Deal Alert: Get The $380 Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Photo Printer for Just $130

Canon is offering a steep discount on one of its high-end photo printers. For a limited time, you can pick up the PIXMA PRO-100—formerly $380, and originally $500 MSRP—for just $130 after a mail-in rebate. This price simply can’t be beat.

We rarely cover deals here at PetaPixel. Really amazing deals are often mistakes—remember those $200 Sony a7Rs?—and many other so-called deals are just cyclical price drops. In other words: nothing special.

This Canon printer deal is an exception.

From now until the end of May, Canon is offering $250 off their PIXMA PRO-100 photo printer, bringing the price down to a measly $130. That’s closer to what you would normally pay to buy a standard all-in-one, except now you’re getting a printer that can fire off 13 x 19-inch prints at up to 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution using not two, not three, not even four, but eight ink cartridges, three of which are for monochrome printing.

The PRO-100 isn’t on par with Canon’s ultra-high end PRO-1000, but compared to what most of us are printing with at home (if you are at all), it’s a huge step up… and now you can have it for just $130.

On the other hand, if you are interested in the PRO-1000, the $1,300 printer is also part of this promotion; Canon is offering a $300 mail-in rebate that brings the price down to a more reasonable $1,000. That’s still a far way off from the $130 that caught our eye, but you’re also getting a lot more printer.

To learn more about the mail-in rebate, click here. And if you want to take advantage of this deal before it expires on May 31st, head over to B&H Photo.

(via Imaging Resource)

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Instagram is the Worst App for Young People’s Mental Health

Instagram is the most likely social media platform to cause teenagers to feel depressed, anxious, lonely, and with low body confidence. That’s according to a newly published study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK.

The report, titled #StatusOfMind, surveyed 1,500 young people includes some troubling statistics on social media and mental health among people aged 14-24. In the survey, the participants were asked to rank to what extent different social media platforms impacted certain health-related factors, from -2 (a lot worse) to +2 (a lot better).

Of the 5 platforms included in the survey, Instagram fared the worst. From most positive impact to most negative, the platforms are:

  1. YouTube
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Snapchat
  5. Instagram

It should be noted that all social media platforms except for YouTube were reported as having a net negative impact on mental health.

Instagram users reported a high negative impact on Sleep, Body Image, FoMo, Bullying, and Anxiety.

“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect’,” says one female participant in the report.

The results were not all negative though –– the report notes that social media can improve young people’s access to other people’s experiences of health and expert health information, and those surveyed reported feeling more emotionally supported through their contacts than those who do not use social media.

The RSPH is calling for action to help mitigate the negative aspects of social media use. From their report, these recommendations include:

  • Social media platforms to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated.
  • Introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media – include the support from young people for each of these recommendations.
  • Social media platforms to identify users who could be suffering from mental health problems by their posts, and discretely signpost to support.

Social media has revolutionised how we all connect with one another, but has impacted none more so than our youth. According to the report, 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking, so studies like these are vital to understanding and discussing how these platforms impact our lives.

If you are interested in learning more, the full report is available in PDF format from the RSPH website.

Image credits: Photograph by Tom Sodoge and used with permission

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DJI Will Release a Portable Mini-Drone on Wednesday, Here’s the Teaser

DJI has been releasing impressive drones at a break-neck pace, and they’re planning on releasing yet another new model on Wednesday. This one, according to several reports and this teaser video, is going to be their smallest, most portable drone yet.

The official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th, at 11:30AM Eastern time, and DJI is already building serious hype with a teaser video packed full of intriguing footage. In addition to the high flying shots you’ve come to expect from DJI, there’s close-quarter footage that seems to hint at just how small and nimble this little drone will be.

Even the Mavic, for all its portability, couldn’t fly through tiny spaces like this comfortably:

According to some UAV rumor sites, this teensy Mavic-mini will be called the DJI Spark, and it’ll look almost exactly like a Mavic made tiny. The idea, from what we can tell, is to create a drone so small and portable you could carry it around comfortably in a backpack.

Of course, all of this is speculation until the official announcement, but we don’t have long to wait. Just under 2 days left before DJI lets this portable drone out of its tiny bag.

(via DJI via Cinema5D)

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Illegal Drone Slams Into the Stands at Baseball Game, Narrowly Missing Fans

This is exactly why DJI is forcing users to “activate” their drones, or suffer the consequences. At a recent baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks, an illegal drone slammed into the stands, only just missing a few faultless fans.

You can see the crash in the Fox Sports video below. After showing the illegal drone fly up and off into the stands, the scene quickly cuts to the crash. Blink, and you might miss the moment the drone slams into an empty seat, startling the man and woman who were luckily facing away on either side. Fortunately, Fox provides a slow motion instant replay moments later.

By the looks of it, the offending drone is a GoPro Karma:

The crash initially seems minor, but you can see propellers go flying in the slow motion shot—the drone really did fly full speed into that empty seat. Just a couple of feet to the right or left, and we’d be writing about a serious injury instead.

And we do mean serious. As researchers showed back in January, a drone to the face will cause no small amount of damage. Even when one simply falls out of the sky, it can lead to serious head trauma (and jail time).

So the next time you think of flying your drone around a busy ball game… maybe don’t. Especially if it’s a GoPro Karma, those things used to just fall out of the sky.

(via Fox 5 San Diego)

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‘Photographers’, Don’t Pee In My Pool

Imagine, if you will, that the photography industry is a very large swimming pool. Not one of those backyard models, but rather an Olympic sized pool. And this very large pool is filled with photographers. However, we will call them swimmers, as that’s how analogies work.

You are at the pool with everyone else and the pool is quite crowded. I mean, who doesn’t love a pool? The shallow end is shoulder to shoulder with swimmers. As you walk by, you can’t help but think it looks like a giant can of sardines, all packed in there. You think this because you love analogies.

You notice also that there are lots of people in the shallow end wearing bathing suits that no one would really wear into a swimming pool. The suits are shiny and bedazzled with rhinestones and doo-dahs and made more for sitting alongside the pool, not swimming in it. No one could possibly swim in those swimsuits. They wouldn’t last half way across the pool without falling apart, but you have to admit, they are shiny and pretty.

Around their necks hang a lanyard with a small sign reading “INSTRUCTOR.” And you realize why they are wearing such goofy swimsuits in a pool: they aren’t actually swimming. You ponder quietly whether they even know how. Sometimes your pool thoughts get a little snarky.

And as you ponder, you mosey down to the deep end. You notice right away that it’s far less crowded and everyone is busy swimming. There are a couple of swimmers wearing those “INSTRUCTOR” badges, but their swimsuits look far different — not a rhinestone to be found. They are actual swimsuits — not flashy or gaudy… just serious swimwear made of strong material.

And you notice something else: instead of standing still talking, these swimmers are engaged in the process of swimming. Some are working quite hard at it. Now and then, they will stop to converse with other swimmers in the deep end, giving them advice on technique before continuing their swim.

You climb into the pool and allow the water to wash over you. It feels fantastic. You’ve been coming to this pool for a long time and although it’s gone through some changes, you still love it.

And then, you hear the whispers among your fellow deep end swimmers: the bedazzled “swimming instructors” in the shallow end are peeing in the pool.

At first, you don’t worry. After all, you are in the deep end. This is a very, very big pool. You scoot as far as you can to the other end. You hope the whispers are wrong. You hope you are far enough away that it won’t affect you. You pray, “Dear Baby Jesus in a Manger, let them be wrong!” Because if they are right, it will ruin the entire pool.

And then… you feel it.

The water temperature just got warmer. It’s as though a Gulf Stream of pee just flowed by your leg. There’s no ignoring it, now. You thought you were far enough away; you thought that what happened in the shallow end wouldn’t affect you. You stayed in your own lane; you minded your own business; YOU DID YOU, but dammit, those non-swimming rhinestone swimsuit wearers are affecting EVERYONE.

And you wonder what those in the shallow end must be feeling. Do they even know they are standing in pee? Have they been standing in pee so long they don’t know what it feels like NOT to stand in pee? They are learning to swim by these bedazzled non-swimmers; what if they are taught to pee in the pool, too?

There’s simply not enough chlorine to handle all that pee.

As you climb out of the pool to wash off, you watch as a handful of shallow end swimmers also try to get out. You can see the disgust on their face. They must have realized it, too. I say “TRY” to get out, because the minute they attempt to climb out of the pool, they are ridiculed by both the bedazzled pee-ers and those around them perfectly content to stand in the pee. A few succumb and climb back into the pee, even going so far as to ask forgiveness from those peeing, and ultimately defending the pee.

And you stand on the edge of this once lovely pool, and you realize you are faced with a decision. You can leave and never come back, of course. Maybe take up another form of exercise. Hiking? Tennis? Zumba? You wish Margarita Drinking were a sport, because then your choice would be easy.

But staring at the water, even filled with pee, your heart aches, because you love this pool. You’ve been coming here almost all your life. You remember when the pool was clean and sparkling. You’ve met wonderful people at the pool: good, strong swimmers who have enriched your life; swimmers as committed to swimming, actual SWIMMING, as you are.

No, leaving is not an option. Why should pool pee-ers be allowed to stay and change the health and conditions of the pool? They don’t care about the pool or they wouldn’t be peeing in it. Heck, most of them don’t even SWIM! One even misspelled their badge: “instrukter.”

So, wrapping your towel tightly around you, you vow with firm resolve to help make the pool better for everyone.

You will speak up when you see pee.

You will call out the pee.

You will defend those as outraged as you are over the pee.

You will remind people that just because the pee doesn’t affect you NOW, doesn’t mean it won’t eventually.

Because there is no peeing section in a pool… we are all in this together.

About the author: Missy Mwac is a photography satirist, a lover of bacon, a drinker of vodka, a lover of sparkle, and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can connect with her on her website, Tumblr, and Facebook. This article was also published here.

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Amazing GoPro POV Footage of an ISS Space Walk

On Friday March 24, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed a spacewalk of the International Space Station while wearing a GoPro, capturing 8 minutes of stunning video footage of their work far above the blue orb we call home.

Pesquet was joined by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough as they installed a new computer, disconnected a docking adapter to allow its move to a new location and maintained the Station’s Dextre multipurpose robotic hand – among other tasks.

Pesquet also took the opportunity for a space selfie with the GoPro:

Though the spacewalk was routine for the duo, the footage produced gives us a humbling view of our Earth through the lens of a GoPro, as well as a view of the complex orbiting machinery that must be maintained by astronauts.

The footage is silent (because… it’s space), but you can find the radio chatter on Soundcloud, posted by the ESA:

(via NASA via Sploid)

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Creative Portraits That Add Real World Elements to the Frame

ELEMENTS is a new project by Slovakia-based photographer Maria Svarbova. Each of the portraits in the series features some physical, real-world element that has been introduced to add a layer of 3D complexity to the underlying 2D image.

“My focus is in portraits in this series,” Svarbova tells PetaPixel. “I used different materials for working on photos. For example: fire, air, water and others. All are portraits with young people, but each is personal and different.”

ELEMENTS is an ongoing project, so Svarbova is slowly adding new works to it over time. You can find more of the photographer’s work on her website, Instagram, Behance, and Facebook.

Image credits: Photographs by Maria Svarbova and used with permission

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