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‘Stormlapse’ Photographer Ryan McGinnis Shares His Most Epic Shots of 2014

Ryan McGinnis is a photographer and storm chaser whom we interviewed and featured back in 2011. After years of pointing his camera at newsworthy storms, McGinnis switched things up a bit in 2014 by introducing time-lapses into his repertoire. Although he was still learning, he did manage to capture quite a few amazing sequences showing powerful weather events.

The 4.5-minute video above, titled “2014 Stormlapses,” is a highlight reel McGinnis put together to share his best time-lapse sequences.
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This is What You Get When You Strap Fireworks to a Drone for Long Exposure Photos

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Photographer Calder Wilson recently did some experimentation by attaching fireworks to a drone and then flying it around in a long exposure photograph. The results are beautiful to look at.
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Retoucher Becci Manson on Using Her Skills to Make a Difference in the World

Retouching gets a bad rap these days due to the way it can distort truth and cause unrealistic expectations of human beauty, but retoucher Becci Manson is working to change that. The 12-minute profile above offers a look at how Manson works and how she is trying to make a difference, both in the retouching industry and outside the creative world.

Manson has worked with photographers such as Claire Rosen, Annie Leibovitz, and Christopher Griffith. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Manson traveled to Japan and helped organize a network of volunteers to restore 150,000 damaged photos for the victims. In 2012, we shared a TED talk she gave about the project and experience.

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Photographing March Madness 2015: Kentucky Beats Notre Dame

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I was in Cleveland photographing the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 March Madness Rounds for USA Today. This was my 3rd basketball game I covered all season. I am not much of a fan of shooting basketball, but when it’s crunch time and the game is on the line, I love the hustle and determination players put in to try to win the game and move onto the next round.
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Seascapes: Ocean Waves Photographed to Look Like Mountain Ranges

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Many photographers capture close-up photos of ocean waves, but photographer Ray Collins has a portfolio of wave shots that stands out. His images of “Seascapes” show waves frozen in time, captured to look like vast mountainous landscapes of solid rock and ice.
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Don’t Let the Fear of Failure Cripple Your Growth as a Photographer

Here are some encouraging words from photographer and educator Mike Browne, who talks about one of the biggest obstacles some photographers face: the feature of failure and getting it “wrong.”

“Many photographers don’t get into action because they are afraid they might get it wrong,” Browne writes. “Instead they do endless research, read, watch videos and tell themselves they just need to know a little more before they attempt it themselves. To master photography or anything else in life there is some knowledge needed – and a lot of practice and experimentation.”

Matt Herron on His Iconic Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

50 years ago, civil rights photographer Matt Herron documented the Selma to Montgomery marches that highlighted racial injustices in the American South and helped to pass the Voting Rights Act that year. He ended up capturing one of the iconic photographs of the marches that remains recognizable to this day.

In the video above, Herron talks about photographing the march and how the iconic shot came about.

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Mirrored: Photos Show the Parallels of Two Cities on Opposite Sides of the Globe

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“Mirrored” is a photo project that was a collaboration between photographers Markus Andersen and Elif Suyabatmaz. It’s a series of diptychs showing daily life on opposite ends of the globe: Andersen is based out of Sydney, Australia, and Suyabatmaz is based out of Istanbul, Turkey. In each pair of images, the selected photos “mirror each other in both obvious and subtle ways.”
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An Automated Slide Film Scanner Built with LEGOs

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This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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Photographing Stunt Biker Danny MacAskill in Front of a Solar Eclipse

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One of the many amazing photographs that emerged after the recent total solar eclipse was this epic shot of stunt biker Danny MacAskill soaring down a hill with the moon eclipsing the sun in the background. Many on the Internet immediately called the shot a “fake,” but it’s far from it.

It took photographer Rutger Pauw quite a bit of planning and a healthy dose of luck to capture the memorable photograph.
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