Using the human eye to control cameras isn’t a new idea — Canon used to offer eye-controlled focusing in its SLRs — but designer Mimi Zou‘s Iris concept camera takes the concept one step further by having the camera be entirely controlled by the eye. Shaped like a lens, the photographer uses the camera by simply looking through it. Focusing, zooming, and snapping photos are done by looking, narrowing/widening the eyes, and blinking (respectively).
Here’s a neat idea for a photo shoot: tarp surfing. This involves faking the look of surfing photographs using a giant blue tarp and a skateboarder riding across it. Have someone pull the tarp over the skateboarder and photograph him riding through the tube.
This amazing image has been going viral on the Internet, usually accompanied with the caption:
A man in Japan effectively used the solar eclipse to propose to his girlfriend.
Sadly — sorry to burst your bubble — it’s not an actual photograph, but a composite image created by combining three photographs with the iOS app Image Blender. Japanese website wacameapp has published a behind-the-scenes look at how the image was created.
(via wacameapp via Neatorama)
You can light up particles in the air for a snazzy effect. The photos in this post were done by shining a powerful focused light into the air in various weather conditions during a long exposure. You need a light source that outputs some major power to pull off the effect. I used a Coast HP21 and a 3000 lumen Stanley spotlight for these shots. The photo above was shot while it was snowing.
Photographer Cynthia Chung got engaged in October of last year and recently decided to try her hand at shooting her own engagement photographs. After traveling around with her fiancé to various places with her fiancé cameras, lenses, a tripod, and a remote, the couple spontaneously decided to try something slightly crazy:
[...] we headed back to queens to go to a local park instead to shoot a few more. On the way back, I said, “hey Jeddy… wouldn’t it be cool to shoot on the highway… all the moving cars…” Next thing we knew, we were risking our lives on the 678 trying to get a decent shot. All while cars were honking away at us. Life threatening, but a really awesome shot came from it! I definitely know I have a keeper — if he’s willing to brave standing in the middle of a highway with me just for a picture!
The sequence of shots captured were also turned into an animated GIF that shows the cars whizzing by. You can find the rest of the photos they made over on Chung’s blog.
(via Cynthia Chung via Doobybrain)
Update: As many readers have kindly pointed out, this is an incredibly risky (and illegal) stunt that you shouldn’t try to copy.
Image credit: Photograph by Cynthia Chung and used with permission
Mailers are a popular way to self-promote as a photographer, but too often the promos go directly from the mailbox to the trash can. When his studio partners suggested printed mailers a few months ago, Derek Shapton instinctively responded, “Forget it. Not doing one. Waste of money. Too bad I can’t just print some shots on Kleenex, that way they’d at least be useful on their way to the garbage…” It suddenly dawned on him that he could do just that:
The shots were conceived of and taken specifically for the tissue boxes — it was a hilarious and messy day of photos — and I consciously tried to do things a bit differently. I wanted the images to tie in conceptually with the promotion itself, which is something sadly lacking with most promo efforts, and I wanted to indulge in some careful studio lighting, something I’m not necessarily known for — you can see the full set of shots here. And last but not least, I loved the idea of an actual product, with some actual utility, that will hopefully linger for a while on people’s desks before being thrown out. Because let’s face it, that’s ultimately what’s going to happen.
Want to encourage your prospective clients to hold onto your promos? Just make them useful!
(via Planet Shapton)
Image credit: Photograph by Derek Shapton and used with permission
TrekPak is a new padded camera bag insert that does away with the annoyances of velcro by introducing a new pin system for adjusting dividers:
What makes TrekPak really unique, is that you won’t find any Velcro. When you try to adjust a normal gear bag while out in the field, you know how frustrating it can be. The Velcro sticks where you don’t want it to, is hard to pull apart, and just looks messy and cluttered. Our patent pending system uses anodized aluminum pins and durable padded dividers to offer limitless organizational options. The TrekPak pin system is much easier to adjust, very secure, and straight up, it’s slick.
They’re starting with inserts for Pelican camera bags, but are planning to release generic inserts and inserts designed for other bags as well.
Singapore-based photographer Aw Zinkie‘s photo series “Republic of Pulau Semakau” explores the idea of a trash bin being an essential part of an individual’s personal space, and a way of examining their identity. Her portraits show the subjects in their personal environments with their faced replaced by held up trash bins. The series also highlights issues of waste management in Singapore, and the fact that every individual’s trash causes them to become a “founder” of the offshore Semakau Landfill.
Photographer Mario Zanaria created this contact sheet portrait of a model named Francesca by planning out each of the frames on a roll of film.
pianosequenza (via Photojojo)
Image credit: Photograph by Mario Zanaria and used with permission
There’s a subgroup of film photographers who are dedicated to coming up with inventive new ways to distress film in order to achieve unexpected — and occasionally beautiful — results. Last year we shared that soaking film in rubbing alcohol does strange things to your images. Here’s another crazy idea: put a roll of film through the dishwasher. Photographer Tom Welland did just that and ended up with some vintage-looking photos.