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This Wooden Leica Helps You Crack Your Nuts

This Wooden Leica Helps You Crack Your Nuts Check out this handmade wooden Leica camera replica. In addition to looking beautiful on your desk, it has a practical use as well: it’s a working nutcracker. La Vida Leica announced the product back in January 2014 on behalf of Leica accessory maker Walter Pretorius of Walter Leica. Each of the limited edition Leica nutcrackers was individually handcrafted out of solid rosewood and brass, and each of the red dots on the cameras was made from “extremely scarce” red ivory wood. The nutcrackers were shipped with a certificate of authenticity signed by Pretorius, and each one...

42 Chilling Restored and Colorized Historic Images

Seeing old photos of past times and historic moments is always a bit of a trip. To see old buildings in their prime, pictures of people we only read about in history books, or past fashions and trends can be staggering. To see old war photos, soldiers long since gone, and awful portrayals of life in concentration camps is heartbreaking. Most of the time, the images are in black and white, but Colorized History has spent many hours restoring and adding color to some epic photos. The results are beautiful and chilling. It’s amazing how a little color can really add a more human...

PicJoy Wants to Help You Auto-Organize Your iPhone Photo Library

PicJoy Wants to Help You Auto-Organize Your iPhone Photo Library Like many other photo loving enthusiasts, I carry a large number of photographs around on my iPhone. If you utilize a service such as Apple’s iCloud, then you could also automatically be syncing thousands of images from your master collection for on the go viewing. With hundreds, or even thousands, of photographs to organize there has to be an easier way. Hit Labs believes they have a solution with their intelligent organizing photo library app for iOS, Picjoy. Picjoy is a free application that aims at helping you organize your collection, so you can quickly locate pictures when they are...

10 Helpful Websites for Protecting Your Photography Copyrights

10 Helpful Websites for Protecting Your Photography Copyrights Being a photographer in the digital age presents a number of excellent advantages along with a collection of new concerns. Sharing your images with the world and gaining exposure has never been easier, but the risk that someone may decide to steal your work is also increasing. Protecting your images on the web should be at the forefront of your thought process when uploading a new potential masterpiece. To help you out, we have established a list of ten sites that can assist you in your creative endeavor. Exif Copyright Information Making sure that your photograph contains identifiable EXIF...

Vietnamese Photojournalist Apologizes for ‘Shopped War Photo

Vietnamese Photojournalist Apologizes for ‘Shopped War Photo Vietnamese photojournalist Doan Cong Tinh is apologizing for a Photoshopped Vietnam War photo that he “mistakenly” sent out and had published in an international exhibition. Thanh Nien Daily reports that the photo showed North Vietnamese soldiers climbing a rope near a waterfall in 1970. It was on display last year at the International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan (Visa pour l’image Perpignan) in France, and then later published in an online gallery by the New York Times. Questions about the photograph were first raised by Danish photographer Jorn Stjerneklar,...

Creating a Surreal Musician Portrait with a Sideways Photo and Photoshop

Creating a Surreal Musician Portrait with a Sideways Photo and Photoshop Photographer Antti Karppinen was recently hired to do a portrait photo shoot with Cardiff-based singer and songwriter Jammy Harris. For one of the shots, Karppinen decided to create a mind-bending image of Harris sitting on a stone ledge over rough waters using a creative perspective and photo-manipulation. Karppinen started out by scouting out a suitable location and sketching out the photo concept he had in mind: Next, Karppinen photographed Harris lying down on the ground horizontally against the stone bench: The photographer then rotated the image, filled in the background and sky...

An Impressive Test of Adobe’s New Dehaze Slider

An Impressive Test of Adobe’s New Dehaze Slider Want to see an impressive example of what the new Dehaze slider in Photoshop and Lightroom can do? Check out the 1-minute video above by photographer Grant Friedman, who tested out the feature using a foggy and blown out RAW photo of Times Square on a rainy day. The photo would have been largely unusable, and Photoshop’s older tools couldn’t do much to salvage the shot, but Friedman found that Dehaze managed to cut right through the fog and reveal the details of the scene. Here’s a before-and-after crop of the shot: Pretty amazing, eh? (via Grant Friedman via Resource...

BitTorrent Shoot: A Camera App for Quick and Secure Photo Sharing

BitTorrent Shoot: A Camera App for Quick and Secure Photo Sharing BitTorrent is an industry leading protocol for peer-to-peer filing sharing over the Internet, enabling people to quickly share files when needed. Today, the company announced a new photo and video sharing application, BitTorrent Shoot. Designed to allow fast exchange between many different mobile device platforms, BitTorrent Shoot is available in Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Windows Phone Marketplace. The differentiating feature for BitTorrent Shoot is its cross-platform support. BitTorrent Sync’s Vice-President of Product Management explained: “If you’ve ever experienced...

These Animal Portraits Were All Shot During Visits to a Local Zoo

These Animal Portraits Were All Shot During Visits to a Local Zoo “Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits” is a project by photographer Boza Ivanovic, who created artistic low-key portraits of animals during visits to a local zoo. Ivanovic tells us that the series was born during a low time in his life. After a freak motorcycle accident left him with two cracked vertebrae in his neck, he was confined to his bed for four long months. During this time, he thought long and hard about the direction he would take his photography, and his thoughts settled on a photo he had taken a few years back of a tiger found at a zoo. “The subject of that photo was...

ND Filters: Beyond the Basics

ND Filters: Beyond the Basics Natural light photography enthusiasts know that good photography is more about the light than the gear. However, there’s no denying that a few pieces of gear can take your photography to a new level. A neutral density filter is one such piece of equipment: Neutral density filters (or ND filters, as they are popularly called) are designed to stop some light from entering the lens. This is a serious advantages, especially when you shoot in natural light. For example, what if you want to shoot with a shallow depth of field on a very bright day or take a long exposure? An ND filter gives...
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