How A Colorblind Ex-Coal Miner Transformed To A Surf Photographer Extraordinaire

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Coming from sleepy, coastal town of Bulli, just south of Syndey, Australia, Ray Collins once did as most of the locals did, slaving away underground working as a coal miner. Art isn’t high priority on most Bulli’s residents list, but Collins isn’t like most. The soft spoken and humble waterman always had a deep seeded appreciation for the surf. He’d often rinse away a hard day’s work in the ocean, taking the time to witness it’s unrivaled beauty and power. But, in his coal mining days, he still hadn’t picked up a camera to document what he saw. Collins didn’t exactly have time the time it takes to dedicate to learning how to photograph waves, much less assemble an entire book’s worth of images. [Read more…]

This Artist Is Using Photoshop To Make Celebrities Look Fat

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Amber Lancaster

We are so accustomed to celebrity photos being photoshopped that it becomes a big deal when an authentic image gets leaked.

Singers, models, actresses – you name it, their photos almost always get photoshopped, regardless of the image’s final use.

This 20-year-old Spanish artist has been very busy retouching celebrities as well, but not quite as you’d expect. David Lopera doesn’t slim waists, make legs skinnier or hide double chins. On the contrary, the bigger the better as far as Lopera is concerned, as he tries to convey the message that big is also beautiful.

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Daniel Cerejo Brings Pop Culture Action Figures To Life

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Hey, Yoda, girl, it’s manicure time

Toys are meant to entertain no matter your age, according to Daniel Cerejo, so rather than let his toys collect dust he decided to have some fun and photograph them.

Cerejo’s love of toys and humor has lead to an ongoing series capturing the daily experiences of pop culture action figures, and over 20,000 followers on his Instagram account.

See how Kermit the Frog and Mr. Potato groom, Spiderman in a sticky situation and Darth Vader putting his lightsaber to good use.

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An Open Letter to the Artist Support System

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Support is a funny thing.

As an artist, 96% of our career is spent dealing with rejection. Rejection from friends, family, other artists and even the art world itself. Making a living from art can be a very long and lonely, misunderstood journey, especially in the beginning, and having a decent support system can help make that early journey a little more bearable.

But just as we’re often learning the ropes of how to be an artist, we also know that you’re learning the ropes of how to best support us. We need you, and here are the best ways you can help us out.

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See How Photographers Would Photoshop Before Photoshop Existed

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Don’t you just love the creative freedom and post-processing power that digital photography and Photoshop allow?

A couple of weeks ago a 12-year-old budding photographer asked me how Photoshop was used when shooting film was common practice.

This video, created by Lynda in tribute to 25 years of Photoshop, answers that exact question.

If you like to think of yourself as a “purist” and you don’t believe in post-processing because you “only do what was once done in the darkroom”, this video is for you as well.

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Photographer Covers Models In Honey To Create Stunning Preservation Portrait Series (NSFW)

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The idea behind Preservation, was somewhat of an after thought. It occurred to Blake Little while shooting a male eating honey. That original concept was meant to bring the bear like qualities of the man to attention through the incorporation of honey. As he was shooting the man eating honey, Little noted the stereotypical idea was one of the more cliche photos he had created. As he sorted through the images from that shoot, he singled out the man’s hand, which was completely covered in honey–the amber colored liquid slowly rolled down his hand before dripping off his fingertips in a very captivating way. [Read more…]

Ordinary People Shot As SuperHeros On The Ledge Of A San Francisco Skyscraper

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Everyone wants to be a superhero. It is not easy to become one, but given the right opportunity, talent and time, it is possible to make it for a day. Photographer Benjamin Von Wong took an ordinary team of workers from Smugmug and granted them a day of superheroness.

While a superhero shoot is always hard to pull off while maintaining a “real” look, this shoot had another high stakes factor. Ben chose to actually shoot the team on the ledge of a San Francisco skyscraper. Of course this could have been accomplished with photoshop, but Ben wanted to do it for real:

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Sony World Photography Awards Reveals Shortlists

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© Aprison Aprison, Indonesia, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Less than two weeks after the World Press Photo winners were announced, the World Photography Organisation has put itself center stage with the release of the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.

The world’s biggest photography competition got even bigger this year as the number of submissions grew by 24% compared to 2014.

Almost half of the photos were submitted to the Open categories where anyone can enter, reaffirming the general feeling that every second person today is a photographer, or as the press release referred to them – “the growing army of citizen photographers”.

Jokes aside, I’m happy to see so many non-professional submissions and so are the organizers who state the awards offer these photographers “unpreceded exposure and opportunity”.

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