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Parallax Animation: Bringing Still Photographs to Life

Parallax Animation: Bringing Still Photographs to Life A little technique called “parallax” can add a lot of life to your photographs. Joe Fellows, founder of a London-based animation and short film production company called Make Productions, describes the parallax technique as the process of separating a photograph into layers, opening the layered file in a compositing program like Adobe After Effects, and then rearranging the layers and zooming a camera “into” the picture. “The parallax technique is really useful when you don’t have live footage but you do have archival photography or stills,” said Fellows. “It gives the effect...

Lenstag Unveils All New Mobile Apps, One Step Closer to Ending Camera & Lens Theft

Lenstag Unveils All New Mobile Apps, One Step Closer to Ending Camera & Lens Theft Lenstag‘s stated goal is to put a stop to camera and lens theft, and for that reason alone photographers love them. The service is basically an online registry where you can securely document all of the gear you own and, in the event the unthinkable happens, report it as stolen and make it much more difficult for the thieves to sell that piece of gear. But Lenstag creator Trevor Sehrer wasn’t done when he debuted the website — which you can learn a lot more about here. Last week Lenstag took another step towards the company goal when it released brand new iOS and Android...

Photographer Who Captured Obama Selfie Moment Now ‘Ashamed of Mankind’

Photographer Who Captured Obama Selfie Moment Now ‘Ashamed of Mankind’ Last week’s memorial for Nelson Mandela had more than its share of media moments, from the fake sign language interpreter to the handshake heard ’round the world. But nothing caught on quite as tenaciously or curiously as what we’ll dub “The Great Obama Selfie Beatdown.” It started when Helle Thorning-Schmidt, prime minister of Denmark, pulled out her phone to grab a selfie of her sitting with President Obama and British PM David Cameron. Roberto Schmidt, a photographer for Agence France Press, captured the curiously contemporary moment. And before you...

Photog Using the Power of Photography to Help Stop Exploitation & War in Congo

Photog Using the Power of Photography to Help Stop Exploitation & War in Congo We hope you never get sick of hearing about stories that show the true power of photography to affect change, because I doubt we’ll ever get sick of finding and sharing them. The most recent such story we’ve stumbled across is told by photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, whose work has already helped curtail the efforts of warlords in Africa who are exploiting children in their attempt to rule Congo. Bleasdale’s work in the Congo began in the early 2000s as a photographer for the organization Human Rights Watch. Between 2003 and 2004, he documented the horrible realities of...

Rumor: Nikon to Announce a 35mm f/1.8G Full-Frame Lens at CES

Rumor: Nikon to Announce a 35mm f/1.8G Full-Frame Lens at CES Nikon already makes a 35mm f/1.8G DX lens but the equivalent isn’t available for its full-frame cameras, at least not yet. At this point, if you want a 35mm FX lens for your Nikon, you’re stuck spending $ 1,600+ on the f/1.4, but that might all change in a couple of weeks at CES. According to Nikon Rumors, the Japanese camera company has a 35mm f/1.8G FX lens primed for announcement at the trade show that starts January 7th. Chances are the announcement will go live on the first day, when most major announcements are made, so be sure to check back then for further details if...

Sony a7R: A Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats?

Sony a7R: A Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats? I have to admit I didn’t get too worked up when the Sony A7 and A7R were released. The last time I wrote about Sony it was how there were so few lenses for the NEX system years after introduction. So now we’re going to a system requiring a whole new lens mount. Sure the camera’s specs were interesting. But the idea of yet another camera body good mostly for shooting lenses on adapters wasn’t very exciting. So I planned to ignore it. But my friends over at Imaging-Resource/SLRGear were waxing poetic when they talked about their testing of the A7. Then they started claiming that the...

Creative Photo Series Quite Literally Turns Fashion Photography on Its Head

Creative Photo Series Quite Literally Turns Fashion Photography on Its Head A fashion photographer’s job is, at its most basic level, to draw attention to the clothes he or she has been asked to photograph. But how does one make their fashion shots stand out when there are so many more out there, often bookending your own shoot inside the very magazine you’re featured in? Montreal-based photographer Martin Tremblay (also known as Pinch) figured out a way to turn fashion photography on its head… he literally turned it on its head! His Fortune Cookie series features gravity-defying upside down models dressed in finery created by Pascal &...

Fatten Your Checkbook with This…

Ever look at the “Photographers” category in the AdWords of a Google Search? A lot of competition, isn’t there? What makes the difference then, between a “successful” photographer and a mediocre photographer? Talent is certainly necessary. So is energy, action, and desire. If we can assume that every photographer listed in an SEO search possesses all these attributes — don’t you question why some go farther than others? At the risk of sounding simplistic, the answer lies in how well you promote yourself. Without promotion, you leave yourself open to the...

Julia Cybularz

Julia Cybularz Christmas, Philadelphia, 2012 Julia Cybularz (b. 1978, United States) earned her MFA from The School of Visual Arts and holds a B.S. in Photography from Drexel University. Her photography and video work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2007, Julia was the recipient of an Aaron Siskind Memorial grant as well as The School of Visual Arts’ alumni grant. Julia studied under notable photographers Mary Ellen Mark, Andrew Moore and Tina Barney. Her work has been featured in American Photo, on the HBO series “How to Make it in America”, PDN and on Lens Culture. Most...

Black and White Photography Tips

Black and White Photography Tips It is often believed that good photos are ones with beautiful colors. However, there are other forms of photography such as black and white, monochromatic, infrared etc. There is much more than simple shining colors in pictures. Photography is the recording of light regardless of color and outcome. Black and white has been popular since the early days where cameras would only take these images and were unable to interpret colors. “Into the wild” captured by Alin Petrus (Click Image to See More From Alin Petrus) Black and white photography can be a hard task because your subject...
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