Alas, This “Stone” Could Have Been So Cool for Nature Photos

Ever wanted to get close to wildlife for some epic shots? This accessory was designed to camouflage your GoPro and turn it into a “stone” camera.

Just when you think you’ve seen and used your fair share of unique and quirky camera accessories, something comes up and proves you wrong. Case in point is the Camof Stone, a camera case designed to let your GoPro camera blend in with the surroundings over and underwater as an inconspicuous stone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it will hit the market.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Which Camera Should You Take for Traveling?

New to photography and wondering which camera to take when traveling? Today’s photography cheat sheet should help you decide.

When you’re new to photography outside your smartphone, it can be either exciting or overwhelming to decide which camera to use, especially for travel. But, if you’re really serious about narrowing it down, you may want to get some tips from today’s photography cheat sheet.

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Cheap Photo: Amazon Deals for Photographers You Need to See!

If you’re looking for some amazing deals on photography gear then check out this roundup curated from Amazon.

Amazon is the world’s largest shopping mall. Sometimes, trying to find a good deal on photography gear can suck up hours of time when you should be out shooting. In this roundup, I scour the deals on Amazon and curate what stands out. Photography deals can be limited in quantity, refurbs, open boxed or otherwise. Click the Amazon links to read details on these photo deals.

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The GoPro HERO6 Black, New Karma and Fusion Cameras Launch

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Pro Magazine and HDVideoPro part of the Madavor Media Network.

We’re in San Francisco at GoPro’s global launch event today and have been updating live, and the big news from the company is the introduction of the HERO6 Black camera. Also announced at the event are updates to the Karma drone, the official launch of the 5.2K spherical Fusion camera and three new accessories.

The new HERO6 Black features a custom-engineered GP1 processor, 4K60 and 1080p240 video shooting and improved video stabilization—the most advanced in any GoPro camera, says the company—all designed to deliver higher-quality images. Additional enhancements include improved dynamic range and low-light performance, in addition to RAW and HDR photo modes.

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You Could Win $10,000 In Prizes From Our Friends At 5DayDeal

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You have seen the great deals and charity supporting bundles from the team at 5DayDeal here on Phoblographer over the last year, and as of this morning they are back – this time with a huge giveaway with over $10,000 in prizes. What better way to spend a few minutes of your Memorial Day weekend than by entering a killer giveaway that could net you some seriously awesome prizes?!

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The New Woodman Provides Leather Style and New Portability Option for Your GoPro Camera

Russian designer, Artem Emelyanov, has unveiled The New Woodman, a leather case for GoPro cameras. The case fits over the standard GoPro housing and comes with a leather strap which can be slung over the shoulder or neck. The case’s construction is completely hand-crafted and uses a variety of materials, including Güterman thread, which is known for its durability and longevity. Also included with the case is a circular lens that slips over the existing GoPro lens adding to the natural/vintage aesthetic of the case. Check out the video below along with product images to see it in action. Continue reading…

The Olympus TG-Tracker is Aimed at the GoPro Market

It was only a matter of time until Olympus was going to take its excellent TG series of cameras and turn them into a full GoPro competitor–and today is that day with the announcement of the new Olympus TG-Tracker. At its heart is a 1/2.3 8MP CMOS sensor. Just like other action cams, it boasts a really wide angle lens. This one is 13.9mm equivalent and has f2 lens. The body is capable of being used at down to 100 feet of water without a housing. It is also dustproof just in case you happen to sling it into the dirt.

It also has an LED lamp, 5 axis image stabilization, and can shoot from 1/2 sec – 1/24000 sec. Unfortunately there isn’t manual shutter control–but you get sequential shooting abilities which can be quite cool.

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POV Video Shows Sports Photographer Capturing Big Football Catch

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A while back, the site shared a video of a college football photographer capturing the game with a GoPro mounted in his camera’s hot shoe. Recently, photographer Chadd Caddy did the same thing, but arguably captured much better moments. Chadd is a San Diego State Journalism student and shared the video via reddit. As you hear him shooting, he then goes on to show you some of the frames that he captured–and many are pretty darn good. Most notably, you’ll see a great catch photographed at just the right moments.

What that means is that Chadd was able to predict that the player would have the ball thrown to him and catch it. Foresight is a big part of photography, especially sports photography.

The video overall just shows us what it’s like for a college football shooter on the sidelines. Luckily, no one got super close and accidentally tackled him.

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GoPro Mounted on DSLR Shows What It’s Like to Shoot College Football

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Screenshot taken from the video

First hand accounts of how photographers shoot are always a great way to find out exactly what that photographer was going through when they were in the process of creating the images. That’s exactly what Reddit User ZoidbergRage did when he posted a video of him photographing a college football game that he shot. He did this by mounting a GoPro on top of his DSLR. ZoidbergRage is using a Tamron 70-300mm lens with his DSLR and by following exactly where the lens is pointing you can see just what he’s going for when he shoots. Indeed, it’s a great way to understand the mind of a football photographer. That video is after the jump.

By all means though, he’s not using professional gear and instead is giving more of an idea of how it all works. For example, consider photographer Peter Reed Miller–who has been shooting for many years now and has photographed more SuperBowls than some can count. His camera bag is filled with loads and loads of higher end gear. But gear only gets you so far.

Despite not using professional gear, /u/Zoidbergrage still proves that it isn’t about the gear and that a photographer can still capture great photographs even without the best of lenses or cameras.

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The Sony X1000V Action Cam Shoots 4K Video

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At CES 2015, Sony is introducing their latest additions to the action camera world–which seems like a very serious competitor to the GoPro line. The FDR-X1000V is the camera that makes it debut today and is also of the greatest interest. For starters, it shoots 4K video (3840 x 2160 @30p 100Mbps/60mbps) and has a Zeiss Tessar lens with a 170 degree wide angle field of view. Behind the lens is an Exmor R Back Illuminated CMOS sensor along with a BIONZ X processor. The camera shoots video in the XAVC S codec in an MP4 format.

According to the press release, the company has already put it in the hands of famed skateboarder Tony Hawk. He’s probably really enjoying it because the company also stated that they added an updated version of SteadyShot to this camera.

If you don’t want to shoot at 4K though, the camera can shoot 1080p HD video at 120p, and 720p HD video at 720p. Additionally, it adds wind noise reduction and manual controls in the form of white balance and auto exposure shifting.

The company is also introducing a new Live View remote, called the LVR2. It is a live view LCD remote that is said to work at up to 10 feet underwater. But in case you don’t want to use the remote, you can use the PlayMemories Mobile app on your phone or tablet to control and see the output.  Lastly the X1000V incorporates GPS.

The new Sony X1000V will be sold for about $500 and is packaged with the SPK-X1 waterproof case. The Action Cam Sony 1000VR bundle adds the RM-LVR2 Live View Remote and will be sold for about $600. More images are after the jump.

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João Pedro Catches Some Wicked Waves and Photos While Surfing

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All photos by João Pedro. Used with permission.

Surfers have been using GoPro cameras for years to take amazing footage of cutting though a wave, but did you know it can also take incredible stills as well? João Pedro, a surfer and photographer hailing from Xangri-lá, Brazil, does just that carrying a GoPro 3 Silver Edition mounted to his surfboard or in hand without a surfboard at all.

“I started taking pictures two years ago, when a friend told me ‘man, you have take some pictures to show us how crazy is there when the ocean is in a bad mood,’” João said. “It’s not very easy to get used to, but with time and persistence I made it work.”

On top of the challenge of taking great images João says he also has to lick (yes lick) the lens to wick away any water droplets. João also has to bury the camera and waterproof case in anti-molding powder made for clothes for a few hours before a shoot to prevent any blurred images.

“My first 5000 photos were awful, but they encouraged me to try harder,” João quipped. “It should encourage you too, because photography is more than press the button, it’s a feeling, it’s Art!”

João also left some parting advice for photographers looking to getting into surfing action photography. “Be prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually  because you’ll need to be 100% and never underestimate the sea.”

You can check out more of João work after the break. Also be sure to visit his EyeEm portfolio and friend him on Facebook.

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ISS Astronauts Slip a GoPro Camera into a Floating Ball of Water in Space

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NASA has put out plenty of cool videos of water in zero gravity from crying in space, ring out a towel, or just play with a small orb of the liquid. Now three International Space Station astronauts are showing us how the world looks though a pool of floating water by pushing a GoPro camera inside. The three astronauts—Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst—filmed the whole space experiment with a 3D camera and the results look simply stunning.

The video starts off showing the astronauts squeezing out water from pouches as it takes on a spherical shape. The camera simply passes through on the first attempt to lodge it inside the ball of liquid but the astronauts eventually get it to sit inside. As the GoPro is suspended in the water it records a snipped of footage showing the world being distorted though the flowing and ebbing water.

The video is one of the coolest bits of footage to come from space and it’s about the closest thing you can experience swimming in zero gravity. Check it out in 2D and 3D after the break, so throw on some 3D shades.

Via IFL Science

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Kama, the Surfing Pig, Shows Off His Mad Skills in a GoPro Video

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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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This is What Happens When You Put a GoPro in the Dishwasher

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What happens inside a dishwasher stays inside a dishwasher. Or does it? Presumably, exactly as many people as are using a dishwasher have an idea what goes on inside said machine when it is doing its job. This is about to change, though, thanks to one of the crazier GoPro videos we’ve seen recently.

Curious about what exactly is going on in his dishwasher when it’s wahsing the dishes, YouTube user Bito decided to take the risk of exposing their GoPro camera plus two light sources to whatever happens inside–quite possibly a dimension portal opening up and sucking in all of the dirt that sticks to the dishes. His bravery paid out big time, as now, for the first time, humankind gets a chance to experience what it feels like to be a fork that’s being cleaned by a dishwasher.

Before you head past the break and click the play button on the video, we have to warn you, though. Some parts of the video have the appearance of a man sausage being … well, rather happy and excited. So if you’re sensitive to these kinds of imagery, better let what happens inside this guy’s dishwasher stay inside. For everyone else: congratulations, you have just experienced 0ne of the most groundbreaking revelations of the 21st century.

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Man Jumps Into Water With GoPro Attached…Right Next to a Great White Shark

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

That’s what I would’ve been thinking if I were Terry Tufferson who jumped off of a cliff at Sydney Harbor into water only to end up right next to a Great White Shark. As soon as he jumps in, he surfaces and his mates scream, “shark!” Terry, instead of panicking and swimming away like many of us mere mortals would do, actually did what experts say you should: face it, kick at it, and don’t panic. But just how close he got to the creature and the video that he shot with his GoPro is still incredibly beautiful.

Still though, what an experience!

This Video Shows Why GoPros and Pogo Sticks are the Best Combination Ever

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GoPro cameras are tremendous fun. And so are pogo sticks. While you may not necessarily associate these two with each other, they do make a lot of sense in combination. Because when you mount a GoPro camera to a pogo stick … you get the idea. And that’s exactly what this group of professional pogo stick jumpers (is there a specific term for a person using a pogo stick?) did–they grabbed a couple of GoPros, attached them to their jumpy thingies, and set off to do some stunts. And the results are spectacular.

We could try and waste a couple more words to describe this video, but it wouldn’t really make any sense at all. Just take a look yourself, and you’ll understand. Head past the break for the video.

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There’s Plenty of Blubber Love in this New GoPro Video as Diver Gives Seals Belly Rubs

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Who says that only our furry land mammal friends can be cute and cuddly? On a scuba diving trip near the Farne Islands in Northumberland, UK last year, SCUBA diver Jason Neilus proves that even seals in the wild enjoy some quality nuzzling time too.

Just like their land counterparts, the seal pups that Neilus met underwater were naturally curious and friendly, closely examining Neilus and his team as well as the GoPro cameras he used to shoot their video.

But the young seals proved to have a lot more in common with our pets at home that we thought. As soon as they got used to their curious two-legged guest, the seal pups welcomed him with open flippers. They nuzzled at his hand, like house cats would, for encouragement and then they let him give them belly rubs, like dogs would. And judging from their facial expressions, they found them immensely satisfying and enjoyable.

According to Neilus, that will probably be the last time these seals will interact with humans that way as not only do adult seals tend to be more cautious with divers, but also many of the pups will move somewhere else to form their own colonies, never to see humans again.

There’s a lot of adorable blubber loving in this GoPro video. If you like that type of thing – and let’s face it, who doesn’t?! – or are having a particularly bad day, watch Seal Belly Rub now and let it brighten your day.

And while you’re at it, check out the longer version, Seal of Approval, on Neilus’ Vimeo channel too. It’s already gotten about a million hits!

See Seal Belly Rub after the jump.

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Diver Ocean Ramsey “Swims with Sharks” to Promote a More Positive Image of These Animals

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Mainstream media usually like to depict great white sharks as ravenous monsters that cold-bloodedly kill their prey just for funsies. And not only cute baby seals, but also humans. Just because they’re so evil and stuff. And while nobody can deny that indeed, the great white shark is a marine predator and can be dangerous for humans, they’re not actually monsters, you know.

In fact, like almost any other form of life on this planet, sharks fulfill a vital role in marine ecosystems. By picking weak members of any given species they feed on as prey, they help ensure that the species as a whole stays strong enough to survive. Against its own worst enemy, however, the great white shark has little means to defend itself. And that enemy is us humans.

Ocean Ramsey, who grew up in Hawaii and San Diego, and is a professional scuba instructor and life-long diver and surfer, has had may encounters with geat whites. But all of them were peaceful, because she says she has “respect for their capabilities, a lot of experience interacting with animals and reading body language, behavior,” and is “comfortable with my own water abilities.”

Because of her experiences with sharks and other sea-dwelling animals, Ocean has made it her task to help protect these species, and to promote a more positive image of those that have a bad reputation with humans. In the video past the break, you can see her swim peacefully with a great white shark–an experience that most of us will never make. What it goes to show is that sharks, while dangerous predators, are also intelligent beings that we can peacefully coexist with.

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The Next GoPro 4 Might Shoot in 4K and 120fps at 1080p

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Image courtesy of DGISE

GoPro may soon deliver the fourth evolution of its popular action camera. A small gadget website called DGISE, posted the purported specs of the new GoPro Hero4 that supposedly can record in 4K at 30 fps. Although the two-year-old Black Edition GoPro 3 was also able to shoot in 4K it could only do so at a paltry 15fps. This higher frame rate could make 4K footage from a GoPro camera actually decently viewable.

Along with the quadruple HD resolution, the new camera will supposedly feature 1080p recording at 120fps and 720p at 240fps. On the still capturing front there is also Multi-exposure HDR and Wide Dynamic Range tone mapping. Meanwhile to keep all the rocking action steady the camera purportedly has an electronic image stabilization system backing up the camera’s 13MP sensor. DGISE also posits the GoPro Hero4 will have a completely new lens for shooting in dark and it will arrive this summer.

Given that this is a small and largely unknown source, we’re look to take these early specs with heavy skepticism. There are some merits to these rumors however. Many of the same specs were leaked back in September by Ambarella, the company that manufactures the GoPro’s underlying electronics system for several generations. It’s been two years since the adrenaline junkies started strapping GoPro Hero3s to the sides of the safety helmets…and pelicans, so we’re due for a new GoPro action cam any day now.

Via DGISE