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
Solargraphies (pinhole images on photographic paper that capture months of the sun arching across the horizon) were a thing starting sometime in the 2000s. When this caught on broadly in the early 2010s, it got a lot of people excited for film again.
Quite a few people apparently started dropping cans with paper and pinholes in woods and the public urban space and I very much like this idea. Solargraphy.com by Tarja Trygg is collecting hundreds of wonderful examples.
While pinhole cameras built from beer cans and sewer plumbing tubes have a very appealing DIY character, you can even
This period isn’t easy for anyone. Professional photographers are struggling with the implications of being on lockdown and suddenly having to stop all work from one day to the next. Hobbyist photographers may be in a similar situation with jobs, children and household duties all being juggled in an unprecedented dance that is completely new and unknown.
Learning new techniques may be the furthest thing from your mind. But what if we embraced this crazy, blurry, out-of-focus time and created something that perfectly reflects how we feel right now?
Personally, I’ve found this through experimenting with techniques that I didn’t
Photographer Jordi Koalitic has made his name by coming up with simple, creative ways to capture really interesting photos. And now that we’re all under lockdown, he’s using this skill to share 20 fresh photography ideas for the shutterbug who’s stuck at home.
Over the past week, Jordi has released two videos, each of which cover 10 creative photography ideas that you can try at home. We’re not talking about your standard “try macro” or “shoot natural light portraits” ideas; Koalitic’s specialty is using everyday objects in new or interesting ways to capture dynamic images.
Weird lens enthusiast and YouTuber Mathieu Stern has created another fun stay-at-home DIY lens while stuck in quarantine. This time it’s a functional camera lens, complete with focusing mechanism, made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks.
The lens is the result of 2 weeks of sickness and well over a month of self-isolation. Working together with his wife, the Sterns encased a single optical element inside a makeshift LEGO housing, and then set about building a lens barrel around it.
They then attached a glass “shield” onto the lens mount to protect the sensor, and put the entire thing together
COVID-19 isolation is a tricky time for wedding photographers. Upskilling might already be on your radar as you think about putting time into your wedding photography business over this time where weddings have been banned pretty much across the globe. But I’d like to suggest some out-of-the-box ways that we can upskill as wedding photographers in this time that you might not have thought of yet.
#1. Document Your Life Inside
If you’re anything like me and you’ve been photographing for a while, you may have gotten out of this habit and 99% of the time you pick up a
Photographer Andrew McCarthy wanted to create a moon photo with more texture, so he spent two weeks photographing the waxing moon from his backyard and then combined slices from the photos where the shadows are longest. This is what resulted.
“It was made by taking a ‘wedge’ just inside the lunar terminator of 12 images captured over the last lunar cycle and aligning them using a blend of 3D software and Photoshop, and then blending them all together,” McCarthy tells PetaPixel.
“The Lunar Terminator is where the shadow meets the light side of the moon, and is where shadows are
I am a traveling model, working in the industry for a little over 20 years. I also work on a drag racing team as a promotional model and videographer. I had two tours planned for the east coast in March & April, but unfortunately these plans have canceled due to COVID-19. With my tours canceled and race scheduled changed, I was out of work for the unseen future. Time to get creative!
I recently did a “Skype” / “FaceTime” shoot with a good friend photographer Louis Reed. We came up with some really creative and fun shots but I missed
We’ve seen a lot of creative self-portrait ideas come across our inbox over the past several weeks, but none are quite as fun as this “punch portrait” tutorial by photographer and YouTuber Mike Smith.
“Today I’m going o show you how to take a punch photo self portrait… with no contact,” writes Smith. “You’ll have a lot of fun taking a few crazy self portraits and then learn a few Photoshop skills to layer up this image. Whether you have one flash head, a strobe or professional flash heads, you can take some really fun and different portraits!”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been asked to stay home and shelter in place. This restriction has only increased my desire to explore and road trip. I still need to create and think critically throughout this time, but if I can’t go to new places, how can I make new work?
I’d rather not go back through old work and try to reframe it or come up with a new series from old photographs. To circumvent these restrictions, I decided to use Google Earth’s Street View in lieu of getting in the car and driving to the many
With many of us stuck in lockdown, quarantine, and self-isolation, I thought I’d share 10 ideas for astrophotography that you can do from home, even if you live in a light-polluted town or city. If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught us, it’s that we’re all in this together and astrophotography and astronomy only help to solidify that sense of unification.
We all live under the same Sun, the same Moon, the same planets and the same stars. People stuck at home all over the world have a chance to photograph the same subjects and share their images
Because of the quarantines currently sweeping the country and world, creatives have had to get especially creative to make collaborative art in spite of distance. I’ve seen photographers shooting portraits of people from the sidewalk and through windows. I’ve also seen photographers shooting via conferencing apps. I, too, recently conducted my own remote portrait sessions, which I’ve decided to call Remotraits.
After exploring a range of different techniques, I found a sweet spot when I began shooting through different substances and materials (a technique I’ve been exploring in my Strata series this past year). The resulting images look exactly how
The Bismarck, North Dakota-based video production company Threefold shared this short and sweet 2-minute video showing how they took an old ambulance and turned it into an awesome way to haul a huge amount of equipment from place to place.
The camera/grip truck was made by converting a 1995 diesel Ford E-350 box ambulance with only 50,000 miles that they purchased for $7,000 a few years ago.
“[W]e bought ours directly from a county and got to chat with the mechanic that took care of it,” Threefold writes. “Since it was small town county owned, it was pretty meticulously maintained.