Must Haves for the Modern Field Photographer

Cameras are lighter, smaller, and less expensive than ever. Amateurs are now able to afflord the same rigs the pros use daily. Along with the advances in camera technology, accessories have followed suit. There are tons of excellent add-ons that have turned a field shoot with 3 pelican boxes into a single-backpack comprehensive toolkit. Here are a few recommendations to supercharge your field shoots while keeping it agile.

Check Out This Hellish New Airline Seating Layout

Flying economy can be miserable. Luggage searches, bad food, the odd crying baby and absolutely no leg or shoulder room. Now Wired just found that a French company has patented a seating configuration which promises to make it even worse. Their concept places the middle passenger–already the worst seat–facing backwards. Their “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon” would pack in more neighbors than ever before, and put them right in our face too.

Gamechangers: How a Small Online Publication Got Anthony Bourdain’s Attention

In our Gamechangers series, we shocase innovators and agile creatives out there doing a lot with little resources or changing our ideas about what content is and how it can be delivered. This week, we explore Roads and Kingdoms’ digital publication. 

Make a Map Poster of Anywhere with Mapiful

Maps are one of our addictions here at VN, so when we found Mapiful we were completely floored. This company helps you print minimalist black and white street map posters using any location in the world. That’s great news for those of us who live outside major cities like London or San Francisco, who tend to miss most of the love from poster designers.

Metal Subway Map Cuffs Are Perfect for the Stylish Traveler

Nothing says tourist like holding a giant map while you try to find your way around a new city. But Designhype wants you to look stylish and confident while you’re exploring the world. They have created a brilliant metal cuff that combines fashion with function. Featuring subway maps of major metro cities, it’s a collection that every traveler can appreciate.

Delta Airlines Made a Meme-Filled Safety Video You’ll Actually Want to Watch

We don’t get too many opportunities to write about airline safety videos, and there’s a pretty good reason: they are stare-into-space-dreaming-about-anything-else BORING. Then you have this version from Delta.

At 6 minutes long, it easily exceeds the length of your average safety video, but you’ll probably watch every second. Why? They’ve filled it to the brim with the internet’s favorite memes, from Overly Attached Girlfriend and Keyboard Cat, to the Double Rainbow guy and the shark suit wearing Roomba cat.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

Sad Guy Who Won Vacation, Wins Again, Takes Wife and Baby, Has Great Time

You might remember Kevin Blandford from a few months ago. The 34-year-old telecom worker from Louisville, Kentucky won a free vacation to Puerto Rico from his job. The only problem? His baby daughter was too young to make the trip, and his wife stayed home to take care of her. Blandford decided to document his vacation with a series of dour faced photos showing his family he wasn’t having a bit of fun without them.

The hilarious series went viral – so popular that he won himself another, identical, Puerto Rican vacation – this time with the family.

Polaroid Zip: A Phone-Sized Printer Lets You Make Pictures On the Go, Without Ink or Toner

The joy of sharing a physical photograph is something we’ve mostly forgotten in the age of smart phones and Facebook photo albums, but there’s something truly special about giving (or receiving) a real, bonafide print. The Polaroid Zip is one way to bring that tactile joy back.

Towering Villages in Yemen, Built from Mud Bricks

Unless you live in the coastal plains on its west coast, Yemen is one of the harshest places in the world. Most of the country is elevated, with high and dry desert plateaus and rugged mountains that receive so little water the country has no permanent rivers – only seasonal washes called “wadi” which remain dry except when summer rains sprinkle the landscape with life. Here is a place for hardy people. The Yemenis of Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen have built incredible towering villages from an unusual material – mud bricks.