Posts Published in August 2013

Breathtaking Photo of Venus Crossing the Sun During Last Year’s Transit

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Last June, something happened that won’t be happening again until the year 2117: Venus eclipsed the Sun. Of course, seeing as Venus is both small and far away from us, the event wasn’t an actual eclipse, but rather a “transit.” The small dot that is Venus made its way across the Sun for the second time in 8 years and the last time for more than a century.

A lot of photos and time-lapses came out of that event — a couple of which we shared with you here — but this one has to be one of the most incredible we’ve run across. Read more…

Photographer Reveals Why He Left Digital Behind to Study Alternative Processes

For all intents and purposes, photographer Nick Brandreth was already doing very well as a photographer when he decided to go apprentice at the George Eastman House.

He had already had his work featured in the likes of the Wall Street Journal, but something had been missing ever since he stated shooting digital … something he only really re-discovered when he dove into alternative processes. Read more…

DIY: Transform an Old Film Canister Into a Tiny Flashlight for Your Camera Bag

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Here’s a good weekend project for those of you who have some old film canisters lying around, and a bit of DIY know-how up your sleeves. Those old film canisters done need to go to waste, with a little work you can turn them into tiny portable flashlights. Read more…

Photographer Bends Flames to His Will in ‘Smoke & Fire’ Photo Series

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San Francisco-based photographer Rob Prideaux spends most of his time taking product shots and still-lifes for companies such as Google and Wells Fargo. His recent Smoke & Fire series, therefore, is a pretty big departure from the norm. Read more…

Texas’ Improper Photography Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

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There’s a legal battle currently raging in the state of Texas that concerns photography. More specifically, it concerns improper photography — defined as photographing another person without their consent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of another person — which was illegal until the state’s Fourth Court of Appeals declared the statute prohibiting it unconstitutional. Read more…

Fear and Self-Loathing in Photography

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About twelve months ago, PetaPixel very kindly published my article “The Vital Link Between Emotions and Creativity in Photography.” Well, it’s one year later and I’m back to tell you how I over came my “Photographers block” and share a few key lessons that I have learned along the way. Read more…

More Sony Lens Cam Photos and Details Leaked, Announcement on Tuesday

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It looks like we don’t have much longer to wait until the QX10 and QX100 Sony ‘lens cameras’ actually make their official debut. And just in time for the rumored announcement on Tuesday, we’ve got ourselves some more specs and photos of the groundbreaking system to share with you. Read more…

Beauty and Destruction: A Time-Lapse of the Yosemite Rim Fire

If you’ve been following the U.S. Interior Department on Instagram (like we suggested some time ago) you probably saw the 15 second time-lapse clip of the Yosemite Rim Fire that the department put up yesterday afternoon. Read more…

The Living Tin: Making Movies Using Only Collodion Tintype Photography

If you don’t really think about it, it’s easy to take video for granted. After all, you can pull out your cell phone and be recording video in a few seconds flat (even fewer if you have Pressy). But what if you were limited to older photographic techniques? No, we don’t mean film, we mean wet plate photography.

Capturing even a 12fps animation for only a few seconds would seem an enormous task, and yet, that’s exactly what director Kellam Clark and his 40-person crew — altogether The Living Tin — are doing. They’re shooting video made entirely of collodion tintypes. Read more…

Music Festival Bans Photography, Asks Attendees to do the Enforcing

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There have been several stories lately of musicians banning photography and asking fans to keep their cell phones in their pockets and enjoy the show. Most recently, Prince’s “purple rules” had security guards at The City Winery in NYC snatching phones in mid-air and kicking people out.

The Unsound music festival taking a larger scale (though less aggressive) approach: festival organizers have banned photography and filming festival-wide, and are asking that festival attendees be the ones to do the enforcing. Read more…