Jeffrey Mckee is a Lawrence, KS-based photographer and a graphic designer for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. His colorful portraits, created with Polaroid instant film, evoke a sense of dreamy playfulness.
Like so many 20th century processes, Polaroid photography is a format far less common than its digital counterparts. However, equipment and film for instant photography have been made more accessible in recent years. [more]
If you’re anywhere outside of California, good chances you’re kind of sick of this winter by now. More specifically – sick of the all that snow and sleet. Seeing the ugly NYC snow this week made me think of all the beautiful snow photos I’ve seen as a kid. Photos that made me believe snow is a magical thing. Here are some of these amazing images found on Flickr to remind us snow CAN be a good thing. [more]
Many times having heavy fog outside means you can’t really shoot much – it’s hard to see anything and it’s uncontrollable (unlike fog/smoke machines). But what happens if you decide to change your angle of shooting and go above the fog? taking a car to a nearby mountain or going on a tall skyscraper will give you a unique angle and view over the city where you can shoot great images of the city covered with clouds, images that not too many others have in their book. Here are some of the best Flickr photos of cities covered by fog. Enjoy! [more]
I remember in middle school when our science teacher showed us images of snowflakes and being blown away. They really do contain a little bit of magic in each flake. Russian photographer Alexey Klijatov has been capturing images of snowflakes on his balcony with his hacked together point and shoot. Check out his setup and simply beautiful images.
Living in NYC is great, but it has its down falls. As the city continues to grow we rely on an outdated transportation system. Luckily the MTA is digging away at the largest rail project the city has seen in sometime, East Side Access Project. Once completed the MTA will have added 5.6 miles to the rail system. Check out the latest underground photos from the project.
How many times you had to come up with ideas for creative portraits and got stuck for days with the same boring ideas? I can guess it happened many times. Sometimes anything cool or creative can seem too complicated to execute and sometimes you think you need a whole team of professionals to help with with creating it. Here is one super simple idea that is very easy to shoot, and the results are always interesting and creative. I’m talking about paint. A lot of it.
Everyone dreams about their big break in photography. We wonder when it will come and if we’ll be prepared for it when/if it does. For Rosie Hardy, a teenage photographer in Manchester, England, it came more suddenly than she could ever have imagined. [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).
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]
Shallow depth of field is something we can enjoy when shooting portraits, insects, products and other small and/or close subjects. But when shooting wide shots of landscapes and cities, it’s technically pretty much impossible to achieve this effect with our normal day to day lenses (assuming most of you don’t carry tilt-shift lenses or tilt adapters). Of course some parts of the image will be out of focus, but the general effect wont be as noticeable as when shooting close subjects with open apertures. This is when Photoshop comes into play. [more]
The Clown Fish wasn’t always a famous fish that people recognize or know about, but thanks to Pixar and Disney, it became one of the most popular fish in the world. Visually of course, not on the plate. ‘Nemo’ is a bright orange fish with 3 white stripes. Easy to recognize, and great to photograph. The Clown Fish spends most of the day hiding in and around sea anemones, which make the photographs look even more epic. Check out these awesome photos of Nemo found on Flickr.
Ever wondered how cool could it be to photograph different planets from close by and show how each one of them is different and unique? Well, unless you’re an astronaut or a robot named ‘Curiosity‘, you’ll have to wait with that dream. But until then, why not making your own planets, all based on planet earth? Check out these awesome examples of mini-worlds (or “mini-planets”, “Stereographic panoramas”) found on Flickr.
Only 2 years passed since the 2011 Egyptian revolution where president Mubarak was replaced by president Morsi, and this week the people of Egypt decided to make another change and oust the elected president in what is now known as the largest political event in history of mankind. Over 14 million people flooded the streets of Egypt this week to protest against President Morsi, and Tahrir Square came to life once again. [more]
If you’ve been outside earlier this week, you must have noticed the gorgeous moon up there in the sky. Not only it was a full moon, but it was closer to us than usual. The ‘Supermoon’ is 11%-14% larger and 30% brighter than the normal-distanced moon we see every night. The reason for the change in the distance is the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth. Take the big-looking moon, add a telephoto lens, and you get some epic landscape and cityscape photos. [more]
When was the last time you saw a spider, and decided to stop what you’re doing and stare right at it? Or maybe take your camera and do a 1-on-1 photoshoot from few millimeters away? What most of us really do is somewhere between screaming, and jumping on the nearest sofa. But there is a small group of photographers that instead of screaming like a 2 year old, actually go and look for these insects. They find them and photograph them up close, and it’s amazing to see how these tiny insects really look. If the insects you meet daily scare you, wait until you see this set of images.