YouTube Dude Drops $2,300 Canon Lens While Trying to Show Off

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Back in September, YouTube User C Led decided to upload a video to the sharing site detailing how to get a lens off and on a camera super fast, “just like the pros do.” He starts off by first talking about how you need to have professional gear in order to be a professional and that it’s actually completely mandatory. He continues to adhere to this statement by cutting to a scene of him with a 1D series camera around his neck. Then he demonstrates his technique while using the new Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II L (reviewed here), which seems to in fact work pretty damned well…until hilarity strikes.

From my years of being a pro as a wedding photographer and paparazzo, I’ve mastered the art of changing lenses while on the move. From experience, I can tell you that it is indeed not easy to do and takes a lot of hand/eye coordination; and I did this while walking from one location to another. The best thing to do though is have two camera bodies on you with different focal lengths.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Check Out This 360 Panorama Shot with the Sony A7r

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Image by Bernard Dery. Used with permission

Bernard Déry sent us a link to a 360 panoramic image shot with the Sony A7r and a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. The stitching is of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal at Place d’Armes. When you click the link and zoom in on the details, you’ll see that the sensor and lens are capable of doing something quite remarkable together. Bernard has pointed out that at the current moment, no Canon sensor in a camera currently on the market is currently capable of resolving 36MP; though the A7r surely can do so while using Canon glass.

Head on over to this link to check out the image in its full glory.

Through the Lens: A Look Back at Saul Leiter

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In the first half of the 20th century, photographers shot in black and white. Of course, 35mm color film didn’t come onto the scene until Kodak released Kodachrome in 1935. Serious photographers shot in black and white. To shoot color was amateurish, and by the late 1940s, Saul Leiter was making color photographs of New York City. Over several decades, Leiter created a vision of the city through the most unlikely of moments. He passed on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and left behind a body of work that has a beautiful quietude, despite the nature of its metropolitan subject.

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Restless Nights is a Timelapse Featuring Beautiful Scenes in London

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London is one heck of a magical city. Photographer Paul Richardson recently completed a timelapse called Restless Nights, and there is quite a story behind it. He spent eight days cycling around with his gear in tow to find the right light and locations to shoot. “he raw result was 18,000 photos spanning 364 GB of hard drive space. Cue a few weeks of editing, and I managed to produce the final video.” states Paul.

The video goes to show you what hard work and dedication can do for you. Check out the timelapse after the jump.

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Nikon D800E Gets Attacked by Pride of Lions

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When you send a camera out into the wild, something bad is usually bound to happen to it. One time when watching a Nova special, I saw Harpy Eagles attack a camera that researchers had put near its nest. Chris McLennon is no different at this point. He put a Nikon D800E on a little remote control buggy and sent it off to capture lions. While the male of the pride seemed to look at it with curiosity and leave it alone, the females were a bit more rough with it. They start to sniff it, bite it, etc. All the while, the camera was snapping images of the pride.

The reactions from the photographers are priceless though as they were able to nail some amazing photos. The video is after the jump.

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This Timelapse of San Francisco Took a Year To Create

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Every now and then, a timelapse comes around that completely blows our minds. This morning we were delighted to wake up to an email from Matt Maniego who linked us to his timelapse that took an entire year to create. Think about that for a second: most photographers barely stick to their 365 projects–and this is a timelapse.

Matt shot areas all over San Francisco for this video and called it “Paradise” because he feels that the city is very much a paradise to him. The video indeed takes you all around the city during the night and day. And overall, its beauty and execution is alluring.

Check out the video after the jump.

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New York City Elopement With Celebrity Cameo or “How to Get Photobombed by Zach Braff”

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All images and text by Sascha Reinking. Used with permission.

The other day I photographed the sweetest couple from Germany. Verena and Michael already got married back home but they wanted their wedding photos taken during a vacation here in New York. So I took them on a tour around the city and we had a lot of fun shooting all over the place. Like most of my couples they asked me for one of my ‘famous’ street shots and so I put them right on 42nd street with Times Square in the background. Little did we know that we were about to get photobombed by no other than Zach Braff. The funny thing about this was that I didn’t even notice it until I started to edit the images earlier tonight! I scanned through the set and his face looked familiar. “Is that Zach Braff?” To find out I posted the photo on some of my Photographer Facebook Groups and the verdict was pretty clear. It definitely looked like Zach Braff had photobombed our session. But to be 100% sure I put the shot on my FACEBOOK PAGE and tweeted the image to Mr. Braff saying: “Sir, I think you photobombed my newlywed couple the other day in New York. 🙂 Well played…”

I had no idea what would happen next and, to be honest, is still happening 3 hours later. Suddenly my phone started buzzing non-stop. When I checked my phone hundreds of retweets showed up. I checked Twitter and saw that ZACH BRAFF HIMSELF had tweeted the image to his 1.3 Million followers!! From that moment this photo went viral. 3 hours after I posted the shot it has been retweeted almost 4,000 times and shared a couple hundred times on Facebook. Next BUZZFEED picked it up and it got shared from there as well. And last but not least, even my beloved FSTOPPERS picked it up. Today I felt the love…

So…I will see where we are in the morning but that was quite an eventful evening. Who knew that this shot would get around so much. Well…here it is. Verena, Michael and Mr. Zach Braff, photobombing the shoot. 🙂 Enjoy…

This post was originally published at Sascha’s blog. Be sure to also check out her Facebook page.

These 6×14 DIY Cameras Are a Landscape Shooter’s Dream

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All images by Lee Lira. Used with permission.

Photographer Lee Lira is a Melbourne based creative that decided to get more involved with his photographic hobby. He became so obsessed that he decided to create a pair of 6×14 cameras. They’ve been coined the F.A.C.MKI & MKII. By today’s standards, this is a wide format size that delivers a gigantic image. So when Lee emailed us to share his creations, we decided to ask him to tell us more about them.

Here’s what he had to say.

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Patrick Rochon’s Super Chromatic Images Are Light Painted Portraits Done in a Single Shot

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All images by Patrick Rochon. Used with permission

We previously featured Patrick Rochon’s light paintings for Red Bull, and now he’s out with a brand new project. It’s called Super Chromatic, and is a series of light painted portraits shot in a single photo. The series is inspired by Comic Book heroes and Science Fiction–and that’s surely noticeable in the construction of the shots.

“…the light painting is all done in camera on a single exposure, no studio lights, no flash, all hand held lights, all light painting.” says Patrick. when we asked him about the series.

A couple of our favorites from the series are after the jump. But the fact that the images were all done in camera is seriously blowing our minds right now.

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Mike Stimpson Gives Classic Photographs a Lego Treatment

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Tiananmen Square. Image courtesy of Mike Simpson. Used with permission

Mike Stimpson is a photographer and Lego-enthusiast. While most of his catalogue is his own creation, Stimpson has created a series called “Classics in Lego” in which he takes famous photographs and gives them the Lego treatment. Stimpson is able to work around the inherent visual limitations of Lego to create photographs that look surprisingly like the original images. While the originals are serious in nature, there’s a whimsical quality to Stimpson’s recreations, and if you like them enough, you can pick up prints here. For more of Stimpson’s work, check out his website.

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Nikon’s Df Gets Mocked With a Burberry Edition

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There are lots of feelings out there about the new Nikon Df, but one story is going above and beyond in the hilarity. PhotographyLife has a piece mocking the concept and idea a bit. To do this, a faux press release was created. Not only does it wrap the Nikon camera in a very Burberry like design, but it also gets rid of autofocusing and only shoots black and white images. Quite the colorless feat for such a colorful camera!

With all the joking aside (and you should really go check out the piece) we have to say that this probably isn’t a bad idea for Nikon. Leica created the M Monochrom and it was a hit amongst many reviewers sans the fact that you need to underexpose each image and work with it in post. The Df in a Burberry edition looks pretty damn nice though and may not only appeal to the retro-addicts but also those with some disposable income.

This Pentatonix Video Cover of Daft Punk Songs Uses a Ring Light Quite Interestingly

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In previous posts, we’ve talked a lot about the way ring lights work. Besides having ring flashes though, there are constant light rings that can deliver the same effect if they are powerful enough. However, the disadvantage can be that your subject may feel like they’re looking into headlights.

Either way, this viral video of music group Pentatonix doing an A capella cover of many of Daft Punk’s songs utilizes a ring light on each and every subject and it is only really visible at one point in the video unless you really know what to look for in a ring light.

Take a look at it after the jump and look closely at each singer’s eyes. Also be sure to check out our guide to Ring Flash.

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Actress Scarlett Johansson Trips and Falls, Becomes Your New Image Meme

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It’s true, celebrities don’t get a break. And more often than not, when they do dumb things they’re turned into image memes. the latest victim is Scarlett Johansson. Someone caught a photo of her tripping and falling; then published it to the web. Funny enough as it is, leave it to the trolls of the internet to take it further. Scarlett is now a new meme, and her likeness has been photoshopped into different scenes.

Lots of them are coming from /r/photoshopbattles, so you can head on over there to take a look at some of hilarity that is ensuing.

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Have a Spare $100k Lying Around? Why Not Invest It in A Fisheye Lens?

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What? $100k for a fisheye lens? Well, yeah. But not just some fisheye lens. The fisheye lens. Because when it comes to fisheye lenses, there’s nothing that’ll top this beast. What we’re talking about is the exceedingly rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai lens. What makes this lens so special is no so much its scarcity, but the fact that its angle of view is 220°. Yes, 220°. This lens actually sees what’s behind it. At the same time, the aperture is moderately fast at f2.8. Of course, that means a lot of glass, especially for the front element–which is really, really huge on this lens. Who would ever use a lens like that? We have no idea. But if you’ve got money to spend and are into collecting rare stuff, here’s your chance: there’s currently one for sale on eBay, for the above-mentioned bargain price of US-$ 100k.

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Lester Jones on Shooting for Vans and Approaching Skaters

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Australian based creative Lester Jones has been featured many times on this site. He runs I Dig Your Sole Man; a blog on the Vice Network about fashionable shoes in the street world. And recently he was commissioned by Vans to shoot a short on Australian skater Chima Ferguson. The video is fairly simple, but still quite beautiful due to a couple of detail shots and cinematic movements.

But beyond the video, there is also the whole notion of approaching a skater and talking to them about being captured on film. And for folks that don’t know how to do this or want to, Lester offers some tips after the jump; along with the video.

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This Uber Cool Stop Motion Video Took 3000 Photos and 11 Months to Create

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Stop motions videos and timelapses are very cool. What we’re showing below though isn’t a timelapse, but the two are on a similar concept. Nonetheless, Youtuber Nothinghereok released this stop motion video a while back showing off the cleaning and refurbishing of an old engine for a car. The entire video is whimsical and has an awesome and pretty epicly famous soundtrack. It’s “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” from Edvard Griegs “Peer Gynt Suite”.

Just watch the video; you’ll get a kick out of it.


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These Photographers Go Above and Below To Explore

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There has been a trend of photographers going to death defying heights and recording the entire experience with a GoPro. And this latest video not only showcases that trend in a vertigo inducing manner, but it also shows the world from deep down below. It features photographers Vadim and Vitaliy, two young Russian photographers with a unique and unexpected way of looking at a city.

The video is sponsored by Hub footwear–who decided to follow the photographers in a content marketing campaign. Some of the photos are absolutely awesome as Vadim explains that he got into it by photographing his friends rope-jump off of a bridge. The video has some extremely vertigo inducing scenes towards the start.

You can check it out right after the jump. And for more, you can check out what we carry around for Urban Exploring in our Essentials piece.


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Ryan Brenizer On Wedding Photography Being About Moments

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If you haven’t heard of Ryan Brenizer, then you’re missing out on the work of one of the greatest wedding photographers of our time. Ryan is a former photojournalist that has been award winning wedding photographer for a number of years here in NYC. He also is known for what’s called the Brenizer Effect–which is the process of taking lots of photos in a panoramic fashion to mimic the look of a large format image.

And his words and images are more than enough to speak for themselves and inspire many others.

Having shot over 300 weddings and publishing his work in the industry’s top magazines including Rangefinder and American Photo, Ryan is one of the young stars in the industry. Before his speech at creativeLIVE Photo Week, we sat down with Ryan to find out how he captures those special moments that define his style.

Check it out after the jump.

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This Nikon D800 Survived Four Hours in -5ºC Weather

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Photos courtesy of Stian Hagen

Many folks who purchase the Nikon D800 treat it like their baby and aren’t aware of just how much abuse the camera was designed to take. In fact, you’d be pleasantly surprised. Photographer Alexandre Buisse was shooting a campaign in some frigid weather when he looked down at his Nikon D800 and noticed just how cold it was looking. Amazingly, the camera continued to function.

We asked Alex a couple of questions about the shoot and about the camera. Be sure to also follow Alex on Facebook.

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Proof: National Geographic Photographers on Photography

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“It is an addiction to be in the presence of powerful human emotions…”

Whenever you hear photographers talking about their work, you’re either treated to a slideshow with barely any meat to it, or story after story. National Geographic has put together a video called, “The Photographers on Photography” where they interviewed lots of their photographers about the experience of shooting. And some of the words that they say are incredibly powerful. Plus, their words are juxtaposed to their images.

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This is What Happens When You Combine Light Painting and Google Street View’s Virtual Tour

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Even Google Street View is capable of doing some incredibly awesome things. We received an email about a project called, “La Bifurk.” The project involves three creatives who got together and decided to use Google Virtual Tour feature to give e-visitors a tour of the famous cultural spot. But this isn’t just any tour: it involves some crazy characters and light painting.

Damien Leleux and Nicolas Bernard were the photographers authorized by Google to work with Jadikan, a well-known lightpainter. Leleux and Bernard are from the Odoxo agency.

As you start in the front, you’ll see a concert happening and as you proceed behind the stage you’ll be treated to the awesome skate park in the back, which has lots of light painting.

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