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Wet Plate Photography Makes Tattoos Disappear

Here’s something you may not have known about the 1800s wet plate collodion photography process: it can make certain tattoos disappear in photos. It’s a curious phenomenon that photographer Michael Bradley used for his portrait project Puaki. “The idea was first sparked when I saw some wet plate collodion images ...

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This Waterfall Photo Was Lit by Headlamps

Photographer Carley Nelson was backpacking at the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon last weekend when she asked her friends to point their headlamps at the falls while she captured a long-exposure photo. This is what resulted. Using her Nikon D5300 DSLR and a fisheye lens at ISO 3200 and ...

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How to Shoot Defocused Firework Photos

I’m photographer David Johnson, and in this tutorial I’ll be sharing how I shoot long-exposure photos of defocused fireworks. Gear List Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Neutral density filter (ND2, 0.3) Basic cheap Rocketfish tripod Preparation First, know your lens, and know the limit. Know exactly ...

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Teaching Photographic Style

I’ve been thinking about photography and personal style and the different ways to teach it. I’m trying to help, share and guide people along their way in finding their unique photographic style. Seeing if I can find that quick fix, that beaten path someone else has already made for us. ...

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Shooting and Retouching a Space-Themed Portrait

Photographer Anya Anti recently did a space-inspired photo shoot and created this 7.5-minute behind-the-scenes and time-lapse view of how she styled, set up, shot, and retouched the portrait. To create a space helmet, Anti purchased a lightweight acrylic sphere online and then cut out a neck hole and breathing holes. ...

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How I Got Better at Photography

Two years ago, I splurged some money and bought a camera because I’d always wanted to try to take pictures of the stars. The left photo above was the only decent picture out of 700 taken on my first clueless attempt. The right photo was taken about 2 weeks ago. ...

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10 Things I Learned from Irving Penn

Irving Penn is either the best or second best portrait photographer of all time. Depending on the day, he’s either ahead of or behind Richard Avedon. At least that’s what I think. Mr. Penn’s resume is stacked, to say the least. He shot for Vogue from 1943 to 2009, creating ...

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