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Photographer Learns Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Close to Wild Moose

Photographer Learns Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Close to Wild Moose Norwegian photographer Arvid Strømnes learned a lesson earlier this week about why you shouldn’t get too close to wild animals while trying to capture them on camera. He was biking through a forested area near Fredrikstad, Norway this past Tuesday when he came upon a moose and its calf feeding on plants and leaves. Rather than keep his distance and move on, Strømnes decided to pull out his camera and capture some footage of the animals up close. He managed to capture nearly four minutes of video with only a minor scare when the moose did a small charge at him as an act of...

Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched

Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched Dove Canada is getting serious about promoting Real Beauty by going after art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers — basically anyone who distorts body image in print. In order to fight those who they feel create an unrealistic representation of what the body actually looks like, they created a “Beautify” action that can be downloaded for free from popular editing sites. The action appears to add a “glowing skin” effect when in reality, it reverts the image back to its original, unretouched state, thus driving home Dove’s philosophy that...

Portraits of the Bearded Men in an Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Portraits of the Bearded Men in an Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Every year, in the third week of July, over 100 silver bearded men descend upon the city of Key West, Florida. Their goal: to be declared the man who most resembles American writer Ernest Hemingway. The contest they participate in is put on by the Hemingway Look-Alike Society, and is the largest sanctioned look-alike competition in the world. Photographer Henry Hargreaves visited the festivities this year and created a new photo project titled “Becoming Hemingawy.” It’s a series of portraits showing some of this year’s contestants. Starting on July 21st...

Be Careful When Jumping in on the Fake Anime Fight Fad at a Wedding

Be Careful When Jumping in on the Fake Anime Fight Fad at a Wedding Remember that fake anime fighting photo fad that emerged from Japan earlier this year? Vancouver-based photographer Tanja learned recently that it sometimes doesn’t mix well with wedding photography. After asking the groom and groomsmen to pose for an action-packed group shot, she snapped this memorable (and embarrassing) photo. The force of the energy attack was so great that one of the groomsmen had his pants burst open in the back. “This is what happens when men go wild. It was epic,” Tanja writes. “I keep laughing when I look at it!” Thankfully, the...

Video: Pranksters Use Squirt Gun Camera to Covertly Spray People in London

Video: Pranksters Use Squirt Gun Camera to Covertly Spray People in London Here’s one to put a smile on your face. Roman Atwood has made a name for himself on YouTube by pulling off creative and often downright hilarious pranks. For his most recent prank, he teamed up with buddy Dennis Roady and went photographic. Or at the very least they pretended to. While playing tourist in London, they managed to get their hands on a water squirting camera. Seeing as they’re both Internet pranksters (and you read the title of this post) you can probably guess what happened next. It was all done in good fun and the few people they actually told (with one notable...

600,000 Pixel Wide Tokyo Panorama is the World’s 2nd-largest Photo Ever Made

600,000 Pixel Wide Tokyo Panorama is the World’s 2nd-largest Photo Ever Made Do you remember the 320-gigapixel photo taken from atop the BT Tower in London? That 360° panorama, shot by Founder of 360-cities Jeffrey Martin, holds the title of world’s largest photo. But just because you have the top spot, doesn’t mean you have to stop. Another of Martin’s creations, this one shot from the lower observation deck of the Tokyo Tower, has earned him the number two spot as well. Like the London panorama before it, this 600,000-pixel wide behemoth was shot with a Canon 7D and some robotic help. In London he had 7 cameras to work with, this time he only...

Nikon F2D: A Homemade Digital Nikon F2 Replica Crafted Out of Wood

Nikon F2D: A Homemade Digital Nikon F2 Replica Crafted Out of Wood When you hear the words “retro camera,” you probably think of some kind of silver or black camera crafted decades ago out of solid chunks of metal. But what would a retro camera look like if you kept the design the same but replaced its metal body with wood? French photo enthusiast Cesar Sebouhian and his father recently decided to find out, and created the gorgeous Nikon “F2D” seen above. “We prefer wood,” Sebouhian tells us. The idea behind the project was to create a digital replica of the Nikon F2 SLR from 1971 — a camera the duo calls...

A Pro Photographer’s DIY Ring Light for Fashion Photography

A Pro Photographer’s DIY Ring Light for Fashion Photography Ring flashes and continuous ring lights are popular among fashion portrait photographers. The circular lights are placed around the camera lens to reduce shadows and create interestingly shaped catch lights in a model’s eyes. Do-it-yourself types will be inspired by this pro photographer challenge, in which Mark Chung was asked to craft a homemade ring light for a portrait shoot in two hours or less: Chung’s continuous ring light was constructed with mostly used materials, including a fan and tube lights reclaimed from a bathroom. Using the frame of the fan connected to a tripod...

When Perfect Isn’t Perfect or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blur

When Perfect Isn’t Perfect or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blur Quite a few years ago I took a solo trip down to Key West, FL. It was the first time I had gone on a vacation by myself, and since I was free of the distraction of friends and family, I decided it would make a great opportunity to expand upon my photography skills. You see, the trip was shortly after I had decided to take this whole photography hobby of mine seriously. I had worked with video for years but now I wanted to work on becoming a good photographer as well, not just one that took as many photos as possible and then looked for the three good ones out of the hundreds shot (seriously,...

Google’s New ‘Views’ Site Gives Android Users a Place to Share Photo Spheres

Google’s New ‘Views’ Site Gives Android Users a Place to Share Photo Spheres The launch of Android 4.2 in October of last year brought with it the ability to create special 360° panoramas called “Photo Spheres.” But as cool as these panoramas were, there was no real way to share them with the exception of a widget Google released a few months back. Yesterday, all of that changed when Google announced a brand new Google Maps website called Views, built from the ground up for the Android community and their many un-shared Photo Spheres. Since the benefits go both ways here — not only do you get a place to upload and share your panoramas, Google gets...
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