Turn an iPad into an accessory that can frame, light, and store professional-looking photographs
By Jake LudingtonPosted 10.08.2011 at 3:43 pm 2 Comments
Photographers have been using Apple’s tablet for viewing and sharing photos since it came out, but the device can also be a useful tool for enhancing shoots in the studio and on location. With the right apps and, in some cases, a few additional accessories, the iPad can work as a remote for setting up shots, an easy-tomaneuver light source, a second screen for editing, and more.
Looking back on the week that was, in photos. This week's crop of amazing science and tech images includes a real-life version of the house from Up, bugs trying to mate with beer bottles, and outrageously gorgeous molecular clouds in our own galaxy.
The National Maritime Museum's Royal Observatory in Greenwich England has announced the 2011 winners of its Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, across categories from “Our Solar System” and “Deep Space” to “Best Newcomer” and “Young Astronomy Photographer.” For the first time, this year the Observatory added a special category for photos taken with a robotic scope.
Part one of our sister publication American Photo's four-part history of September 11, 2001, as told by the photographers who captured it, is now available for your perusal. It's an amazing group of stories--these photographers raced down to Ground Zero from all over New York, whether they were war correspondents, fashion photographers, or news staffers, to capture these indelible images.
This 8x10-inch sensor--about 60 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor--is the creation of photographer Mitchell Feinberg, who was sick of spending thousands of dollars on expensive film previews of his work. The sensor (which, he says, cost as much as "a good-sized house--before the housing crash") replaces the Polaroid backs that many photographers use to test exposure. But since these professional-grade Polaroids are so expensive these days due to their huge size and scarcity, he created this sensor (named the Maxback), which lets him see exactly how his shots would look on film, but in only 30 seconds and with no added cost. It's not to be used for regular photography--the resolution is too low for a regular print spread--but to properly simulate how his shots would look on (gigantic) film, a DSLR just wouldn't cut it. You can read more about it at Popular Photography.
With enough time and thousands of dollars worth of gear to destroy, you might be able to set up something as awesome as this
By Tim Barribeau for PopPhoto.comPosted 07.12.2011 at 11:45 am 6 Comments
This video from is the epitome of a Rube Goldberg invention. For four incredible minutes, a warehouse of photography gear is abused, rolled, smashed, swung, photographed, and used in ways the manufacturer never intended in order to get a single portrait shot.
Popular Photography, our sister site, has a stunning guide to the 25 best places to photograph on this crowded, magnificent rock on which we live. The ancient world (Petra, Chichén Itzá), far-flung destinations like remote and mountainous Bhutan, amazing natural wonders (animals!), and more--even if you don't take the guide literally and actually spend the next few years of your life scrambling to get to these places, you can take a pretty great virtual tour right here.
General Electric has pretty much had its hand in every major technological advance in the 130 years since its founding (in part by Thomas Edison!). The company recently started a Tumblr of some of its most striking innovations, filtered through Instagram, a photo sharing service that crops and alters photos to look all fuzzy and vintagey, something like a Polaroid or Instamatic. But this equipment looks at least as amazing without any photo filters, so we asked GE to send us the unaltered photos of these pulse-detonation activators and electrochemical fuel cells and all the other cool stuff they've been posting.
See them all in our gallery.
L.A. Noire's carefully reconstructed world owes a huge debt to Robert Spence, who photographed Los Angeles while leaning out of a biplane with a 46-pound camera in the 1920s
By Joseph A. Bernstein and Dan NosowitzPosted 05.17.2011 at 1:25 pm 6 Comments
Rockstar's newest and perhaps most ambitious title, the marvel of technology and storytelling that is L.A. Noire, uses incredible face-mapping techniques to craft a startlingly subtle and realistic murder mystery game. But Rockstar's attention to detail didn't stop there: The team had decided to create an authentic depiction of the City of Angels in the 1940s, and needed as much data as they could find. Rockstar's ace in the hole? They relied on the services of a daredevil photographer named Robert Spence, known for documenting Los Angeles while hanging out of a plane's cockpit with his 46-pound camera.