Recent Hacks Show That Your Passwords Aren’t Safe. Make Yours Safer!

Secure your digital life

Recently it was revealed that a few photography related websites had been compromised, and account passwords were leaked to the ‘dark web’. This is really concerning, especially if you re-use your passwords across websites, or if you just make small changes to keep them -sort of- unique. The solution is to use a service that creates long, unbreakable passwords, so that you don’t have to remember them in the first place. Read on to find out if you were affected by these hacks, and how you can ensure that you minimise any possible repercussions.

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Back-up Your Files Correctly: The Story of How I Almost Lost All My Photographs

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In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. Turns out, I didn’t lose them all, but that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on.

The question I asked myself was: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was, How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.

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How To Recharge Silica Gel Crystals

How to Recharge Silica Gel

Silica Gel absorbs moisture in the air around your camera equipment (such a material is called an adsorbent). This ensures that the area is not friendly for fungus to grow inside your camera lenses (article I wrote about keeping fungus at bay). But did you know that if you leave silica gel inside your camera bag for too long it can get saturated with moisture and actually start to give off some of that moisture later on? This could really mess up your equipment. I didn’t know this myself, until a few years ago.

Here’s how you can avoid this potentially huge problem, and recharge / reuse Silica Gel sachets or crystals that you use to keep your camera equipment safe from moisture.

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Hasselblad CFV-50c CMOS Sensor Digital Back for V-system

Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back on V Series Camera

The name Hasselblad is synonymous with high quality medium format photography. Over the years hundreds and thousands of medium format 120 film Hasselblad cameras have been made and sold. They eventually became unsuitable for most commercial photography (except that Phase One have kept them alive for a while now) work with the change of technology from film to digital photography. Now, Hasselblad fans can reclaimed the use of their classic cameras and lenses within the Hasselblad ecosystem, with Hasselblad’s latest 50 Megapixel CMOS Digital Back for V System Cameras, the Hasselblad CFV-50c. Take a peek at it in the pics below.

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Is this the future of the compact camera? Sony’s new Cybershot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras

Sony has just announced something that is probably revolutionary to the compact camera market, but when you think about it, seems like an obvious step in its evolution. It’s a stabilised zoom lens, that has a 20Mpx sensor, battery, flash card and wireless connectivity built into it. But it doesn’t have a screen. Instead, it … Read more Is this the future of the compact camera? Sony’s new Cybershot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras

The Best Way to View a Photographer’s Online Portfolio

The Best Way to View Online Portfolios

The Best Way to View Online PortfoliosArt needs it’s own space. This is why art galleries offer an environment that an artist can mold and control to their need.

The online experience is a little different, and that’s expected; but how can you create the best ambience for an artist’s work to showcase itself online?

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A Compact Wedding

Back in May I finally treated myself to a Canon G12, a piece of kit that I’ve wanted since it was released the previous year, and I set myself a challenge: use it to photograph a friend’s wedding.

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Composition: A Parkour Frame of Mind

This is a guest post by Andy ‘Kiell’ Day. He is a renowned Parkour photographer, practitioner of parkour himself, and rock climber / builderer. His book “The Moments Between” (see our review) is possibly the first ever book featuring parkour photography, and shows off why his images are so sought after by magazines such as Focus, … Read more Composition: A Parkour Frame of Mind

Filming Parkour – an Insiders Guide

Scott Bass is a practitioner of Parkour, a Photographer and Cinematographer. To those of you who have followed his work, you’ll recognise his videos “Live On” and “Constant Motion“, considered by many to be outstanding examples of Parkour Videography. His work often features well-known parkour athletes Daniel Ilabaca and Phil Doyle among others, and his unique position as a practitioner himself gives him a unique understanding of his subject, and makes filming parkour that much easier.

He keeps his videography gear simple: A Canon EOS 550D (aka Rebel T2i) dSLR that shoots HD video, coupled with either with an 8mm prime fisheye lens set at f/5.6 or the kit 18-55mm lens.

Here are some tips on how to film Parkour action from Scott himself. You can adapt these tips for filming Martial Arts Tricking, Skateboarding and many other ‘Extreme’ sports. Also, check out some tips on how parkour can inspire your photography.

  1. Never Change Lens/Aspect Ratio

    The quickest way to make your video look amateur and in-cohesive is to film it on a multitude of cameras. Pick one lens/camera and stick with it for the whole video.

  2. Colour Correctly

    Most DV cameras tend to result in washed out footage directly from the camera (which is great for a colourist!). Throwing a few subtle effects on, especially with contrast but keep the colours at a suitable level to ensure that once it’s on youtube, it’s still nice and clear.

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Brian Auer’s Photo Resource List

Brian Auer of the Epic Edits Weblog complied a list of Photography sites that were created or maintained by his readers. Complied over a short period of time, the list has a surprising number of interesting links. I recommend you take a look at as many of these links as you can… Divided into three … Read more Brian Auer’s Photo Resource List