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Silhouettes of a Hiking Family Inside a Rising Full Moon – Photography Article

Photographer and filmmaker Jesse Watson made this beautiful 3-minute short film that shows the silhouettes of a hiking family framed within the rising full moon.Watson shot the film on August 14th, in Yuma, Arizona using a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K with a 600mm lens. His camera and tripod were positioned between his truck doors to block out wind, and he used weights on the tripod to minimize movement while shooting with the telephoto lens. The shoot was planned using…

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Landscape Photography with an Old $79 Camera from 2007 – Photography Article

Photographer Toma Bonciu of Photo Tom recently decided to experiment with doing landscape photography with an outdated digital camera. He bought a Canon PowerShot S5 IS from 2007 for $79 from Amazon and took it out into the great outdoors to see what he could get.The 8-megapixel camera only shoots JPEGs and has a focal length of 36-432mm (in 35mm terms). It does have full manual shooting, though, so that’s handy for photographers wanting more control. “The question is, will…

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Meet Henry Diltz, The Official Photographer at Woodstock – Photography Article

Henry Diltz was the official photographer at the legendary Woodstock music festival back in August 1969. Here’s a 6-minute video by Keeper in which Diltz tells the story of how it all happened (note: there’s a bit of nudity).Diltz says he got the gig after an acquaintance, lighting director E.H. Beresford “Chip” Monck, suggested the photographer to Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang. The festival sent Diltz $500 — about $3,500 in today’s money — and an airline ticket to get him…

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This Photographer’s Passport Photo Shoots Are… Different – Photography Article

Photographer Max Siedentopf has a new project that examines one of the most boring types of photography: the passport photo. The series shows that even though passport photos need to be boring, the photo shoots themselves don’t.Official passport photo requirements are extremely restrictive and specify the exact framing (centered with the subject facing straight on), lighting (a clear background with no shadow), and facial expression (no smiling). “It seems almost impossible for any kind of self-expression,” Siedentopf says. His project,…

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This Photo of Saturn Was Shot from a Backyard with a Red Filter – Photography Article

Did you know that you can capture clearer photos of planets by using a red filter? Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured this view of Saturn from his backyard in Sacramento by doing just that.“By putting a red filter over a camera, you can reduce the effects of Rayleigh scattering on an image, giving you crystal clear views of planets,” McCarthy writes. Here’s a side-by-side comparison the photographer made between the same view captured with blue and red filters “to show how…

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Watch a Shark Breach a Diver’s Cage in this Viral Video from 2016 – Photography Article

A crazy video from 2016 is making the rounds again today after photographers started sharing it on social media. The video, which was captured three years ago off the coast of Mexico, shows the crazy moment when a Great White shark accidentally breached a diving cage … while the diver/photographer was still inside. The video was captured by the father of Gabe and Garrett, stars of a kids YouTube channel with 1.7M subscribers. When it was first uploaded in 2016,…

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Watch Two Tiny Owls Discover and Take Out a Wildlife Camera – Photography Article

The UK’s Hawk Conservancy Trust recently earned quite a bit of attention for their cause when a pair of Burrowing Owls they were trying to document discovered their hidden camera. The resulting video, which shows the owls “taking out” the camera, makes for a humorous entry in the battle of man vs beast. The video was originally posted to the Hawk Conservancy’s Twitter account a couple of weeks ago, in a tweet that said the owls had immediately found the…

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Capturing One of the Most Unique and Interesting Buildings in the World – Photography Article

I recently had the chance to photograph one of the most interesting and unique buildings in the world. It’s called the Goetheanum, and I’m betting most people have never seen anything like it. Most of the pictures we see on a daily basis on Instagram or other social media platforms are very repetitive. The Goetheanum is certainly not that. The Goetheanum is the world center for the anthroposophical movement, located in Dornach, Switzerland. The building was designed by Rudolf Steiner…

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These Useful Charts Help You Avoid the Crowds at US National Parks – Photography Article

Designer and engineer Jordan Vincent has created a set of data visualizations (read: creative infographics) that landscape photographers might find invaluable. Using visitor data from all of the most popular US National Parks, he was able to plot attendance by type of lodging, time of year, and average temperature. He created these visualizations for 54 National Parks—including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon and many more—using data that spanned from 2013 to 2019. Each chart plots the number of Lodging, RV,…

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Comparing Three of the Most Popular Medium Format Color Films – Photography Article

If you’re just getting started with medium format film photography, NYC-based photographer and YouTuber Willem Verbeeck created a useful comparison video that may help you decide on your first 120 film purchase. In the video, Verbeeck compares three of the most popular 120-format color film options currently on the market: Kodak Portra 400, Fujicolor Pro 400H, and Lomography 400. All three will cost you between $6 and $8 per roll of 16 exposures—$19 for a 3-pack of Lomography 400, $35…

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These Time Slice Composites Show the Life of a Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

Photographer Dan Marker-Moore climbed to a remote mountain top in South America to capture the 2019 total solar eclipse back on July 2nd. He then took the photos of the progression and turned them into beautiful “time slice” composites.Here are the five composites Marker-Moore, a Sony Alpha Imaging Collective member, created: This last composite contains 425 photos of the Sun. All the Sun photos were shot over the course of three hours using a Sony a7R III and a Sony…

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Photography Newbies Try Using the $52,000 150MP Phase One XF IQ4 – Photography Article

What happens when you put a $52,000, 150MP medium format monster of a camera into the hands of complete newbies? The folks at Gear Patrol wanted to find out. So they got some of the non-photographers on their staff to come in and try out the Phase One XF IQ4 before telling them just how expensive the camera really is. The setup was pretty straight forward. Deputy photo editor Henry Phillips put a radio trigger on the IQ4 and tethered…

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Watch a Photoshop Pro Teach His Mom to Edit Photos – Photography Article

Photoshop expert and photo editing teacher Aaron Nace just took on his most inexperienced pupil yet: his mom. In a special episode of Phlearn, Aaron sat down with his mom to teach her how to edit some of his childhood photos in Photoshop. The result is both entertaining and, if you’re a rote beginner like Mrs. Nace, a great intro to photo editing. When we say “rote beginner,” we’re not exaggerating. Despite her son’s reputation as a Photoshop expert, Mrs.…

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits – Photography Article

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup. Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind…

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Then-and-Now Photos of Communist Berlin – Photography Article

To mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we revisited the precise locations of 14 memorable photos taken when half of the city lay behind the Iron Curtain.The Reichstag in 1962, as seen from behind a ragged barbed-wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall. Before the barrier’s construction in 1961, some 3.5 million people — 20 percent of the population of Soviet-administered East Germany — had fled West. Photo: Fortepan/Gyula Nagy Photo by Amos Chapple/RFE/RL A…

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Shooting the Milky Way on Vacation in Tuscany – Photography Article

Arlington, Texas, was long in the lead to become my family’s vacation destination this summer. But sometime in May, we decided that we wanted to revisit Italy. Last time we didn’t make it to Tuscany, so there was no doubt that it would be the area to stay and explore.Some friends had recommended agroturismos, that is, wine farms. Initially, I had my strong doubts about staying at a farm of some sort, but when it struck me that it was…

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A Photo Essay by W. Eugene Smith – Photography Article

I’m Martin from the All About Street Photography channel. In this 6-minute video and article, I am going to talk about the photo essay “Country Doctor” by W. Eugene Smith. We’ll be taking a closer look at the story behind some photographs.First, if you are not familiar with W. Eugene Smith, make sure to check out this previous video I made about his life and photography. In 1948, Life magazine commissioned Smith to spend 23 days with Dr. Ernest Ceriani…

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Inside the Mind of a Self-Portrait Landscape Photographer – Photography Article

Lizzy Gadd is a self-portrait landscape photographer. After finding awe-inspiring outdoor locations, Gadd steps into the frame and becomes a human element against a backdrop of wilderness. Smugmug Films just released this 7.5-minute short film that takes us into Gadd’s mind and work. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Gadd first got into photography at the age of 12 when her dad brought home a small digital camera. Since then, she has built up an impressive body of work showing locations around…

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Photographer 3D Printed a 300mm Extension Tube for 5X Macro Photos – Photography Article

Photographer Nicholas Sherlock—whose impressive 3D-printed DIY creations have appeared on PetaPixel before—is at it again. This time, he’s created a fully-functional 300mm extension tube, complete with contacts for aperture control and autofocus, so that he can go out and shoot insane 5x macro photos. Important to note up front that this isn’t just some hollow tube that attaches to a camera on one end and a lens on the other. It’s way more complicated than that. “Since Canon cameras control…

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People Look Frozen in This Super Slow Mo Shot at 960fps with a Phone – Photography Article

While traveling through the streets of New York City, filmmaker Glen Vivaris pulled out his smartphone and shot footage at 960 frames per second out the car window. He then created this 2-minute video that makes the New Yorkers on sidewalks look like they’re frozen in time.“The car was actually moving really fast in comparison to the people,” Vivaris writes. “If you were to play it normal speed, the car just zips by in a split second. It’s similar to…

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Grueling Lifestyle Shoot on an Active Volcano in Ethiopia – Photography Article

Photographer Joey L. is known for pushing himself to capture stunning imagery. From his documentary work on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS, to A-list celebrity and commercial work, he never shies away from a physical or creative challenge. His most recent commercial shoot was both. The ad campaign featured the ZAAF Collection, a premium lifestyle brand created by Joey’s friend and personal hero Abai Schulze, and whose bags are made entirely in Africa. For this special campaign, Schulze…

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A Photo for Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary – Photography Article

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of incorporating the moon into photos whenever possible. And so, with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, I was excited by the possibility to shoot something special for the occasion: Putting a man “on” the moon. The man here is Ty Johnson, a paramotor pilot, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As NASA will tell you, getting a man to the moon is harder than it looks. This is how we…

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Sony a7R III vs a7R IV Image Quality Comparison – Photography Article

How much of a difference can an extra 19MP and a newly-designed really make? Apparently, quite a bit, as you can see in this quick side-by-side comparison of JPEGs shot on the 42MP Sony a7R III and the newly released 61MP Sony a7R IV. The short comparison was created by Tony & Chelsea Northrup, who were at the announcement event in New York yesterday and were able to start testing the new full-frame mirrorless camera right away. The duo shared…

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This is the World’s First Solargraphy Timelapse – Photography Article

Solargraphy is a technique for photographing the sun’s path through the sky by using a pinhole camera to expose photographic paper for anywhere from a few hours to over a year. Photographer Sam Cornwell has created what he believes is the world’s first solargraphy timelapse. Cornwell is the founder of Solarcan, a unique can pinhole camera that makes it easy for anyone to shoot solargraphs without having to create the pinhole camera themselves. A “matrix” of 27 Solarcan cameras were…

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Building Hyper Realistic Photography Sets Underwater – Photography Article

Being an Underwater Photographer I’ve always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it’s just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I’d set myself quite a while ago. Having been a primarily traveling photographer meant that I didn’t have a proper studio in which to experiment, but that all changed last year when I built my own Underwater Studio at my home in Long Beach, California.…

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One Photographer’s War In Ukraine – Photography Article

Andriy Dubchak is one of the only photojournalists to have covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine from its beginning. In this article, he shares deeply personal memories from the front lines. “His name was Eduard Yuriyevich Fedorov, a Ukrainian marine. I took this photo in March 2018 as he escorted me from a frontline position near Mariupol. He said, ‘Give me a couple of photos, as mementos.’ On June 27 he was hit by an enemy bullet. For five days,…

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This is a Drone Hyperlapse of the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

Photographer and astronomer Matt Robinson was in Chile for the only total solar eclipse of 2019 on July 2nd, and he managed to capture the total eclipse in a drone hyperlapse. Robinson shot the imagery with the Hyperlapse setting on his DJI Mavic Pro 2. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I didn’t want to use it manually because I wanted to watch what was my first-ever eclipse,” Robinson tells PetaPixel. “Around 10 minutes before totality,…

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Shooting High-Res Thermal Photos of Iceland to Show Nature at Work – Photography Article

A computer vision engineer by day and photographer by night, I never take the path most traveled, especially when it comes to imaging technology. Thermal cameras are one of the most interesting types of cameras, and while they are widely used in industrial, scientific, and military applications, they are largely untouched and unknown to the general public. Thermal cameras aren’t your average infrared camera, which sees light in the 0.8-1.7 micron range of wavelengths, depending on the sensor technology. On…

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Winners of the 10th Annual Audubon Photography Awards Revealed – Photography Article

The National Audubon Society has revealed the winners of its 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards: a competition that showcases the most incredible bird photography from across North America. The 2019 winners were selected from over 2,253 entrants who submitted from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. In addition to awarding a grand prize, professional prize, amateur prize, and youth prize, the judges of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards introduced two new categories: the Plants for…

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Does Sensor Size Affect Depth of Field: The Definitive Answer – Photography Article

In this video, I’m going to put to rest this question once and for all: does sensor size affect depth of field? I’ll be physically taking pictures with a full-frame camera and a Micro 4/3 camera, and showing you the visual difference in a range of aperture settings. There are lots of theories and opinions on this but here is the definitive answer. See for yourself and let us know what you think. Is there a difference in sensor sizes…

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