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Ep. 24: Canon Versus the Gray Market

Here’s episode 24 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. You can also download the MP3 directly and subscribe via iTunes or RSS!

Museum Asks Visitors to Put Down Cameras and Pick Up Pencils and Sketch Pads

Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, recently launched a new campaign called “The Big Draw.” It’s an effort to get museum visitors to ditch cameras and simple snapshots in favor of drawing the artworks in order to more fully appreciate the easy-to-miss details.

Minais Gerais Highlands

In early 1950s, Brazilian novelist Guimarães Rosa went to a 10 days journey with 8 native cowboys along 150 miles in Minas Gerais, resulting in one of most important works of Brazilian literature, “The Devil to Pay in the Backlands (1956)”.

This Shot of a Diving Kingfisher Was 6 Years and 720K Photos in the Making

Nailing the perfect shot sometimes requires a lot of patience. Scottish photographer Alan McFadyen would know: he spent an estimated 6 years, 4,200 hours, and 720,000 exposures trying to nail the perfect symmetrical shot of a kingfisher diving into its reflection.

World Press Photo Now Has a Code of Ethics After 60 Years in Existence

World Press Photo today announced major changes to its prestigious photo contest for 2016. There’s now a new code of ethics, the first time the 60-year-old contest has published such a thing, as well as revised rules and detailed guidance for entries.

10 Practical Tips for Fighting G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

I am addicted to G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I always want to buy new stuff — the newest iPad (Epic), cars (Mustang), phone (iPhone 6s or Nexus 6P), clothes (hipster $200+ raw denim), coffee makers ($500+), and tons of other stuff in my Amazon gift list.

‘See Better Shoot Better’: Seeing the World Differently as a Photographer

If you can carve 20 minutes out of your day, check out this fantastic lecture that was recently given by award-winning photojournalist Michael Goulding at Sports Shooter Academy 12.

Woman Becomes Face of Suicide Bomber After Photo is Sold by Former Friend

Earlier this month, we shared how a Sikh man named Veerender Jubbal was misidentified as a Paris attack terrorist after someone maliciously Photoshopped a selfie he took.

VSCO Film Simulation Packs Now Cost $59 After Price Slashed in Half

VSCO‘s popular film simulation software for Lightroom and Photoshop just saw a massive price cut. Instead of price tags of up to $119 for each pack of filters, the price has been halved for each pack, so you can pick up any of them for just $59.

CompositingStock Uses a Safety Cone to Help You Get Sizes Right in Composites

Photographer Dave Cross has been a well-known Photoshop educator since 1990. Today, he just launched a new stock photo service called CompositingStock, which uses a collapsible safety cone in order to help photographers figure out how big subjects should be on backgrounds.

Tip: Get Low When Photographing Birds in Water

Like other shorebirds, western grebes do not go by the human calendar or clock to tell them when to start their new family.

‘Recovered Footage’ From the Viral Wrong-Way GoPro Vegas Vacation Video

A couple of weeks ago, we shared an endearing video by a rural Irishman who accidentally spent an entire Las Vegas vacation with his son’s GoPro camera pointed backwards at himself instead of out at the world.

This See-Through Lens Adapter Lets You Go Wild with Lens Flares

If you’ve always wanted to go crazy and creative with lens flares in your photos or videos, then Technical Farm’s new Flare Adapter is for you.

NoPro: A GoPro Ad Parody of Regular People Stunts

Tripp and Tyler of the audio podcast Hello Today made this humorous 2.5-minute video that pokes fun at GoPro’s action sport advertisements.

A Real-World Review of the Canon PowerShot G3X

The G-series of cameras from Canon have always been their enthusiast/prosumer range with features and specs that typically outclass their other compact cameras.

6 Photographers Asked to Shoot the Same Objects… With No Repeats

Canon Australia has been conducting a series of experiments that are “designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.” For the latest one, titled “Evolution,” the company gathered 6 professional photographers and gave them everyday objects to photograph.

The World’s Brightest Flashlight Can Light the World with 90000 Lumens

Need a light to illuminate clouds or a mountainside? Check out the world’s most powerful flashlight, created by Daniel Riley of Stratus Productions.

17 Ideas for Marketing Your Wedding Photography in the Off-Season

Weddings are a seasonal thing. They really pick up in spring, roll on at a steady pace through summer and then spike into the fall.

Use This ‘Hold Your Sub’ Trick for Slimmer Portraits

New York portrait photographer Peter Hurley is back again with yet another pro portrait trick he uses for shooting better headshots of people.

How to Shoot a Seamless Day-to-Night Time-Lapse

Cal Thomson of Manchester, UK, made this 11-minute video tutorial on creating a time-lapse video that transitions seamlessly from day to night.