Ep. 96: Shooting the Olympics in Rio…and Trying Not to Get Robbed

by Staff August 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

The opening ceremony hasn’t even kicked off yet, and olympic photographers are already having a hard time in Rio. Case in point: News Corp photographer Brett Costello recently had $40,000 worth of camera gear stolen… in broad daylight… in a crowded cafe… in 10 seconds flat.

Capturing a solid rocket booster test on video is no small feat. You need a camera that can capture slow motion footage and handle the dynamic range between the booster and the booster plume. Fortunately, NASA now has this super camera in their arsenal!

Think Getty’s Canon DSLR arsenal at the Rio 2016 Olympics is impressive? Check out Canon’s official stockpile.

In a video that will no doubt earn him quite a bit of Internet ire, photographer and photo educator Tony Northrup recently took each of the major camera manufacturers to task. From Canon and Nikon to Pentax and Olympus… nobody is safe… except Fuji for some reason.

The IOC has a lot to worry about this Olympics: making sure the athletes are safe, making sure the media is safe, making sure the press knows they are NOT allowed under any circumstances to share GIFs… wait, what!? Yes, that’s correct, the International Olympic Committee has banned GIFs.

Photographer and conservationist Sam Trull originally moved to Costa Rica to study primates… then she met her first sloth. It was Slothlove at first sight, which is, incidentally, also the title of her first photo book dedicated to adorable portraits of rescued sloths.

Hey streettogs, if you want to learn some practical tips and techniques when shooting on the streets, check out the video above, or read more to see all 15 tips.

The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all the adventurous outdoor photographers out there. They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home.

Here’s a fun little video to help you get over hump day and on to the second half of the week. A weather camera at the top of a tower in Nebraska got an unexpected visit from a curious hawk this week.

Before last week, I hadn’t talked about this outside of my circle of close friends, but I can no longer afford to keep it quiet. As a woman shooting assignments around male photographers on a daily basis, I commonly feel the need to act with bravado in order to prove myself worthy around other — primarily older, primarily male — photographers.

About a week ago at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Russ Beinder caught a Sports Illustrated photographer at the hockey rink with a pretty interesting gear setup: I think this is David …

This photograph shows the camera equipment that Getty Images photographers will be using Brazil for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. That’s a lot of high-end Canon DSLR gear.

When photographer Jason Shulman first had the idea for Photographs of Films, he was pretty sure it wouldn’t work. But his super-long exposures of feature films did work, and the images he’s created as part of the series are fascinating.

There’s nothing as hard in photography as the thing I’m writing about today. I even don’t really know where to start. I’m just going to describe what happened.

It’s not glamorous, but the first glimpse we get of the long-awaited GoPro Hero 5 may be this super short how-to video that shows you how to connect the unreleased action cam to your smartphone. Still, even at just 9 seconds, there’s plenty to be gleaned by this “sneak peek.”

Ever since the middle of high school, I’ve been immensely interested in “the process.” You know, that middle bit between point A and point B that nobody but the artist ever sees. I’ve always loved peeking behind the scenes to see where something started and what kind of work and thought went into creating the finished product.

There is a big craze for Sony full frame (FF) mirrorless cameras at the moment, and seeing people rush onto that bandwagon is like watching lemmings following each other over the cliff.

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to walk through the many different ways to create this pixel dispersion fragmenting effect to make your model or object look like it is bursting into little particles and pieces.

Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo has been the worst-hit city in the country since the Battle of Aleppo began in 2012 as part of the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Now a series of before-and-after photos reveals just how much the once-vibrant historical city has been marred by war.

Digital cameras are notoriously difficult to design and get right. Where do you start? Who is the customer? What features do you include on the camera? There are uncountable ways to approach a camera development and design program.

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