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Interactive Web App Makes Sure You Never Forget a Photoshop or Lightroom Shortcut

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When it comes to getting the most out your post-processing applications, you really want to know your shortcuts. The problem is, there’s so many within each program that it’s impossible to remember them all.

Of course, you can purchase keyboard overlays to give you a visual queue, but many shortcuts change from version to version, making the $10–40 piece of silicon useless in a year, not to mention the fact that many shortcuts change when combined with the “shift” or “ctrl” keys.

Well forget all that, because a gentleman by the name of Waldo Bronchart is here to save the day with a brilliant web application called the ‘Application Shortcut Mapper.’ Meant to be “a visual shortcuts explorer for popular applications,” this resource is a goldmine for photographers, as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are two of the first three apps implemented into the resource. Read more…

Hypnotic Slow Motion Footage of a Tattoo in the Making

You could take this video one of two ways. You could either use it as inspiration for a macro photography tattoo series that, if we don’t say so ourselves, would be really freaking cool if done right; or you could simply file it away as another mesmerizing slow motion video that’s good for distracting you for exactly two minutes and 50 seconds (plus however long it takes you to share it with any tattoo lovers on your Facebook friends list).

We’ll let you make the decision, but either way we hope you enjoy watching tattoo artist Gaëtan Le Gargasson slooooowwwwwlllyyy ply his needly trade on a willing human canvas… we definitely did.

(via Doobybrain)

Spice Up Your Photography Experiments with Homemade Holograms

If you’re looking for an interesting way to spice up your experimental photography a bit, Shanks FX has a little video you might find interesting. Showing off various methods of how to create holograms — or at least give the illusion of a hologram — Shanks uses glass, mirrors, fog, mist, steam and a projector to bring 2D images to life in a 3D world.

Many of the results shown in the video are very impressive, and could definitely be used to add a unique element to your photo work. Give the six minute video a watch, and if you end up creating a series of photos using these ideas, be sure to share it in the comments down below!

Photographer Benoit Paillé Captures Real Photos of the Virtual World of GTA V

Back in October 2013, we featured the work of Fernando Pereira Gomes, an artist who creates street photographs in the virtual video game world of GTA V. Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé also works in the same virtual world, except he takes his work one step further: he uses a real world camera.
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100 Cameras Will Photograph Berlin with Ridiculous 100-Year Exposure Times

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Long exposure photographs are usually measured in seconds or minutes. Use solargraphy, and you might measure in months or years. The longest we’ve heard of so far are photos spanning decades.

Well, those exposure times are relatively short compared to Jonathon Keats’s “century cameras”: they’re specially designed cameras that will take 100-year-long exposures!
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Photographer Oliver Blohm Processes His Polaroid Portraits Using a Microwave

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What do Polaroids and Hot Pockets have in common? 99.9% of the time nothing. But, thanks to Berlin-based fashion and portrait photographer, Oliver Blohm, there’s that .1% remaining. To create that .1%, he has literally developed a way in which to combine Polaroid film with a microwave to create some very… unique photographs.
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9 Amazing Body Painting Photographs by Trina Merry

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Trina Merry is a bodypainting artist based in San Francisco. There’s a good chance you’ve seen her work before, as a number of her projects have enjoyed widespread viral success on the Web.

Her “Human Motorcycle Project” is a series of photographs showing motorcycles created entirely out of painted human bodies.
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7 Cheap and Easy Photography Hacks You Can Do Right Now

Created by photography magazine COOPH, this handy little video follows photographer Leo Rosas showing off 7 little photography hacks to help create more unique images with minimal investment, in either time or money.

We’ve featured some of these hacks on this blog before (e.g. colored marker filters), but this video does a great job at boiling them down to their most simple instructions, allowing you to digest as many of the hacks as possible for future use.

Press play, grab a Post-It note and get these written down for future use.

Dancelapse: One Dance Performed Over One Hundred Days

Timelapse projects involving one photo or video per day have seen a surge in popularity in recent years ever since videos such as Noah Kalina’s everyday went viral. Matt Bray wanted to do something similar to Kalina’s project… but different. He set up a camera and captured himself doing the exact same dance in his room for 100 days, and then turned it into one impressive time-lapse dance.
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One Perfect Shot Twitter Account Reduces Movies Into a Single, ‘Perfect’ Frame

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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered what single frame could perfectly summarize the entire film? Well, Geoff Todd did and his resulting creation is One Perfect Shot, a Twitter account that does just that. Read more…