Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

Photographer Seeks to Redefine ‘Beauty’ Through Photos of Genetic Diversity

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For many years, Rick Guidotti was a jet-setting fashion photographer. When he stepped into the studio in Milan, Paris or New York, he was instantly in charge of taking a model — already an example of what we as a society deem is beautiful — and capturing his or her best side.

But fifteen years ago, while he was doing research for a shoot he had considered doing featuring a woman with albinism, he was taken aback by the in-humane photos he found in medical textbooks. Speaking with genetic counselors, he found out that many will cover up the photos on the informational pamphlets they give parents when delivering a diagnosis. Read more…

What Averaged Face Photographs Reveal About Human Beauty

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A while back, PetaPixel posted some features about image averaging and faces. Richard Prince created a composite portrait of the 57 faces of girlfriends on Seinfeld. This led to Pat David exploring the averaging of faces with Martin Schoeller’s portraits of celebrities.

I’ve long been interested in image averaging as well; as a measure of central tendency, I like that image averaging can highlight similarities and differences across an array of seemingly equivalent images.
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A Disturbing New Instagram Trend and One Mom’s Attempt to Stop It

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A recent Washington Post article has drawn attention to a new trend that is arising among young girls on Instagram; a trend that has both parents and child safety advocates worried. The trend is Instagram beauty pageants, in which young girls submit pictures of themselves using hashtags like #beautycontest or #rateme, and subject themselves to the praise and/or ridicule of their many million Instagram peers. Read more…

Photographer Snaps the Strange Beauty of Beat-Up Baseballs

From Don Hamerman's series Baseballs.

The 2013 Major League Baseball season kicked off this past weekend to the delight of fans of the sport across the US and across the world. Photographer Don Hamerman hasn’t attended a ball game in over a decade, but he has a photo project that baseball enthusiasts may find quite interesting. It’s a series titled Baseballs that shows off the beauty and diversity of found baseballs that were discarded after their usefulness was gone.
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Dove Speaks Out Against Retouching by Releasing an Anti-Photoshop Action

Skin care company Dove is speaking out on the issue of “fake beauty” being promoted in photographs through Photoshopping. Rather than address the issue directly at first, the company decided to speak out directly to those responsible for “fake” images by doing some clever guerrilla marketing. It essentially pranked retouchers through the Web by releasing a fake Photoshop beauty Action that undoes manipulation rather than creates it.
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The Beauty of Decayed Daguerreotypes

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The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of daguerreotype photographs captured over the past two centuries. In addition to browsing the technically perfect ones that document history and people, it’s also interesting to look at metal plates that are flawed.
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Sony’s ‘Smart Skin’ Camera Can See Zits Before They Appear

We’ve all used a little bit of Photoshop magic to take care of a blemish or two when taking portraits, but Sony’s newly announced Smart Skin Evaluation Program (SSKEP) is taking on blemishes in a whole new way. The sensor technology, which was announced just a few days ago, can actually go beyond skin-deep and take a peek at blemishes that haven’t even surfaced yet.
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A Jaw-Dropping Demonstration of Beauty Retouching Done on 4K Video

Beauty retouching on still photographs of faces is both ubiquitous and controversial in some industries. You’ve likely seen your fair share of tutorials and demonstrations that show amazing feats of Photoshop, but did you know that the same ‘shops can be done on video? And not just any video, mind you: 4K video.

A Japanese company called Foton Inc. claims that it has developed a new retouching technique that can be applied to 4K video, without damaging the quality and without having to compress the video first. The above demo of the technology is astonishing.
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260,000 Photos Went Into This Stunning Timelapse of the Pacific Northwest

Photographer John Eklund spent the past year visiting various locations in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, using his camera to document the stunning beauty of places ranging from Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount St. Helens in Washington. He writes,

I am a photographer from Portland, Oregon. I want to share the beautiful NW region through my eyes with time-lapse photography. I choose to shoot locations that appeal to the way I would like to interpret the story of time. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are endless opportunities to document the magnificence of the world around us. I have discovered that when time is the storyteller, a special kind of truth emerges.

Eklund ended up shooting approximately 260,000 photographs that weighed a whopping 6.3 terabytes. His gear list included a Canon 5D Mark II, two 5D Mark IIIs, a 24mm f/1.4 II, a 16-35mm f/2.8 II, a 24-70mm f/2.8, and a couple tripods and dollies. He says that his secret to creating time-lapse videos is trial and error, having spent “hours upon hours” trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. We’d say he’s gotten it figured out. Wouldn’t you?

The Beauty of Wyoming Through the Eyes of a Cowboy Photographer

Here’s a beautiful short film by Arden Oksanen titled “Pictures of a Cowboy”. It’s about the life and work of Carl Oksanen, a cowboy-turned-photographer who documented the beauty of Wyoming through stunning landscape photographs. Prepare to be inspired.

(via Reddit)