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ONDU pinhole cameras made their debut a while back, and eventually took off into success. But now, the company is trying to create a newer and more improved version of the cameras and has already received the necessary funding through Kickstarter. To make the ONDU cameras even better, the company is doing a fairly large overhaul to the cameras to make them better to use.

For starters, they’re adding in more magnets that help to securely close the back panel and therefore not accidentally let light leak in from the back or sides. They’re also changing up the shutter mechanism, creating better pinholes and making framing easier by putting a guide on top of the camera for you to get a better idea of how wide you’re shooting.

Besides this, winding the film will be smoother and you’ll be getting an improved finish for even more durability. This all is totally in line with what ONDU first tried to create: pinhole cameras that will last generations. Pledging as low as $60 can get you a camera. Their video is after the jump.

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Taking a photo with a tablet

A colleague of mine recently asked a question about wedding photography after talking about his experience of shooting his first one. He ended it very stressed out and eventually complained about so many folks holding up iPads and phones to take a photo during the ceremony and in some instances getting in the way of his photo-taking opportunity. While yes, it’s unfortunate that it ruined his shot I believe that event shooting and wedding shooting has changed to the point where we as photographers should instead be embracing this instead of trying to fight it.

Let’s be honest here, no one in the crowd taking a photo with their phone, tablet or even a little DSLR is your competition. Absolutely no one is going to shoot a photo and then charge the bride and groom for it. Yes, they’re getting in the way. Yes, it’s annoying. But instead of fretting over how a single image of yours is now ruined, turn it into something else immediately. If you’re at the back of the hall and you suddenly see cameras, phones and tablets go up you shouldn’t try to fight it. Embrace it and shoot that instance because at the end of the day your job is to be a documentarian.

If you’re at a wedding, and trying to snap a photo of the cake or a specific moment and someone’s flash is getting in the way and messing up your exposures, then that’s one thing. You can easily and politely ask them to stop for around 30 seconds so that you can take photos that the happy couple will remember and cherish later on in life. But if someone is simply just taking a photo, then that shouldn’t really bother you or prevent you from doing your job.

Of course, you can always ensure that this doesn’t happen to begin with by getting more creative with your angles and positioning as well as having a second shooter if that option is available to you in your budget. Furthermore, I don’t think that we can really stop people from taking pictures at this stage of the game. Everyone has a phone on them or a tablet and everyone loves taking photos all the time even though it’s not anywhere in the same realm or reason as to why you’re doing it. At certain times, telling folks to stop taking photos isn’t a bad idea–but again only at certain times.

Otherwise, it’s time that we embrace it rather than fight it.

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If you had asked me years ago if I would be reviewing film in the year 2015, I probably would have laughed in your face. There is no way that a couple of years ago that any editor would have thought that a company would be making new film products. But indeed, there have been. CineStill, founded by the Brothers Wright photography team, have repacked Kodak cinema film by taking off a layer that makes it safe for typical C-41 processing. For CineStill 800T, the company gave us ISO 800 film that is Tungsten balanced–which means that it’s best used with a flash or daylight.

In my personal experience, ISO 800 film has been very grainy except when it’s Kodak Portra and pushed a stop. But in this case, CineStill has given us the finest grain 800 film I’ve ever seen.

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Rental houses are very popular for many professional photographers, but CameraLends is looking to shake up the entire rental industry by promoting a peer to peer system and allowing folks to make money off of it. According to their press release, the company is all about connecting local folks to get gear from one another at more affordable rates. The company claims to have gear available in more than 165 cities and offers coupons, geolocation support, messaging, and more.

This could be a very interesting way of doing things; more info is after the jump.

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All images by Evan Thompson. Used with permission.

Underneath San Francisco is a network of old tunnels that very few photographers explore; but Photographer Evan Thompson has recently shared his photos of these very little known places with the world. He tells us that they’re still mostly a secret and that most folks keep it to themselves so as not to give away the secrets. He was inspired by the recent wave of photographers that love to go urban exploring and to places where no one else goes to.

We talked to Evan about the dangers of something like this and his creative vision in the network.

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All images by Leonardo Battaglini. Used with permission.

Ring lights are usually very fun, but photographer Leonardo Battaglini takes it to a whole new level with the way that his models play with the lights. “I stumbled in photography a few years ago… I decided (as many people) to buy a digital SLR and I starting to taking photos. I had no sense of composition, rules, etc. and my photos were mostly ugly and insignificant.” says Leo. “…Then, suddenly, I began to observe my photos and those of others and my mind started thinking and reasoning.”

After finding an image of the way someone was playing with a ring light, he was inspired and decided to make one himself.

“I used it with some models for two or three shoot but nothing more, just to experiment…one day, after a shooting I decided to let play the model with ringlight and ‘Playing with ringlight’ is the result”

Leonardo states that he tries to bring out a person’s natural personality when he shoots and that he doesn’t like treating a model like a dummy. This is also why he chose to render the images in black and white, because it can reveal details that color can’t show.

Leo’s other photos are after the jump.

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