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British Library Adds One Million Public Domain Images to Flickr

British Library Adds One Million Public Domain Images to Flickr Rejoice, all ye illustrators and designers, at least if your work involves antiquarian subjects. The British Library has just posted more than a million copyright-free images to its Flickr photostream, and the pickings are choice if you need to illustrate anything from phrenology to 17th century geological theories. The images come from the Mechanical Curator, a British Library project to scan more than 65,000 books from the 16th to 19th centuries. (Rather a drop in the bucket of the library’s collection of 13 million volumes, but one must start somewhere.) According to a British...

The Making of a Winter Wonderland Commercial Composite Photograph

The Making of a Winter Wonderland Commercial Composite Photograph Think you need to live somewhere cold and snowy to get pictures of a winter wonderland? See how Erik Almas created an icy urban scene for Trondheim Torg Shopping Center without a single snowflake: To begin the process, Almas used a medium-format camera to shoot frames of a cloudy, snowless day in front of the shopping center in his home town of Trondheim, Norway. Next, he traveled to a London studio to take pictures of ice sculpture replicas of the shopping center and a model. When shooting the model, he used an assortment of Profoto softboxes to replicate the soft light produced by an...

Lenstag Infographic Shows How Gear Gets Stolen and What Gear Gets Filtched Most

Lenstag Infographic Shows How Gear Gets Stolen and What Gear Gets Filtched Most We take no responsibility if you’re all of a sudden afraid to take your camera anywhere after reading this (especially if you have a Nikon D7000 or a Canon 60D), but this gear theft infographic by anti-theft service Lenstag is packed interesting information that we think every photographer should be aware of. If you feel like you’ve heard about Lenstag recently, that’s because you have. It was just yesterday we shared the news that Lenstag had released a new mobile application that made it a cinch to register your gear, search their ‘stolen’ database or report...

54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013

54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013 As a self-appointed pundit, I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secret … I love photography! And 2013 brought yet another year full of strange, interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey … in no particular order. 1. Haley Morris-Cafiero Examined Our Reaction to Her Weight We’ve all done it. Stared at the fat guy/girl on the street or in a store. Haley Morris-Cafiero’s Wait Watchers documents people reacting to her weight, the result of her hypothyroidism, and makes a strong cultural...

Top 10 Timelapse Photography Videos of the Year 2013

2013 has seen some truly beautiful photography and videography, but there’s nothing like a well-crafted timelapse to blow your socks off and inspire you to grow as a photographer. With that in mind, this is a list of the ten most popular Vimeo timelapses to date from this year, based on each video’s play count and number of comments and likes: 1. “A supercell near Booker, Texas” by Mike Olbinski 2. “Adrift” by Simon Christen 3. “Time-Lapse | Earth” by Bruce W. Berry Jr. 4. “NIGHTVISION” by Luke Shepard 5. “Dubai Timelapse” by dimid 6. “Nambian Nights”...

The One Hand Snap: A Shutter Release that Allows for One-Handed DSLR Operation

The One Hand Snap: A Shutter Release that Allows for One-Handed DSLR Operation About 88,000 people in the U.S. are missing all or part of an arm, and among the things that are difficult or impossible for them to do is use an full-size camera.  Smaller point-and-shoots and phones allow simultaneous holding and operation, but anything bigger is out of the question without a tripod. To the potential rescue comes Singapore scientist/inventor Xing Dawei, who has published plans for the One Hand Snap (OHSnap for short), a remote shutter release built into an silicone band that slips around the camera lens. Which means that the same hand that holds the camera by the lens can...

Creative Photographer Couple Shoots Half-Christmas Half-Hanukkah Holiday Card

Creative Photographer Couple Shoots Half-Christmas Half-Hanukkah Holiday Card Say you and your girlfriend are both photographers. And say, also, that you’ve been together for four years and you’ve decided it’s time to send out your first Holiday card as a couple. There’s only one issue: you celebrate Christmas and she celebrates Hanukkah. What are two photographers to do? Why, you turn the studio you work at into a creative half-Christmas half-Hanukkah scene and shoot a Holiday card so awesome the entire Internet takes notice, that’s what you do! At least that’s what photographer Scott Burry and his girlfriend Dani decided to do,...

How to Tether to Lightroom Wirelessly

How to Tether to Lightroom Wirelessly On my last corporate photoshoot, I was taking headshots in a small conference room cluttered with a large table and chairs. I wanted to give my clients immediate feedback by tethering to Lightroom, but in such a cramped space, extra cords made for a potentially disastrous setup. One false step would have not only tripped someone but also sent my camera or laptop–or both–flying. Benjamin VonWong has a solution to this tethering issue. Check out how he uses wireless tethering on-location: After finding a few other wireless options to fall short of his expectations, VonWong started...

Eye Mirror Lens Add-On Adds a 360-Degree View to the Camera You Already Have

Eye Mirror Lens Add-On Adds a 360-Degree View to the Camera You Already Have Throwable camera balls and their ilk might be all shiny and cool, but what if you want to grab high-quality 360-degree images with the camera you already have in your bag? Enter Eye Mirror, a startup launched by U.K. inventors Dan Burton and Thomas Seidl, whose namesake product attaches to just about any camera and allows it to shoot 360-degree panoramas and videos. The gadget — which you can see in action in the demo video embedded below — attaches to the front of the camera lens and reflects a 360-degree sphere back to the image sensor. Adapters will fit the Eye Mirror to just...

Deal Alert: B&H Offering Some Great Last-Minute Holiday Discounts

Deal Alert: B&H Offering Some Great Last-Minute Holiday Discounts Admittedly, it’s not last-minute Christmas shopping until 10 minutes after the stores close on Christmas Eve, but if you plan to order your photography gifts online, you might want to get on that so you’re sure they arrive in time for the big day. Then again, there are benefits to having waited this long. Namely: we just got an email from B&H Photo about some awesome discounts that may have you tempted even if you’ve already finished gift shopping. We’ll take these one at a time, starting with the most expensive and working our way down from there. First up, the...
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