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Venture out into the middle of nowhere with a half-decent camera and even the most novice of photographers can take some amazing shots. However, to create something truly spectacular, you need a refined eye and a few out-of-the-box ideas. Or a bloody big mirror, in the case of local photographer Murray Fredericks and his salt-encrusted landscapes.
Making your own sailor's hat out of newspaper? Easy. Crafting a 90mm f/2.8 lens from nothing except the raw parts? OK, that might register a bit higher on the difficulty scale. Evidently, Mats Wernersson decided it wasn't beyond his abilities and thankfully for us, he documented his build and uploaded the video.
On Thursday, the US Center for Constitutional Rights challenged the NYPD's body camera policies, asking a judge to block the city's forthcoming pilot program, which is slated to outfit 1000 officers with body cameras as early as next week. The cameras were supposed to be a step forward for police accountability and transparency, but the CCR says the current policy dictating their use gives officers too much discretion about when to record, and makes it too difficult for the public to see the footage after the fact.
So. You need a new camera, right? Your old one is looking a bit... old. So you need a new camera. And that camera should be Sony's brand new a9, a $6999 mirrorless full-frame monster that can shoot 20 frames per second without blacking out your view — your view, by the way, is through a brand new ultra-bright and high-res OLED electronic viewfinder. In-body image stabilisation, full-frame 4K video capture, a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000sec — this is the camera to end all cameras.
Being on location isn't always possible as a photographer, so what can you do instead? Bring the location to you, of course. Or build it... in miniature. Camera maestro Vatsal Kataria has been refining two crafts at the same time — one behind the lens and the other behind a paintbrush — to create (and snap) tiny replica scenes featuring everything from cars to helicopters.
Turns out you can make a camera from just about anything. Even a cardboard box with a hole in it. Because the process is so simple (as long as you're not expecting to compete with Hasselblad), it gives creative people a lot of leeway to experiment with the photo-capturing process. Like, say, replacing your lens with thousands upon thousands of straws.
GoPro hasn't had the best of times recently. First, there was the recall of its malfunctioning Karma drone, which it only just started selling again. Now it appears the company lost a chunk of money last year, to the tune of $US373 ($485) million.
Leica has a new camera in its inimitable M-Series line-up. You'd be hard-pressed to tell it from the M before it, or the M before that, but that's exactly the point. The $10,000 Leica M10 makes some big improvements and major modernisations, but they're all hidden away inside a body that could well be built fifty years ago.
There's a bit of crossover when it comes to the lexicons of cameras and weapons (aiming, shooting, etc.) so it's no surprise that someone would be inspired to find a way to combine them. Photographer and artist Jason Siegel decided his take would be a literal fusion of familiar camera components to create fake guns, explosive and other wartime paraphernalia as part of his "Shoot Portraits, Not People" exhibit.
Typically only found in the toolkits of law enforcement and the military, the FLIR ONE smartphone camera gave thermal vision to any consumer with several hundred bucks. But yesterday FLIR revealed a professional version for those who want to use the thermal camera for more than just running around pretending to be a Schwarzenegger-hunting Predator.
After successfully launching a GoPro through the air using a bow and arrow, YouTube's Sam and Niko have taken that experiment to new heights, and new speeds, by instead blasting the tiny action camera out of a compressed air cannon.
If you're going to take a photo of something as majestic as Italy's Dolomites, you'll want a camera good enough to capture it in all its beauty. A big one too. Like, a massive one. Unsatisfied with the options available, photographer Kurt Moser decided to build a big-arse camera of his own... into the back of a 4.5-tonne Ural truck.
Conceptually, a camera lens isn't a complicated piece of kit. Still, the quality of images photographer Mathieu Stern managed to take with his 3D-printed lens, featuring a single front element and mounted on his Sony Alpha 7ii, is still surprising. Only the blur and distortion in the corners gives the game away.
Making cameras look like guns appears to have been quite the fad in bygone days. The 1930s were no exception, with a number of rifle-shaped camera "guns" manufactured by E Leitz (now Leica). A couple of units have popped up for auction and as you might expect, they're not cheap.
We fell in love with the slightly weird Leica T back in 2014, simultaneously enchanted and a little bit confused by its touchscreen-powered controls. As a shooter's camera, as a Leica, it lived up to our expectations. Now, a few years on, there's a new variant called the TL that changes a few small things.
Hiya Gizmodo! My 15 year old son has really started getting into photography — it has quickly become one of his favourite subjects at school. I'd love to get him a decent camera (under $1000) that can grow with him and his skills, for a few years at least. What's the best direction to go in? Cheers, Mum