There are not many photographers left who don’t use Photoshop. Sometimes it’s just a tool for small enhancements, and sometimes it’s used to create a work of art and lead you into a world of imagination. Russian photo editing artist Max Asabin uses Photoshop to transfer the subject into any setting they like. Sometimes it’s just a different location than the original shot, and sometimes it’s a whole new, fantasy world. But all these images have something in common: the amount of skill and time invested in their creation, as well as the impressive result in each of them.
Do you dream of traveling the world and taking photos of wildlife all over the globe? And does it sometimes get you down if you can’t do it? Egyptian photographer Amr Elshamy has the same dream, but he turns it into a reality – without leaving his studio. He creates “wildlife and underwater photography” using toy models of animals, a minimal amount of gear and a couple of props. And the results are pretty cool.
Bringing classical paintings and digital art together can work in different ways. In his project Art History in Contemporary Life, Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov uses digital collage to bring together two worlds that seem impossible to merge. Characters from paintings, mainly from Romantic period, get a new life in the photos from modern life. Thanks to Alexey’s fantastic sense of composition and photo manipulation skills, the characters from classical paintings blend perfectly with digital images and create a different, altered reality.
Money is a sensitive topic among photographers, and it’s especially tricky if you’re new to charging for your services. Many photographers don’t want to sound like “bad guys” when determining the price, so they tend to devalue their work. Also, sometimes it’s difficult to determine what exactly your services are worth. In this video, Photographer David Bergman will give you some precious tips on determining your value and talking about money with your clients.
Can photography change the world? This is the question I often ask myself, and I am not the only one. I am still looking for an answer, but there are artists who are actively trying to change the world with their projects. They are trying to point out to the problems we are facing on a global level. One of such artists is Ben Von Wong. After creating the incredible Mermaids Hate Plastic project, he continued pointing out to the environmental issues through his work. He created another epic project: Mad Max Meets Trump’s America. It relies on a well-known problem we should all be worried about – air pollution. After hearing about President Trump’s recent commitment to bring back coal, his initial idea turned political – and became a fantastic, thought-provoking project in a Mad Max-like setting. What would the world look like if we had new coal mines?
Have you ever thought about what exactly is a selfie? Of course, we all know it’s a photo you make of yourself. But is there something more? Can a selfie become more than just a snapshot for remembering the moments or fishing for comments? A research from Sony Mobile shows that selfies might become much more than they are now. They may become applicable in banking, shopping, healthcare and many other situations.
Sony Mobile and Futurizon conducted a research and surveyed 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. The results show that the consumers are ready to embrace a selfie as a tool in plenty of situations. They see a “vast number of potential applications” of selfies in the next five years.
If you think selfie sticks are so 2014, here’s something to up your selfie game. Now you can take aerial selfies using an autonomous flying camera which you can always carry with you. It’s called Selfly and it snaps of your phone when you want to use it. When you’re done shooting, you simply attach it back to the phone case and put it in your pocket. So, it’s a gadget that allows you to take selfies from a new perspective, and to annoy people around you in a completely new way.
Mirrorless market continues to expand, and many professional photographers switch from DSLR to mirrorless cameras. Both of the systems certainly have their advantages, but there’s one interesting feature you can find specifically in Sony mirrorless cameras. It’s called Clear Image Zoom, and it helps you turn a prime into a zoom lens (sort of) without losing quality. Manny Ortiz talks about it in this video giving you some tips and hints for using it.
Like it or not, smartphones are becoming more advanced and provide more possibilities for both filming and photography. Some people use them in addition to their regular photo gear, and some even use only smartphones to take stunning photos. Wedding photographers Kristine and Calen Rhome (aka White in Revery) filmed a wonderful wedding video. This wouldn’t be anything unusual if it wasn’t filmed using only iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a few supplemental pieces of gear. Their video proves the famous statement that “it’s not about the gear, it’s about the photographer”. Or in this case: videographer.
After some rumours and speculations, the new Presidential photographer has finally been announced. Obama’s photographer Pete Souza left the White House, and the one to replace him and work with Donald Trump is Shealah Craighead. She is a photojournalist who already has the history of photographing politicians, and even working in the White House for George W. Bush.