Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently took some time out of his incredibly busy schedule to warm our hearts and give a talented, chronically ill fan of his the birthday surprise of his life. Read more…
PetaPixel turns four years old today. As the blog continues to grow at a healthy clip, we’re slowly looking to expand our team of writers. Just last week we decided to open up applications to anyone interested in working for PetaPixel as a blogger. We received hundreds of applications that came in at a rate of about one per minute.
Needless to say, you’ll likely be seeing some new faces ’round these parts in the coming days. We’re planning to fill in various positions with talented writers and photographers who are passionate about spreading the joy of photography across the world (wide web).
Here’s a big thank you to all of you who read PetaPixel — your support and visits keep this site going, and we can’t wait to spend another year sharing everything that’s awesome in the world of photography with you!
PetaPixel is now a three-year-old blog. Our readership has continued to grow at a healthy rate over the past year, and recently we even added our first full time writer, DL Cade (if you follow this blog regularly then you’ve already seen plenty of his work). We’ve had a blast bringing you all the most interesting tidbits from the world of photography on a daily basis.
We’ve been thinking of having a meetup in real life for anyone and everyone interested in cameras and photography. Possible locations include NorCal, SoCal, and NYC. If you’re located in any of these places — or elsewhere — and would be interested in attending such a thing, please let us know in the comments! We’d like to gauge our readers’ interest in this kind of thing.
To all you awesome readers out there: thanks a bazillion for visiting this site, for commenting, and for sharing it with your friends!
This past Saturday marked the centennial of French photographer Robert Doisneau, and Google celebrated with a creative photo doodle on its home page. Doisneau is considered one of the fathers of photojournalism and street photography, alongside fellow French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
If you want an extra personal touch at birthday parties, you can turn portraits of the birthday boy or girl into picture perfect party hats! Simply print out a portrait using a special template, turn it into a cone, add some fringe, and you’re done. Eden over at Sugar and Charm has the low down.
The next time you’re planning a birthday party for someone who loves photography, try making a giant camera piñata using cardboard and paper-mache. You can fill it with candy and treats, or take your photo-geekness to the next level by filling it with photography-related gifts and accessories.
Color photography was born on this day 150 years ago in 1861 when Scottish physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell and photographer Thomas Sutton — inventor of the SLR camera — shot the above photograph of a colored ribbon.
[...] Maxwell proposed that if three black-and-white photographs of a scene were taken through red, green and violet filters, and transparent prints of the images were projected onto a screen using three projectors equipped with similar filters, when superimposed on the screen the result would be perceived by the human eye as a complete reproduction of all the colours in the scene.
During an 1861 Royal Institution lecture on colour theory, Maxwell presented the world’s first demonstration of colour photography by this principle of three-colour analysis and synthesis, the basis of nearly all subsequent photochemical and electronic methods of colour photography. Thomas Sutton, inventor of the single-lens reflex camera, did the actual picture-taking. He photographed a tartan ribbon three times, through red, green and blue filters. [...] Because Sutton’s photographic plates were in fact insensitive to red and barely sensitive to green, the results of this pioneering experiment were far from perfect. [#]
Thus began modern color theory and the fundamentals behind how your DSLR captures color.
(via Popular Photography)
PetaPixel turns two today. I won’t bore you with statistics like I did last year, since those are shared at the end of each calendar year, but our readership continues to grow at a pretty healthy clip. This marks the end of my first year of publishing PetaPixel as my full time job — I haven’t really used my computer science education at all, but I would take blogging about photography over a programming job any day!
You haven’t heard much from Jessica Lum this last year because she’s been loaded with work since entering Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. You might be seeing her around again once she graduates from the program next May, but best of luck to her as she finishes the final year of her program.
So far PetaPixel has remained pretty much a one-man operation. As we continue to grow, we might be looking to add more writers and expand our content in different ways, but that’ll probably be in the semi-distant future.
I hope you’ve been enjoying our content so far, and that you’ll keep visiting as we continue in our mission to publish photography-related awesomeness for all the photography-lovers of the world. Thanks so much for reading, commenting, retweeting, liking, and everything else that you do!
Here’s a neat birthday card idea for the Polaroid or photography lovers in your life: make a hand-drawn Polaroid camera spit out a real instant photo! Kayla Davis received this card from her friend Chrissie for her 19th birthday.
Do I have the most awesome friend or what? My friend Chrissie made me this birthday card. It’s one of the coolest cards I’ve ever gotten!
If you’re ambitious, try taking it to the next level by making the card a “pop-up” card that has a 3D camera. That would be something.
Image credit: Photo by Kayla Davis and used with permission