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Donating an Engagement Shoot to a Young Couple in Cuba

Donating an Engagement Shoot to a Young Couple in Cuba I rarely tell the stories of my couples on my blog, as I am more of a visual storyteller rather than a writer. But I felt this one was important. Today, US and Cuban relations are a hot topic, as Obama has made monumental strides to ease the boundaries between our two cultures and open the doors a bit wider for exploration. This new era has created an opportunity for Americans and Cubans to get to know one another on a more personal level. I love making new connections with people from other countries with widely different perspectives than our own. I’m a traveler, and this is the point...

Transient Eclipse: Experimenting with Aerial Lighting

Transient Eclipse: Experimenting with Aerial Lighting Photographing movement and action has been a passion of mine since I first picked up a camera in 2003 and although my techniques and craft have changed my subject matter has held true to capturing the fleeting moment throughout the years. I began flying drones back in 2013 and then experimenting with mounting lights on them towards the end of 2014/ January of 2015. With the rise in popularity of drones, as well as oversaturation of people’s aerial imagery, I wanted to alter the purpose of how you can use drones in a creative and dynamic way. The main idea being the ability to push the...

Roller Coaster Shut Down for an Hour After Rider Tried to Use a Selfie Stick

Roller Coaster Shut Down for an Hour After Rider Tried to Use a Selfie Stick Park officials at Disney’s California Adventure were forced to shut down one of their roller coasters for over an hour yesterday due to a serious safety concern: a rider whipped out a selfie stick. According to local news station KTLA, the incident happened around around 5:30PM on the California Screamin’ roller coaster, when a rider was spotted using a selfie stick on the ride. The whole thing had to be shut down for over an hour, and all passengers evacuated. But the craziest thing about this story? This isn’t the first time this exact thing has happened on this exact ride....

Real Life Photos, AF Test, and Pricing Info for New Samyang 50mm Lens

Real Life Photos, AF Test, and Pricing Info for New Samyang 50mm Lens Samyang made a big splash yesterday when they debuted their very first autofocus lenses: a 50mm f/1.4 and a 14mm f/2.8, both for Sony FE mount. Today we get our first look at real world images of the 50mm, an autofocus test, and some tentative pricing info from the Photo & Imaging 2016 show! The pictures and info come from Eggry, who shared them first with sonyalpharumors. He couldn’t get his hands on a 14mm (Samyang didn’t have any on display at P&I), but the 50mm lens was there to try out. According to Eggry, the 50mm lens isn’t small, but it is...

Four Dirt Cheap Toy Camera Lenses You Should Try

Want to mix things up a bit, gear-wise, without breaking the bank? Photographer Mathieu Stern has an idea for you. In this short video he shares four cheap toy camera lenses that he thinks are worth your time. The four lenses he recommends are the Fujian 35mm f/1.7, the pinhole lens (which you could actually DIY), the Holga 25mm f/8, and the Holga Fisheye. Each offers a very distinct look, and none of them will cost you more than about $ 30 US. The Fujian in particular is incredibly impressive for its price point. Check out the video for a brief description of each lens and to see sample...

10-Year-Old Kid Wins $10,000 for Successfully Hacking Instagram

10-Year-Old Kid Wins $10,000 for Successfully Hacking Instagram There are a bunch of ways to make money through Instagram: you can sell prints, attract potential clients, you can even set up an account for your pooch. But one 10-year-old in Finnish kid squeezed $ 10K out of Instagram without having to post a single photo… he hacked the platform instead. The prize was awarded to “Jani” (no last name given), a 10-year-old Finn, as part of Facebook’s bug bounty program. Facebook offers payouts to anybody who can uncover serious security vulnerabilities in their apps, and Jani recently became the youngest person to ever win this...

The Messy Vivian Maier Legal Battle May Soon Be Over

The Messy Vivian Maier Legal Battle May Soon Be Over The messy legal battle surrounding the life’s work of nanny and amateur street photographer Vivian Maier may finally be coming to a close in less than a week. In case the legal snafu has gotten so complicated you simply stopped following it, here’s a not-so-quick refresher: in 2007, 26-year-old John Maloof bought a box of 30,000 negatives from an estate sale for $ 400; his collection later grew to over 100,000 images. These images—the life’s work of then-unknown amateur street photographer and nanny Vivian Maier—took the world by storm, being hailed by some as some of...

Documenting Ice Road Trucking in Siberia, a Terrifying Assignment

Documenting Ice Road Trucking in Siberia, a Terrifying Assignment Photojournalists are used to risking life and limb to capture their subject, but how many have had to risk freezing to death in Siberia? Photojournalist Amos Chapple has, and he recently told the story behind this “scariest assignment of my life” in a photo essay that’ll have you literally holding your breath. The photo essay was shot for Radio Free Europe, who sent Chapple to document one Russian ice road trucker’s 12-day haul up the frozen (but quickly thawing) rivers that lead up to the country’s arctic north. Chapple was paired up with was 28-year-old...

A Rapper Stole a Photo, and It’s More Complicated Than That

A Rapper Stole a Photo, and It’s More Complicated Than That Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown recently caused a ruckus when he posted an image taken in Melbourne by Michelle Grace Hunder to Instagram without permission. The photo had been taken at a music festival for Howl & Echoes, a Sydney-based online music site. Last night @xdannyxbrownx played a show in Melbourne and I took photos for @HowlandEchoes ! pic.twitter.com/tjRn5bIbLl — MGH (@MichelleGHunder) April 27, 2016 H&L Editor-in-chief Lauren Ziegler sent Brown a DM on Twitter to ask him to add a photo credit. Brown’s response was less than cheery, and festival promoter Nic...

Landscape Tutorial Inspires You to Get Out of that Creative Rut

Landscape Tutorial Inspires You to Get Out of that Creative Rut Photographer Sean Tucker is not a landscape shooter. But he recently took a break from his usual work in the studio to escape ‘autopilot’ and drag himself out of the creative rut he’d been stuck in lately by experimenting with some landscape photography in Snowdonia in Wales. His thinking, he explained to us over email, was that giving himself a new challenge would hopefully recharge his passion for photography again by shooting in a genre he’s not as familiar with. The resulting video is a lot more than a landscape photography tutorial, although it is that as well....
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