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Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free

Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free To paraphrase the great Oprah Winfrey, “You get a photography eBook, YOU get a photography eBook, EVERYBODY gets photography eBooks!” Except in this case it isn’t Oprah you have to thank, but the folks over at Light Stalking who have put together two great lists of 23 free eBooks each. You can find the first 23 by clicking here and the second 23 here. Among the free resources compiled by LS are National Geographic‘s “Ultimate Field Guide to Photography,” Strobist‘s “Lighting 101,” Adorama‘s “Guide to Lighting” and many...

Slow Shutter Speed Photography

Slow Shutter Speed Photography Shutter speed works two ways on your camera: it can be used to freeze motion so everything in the frame is nice and sharp; or it can be used to blur motion so some things in the frame are blurred, giving the picture a unique look. You may be shaking your head at this; but sometimes I want to actually slow down my shutter speed to create blur in my image, giving it somewhat of an artistic expression. These are images that probably don’t exist in the real world, as viewed through a pair of normal eyes; but with a slower shutter speed we can create beautiful, artistic expressions that...

Stunning North Korea Timelapse and Hyperlapse

Stunning North Korea Timelapse and Hyperlapse City-­branding pioneer JT Singh and timelapse flow motion videographer Rob Whitworth have teamed up to put together an amazing tourism video about Pyongyang. The little known North Korean city comes to life in the video as the creators show another side to what many people think of the region. Enter Pyongyang captures the humanity, vibrancy and potential of the developing city: As the creators say, most visitors will be surprised by the scenes they encounter as they enter Pyongyang—how clean and orderly it all is. And they’ll be surprised to know that North Korea is not as...

The New USB Standard Will Turn Your Photo Transfers Up to 11, and It’s Reversible

The New USB Standard Will Turn Your Photo Transfers Up to 11, and It’s Reversible As medium format and full-frame cameras get more affordable and file sizes cross the line from massive to outrageous, any increase in transfer and backup speeds is greatly appreciated. Which is why the new USB Type C standard should have photographers as excited as any other tech nerd out there. Finalized just a couple of days ago, the USB Type-C Standard is only about the size of micro-USB, but don’t let the size fool you because it can carry some serious data. A version of USB 3.1, it can transfer files at 10Gbps, can carry up to 100 Watts of power (power cable and super fast data...

Why We (Still) Shoot Film

Why We (Still) Shoot Film In this world of two-minute passport photos, eye-fi memory cards, and wireless image transfers, it’s hard to imagine a bunch of people engaged in doing something that seems like a pursuit from the last century. For us digital photographers, film photography is well and truly dead (or so we are inclined to think). For the most part, no one with a digital camera would give this a second thought. But there are still photographers out there who feel just as passionate about shooting on film, as did the pioneers of film photography during the late 1800s and the early 1900s: Amrit Vatsa, on...

Photographer Photographs Two Mimes in 1974, Only Realizes 35 Years Later that One Was Robin Williams

Photographer Photographs Two Mimes in 1974, Only Realizes 35 Years Later that One Was Robin Williams Robin Williams tragic death has left the entire world in shock, grieving for a man whose entire professional life was dedicated to bringing joy to others. Many are taking time now to pay tribute to the academy award-winning actor and comedian, and as clips and stories from decades long gone surface, some incredible stories have come to light. One such story involves photographer Daniel Sorine, who in 1974 thought he was just photographing two random mimes in Central Park, only to discover 35 years later that he had captured a then little-known Robin Williams on film. “Back in the...

Beauty and Symmetry Collide in Stunning Photographs of Mosque Architecture

Beauty and Symmetry Collide in Stunning Photographs of Mosque Architecture Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji is a 23-year-old physics student at Mazandaran University, and yet, you’ve probably seen his photography floating around the Internet as of late. That’s because, when he’s not studying, Ganji is capturing truly stunning photographs of the colorful, architecturally gorgeous interiors of historical Mosques throughout the Middle East. Don’t let Ganji’s main occupation fool you, as the photographs here show, he’s one heck of a photographer. Using wide angle lenses, fisheye lenses and panoramic photography techniques he has traveled...

Did You Know: Studies Show People Believe They Look Like the Retouched Version of Themselves

Did You Know: Studies Show People Believe They Look Like the Retouched Version of Themselves Remember the “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” advertisement? It was the ad that brought in various women, and then had those women and a stranger they had just met describe them to a forensic artists. This, in the end, showed the original participants that they were far more beautiful than they saw themselves. It was an admirable advertisement that went viral, but according to a series of studies performed last year by psychological researchers Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch of the University of Virginia, the Dove campaign might just have it backwards. In...

This Beautiful Stripped Down Leica M3 is Totally Worthy of the Term “Gear Porn”

This Beautiful Stripped Down Leica M3 is Totally Worthy of the Term “Gear Porn” It’s not often we get to use the words stripped and porn in one of our titled, but this gorgeous stripped down Leica M3 offered up one of those rare exceptions. In a world were the term “gear porn” is used to describe pretty much any desirable piece of equipment, this camera takes it to another level by shedding its outerwear (if you will) and giving us a peek at the something that is at once incredibly intricate and beautifully simple. Described as a “rare original factory cutaway (around serial number 800000)” of the much-beloved 35mm M3 rangefinder, it comes...

How to Create ‘Vortex Star Trails’ in Nightsky Astrophotography Time-Lapses

How to Create ‘Vortex Star Trails’ in Nightsky Astrophotography Time-Lapses A common technique used in still astrophotography is the creation of startrails, a method by which a photographer overlays multiple long-exposure shots of the stars to create a weaving of constellations. But, as time-lapse photograph and astrophotography have merged in a fairly recent trend, a number of artists have been bringing the idea of startrails to motion-picture, creating what many refer to as ‘vortex startrails.’ If you’ve ever wondered how these motion startrails are created, Matthew Vandeputte has shared the above video – his first ever tutorial – to explain how this...
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