The Opposite Photography Challenge: Shoot Outside Your Comfort Zone

One way to stretch yourself as a photographer is to shoot outside your comfort zone, and the Opposite Photography Challenge is one way to do so. In this 7-minute video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows how she carried out the challenge with a recent portrait shoot. The challenge involves shooting exactly the opposite of things you usually do. Rudnyk usually shoots professional female models outdoors with natural light, so for this challenge, she photographed a male non-model (commercial photographer Nathan Elson) indoors with studio lighting. Here are some of the portraits Rudnyk ended up with: “I challenge all of you
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I Shot Photos of Cameras Placed on Film

Last summer, I visited Gifford Stevens at his home in Bradley, Maine. He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. He taught English at Hampden Academy. His classes were always fascinating, and a few favorites were Folklore and Outdoor Life. He led a guitar club, took us white water rafting, and I was fortunate enough to have been able to build an Appalachian dulcimer with him. Gif is retired now (I think he’s on trip 74 around the Sun this year) and spends the summers here in Maine. Last summer, he wanted to pass a few things along
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This LEGO Kit is a Photographer’s Promo Mailer

Every year since 2010, photographer Clint Davis has put together a creative promotional mailer to send out to current and prospective clients. This year he got playful and created a custom LEGO kit promo mailer. “Considering many of the people I do business with are extremely busy and surrounded by some of the most creative and innovative people in the world, this is my trojan horse,’ Davis writes. After some brainstorming, Davis had the idea of doing a LEGO mailer. And since he’s a commercial and editorial automotive photographer, the LEGO kit would have a car theme. Davis was happy
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9 Portrait Location Ideas in 90 Seconds

Sometimes the strangest or most mundane locations can make for compelling portrait environments. Mango Street made this short and sweet video in which it presents 9 portrait location suggestions in just 90 seconds. Here’s a rundown of the 9 places picked (watch the video for a full set of examples showing what you can shoot at each spot):

#1. Through a Cafe Window

#2. Near a Construction Site

#3. Chain-Link Fence

#4. Hedges

#5. Under an Overpass

#6. Indoor Window Light

#7. Outdoor Stairs

#8. Tennis Court

#9. Parking Garage

Mango Street says it picked these locations because they’re ones
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This Guy Shot Formula 1 with a Game Boy Camera and Phone Lens

Photographer and Formula 1 fan Tim Binnion recently attended the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. In addition to shooting the race with his Nikon DSLR, Binnion also decided to document it with a 0.016-megapixel Game Boy Camera from 1998… and the results are pretty awesome. “To my knowledge, no one has ever shot motorsports with a Game Boy Camera before, and there’s probably a good reason for that!” Binnion writes. He was inspired by the work of photographer Joshua Paul, who shoots F1 with a 1913 Graflex 4×5 view camera, and Alexander Pietrow, who shot the
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This is the World’s First Terapixel Macro Photo

Say hello to the world’s first terapixel macro photo. The photo is of a food mosaic, and it was made by stitching together 629,370 separate photos. The final image has dimensions of 6,571,152×160,256 pixels, weighing in at a staggering 1053.07 gigapixels (or 1.053 terapixels). You can explore the photo for yourself through this interactive viewer:
This may give you a better idea of just how high-resolution this photo is: if it were to be printed at 300dpi, the print would be taller than the One World Trade Center in New York City. The photo’s creation was led
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50 Photogs Recreate ‘Starry Night’ as a Light Painting Mosaic

A group of 50 light painting photographers around the world have recreated the famous Van Gogh painting The Starry Night as a mosaic comprised entirely of 456 individual light painting photos. Photographer Dan Chick of Light Painting Blog writes that the project used Piece Out, a website he created that helps groups of people coordinate the creation of photo mosaics. Chick and Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA) founder Sergey Churkin wanted to organize a special project for the International Day of Light, and after some brainstorming, they decided on a recreation of Starry Night.
The painting “The Starry Night”
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A Film Panorama of Kodak Park with a Medium Format Camera Drone

As Eastman Kodak Company transforms its legendary manufacturing complex, once devoted exclusively to the production of photographic equipment and materials, the management of the Eastman Business Park reached out to me (Professor Frank Cost at RIT) to involve students in learning opportunities centered in a new customer-education and workforce development center planned for the Park. As plans for redevelopment of the Park into a “live, work, learn, and play” community unfold, a desire to document the site from the air throughout the process was identified as a potential area of collaboration. Kodak describes the manufacturing site northwest of downtown Rochester
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A Collective Portrait of Paris Made with a Sea of Instagram Photos

What does Paris look like when seen through the eyes and lenses of thousands of unrelated photographers? That’s what researcher and artist Moritz Stefaner explores in Multiplicity, a mesmerizing new art installation that’s on display in France’s capital.
Today, we collectively and continuously document our city experience on social media platforms, shaping a virtual city image. Multiplicity reveals a novel view of this photographic landscape of attention and interests. How does Paris look as seen through the lens of thousands of photographers? What are the hotspots of attraction, what are the neglected corners? What are recurring poses and tropes?
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Cross Processing Kodak Portra 400 in E6

What do you get when you cross process the most popular negative medium format film on the market? I asked myself that question after having a crossing run-in with Fuji Pro 160, a film that I normally avoid. The photos were out of this world and I wondered what would happen to Kodak Portra 400. First up, I have to explain that basically there are two kinds of films: Color Negative and Positive. Negatives are the filmstrips that you cannot really look at, as they are inverted and orange. Positives are also called slides and you can hold them against
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X-Ray Photos Reveal the Evolution of Cameras

Fossils can tell us a lot about the history of living things. Photographer Kent Krugh is creating a “fossil record” of sorts for cameras. His project Speciation is a series of X-ray photos of cameras that provides a brief history of photography, as told through the evolution of the camera. “This work uses x-rays to explore the micro-evolution of cameras and is a metaphor about the limits of evolution,” Krugh writes. “While form and media may have changed, the camera is still a camera: a tool to create images by capturing photons of light.” While the basic concept of
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This is a $10,000 Canadian Selfie Stick

After watching the spread of the selfie stick over the past several years, photographer Peter McKinnon recently decided to try one himself for the first time. But then he decided he wanted something better… so he built himself a $10,000 ultra-Canadian selfie stick. The 8-minute video above documents McKinnon’s journey through selfie stickdom and his custom build. He used two hockey goalie sticks for the stick itself and mounted a Canon cinema camera worth $6,000 to the end (along with a lens, various accessories, and a selection of Canadian flags). What resulted was a one-of-a-kind selfie stick that’s extremely heavy,
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This is a 7.3-Gigapixel ‘Timelapse’ of London

The UK contact lens retailer Lenstore has released a 7.3-gigapixel “timelapse” of London. Titled 24 Hour London, the images show a view of England’s capital city over a period of 24 hours in February 2018. TechRadar reports that the project was a collaboration between Lenstore, photographer Henry Stuart of Visualise, Nikon, and Canary Wharf Group. 24 individual 7.3-gigapixel (7,300MP) photos were created for each hour of the day using a total of 6,240 photos that were shot with the help of a robotic mount and then stitched together to form the larger ultra-resolution shots. When played through,
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This is a 7.3-Gigapixel ‘Timelapse’ of London

The UK contact lens retailer Lenstore has released a 7.3-gigapixel “timelapse” of London. Titled 24 Hour London, the images show a view of England’s capital city over a period of 24 hours in February 2018. TechRadar reports that the project was a collaboration between Lenstore, photographer Henry Stuart of Visualise, Nikon, and Canary Wharf Group. 24 individual 7.3-gigapixel (7,300MP) photos were created for each hour of the day using a total of 6,240 photos that were shot with the help of a robotic mount and then stitched together to form the larger ultra-resolution shots. When played through,
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Using a 140-Year-Old Lens on a $15,000 RED Camera

How does a 140-year-old lens perform on a modern $15,000 cinema camera? Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern wanted to find out, so he paired his ancient (by photography standards) lens with a 5K RED camera to see what would result. Here’s a 4-minute video by Stern about the experiment:
“It’s been a dream for me to adapt a century-old lens on the highest technology available and see how the image would look,” Stern writes. “After some tests, I found the best way to adapt the lens on the camera, and the first image that appeared on the screen was mind-blowing.
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Using a 140-Year-Old Lens on a $15,000 RED Camera

How does a 140-year-old lens perform on a modern $15,000 cinema camera? Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern wanted to find out, so he paired his ancient (by photography standards) lens with a 5K RED camera to see what would result. Here’s a 4-minute video by Stern about the experiment:
“It’s been a dream for me to adapt a century-old lens on the highest technology available and see how the image would look,” Stern writes. “After some tests, I found the best way to adapt the lens on the camera, and the first image that appeared on the screen was mind-blowing.
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Using a 140-Year-Old Lens on a $15,000 RED Camera

How does a 140-year-old lens perform on a modern $15,000 cinema camera? Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern wanted to find out, so he paired his ancient (by photography standards) lens with a 5K RED camera to see what would result. Here’s a 4-minute video by Stern about the experiment:
“It’s been a dream for me to adapt a century-old lens on the highest technology available and see how the image would look,” Stern writes. “After some tests, I found the best way to adapt the lens on the camera, and the first image that appeared on the screen was mind-blowing.
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A Timelapse of the Fastest-Ever Climb of El Capitan in Yosemite

On October 2017, rock climbers Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds broke the record for speed climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite by making it to the top in 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 44 seconds. Photographer Tristan Greszko witnessed the climb and made this beautiful 7-minute timelapse showing how it went down. The Nose is a nearly-3,000-foot vertical route for El Capitan, a mountain that was once considered unclimbable. Since the first ascent in 1958, the record time for The Nose had gone from 17 hours and 45 minutes in 1975 to 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 46
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Hours of Sport Events Photoshopped Into Dizzying Single Photos

“Crowded Fields” is a new eye-popping photo project by photographer Pelle Cass, who used Photoshop to combine hours of sporting events and hundrds of athletes into single composite photos. The Boston-area photographer visits events and shoots roughly 1,000 photos over the course of one or two hours. His goal during this step in the process is to try and ensure that he has photos of athletes in every single feasible location of the frame. Cass shoots with a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR and usually a 16-35mm f/4 lens (mostly at 16mm) on a sturdy Gitzo tripod. A few
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How to Make a Portrait Backdrop for $5 with Dollar Store Items

Professional portrait backdrops can cost over $1,000 apiece. If you’d like to get creative without getting broke, photographer Jessica Kobeissi has a thrifty DIY idea for you in this 4.5-minute video. She shows how you can create a custom backdrop using less than $5 in materials purchased from your local dollar store. Kobeissi visited a Dollar Tree store and purchased a sponge, some plastic table covers in different colors, a jump rope, and some washable kids paint. The backdrop is painted by scrunching up the table cover and pressing the sponge all over the surface. And for her makeshift
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