Going Mirrorless: 10 Reasons To Ditch The DSLR With Pro Photographer Jason Lanier

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Photographers are becoming more and more curious about the advantages mirrorless cameras have over DSLRs. In fact, judging by some of the comments on the Migrating To Mirrorless post here on DIYPhotography, many of you have already ditched the DSLR in favor of a mirrorless model. That’s precisely what pro photographer, Jason Lanier, did when gave Nikon the boot and switched over to Sony mirrorless cameras. In the 24-minute long video below, Lanier explains his decision to leave behind the leading DSLR manufacturers and, while I do love my full frame camera bodies, his words definitely got me thinking. [Read more...]

Check Out The Awesome Makeup In This Epic Self Portrait Project: 31 Days Of Halloween

amandachapmanFor most of us, the hardest part about committing to a portrait project is coming up with new and creative photos day in and day out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for pro photographer, Amanda Chapman. Since 2012, Chapman has been partaking in a 31 Days Of Halloween project where she dresses up in different makeup and costume every day for the month of October. Once learning her husband had been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Chapman desperately needed an outlet and a project to ease the mind’s of her and her family. As October of the same year rolled around, she started doing different makeup every day and posting the photos to her facebook page.

Though she had no formal training in makeup, in fact, she had only done it a couple times in the past for Halloween costumes, her Tim Burton inspired looks grabbed the attention of her fans while simultaneously giving her family something fun to look forward to each day.  [Read more...]

Wanna Know How To Make An Already Viral Photo Project Even More Worthy? (Hint: Bring Puppies!)

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You look like you could use a little puppy break. We have just the right medicine for you. Feast your eyes on Carli Davidson’s latest projects, Puppy Time Lapse and SHAKE Puppies. The projects are follow ups to her viral project, SHAKE, (from 2012) which featured grown dogs shaking it out in slow motion–ears flapping in the air, drool flying every which way. It is glorious. And it gets even better….This new project, SHAKE Puppies, is the same idea, only expands on the original with a boatload of adorable puppies because yes. [Read more...]

(Painfully) Funny Look At The Realities Of Being A New DSLR Owner

expectation1Remember getting your first DSLR and all the grand illusions that came with it? Before you even bought the camera you were probably thinking about the illustrious career as a professional photographer your purchase of prosumer camera somehow magically entitled you to. Those were good old days, when naivety was still sorta blissful. Heck, they’re still good once you realize how much fun it is to look back on those experiences and laugh at our newbie selves. [Read more...]

Uncropped Album Cover Photos Show The Bigger Image

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When I was young we used to drool over albums (well not really drool, but you know what I mean). Getting a 12 inch vinyl record was not only about the music, it was also about the entire experience of ownership. Then came the CDs and cover art shrank to about 6 inches and then came digital and cover art was gone.

The team at aptitude.co.uk wanted to extend a tribute to this dying, soon-to-be-lost art and created what could  have been the full photos from which the cover art was taken.

I am flabbergasted

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This Epic Storm Timelapse Will Make You Want To Get Close And Personal with A Storm

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Storms are terrifying things. The shear mass and brute force of a forming storm should probably strike fear in any person seeing the clouds gather. So if you have any brains in your heads, you probably drive as fast and as far away as you can. Well, not if you are Nicolaus Wegner. In this case you drive as close as you can, place your tripod on the fields and start a timelapse.

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Poignant Portrait Series Show Shelter Dogs Moments Before They Are Euthanized

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10:54PM, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 Hours

Taiwanese photographer,Yun-Fei Tou, has been working on a portrait project which focuses on very heartbreaking subject matter. Memento Mori introduces viewers to shelter dogs in the last hours of the dogs life. All of the dogs, some healthy, some victims of severe neglect, are unknowingly waiting to be euthanized by one of the government run pounds in Taiwan. Though, that’s not to single out Taiwain, as this type of thing occurs all over the world. [Read more...]

How Would You Redefine Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Photographers?

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This Pyramid is probably every psychology student nightmare. It illustrates Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which explains what do people really want. The (overly simplified here) idea behind the Pyramid is that you can only tent to a higher layer after you have dealt with satisfying the need of all the layers underneath it.

But how would this transform to photography? I have my idea of course, but I would love putting this here and hear your ideas. Share with us in the comments.

Photo Series Illustrates Same Sex Couples Relaxing In Their Homes In The 1980′s

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Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier 2014

This effective photo series by American photographer, Sage Sohier, provides a remarkably beautiful storyline to her latest book, At Home With Themselves. The 122 page book documents the lives of same sex couples living in America in the 1980′s, a time shrouded by fear as a frenzied public struggled to better understand the AIDS epidemic that had just began sweeping through the gay community. It was the pain of the AIDS crisis that inspired Sohier to embark on the project in 1986. After watching more and more gay men fall victim to the disease, Sohier began seeking out same sex couples that would allow her to visit their homes and take candid photos of them where they are most at ease. [Read more...]

The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real

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Darth Vader riding a streetcar; Luke Skywalker hitting a home run at Rogers Centre; Yoda piggybacking a youngster to cross the road.

For some impossible realities. For others, like Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg, a daily sighting.

Thomas takes the wonderful streets of Toronto and mixes it with his childhood memories. The city succumbs to Thomas’s strong memories of renting the trilogy over at Blockbusters, through almost dying to get a Chewbacca action figure.

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