The bulk of news from the world of photography is video this week. From a photo lesson from legendary street photographer John Free to how NASA astronomers make galactic images in Photoshop, there was a whole lot of cool stuff going on.
Whether you’re a news junkie, technophile, love everything photographic, or just in case you missed it, I’ve compiled a list of the biggest photo news for the first days of October 2015.
Sorority Girls Out of Selfie Control
This video just goes to show how much of a ‘selfie’ culture we’ve become. A large group of sorority girls are seen here taking a ton of selfies during a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, while the announcers poke fun.
One commentator jabs with, “Hold on, I have to take a selfie with a hot dog, a selfie with a churro, a selfie of a selfie. I can’t even get my phone to take pictures…”
Put down the phone ladies…
Sony Xperia Z5 Proclaimed Best Smartphone Camera
With all the hoopla over the iPhone 6S’s camera in the past few weeks regarding its image quality and 4K video capture, one would suspect it would lead the pack as the best smartphone camera today. However, not according to DxO Mark, who rated the Xperia Z5 on a scale of 87 out of 100, while the iPhone 6+ registered at a respective 82. While the iPhone 6S hasn’t been measured by DxO yet, they claim the Sony Xperia Z5 is currently the king of camera phones today. Who knows, maybe the iPhone 6S will take back the title once they review it?
Here’s a quick overview of the Z5’s specs and findings:
- 23Mp maximum resolution sensor
- 5520 x 4120-pixel stills
- Video capture at 2160p/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 720p/120fps
- best autofocus performance in all conditions
- very good while balance and color rendering
- good detail preservation in good and low-light conditions
- very little noise in low light
John Free Takes Us On a Photography Lesson
“Easy ain’t worth nothin’,” John Free says as he takes Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography out into the field, inferring that the best shots never come easy. John Free is a well-known social documentary/street photographer from L.A., and has a contagious excitement for capturing candid moments as seen in this video. He sees himself like a ‘detective’ uncovering stories. Forbes does an amazing job of capturing Free at work on the beaches of Santa Monica.
Artist Makes Camera From Coconut
Kotama Bouabane, a resident artist at The Banff Centre, made an interesting camera from a coconut. He cut the coconut in half, poked a hole in one end, sandwiched a piece of photo paper between the halves, and then covered the hole with his finger. When he wants to expose an image he lifts his finger and closes it once it’s been exposed. And the results are interesting and abstract images. Watch the video to see him even making a selfie coconut camera stick.
Brit Takes Us On Hiking Trip
I found Thomas Heaton, an English landscape photographer a few months ago on YouTube. His videos are well shot and very informative clips on shooting landscape and outdoor photography. He’s not a full-time photographer, but every time he puts out a new video I always like to see what he’s up to next. He’s worth subscribing to if you’re constantly on YouTube like me.
ITS A PARTY INVITATION GUYS!!!!
The folks over at Fstoppers.com called out rapper T.I. for his hypocrisy this week. T.I’s new album was recently leaked so he went to social media to complain about piracy. In an ironic moment T.I. stole a photo from a photographer for a party invitation and was unapologetic about stealing it. Sorry T.I., you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Stealing someone’s photograph and claiming it’s ok just because it was just for a party and not album artwork is bullshit. The photographer is making a living just like you. Check out his response in the screenshot above.
Precise-Moment Week in Review
If you’re a new photographer and want to avoid the pitfalls most rookies fall into, then check out the 10 Rookie Mistakes New Photographers Make here.
NASA has shown us with some of the most powerful and beautiful images taken of the universe. But have you ever wondered how they constructed these images, especially when most of them are infrared or black and white to begin with? See how their astronomers have mastered Photoshop to make these amazing images here.
Fujifilm announced a new instant film camera this week, the Instamax Mini 70 with a mirror on the front to take better selfies and auto exposure control for better images. To learn more about the Instamax Mini 70 click here.