Photog Makes Finals of Astro Photographer of the Year Just a Week after Buying First Camera!

It’s that time of year again when the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London releases the latest selection of winners from the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards. We reached out to our good friend Matthew Robinson who just landed runner up in the skyscapes category with this incredible photograph off the shores of his home town Sunderland and asked him to tell PhoGoTraphy the story behind the image.

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Hi Matt, incredible image. Can you tell us a bit more about what’s going on in the frame for us non-astro experts?

The photograph is of an atmospheric phenomenon called Continue reading

Selfie from Hell – Short Scary Film that might just make you Jump.

Imagine taking a selfie on your phone in the comfort and surroundings of your own home and seeing a dark ominous figure standing behind you. That’s the premise in the short film Selfie from Hell by actress and producer Meelah Adams.

Selfie From Hell

Meelah collaborated with director Erdal Ceylan to create the fun but very spooky short. We won’t give anything away, just enjoy it for what it is, a bit of fun to share with your ghoulie loving friends.


via Laughing Squid 

Less is More? Holga Digital Smashes Kickstarter Funding Goal.

With almost a month left to go, how has yet another seemingly redundant piece of camera technology found itself successfully funded on Kickstarter? We’re talking of course of the recently introduced Holga Digital, the latest in a long line of intentionally tacky cameras from the Chinese firm.

Holga Digital Kickstarter

The question you might ask is how a product that outputs poor quality images that any digital camera is capable of making could prove so popular. A digital camera that has been intentionally marketed and designed with limited functions. There is absolutely no ‘new’ technology available with the camera, if anything it’s the lack of tech that might just be its unique selling point.

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I spent some time considering the appeal the colourful looking adult-toy might have and indeed its lack of high-tech, ground breaking features might be what makes it endearing. Of course the Holga brand is popular already and has a steadily growing fan base filled with people who are committed to buying whatever is new on the product line just as an Apple enthusiast would be for the latest iPhone.

Perhaps the most unusual ‘feature’ of the Holga Digital is its lack of LCD screen on the back. There is nowhere to review or worse, chimp through your photographs. It may seem counterproductive, but the fact its not there may instil a bit of the magic that has been lost in our age of instant gratification. The entire range of Sony Alpha cameras available today have even done away with optical viewfinders, instead they’ve been replaced with garish tiny LCD displays inside the arched roof – perhaps a disconnect from the subject one step too far for some photographers. It’s no wonder that people are grasping at ways to feel closer to the scenes they’re taking.

Remember those days when things broke, we fixed it?

Of course the lo-fi functionality of the camera is easier for our minds to understand. Instead of a mass of circuitry, multitude of functions, wheels and dials we’re presented with a plastic box that might as well just been 3D printed. Perhaps its simplicity in design (some may prefer to call it tacky) proves that to engage people in the arts and photography more is not always better.

We’re still on the fence with this one, but have to admit the interest and success of the Kickstarter has piqued our interest and look forward to seeing if the Holga community develops and thrives with its new found digital technology.

Related: Tacky Red Cameras.

The Perils of Lens Fogging and how to Avoid it During Astrophotography Sessions

At one point or another, every astrophotographer will experience the dreaded lens dew while taking photographs of the night sky. They’ll be minding their own business trying to capture meteors, beautiful Aurora Borealis displays or just a simple time lapse when a layer of moisture appears on the lens glass and turns every captured image into a blobby mess.

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This moisture is dew, a normal Continue reading

“Name your Price” No, says Photographer to Agency Preparing to use Corbyn Photograph out of Context

How would you fare if a news publication offered you to “name your price” for a photograph from your archive that you knew was likely to be taken out of context? That’s exactly the conundrum photographer Samuel Hardy was faced with last Saturday when approached about a photograph he’d taken of Jeremy Corbyn at a pro-Palestine march in 2012.

© 2015, Sam Hardy All Rights Reserved
© 2015, Sam Hardy All Rights Reserved

For those that haven’t been following recent events in the UK, left wing veteran Continue reading

What I Learned Switching From Digital to Film when Shooting Band Photography

It seems the norm for photographers to shoot digitally these days and yet some still wonder how they’d fare shooting with film. What if you miss ‘that shot’ changing film or even mess up a whole gig if it all goes wrong? Band photography seems particularly difficult with challenging lighting conditions and fast paced movement to contend with, and you never know when someone’s going to throw themselves off stage, so would you shoot film with all that going on?

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Ratos de Parão @ Republica Da Musica using Canon EOS 50E + 50mm 1.8 lens

We conducted this interview with ‘Destructive Girl’ Estefânia Silva, a music writer and photographer who has leapt whole heartedly into this delightful film challenge and here’s what Continue reading

There’s a Guinness World Record for Taking the most Selfies in One Hour, and this Guy is Trying to Break it.

Did you know there’s a Guinness World Record for taking the most selfies in one hour? We didn’t until this morning, but apparently increasing imagery of yourself in an already duck-face saturated world is a thing now. At least so according to Bhanu Prakash of Hyperabad.

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According to the Guinness’ the record is currently held by Patrick Peterson and NBC Sports of the USA and stands at a whopping Continue reading

Amazing Aurora Time-Lapse Captured from Living Room while Photographer Sleeps.

Have you ever decided to stay up all night to see the aurora borealis and then fallen asleep, only to kick yourself the next morning because you missed it? Just imagine setting all your camera gear up and then dozing off before you’ve even seen the results.

Karen Munro's amazing aurora captured from her living room window while she slept.
Karen Munro’s amazing aurora captured from her living room while she slept!
Well, that’s what happened to amateur photographer Karen Munro but she didn’t just take one photo, luckily she started a time-lapse going Continue reading

Queen buys Rights to Photographers Image, Crops Key Elements and Ruins it

The Queens official photographic portrait by Mary McCartney has just been released to celebrate her status as the longest reigning monarch in British history (achieved 9 September 2015).

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Copyright: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The candid style of her enjoying a moments pause in her daily work routine is unusual compared to the more obviously regal images previously commissioned by the Queen from photographers like Continue reading

Camerawoman Filmed Tripping up Fleeing Refugees

A Hungarian Camerawoman from Hungary was caught on film amidst chaos tripping up a man who was running with a young boy. The despicable, mindless act was captured by one of the many film crews in the area watching the fleeing refugees try to make their way through security and across fields.

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N1TV, The station the journalist worked for has said Continue reading