Photos of Mirror Spiders with Silvery ‘Scales’ That Grow and Shrink

by Staff September 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

My 19-month-old son, Stanley, has learned how to use a camera and to shout out cheese as he presses the shutter. He has a few of my old crappy point-and-shoot film cameras in his toy box to play with, but today I gave him my old Canon G12.

Venus Optics are quickly becoming a leader in extreme lens design, but even by their standard, they’ve seriously outdone themselves with the Laowa 24mm f/14 Replay 2x Macro lens.

Fujifilm “won” Photokina. There’s no real doubt about that. With the announcement of the mirrorless medium format Fuji GFX 50S, they stole the show. But what does the camera actually feel like IRL. And how big it is compared to, say, a Fuji X-T1?

For several years now, Singaporean macro nature photographer Nicky Bay has been focusing his lens on spiders that have mirror-like reflective abdomens, which he calls mirror spiders. Certain species have mirror-like scales on their abdomens that change size depending on the spiders’ mood.

I have had a great weekend shooting with the now kind-of-old, well-known, and mostly-forgotten-about Canon 50 f/1.2L lens. This lens came out years ago, and has been reviewed hundreds of times by users, reviewers, and anyone with an opinion. So why I am dedicating a post and short review to this lens?

My name is Zarko Panic, and I’m a London-based photographer specialising in noir style imagery. My city and everything in it represents the main source of inspiration, which I try to capture in the rawest way possible.

Apple released iOS 10.1 to public beta testers today, and it includes one of the most anticipated features they showed off during their iPhone 7 keynote: the “Portrait” mode that fakes a depth of field effect.

We’re always looking to up our Photoshop game, but the lists of Must Know “techniques” or “skills” or “tools” we run across typically disappoint us by being either to basic or too niche. This useful Top 10 by Nate Dodson of Tutvid is an exception.

A trip last weekend to the iconic Death Valley Racetrack Playa has left me with a burning need to write, and unfortunately it is because of the worst kind of people.

Snapchat just unveiled camera sunglasses for capturing your daily life as your eyes see it. The Snapchat Spectacles are upcoming $130 shades that will compete against the likes of Google Glass.

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.

This week, a fire at Puerto Rico’s largest power plant triggered a chain reaction that has left the majority of the country without power, air conditioning, and water. These satellite images show what it looks like when 1.5 million homes lose power all at once.

Well, you can add “captioning photos” to the list of jobs robots will soon be able to do just as well as humans. After some training, the latest version of Google’s “Show and Tell” algorithm can describe the contents of a photo with staggering 94% accuracy.

Fujifilm caused a great deal of excitement this week by announcing its first medium format mirrorless camera, the 51MP GFX 50S. But “medium format” is a a relative term rather than a specific sensor size, so how does the new 50S’s sensor stack up against other digital cameras on the market?

Portrait photographers looking to diversify your background options listen up. There’s an affordable background material you need to know about, and a great DIY portable background stand you can build for just $25.

Here’s an amazing short film titled “The Old New World” by photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia. Zakharov found old photos of US cities from the early 1900s and brought them to life.

Leica and Huawei are taking their photography partnership to a new level. Just 5 months after the launch of the Huawei P9 smartphone, which features dual Leica cameras, the two companies have announced the creation of a new research and innovation center to push photography forward.

Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:
“How do I take better photos?” 

I was extremely lucky to have many talented and generous photographers take me under their wing to show me the ropes. Without their valuable advice there is no way I would have become the photographer I am today. 


Ironically, the number one question I now get asked as an Open producer is “How do I take better photos?” 


So along with some tips that I’ve picked up over the years, I’ve recruited some outstanding snappers across Australia to share their own secret techniques about how they take their photos to the next level. 



Fujifilm made a bombshell announcement in the camera world today by officially revealing the development of its new medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX 50S, the first camera in the new GFX line, is a 51.4 megapixel medium format mirrorless camera.

Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational.
Their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, or even motivation, we’ve put together 50 quotes from the most inspirational and talented photographers the world has seen to help you get your mojo back.

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