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Sigma Unveils the World’s First Protective Lens Filter Made of Ceramic

Sigma Unveils the World’s First Protective Lens Filter Made of Ceramic Sigma today announced the Ceramic Protector, a new and novel lens filter that’s the first to use a clear glass ceramic material that helps to protect lenses more than traditional filters. The new filters are repellent and resistant against water, dust, oil, fingerprints, scratches, and shocks, giving you greater peace of mind when taking your lens into unpredictable environments. Sigma says that thanks to “a special heat treatment that evenly precipitates microcrystalline spinel throughout the materials,” the new clear glass ceramic has a Vickers hardness number of 700HV...

Video: The History and Science of Camera Lenses

After exploring the science of digital camera sensors, Filmmaker IQ just published this new video that explores the history and science of lenses. John Hess talks about everything from the ancient Nimrud lens from 750 B.C. up through how Japan came to dominate the lens industry. “No camera could be complete without a lens – the glass technology that brings the world into focus,” the channel writes. “Dive into the history of the lens from it’s early beginning as a fire starting tool to the plethora of modern designs.” [via PetaPixel] [via...

The Most Important Tool in Photography is Your Mind

The Most Important Tool in Photography is Your Mind Here’s a new inspiring and thought-provoking video from Canon Australia’s The Lab project, which aims to “shift creative thinking behind the lens.” For this latest experiment, 6 photographers were invited to a cemetery and asked to capture “eternal life” in a single photo… without using a camera. They simply had to think about how they could best capture the concept and discuss their ideas with each other. The result of the “shoot” is the 2.5-minute video above, titled “Mindframe.” The tagline is: “Think first. Shoot...

Aurora HDR: The New Photo Editing Software for Mac Users

Aurora HDR: The New Photo Editing Software for Mac Users Aurora HDR just won an Editor’s Choice award for best new apps of 2015. It is a complete start-to-finish HDR toolkit, with revolutionary tone-mapping algorithms, one-click presets & unique features. Aurora HDR combines everything we know about High Dynamic Range photography, and takes it light years further. For the launch, there is currently a holiday deal where mac users can save $ 161 until the end of December (sorry doesn’t work on PC computers, only Macs). Offer found here: Aurora HDR Holiday Deal New! Aurora HDR for Mac (Click to See How it Works) Not just...

Canon’s New Billboards Provide Real Time Photo Tips

Canon’s New Billboards Provide Real Time Photo Tips Canon’s latest billboard ad campaign in New York City does more than promote the camera brand: they can actually help you shoot better photos. Each of the fixed and mobile truck billboards is updated in real time with useful photo tips you can use on the spot. The 200 tips use data obtained from the Web, from weather reports, from traffic updates, and more, writes AdWeek. One ad, shown above, provides a countdown to “magic hour” so you can take advantage of soft, warm sunset lighting. Another one lets passers-by know when traffic has started, and then suggests shooting long...

Guy Shuts Down Major Freeway for Proposal Photos

Guy Shuts Down Major Freeway for Proposal Photos A man in Houston, Texas, is being heavily criticized this week after causing traffic on a major freeway to come to a standstill while he proposed to his girlfriend — all for “priceless” photos and a video that were shared on Instagram and Facebook. The Houston Chronicle reports that 24-year-old Vidal Valladares got out of his car on Interstate 45, dropped down on one knee, and proposed to his girlfriend, 23-year-old Michelle Wycoff, while friends captured the moment on their cameras. Valladares tells ABC13 that he got friends and family to stop traffic by taking up all 4...

Shooting Mountain Biker Silhouettes Against an Epic New Zealand Landscape

Shooting Mountain Biker Silhouettes Against an Epic New Zealand Landscape For his recent project, titled “Scenic Silhouettes,” photographer Miles Holden captured mountain biker Connor Macfarlane’s silhouette against epic landscapes in New Zealand. Holden and Macfarlane visited the region of Central Otago in the south island of New Zealand and did a photo shoot that went back to the basics: it was simply a beautiful combination of a talented athlete, incredible natural light, and stunning scenery. “My plan was to show the athlete in a big-landscape setting, and create beautiful scenic images with an action element to them,” Holden...

A Portrait of an Offbeat Portrait Photographer

Once a year, photographer Andy Reynolds takes his camera and lighting gear to Alki Beach in West Seattle, Washington, to shoot portraits on the street. Justin Lapriore of LetsMakeMedia spent an afternoon with Reynolds this year and created this quirky 3-minute video portrait of the offbeat still portrait photographer. “My friend Andy is a self-disparaging nutcase, who just happens to take absolutely stunning portraits/photos,” Lapriore tells PetaPixel. “When we shot the piece he said, ‘I should have watched some of these, so that I knew what to do and say.’...

There Are Now 8x More People Taking Pictures than 10 Years Ago

There Are Now 8x More People Taking Pictures than 10 Years Ago Camera sales haven’t been doing too well in recent years, but that hasn’t kept picture taking from exploding. While the dedicated camera industry has seen year-on-year declines, smartphone photography has turned everyone into a casual photographer: there are now 8 times as many picture takers worldwide than there were 10 years ago. That’s the figure Amateur Photographer is reporting based on a new report published by the market research company Futuresource Consulting, which surveyed 4,251 people in 6 countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Australia). The latest...

Smiles in Exile

Smiles in Exile Tragedy and drama have so far been the images of the refugee crisis. When I went out there to document the situation I knew there would be more to it and I was not disappointed. Smiles greeted me more than tears. Joy and gratitude for the small things that we take for granted; shelter, food, family and, most of all, security. I witnessed the smiles of people on their way to a new life. Let me show you some of my favorite Smiles in Exile. This smile broke my heart and always will. I know that whatever happens in my life, if he can smile, I also should. Syrian boy in Bekaa Valley,...
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