500px Blog » Celebrating 10 Years of Photography: Pushing boundaries – Photography Article

500px Blog » Celebrating 10 Years of Photography: Pushing boundaries 500px turns 10 this month and in honor of this milestone, and the people who made it possible—our community—we’re kicking-off our birthday month by “Celebrating 10 years of photography with 10 things we love about you!” Learn more here. 500px has some of the most talented and innovative photographers in the world, and so we’ve created this special edition blog post to showcase photos that take risks and push creative…

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How to Turn a $5 IKEA Gadget into the Perfect Darkroom Timer/Thermometer – Photography Article

If you develop your own film or wet plates, photographer Markus Hofstaetter has a great tip for you. With just a tiny little DIY tweak, you can turn a $5 all-in-one IKEA gadget into the perfect all-in-one Darkroom timer, thermometer and clock. The IKEA gadget in question is the “Klockis” and it’ll run you just $5 (or 5 Euro, if you’re in Europe like Hofstaetter). It’s a nifty little square gadget that changes its function depending on which side is…

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Photographer Turns Symphony Hall into the World’s Largest Darkroom – Photography Article

During this year’s STORY conference in Nashville, TN, photographer Blake Wylie did something really cool. He turned a massive symphony hall into what might be the world’s largest darkroom so that he could capture and develop a tintype portrait on-stage, in front of an audience of 1,400 people. The theme of this year’s conference was “liminal space,” and Wylie was one of several creatives who were invited to give presentations and speak in Nashville in September. In the past, he’s…

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Ideas for Using a Variable ND Filter to Control Landscapes – Photography Article

Attaching the variable neutral density (ND) filter to a lens basically means that we have added a fourth dimension to our camera. The exposure triangle — aperture, ISO, shutter speed — has been expanded with a fourth variable with which we can play to achieve a desired effect or outcome. This opens up for new creative opportunities in our photography and also adds a lot of flexibility to our shooting. Full disclosure: I am an ambassador for several photography brands,…

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This Guy Built a Working ‘Wrist Flash’ That You Wear Like a Watch – Photography Article

Photographer and creative tinkerer Alireza Rostami is back at it. After turning a broken computer into a working camera in August, he embarked on a new DIY project: making a working flash that you can wear like a wristwatch. The franken-flash was built using parts from a broken point-and-shoot, and the strap from an actual wrist watch. You can see the raw materials in the photographs below: Early versions of the flash had a tendency to shock Rostami thanks to…

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Photographer Turns a Skyscraper Into a Giant Camera – Photography Article

Brendan Barry is a UK-based photographer who’s known for turning all kinds of unusual things into working cameras, from food and mannequins to shipping containers and camper trailers. But his latest project was his most ambitious yet — turned a Manhattan skyscraper into a giant camera. Barry took over the 46th floor of a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan and blacked out the 27,000-square-foot space by covering up the 160 windows with a 360-degree view of the city. He then let…

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The Flash as a Self-Defense Weapon – Photography Article

Back in the 1970s, I would occasionally go bar hopping in South Tucson. Although it wasn’t a particularly rough neighborhood, there was always the potential bad guy. As a recent Vietnam vet, I was always doing threat assessments. My head was on a swivel. Seeking some protection, I considered a variety of possible weapons but rejected most of them. I was very concerned about possibly over-reacting and attacking someone who I perceived to be a threat but injuring an innocent…

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This Photographer Has Elderly Couples Pose for Engagement-style Photos – Photography Article

While traveling the world to teach her photography workshops, photographer Sujata Setia has been working on a long-running photo series in which she asks elderly couples who have been married for decades to pose for engagement-style photos for them to keep. “It’s just the pleasant shock of never, ever imagining that someone would ask them to pose like a newly married couple at 80 years old,” the London-based child portrait photographer tells HuffPost. “I tell them to hold hands, kiss.…

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These Vintage Cameras Were Sliced Up and Frozen in Resin – Photography Article

Swiss photographer and artist Fabian Oefner has released a new series called CutUp that features cameras cut into slices and then fixed in resin. The resulting sculptures offer a unique view of the internal components of well-known camera bodies. Oefner starts by slicing cameras apart using an “old archaic band saw,” cutting through the different materials with brute force. The slices are then meticulously polished by hand before they’re arranged in a new shape and then embedded within resin. Oefner…

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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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People Look Frozen in This Super Slow Mo Shot at 960fps with a Phone – Photography Article

While traveling through the streets of New York City, filmmaker Glen Vivaris pulled out his smartphone and shot footage at 960 frames per second out the car window. He then created this 2-minute video that makes the New Yorkers on sidewalks look like they’re frozen in time. “The car was actually moving really fast in comparison to the people,” Vivaris writes. “If you were to play it normal speed, the car just zips by in a split second. It’s similar…

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This Guy Turned His Broken Computer Into a Working Camera – Photography Article

When Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami’s first computer from 20 years ago died, he decided to give it new life and a new purpose by turning it into a camera. Rostami took the various components from the computer (and other old computers) and constructed a light-sealed box for the camera body (with the help of some light-blocking paper). He placed a wooden backing in the rear to hold his film and a Linhof lens mount on the front. The unusual-looking camera…

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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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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 » 30 Beautiful Bokeh Images to Capture Your Imagination – Photography Article

There’s something so whimsical about images that incorporate bokeh. It’s almost as if they could be from a different, magical world. We’ve loved watching the submissions fly in for our bokeh-themed Photo Quest by Meyer-Optik-Görlitz and selected 30 of our favourites to ignite your creative spark! The three lucky winners of this Quest are going to receive an incredible prize courtesy of master lens-crafters Meyer-Optik. The good news is that there’s still time to enter, so get inspired by the…

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The First-Ever Movie Scene with a Total Solar Eclipse as the Backdrop – Photography Article

During the recent total solar eclipse in Chile, professional outdoor photographer Ted Hesser was on hand on an indie film shoot to help do something that had never been done before: capture a movie scene with totality as the backdrop. Having captured viral photos of a climber in front of totality during the solar eclipse over the United States back in 2017, Hesser was brought in to consult (to help line up the shot) and to shoot still photos for…

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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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Imitating Hazy Backgrounds with Diffusion Gels – Photography Article

Shooting in a studio has its advantages. But although being warm, dry and convenient are greatly appreciated, shooting between the same four walls can get a little boring if you’re constantly using them as backgrounds for your shots. Sure, you could get some colored paper setup, you could even buy a fancy canvas sheet with paint splashes on it, and for the really adventurous, you could even use some colored lights behind your subject. But what happens when you’re finally…

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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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This is a Modern Car Race Shot with a 1968 Super 8 Camera – Photography Article

A guy named Nick Shirrell recently attended a car race, but instead of shooting it with a modern camera, he brought along a Canon Super 8 camera that was launched back in 1968. As you can see in the resulting 3.5-minute video above, the results were delightful. Shirrell shares that he shot the For the Sake of Racing event on April 20th at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan using a Canon 1218 Super 8mm camera loaded with Kodak 50D and…

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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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Turtle Wears GoPro, Captures Exciting Pond Life – Photography Article

Kyle Naegeli, AKA The Fish Whisperer, recently strapped a GoPro camera to the back of a turtle and let it go inside a small pond. As the 4-minute video above shows, some fascinating turtle’s-eye views of the world resulted. “In this video I strap a GoPro to a red eared slider turtle and then he walks up the bank and eats fish from my hand,” Naegeli writes. “Hope y’all enjoyed this different perspective from the turtles point of view!” Naegeli…

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A Group of Photographers Across the UK Passed Around One Dress – Photography Article

Earlier this year, photographer Danielle Reeder of Somerset, UK, launched an experimental photo project called The Traveling Dress Collective. The idea was to pass one dress around between photographers based around the UK to see the diversity of the resulting portraits. “What would happen if a group of photographers had the opportunity to shoot with the exact same dress?” Reeder writes. “How different would the results be?” Reeder put together a list of photographers working in a variety of genres,…

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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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Imagination and the Power of Change with Beth Comstock – Photography Article

One of the world’s most powerful women in business, Beth Comstock, recently left a 27 year career at GE as their Chief Marketing Officer and Vice Chair to go in a completely different direction – to a new life beyond the enterprise-exec world where her new areas of focus include writing, art, exploration and discovery.  Rarely do we see or hear of these evolutions – where someone like Beth who is so accomplished in big business reveals very publicly and…

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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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