BTS look at an explosive photo shoot with a military EOD team

Destination wedding photographer Pete Leong stepped away from his normal subject matter for a slightly more explosive one. As a personal project, Leong had the rare opportunity to shoot a military EOD team in full garb, complete with bomb suit, robots and more.

In the six minute behind-the-scenes video, we get to follow along with Leong as he captures these military men and women in action. The video is filled with plenty of EOD gear, bomb-defusing robots and, of course, some explosions.

It’s a great look into what had to be a shoot of a lifetime. Press…

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Hasselblad announces new lineup of medium format aerial cameras

Hasselblad has announced a new lineup of medium format aerial cameras called the A5D. Sleek and simple in design, these cameras are designed for commercial and industrial applications, packing quite a punch in a small package.

The new lineup is available in three varieties: 40MP, 50MP and 60MP. Besides pixel count, the cameras are identical, capable of capturing up to 14 stops of dynamic range.

Considering one camera might not be enough for industrial applications, Hasselblad has developed a specialized sync feature, which will allow up to 8 of the cameras…

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Merlin: Instant, intelligent bird photo recognition in the palm of your hand

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Visipedia have collaborated to develop Merlin, a machine-learning program that helps to identify various species of birds in a photograph, both at home and in the field.

Merlin, available both online and as a native apps for both iOS and Android, is designed for amateur and intermediate bird photographers, who will inevitably come across the question, ‘What bird is this?’ at some point in their career.

Since Merlin differs in the browser from its mobile app, I’ll break down the two different implementations of the same…

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‘I Used To Be You’: How one not-old woman will find immortality in print

Here’s a happy story: an old woman who doesn’t exist is going to find immortality on the printed page.

Born of her own musings on age and change, and fueled by the discovery of her first grey hair, the loss of her dad, changes around her and her volunteer work with the elderly, photographyer Kyoko Hamada has created “Kikuchiyo-san”, an alter ego of herself, maybe 40 years hence. She photographed Kikuchiyo-san both at home and out in the world, in a beautiful, thoughtful series of images, calling the project I Used To Be You.

I’m not sure how I first came…

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Happening NOW: BTS look at Joe McNally shooting in Nikon’s Wedding Truck at NYC City Hall

Last week, we shared with you the news that Strobist photographer Joe McNally was teaming up with Nikon for its I AM Generation Image campaign to give New Yorkers free wedding photos in a custom-designed photo studio truck.

Today was the first of two days McNally will be capturing photographs of newlyweds and we have for you a few behind-the-scenes photographs of the truck and McNally in action.

Below are a few images of McNally’s work and McNally at…

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Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Macro Review: The mini Micro Four Thirds macro lens

 

 

Back at the end of February, Panasonic annouced a few more additions to their Lumix lens lineup, the 42.5mm f/1.7 fast portrait lens and the 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Today, we're sharing our in-depth review of the new Panasonic 30mm Macro lens. This compact and lightweight 60mm-equivalent lens is Panasonic's first macro-specific lens, and based on it's svelte, tiny design, it's perfectly suited for Panasonic's smaller Lumix cameras, such as the GM5 and GF7 — and of course is certainly compatible with other Panasonic and Olympus…

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Sony patent shows off 3-layer sensor with optimized micro lenses

 

An illustration of Sigma's three-layer Foveon X3 sensor

A new patent from Sony shows off the underlying framework for a multi-layer sensor, similar to Sigma’s Foveon sensor.

The patent, originally filed back in December of 2011, explains the basic premise behind a three-layer sensor, which uses individual layers to capture red, green, and blue light separately. By using this stacked sensor technology, Sony, like Sigma, can improve image quality due to the fact multi-layer sensors capture full color information on every…

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