An octogenarian couple in Taiwan is going viral after they began posing for fashion photos while wearing the clothes left behind by customers of their laundromat.
Husband-and-wife duo Chang Wan-ji (83) and Hsu Sho-er (84) own and operate Wansho Laundry in central Taiwan. Over the years, they’ve collected quite a few garments that customers never picked up.
Reef Chang, the couple’s 31-year-old grandson, wanted to add some excitement to his grandparents’ day-to-day routine during the COVID-19 pandemic, so he suggested that they have fun by turning the clothing items into trendy outfits and then modeling them for a new Instagram
Photographer Dan Roberts recently collaborated on an “intercontinental light painting.” Using a projector and the power of the Internet, he and Frodo Alvarez captured a light-painting portrait in real time from across the world: Frodo’s light from Spain ended up on Dan’s camera in Denver.
Enter Dan, who describes the experience below and explains how you can recreate this neat experiment.
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RECENTLY: I’m in the United States, and we’re not allowed to enter most other countries because we did a horrible job with a global virus.
Photographer Parker Rice shared an interesting tip on Reddit earlier this week. In a short discussion post, he showed what’s possible when you get creative instead of tossing your smashed lens filters in the trash.
The story is a familiar one for almost every photographer: Rice recently opened his camera bag to find that the front element of his variable ND filter had been crushed. But instead of throwing it away without a second though, he decided to “see what the results could be” if he went and shot with it.
Photographer Arjun Menon loved watching the highly-acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series growing up, and he recently recreated an iconic shot from the opening sequence using an action figure, household items, and light painting.
“The opening sequence is so wicked it didn’t even need a slate for titles,” Menon writes. “I wanted to attempt to recreate the scene with things I had at home. Wanted to match perspectives and get it just right.”
Just for reference, here’s the original shot Menon was aiming to recreate:
Menon started out by gathering a bunch of things from around the house to create
Photographer Robert Hall recently released a simple-yet-brilliant explainer that uses water to illustrate the properties of light and explain a few concepts that frequently confuse beginners, including: what is a “stop” of light, how do you use the exposure triangle, and how do various flashes and flash modifiers affect your image.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard someone use water as a proxy for light when trying to explain how light works, but it’s the most comprehensive and simple explainer we’ve seen yet. Hall calls it “a modified analogy of the Exposure triangle [that] gives a clear visual demonstration
Underwater photographer Kurt Arrigo recently set himself a new challenge: working together with a group of professional freedivers, he wanted to turn a wreck in the Mediterranean Sea into an “underwater playground.”
The idea behind working with freedivers was to try and make the photos look as “normal” as possible, despite being shot underwater. Each of his models could hold their breath underwater for around 3 minutes, and they were extremely comfortable performing complex movements for the camera.
“The main concept was to use the wreck P31 as a different sort of ‘playground,’” Arrigo tells PetaPixel. “As we arrived
San Francisco-based inventor Lucas Rizzotto spent all of 2019 wearing cameras on his face. He then built a virtual reality time machine that lets him relive any memory from the year by simply punching in a date and time.
Rizzotto shows how the project was done in the 28-minute video above, which exaggerates some aspects of the project for comedic/dramatic effect (and warning: there’s some strong language). Here’s an 18-second video showing the gist of how the time machine works:
Matt Huber over at YouTube channel The Garage Learning has put together a fun and creative walkthrough that takes a different approach to splash photography. Instead of manually throwing water onto his subject, he designed a simple ‘DIY catapult’ that does the job much better than he can.
Huber originally came up with this idea years ago, while trying to up his commercial splash photography game. He needed something that was easy to build, affordable, but consistent enough for professional results. That’s how he came up with the ‘bungee cord catapult’ made of a piece of wood, a bucket, a
Here’s a simple, maybe even obvious, run-and-gun lighting tip for beginners from the YouTube Channel Run N Gun. If you find yourself using your smartphone for portrait lighting in a pinch, don’t turn it around and use the flashlight—download an app or solid color image instead, and use your phone’s display as a small LED panel.
This isn’t a new idea, but as smartphone displays get better and better—and brighter and brighter—it’s wise to keep this in mind. The display on most flagship smartphones now are OLED, with max brightness that goes to 500, 600 or even 700 nits. Sure,
Photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern has been getting into at-home photo printing lately. But after experimenting with cyanotypes, he decided to simplify even further by trying to print photos using beetroot juice, and nothing else. Dwight Schrute would be proud.
What Stern is creating here is called an “Anthotype,” a process invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel.
“An anthotype is an image created using photosensitive material from plants,” explains Stern in the video’s description. “An emulsion is made from crushed flower petals or any other light-sensitive plant, fruit or vegetable.”
A couple of weeks into the coronavirus lockdown of 2020 and I’d noticed, among the many mentions on social media timelines of toilet paper shortages, sourdough fanaticism, and the essential viewing experience that is Tiger King, was a computer game called Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The timing of the release of this game by Nintendo was fortuitous in terms of becoming part of the zeitgeist. It offered players some tranquility in an otherwise uncertain time, in the form of allowing you to set up your own island as you wish. You could plant gardens, build your ideal home (complete
So you have spent years packing up your camera and jumping on a plane. Then a pandemic shut down borders killing travel plans overnight and you are not sure where your next story is going to come from. Where do you go for those sweet photos or that glorious content you had been able to churn out as fast as you could make it?
When was the last time you traveled where you live? Now you might say “Brad, I can’t travel where I live, I freaking live there. Quit asking dumb questions.”
These days we’re all trying to come up with new photo ideas to do around home, but how many of you have thought, ”Hey, I’ll freeze some flowers in water?” That’s a new one for me, but fortunately I know someone here who does that, and she’s happy to share her secrets.
Susan Pfannmuller is a long-time freelance photojournalist in Kansas City. As such, she covers everything from news to sports to concerts to small-town parades, and she’s been doing that for a long time. So when assignments slowed down about two years ago, she wanted to find something
Art Director Yousuke Ozawa—whose ‘Satellite Fonts‘ project went viral back in 2014—is at it again. In order to keep his sanity during lockdown, he started taking “digital vacations” through Google Maps, and capturing Street View travel photography.
“I had plans on taking a vacation to Nagano with my family, before the coronavirus effected the world,” Ozawa tells PetaPixel. “Frustrated with not being able to get out of the house, I decided to visit the places where I would have stayed, on Google Maps.”
Obviously his success with Satellite Fonts gave him some experience in this area,
There are various mediums and techniques you can use to create prints of your photos, but have you considered using algae? That’s what photographer Russell Marx has been experimenting with, and the result is impressive.
Marx, a Ph.D. student in neuroscience, recently acquired an enlarger and began thinking of ways to use it for an interesting photo project.
“I’ve always liked biology, and inspired by microbial art, I looked for a way to merge photography and science,” Marx tells PetaPixel. “I recall a biology class where we put foil over leaves to make stamp patterns in the chlorophyll. So
Dave Cox is an automotive photographer based in Los Angeles who wanted to get his creative juices flowing while locked down at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What he came up with is a new project titled “#CARonaVirus.”
“I have been feeling super cooped up and a little uninspired during quarantine,” Cox says. “However while I was going out for walks, I noticed a bunch of cool old cars in my area. That is when a wave of creativity came over me.”
Under normal circumstances, Cox would connect with the cars’ owners and set up location shoots,
Here’s a beautiful new short film titled “Night Light” by UK-based photographer and filmmaker Arthur Cauty. While it may look like timelapse photography, it’s actually comprised entirely of still photos with motion and lighting added in.
It’s “an exercise in light painting and parallax displacement to create the illusion of 3D (or 2.5D) and motion in a series of still photographs captured after nightfall,” Cauty says.
The shots were old photos from Cauty’s archive showing national parks around the world including Arches National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Dartmoor National Park.
Photographer and educator Gavin Hoey recently put together a tutorial on how to shoot “water reversal photography”—a perfect still life photography idea for anyone who is stuck at home and doesn’t have a macro lens handy.
The video was put together in collaboration with Adorama, and if you’ve never heard of (possible) or seen (unlikely) water reversal photography in action, you’re in for a treat. The concept is incredibly simple, but the results are visually striking. As Gavin explains on his website:
The water filled glass acts as a simple lens and reverses the image seen through it. The