Old photos are a strong witness of history and of past times. National Geographic has recently published a century old photos of Antarctica, made before we were in the midst of strong climate changes. Photographer Herbert Ponting took the photos of the coldest continent in the early 20th century, a hundred years ago. They don’t only show the landscapes of Antarctica, but also the animals, explorers of the Terra Nova expedition, and their ships. All these photos testify of the era that’s now so far behind us. And not only are they valuable – they are also beautiful.
If you have ever tried to make a decision between a PC and a Mac, I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestions from the users of either one or the other. Photographer Manny Ortiz is a user of both, and in his latest video, he gives five reasons why he opted for a PC after all.
Manny was trying to find a laptop that allows editing 4K video, and that’s small and portable enough to carry along. The choice was between Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Pro. Without the strong passion for one or the other – he chose the Dell XPS 15, and there are some good reasons for that.
Thanks to Google Street View, we can see many corners of the world we may never even visit. Some artists even use it to create photos of remote places from their own home. Now, Google itself finds a way to produce professional-looking photos from their Street View shots. They have created Creatism, a deep-learning system that analyzes Street View scenes searching for a beautiful composition. The algorithm finds the scenes which it’s supposed to turn into shots worthy of professional photographers.
If you own a drone, there will be situations and areas when you won’t be able to fly it and get aerial shots. In such situations, there’s a great solution how to fake aerial shots using your phone. Photographer and filmmaker Chung Dha demonstrates the build for faking aerial shots in his video, along with some tips and techniques how to get the movements you’d otherwise get with a drone.
It’s a clever solution when you can’t fly the drone, and not to mention if you’re one of the people who don’t own a drone (yet). So, get yourself a gimbal and a boom pole, and get to work.
I’ve heard from many people that they highly prefer color movies over black and white ones. Still, many of them take them for granted (myself included). Most of us often don’t think about the color movies and how much they’ve evolved since they first appeared. Change Before Going Productions show us the evolution of color film from 1902 to this day, in a very concise and interesting 5-minute video. Even if you’re not a fan of history lessons, you’re gonna love this one. And what’s more, you’ll get a new respect for color films.
Puppet Warp is a useful Photoshop tool that lets you distort the image by dragging points. You can use it for shaping hair, changing the shape of objects, and even repositioning body parts in an image. Jesus Ramirez from Photoshop Training Channel shows you how to master this tool and all it has to offer in only a couple of minutes. Even if you’ve worked with the Puppet Warp before, you will discover some useful tricks to make the best of this tool.
If you’re feeling nostalgic about the single-use cameras, now you can bring that feeling back, but on your smartphone. Korean startup Screw Bar has developed an app that turns your iPhone into a disposable camera. First of all, it seems really fun to use. And second, it has surprisingly many features that will bring back the familiar feeling of both the thrill and the frustration of taking photos with a disposable camera.
You might have heard of Foldio collapsible light boxes. Or maybe you already own one. Although they are pretty handy and useful, their disadvantage is that many products can fit inside. So now, the OrangeMonkie team has developed Foldio3, a 25”x25” collapsible portable light box. Once folded, it fits inside a laptop bag. And when you unfold it and set it up, you can take shots of all sorts of products.
Foldio3 has built in LED light, with an option of adding extra lights using a simple magnet. You can control the intensity of the lights, both for the built-in and the additional lights. It’s easy to fold and unfold the light box, as well to control the lights and add or remove the backdrop.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the storm bigger the Earth, is now captured in the closest and the clearest photos ever. Juno captured them 5,600 miles above the clouds, and NASA posted them in their gallery for the public to download and process. The images show an incredible amount of details, helping the scientists understand the storm better, and making the rest of us gasp in awe.
Do you use gels to add color to your photos? Jay P. Morgan shows you four different ways to use them, but with a twist – he focuses on adding color only to the shadows. By using gels, he achieves the desired effect in camera. Some of these four methods can work for you too, and they’re great ways to minimize the time you spend editing the photos.