The Rhino ROV is a Motorized Slider for Your Smartphone and Camera
Rhino has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the launch of its new ROV motorized camera slider for smartphones and various types of cameras.
The slider has a 24 battery life, allowing for such things as shooting night-time starscapes. Its “low profile” iPhone mount means you can shoot at low angles, and the all-terrain legs fold for a compact design when traveling.
There’s also a cold shoe mount on top of the iPhone mount so you can easily attach accessories (like a shotgun microphone).
There are two sizes of the slider available, one with an 8″ travel distance and a second with a 16″ distance.
There is another version of the slider, the ROV Pro, which also has a professional 1/4-20 ball head and is capable of shooting DSLR time-lapses. It also has a premium gunmetal finish.
Able to take a payload of up to 5lbs, the device has a maximum speed of travel is 1″ per second, with a minimum of 0.05″ per second, and has a maximum angle of 30 degrees.
Using a “Coreless DC technology” motor, commonly found in medical and aerospace applications, the movement is fast, quiet, and uses very little power.
Here’s a look at what it can do, along with a short introduction:
The slider is compatible with Rhino’s Storyteller app, allowing you to change direction, movement speed, and other settings easily.
Rhino is looking to raise $50,000 to make this slider a reality, and the company has already successfully funded a number of crowdfunding campaigns.
The ROV slider is available with a contribution of $230 on Kickstarter, and the ROV Pro is a reward for contributions of $300. If the project successfully funds and delivers, you should get your slide around April 2018.
DJI’s New AeroScope Helps Track and Identify Drones in the Air
DJI has unveiled AeroScope, a new technology aimed at tracking and identifying DJI drones from afar. The new receiver will be able to identify the registration numbers of drones and plot them on a map using the existing communication links between a drone and its controller.
“As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is available for deployment now.”
Police, aviation authorities, and other authorized parties will be able to use an AeroScope receiver. Since April this year, DJI have already installed the detectors at two international airports. With a drone colliding with a passenger plane just last week, many more airports around the world may be interested in installing AeroScopes as well.
The receivers are capable of immediately detecting a drone as it powers on, plotting its location onto the map alongside its registration number. This is effectively a drone’s “license plate,” allowing authorities to determine the registered owner of the drone.
AeroScope will work with all of the current DJI drone models, requiring no modifications or adjustments to enable detection. DJI says that analysts found this to be “over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market.”
Drone flights will not automatically be recording into a database, adhering to recent privacy concerns — AeroScope detects broadcasts from a drone to its own controller rather than to the Internet.
In an effort to protect the privacy of drone operators, AeroScope will not automatically transmit any personally identifiable information until the time when regulations in a pilot’s jurisdiction require it by law. DJI’s drone software will be updated to allow users to choose the “content” of their drone’s identification broadcast and match “local expectations” as regulations are implemented down the line.
“The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that drones have already brought to society,” said Schulman. “Electronic drone identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being expensive or intrusive for drone pilots.
“DJI is proud to develop solutions that can help distribute drone benefits widely while also helping authorities keep the skies safe.”
The Photography Industry is Changing: Tips From the Pros on How to Succeed
Photographers know that in this industry, technology, tastes, and trends change on a near-daily basis. This means a constant evolution in the way they work, create, and run their businesses. Zenfolio moderated a lively discussion between 6 industry powerhouses to discuss the changes they see coming, and how they manage to find financial, personal, and business success in a volatile creative field. Read on to see how you can make a profit, secure your business, and find happiness as a professional photographer.
What recent industry developments have affected you and your business?
Darty Hines: The biggest recent development is speed. This is true for both consumers and businesses. Thanks to social media, consumers demand product faster than ever- and question why they’d have to wait for proofs or prints. As the creative entrepreneur, we need to teach clients that great handcrafted products demand time and effort! With channels like Instagram, you can tell a valuable story of your brand quality and demand a higher price because of the hard work and expertise that goes into each piece.
Steve Bridgwood: One of the features of my Zenfolio website which has made a huge impact on how I work, is being able to directly upload all of a client’s fully edited photos into the private client access area. I used to post out all of the finished images onto a disk or USB, but now my clients see their photos more quickly and conveniently, and can directly download any images they choose, to print or share with their family and friends. It looks professional and streamlines delivery to couples that are always incredibly excited to see their wedding photos.
How are you dealing with an increased number of semi-pros in the space? Is there room for everyone to succeed?
Jeff Cable: With the advent of digital cameras, there’s been a boom in photographers entering the market. To call yourself a professional, you need to learn your craft and produce quality better than most amateurs. I’ve been shooting for almost 15 years now and have garnered a clientele who is more discerning and knows the difference between high-quality work and that of a novice. This is why my website is so important to the success of my business. It is my #1 tool for acquiring new clients and needs to highlight my work in a clean and professional manner. Is there room for everyone to succeed? No, I don’t think so. Like any field, those who produce great quality keep improving while the others fade away. I hear of a lot of people who want to become photographers because it sounds glamorous, and while it can be, it’s also a very tough business.
Caroline Tran: I think there’s definitely room for everyone- just at different levels. If anything, the semi-pros have made photography more attainable for documenting everyday life and small milestones. People still want professional photos for their major milestones like weddings, but semi pros make it possible for people to document things they wouldn’t have hired a photographer for before, like a baby gender reveal or smaller milestone birthdays.
What niche have you pursued? What does that mean for your lifestyle, and how would you recommend others to pursue it (or avoid it)?
Steve: I am a wedding photographer in the incredibly privileged position of capturing one of the most important and special days in a person’s life. I love that every wedding that I photograph is completely different, but always full of huge emotion and love. What it means for me as an individual is that I work most weekends, but there aren’t many dads who get to take their kids to school most days. For any budding photographers considering getting into this industry, be prepared for the balancing act of photographing and shooting weddings, while dealing with inquiries and having planning meetings with clients who have already booked you. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a fantastic business to be in!
Laura Grier: I am an Adventure, Destination, and Travel Photographer, and Travel Writer. Creating your dream career around a lifestyle of traveling is easier than one might think! I wish someone would have told me back when I first started shooting photos that I had could control the type of work I attracted by branding my work to fit my aspirations, and I would have saved a lot of time and money trying to do the expected with my photography. I didn’t realize how much control I had over the clients and jobs I could get when I started my business. Instead, my focus was on getting ANY job and not the “right” job. I wish I had understood the concept of networking, of focusing my energy on the types of jobs I wanted, and on how to brand myself.
Aimee: My specialty areas are animal photography and concert photography, both of which align perfectly with my lifestyle. I think when we go into photography we naturally gravitate toward an area we’re interested in. I wouldn’t advise against a particular niche, but I would encourage anyone to research that specialty to make sure there aren’t any deal breakers. If you can’t be out late or be ready on short notice, music industry photography might not be for you. Similarly, if you can’t handle occasional dog poop on your knees, you might stay away from animal photography.
What are the most satisfying aspects of your photography — as a business and as a lifestyle?
Caroline: The most satisfying part of my job is the relationships I’ve had the honor of developing, people sharing their stories and allowing me to document it for them. As a lifestyle, I love my flexible work schedule. I love being able to drop off and pick up my kids from school. The most trying part is perhaps also what makes entrepreneurial work awesome – there simply are no limits. The harder you work, the more gains you’ll see. It’s hard to not keep chasing those gains and lose sight on personal balance. Play for the long game. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Laura: I have been shooting for 16 years and so far, my work has brought me to 66 countries and 6 continents. What I love about my work is that it is constantly evolving and is always exciting and I grab my inspiration from everywhere and anywhere. In order to be a successful travel photographer, you have to be able to streamline your business, be mobile, and have the ability to pitch, shoot, and deliver your images from anywhere in the world. Fortunately, Zenfolio gives you the ability to do all of this, and it’s made me a more successful photographer while on the go. When I joined Zenfolio, their customer support help me to rebuild the design and aesthetics of my original website into their platform super easily and streamlined them for the mobile face of my business.
Aimee: The most satisfying aspect for me is seeing my photography affect people. It’s rewarding when a client sees that photo that captured their pet’s favorite expression, or when someone walks into my gallery and gets excited over a picture of their favorite singer on the wall. It’s also gratifying to bring awareness of animal suffering through my Animal Rescue Corps photography in the hope of inspiring change.
Jeff: I LOVE my job! For one, I get to be creative every day, whether it is shooting a portrait, a landscape, sports action, a personal event or something else. And the best part is, my clients are truly appreciative of all the effort I put into the work. There is nothing better than having a client write to me and tell me how I brought them to tears with the quality of my work (in a good way). I never had a boss or a client moved to tears from my work in the corporate world — never! On top of that, I get to travel all over the world and share the passion for what I love so much.
What elements of your online presence have been most critical for building your business?
Laura Grier: Photographers are extremely valuable as content creators online and on social media! The internet is starved for new content and I found success in combining multiple mediums for sharing my travel stories; through photo, video, and the written word. Learning how to tell a compelling story through photos and writing, and sharing those experiences on social media and my website, has been invaluable for my business. It’s a great way to establish your niche, and to get noticed for your unique voice!
Aimee Stubbs: I use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but the majority of my clients hire me because they’ve found my website. I have a few different Zenfolio sites to focus on each of my specialty areas to avoid overwhelming clients, but I also think it helps with branding to also have a main site that showcases everything I do. On my pet photography site, I include my pricing catalog and details about what to expect during a session. Having this information online can streamline client communication, saving time for me and creating a better experience for the client.
Darty: These days, if you do not have an engaging online presence, you’re all but dead in the water. The good news is there are many ways to have an online presence. While websites are still important, social media provides many channels to work with. These channels should always direct clients back to your website. It’s the only place online that we have complete control over, as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat control the content posted there. With their algorithms, we may or may not get seen by clients. The one place we can control what our clients see is our website and blog, so it’s critical to send clients to your website, and put in the time to make sure it represents you well.
About the author: Zenfolio provides professional photo and video hosting for photographers. Selling and ordering, unlimited storage, secure client access, proofing and more. Visit their website to start your photography website today.
This Photographer Shot the Same Strangers Going to Work Over 9 Years
How do you photograph the same strangers on the street over the course of nearly a decade? Here’s one strategy: visit the same street corner at the same time of day and capture them going to work. That’s what Danish photographer Peter Funch did between 2007 and 2016.
Over the span of those 9 years, Funch visited the same street corner at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt in New York City, outside Grand Central Terminal. As he photographed the people in the crowds between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning, Funch repeatedly captured familiar faces of the same strangers going about their morning routine.
Some of the people in the project had routines that were so consistent that they were photographed at both the beginning and end of the project, as well as at times in between.
Funch also observed that people could often be seen and photographed in unintentional pairings or groups with other strangers who also had consistent routines.
“It was fascinating to see that connectivity between people,” Funch tells Co.Design. “They have no idea.”
The photo pairs in this article were all separated by days, weeks, and months.
Funch has published this project through TBW Books as a photo book titled 42nd and Vanderbilt. It’s a hardcover book containing 160 pages and 123 plates.
Image credits: Photographs by Peter Funch and used with permission. Courtesy Peter Funch and V1 Gallery.
The All Stars: Lana del Rey, Grace Jones, and Ariana Grande
This article originally appeared in V109, on newsstands now. Order your copy here.
LANA DEL REY IN V97The sultry singer’s fifth album, Lust For Life, dropped in July and she may put out an album of 25 unreleased songs soon. She played a surprise show in London in July, and other one-off shows are on deck, plus festival appearances like Lollapalooza in Paris.
GRACE JONES IN V57The star’s influence shows no signs of waning: In October, there’s a two-day symposium devoted to her career at Scotl…
The photography community gives back through the annual 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle V, and Chelsea & Tony Northrup and Michael the Maven raise tens of thousands of dollars to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. (#)
Weddings are now banned at a Greek monastery thanks to a couple’s lewd photo. (#)
DxOMark may have given the Pentax 645Z the highest score ever. (#)
Western Digital announces a breakthrough technology that’ll allow for much larger hard drives. (#)
Metabones releases a not-so-evil version of their Speed Booster. (#)
Meural brings gesture control to digital photo frames. (#)
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Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal
You can almost never find videos or photos of the Eiffel Tower at night on stock sites. Why is this? Because the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted when those lights are twinkling in the night sky. This 4-minute video from Half as Interesting explains why.
European Union copyright law states that an artistic work (that could be a photo, video, song, or building) is protected during the lifetime of its creator, plus another 70 years.
Most countries have a “freedom of panorama” law, which allows you to photograph a skyline and include copyrighted buildings in your shot. So while you’d be perfectly okay capturing a photo of Big Ben in London, you just couldn’t go off and build a brand new version in your backyard without infringing copyright.
But the EU allows countries to opt-out of including this freedom of panorama clause in their copyright laws. France has chosen to utilize this exception.
The copyright owner and creator of the Eiffel Tower died in 1923, so in 1993 the image of the Eiffel Tower entered into the public domain. That’s why Las Vegas has its own Eiffel Tower, built in 1999.
But the lights were not installed until 1985 and, since they’re considered an artistic work, they are well within their copyright protection period.
The same applies for the Louvre and Rome’s main train station. While no one has ever gone to court for a night-time Eiffel Tower snap, that could change at any time.
“Technically taking the picture is also illegal, but it’s the sharing part that will land you in hot water,” Metro writes. “If you want to publish the image to social media you must gain permission from the ‘Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel’ (the Eiffel Tower’s operating company).”
I Shot Aerial Photos of Puerto Rico in Ruins After Hurricane Maria
On September 20th, the Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, making it the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in almost 90 years. With catastrophic winds of 155 mph, Maria devastated the Island causing severe damages to homes, buildings, agriculture, and infrastructure.
By also taking out its power grid and telecommunication towers all over the territory, the hurricane left the 3.4 million Puerto Rican population in the dark and without communication. With trees and traffic poles down, roofless homes, fallen bridges and flooded areas, the unrecognizable island struggles without power, food or water as federal and governmental agencies work to eagerly restore Puerto Rico.
As an assignment for FEMA, I was tasked to do an aerial documentation of one of the most affected areas in the mountains of Puerto Rico. This included the municipalities of Barranquitas, Utuado, Lares, and Naranjito, located in the heart of the Island. I worked alongside with Puerto Rico United Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) pilots who flew with me over these areas and helped me get the best angles in different positions.
All the shots were taken at a shutter speed of 1/2000 with an 80-200mm lens, the best tool for shooting aerial content.
During the assignment, we saw houses completely destroyed and people in huge lines to get clean drinking water and gas, and how the landscape had transformed after the storm.
I hope these pictures, and the fact that they were captured from a different perspective, can help raise awareness of the outcome of Maria in Puerto Rico. The havoc might seem minor upfront, but when looking at it from a bigger scale, from the sky, you get to realize how big the impact was.
Every day since the passing of Hurricane Maria, I’ve worked with FEMA and other federal and local agencies to assess and record the devastation on the island and its recovery efforts. Doing this kind of work, I generally see the destruction that natural disasters bring to different communities, but seeing it and living it from my island, it’s a totally different perspective.
It is shocking for me to see how the place where I grew up changed so drastically. The devastation is incredible, it is definitely the worst I’ve ever seen. Even though Maria bought destruction to the whole territory, Puerto Rico is on the slow and steady road to recovery with the federal and local government’s help and the restless work of its people.
Editor’s note: The photography community is coming together to raise support for victims of Hurricane Maria. Photographers Chelsea and Tony Northrup have started a fundraising effort to help bring clean drinking water to Puerto Rico through water filters:
How to Cut a Window into a Backdrop for Shafts of Light
In this 5-minute video from The Slanted Lens, learn how to create a window in a seamless and add beautiful shafts of light into your studio shots.
The effect of the light will change depending on the size or shape of the hole you create in the backdrop. Think carefully about the design of the window and what kind of atmosphere you are trying to create.
Positioning a light source at a distance behind the hole will project shafts of light into the shot. Just don’t forget to add a smoke machine to really bring out that beam of light.
For this shoot, Jay P Morgan went for an archway with “bars” (made from black tape) to give the impression of a castle room – an easy way to transform his living room into something more medieval.
Adding pieces of diffusion to the window is another way to change up the shot, particularly if you want to remove any detail from what is behind your new window. You can even add diffusion to only some parts of the window, giving the impression that it has been broken.
This is a nice technique to try for some creative studio shots. Thinking outside the box can give great results.
Every Off-The-Runway Look Rihanna Wore On Instagram This Week
Fashion would forever be changed without the presence of Rihanna parading around in a plethora of heavy-hitting looks, straight off the runway no less. This week on Instagram, the sartorial chameleon did just that by posting four rule-breaking outfits from the likes of Molly Goddard, Burberry, Off-White and Tom Ford. From a tiered ruffled gown paired with white kicks to an all-denim look equipped with coordinating knee-high boots, proving she is leading the fashion-set by setting the precedent…