Using a Drone to Create Stop-Motion Animations in the Sky


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Before we jump into this blog post if you haven’t already read how I do drone light paintings horizontally in the sky be sure to check this out here. If you have done that already (or don’t wanna read something else) get ready to have your socks knocked off because we are flipping them into vertical space and animating our light paintings all with stop motion.

To create this effect we use a similar process as I did in the link I mentioned above, but with a couple twists.

First off, thanks to Oliv Yeh and Krzysztof Dziądziak for making

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The Pros and Cons of Working with an Agent: Advice for Photographers


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When you’re very early in your photography career, getting an agent will seem like a mysterious process. Many photographers feel that signing with an agent will offer the key to their fortunes. When they do sign, some photographers will feel they have finally made it.

Of course, everyone wants to be in a situation where they are offered bigger and better jobs, but I would suggest agents should be seen as a by-product of success rather than the key to it.

Do I really need an agent?

Many photographers think they need an agent way before they actually do. You

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Reflecting on Two Years in the Sony Alpha Ecosystem


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The third of this month marked two years since I took my first foray into the Sony Alpha Ecosystem. I thought it would be a good idea to look back to see how I’m liking the system and if my views have changed since my 12 month a7 III review.

Briefly: Why I Switched

I won’t go into great detail as to why I switched since I’ve already explained that in my previous review. The plain and simple fact is that I switched due to G.A.S. In these types of posts, you’ll hear most people say that they

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How You Live Your Life is Reflected in How You Take Photos


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I look at hundreds of photographs everyday and I’ve noticed that how people take photos is in direct correlation to how they live their day to day lives. This may not sound like a startlingly profound fact but, put simply: your personality can create the biggest barrier to achieving interesting and unique photographs.

It’s not your kit, and it’s not your ability to capture perfect focus. It’s who you are and how you live that you need to examine.

Let me delve a bit deeper and explain.

Now here are some stereotypes…

Are you a busy, task-oriented person?

Your photos

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Gucci Ad Campaign: No Photographer, No Problem


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Who is the photographer for Gucci’s fall winter 2020–2021 campaign? Surprise! There is no photographer. Yes, that’s right: no photographer and no make-up artist, hairdresser, stylist, or assistant … only models, who received a parcel of clothes and photographed themselves. Selfies.

You’d think it was just an expedient to cope with the limitations of the current pandemic. The photos aren’t going to be very good, right?

Actually, they are quite good, the results are surprisingly professional. The photos are well composed, the styling is accurate, the images dynamic and fresh. The pictures in this campaign show remarkable stylistic consistency, both

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Do Photos Really Tell Stories?


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It’s funny how deceiving a photograph can be. I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking that this roller skater has turned his head to check out the girl on her phone as he skates past her. Without any context, that does appear to be the story here.

In actuality, he’s approaching her (and me) as he skates backward down the sidewalk. He’s turned his head so he can see where he’s going. See how some context can change the narrative?

You often hear people compliment a photographer’s image for making or telling a great story. However, is that “great story” a

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Saying Goodbye to the Photo Industry: What I’ve Learned in 9 Years


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After nine years covering the photography industry, today marks the end of that long journey across multiple outlets, ending with my time here at PetaPixel. I’m not leaving journalism, but I am switching things up a bit. After a short break, I’ll be working in a new segment at a new outlet.

It’s an opportunity I am extremely grateful for and allows me to move my career in the direction I want it to go. You’re free to follow me on Twitter for more info on that. But as I bid farewell to an industry I love, I wanted to

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‘Where Did You Shoot That?’


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One of the most hotly debated questions for landscape photographers is how to answer the age-old question, “Where did you shoot that?” While the question is simple enough, whether to answer (and how to answer) is an internal question many shooters contend with in the age of Instagram.

Maybe you have your own, personal response. Or maybe you change up depending on the situation. Regardless, when and how to answer the where is something you should spend some time considering.

The first and most obvious way to respond is to just say where you were for the image. And

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What’s In a Name: Should You Title Your Photographs?


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Should your photograph have a name? If not, why not? If so, then why? And does anyone really care? I’m of the opinion that it should always have a name, an identity, a personality. Well, all of mine at least. What you do with yours is entirely up to you. And as it should be.

Coming up with a suitable identity can sometimes prove problematic though. If I can’t think of something suitable then it simply won’t get posted. This is a bit annoying as there are quite a few nameless orphans on my hard drive which deserve a better

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Why I Love Photography


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There are many different reasons that photographers love photography. Almost always any individual photographer’s interest is a mixture of multiple aspects.

This offering particularly reflects the interests of one individual — me. I am 77 years old as I write this, and photography has been a significant factor in my life since I was about 17 years old.

I was never a professional photographer, though for a few years I worked as a semi-pro, covering high school sporting events for a weekly newspaper on nights and weekends. But, I was in the photographic equipment business from the age of 23

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An Elevator Pitch for digiKam, the Free RAW Processor and Photo Manager


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Whenever a discussion touches on the subject of RAW processing and photo management applications, digiKam rarely comes up. Even when talking about open source photography software, RawTherapee and darktable are often the only names that are thrown around. So let me give you an elevator pitch that makes a case for digiKam.

1. digiKam is available for all mainstream platforms, including Linux, macOS, and Windows. For Linux users, there is even an AppImage package that you can run without any installation.

2. What digiKam has in common with RawTherapee and darktable is cost, or rather the lack thereof. You may

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‘Triangle Composition’ is Ridiculous, Here’s Why


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I don’t normally rant, but this has been bothering me for quite some time. I try not to worry about what gets written on the Internet because I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions and it’s healthy to have many different opinions for others to pick and choose what works for them. Let’s face it, there is no hard and fast rule that photographers must abide by.

With that being said, the idea that a photograph is successful because you are able to form a triangle within the frame by drawing a line from multiple subjects or elements

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Urban Aerials: Dramatic Drone Photos of Helsinki from Above


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Helsinki-based photographer and filmmaker Anders Lönnfeldt loves drone photography, architecture, and geometric compositions that draw you in. Now that he’s found himself out of work due to the pandemic, he’s bringing all three of those sensibilities together in a new series of done photos called Urban Aerials.

“The pandemic means less or no work for many creators. That is also the case for me,” Lönnfeldt tells PetaPixel. “This is the first time in many many years I have ‘nothing to do’ and it was an unfamiliar feeling.”

So he came up with a personal project that he could do

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Street Photography is Alive and Well in Taipei


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In most parts of the world, life has turned upside-down over the past few months. People are staying in their homes, freedom of movement is restricted, schools, parks, restaurants and many shops remain closed, and businesses are suffering.

These are tough times for the photography industry as well. It’s hard to find jobs, clients, and assignments—whether you’re a sports-, travel-, street-, fashion-, portrait- or wedding photographer. Even amateur photographers are hindered from practicing their hobby.

But there is a country, just a hundred miles from China, with only 440 coronavirus cases and six deaths (as of May 8th) where this

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Shoot Productions in COVID-19 Times


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The sudden global stop of many types of content production, ranging from full-blown TV/film through to commercial photo shoots, has hit the creative industry hard. With agencies unable to organize a shoot for a brand in the usual manner, and most photographers unable to leave their homes, we are in a situation where we are having to really think outside the box.

This situation is the new normal and could be for some time to come.

The challenge now is how to conduct the shoots to result in interesting, engaging, and unique content. So just how are people getting around

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There is No ‘Formula’ for Good Photo Composition


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It’s very easy to get stuck in grooves in photography, to find something that makes sense or comes from a position of authority; once habits are formed around ideas about genre, style, or technique, it can be very difficult to break out of those constraints.

There are so many opportunists who seem to be looking to take advantage of the way trends seem to work, to push their way of doing things over others, which really feels like something that happens more in photography than many other kinds of art. I truly don’t know what the equivalent of a preset

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Aerial Photos of Grounded Jets Across the USA


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“I shouldn’t be here.” That’s all I could think as I brought my camera to my eye to frame a shot overlooking the massive expanse of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. I was in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, the door removed at my request. The sun had barely risen over the north Texas landscape as we approached what is typically one of the busiest airports in the world.

Normally, at our altitude and heading, air traffic control would urgently contact us with concern about our intentions. But this morning? Silence. A quick transmission from our pilot to air

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10 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog


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If you’re lucky enough to have a wonderful dog around while you’re stuck in lockdown, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your pet photography skills and try to get some beautiful portraits of your furry friend.

With a dog of my own, I know how much I have loved getting to spend this extra time with my pet. We have a black working cocker spaniel named Willow who often gets mistaken for a black labrador puppy. She is sweet, incredibly loving and affectionate. She loves nothing more than being with her pack and evening snuggles on the sofa, and

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I Review Gear for a Living, This is What I Actually Use


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I review a lot of photography equipment and have for the last nearly 10 years. That means that I have had extended hands-on experience with basically every system out there, and though I may have mostly good things to say about the equipment everyone makes, I do of course have preferences.

Recently Planet Unicorn, the company in which I am proud to be a partner, produced one of our biggest projects yet with some of the most compelling challenges we’ve ever faced, all right before a global pandemic dramatically changed timelines and the ability to work as a team.

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