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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Andrew, Chun, Dina, Garrett, and Anthony – Photography Article

For part three of our Ambassador Spotlight series, we are getting to know Andrew Curry, Chun Chau, Dina Belenko, Garrett Roth and Anthony Rayburn. Why did you become a photographer?:“It allows me to express myself creatively like nothing else can.” How has photography changed your life?:“Photography has brought not only so many amazing experiences into my life, but also introduced me to so many exceptional people.” Why do you use 500px?“500px has a robust and supportive community of fellow photographers…

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This Photographer’s Passport Photo Shoots Are… Different – Photography Article

Photographer Max Siedentopf has a new project that examines one of the most boring types of photography: the passport photo. The series shows that even though passport photos need to be boring, the photo shoots themselves don’t. Official passport photo requirements are extremely restrictive and specify the exact framing (centered with the subject facing straight on), lighting (a clear background with no shadow), and facial expression (no smiling). “It seems almost impossible for any kind of self-expression,” Siedentopf says. His…

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How to Shoot a Day-vs-Night Photo in a Single Exposure – Photography Article

Here’s a creative technique to add to your bag of tricks. In this 9.5-minute video, we’ll show you from start to finish how we took an ordinary scene and turned it into to go from day to night in one single exposure, in-camera. Full disclosure: We want to thank Profoto for sponsoring this video and making it possible to create these incredible pieces of free education for photographers worldwide. Before we jump into this tutorial, I want to mention the…

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These Time Slice Composites Show the Life of a Total Solar Eclipse – Photography Article

Photographer Dan Marker-Moore climbed to a remote mountain top in South America to capture the 2019 total solar eclipse back on July 2nd. He then took the photos of the progression and turned them into beautiful “time slice” composites. Here are the five composites Marker-Moore, a Sony Alpha Imaging Collective member, created: This last composite contains 425 photos of the Sun. All the Sun photos were shot over the course of three hours using a Sony a7R III and a…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Hayden, Laura, Kalle, Julia, and Sam – Photography Article

For part two of our Ambassador Spotlight series, we’ll learn more about photographers Hayden Stinebaugh, Laura Ferreira, Kalle Lundholm, Julia Wimmerlin and, Sam Brockway and find out how photography has shaped their lives. Why did you become a photographer?:“I became a photographer because it’s truly something that I am passionate about. It changed the way I look at the world around me.” How has photography changed your life?:“Photography became my full-time job, it allowed me to buy a home, it’s…

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This Fun Black & White Instant Camera Prints Photos on Receipt Paper – Photography Article

Instant photography can get expensive fast: a pack of Fuji INSTAX Square (20 count) costs $18, and only 8 exposures of Polaroid Originals Color will cost you $19! That’s where the Alulu camera comes in. Where other cameras use film, Alulu uses new or used receipt paper! This fun little invention is the brainchild of three college friends who are trying to fund their creation on Kickstarter before joining the “real world” at the end of the summer. “Named after…

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits – Photography Article

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup. Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Ueli, Jovana, Anthony, Amanda and Ilya – Photography Article

Last week, we introduced you to the 500px Ambassadors. A group of 20 talented photographers who are eager and excited to share their knowledge and skills with the 500px community. In this first of four articles in our Ambassador Spotlight series, we’ll take a closer look at who our Ambassadors are and how photography has changed their lives. This week we’re featuring: Ueli Frischknecht, Jovana Rikalo, Anthony Sotomayor, Amanda Carlson and Ilya Blinov. Why did you become a photographer?:“I love…

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Newborn Photographer Adds Teeth to Baby Portraits with Hilarious Results – Photography Article

Professional photographer Amy Haehl of Coffee Creek Studio recently put some of her newborn portraits through FaceApp to create a hilarious (if mildly unsettling) series of images titled “If Babies Had Teeth.” This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. Last year, a photographer from Texas did the same thing using YouApp. But while those photos were everyday snapshots, Haehl actually added teeth to her professional newborn images. The resulting photos combine sometimes shockingly realistic adult teeth with professional posing…

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This Photographer Put a Full Wet Plate Photography Darkroom on a Tricycle – Photography Article

Michaël Tirat, a wet plate photographer based in Bordeaux, France, has created something pretty special. In an attempt to make his photography services more portable, he’s created a mobile darkroom on a tricycle that enables him to capture wet plates photography all over the city. Tirat—who shoots under the moniker “L’Alchimiste“—rides his mobile darkroom to events around Bordeaux, offering wet plate portraits to attendees right then and there. “Composed of a dark chamber on the upper box, and a storage…

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Macro Double Exposure Photos Blend Insects with Their Environments – Photography Article

Belle Ame is an ongoing series by award-winning macro photographer Matt Doogue featuring macro double exposure photos of insects created in-camera. Doogue originally came up with the idea after playing around with the in-camera multiple exposure ability of his Canon 6D. “[I] was really impressed by what could be achieved using this in-camera exposure option,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “I’ve seen [it] done in Landscape and portrait, even larger animals and thought why not try it with macro.” “It took…

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This Entire Music Video Was Shot in One Take… Backwards – Photography Article

Rock/Americana artists Lake and Lyndale spent the past 4 months preparing for a very special music video shoot. Front woman Channing Marie learned the entire single “There’s a Weight” backwards, so they could film the whole thing in one reverse take. Take that OK Go. The music video begins with a shot of Marie covered in paint and debris. As the song progresses, she sings the lyrics while slowly walking towards the camera—paint, water, and confetti all flying off of…

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Shooting Video with a 100-Year-Old Kodak Vest Pocket Lens – Photography Article

A few weeks ago, we showed you how one photographer retrofitted a 100-year-old Kodak Vest Pocket lens onto his Canon DSLR to photograph the rodeo. Now, YouTuber Mathieu Stern has created a similar setup that allowed him to to capture some very unique video footage. Mathieu recently got his hands on one of these “Soldier’s Kodak” cameras—so called because it was popular among soldiers during World War I—unscrewed the lens from the rest of the bellows and camera, and adapted…

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500px Blog » Meet the 500px Ambassadors – Photography Article

With a global community of over 15 million photographers, it’s safe to say there is never a shortage of talent at 500px When it comes to choosing our Ambassadors, we look for community members who have a strong passion for photography and are constantly pushing past their creative boundaries. They are creators who are driven, eager, and excited to share their knowledge and skills with the 500px community. So without further ado, meet your Ambassadors! Favorite gear: Canon 6D and…

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This is the World’s First Solargraphy Timelapse – Photography Article

Solargraphy is a technique for photographing the sun’s path through the sky by using a pinhole camera to expose photographic paper for anywhere from a few hours to over a year. Photographer Sam Cornwell has created what he believes is the world’s first solargraphy timelapse. Cornwell is the founder of Solarcan, a unique can pinhole camera that makes it easy for anyone to shoot solargraphs without having to create the pinhole camera themselves. A “matrix” of 27 Solarcan cameras were…

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Capturing the Rodeo with a 100-Year-Old Kodak Vest Pocket Lens – Photography Article

This year the Reno Rodeo is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and photojournalist Ty O’Neil decided to photograph it in a way that would pay proper homage to that history: by capturing the 100-year-old rodeo with a 100-year-old lens. “With the Reno Rodeo celebrating 100 years I, as a photojournalist, wanted to capture the celebration of a centenary of rodeos,” O’Neil tells PetaPixel. “Inspired by the historic images of the Reno Rodeo I set about trying to find a way of…

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This Handmade ‘Ultimate Photography Portfolio’ Took 18 Months to Build – Photography Article

NYC fashion and commercial photographer Dani Diamond recently embarked on a mission to create “The Ultimate Photography Portfolio.” By combining his love of photography with his skills as a woodworker and about 18 months of design & development, he was able to create something truly unique: a wooden, leather-bound, laser-engraved, 11×17-inch portfolio that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. The project was inspired as a kind of response to the Instagram problem. While social media helps Dani book clients and showcase…

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These Portraits Were Made with an Ordinary Flatbed Scanner – Photography Article

Dubai-based artist Maitha Demithan creates unusual-looking portraits of people with a surreal feel and with every subject’s eyes closed or looking away from the “camera.” The reason is because the “photos” were all captured using an ordinary flatbed scanner. Demithan jumped into the world of scanography back in 2009 and has been creating the pieces over the past decade. For each portrait, Demithan uses a normal A4 flatbed scanner and scans her subjects’ bodies over tens of scans (sometimes up…

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These Working Cameras Were Made With the Strangest Things – Photography Article

Brendan Barry is a UK-based large format photographer who has a curious passion for creating working cameras out of the most random everyday objects you could think of. ILFORD featured his work earlier this year, and here’s a look at some of his cameras and the photos they shoot. Bread A photo shot with the bread camera. Mannequin Honeydew Melon A photo shot with the honeydew melon camera. Abandoned Control Tower A photo shot with the abandoned control tower camera.…

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3 Ways to Use Plexiglass for Creative Portraits – Photography Article

As a portrait photographer, it can often be difficult to keep thing interesting in the studio. Adding a unique element to your images can help them stand out while also allowing you to have little fun. The unique element that I added for my most recent shoot was just a simple piece of plexiglass. Here are three ways you can use a sheet of plexiglass and some simple household supplies to unleash your inner creative. #1. Foreground Bokeh Materials Plexiglass…

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Get Used To Hearing “NO” — It’s Good for Your Photography & Filmmaking Career – Photography Article

If you’re already a professional creator, then you know that you had to hear a lot of “no” for every “yes”. If you’re not yet a pro, or perhaps more importantly if you are a pro whose enjoyed a taste of success, then hear this: Get Used To Hearing “No”. Quite honestly, understanding this will be some of the best medicine you’ll ever take – because once you get it…you GET it, and it will be with you forever.  The…

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The Dirtiest Secret in Photography – Photography Article

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically….but wanted to do something a little bit different. A little stripped down. Straight talk. Heart to heart — just you and me. In fact, in this episode, I reveal the dirtiest secret in photography. Truth is: the most game-changing ideas come from…

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