Caught!? $40,000 worth of camera gear Recovered in Rio Olympic Park.

  • Brett Costello spots man wearing his stolen vest & equipment entering Olympic park.
  • Police apprehend and arrest male who is escorted away.
  • Male says he “bought the jacket and gear on the street outside”
  • Theft shows how easy it is to trespass at Rio Olympic park

During the run up to the Rio Olympics one professional photographer’s story hit the headlines when $40,000 worth of camera equipment was stolen from him in just 10 seconds. Today we can confirm that victim Brett Costello has recovered his lost items and a male suspect has been apprehended.

 

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Tresspasser is apprehended by Brazilian officials. image: Yahoo Sports

In an unusual twist it appears from the video footage we’ve seen acquired by Yahoo Sports and the Australian Daily Telegraph shows what we’re witnessing Continue reading

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Fifty five years ago Today, the First Photographer went to Space

We are used to seeing photographs of Space on our social media feeds. Popularised this decade by Chris Hadfield and emulated by many more it’s hard to conceive a time existed before astronomer photography. So who was the first photographer in Space?

It was this man, Gherman Titov of Russia:

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Gherman Titov practising on Earth with a Konvas movie camera. (Photo: FotoSoyuz)

Titov was aboard Vostok 2 when it took off to journey beyond our atmosphere and make 17 orbits of Earth on the 6th August 1961. The mission, Continue reading

Santander Bank Advert Suggests Buying a Film Camera

One of the world’s largest banks has released an advert for a checking account suggesting to buy rolls of film with any savings made when signing up. We’re totally ok with that.

Spotted in the wild by #BelieveinFilm photographer KristenWithACamera the commercial by Santander Bank in the UK appears on the side of a Continue reading

Animation: A History of the Photo Camera

Here’s a short film you can watch during your break that takes a look at a dozen or so ground breaking ‘photo cameras’ that shook the world upon their release since 1900.

Uploaded by the creative people at Copilotos, the black and white animation skips through decades like they didn’t exist to concentrate on just a select few models leading up to the current camera of choice used today.

Can you guess what that is? Continue reading

The Surreal World of Broken Face Swaps

In 2011 Sabato Visconti removed the memory card from his digital camera to inspect his photographs and discovered an unusual glitch among the files. Random zeroes had been added to Jpeg files. What should have been simple reproductions of any one given scene turned out to be visualisations of his technology dreaming. It was accidental, but profound and this simple glitch lead Visconti on a path he now embraces; breaking software to push the boundaries of photographic imagery.

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Visconti’s latest project concerns the popular social networking app SnapChat, most famous for its ephemeral approach to photographs that ‘self destruct’ Continue reading

The Ornitography of Xavi Bou

There are hidden creatures in our skies. Long, mysterious oscillating bodies, suspended in the air with wings marching in formation in the way a millipede’s thousand legs moves in waves. But these air bound beings aren’t visible in the decisive moment, they’re hidden within the passage of time.

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Xavi Bou (b. 1979) is a fashion and advertising photographer working from Barcelona who has developed an interest in the flight of birds. In the Continue reading

There’s a Petition to get Fuji to produce B&W Instax film

Now here’s an interesting idea. A film photographer has started a petition on Change.org to persuade the makers of Fuji Instax to begin making black and white versions of the popular instant film.

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Started by German photographer Darko Saric, the petition Continue reading

There’s a Pokemon that looks like a Choad and Trainers have been taking absurd Selfies with it.

We start August off with an amusing series of photographs from the web constructed in the hit game Pokemon Go. For those unfamiliar, a certain creature named ‘Diglett’ has been popping up around Pokemon trainer’s bedrooms under the most peculiar of places…

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What’s actually happening here isn’t quite as invasive as it might first seem. Within the game is an augmented reality option that places a wild Pokemon within a frame captured on camera for selfies and such. If angled just right you can have Pikachu Continue reading

What would Blonde Hair on Donald Trump look like?…

The photographic ‘faceswap’ is by far the most surreal byproduct of evolving digital photographic technology and its usefulness has yet to be proven. Once the go to tool for the likes of National Enquirer and Daily Sport to reproduce fake celebrity nudes its prominence on apps like SnapChat and MSQRD has pushed the weird AI tech mainstream. Now Dreambit hopes to achieve a useful tool rather than photographs that’ll confuse historians decades from now.

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Imagine sitting in a hairdressers and being asked by your stylist your preferred cut, but instead of having to think on your seat, you’re presented with different options on the mirror in front of you. Curly hair, Continue reading