Photo restoration and colorization gives new life and new dimension to damaged old photographs. A recent video from James Berridge of JBColourisation shows just how impressive this process can be. He used a heavily damaged diptych of mother and her baby from circa 1903, with the damage splitting the image apart. In his timelapse video, you can see how he fixed it and “reunited” the mother and her child after 116 years.
I recently watched a movie with my kids about the Cottingley Fairies. The film was a bit of a snoozer but it was my introduction to the true story of two little girls who, between 1917 and 1920 took beautiful b&w glass plate photographs of one another interacting with fairies in the forest behind their home in Cottingley, England.
A century later, we don’t give a second thought to any notion that what these children photographed were real elfin creatures. Yet in the early 20th century, with photography and scientific culture in its infancy, the five photographs that the young girls took were under serious investigation by the entire world. The case would become a fulcrum on which questions of science and faith were levered.
A year or so ago, I wrote a blog post on why I switched from Nikon to Sony. A few people asked why I didn’t move to the Nikon mirrorless system. And the answer was simple, I didn’t want to risk shooting a wedding with a single memory card slot.
I shoot RAW to both cards at every wedding. And have a rigorous backup process once home too. I know lots prefer to have their backup as Jpeg, but if my main card failed, I’d still want to have the RAW files. That’s just personal choice. I just believe that shooting a wedding with no real-time backup whatsoever, is irresponsible when there’s no real need to.
Planning a photo trip to Germany? After three years of living in Germany and visiting countless cities in the country, I have a handful of tips for you. No, they are not about the best shooting locations and what photographic gear to pack. They are more of a practical nature.
Earlier this year, Leica launched the Leica Women Foto Project, a contest dedicated to the expansion of diversity and inclusion in photography. And now, the winners have been announced, chosen from over 600 submissions across the United States.
Incidents happen in sports, both small and big ones. As photographers, we may sometimes get involved in them as well. This is what happened to photographer Shelley Lipton at a recent NFL game. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson smashed into her at full speed, and a video of him helping her out and hugging her after the incident quickly went viral.
This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has already stirred our emotions with its amazing shortlisted images. And now, the winners of the 2019 competition have been announced, and they’re equally awe-inspiring. They show us all the extremes of the natural world, its beauty and cruelty. And they will remind you just how breathtaking the natural is, and why we need to look after it.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. On 20 July 1969 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set their feet on the surface of the Moon. And in 2019, many people have paid them a tribute in all sorts of ways. Hungarian photographer Lampert Benedek did it too, in his recognizable fashion: with LEGO.
Lampert used the popular toy bricks to recreate the iconic photos of the Apollo 11 mission. He kindly shared his work with us, as well as some backstory. And since he used mainly practical effects, the BTS images are as fun as the finished ones.
I guess we already know that people will do all sorts of ridiculous stunts to get Instagram likes. Well, locals in Thailand are aware of that too, so some of them have started a pretty quirky business. They spook away pigeons near Tha Pae Gate, an ancient wall and popular tourist attraction in Chiang Mai. They scare flocks of pigeons so they fly through the frame and make tourists’ Instagram photos at least 30% likable.
Documentary portraits are becoming more popular than ever. While once more the domain of magazine features, they’ve become a lot more widespread over the last few years and can offer insight into a who a person is, rather than just what they look like. In this video, photographer Joris Hermans talks us through his seven top tips for shooting documentary-style natural light portraits.