Cameras In Action

I recently saw this neat little video on the DPS blog. It's by street photographer Eric Kim, who strapped a tiny GoPro video camera to his Leica's hot shoe and took to the streets. A neat way to see how an actual street photographer works. I'm not at all disparaging Mr. Kim's approach to photographing people on the street, but it did make me realize how differently he approaches his subjects than some other photographers I've seen from their cameras' perspectives—like, for instance, James Nachtwey, who in the documentary "War Photographer" had a tiny video camera strapped to his camera as well. It too is a fascinating look at how a photographer works, made even more powerful when viewed from the perspective of his camera. It's interesting that Mr. Kim tries to avoid eye contact and shoots quickly before moving on to another subject, while Mr. Nachtwey works in a more lingering, deliberate manner. Part of it may be the different subject matter, part of it is surely different shooting styles. Whatever the differences, and whichever approach you prefer, it's extremely interesting to watch photographers work like this. Check out both videos via the links below. 

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/watch-how-a-street-photographer-going-about-a-shoot-video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3VoyjUP8hg
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I recently saw this neat little video on the DPS blog. It's by street photographer Eric Kim, who strapped a tiny GoPro video camera to his Leica's hot shoe and took to the streets. A neat way to see how an actual street photographer works. I'm not at all disparaging…

Restoring An Antique Tintype

It's amazing what a skilled set of hands can do with a tool as powerful as Photoshop. Take, for instance, the world of photographic restoration. It's a different set of skills than just the regular old image editing and retouching so many of us do in our regular photographic workflows. When it comes to restoring an old image, I can't think of any challenge more daunting than a 19th century tintype. Here's a link to a collection of these photographs, which were made right on a sheet of metal. Check out the amazing transformation that takes place in this restoration project, and keep it in mind the next time you feel like a retouching project is too daunting.

http://topdogimaging.net/blog/restoring-a-photograph-from-the-1870s
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It's amazing what a skilled set of hands can do with a tool as powerful as Photoshop. Take, for instance, the world of photographic restoration. It's a different set of skills than just the regular old image editing and retouching so many of us do in our regular photographic workflows.…

Rocket-Powered Pictures

Okay, one more fireworks post. I found lots of shards and rocket remnants in my city yard last week, and one of them was big enough to tote a D-SLR camera aloft, I'm sure. Well that's just what these folks did when they stuck a camera to a rocket and shot it into the air. Repeatedly. Actually, it wasn't a D-SLR, but a little pocket video camera. And it worked well regardless. The video is a bit disorienting, sure, but it's also pretty darn cool. Thank goodness for tiny digital video cameras, and the people crazy enough to risk their destruction in search of cool footage.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/07/cameras-explosives-rockets-photo-nerd-4th-of-july
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Okay, one more fireworks post. I found lots of shards and rocket remnants in my city yard last week, and one of them was big enough to tote a D-SLR camera aloft, I'm sure. Well that's just what these folks did when they stuck a camera to a rocket and…

Fireworks Time Lapse

So, one week ago the nation was celebrating. People everywhere were blowing up all sorts of fireworks to commemorate the rockets' red glare on the fourth of July. In my neighborhood the practice was... extreme, to say the least. In fact, it sounded the way this great video looks. It's a time-lapse of the Chicago skyline dotted with fireworks wherever you look. Fireworks which, coincidentally, are illegal within the city limits. And since this video's so neat, I can sort of see the appeal. But still, just to be clear, setting off fireworks in a crowded neighborhood later than 11pm kind of makes you a jerk, at least around my house, no matter how cool they look.

http://thisiscolossal.com/2011/07/how-chicago-cancels-fireworks-shows
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So, one week ago the nation was celebrating. People everywhere were blowing up all sorts of fireworks to commemorate the rockets' red glare on the fourth of July. In my neighborhood the practice was... extreme, to say the least. In fact, it sounded the way this great video looks. It's…

Linda McCartney's Thoughtful Photographs

I've been seeing a lot of Linda McCartney's work lately. And that's a good thing, because before now I never realized what a talented photographer she was. I'd always sort of assumed she was a rock star wife in the right place at the right time, fortunate to photograph the Beatles in their heyday from behind the scenes. But that was my mistake, one born out of simple ignorance. The release of a beautiful new Taschen retrospective of her work has prompted many photo blogs—including Brain Pickings, which finally prompted me to write about the late Mrs. Sir Paul—to feature her work. What a talent. The images show that she was a gifted photographer who certainly would have been a success no matter what she would have turned her camera to. Along with the Brain Pickings collections, there's another great gallery of her work at Everyday I Show, which is well worth checking out whether you love everything Beatles related, or if you just like being inspired by wonderful photography.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/07/01/linda-mccartney-beatles-photographs
http://everyday-i-show.livejournal.com/121371.html
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I've been seeing a lot of Linda McCartney's work lately. And that's a good thing, because before now I never realized what a talented photographer she was. I'd always sort of assumed she was a rock star wife in the right place at the right time, fortunate to photograph the…

Sacred Headwaters

Amazing outdoor photographer Carr Clifton is releasing a beautiful new book called Sacred Headwaters, which serves as a visual accompaniment to National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis as he fights to save the Sacred Headwaters of three wild rivers in British Columbia. Filled with beautiful images from land and air, this collection is a must have for fans of Clifton's work, for those who appreciate this endangered area, and for anyone with an interest in the natural world and efforts—by artists and others—to protect it. Read more about the book and the project at Clifton's web site, then click over to Greystone Books to order a copy for yourself. 

http://news.carrclifton.com/2011/06/21/sacred-headwaters-book-fall-2011-release
http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/sacred-headwaters
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Amazing outdoor photographer Carr Clifton is releasing a beautiful new book called Sacred Headwaters, which serves as a visual accompaniment to National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis as he fights to save the Sacred Headwaters of three wild rivers in British Columbia. Filled with beautiful images from land and air, this…
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