Moon Games Forced Perspective Shows That You Can Make Interesting Photographs Anywhere

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If you’re stuck looking for inspiration here is an idea that we have all seen before taken to new places. Husband and wife, Laurent & Sabine Laveder collaborated their Photography, graphic design and astronomy  and graphic designer duo took the familiar forced perspective concept to new heights by playing games with the moon.

While a few of the photos are composites most are simply using long focal length to achieve the effect. Some goes up to 480 mm using a Refracting telescope. [Read more…]

Relics of Technology Makes Me Miss My Childhood

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With all the iPhones, iPads and Androids devices that we use today, it is pretty hard to deduct the functions of a device from the way it looks. This was not always the case. Consider the Gramophone.

It was pretty easy to understand the function of each component of this gadget. This part turns, this part senses the music and this part outputs the voice. Can you do this with a Smartphone? I don’t think so. This is why I miss those old gadgets so much.

Photographer Jim Golden must share similar feelings. His series Relics of Technology is a  collection of technology from past times, when you could still understand what a device does just by looking at it.

Jim picks thrift stores finding his relics, and then poses them in a most appetizing ways. [Read more…]

3 Benefits of Keeping a Photography Journal

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I had a post earlier this week called “51 Things I Know About Photography.” If you haven’t read it yet, you should check it out. I’ve received a lot of emails over the past couple of days, asking me to clarify or expand on several items on the list. Interestingly enough, it’s been #37– Keep a journal– that’s generated several interesting discussions with readers in the last 72 hours. This also happens to coincide with one of my monthly rituals– running a complete catalog backup that I store off-site (#21, for those keeping track).

Perhaps I should explain.

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51 Things I Know About Photography

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I was certain that today was the day. It was going to be my 50th post for DIY Photography. To prepare, I’d been putting together bits of advice, lessons learned, and general observations about photography and life. It was when I decided to go back and re-read all of my earlier posts, though, that I realized the numbers were off– I’d lost track of the dates.  As it turns out, this is actually post #51. My milestone had come and gone. My initial thought was to simply trash the post and move on, but a milestone is a milestone, even if it’s a day late. So, instead of 50 observations, I offer 51– the 51st from a rather unlikely source. There is no particular order. There is no ranking. While they are all a matter of personal opinion, I think there’s a little something here for everyone. I hope that at least one or two of these are as helpful to you as they have been to me.

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The Cinematography of Harris Savides

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“He was a complete rule-breaker. He’d light anything to make a scene work, never paid attention to conventional wisdom and did not know from self-doubt.” – Scott Rudin, New York Times

“He liked the blacks to be not fully black, to have a milky, filmy quality, and he liked the light part of an image not to be fully blown out, not just gone complete white, so if someone was wearing a white dress in a window, there would still be details in the dress. He would say the word ‘creamy.’ He liked a creamy image. Otherwise there was no way to tell whether it was Harris.” – Van Sant, New York Times

Harris Savides was only 55 years old when he passed away from brain cancer. Above are a few quotes from the people he’s worked with over the years. Along with the tragedy of leaving at such a young age, he time sadly came when he was at arguably the highest point of his career.

I’ve kept a habit of starting off every one of these posts stating that you might not know this cinematographer, but that you know the films they made. But Harris Savides was someone who never even got nominated for an Academy Award. Admittedly, the Oscars aren’t something that determines the quality of a film (…Crash.), but the resume Harris had on him will make make you wonder why not either way.

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Breathtaking Surreal Photographs Taken With A $50 Camera (And 100 Ton Of Talent)

If you thought that it takes the last word in gear to create incredible work, think Again. Ukrainian artist, Oleg Oprisco uses a $50 Kiev 6C and a strong vision to create photographs like you’ve never seen before.

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Oleg was born in a the small town* city of Lviv. He spent some time as a developer in a photo store and some as a photography assistant, but none triggered his creativity. The thing that eventually got the creativity out of him (though we suspect he was creative all along) was a getting a Kiev C6 camera  – a medium format, 12 shots a roll, camera. Oleg shares that the fact that he only has 12 frames makes him carefully work on each frame.

The photos are amazingly created in camera, using props, styling and brave models, as Oleg notes. [Read more…]

Follow Your Passion: Clark Little on Shooting Waves

Wave photographer is probably not a common title, but Clark Little is just that a Wave photographer.

The video above is yet a perfect example on how following one’s passion can lead to greatness. It is also a story about one event can change a photographer’s path completely. For Clark it was a UK magazine putting up his photos which led to his appearance on the Good Morning America, the Today Show and several others.

Clark started with an Canon Powershot SD500 (yea that) and a $150 diving case, and on his story he tells that more often than not he’ll take a beating rather than a photo. [Read more…]

Can Models Suffer From Fear Public Speaking? Apparently Yes

Like so many, I desperately fear public speaking. I physically shake and mentally crumble. I’ve always been a better writer than a speaker with so much to say and no way to say it. So when The Photography Show approached me last October asking if I’d like to talk about my precious Dreamcatcher Project to a large audience on stage…of course I said “yes please” with a confident smile…and then cried for a month whilst quivering in a corner with fear!

Fickle Fame…part of the Dreamcatcher Project. Photographer: Mute Media

Fickle Fame…part of the Dreamcatcher Project. Photographer: Mute Media

So how can it be that a model; a person who spends her life in front of a camera; is so terrified of walking out in front of a bunch of people and being asked to speak? Well, it’s quite simple: I am the muted mannequin.

As a model I am not required to talk nor am I expected to show outward judgement, personal expression or opinions. Of course I am expected to bring those elements of my personality into a shoot as directed by the theme of the images, but I am to predominantly use my body alone to project them. I am a blank canvas, a clothes horse and therefore a mannequin.  [Read more…]

Stock Photography or Just Awesome Family Photos?

One of the things that I love about creating stock photography is that it gives me an incentive to create very artistic and polished photographs of my own family.

I have been shooting for Stocksy for nearly a year now, and a sizable portion of my portfolio are photos of family members – to steal a line from Chase Jarvis:

“The best model is the one you have with you”

When I look back on my portfolio, I see a whole year of family photos that are completely different than the snapshots I would normally take.

In this article, I am going to share a few of the stories behind some of my favorite family photos.

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Dallas, TX: A Mobile View

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It’s Earth Day, and although the holiday’s not exactly something we’re all getting work and classes off for, it’s nice for us to have a reminder that we all have one home. And that home isn’t all green. It also comprises hundreds of cities, each with their own separate, distinct cultures and customs.

I decided today was a good day to showcase a set of photos I’ve taken of the city I’ve grown up in. With all the amazing shots I see through websites like 500px of Chicago, Seattle, or Manhattan, I wanted to add on and give you guys a view of my home: Dallas, Texas.

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