Kodak has announced a new budget film scanner called the Scanza. Designed for consumers, the scanner can digitize a number of different film formats, from 35mm still photos to 8mm motion picture film.
The Kodak Scanza comes with three different adapter trays for working with different film sizes (35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm). The film is scanned into 14-megapixel JPEG files. If you need higher resolution, the scanner can interpolate the images up to 22MP for you.
Digitized photos can be stored on an SD card using the built-in card slot, saved to a computer, or played back via HDMI.
On the front of the device is a 3.5-inch tilting LCD screen that gives you a preview of your photos before you scan. Based on the preview, you can adjust things like color and exposure.
Mariah Carey Makes Merch For New Year’s Eve ‘Tea’ Moment
Mariah Carey is showing who wears the pants in her infamous relationship with New Year’s Eve—well, actually, who wears the shirt and sips the tea. On New Year’s Eve, the pop diva returned to the stage for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in New York to redeem herself from her performance during the previous year, which she easily did. She sang her classic hits “Vision of Love” and “Hero,” and, in between songs, said, “I just want to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me — they told me…
Drunk Droning May Become a Prison-Worthy Crime in New Jersey
You’ve heard of drunk driving, but what about drunk droning? That’s what’s on track to become a new crime in the state of New Jersey after lawmakers voted to approve the new bill.
Reuters reported last week that this proposed law, Senate Bill S-3370, is part of a movement among US states to bring the relatively unregulated (and exploding) drone market “back to earth.”
Here’s some of the key text of the bill, which lawmakers just passed with a 65-0 vote in the State Assembly this week after a 39-0 vote in the State Senate last month:
Under the bill, it is a disorderly persons offense to operate a drone: 1) knowingly or intentionally in a manner that endangers the life or property of another; 2) to take or assist in the taking of wildlife; and 3) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug or with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
The bill also bans other activities with a drone, including endangering “the safety or security of a correctional facility,” interfering with first responders, spy on a correctional facility, preventing or hindering the lawful taking of wildlife, violating a restraining order, and harassing/stalking/invading privacy.
The bill now moves to the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who must sign it before his second term ends on January 16, 2018, if the bill is to become law.
Rare ‘Fake Leica’ Sculpture Shows Up on eBay for 0,000
A famous and rare stainless steel “fake Leica” camera sculpture has popped up on eBay. The asking price: $99,995 with $350 economy shipping.
We first reported on this sculpture back in 2011. It was created by Chinese artist Liao Yibai, who made three 772lb (350kg) sculptures that were subsequently displayed in Leica stores around the world.
One of the three sculptures was reportedly sold in December 2014 after it had been on display in Leica’s Los Angeles store with a $1 million price tag. It was also rumored that the buyer was Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, who purchased a $70 million hilltop mansion nearby that was soon reported to have “a giant Leica camera” as decor.
In addition to these three giant Leica sculptures, Liao also made smaller versions of the sculpture that measure 17.625x30x19.25in (44.8×76.2×48.9cm) and weigh 88 pounds (40kg).
It’s one of these smaller sculptures, bearing the serial number 8/12, that is now being sold on eBay by the Dutch store Leica Store Lisse.
“It comes with the wooden crate included, which is especially designed for shipping this sculpture,” the store writes. “One similar ‘Fake Leica’ recently sold at Westlicht Auction (in November 2013, lot 332) for Euro 96.000!”
“So here is your last chance to obtain a very rare art-piece which you’ll not see offered on e-Bay anymore once it has been sold!”
Head on over to the eBay listing if you’re interesting in shelling out $100,000 or making a lower offer.
How to Do a Photo Shoot from Start to Finish, From Planning to Editing
Photographers Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street have released a 5-part video tutorial series that teaches how to plan a shoot, find a suitable location, secure the ideal model, conduct the shoot, and edit the results.
The shoot was conducted using a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Hasselblad x1D. Thoughts on the latter are found in the final video in this series.
Part 1. Conceptualizing a Shoot
In this video, learn how to create a mood-board that will guide you through the entire shoot process, keeping you on track. For example, with the shoot being inspired by the French vintage style in the movie Amelie, images from Google of these specific styles were used to inform the stylist via the mood board.
Part 2. Finding a Location
With a $300 budget for finding a location, adapting and compromising was definitely on the cards. The photographers look at both the color and texture of a shoot location, as well as the light and interactivity of the area.
“Your location can contribute immensely to the overall mood of your photos,” says Rachel. “It should be intentional when you choose it.”
The team recommend sometimes using websites Peerspace or AirBNB for finding and renting suitable locations.
Part 3. Finding a Model
“One of the best and easiest ways to get your team together is by asking professionals in your industry for recommendations,” says Rachel.
Using Instagram is also a good way to find models, but another app called Artstel can be good for finding the right person who fits the shoot. You can also look to use agencies and Facebook groups for those looking to get a break in the industry.
Part 4. Conducting the Photoshoot
In this episode, take a front seat during the shoot and see exactly how Daniel and Rachel conduct themselves and direct the models.
Part 5. Cinematic Photo Editing (and Gear Thoughts)
Using the Hasselblad X1D camera, which costs around $11,700 with the lens, the team were “not used to the medium-format workflow.” Despite that, the 16-bit color depth, 14 stops of dynamic range, and 50-megapixel sensor impressed the photographers.
Interestingly, Daniel spends some time in the Camera Calibration window of Lightroom, ensuring that the colors are exactly what he is looking for from the start. With some very fine-tuned adjustments to the Tone Curve, as well as other more “traditional” sliders in Lightroom, the shot is coming alive.
Don’t be afraid to try different crops, too. At first, Daniel tries out the 12:5 aspect ratio for a more cinematic look. However, he settles on 16:9 in the end.
Finally, check out some of the images produced during this shoot:
Koché, the Rising Parisian Brand Meshing Couture and Sports
A new guard of designers is beginning to emerge throughout the Paris fashion scene, ushering in a wave of top-notch talents looking to leave their lasting imprint on the industry. Designer Christelle Kocher of Koché happens to be one of fashion’s brightest talents and is setting her sights on the American market.
For Kocher, her design aesthetic is a hybrid that melds her love for streetwear and training in couture, working with oversized parkas and shrunken tops that are bedecked in feath…
Blindly Taking Apart a ,000 Camera to See What’s Inside
While riding an ATV through snowy trails, photographer Peter McKinnon accidentally broke the mic input jack on his $6,000 Canon 1D X Mark II. Before sending the DSLR in to Canon for repairs, McKinnon decided to try his hand at blindly opening up the camera to see what’s inside.
As you’ll see in the 12-minute video above that documents the experience, McKinnon decided to try and figure out how to open it up himself simply by poking around. So, he went to the hardware store and purchased some tools he thought he might need:
The screws you’ll need to take out to open up the camera body aren’t ordinarily visible. McKinnon found them after taking the gutsy step of pulling off the rubber grips found all over the body. Once the screws were removed, he was able to pop off both the front and back of the camera.
“For me, it’s actually really interesting to see the inside of such a workhorse of a camera,” McKinnon says. “It really makes you appreciate any camera that you’re using for any job. They’re very delicate and extremely impressive devices. And we carry these with us every single day.”
This 3-Year Timelapse Reveals How Quickly Seattle Has Grown
In January 2015, a 360-degree HD webcam was installed on top of the iconic Space Needle in Seattle. Ricardo Martin Brualla amassed still frames over the past 3 years and created this beautiful 4-minute time-lapse video showing how much Seattle has been developed over this period of time.
Brualla is a Google researcher whose interests include computational photography. He gathered together a total of 2,166 panoramas shot by the webcam — two ~9-megapixel photos per day (shot at 10:30am and 2:30pm), every day for the past 3 years.
The photos were then stabilized and smoothed temporally “to remove the variation due to weather and lighting conditions” (i.e. the jarring flickering that occurs in these types of timelapses). Here’s a short video that shows how the timelapse was made:
“It is fascinating to observe it at a larger time-scale, as my video shows,” Brualla tells The Seattle Times. “However, I’m still impressed with what’s coming up. If you walk/bike/drive through South Lake Union and Denny, there are still a lot of projects in the early stages of development or that have not broken ground yet! Seattle is going to continue changing very fast.”
‘Structure’: 4K Shots of Organic Things Magnified up to 1000x
Structure is a new short film by photographer Drew Geraci, who used a microscope and 4K camera to capture the beauty of ordinary organic objects when magnified up to 1000x.
Here’s a list of the things that appear in the film: Kiwi, Strawberry, blueberry, Lemon, Lime, Green/Orange Bell Pepper, Bell Pepper Seeds, Soap Bubbles, Star Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Beet, Beet Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Prickly pear, Horned Melon, Carbonated Water, Mushrooms and Pachira Aquatica, Broccoli, Carrots.
“It all started with a single shot – a small frozen snowflake I captured using a 100mm macro lens,” Geraci writes. “I’ve shot plenty of macro photography in the past, but for some reason, this image ignited my imagination and passion to shoot.
“So I did what any sane person would do — bought a microscope with camera capabilities and I started to shoot everyday objects at 1000x+ magnifications.”
Geraci visited the grocery store and purchased as many unique-looking organic foods he could find, and then spent 30 days shooting the 20+ subjects at different magnifications.
Everything was shot with a Sony a9 mirrorless camera looking through a microscope, and the motion was done by connecting the lower microscope tray to a stepper motor, which created microscopic slider moves.
Here’s what Geraci has to say about the challenges he faced in shooting this project:
Since I was capturing motion now everything needed to be 100% completely still. This was the hard part at 1000x magnification. I must have filmed the same sequence 10 or 20 times before I got a completely still and usable shot. The slightest vibration could easily ruin the scene.
The next challenge was lightning. Capturing video via a microscope requires a ton of light and the microscope’s light is only so powerful. Each bulb only lasted for up to 3 hours at max power before they would die. I must have gone through 8 or 9 bulbs during the course of filming (and they’re not cheap bulbs!). Because of this, I needed to rig up external lightning that could help illuminate the scene. I ended up using a small Manfrotto Lykos light which did the trick.
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