Dronefest Photography And Video Competition

If you're serious about making photos and videos with your drone, consider entering Dronefest
By William Sawalich
Are you serious about your droneography? That's the name I've given to the act of capturing stills or recording video from a quadcopter-style drone. It's becoming an unbelievably popular activity. (I read the other day, in fact, that the FAA is freaking out about the prospect of more than one…

The Most Iconic Stock Photo of All Time?

To date, this picture has earned almost a million dollars in licensing fees
By William Sawalich
I attended the Brooks Institute, and during my tenure there one of the faculty members, Ralph Clevenger, hung a pretty neat picture on the wall. It's an image of an iceberg that, in the intervening 17 years, I've seen in countless places. The famous image depicts a little bit of…

That Time Helmut Newton Photographed Van Halen

It's a must-read, whether you're a fan of good ol' rock 'n roll, Helmut Newton, photography in general or any and all of the above
By William Sawalich
If you're a lover of photography and the glory days of early 1980s rock music, then have I got the story for you. It's from Medium's Cuepoint music blog, and it's all about the time Helmut Newton photographed Van Halen. It was 1979, and Van Halen was working on its…

A Camera So Fast It Shows Light Waves Traveling In Slow Motion

It's a fascinating look at how light works
By William Sawalich
Scientists at MIT have developed a camera that can shoot at a frame rate so fast that it can slow down and stop the fastest moving thing in the universe: light waves in motion. With a shutter speed of one-trillionth of a second, the camera reveals seemingly slow-moving beams of…

Everybody Hates The Selfie Stick

I'm no lover of tablet photography and selfie sticks either
By William Sawalich
It's official: everybody hates the selfie stick. So says the travel-dating web site MissTravel.com, which in a recent survey of travelers found that the biggest pet peeve among nearly 60,000 respondents was by far the selfie stick. More than 40% of those surveyed listed the selfie stick as the bane…

Do Anything To Get The Shot… Within Reason

We must remain vigilant that we're neither damaging nor destroying our subjects in the act of photographing them
By William Sawalich
Writing at the 500px ISO blog, DL Cade sheds some light on the problem of over-enthusiastic photographers. Where is the line, Cade asks, between going to great lengths for a tremendous photo, and compromising your morals with a "get the shot at all costs" attitude? We need to be careful…
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