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Uncomfortable Photographs of Sunbathers Sleeping Comfortably on a Beach

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For his project “Comfort Zone,” Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern visited a public beach and shot photographs of the people sleeping comfortably on the sandy beach. The images were not staged, and none of the subjects were aware that a photograph was being made.
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This ‘Forwards’ Video is Actually ‘Backwards’

This isn’t related to still photography, but we occasionally share some creative ideas from the world of video. The short film above by Eran Amir is titled “This Video is in Reverse.” It may look relatively straightforward at first glance, but get this: everything you see was captured in a single take and then played backwards.
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This Experimental Journey Through Lights Was Made with DSLRs in a Car at Night

Kevin McGloughlin of Sligo, Ireland created this captivating music video for the song “Never Knew” by Sunken Foal. He tells us his use of “lights and bokeh in an unconventional way” recently got his project selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
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Playing with Infinity by Pointing a DSLR at a Live View Monitor

Jong Chool Do created this video showing some mesmerizing effects you can get with a DSLR and a monitor. Simply connect the two devices to bring up live view on your monitor, point your camera at the screen, and try to “make an interesting pattern,” he says.

The effect is due to something known as video feedback. The snake-like movements are because each “level” in the “infinity tunnel” is at least one video frame time slower than the previous one.

SHTTTRRR is a Stupidly Simple DIY Intervalometer for Canon DSLRs

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How cheap and minimalist can you make a DSLR intervalometer? A camera hacker who goes by Glitchmaker recently wanted to find out, and the SHTTTRRR is the result of his experiment. It’s a small low-power device that uses only an on/off switch and a button for setting the interval.
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Photography and Data Collide In These Infographics Created with Physical Things

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German photographer Marion Luttenberger was asked by Moodley Brand Identity to shoot a series of infographics for Caritas Kontakladen, an Austrian organization that assists drug addicts. The resulting images convey facts and figure in clever ways through carefully arranged physical objects in the frame.
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Photoshop Exercise: Turn a Golf Ball into a Ping Pong Ball Using Only Dodging and Burning

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Here’s a strange (and time-consuming) way you can test your Photoshop prowess if you ever have some time to kill: turn a dimpled golf ball into a smooth ping pong ball using only the dodge and burn tools.
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Portraits of Random Strangers Dressed Up in Strange Haute Couture Outfits

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Photographer Tom Johnson recently partnered up with stylist Phoebe Haines for a project titled The Thirty Three. The team roamed the streets of London for five days, asking thirty three random strangers to put on haute couture (i.e. “high fashion”) clothing and pose for portraits.
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Idea: Make an Annual Video of Your Family Reviewing a Photo Book of the Past Year

Here’s a nice idea for an annual family tradition (especially if you’re a parent with young kids): take your family photos from the past year, create a year-in-review photo book, and then record some video of your family looking at the book and talking about it.

That’s what photographer Tim Kyle started doing this year with his two young daughters. The video above shows the three of them looking over their 2014 family photos “with expert commentary.”
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This DSLR Box Design Doubles as the Owner’s Manual

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Sustainability is a big and important idea these days, and it’s the one behind this new concept box design for DSLR cameras. It’s clever packaging that has two uses: once the camera is safely transported to the owner, the box is taken apart and used as the owner’s manual for the camera.
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