Not too long ago, François Dourlen, a history professor from France, had the idea to snap a silly picture of the Napoleon statue in Cherbourg, in which he replaced the statue with a picture of My Little Pony that he pulled up on his iPhone. The amateur photographer took the photo as a joke to share among friends, but had so much fun making the original, he was inspired to make another. As positive feedback began pouring in, Douren made another and before you know it, he had an entire collection of these fun, pop culture inspired photos. [Read More…]
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Everyone has their favorite movie hero whom, as kids we dreamed we could be. For Dana Saint is was Rambo. (If you don’t know who that is, just move along… you are not old enough for this).
Dana breathed, ate and dreamed about Rambo every waking hour. It did not end there and he made many, many home videos of the movie. In fact, I guess there is quite a big chance that Dana was Rambo biggest fan (Sylvester Stallone excluded). So for his wedding, his best friends did not send him out on the casual drinking night, they made him Rambo instead.
The reenactment included the entire movie including the cop chase, freeing the POWs, that car battery scene and an epic compound explosion.
It just goes to show how far you can go when you set a creative target and put your heart into it.
Food photography is every much an art as food styling is and Russian-based artist, Tatiana Shkondina, is a master at both. In one of her recent projects, Shkondina tasked herself with recreating some of art history’s greatest hits using nothing more the contents of a refrigerator and her trusty camera. She also enlisted the help of fellow photographer, Alexander Tivanov, to pitch in with post production and her assistant, Dmitry Malutin, was also around to provide some helping hands. After looking through some of the creations, it appears the trio makes quite a team.
Not surprisingly, Shkondina has quite an impressive photography and food styling resume with a client roster that sparkles with names like Good Housekeeping, ABC Taste, Men’s Health, Tupperware, and a host of other major international companies. But, we don’t need to see a resume to understand Shkondina’s talent. Her portfolio speaks for itself.
To make the awesome images, Shkondina first comes up with the idea, typically starting with a highly recognizable painting, so she can begin sketching out her visions. She goes over a variety of combinations and possibilities while sketching, so she knows exactly what kind of foods she’ll need to reproduce the texture and colors she wants to present in the finished photographs. She then digs into her bag of food photography skills to capture the works of art. She says, depending on the complexity of the image, post production can sometimes take a few days to complete. For example, in a rendition of Andy Warhol’s “Dollar Sign“, Tivanov had to “paint in” some of the effects around the dollar signs.[Read More…]
We have stated this over and over again, Creativity Trumps Gear. Every time. Of course lacking certain pieces of gear may stop you from doing certain types photo art. But you can create good art with almost as little gear as you have.
See this project from Morgan Spence, AKA Morgspenny Productions, he re-enacted 60 of the all time favorite films in Lego bricks and stop motion. It does take much gear to do this. Just a lot of time and a lot of love. To top it off Morgan is only 15 years old. How’s that for dedication?
Gear is not that fancy either. Morgan uses a Canon 60D, a few desk lamps, and builds the sets on his desk.
Based in Russia, photographer Margarita Kareva probably makes any kids around her happy (or deeply horrified). This is because Margarita brings fairy tales to life.
Margarita seeks inspiration in fantasy books which she then executes as photo stories.
It may be hard to believe but Margarita only picked up a camera about three years ago, which (again) shows what can be accomplished with love, dedication and passion. [Read More…]
Naked and pregnant. That’s how movie star Demi Moore chose to pose for her 1991 Vanity Fair cover photo. The classic shot, captured by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, celebrated the natural glamour of the pregnant body and became the most famous maternity photo of all time, changing the landscape of portrait photography forever.
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz @ Vanity Fair 1991
If you ever played portal you know how enchanting this game can be. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game, it is kind of a hybrid between a 3D shooter and a puzzle game, where the hero (you) can create small portals pairs which are linked and skip from one portal to the other.
I always wanted to shoot the Aurora (Northern Lights) . It has been a long-time subject on my to-shoot list. Sadly, as time went by, I realized that I would either have to wait till I am older and have fewer commitments and can take the travel or forgo that project all together.
If you’re anywhere around my age, I’m sure you have a bunch of photos of your parents and grandparents that have seen better days (the photos, not your ancestors). Anyhow, you can now take those old, scratched, crinkled, and torn prints and restore them without any prior Photoshop knowledge.
A neural network called GFP-GAN (Generative Facial Prior-Generative Adversarial Network) restores your old and damaged photos with impressive speed and accuracy. But just like all AI-based tools, this one has downsides as well. So, let’s check out the good and the bads and see what it has to offer.
There are as many different camera sliders out there on the market as there are cameras. If not more so and you can spend an absolute fortune getting every possible feature you could think of. But nothing beats building your own, and this DIY camera slider from Sasa Karanovic is probably one of the more compact and feature-packed builds we’ve seen here on DIYP because it supports multiple axes.
As well as just moving your camera down the length of the slider, it will also rotate the camera. It’ll even let you control the two simultaneously for some nice orbit-style slider shots. It’s based around an ESP32 microcontroller and the whole thing is controlled over WiFi using a web interface from your phone – or your tablet, computer, whatever.