How to Shoot an Epic Action Scene at Home Using Action Figures


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Isaac Alvarez and the UNPLUG Production crew are back with another low-budget, high-quality photography tutorial. This time, they’re showing you how easy it is to capture some epic “action scenes” from the comfort of self-isolation by using some action figures, sugar, and creative lighting.

The setup is pretty simple: Alvarez simply pushed a table against a wall, and set up some black cardstock to create a seamless background. He then set up his action figures—in this case two storm troopers—on top of a snowy landscape made of confectioners sugar and a few sticks.

For lighting, the crew is using the

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The Red Prison: My Photo Exhibition in a Saddam-Era Jail


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When people ask me my favorite places on Earth, typically I respond like this: the best food is in Ethiopia, the best historical sites are in India, but the best people are in Kurdistan. For that reason, I have been pulled back to Kurdistan as a photographer again and again.

This article features some of my most recent work from the region since the publication of my book We Came From Fire: Kurdistan’s Armed Struggle Against ISIS.

We finally finished our documentary about my photography exhibition in Iraqi Kurdistan. This film highlights the struggle we had opening it and the

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Photographer Goes Stop-Motion Skiing on His Living Room Floor


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Barcelona-based photographer, filmmaker, and skiier Philipp Klein Herrero was going to go on a ski trip with his family before lockdown hit and they all got stuck inside. But Herrero decided to go skiing anyway… on his living room floor, that is.

“Just before the current health situation locked us in, I was about to go Freeriding with my family. It was supposed to be the big adventure of the year, the one I had been eagerly awaiting for a year,” explains Herrero. “Therefore, the lockdown had me thinking about skiing the whole time, so I started to think how

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Drone Photos Capture a Fresh Take on Tuscany’s Iconic Landscapes


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In October of 2017, photographer Gabor Nagy took his new drone with him on an adventure to Tuscany, to see if he could capture this instantly-recognizable Italian landscape from a different perspective. The result was a beautiful series of eye-catching aerial photos called “Tuscany from Above.”

Nagy wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last to capture the Tuscan landscape from the air, but by combining his love of cycling with his passion for photography, he tried to find places that weren’t as obviously accessible to every tourist with a camera.

“I love to scout locations while

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This Photographer Shot a Wet Plate Portrait Over Video Chat


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Photographers around the world have been getting creative to keep their skills sharp during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and widespread home quarantine. While many photographers are experimenting with doing remote photo shoots over video chat, Shane Balkowitsch took it to a new level by capturing a wet plate portrait.

As far as Balkowitsch can tell through his research, this may be the first-ever wet plate portrait shot over a live video chat.

It’s “creativity out of necessity in isolation of a pandemic,” Balkowitsch says.

Last Friday, the US-based Balkowitsch photographed the UK-based Morgan Barbour from 3,961 miles away thanks to

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This Old Photo Technique Shows How Masks Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19


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Advanced imaging company LaVision has released a new video that shows just how effective a face mask can be at preventing the spread of infections like COVID-19. The video lends visual support to the CDC’s recent recommendation that everyone wear a mask in any situation where it is difficult to maintain social distance.

The video uses an age old photographic technique called “Schlieren” imaging. We’ve previously featured Schlieren imaging to show supersonic shockwaves, sound waves, and even heat. Basically, anything the causes the displacement of air can be visualized in this way, and you don’t even

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39,000+ Photos Were Shot for This 3-Minute Timelapse of Flowers Blooming


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Slovak photographer Majo Chudý has released a new timelapse short film of flowers blooming. A whopping 39,000 photos were shot over a year to capture the 1,276 hours that were condensed into the 3.5 minutes you see here.

After shooting all the photos, the files sat on Chudý storage for a long time before the coronavirus quarantine finally gave him enough time to finish the project. Of the 39,000 images he made, exactly 27,282 of them went into the final film.

“Most of the time it took more than 424 hours to bloom the purple orchid,” Chudý writes. “The

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I Shot Military Survival Training with a Holga Toy Camera


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My name is Corban Lundborg, and I just completed a series of rare military survival courses at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, during February 2020. I was authorized to bring a film camera to the field portion of SERE (Survive, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) School. Equipped with a Holga 120N plastic camera, I was able to capture four rolls of Ilford HP5+ medium format film.

I’m a full-time artist working across a handful of mediums in Los Angeles. Between art gigs on the West Coast, I also work as a combat photographer for the Air Force Reserve —

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Finding Inspiration in the Limitation


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As a professional outdoor photographer, my mind had been in a place of backcountry skiing, snow photography and ramping up for spring commercial projects—the same place it has been every March for years. I like this time of year, it feels like my fitness, my vision and my bandwidth all line up to result in outdoor missions and photography that really feed the soul, and the bank account.

Then we were told to stay home…

Even before the official directive came out, I was already self-quarantining as a result of a nasty cold or flu bug. I didn’t want to

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Fujifilm Will Give Thirty Students Up to $3,000 of Gear Each to Tell Their Story


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Fujifilm has just announced the beginning of its “Students of Storytelling” competition, a twist on the traditional photo/video contest where students submit proposals, and Fuji gives them the gear they need to bring their vision to life. When they’re done, they get to keep the gear!

The contest is aimed at full- or part-time college students in the US (except Florida), and the concept is simple. Interested participants must submit an idea that is “designed to tell a cohesive “story” of a human- or life-related experience, event, challenge, objective, relationship(s), approach, passion, and/or interest that may be depicted and effectively

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Fro Knows Photo is Giving Away His Guide to Flash Photography for Free


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Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo—recently the target of a good-humored April Fools’ Day parody—is doing his best to keep his 1M+ subscribers educated and entertained. To that end, he’s now giving away his Guide to Flash Photography for free or “pay what you want.”

Ever since people started social distancing and businesses were forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fro has been doing his best to help keep his audience inspired. He’s released photo challenges for people stuck at home, gave away his Guide to Getting Out of Auto, and now he’s giving

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Scientists Use High-Sensitivity Camera to Capture ‘Microdroplets’ that May Transmit Virus


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Researchers in Japan released some truly fascinating footage this week. Using special ‘high-sensitivity’ cameras and laser beams, they’re able to capture microdroplets that are 1/10,000 of a millimeter in size—droplets that are invisible to the naked eye, and may contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

The video was captured as a collaboration between Japan’s NHK broadcasting organization and the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases.

While the scientific jury is still out on how effectively coronavirus can be transmitted in droplets this small—a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in mid-March said aerosol transmission was “plausible”—the video and

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What is Vimeo doing to rectify & improve problems?


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You may have seen me complaining about Vimeo lately on social media. I don’t go on rants very often, but I was having so many problems with Vimeo playback and buffering that I needed to vent my frustrations. Part of my reason for venting on social media was also to see if other past or … Continued

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Photographer Captures Striking Shot of Flaming Church Steeple Collapsing


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This past weekend, photojournalist Barbara Haddock Taylor captured an extraordinary image of a flaming church steeple in Baltimore crashing to the ground. We caught up with Taylor to find out more about how she captured such an arresting moment in time.

The photo was shot on the morning of March 28th, when a lightning strike set the Urban Bible Fellowship Church ablaze. Speaking with PetaPixel, Taylor says that her 8am shift with the Baltimore Sun started like any other… but that all changed when Visuals Director Leeann Adams told her that a church fire had broken out in East

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One-Light Photography Tutorial: How to Shoot Reflective Products


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Product photographer Dustin Dolby is back with another workphlo tutorial that tackles a difficult subject in simple terms: how to shoot reflective products using only a single light source.

As with all of Dolby’s tutorials, he’s really giving a master class in simple lighting control—helping viewers to understand how to manipulate one light and stack multiple exposures to achieve a professional product photo. In this case, he’s sharing his workflow for shooting reflective products, which can be especially tricky.

“Reflective products in general present a unique obstacle, and with cutlery you can make use of a convenient approach. By extrapolating

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Woman Pays for a Pro Photo Shoot for Her Cat, Has No Regrets


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Want professional portraits… of your cat? If so, there are pet portrait photographers out there that can make your dreams come true. One woman who decided to pay for a pro photo shoot for her cat earlier this year has made a splash by sharing the photos, and she says she has no regrets at all.

Back in January, Redditor Loverstits hired photographer Sarah Bourque of Wally & Roops Pet Photography to book a shoot for her cat Kazmir. Bourque, Kazmir’s owner, and Kazmir visited beautiful Cattle Point in Victoria, British Columbia, to conduct the shoot.

The shoot, which cost

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Fro Knows Nothing: A Spot-On Parody of ‘Fro Knows Photo’


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In a (mostly) loving parody created for April Fools’ Day, photographer Vanessa Joy has put together a hilarious impersonation of Jared Polin—AKA Fro Knows Photo—by creating her own version of a “Photo News Fix” video… complete with fake fro.

First things first: this definitely wasn’t done in any mean-spirited way. Joy seems to have warned Polin that it was coming, and … well … as they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

“Can’t say I didn’t warn him… here’s my version of a photo news fix by FroKnowsPhoto, complete with I SHOOT RAW shirt and all. April

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This Video Captures the Mesmerizing Patterns Traced by a Flock of Starlings


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Spanish photographer Xavi Bou has spent years capturing the movements of murmurations (or flocks) of starlings through chronophotography, a type of stacked long-exposure. His latest effort is this 2.5-minute short film titled “Murmurations,” which traces the mesmerizing flight patterns of the synchronized birds.

This video is part of Bou’s ongoing Ornitographies project that was started back in 2012.

“My intention is to capture the beauty of the bird’s flight in a single moment, making the invisible visible,” Bou writes. “Ornitographies moves away from the purely scientific practice of Chronophotography that 19th century photographers Eadward Muybridge and Étienne Julies

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Photographer Captures Incredible 16K HDR Timelapse Using Two 50MP DSLRs at Once


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Last year, cinematographer Matin Lisius released one of the most out-of-this-world timelapse films we’ve ever seen. By using two 50MP Canon 5DS DSLRs at the same time and stitching together the result, he created the epic 16K HDR masterpiece “Prairie Wind.”

Prairie Wind was recently awarded “Best Cinematography” at the International Innovation Film Festival in Switzerland, which is how we ended up hearing about it earlier today. And while timelapses don’t typically grab our attention these days, the idea of a 16K creation shot with two DSLRs at the same time certainly did.

So we thought we’d talk to

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People are Recreating Classic Paintings as Hilarious Photos in Quarantine


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There are many ways to deal with the isolation and anxiety of social distancing and quarantine, but coming up with hilarious photo recreations of the old masterpieces might be our favorite so far.

This idea can be traced back at least as far as March 22nd, when the @covidclassics Instagram account was created. On it, “4 roommates who love art… and are indefinitely quarantined” began recreating classic paintings using only items they could find in their own home.

“No filters, no edits, just us and the stuff in our house,” reads the account’s description. The results are, well… judge for

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