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The “Walk Of Shame”: FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk 160

What is the “Walk Of Shame” and who took it? Well, we all took it at one point or another while at the Grand Canyon. To find out what exactly we are talking about check out 1:02:04 of the show for more.

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We have Photo News with Stephen, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals a plenty and Flying Solo.

This week’s focus of Flying Solo was a Behind the Scenes look at Episode #01 of the FroKnowsPhoto Show. You guys wanted us to pull back the curtain just a little, so we did.

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Show Intro – 00:00:16
Videoblocks 50% Off Sale – 00:07:22
Black Froday Sale – 00:07:58
Todd’s Improv Show Recap with Atomos – 00:12:28
Photo News – 00:16:17
Flying Solo – 00:48:11
Walk of Shame Footage – 01:02:04
Wheel of Fro – 01:19:13
“Spin That Wheel” Submission Talk – 01:20:47

Here’s Todd’s full improv show with his group The Sardines. This video was filmed by Stephen with a pair of Nikon D750’s and an Atomos Assassin and Shogun:

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

Leica Unveils “Purest” M Model: The Leica M (Typ 262)

Leica has unveiled the 4th model in their “M” lineup: introducing the Leica M (Typ 262) camera. Leica says the new camera is a bare bones version of the M model and geared for the still shooter in mind. They say it “focuses on the essentials of M rangefinder photography,” and that it’s the “M in its purest form.” Leica adds that “the Leica M-System fulfils real photographic needs. This applies in particular to the Leica M (Typ 262) – a digital rangefinder camera that consciously offers less than is technically possible.” Similar to the Nikon DF, there’s no video recording, no liveview, and the menu system has even been “streamlined and simplified,” only having two pages of settings and options now. Spec wise, it has a 24MP full frame sensor, ISO range of 200-6400 natively, shoots up to 3fps, has an aluminum body (making it 100g lighter than the Typ 240), and a 3-inch LCD screen with gorilla glass. The shutter has also been made quieter compared to the Typ 240. Leica says it’s “barely audible” and “guarantees maximum discretion.” Official sample images taken with the camera can be found here. It’s available now for $5,195, will you be upgrading?


New Photo Book Features People Eating Lunch in the 70’s

A new photo book features street portraits of New Yorkers and Chicagoans on their lunch break in the 70’s. Simply called Lunchtime, the book is by photographer Charles H. Traub. Between 1977 and 1980, he ventured onto the streets of Chicago, New York and even a couple European cities to photograph people on their lunch break. He ran into many people, even including Jackie Kennedy Onassis. He says he also made life-long friends, which can likely be credited to the up-close nature of his shots. Traub says he always got permission and talked to his subjects before photographing them: “We quickly exchanged information, most importantly about who they were: professors, business people, shop owners, musicians etc. A couple of the people became real friends. Most memorable is the fact that I have no memory of anyone rejecting my quest to photograph them. Of course, there were always questions like why are you doing this, and I answered I’m an artist and I like the way you look, or the drape of your scarf, or I’m just curious about where you are going for lunch.” Distinct features of the photographs include the subjects’ fashion choice: from huge tinted glasses, to crazy mustaches, to retro logo shirts–they’re all very dated-looking. The book is now available on Amazon for about $32 and you can find a couple of the images here. (via Gothamist)


FAA Releases Recommendation List For Registering Your Drone

The FAA has published their drone task force’s list of recommendations for registering your drone. The main recommendations of the 14-page report include: that the registration procedure should apply to unmanned airborne systems that weigh 250g or more, it should be free and easy to register online, and one registration number could be used on multiple drones operated by the same person. Drone operators would be required to enter their name and street address into a web-based or app-based registry, but other contact details – like email and phone number – would be optional. The system would also be powered by an API that multiple websites can feed into. That means manufacturers could set up their own registration sites when buying online. Here’s an odd one: new drone owners wouldn’t be able to register at the point-of-sale, since they say it wouldn’t be illegal to “own” an unregistered drone, it’d only be illegal to operate a registered drone outdoors. Operators would get a certificate of registration that they’d have to carry with them (in printed or electronic form) whenever they’re flying their drone. The registration number would have to be marked legibly on every drone they owned. Registrants would also need to be at least 13-years-old, to comply with child privacy laws. However, younger kids could operate drones that have been registered by a parent or guardian. There would also be an education component built into the registration process, similar to the FAA’s “Know Before You Fly” campaign. The report says all operators will have to register too, or otherwise “find themselves inadvertently in violation of this new system.” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the interim rules for the registration system are likely to be released next month. In the meantime, you can read the entire proposed report here to prepare yourself: (via MB)


New Photo Project Brings Long-Distance Couple Together

A long-distance couple were reunited in a single photograph, although they were on opposite sides of the world when it was taken. Seok Li and Danbi Shi took a series of photos which they’re calling “half & half,” where they take the picture of the same thing, but in each location (South Korea and New York), later combining them into a split-screen mashup image. The couple says they collaborate in real-time too, talking over the phone and capturing the photos simultaneously, despite the 14-hour time difference. Check out an image from the project below and follow along on Instagram under their handle @shinliart. (via PP)

03 : Pass / 지나감 (2015 Triumphal Arch, Washington square Park NY / 서울 서대문구 독립문) 우리의 시간이 지나가면 우리의 이야기도 지나갑니다. 우리의 지난 시간을 기억하고자합니다. 그대의 어젯밤이 지나면 내가 그 밤을 오늘과 함께 받겠습니다. – When our time passes by, our story also passes by. Let’s remember our time that had passed by. When your last ‘night’ passes by, I will receive it with the offer of ‘today’. – The new collage presented by ShinDanbiLiSeok, which usually focuses in the realms of installation art and media art, is a project created by the two in different places while sharing their daily lives. The two artists are currently far from each other in Seoul and New York. We adjusting the position of the phone call and smooth paste take photos. This project name is “Half&half”. Their art started with a simple thought of wondering if anything can be created while being away from eachother. The photos are taken simultaneously despite 14 hour difference. The project aims to discover the similarites during the course of a completely different lifestyle between New York and Seoul. – #신단비이석예술 #SHINLIART – NewYork in SHINDANBI Seoul in LISEOK – Art Collaboration – Half&half PROJECT_Collage_2015 #USA#KOREA#한국#미국#뉴욕#서울#홍대#디자인#예술#예술가#전시#사진#콜라보레이션#콜라주#롱디#럽스타그램#커플#디자이너#아트디렉터#LDR#longD#사랑#art#artist#halfnhalf#halfhalf#combo#half

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Photographer’s Tripod Mistaken for a Machine Gun

Police were called to an office building in Lancaster, PA this past week after a photographer’s tripod was mistaken for a machine gun. Officers responded to the 11AM call by searching the Griest Building floor-by-floor for the suspected gunman. They soon found the female photographer and…her tripod. Check out a photo of the photographer below, posing with her hands up and the police around her with full body armor and helmets. The image caption reads: “Sometimes, when a charming photographer from the Reading Eagle comes to take your photo for an upcoming story, and someone on the street see her tripod under her arm and thinks it’s a machine gun, and calls the police, and they arrive to search the building floor by floor to locate her, and find her to only learn that it was just a tripod — a happy photo gets taken.” Lancaster police Lt. Todd Umstead says the caller did the right thing and that police would “much rather respond to a call like this” and find nothing, than not get a call when someone really has a gun. (via ABC)


Tank Gun Barrels Make For Perfect Camera Stabilizers

A newly-uploaded video (which was filmed in 1986) shows how a Leopard battle tank would make for an excellent camera stabilizer. In the video, a German soldier pours a beer into a pitcher, places it on the tank’s barrel, and watches as the tank floors it (over bumps and all) while the barrel and beer are steady and stabilized, not spilling a drop. For real-world usage, in a separate video (also seen below), someone did attach a camera to the newer Leopard 2 tank recently, showing what it would look like if you were to actually use it as a camera stabilizer. Why is it so steady you ask? So the tank can fire accurately while moving at a top speed, not be used as camera stabilizers. (via Reddit)

New 365-Day Photo Project Showcases The Sith Lord’s Everyday Life

Photographer Pawel Kadysz is currently putting together a new 365-day photo series showcasing what it would look like in Darth Vader’s every-day life. The images portray the Sith Lord “as just a normal guy with everyday life problems.” Some examples include Darth Vader using the force to hold up a camera, reading a book called “How to Rule,” and heading to the “Death Star Market” to go grocery shopping. To take the photos, the photographer is using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark I with a few M.Zuiko lenses and a “cheap, amateur strobe.” To follow the project, you can check out his account @dvader. The profile’s description reads: “Sith Lord. The Emperor. Born and raised on Tatooine. Loves to fly his TIE fighter. Took up photography lately. Releases the shutter using the Force. The dark one.” Just a few more weeks away from Episode VII! (via BP)


Photo by Pawel Kadysz

Canon Suing Gray Market Camera Dealers

Canon is suing gray market camera dealers including Get It Digital, All New Shop, F&E Trading (which owns Big Value, Electronics Valley, Electronics Basket, DavisMax, Netsales and Sixth Avenue). For those that don’t know, the gray market is when a dealer imports and sells unauthorized gear that was intended for another country’s camera market, where the cheaper gear is legitimate, not counterfeit, but it’s unauthorized and usually isn’t covered by Canon’s warranty. Canon USA claims that gray market products infringe upon its U.S. trademark for the Canon brand, since they are the exclusive licensee of the Canon brand for the U.S. market. They argue that the 3rd-party retailers should be ordered to stop importing Canon products from other markets for sale. Canon USA says it harms customers too by spreading counterfeit serial numbers, by not having solid warranty coverage, by using misleading packaging, by including cheap photocopies of manuals, and by including accessories that are compliant with local regulations. They also want what the 3rd party companies earned from selling the goods: “The damages sought by Canon in these lawsuits could very well reach into the millions of dollars and put these companies out of business for good.” Check out copies of the legal documents below via the Photography Bay for all the details. Do you own 3rd-party Canon gear? (via PB)

Canon v GID Combined Complaint

Angry Brides Confront Wedding Photographer On Camera

Angry brides are fighting back when their wedding photographer, Justin Hollow of Lakes photography, failed to deliver on their images. Australia TV program A Current Affair took their “bridal justice bus” filled with several of the upset brides and grooms–all decked out in wedding attire too–and confronted the photographer. The 15-min video has them all trying to get answers from him, saying he allegedly left half of them in tears on their big day. They go on to note that he “abused guests,” didn’t pay refunds after cancelling, didn’t deliver his products, and supposedly threatened newlyweds that he will delete their files and take them to court for defamation if they post negative reviews on social media. In the video, Hollow says his delays have not been intentional, and that most are just waiting on the video portion of their package. After confronting him, the team at A Current Affair hired other photographers to take photos of the couples that same day, hence why they were all dressed up. Hollow has since been banned from being a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and since the initial filming of this video, he has also delivered most of the confronting couples’ full wedding packages. Check out the video below: (via ACA)


DJI To Open Up Flagship Retail Store

More drone news: DJI is set to open its flagship retail store in Shenzhen, China. The store will sell their drones along with other video rigs like their new Osmo stabilizer. The store itself looks more like a showcase room for drones, although they say there will be a flight cage in the store but customers WON’T be able to try out the drones themselves. According to DJI, part of the purpose of the new flagship store is to get more consumers who aren’t already familiar with drones to play with them and become interested: “We want more people to see and touch our products,” says a DJI spokesman. So far, the company has made all of its direct sales online, although it does work with dealers around the world to get its drones into physical stores as well. According to The Wall Street Journal, DJI says it will likely open other retail locations in the future, but has no specific plans for expansion right now. Check out early renders of inside the store below. The company expects to open the store in mid-to-late December. (via WSJ)


dji render

Dallas Police Confront Film Crew For Flying Their “Drone” Near Airport

A new video by YouTube user TheShowmebby shows Dallas police and detectives confronting a film crew about flying their “drone” in restricted air space. The video, which can be seen below, starts off with the police advising them, saying they contacted the FAA, verifying that it’s illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport (which they are within that limit and that they cannot fly their so-called drone). The police then leave, and the video pans to the rig in question in the back of an SUV. Now, it is a DJI product, BUT, it’s a DJI Ronin–a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer–NOT a drone. Watch the whole encounter unfold below: