272 Gigapixel Image Made Using 12,000 Photos from a Canon 7D

Photographer Alfred Zhao captured this 272 gigapixel image of the Shanghai skyline using the GigaPan EPIC Pro and a Canon 7D with a 400mm f/5.6 lens and 2x teleconverter attached.  He was setup and started shooting at around 8:30am and after 12,000 images were in the bag, it was just before dusk.  It took months to complete image and get the final 1.09TB file uploaded.

Just how big is a 272 gigapixel image?  1 gigapixel = 1000 megapixels = 1 billion pixels.  That’s 272 BILLION pixels.  Printed at standard resolution, this image would cover over 7000 billboards.

But now it’s done and Zhao holds a world record for the largest digital photo.  There’s no time to rest though, as Zhao says, “This is not the end of my panorama journey, it is a new start, challenging the limit is an infinite process. New records will appear in the future, it is only a matter of time.”

Full details in the press release below. [Read more...]

“Idiot With a Tripod” Deserving of Oscar says Ebert, Shot With Canon 7D

During the snow storm in NYC a few days ago, Jamie Stuart grabbed his Canon 7D, a tripod and a heavy coat, then headed out into the elements to capture what Roger Ebert says “deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject. (1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage. It is directly inspired by Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent classic “Man With a Movie Camera.” (3) Because it represents an almost unbelievable technical proficiency.”

Worldwide License for Your Twitter Photos Shot Down by Federal Judge

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This is a follow-up to the previous post that looked at the potential dangers of sharing/licensing photos on Twitter.  And, since I’m talking about legal issues, let me go ahead and get my disclaimer out of the way…

While I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and this is an editorial commentary on newsworthy issues rather than legal advice.  Remember that one too – unless you’re paying a lawyer, you aren’t really getting legal advice, and what you are getting on blogs, forums and, for that matter, Twitter is worth just what you paid for it.  Seriously, remember that the next time you want to rely on someone’s advice on a forum.  The judge won’t be too keen on a printout of a blog post when you hand it to him as “evidence.”

Can a News Agency Use Photos You Share on Twitter?

The last time around, we talked about whether sharing your photos on Twitter gave Twitter a license to use your photos however it sees fit.  This time, we’re talking about a third-party news agency using photos shared on Twitter and one photographer who jumped right into the thick of it. [Read more...]

Vincent Laforet Shoots Boot Commercial at 600fps

The above commercial is the latest creations from Vincent Laforet, who you may recall launched the HDSLR frenzie with his short film Reverie in the Fall of 2008 (shot on the 5D Mark II).  Laforet served as the director of photography on this commercial for Famous Footwear.  It was shot on a Phantom HD Gold camera at 600 frames per second, which required 250,000 watts of light to get the proper exposure.

Laforet has a nice tech write-up on his blog here, along with a behind the scenes video.

Chase Jarvis LIVE: Full Hour-Long PhotoPlus Keynote Now Online

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This is one you don’t want to miss.

At PhotoPlus 2010, Chase Jarvis gave a killer keynote speech, which was followed up by a panel discussion with Vincent Laforet, Jasmine Star, Zack Arias, JoeyL and Rob Haggart.

If you missed out on the live stream, it’s embedded below. Grab a snack, and enjoy.

[via Chase Jarvis]