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This Online Depth of Field Simulator Helps You Wrap Your Mind Around the Concept

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Want to understand the concept of depth of field better? Polish photographer and programmer Michael Bemowski has created a fantastic and feature-rich online depth of field calculator and bokeh simulator that can help you wrap your mind around what’s going on when you change things like focal length and aperture.
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Cockroaches Have Eyes Capable of Long Exposures for Seeing in the Dark

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Did you know that some creatures can actually see the world in long exposures? Scientists recently discovered that cockroaches are the latest insect found to have that feature built into their eyes and brains. It allows the resilient little bugs to see in near-pitch black environments.
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Google’s Latest Doodle Pays Tribute to Photography Pioneer Anna Atkins

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Visitors to Google today are being treated to a Doodle logo replacement that pays tribute to photography pioneer Anna Atkins. Atkins was born 216 years ago today, and in her life she became one of the first — if not the first — women to create a photograph.
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9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry

Here’s a great video on photographic composition, created by The Cooperative of Photography using tips and photographs by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the 9 composition tips is illustrated with examples from McCurry’s impressive body of work.
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Photo Sharing is Hurting Our Enjoyment of Life, Study Finds

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Smartphones and social networks have made snapping and sharing photos extremely easy to do, allowing us to preserve our memories and broadcast our experiences. It’s not all positive, though: there are downsides to our snap- and selfie-happy culture.

A new study has found that 58% of people believe that “posting the perfect picture has prevented them from enjoying life’s experiences.”
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Rolleiflex Factory to be Liquidated at Auction: Here’s a Look Inside

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It’s the end of the road for the company behind Rolleiflex cameras. Just two months after Fujifilm put up one of its major film factories at auction, DHW Fototechnik is doing a liquidation auction of its own, selling off the massive amounts of equipment used in manufacturing twin-lens reflex cameras.

The auction gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the tools and spaces that were once used to great cameras with the iconic Rollei brand.
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Why Complaining About Photos Being Photoshopped Makes No Sense (To Me)

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Every day about 200 million photographs get uploaded to Facebook. That’s almost double the number of all the books that have ever been published in human history. And that’s just Facebook, I’m not even mentioning Instagram, Snapchat, or just the photos everybody takes and doesn’t even post online.

While taking all those pictures, most people don’t really think about what they’re actually doing, or how the process works. But if they did think about it, I guess their reasoning for that process would be somewhat like this…
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A Look at How Circular Polarizers Affect the Look of Outdoor Scenes

If you’ve never used a circular polarizer filter before, here’s an interesting video by Mitch Bergsma that shows the effect it has on various outdoor scenes. He mounted a B+W Polarizer filter onto a couple of lenses on his Canon 7D and filmed a number of landscape spots while turning the filter to see its effect as a gradual transition. Pay attention to the sky, leaves, and reflections.

(via MicBergsma via Reddit)

Understanding Depth of Field: How Focal Distance Affects DOF, Visualized

Note: This is part two of a series on depth of field. you can read part one here.


This video is seen from a third person point-of-view, perpendicular to that of what the camera user would see. Depth of field is a phenomenon of near and far, forward and backward from the point of focus. Changing our point of view rotates the axis of the depth of the field 90˚ so that we may view it laterally across the X axis. This helps us better understand the optic principles at play. The overlays in this video visually quantify the changing depth of field at the given lens setting.
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How The Rescued Film Project Processes C-41 Color Film at Home

Photographer Levi Bettweiser of the Rescued Film Project regularly processes large batches of old films of different styles and eras. Earlier this year he received quite a bit of attention after finding, processing, and sharing 31 rolls of undeveloped film from World War II.

Bettweiser recently spent 14 hours processing a batch of C-41 color film at home. The 10-minute video above is a walkthrough on his technique and workflow. With processing labs getting more expensive and disappearing, this could be of interest to you if you’ve ever considered developing C-41 film yourself.

(via Rescued Film Project via ISO 1200)