Velvet 56 Is The Portraits Lens You Always Wanted

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Lensbaby is stepping up their game and their latest announcement from just a few minutes ago moves the company from the “toy lenses” market into the big guys game. Their newest Velvet 56 lens is aimed at portrait makers and is an object of desire.

This gorgeous, 9-bladed, lens just feels good, it is constructed from metal and has some details engraved into it. It comes in the most wonderful box along with instructions and some art. If you really life to feel exclusive you can get a silver edition for an extra $100.

The Lensbaby Velvet 56 has a max f/1.6 aperture and as other Lensbaby lenses it has a spectacular bokeh beautifully shaped with 9 aperture blades, making it an interesting creative choice for portraits. The lens also features macro capabilities at 1:2.

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Stunning Portraits Of Calcutta Street Vendors Posing With The Flowers They Sell

ken-hermannTravelling since he finished business college, like many wanderlusts, Ken Hermann first became interested in photography as a young adult. Still trying to figure out exactly which career he saw himself in, Hermann spent his time travelling and hoping the right choice would become clear. Not too long into his adventures did Hermann realize he wanted to become a photographer. In 2009, he finished his studies as an advertising photographer and got a job in a Copenhagen studio, which led him to a successful career ams a freelance photographer.

While on a trip to Calcutta, India, the street vendors selling vibrant flowers  caught the photographer’s eye. He carried their memory around with him for the following several years, visualizing the images in his mind. Finally, in 2014, Hermann made a return trip back to India to photograph the men and with their flowers.  [Read more…]

How To Photograph Three Indoor Window Light Portrait Styles

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Since it’s the winter that won’t end, I though I’d share a few tips for how to photography three indoor window light portrait styles in the comfort of your own home using any camera.

I’m always amazed by how great window light can look and how easy it is to get completely different looks from such a simple light source – and the best part is that you can stay warm indoors too!

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Faceless Portraits Of 4th Graders Offers Telling Look At Family Life For Children Around The World

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All images ©judygelles

While volunteering in a fourth grade reading class in the United States, Judy Gelles found many of the students couldn’t relate to the stories they were assigned to study. To help get the children more interested in reading, Gelles had the idea to ask each of the 9 and 10 year old students to tell her their own stories. Gelles took it upon herself to write down all of their individual stories before reading them back to the children.

Gelles was intrigued almost instantly by the touching, and often sorrowful stories the children would candidly explain. Already an established photographer, Gelles was driven to share the poignant memoirs of modern childhood the most impactful way that she could. Thus, Fourth Grade was born. A five year long photography project that would take Gelles to classrooms across the US, India, China, Korea, and England, meeting with fourth graders and asking them all the same three questions: [Read more…]

How To Prevent Bright Ears In Camera So You Don’t Have To Worry About It In Post Production

glowingearsHave you ever noticed how a person’s ears sometimes glow in portraits when they are backlit? Because ears are more transparent than the rest of our bodies, they tend to catch and diffuse any light that is shining through them, kinda like the way a softbox works. To that end, you can imagine how silly it would look if the subject of a portrait had two tiny, glowing softboxes on each side of their head. You can see why glowing ears just aren’t that desirable in portraits. If you’ve ever spent time in Photoshop trying to fix it, you’ll be grateful for this little tips from professional photographer, Glyn Dewis. [Read more…]

How To Shoot Dramatic Portraits By Yourself With Only A Single Light And On Location

One-LightWho says pulling off an entire photoshoot by yourself needs to be difficult? Not Jay P. Morgan. In the quick video clip below he invites us behind the scenes of photoshoot he did on location in Maine. Morgan wanted to photograph fisherman on his first visit to New England, but he traveled light for this trip, only carrying a single light and softbox along with his camera. Seeing as how he only had two hours to setup and complete the shoot, not having an extensive lighting setup kind of worked as an advantage. He had an assistant along with him, but her job was strictly to film the behind the scenes footage, Morgan handled the photoshoot all on his own.

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Revisiting Shinichi Maruyama’s “Nude”; 10,000 Photos Of Nude Dancers Composited Into One

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A well made photograph never gets boring to look at. As proven by the images that make up Shinichi Maruyama’s Nude series, which features gorgeous photographs of nude dancers. The photographs, however, are not your average studio shot and that beautiful display of the dancers motion wasn’t captured using long exposure techniques as you might suspect. Rather, Maruyama photographed the dancers using frame rates near 2,000 frames per second. In total, each individual image you see is actually made up of about 10,000 frames that were composited together during post production. [Read more…]

Check Out The Awesome Makeup In This Epic Self Portrait Project: 31 Days Of Halloween

amandachapmanFor most of us, the hardest part about committing to a portrait project is coming up with new and creative photos day in and day out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for pro photographer, Amanda Chapman. Since 2012, Chapman has been partaking in a 31 Days Of Halloween project where she dresses up in different makeup and costume every day for the month of October. Once learning her husband had been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Chapman desperately needed an outlet and a project to ease the mind’s of her and her family. As October of the same year rolled around, she started doing different makeup every day and posting the photos to her facebook page.

Though she had no formal training in makeup, in fact, she had only done it a couple times in the past for Halloween costumes, her Tim Burton inspired looks grabbed the attention of her fans while simultaneously giving her family something fun to look forward to each day.  [Read more…]

Wanna Know How To Make An Already Viral Photo Project Even More Worthy? (Hint: Bring Puppies!)

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You look like you could use a little puppy break. We have just the right medicine for you. Feast your eyes on Carli Davidson’s latest projects, Puppy Time Lapse and SHAKE Puppies. The projects are follow ups to her viral project, SHAKE, (from 2012) which featured grown dogs shaking it out in slow motion–ears flapping in the air, drool flying every which way. It is glorious. And it gets even better….This new project, SHAKE Puppies, is the same idea, only expands on the original with a boatload of adorable puppies because yes. [Read more…]