Posts Tagged ‘background’

Awesome Special Effects Fire Tornado Created Using Box Fans and A Metal Tub

We’ll preface this by saying that this is very dangerous and if you choose to attempt it you do so at your own risk — we don’t recommend anyone try this at home. That being said, this is also one of the coolest “backyard” special effects we’ve ever seen, and one that would make for some kick-a photography backgrounds or slow-motion video. Read more…

One Photo and Four Changed Lives

The London Evening Standard has published a fascinating article on a photograph captured by Getty photographer Oli Scarff, which shows a near-fatal stabbing that occurred during London’s Notting Hill Carnival back in August. After being published around the world, the photograph changed the lives of the subjects seen it it. The fleeing man was identified from the photo and sentenced to 4.5 years in jail, the policeman was criticized for his apparent indifference (a claim he disputes), and the man trying to trip the attacker was hailed as a hero but subsequently named as an ex-Russian police officer who was dismissed over murder allegations.

Fallout from a photograph that shocked London (via PopPhoto)


Image credit: Photograph by Getty Images/Oli Scarff

How Instagram’s Filters Came About

The Fader has published an interview with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom that reveals how Systrom first got into photography, and how the service’s now-ubiquitous filters came about:

[…] my teacher handed me this plastic Holga camera and said, “You’re going to use this and learn to deal with imperfection.” I remember developing the first roll and the feeling I got from the vignetting and the light leaks that came from the blurry plastic lens. That transformed the way I looked at photography—from trying to replicate reality into taking a scene and creating some kind of interpretation of its mood.

Instagram started as a mobile check-in app, but after creating his first filter (XProII), Systrom realized they could do more with the concept. He then began creating new looks and spending a couple hours at a time trying to mimic the look of different photos.

Oversaturated: Is Instagram’s Popularity Changing Photography? (via A Photo Editor)


Image credit: 2011.02.10 Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom by Gerard’s World

Be Mindful of the Background When Shooting a Portrait

Here’s a quick and easy tip from Scott Kelby for portraiture: reduce the number of distracting elements in the shot by positioning yourself with the background in mind. Sure it’s a simple and obvious tip, but those are usually the kind that come in handy most often.

(via ISO 1200)

The Stories Behind Photographer William Klein’s Contact Sheets

This short film, found in Contacts, Volume 1, is a fascinating video in which photographer William Klein takes us beyond his iconic images to discuss the stories revealed in his contact sheets.

The picture is taken at 1/125 of a second. What do you know of a photographer’s work? A hundred pictures? Let’s say 125. That comes out to one second. Let’s say, more like 250 photographs? That would be a rather large body of work. And that would come out to two seconds. The life of a photographer — even of a great photographer, as they say — two seconds.

It’s always awesome listening to well-known photographers talk about their work.

How to Disappear Into the Horizon

Here’s a creative self-portrait by Dutch photographer Joeri Bosma. It’s neat how the waterline on his shirt makes him look like he’s transparent.

(via Colossal)


Image credit: Photograph by Joeri Bosma and used with permission

Iconic Photo Exposed: Migrant Mother

For every iconic photograph that’s out there, there was likely a number of other photographs taken at the same time that many people probably have never seen. One such photo is Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange — an image that became one of the defining photos of the Great Depression. The woman in the photo, Florence Owens Thompson, had been travelling with her family when their car’s timing chain snapped. After setting up a temporary camp to wait while her husband and two sons went to town for repairs, Dorothea Lange drove up and spent 10 minutes capturing 6 photos.
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How to Shoot Portraits on an Infinite White Background

Here’s a quick video tutorial by Olivia Speranza teaching how to create an infinite white background.

It’s possible to build this entire setup with white fabric, and cheap halogen shop lights or household tungsten bulbs, but after you add everything together, these [compact fluorescent lights] don’t seem like such a bad deal. Especially since they won’t generate as much heat or draw excessive power that can blow out household fuses. [#]

The trick is to light your background and subject separately, exposing for your subject so that the background is slightly blown out, showing as pure white.

Infinite White Background – How To (via Fstoppers)