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02.06.16         video  

FAA Issues Warning That Superbowl 50 is a 'No Drone Zone'


FAA says drones will be absolutely banned within a 32 mile radius one of America's biggest events.

“With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone. We’re working closely with our safety and security partners to spread this message as widely as possible.” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Check out the video they released below.


02.05.16         gadgetry  

Centriphone: An iPhone Video Experiment by Nicolas Vuignier


Professional skier and "creative video maker" Nicolas Vuignier has figured out a way to shoot a Matrix-like 'bullet time' video using just his iPhone. He says the invention has taken him a few years to perfect. While it appears to be simply the phone attached to a sort of leash, he's figured out a way to keep the camera facing forward. He plans to release a behind-the-scenes look at the Centriphone very soon. In the meantime, check out one of his very cool videos below.

02.04.16         photography  

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II - 14fps Continuous Shooting



02.03.16         photography  

The Impressive Winner of Nat Geo's Kids Photography Contest


The results of the 2015 National Geographic Kids Photography contest are in. The talent of these young little photogs is astonishing. Check out a few of the winners below and make sure to stop HERE to see the rest of the winners.
SENNE M., 13, NETHERLANDS

02.02.16         video  

Canon's EOS MOVIE: The Making of “FREEDOM” with EOS-1D X Mark II



02.01.16         photography  

Nikon Issue Prize to Badly Photoshopped Image


You may have heard about this. It's been making it rounds on all of the photography sites and blogs. Nikon Singapore awarded it's top prize to a obviously, and quite horribly, edited image. The photographer Chay Yu Wei has issued an apology but it doesn't get better from here, it get worse. The internet sleuths dug up an almost identical image that photographer Yik Keat shared over a year ago. And he was upfront about the composite right from the start.

Here's the image in question (you can see the obvious white box around the airplane):
Here's Nikon's apology:

"We have heard your comments and feedback on this, and you are right – we should not compromise standards even for a casual photo contest. We have dialogued internally, with the community and with our loyal fans, and Yu Wei has also posted his own views on this issue. We have made an honest mistake and the rousing response from the community today is a reminder to us that the true spirit of photography is very much alive. Moving forward, we will tighten our image review process to avoid similar situations in the future. Thank you once again for all your responses today – for your humour and most of all, your candour and honesty. We hope not to disappoint you in the future and to continue to have your support.

Most sincerely, your Nikon team"
Here's the image by Yik Keat.
Read more about this story HERE.

Follow Yik Keat on Instagram HERE. His photography is really great.

01.30.16         video  

Iconic Film Landmark: The 6th Street Bridge (in Los Angeles)



01.29.16         photography  

Rumored Specs of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II


The following specifications have appeared on the DPReview forum and via Digicame-Info.

Specifications

20.2MP CMOS Sensor
Dynamic range improvement
Dual pixel CMOS AF
Dual DIGIC6 + processor
ISO100-51200 (extended with 409600)
Continuous shooting 14 frames / sec.
Live View mode at 16 frames / sec – high-speed continuous shooting new mirror drive system to allow the (at 16 frames / sec.)
Continuous shooting possible number is 170 frames in RAW -. In JPEG Unlimited
61-point AF system, which range is expanded. 41-point cross-type
AF is -3EV correspondence
With lighting AF point red (I hope this means solid red AF point in servo)
AI AF accuracy and motion tracking was improved Servo AF III + – 360000 dot metering sensor.
EOS iSA. EOS itr
Viewfinder magnification 0.76 times. 100% field of view
Videos 4K 60fps.
Full HD120fps.
4K video can be recorded with the internal CFast2.0 Media
Movie Servo AF – LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dot. Touch panel.
Camera digital lens Optimizer (DLO).
Lens aberration correction.
Diffraction correction
CFast2.0 and compact flash of dual card slot
GPS built-in – 2-axis electronic level
USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal
W-FI option (WFT-E8A)
Size of 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6 mm
Weight 1340g


Read more: http://www.canonrumors.com/the-canon-eos-1d-x-mark-ii-specifications/#ixzz3yfTpxi8N

01.28.16         photography  

Adobe Launches New YouTube Series With 1 Minute Lightroom Tips


Adobe has launched a new series on their Lightroom Chanel. It's called "Coffee Break" and they're just one minute long. What a great idea for a quick daily watch to learn new LR skills. Check out one of the videos below.

Check out the Lightroom Channel HERE


01.27.16         photography  

Brief Background of the Man Behind the Most Expensive Photo Ever Sold


The image below is 'Phantom' by Peter Lik. It's the most expensive photo ever sold at $6.5 million dollars. In the video below Peter narrates his humble background and his start in photography at 8 years old. It's a story of hard work, perseverance, and ultimate success!

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