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Make a Rain Machine to Spice Up Your Portraits for $20 and Some Elbow Grease

When Benjamin Von Wong was commissioned to do a series of black and white portraits of SmugMug employees for the company’s gym, he knew he wasn’t going to be taking the easy route. But just because he was going to try to do something really cool, didn’t mean things needed to get expensive.

To spice up the sporty portraits, Von Wong decided to add water into the equation, and thanks to some help from the folks at SmugMug, they were able to make it rain for only $20.

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Nicholas Nixon and the Brown Sisters: Four Siblings Photographed Every Year for Forty Years

The Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco recently shared this interview with photographer Nicholas Nixon about his well known project The Brown Sisters.

Since 1975, Nixon has been shooting a portrait of four sisters once a year, every year. This year saw the creation of the fortieth portrait in the series.
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20 Eye-Catching Packaging and Presentation Examples for Photographers

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There are a few ways to deliver images to your clients: on a DVD, on a flash-drive, or through a custom online gallery. The first two ways are the most interesting to me, since they let you creatively wrap up the contents with your logo, add custom-made photo albums, “thank you” cards and a lot of other nice things that will leave a positive impression with the client. This shows that you care about your clients as well as your reputation.

If you’re looking for a good way to deliver your photos to the clients, in today’s showcase I bring together 20 fantastic packaging and presentation ideas for you. Read more…

Top 5 Film Camera and Lens Combos You Can Get for Under $1,000

There are plenty of resources out there for the best digital cameras you can get for under *insert dollar amount here*, but what if you’re looking to invest in a good old fashioned film camera?

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered — or rather, Bellamy Hunt from JapanCameraHunter has you covered — with this list of the top 5 film camera and lens combos you can get for under $1,000 USD. Read more…

Photographer Coats a Ferrari in an Explosion of Color with UV Paint and a Wind Tunnel

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It’s safe to say photographer Fabian Oefner — whose many projects have never failed impress us — has a thing for paint and physics.

Usually this means spraying, spinning and otherwise manipulating it to create colorful, abstract images against a black background. But when Ferrari asked him to capture the essence of their new California T in images, he took his signature art/science hybrid photography to new heights to get the job done. Read more…

Star Wars-Like Drone Racing Might Be the Craziest Way to Use Your New Camera Copter

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A group of drone pilots in France have found a very different use for their custom-built camera drones than your typical, beautiful or incredible aerial images of a landscape. Cameras rolling, they instead race their flying machines through an expertly laid out forest track… Star Wars style. Read more…

World’s First ‘Layer-Lapse’ Combines Different Times into Each Shot of Boston

A few days ago we featured the work of a photographer who layered different times of day into single photos. Photographer Julian Tryba‘s recent project is similar, except it’s a timelapse.

Tryba has created what he says is the world’s first “layer-lapse” video, or a time-lapse video that shows different times of the day in different parts of each frame. The video is called “Boston Layer-Lapse“.
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Every Camera Trick Packed into One Car Commercial

How many different ways can you capture a car on camera? That’s what Toyota’s marketing team sat down and brainstormed last year when planning a commercial for the 2014 Toyota Corolla.

The 1-minute ad they came up with (it aired late last year) attempts to use every trick in the book.
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‘Catchingcorners': Photographer Searches for the 90º Angle in Things from His Everyday Life

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Russian photographer Zhenya Aerohockey has created a photo series titled Catchingcorners. In it, he documents everyday objects in such a way that buildings, pool tables, cords and more form an almost perfect 90º angle every time.

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Photographer Blends Day and Night by Compositing Photos Shot at Different Hours

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The idea of ‘average’ is strange, especially when it’s put into real-world situations and memories. The places most familiar to us change on a daily basis, even if it’s just the slightest bit, but when we look back, our brains piece together this conglomeration of what we’ve seen over the days, months and years to create a familiar, cohesive memory.

It was a similar line of thinking that inspired photographer Wolfgang Hildebrand to create his strangely chaotic compositions of city streets.

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