Netflix’s Excellent Platon Documentary is Now Available for Free on YouTube


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In the middle of April, Netflix quietly uploaded the Platon episode of its excellent 2017 docuseries “Abstract: The Art of Design” to YouTube, where you can watch it for free, even if you don’t have a subscription. It’s not an exaggeration to call this a must-watch.

If you’re not familiar with the series, and you’re a Netflix subscriber, we highly recommend you check it out. Every aspect of design—from illustration, to typography, to photography—is covered in individual 45-minute long episodes that feature a creator who is at the top of their game.

But even if you’re not a

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A 2-Year Timelapse of Amsterdam Through the Seasons


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My long-awaited timelapse film about my current hometown Amsterdam is finally finished! This film consists of footage shot during a 2 year period (mostly before COVID), has all different seasons transitioning into each other and even has a lunar eclipse above the city skyline.

With this timelapse film, I wanted to create something unique. I wanted to create a visual experience with beauty, flow, and emotion. I want locals to be proud of their city when they watch this film and tourists wanting to visit (even more). I put this all in a film packed with little details.

Shooting

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Photographer Captures the Milky Way and Bioluminescence Together in Beautiful Photos


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Photographer Ricardo Ghion recently reached out to share some truly stunning photos he captured that are both quite rare and incredibly difficult to capture: nightscapes of bioluminescence shining beneath the Milky Way.

Ghion tells PetaPixel that the photos were captured in the mangroves of Cananeia, a city on the coast of Sāo Paulo, Brazil. Fishermen leave their canoes in what Ghion describes as “artisanal marinas,” which makes for an ideal shooting location.

However, capturing photos like the ones you see here is no easy task.

“Bioluminescence here is a rare phenomenon, it only happens on cold days and with a

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This Timelapse Captures 24 Hours of Earth’s Rotation by Stabilizing the Sky


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Astrophotographer Bartosz Wojczyński created this mesmerizing timelapse that shows the Earth rotating over the course of 24 hours by using the heavens as the point of reference rather than the landscape.

The Polish photographer was shooting in Tivoli, Namibia, where he set up a Nikon D810 and Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens on a SW Star Adventurer celestial tracking platform.

During the span of 23 hours and 56 minutes, Wojczyński shot a single frame every single minute. He then combined the frames into a timelapse video and looped the sequence 60 times to create the 24-minute 4K video seen above.

Capturing Kindness and Raw Humanity Inside the Minneapolis Protests


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As someone who is used to going around the world and capturing scenes of humanity among social situations, I knew I had to go immediately to the Minneapolis protests to get the real story. When I saw the news showing only negativity and destruction, I knew far too well that it couldn’t be the entire story.

Warning: This article contains mature words and images.

I got a room by the Mall of America, close to the 3rd Precinct, and opened my window to what looked like a scene from WWIII. Smoke all over the horizon. Sirens going off. And

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Blind Test: Fujifilm X-Trans vs Bayer Filter, Which is Better?


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Andrew of the YouTube Channel Andrew & Denae is back with another helpful “blind taste test” for camera lovers. This time, he’s not comparing color science—he’s comparing the results from Fuji’s X-Trans sensors agains images captured through a standard Bayer Filter.

For anyone who needs a refresher, Fuji’s X-Trans sensors replace the standard Bayer filter with a different type of color filter of Fuji’s own design. The special 6 by 6 pattern of Fuji’s color filter allegedly eliminates moire, allowing Fuji to leave out the low-pass filter found in most digital cameras, thereby increasing resolution. It does, however, come

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Photographer Uses DIY Reflecting Pool to Capture Beautiful Flower Photos


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Landscape photographer Lewis Carlyle was recently trying to figure out a photo project to do at home, when he came up with a totally unique, never-before-tried idea: close-up photos of flowers. Okay, fine, it’s not exactly revolutionary, but he did manage to put an interesting twist on the concept and create some beautiful images in the process.

The result of his experimentation is a photo series dubbed Reflections.

To capture these images, Carlyle used a kiddie pool and some black fabric to create a DIY reflecting pool in his own backyard in Colorado Springs, CO. Then, he headed over to

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This Crop Factor Calculator Simulates Your Results, Including Speed Boosters


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Filmmaker Daniel Scott Murphy has created an incredibly useful new crop factor calculator that goes beyond anything we’ve seen online thus far. Not only does it tell you the crop, it actually simulates the results, and can even handle setups that include speed boosters.

Murphy’s’s goal was to create the most useful and full-featured crop factor calculator on the Web. A calculator that can answer the question: “What is the crop with x camera, y lens, and z speed booster?” and then show you what the results will actually look like.

“Instead of guessing what a 1.89 crop

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This is What It’s Like Photographing a Magazine Spread During a Pandemic


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Celebrity portrait photographer Daniel Kennedy was recently commissioned to shoot a spread for Billboard Magazine, his first job since the widespread lockdowns caused by COVID-19. He took the opportunity to give us a look at what magazine shoots might look like as the world begins to open back up.

Thus far, most “lockdown” photo shoots for major magazines have been shot by the models themselves. Robert Pattinson shot his own GQ cover story, and Gucci’s Fall/Winter collection will be advertised using only self-portraits. But as the world begins to try and open back up (safely), professional photographers are

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Photographer and Friends Save Deer from Drowning in Lake Erie


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If you need a little end-of-week pick-me-up, this story should hit the spot. While out kayaking on Lake Erie with his friends, photographer Eric Tischler ran across a deer swimming away from shore, already almost a mile out. The trio immediately set about saving the poor creature, capturing photos and videos along the way.

The day started out like any other: on Tuesday May 26th, Tischler met his paddling buddies Donn Nottage and Charlie Nergelovic out on Lake Erie for a beautiful day on the water.

“I noticed a large tree sticking out of the water in the distance, so

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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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Photographer Captures Star Exploding in Before-and-After Photos


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Back in February, photographer Jason Guenzel began photographing a particular galaxy in the sky on moonless nights. Then in early May, he captured something unexpected and extremely rare: a star exploding, or the birth of a supernova.

Guenzel is an award-winning astrophotographer based in a suburban area of Michigan who has dedicated himself to shooting space objects for the past six years. He also shares the art of capturing astrophotography on a modest budget through his popular Instagram account, @thevastreaches.

“I am shooting under suburban light pollution, which is the dominant source of noise in each shot,” Guenzel tells PetaPixel.

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Concert Photographer Shoots Striking Bokeh Panoramas


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In Summer of 2019, while working with Elbow in Manchester, concert photographer Peter Neill had an idea. He decided to try and stitch an epic panorama… with a twist. Instead of using a wide-angle, he would use an 85mm f/1.4 and capture a pano of the stage and the crowd, but with a shallow depth of field.

Typically, when you set about shooting a panorama like this, you’re working with three or four shots captured at a relatively wide focal length. That makes the stitching easier, since there are fewer “seams” to deal with, but it lacks that shallow

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The ARRI ALEXA is 10 years old


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ARRI is celebrating ten years of the ALEXA digital camera system. The original ALEXA was announced in April 2010 and 10 years later the camera system still stands on top of the perch when it comes to digital acquisition. The ALEXA has become the modern digital industry standard in many ways. The camera has been … Continued

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Creating Miniature Maternity Photos in a Fantasy World Made of Fruits and Veggies


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While stuck at home with his family, conservation and adventure photographer Benjamin Von Wong decided to create a series of “impossible” maternity photos for his adventurous sister, without leaving the comfort of their own home. How did he do it? Fruits and vegetables, of course…

In a blog post describing the project, Von Wong says that the mini-series was inspired by his mother, who noticed that corn looked like skyscrapers, and asked her son if he could create a fun maternity shoot for his sister using this as a starting point.

From that moment on, their were off to

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Photos of the Sleek New Ride Ready To Return US Astronauts To Space


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This is the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, sitting on its cargo-carrying “trunk”. The dragon will (God willing) carry two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) this Wednesday.

The capsule will be locked onto the nose of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, pictured here blasting off from Florida’s Merrit Island in January 2020.
Since 2011 NASA has paid Russia up to $86 Million per head to send its astronauts into space after America’s eye-wateringly expensive Space Shuttle program was closed down.

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The sci-fi interior of the Crew Dragon. The capsule will be able to seat up to seven

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Uzbekistan Through The Lens of One of Its Only Street Photographers


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Anzor Salidjanov conducted an experiment in 2009 that changed his life. In the poky gallery within the ancient city of Bukhara where he sold “monotonous” paintings of “minarets, donkeys, and camel trains” to tourists, Salidjanov decided to hang a couple of his photographs.

“The experiment inspired me,” he told RFE/RL, “because on the same day one of the photos was sold.”

A rider gallops with the stuffed carcass of a goat during a game of buzkashi near Bukhara in 2019.

Soon after that first sale, Salidjanov rented a small studio where he could make money from shooting passport

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Shooting at 1400fps with the use of Robots


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One of our regular readers, Brendan Isaac had some downtime during the CoronaVirus lockdown so he decided to create a video to show how his production company Tasty Pictures utilize motion control robots and high-speed shooting to capture unique shots. Tasty Pictures is based out of Brisbane Australia and they specialize in tabletop and food … Continued

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How The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” music video was shot


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It is always interesting to see how projects were shot. It doesn’t matter whether it is a short commercial, feature-length motion picture, or in this case a music video. DOP Oliver Millar is able to give a bit of an insight into how he shot The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” music video and the concept behind … Continued

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Portraits of My Son’s Outfits for COVID-19 Homeschooling


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During our COVID-19 shelter in place lockdown, I took portraits of my son’s outfits that he would put together for homeschool.

Both of us had reservations about our new eLearning situation. The first week was a true test of patience for the teacher and student. After a rough day, I sat down with him and he tearfully shared with me all the things he missed about school and what was not working during our homeschool routine.

I can appreciate his honesty. I will be the first one to admit I was not cut out to be a teacher. Although limited

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