- Pre-Digital Photography Infographic: The Evolution of the Camera
- New Software Detects Photoshopped Images (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Oklahoma Supercell
- Speedlight Troubleshooting: How to Use a Snoot (Video)
Posted: 15 May 2014 06:24 PM PDT
While many inventors are considered to have developed the first photographic camera, photography appears to have had its earliest start in the thick of the Middle Ages (1000 AD) when a man named Alhazen rigged the first pinhole camera, which we now call the Camera Obscura. From there, all the way to the 1981 Sony Mavica film camera, this infographic will take you on a journey through time to show you the colorful evolution of the photographic camera throughout history:
Have you ever owned any of these cameras? Are you still using any of them? We would love to hear about how they handle!
In case you’re curious, the very first digital camera was developed by an Eastman Kodak engineer named Steve Sasson in December 1975. The groundbreaking camera boasted a megapixel count of 0.1, weighed a whopping 8 pounds, and required 23 seconds to record a single image!
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Posted: 15 May 2014 04:53 PM PDT
If you’ve ever had a hard time deciding if an image has been Photoshopped or if you’ve ever had a hard time proving that your photo is “straight out of the camera,” you may be interested in a new image hosting website which offers users a unique draw–it can tell if your image has been edited or not. Take a look at the informational clip below to learn more:
Using a variety of ways, Izitru evaluates images uploaded to its database to give the images a trust rating, with a High Trust rating being the best an image can receive to prove it is unedited.
The software, of course, isn’t foolproof, and the company admits it. Taking a photo of an edited image and uploading it to the system will likely result in a high rating, but for the most part, they say, the rating system is accurate.
Izitru is not just useful for proving authenticity to friends but, it can also be useful as authentic documentation for insurance claims, proving authenticity for photo contests, and offering credibility to journalistic photography.
What are your thoughts on this type of service?
Posted: 15 May 2014 02:38 PM PDT
Storm chaser and weather enthusiast Brandon Goforth has been following severe weather since 2000. It’s not shocking that he hails from a state known for super storms and tornadoes–Oklahoma. Along with Chris Sanner, Josh Ward, Brandon Sullivan, and Brett Wright, Goforth chases storms with the intent of capturing powerful images on video and film.
Goforth captured this image of a supercell forming over the plains of Oklahoma:
The “Tornado Titans,” as they are known, not only create outstanding images of severe weather, but also educate and inform people about the dangers of these extreme situations and how to prepare for them.
Posted: 15 May 2014 10:20 AM PDT
Beautiful golden tones of light, and the warm feeling it produces, can be desirable in many instances when photographing. However, we may not always want our subjects to be washed with the same yellow light. Steve Russell, a Canadian news photographer, shows us the basics of using a snoot to get precisely lit shots of your subject while keeping the atmospheric tones:
When your strobe is set to the highest zoom available yet can't produce a narrow enough beam of light, there are many options available to create a quick snoot. Cutting out the bottom of a coffee cup and placing it over your flash is one of the easiest (and cheapest) methods, as demonstrated by Russell. Using pliable materials like Cinefoil, commonly known as "black tack", will allow you to create precise shapes for snooting.
Russell mentions using a radio slave device which can be put on top of your camera to trigger the flash. Most speedlights can be purchased with built-in remote technology to the same effect.
How to Set Up Your Snoot
A cheap coffee cup, Cinefoil, regular foil, cardboard, or even a newspaper can be bent or rolled into shape to create a very simple snoot. With a bit of research you will find endless materials and tutorials for creating your perfect snoot.
Go to full article: Speedlight Troubleshooting: How to Use a Snoot (Video)
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