Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

Startling Portrait Offers Visual Proof that Sunlight Causes Premature Aging

If you’ve never been a fan of using sunblock, here’s a photograph that might change your feelings toward it. Shot by doctors Jennifer Gordon and Joaquin Brieva of Northwestern University and published by the New England Journal of Medicine, the photo shows a 69-year-old truck driver who exhibits a strong case of photoaging. In the 28 years he spent driving trucks, the man’s face received far more sunlight on the left side with the sun streaming in through the driver’s side window.

(via NEJM via Business Insider)


Image credit: Photograph by Jennifer Gordon/Joaquin Brieva/NEJM

A Moving Mole: Why Abraham Lincoln’s Portrait Was Flipped for the $5 Bill

If you pay close attention to presidents, or money (or preferably both in this case) you may have noticed that one particular famous photo of President Abraham Lincoln taken in 1864 was the inspiration for the photo we now see on the five dollar bill. But you may have also noticed that the President’s mole is on the wrong side of his face on the money. Well actually it isn’t, the “mirror image” on the five dollar bill shows the President as he was in real life. The original photo, taken using an old technique called daguerreotype, is a mirror image.

Not unlike the tintype photography we posted on earlier in the week, daguerreotype yields a one-off positive on a photosensitive plate. The downside of this type of photography and the lack of a negative is that the final image is at the mercy of the lens optics, leading to the mirror image you see above. So remember, the mole was on the right side of Lincoln’s face… just in case a fifth grader gets indignant telling you otherwise.

Why Lincoln’s Mole Was on the Wrong Side in the Original Five Dollar Bill Photo [Camera Technica]


Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Stunning Time-Lapse Portrait of Portland Created with 300,000+ Photos

This inspiring time-lapse video of Portland, Oregon was created by Uncage the Soul over the course of 51 days in March and April for the TEDx Portland conference. They captured 308,829 separate photographs at 50 different locations in and around the city. Each second in the video took an average of 3.8 hours of work to create. Their hard work paid off, and the film was given a standing ovation by the sellout crowd when it premiered.

(via Doobybrain)

A Portrait of Street Photographer Joel Meyerowitz

Leica recently put out this short portrait of renowned street photographer Joel Meyerowitz, who talks about his beginnings as a photographer and also his role in creating an archive of the destruction and recovery at Ground Zero. Starting from a few days after the 9/11 attacks, Meyerowitz shot over 8,000 in and around the site with the help of a special workers pass that gave him privileged access.

(via Leica Rumors)

Ellen DeGeneres Directs Portrait Sessions at JCPenny via Hidden Camera

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres recently sent one of her staff members named Amy to a JCPenny to pose as a studio portrait photographer. As clients came in, Ellen watched the scene through a hidden camera and gave Amy exact instructions for what to say and do through a hidden earpiece. The resulting interactions between photographer and portrait subject(s) were hilarious.

(via Fstoppers)

Create a Contact Sheet Portrait Using an Entire Roll of Film

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

Bizarre Novelty Drivers License Photo

Having a flattering portrait as your drivers license photo is difficult to achieve, but so is having a portrait that stands out as being bizarre. Reddit user adambard successfully accomplished the latter. He wanted a novelty drivers license photo, so he decided to shave half his hair and the opposite half of his beard. Just in case you’d like to follow in his footsteps, you can view a step-by-step documentation of his process here.

(via Imgur via Reddit via Laughing Squid)

Cute Portraits Imagining a Baby’s Future Profession

Parisian photographer Malo has fun portrait series titled “Un jour, mon enfant tu seras” (One Day You Will Be My Child) that imagines what a baby’s future career might be.
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How to Accentuate the Jawline in Portraits

Here’s an excellent video tutorial by photographer Peter Hurley on how to improve your portrait photographs by focusing on the jawline of your subject. It’s a simple technique that can drastically improve the quality of your images.

(via Scott Kelby)

George Holz Discusses His Strategy for Lighting a Beyonce Photo Shoot

For those of you who are interested in the fine art of studio lighting, here’s a video in which American celebrity photographer George Holz talks about how he went about photographing Beyonce for the cover of Spin magazine.

(via Profoto via ISO 1200)