Infrared photography can give some unique images with some kind of an unworldly feel. Mathieu Stern wanted to see what it would look like to take portraits with this technique. He converted two cameras to shoot infrared, but they capture different wavelength. With a little help from his friends, he took some portraits with the converted camera, as well as a regular one. He has shared the results with us, and they are really interesting.
There are plenty of opportunities for creative photos all around your home. And one pretty cool idea comes from a Swedish photographer Micael Widell. He uses a glass kettle of boiling water, speedlights with colored gels and a macro lens to get some abstract photos. There are plenty of ways to play with light here. Because of this and the unpredictable movement of water bubbles, you’ll get unique photos every time.
In this very non-scientific exercise by Seattle based portrait photographer Ben Lucas, we see if subjects can tell the difference between photograph created by a full time working pro vs a paid actor.
The camera, lighting and setup is identical for each “photographer”, to try and illustrate that creating a portrait is about more than just the technical. You need to be able to connect with your subjects to bring out their personality and real emotion.
Photography has all sorts of ‘rules’ that we’re told to adhere to: thirds, inverse square, golden mean and so on.
While these rules certainly help build the foundation of any great photographer, it’s important to remember to break the rules and step out of the mould every once in a while to learn and gain new insights.
If you’re wondering why Canon was fairly silent this year at CES, it may very well be because they were working on creating ‘The Lab,’ a series of creative experiments that Canon claims is ‘designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.’
Already, three videos from the series have been shared, including one where all photographers had to shoot the exact same subject and another where six photographers were asked to shoot a portrait of an individual wherein each photographer received a different backstory. Now, Canon is onto the fourth video, simply titled Blank.[Read More…]
A short while ago we shared a fascinating video about the power of perspective and how 6 photographers captured the same person, playing changing characters, completely differently.
It was a brilliant experiment, but it left me wanting to see how different photographers would capture the same character or object.
The next video in the series, ‘The Lab – Evolution’, isn’t exactly what I was hoping to see but brings us one step closer as a group of six photographers all receive the same everyday objects and photograph them together.
While the previous video was about perspective, this one is all about creativity and inspiration and they evolves.
Most people reading this are probably photographers or work closely to some, so I’m sure you’re all aware of just how obsessed photographers can be when it comes to the fine details.
Canon also knows this but to find out just how obsessed professionals photographers can be, they came up with a cool little experiment.
Three people were brought to analyze a photo and eye-tracking technology followed their eye movements, showing where they focused and for how long.
The participants, however, were not randomly selected. In order to allow a proper comparison Canon invited a non-photographer a photography student and the professional photographer who shot the image. The photographer happens to be Joel Grimes, but for the sake of matter it could be any pro photographer.
Watch the video below to hear their comments about the photo and see what interested each of the viewers.
“A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it,” Canon Australia says in a recent video.
To prove this, Canon invited six photographers to take a portrait of a guy named Michael. This was not an ordinary shoot, however, as there was an interesting twist: Michael was presented as a different character to each of the photographers.
The experiment, “designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens”, led to thought-provoking results.
If you’ve seen the invisible gorilla experiment you already know how oblivious to details we can be, even when something is right in front of us.
A brilliant new video commercial by the Czech car manufacturer uses the same principals of selective attention and seems to work even on people who know what they’re watching.
Photographers deal with including (or excluding) details on a daily basis. This leads many to believe they have an exceptional ability to notice details that others don’t.
It’s time to test just how attentive you really are.