Feb 102016
 

Nikon Singapore posted an announcement on its Facebook page yesterday, congratulating a photographer named Chay Yu Wei for capturing a perfect shot of an airplane framed by a ladder in Chinatown.

Photographers quickly pointed out that the photo is clearly the result of editing, and sarcastic comments soon flooded the post.

“Yu Wei chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk with his friends in Chinatown, and thought the view above would make an interesting perspective,” Nikon wrote. “Little did he expect to catch an airplane in mid-air. We’ll try looking up too, Yu Wei.”

For the photo, reportedly shot with a Nikon D90 at f/2.8 and 1/1600s, Chay was gifted with a Nikon-branded trolley bag.

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Feb 102016
 

Founded in Manhattan in 1853, Steinway & Sons is widely considered to be one of the greatest piano makers in the world. Its grand pianos grace the world’s grandest stages and are played by the best pianists.

Architectural photographer Chris Payne visited the company’s factory at One Steinway Place in Astoria, New York, and created beautiful photos that document how raw materials are turned into some of the world’s finest musical instruments. His project is titled “Making Steinway: An American Workplace.”

Payne first toured the Steinway factory in 2002 while working as an architect. After his father and grandmother (both pianists) passed away, he decided to return to the factory to shoot a series about the instrument that had been so central to his family.

“The piano is something we all know and love as a whole; its deceptively simple, iconic form is instantly recognizable,” Payne writes. “But my photographs look in a different direction: a deconstruction of the piano’s unseen constituent parts and a glimpse into the skilled labor required to make them.”

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Jan 312016
 

If you’re looking to build an online portfolio website to showcase your best photos, Adobe Portfolio is a new option for doing so. Launched today, it’s a tool that helps creatives build simple yet beautiful portfolio sites.

The online editor is designed to help you get your own website designed, up, and running in just minutes.

You start out by picking a layout as a starting point (you can change your layout later on if you’d like). Next, you personalize the layout with your own style and design choices.

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Jan 312016
 

So how do you go about filming BMX stunts in an abandoned sports stadium? Alex Horner filmed the video above for Red Bull in the abandoned Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Featuring 19-year-old BMX sensation Tyler Fernengel, the video that resulted has received nearly 5m views on YouTube. Here he describes how his RED camera package and trusty Trost slider helped him get the shots he needed.

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Jan 252016
 

 

If you thought that Samsung‘s Gear VR headset, which was made together with Oculus, was just a temporary distraction for the Korean consumer electronics company, you might have just been proven wrong. At Sundance, one of the most notable film fests in the world, Samsung took the opportunity to announce that it is opening up a studio in New York, located where Samsung’s US marketing team already works in, with the sole purpose of creating immersive experiences. In short, VR content that will most likely blossom this year. Or at least fans and believers of VR would like it to.

Virtual reality is nothing really new. What’s new, however, is the commoditization of hardware that was in the past only available to the most hardcore, or most affluent, of computer scientists. But even back in the day when VR was hyped, the problem has always been the same: the amount of available content, or the lack of it.

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Jan 252016
 

Virtual reality (VR) can be an invaluable tool for education and is often considered a step into the future, but it can equally help us visualise the past and understand key historic events. This is what a team from Ukraine are trying to achieve with their VR documentary, Chornobyl360. A Kickstarter campaign will soon be launched to help fund their project dedicated to the Chornobyl/Chernobyl accident 30 years after it happened.

Allowing you to step into the radioactive area of the accident, Chornobyl360 will be produced in up to ten 3-10 minute segments, covering the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone from different angles. Users will interact with living witnesses, including workers, engineers and locals, all who will share their memories. Exclusive areas can be explored, such as the reactor control room, where the user will experience finer detail.

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Jan 212016
 

Here’s a look at a shoot in California.

With a camera remote in one hand and a light-tube in the other, it only takes one second for Canadian photographer Eric Paré to shoot his “light-painting” photographs.

Over the past three years, Paré has traveled the world from Dubai to San Francisco snapping some truly incredible photographs along the way. With their colorful and kinetic lighting, the photos take on an ethereal quality.

Keep reading to learn more about Eric Paré and light-painting.

Light-painting requires a high level of attention to detail.

Paré sets up his camera on a tripod and positions himself behind his model with a light-tube.

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