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Taking photos... the long way

Daclotype

Handling incredibly dangerous chemicals and taking a single, earth-shattering shot — as much as it sounds like a recent happening in Breaking Bad, we’re actually talking about daguerreotype. Invented in the early 1800s, the labor-intensive process laid the groundwork for modern photography. Today, artists like Dan Carillo keep the tradition alive. This short film features incredible shots of Carillo’s daguerreotype process.

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Page Turners

20 Great Photography Books

This list of our favorite photography books represents an attempt, however incomplete, to reseat the photo book in its rightful place alongside the Scarface posters Warhols lining your walls. We wouldn’t call it a compendium of the greatest photographers or a comprehensive survey of the medium — it’s just a few selections to help broaden your photographic horizons, or at the very least spark some compelling conversation around the coffee table.

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The Birth of a NIKKOR Lens

A good lens will burn your bank account faster than a real housewife after a bottle of chardonnay — but there’s a reason this precious glass costs so much. Dust-free production is an exacting process that requires plenty of human interaction to do right. But don’t just take our word for it. Watch this brief Nikon film created in celebration of the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses that highlights how their tubular bundles of photographic joy are brought into this world, and you’ll see what we mean. And while you’re at it — have the missus watch too before showing her your latest receipts.

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Take it or leave it?

The Burning House

We’re all materialistic to some degree. Let’s face it, that’s why you come to this site (besides the bombastic and articulate writers, of course). We would never advocate loving objects more than our loved ones or even the act of living itself — then again, did you see that 90-inch Sharp behemoth?. Examining the things…

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A DSLR sensor in compact clothing

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 ($650) is your new Facebook adversary. Sporting a compact design, this little-camera-that-can packs a huge punch with a 1” 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor -— literally twice the size of sensors in other comparable prosumer point-and-shoots. In front of it, sits a ƒ/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom, while…

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Into the wild

Toward the Light: Chasing the Alaskan Aurora with Project Aether

Editor’s Note: When we think of exploration, it’s easy to envision the archetypical rugged explorer, battle-hardened by dozens of foot journeys to the Poles or the gurus manning the offices of private space exploration. But how about our youth? Is the spirit of exploration and scientific discovery alive and well? We may not be able…

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10 from 6,000,000

Sonic Editions x Impossible Cool: The Getty Archives

The specialty print house Sonic Editions and Sean Sullivan’s The Impossible Cool are at it again, following up their first print collaboration with a new volley of ten incredible photographs dug up from over six million photographs found in archives of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Just like the last batch, each image in…

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Go deep, or go home

Timekeeping: Rolex Deepsea Challenge

Yes, they’re doing it again. Are we surprised? Not at all. In 1960, Rolex created the Deep Sea Special with the express purpose of joining Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh on their record-breaking descent to the bottom of Challenger Deep in their submersible, the Trieste. Unlike Mr. Piccard and Lt. Walsh, however, the Deep…

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Mirrorless Mirrorless on the Wall

Design Spotlight: Canon AE-D Mirrorless Camera System Concept

Last year, we shared with you David Reisenberg’s carefully crafted whiskey packaging design. Nearly a year later we bring you another incredibly conceived design in a category near and dear to GP. Cameras. This time around, Reisenberg has taken a deftly designed stab at a product that’s had photographers itching with anticipation, a Canon Mirrorless…

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All of your cards, all in one wallet

Holdfast Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet

One of our favorite camera accessory companies Holdfast, started by professional photographer and GP reader Matthew Swaggert, has just released the perfect piece of gear for managing your memory cards and money. The 4.35″ Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet ($45+) features a foldable design with three pockets. The exterior slide pocket holds IDs and the various other…

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Your personal eye in the sky

Lehmann Aviation LFPV UAV

Lehmann Aviation’s latest LFPV (~$2,352) is one of the more affordable ways to get movie-grade aerial videos and photos without renting a chopper. While it’s certainly no predator drone, the small UAV does come equipped with a camera capable of full HD video and 11MP stills. Based on the photos and specs, it looks like…

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Poof Positive

Smoke Drops

Got a Michael Bay-like appetite for capturing destruction, without the matching slush fund to pay for it? Well, $50 can land you a neat bit of photographic trickery, known as Smoke Drops. Imported from Italy by the fine folks at Photojojo, combining a few drops of bottle A with bottle B creates 5 to 10…

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The new fixed lens king?

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon’s PowerShot G-series has always strived to meld the smaller form factor of a point and shoot with the photo quality of a larger-sensor DSLR, and with the new Canon G1 X ($799), Canon continues to aim to do just that. Building on its predecessor’s, the G12, precedents the G1 X boasts a substantial 1.5-inch…

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Stop and stare, a while

Slide Light

Buck the digital onslaught by adding some retro flair, Ektachrome style, to your walls with the Slide Light. The backlight fixture can be mounted vertically or horizontally and is available in a variety of different sizes ranges from 13 slide showcases all the way up to 36 slides. Tip: it works best with 2mm width…

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And You Thought HD Made the Game Look Good

Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football, 1958-1978

Neil Leifer is the world’s preeminent sports photographer. Don’t recognize the name? Well, just know that 160 of his images have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, 40 have made the cover of Time, he’s published over 15 books, and he took this photo of Muhammad Ali’s 1965 knock out of Sonny Liston. Mull over…

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Limited Edition Legends

Sonic Editions: The Impossible Cool Collection Prints

The folks over at Sonic Editions have teamed up with our friend, and master photo hunter (we’re not talking bar games people) The Impossible Cool to produce a series of stunning prints covering ten of the greatest icons of all time (think Ali, Connery, McQueen, Newman, Hepburn, etc). Each image in the series is limited…

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One Facebook Actually Worth Studying

Power: Portraits of World Leaders

We don’t expect everybody to devote their life to understanding the global political arena inside, and out. Still, a firm grasp of the world’s top leadership should definitely be a core part of any man’s mental arsenal. Power: Portraits of World Leaders ($24) helps put faces to the names of 150 current international leaders. Every…

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30 Minutes with Liad Cohen, Lomography General Manager and Chief of Retail

30 Minutes With: Liad Cohen

We tend to believe that technological advancement in the last 20 years has changed the world mostly for the better. Still, the waning of film-based photography is the worst causality in our books resulting from the collateral damage of the digital age. Thanks to a passionate community of shutterbugs and the style elite, however, analogue…

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Shots for a Century

Photographers A-Z

Bone up on your photog knowledge with this beautiful coffee table book from one of our favorite publishers, Taschen. Released this April, Photographers A-Z ($42) is filled with 400+ entries on the most influential shutterbugs of the last 100 years including monograph’s from Ansel Adams, Bill Brandy, Irving Penn and Andy Warhol to name a…

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It Could Change Everything

Color for iPhone and Android

Imagine walking into your favorite dive bar, opening an app, and viewing all of the photos you’ve taken within 150 ft of that location with your buddies over the years, along with shots snapped by other patrons who were willing to share. Now imagine if you could see that kind of photographic record everywhere you…

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The 60's From a Man in the Thick of It

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967

We’re all aware of Dennis Hopper the actor and director. You may not know though that the man carried a camera everywhere he went too — and unlike hipsters snapping shots of bicycles and alleyways — Hopper was privy to, if not the instigator of, some pretty ridiculous situations. Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is a…

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Bag Your Shot, Conditions Be Damned

Burton F-Stop Photo Backpack

Burton’s reputation in snowboarding needs no introduction, so we’re sure that the F-Stop photo backpack can meet all of the crazy demands of professional photographers tasked with documenting the acrobatics of legends like Shaun White. Even if you haven’t mastered the skill of shooting while edging down the mountain, the F-Stop bag still looks like…

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Don't Try These Shots at Home

Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography

Outdoor lovers are well aware of Patagonia as a brand, and have probably spent plenty of time browsing through the companies unique and decidely epic catalogs. Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography ($49) is compendium of over 100+ images submitted by customers and professional wilderness photographers over the last 30 years (of which they…

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Gear Patrol Upgrade: Ten Tips To Take Better Photos

When it comes to photography, the Gear Patrol crew can certainly agree on one thing: we like it. Whether it’s taking nearly all the original photos you see of the gear we test on this site or just as a personal hobby, we feel strongly that a man should be able to pick up a…

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Camera Armor

Click… Snap… Boom. So you’ve just purchased that nice new digital SLR camera, like the Nikon D90 GP uses for our article images. You’re ready to take it on the road with you where you’ll encounter all kinds of conditions, but you’re not really the type of guy that’s readily exposing his thousand dollar equipment…