What better way to start your work week, after the long Thanksgiving vacation, than to ease in with some amusing animal photo bombs. You may have seen many of these before but they should still be good for a few mindless chuckles. Which got me thinking... with all of us photographers prolifically snapping away, at least some of us must have some hilarious photo bombs. If you do, please share them in the comments section.
Xerox has a new tool called Aesthetic Image Search in development that supposedly can judge photos based on whether or not they have a good aesthetic or bad. Can't wait to see what you guys think of this one. Hit the full post and let us know know by leaving your comments.
My new friend and inspirational photographer, Joao Carlos, recently did a post on "The Four Steps of Creativity". I'm always pushing creativity as the #1 factor in any good photographer's work, so, I had to copy his post for all of you. Joao's blog is chalked full of interesting insight into his prolific photography career and what it takes to make it in this industry. To read the post and see a revenant video by Ira Glass click here.
A free two hour video on the basics of studio lighting, with photographer Joey Quintero. I haven't personally sat down and watched this yet so I can't really tell you how comprehensive this is but I'm sure seasoned shooters will enjoy comparing notes and beginners will pick up a lot. Give this video some attention and let us know what you think in the comments.
The video quality isn't that great but this footage will still give you pause to think. See what happened when UK photographer Tom Bird stopped into a bar to have drinks with his mates. Bag Contents:Canon 5D Mk II(serial 0630316561), 24-70 f/2.8(serial 1398778), 50mm f/1.2(serial 1571760), 16-35 f/2.8, Dell Mini 9 laptop, Brown T-shirt with "Fox racing" logo, LONAP branded jumper and mug. See the actual video footage of the theft in the full post.
Ok, sure there are some guys like Damon Winter, David Guttenfelder, Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi who have succesfully capitalized off of the novelty of iPhone filters like Hipstamatic and Instagram and produced some compelling works. But I still maintain that the use of iPhone filters, for anything other than fun/novelty shooting, have very little to do with real photography. It's not the use of an iPhone that I find "cheap" (I think they are brilliant) but the use of cookie cutter filters in place of creativity and light comprehension. I think Sam Biddle over at Gizmodo said it best with... Read the full post here and let the comments fly.
I know I'm always pushing for photographers to be creative but maybe this is going too far. Still these photos of men wearing their own mustaches in place of their hair has the same effect as a freak show carni at the grocery store, or a car crash... you can't help but stare. See all the "Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR" photos in the full post.
Hipstamatic and Instagram BS always provokes an eye rolling from me. Fun apps for the non photographer but when I see actual shooters using these apps I'm often a tad revolted. But hey, pro shooters need to have fun to, so, if you're an actual photographer and want to rock out some retro vibes, check out the Lomokino. This camera is an affordable novelty item at just 79 bucks, shoots 3 to 5 frames per second (hand cranked) and used 35mm film.via [Lomography]