Can Taking Too Many Photos Wreak Havoc On Your Brain?

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I barricaded myself in my office this past weekend, hoping to face off against one of my demons. I fought off the usual distractions. No calls or email. No Facebook or Twitter. No YouTube, memes, or cat videos. I was a man on a mission and nothing was going to stop me. If this demon was to be truly be expelled from this dimension, it would take all of my concentration. After all, it’s not every day you admit to yourself that your internet favorites/bookmarks are glaringly and alarmingly out of control. I felt pretty good when I sat down and launched my browser. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? If you’re anything like I am, your favorites list is filled with links to articles and websites that grabbed your interest when you really didn’t have the time to fully explore them. With one well-intentioned click of the mouse I’d been adding mountains to my digital clutter on a daily basis. When I clicked on Firefox’s bookmarks icon, I was greeted by literally hundreds of entries– relatively few of which had actually been organized into folders.

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Cross-Sectioned Fireworks Shows That They Are Simpler Than You’ve Thought

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Earlier this month was United States Independence day which means lots and lots of fireworks. For the rest of us who are fireworks-challenged, photographer Andrew Waits provides some insights on how those flowers of fire are built.

Seattle-based Andrew created Boom City – a photo series of cross-sectioned fireworks showing their interiors against a black background.

For me it was a surprise that most of those crackers were actually quite simple – a fuse, a charge and some powder.

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How an Old School Photographer is Kicking Your Butt on Instagram

jim-richardson-03Social media is supposed to be the realm of the young, and in this realm, Instagram reigns as visual king. It’s easy to imagine skinny jean-wearing hipsters snapping filtered squares of their perfect lunches and summer skinny dipping soirees. So it might surprise you to find that an old school National Geographic photographer has unlocked the keys for Insta-success.

Jim Richardson (@JimRichardsonNG) is a contributing photographer to National Geographic and has shot over 25 stories in a storied 30-year career. Although he continues to work for the magazine and pursue personal topics of interest like light pollution, Richardson has also amassed an Instagram following of over 80,000 people – outpacing the majority of his contemporaries, as well as online photo “celebrities.” The ever-cerebral photographer and I have been discussing Instagram and its meaning and implications for over a year now, and we recently traded some notes on the topic.

PS: What compelled you to create an Instagram account?

JR: At first I thought Instagram was totally frivolous. But then I started seeing that photographers were using it to make real statements. And then National Geographic started the @natgeo feed, and early on I could see that there was broad interest. It was gaining an audience. So I jumped in — not the first of the National Geographic photographers to do so, but pretty early on. I just figured that I didn’t know how this thing was going to work, but I needed be in the middle of things, trying to figure it out.

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Why It Sucks To Be A Mid-Level Wedding Photographer

Most photographers have been there at some point in their career – wedding photography.

Some of us move on to other things, like commercial photography.  Some actually enjoy wedding photography and make a career out of it.

But too many photographers are lured into wedding photography under the illusion of quick money, only to get stuck in the evil clutches of the mid-level wedding photography market forever (or until they give up and find a real job).

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Lets be honest here.  Wedding photography can be fun with the right clients  – but it is always a colossal amount of hard work.

And life as a mid-level wedding photographer sucks.

In this article I am going to share the wedding photography business plan that is followed by the overwhelming majority of wedding photographers on the planet – and why it is not a sustainable way to make a living.

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Trippy Video Uses 6 GoPros To Create a ‘Little-Planet World

Ben Bloom and the team at Onion Creek Productions took the little planet panorama one step further and made a video that totally plays on the concept. In a video they did for Wild Child they mounted 6 GoPros on a device to create a continuous little planet video. We have shared small planet GoPro videos before, they were more of a proof-of-concept type of show. (I think they used the same mounting device)

This video incorporates the small planet perspective warp as a creative element which I find pretty interesting

Photographer Brings Back The Glory Of Old US Locomotives

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It was not so long ago that quickly getting from one place to another meant hoping on a big train. Today of course we have airplanes and bullet trains, but those things of beauty still hold their own.

Photographer and engineer Matthew Malkiewicz shares his passion for those beasts by traveling all over the United States and documenting their RAW POWER.

Matthew, a self-taught photographer, and a full-time engineer got his passion for trains when he was small. In an interview with Bored Panda, Matthew shared that

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See How Color Blind Photographer Captures Amazing Colors

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Here is a photography twist on “more than meets the eye”. Photographer Tomer Razabi is known for his amazing captures of the dead sea. (Head over to his dead sea portfolio for some incredible views.

This is why I was kind of surprised to learn that Tomer is actually color blind. I thought that this was pretty weird as his photographs are extremely vivid and true. He made those photos to explain how he sees the world. Imagine this: the leading photo is kinda close to reality (a little saturated, right, but not that far off); the photo after the jump is how Tomer sees the world.

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How to Tell Clients They Can’t Have the RAW Files

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It’s been a while since I’ve received “The E-Mail,” so I guess it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise when it came today. I must have been living a charmed life, because it hadn’t reared its ugly head in quite a while. Yet there it was. Staring me in the face. Cursor blinking in the “reply” box as I contemplated my impending level of sarcasm. Sometimes it’s actually a phone call. Occasionally they come right out and ask in person. More often than not, though, it’s an email. I prefer the emails because they help mask my frustration in a way that actual conversations can’t. You know the email I’m talking about. Names and locations have been changed for obvious reasons.

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Delivering Awesome Content On Time – How Preston Kanak Delivered an Awesome D810 Demo

With the announcement of the D810 Nikon needed great footage to demonstrate the capabilities of the camera. My friend Preston Kanak was one of the selected few who was asked to use the camera and deliver both footage shot with the camera, along with a compelling story and a behind the scenes look on using the camera. (The BTS is above, the actual movie right after the jump, both amazing cinematography)

As those endeavors usually go, Preston only had about 20 days to deliver a polished product. It is not a lot of you consider the magnitude of the production. Preston breaks up the project on his blog, and you can get a glimpse as to the magnitude of the production. What we were curious about is what steps were taken to deliver on time. Here are the awesome pointers he shared with DIYP.

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Margarita Kareva Recreated The Tales We All Grew Up Upon With Photos

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Based in Russia, photographer Margarita Kareva probably makes any kids around her happy (or deeply horrified). This is because Margarita brings fairy tales to life.

Margarita seeks inspiration in fantasy books which she then executes as photo stories.

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