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Cool Stuff – January 16, 2012

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. If you have something you think should be included, let us know! Email us at [email protected]

Weekly Recap – October 31, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 30.

  1. It’s not news, but it is newsworthy – The folks over at The Photoletariat have posted an awesome video about vendor-client relationships. Many of our customers here at will connect with this right away.
  2. Burn, a riveting documentary about firefighters in Detroit was filmed using helmet-mounted Contour HD cameras (much like the GoPro cameras we rent). The documentary needs funding, however, so go over to the project’s Kickstarter page and help out if you can.
    BURN – Footage shot with Contour HD helmet cameras from Tom Putnam on Vimeo.
  3. Here’s your slo-mo video of the week: Waves, shot at thousands of frames per second..
  4. Adobe Photoshop 6 might just go with a Lightroom/Aperture-like theme. AppleInsider has a sneak peek into the next version of the popular image editing software.
  5. Google+, which is getting a LOT of love from photographers, is now giving some love back. Google has introduced the Creative Kit, which allows you to add filters to your uploaded images.
  6. The folks over at Phaidon press have released the third in a series of one-minute tips from National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. McCurry took one of the most iconic photographs in the world, the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, called “Afghan Girl”.
  7. File this under the “What? Why?” department. Nikon is reportedly looking at acquiring the WebOS operating system from HP.
  8. Look! Up in the sky! It’s… a ball? No, it’s the future of aerial camera systems, says Petapixel. The Japanese ministry of defense has apparently gone off and invented a spherical flying device. Amazing.
  9. has an interesting read on shooting with your conscience. It’s not the first time that a photographer has turned down a client on principle, but it’s always interesting to hear about it anyway.
  10. And, because it’s Halloween and we can’t very well leave this recap without a costume-related piece, here it is: A working Nikon camera costume.

Weekly Recap – October 10, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 9.

  1., in tribute to Steve Jobs, in tribute to Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: The greatest visionary of our time passed away last week. You’ve already read this all over the web, seen it on TV, but no news recap would be complete without mention of the passing of this icon.

  2. Staged Photojournalism: How much of the photojournalism you look at is staged? Photographer Ruben Salvadori takes a hard, critical look at that question in this provocative and very disturbing video.
  3. California photographers, pay up – quick! Didn’t pay your model as soon as the shoot was done? Tsk tsk. You might just get sued, thanks to an obscure labor law in California.
  4. Adobe announces stuff. Everyone’s happy. Everyone’s mad. Just another Monday? Adobe announced a slew of new products at the MAX 2011 conference. Some things made people happy (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Yay!).  Other things made people mad (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Boo!). Adobe’s own Terry White has a nice roundup here:
  5. Google+ for photographers: A really good set of videos, courtesy of Scott Kelby. Definitely worth a view.
  6. Yes, but will it focus? The guys at Fuji are planning a competitor to the Micro 4/3 format. Because we don’t have enough competing small-factor interchangeable lens formats.!/fujiguys/status/121950934426337280
  7. It’s real! No it’s not! One of the best demos we’ve ever seen of inserting 3D items into an image. Bad Photoshop jobs might be a thing of the past. PR departments at BP and in Iran rejoice.
  8. Is that a microscope in your pocket? More cool stuff from the “must have now even though I have no earthly use for it” department. The geeks at UC Davis have turned the iPhone’s camera into a microscope. No, you don’t need to upgrade to the 4S – unless you want Siri to tell you what horrible disease she sees in the magnified images.
  9. Cancer is cruel and unforgiving, and now it looks to take Photojojo founder Amit Gupta too. Minorities are underrepresented in bone marrow donation banks. Please help.