People Who Post Selfies are Seen as Insecure & Less Likeable, Study Shows – Photography Article

File this under “well… obviously” news. A new study conducted by Washington State University psychologists and published in the Journal of Research in Personality shows that people who post a lot of selfies are perceived as less likeable, less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences. Yikes. The study was based exclusively on self-image posts, comparing selfies to posed photos taken by someone else, which the researchers called “posies.” The research proceeded in two phases. During Phase 1,…

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This Rare 75mm f/1.9 Cinema Projector Lens is the King of Swirly Bokeh – Photography Article

YouTuber Mathieu Stern is a weird lens expert, but even he didn’t realize the gem he’d uncovered when someone sold him an old cinema projector lens for 2 Euros at a flea market. It turns out this rare 75mm f/1.9 lens produces some of the most intense swirly bokeh Stern has ever seen. Since this lens wasn’t made for any camera that Stern had ever used, he actually had to 3D print a solution in order to attach it to…

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This Influencer Posts Her Outtakes to Show that Instagram Isn’t Reality – Photography Article

Typically, when we write about influencers it’s not a terribly positive piece. But one Amsterdam-basedInstagram influencer is breaking that mold by doing something uplifting: posting outtakes next to polished photos as a “reality check” for followers who envy her social media image. Rianne Meijer is a style and beauty influencer whose 408K-follower Instagram account is chock full of the kinds of beautiful images we’re used to seeing: gorgeous sunsets, glamorous meals, and cute selfies set the stage for an enviable…

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Wedding Photographer Loses Photos in a Fire, Only Offers 90% Refund – Photography Article

If you lost all of your client’s wedding photos in a house fire, would you give them a full refund? This question has been spreading across the Internet the past few days after a couple complained that their wedding photog only offered them a 90% refund after his house burned down, because of the time he already invested. The story originally surfaced on the r/AmItheA**hole subreddit, where a disappointed groom asked the Reddit community if he was being unreasonable for…

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The 10 Worst ‘Types’ of Models to Work With – Photography Article

Photographer Jordan Matter of Dancers Among Us fame has worked with hundreds of models over the course of his career. Recently, he teamed up with fashion model Natalia Taylor to “spill the tea on some of the craziest fashion models I’ve photographed” in a fun, tongue-in-cheek video. Over the course of the video, Matter and Taylor reenact his experiences with the ten “types” of nightmare models Matter has had to work with: the control freak, the hungover model, the germaphobe,…

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This Guy Turned a Sony a7R III Into a Leica Q2 – Photography Article

We’ve seen some unusual camera modding projects before, but this one is next level. Someone over in China took a $2,500 Sony a7R III, took it apart, and, through an insane amount of work, turned it into a $5,000 Leica Q2. The project was shared to the Chinese social media service Weibo by a guy who goes by Neutral Gray. He started off with a sketch — his goal was to arrive at a camera that looks somewhat like a…

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Watch a Shark Breach a Diver’s Cage in this Viral Video from 2016 – Photography Article

A crazy video from 2016 is making the rounds again today after photographers started sharing it on social media. The video, which was captured three years ago off the coast of Mexico, shows the crazy moment when a Great White shark accidentally breached a diving cage … while the diver/photographer was still inside. The video was captured by the father of Gabe and Garrett, stars of a kids YouTube channel with 1.7M subscribers. When it was first uploaded in 2016,…

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These Useful Charts Help You Avoid the Crowds at US National Parks – Photography Article

Designer and engineer Jordan Vincent has created a set of data visualizations (read: creative infographics) that landscape photographers might find invaluable. Using visitor data from all of the most popular US National Parks, he was able to plot attendance by type of lodging, time of year, and average temperature. He created these visualizations for 54 National Parks—including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon and many more—using data that spanned from 2013 to 2019. Each chart plots the number of Lodging, RV,…

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Comparing Three of the Most Popular Medium Format Color Films – Photography Article

If you’re just getting started with medium format film photography, NYC-based photographer and YouTuber Willem Verbeeck created a useful comparison video that may help you decide on your first 120 film purchase. In the video, Verbeeck compares three of the most popular 120-format color film options currently on the market: Kodak Portra 400, Fujicolor Pro 400H, and Lomography 400. All three will cost you between $6 and $8 per roll of 16 exposures—$19 for a 3-pack of Lomography 400, $35…

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I Found an Abandoned ‘Palace’ in the Desert, It’s Actually a Gameshow Set – Photography Article

While exploring the southern, lesser-known part of the Jordanian desert Wadi Rum, I notice a remarkable, palace-like structure sitting on a high, rocky cliff. The view reminded me of a scene from the classic Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia. It just lacked camel caravans and people. Who lived in such a place and why did they decide to abandon it? Perhaps the abandoned structure was the set for a film I was unfamiliar with. The harsh background recalls those against…

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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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Is Noise in Photos Always Bad? – Photography Article

Is noise in photos always bad? It might seem like a rhetorical question with an obvious and universal answer: yes. But landscape photographer and YouTuber James Popsys begs to differ in an opinion video that will no doubt spark some debate. Popsys shoots with a Micro Four Thirds system, and he’s often asked about the noise performance. But this video is not about defending Micro Four Thirds or comparing sensor sizes. He does shoot these things with his MFT system,…

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Photography Newbies Try Using the $52,000 150MP Phase One XF IQ4 – Photography Article

What happens when you put a $52,000, 150MP medium format monster of a camera into the hands of complete newbies? The folks at Gear Patrol wanted to find out. So they got some of the non-photographers on their staff to come in and try out the Phase One XF IQ4 before telling them just how expensive the camera really is. The setup was pretty straight forward. Deputy photo editor Henry Phillips put a radio trigger on the IQ4 and tethered…

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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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Woman Calls Out Her Own Sister for Faking Instagram Snap, Goes Viral – Photography Article

You might be able to fool the Internet, but as one Florida woman found out the hard way, you’d better hope your sister isn’t around when you’re doing it. Your little lie might just go viral. Casey Sosnowski recently posted your typical, inspirational hiking photo to her Instagram. Athleisure wear on point, the Lake Okahumpka Park and Trail beneath her feet, nature-loving caption locked and loaded. “Nature is the ultimate healer to all our problems,” wrote Casey, adding #NatureLover for…

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Watch a Photoshop Pro Teach His Mom to Edit Photos – Photography Article

Photoshop expert and photo editing teacher Aaron Nace just took on his most inexperienced pupil yet: his mom. In a special episode of Phlearn, Aaron sat down with his mom to teach her how to edit some of his childhood photos in Photoshop. The result is both entertaining and, if you’re a rote beginner like Mrs. Nace, a great intro to photo editing. When we say “rote beginner,” we’re not exaggerating. Despite her son’s reputation as a Photoshop expert, Mrs.…

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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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Will It Blend? Torture Testing Sony’s TOUGH SD Cards – Photography Article

Sony’s TOUGH SD cards are extremely popular among photographers. But just how tough are they? Photographer and writer Steve Huff decided to put the latest iteration of these TOUGH cards through the ultimate battery of tests: freezer, washer, dryer, pool, and… just for fun… blender. When it comes to getting the best combination of reliability and speed out of your SD cards, there’s not a better option out there than Sony’s SF-G Series TOUGH SD cards. Not only do they…

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$6,700 iMac Pro vs $5,700 PC – Photography Article

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge recently published a Mac vs PC comparison that answers an important question for photographers: which is better for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, a powerful iMac Pro or an equivalent custom-built PC? It’s important to note that this is not a straight-up Mac vs PC “shootout” that takes every variable into account vis-a-vis operating system, upgradability, etc. It’s just meant to pit a very powerful Apple computer against a very powerful custom built PC and…

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Photographer Speaks Out About ‘The Dark Side of Modeling’ – Photography Article

After the recent allegations of harassment and assault against celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde, fashion photographer Jessica Kobeissi decided to use her platform on YouTube to speak out against what she’s calling “the dark side of modeling” and share some of the horrifying stories she’s heard from models she works with. The hour-long video that resulted is, at times, distressing. From offensive or harassing text messages and Instagram DMs all the way to horrifying accounts of abuse, the stories that Kobeissi…

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Why So Much Wedding Photography is Boring, and How to Change That – Photography Article

In a recent video, photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor shared some insightful thoughts on wedding photography: why so much of it looks the same (read: boring) and how wedding photographers like himself can help change that with each new couple they shoot. If we had to sum up the point of Windsor’s 12-minute video in one sentence, it would go something like this: take time during each wedding to ditch the tropes and formulaic shots that dominate Pinterest, and try…

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Trying 10 Lenses Under $100 – Photography Article

Andrew of husband and wife photography team Denae and Andrew recently partnered up with KEH to test out 10 of the best-selling vintage 50mm lenses on the used market. From old Nikon and Canon glass, to Minolta, Pentax and even a Contax lens, all of these can be had for under $100, and Andrew wanted to find out which of the 10 performed best. One note: Andrew tests all 10 lenses on his Fujifilm X-T3, so there is an APS-C…

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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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The Photo Rock Bar Wants to Replace Bulky Sandbags with a Better Solution – Photography Article

It’s not often someone “reimagines” an established bit of kit, but that’s what the folks over at Photo Rock Bar have done. This strange looking weight for tripods, light stands and boom arms is meant to replace ye old sand bag with something more convenient and versatile. The Photo Rock Bar came to our attention earlier this week when we were contacted by one of the contraption’s creators. As you can see from the images below, the Photo Rock Bar…

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Camera Makers, Please Bring Back the Custom Focus Limiter – Photography Article

Back in the Sony SLT days, the company included an incredibly useful feature into the a99 Mark II called the Custom Focus Limiter. It allowed you to limit your autofocus to any distance range you wanted, and by golly, we wish it were still a thing. In the video above, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReviewTV explain why they love this feature, and implore camera makers to add it back into their modern bodies. As they point out, focus…

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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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5 of the Most Overused Landscape Photography Techniques – Photography Article

Landscape photographer and LUMIX Ambassador James Popsys has put together a video breaking down five of the most overused photography techniques in landscape photography. From long exposures of water, to sky replacement, he explains why he feels that each of these are either used badly, too often, or both. The five techniques Popsys singles out in his video are: Long Exposures Using Water Panoramas Always Including Foreground Interest Only Shooting at Golden Hour Sky Replacement It’s not that these techniques…

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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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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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How the Amazing Photos in the ‘I Spy’ Books Were Captured – Photography Article

Did you ever dive into an I Spy book as a kid? These photo books were filled with incredibly detailed images that showed tens, sometimes hundreds of objects in a single shot, and challenged children to find specific items within those pictures. And each illustration was captured using real objects by photographer Walter Wick. In the behind the scenes video above, INSIDER interviewed Wick about his work, which continues to touch millions of lives. The I Spy and Can You…

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