Photographer Comically Photoshops Himself Photobombing Actors In Stock Images

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There’s some pretty interesting and bizarre stock photography floating around the Internets and we’ve also undoubtedly seen some pretty clever uses for it. But, The Stock Photobomber (Matt Vescovo) may have just stole the show with his tongue in cheek series of Photoshopped stock images.

After painstakingly looking at about 845,742,923,012 stock photos during his 20-year long career as an art director in advertising, he’s come up with a way to make looking at boring, unrealistic stock images a whole lot more fun.

“I find that when I look at stock photos, I experience the same uncomfortable feeling I have when my bank teller asks me with a forced smile, how my morning is going or when I eat “Chick’n” or see an interview with Tom Cruise. It’s not simply that my teller’s greeting, the vegan meat substitute and the celebrity scientologist are fake, it’s how hard they pretend that they’re not…”

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Eliminating Fill Flash Hard Shadows – A Controlled Test

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Defining the problem: While shooting a portrait outdoors, I usually add a fill flash to eliminate any “racoon eyes” and dark shadows on the face. The fill flash is set set at 1.7 stops under exposed for a light touch. My setup is a Nikon D600 with Nikon SB700 flash (mounted on the camera’s hotshoe) using TTL metering at -1.7 EV. In the example the lighting on the face is good (soft & directional) but you can see a hard shadow on the right side of the subject.

We have options…

There are a few options available, and in this test case I wanted to compare them

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Photographer Builds An Entire City From Blocks In His Studio

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Italian photographer Matteo Mezzadri wanted to show a different perspective of a city and for that he built a whole city in his studio. Sadly (or happily for us), Mezzadri built a city equivalent in his studio.

The city is built from red blocks and is not built after a real city. Mezzadri tells inmybag that

…[the project] “Città Minime” [minimal city] explores the space in which the majority of people live, an urban space recognizable in its essential structures: the buildings, the roads, the trees, although seen from a different point of view that distorts and recreates them.

The shots are the result of a meticulous, almost obsessive staging in which the picture remains the only evidence of large-scale installations made in the photographer’s studio or outdoors. The use of Photoshop is minimized, while the atmosphere is recreated with a clever use of technical devices.

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High Speed Camera Allows Scientists To Photograph The Smell Of Rain

 

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Ah, the smell of fresh rain. Clean, refreshing, and light…There’s nothing else quite like it. And, unfortunately, according to a team of researchers from MIT, that nostalgic aroma of a rain shower could also be loaded with hazardous viruses and bacteria. This interesting discovery was made possible through the use of high speed cameras, which the scientists used to record “roughly 600 experiments on 28 types of surfaces”, where a drop of water was released onto each of the 28 varying soil surfaces. The scientists then took their high speed footage and played it back at 1/250 of the actual speed.

Their findings showed that, upon making contact with the surface, air bubbles were trapped between the soil surface and the drop of water. This resulted in the trapped air to be forced upwards through the drop of rain, effectively creating an aerosol effect. This entire process, scientists believe, is essentially how the “smell of rain” is created. [Read more...]

Riveting Photos Of Retired Subway Cars Being Dropped Into The Ocean

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What actually happens to all those old subway cars that are retired from the New York City subway? One might suspect they’re sent off to the salvage yard where they’ll be scrapped for metal and spare parts before they arrive at their final resting place in some landfill outside of town. While some of that assumption is true, the subway cars actually go on to serve a meaningful (and environmentally friendly) life as artificial reefs on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photographer, Stephen Mallon, a New York City local, has spent three years documenting the cause in which he has been witness to countless numbers of the stripped down cars approaching their final destiny as they take the plunge into the ocean. Mallon’s series, Next Stop Atlantic, documents the work of the Metropolitan Transit Authority in their effort to provide marine life with a new place to call home while keeping the large cars out of landfills. Once the cars land on the ocean floor, microorganisms will take to the structures creating a source of food for various types of sea life in addition to providing shelter for some aquatic animals.  [Read more...]

Beautiful Selfie Proves Israel and Lebanon Can Get Along. And Why They Can’t.

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The Israeli and Lebanese contestants met at the Miss Universe contest. What happened next will (not) amaze you. They did what most people would do and took a selfie, together with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.

Following angry criticism from her homeland, Miss Lebanon claimed she was photobombed by the Israeli.

Is this true and how did Miss Egypt respond to the scandal?

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We Are Giving Away Two Sweet Lensbaby Lenses: a Composer Pro w/Sweet 50 and a Special Edition Spark

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If you are reading the blog for a while, you know that I am a big Lensbaby fan. A Lensbaby (any lensbaby) is a very powerful creative tool to have in your arsenal. If you are not familiar with Lensbabies, they are a family of creative lenses that provide in-camera focusing effects. If you are not sure, just hit the jump to see both the lenses and the sample photos. You know you have to have them.

Today I am happy to announce that DIYP teamed up with Lensbaby to giveaway two awesome lenses: a Composer Pro w/Sweet 50 and a Special Edition Spark. WE wanted to keep this really fun and simple so all you have to do is put your name and email in the box below and hit enter. As always should you or any member of the MI force should be caught oops wrong operation. As always we do provide extra entries if you share the giveaway (but you don’t need to log into facebook if you don’t wanna) and we do encourage international participation.

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When love breaks down: Why I sold my mirrorless camera

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Many of you will recall that I wrote a blog some months ago entitled ‘5 reasons why your DSLR is obsolete in today’s world’ and that, to say the least got a lot of people talking. It also drew much comment. We saw the hard line DSLR users spitting feathers, others crying ‘clickbait’! Clickbait? Isn’t it all just that? Well, all I can say is … darn, you clicked it though didn’t you? In fact, almost half a million of you did. Shouting clickbait on the internet is like running out into the street and shouting ‘don’t breathe air cuz they want you to’ it’s obvious and slightly moronic. This is just discussion, that’s all, its not important.

Anyways, the piece really was sincere and the reactions were expected. But we listened to your voices and today in the good name of balance, I write my own response … to myself. If you will excuse me I shall feel free to contradict.

So, why are all these CSC users so smug? Seriously they don’t shut up, heaven knows if they even have time for Making photographs when they seem to spend most of their time online forming clubs and chatting about how much they love the manufacturers and their trendy products. They openly seem to congratulate the ‘brand’ for their personal enthusiasm and successes if any. How can this be so? Surely it’s all nonsense? Surely it’s just a ploy to attract the brand attention and nail down some kind of preferential treatment or Ambassadorship? It’s smugness extreme and leaves me a little suspicious you know. Oh, the lion stirs.

So balance as promised, lets look at this from the die hard DSLR fans perspective, lets take a little shine off that squeaky clean mirror less polish.

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Explore Dubai In An 8-Terapixel 360-Degree Interactive Virtual Tour

We all know Google Earth as a great tool to get a feel for a distant location with its satellite and Street View maps. Now imagine Google Earth after a massive dose of epic combined with state-of-the-art technology, and the result is the most brilliant virtual tour ever created.

Dubai 360 is the first virtual city tour to exclusively use interactive 360 degree content, including gigapixel panoramas, time lapses and video. That’s right, all in a fully interactive 360 degree view!

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