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Chris Knight

Staff Writer http://www.chrisknightphoto.com @CKnightPhotoFacebook
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Hipsters Rejoice! A Build-It-Yourself Plastic Camera

There’s no denying the growing popularity of Lomo photography in recent years – especially if you’ve ever visited an Urban Outfitters. The motto for Lomography is, “Don’t Think, Just Shoot,” – which is kind of ironic considering their newest offering requires quite a bit of thinking. The Konstruktor is a $35 build-it-yourself camera that should give hipsters a better understanding as to how their ‘antique Instagram machine’ actually works. [more]

Is a Tagged Instagram Photo More Than Just a Photo?

PBS’ Idea Channel poses an interesting question, “Is a tagged Instagram more than just a photo?”

There is and has been a lot of discussion going on about Instagram. Does it cheapen photography, or is it the best thing to ever happen to photography? I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but I also think it has changed the fundamental approach toward what photography is and what it represents in the modern world. [more]

Obesity Ad Photoshops Girl to Make Her Look Overweight

First 5 is a government agency in California aimed at – among other things – curbing obesity in children. It’s a great cause, no doubt. They are, however, getting a little bit of backlash over a campaign that is currently featured on posters around California. The ad features an overweight, little girl drinking from a bag of sugar with the caption, “Sugary drinks like juice, sports drinks and soda can cause obesity. Choose milk and water instead.” But some people are a little upset over the fact that the girl in the image isn’t actually overweight – she’s been photoshopped. [more]

Never-Before-Seen Images of the Beatles

It’s nice to see that Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, didn’t waste all of his talent on drumming. He did, however, completely forget that he took a lot of photos of the Fab Four during the 1960′s. Starr’s new e-book, Photograph, features over 100 never-before-seen images of John, Paul, George and Ringo – some of them taken during their first U.S. tour, some from their first trip to India, and even some from their last days together as a band. [more]

Instagram ‘Celebrity’ Photoshops Himself with Actual Celebrities

Do you ever feel like you’re not hanging around enough celebrities? Maybe you wish you were court-side at a Laker’s game sharing an emotional moment with Kobe, or maybe you’d rather be wrapped around Kim Kardashian like couch upholstery? If any of these things are true, you might be Peeje T – a pretty creative guy with a pretty good sense of humor and a knack for photoshopping himself into pictures with the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Alisha Keys and Kobe Bryant, among others. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Retoucher & Photographer Ashlee Gray

Finding a great retoucher (if you use one) can be a pretty daunting task. Most photographers end up doing their own – picking up techniques and tricks along the way. Ashlee Gray is a beauty and fashion photographer and [primarily a] retoucher based in New York whose clients include Tresemme, Starbucks, Rebecca Minkoff and Gatorade. As a photographer, her images are beautiful, feminine and even delicate. It’s that same underlying aesthetic that she applies to her retouching- yet still managing to retain the unique style of the individual photographers she works with. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Active Lifestyle Photographer Coty Tarr

“Coty Tarr is an active lifestyle photographer based in New York City,” so says the not quite so lengthy bio on his website. On initial thought, one might think the concise personal description is a little off-putting, but to anyone that has ever met Coty, it is nothing if not an apt discriptor. In a world where many photographers feel the need for shameless overpromotion (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Coty takes a more subtle approach, working tirelessly and letting the caliber of his images and his work ethic speak for him. [more]

The Private Lives of Strippers NSFW

It’s no secret that many people have predetermined opinions about strippers and the private lives they may lead. In a recent project by photographer Bronwen Parker-Rhodes, their lives and their method of self-expression via exhibitionism are put on display.

Parker-Rhodes’ began this project after forming relationships with some of the dancers at various clubs she would DJ at. It begs the question, ‘How do you capture the private lives and intimate moments of someone that exposes everything (or almost everything) regularly? What do you choose to reveal?’ [more]

NY Times Photoshops Fashion Model – Says Readers Understand It’s Fantasy

The New York Times is being forced to examine their policy in regards to retouching on their images. Of course, they stand by the fact that manipulation of their news images “strictly forbidden.” But recently, they received backlash when the cover of their [style] magazine T had what many readers felt was a fashion model that looked ‘shockingly thin’ and ‘underage.’ [more]

Airline Says ‘No Photography’ on Flights

Recently, NPR featured an article about a woman that was kicked off an American Airlines flight for singing a Whitney Houston song, but there was something else that caught the attention of at least one of their writers. During the video, crew members can be repeatedly heard telling people they aren’t allowed to film or photograph onboard the plane. [more]

Color Film Footage From 1920s London is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

In 1927, Claude Frisse-Greene shot a series of film around London based on a color (or colour) technique that his father had experimenting with. His father, William Friese-Greene, was an early pioneer of cinematography. His process was called ‘Biocolour’ which produced the illusion of color by exposing alternating frames of black and white film with color filters, then staining the film again with red or green. [more]

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Teams Up With Leica

Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx is a recovering addict. But cameras, he says, are his new drug. He has been a musician, a writer and a radio host. His new passion is photography. To be honest, I was pretty surprised by his images. They are empathetic, penetrative and incredibly personal. He has teamed up with Leica to photograph a two-part interview series. [more]

Haunting Portrait from Bangladesh Tragedy

WARNING: GRAPHIC It’s incredibly difficult for many people of the world to have a point of reference on this type of tragedy, but this image my be one of the most tragic images that I have seen in recent memory. It is both devastating and incredibly heartbreaking. The image is of a male and a female, embracing in their final moments. The couple hasn’t been identified, nor is their story known. They were found about 2am buried under fallen concrete with blood coming from the man’s eye like a tear. [more]

Jeff Bridges Honored for His Photography

Jeff Bridges has been nominated for six Academy Awards and has won once (for ‘Crazy Heart’). He can now add another honor to his list of awards. This week at the 29th annual Infinity Awards, he is being nominated for his photography. ‘The Dude’ has been shooting on-set images of the films he has worked on since 1984, and his work gives us a peek at a world most people never get to see. [more]

Your Argument About How Film is Better Than Digital is Old. Like, Really Old.

“These new ways might be found by men who could abandon their allegiance to traditional pictorial standards—or by the artistically ignorant, who had no old allegiances to break. There have been many of the latter sort. Since its earliest days, photography has been practiced by thousands who shared no common tradition or training, who were disciplined and united by no academy or guild, who considered their medium variously as a science, an art, a trade, or an entertainment, and who were often unaware of each other’s work… [more]

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