Beautiful Macro Photos Of Spiders And Flowers Being Reflected In Tiny Drops Of Dew

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After browsing through the expansive (and insanely brilliant) portfolio of Italian photographer, Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, you might start to wonder how he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His macro images are consistent perfectly timed feats of logic. But, as Panizza would explain, it’s not just good timing. After 10 years of practicing the craft, he almost intrinsically knows where to be when he wants to photograph insects, flowers, and peacock feathers as they are reflected into a tiny orb of morning dew that also just happens to be getting carried around by a spider. Needless to say, the photos are sublime. [Read more...]

Using Clipping Masks and Drop Shadow to create surreal images

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On my last post I talked about my backup workflow, but I am probably more known for my editing style. So this time I decided to break down a photo. A question I get asked a lot when I showing my portfolio is how I make images like the one above (This one is featuring the wonderful Renee Robyn, click here for a bigger version). With all the organic shapes and details in there, it seems like a non trivial edit. With this tutorial I’m going to show the basics of the effect, which should give you an insight into the creation of such images.

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10 Famous Landmarks You’re Not Allowed to Photograph for Commercial Use

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Having just returned from Paris, I spent some time photographing a few of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Some of these photos are just my personal vacation photos and will only be seen by me (and maybe my Facebook friends…DIYP readers…Facebook friends of DIYP readers…).  But, a few of them will end up being sold commercially as royalty free stock through my stock portfolio over at Stocksy United.

If you are a photographer, and especially if you are a commercial photographer (commercial in the general sense that you take photographs or sell photographs for money), you should be aware of the copyright restrictions for landmarks, buildings, architecture, art and other intellectual property.

Keep reading, because like this restriction on publishing photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night, there are more weird copyright restrictions for landmarks, buildings, architecture, art and other intellectual property than you might think.

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DJI Announces New 4k Capable Drone – Competition Is Silent

DJI recently announced the new “Inspire Quadcopter” that is capable of shooting 4k video and 12mp stills. The relatively affordable sub- 3000$ drone is DJI’s second drone with an integrated camera and gimbal.

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Some Product Highlights:

  • Integrated camera shoots 4k video and 12mp stills
  • 3- Axis gimbal
  • 360° shooting that is possible due to retractable carbon fiber arms
  • Live 720p monitoring with DJI’s Lightbridge
  • GPS- based stabilisation system
  • Up to 1,2 miles radio range
  • Camera is detachable for future upgrades

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A Simple Explanation On How Aperture Impacts Depth Of Field (And Why Pinholes Are Always Sharp)

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There is a Seinfeld episode where George loses his glasses, yet he is able to spot a coin on the floor by squinting. Without knowing the team at Seinfeld made a very elegant scientific experiment comparing lenses to pin holes.

A Lens makes things sharp by focusing rays of light coming from a source so the rays converge on a single sport.

A pinhole, on the other hand, only allows light to enter from a single direction thus not letting it blur.

Both aspects are very clearly explained in this video by MinutePhysics.

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[Rumor] Sony To Release Game Changing Sensor Technology With An New APC Sensor

Sony Alpha Rumors shared a juicy tidbit this morning when they announced Sony may be developing a new sensor Sony has dubbed the Active Pixel Color Sampling Sensor (APCS). Sony Alpha Rumors gave the rumor a SR4 rating, meaning the rumor came from trusted sources and will most likely be confirmed. It is expected Sony will make an announcement regarding the APCS in 2015, and as promising as the leaked spec sheets makes the sensor tech look, it might be worth the wait.

The spec sheet, below, which Sony Alpha Rumors found on CNBeta, doesn’t reveal any fine details, but it does offer some insightful statistics:

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Vibrant Places All Around The World Brought To Life With Long Exposure

Capturing motion is in a photos that essentially freezes a moment in time is not trivial; We’ve shared works showing motion by literally freezing a high speed movement or by intentionally letting it blur. Matthew Pillsbury has a knack for capturing motion. He takes long exposure photos freezing all but the movement of people. In his recent photos, which are exhibited in Tokyo and New York, Matthew took photos of vibrant fast-paced urban areas of cities all around the globe. The results are hypnotizing.

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The Life Of A National Geographic Adventure Photographer: Jimmy Chin

JIMMY CHINIf you’ve always suspected that National Geographic photographers have awesome lives, this interview with Jimmy Chin might help prove your case. A team from Mashable traveled to Jackson, Wyoming to visit the NatGeo photographer in his home, offering us a glimpse into the adventurers’ paradise that is Chin’s storage and supplies room. (Holy cow does he have a lot of cool stuff.) It’s also kind of fun to see what Chin does in his downtime when he’s not skiing Everest or climbing Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. Granted, he doesn’t get very much downtime with adventures of those proportions to partake in. Even when he is able to take a “break” from work, it seems as though Chin is always up to something epic. Seriously, the man is beast.

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Understanding ISO And Why It Causes Digital Noise

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The kind folks over at Panvista Productions put together a great informational video aimed at helping us better understand ISO. Most of us already know that we can adjust exposure through ISO, but for many that’s about the extent of what we know about the subject. Panvista’s  9 1/2 minute long clip, however, goes far beyond the basics of ISO we learn in the beginning of our careers. The video gets right down to the nitty gritty as it shows us exactly what’s going on inside our DSLR or micro four thirds camera every time we adjust the ISO setting. This of course leads us into the topic of digital noise (ugh) and why it occurs (interesting). Overall, it’s a well rounded video that’s delivered in a way which is easy to understand and engaging. [Read more...]

Shooting Ironman Triathlon Swim Training – Underwater Photography

I love a photography challenge and underwater photography has a way multiplying complexities.

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But like most challenges, it is the preparations that you make before diving in that will help your photography sink or swim (I’m sorry – I couldn’t resist).

In this article, I will take you through a recent underwater photography session I did with three triathletes currently training for the Ironman Triathlon.

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