Posts in Photography
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 Shortlist - Check Out These Awe-Inspiring Space Images

Space. The final frontier. It's a breathtaking juggernaut of discovery that lies just out of the reach of we normal humans. But the shortlisted entries for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award bring us that little bit closer.

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iPhone Photography Award Winners Showcase Stunning Smartphone Photos

The winners of the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards have been announced recently, showing the best of human creativity and the amazing capabilities of your smartphone to take mind blowing pictures.  From towering architecture, to stunning vistas, and some haunting portraits to boot, these award winners are shaking the 'hipster' image of iPhone snaps.

 

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Usain Bolt Winning, With Lightning In The Sky. Possibly The Luckiest Piece Of Sports Photography

As a photographer you always have that one shot where the metaphorical stars align, and a strike of luck grants you an amazing shot.  This very phenomenon has happened to AFP photographer Olivier Morin, who captured this incredible shot of Usain Bolt at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

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Stereoscopic Images From World War I Discovered. History's Horrors Animated

A Toronto photography and design studio has found a rare Verascope camera and photographic slides, allowing us to see World War I in 3D.  This Verascope handheld stereoscopic camera, created in the 19th century by Jules Richard, was previously owned by the French army during this conflict.

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New UK Image Copyright Law Allows Anyone To Use Uploaded Images. The Government Responds

The Enterprise Regulatory and Reform Act, which puts controversial new copyright laws around what is called "orphan works" in place for photos uploaded onto the internet, received Royal Assent and will be published on May 2nd 2013.

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#NRMPresents Max Weber - Interview With A Glitch Artist
 

Max Weber was born near Stuttgart, Germany in 1990. After an intership at a local design agency he became interested in the underlying structures that make up a brand, logo or concept. Combining his passion for music and sound with his design experience, he started studying audio design.
Although he is curious about a multitude of subjects, Max's primary interest is in the procedures at work behind art forms. Aside from Databending, Max also produces electronic music, predominantly influenced by Techno. He recently allowed me to interview him, after I discovered his work through Reddit. 
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University Team Create Hi-Res 3D Camera Using Lasers

Not content with claiming our movies and our televisions, 3D is now taking our photographs with a camera system that creates 3D images using lasers from over a kilometre away. And that's no fuzzy blurry image either. From over 1000 metres this camera can snap crisp, high-definition images that are accurate to the millimetre.

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The Art Of Databending

Databending, a concept somewhat akin to circuit bending, is the purposeful creation of glitches within sound files, text, images or videos through esoteric computer wizardry. What started out as an accidental by-product of fickle technology has now evolved into a deliberate aestheticization of damaged information.

Prominent musicians such as Trent Reznor and Detroit-based rapper Danny Brown have employed glitches in their album artwork and music videos, respectively, and various bloggers have dedicated themselves solely to this niche artform.  

There are various methods of inducing glitches in your photography, most of which are deceptively simple. I'll be running through these processes using my own work as examples, because I relish any opportunity that allows for flagrant self-promotion. This isn't a tutorial, but since I'm a fundamentally good person I have provided links to some handy guides at the bottom of this article.

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'Box' Photography Project. Dark, Twisted Dioramas On Miniature Cardboard Sets

Never before has the murder of Santa Claus looked so visually beautiful, as Belgian collective 354 Photographers demonstrate in their ongoing project Box

This 3-year-old photography project utilises cardboard and miniature furniture to construct these dramatically bizarre dioramas.  The attraction is unfounded, and you cannot really explain why you're drawn in; but they're fantastic.

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American Tintype. 19th Century Photography Brought Into The Digital Age

Staring at your monitor, adjusting your images for hours on end is almost considered the norm for professional photographers now.  That is until you hear about someone like Harry Taylor, who has gone back to basics with Tintype, the art of producing photographs directly onto an iron metal sheet negative.

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'Pixels For Pistols.' Guns Traded For Cameras In Canadian Anti-Violence Program

Canadian Police have introduced a rather create anti-violence program by the name of 'Pixels for Pistols,' urging the public to trade in firearms for a camera.

Rather akin to the weapon amnesties UK police hold; but with the added bonus of teaching them to shoot perfectly composed images instead of people.  A simple yet, so far, effective concept where the public have been asked to trade in their unused firearms, safely and without being charged, for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 and a lesson on how to use it. 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Camera. A Pointless Product

So Samsung have introduced a slew of new products at their Unpacked conference at IFA 2012.  My main focus lies upon one specific product: the Galaxy Camera.  I said this when the initial Galaxy Note was released, and it seems that the lesson wasn't learned.  So putting it bluntly: converge products too much and they become pointless, like trying to put a phone into a camera, rather than a camera into a phone.

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NASA Commissions Mars-Inspired Sci-Fi Photography

Artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick were commissioned by NASA to create a photo-mosaic panoramic image based upon inspiration from pictures captured by Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.  This has spawned an entire project of amazing photography titled Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea.

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