That Moment Rockstars Realize They’re Jamming on Giant Slugs


Have you ever noticed how rockstars seem to pull the weirdest faces while soloing? Still images make them look even worse.

Glasgow-based blogger Michael M. used photoshop to replace the musicians’ instruments with giant slugs and those faces suddenly make perfect sense.

This humorous series was just meant to be a fleeting, transitory wee laugh”, Michael told DIYP, but it gained serious momentum and got featured all over the web.

It’s just really lovely to see people embracing the idea of these horrible big slugs on their favourite rock legends and it making some sort of weird sense”.

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Still NYC is a Fun Experiment in Flowing Motion


Rather than uploading a set of still photos from his recent visit to New York City, Ynon Lan decided to try something a little different.

Basically he created a short video where each themed segment consists of individual photos captured in different locations, with different backgrounds and changing subjects.

While not groundbreaking, it’s a fun video to watch and one of the more interesting “photo albums” I’ve seen lately. The guys over at Vimeo agree where the video received 50k views in less than a week and was selected as a “Staff Pick”.

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How To Make a DIY Handpainted Backdrop


With winters lasting for 6 months in Toronto, I find that outdoor shoots are put on hold for pretty much the entire time. Because of that, I try improving my studio work during the indoor hermitting season as much as possible. That way once spring kicks in I can go back to shooting outdoors at full power.

All of my previous studio work (which is limited) involved either a blank wall in my house or a blank wall in my house with a grey paper backdrop that I purchased at Henry’s for $40 CAD. This year, when I was asked to shoot an album cover, I knew it was time to figure out something a little more sophisticated. Cue in NEW BACKDROPS!

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5 Wedding Photos You Can’t Take With A 24-70 (Also, Why the 24-70 is a Crap Lens Choice)

bridal fashion, blurmedia, toronto wedding photographer, jp danko Last week, Scott Kelby unleashed the wrath of the interwebs by daring to suggest that beginner lenses take beginner photos. A lot of the vitriol seemed to be coming from photographers who were married to their $2000 24-70 f/2.8 lenses.  (I guess its like telling someone they have an ugly spouse). While Scott was very diplomatic about it, I am going to go out on a limb here and say it straight out: the 24-70 is a crap lens choice. And here’s why…
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Discover The Beauty Of Hairless Cats In This Striking Portrait Collection Of Sphynxes

For Alicia Rius, photographing animals comes naturally. Her portfolio is brimming with gorgeous fine art photos, in which you’ll find an assortment of four-legged subjects ranging from horses to hairless cats. Rius was born in a small town in northeast Catalonia. She would earn a bachelor’s in Advertising and a master’s in International Marketing, before eventually taking a job as a project manager for an ad agency in Amsterdam. Not that the work at the ad agency was dull, but it left Rius wanting something more. [Read more…]

Santa Monica’s Mountain Lions Caught on Camera


Mountain lions, also known as pumas or cougars, are one of the largest and most powerful predators in the United States. Despite that, they are reclusive and tend to stay away from people, making it very difficult to photograph them.

A National Parks Service biologist was able to track a deer carcass thanks to the GPS coordinates from one of the mountain lions’ tracking collars, and hike to the location during the day to setup a remote camera while the animals were away. Come night time, the lions returned to the carcass and were surprised to see an unknown flashing contraption that had mysteriously shown up.

While this is not the first time mountain lions were captured by a remote camera, the animals captured in these images might account for up to a third of the entire Santa Monica Mountains population.

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Ten Beliefs That Suck the Life out of Photographers


What if I told you it was not the industry, the bad economy, where you live, what camera you shoot with, how many lights you have or how small your Facebook following is that is holding you back. None of those are truly capable of stopping you, they are only challenges for you to meet.

The same challenges everyone who creates art or starts a business has to meet and beat.

The things that are truly holding you back are your own beliefs. Belief that it IS one of those reasons above. Believing that it is a geography thing that keeps you from excelling, or what gear you use or how many lights you take with you is more damaging than any REAL challenge you will ever have to meet.

Because they have no substance, these limiting beliefs can grow to fit any size needed to keep you from moving forward.

If it was simply a wall in front of you, there would be many different ways to move on. Scale it, go around it, blow it up… all sorts of ways to get it done.

But if the wall is a creation inside your mind, there is no way around it, it will grow higher than any ladder you have and it becomes impervious to any and all attempts to blow it up. It does this insidiousness because we want it to. We control its size and power.

So lets look at ten beliefs and maybe offer a suggestion on how they may be more in our heads than in our reality.

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2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists Show Nature In Its Finest Moments


It’s that time of the year when a lot of the major photography contests reveal their winners and finalists.

We’ve recently shared with you the top photos from the Sony World Photography Awards, World Press Photo and the Wellcome Image Awards, and now it’s time for the Smithsonian’s 12th Annual Photo Contest.

Despite the multitude of contests, the Smithsonian’s finalists are all incredible photos.

Below are 15 of the 60 finalists, chosen out of 26,500 entries.

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Photos of American States Show That Food Can Be Fun

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Children love to play with their food; parents not so much. But when your father runs a food blog, playing with food is not just allowed, it becomes a joined project.

Chris Durso, creator of Foodiggity, and his eight-year-old son Cameron set off to create all 50 states out of food in a “pun-fueled” photo series call the Foodnited States of America.

The duo has just passed the halfway point and say that the remaining states will be joining New Jerky, Arkanslaw and Swissconsin within the next few months.

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Movie Depicts The Battle Of Keeping Photography Legal In Afghanistan & Why Some Worry It Won’t Last

frame-by-frame2SXSW season is one of my favorite times of the year. Ten days packed full of all the things I love. Film week has always been of particular interest to me, and just because I won’t be able to physically make it to any of this year’s festivities, doesn’t mean I’m not keeping tabs on what I’m missing out on. As I suspected, there’s quite a few awesome things I’m sad not to be experiencing first hand. One of them is a documentary film called, Frame By Frame, that’s making it’s premier at the festival on March 14th.

FRAME BY FRAME is a feature-length documentary that follows four Afghan photojournalists navigating a young and dangerous media landscape. Through cinema verité, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban, the film reveals a struggle in overcoming the odds to capture the truth.

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