Lomography is style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. There are several camera types that fall under the lomography genre. Among some of the more popular, are the Diana and Holga. These cameras, and (all of them in the Lomo line) are usually poor technical cameras. They are "poorly" built and often have light leaks, poor alignment of their lenses or other defects. [more inside]
A six-minute documentary snippet discusses Kubrick's camera modifications for special, low-light f/0.7 Zeiss lenses used to film candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon, now available to rent by aspiring filmmakers.
Flat lens gives perfect image by causing instantaneous phase shift at surface rather than relying on phase shift of regular lens happening by traveling through different thickness of material (like glass) causing different phase shifts to focus light.
Pascal Ken, after taking several trips to Japan between 2007 and 2011, took some beautiful, dreamlike infrared photos of Tokyo.
A Moment in Time: On April 8, the New York Times Lens photography blog asked their readers and students to take a photo at a particular date and time: Sunday, May 2, at approximately 15:00 (U.T.C./G.M.T.), then submit it for an upcoming interactive online gallery. 13,000 images were submitted, 10,000 have now been posted online. [more inside]
Lens is the new photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it will draw on The Times' own pictorial archive, numbering in the millions of images and going back to the early 20th century. Features in their first week include: Essay: Slow Photography in an Instantaneous Age, about what it means to shoot on large-format film in the digital age; Showcase: A Prom Divided, a multimedia feature about a segregated prom in 2009 south-central Georgia.
We have already seen here tilt-shift still photographs. Here come real life miniatures videos: beach , Sydney harbor, Harrowdown Hill music video, Spanish neighborhood, bridges in Grand Rapids, cars in Matewan, WV, Multnomah Falls, train station in Bern. [via]
As a photographer, you need to get close to your subject. But sometimes things get between you and your subject. Things such as state lines, restraining orders, and guard patrols that can keep you miles away from the people you want to shoot. What do you do at times like this? Get a bigger lens. [more inside]
50mm, the Forgotten Lens Why You Should Ditch That Zoom for a Classic 50mm "Normal" Lens. [more inside]
Ever wonder how camera lenses are made? *Almost* justifies the cost of some of these behemoths. via.
Lenticulations :: Animated 3D Multiple Lens Photographs
Photographers: Consider do-it-yourself lens repair - but remember those safety glasses.