This Old Vivitar Camera Commercial Will Crack You Up

Digital cameras are so difficult to use; just pop some film in this trusted Vivitar camera and drop it off at the pharmacy!

Whatever you do, please note that the opening lead of this article is sarcasm. In fact, the entire thing is written sarcastically. That’s why we’re doing it in all caps–because folks didn’t realize that around April Fools we wrote articles and all the way that the bottom we let people know that they were April Fools pieces but people didn’t scroll all the way to the bottom. So with all this said, please proceed and know this is sarcasm.

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This is How the Polaroid Was First Explained When It Was a New Concept

Years ago, the idea of how a Polaroid worked needed to be explained to the general public simply because the public’s understanding how photography worked was so much different from everything else. To that end, Polaroid needed to put out an ad to the public to explain how their image taking process worked. You see, for many years people believed that you needed to shoot a photo, bring it into the darkroom and then get your negative or positive print back.

But the Polaroid promised to deliver an end to the darkroom so to speak.

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This Vintage Camera Video Ad Was Shot With the Nikon F5

Lead photo by Tahir Hashmi. Used with Creative Commons permission.

These days, it’s not uncommon to see timelapse videos shot with just still cameras; but it was very uncommon to see it back in 1997 and done with the Nikon F5. A vintage ad (yes, because the 90s are vintage), this commercial was shot in 1997 by Alastair Thain using the Nikon F5 camera! According to the YouTube description, this was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour, and edited.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer

Lead image by Jason Chen.

When we’re all starting out and trying to go from hobbyist to pro photographer, it isn’t uncommon of us to use Craigslist and get trapped in the whole world of trying to justify someone actually paying you for your services. Quite often, photographers will put up a faux craigslist ad to express their disgust–such as with the case of one ad from Richmond, VA.

The faux ad calls for a student photographer that owns loads of professional DSLR gear including a full frame camera.

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Canon Ad for EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM Clearly Was Not Shot With Said Lens

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Editor’s Correction: in an earlier version of this article we stated that it was the 28mm. We’ve corrected it ever since.

Reader and former Phoblographer Staffer Thomas Campbell sent us an email in regards to a tweet that he sent about a claim of false advertising by Canon. The image above is part of an email of Canon Black Friday deals and shows a famous image by Elena Shumilova–and it is being used to advertise the company’s 24mm f2.8 EF-S STM lens. We’ve interviewed Ms. Shumilova before and know that the image above was actually shot with a Canon 135mm f2 L lens. Indeed, there is no possible way that a 24mm f2.8 (especially on an APS-C sensor) can render an image like this. The photo looks like it could have been shot with a medium format camera but instead that is the effect that you get with 35mm full frame sensors and telephoto lenses.

What we’re surprised at is the fact that many photographers these days are much smarter than the average consumer looking for a camera, and so we’re able to immediately spot a fake.

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Leica Celebrates 100 Years by Recreating 35 Famous Images

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When it comes to photography, almost no one disputes that Leica has had an impact on its history. And to celebrate their centennial anniversary, the Leica Gallery in Sao Paulo released a beautiful video recreating 35 of the most famous images ever shot. It pays homage to Magnum’s Founder Bresson amongst many other photographers that helped to define the genre and push future photographers even further.

In the video, they state that not every famous photo was taken with a Leica, but that they invented “photography.” By that they partially mean that they helped to move photography out of the studios and into the streets and real life–which is indeed true. Leica cameras helped many photographers build the foundations of photojournalism.

The video is after the jump: but before you view it we’d like to warn you that a brief couple of seconds are NSFW.



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Brooklyn Photographer Posts a Hilarious Craigslist Ad for Pimped Out Lens

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Sasha Juliard. Now there’s a photographer who knows how to sell his stuff.

Either Brooklyn-based Juliard was sick of all those tired and tedious Craigslist adds droning unimaginatively about the used items they’re selling or he just happened to have an utterly boring afternoon. Whatever his motivation was doesn’t matter. What matters is about five days ago, this dude just posted possibly the best Craigslist ad ever.

In an effort… nay, campaign to sell his Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for $400 on the classified ads website, Juliard went out of his way to do more than post several photos and write a detailed description. Oh no. He felt the need to pimp that lens out, first describing it as a “MOTHERFUCKER’S wide-angle” that “sees more than a COCK-EYED CHAMELEON” and to quote “his boy” Ludacris, “It’s big and reckless, MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GOT A MIDGET HANGING FROM YOUR NECK-less.” He then proceeds to name drop Hodor from GoT and “Ken ‘Da Bokeh Killah’ Rockwell” and make references to the ollie and The Big Lebowski; you know, just so potential buyers know, if they don’t already, that they’re getting an awesome deal buying this ultra special lens from an ultra hip dude.

Maybe he thought that the ultrawide angle lens deserved much more than a normal boring ad, maybe he was just stoned. We can only speculate. What we know for sure is if this ad doesn’t get him immediate responses, misspellings and all, and sell that lens, that we don’t know what will.

Check out his hilarious listing here.

Church of Scientology Photoshops an Image, Internet Catches It and Laughs: Here’s Why

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According to Gizmodo, the Church of Scientology has been caught with their pants down. The organization had a meeting recently with only a couple hundred people, but the Church claimed that it gathered well over 1,000. And to prove it, they showed off the image above. The problem is that the lower right hand side is apparently completely photoshopped–which essentially points to the use of Photoshop (in this case, quite poorly) for marketing reasons.

We ran the image through Image Edited and Four and Six, and they both found the image to be questionable. But then we ran it through Photoshop Elements and through use of my knowledge of lighting, I found some extra flaws.

Want to know how? Continue on below.

Via Gizmodo

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In 1961, Kodak Made Flash Easier for Users With a Cube

The sixties. A decade of beat music and mop-top haircuts, of the Vietnam war and the first man on the moon. Of hippies and flower power. And of Instamatic cameras and single serving flash bulbs.

These days, (almost) every camera comes equipped with a built-in flash unit. Can you imagine having to change the bulb after each use? Half a century ago, flash bulbs weren’t as durable as they are today and had to be changed each time the flash was fired, because they simply burnt out. The above ad, which we found via Project B, advertises Kodaks ‘latest’ invention: the rotating flash cube which contains four individual flash bulbs.

In a time when technical progress meant the introduction of a higher speed film and ‘computers’ were no more than giant calculators, a flash that would last up to four shots must’ve seemed like a revolution. Or at least thats what this Kodak ad wants the viewer to believe. Also, it gives a practical introduction into shooting ‘swinging dance parties’.

BTW, you can still by Kodak film from Adorama, Amazon and B&H.