Do you still need vintage lenses even in 2020? Well, yes, you do, despite all the modern ones out there. Vintage lenses can be awesome for video, or for portrait photography. And if you’re new to macro photography, they’re a perfect choice for you, too. In this video, Mark Holtze will give you five reasons why vintage macro lenses should be your choice if you’re just starting out.
It seems that retro-looking music videos and even short clips on Instagram have been all the rage lately. Sure, you can add a filter to make them look as if they were taken with a VHS camcorder, but as Caleb Pike puts it: “we ALL know it’s not really the same thing.” If you want the real deal, you can still shoot with a 1980s camcorder in 2020. In this video, Caleb will show you how to do it. He will even show you how to pimp it to add a few modern features while keeping the vintage feel in the footage itself.
A simple smile can make a significant change. Apparently, it can sometimes also “break the internet.” A photo from the late 19th century has recently emerged and quickly went viral. Unlike most photos from that era, it contains something so small, yet so powerful: a smile.
Like most of us, Swiss photographer Nicola Tröhler had some extra time due to the coronavirus pandemic. He used it to perfect his animation skills, and he shared with us some hilarious animations he’d created. In his latest video, he shows you how to do it yourself. So if you’re up for making some goofy animations from photos, check it out below.
If there’s one good thing in this whole coronavirus situation, then it’s the number of fantastic ideas and projects people have come up with in isolation. Swiss photographer Nicola Tröhler is one of these people and he has made animations like you probably haven’t seen before. They tell totally unexpected stories, and I’m sure they won’t fail to make you laugh.
NASA’s Apollo missions have left us with some iconic images and videos. One of these videos shows astronaut John Young as he was testing out the electrically powered lunar rover during the Apollo 16 mission. Denis Shiryaev took this video and gave it the same treatment as he did to a few other iconic videos. He upscaled it to 4K and colorized it, giving us an immersive, awe-inspiring experience.
I find vintage photos and videos to be something special. They give us a glimpse into the past times and tell us more about what the world was like before. But seeing them in color and high resolution can make us feel even closer to the past times, and the feeling is incredible.
This is what Denis Shiryaev did with a 1911 film A Trip to New York City. He used AI to colorize it and upscale it to 4K, so you can now see footage of New York’s daily life in color and high resolution.
AI has already been used to upscale images and increase their resolution. But how about applying it to a film? A 124-year-old silent film, to be exact? Denis Shiryaev used AI on Lumière Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station and turned the iconic 1896 film into a 4K 60fps video.
Most of us know Unsplash as a home of free stock photos (and an endless source of discussion about whether or not we should share our images for free). But today, there’s a good news story coming from the company. Thanks to its latest partnership, Unsplash is now offering a selection of historical photos free for everyone to download and use.
Photography gear is getting more and more advanced, and it seems that new lenses are being announced every few weeks. But even with all these fancy new lenses, there are still reasons to use vintage ones.
Mark Holtze says that there are as many as 100 reasons to use vintage lenses in 2020, but “nobody is sitting through 90 minutes of this,” he adds jokingly. So, he limited himself to a 7-minute video and five big reasons to shoot with vintage glass even in 2020. And I’d say these will apply in the future, too.