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Fall Photography Galleries

Fall is finally here in my part of the world. Summer hung on for quite a while, but this week the crisp air of fall finally crept over my hometown. I’m guessing it’s doing the same for many readers, too. And that puts me in the mood for enjoying fall and the great photo opportunities that come with it. There's lots of great photography to see—a lot more than just colorful foliage—in two beautiful galleries courtesy of The Atlantic and MSNBC. What’s great about each of them is that they’re representative of autumn all across the world, with images from multiple continents and cultures. Check them out and get ready for the splendor of fall wherever, and whenever, you will find it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44849031/ns/travel-picture_stories/
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/10/fall-is-in-the-air/100167/

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Fall is finally here in my part of the world. Summer hung on for quite a while, but this week the crisp air of fall finally crept over my hometown. I’m guessing it’s doing the same for many readers, too. And that puts me in the mood for enjoying fall…

W. Eugene Smith Grant

Tonight in New York the $30,000 grant recipient of the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced. The annual ceremony is free and open to the public, and celebrates the grant that was established in 1978 after the death of W. Eugene Smith. One of the most prestigious honors in photojournalism, the grant is given to a photographer whose past work and proposed future project follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's “concerned photography and dedicated compassion” that he exhibited throughout his long career. Learn more about the grant process, Smith’s photography and past awardees—including some of the most prominent names in photojournalism—at the memorial fund web site.

http://smithfund.org


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Tonight in New York the $30,000 grant recipient of the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced. The annual ceremony is free and open to the public, and celebrates the grant that was established in 1978 after the death of W. Eugene Smith. One of the…

Hack Your Old Camera

What to do with your old, unused (and practically unusable) 35mm film cameras? Turn them into flash focusing snoots, of course. If you tear off the back of your film camera and use enough tape and bungee cords you can shove your handheld flash into it and utilize the now dead camera's lens to focus, and therefore project, the flash over longer distances, in more refined shapes, and with patterns built in. That last part is only, of course, if you decide to insert a patterned transparency between dead camera and flash. It's a bit ridiculous, but certainly clever. And if you're drowning in near worthless old film cameras and plenty of time on your hands, why not give it a shot? It may not be practical, but it’s certain to grab attention!

http://www.diyphotography.net/convert-your-old-camera-to-a-backdrop-projector-in-10-easy-steps


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What to do with your old, unused (and practically unusable) 35mm film cameras? Turn them into flash focusing snoots, of course. If you tear off the back of your film camera and use enough tape and bungee cords you can shove your handheld flash into it and utilize the now…

Learn Photography The NASA Way

Here’s a cool blast from the past. Check out this Astronaut's photography manual, printed on behalf of NASA by Hasselblad—official camera outfitter of American Space Exploration since, well, since we've been slipping the surly bonds of earth. Kitsch appeal aside, it's actually filled with some very interesting photographic information that covers topics like depth of field and image composition, and they're covered in ways slightly different than the usual photo fare. Most notably, the images are illustrated with drawings of astronauts and spaceships and planets. And that makes it a fun way to learn some very practical photographic techniques, even if you’re using them here on boring old earth.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/09/nasa-photography-manual-1984/


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Here’s a cool blast from the past. Check out this Astronaut's photography manual, printed on behalf of NASA by Hasselblad—official camera outfitter of American Space Exploration since, well, since we've been slipping the surly bonds of earth. Kitsch appeal aside, it's actually filled with some very interesting photographic information that…

Magazine Portrait Retouching Tutorial

In this cool tutorial photographer Douglas Sonders takes his blog readers through the process of retouching a magazine cover shoot. He photographed the band Blink 182 in four versions—as three individuals and in one group—and so he had a lot of retouching to do. Here he leads us through his approach to spotting, eliminating blemishes, minimizing skin shine and maximizing sharpness in a fairly quick and easy-to-follow video that photographers from newbie to pro are sure to find helpful. He's also got a link to a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot itself, which is always a pleasure to get to see. Check it out at Mr. Sonders' photography blog. 

http://www.sondersphotography.com/blog/2011/08/29/tutorial-how-i-retouch-a-portrait-magazine-cover-blink-182-edition/


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In this cool tutorial photographer Douglas Sonders takes his blog readers through the process of retouching a magazine cover shoot. He photographed the band Blink 182 in four versions—as three individuals and in one group—and so he had a lot of retouching to do. Here he leads us through his…

A Gallery Of Great Bodies

ESPN The Magazine is giving Sports Illustrated a run for its money. Here they've published a great gallery of nudes that is sure to rival any swimsuit issue for eye-popping attention. I should point out that in the grand scheme of things these pictures are totally tame—although I know I should qualify that with the disclaimer that if nudity of any sort will get you in trouble then this gallery is definitely not safe for work. The point, though, is that it's a stunning gallery of photographs of athletes made for ESPN's annual "Bodies We Want" feature. These awesome images were made by a variety of photographers and include a number of athletes who are sure to inspire equal amounts of envy and lust. 
http://espn.go.com/espn/photos/gallery/_/id/7030506/bodies-want-2011#1
Photo by Alan Clarke

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ESPN The Magazine is giving Sports Illustrated a run for its money. Here they've published a great gallery of nudes that is sure to rival any swimsuit issue for eye-popping attention. I should point out that in the grand scheme of things these pictures are totally tame—although I know I…
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