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PetaPixel's Features are in-depth, heavily researched stories designed to answer the most important questions on a topic. Where we flex our journalistic muscle, expect to find the best storytelling and original reporting the photo industry offers.
Sandra Day O'Connor Blair Bunting

Remembering Sandra Day O’Connor and an Incredible Photo Shoot

Photographing Sandra Day O’Connor was unlike any other photo shoot I have ever done before or since. It began with a phone call from The New York Times, asking me to meet Justice O’Connor at her house and create a portrait of her against a white background.

Massive print of photo taken at the edge of space

The Making of a Massive 94-Inch Print of the Curvature of the Earth

After releasing the Photoshoot at the Edge of Space, I encountered an unexpected turn of events. Ordinarily, when I release images -- be they of trains, cars, or athletes -- I receive a smattering of emails and messages inquiring about the availability of prints for purchase. These queries typically come from fans, some devoted to specific race teams, others enamored with a particular athlete or train locomotive. However, the response to my Edge of Space series was unprecedented; I was inundated with requests, not just from individual enthusiasts, but also from esteemed museums.

Unlock Unlimited Angles With Horizontal Tripods

Telling a cohesive story by putting together a series of photos or video clips can be a complicated task. Changing the camera angles and perspective can significantly influence your viewer's reaction to the project, and leave you with a much more impactful image. This is where a horizontal tripod can provide you with a wider array of shooting angles.

a9 III Sensor

Why the Global Shutter in the Sony a9 III is Such a Big Deal

It is difficult to overstate just how big of a deal the Sony a9 III is, at least on paper. As is always the case with press events, and especially ones where hands-on time is limited, pre-production firmware is installed, and shooting opportunities are cultivated, you should consume pre-release content with (many) grains of salt. Hypertension be damned.

AI image of cleaners

Which AI Image Generator is The Most Biased?

After The Washington Post published an article declaring that artificial intelligence images "amplify our worst stereotypes," PetaPixel has put together a bias comparison of the three major text-to-image generators.

Mia: The Story Behind an AI Persona

Back in September 2023, photographer Shane Balkowitsch wrote an article for PetaPixel entitled “Does The World Need Images of Fake AI People?”. In the article, he called out an AI persona that went by the name of Mia Gezellig on Instagram.