A Rare ‘Little Planet’ Photograph Featuring The Aurora and The Milky Way

© Fotograf Göran Strand

We have seen many Little Planet photos before, but this little plant is one of the best I’ve seen of our little planet. Photographer Göran Strand took this photo around the autumnal equinox night (September 24th) over Lake Storsjön in Jämtland, Sweden.

This specific time of the year is more prone to Geomagnetic storms (and thereby to Northern lights). Göran’s took a 360° panorama with the Milky Way correctly exposed in the east sky and the Aurora reflecting in the lake to the north. Here is the twist though, before doing the little planet conversion, Göran flipped the photo, putting the skies at the center and the land as the perimeter.

You can follow more of Göran’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Homestar Runner Returns With Ridiculous Rap Video Parody Paying Homage To Fisheye Lenses

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Fans of the cult classic internet cartoon, Homestar Runner were delighted to discover the creators have posted a new episode after having been on a long hiatus. The cartoon, known for its pure randomness and quirky flash animation, held true to its roots, this time with a hilarious rap video parody that pokes fun at over used fisheye shots.

The video is part “tutorial” with verses like “Put the camera on the ground and aim it up // make my kicks look huge and my crew look tough” and partially “behind the scenes” footage that will have you nodding and rapping along with the Strongbad posse…”Once you use the fisheye you just can’t stop // it used to be expensive, but then the price dropped.” [Read more...]

From Concept To Completion: Go Behind The Scenes To See This Liquid Photo Come To Life

Aaron Nace takes us behind the scenes of this liquid photoshoot.

Aaron Nace takes us behind the scenes of this liquid photoshoot.

In this awesome behind the scenes clip, Phlearn frontman,Aaron Nace details his entire experience creating the image you see above. Starting with just a concept and some sketches, Nace condenses the process into a 10-minute long video clip that’s packed with handy tips, tricks, and lighting advice to give us insights as to what all goes into making these high quality portraits. Hopefully, the easy to understand presentation Nace is known for, will inspire you to undertake a similar project of your own.
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How To Photograph On A White Background Using Two Lights; Plus A Useful Bonus Editing Tip

Gavin Hoey explains how he keeps white backgrounds bright with two lights.

Gavin Hoey explains how he keeps white backgrounds bright with two lights.

In the video tutorial below, Gavin Hoey tackles an issue many photographers new to shooting on white backgrounds are faced with–white backgrounds that look grey in photographs.

As you may already know, this is caused by the inverse square law, which you can learn all about here. But for now, let’s focus on the solution which, as Hoey explains, can be as simple as adding a second light into the mix. [Read more...]

Camera51 App Claim They Crammed All Compositional Info Into An App That Tell You How To Shoot

I was wondering when something like this will pop up. An app that not only shares information about photography, but also tells you how to shoot. Camera51 is just that. An app that tells you how to shoot to get better photos.

I am really not sure what I think about this kind of technology, on one hand smartphone photographers do sometimes spray and pray, but on the other, I am not sure I am comfortable with the idea of letting an app telling me how to shoot.

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The Mamiya Hero 3+ Is a Gopro Hero Retrofitted in a Mamiya Ruby

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Flickr user Hannu Ilkka was one of the few who were not excited by the new GoPro Hero4 announcement. In fact Hannu is more of a retro camera kind of photographer.

I guess this could be the only reason why Hannu retrofitted a GoPro Hero 3+ inside a 35mm Mamiya Ruby. Using a set of levers and studs, Hannu jas the Mamia buttons control the start/stop, wifi and selection buttons of the GoPro, and a small window int the Mamia body allows peeking into the gopro LCD.

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Learn How To Make A Cinemagraph Using Photoshop In Under Two Minutes

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Make moving photos in minutes with this quick tutorial.

Have some cool b-roll laying around that you’ve been wanting to something with? In this sweet, but short video tutorial by Howard Pinsky, we learn how to turn video footage into a cinemagraph or “moving photo” fairly easily using Adobe Photoshop.

In Pinsky’s example, he has footage of traffic moving down a busy road that’s full of bright, flashing signs and advertisements. To make the  signage less distracting, Pinsky uses a mask to “freeze” the blinking lights, resulting in an image in which only the movement of the cars is visible. Take a look at the video, then read on for a breakdown of the steps. [Read more...]

Photographer Melts The Face Off His GoPro In A Volcano; Luckily The Drone Survives

gopromelted1 Most of us would consider it a bad day at the office if we accidentally destroyed one of our cameras. That is, unless the camera went out in a blaze of glory similar to what happened to Eric Cheng and Ragnar Th Sigurdsson’s GoPro when they flew it over an erupting volcano in Iceland, as documented in the wicked video clip from DJI Phantom, below.

At first, the team had proximity concerns after learning of park regulations that restrict vehicles access to certain areas of the lava field. The photographers wouldn’t be able to drive close enough to the volcano to fly the drone over the eruption without the drone going out of range. The team then asked park rangers if there were any other possible way to get closer. Though the rangers didn’t exactly recommend the team physically walk to the site, they did offer up exercise as a potential solution.

Naturally, they suited up in gas masks and heavy duty boots, tossed their DJI Phantom II / LightBridgeGoPro 3 combo in a backpack and started walking in to have a closer look. Listen to Cheng’s account of the experience, here: (Spolier Alert: The GoPro doesn’t survive.)

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