Ever wonder where those beautiful, bright photos of amoebas and bacteria and other tiny weird stuff come from? Somebody's got to take and process those photographs, and our friends over at Popular Photography found one of those very people.
Photographer Alexander Semenov takes some of the most gorgeous jellyfish pictures we've ever seen--and trust us, we've seen a lot of pictures of jellyfish. Our friends over at Popular Photography have a great interview with him, so you should head over to find out if, for example, he's ever been stung (answer: yes) and how debilitating it was (answer: very) in addition to some insights as to how to shoot some of the most otherworldly creatures on our own world. Check it out here.
Focusing on drones as devices of scary military surveillance and execution ignores the entire field of consumer drones--which are, basically, next-generation remote-controlled helicopters. One of the fields that's seeing the most benefit from the new world of drones is photography--suddenly, combined with tiny, amazingly capable cameras, drones can accomplish what in years past you'd need tens of thousands of dollars of crane setups and cameras to do--for only a few hundred bucks. Our friends over at Popular Photography took a look at how this new technology is revolutionizing photography and videography. Check it out here.
Our friends over at Popular Photography focused the full brunt of their expertise on Sony's 24.3MP Cyber-shot RX1, the world's first full-frame digital compact--basically, it's a DSLR the size of a compact (with a price higher than either). With a full-frame CMOS sensor, high pixel count and fast purpose-built lens, it impressed in the lab with extremely high overall image quality. It can also capture 14-bit RAW images, giving you more flexibility to control highlights and shadows. It's definitely one of the most exciting dream-cameras we've seen recently--head over to Pop Photo to read more about it.
We let you in on our favorite gadgets from CES 2013, and now our friends over at Pop Photo have made their picks for best camera gear of the show. It's full of amazing cameras and awesome accessories, like a super-tough filter. Take a look at the near-future of photography. [Pop Photo]
Our buddies over at Popular Photography do a contest for readers to show off their best shots, and man, do they get some great stuff. Still-lifes, animal shots, action shots, landscapes--there's a huge variety of submissions here and they're universally awesome. Click through to see which of the hundreds of great entries took the big prize.
It's that time of the year again! What time? Oh, it's the time to drop thousands of dollars on the best photography gear on the planet. It's a fun time, a festive time, a time for reflection and spending time with family and also going into debt to buy $3,500 cameras and thousand-dollar lenses and backpacks and flash setups and so much more. But what to buy? Pop Photo rounded up the best photography gear of 2012 for your perusal in this year's Pop Awards. Check out the winners here.
Your camera--whether it's a DSLR, an interchangeable-lens camera, or an advanced compact--doesn't need to stay as it was when you bought it. You can make your camera suit you, to do what you want it to do and exactly how you want to do it. These hacks, gathered by our friends at Pop Photo, range from super simple, no-cost hacks (change what the buttons do!) to more advanced hardware tweaks (swap out the screen, add GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). See the whole list here.
Our friends at Pop Photo talked to Connie Zhou, who took absolutely stunning photos of what might seem horribly boring: Google's server centers. Zhou is typically an architectural photographer, and one day got an offer from Google to come take photos of places never seen before--though they have been the subject of some criticism. Check out the story here.
For a photographer, the Olympics are a goldmine--there are stories big and small, athletes in prime physical condition, the drama of the sports and the Games itself. But it's also a challenge to shoot all that stuff. Our friends over at Pop Photo talked to veteran Getty photographer and awesome name-haver Streeter Lecka about what gear he's bringing to London. It's especially interesting to hear how a Getty photographer does this kind of thing--it's not exactly how you or I would work. Read the story over at Pop Photo.