How to Shoot Otherworldly Macro Photos of Soap Bubbles


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There are certain subjects in the macro world, which are so fascinating and absorbing that almost every macro photographer will point a camera at them at some point. No matter how many photos you take or see of these subjects, their charm does not seem to wear off.

Just think of snowflakes, the compound eyes of insects or the refractive nature of water droplets. Or, of course, the psychedelic colour plays of soap film.

After spending countless hours photographing these mesmerizing patterns, I can assure you that it never gets boring. Quite the opposite is true indeed, the more you

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Photo Idea: How to Capture Creative Reflection Portraits


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Capturing cool reflection portraits might seem like a breeze—you just put someone behind some glass and go ham, right? But as photographer Matt Granger explains in this tutorial, even a basic understanding of the “key variables” involved can open up more options for you.

This tutorial is essentially a quick overview of these “key variables,” starting with an understanding of how light reflections work, and then expanding that understanding into the realm of photography.

By doing some quick distance calculations, you can begin to imagine that your subject is in the foreground, and any reflected lights in the glass

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Drone Photo Tips: How To Make Inception-Like Images


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If you’ve seen the movie Inception, you’re likely very familiar with that one scene where physical space is bent on top of itself. It’s one of the movie’s most iconic visuals, and in this 3-minute video, COOPH shows how you can easily make your own photos with an Inception vibe with a drone.

The first technique the video tackles is what they call the “drone wall,” which involves splicing two images taken at different angles together. This simple method requires first that you photograph your subject from directly above, and then again at a 90-degree angle difference. You can

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Drone Photo Tips: How To Make Inception-Like Images


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If you’ve seen the movie Inception, you’re likely very familiar with that one scene where physical space is bent on top of itself. It’s one of the movie’s most iconic visuals, and in this 3-minute video, COOPH shows how you can easily make your own photos with an Inception vibe with a drone.

The first technique the video tackles is what they call the “drone wall,” which involves splicing two images taken at different angles together. This simple method requires first that you photograph your subject from directly above, and then again at a 90-degree angle difference. You can

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Infrared Ghouls and Goblins: A Fresh Take on Halloween Photography


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A couple of years ago I was shooting Halloween yard scenes in a street photography kind of way when I realized that I wasn’t really satisfied with what I was getting. Over the last two decades, Halloween has been transformed into a major U.S. holiday focused on lavish front yard displays that often look boringly the same down street after street.

I was trying to find a different approach—and I did, with an Olympus OM-D EM10 II fitted with an internal LifePixel Standard IR filter. Viewing Halloween displays as black & white infrared images is really different.

Most of

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A Simple Trick for Adding Drama to a Product Photo


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Here’s a quick tip from talented photographer, filmmaker, and YouTube star Peter McKinnon. In his latest “two-minute Tuesday” video, he showed how adding a simple overlay onto some black foam core can take a basic top-down product shot to the next level.

Given McKinnon’s YouTube success and his focus on filmmaking, many people forget that he spent 7 years paying the bills by capturing product photos and creating product trailers for a company that designed magic tricks. In other words: he had to come up with 7 years worth of ways to capture a deck of cards that didn’t feel

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How I Work Out of My Car as a Sports Photographer


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My name is Howard Lao, and I’m a freelance sports photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, I’ve covered dozens of track meets. From the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and the World Track Championships in London and Portland, to meets between the University of Washington and Washington State, I’ve filed and edited photos in a media workroom, surrounded by my fellow photographers.

But the coronavirus pandemic upended both the biggest events of the year and has forever changed photographers’ proximity to each other in those workspaces.

Recently, I drove over 150 miles from Portland

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How I Work Out of My Car as a Sports Photographer


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My name is Howard Lao, and I’m a freelance sports photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, I’ve covered dozens of track meets. From the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and the World Track Championships in London and Portland, to meets between the University of Washington and Washington State, I’ve filed and edited photos in a media workroom, surrounded by my fellow photographers.

But the coronavirus pandemic upended both the biggest events of the year and has forever changed photographers’ proximity to each other in those workspaces.

Recently, I drove over 150 miles from Portland

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How I Work Out of My Car as a Sports Photographer


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My name is Howard Lao, and I’m a freelance sports photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, I’ve covered dozens of track meets. From the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and the World Track Championships in London and Portland, to meets between the University of Washington and Washington State, I’ve filed and edited photos in a media workroom, surrounded by my fellow photographers.

But the coronavirus pandemic upended both the biggest events of the year and has forever changed photographers’ proximity to each other in those workspaces.

Recently, I drove over 150 miles from Portland

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How I Work Out of My Car as a Sports Photographer


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My name is Howard Lao, and I’m a freelance sports photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, I’ve covered dozens of track meets. From the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and the World Track Championships in London and Portland, to meets between the University of Washington and Washington State, I’ve filed and edited photos in a media workroom, surrounded by my fellow photographers.

But the coronavirus pandemic upended both the biggest events of the year and has forever changed photographers’ proximity to each other in those workspaces.

Recently, I drove over 150 miles from Portland

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How to Shoot ‘Water Hat’ Portraits On the Cheap


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The temperatures have been soaring lately. Depending on where you live, you might’ve even seen record heat over the last couple of weeks. Normally, such weather makes staying indoors (so long as you have air conditioning) sound ideal. However, in this article, we’re going to share a fun, creative photography idea (inspired by Tim Tadder) that’s perfect for getting outside on hot, sunny days.

To make sure anyone can do this without breaking the bank, we used inexpensive items for the entire shoot (including a black bedsheet for the backdrop), and you’ll just need any camera that you already

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How to Shoot ‘Water Hat’ Portraits On the Cheap


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The temperatures have been soaring lately. Depending on where you live, you might’ve even seen record heat over the last couple of weeks. Normally, such weather makes staying indoors (so long as you have air conditioning) sound ideal. However, in this article, we’re going to share a fun, creative photography idea (inspired by Tim Tadder) that’s perfect for getting outside on hot, sunny days.

To make sure anyone can do this without breaking the bank, we used inexpensive items for the entire shoot (including a black bedsheet for the backdrop), and you’ll just need any camera that you already

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You Can Shoot 96MP Pixel-Shift Astro Photos with the Panasonic Lumix S5


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The Panasonic Lumix S5 has just been released in New Zealand, and I received mine a few days ago. Last night, with clear skies, I took it to the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, to see what the new advances in High Resolution mode included in the S5 could bring.

This mode takes 8 images, shifting the sensor between each image a tiny amount, to create a final image with four times the pixels of a single image (96 megapixels compared with the sensor’s native 24 megapixels) and with lower noise than a single frame.

In the past High

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Photographing Birds in the Water from a Custom Floating Hide


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I’ve been enjoying bird photography from my custom-made floating hide for 3 years now. Being in the water with a variety of birds from waterfowl to wading birds and even Black Skimmers flying by my head has been an amazing experience. It becomes a much more connecting experience both to the natural areas I am in as well as my subject.

Many times the birds I’m photographing have no idea I am there and I get to capture their natural behavior. I’m a full-time wildlife photographer so I need to use any tool I can to help me capture unique

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This Guy Shot a Milky Way Timelapse on 35mm Film


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Photographer Jason De Freitas recently took his 35mm film camera out into the night and spent over an hour manually shooting a photo every minute. He then turned those photos into this 30-second time-lapse of the Milky Way.

De Freitas says this “crazy” idea had been rolling around in his head for a while before he finally decided to attempt it last Thursday night in Australia.

He brought four rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 black-and-white film along with his Nikon FM2 SLR and manually (with a cable release) shot one 30-second photo every minute over 150 minutes (with a few

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This Photographer Turned His Front Door Into a Camera to Capture COVID Portraits


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Photographer Kyle Roper is no stranger to unique camera creations; he was the producer for the viral Skyscraper Camera Project. But his latest project is a bit smaller and more intimate. Amid the pandemic, he turned his front door into a camera to capture beautiful large-format black-and-white portraits of his neighbors.

The so-called Door Frame project was inspired—as so many things are these days—by lockdown. Having worked with makeshift camera master Brendan Barry, and a student of old time portrait masters like Dorothea Lange, Roper decided to turn his front door into a large format camera for shooting

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6 Creative Macro Photography Ideas You Probably Haven’t Seen Before


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Ever since the beginning of the pandemic (and, really, the beginning of photography) macro photography tutorials have all sort of blended together. The subject matter and techniques are often pretty similar: flowers, bugs, coins, etc. COOPH wanted to change that with their latest “ideas” video.

The cooperative has put together a set of 6 macro photography ideas that they claim you’ve “never heard of before.” We’ll throw a “probably” in there, since “never” is a strong word, but there’s no denying that they’re more unique than what you typically see around.

“This week, the COOPH photographers revisited our first

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Elderly Couple Shoots Fashion Photos with Clothes Left at Their Laundromat


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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

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Co-Creating a Light Painting in Real Time with Someone Across the World


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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.


Some Thoughts, Over Time

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.

TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO: “Hey Frodo, I think

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Don’t Throw Away Broken Filters, You Can Use Them for In-Camera Effects


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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.

“If you have a hard light source blasting into

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