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A Visual Compendium of Cameras

Wednesday 04.24.2013 , Posted by

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Whether you’re using a digital camera or a film camera, photography is photography… and we’re happy to say that Pop Chart Labs knows that. Their soon to be printed Visual Compendium of Cameras traces the history of the world capturing device through 100 landmark renditions, from the original film based Kodak camera of 1888 and the Leica A of 1925, to the digital Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Go Pro Hero III of today (yes, names have become longer). For any lover of capturing the world around them – whether in black & white or high definition moving color – this poster is camera gold. [Read more...]

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Vintage Cameras Found with Old Film

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by

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Vintage camera collector Chris Hugues was picking up another camera to add to his 300 plus collection. To his surprise, he found two packages of slides in the worn leather case. Taking a close look he found that the slides were taken by a French soldier from WWI. There were some photos of battle and unique images of the time period. Thus began a journey to “hunt” vintage cameras with undeveloped film still in the case or camera. [Read more...]

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Pinhole Photographer Captures the Places She Sleeps

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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For the past ten years, photographer Sheila Bocchine has been documenting the various places she has slept in the world. Using a pinhole camera – which is a camera with no lens and only a single small aperture, a pinhole – she has been capturing the motions of her deep sleep. She titles her ongoing project “Sleeping. Dreaming.[Read more...]

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New Google Trekker Camera: Tracking Maps Off-Road

Friday 07.06.2012 , Posted by

Check out Google’s latest gadget: the Street View Trekker! It’s a backpack-mounted, panorama grabbing camera that will be used to map off-road trails. The device runs on two lithium batteries for an entire day and weighs under 40 pounds. Luc Vincent, the Engineering director, has already taken it skiing and has hopes of taking it to the Grand Canyon, Venice, and numerous other places in the future. With Google Earth, it will allow people to take virtual of tours of places they may never have the endurance, ability, or time to see. Google is also working towards having all of their maps offline, so they can be accessed even when a device is out of range for 3g or Wifi service. [Read more...]

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Future Fossils: Vintage Tech Cast in Concrete

Tuesday 05.08.2012 , Posted by

20,000 years from now, what will the future generations of archeologists be digging up? While the obvious food item would be the long-lived Twinkie, technology wise there are a ton of interesting items to puzzle future researchers. I mean, what the heck are they going to think of USB cables and iPads? [Read more...]

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Build a Paper Hasselblad Camera… That Works!

Wednesday 07.27.2011 , Posted by

It’s not often that we run across a piece of paper art that is also functional, but that’s just what we have here: set designer and paper aficionado Kelly Angood has recently designed a strikingly lifelike Hasselblad camera made entirely of paper and corrugated cardboard. As you can see from the results below, the pinhole camera gives some very stylish and classic results on it’s medium format 120 film. [Read more...]

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Inventor of the Digital Camera: An Interview

Tuesday 05.31.2011 , Posted by

A few weeks before President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Technology Steven Sasson sat down for an interview with David Friedman. Recorded at the Kodak headquarters, it is quite interesting to hear Sassons reasoning behind picking only 30 pictures as the maximum capacity for the camera and his prediction that in 15 to 20 years the new technology would start to effect the consumer photography market; he was pretty close to spot on. [Read more...]

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Disassembled To The Last Screw

Wednesday 04.13.2011 , Posted by

Todd McLellan says he got his start finger painting in kindergarten and things haven’t changed much: he’s still doing things kids love to do. His newest work, Disassembly, finds him taking apart old typewriters, push mowers and cameras down to the smallest screw, then carefully arranging all the parts and photographing them. He also creates complex exploded views of the objects with each piece hanging suspended in space. Next time little Johnny takes apart the DVD player, you’ll now know what to do.

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Still Developing: A Celebration of Polaroid Film

Friday 01.21.2011 , Posted by


No medium has quite provided instant gratification like the now discontinued Polaroid 600 film. Snap a shot, wait a minute and you had a uniquely hued print that only instant film could provide.
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30 Years of BAD Pictures

Wednesday 12.22.2010 , Posted by


National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale has had an illustrious and varied 30-year career. From mounting a camera in the tail of a jumbo jet, to taking the hologram image for the 100th anniversary edition of National Geographic, to being used as a seat for a bear, his journey has been full of surprises. For the secret behind why these beautiful and stunning photographs are labeled ‘BAD,’ hear the story in the video below.
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