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Crane Operator in Shanghai Takes Photos from His Amazing Perch

Many a starry-eyed amateur photographer chooses to ignore the advice, “Don’t quit your day job.” But we’re certainly glad that Wei Gensheng didn’t. Gensheng works as a crane operator in Shanghai, which affords him breathtaking views of the city. His crew is currently building the second tallest skyscraper in the world, Shanghai Tower, which dwarfs the rest of the city at 2,073 feet (632 meters). Throughout the project, Gensheng has been photographing Shanghai from his perch, and his work is stunning, offering entirely unique aerial panoramas of China’s...

Walkthrough: How to Create a DIY Studio On a Budget

Walkthrough: How to Create a DIY Studio On a Budget In a perfect world, we’d all have the studio of our dreams, and it would be filled with all of the best of gear. Unfortunately, we don’t live in such a world, and more often than not we’re constrained by a (sometimes very tight) budget. Here to help overcome that challenge is Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, who has put together a video that shows just how easy it can be to build a very viable studio out of fairly cheap materials/products in a spare bedroom. The video starts by showing you how to set up a backdrop holder using nothing but simple parts from your local...

‘Spirit Photo’ Forgeries Prove Fake Photo Controversies Existed Way Before Adobe

‘Spirit Photo’ Forgeries Prove Fake Photo Controversies Existed Way Before Adobe Spirit photography, a type of photography which claims to capture ghosts and spirits via a photographic process, dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Photographers would act as “mediums” to the spiritual realm and do their best to pull a fast one on unsuspecting customers. This particular series of images was captured by photographers Craig and George Falconers, a pair of charlatans who worked in the early part of the 20th century. The duo would take part in these séances and allow spectators to watch the entire process of loading the film, shooting the photographs and...

HACKxTACK Hopes To Bring Magnetic Lens Holder to Life

HACKxTACK Hopes To Bring Magnetic Lens Holder to Life If there’s one thing I lose more than anything else while shooting, it’s lens caps. I’ve never permanently lost one (knock on wood), but I’ve certainly misplaced them for days at a time. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one who’s guilty of this. Here to help us through our absentmindedness is a new Kickstarter for a product called HACKxTACK. What is HACKxTACK? It’s a magnetic lens holder that uses a unique clip-on attachment and an attachment you place on your lens cap. Using those two things, it allows you to quickly snap your lens cap onto...

Seizure-Inducing Website Shares Real-Time Feed of #Selfie Tagged Instagram Photos

Seizure-Inducing Website Shares Real-Time Feed of #Selfie Tagged Instagram Photos While you can argue that #selfies have nothing to do with photography as an industry, it’s safe to say they’ve become a staple of a generation in which photography is as easily accessible as it’s ever been. Even if you don’t mind selfies though, we might have come across a resource that will overwhelm even the most diehard selfie-takers. It’s called Selfeed, and it uses the hashtag “#selfie” to stream a real-time feed of the self-portraits shared on Instagram. Created by Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter and Jillian Mayer, Selfeed offers an overwhelming...

Keys to Success in Advertising Photography

Keys to Success in Advertising Photography If you’re a photographer thinking about getting into the advertising market, you may have your work cut out for you; competition is stiff in today’s digital world. But if you have what it takes—and that doesn’t just mean raw talent—you can make a name for yourself in the high profile industry. As commercial advertising photographer Erik Almas says, if advertising photography is where your heart is, then it’s time to get to work and start marketing yourself: Almas has traveled the world shooting ads for clients such as Toyota, Puma, Nike, Hyatt, USPS,...

Detailed Specs for the Pentax 645z Leaked 24 Hours Ahead of Official Announcement

Detailed Specs for the Pentax 645z Leaked 24 Hours Ahead of Official Announcement The rumor sites are hard at work when it comes to Pentax’s soon-to-be-released medium format shooter, the 645z, and it looks like it paid off. In addition to the leaked photos and details from yesterday, we now have a comprehensive spec list that contains some very interesting tidbits indeed. Both Digicame-info and Photo Rumors have published these specs and they seems to have been ORIGINALLY leaked by Ricoh Germany, although they’ve since been taken down. Before we dive into the leaked specs, first, a clarification: the camera won’t be able to shoot 4K video in the...

Balancing Originality & Orthodoxy in Children’s Photography

Balancing Originality & Orthodoxy in Children’s Photography If you took your child to a photo shoot as recently as 1995, you’d expect to dress them in their stuffy “Sunday best.” Not anymore. Now they could be wearing animal costumes, fairy wings, cowboy hats, crowns, balloons, you name it. Something happened in the mid-nineties, and the rest is history. “Untitled” captured by Abbie Pepple (Click image to see more from Pepple.) Australian-born photographer Anne Geddes happened. In 1996, Geddes debut book Down in the Garden made it to the New York Times Bestseller List, and to date, she’s sold multiple millions of...

Interesting Photo of the Day: The Mighty Matterhorn

Interesting Photo of the Day: The Mighty Matterhorn At 4,478 meters tall, the Matterhorn, known in various languages as Mont Cervin and Monte Cervino, is not only one of the Alps’ tallest peaks, but also one of its deadliest. Over 500 climbers have died trying to reach its summit since the late 19th century. Visually, it’s one of the world’s most striking mountains for its knife-life protrusion from the earth: The Matterhorn rises out of the Italian-Swiss Alps. (Via 500px. Click for larger image.) This shot was captured by photographer Bertrand Monney, who has a penchant for high-resolution otherworldly landscapes, both...

Newborns to Seniors: The Technical Aspects of Portrait Photography

Newborns to Seniors: The Technical Aspects of Portrait Photography Beth Jansen‘s journey into photography is a familiar one. What started out as a hobby for capturing great pictures of her family and making a little extra money on the side escalated into a successful portrait photography business. But Jansen isn’t “just another mom with a camera.” Combining artistic vision with innate fashion sense regarding colors, patterns, textures, and the like, Jansen has created a vibrant, trendy style of portraiture that is all her own. In the following video, Jansen speaks about how to successfully shoot portraits for clients of all ages and...
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