About Chris Hunt

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Chris Hunt is a fashion and advertising photographer, based in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City. Originally from California, he has spent the last 15 years living and working in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Moscow and across the United States. Beginning his career as a photojournalist, Chris then moved into fashion photography after working as a model agent for several years in L.A. He has recently broadened his portfolio into film, directing TV commercials for fashion and lifestyle brands. Chris balances outstanding creative talent with an impressive level of technical expertise, delivering impeccable professionalism and work of the highest quality with a relaxed and friendly attitude. On the rare moments he is not in his studio, Chris can be found pedaling his road bike through Italy, SCUBA diving in the South Pacific or riding a motocross bike in the mountains of California. His advertising clients include Google, TELCEL, Mitsubishi Automobiles, Pond's, Samsung, GNC, Chevrolet, Knorr and Garnier. He also works for fashion and beauty clients such as BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger, Forever 21, bebe, ALDO, Nine West, Macy's, GAP, Banana Republic, Wet Seal, Arden B., Jockey International, Avon, Liverpool, Skechers, Fox Girls, Billabong, Stila Cosmetics and C&A. His work has been published in international magazines including VOGUE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Interview, Maxim, Surface, Men's Health, Nylon and InStyle. High profile clients include sports stars Maria Sharapova and Wayne Gretzky and rappers Ludacris, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.

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Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

The iconic Russian camera brand Zenit caused a flurry of excitement back in February after it announced that it’s relaunching in 2018 with a full frame mirrorless camera that rivals Leica in luxury. But the camera may do more than rival Leica… It may actually be a Leica at its core — a rebranded Leica SL.

USSRPhoto is hearing from a Zenit source working inside the company’s KMZ factory that the innards of the upcoming Zenit camera is presumably the German-made Leica SL, which is a medium format mirrorless camera.

There may be outward modifications to the camera’s style by Zenit, and special lenses for the new camera will be made by KMZ in Russia.

“KMZ is a mechanical and optical factory, so they don’t do electronics at all,” USSRPhoto tells PetaPixel. “Anything [digital/electronic] that is done is outsourced to French and German firms.

“What is a fact is that KMZ is organizing an optical shop within the Zenit factory to start production of lenses for this model.”

The existing Leica SL, announced in late 2015.

Rebranding existing cameras isn’t anything new in the camera industry. Hasselblad spent years rebranding Sony cameras as luxury cameras with exotic materials, starting with the Lunar in 2012 and ending with the Lusso in 2015. Leica itself also has a tradition of rebranding Panasonic cameras as its own high-end point-and-shoots.

If this Zenit/Leica rumor proves to be true, we’re guessing the Zenit camera won’t cost less than the $5,995 price tag on the Leica SL.


Update: The source says that the camera will likely be based on the Leica SL but with its own design made specifically for Zenit — so more than a simple rebranding — and therefore it’s possible the price of the camera will actually be significantly lower than the Leica SL.


Source: PetaPixel

Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Researchers at Virginia Tech have been studying the injury risks posed by consumer drones by flying them into dummies’ faces, and they’ve now come to a conclusion. The study found that the risk of a catastrophic head injury was less than 5 percent in an impact with a drone weighing 2.6 lbs (such as the popular DJI Phantom).

Bloomberg reports that the study, which was published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, involved crashing a number of differently sized drones into crash test dummies, using sensors to measure the impact and calculate the risks posed in a real-life incident.

Drones are currently restricted from flying over crowds except for in specific circumstances, but this research may give the FAA something to consider with regards to relaxing the rules.

This footage, from when the news of the study taking place was released, provides an insight into how the experiment worked:

“Risk of injury was observed to increase with increasing UAS mass, and the larger models tested are not safe for operations over people in their current form,” said the research team.

The researchers, led by biomechanics professor Steven Rowson, also found that the risk of a head injury is greater from a drone falling directly onto a person, rather than it flying into them on a more horizontal plane.

The authors made a suggestion that the FAA should consider updating its guidelines to restrict just heavier drones from flying over people, potentially opening up opportunities for smaller consumer drones to perform such flights.

However, the study only looked at head trauma and didn’t account for the potential damage caused by other risks, such as the rotor blades cutting the skin or eyes.

The Virginia Tech team looked at three models of drones, the smallest of which was the DJI Phantom 3. The risks were found to be “minimal” with the Phantom, but a DJI S1000+ model (an 8-rotor drone weighing 24 pounds) had an injury risk of around 70% in some tests.

There is no public response yet from the FAA, but it will be interesting to see if this study influences lawmakers at all with regards to drone use in populated areas.


Source: PetaPixel

Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”

Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”
Our mystical yet always reliable art pop wunderkind, Björk, has returned with a new single, “The Gate.” And after taking listeners on a tumultuous journey through the destruction of her 13-year relationship on her previous studio album Vulnicura, it seems that the Icelandic sensation is ready to embrace love once again.
Written and produced with constant collaborator Arca, “The Gate” sees Björk take on a much more natural soundscape, with calming woodwinds, acoustic strings, and ha…

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Source: V Magazine

Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”

4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

When it comes to composition “rules”, it’s important to understand the concepts so that you have them in the back of your mind while shooting. You’re not going to jail if you break them, but you will likely end up with a better image if you follow them! This 6-minute video from photographer Evan Ranft runs through 4 common composition mistakes that photographers make, and how to avoid them.

Ranft has created before and after images to go along with his tips so that you can see the impact that the mistakes have on the image. The 4 mistakes are:

1. Double Subject

The first example is what Ranft refers to as the ‘double subject’ – where you position two subjects in an image with equal weighting. This splits your attention and creates conflict in the image.

Instead of splitting the image, select a subject to be in the foreground and create isolation using a shallow depth of field. This creates a primary focus for the viewer’s eye to settle on.

2. The Look Out

In this example, Ranft has again split the focus in his image and directed his subject to look out of the frame. This creates tension in the image by directing the viewer’s eye outside of the image.

This can certainly be used effectively depending on the situation, but a more balanced image would be to have the subject leading out gaze in to the image and towards the forest backdrop.

3. Tangent Lines

This example has background elements cutting through the subject in a way that reduces isolation of the subject and cuts up the image.

By finding a more open backdrop, Ranft is able to frame his subject in the image and capture a similar sense of motion, using leading lines to draw the viewer towards the model.

4. Being Lazy

Ranft’s favorite example of this is the “pet photo test”, which is a typical lazy snapshot that many people might take of a cute pet. This is an image taken without much thought to composition – only aiming to include the subject somewhere in the frame.

Improving this photo doesn’t take much work. Simply finding another angle (in this case from eye-level) drastically improves the image. Ranft’s advice is to try not to be lazy and keep on the lookout for better composition opportunities.

Watch the video at the top to learn these concepts from Ranft, and to find more of his great photography-related videos, subscribe to his popular YouTube channel.


Source: PetaPixel

4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

Photographer Minzayar Oo, who was reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh on assignment for GEO magazine, was detained with his assistant Hkun Lat on September 7, according to Oo’s agency, Panos Pictures. The two men have been accused of espionage. Police say the journalists entered the country on tourist visas rather than journalist visas, and are charging the pair with “false impersonation” and providing false information, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Panos reports that Oo and Lat have been denied bail, and the agency has called on authorities to release both men immediately.

“Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were assigned by GEO magazine because of their professionalism and their journalistic integrity,” Panos said in a statement. “Minzayar Oo is an internationally renowned, award-winning photojournalist, whose work is published widely and has been recognized by some of the world’s most important journalism awards.”

Oo was in the Bangladeshi town of Cox’s Bazaar reporting on Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar since August to escape fighting between Myanmar’s military and Rohingya rebels. Human Rights Watch has called the Myanmar military’s actions against Rohingya Muslim communities ethnic cleansing, while the United Nations estimates that 270,000 Rohingya have fled Western Myanmar.

Related: How Greg Constantine Keeps a Human Rights Story in the Public Eye, and the News Cycle

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Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions.

See if you can figure out how each one was done through a clever mix of camera work and digital editing.

If you want to see even more, here’s a previous compilation that Parry released back in April:

You can follow along with new illusions as they’re released by following Parry’s Instagram account.

(via Kevin Parry via Gizmodo)


Source: PetaPixel

This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Tamron announced today that it’s developing a new Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens. Weighing it at just 39.3 ounces (~1.11kg), the lens will be the lightest in its class (the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category).

The lens has an “advanced optical design,” including 3 low dispersion lens elements which give “greater aberration reduction.” It uses magnesium in key areas of the barrel, which improves weight reduction, strength, and portability.

It also comes with Tamron’s original eBAND Coating, which Tamron says provides superior anti-reflection performance to reduce ghosting.

“The Model A035 delivers fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful vibration compensation benefits,” said Tamron. “This is thanks to the high-speed Dual MPU control system found in the latest Tamron lenses.”

The new lens will be fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4x teleconverter, as well as the Tamron TAP-in Console. There will be an optional accessory of an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount, too.

“This combination of features and optional accessories join to create a lens that photographers everywhere will enjoy using in various shooting situations,” said Tamron.

Other features and specs include a minimum focus distance of 59 inches (~1.5m), a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6, moisture resistance, and a fluorine coating for weather protection.

The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens lens will be launched at the end of 2017, available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.


Source: PetaPixel

Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Get Well, Lady Gaga

Get Well, Lady Gaga
Midway through her Joanne world tour, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of tomorrow’s performance in Rio, citing “severe physical pain” leaving her hospitalized. It’s not the first time the singer has pushed herself to the point of hospitalization; her 2013 Born This Way Ball was cancelled halfway through its run, with a severe hip injury that required surgery and left her wheelchair-bound for some time.
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— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 14, 2017
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Source: V Magazine

Get Well, Lady Gaga

Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features.

There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if you’ve used the latest Lightroom.

Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views — this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. It’s also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones to delete.

You can also make virtual copies, allowing you to work on multiple variations of a single image without actually duplicating the original file.

Linear and radial gradients will be available for local adjustments, and new overlays, blend modes, and toning enhancements will give you greater control over image adjustments.

Another major addition is the keywording and collection tools. These allow you to properly catalog your images, keyword them, and sort them into relevant collections for easier access.

The software will also include a number of presets that can be used and customized to quickly process your photos.

A selection of these filters can be previewed in this introductory video:

Exposure X3 will be coming later this fall and will cost $150. If you’re upgrading from X2, it’ll cost $100. More information is on the Alien Skin website.


Source: PetaPixel

Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS

GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS

The GoPro HERO6 Black has apparently just been leaked in a photo before any official announcement, and the camera looks like it will offer 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

Photo Rumors just received this photo from a reader:

If this leak is real, then it looks like the camera will be capable of 12-megapixel still photos and 4K/60p video. By comparison, the current HERO5 Black can do 4K at 30fps.

“The new model will be very similar to the latest HERO 5 version,” Photo Rumors writes. “The official announcement (or release date) is rumored for September 28th.”

If the physical design of the camera isn’t changing with this latest generation, then GoPro owners will still be able to use their current HERO5 accessories on the new camera.

GoPro CEO Nick Woodman teased the existence of the HERO6 back in February, saying that the camera would arrive in 2017.

“The real question here will be one of price,” writes Engadget. “Competitor Yi’s 4K camera captures UHD resolution at 60 FPS too, and for $340. GoPro’s Hero5 currently sells for $400 on Amazon.”


Source: PetaPixel

GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS