- Family Portrait Ideas
- Midtown: A Stunning New York City Timelapse Photography Project
- Cell Phone Thief Unknowingly Saves Photos to the Internet
- Photojournalism Image of the Day: Armored Vehicle Falls Off Overpass During Arab Spring
Posted: 16 Aug 2013 05:42 PM PDT
Every family needs a portrait, and not everyone wants the same traditional group photo. These days, people are after a more human touch. And many families are after fun and wacky ideas to make their photo session unique.
Finding the right location can completely change your photo for the better. The background can add contrast and alter the mood of the photo. A photograph tells a story, and you want a location that complements the story. Here are a few ideas to make your family photos more interesting:
Urban: If you’re in town, take a walk down the city streets and look for trendy spots, such as garage fronts, brick buildings, park benches, and sidewalks.
Grit: Visit your local junkyard and take a few shots between piles of scrap metal and written off cars stacked on top of each other.
Natural: The best natural shots do not have a lot going on in the background and appear calming and friendly. A great place for a simple, natural shoot is a big open field filled with tall grass. Instead of walking to the park, take a walk down a nature trail, and you will find some amazing spots. Take a few shots with the family leaning on a tree or sitting on fallen trees. Surrounding rivers, lakes, and water beds also add a natural and calming touch.
Odd: Think outside the square! If you’re looking for an unusual twist, take any of the locations mentioned above and add a couch or chair. Try a contrasting red stool for a forest setting or a plush couch at the junkyard.
Some of the best photos are natural shots with a shallow depth of field. Aim to get your subjects to be relaxed so their expressions appear genuine.
Activity: Working with kids can be lovely, or it can turn into a disaster. Forcing kids to stand and pose will only cause fake smiles. Let the kids run around for natural shots, and you will notice their personalities coming alive. Also, getting the family down to the kids’ heights will lower the intimidating effect of adults standing over them.
Having the family cat or dog in the photo adds warmth to the family portrait.
Natural lighting in open areas or rooms with large windows are great places for the shoot when the family pet is involved. The ample ambient light will help eliminate the need for flash photography, which may upset the pet.
Positioning: As opposed to having the pet sit next to the family, have the family come down to his level. Take the photo at the pet’s eye level or below. Having the family go to the pet will be much easier than trying to stop a dog or cat from wandering around.
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Posted: 16 Aug 2013 03:03 PM PDT
Many of us complain that we don’t have enough time to do the things that we want. With a heavy workload of taking photos for clients, communicating with clients, traveling, doing finances, etc., it’s often hard to find any time to work on our own personal projects. But none of this stopped Drew Geraci and his team from creating an incredible timelapse of Manhattan. In his spare time, traveling back and forth from D.C. to New York to shoot for clients, Geraci was able to capture 50,000 frames. After six months of shooting, this was the final result (for those of you reading this by email, the timelapse video can be seen here):
While many of us find it difficult to squeeze in 30 minutes for our favorite TV series, Geraci was patient enough to shoot on and off for six months to work on his own personal project. Geraci, however, was not alone, and you might argue that this helped him quite a bit. But even with the extra help, finding a time to fit around everyone’s schedule can be tricky. If you don’t feel like you can find the time, try doing a few of these things:
Another great tip is to write down what you wish to accomplish in your spare time. Write this on a sticky note and place it somewhere where you will see it everyday. This will give you a constant reminder of what you want to get done.
For Further Training on Timelapse Photography:
There is a COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: The Timelapse Photography Guide
Go to full article: Midtown: A Stunning New York City Timelapse Photography Project
Posted: 16 Aug 2013 01:08 PM PDT
Unfortunately, things don’t always go our way. Just ask the group of tourists who, while on vacation in Ibiza, Spain, had all their possessions stolen from the beach while they were having a swim in the ocean. Passports, clothing, cellphones, gifts, nearly everything they left on the beach was taken. After lodging a complaint, they quickly realized that this sort of thing happens so frequently, that little could or would be done to help them get their belongings back. With nothing else to do, they simply moved on with their lives, feeling a little bitter by the experience. That is until four months later when these pictures started surfacing in the original cell phone owners Dropbox account…
The cell phone’s rightful owner had installed the Dropbox app on her device and enabled the option which automatically saves new images taken with the phone to her Dropbox account which is accessible by computer. The thief had not removed this app, nor was he keen enough to disable the automatic upload option. As he bagan documenting his life using the stolen phone, his photo stream went directly to the phone’s original owners computer.
Luckily for us, the cell phone owner has a wonderfully snarky sense of humor and posts the thiefs photos to a now successful Tumblr blog, adding her own commentary to each image.
While this type of sweet revenge may not substitute getting back a stolen phone, it surely makes it a bit more amusing.
Go to full article: Cell Phone Thief Unknowingly Saves Photos to the Internet
Posted: 16 Aug 2013 11:07 AM PDT
Cameras are everywhere these days, able to capture almost any moment at any time. Most recently, someone captured this shot of an armored vehicle falling of off a bridge in Egypt. This shows that even a moment as brief as this is now part of historical record with photos and video:
Details on the incident were initially very fuzzy. It was first reported or inferred that the vehicle was callously pushed off of the bridge by an out-of-control mob of protesters without provocation. But a recently released video shows the vehicle slamming into a bus and possibly running over a couple protestors. As the driver of the armored vehicle attempts to back away from the now angry protesters, he breaks the railing of the bridge and the vehicle falls off.
In the past it was easier to blur the lines around what actually happened in an incident like this, but with more and more cameras everywhere the truth of what actually happened is harder to hide by either side of a conflict (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Go to full article: Photojournalism Image of the Day: Armored Vehicle Falls Off Overpass During Arab Spring
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