People Magazine Once Paid $10,000 for a Photo It Didn’t Even Want

Photographers often reminisce about the glory days of magazines, when they were given huge budgets, freedoms, and paychecks to create images. Here’s one crazy example of what things were like then: People magazine once paid $10,000 for exclusive rights to a photo it didn’t even want… just to keep it away from competitors. The New […]

The iPhone’s Shutter Sound is a Canon

Here’s an interesting little factoid: did you know that the iPhone’s shutter sound was originally recorded from a Canon camera? Whenever you snap an iPhone photo (with your volume on) or capture a screenshot on a Mac, that shutter sound you hear is actually a Canon AE-1 film SLR camera manufactured in the 1970s and […]

Who Invented the Selfie? Not Paris Hilton

The word “selfie” exploded into the mainstream over the past 5 years, but self-portraits have obviously been around much, much longer. Sarah Burton of BuzzFeed recently set out to discover the origins of the selfie.

Did You Know: Flash Memory is Named After the Camera Flash

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: did you know that flash memory is named after the camera flash? The memory cards used in digital cameras are a type of flash memory, or “electronic (solid-state) non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.

The Bright Flashes During NBA Games You May Never Have Noticed

Here’s something you might not be able to “unsee” if you’ve never noticed it before: during an NBA basketball game, whenever there’s some exciting action around the rim, there’s a good chance you’ll also see a bright flash of light illuminate your screen for a split second.


The Official Way to Pronounce ‘Nikon’

You may have heard the camera brand “Nikon” be pronounced in different ways by different people in different countries. But what’s the official and “correct” way of pronouncing the company’s name? Mike Johnston over at The Online Photographer was recently corrected by someone who rejected his American way of saying NIGH-kon in favor of the […]

These Are the Only Two Photos of the US Supreme Court in Session

Did you know that there are only two known photos in existence that show the US Supreme Court in session? Cameras have been banned inside the courtroom since 1946, so the only two photos were captured many decades ago by people who snuck cameras in. The first photo, shown above, was shot in 1932 by […]

Polaroid Had Self-Destructing Pictures Long Before Snapchat

Snapchat is known for popularizing the idea of the self-destructing photo, but did you know that long before Snapchat existed, Polaroid had already offered its own line of self-destructing Polaroid pictures? It was called the Fade to Black line.

The Day That Made AP Photographers Switch to 100% Color Film

Prior to January 22, 1987, Associated Press photographers were given a choice of shooting B&W or color film on photo assignments. But on that day, something happened that caused AP photographers to switch to shooting every assignment in color: it was the suicide of American politician R.


Sheep Can Recognize Celebrity Faces in Photos

Sheep can recognize human faces in photos at a level that’s comparable to humans. That’s what scientists discovered through testing sheep by showing them celebrity portraits. Researchers at Cambridge University led by neurobiology professor Jenny Morton conducted the study by leading 8 different sheep one at a time into a research barn and showing them […]