Portraits of Strangers Found Through Craigslist

For their ongoing “Craigslist Encounters,” the Los Angeles-based photography team Kremer Johnson has been shooting portraits of completely strangers who are each found using Craigslist. Each subject responded to an ad titled “Characters Wanted” and agreed to pose for $20 an hour. Fstoppers writes that photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson have posted the ad three times so far, and each time it goes up they receive about 70 to 100 responses. The photographers have shot portraits of about 30 people so far, and they’re aiming to photograph over 100 more in the upcoming year. Each subject is interviewed to
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How to Fake the Look of ‘Bullet Time’ Using a Single Camera

Here’s a new 3-minute music video by Russian/Ukrainian group 5’Nizza. In it, the band finds themselves in a variety of situations, but as the action is frozen they keep on singing while the camera pans around them. How was it done? It turns out the effect was created with a single moving camera and a green screen. The “bullet time” effect was popularized by the film The Matrix, in which Neo appears to stop bullets in their tracks while the camera spins around him. For the Hollywood film, they used multiple camera systems, digital compositing, and computer-generated characters to
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This Photo Booth Shoots ‘Professional’ Headshots for $20

IRIS is a new photo booth that’s designed to shoot “professional” portraits of professionals for only $20. Instead of looking like typical photo book snapshots, the portraits are supposed to look like they were shot by a headshot photographer with studio lighting. You can pay for your shoot on the IRIS website before visiting a booth, or you can make your payment at the booth itself. Once you’re inside the booth, enter your email to get things rolling. The screen will then guide you with instructions and advice for posing. Your session includes 6 different shots. You can pick one
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This Guy Made a Time-Lapse of Himself Singing with 3 Years of Daily Selfies

Here’s a video by YouTube user oOtoke, who shot selfies for three years to create a timelapse of himself singing. Around 1,000 selfies were captured between March 2012 and April 2015. Somehow oOtoke was able to plan the photos well enough for his mouth in the photos to properly lipsync the song when played quickly as a timelapse. The song used is titled “Halo, Džozefina” (Hello Josephine) by the retired Serbian and Yugoslav singer Đorđe Marjanović.

How to Customize the Bokeh in Photos Using a Laser Printer

If you’re into photography, chances are that you’ve seen the tutorials where you are supposed to cut hearts out of paper to get heart-shaped bokeh. I recently decided to try to do this myself. But I soon realized that my scissor skills aren’t anywhere near good enough to make nice looking heart shapes… let alone anything more advanced. This got me thinking of other ways to get custom shaped bokeh. I was standing in the shower a few hours later when it finally hit me: I have a pack of overhead film transparencies lying around in my wardrobe. What if
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This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions. See if you can figure out how each one was done through a clever mix of camera work and digital editing. If you want to see even more, here’s a previous compilation that Parry released back in April:
You can follow along with new illusions as they’re released by following Parry’s Instagram account. (via Kevin Parry
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Photographer Uses Burned Teapot as a Camera to Shoot Wildfire Damage

Back in August 2016, the Blue Cut wildfire tore through Cajon Pass in Southern California, burning 37,000 acres, dozens of cars, and over 300 homes and structures. Local photojournalist James Quigg documented the fire’s damage in a creative and unusual way: he found a burned teapot and turned it into a pinhole camera. Quigg has been the chief photographer for the Daily Press newspaper in nearby Victorville since 2003. In the months after the 2016 SoCal wildfires, Quigg worked on a number of stories involving the aftermath and recovery efforts by residents affected by the blazes. While watching a woman
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Photographer Uses Burned Teapot as a Camera to Shoot Wildfire Damage

Back in August 2016, the Blue Cut wildfire tore through Cajon Pass in Southern California, burning 37,000 acres, dozens of cars, and over 300 homes and structures. Local photojournalist James Quigg documented the fire’s damage in a creative and unusual way: he found a burned teapot and turned it into a pinhole camera. Quigg has been the chief photographer for the Daily Press newspaper in nearby Victorville since 2003. In the months after the 2016 SoCal wildfires, Quigg worked on a number of stories involving the aftermath and recovery efforts by residents affected by the blazes. While watching a woman
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This ‘Little Planet’ Solar Eclipse Photo Combines Day and Night

Here’s a different perspective of the Great American Eclipse by photographer Stephane Vetter. It’s a “little planet” photo that beautifully combines the solar eclipse with star trails. Vetter visited Magone Lake in Oregon and found a perfect spot near a Douglas fir tree (seen at the center of the frame). During the night before the eclipse, Vetter spent 4 hours capturing the image of star trails circling the celestial north pole. This became the bottom half of the “little planet” photo. The next day, Vetter shot a photo every 15 minutes from sunrise to sunset, including during the total solar
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This Photographer Used a McDonald’s Big Mac Box to Light Portraits

French photographer Philippe Echaroux recently decided to challenge himself in the area of shooting portraits of strangers. Instead of using high-end camera equipment, he decided to use an iPhone and light his subjects using a McDonald’s Big Mac box. “I like to challenge myself,” Echaroux tells PetaPixel. His lighting rig consisted of a flashlight, a drinking straw, and a Big Mac box: Here’s what it looks like when fully assembled and operational (for extra light reflection, Echaroux recommends rubbing oil from the fries onto the inside of the box): Echaroux then took the makeshift light out and began photographing people:
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This Guy Shot the Solar Eclipse with a Game Boy Camera

During the Great American Eclipse, while most photographers worried about camera settings and solar filters, Redditor zhx decided to bust out a Game Boy Camera, which was introduced in 1998 and features a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor. Here’s the photo, captured from Portland, Oregon: The solar eclipse actually takes up a very small portion of the frame, and the dark circle is a halo effect from the corona around the moon. Here’s a photo of the camera kit zhx used: The camera is so old that working with the resulting files isn’t exactly easy and straightforward. Here’s zhx’s explanation for
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How to Shoot a Dancer Coming Out of a Wall Mirror

Los Angeles-based photographer Daniel DeArco recently shot a series of “inverted room” photos of a dancer and a mirror on a wall. To turn the idea into reality, DeArco and his team spent days building a sideways room. Here’s a 3D rendering showing the set that was built: A standing pool of water on the ground was the mirror on the “wall”, and the sidewall had furniture fixed to it to serve as the “ground” in the photo. The team spent 5 days building the set but ended up having only 2 hours to shoot on it. Here are some
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This Potter Creates Working Cameras Out of Clay

Steve Irvine is a Canadian potter who has had a lifelong interest in photography. Some years ago, Irvine decided to combine his two passions by creating ceramic cameras. Each beautiful and unique creation is fully functional as a pinhole camera. The cameras “have no lens, light meter, viewfinder, or automatic shutter, and yet they can produce gallery quality images,” Irvine writes. “I use black and white photo paper in them for the negatives. The negatives are either 4 x 5 inches, or 5 x 8 inches.” Here are some of Irvine’s ceramic cameras, with each one followed by a
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10 Predictions About the Future of Photography

How might photography evolve in the coming years and decades? The folks over at COOPH took a look at current trends and research projects to come up with 10 productions about the future of photography. They’re discussed in the 4.5-minute video above. Here’s a quick summary of what COOPH believes the future holds for photographers: 1. Stronger Sensors: Cameras will have sensors with hundreds of megapixels in resolution, extremely high ISOs for night vision, and possibly even a curved design that superior to flat ones.
2. Smaller Cameras: Future cameras may be completely flat with no moving
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Shooting Modern Auto Racing with a 1926 Kodak Brownie

Photographer Murilee Martin has shot auto racing for over a decade now, but recently he decided to give himself a challenge: he covered a race using a “point-and-shoot” camera that contains 100-year-old+ camera technology. In a piece for car enthusiast magazine Autoweek, Martin writes that while his camera of choice these days is a DSLR, he continues to have a soft spot for ancient and strange analog cameras. And after learning how to drive the Ford Model T, Martin wanted to shoot with the camera equivalent of that iconic car.
A 1910 Ford Model T
The Ford Model T
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How to Create Long Exposure Light Trails in Video with After Effects

In this tutorial, I’ll break down how I create light trails from video and how you can create a video panning shot. A panning shot is where a camera pans horizontally to track a subject in a frame, keeping the subject sharp, while blurring the background. Recently I created a video for Toyota that combined my light-trail/long-exposure video technique and video panning effect:
After this video was released, I got a ton of questions and tutorial requests on how I created the effect. So here it is! This tutorial demonstrates how to create the effect in After Effects by Adobe,
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These Mozart Photos Were Created in Camera, Not Photoshop

Austrian adventure photographer Sebastian Wahlhuetter has just released an amazing new project titled “Amadé”. It’s a series of photos showing Mozart walking across the air on musical notation, created entirely in-camera instead of through Photoshop “faking.” “These are single image exposures (no Photoshop) and I put weeks of effort into this,” Wahlhuetter tells PetaPixel. After carefully planning the idea of the shoot, Wahlhuetter had to build and test the rigging for the musical notion slackline that spanned the space between two cliffs. Once the slackline was built, deployed, and verified by a team of rigging experts, a slackline athlete
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Camera Captures Animals Eating, From the Food’s Point of View

If you’ve ever wanted to see what the world looks like as a vegetable being eaten by animals, today’s your lucky day. YouTuber Agavem bought some vegetables, mounted a camera to one end, and then visited a park to feed the animals that live there. The viral 4-minute video above is what resulted. Agavem’s writes that the inspiration for this experiment was this video shot by camera placed at the bottom of a water bucket that filmed different animals drinking.

This is One Concert Photographer’s ‘Viral’ Business Card

Concert photographer Rich Gastwirt came up with this unusual “viral” business card for getting his website URL into people’s hands. It’s a simple black card that reads: “Hi. You don’t know me, but I’m trying to enjoy the show that you’re talking over. Kindly shut the f*** up.” In the bottom right-hand corner is his domain name, which forwards to his Facebook page. “The entire purpose is to be viral with them,” Gastwirt tells PetaPixel. “People always ask for cards at concerts and I used to make nice ones with photos, but they invariably ended up in the trash,
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