Shutter Release: The “camera whisperer,” 30 street portraits and why you shouldn’t shoot video at 24 fps


posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST


In today's Shutter Release roundup, we will take a look at three very different stories from around the web. First up is an electronics repairman in the Philippines who performs miracles on cameras that were thought to be dead. Next is a behind-the-scenes look at a photography challenge wherein a photographer captures 30 street portraits in under two hours. We finish with a video about eight scenarios in which you should not record video at 24 frames per second.

Shutter Release is an ongoing series here at Imaging Resource. We are always working hard to bring you the best in original content, but there is a lot of great content being produced by our colleagues around the internet that we would like to share with you too. Enter Shutter Release, a near-daily roundup article in which we find and summarize interesting photography content from around the web, including articles, editorials, tutorials and more.

The camera whisperer can fix almost any broken camera - DIY Photography

David Hilos lives in Laguna, Philippines and his specialty is fixing cameras that camera service centers or the camera company's themselves won't bother with, perhaps because they are believed to be beyond repair or not worth the effort. But for Hilos, the biggest challenges offer the biggest rewards. "Everything about camera repairing has to be precise," he told Channel News Asia. As he worked on a drowned Nikon D750 a customer brought in due to its "erratic behavior," Hilos removed corrosion from the motherboard using a simple chopstick with tissue paper that had been doused in lighter fluid. A simple fix for a complex problem.

An electronics and communications engineer by day, camera miracle worker by night, Hilos is not able to fix every broken camera that comes in, but he is able to solve puzzles that many service centers cannot or will not. He has a graveyard of truly irreparable cameras he keeps on hand for spare parts. Hilos is trying to fight against what he considers a throwaway culture. People give up on faulty products too easily, he says. As he finished fixing the waterlogged Nikon D750, he remarked, "The client will be so happy. He thought it was a dead camera." And for all intents and purposes, it was, but Hilos brought it back to life. To read more about David Hilos, click here

30 street portraits in 2 hours - ISO 1200

Wex Photographic technical editor Matt Higgs went on a self-imposed photography challenge, to shoot 30 street portraits of complete strangers over a period of less than two hours. "One of the best ways to learn as a photographer is to go and do the things that would normally be outside your comfort zone," Higgs says. Street portraiture is outside his comfort zone, a self-described introvert, but he learns a lot about himself, his skills as a photographer and other people, so away he went on his challenge. Check it out below.

Why you should not shoot video at 24 frames per second - ISO 1200

Sure, 24 fps is cinematic, but Aputure's latest video suggests that there are plenty of times you should not shoot at 24 fps. In the video below, eight scenarios in which you should never shoot at 24 fps are discussed.