An Optical Illusion That Turns Celebrities Photos Into Monsters (But Only In Your Mind)

Take a minute to watch the video above. Focus on the middle cross. Now watch it again and focus on either on the sides.

We have grown and were taught that celebrity headshots represent the ultimate beauty. And they usually do. But not always. An optical illusion called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.

But…. It turns out that if you place two faces (attractive as they may be) next to each other and flash them rapidly, both faces features become exaggerated. While this is a relatively new find, Matthew B. Thompson explains some of its aspects:

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6 Of My Favorite Photography Books

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I posed a question to the DIY writing staff last week. I was wondering how many of them still read hard-copy photography magazines, and if so, I wanted to know if they subscribe or just purchase the occasional issue. It’s something I’ve been curious about for a while. After all, when you think about just how much information is out there and readily available, you almost have to wonder how traditional magazines are still making a go of it. The results of my informal survey were a bit underwhelming, but it was as I suspected– most people simply don’t subscribe to traditional magazines anymore. I still get a few, but then again, I also remember a pre-internet world where you had to put forth some effort and seek out knowledge and information.

The reality is, however, that while traditional magazines may no longer have the same widespread appeal they once had in the photography community, the same cannot be said for books on the subject. Again, I’m not talking about e-books or any other electronic conveyance. I’m talking about an actual collection of pages, all bound together in a single unit, containing all kinds of useful information and insight. It’s something I can hold in my hands. I can highlight it and bookmark it. Flip back and forth between sections. Compare and contrast different chapters without having to swipe, scroll, pinch, or flick my wrist for anything other than turning pages.

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Listen To The Humble Philosophy Of A Pro Photographer In This Gorgeous Short Film

philosophy-of-a-photographerThorsten von Overgaard is a Denmark based portrait and documentary photographer a refreshingly humble approach to his craft. On a recent week long journey to Rome, Italy, Overgaard shared his insights with a team of filmmakers from Northpass Media to create this beautifully made mini-documentary about the philosophy that inspires the photographer.

The video clip is an winning exacta of inspiration and great photography. Of course, the latter probably has something to do with the fact that Northpass Media didn’t skimp on production. The team showed up in Italy with a RED Scarlet and RED Epic camera along with a set of ARRI daylight lamps to capture the footage.

You can do more gear gawking and take a behind the scenes look at some bonus photos Overgaard posted on his blog, but in the meantime take a look at his short film below…

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Creator Turns Old Photos From The Library Of Congress Into Creepy GIF Animations

daniel_weir4With over 13 million photographs belonging to its collection, The Library Of Congress is one of the most extensive anthologies of images in the world. Many of the royalty free photos in the collection are old, bygone relics from times long ago passed that have been, for the most part, forgotten about. That is until an inventive director and designer by the name Kevin Weir had the notion to take some of the black and white images and breathe new life into them by turning them into some awesome, albiet a little creepy, GIF animations for a project he’s dubbed, The Flux Machine.
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Steve McCurry Recounts His Experience Photographing The 9/11 Tragedy

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Photo by Steve McCurry

In a recent interview conducted by Sky Arte, iconic photojournalist, Steve McCurry, recounts his experience photographing the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. McCurry shared the interview online today, the 13th anniversary of the attacks.

The photographer was in New York City in an apartment within eyesight of the towers when the attacks happened, an experience which he delves into with a heavy heart during 30-minute video clip below. The documentary style interview also affords McCurry a chance to talk about his other works, including Afghan Girl, one of his most well known works. [Read more...]

Approach A Photoshoot With An Open Mind To Boost Your Creativity

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The creative process can sometimes be one of the most difficult aspects of a photoshoot. Think of all the time we spend mulling over ideas and concepts, trying to come up with up with a new project, until finally one sticks, only to be shelved even longer as we spend more time planning every last detail out. It can be a lengthy process, but it’s also really important. As Corey Rich explains in the clip below, the creative process needs to be nourished and encouraged to evolve, even after the shoot has started. [Read more...]