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Are my eyes RED: RAWtalk 146

No my eyes weren’t red but I did fly in on a RED EYE the morning of RAWtalk. I left Vegas on a 12:30 AM flight that got me back into Philly at 8am. EST. From there I had a few meetings to take care of and without sleep it was now time to film the latest episode of RAWtalk. To put it mildly, I was a little tired for the show.

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RANT: Shitty house photos that Realtors take that they think will help them sell their houses. GET WITH the times, either learn to take quality images or hire someone who will.

Photos news with Stephen this week was not interrupted by me or Todd. If you believe that I have a bridge for sale I would like to sell you.

We FLEW Solo as well as spun the Wheel of FRO.

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00:00:00 – Show Intro
00:07:47 – Photoshop World Recap
00:13:56 – Realtor Rant
00:18:00 – Photo News
00:52:24 – Flying Solo
01:19:20 – Wheel of Fro

Here’s the keynote from Photoshop World that Jared was referencing. It features the Scott Kelby & co. in a Photoshop Wayne’s World parody:

Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:

This 5D Mark III Pendant Was Crafted Out Of 14K Gold

A custom jewelry brand called IF & Co. designed a Canon 5D Mark III pendant crafted out of 14K gold. The pendant is so detailed that it has the 5D nameplate on there along with a 24mm L lens. In addition to the gold, the lens barrel is decked out with 34 hand-set diamonds on the front. The pendant cost $7,500 and weighs in at 65 grams and contains nearly 1.2 carats of VS grade diamonds. The entire thing weighs over 100 grams with the chain added. The pendant was crafted for a photographer named Jay, who owns 1st Impressions Studio; he clearly loves his 5D along with his 24mm lens. What camera would you have made a pendant of? (via PP)


New Photography Movie About LIFE Magazine Photographer

A new photography movie is set to him theaters next month. Called Life, the movie is about Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock doing a photo essay on James Dean. Directed by Anton Corbijn, James Dean is played by actor Dane DeHaan and the photojournalist is portrayed by Robert Pattinson. The director says, “it is really the story of Dennis Stock. We see it mostly through his eyes…and a lot of emphasis is placed on his side of the story and how he experiences this friendship.” The film is officially out on Sept. 25 and you can watch the trailer below; thoughts? (via Dazed)

Pictures of Two Celebrities Morphed Into One

Speaking of actors, Photoshop guru Pedro Berg Johnsen has released a set of photoshopped images that combine portraits of two celebrities to create a real life looking imaginary hybrid person of the two. He says he uses Photoshop for final touches and editing, but the actual blending is done in a program called SqirlzMorph. He’s got Megan Fox combined with Angelina Jolie, Arnold Schwarzenegger + Colin Farrell, Taylor Swift + Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke + Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Olsen + Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt + Harrison Ford and many more–It looks like some of these could be the lovechild of the two combined celebrities. He says it could take him anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days to complete the images, depending on what level of detail he’s going for. Find all of the images right here. (via PP)

Ethan Hawke / Brad Pitt by ThatNordicGuy on DeviantArt

Photographer Captures Lightning Bolt and a Rainbow In The Same Frame

Moving on to a real photograph, photographer Greg McCown captured a once-in-a-lifetime shot: a rainbow combined with a lightning strike in a single frame. The shot was taken near the small town of Marana, Arizona. While he was off shooting landscapes, he ended up getting caught in a heavy storm, which then resulted in leftover clouds and a rainbow. He drove toward it, set up his frame and fired away, getting a lightning strike in between. He says it was the last lightning strike of the storm too! As far as timing goes, he used an AEO Micro 4.0 lightning trigger to fire when the lightning struck. Check out the final photograph over on his website. (via PP)

This App Lets You Use Any MIDI Controller in Lightroom

A new open source app lets you use any MIDI controller interface in Lightroom. The free program called MIDI2LR was created by developer Parth Davé. He says the app and plugin work both on Mac and PC. Similar to Palette Gear, you can map your controllers knobs and faders to Lightroom’s Develop panel, and it’s unlimited on how much controls you map. The mappings can then be saved and loaded for future use. There’s a quick tutorial video on how the software can be set up below: (via PP)

This Site Sells Your Instagram Selfie Without Your Permission

A new site called Sellfie–with two L’s–will sell your Instagram selfie WITHOUT your permission. The site feeds off Instagram posts with the hashtag #selfie and then sells the photos as “single-edition” prints for $150. The site’s layout is super random too, almost like Tinder but for buying selfies. It shows one single selfie upon arrival to the homepage. Then, you just hit next until a selfie you want to buy pops up–all randomly generated. Meanwhile, the images have no attribution, minus the caption given by the owner. There’s no original link or username either. It’s nearly impossible to find if they’re using your photo too since there’s no search function enabled. Once a particular Instagram photo is ordered through the site, it won’t ever appear for sale through Sellfie again. What’s interesting is that the site’s “About” page features a quote by Richard Prince about selling direct and cutting out middlemen. Huffington Post reports that this service is by New York-based creative director named Damjan Pita. However, the site doesn’t appear to be working or loading, so it most likely is now offline. (via HP)


This Drone Was Hooked in the Air by a Fisherman

A man named Tice Ledbetter was flying his DJI Inspire 1 drone over a pier when one of the fishermen cast his fishing line at it and hooked it, and the whole thing was caught on video. The incident occurred at Pacific Beach in San Diego on Crystal Pier. The pilot escaped the wrangling by just flying away, the fisherman detached the line rather than pull it in the water luckily. However, one of the props had the fishing line completely wrapped around it, like a weedwacker when he got it back. Check out the full video below; this guy probably had the biggest catch of the day… (via LS)

These Jaw-Dropping Photos of California Wildfires Combine Astrophotography & Long Exposure

A new set of some amazing long-exposure photographs of California wildfires at night are now online. Photographer Stuart Palley put together the series which he’s calling “Terra Flamma.” He plays it safe too while capturing these dangerous moments, having completed the U.S. Forestry Service’s “Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior” course to learn how to be careful around the fires. There’s lots of light trails from sparks and firefighting airplanes in his images, combined with astrophotography with the stars popping out of the sky. Over the past few years, Palley has photographed nearly 50 wildfires. He was able to do this after having a successful Kickstarter campaign last year to help continue his work and make a photobook out of the images. He ended up raising over $10K from his initial $5,000 goal. Check out the images here. (via Wired)

This Girl Got Her Senior Portraits Taken at Taco Bell

On the opposite end of amazing photographs, a highschool girl named Brittany Nicole Creech got her senior portraits done at a local Taco Bell. Photographer Brendan Batchelor did the shoot, which was a strange but serious request, he says. To make this story even better, the girl’s Twitter bio states that it’s her “life goal to be in a Taco Bell commercial.” Wow.  

Everyone Is Mocking TIME Magazine’s New Cover Photo

More weird parody images: everyone seems to be mocking TIME magazine’s latest cover photo, an image of a man floating with virtual reality goggles on. The kid on the cover is the founder of Oculus Rift, 22-yr-old Palmer Luckey. The cover is for the Aug. 17 issue, which contains an article on the “surprising joy of virtual reality.” Everyone seems to be both bashing the photo and making parody images out of it, photoshopping him in random pictures like on the edge of the Titantic with Jack, in PSY’s “Gangnam Style” music video, as Simba in the Lion King as Rafiki’s holding him up over pride rock. TIME even got in on it and shared their favorites via a blog post. PC Gamer sums up the photo pretty well: “Is Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey setting up for a Karate Kid-style crane kick? Is he flapping the wings of a virtual pelican, swooping into the ocean for a mouthful of delicious herring?” The original photo was taken by Photographer Gregg Segal at Facebook’s headquarters, since they acquired Oculus Rift last year for $2 Billion. It was taken in front of a beach painting, which is the worse part and makes absolutely no sense–hence the random photoshopped-looking beach backdrop.



Portraits of a Newborn and His Puppy Dog That Were Born on the Same Day

Photographer Ivette Ivens released a set of newborn portraits featuring her son Dilan and their French bulldog puppy that was born on the exact same day. She says, “I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they are both going through the stage of chewing on everything,” calling their relationship, “pure, unconditional, irreplaceable and inseparable.” Ivens says, “I just take these photographs during random parts of the day.” Head here to see the full set. (via TDM)

Canon’s New Hilarious Set of PIXMA Printers Commcercials

Canon’s new commercial for its PIXMA line of printers called “Never Again” tells you why you should print your photos, in a funny way. Canon says of the series of ads: “Sharing that game-changing photo shouldn’t have life-changing consequences.” There’s six ads total in the series which you can find below. Well done, Canon! (via PP)