Most professional wedding photographers are not thrilled when someone brings up mirrorless cameras. I understand – the concept is relatively new, and there may be some distrust towards these cameras’ performance. Especially in demanding conditions such as shooting a wedding. But an example by Kevin Mullins proves them wrong. He shot an entire wedding with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and published a video which may break down misconceptions.
Sales of photographic film have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and amateurs alike rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product
In the early 2000s, the world of photography changed forever. Though digital cameras had been widespread since the mid-1990s, the technology did not produce sufficiently high-quality results for professional and serious amateur photographers.
Photo colarization is a thing. We want to look at color photos, but we only had black and white film a few decades ago, so there is a gap to fulfill. I guess our kids will want to hologrimize our colored photos when they grow up, but this is another story).
Up till now, colorizing has been an intense and laborious process taking hours of work from skilled artists. A new algorithm from Algorithmia wants to change that. Algorithmia released a new cloud platform that takes in a black and white photo and spits out a colorized version of it. The idea is that you can instantly create a color photo from an old black and white print of say Dear Aunt Daisy.
I’ve never been a massive fan of the whole “Fix it in Photoshop” (or Lightroom, in this case) mentality, but it does undoubtedly offer its benefits, especially when the conditions under which you’re able to get the shot may be out of your control.
In this video from Swiss landscape photographer and YouTuber, YuriFineart, we see a technique that allows us to go from a simple snapshot into something a little more interesting.
File this under non-essential-but-interesting news.
Reports are coming out that Instagram is potentially looking at implementing a black and white design throughout the entirety of their application. [Read more…]
There’s no way around it, our world is dominated by electronic devices. In these days of the super computers in our pockets we call cellphones, as well as tablets, smart watches and the countless other gadgets which make up the Internet of Things, one mother is taking things back to basics.
In an ongoing project, New Zealand photographer Niki Boon has been documenting the almost technology-free lives of her four children in a stunning black and white photography series, Childhood in the Raw.
I’ve always had a lot of fun challenging myself with creative and/or technical limitations. Like giving myself a photo assignment to spend the day or even an entire vacation with a certain camera/lens combination and a limited shooting style, like to shoot only macro or only black and white, etc. It usually makes me work harder to get the shots, but more importantly, I often come home with photos I probably wouldn’t have if I had taken my best equipment and approached shooting in my usual way. And who knows, what if through an exercise of self-imposed creative or technical limitations, I accidentally “stumble on a style”?! Which is exactly what happened to me and why I’m suggesting you try it yourself!
This technique is inspired by what was possible way back using film, by exposing the same position of the roll for several times. Doing this, enabled re-exposing the dark parts of a film to a new light. (assuming they were dark and unexposed on the first exposure). Of course doing this well, required lots of film and lots of patience.
With Photoshop, this technique is not expensive anymore and has infinite possibilities. The idea is very similar: overlay a second image on the dark parts of a first one.
This is how it’s done:
What if I told you that the photo above is actually not a black and white photo, it is in full color and it is your brains which is limiting you from seeing it in all its glory? Of course this is not actually the case, this photo is black and white, but this trick can make you see it in full color and explain how human color perception works in the process. hit the jump and follow the instruction in the film.
Colorizing monochrome photographs is nothing new. In fact, photographers were hand-coloring photos as far back as the 1800s. But, one of my gripes has always been how artificial and “flat” the images always looked. Even with Photoshop, many people seem content to just slap a single color over an area and call their work done, but color in the real world is not so simple.
Retoucher Joaquin Villaverde released an excellent video of a digital restoration and coloring of an old, damaged photograph in which he restored the image to its former glory and then brought it to life with meticulous color, yielding a beautiful end result.