Behind The Scenes, Fun Stuff, Videos

It’s a Drone, It’s a GoPro, It’s Superman!

Sun March 29, 2015

Get creative with your GoPro Hero 3 and DJI Phantom II drone, mix in a little post processing green screen magic, et voià, here’s a whimsical video about Superman returning a lost GoPro to its rightful owner. Just for fun, Superman decides to turn the GoPro on and attach it to his head.

How is it really done? Get Behind the Scenes with this video:
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Tutorials, Videos

Arthur Morris Bird Photography Tutorials

Sun March 8, 2015

Bird Photography with Arthur Morris

Renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris demonstrates the techniques, settings and gear he uses to capture beautiful photos of birds in flight. The setting is the Bosque del Apache in New Mexico early mornings until bright daylight. He shares the exposures he uses to freeze action as well as to depict blur, to photograph silhouettes, the use of the histogram, AI Servo AF, tripod and tele-extenders.

There are seven video tutorials:

  1. Location scouting for the perfect shot
    Learn how to position yourself against the light and wind when photographing outside and how to use both elements creatively in your photos.
  2. One Shot and AI Servo AF
    Learn how to capture fast moving subjects using One Shot AF, AI Servo AF, Back Button AF, various multi-point AF, orientation linked AF and more.
  3. Sunrise and Sunset Blurs and Silhouettes
    Arthur shows how to take advantage of light and time of day, to create beautiful, artistic images of birds in flight, and dynamic silhouettes.
  4. Getting the right exposure
    Different factors are involved when achieving proper exposure in your photos. Learn how tools like Evaluative Metering, Highlight Alert and Histograms help you achieve this.
  5. Arthur’s Gear Bag
    From cameras and lenses to apparel and accessories, see what gear renowned wildlife photographer Arthur Morris brings with him on a typical trip and why.
  6. Camera settings
    Learn how features like Picture Style, White Balance, Back Button AF and other custom settings can help you capture beautiful photos of fast-moving wildlife.
  7. Tele-Extenders
    See how attaching a tele-extender to your lens can allow you to zoom in closer and how it affects your f-stop.

Even though the gear used is Canon EOS DLSRs and lenses, these techniques should be applicable to DSLRs, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and telephoto lenses from other brands.


The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

Tue March 3, 2015

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. We have never been able to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time: we either see it as a stream of particles or as a wave, but never both at the same time. However, scientists at EPFL have now succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior of light.

Fabrizio Carbone and his research team at EPFL used electrons to visualize a “fingerprint of the wave-nature of light.” The experiment is explained in the following video:

via physorg


Amazing Lenticular Cloud Video

Tue March 3, 2015

It’s not everyday that you get to capture an amazing lenticular cloud but that’s just what photographer Nuno Serrão did while shooting the rare angular conjunction of Mars and Venus below a crescent moon. The dramatic scene was illuminated from the bottom by the setting Sun.

via APOD


Fingerprints Can Be Obtained From A High Resolution Photo of Your Finger

Wed December 31, 2014

Biometrics researcher Jan Krisller has claimed that he isolated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s fingerprint from high resolution photos taken during a public appearance. He demonstrated using a photo of himself with palms facing the camera, extracted the fingerprints and verified that he could use them to log onto his computer using TouchID.

In the video below [in german], the part about using fingerprints extracted from a photo starts at the 24:48 mark.

The above video also shows another technique used by the Chaos Computer Club to create a fake latex finger from a fingerprint left on glass or a smartphone screen. The part talking about the process they used starts at the 32:00 mark.

via gigaom

Fun Stuff, Videos

Zoom Into Your Digital Camera’s Microchip

Sat November 22, 2014

A digital camera has many fewer moving parts than a film camera. There’s no need to wind up the film, advance it or rewind it back into the cartridge. So, there’s no film advance lever or rewind knob. What about the dedicated Shutter Speed Dial and Aperture Ring we see on some of the more popular digital cameras? It’s all electronics, controlled by the microchip at the heart of all of our modern electronics. That microchip also converts and processes all the analog data captured onto the image sensor into digital form, performs noise reduction, etc. So, here’s a look at a microchip (although it’s an “old” one), real close.

via Extremetech

Fun Stuff, Videos

How Hard It Used To Be To Take A Simple Picture!

Sat November 15, 2014

You may be an expert in cameras, having used film and all, but to those kids, you (and I) are… ancient! This video is fun to watch but also dates everyone who understands the funny moments.

As technology rolls on, our kids will look back and wonder why cameras ever had mirrors inside, used a memory card and pictures were not instantly accessible everywhere using any device. Why did pictures come out blurred? What is post-processing and why did so-called professionals need to use it to produce images others could not — even when they used the same expensive cameras? And why couldn’t everybody take action-freezing, color perfect, focused anywhere, detail splitting pictures in the blink of an eye?

Those kids in the video who are laughing at us? It’ll be pay-back time soon enough for them when their kids will laugh at them old folks. Just you wait.

via Neatorama

Nikon, Videos

Video: NIKKOR Lens Technology

Tue October 14, 2014

If you have ever been curious how optical image stabilization and the silent wave motor work on a lens, here’s an interesting promo video that gives some insight of the many mechanical technology (Vibration Reduction, Silent Wave Motor, rounded diaphragm, the lens barrel mechanism) and optical technology that go to make a NIKKOR lens.

via diyphotography


Visit the Liwa Desert compliments of Google Street View filmed on the back of a camel

Mon October 13, 2014

The camel apparently even has a name: Raffia. With a 360-degree Trekker camera mounted (and wobbling) precariously on its back, Raffia ambled its merry way hither and thither across the Liwa Oasis, which is a 100 kilometer-wide (62-mile) desert situated southeast of Abu Dhabi (the capital city) and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Liwa is close to the border of Saudi Arabia. As deserts go, the view north, east, south and west are sand dunes (which can reach a height of 25-40 meters)… and of at least one mad Englishman [I presume. North East view.]. And, as oases go, the south west view actually shows palm trees and date farming using drip irrigation and greenhouses.

But, don’t let the Street Views of sand dunes stretching as far as the eyes can see fool you. Liwa consists of about 50 villages (population of around 20,000) and is connected to Abu Dhabi by a modern, multilane highway. When they are not date farming, the men from Liwa (Bani Yas tribe) are [traditionally] pearl divers on the coast during the summer months.

The importance of tourism is on the rise. Liwa Hotel in Muzayri` boasts four stars. Liwa Rest House, in the same village and run by the government of Abu Dhabi, is the second establishment in the oasis. It is primarily aimed at minor officials and businessmen. Construction has begun on a third, 5 star, resourt (named Qasr Al Sarab). The nearby Moreeb dune 22°59′N 53°47′E, 22 km south of Muzayri` on a small road (15 km as the crow flies), with 300 meter height [is] one of the largest dunes in the world, [and] attracts every year during the Liwa festival a large number of international and local visitors coming to see the offroad and camel racing events.

Will Google one day use a drone instead of cars, bicycles and camels, especially to map inacessible places (to mere mortals)?

It’s Thanksgiving today in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving!

via geekologie

Fun Stuff, Videos

20 years from now, your grandkid will be AMAZED at this “New” device

Sat October 11, 2014

It’s wireless, touch-activated, and amazingly does not require a power source (and hence no need for cables and does not heat up). It’s intuitive (navigation, bookmarking), handheld and features an extra-large expandable hi-definition screen with zero display lag. And you won’t even mind if your kid should accidentally drop it on the floor. The Bookbook… simply amazing!

via ikeahackers


A Life With Leica: Featuring Thorsten von Overgaard

Fri September 26, 2014

Northpass Media filmed this video over 7 days in May 2014, featuring Danish photographer Thorsten von Overgaard as he practices his craft throughout the streets of Rome, Italy. Thorsten Von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Filmed with RED Scarlet and RED Epic cameras.

A Life With Leica from Northpass Media on Vimeo.

The project became larger than just one documentary as Northpass Media now plan to do a series on Leica photographers. So more documentaries will come in the future, and likely one or more longer documentaries that can be downloaded. Follow the project at and A Life With Leica on Facebook.

For me it was nice for a change to just show up when and where they directed. And when I left Rome I also left the rest of the editing to them. So the documentary is as new and fresh to me as it is to you!

The Story Behind That Picture: “A Life With Leica”

via diyphotography


Mark Gee’s Full Moon Silhouettes

Sun September 7, 2014

Video Credit & Copyright: Mark Gee

Video Credit & Copyright: Mark Gee

This is an amazing video of a full moon rise over Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. On January 28, 2013, after many previous failed attempts at videotaping a full moonrise, Mark Gee finally placed his camera about 2.1km away on the other side of the city and waited for the full moon to rise. What he caught using the video capability of his Canon 1D MK4 is a beautifully simple example of silhouette photography with the people on Mount Victoria Lookout in silhouette against the moon.

Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

This is not a time lapse and, as the moon makes its rise, you can actually see a couple calmly walking into the scene. Then, as the moon rises higher, it reveals other people who had been there all along waiting for the spectacle to start. Though the accompanying music is beautiful, I actually turned it off and enjoyed the show “au naturel.”

The video is as it came off the memory card and there has been no manipulation whatsoever. Technically it was quite a challenge to get the final result. I shot it on a Canon ID MkIV in video mode with a Canon EF 500mm f/4L and a Canon 2x extender II, giving me the equivalent focal length of 1300mm.

via apod

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