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GoPro’s New Trade-Up Program Takes Nearly Any Camera in Any Condition

GoPro’s New Trade-Up Program Takes Nearly Any Camera in Any Condition

In 2017, GoPro announced a Trade-Up promo to boost the sales of its HERO5 Black — send in an older HERO camera and you got up to $100 off a new GoPro camera. This year, GoPro has just launched a new and improved Trade-Up: send in virtually any camera and in any condition and you get a hefty discount.

This latest program can score you a $50 discount on the HERO6 Black ($400 to $350) or a $100 savings on the Fusion 360-degree camera ($700 to $600).

The camera you trade in doesn’t have to be in good, working condition — you can even send in a broken digital camera that barely looks like a camera.

“Trade in any GoPro or digital camera, in any condition,” GoPro writes. “Dented, dinged, destroyed—no problem, we’ll take it.”

The only requirement for a digital camera to qualify is that it needs to have been worth at least $100 when it was originally new on a store shelf.

GoPro says that nearly 12,000 people sent in GoPro cameras during the 60-day promotion in 2017. With the expansion of the program, the company hopes to see an even bigger response this year.

To participate, purchase a GoPro HERO6 Black or Fusion through the Trade-Up website and you’ll receive a prepaid shipping label for your old camera. Send it in within 45 days, and your order will be processed and your new GoPro will be shipped within 14 days.

And in case you’re wondering what will happen to your old camera, GoPro says it’ll recycle it “responsibly via zero landfill and recycling methods appropriate to material type.”

Source: PetaPixel

GoPro’s New Trade-Up Program Takes Nearly Any Camera in Any Condition

Watch the Hilarious Trailer for SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s Tour

Watch the Hilarious Trailer for SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s Tour
The artists of Top Dawg Entertainment are prepping for The Championship Tour, and you’re not going to want to sit on the sidelines for this.  Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker will all hit the stage on the all-star tour.  To prep fans for the much-anticipated shows, TDE has released a trailer showing the artists “training” for the North American venture, as well as their full list of cities.

The hilarious video is a series of gags, with re…

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Watch the Hilarious Trailer for SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s Tour

Canon Unveils IVY, A Compact Wireless Photo Printer

Canon Unveils IVY, A Compact Wireless Photo Printer

Canon has just announced IVY, a new compact photo printer that lets you create tiny prints on the go without any cables involved in the process.

The IVY itself measures just 4.7×3.2×0.7 inches (11.9×8.1×1.8 cm) and weighs 5.6 oz (160 g), so you can carry it around in your camera bag without it weighing you down.

You won’t need any cables around when using the printer, as it’s powered by a rechargeable battery and it communicates with your devices through Bluetooth 4.0.

After connecting to the app using the Canon Mini Print app on an iOS or Android device, you can apply things like creative filters, photo frames, stickers, photo edits, and augmented reality face distortions.

The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink technology, creating 2×3 photo prints and stickers without the use of ink cartridges. Both the prints and stickers are water-resistant and smudge-free. You can also automatically print a photo as a large photo mosaic made up of 4 to 9 individual 2×3 prints.

Each print is finished and spit out by the printer in as little as 50 seconds.

The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is available now in Rose Gold, Mint Green, and Slate Gray with a price tag of $130. The photo paper will be available in packs of 25 and 50 sheets for $10 and $25, respectively.

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Canon Unveils IVY, A Compact Wireless Photo Printer

Developing Your Photographic Style

Developing Your Photographic Style

Defining your style is one of the, if not the, most difficult and time-consuming aspects of photography. It takes many people years or even decades of shooting before they really start to narrow down their photographic style.

Today I am going to try and speed you up past all that trial and error to help you start figuring out your style right now! It’s an incredibly simple process that after reading might sound completely obvious, but maybe something you didn’t consider before.

To make this easy, I will break it down into two phases. But be warned, this is about to get real nerdy.

Phase One: Exploration and Analysis
Phase Two: Growth and Development


So first you need to explore — everything great starts with exploration, right? So start by making a folder on your phone, or computer, or wherever you tend to look at photos the most. Name that folder “Style Development” or something similar.

From there you will need to start looking at photos. Scour the web and start looking at tons of photos, every time you come across a photo that resonates with you, add it to the folder. You may not know why you are drawn to a particular image, but that’s okay for now, just add it to the folder.

When looking at photos make sure to look at many different types of photos from different time periods, different genres, and from many different photographers. The more photos you save, the better this works so make sure to look at tons and tons of photographs.

This may take weeks, or even months of looking through photos but trust me, it’s worth it!


Okay, now it’s time to get nerdy once you have a fairly large collection of images (anywhere from hundreds to thousands). Take that giant folder of images and open them up in your favorite image viewer. We are going to start looking through all those photos you saved and start analyzing.

At this point, you probably won’t know what it is that draws you to these particular photos, but don’t worry, because we are going to analyze them and figure that out. The goal of this process is to learn what it is exactly that excites you photographically.

In my opinion, the best way to do that is to analyze photos you like so you can start understanding yourself and start understanding your desires as a photographer.

Once you have the photos loaded up and ready to view, grab yourself a notebook and a pen, or open up your notes application on your phone. Start going through the images, looking at them one by one and start trying to find similarities between them.

Basically, what you are doing is trying to establish not only why these particular photos speak to you but also what most or all of these photos have in common with each other.

Start thinking of things in adjectives and start asking yourself these types of questions.

Are these photos colorful and vibrant? Not colorful and vibrant? Contrasty or not contrasty? If there are people in the frame, are they posed or not posed? How does this photo make you feel? What is the composition like?

The goal here is to start breaking the majority of these photos down into adjectives that describe them.

For instance, when I did this for myself, these are some of the adjectives that described my collection of photos:

  • Colorful
  • Vibrant
  • Contrasty
  • Photojournalistic
  • Simple and sophisticated compositions
  • Lots of visual impact

I wrote that list of adjectives down and that became the beginning of my style.

Once you have gone through this process and analyzed each photo, you can start to identify what it is you are drawn and then start to understand what type of work you want to create. Once you know what you want to create, your style is born.

Growth and Development

So you have a vague idea of what it is you want to create. Now it’s time to grow that idea into a developed and unique photographic style. That all starts with shooting in a way that tries to follow your list of adjectives, so what I did was carry my list around with me for a while.

Every time I was putting together a shot I would ask myself: “Is this Colorful? Contrasty? Is my composition simple?”. If I could answer “yes” to those questions I would proceed with the shot. If I answered “No” to those questions I would try to find a way to turn that “no” into a “yes”.

At first, it was a conscious thought of “Does this fit within what it is I want to create?” But after a while, it became subconscious, and once it becomes subconscious is when the real development starts happening. That subconscious style is your foundation, and from that point on it is just about shooting, experimentation and building off of the experiments that work and forgetting about the ones that don’t.

I am currently at this point in my style development and I’ve actually tried to make it a point to not look at too many other photographers’ work because I find it starts to influence my own work — that’s totally not a bad thing, but I am curious to see where my style goes organically, without too much outside influence.

Developing your own personal style is just one part of the long journey that is photography.

P.S. If you are interested in learning more I have a few other resources that might help you along your way. First, is my guide to multiple exposures and the second is my full day intensive off camera flash workshop. You can also watch my MagMod ambassador video here.

About the author: Carsten Schertzer is a formerly homeless teenager turned professional wedding and engagement photographer in Los Angeles. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can see more of his work here and follow him on Instagram here. If you are interested in learning more about how you can use off camera flash and magmod to create awesome wedding photography you can sign up for his workshop here.

Source: PetaPixel

Developing Your Photographic Style

This Guy Built an Aluminum Medium Format Camera at Home

This Guy Built an Aluminum Medium Format Camera at Home

Photographer Lucus Landers has built one of the most impressive do-it-yourself cameras we’ve ever seen. Called the Landers AL6, it’s an all-aluminum camera that shoots medium format film.

“I have recently completed my most recent camera build,” Landers tells PetaPixel. “With the exception of the lens and shutter, everything is handmade in my Brooklyn apartment.”

While most homebrew cameras are made with wood and ingredients that are easier to work with, Landers opts to do metalwork.

“I live and sleep mere feet away from a welder and milling machine,” he says. “To build this camera, I use a combination of casting, machining, and welding.”

Landers started the project by making sand molds using a red sand called Petrobond.

Melting down and pouring aluminum into the mold produces the camera’s lens cone and top plate.

Other plates of aluminum are welded together to form the camera body.

A rangefinder is installed into the top cap.

A back door is installed on the camera with a hinge to allow film to be loaded. A pressure plate with leaf springs helps keep film in the camera flat.

The camera even has a camera strap mount.

Here’s what the finished Landers AL6 looks like:

Here are photos Landers has captured using the Landers AL6:

Landers documented his entire build in a 9-part video series that you can watch on his YouTube channel.

There’s also a still photo step-by-step walkthrough in this online album.

You can find more of Landers’ photography and homemade cameras on his website.

Image credits: Photographs by Lucus Landers and used with permission

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This Guy Built an Aluminum Medium Format Camera at Home

Watch Canon’s Ultra-Dramatic Video Showing Off Its Sensors of the Future

Watch Canon’s Ultra-Dramatic Video Showing Off Its Sensors of the Future

Canon recently released this incredibly dramatic 5-minute video to showcase its latest CMOS sensor technologies. The opening question, set to moving music, is: “Have you ever seen a rainbow in the light of the moon?”

“A moonbow is a rare phenomenon that can only be seen when the appropriate lunar brightness, angle of elevation, and moisture in the air align. They are said to bring happiness to those who see them.”

Thanks to the company’s ultra-sensitive low-light CMOS sensor, Canon was able to capture a moonbow as vividly as a rainbow in midday… in a scene so dark that nothing could be seen with the human eye.

“For several decades Canon has been developing and manufacturing advanced CMOS sensors with state-of-the-art technologies for exclusive use in Canon products,” Canon writes. “These sensors are a critical driving force behind many of our successful product lines, ranging from consumer products all the way up to high-end business and industrial solutions.”

(via CanonUSA via The-Digital-Picture)

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Watch Canon’s Ultra-Dramatic Video Showing Off Its Sensors of the Future

Court Refuses to Toss Lawsuit Between Monkey and Photographer

Court Refuses to Toss Lawsuit Between Monkey and Photographer

Photographer David Slater’s legal nightmare surrounding that monkey selfie snapped in 2011 isn’t over. A US court has decided not to toss the copyright lawsuit filed against Slater by PETA on the monkey’s behalf, despite Slater and PETA reaching a settlement last year.

Digital Trends reports that in an order filed last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Slater’s and PETA’s motion to dismiss the case.

Even if both parties in a lawsuit wish to have the case dismissed, it’s ultimately up to the court to grant or deny the request.

“The grant of a voluntary dismissal is not mandatory, and sometimes neither is it advisable,” the decision reads. “Our sister circuits have found a number of circumstances in which it is appropriate for the court to deny requests for voluntary dismissal and vacatur. We believe the rationale of those cases applies here.”

Basically, sometimes courts can decide that a legal battle should proceed in order to resolve issues that may again pop up in the future — the goal is to set a legal precedent for similar future cases to be guided by.

Slater’s case is certainly unusual in a number of ways. PETA originally sued Slater in 2015 on the monkey’s behalf to have the copyright to the selfie assigned to Naruto instead of Slater. The US Copyright Office stated in 2014 that it can’t assign copyrights to monkeys, and a judge ruled in 2016 that a monkey cannot own the copyright to photos.

Still, the case dragged on, eventually causing Slater to go broke due to the financial burden of fighting the bizarre battle in court.

In September 2017, Slater settled with PETA to have the case dropped, agreeing to donate 25% of all future profits from the photo to registered charities to protect the monkey.

But the court is now saying that it’s in the best interest of the US legal system to have this case come to a verdict.

“[T]his case has been fully briefed and argued by both sides, and the court has expended considerable resources to come to a resolution,” the decision states. “Denying the motion to dismiss ensures that ‘the investment of public resources already devoted to this litigation will have some return.”

The decision is also to prevent PETA from manipulating legal precedent in a way that suits its own interests.

“[D]enying the motion to dismiss and declining to vacate the lower court judgment prevents the parties from manipulating precedent in a way that suits their institutional preferences,” the court writes.

Source: PetaPixel

Court Refuses to Toss Lawsuit Between Monkey and Photographer

This Single Take in a Japanese School Was Shot with a Tiny Camera Drone

This Single Take in a Japanese School Was Shot with a Tiny Camera Drone

Want to see some impressive camera drone piloting? Check out this 1.5-minute video featuring the Japanese group Onnanocos. It was shot in one single, continuous take using a tiny drone that can squeeze through tight gaps.

Drone pilot Katsu FPV says the footage was shot with a 1.6-inch drone and the $80 RunCam Split Mini FPV camera, and that stabilization was applied in post.

(via Katsu FPV via Fstoppers)

Source: PetaPixel

This Single Take in a Japanese School Was Shot with a Tiny Camera Drone