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Taking a photo with a tablet

The phone camera generation and technology shift created the rise of yet another device: the tablet. And as people took image after image with their phone, so too did those with their tablets. Before we knew it, tablets were with people everywhere they went. So the photos they shot during vacations, concerts, at restaurants, events, the kid’s first recital, and even more were shot on tablets.


For the love of everything that Steve Jobs created you’re blocking my line of vision of whatever we’re all here to see. And sometimes you don’t even want to just shoot a photo. You want to shoot the same photo over and over again. Further, you sometimes want to record a video–you know how long you’re holding your tablet up to record a video? That entire time, I probably can’t see what’s in front of me. Or even if we’re in a sea of darkness, your super bright tablet in total darkness is a complete distraction.

That and you just look absolutely ridiculous when doing it. A tablet is not ergonomically designed for you to hold it outstretched from your body to take a photo and if anything, you’re completely overcompensating with the screen size.

Please. Please. Just stop it.

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This is probably going to be the cutest things you’ll ever see on a surfboard.

Meet Kama, Kamapua’a for short and an Oahu, Hawaii local. Like most Hawaiians, Kama is a natural on a surfboard, and in the warm waters of the Pacific for that matter. Nothing that extraordinary there… except of course the fact that Kama, well, he’s a pet pig and probably has no business being on a board hanging ten (errr, hanging hooves?) other than being, like I said, a natural on it. So move over Dane Reynolds and Kelly Slater. A new power surfer’s in town.

Kama’s surfer human whom he met happenstance during his days as a young homeless pig, Kai Holt, had this epiphany one fateful day after Kama fell into the family pool and started swimming that his furry little friend could quite possibly be a surfing savant. Lucky for them both, he was spot on.

These days, you’ll see Kama riding the waves (and swimming in the ocean with probably zero fear of sharks three times his since that might enjoy him for dinner) like a boss, and if you’re lucky, you might just catch his awesome and adorable talents in person. Today, however, you’re just going to have to be satisfied with a GoPro surfing video Kama made with his human to show off his mad skills. Oh, and also, go follow him on Instagram if you want a daily dose of happiness.

Pigs still cannot fly, but I like to believe there’s still a reason to hope now that they’ve learned to surf. It’s going to be a good day.

Watch the video after the jump.

Via Laughing Squid


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With summer well underway and everyone prepping up for their much needed getaways, it’s only right that we feature something absolutely summerrific here at The Phoblographer. So let’s forget about art and culture and that awesome new gadget you’ve been drooling about and just focus on something absolutely trivial for a minute.

Well, actually more like three minutes… while we watch filmmaker Mateo Cabeza’s colorful and literally mouthwatering treat for us on Vimeo.

Most of us turn to ice cream to cool us down during hot and sweaty months, so Mateo’s vibrantly executed Creamlapse, released just a week ago, is probably the most appropriate video you should be watching this summer. This hyperlapse, shot with a Canon 5D markII, features the world’s arguably most beloved dessert, popsicles, and other frozen delights tragically melting into creamy but sad puddles with Bobby Vinton’s “Mr. Lonely” playing in the background.

Creamlapse will most likely make you want to find the nearest ice cream shop and fast, as if it’s dangling tasty bait to a hungry fish, mocking.

See it after the jump.

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When should one post a selfie? For dudes, the answer is always no. Now before some of you get all up in arms about that question, emailing us in all seriousness about how, as professional photographers, you’re not going to dignify that with a response, let’s all just take a step back and watch this funny fake horror(-ish) video by comedy website College Humor.

This humorous video explores (and I use that word very loosely) the camera phone-age old question, “Should you post a selfie?” A young lady, seeing a perfect selfie opportunity while applying make-up in the bathroom, finds herself in a struggle between her id and her super-ego on whether or not she should do a selfie, prompting a few not-so flattering facial expressions and extremely narcissistic camera poses from her. As her id tries to convince her that taking a selfie is “empowering” because “helps young girls redefine the standards of beauty,” (seemingly) logically insisting that great artists and astronauts themselves take selfies, her reasonable super ego points out that it just might “come across as some pathetic plea for attention.”

It’s not an entirely accurate depiction of the struggle – or the lack thereof – we face when we take our selfies (don’t deny it, we’ve all done it at one point or another!), but it does come pretty close. And it just might be a good way to energize you back into work mode so you won’t have to spend your entire Monday wishing you’re on vacation still.

See the video after the jump.
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Ryan “Hippo” Hipwood Surfing

Two years ago big wave rider Ryan “Hippo” Hipwood nearly drowned when he dared to surf “The Right,” an Australian break known for being the heaviest waves in the world. Hipwood told the Courier Mail how the thundering white-water of the middle-of-the-ocean break held him down as the power of the waves threw him around like a rag doll. In short it was a horrific near-death experience that left him terrified of returning to take on The Right again—that is until now.

Earlier this month Hipwood returned to the break off Western Australia’s coast with a few other daredevil surfers and a couple of cameras to record it all. Together the death defying wave riders took on Australia’s most fearsome waves some of which rears up to 7-meters tall (22-feet).

In the Monster Energy-sponsored video you’ll see some surfers just narrowly making it through the wave by the skin of their teeth. Others aren’t so lucky and there’s even a jet ski that gets flipped up by the wave halfway through the footage. Check past the break to catch all the gnarly action.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (6 of 7)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.8

We you get a new camera or just step up to an interchangeable lens one, you need to realize that there is a whole bunch of care and work that needs to go into it. But the camera isn’t the only thing that needs maintenance–but also the lens. For those folks, Canon has recently released a video showing you how to care for your camera and lens as well as listing all of the necessary things to check. Indeed, when you get a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, a lot can go wrong. For example, you can get the sensor dirty and that will require cleaning. Sometimes you can’t always clean it yourself either. When I was a paparazzo, I was often getting cleaning jobs done.

Then there are other things that need maintenance like your lens contacts. Canon recommends pretty much the same process that we do.

The video is after the jump.

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