LENSCAPT: A Hinged Camera Lens Cap You’ll Never Misplace

LENSCAPT is a new “faster lens cap” that’s designed to never fall off your lens. It works by screwing onto the lens’ filter threads, allowing it to remain secure and safe. The lens cap then pops out to the side, swiveling around a hinge rather than being completely removed, so is always ready for use. The spring-loaded hinge keeps it out of the way of your photos, allowing it to swing out to 180-degrees. It deploys almost instantly with just the “flick of a thumb.” It also has a “reinforced inner rim” to provide protection against knocks and
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How to Get STF-Style Bokeh Without a $1,000+ STF Lens

Smooth Trans Focus (STF) was invented by Minolta in the 1980s and became available in the Minolta 135mm f/2.8 STF in 1999. The special design of the lens with an Apodization (APD) filter allows for the smoothing of out-of-focus areas, or bokeh. The APD filter reduces the light transmitted through a lens, but the strength is gradually decreased toward the center of the filter. To simplify the concept, an APD filter is like a gradual neutral density filter, except the gradient is radial. As I illustrate below with a simple single lens, the bokeh ball formed by a light
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This Photographer Spent 12 Years Shooting the Same Window

Alper Yesiltas, a photographer and lawyer from Istanbul, Turkey, spent the last 12 years shooting photos of the same window. The project only came to a halt last year because the owner knocked down the building, but the images are very creative indeed. The window opened out from a corridor in an apartment block, and it was positioned right next to Yesiltas’ room. Yesiltas started photographing the window in 2005, and he kept shooting until its destruction on May 1st, 2017. The lace curtain provided a dynamic element to the photos, bringing a different look to shots depending on
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This Hobby Lobby Photo Shoot is Going Viral

Photographer Jenna Martin’s wildly popular Lowe’s photo shoot seems to have sparked a trend. Cincinnati-based photographer Adam Delane visited a local Hobby Lobby crafts store with four of his model friends and shot some portraits. The photos have since gone wildly viral. Here are behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot, with each one followed by the portrait that resulted:
“The employees didn’t mind,” Delane tells PetaPixel. The photographer shared the photos on Monday through Facebook, where they instantly took off. They’ve since been shared over 290,000 times and liked over 62,000 times.
“That night when I told Aissatou Thiam, Līque Angel,
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Nighttime Footage of Los Angeles Shot Out of the Open Door of a Helicopter

Photographer Vincent Laforet dazzled the world a few years ago by photographing iconic cities at night through the open door of a helicopter flying at 7,500+ feet. The work has since been published as a museum-quality photo book titled Air. Laforet’s next goal: to bring the same concept to life by shooting video. The 7-minute video above is Laforet’s first proof of concept for the project. While his original Air project was shot with a Canon 1D X and a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50MP medium format digital camera, this aerial footage was captured with a RED 8K Helium camera and
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How to Take Great City Photos at Night

Intimidated by nighttime photography? Here’s an inspiring 11-minute video from photographer Peter McKinnon on how you can take better photos of cities at night. McKinnon admits that he struggles with night-time photography. “As soon as the sun goes down, photography ends for me,” he says. “I don’t really enjoy going out with my camera at night.” But in an effort to push his boundaries and expand his creative horizons, McKinnon has been working on liking it more. Using a tripod is very important when you’re shooting at night. Long shutter speeds are a friend of low light environments, and that
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8 DIY Photo Filters You Can Make at Home

If you’re looking to add a creative touch to your photos, you can consider making a DIY lens filter for custom effects. Here’s a 3-minute video from COOPH that suggests 8 photo filters that you can make at home to spice up your photos in seconds. Here’s a quick overview of the 8 filters and examples of what each one does:

1. Spray Your Lens with Water Droplets

2. Tape Fishing Line to the Lens for Creative Flare

3. Use Translucent Plastic for a ‘Tilt-Shift Effect’

4. Hold Clear Plastic In Front of the Lens

5. Shoot Through Colorful Strings
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How to Smash $5,000 in Nikon Lenses

Here’s an 8-second video showing $5,000 in Nikon lenses getting smashed with a mallet. If you cringe at the thought of harm coming to any photographic equipment, here’s the good news: the video isn’t what you think. It’s a creative video by stop-motion extraordinaire PES. “Nikon sent me some lenses to test out…is this what they had in mind?” PES writes. “Not sponsored by Nikon (but shot on the D810).” The shot clip shows him smashing a $2,100 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II, $900 105mm f/2.8G, $1,600 85mm f/1.4G, $450 50mm f/1.4G, and rear lens cap.

This Video Shows How Everyone Snaps the Same Instagram Travel Photos

While traveling in Rome, photographer Oliver KMIA discovered how popular tourist spots were crowded with tourists fighting to shoot their own precious personal photo. He later scoured Instagram and created this 2-minute video, titled “Instravel,” which shows a “photogenic mass tourism experience” and how so many of our travel photos look exactly like other people’s. “I was shocked by the mass of people walking all around the city, yet I was one of them, not better or worst,” KMIA writes. “Like all these tourists, I burned hundred of gallons of fuel to get there, rushed to visit the city in
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I Named These Puppies Click, Bokeh, Nikon, Sensor, Skrim, and Gobo

Late last year, my wife and I had to say goodbye to one of our beloved dogs, Sophie. She was far too young and our loss was devastating. After several months, one of my breeder clients (Kristen from Zero Gravity Australian Shepherds) announced a litter coming. I have photographed many of her litters and have used her dogs as models in many of my concept shoots. We have always admired her dogs so we decided it was time to add a puppy to our home. Kristen was amazingly gracious and decided to have a photography theme to the names for
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20 Square Meters: A Summer of Photos on My Patio as a Creativity Challenge

The great photographer Jay Maisel used to talk about color, light, and gesture being three essential elements of a great image. With 20 square meters, my goal was to create a body of imagery that transports viewers into the scene and allows them to imagine the whole range of smells and sensations of a summer outdoors. Late evening sun reflecting off a window, sun flares in your face, a full moon on a hot night, rain teeming down after a cloud filled and humid morning, calm summer nights with dogs barking and cars humming, the of burgers on a
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How to Use a Projector as a Lighting Tool for Creative Portraits

In my opinion, there’s an extra layer of believability — a tangibility, if you will — to using practical effects as opposed to relying heavily on post-production. Post work is limited by the breadth (or lack thereof) of imagination, which is why I try to get as much as I can in-camera. The first time that I used a projector as a lighting tool was in a fashion story about vacation getaways I shot in 2015. I resorted to projecting exotic locales on a wall behind the model because it was February in Ohio, which meant the outdoor options available
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Photos of Custom Hand-Knit Sweaters That Blend People Into Places

Photographer Joseph Ford and knitter Nina Dodd have spent 4 years working on a creative project called “Knitted Camouflage.” Ford shoots portraits of subjects wearing custom, carefully hand-knit sweaters by Dodd that blend them into very, very specific locations. The colors, lines, and patterns of the sweaters are made to perfectly match the exact place and pose, making it seem as though you’re looking through the subject at what’s behind them (similar to what Chinese artist Liu Bolin does with body paint). The project started after Dodd was riding a double-decker bus and was struck with the
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‘Tilt-Shift Effect’ Drone Shots of Tiny Kayakers in a Tiny World

Here’s a beautiful 2-minute short film by Raphael Boudreault-Simard of Flow Motion Aerials that shrinks kayakers and the beautiful outdoors into a miniature world using a tilt-shift effect. “We shrunk two kayakers and this happened,” writes Red Bull, which published the video. Boudreault-Simard was a kayaker himself before his career was cut short by a shoulder injury and surgery a few years ago. He then started flying a camera drone and picked up aerial filmmaking. For this short film, Boudreault-Simard piloted his drone through difficult terrain to film athletes Aniol Serrasolses and Nouria Newman doing their thing in British Columbia,
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‘Structure’: 4K Shots of Organic Things Magnified up to 1000x

Structure is a new short film by photographer Drew Geraci, who used a microscope and 4K camera to capture the beauty of ordinary organic objects when magnified up to 1000x. Here’s a list of the things that appear in the film: Kiwi, Strawberry, blueberry, Lemon, Lime, Green/Orange Bell Pepper, Bell Pepper Seeds, Soap Bubbles, Star Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Beet, Beet Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Prickly pear, Horned Melon, Carbonated Water, Mushrooms and Pachira Aquatica, Broccoli, Carrots. “It all started with a single shot – a small frozen snowflake I captured using a 100mm macro lens,” Geraci writes. “I’ve shot
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8 Ideas for Funny Portrait Photos

If you’re looking for a wacky idea for portrait photos, check out this 4.5-minute video by COOPH. It’s a collection of 8 wacky things you can do with things that you can mostly find around a home. Here’s a quick overview of the 8 ideas and an example photo for each one:

#1. Tape Your Subject’s Face

#2. Overlay Facial Features

#3. Splash with Water

#4. Turn Your Subject in a Panorama

#5. Face Squash on a Clear Sheet

#6. Multiple Exposures

#7. Combine Props and Creativity

#8. Blast Wind with a Leaf Blower

This Guy Made an 8×10 Large Format Video Camera

Photographer Zev Hoover has created a rather unusual camera: it’s one of the world’s first 8×10 large format video cameras. Hoover believes his creation is the first of its kind ever made. The company LargeSense showed off a 4K sample video shot with a large format digital camera back in 2015, but that involved an expensive digital sensor and was made by combining TIFF file readouts from the sensor at 24fps. Hoover’s camera, on the other hand, is much more affordable and practical for everyday people. The front half is an old large format still camera built around a
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I Turned IKEA Products Into Costumes for a Rembrandt Photo Shoot

I recently shot the 2017 Christmas card photo for Stavanger Foto, the passionate camera store on the west coast of Norway. Being granted full creative freedom in making the card, I went back to the old masters for inspiration. My base idea was to make something interesting and relevant for the camera store business while adding an element of surprise in the form of a retrospective perspective. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt in 1632 was a fantastic starting point for my plan.
“The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” the 1632 oil painting by Rembrandt.
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I Shoot Instax Photos That Document Victims of Violence in Chicago

In 2016, there were 762 murders in Chicago, the most by far anywhere in the United States — more than the total of New York and Los Angeles combined. This year there have already been over 600 homicides. I was born and raised in Canada, where there are fewer murders in the entire country than Chicago has in one year. They are not the nameless; they are not a number… They are the victims of violence, and all were killed in Chicagoland.
The bicycles of 5-year-old twins Addison and Makayla Henning are seen on their front lawn in the 400
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