Articles Written by DL Cade

A Partial Solar Eclipse this Thursday Will Turn the Sunset Into Pac-Man for the US

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Less than a month after the total lunar eclipse and blood moon made for some spectacular shooting opportunities all across the US and Asia, the cosmos is treating us to another eclipse. This one, the final eclipse of 2014, will be a partial solar eclipse that will be enjoyed by pretty much everybody in the United States. Read more…

Halloween Tutorial: How to Carve a Realistic Looking Jack O’ Lantern in Photoshop

Love carving Jack O’ Lanterns? Hate the mess? No problem. We are photographers after all, which means we don’t need to actually go out and DO things like this… we can just ‘fix it in post.’ Jokes aside, this short and simple tutorial will show you how to carve a simple Jack O’ Lantern entirely inside of Photoshop.

No seeds, no sharp objects, no mess, just a bit of digital trickery. Read more…

This Free App Uses Your Smartphone’s Camera to Do Your Math Homework for You

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Your smartphone’s camera might fall short of the typical DSLR in just about every respect, but there is one thing it now do that not even your ultra-portable mirrorless camera can handle: your math homework.

No, we’re not talking about shutting down the camera and opening your calculator app, what we’re talking about is PhotoMath, a new app from MicroBLINK that uses your smartphone camera to solve equations for you. Read more…

Portraits of American Same-Sex Couples from the 1980s at Home with Themselves

Bill and Ric, with Ric's daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987.

Bill and Ric, with Ric’s daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987.

At the height of AIDS hysteria in the 1980s, when some people still wondered if the disease could be passed to others through day-to-day contact, photographer Sage Sohier was going into same-sex couples’ homes and photographing them for a series and photo book that came to be known as At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.

The project captured an intimate portrait of the gay community that was at odds with the headlines of the day, and made all the more poignant by the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic against which it was created. Read more…

external Have You Started Shooting Yet? A Longterm Project is Finally Complete —Nat Geo | PROOF

At eight years from original proposal to final publication in the November issue, the project should hold the all-time record for the longest time on the schedule at the magazine.

Now don’t blame me entirely, some things came up. I’ve been pulled away for at least six other stories deemed by the editors to be more important. Still, in an attempt to understand why it took so long, I retraced the last eight years in emails from Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist. What follows is a very one-sided account, edited for brevity and to make me look good.

 
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The Singh Project: Portraits that Show the Diversity of Sikh Men

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Traditional Sikh men are immediately identifiable by their characteristic beards and turbans, but that doesn’t mean that each Sikh man is the same. With over 30 million Sikhs in the world, there is an incredible amount of diversity within the community, and the Singh portrait project by London-based photographers Amit and Naroop is all about highlighting the diversity of these men who all share a common faith. Read more…

Video of the Aurora Borealis in Real Time Shot on the Sony A7s at ISO 25600 with No Noise Reduction

Most Aurora Borealis videos are time-lapses, because cranking the ISO high enough for bright real-time video would normally result in a noisy mess. That, however, was before cameras like the Sony A7s came along. Read more…

Flickr Responds to XKCD Challenge with Site that Tells You if Your Picture Has a Park or Bird in It

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It might not be the most useful website ever designed, but Flickr’s new Park or Bird microsite serves a purpose: namely, it’s the Flickr Vision team’s response to a challenge by the popular webcomic XKCD. Read more…

external Why We Take Pictures —The Huffington Post

“Why do you take pictures?” It’s a loaded question that I get asked all the time and there’s definitely more than one answer. My first camera was a purple Le Clic that my parents gave me on my 12th birthday. I dangled it from my wrist like a tiny box that held all of my prized possessions and secrets. That’s what a camera was for me – a diary of sorts that captured everything from my bare feet in the grass to my sister’s favorite toy sitting on her bed to my mother’s briefcase in its usual spot in the dining room. I took pictures because I loved it and at the time it was that simple.

 
Oct 20, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Moving ‘Touchable Memories’ Project Makes Photos Tangible for People Without Vision

Spanish creative agency Lola recently started a moving 3D printer project titled Touchable Memories. The goal: to let those who are blind or nearly blind ‘see’ some of their most cherished photographs once more.

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