Digital Manipulation — How Much Is Too Much?

Digital Manipulation — How Much Is Too Much?

By YVAN COHEN, LIGHTROCKET “The camera never lies,” goes the adage, and for a long time we almost believed it. While photographs could never lay claim to being entirely truthful, there was a sense that an image recorded on film was as close as we could get to a freeze-frame of real life. Photography has […]

The Cryptic Celebrity Fantasies of Paparazza Alison Jackson

The Cryptic Celebrity Fantasies of Paparazza Alison Jackson

George W. Bush firing at a poster of Putin, Queen Elizabeth II reading a book on the loo, David Beckham frying fish sticks wearing underpants serving his victoria — photos every paparazzi is dreaming of. Well they’re fake and the creation of Alison Jackson, a British contemporary artist whose photographs are “convincingly realistic work about […]

“Overview Effect” — These Images Get You Hooked on Planet Earth

“Overview Effect” — These Images Get You Hooked on Planet Earth

Want to experience how astronauts see our planet? That’s not a problem, made possible by a project called Daily Overview with its stunning, daily updated collection of digital images, shot from space, looking down on our planet’s spectacular, vulnerable nature and man-made impact and geometries. It must be a very special feeling when astronauts see […]

At the Photo Flea Market

At the Photo Flea Market

Film’s never gonna be dead. What nicer than a camera garage sale, and not just any camera garage sale, but one where the newest gear is the occasional digital Olympus Pen. Vintage retro and film cameras as far as the eye can see, that’s the photographer’s delight that just took place at the Foto-Flohmarkt in […]

History and Morbidity of the Selfie

History and Morbidity of the Selfie

By NATE THAYER The “Selfie”: A History and Modern Cautionary Warning — In 2013, the Oxford Dictionary named “selfie” its word of the year. They define it as, “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” But the selfie is […]

Can You Spot the Humans?

Can You Spot the Humans?

What a camera. No in-camera stabilization, no sensor self-cleaning mechanism, no video. But unmatched handling, the right size and weight — and a sensor churning out velvet smooth imagery. Its a photo taking machine that looks a bit overpriced considering its specs with 39 focus points only and not even maximum 1/8,000th of a second […]

What Passion for Photography Is All About

What Passion for Photography Is All About

Here’s a video by Andy Newman, the brain behind Why We Create. “Dare to dream a little bigger,” says Andy — who’s producing a documentary series on photography and inspiration. The latest episode goes behind the scenes with photographer Nick Fancher as he shares why he creates work he’s passionate about. The video could be […]

The Pentax K-5 Anti-Commercial

The Pentax K-5 Anti-Commercial

Here’s Abroad, a short movie by filmmaker John Lynch. It’s in fact a Pentax K-5 commercial. Yet the camera’s hardly mentioned. You never even see the camera. It’s a Pentax anti-commercial. If only more ad campaigns were like this… Great editing, fantastic story, yet a bit outdated first K-5 incarnation. Right, in a way it’s […]

Is Photography Over?

Is Photography Over?

If you got some spare time: interesting piece by Trevor Paglen on the excellent photography blog Still Searching. Paglen asks what, if anything, has “changed” about photography over the last decade or so. To him, traditional approaches to doing-photography and thinking-about-photography feel increasingly anachronistic, not only because the rise of digital photography and image processing […]

The Transcendent Photographer

The Transcendent Photographer

Words of wisdom for the photographer: When you’re dead — who knows what happens to your cameras. When you’re alive — you think you don’t have enough cameras. Make full use of what you have, and not of what you don’t need. So why not turn the 30/70 rule upside down: 70% of an expensive […]

HCB’s Decisive Moment Reloaded

HCB’s Decisive Moment Reloaded

It’s one of those topics that’s discussed to death. More cliché than truly understood, wise men throw it in casually when talking the essence of street photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”, considered to be the key element of this pioneer of modern photojournalism, influences photographers of all kinds to this day. The world is full […]

The Top of America — One World Trade Center 360° Panorama View

The Top of America — One World Trade Center 360° Panorama View

It’s one spectacular view. With its 541 meters, it’s the fourth tallest building in the world — and the largest skyscraper in the western hemisphere: the One World Trade Center, built on the land where once the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood. Now the new skyscraper is nearing completion. Even now, we […]

Inspired Eye Vol. VII

Inspired Eye Vol. VII

Inspired Eye needs no introduction. Now here is issue #7 keeping photography things going strong. What to expect? In the words of the the PDF magazine’s makers Don Springer and Olivier Duong: “Running 200 pages (~115 spreads), there are two beautiful photo essays on young Cuban boxers and on Angola. The mobile photographer this time […]

How a Single Photo Can Tell a Story

How a Single Photo Can Tell a Story

This is a writer’s golden rule: don’t try to tell a story in every detail. If a writer attempts to say and explain everything you’ll end up with a bore of a story. Use as few words as possible. Trust the reader to bridge the narrative gaps with his or her own active imagination. Otherwise […]

Hot Shoe Beautification — Camera Jewelry by Todd Selby

Hot Shoe Beautification — Camera Jewelry by Todd Selby

The hot shoe is a many camera’s most orphaned spot. In how many years haven’t you used a flash? I myself try to avoid flash photography at any cost. Bounced or as a filler, yes, but the photographic deer in the headlights syndrome is a hardly flattering look. If additional light is needed then a […]

Archive.org’s Treasure Trove of Free Photography Books

Archive.org’s Treasure Trove of Free Photography Books

What do photographers, writers and musicians have in common? Thanks to the digital age and the cynically named free flow of information, the value of creative works literally vanishes into thin air. Hey it’s all free on the Internet. It’s becoming more difficult by the day for the creative minds and artists among us to […]

How Talbot, Pioneer of Photography, Was Caught Napping by Daguerre

How Talbot, Pioneer of Photography, Was Caught Napping by Daguerre

Fascinating book review by the Wall Street Journal. Between smartphones, computers and ever-observant surveillance cameras, living in the modern world means leaving a contrail of images. Though now mundane, the snatching of a lifelike image from the flux of time once appeared miraculous. Capturing the Light by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport tells the story […]

The Wet Plate Photography Alchemist

The Wet Plate Photography Alchemist

This is a project that takes you back to the beginning of photography. Or since the ascent of digital, doesn’t everyone around you have the basically same camera with similar signature? So Ian Ruther went out and built a camera that no one has. If you’d had found what you really love to do, could […]

Photography Dying? Digital’s Freedom vs. Photographers Just Becoming Lazy

Photography Dying? Digital’s Freedom vs. Photographers Just Becoming Lazy

Interesting take by the Guardian on whether smartphones kill photography. From presidential selfies to never-ending Instagram feeds, the world is now drowning in images. Some say we don’t even engage with the camera any more. We don’t know how it works. Photographers debate the impact of this mass democratization on their craft. Are camera phones […]

9 Street Photography Lessons From The Odyssey

9 Street Photography Lessons From The Odyssey

By BLAKE ANDREWS Right, everyone’s familiar with The Odyssey by Homer. No, the other Homer! Even though the good old Greeks didn’t have cameras, they have some handy advice for us photographers. 1. Don’t Be Lazy Odysseus could’ve shacked up with Calypso eating grapes on the beach forever. She was built like a goddess. Literally. […]

What’s Unphotographable

What’s Unphotographable

Be warned. This is total niche content. But just think of it. We assume everything is photographable. In some cultures it is suggested to better leave your camera behind. Photographing in certain religious and ethnic communities isn’t the wisest, most culturally-sensitive idea. Even without a camera, there can be so much to see and be […]

Random Pic #1

Random Pic #1

Maybe this turns into something: random photos. Images captured by you and me to be posted as the day’s random pic. Email me a photo you like, a photo with a special story behind it or a photo you want to share with others for any reason. I start with a random photograph taken at […]

Silver Gelatin Museum Quality Prints — The Art of Black and White in a Digital World

Silver Gelatin Museum Quality Prints — The Art of Black and White in a Digital World

I have no affiliation with this company, but give credit where credit is due: Digital Silver Imaging is a unique premier printer of real silver gelatin prints directly from digital files. Through a unique printing process, beautiful fiber-based and resin-coated black-and-white, wet-process prints up to 50″ wide are available to photographers. They also create exquisite […]

Why We Photograph

Why We Photograph

Instead of boring you and imposing my unimportant self’s thoughts onto anyone, it’s sometimes more comprehensive to collect what others think about a particular subject. Instead of pretending to have an articulate opinion about everything, here some random thoughts compiled from the Web on the topic of “Why We Photograph.” It’s an interesting topic because […]

When Photography Comes Alive

When Photography Comes Alive

This is more about painting than photography. Meet unconventional artist Alexa Meade. Turning people into paintings. And then photographs. She skips the canvas. And turns three-dimensional scenes into two dimensional ones. There is no Photoshop here: