Watch As An Old, Damaged Photo Is Masterfully Brought To Life

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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.

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Photographing Lions From 4 Meters Distance

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To me, black and white photography is one of the most mesmerizing art forms ever created and has the ability to draw a viewer into a scene like few others.  Swedish photographer Pekka Järventaus capitalizes on its detailed nuances in “Prowling with Lions,” an ongoing photography project focused solely around the lions of Africa.  Unlike some photographers who are content with simply snapping a good image of a captive lion, Pekka searches for truly wild animals roaming freely on the savanna, getting up close and personal with some of the most fearsome beasts on the planet.

Here, along with his stunning photography, Pekka provides insight into his process, the gear he uses, and the driving force behind his work, along with some very simple yet poignant advice for aspiring photographers.

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Gotham City SF Features Entrancing Black And White Footage Of The City By The Bay

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Outside of pushing resolution to all new heights, a lot of the techniques being used in timelapse photography at the moment are somewhat stale. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a departure from the norm surface in the vast pool of timelapse videos. Toby Harriman’s Gotham City SF is just that. We’re used to seeing cityscapes and San Francisco, the beautiful town it is, is a frequent muse to photographers. Harriman, however, spent well over a year looking at the city in monochrome from all different perspectives.

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Awesome Timelapse of North America Made With A Custom 3D Printed Dolly (And How You Can Print Your Own)

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After 12 months of hiking through California, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska the team behind Upthink Lab have released a five minute long timelapse of their adventures that features some pretty impressive moments. Wanderment is meant to create a juxtaposition between the different landscapes of North America, a purpose the filmmakers pushed further by switching between color and black and white footage throughout the clip (all of which is in 4k).

You’ll be treated to an array of vivid landscapes in addition to some really cool macro slow motion of growing mushrooms, which is reason enough to watch the timelapse. There’s also an interesting transition at about 1:52 where the camera makes a fluid transition from underwater to above the surface. The shot was captured with a Canon T3i (with Magic Lantern) in an underwater housing mounted on a custom motion control dolly. [Read more…]

Photo Series Illustrates Same Sex Couples Relaxing In Their Homes In The 1980’s

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Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier 2014

This effective photo series by American photographer, Sage Sohier, provides a remarkably beautiful storyline to her latest book, At Home With Themselves. The 122 page book documents the lives of same sex couples living in America in the 1980’s, a time shrouded by fear as a frenzied public struggled to better understand the AIDS epidemic that had just began sweeping through the gay community. It was the pain of the AIDS crisis that inspired Sohier to embark on the project in 1986. After watching more and more gay men fall victim to the disease, Sohier began seeking out same sex couples that would allow her to visit their homes and take candid photos of them where they are most at ease. [Read more…]

Von Wong Photoshoot Kinda Makes Us Wish We Worked At SmugMug (Plus A $20 DIY Rain Machine!)

von-wongWhen SmugMug wanted photographs of their employees to hang in the company gym, a traditional corporate portrait just wasn’t going to cut it. They wanted something sporty and they wanted it in black and white. The rest of the creative direction was handed over to Benjamin Von Wong, the photographer you call up when you want epic photos and exactly who SmugMug went to for their shoot.

As usual, Vong Wong delivers the goods. Not only is his concept intriguing, but he really knows how to make the subjects comfortable in front of the camera. And let’s not forget the sweet DIY rain machine he built using PVC pipe and sprinkler heads. You can learn more about the build on his blog along with a lot of other tidbits relating to the shoot like lighting patterns, post production tips, and advice on thinking outside the box. [Read more…]

A Breathtaking Black And White Timelapse Portrait Of Scotland’s Isle Of Skye

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So often are timelapse videos stuffed full of vivid colors and bright tones that it almost catches us off guard when we come across a black and white timelapse that is every bit as breathtaking as their full color counterparts. Such is the case with this short video the team over at Fourth Dimension Video captured while spending 5 days in the quiet Scottish isle in June. The Isle of Skye features both, timelapse and some sweeping aerial drone shots. [Read more…]

Frugality Works! Using an iPhone and an IKEA Lamp For Scanning Film Negatives

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Photographer Kasper Vandermaesen is shooting film. That means that his process actually involves chemicals and a lab visit each time a roll is done. For viewing purposes, however, Kaper has his lab scan the film and deliver a digital file.

Unfortunately, on his last visit to the lab, they skipped one of the photographs while scanning and being such a lovely frame, Kasper did not give it up.

It is this kind of stuff that makes new technology interesting, to see how it interacts with whatever’s out there. Kasper used an IKEA lamp and his iPhone to “scan” the photo.

Here is another interesting bit, Kasper went from digital to film, as he tells the Phoblographer:

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The Complete Black and White Conversion Lightroom Tutorial

In a world of over-saturated color, candyfloss HDR and fake vintage film apps, its easy to forget about the simple allure of black and white photography.

Its also easy to forget that Lightroom has a fantastic set of black and white conversion tools built right in.

In this Lightroom tutorial, I will take you through my Lightroom black and white conversion workflow step by step.

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A Homeless Man Uses Photography To Turn His Life Around

Let’s face it, nearly everyone has access to a camera of some sort. While that sort of access can be seen as a good thing, it also has it’s downfalls. With everyone and taking photographs of everything they see, it seems nearly impossible to get noticed as a street photographer nowadays. Even if your work is really good. So when I come across an upcoming–and entirely self-taught- photographer with the natural talent Norman Eric Fox has, I feel like I owe it to myself (and to the photographer) to stop and really pay attention to the work in front of me. And what’s more, Fox, a Vancouver based street photographer, has an especially heartwarming story to tell.

Photo courtesy of Norman Fox.

Photo courtesy of Norman Fox.

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