How Good (And Bad) Retouching Impacts Your Objective Age

A few days ago it started – suddenly these portraits sprouted everywhere like mushrooms after the rain, with pictures of people and a postit note on their forehead which states their age.


Behind this fed is a new “service” called how-Old, which claims to give an accurate guesstimate of your age based on a single photo. As a retoucher I often encounter this problem; a model still has a few more years to “steal” or actually to “give” to the industry. I had to test how many years I can take of a model with retouching and while this is a lighthearted post, the results were quite interesting.

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POV Video of an IDF Disaster Dog Searching for Earthquake Survivors in Nepal


The worst earthquake to have hit Nepal in 80 years occurred last week, killing over 6,000 people and thousands more are still unaccounted for.

The international community rushed to offer assistance, with Israel sending the largest aid delegation consisting 260 doctors and rescue personnel. Joining the search and rescue teams are three dogs and their handlers belonging to the IDF’s Special Forces K-9 unit.

One of these dogs, who were specifically trained to locate signs of life and survivors in disaster areas, was equipped with a GoPro Camera and offers a unique view into the ongoing efforts to find people buried under the rubble.

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Images From Desolated, Disaster Stricken Chernobyl 30 Years Later


When I am thinking of sad places, Chernobyl always comes to mind. A place that was vibrant with life, up until April 1986. Then Reactor number 4 of the power plant exploded causing the evacuation of more than 350,000 people over the span of huge area and over 15 years.

Today the city is mostly a ghost town, aside from a few remaining residents.

Rebecca Litchfield is no stranger to the Soviet Union in general and to Chernobyl in particular. She has done two trips to the area, one in 2012 and one in April this year. The photos she brought back are some of the saddest I’ve seen.

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A Serenity Inspiring Timelapse Shot At Uyuni – The Largest Sea Salt In The World


Many of the timelapses that we feature here are heavy on the drama. It feels like a breath of fresh air to feature a timelapse that is all about peace and serenity.

This beautiful timelapse was shot by Enrique Pacheco about a month ago in the sea salt of Uyuni, Bolivia.

This salt sea produced the most perfect reflections which Enrique uses cleverly to create perfectly symmetrical compositions and framing.

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Breathtaking Footage Taken Inside Hang Son Doong, The World’s Largest Cave

Imagine if you could put a drone inside a 5.5 miles long cave that is as tall as a 40-story skyscraper. Plus it has a river flowing through it. Hang Sơn Đoòng (or mountain river cave) is the largest cave known to mankind and the mere fact that they allowed a crew along with a drone to shoot inside is not trivial at all.

Photographer and cave explorer Ryan Deboodt spent some time in the cave along with a Canon 6D, a 16-35mm f4 lens, a DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro Hero 4 Black edition to give a glorious view of the cave. It is breath taking.

It is amazing that footage like this can be taken with less than $4K worth of gear.

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A Photoshoot In Russia. In The Snow. With A 650kg Grizzly Bear


Photographer Olga Barantseva recently created a series of photographs with two beautiful models. But this is where the story stops being normal.

The companion for this photoshoot was a 650kg brown grizzly bear named Stephen.

You need some balls to pose next to such a dangerous animal, even if it is 100% tamed. A friendly “high five” from one of those paws will leave you massively bleeding.

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Watch Transformers Go To Battle In This Insanely Epic Stop Motion Film

You should probably just go ahead and clear the next 15 minutes of your schedule as I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to check out this epic Transformers stop motion movie.  Even if you’re not a fan of the classic Transformers franchise, it’s hard to resist all the work that went into making this ridiculously awesome fan film.

The filmmaker and stop motion extraordinaire, Harris Loureiro, told us he shot the film entirely on a Canon 1000D over the course of six months. Since each individual motion has to be done by hand in between photographs, he said it would often take him about two hours and forty minutes just to get a usable 8 second clip (and, may we add, the movie is over 15 minutes long!). [Read more…]

Fire Wings Light Painting Captured on Smartphone

Smartphones are not naturally meant for light painting. Mostly because they (mostly) have small sensors that do not handle long exposures well, and accumulate noise like a TV set on a dead channel.

The engineering team at Huawei came up with a clever concept to overcome that limitation and they handle light painting in a very similar way to how astro-photographers capture the night skies, by stacking many images together. But where sky photographers stack many 30 seconds shots to create several hours’ worth of exposure, the Huawei P8 does it on a seconds scale.

To demonstrate the concept, Huawei commissioned photographer Benjamin Von Wong (previously) to shoot a light painted angle with fire wings.

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Experimental Philosopher Plans To Take 1000 Year Long Exposure Of Holyoke Mountains

1000-year-photoBe sure to mark your calendars, in the year 3015, the world’s longest exposure may or may not exist. In what may be one of the most ambitious photographs taken to date, writer/experimental philosopher/conceptual artist, Jonathon Keats, has designed and constructed a pinhole camera which he says will allow him to take a 1,000 year long exposure.

The camera is constructed from copper, which is known for resilience to corrosion. The pinhole was drilled through a 24-karat gold plate that will project the exposure onto rose madder, an organic based paint that will serve as the “film”. Keats adapted the rose madder technique from the Renaissance era–no processing is required, the image can be viewed simply by opening the camera and looking inside. [Read more…]

Outland: Photographing The Derelict Fringes Of South Africa

roger-ballen1Roger Ballen, talented New York based photographer, has dedicated many years of his life travelling to some of the most interesting fringes to explore South African culture and lifestyle. Ballen has hand selected 45 of the most powerful images from his journey to include in his new photo essay titled “Outland“.

During an interview with Ballen, he explained his approach to the photographs was not documentary photography in it’s traditional form, rather, the photographer said:

“I started to work with the subjects in a theatrical, performative way. I was there to transform reality.”

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