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Poignant Pictures Of Where Children Sleep

Sometimes beautiful photography is also very difficult. Such is the case with these amazing and touching images by photographer James Mollison. He's made a book for children, filled with portraits of kids from around the world and the places in which they sleep. From rich to poor, impoverished to luxurious, the book and beautiful images are designed to help kids ages 9 to 13 empathize with other children throughout the world. It's hard to imagine a book that works so well for kids also functioning so beautiful as a meaningful photo book for adults.

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Sometimes beautiful photography is also very difficult. Such is the case with these amazing and touching images by photographer James Mollison. He's made a book for children, filled with portraits of kids from around the world and the places in which they sleep. From rich to poor, impoverished to luxurious,…

Photographing The Town That Disappeared

Thanks to the How to be a Retronaut blog (a personal favorite of mine for finding interesting photographs from the past) for pointing me to this great collection of images from the Atlantic Monthly's photo blog. It's the story of a town that disappeared. The Argentinian town of Villa Epecuen sat a few hundred miles from a large salt lake that, due to a prolonged rain, burst its earthen damn in 1985. Soon the town of 5000 was under 30 feet of water, and it remained that way for almost 25 years. Then in 2009 the water began to recede. Photographer Juan Mabromata visited recently, armed with images from the Villa's heyday, to photograph what a place looks like after a generation underwater. It's an amazing story illustrated with beautiful, haunting images.

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Photo by Juan Mabromata
Thanks to the How to be a Retronaut blog (a personal favorite of mine for finding interesting photographs from the past) for pointing me to this great collection of images from the Atlantic Monthly's photo blog. It's the story of a town that disappeared. The Argentinian town of Villa Epecuen…

Rack Focusing For DSLR Video

I don't do tons of DSLR video recording, but I do dabble. And as far as I can tell, the biggest challenge is focusing. If your subject is stationary you can prefocus and do fine. But heaven forbid you'd like to change focus during a shot. This technique is called rack focusing, dramatically shifting focus from foreground to background, or vice versa. In Hollywood they've got whole jobs dedicated to this, but when you're doing it yourself you need a DIY fix to be able to rack focus effectively. That's where this post-it note-based system comes in. It's brilliant in its simplicity. See for yourself at the DIY Photography blog. www.diyphotography.net
I don't do tons of DSLR video recording, but I do dabble. And as far as I can tell, the biggest challenge is focusing. If your subject is stationary you can prefocus and do fine. But heaven forbid you'd like to change focus during a shot. This technique is called…

On Assignment For National Geographic

National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer is frequently asked one simple question: What is it like to work on assignment for the famous yellow-bordered magazine? Well on his personal photo blog he's recently posted the first in what's to be an ongoing series about exactly what shooting for Nat Geo entails. From the look of things, a lot of it involves getting wet and dirty and tired and smelly, and ruining a lot of expensive camera equipment in the quest for the perfect picture. It's a great read, illustrated by photos that bring home just how challenging the job can be. Which, in a way, illustrates the power and importance of photographs telling a story, and why the Geographic puts such effort into visual journalism. Thanks to A Photo Editor for pointing his readers to this great post.

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Photo by Anil Chandra Roy
National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer is frequently asked one simple question: What is it like to work on assignment for the famous yellow-bordered magazine? Well on his personal photo blog he's recently posted the first in what's to be an ongoing series about exactly what shooting for Nat Geo entails.…

Picturing The Future Of The Olympics

If you're like me you love all things related to the Olympics. (Well, all things except for the performance enhancing drugs and petty politics.) But the pageantry, the spectacle, and the once-every-four-years rarity gets me really psyched up for both the summer and winter games. Well summer 2012 will see the Olympics in London and, as is required for any city to secure the Olympics, a whole lot of new facilities are being constructed for the games. Including this gorgeous structure—the aquatics center. Here's a gorgeous gallery of architectural images photographed by London photographers Hufton + Crow. Beautiful all by itself, it's going to be a stunning location in which the athletes can take center stage.

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Photo by Hufton + Crow
If you're like me you love all things related to the Olympics. (Well, all things except for the performance enhancing drugs and petty politics.) But the pageantry, the spectacle, and the once-every-four-years rarity gets me really psyched up for both the summer and winter games. Well summer 2012 will see…

Why You Should Take Pictures In RAW

If you’re a JPEG shooter you’re probably sick of being told you need to shoot RAW. The reality is you need to shoot in whatever format works for you, and know that you’re not doing anything bad by choosing JPEG. It’s just that RAW shooters tend to love the options this format affords them, and so they want to encourage others to fall in love with the format too. No matter on which side of the debate you fall, here are a couple of neat a graphical illustrations of exactly what the differences are between RAW and JPEG capture. The version posted here is the original, perhaps-too-oversimplified graphic. To see the updated flowchart, visit the Pixiq blog directly. Granted, these graphics were created to sway you to the RAW side, but what you choose to do with the information is entirely up to you. The pertinent part is how simply these flowcharts convey the differences between RAW and JPEG. Check it out for yourself.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/why-you-should-take-photos-in-raw
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If you’re a JPEG shooter you’re probably sick of being told you need to shoot RAW. The reality is you need to shoot in whatever format works for you, and know that you’re not doing anything bad by choosing JPEG. It’s just that RAW shooters tend to love the options…
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