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Photos of the Glowing Sulfur Inside Indonesia’s Blue Fire Volcano Crater

The Ijen group of volcanoes in East Java, Indonesia, features a popular tourist destination called the Blue Fire Crater. Molten sulfur and sulfuric gas emerge from cracks in the crater, causing large blue flames and streams of glowing blue "lava."

Chicago-based photographer Reuben Wu visited the volcano last month, capturing both its majesty from afar and its mesmerizing blue flows from up close.

Rick Guidotti on Photographing Genetic Conditions to Reframe Beauty

CBS Evening News just aired this short segment on the work of photographer Rick Guidotti, who has spent years shooting portraits of people with genetic conditions for his non-profit, Positive Exposure. As we first shared back in 2013, Guidotti is using his background as a major fashion photographer to change the way people see and think about beauty.

One Woman Photoshopped by 18 Countries: Beauty Standards Revealed

Last year, journalist Esther Honig published a viral series of images showing how photo retouchers in 27 countries around the world "enhanced" a portrait of her according to their cultural preferences. Inspired by that project, the UK medical website Superdrug Online Doctor just published a similar experiment that explores body image.

Long-Exposure Photos of California Wildfires at Night

For the past few wildfire seasons in Southern California, Los Angeles-based photographer Stuart Palley has taken his camera out into the hills to document the blazes at night. His long-exposure photographs show both the fury and the beauty of the fires. The resulting collection of images is now part of a series titled Terra Flamma.

Photographer Captures the Beauty and Diversity of Australian Fungi

Photographer Steve Axford lives in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia, where he has spent a considerable amount of time exploring the rainforest with his camera in hand. Among his favorite subjects are Australian fungi, which come in countless shapes, sizes, colors, and textures -- diversity that Axford captures in his photos.

Woman Photoshops Her Body in Real Time in This Powerful Statement on Beauty

Personal trainer Cassey Ho is a YouTube star with an exercise channel boasting more than 2.1 million subscribers. In recent days, however, she has seen an increase in the number of negative comments by people criticizing her appearance. In order to express what she felt in reading those messages, Ho came up with the idea of creating a video in which she Photoshops herself to create "the perfect body" based on what commenters want her to look like.

An Algorithm That Can Distinguish Beautiful Portraits From Ugly Ones

Could machines be trained to tell the difference between a beautiful portrait photo and a not-so-pleasing one? Beauty is pretty subjective, but scientists are trying to boil down the common properties of beautiful digital portrait photos so that a computer can be trained to spot them. Along the way, they're revealing interesting new things about what people look for in portraits.

Beyonce is the Latest Celebrity to Have Unretouched Portraits Leak and Cause a Hoopla

Update: We have removed the photos after receiving a takedown request from the photographer.

Less than a week after an unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford leaked onto the Web, a set of untouched photos from an ad shoot featuring Beyonce has emerged as well. Just like with the Crawford photo, the new images are causing quite a discussion online about the role Photoshop has in creating perfection for advertisements.

Photo Booths In Japan Will Quietly Retouch Your Face to Fix Your ‘Flaws’

In Japan, purikura refers to a photo booth in which you can pose for a photo with friends and decorate the portraits before receiving little printed versions.

One interesting thing that sets many of these machines apart from their Western world counterparts is the fact that they will quietly do beauty retouching on photos in an attempt to fix subjects' facial "flaws."