In the 1890s, Mugshots Used a Mirror and Had to Show a Person’s Hands

by Staff September 7, 2016 at 10:23 am

A group of vandals have been caught on camera destroying an iconic rock formation on the Oregon coast known as Duckbill Rock or Thor’s Fist, prompting many to both mourn the icon’s loss, and call for justice against the videotaped vandals.

Myths and misconceptions persist because they’re either compelling or no one bothers to correct them. For photographers, many myths of digital photography arose when trying to draw imperfect analogies to film photography.

The consumer camera market is dead. Buried. Worm food. And if camera manufacturers don’t switch their focus to enthusiasts fast, they’ll lose them too. That seems to be the core thesis behind this interesting industry breakdown by photographer and educator Tony Northrup.

Canon hasn’t given up on the EOS M series of mirrorless cameras. In fact, it seems they’re preparing to launch what might be considered the “next chapter” in the M-line: The EOS M5. And today we get our first look at it.

Fujifilm just brought its Instax instant film into the world of black-and-white photography with the unveiling of its new Instax Mini Film Monochrome.

Canon will soon be announcing a new Canon EF-M 28mm STM Macro lens. Photos and specs of the lens leaded today, revealing that it will be the first Canon lens to boast a built-in LED ring light.

Yesterday I spent the day out with my family at Paraparumu beach, part of the idyllic Kapiti Coast on the Lower West Coast of the North Island, New Zealand. The long flat coastline is perfect for a day out with the family, and the coast features the iconic Kapiti Island, which is a prominent subject for anyone who likes to take photos.

In what is either a crazy accident or a brilliant attempt at a bit of viral marketing, this video shows 8-year-old Ruby Kavanagh, a world-class junior golfer, knocking a $1,900 drone out of the sky with a well-placed drive.

With Photokina coming up later this month, we’ll soon have a good chance to see whether Nikon is playing to their competencies or incompetencies with their next round of announcements. Every company has some core competencies that can’t be denied. What are Nikon’s?

In 1871, the Prevention of Crimes Act made it a legal requirement that anybody who was arrested in England and Wales had to have their photograph taken—thus was born the official “mug shot”. But mug shots from the late 1800s look very different from the ones you might see today.

For the past two years, I have been working on a series titled GIANT. I started this project because, well, it seemed like it would be hella fun. And it truly has been — every agonizing moment of it.

If these leaked images are to be trusted, DJI has a surprise in store for Photokina. It’s supposedly called the “Mavic,” and it’s a foldable drone that’s going to be smaller, lighter, and more portable than DJI’s current Phantom line.

If this rumor turns out to be true, Fujifilm might be the company that makes the biggest splash at Photokina this year. According to a new source, the long-rumored Fuji Digital Medium Format System is only a couple of weeks away!

So this was the first sunset I captured in 2012. It cost me $6,612 to take this photo.

I recently built my own DIY large format camera using scraps. The idea of this camera started with vintage profile spotlight that I wanted to restore, only to discover that some of the internal lens elements were shattered. The only lens element that was undamaged was the front element. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that this element can project an image circle big enough to cover an 8×10 area.

This is an incredibly simple idea, but somehow we’ve never seen it done before. Forget expensive motion controlled timelapse sliders, why not use that old electric toy train you have collecting dust in the attic?

Want to take a university-level class on digital photography for free? Former Stanford professor and current Google engineer Marc Levoy has a site containing his complete course materials for a class that he has taught 5 times at Stanford and once at Google.

Ah, a visit to Venice beach during sunset, what a great feeling! Coming from out of town, it’s a pretty nice place to be. Perhaps I got so wrapped up in it the moment that I had no idea what would happen next.

LG is poking fun at profile pictures in their latest ad campaign. Specifically, they’re making fun at how people edit the same photo differently depending on which social network they’re using that profile pic for.

Film photographers sick of the same-old who want to try something totally different definitely need to give Film Washi a look. The self-styled “world’s smallest film company” just started making its signature black-and-white film “W” in 35mm format!

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