Posts Published in February 2010

Recycled Slide Film Lamp Shade

If you have slides you’re planning on throwing away, why not upcycle them into a unique lamp shade? New York based artist and design Sabina Batelman did just that with hers.

Batelman tells us:

I was into slide photography some time ago and ended up with all these cutting room floor slides that were hard to throw away. Happily, the idea of the lampshade sort of came to me without much thought. Seemed like the most logical thing to do with them. Slides. Light. Need lampshade.

I used a few coats of thin green and brown acrylic paint. Though I’m experimenting now with thicker acrylics to eliminate the need for multiple coats. Keeping the paint off the images was a bit of pain at first, but I eventually got better at it. I bought a bunch of metal rings from the jewelry making department at Michael’s and used a power drill to make the holes. The frame is from a junky $2 lampshade bought from a local thrift store. I cut the shade off and hung the linked slides on. Pretty simple. A bit tedious, but quite therapeutic.

Making another one now. Have a lot of slides. Need more lampshades.

Our Facebook Now Open to Your Content

Our Facebook page has been pretty popular since we started it months back. Up to this point, we’ve only been showing PetaPixel articles as entries on the page wall. We’re now opening up the wall for all of you to submit and share your own content with the PetaPixel community. Have a photograph you’d like seen? We’d like to see it! Have a link you’d like to share? Feel free to post it! If you have any questions regarding photography, you could ask on the wall as well. Of course, you can always set the filter to only show PetaPixel entries if you’d like.

We look forward to seeing all your awesome content! You can visit and become a fan of our Facebook Page here.

Hasselblad Countdown Hits Zero

For the past month or so Hasselblad has had a cryptic countdown on their website. The countdown reached zero today, and Hasselblad announced the H4D-40, a camera the company claims will bring “ultimate image quality to an entirely new generation of photographers”. Since medium format digital cameras have been around for quite a while now, we’re hoping this means a significant drop in price. However, at the bottom of the countdown page, there’s the message “Hasselblad Medium Format DSLRs start at 11,995 EUR”. Hmmm…

As easy to use as any 35mm camera and featuring a 40 Megapixel Medium Format sensor, our easy to use new Phocus 2.0 software, and the new True Focus AF, the H4D-40 provides the perfect entry point into the Hasselblad world. The H4D-40 gives you full access to the entire Hasselblad system of software, lenses, and features and has been designed to meet the needs of the most demanding high-end commercial photographers – and yours.

The camera will launch in 50 cities across the world on February 10th. What do you think the price is going to be? Will medium format digital photography finally be made affordable for (semi-rich) amateurs?

Sights of Wispy Skies and Seas

We came across some work by Maciej Leszczynski the other day, and wanted to share it with all of you. We’ll let the photographs speak for themselves.

Leszczynski tells us,

Born 1986, I’m Polish, actually live in Sopot at Baltic coast. I’m biologist and self-taught photographer. I specialize in black & white photography, but sometimes I love capture in color as well. I’m trying to create simple, peace, balanced images where pure form, harmony and composition are essential. To achieve these I’m frequently using long exposure technique.

Visit his website to see more of his work.

Double Check Your Lenticular Photographs

Some weeks ago I was walking around in Emeryville (where Pixar is based) and came across a store window with a lenticular display (when the image changes depending on your angle). What caught my attention was how disfigured the model in the advertisement was from my angle, since I was seeing half a face from two different images. The above image probably isn’t what you want potential customers to see when advertising a beauty product.

Build Your Photo Business with Nickels

Here’s an idea for those of you who are looking for photography clients of any kind: Offer portraits and other kinds of photographs at your local farmers market for a nickel.

In the above video by Michael Hanson for the NYTimes, architect John Morefield describes how he offers architecture advice at his local farmers market for a nickel. While a whole day of doing this might net less than a dollar, Hanson found 100% of his work for a year using this creative way to connect with potential clients.

Photographers might be able to do the same thing. Why not set up a booth in your local farmers market and offer portraits or photography help/advice for 5 cents? You could take down email addresses, pass out business cards, and later email photographs to your nickel “clients”. If 5 cents would create too much work in terms of emailing photographs, you could increase the price or tweak the strategy to your liking.

(via A Photo Editor)

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