Ep. 90: Peak Design Is at It Again

by Staff July 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

A woman was fishing at Hesperia Lake in Southern California on Wednesday when she reeled in a professional Nikon DSLR. After a search, she eventually discovered that it belonged to a photojournalist who was attacked while covering a story.

I’ve pretty much shot RAW all my life. There are so many benefits of shooting RAW in terms of how much flexibility you have with the files, as well as the raw data in the files. However, as time goes on, I’m starting to lean more towards shooting JPEG and realize the benefits of doing so.

In the world of soccer, the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid burns bright, and it’s seen as a conflict between Catalan and Spanish nationalism, respectively. Catalan national TV snubbed Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a bizarre way this week: they tried to Photoshop away Ronaldo’s famously chiseled abs. What resulted was a glaring Photoshop fail.

Street photography ethics are a touchy subject and I am not talking of street photography rules but rather more how photographers choose to behave. When shooting (candid) street photography in London or anywhere else, many street photographers seem to leave their values at home as soon as they head out to photograph strangers.

Here’s a fascinating piece of journalism published today by the New York Times. The 10.5-minute video, titled “Fragments of a Life: A Curbside Mystery,” is about how Times reporter …

If you’re going to be doing a photo shoot involving a $400,000 sports car, you should probably be extra careful and have an experienced driver handling it. A photographer in the UK just crashed a $400K through a showroom window while trying to set up for a shoot.

If your mantra in life is “bigger is better,” then here’s a lens for you. Over in Ukraine, someone is selling a gigantic lens from a Soviet spy satellite on the country’s “craigslist”.

Sometimes we, as humans, wrestle with big issues — large complex questions with no easy answers.

In the process of changing its feeds to curated instead of chronological, Instagram today took yet another step towards becoming more like its parent company, Facebook: the website has been updated with a drop-down notifications tab.

Amidst a barrage of violent imagery in the past week graphically illustrating the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers, Jonathan Bachman’s image of a protest in Baton Rouge has emerged as iconic.

Photographer Tim Berry of Practical Photography magazine recently decided to take his camera onto the streets of London, England, to exercise his rights to photograph in public places and to see how people would react to seeing a photographer at work.

Los Angeles-based photographer Alex Stone was shooting a car on a desolate public road in Southern California this past weekend when he was confronted by an angry man who demanded that the photo crew get off his “driveway.” Stone’s recording of the confrontation went viral, and the man in the video has now been arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.

If you’re like me, you’re constantly looking to improve and expand your referral base. Once you’ve got a good number of weddings under your belt your base will be made up of (mostly) previous couples.

Prisma is a new camera app that transforms your photos to look like paintings by famous artists. It goes beyond the film simulation filters that are widely available these days to offer a surprisingly realistic painting filter.

Over in the UK, a police force’s announcement this week is raising eyebrows among some photographers. In a statement regarding hate crimes against women, taking photos without permission is listed as an example.

I will begin by saying that my intention is not to attack Steve McCurry or defame him in any manner. It is only an attempt to clear certain facts that have come to light regarding his work and to also raise certain questions on aspects that may or may not have been missed, but certainly have not been expressed till now… at least not publicly.

For several years now, Camranger has been pretty much the only choice if you want to tether your Nikon, Sony or Canon DSLR wirelessly to your phone or tablet.

PBS NewsHour just published this short interview with photographer Ken Van Sickle as a segment in its “Brief But Spectacular” series. It examines the question “what makes a photographer when everyone is taking pictures?”

Want a taste of the future? There’s a new web app that uses advanced “deep learning” research to magically auto-colorize black-and-white photos.

I remember when I was sitting in my cubicle at work, dreaming and lusting after a digital Leica M9. I imagined that after buying it, all of my life’s problems would be solved.

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