video by dcfever hk, which got some hands on time with the camera. [via PetaPixel] [via...

Are You Making These 10 Common Street Photography Mistakes?

Are You Making These 10 Common Street Photography Mistakes? Quick reminder: only a little while left in the deal on Essentials of Street Photography When looking at the work of street photographers, it’s often a common thought that, “I could do that if only I were there.” However, when you finally go out into the world with your camera it can be shocking to find that it’s not quite that easy. There’s a reason that the best street photographers are so dedicated: it’s necessary. Smiley Face, SoHo, NYC When you first start out, it’s so easy to make technical mistakes and it’s surprisingly difficult to figure...

Kodak is Bringing Back the Super 8 as a Film Camera with Digital Features

Kodak is Bringing Back the Super 8 as a Film Camera with Digital Features While other photo brands are busy announcing their latest and greatest digital cameras, Kodak has a rather unusual unveiling: it’s bringing back the legendary Super 8 camera as a film product with digital features. “Super 8 is 50 years old. Now it is making a comeback among filmmakers – amateurs and professionals alike,” Kodak tells PetaPixel. “The trend is analogous to the resurgence in interest in vinyl records — an ‘analog renaissance’.” This new camera is part of Kodak’s broader effort to keep film alive as a medium. A number of...
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