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How Photos Were Edited in the Darkroom Days

Years ago the only way to print a photo was to make test strips, make a test print, go back and dodge and burn details, make more test strips, another test print and so on and so on until you got the result you were after. In these photos released by Magnum Photos in New York, you can get a closer look at the process followed by their master printer, Pablo Inirio. [more]

‘Salience’ – One Of The Most Beautiful, Innovative Shorts You’ll See All Year

Salience is the name of the five minute short that will probably be remembered as one of the most innovative, experimental (and beautiful) short films of the year. If you do one thing today for your inspiration, please spend the next few minutes checking it out and you’ll see what I mean.  [more]

Helena Christensen & Mary Ellen Mark Join Mark Seliger on Capture

In this episode of the (always) fantastic “Capture,” supermodel Helena Christensen and photographic legend Mary Ellen Mark sit down with Mark Seliger and discuss their unique approaches to making their images. Mary Ellen Mark talks about what it was like to photograph Mother Theresa and how every circus in India was more imaginative than the last. Helena Christensen’s love of photography began when she hitchhiked around the world as a teenager, [more]

Photo Overlay Re-Creates Breaking Bad Scenes

We all know there’s some die hard breaking bad fans out there, especially with the impending end of the series. So we thought we’d give you your weekly dose a little early. Recently someone took the Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque and took some overlay photos that are sure to make you feel like you were there.

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Why Do Photographers Hate Photoshop?

According to what I’ve been noticing in a lot of the comments posted here on Fstoppers, there seems to be plenty of photographers who absolutely hate Photoshop. So lets have a bit of a discussion.

Technology has become part of everything in our lives. Cars get better and better. Phones have become portable and are now the size of a credit card. [more]

The Importance of Experimentation

There is a fine line between having a well defined photographic style, and constantly putting out the same stale, boring work week after week. A fine and dangerous line. A line that can make the difference between being a successful, inspiring photographer and a photographer who has lost his audience and has even lost interest in his/her own work. [more]

Game of Thrones Season 3 – Behind the SFX curtain

I’m sure if you’re reading this you are a Game of Thrones fan just like me!  Spin VFX has put together an amazing peek behind the visual wizardry that they do for the HBO series. Sometimes you will see some poor visual effects take you out of the experience, but this video is a  study in how to do it right. [more]

Step by Step Guide To Wet Plate Photography

Guest writer Josh LeClair is a commercial photographer based out of Marquette, MI. After seeing the stunning work done by Ian Ruhter with wet plate photography, he decided to try it for himself. LeClair does it on on a much smaller scale using a holga camera. [more]

Watch BBC’s ‘Master Photographers: Ansel Adams’ Right Now

In 1983, the BBC aired a documentary series called “Master Photographers” interviewing and showcasing some of the most influential photographers of all time – from Alfred Eisenstaedt to Bill Brandt to Andre Kertesz. In this episode, the great Ansel Adams and his penchant for cowboy hats and bolo ties. Adams was unquestionably brilliant. It’s one thing to read his thoughts from a book; it’s another thing entirely to hear them. [more]

Anton Orlov’s Road Trip to Share Alternative Photography

Photography is the perfect counterpart to road travel. On a mission that seems to blend aspects of Ken Kesey, Robert Frank and Matthew Brady, fine art photographer Anton Orlov is traveling across the United States in a school bus doing wet plate collodion photography. You might’ve seen his Kickstarter video in 2011 that involved retrofitting a school bus into a mobile darkroom nicknamed “The Photo Palace.” [more]

Photos Re-Envisioning History in Color

Almost everything we know from history is in black and white. We are so used to seeing everything in the past sans color, but recently a Reddit group called ‘Colorized History‘ was discovered that has changed the way we can view it. It’s a group of talented individuals who get permission to colorize old photos. They take political figures such as Abraham Lincoln to actors like Clint Eastwood and turn simple black and white photos into dimensional colorized works of art. Along with the photos listed, each of their links have a plethora of images they have converted as well.

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How One Photo Changed Everything (a fish tale)

Sunday seems like the right time to tell a big fish story, so I was happy when I stumbled across director Kibwe Tavares’s, “JONAH”. It’s a visually impressive fiction that begins with every photographer’s worst nightmare (a stolen camera) and becomes the tale of how one photo changed everything. Well, one photo and some masterful visual effects executed by Factory Fifteen and Jellyfish Productions. Watch the follow-up, “JONAH MAKING OF” for a peek into how it was all achieved. [more]

Vintage Photographs From Early Marilyn Monroe Photoshoot

Marilyn Monroe is a symbol of American beauty, a face that is instantly recognized across many generations. She quickly became the biggest sex symbol of her time and will hold that title for ages.

Joseph Jasgur was one of the first photographers who shot photographs of Marilyn Monroe, who at the time was known as Norma Jean Dougherty. Apparently, Monroe first meet Joseph Jasgur at his studio in 1946 with no money but had the drive to become a model. [more]

The Best Marketing Dollars I Have Ever Spent On My Business

“Trevor, I see that a lot of people are visiting my site, but no one is contacting me for business. What can I do better?” I get this question quite a bit either via email or at the workshops I teach and while there is no magic solution that will work for everyone, I’d love to share what has been the biggest game changer for me in my business. [more]

Impossible Project App Integrates iPhone and Polaroid

Since 2008, The Impossible Project has kept the Polaroid flame alive with their line of instant films. Today, in the Apple app store, they’ve released version 1.2 of an iPhone app designed to integrate mobile photography with analog instant film. The features allow for instant digitization and photo sharing for your Polaroid prints as well as a way of making Polaroid prints from iPhone captures with their soon-to-be-released Instant Lab. [more]

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