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Video: How to Effectively Capture Realistic-Looking HDR Images

There are many of us who sigh at hearing the dreaded acronym, HDR. Oftentimes we associate it with oversaturated, cartoon-like compositions put together from half a dozen worth of frames. But that’s not the only way to approach HDR. As with everything, it’s a variable, not definitive.

In the above video, Washington DC-based photographer Tim Cooper shows off how to effectively capture an HDR image. And he does so in such a manner that it replicates what the human eye sees, without over-processing as we all too often see.

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external Things Fall Apart: Masculinity And Violence In Congo —TIME

“I think this issue is universal,” he says. “Myself, I was raised to be quite masculine – playing football, fist fighting. It took me a long time to be in touch with myself and get away from that social posturing. People talk about photography as therapy, and I know some disagree with that, but for me, this work is very therapeutic.

 
Jul 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Photo Assistant Takes a Spin in 5G Centrifuge in the Name of Awesome Portraiture

The video above is either an example of why being a big time photographer’s assistant is the best or worst job in the world, but we’ll let you make that distinction.

While on assignment for Wired UK, photographer Chris Crisman was kind enough to use his assistant Robert Luessen as a model… for a portrait taken immediately after stepping out of a ride in a 5G human centrifuge. Read more…

Video: Capture Slo-Mo Footage on the Cheap with the Casio EX-F1

Who said you have to drop big bucks to have some high-speed fun? Well, it definitely wasn’t Joey Shanks, who recently decided to show the Phantom users out there that they’re not the only ones who can do it.

To do this, Shanks rented a Casio EX-F1 high speed camera for a week. Costing him only $100, he combined its high frame-rate with a healthy dose of water and gunpowder to create some interesting high-speed footage with minimal investment. Read more…

external Will Light Field Photography Replace DSLRs? —The Next Web

At this point in the evolution of the technology there are still things that traditional cameras are great for and we think that people will keep using them. Over time we believe that in the same way that digital replaced film we feel that light field will replace digital because you’ll be able to get better pictures at a lower cost more easily.

 
Jul 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Bullet Time BTS: Using Nearly Half a Million Dollars of Canon Gear to Freeze Time

Bullet time isn’t anything new, but where most of the recent examples show how you can use relatively inexpensive phones or GoPros to create the effect, this BTS video shows how Canon helped put together a crazy bullet time photo shoots that went radically in the other direction.

By linking together 50 Canon 1D X cameras and 24-70mm F/2.8L II Lenses, Swiss Radio and TV broadcaster SRF put nearly half a million dollars of gear to work freezing time in the highest quality possible. Read more…

Google Now Passive-Aggressively Calls Out Flash Websites & Portfolios in Search Results

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Just a few years ago, Flash websites were all the rage. Now, Flash is a dying technology due to its inefficiency across the board. But, despite being less relevant than ever and incompatible amongst a plethora of devices and platforms, some photographers still insist on having a flash website to show off their work.

Thus, in an effort to ensure that the use of outdated technologies is diminished, Google is now passive-aggressively calling out Flash websites before visitors even click on the link.

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external Photog David Fleetham On Capturing Sharks. With A Wide-Angle. —Digital Trends

sharkPhotographer David Fleetham brings us daring closeups of the terrifying sea creatures we know as sharks. He explains how in this interview.

 
Jul 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Student and Photo Enthusiast Takes His Own Grad Photo, Blows Away the Standard Grad Shot

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For going on four years now, casual photographer and shop teacher Aaron Cyr‘s mom has been bugging him for a graduation photo. By this year, he was already two degrees in and about to get his third, but he just couldn’t make himself pony up for the standard, banal grad photos he saw his peers getting.

Still, you can only tell your supportive mom ‘no’ so many times, and so this year he delivered… on his own terms. Read more…

Part II: The Inverse Square Law of Light Explained in Simple Terms for Photographers

A few weeks ago we shared with you the first part of a series Karl Taylor created, explaining the inverse square law of light. That is, the intensity of light given off from a source is inversely proportional to the square distance from the source. In the video he shares a number of examples, using a model and his own setup as a demonstration. Now, he’s back with part two.

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