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Four Photographers are Finalists for Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014: Vote Until 11:59 P.M. on Oct. 27, 2014

Fri August 22, 2014

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Aimia and  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recently announced the four international finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014:

  • David Hartt (Canada);
  • Elad Lassry (Israel/USA);
  • Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa); and
  • Lisa Oppenheim (USA).

Help us choose the $50,000 Winner

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Art is all about perspective. What’s yours?
View art from four international photographers and vote for what moves you to help award our $50,000 Prize.

We’d love to get your perspective on which one of these extraordinary artists should receive this year’s $50,000 Prize. You don’t have to be a curator to have your say; you just have to consider the work through the lens of an art lover.

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Nikon D810 Digital SLR Advisory: Free-of-Charge Service for Cameras Affected by Noise (Bright Spots)

Thu August 21, 2014

D810 Service Advisory

To users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.

We have received a few reports from some users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera indicating that noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).

After looking into the matter, we have determined that some noise (bright spots) may on occasion be noticeable when shooting long exposures, and in images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).

Nikon service centers will service these cameras that have already been purchased as needed free of charge to the customer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

Identifying affected products

To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, please click the Affected Product Serial Numbers link below and enter your D810’s serial number as instructed. Your camera’s serial number will be checked against those of affected products. If your camera is one of those affected, you will be forwarded to additional instructions. If your camera is not one of those affected, you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.

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#LoveYourLines Celebrates Real Women, Real Bodies

Tue August 19, 2014

We’ve all owed our existence (on a large part) thanks to the nine months spent growing safely in our mother’s tummy. That bulge to her tummy does something to her skin: it stretches it and, when you are finally out of there and into the world, leaves stretch marks behind. These stretch marks are your mom’s battle scars, so to speak, and proof of what mothers all over the world are willing to go through to bring the most precious cargo into the world: you. That’s how nature is and that’s something to be proud of. She is. Are you?

#LoveYourLines is an instagram site that was started by two moms who decided to shine a light on this issue because it became one when a mother’s bikini body with stretch marks clearly visible was publicly shamed on social media. They thought, Surely, this is something to be ashamed of and hidden from public view. Women (and men) around the world came to that mother’s defense and #LoveYourLines was born.

“#LoveYourLines is a social media photo campaign to help showcase the beauty of the female body. This account is curated by two mommas hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image. To submit your photos please email All women of different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Photos submitted should be taken against a plain background. We can’t wait to see your love lines!”

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Press Releases

Sony α5100 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera Features α6000’s Fast Hybrid AF system

Mon August 18, 2014

The new Sony α5100 claims to be “the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera that boasts a big APS-C sensor plus a built-in flash and Wi-Fi.” It incorporates the α6000’s blazing Fast Hybrid AF system with 179 phase detection points and features a 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor.

Main features:

  • Fast Hybrid AF with huge 179 focal plane phase-detection AF points for reliable tracking autofocus plus touch focussing and touch shutter release
  • Large, sensitive 24.3 megapixel APS-C size Exmor™ CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X™ processor for superb image quality
  • New 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor
  • Shoot cinematic Full HD movies with tracking Fast Hybrid AF
  • Expand your shooting fun with a host of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™ to expand your creative possibilities
  • One-touch image and movie sharing with Wi-Fi/NFC


Sony Debuts Ultra-Compact α5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera with Impressive Autofocus

New Mirrorless Camera Features Remarkable AF speed and tracking, 24 MP APS-C Size Sensor, BIONZ X™ Processor and more

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2014 – Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor.  This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony.  “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price.  It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”

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Contests 2014 Photo Contest: Entries to Be Uploaded by 3 P.M. (EST), Nov.28

Sat August 16, 2014

This video presents “Smithsonian photo contest winners revealed.”

“Smithsonian magazine and place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution — science, history, art, popular culture and innovation — and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.”

The 12th Annual Photo Contest is now open to photographers ages 18 and over.

Don’t forget:

  • All entries must be uploaded by 3:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, November 28, 2014.


The Smithsonian will award eight prizes, as follows:

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Cosmic Flower Unfolding

Fri August 15, 2014
© Ben Ridgway

© Ben Ridgway

Ben Ridgway is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, USA. He also spent years as a 3D artist in the video game industry and helped to create games for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft console systems. He has been making experimental animations since 1992.

His “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” has garnered praises in many venues. He describes it as “a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.

Cosmic Flower Unfolding from Ben Ridgway on Vimeo.

One day while meditating I tried to visualize in my mind’s eye how I might be able to animate a flower unfolding made up of glowing, pulsating shapes. When I did this I spontaneously saw a face made up of intricate glowing shapes that glowed like neon. The face was inhaling and exhaling at the same time and seemed to represent the exchange of energy and life that we experience through human existence. Every time I thought about making a film, this experience would come back to me, beckoning me to translate it into a moving image.

At the time I had been studying the illustrations of Ernest Haeckel and was planning on doing a homage to his work at some point. The marriage of oceanic motifs inspired by Haeckel mixed with the flower idea excited me and became the driving inspiration for the film. Ernest Haeckel is famous for his incredibly intricate renditions of animals and sea creatures. Many of his images exhibit noticeable symmetry both through individual forms and overall composition. To me, he uncovered the divine in his work through masterfully transforming mundane life forms into idealized artistic interpretations of those forms.

Visit our Featured Site: Ben Ridgway.

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X-Ray Animated GIFs

Thu August 14, 2014

I love X-Ray images. Being able to see the internals of the human (and animal) body and objects hold a certain fascination.

Cameron Drake went a step further. He used X-Ray video footage, extracted small clips (@ 2 sec.) from them and combined these into animated GIFs using Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. The result is awesome!

For Weiss Orthopaedics I produced this series of animated gifs of the human anatomy from X-rays of Dr. Noah Weiss himself.

Visit our Featured Site to see the X-RAY animated GIFS: Cameron Drake on Behance.


Microsoft Turns Your Long Boring Video Into A Smooth Hyperlapse Video

Wed August 13, 2014
© microsoft

© microsoft

We know enough not to subject our family and friends to our long boring videos (perhaps from our GoPro or Google Glass). We could speed them up to shorten them into an acceptably short version. Unfortunately, speeding up a video also amplifies every little camera shake, yielding an erratic, jerky video.

Now, Microsoft may have an answer: it has presented a Proxy Geometry algorithm that can take your long video and convert in into a time-lapse video with a smoothly moving camera. They call the result a hyperlapse video. It is quite impressive. No idea if they will make the algorithm publicly available anytime soon.

Read the paper and view the technical video at: microsoft


Rating The Cuteness of a Photo

Tue August 12, 2014
© University of Lincoln

© University of Lincoln

There is no argument that we, adults, find some photos and videos of babies, puppies and kittens cute — and that is one reaosn they go viral on the Internet.

But researchers at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome and at the University of Lincoln in the UK wanted to know just how young this “cute response” start at. Do babies also react to cute images of other babies, puppies and kittens?

To find out, they devised experiments that used eye-trackers to track the gazes of British children between the ages of 3 and 6. They digitally manipulated 120 pictures of adult humans, babies, dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to give them a stereotypical “cuteness”: a round face, high forehead, big eyes and a small nose and mouth.

© University of Lincoln

© University of Lincoln

The results of the experiments, published in the Frontiers of Psychology, showed that children rated images of adult dogs as cuter than both cats and humans. They also rated puppies and kittens as cuter than other babies. Next, the researchers want to know if the same results apply to newborns.

Read the research at: Frontiers of Psychology

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Samsung NX30 Review @ Photoxels

Mon August 11, 2014
Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30

Just Posted: Samsung NX30 Review

The Samsung NX30 is intuitive, delivers great results and easily meets the challenges a serious photographer might throw its way. It’s that rare compact mirrorless DSLR that you pick up and enjoy using right away. It features 20.3MP resolution on a hybrid APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.7 mm) image sensor with 247 Contrast-detect AF and 105 Phase Detection AF, a large and bright 3.0-in. Super AMOLED Touch display screen (1.03M-dot), a tiltable EVF (2.36M-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene modes, i-Function, Smart Filters, In-Camera Panorama, RAW file, Continuous Shooting 9fps, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Full HD 1080/60p movie with stereo sound.

Read more in our Samsung NX30 Review.


Creative Photoblogging by Carefree Photographers: “Lens Between Us”

Sat August 9, 2014
Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová are photographing each other for their photoblog "Lens Between Us". Image by Milos Mlynarik.

Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová are photographing each other for their photoblog “Lens Between Us”. Image by Milos Mlynarik.

Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová show us a creative and fun way to travel and blog about their adventures. They shoot photographs of each other and their surroundings from opposite viewpoints.

Glebe, Sydney, Australia is their home now. They have photoblogged many countries including Singapore,  Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

They are carefree photographers who are passionate about photography and travel.

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Contests, Press Releases

National Geographic International Photography Contest 2014 for Kids: Online Entries to Be Received by 11:59 PM (EDT) on Oct.15

Fri August 8, 2014

This video presents “Teen wins in National Geographic contest.”

  • A Paola 14-year-old girl placed first in the “Animals” category in the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids for her unique photo of a reflection of a barn in a cow’s eye.

“Take an awesome photo for a chance to win really cool prizes — including a trip to Costa Rica — plus a chance to compete against other winners from around the world to win a trip to Washington, DC!

For contest entries outside the U.S., see our list of international partners.”

For U.S. Contest Entries:

  • Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are between the ages of 6 and 14 on October 15, 2014.
  • You must be the photographer.
  • All Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2014, and received by October 22, 2014.
  • Online Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on October 15, 2014.
  • Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.
  • The categories for entries are:

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