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A Look at ‘Migrant Mother’, An Iconic Photo of the Great Depression – Photography Article

I’m Martin from the All About Street Photography channel and today I want to analyze an iconic image by photographer Dorothea Lange of a woman named Florence Owens Thompson. It’s known as Migrant Mother. I am going to take a closer look at the composition as well as at the story behind the photograph. The picture we’re looking at today is a portrait of Thompson with three kids taken in March of 1936 by Dorothea Lange with her 4×5 Graflex…

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Father of the Photo Essay – Photography Article

Last week, I talked about the photo essay “Country Doctor” by W. Eugene Smith, and today I would like to focus more on his life and photography in general. William Eugene Smith has been described as “perhaps the single most important American photographer in the development of the editorial photo essay.” He shot photo projects so large that they cannot be displayed in any museum. Let’s take a closer look at this brilliant photographer. William Eugene Smith was born in…

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This Photo of Saturn Was Shot from a Backyard with a Red Filter – Photography Article

Did you know that you can capture clearer photos of planets by using a red filter? Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured this view of Saturn from his backyard in Sacramento by doing just that. “By putting a red filter over a camera, you can reduce the effects of Rayleigh scattering on an image, giving you crystal clear views of planets,” McCarthy writes. Here’s a side-by-side comparison the photographer made between the same view captured with blue and red filters “to show…

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500px Blog » 12 business tips for commercial photographers – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a commercial photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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500px Blog » 12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a professional photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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Pro Food Photographer Debunks Viral ‘Food Styling Hacks’ – Photography Article

Those “food styling hacks” videos that go viral online every few months might not be entirely truthful—in fact, they’re often entirely misleading. Which is why professional food photographer Scott Choucino put together this video reacting to/debunking some of the most common hacks he’s seen online. Choucino sent us the video earlier today, explaining that he and his wife—who happens to be a food stylist—felt compelled to make a “myth busting video” that explains what actually happens on a real life…

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Did Nikon and Canon Follow Micro Four Thirds’ Lead? – Photography Article

I was excited when Canon and Nikon finally stepped into the mirrorless game seriously more seriously, releasing their full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018. Nikon launched their Z6 and Z7 with the new Z-Mount, while Canon released the EOS-R with a new RF-Mount. Taking a closer look to the mount design, both companies adopt very similar approach, and I can’t help but notice the similarities and be reminded of what Four Thirds promised and delivered in 2003 when Olympus DSLR E-1…

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500px Blog » Understanding the differences between commercial & editorial photography – Photography Article

Main photo: Vicente Concha Like you, we’re passionate about photography and want to find a place for every photo in our collection. So, in an effort to remove any guesswork on your part, we’re going to take a second to lay out some guidelines and simplify the submission process. One of the most common points photographers struggle with is understanding the difference between commercial and editorial photos—more specifically, what content is considered safe for commercial uses, and what is restricted…

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500px Blog » [Horse Photography] Capturing Equine Elegance: How to Photograph Horses – Photography Article

Wiebke Haas was born in 1991 in Germany. After school she spend 3 years of learning to became an official certificated photographer before she took the risk of self-employment. During an internship for renowned animal photographer Tim Flach in London she was able to gather an enormous amount of photographic insight and knowledge. Furthermore, it was here that she learnt to love clean structures and well laid out compositions. You can find more of her beautiful photography on 500px, her…

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A Photo Essay by W. Eugene Smith – Photography Article

I’m Martin from the All About Street Photography channel. In this 6-minute video and article, I am going to talk about the photo essay “Country Doctor” by W. Eugene Smith. We’ll be taking a closer look at the story behind some photographs. First, if you are not familiar with W. Eugene Smith, make sure to check out this previous video I made about his life and photography. In 1948, Life magazine commissioned Smith to spend 23 days with Dr. Ernest…

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Photoflash Bombs Were Once Used to Light Nighttime Aerial Photos – Photography Article

Digital cameras can see in color in near darkness these days, but decades ago, there were very different solutions for capturing usable photos at night. One example is the photoflash bomb, a special type of bomb that was designed specifically to explode in midair and illuminate the world below for aerial photos. The photoflash bomb was commonly used by military spy planes to capture images of the ground at night from higher (and safer) altitudes. From the outside, they looked…

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500px Blog » The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners – Photography Article

Robert K Baggs is a Headshot, Portrait, and Commercial photographer from London & Hertfordshire. He’s been published in broadsheets, magazines, and websites globally including the likes of The BBC, National Geographic, and The Telegraph. In addition to this, Robert’s work has been displayed in galleries from New York to Paris. You can find out more of his work on 500px, his website, Facebook, and Instagram. 1. Introduction Like all modern love stories, I found macro photography on the internet. I…

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Debunking 12 Common Photography Myths – Photography Article

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup made this 30-minute video in which they discuss and debunk 12 different photography myths that photographers widely believe. Here are the 12 questions/topics discussed in the video: Should you fully discharge your battery to avoid a memory effect? Will deleting pictures in-camera corrupt your SD card? Do UV filters really improve image quality? Do higher megapixels really equal more noise? Do medium format cameras really have better “compression”? Is raw processing really better on your…

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This is How Scientists Colorize Hubble Photos of Deep Space – Photography Article

Every mind-blowing deep space photograph captured by the Hubble space telescope that you’ve ever seen started out black-and-white. So how do we get those amazing technicolor images of the Pillars of Creation or the Bubble Nebula? This short video explains how scientists manage this feat. The video was put together as part of VOX Video Lab, and anybody with a working knowledge of color photography can probably skip over the first couple of minutes. At first, the video explains the…

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Nikon at Top, Leica at Bottom – Photography Article

The quality of a camera’s shutter sound probably isn’t high on the list of what any photographer considers when looking to buy a new body, but Lensrentals has just published a tongue-in-cheek review/comparison of shutter sounds anyway. “As a leading authority on optical testing and product reviews, it occurred to the Lensrentals staff recently that we owed it to The Internet to explore the final frontier of camera comparisons, a comprehensive examination of shutter sounds,” the camera gear rental company…

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This is How Advance-Fee Scams Trick Photographers – Photography Article

There is a persistent scam going around that is so pervasive that you might think everyone has heard about it and is immune to it. Yet, I often enough see this come up as a question in a Facebook group when a photographer is unsure if an inquiry is a scam. Most often they are. This is how these advance-fee scams work and how photographers are scammed. The scammer will overpay you and you have to pay the difference to…

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This Black-and-White Photo Uses Color Grid Lines to Trick Your Brain – Photography Article

Check out this photo. Although it may look like a color picture upon first glance (and even more so if you squint or view it from a distance), it’s actually a black-and-white photo with thin color grid lines overlaid on it to trick your brain into filling in the missing color. The viral image was created by artist and developer Øyvind Kolås, a prominent developer in the GIMP open-source image editor project. Kolås took a Creative Commons photo by Chuwa…

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A NASA Photog Was the First Person on Earth to Touch Moon Dust – Photography Article

After the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed the first humans on the Moon back in July 1969, a NASA photographer unexpectedly became the first non-astronaut to touch Moon dust with his bare hands. Upon splashing back down on Earth, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were immediately placed in quarantine and evaluated for weeks in case they had brought back any “bugs” from the Moon. But while that was going on, other NASA employees worked on the…

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ARRI Fresnel Lights Are So Hot You Can Fry Eggs and Bake Cookies – Photography Article

Studio lighting can get hot — so hot, in fact, that some can double a stove. Here’s a humorous 14-minute video in which photographer Sweet Lou tests how well different ARRI fresnel lights fry eggs and bake cookies. Lou tests the ARRI 150, ARRI 300, and ARRI 650 tungsten fresnel lights, which are geared toward smaller studios in which grid height is a problem. After being on for a bit, all three lights become dangerously hot. “This is a good…

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How Edward Weston Processed His Photos – Photography Article

Legendary photographer Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers in American history, and in this short video, we get to go back in time, visit his home, and watch him process one of his negatives from start to finish. The video–which is mostly footage from a 1948 documentary about Edward Weston—was just release by Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography. It’s part of a broader series on Weston, which included a modern-day tour of his darkroom with Weston’s…

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This is What Photoshop Was Like in 1988 – Photography Article

Think your Photoshop is slow? Check out what it was like to use Adobe Photoshop version 0.63 Beta. Here’s a humorous 13-minute video (warning: there’s strong language) in which Krazy Ken of Computer Clan tries editing some photos inside the Photoshop that existed back in October 1988. The photo editing was done on an old Macintosh with a 32MHz 68030 processor and 8MB of RAM. While you obviously won’t find the modern tools photographers have come to know and love…

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500px Blog » 12 Nude Photography Tips & Tricks from a World-Famous Photographer (NSFW) – Photography Article

Image credits: All photographs copyright Greg Gorman and used with express permission from COOPH. Our friends at COOPH—the cooperative that brings you killer photography tips, tricks & ideas like these from earlier this year—recently got the chance to work with world-famous photographer Greg Gorman and tackle a particularly sultry subject for their newest video: nude photography. Nude photography is a tricky subject because the line between art and porn is precariously easy to cross if you don’t know what you’re…

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Comparing Real Film Grain to Adobe Lightroom Film Grain – Photography Article

In my never-ending search for that “special” photographic look that sets me apart from the competition, I recently discovered that overexposing film increases the grain and adds a vintage pictorial look to my images. So I wanted to explore that look further. To that end, I wanted to find out if this film grain can be copied in the digital world using Adobe Lightroom. So I went out and shot a few rolls of film and shot the same images…

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10 Dirty Little Secrets of the Commercial Photography Industry – Photography Article

In an industry that’s overcrowded with photographers trying to get a piece of the client pie, commercial photography has an irresistible allure, especially to those new to the industry. Social media fails to show the full picture of what goes on behind the scenes, and photographers rarely talk about the many downfalls of being a commercial photographer. In this article, I get (super) real about what some of those downfalls are. #1. On set, you are often just a means…

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One of the Most Iconic Kissing Photos Was Staged – Photography Article

What’s up, photography fans? It’s Martin here from All About Street Photography, and today I want to talk about the story behind the famous photo Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall) by French photographer Robert Doisneau. If you are not familiar with Doisneau, here’s a video I made about his life and work: People like my photos because they see in them what they would see if they stopped rushing about, and took the time…

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Explaining Bit Depth and Debunking a Common Myth – Photography Article

Each year, someone new comes along to try and demystify bit depth for the masses. In 2017 it was Tutvid, in 2018 Greg Benz did a great job in this article, and now StyleMyPic has created a comprehensive and easy-to-follow video that explains exactly what bit depth is, how it works, and debunks a common myth. The breakdown gets pretty technical at times, but it’s easy to follow from start to finish. Host Sid Vasandani explains what bits are, the…

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A Technical Look at Creating a Photo Restoration and Colorization AI – Photography Article

In this article, I’m going to tell a story of how we’ve created AI-based restoration project for old military photos. Editor’s note: This article is highly technical and will not be easy reading for most. What is “photo restoration”? It consists of three steps: 1. We find all the image defects: fractures, scuffs, holes; 2. We inpaint the discovered defects, based on the pixel values around them; 3. We colorize the image. Further, I’ll describe every step of photo restoration…

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What Does an Unprocessed RAW File Look Like? – Photography Article

What does it mean to look at a “straight from camera” RAW photo file? How do RAW processors like Lightroom change the files after they’re loaded, and are RAW files actually images? Those are some questions we’ll be exploring in this article. There is a tool called dcraw which reads various RAW file types and extracts pixel data from them — it’s actually the original code at the very bottom of a lot of open source and even commercial RAW…

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How to Photograph Wild Amphibians and Reptiles Safely and Ethically – Photography Article

It frustrates me to see so many fake wildlife photographs of amphibians and reptiles on social media. That’s because those staged photos of captive animals in unnatural positions and situations go viral on a regular basis, and this “success” can inspire other people to follow them in their footsteps. The process of staging the amphibians and reptiles often involves animal cruelty. I have dedicated many social media posts to this subject, but after all the negativity, I wanted to turn…

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Sony Debuts World’s Fastest USB Hub with Card Reader and HDMI Support – Photography Article

Earlier today, Sony revealed what they’re calling the world’s fastest smart multifunction USB hub: a smart USB-C hub designed for “enhanced workflow efficiency for photographers, videographers and creators.” The USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub, model number MRW-S3 if you’re curious, claims to beat out every other option out there in terms of speed, while packing in just about every port you’ll ever need. That includes a UHS-II SD/microSD card reader, USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and…

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