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Using LEGOs to Develop Your 35mm Film Automatically

Here’s a really neat DIY idea for those of you who shoot and develop your own film, and also happen to love playing with LEGOs (that’s everyone right?). Using LEGOs and a bit of ingenuity, Dutch photographer Jan van den Broek built a semi-automatic film processing rig. Read more…

Creative Photos of Imaginary Inventions that Will ‘Save the Universe’

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Photographer Jan Von Holleben specializes in imaginary awesomeness, creating scenes that whisk you away to a different place where random objects can be used to turn dreams into reality.

For his most recent project, however, he and his friends set about doing something even more difficult than bringing ‘Dreams of Flying’ to life: they’re trying to save the universe… with imaginary machines, of course. Read more…

Vandalism or Public Service? New Project Aims to Eliminate Crappy Tourist Photos

If the major photography awards had a “service to mankind” category, the front-runner at this point would have to be #noshittyphotos, an inventive new project that aims to eliminate lousy vacation photos by telling tourists exactly where to stand to get a good shot of major attractions. Read more…

SelfiePolice Turns Vanity Into Charity, Asks You to Donate $1 to Charity for Each Selfie

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With a name like SelfiePolice and a tagline like ‘you owe humanity a dollar,’ we have a feeling the charitable organization Selfie Police is going to go far — in fact, we really hope it does. Read more…

Pro Ballerina Dances Her Way Through Her Pregnancy in ‘Ballet Beautiful’ Photos

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Creative women the world over have been documenting their pregnancies in, well, creative ways for a long time now. From stop-motion time-lapses to funny photo series we’ve seen some interesting things, but we’ve never seen this. This being a professional ballerina who continued dancing right up until she was about to pop. Read more…

Humor: Conan O’Brien Debuts Funny New ‘Complete Waste of a GoPro’ Segment

GoPro cameras, or rather action cameras in general, are amazing little devices that have enabled people to capture everything from the exciting to the harrowing to the downright weird. But there’s something they don’t put on action cam packaging that they should. The question: “do you actually do anything exciting worthy of an action cam?”

For late night show host and comedian Conan O’Brien the answer is a definitive ‘No,’ and so he put the GoPros he supposedly got for Christmas (it feels a bit more like an advertising stunt to us) to use in the most mundane ways imaginable as part of a funny new segment called ‘Complete Waste of a GoPro.’ Read more…

Introducing Lens Chimping: A Creative New Photography Technique

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So, for a while now I’ve shared photography techniques I’d worked on throughout my career. Every wedding season I try to share something new with everyone and I love seeing what other photographers have done with prisming, freelensing, and brenizer methods (aka. bokeh panoramas).

Now it’s time for my latest technique: I call it lens chimping. Read more…

Photographer Joins Forces with Cosplayer to Create Awesome Horror Movie Photos

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What do you do if you have an abiding love of horror movies, a phenomenal cosplayer who you work with on a regular basis, and a knack for photography and graphic artistry? It’s obvious isn’t it… you re-create famous horror flicks by shooting an awesome photo series. Read more…

Adam Magyar Talks About the Tech Behind His Mesmerizing Photo and Video Series

A couple of days ago we shared Adam Magyar’s incredible Stainless video series, shot from a moving subway train using a customized slow-motion video camera that captures something truly mesmerizing to watch. After sharing those videos, many of the commenters asked for and linked away to more details about the camera he used, and the slit-scan photography that Magyar had been doing for many years.

The video above is for those people who love Magyar’s work and want to know the technical detail behind it, but don’t want to dig through and read the detailed interviews and descriptions of the gear he uses — a 20 minute presentation for PopTech in which Magyar talks about the purpose of his projects, the technology used to capture them, and the myriad challenges he’s run into (e.g. the police…) over the years.

If you have the time and you found Magyar’s photography fascinating, this video is well-worth 20 minutes of your day.

H/T SLR Lounge

No Paris? No Problem! Using a Backdrop and Shallow DOF to Fake a Location Shoot

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The photograph above seems fairly straight forward: pretty model photographed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. But that’s not actually the case at all. The photograph was actually taken in a basement in Ohio. Read more…