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Crop Factor Demystified

Crop Factor Demystified As a photography enthusiast you’re surely heard the term crop factor. You may even have heard pro photographers talk about “35mm equivalent” or the lesser used “35mm focal length equivalent.” There are a few other related terms like crop sensor. If you’ve always wondered about crop factor and how it impacts your photography, this short video will demystify things: Crop factor is directly influenced by sensor size. The larger the sensor, the smaller the crop factor. A lucid explanation would be that crop factor determines how much of the original 35mm frame...

How to Make Cheap DIY Reflectors From Silver Bead Foam Boards

How to Make Cheap DIY Reflectors From Silver Bead Foam Boards Whether you are shooting outside or in a studio, reflectors help you make sure that light is hitting your subject exactly how you want it. Typically, reflectors will have a silver side and a white side for varying intensities of light — they can also cost quite a bit of money. This short video by photographer JP Morgan of The Slanted Lens shows how you can go with a cheaper DIY solution. For your materials, you’ll need to head over to your local hardware stores and pick up some silver bead foam boards. Morgan then recommends cutting them 2×2 feet, but you may have to play...

Getty Images Forces Blog to Pay $868 Fee for Using ‘Socially Awkward Penguin’

Getty Images Forces Blog to Pay $868 Fee for Using ‘Socially Awkward Penguin’ Well, this is a bit… awkward. Getty Images recently threatened a lawsuit against German blog Get Digital, which had published the famous ‘Socially Awkward Penguin’ meme without first obtaining permission. That is right: you technically need permission to use the meme. According to Getty Images, the meme contains an image originally shot by nature photographer George F. Mobley. The blog ended up paying Getty Images $ 868 for the copyright violation. Here’s what the popular meme looks like compared to the original Getty Images photo by photographer George F. Mobley: The...

How I Shot a Plane Flying Through the Supermoon

How I Shot a Plane Flying Through the Supermoon So an image of mine (@lightbrekkie) appears to be doing the rounds lately on Instagram and you may have seen it. One of those normal days started with my phone going crazy on notifications before I realised that a popular hub on Instagram picked it up. The next thing I knew is that the image was pushing 130,000 likes and was being shared by various hubs and avenues on Instagram and Facebook: The aforementioned image is of a Virgin-badged Boeing 727-800 flying past a bright yellow full moon. I received a lot of interesting feedback about the photo, the large majority of which have been...

Inside the Work of Iconic Photographer Dorothea Lange

Inside the Work of Iconic Photographer Dorothea Lange You’ve likely seen Dorothea Lange’s most well-known portrait, “The Migrant Mother.” It has become a visual symbol of America’s Great Depression and the plight of farmers-turned-migrant workers fleeing the devastating drought conditions—known as the Dust Bowl—in the country’s Great Plains region. It’s a photograph that almost never came to be. Lange was driving alone in rural California on a rainy day, not planning to stop and take any photographs, when she passed a sign for a pea farming camp and spontaneously decided to make a u-turn and go...

This is the Wet Plate Collodion Process in 6 Seconds

This is the Wet Plate Collodion Process in 6 Seconds Want to see how wet-plate collodion photography is done but have the attention span of a goldfish? Our buddy Sam Cornwell over at Phogotraphy has created an unusual step-by-step wet plate walkthrough — everything is crammed into a 6-second Vine video. Here it is for your enjoyment: We see everything from preparing the wet plate with collodion, loading it into the camera, taking a photo, and then developing the plate in the darkroom. It’s a 17-step process demonstrated in 6 seconds — or about 2.8 steps per second. If you’d like a longer and more serious look at the...

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells that were once used to access water during dry months. Lautman has been shooting photos to document the beautiful architecture of the sites, creating records of the structures as they’re slowly being lost to decay. Thousands of the stepwells have been built in India over the ages. Early ones were basic in design, but the sites became more and more elaborate as art and engineering progressed in the culture. Some of the wells extend 10...

District Attorney Warns Parents About Sneaky Photo-Hiding Apps

District Attorney Warns Parents About Sneaky Photo-Hiding Apps Quite a few parents got a rude awakening this past week after an Alabama district attorney released a video that reveals one way kids are hiding secret photos right under their parents’ noses. 34-year-old district attorney Pamela Casey of Blount County posted this short video to Facebook that warns of an iOS app called Private Photo (Calculator%): Does your child have this app– Calculator%? You need to know what this app really is for— and it isn't for adding numbers! Check out this new video (less than 2 minutes)! Posted by Blount County District Attorney-41st...

Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects

Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects Whether you’ve been a photographer for 10 weeks or 10 years, we’ve all heard the cautionary tales about yet another creative who’s packed it all up, sold off all their gear, and decided to do something else in terms of a career. It’s with that in mind that I am writing about the importance of personal projects. Most people hear those words and think of young art school students, who pull together friends to shoot some fun stuff in between their demanding curriculum of school mandated projects. Now while that is a good example, it is worthwhile to note its importance...

An Interview with Jason Kirby, Founder of Togally

An Interview with Jason Kirby, Founder of Togally Jason Kirby is a photographer and entrepreneur who is working on building Togally, a new online marketplace for connecting photographers and those who need photos shot. We had a chat with Kirby about his new venture. PetaPixel: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? Jason Kirby: I started my career as an entrepreneur in residence for a respected marketing consultancy. I built and grew multiple marketing verticals for the consultancy before quitting to pursue my passion in photography. I have been a photographer for 10 years starting my first business The Right Light...
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