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How to Shoot a Day-vs-Night Photo in a Single Exposure – Photography Article

Here’s a creative technique to add to your bag of tricks. In this 9.5-minute video, we’ll show you from start to finish how we took an ordinary scene and turned it into to go from day to night in one single exposure, in-camera.Full disclosure: We want to thank Profoto for sponsoring this video and making it possible to create these incredible pieces of free education for photographers worldwide. Before we jump into this tutorial, I want to mention the source…

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This Crazy Camera Rig Spins a Phantom Camera at 150RPM – Photography Article

Steve Giralt is a photographer and “visual engineer” who uses wild-looking camera rigs to capture eye-popping shots seen in ads. His latest project involved a large, heavy camera rig that spins a Phantom VEO 4K high-speed camera around a tabletop subject at 150 rotations per minute.The camera reaches linear speeds of 32 miles per hour (~52km/h) with 23G of force. Here’s a 2-minute behind-the-scenes video that shows the rig being built over 50 hours, it in action, and some resulting…

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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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What I Learned from Capturing My First Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

Last week I made the long trip from the UK to Chile in the hopes of capturing my first total solar eclipse. I had experienced a cloudy total solar eclipse from the UK in 1999 but back then I was just 9 years old and certainly no photographer. Now that I’m apparently a professional landscape astrophotographer, a total solar eclipse was a gaping hole in my portfolio. Total solar eclipses are of course a rare event. They occur once every…

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How I Shot an ‘Impossible Photo’ of an Apollo Launch in 1967 – Photography Article

They said it couldn’t be done, that I was wasting my time, that it was impossible to take a time exposure photo of a daytime missile launch… in color… directly into a Florida sunrise… from ten miles away. If anybody would know, Arch Smith would. Arch had first conceived the idea of making a time exposure of a daytime missile launch during the Gemini program. He ran the photo department at Martin Marietta’s Canaveral Division, and he happened to have…

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Creating a Photo of a Person Stealing Stars from the Night Sky – Photography Article

For his latest piece, titled “Stellantis,” surreal photography artist Erik Johansson set out to create a photo of someone stealing stars from the night sky. “I thought it would be nice if [it were] done with the help of an everyday object that we all can relate to,” Johansson writes. He eventually settled on the idea of the model holding a giant pair of tweezers. Here’s the concept sketch Johansson came up with: The photographer then set out to try…

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How to Shoot Speaker Paint Splash Photos – Photography Article

Photographer Steve Kazemir made this 4-minute video showing how he shoots beautiful photos of paint splashes frozen in time using an old speaker in his garage. A photo of Kazemir’s garage setup. Kazemir stretched a black trash bag over the speaker to protect it and plays sound from a tablet through it at max volume. Dripping “dollar store” acrylic paint onto the trash bag, Kazemir uses a sound trigger to trip his camera and two off-camera flashes when audio causes…

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I Photograph Birds in My Backyard by Setting Up Stages – Photography Article

Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions. In particular, a judge criticized a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt. A not-very-natural natural…

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