It’s always amazing to see childhood photos of old people you know and see how they looked when they were our age (or younger). Sometimes they look almost identical, sometimes they look like 2 different people. Aging is something unpredictable and there is no real way to know how it’s going to affect each face and what is going to be the ‘final result’. In this interesting project, Jan Langer photographed 10 elderly people to match a photo taken of them 50-60 years earlier. Check out the before/after in 10 GIFs below. [more]
There are probably 50 different ways to convert your images to black and white in Photoshop. It could be done by using plugins, playing with the channels, by changing the Hue/Saturation bar, or by using the ‘Black and White’ tool. And these are just few of the ways. In this video, Glyn Dewis shows you how he converts his images to B/W just by using a gradient map. It’s a one-layer solution that gives you a lot of control over the final result. Fast and useful.
Kiliii Fish, Seattle-based commercial photographer, was always fascinated by how people interact with nature and how they use it to live their lives. Aside from being a full time photographer Fish is also an avid rock climber. Recently he decided to combine these 3 things he loves to a unique photography project showing the grace, power, beauty and vulnerability that goes into rock climbing. Kiliii spent days in each location and worked for months to complete the series. The results are absolutely amazing. [more]
When New York Times photographer/videographer David Frank got assigned to shoot a story about window cleaner Brent Weingard, he knew he will have to find a way to make it stand out. Make it interesting. He decided that if he wants to get the best shots, he will have to be outside with the window cleaner and shoot him from unique angles, hanging 100 foot above the ground. Frank was never a fan of heights, and never did anything like this. But to get the right shot he took the risk – and it was worth it. Check out the BTS above, and the story inside. [more]
Exactly one week ago we marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. As they do every anniversary, The Municipal Art Society of New York created two vertical columns of light (“Tribute In Light”) right next to the World Trade Center in remembrance of the Twin Towers using 88 powerful searchlights pointing up to the sky. Every year I photograph the Tribute In Light from a different spot, and this year, for the second time, I decided to photograph it from above. From a helicopter. Here is how and why I did it. [more]
Tomer Jacobson and Maxim Golovanov, conceptual photographers based in Israel, recently started a very interesting project together: they take songs they like, and transform them into visual photographs. They analyze each song, and try to understand who are the characters and what is the story behind them. Their most recent song-photoshoot was “Lost In The Flood” by Bruce Springsteen and the E street band. This was a complicated shoot and it involved shooting out in the water with a lot of equipment and many people. Check out the behind the scenes video and the awesome final result inside! [more]
Heather Hansen O’Neill, award winning author and speaker, recently gave a very inspiring 15-minute talk at TEDx in NYC. It has nothing to do with photography or videography. Not even related to retouching. It’s not related to our industry at all. But it can’t be more related to the way you think and work as a photographer. [more]
Smoke machine (also known as ‘Fog Machine’) is one product most photographers don’t own or have access to. Many believe it is just too expensive to buy one, but the fact is, you can get a smoke machine for just $29! Those machines are not just good for parties and concerts, but great for creative shoots. Adding smoke can add depth, texture and drama to your images. Check out these 18 great photos using smoke machines (or smoke bombs).
As photographers and videographers, we always hate when people look at our work on a crappy-uncalibrated-small screen with bad colors. With their most recent commercial, LG proved how having a great calibrated screen can make a huge difference. With their new 84″ ultra high definition TV they made people believe they were actually looking out a window. What happens next is absolutely hilarious. [more]
A friend of mine who is a professional retoucher (and asked to remain anonymous) recently told me about a very interesting facet of his business. Today a significant portion of his income comes from Photoshopping cats. Yes, you heard right – retouching cats for a living. Check out the full post to see 18 examples of his cat retouching. [more]
Welcome to the instant-generation: a generation that loves taking Selfies and also taking Instagram photos of the food they or their friends are having that same moment, and of course share it right away on Social Media. ‘Let’s Café’, a small coffee chain from Taiwan, decided to take advantage of the love of selfies and cell-food photography and created this smart Coffee machine that made them go viral on Social Media and grow their business. Here is the coffee version of Snapchat.
Many times when shooting objects in an uneven light (usually outside), we have to choose if we want to expose for the darker areas, or for the brighter areas. This means part of the image will be exposed ‘correctly’ while the other parts will be overexposed (or underexposed). There are few solutions that can help us avoid these issues like shooting HDR or adding artificial light. But these solutions are not always handy and not always something that can be done. This great tutorial shows you how to fix overexposed highlights in only few minutes. [more]
We all know and love the classic round Bokeh we get when shooting in shallow depth of field. It adds depth and interesting effects to the final result. The round Bokeh is a result of having a round (kind-of) Aperture blades, but have you ever thought what will happen if you change that Aperture shape? By adding a piece of thick black paper to the front of the lens and cutting a shape in it, you can shape your own Bokeh. Instead of round Bokeh, you can have stars, hearts or even your name as a Bokeh. Check out these cool examples showing some of the different looks you can get by just using a piece of paper (or cardboard/plastic). [more]
Have you ever thought what will happen in 10 or 20 years to all those digital images you take every day? Have you ever thought what photos the younger generation of your family will have access to when they grow up? We all pretty much stopped printing photos and making real photo albums because we just don’t need to do it anymore (and because we are lazy). So what can be done to make those photos available and easily accessible to next generations? Here is my solution. [more]
Ease of use and equipment safety are two things that can always improve our lives as photographers and videographers. With few small add-ons and hacks you can save precious time on your shoots, and on top of that make your camera safer. In the video above, Griffin Hammond is showing you the 2 items that will make your Tripod (and Glidecam, shoulder rig and monopod) just way more user friendly: the Giottos M621 and the Manfrotto 555B. [more]