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Wednesday, 16 May


Man Claims Photo Shows Angel Above His Truck "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A Michigan man is receiving international attention this week after claiming that he has a photo showing an angel hovering over his truck at night.

WPBN reports that East Jordan, Michigan fire chief Glen Thomas received an email from his security camera last week after it was activated by its motion sensor.

Thorman says he couldnt believe what he saw and immediately sent the photo to his pastor, Deneille Moes.

I have a security camera that sits in my window and I have it set to take two pictures, back to back, a second or two apart, Thorman says. I had it going off after midnight that night and I didnt check it then, but when I was eating lunch the next day I was thinking, oh look, the camera took a couple of pictures last night.

I was like, whoa, its an angel. I mean, honestly, tears started coming from my eyes and right then I sent it to my wife and I sent it to my pastor. The pastor said right back, thats an angel.

Moes, also believing that the photo was supernatural, shared the image on his churchs Facebook page, where it went viral.

It was really clear to me the minute I looked at the photo, I just kind of freaked out a bit, Moes tells WPBN. I went like Whoa! Thats an angel! And I texted him back, Thats an angel. There wasnt any doubt in my mind that we were looking at something supernatural.

The photo has since been...


This is What Hawaiis Volcano Eruption Looks Like From Space "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii has led to tens of thousands of evacuations and the destruction of tens of homes. And the eruption has grown to such a scale that it can now be easily seen from the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut A.J. (Drew) Feustel has shared a photo captured from the space station that shows what the island looks like from space.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold also shared photos of the growing plumes.


How to Light Paint a Product Photo Background Using a Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a fantastic 16-minute tutorial by photographer Dustin Dolby of workphlo (hes like the Bob Ross of product photography) on adding a creative background to a product photo by light painting with a smartphone.

After walking through his lighting setup and individual shots (to composite later) in the first 6 minutes, Dolby jumps into how he revisits the set in complete darkness and shoots long exposure light paintings with colored backgrounds displayed on his phone screen.

Once everything is post-processed and then combined in Photoshop, the results look like theyre ready for use in a magazine advertisement.

You can find more of Dolbys great tutorials on his popular workflo YouTube channel.


Photographer Cuts His Own Wet Plates on a 75-Year-Old Machine "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Markus Hofstaetter often gets asked about how he acquires the plates he uses for wet plate collodion photography. To answer that question, Hofstaetter made this 7-minute video showing how he has them custom cut on a 75-year-old machine.

The sheet metal sheer machine he uses was manufactured in 1942 and is owned by an old family business that makes and repairs electrical transformers.

After unboxing his aluminum sheets, Hofstaetter and photographer Christian Rusa carefully measure out the cuts and resulting plates to ensure that there isnt too much wasted material in the end.

After 1.5 hours of work, the result is a pile of both standard and colored (red and blue) plates that are ready to be used for picture making.

You can find more of Hofstaetters work on...


TSA Battery Restrictions: Clearing Up Confusion on Flying with Lithium Ion "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Congratulations! You just got hired to travel for your photography/video services! The question now becomes: how do you get your batteries on the airplane? Does TSA have anything to say about it?

Since the Galaxy smartphone explosions, people have been paranoid about lithium-ion batteries exploding on board (you actually have a higher chance of getting struck by lightning than having your battery explode mid-air).

In this 10-minute video, were going to clear up the confusion so you can travel with peace of mind.

Flying with AAA and AA Batteries

Standard AA and AAA batteries have no restrictions on them. Fly with as many as you want! Try to keep them in their original packaging so TSA wont give you a problem. If you have them in a bag, TSA is afraid the batteries will short-out and cause an explosion.

Flying with Lithium-Ion Batteries

In each lithium-ion battery, there are two compartments that are separated by a thin piece of plastic. Now, if the two sides meet, that is what causes an explosion. But, like weve said previously, this is very unlikely to happen.

Batteries that are In Components

Most of your electronic devices have lithium-ion batteries in them. This includes your smartphones, laptops, tablets, cameras, and strobe heads.

All of these meet TSA requirements and can be carried on because all of these batteries are under 100 watts.

Because of this, most all of your batteries for your cameras and equipment will be able to be checked in, carried on, any way you want.

Spare Batteries

Spare batteries follow the same rule where they have to be under 100 watts, but they cannot bet checked in. They have to be in your carry on.

TSA wants you to carry them because they are afraid of the batteries touching, shorting out and causing an explosion.

If you have a ton of batteries, carry it in its own c...


How a Lost $3,500 Leica Lens Traveled the World to Get Home "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Earlier this year, photographer Arthur Galvao was reunited with a camera lens that he had lost. That probably happens all the time, but get this: the lens was lost in a desert and traveled around the world before finding its way back to Galvao two years later.

The camera store retail chain Samys Camera writes that the strange tale began in 2016 when Galvao and his mother were on a photography trip in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.

After a day of shooting (and multiple lens and setup changes), the duo returned to their hotel room. It was there that Galvao was horrified to discover that his $3,500 silver Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens was nowhere to be found.

At some point during the outing, Galvao had left the lens somewhere in the vast desert wilderness. Believing that it would be impossible to retrace their steps and find the lens, Galvao considered it lost forever and returned home.

Fast forward two years. Late last year, a man named Jorgen Loe Kvalberg was visiting Joshua Tree National Park on vacation and was walking through the middle of the desert wilderness when he stumbled across something silver sitting on a rock.

It was a Leica lens. Kvalberg picked it up, put it away, and began searching for the owner once he returned home to Norway.

Once home, Kvalberg contacted a Leica store in Norway, and thats when a chain of inquiries began in search of the owner.

The Norway Leica store contacted the Leica factory in Germany, which used the serial number to figure out that the lens was originally sold in a $9,990 Leica M-P with 35mm f/2 Safari Edition kit in the United States.



5 Tips for Pro Bottle Photos in Just 5 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

If you ever need to shoot a product photo of a beverage bottle, the concept might not seem too complicated, but seasoned product photographers actually have a number of tricks they use to take their images to the next level. Heres a helpful video in which photographer Max Bridge of Square Mountain shares 5 pro tips in 5 minutes.

Heres a brief overview of the 5 tips:

Tip #1. Prepare Your Bottle. There are downsides to shooting a standard bottle, so there are things you can do, such as removing the rear label and coating the glass, that both make your shoot easier and improve your results.

Tip #2. Position Things Well. How you position your camera and bottle in the studio makes a huge difference. Things like aligning the camera with the bottom edge of the bottle and raising the bottle up off the table can take things from plain to pro.

Tip #3. Backlighting the Bottle. Correctly backlighting your subject is what produces that beautiful interior glow in the bottle. Youll need to pay attention to both your modifiers and your positioning.

Tip #4. Black Card for Edges. Using carefully positioned black card can help you bring back blown out edges and keep them clean and crisp.

Tip #5. Cross Polarization Magic. Using both a circular polarizer on your lens and a polarizing gel on your light can magically remove harsh highlights from the bottle.

Here are two of the resulting looks Bridge captured using the setup and techniques in the video:

If youd like to watch a much more detailed walkthrough of the lighting setup used, heres Bridges 20-minute video on that:

You can find more of Bridges videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel,...


Canon to Unveil Two New 70-200mm Lenses Next Month: Report "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

It looks like upgrades are coming to Canons 70-200mm lens lineup. A new report states that Canon will be announcing not one, but two new 70-200mm lenses next month.

Canon Rumors is hearing that the official unveiling will be in early June and that one of the lenses is 100% going to be a new 70-200mm f/4L IS II. The lens will be a followup to the original 70-200mm f/4L IS that was released in November 2006 (so its had a nice 12-year run).

The current 70-200mm f/4L IS

The second lens is 95% going to be a top-of-the-line 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III, replacing the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II that was announced 8 years ago in April 2010.

The current Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

All of the tips weve seen point to this lens coming, but we havent actually seen the f/2.8L IS III in writing,...


Mixed news about Olympus/Panasonic/Canon/Fuji "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We got a couple of financial news a rumor and an interview to report: Panasonic full year financial report: Net sales and operating profit increased (43rumors) Olympus financial report discloses Olympus will keep focusing on high end mirrorless (43rumors). Canon

The post Mixed news about Olympus/Panasonic/Canon/Fuji appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.



I wrote this a year ago and I havent had the guts to publish it until now.  Its a very vulnerable story and not necessarily something I want to dwell on, but its an important one.  Recently a good friend of mine ended his life in suicideconsider this a tribute to him and to HG Mamas everywhere on this day of HG awareness.  Also, no I dont want to talk about it.

Ive always been told that people that commit suicide were selfish.  You hear that often when the topic comes up.  Its not something I hope anyone would say to the faces of bereaved family that has lost someone to suicide.

But suicide isnt always selfish.  Or, at least, it doesnt always seem that way.

Glennon Doyle Melton talks about seeing that door, and once youve seen it, you cant unsee it.  Its terrifyingly true.  That thought, that word, it used to scare me and seem so outside my circle-completely not a part of my reality.

Tuesday, 15 May


How to Shoot a NASA Rocket Launch with a Remote Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

When NASA launched its Insight rocket in the pre-dawn hours of May 5th, 2018, photographer Norman Chan of Tested was on hand with a remote camera setup to shoot his first launch. The 15-minute video above is his record of everything that goes into capturing a NASA rocket launch.

Several hours before the launch, Chan visits the site, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, to set up his remote camera equipment. Unsure of what exactly hell need prior to getting on site, Chan brings an arsenal of different cameras and lenses to make sure hes ready with the right combo.

Chan ends up using a Canon 5D Mark IV (aperture priority, f/8, ISO 100), Sigma 50mm lens, tripod, sandbags, a trash bag, and a MIOPS trigger.

At 7 am, 3 hours after launch, Chan stepped off the bus back onto the site to check his remote camera gear. Once he got the memory card to his computer, Chan found that the camera had snapped 90 photos during launch.

The hazy conditions that morning ended up obscuring most details in the resulting photos, but Chan did end up with a sequence showing the flaming exhaust rising up into the sky and the giant plume of smoke enveloping the frame.

Chan says that if he were to do things over, he would boost ISO higher to ensure a faster shutter speed than the 1/400s that the camera used since motion in his photos were more blurred than he expected.



Photog POV: Shooting a Wedding Day from Start to Finish "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Wedding photographer Taylor Jackson made this inspiring 23-minute video showing how he shot a wedding day from start to finish, as seen from his point of view.

Starting from the bridal partys preparations to shooting portraits of the newly-married couple after the reception, Jackson shares behind-the-scenes footage, his resulting photos, and his commentary throughout.

You can find more of Jacksons work and teaching through his YouTube, course website, and Instagram.

(via Taylor Jackson via Fstoppers)



I Fell Into the Ocean While Shooting a Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This is the story of how I fell into the ocean while shooting a wedding. I was contracted to shoot a wedding for a couple named Erin and Ben. It was poised to be a beautiful day: we had great weather and everyone involved was super excited as the wedding ceremony was to be out on a small island just off the coast of Pender Harbour, North of Vancouver, Canada.

After shooting the wedding preparations in the morning, the wedding party hopped on boats and headed over to the island. There were about 100 guests that were ferried over prior to us heading over. The brides family had brought their own dock over for people to disembark onto the small island.

Once everyone was on the island, it was time for the bride and her father to walk off the boat and down the dock. The bride and her father stepped off the boat and I started to capture the moment, walking backwards as they walked towards the island.

I knew there was a notched section out of the dock and I shoulder checked to make sure where I was but I shoulder checked the wrong way. The cutout was right behind me, and I walked straight off the dock into the ocean!

Someone on the island captured that moment.

I had two Nikon DSLR camera bodies with accompanying lenses, flashes, and other wedding essentials. The brides face in the images says it all. Disaster.



Picking the Brain of Renowned Sports Photographer Neil Leifer "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Renowned sports photographer Neil Leifer has captured some of the most recognizable photos in the history of sports, particularly of Muhammad Ali, one of his long-term subjects. Heres a fantastic 17-minute video by The Art of Photography in which Leifer talks about his life, the stories behind his iconic photos, and his experience in the ever-evolving photo industry.

One of Leifers most famous photos is of Ali knocking down Sonny Liston and standing over him, and a second is an overhead, remote-triggered photo of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome in 1966.

In the video above, Leifer shares how the Astrodome fight was the first time it was physically possible to set up an overhead remote camera in hopes of capturing the unusual shot he had envisioned. And because it took 3.5 seconds for the strobes to recycle, Leifer only had one chance to capture his perfect shot. He nailed it.

Leifer spent a total of 16 years shooting for Sports Illustrated and was the first photographer to have over 100 cover photos to his name. In 1978, he expanded from sports to global news and became the first time-time photographer at TIME magazine.

Through his career, Leifer has been at ground zero in witnessing emerging trends and techniques in sports photography and photojournalism that are commonplace and taken for granted today. But photographers like Leifer played huge roles in raising the bar for s...


Sam Nzima, Photographer Behind Iconic Apartheid Image, Dies at 83 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

South African photographer Sam Nzima has died. Hes best known for shooting an iconic photo of the apartheid, a photo of Hector Pieterson being carried after being shot by South African police during the Soweto uprising. Nzima was 83.

A family member of Nzimas confirmed the passing to SABC, saying that the veteran photographer collapsed last Thursday and passed away in the hospital two days later on May 12th.

Tributes began pouring in as news of Nzimas passing spread.

Nzima was born in the town of Lillydale, Bushbuckridge, on August 8th, 1934. His interest in photography was sparked when he was taught how to use a camera by a teacher at school, and he was later trained further by a photographer named Patrick Rikotso while working at as a hotel waiter.

In 1968, he was hired as a full-time photojournalist by the African newspaper The World.

Eight years later, on June 16, 1976, Nzima was near a high school in Orlando West, Soweto, when he began documenting police reacting to student protests. It was during this event that Nzima saw and photographed his famous photo of the 13-year-old Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo and accompanied by Pietersons sister.

Nzimas iconic photo of Hector Pieterson

Heres a 12-minute video by TIME about the story behind the shot:

That iconic photo, one of six Nzima shot, quickly became wildly published around the world and is now considered a defining image of aparthe...


How I Built a Star Tracker for DSLRs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My name is Gerald Gattringer, and Im a photographer based in Austria. I recently built myself a custom star tracker for DSLRs, and it works pretty well! In this article, Ill share how I did it.

The photo above is the finished product. You are looking at an Arduino-powered self-made device that tracks the stars as they move across the sky. This is necessary because otherwise you can only expose for a limited amount of time and still have spot stars (in my case around 20 seconds).

The concept I used is called a barn door tracker.

I am a university student who really enjoys astrophotography, but I didnt want to spend a lot of money on a star tracker/equatorial mount, so I spent this winter with building my own.

It can track up to two hours with pretty good accuracy (extendable with longer rod).

Heres the first real picture I took with this star tracker:

I exposed the sky 20 times for 90 seconds and the foreground 4 times for 120 seconds. I stacked the sky with DeepSkyStacker and the foreground with Photoshops median blend mode. Then I merged the two resulting images in Photoshop.

Heres the build. These are the three plates on which everything is mounted, before painting:

I cut them out of a sheet of aluminum using an angle grinder. I also roughed up the surface so that the paint sticks to them more easily.

I glued the 1/4-inch screw in the hole I drilled using epoxy resin.

With annotations.

I then used standard black metal coating.



Portraits of Athletes Before and After They Get Sweaty "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

For the last several years, photographer B.A. Van Sise has been working on a project titled Sweat. Its a series of diptychs of athletes: one portrait is shot as theyre arriving at a stadium, and the second is captured immediately as they come off the field.

Danny Szetela / New York Cosmos

Van Sise says he personally doesnt like sports, but after a buddy convinced him to attend a New York Cosmos soccer match, the photographer began marveling at how the athletes never stop moving.

Since then, Ive been visiting with athletes of every stripe to try, situation and weather allowing, to photograph them identically: first, arriving to an event, and later walking off the field just seconds after they win, lose or quit for the day, Van Sise says.

Kate Sera Sera / Gotham Girls Roller Derby League. Eddie Machete / Professional wrestler

After a couple years of it, theres one big thing Ive learned: some athletes like to sweat. And some athletes need to cry, Van Sise says. Time and time again, its become obvious that the most striking differences from one sport to the next come down to what Charles Portis, in his novel of the same name, referred to as true grit.



Facebook Nukes 10 Major Groups Used to Game Instagrams Algorithm "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Facebook has suspended 10 large groups on its service that were being used by hundreds of thousands of people to game Instagram in hopes of making their photos more popular.

BuzzFeed reports that the move came after it contacted Instagram about the groups, one of which had over 200,000 members by itself.

A search on Facebook reveals Groups dedicated to gaming Instagram. Screenshot by BuzzFeed.

Groups dedicated to gaming Instagram were born after Instagram switched its feed in 2016 from a simple, chronological one to an algorithm-driven one that shows and orders posts based on a number of internal metrics.

People began banding together in forums and chats to create pods, or groups in which everyone would follow, like, and/or comment on each others accounts and posts in order to trick Instagrams algorithm into believing that the photos are organically popular and pushing them in front of a much wider audience (e.g. showing them in the Explore tab).

With top Instagram users (and even dogs) earning many thousands of dollars per sponsored photo, having a popular Instagram account is potentially extremely lucrative, and its not hard to see why many users work to inflate their numbers.

The 10 suspended groups were apparently giant pods in themselves or communities that helped their members form smaller pods outside the group.



New Fuji instax Square 6 announced "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The only mirrorless cameras that really make a ton of money are those Instax from Fuji! Fuji cashes in more with them than with their X-line digital cameras. And today they announced the new Instax Square 6 which you can

The post New Fuji instax Square 6 announced appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Fujifilm SQ6: The First Analog Square-Format Instax Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujifilm has just announced the new Instax Square SQ6, the worlds first analog square-format Instax camera.

Fujifilm announced the square-format SQ10 camera in 2017, but thats a hybrid camera that can create both digital images as well as square-format instant photos. The new SQ6 does away with the digital side of things and is purely for shooting analog square-format Instax film.

The SQ6 features a flash system that automatically calculates ambient brightness to adjust shutter speed (from 1.6s to 1/400s) for properly exposing both the subject and the background, even in dim settings.

Orange, purple, and green color filters can be placed over the flash to add a tint to the resulting photos.

Theres a selfie mode in the camera that also automatically adjusts focus and brightness when youre trying to capture a shareable instant photo of yourself. A small mirror next to the lens helps you position yourself within the frame.

For group pictures, theres a built-in timer as well as a standard tripod mount on the bottom of the camera.

For creative photography, the SQ6 provides three unique modes: a double exposure mode for superimposing two exposures onto a single instant photo, a macro mode for shooting subjects as close as 30cm (~1 foot), and a landscape mode for shooting scenic photos.

Other features and specs of the camera include a 0.4x inverted Galilean viewfinder with a target spot, 2/3 EV, an LED display, and power from two CR2 lithium batteries.

Here are some sample square-format Instax photos:


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