Ep. 63: Jason Lanier on the Jerk That Ran Over His Gear

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.

Famed musician Phil Collins began reissuing some of his most loved albums in November of 2015 as part of a collection called “Take a look at me now…” But keen-eyed fans of Mr. Collins noticed something curious about the reissues: the Phil Collins on the new album covers looks quite a bit older.

When most people travel, they think of travelling to a destination. Whether it’s climbing Mt. Fuji, gawking at the frescoes in the Vatican, or relishing spicy cuisine in Thailand, most people think of the destination for what it has to offer, from culture to scenery to sensational experiences.

The Canon 80D is the latest in Canon’s line-up of mid-range, enthusiast level DSLRs. On paper, the 80D looks to be an improvement in practically every regard over the 70D of 2013, especially with the introduction of a new dual-pixel 45 point auto-focus.

Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti’s ‘Wine Project’ portrait series is dead simple: give your subjects some booze and photograph them between drinks. But the resulting portraits are taking the Web by storm.

Here’s a short and humorous sketch that pokes fun at how hard it can be to satisfy the wishes of clients as a portrait photographer.

Huawei is making a lot of noise and some big claims about the dual cameras in their new, Leica co-engineered Huawei P9 smartphone. But will the phone live up to the hype out in the real world, in real photographers’ hands? EyeEm teamed up with Huawei to find out.

For his new project Lux Noctis, photographer Reuben Wu lit and photographed landscapes at night by mounting powerful LED lights to GPS-enabled drones.

Colorizing retoucher Jordan J. Lloyd of Dynamichrome took vintage photographs of global landmarks under construction and added color to them to give us a different look at history.

This is a public service announcement.

I’ve been selling a lot of camera gear lately, changing systems, testing new lenses/bodies, etc. I’ve met up with a lot of different types of people, pro and amateurs, veterans and newbies, and guess what? We’re all into photography. We all love gear, so why not treat the community as such?

Digital photography can be incredibly empowering, but it can also help new photographers develop some really bad habits. And one of the oft-cited habits that digital photographers develop is “chimping.”

Memory card full? Just pull out some DNA storage and keep shooting. Scientists have figured out how to store digital photos in DNA and then perfectly retrieve them afterward.

There is a big craze for Sony full frame (FF) mirrorless cameras at the moment, and seeing people rush onto that bandwagon is like watching lemmings following each other over the cliff.

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Environmental portraits typically portray a person in their natural environment. Different from traditional portraits shot in a studio, locational portraits capture the character of the subject and give insight into their daily life making for a more personal image, generally telling some kind of story about who the subject is.

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Singer Justin Bieber is the new face of Calvin Klein, and a number of new advertising photos and videos have been published in recent days as part of a new #mycalvins campaign. The black and white photos are causing a bit of controversy though: a leaked unretouched version of one photo suggests that quite a bit of Photoshop was used to alter Bieber’s appearance and… proportions.

What if many of iconic photos featured on famous album covers were actually cropped from much stranger images? That’s the idea behind “The Bigger Picture,” a humorous set of manipulated photographs imagining the “original context” of album cover photos.

We’re getting closer to being able to take pictures with cameras built directly into contact lenses. Samsung has been granted a patent in South Korea for a smart contact lens that projects images directly into the wearer’s eyeball… and which has a built-in camera that’s controlled by blinking.

Inside the bowels of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC you’ll find something amazing. Classified, labelled, and impeccably organized, you’ll find 90% of the Smithsonian’s collections tucked neatly away in drawers and cabinets. Well… usually they’re tucked away.

When snapping pictures of wild animals in the great outdoors, there are some animals that photographers generally know to be careful around. These include creatures that are massive (e.g. moose, elephants), anything at the top of the food chain (e.g. lions, tigers, bears), and anything venomous (e.g. snakes). Well, you might also want to add the beaver to that mental list of yours.

It turns out beavers can be very dangerous, and even deadly. A man over in Belarus was killed recently after getting too close to a beaver he was trying to photograph.

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