“Beauty is everywhere.” This is how Russian-born artist Ruslan Khasanov describes the motto that drives his creative work. In his latest video, he found beauty in bodily landscapes. He turns human skin into landscapes using nothing but some paint and a macro lens. It feels like you’re watching satellite shots of another world, so similar, yet so different from ours.
How to properly light the model depends on several aspects, and one of them is skin color. Insecure’s director of photography, Ava Berkofsky, makes the actors in the series look fabulous. In this 2-minute video, she shares her lessons on properly lighting the dark-skinned actors to achieve the best results.
The ability to see under the human skin is something that we are more used to finding in superhero cartoons, sci-fi movies, or really expensive medical equipment. With the HyperCam, that might be about to change – and in a potentially affordable way.
Our eyes have always been able to operate much better than our consumer camera equipment, allowing us to see things our cameras can’t. But as technology progresses, it was only a matter of time until that changed. Jointly developed by members of the University of Washington and Microsoft Research, the HyperCam uses both visible and invisible near-infrared light to see under the surface and reveal unseen details.
It does its magic by illuminating a scene with 17 different wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum and taking a photo for each of them. In a second stage, the HyperCam’s software is then able to separate the images that are most likely to contain detail that can’t be seen with the naked eye, or through conventional photography.