PT360: Episode 26 – A New Type of Photography, New Cameras from Canon and Olympus, Incredible Kid Photography, and More!

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You often hear that finding your niche will help you to stand out from the crowd of photographers, but professional marriage proposal photography seems like a pretty specific area in which to specialize.

Yet, it’s an area that has been around for decades and is gaining a lot of popularity as of late.

As you might imagine, proposal photography focuses on that moment that one person asks the other to join them in marriage. The photos capture an incredible scene, for sure, and allow the happy couple to share that instant in a more salient manner than if a friend is hiding in the bushes nearby with their iPhone.

Part of the reason why proposal photography is becoming so popular is because people then share these professional-grade photos of the big moment on social media, making their friends, who are totally jealous, want the same thing. It’s kind of like keeping up with the Joneses, proposal style.

The other factor in the rising popularity of proposal photography is an influx of former paparazzi joining a more run-of-the-mill photography job by putting their huge telephoto lenses and sight-unseen skills to good use. Rather than climbing over walls or tailing limos to get photos of celebrities, some photographers that have had it with that lifestyle now train their lenses on everyday people taking the biggest leap of their lives.

Just like those first-look photos that have become so popular, like of a father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, proposal photos fulfill our need to be shocked and see some kind of reveal. It also taps into our natural curiosity about others in a relatively voyeuristic sense.

At the very least, proposal photography is allowing more and more people to find their niche. On a greater level, however, its just one more way that photographers can help document what is (hopefully!) one of the best moments of someone’s life.

NBA Star Kevin Durant Went to the Super Bowl as a Photographer

Apparently when Kevin Durant isn’t throwing down dunks for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’s got a camera in his hand.

Spectators at Super Bowl 50 thought they saw an awfully tall photographer roaming the sidelines, but many would have never guessed it was Durant.

But, there he was, all 6’9” of him, with a Canon 7D in hand and a photographer’s credential around his neck.

He was there taking pictures for The Players’ Tribune, the media company founded by Derek Jeter after he retired from baseball, that gives today’s athletes a way to connect directly with their fans. Durant is a deputy publisher for the company.

But, before you think Durant got the gig simply because he’s a popular sports figure, you’re wrong. He’s got a great article that recounts his experience, replete with a host of really incredible images from the Super Bowl festivities.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Durant’s work is his proclamation of just how difficult photography really is. He laments how hard it was to capture action shots, then follows it up with some really solid advice for improving one’s chances of getting “the shot.”

The Rumor Mill

Canon’s Next DSLR is the 80D

The scuttlebutt is that Canon’s next DSLR will be the 80D, which will serve as a replacement for the 70D.

Canon Rumors reports that the 80D will most likely be unveiled at CP+2016 in Japan later this month.

Even though its potential unveiling is nearing, there is little known about the camera other than it will have improved AF performance and more AF points than its predecessor. We’ll keep you updated as more details are revealed!

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