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13 Mind-Bending Thoughts About Photography

Photographer Matthew Rycroft put together this video containing 13 strange, random, and mind-bending “facts” about photography. These are short and seemingly obvious statements that may make you stop and think.
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Seascapes: Ocean Waves Photographed to Look Like Mountain Ranges

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Many photographers capture close-up photos of ocean waves, but photographer Ray Collins has a portfolio of wave shots that stands out. His images of “Seascapes” show waves frozen in time, captured to look like vast mountainous landscapes of solid rock and ice.
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Taking Pictures: A Cute Animated Short About Love and Photography

Animator and photography enthusiast Simon Taylor created this short animated film titled “Taking Pictures.” It’s a cute little story of two photographers who meet while taking pictures in a park and connect over their love for photography. You can find a behind-the-scene video showing how one particular scene was created here.

Don’t Let the Fear of Failure Cripple Your Growth as a Photographer

Here are some encouraging words from photographer and educator Mike Browne, who talks about one of the biggest obstacles some photographers face: the feature of failure and getting it “wrong.”

“Many photographers don’t get into action because they are afraid they might get it wrong,” Browne writes. “Instead they do endless research, read, watch videos and tell themselves they just need to know a little more before they attempt it themselves. To master photography or anything else in life there is some knowledge needed – and a lot of practice and experimentation.”

Humor: That Annoying ‘Take Another Photo!’ Girl You Always Get in Group Portraits

You know that girl in group photos who always wants to see the photo you capture and is never satisfied with the way she turns out? The short sketch above is an exaggerated tongue-in-cheek sketch about what “Take Another Photo girl” sounds like to photographers.
“Weird” humor channel CH2, which made the video, writes: “That’s what you sound like. Stop asking.”

(via CH2 via Reddit)

Future Camera Bag Essential: Night Vision Eyedrops?

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If you’re a photographer who often shoots in very dark environments, would you want night vision eyedrops to help you see better without artificial illumination? It sounds like science fiction, but we’re actually getting closer to having it be possible as an item for camera bags.

A team of “biohackers” have announced that they’ve figured out how to enhance human night vision by dripping a chemical onto eyeballs.
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How to Do Cinematic Color Grading on Your Photos with Photoshop

Want to give your photographs a “Hollywood movie” look? Here’s a fantastic 25-minute tutorial on how to do cinematic color grading on your photographs using Photoshop. The technique involves using the Curves tool to create a teal-orange look, a color scheme that is very prevalent in movies released in recent years.

Photoshop Training Channel writes: “This effect gives the dark shades of your image a cool teal tone, while the light shades take a warm orange look. This makes the actor stand out since the colors are complementary and create a ‘pop’ when put side by side.”

(via Photoshop Training Channel via Reddit)

Arkansas Passes Privacy Bill That Could Kill Street Photography

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Prominent photography groups are sounding the alarm about a new bill that was just passed by the Arkansas Senate. SB-79, the “Personal Rights Protection Act,” would require photographers to get written consent from a stranger to feature their likeness in a photograph for most purposes.

The law could have a huge implication on street photography, whose practitioners thrive on the ability to capture life and people on camera without having to constantly stop and ask for releases from the subjects.
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An Imaginary Conversation Between Two Masters of Painting

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We often get too set in our ways and our conversation remains in the same context, which can blind us to seeing the pitfalls we create for ourselves. In general, using other photographers’ aesthetics, judgements, and sensibilities should make us think twice, thrice, … Yet, in the rush of creating the next “noticeable” image on the Web, we use presets, filters, brushes, and a whole lot of them without thinking twice.
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Instagram Censors Photo of Fully Clothed Woman on Period, Causes Uproar

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Instagram sparked controversy this week after deleting this photograph of a woman lying on a bed with menstruation blood seen on her clothing and on her sheets. She’s now demanding to know why other more graphic or risqué photos are allowed on the service while images of a fully clothed woman on her period are not.
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