In Memoriam: Legendary Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Passes Away At Age 75

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Mary Ellen Mark, a legend among photographers, sadly passed away on May 25th, 2015 at the age of 75. A representative from her offices has confirmed her passing in an official statement sent to members of the press, which remembers the artist by noting, “Mary Ellen touched so many people throughout the world. We all celebrate her fierce and passionate spirit.” [Read more…]

Move Over London; Mont Blanc Is The New Star Of The World’s Largest Panoramic Photo

mont blancUp until recently, a 320 gigapixel photo of London as the subject of the world’s largest panoramic photo. It was taken from the BT Tower, not too long ago in 2013. But, the title has now been claimed by Mont Blanc–the highest mountain in Europe– and was taken by Italian photographer, Filippo Blengini, and his team. The Mont Blanc photo weighs in at 365 gigapixels.  [Read more…]

Quick & Easy DIY Counter Balance For Steadier Video

Here’s a super quick and relatively uncomplicated DIY build for those of you who are in need of a camera counter balance (think Steadicam) on the cheap. Using a few pieces of pipe and some basic fittings, you can make yourself a DIY version with just a little bit of elbow grease. The team over at I Like To Make Stuff created this video, showing you exactly how to make the counter balance. [Read more…]

Here’s A Detailed Walk Through Of How JPEG Compression Works

Understanding the science behind JPEG compression might not be on everyone’s agenda. In fact, it probably sounds incredibly boring, if not complicated to a lot of folks. But, in this 12-minute long clip, image analyst Mike Pound guides you through the entire process as he explains the magic of Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT)–using language that’s easy to follow. If you’ve been meaning to learn more about what happens to your images when you save them as JPEG, there’s no better time than the present. [Read more…]

A Surf Photographer’s Personal Crusade Against The Mundane

burkardWorking as surf photographer that specializes in shooting some of the most frigid and icy waters on the planet is a mentally and physically demanding career. It’t the kind where you’re putting your life on the line on a regular basis and while it might be difficult and dangerous at times, it’s also incredibly alluring to those who accept it. That’s because, to see something all the way through to these sorts of extremes, you really, really have to love it–and love can make the soul do crazy things.

Take for example, Chris Burkard. A photographer who once dreamed of a thrilling life travelling to warm, tropical paradises to photograph the surf. That is until he caught a taste for the adrenaline brought about by paddling into the wicked, freezing waters of Iceland. Pushing himself to the brink of hypothermia, becoming disoriented in overhead surf, getting lost on a wave as a light snowfall suddenly turned into a full on blizzard–these are the kinds of things Burkard lives for. [Read more…]

These Awesome Legography Photos Are Delightful In Every Possible Way

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There’s a saying among photographers, advice really, that one should always shoot what they love. After getting his start photographing extreme sports, French photographer Samsofy Pardugato decided to pay a little more attention to another of his hobbies–model making. Samsofy has combined his love of photography and legos, by creating a vast collection of “microcosms” in all kinds of environments. [Read more…]

How To Stop A Gear Snob From Bullying You

As a photography enthusiast, chances are you’ve run into someone like this guy. The guy who likes to brag about all his expensive equipment while belittling everyone else’s choice in gear. The guy who genuinely thinks having an expensive camera makes him a better photographer than anyone else in the room (and he’s almost always embarrassingly wrong about this).

If you’ve ever heard about this special kind of photographer, or seen one live in action, you’ll really appreciate this clip from the television show, Veep. When an especially obnoxious man, played by Timothy Simons, confronts an event photographer, questioning him as to why he’s shooting with a Canon 5D instead of a 1D, the annoyed event photographer quickly turns the passive aggressive insults back onto the offender.

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In A Few Years There Could Be A Famous Photographer On The £20 Banknote

Will William Henry Fox Talbot be on the next £20 note?

Will William Fox Talbot be on the next £20 note?

Yesterday, the Bank of England officially opened up the process for the public to nominate a visual artist they’d like to see printed on the new £20 notes. According to the Bank of England, a visual aritst is broadly defined, but includes “architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.” But, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is determined to get a photographer’s bust to grace the note and is asking for the help of anyone who uses a camera or simply enjoys looking at photographs.

Michael Pritchard, RPS director general, says, “Photography has been the defining medium of the ninteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries and it’s inconceivable that a photographer or someone connected with photography would not be chosen as the face of the new £20 banknote.” RPS suggests [Read more…]

DIY 7,500 Lumens 100W LED Flashlight That Only Costs About $10 To Build

Ready for the latest installment of a DIY lighting project? Assuming you have a couple 18V Nickel Cadmium power tool batteries laying around, as I suspect many of you DIYers do, you can build this powerful flashlight on the cheap. Plus, aside from being  inexpensive to build and it’s also surprisingly simple to make.

Take a look at the video to see how it’s done:

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Creating Realistic Looking Clouds With A Fog Machine And Water

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A few years back, we shared this tutorial on how to make some DIY clouds to use as props in your photos. It’s still a great tutorial, and certainly a much longer lasting way to make clouds than the method we’re about to show you, so remember to check it out when we’re done over here. But, first, discover the work of Berndnaut Smilde, a dutch artist who has truly perfected the science of DIY cloud making.

As the image above suggests, Smilde’s clouds are quite realistic and are made using a fog machine, water, and ingenuity. You’ve probably figured out by now these clouds are also very temporary, often only lingering just long enough to make a photo before they drift away. [Read more…]