A Visual History Of The Space Shuttle

In honor of last week’s retirement of NASA’s historic 30-year Space Shuttle program, here is a great gallery of images of life in, on and around the iconic space vehicle. It’s a shame that this tremendous program has come to an end, and these photos help put the importance of space exploration in perspective. I’m confident that soon we’ll have figured out the next phase of our otherworldly exploits, and hopefully we’ll soon have the beginning of even more amazing images, courtesy of the next big thing in space exploration, for decades to come.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/07/the-history-of-the-space-shuttle/

In honor of last week’s retirement of NASA’s historic 30-year Space Shuttle program, here is a great gallery of images of life in, on and around the iconic space vehicle. It’s a shame that this tremendous program has come to an end, and these photos help put the importance of space exploration in perspective. I’m confident... Read more

Fighting Copyright Infringement In The Real World

Here’s some great advice, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Nicholl by way of the A Photo Editor blog. It’s Jeremy’s recommendations for photographers who are interested in protecting copyrights. Namely, it’s a list of the ten steps to take to help collect from an infringer who has profited from your images in violation of US copyright law. It’s all well and good to brush up on your copyright, but when you read the part about the author collecting "a five figure settlement for a 468-pixel wide image" that had been used illegally on a site he had never heard of, these ten tips take on a whole new meaning (and value). So pay attention and protect your rights!
Photo by William Sawalich

http://www.jeremynicholl.com/blog/2011/06/13/the-10-rules-of-us-copyright-infringement

Here’s some great advice, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Nicholl by way of the A Photo Editor blog. It’s Jeremy’s recommendations for photographers who are interested in protecting copyrights. Namely, it’s a list of the ten steps to take to help collect from an infringer who has profited from your images in violation of US... Read more

Space Shuttle Flight Deck Immersive Panorama

Well this is super cool, and definitely not something you see every day. In honor of the current and final Space Shuttle flight I present you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the flight deck of the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Actually this one’s already decommissioned, as it’s the Discovery, and the one circling the earth right now and getting ready to land is the Atlantis. What a cool tour of a high-tech cockpit. Though I must admit it sure is a little low-tech looking in there. Where’s all the touch screens and laser beams and holograms and stuff? Farewell, Atlantis!

http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck-opf_6236/index.html

Well this is super cool, and definitely not something you see every day. In honor of the current and final Space Shuttle flight I present you with a 360-degree virtual tour of the flight deck of the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Actually this one’s already decommissioned, as it’s the Discovery, and the one circling the earth right... Read more
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A Few Great Tripod Accessories

I love my tripod, and I feel like it’s fairly tricked out: it’s got legs and a geared head I love… and that’s about it. I never give much thought to tripod accessories, or I never did until I read this great post by Photo Naturalist Steve Berardi. He suggests three simple—and yes, amazing—accessories for tripods. The first one is an L-shaped bracket that keeps your camera centered over the legs even when positioned in the vertical axis. He had me with this one; I hate the way my camera dangles there over the side of my tripod whenever I go vertical. Not only do I hate it, it tends to mess me up when I’ve worked to center myself precisely for a composition. I won’t give away the other two accessories, so you’ll have to go read about them for yourself. Trust me when I say that your tripod CAN be tricked out, and it’s probably a great way to improve your tripod efficiency too.

http://photonaturalist.net/3-great-tripod-accessories

I love my tripod, and I feel like it’s fairly tricked out: it’s got legs and a geared head I love… and that’s about it. I never give much thought to tripod accessories, or I never did until I read this great post by Photo Naturalist Steve Berardi. He suggests three simple—and yes, amazing—accessories for tripods. The first... Read more

A Kickstarter Success Story

I love the idea behind the web site Kickstarter, especially as it relates to creatives. You get an idea, you need to raise funds to make that idea a reality, you start a Kickstarter project and folks all over the world can contribute to projects they believe in—or the ones that offer the best schwag in exchange for a monetary pledge. While I’ve seen interesting Kickstarter projects for photo books, travel magazines, gallery prints and even independent films, none of them have seen the success of this project by an inventor of an interesting piece of camera gear. It’s the Capture Camera Clip system, which is designed to let you securely hold your camera on your belt, without worrying about camera straps and too much fuss. The device sure sparked the interest of lots of other photographers, because as of this writing almost 5,200 of them have contributed a whopping $370,000—a significant success when you consider that the inventor, Peter Dering, was looking to raise just $10,000 in order to complete an initial production run of the product. Check out his Kickstarter page, consider contributing, and look for this neat device as soon as it’s released.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/97103764/capture-camera-clip-system

I love the idea behind the web site Kickstarter, especially as it relates to creatives. You get an idea, you need to raise funds to make that idea a reality, you start a Kickstarter project and folks all over the world can contribute to projects they believe in—or the ones that offer the best schwag in exchange for a monetary pledge. While I’ve... Read more

Mount Your D-SLR Lenses To Your iPhone. Really.

Ever since the iPhone, and in particular the introduction of its Instagram app, folks everywhere have been treating their iPhones like actual cameras. The point, usually, is that you can make great pictures with even a relatively rudimentary fixed-focal length lens. And it also proves, as Chase Jarvis will attest, that the best camera is the one you have with you all the time. Just like an iPhone. Well now there’s another add-on for folks who want to get serious, really serious, about taking iPhone pictures… in a totally ridiculous way. It’s the SLR iPhone lens mount from PhotoJojo, which allows you to take the zoom off your Nikon D90 (or whatever Nikon or Canon D-SLR you happen to be toting) and affix it to your iPhone for "serious" picture taking power. I know it’s too ridiculous to be true, and yet here it is. See for yourself at the PhotoJojo web site.

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/iphone-slr-mount

Ever since the iPhone, and in particular the introduction of its Instagram app, folks everywhere have been treating their iPhones like actual cameras. The point, usually, is that you can make great pictures with even a relatively rudimentary fixed-focal length lens. And it also proves, as Chase Jarvis will attest, that the best camera is the one you... Read more

Photoshop Exchange

Thanks again, John Paul Caponigro, for coming through with spot-on invaluable Photoshop information. In this recent post he points us readers to a great resource for over 10,000 Photoshop add-ons—from templates to tutorials, brushes to plug-ins. It’s Adobe’s own Photoshop Exchange, where photographers can access thousands of unique tools (like Actions, Styles and Brushes) to make Photoshop better—or easier, more fun and more interesting. And many of them are given away for free. The ones that do charge, Caponigro points out, average only a few bucks each, so either way it’s an invaluable resource. Take a look at what you can add on to your computer to make Photoshop work even better.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/6033/photoshop-exchange/

Thanks again, John Paul Caponigro, for coming through with spot-on invaluable Photoshop information. In this recent post he points us readers to a great resource for over 10,000 Photoshop add-ons—from templates to tutorials, brushes to plug-ins. It’s Adobe’s own Photoshop Exchange, where photographers can access thousands of unique tools... Read more

Cameras In Action

I recently saw this neat little video on the DPS blog. It’s by street photographer Eric Kim, who strapped a tiny GoPro video camera to his Leica’s hot shoe and took to the streets. A neat way to see how an actual street photographer works. I’m not at all disparaging Mr. Kim’s approach to photographing people on the street, but it did make me realize how differently he approaches his subjects than some other photographers I’ve seen from their cameras’ perspectives—like, for instance, James Nachtwey, who in the documentary "War Photographer" had a tiny video camera strapped to his camera as well. It too is a fascinating look at how a photographer works, made even more powerful when viewed from the perspective of his camera. It’s interesting that Mr. Kim tries to avoid eye contact and shoots quickly before moving on to another subject, while Mr. Nachtwey works in a more lingering, deliberate manner. Part of it may be the different subject matter, part of it is surely different shooting styles. Whatever the differences, and whichever approach you prefer, it’s extremely interesting to watch photographers work like this. Check out both videos via the links below. 

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/watch-how-a-street-photographer-going-about-a-shoot-video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3VoyjUP8hg

I recently saw this neat little video on the DPS blog. It’s by street photographer Eric Kim, who strapped a tiny GoPro video camera to his Leica’s hot shoe and took to the streets. A neat way to see how an actual street photographer works. I’m not at all disparaging Mr. Kim’s approach to photographing people on the street,... Read more

Restoring An Antique Tintype

It’s amazing what a skilled set of hands can do with a tool as powerful as Photoshop. Take, for instance, the world of photographic restoration. It’s a different set of skills than just the regular old image editing and retouching so many of us do in our regular photographic workflows. When it comes to restoring an old image, I can’t think of any challenge more daunting than a 19th century tintype. Here’s a link to a collection of these photographs, which were made right on a sheet of metal. Check out the amazing transformation that takes place in this restoration project, and keep it in mind the next time you feel like a retouching project is too daunting.

http://topdogimaging.net/blog/restoring-a-photograph-from-the-1870s

It’s amazing what a skilled set of hands can do with a tool as powerful as Photoshop. Take, for instance, the world of photographic restoration. It’s a different set of skills than just the regular old image editing and retouching so many of us do in our regular photographic workflows. When it comes to restoring an old image, I can’t... Read more

Rocket-Powered Pictures

Okay, one more fireworks post. I found lots of shards and rocket remnants in my city yard last week, and one of them was big enough to tote a D-SLR camera aloft, I’m sure. Well that’s just what these folks did when they stuck a camera to a rocket and shot it into the air. Repeatedly. Actually, it wasn’t a D-SLR, but a little pocket video camera. And it worked well regardless. The video is a bit disorienting, sure, but it’s also pretty darn cool. Thank goodness for tiny digital video cameras, and the people crazy enough to risk their destruction in search of cool footage.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/07/cameras-explosives-rockets-photo-nerd-4th-of-july

Okay, one more fireworks post. I found lots of shards and rocket remnants in my city yard last week, and one of them was big enough to tote a D-SLR camera aloft, I’m sure. Well that’s just what these folks did when they stuck a camera to a rocket and shot it into the air. Repeatedly. Actually, it wasn’t a D-SLR, but a little pocket... Read more