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This Photographer Deals with Anxiety by Creating Surreal Self-Portraits

This Photographer Deals with Anxiety by Creating Surreal Self-Portraits Monica Lazăr is one of the millions upon millions of people around the world who struggles with an anxiety condition. For her, social anxiety makes it difficult to spend time with other people and causes her to become isolated. Four years ago, however, Lazăr discovered a passion for photography, and her gorgeous self-portraits have changed her life. The Bucharest, Romania-based photographer says that her photos have given her a new way to communicate with others. “From the beginning, photography was like the air so much-needed in those moments I felt like drowning,” Lazăr...

Yes, Peter Lik’s ‘Moonlit Dreams’ IS a Composite

Yes, Peter Lik’s ‘Moonlit Dreams’ IS a Composite Photographers have been talking this month about best-selling landscape photographer Peter Lik‘s new photo, “Moonlit Dreams,” pointing out that the image appears to be a “faked” composite instead of a single “real” exposure. It has since been confirmed that the photo IS a composite. Fstoppers first sparked the discussion and debate last week by pointing out several aspects of the photo that seem to give away the fact that the moon was inserted into the scene. Among the issues were dynamic range, lighting, clouds going behind the moon, and the...

Tips for Photographing Your First Hot Air Balloon Festival

Tips for Photographing Your First Hot Air Balloon Festival Ah, you’ve just received your first camera over the holiday season and you’re itching to use it. Or, perhaps you’re just looking for something new to photograph for this year. Well, might I suggest the following: You should photograph a hot air balloon festival! Why hot air balloons? I personally enjoy their vibrant colors against the sky; it’s a pleasure for me to meet the pilots and their crew; and lastly, it’s fun to fly in them! Some of you may be surprised that these festivals have already been happening in the winter. It should come as no surprise though...

Think About How You Use Instagram with ‘The Flyer Theory’

Think About How You Use Instagram with ‘The Flyer Theory’ No matter how you feel about Instagram, if you’re reading this you know that you need it. Period. Social media can change careers. Instead of being stuck working with people in your 15-mile radius, you’re now open to the world. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably also using Instagram wrong. If you need help with your Instagram, there’s one cheat, trick, hack, whatever you want to call it, that’s free and more beneficial than anything else you can do. How often do you engage with accounts you don’t follow? Do you stick to the photos in your feed? Or do you ever look...

These Photos of Bullets Tearing Apart Portraits Aren’t What They Seem

These Photos of Bullets Tearing Apart Portraits Aren’t What They Seem For his new project titled “Explosion Collages,” photographer and visual artist Fabian Oefner created a series of photos showing portraits being shredded by speeding bullets. But there’s a twist… As the name suggests, each of the photos was actually faked. Instead of actually capturing flying bullets, Oefner painstakingly tore photos apart and arranged the thousands of tiny pieces into collages that have the appearance of a high-speed paper explosion photo. The “meticulous precision ultimately results into a hyperrealistic illusion, that shows a real, yet...

The Winning Photos of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

The Winning Photos of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 The Underwater Photographer of the Year photo competition has just unveiled its winners for 2018. The photos provide gorgeous glimpses into the aquatic world that’s normally out of sight. This year’s overall winner was German photographer Tobias Friedrich with an image titled “Cycle War” (shown above). It shows Norton 16H motorcycles loaded into the backs of submerged Fordson WOT 3 trucks. You can see a school of soldierfish above the wreck. “I had had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside...

I Named These Puppies Click, Bokeh, Nikon, Sensor, Skrim, and Gobo

I Named These Puppies Click, Bokeh, Nikon, Sensor, Skrim, and Gobo Late last year, my wife and I had to say goodbye to one of our beloved dogs, Sophie. She was far too young and our loss was devastating. After several months, one of my breeder clients (Kristen from Zero Gravity Australian Shepherds) announced a litter coming. I have photographed many of her litters and have used her dogs as models in many of my concept shoots. We have always admired her dogs so we decided it was time to add a puppy to our home. Kristen was amazingly gracious and decided to have a photography theme to the names for this litter, partly because I was going to be getting one...

Volcano Eruption Makes for an Epic Wedding Photo

Volcano Eruption Makes for an Epic Wedding Photo A photojournalist in the Philippines stumbled upon a newlywed couple while covering the Mayon volcano eruption last week. What resulted was an epic (and completely unplanned) wedding photo at the moment the volcano erupted. Bangkok-based photographer Jack Kurtz arrived in the Philippines on January 20th to cover the eruption for ZUMA Press. After five days of shooting intense subjects, including people in evacuation centers, he decided to take a “personal day” to run some errands and shoot some photos for himself. At about 4:30pm, he drove a few kilometers to a nearby church to...

Ep. 259: Will the Sony a7 III Cause You to Jump Ship? – and more

Ep. 259: Will the Sony a7 III Cause You to Jump Ship? – and more  Episode 259 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: Photographer and educator, Jerry Ghionis In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Show Opener: Photographer and educator, Jerry Ghionis opens the show. Thanks Jerry! Sponsors: – Get FreshBooks cloud accounting FREE for 30 DAYS by entering PetaPixel in the “How...

Sony’s Camera Firmware Updater is a Major Security Risk, Expert Warns

Sony’s Camera Firmware Updater is a Major Security Risk, Expert Warns If you use Sony cameras, here’s something you should be aware of: a computer security expert is warning that Sony’s camera firmware update process has serious security risks that could put your computer and data in danger. Photography and software expert Lloyd Chambers of diglloyd first reported on the issue back in October 2017. Chambers says that while companies like Nikon and Canon use safe in-camera firmware update processes, Sony uses a desktop-based updater that requires “administrative root access” to function — when given these permissions to your...
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