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How to Build Your Own Infrared Camera

How to Build Your Own Infrared Camera

In order to run you through the process of building your own IR camera, I will use the steps taken to modify a Kodak EasyShare CX7330. It is a typical compact point-and-shoot digital camera from several years ago. Things to keep in mind about our project requirements: We want the functionality of a basic IR [...]

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How to Make Moving Water Look Silky Smooth in Your Photos

How to Make Moving Water Look Silky Smooth in Your Photos

While on a South American sojourn, Mark Wallace landed in Mindo, Ecuador. Standing right on the edge of a roaring river, Wallace gives us a perfect tutorial on how to use your circular polarizer and neutral density filter set (and a bit of post-production) to create a beautiful image that makes the water look as [...]

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An Amazingly Inspirational 6 Year Self Portrait Timelapse

An Amazingly Inspirational 6 Year Self Portrait Timelapse

In this amazing compilation of photos, Becky Brown uses the photo-a-day concept to chronicle her struggles with depression, trichotillomania, and dermotillomania. In just four minutes, Brown takes us on a remarkably honest and emotionally vulnerable trip through her life over the last six and a half years: Brown started chronicling her life when she was [...]

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Photography Project Illustrates the Bond Between Homeless People and Their Pets

Photography Project Illustrates the Bond Between Homeless People and Their Pets

Norah Levine has been working on an interesting photo project that illustrates a side of poverty that we don’t always see: the relationships that are formed between people who are homeless and their pets. The project, which she calls Lifelines, started in Austin, Texas. Listen to her moving story: The project was founded by Levine [...]

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How to Make More Precise Selections in Photoshop: Topaz ReMask

How to Make More Precise Selections in Photoshop: Topaz ReMask

Find out why ReMask is the holy grail of Photoshop plug-ins (see how it works here). Creating masks/selections within photos can be difficult, tedious and time consuming, but good masks make it easy to replace unwanted backgrounds, create compositions and more. If you spend time in Photoshop and see the benefit of instantly and accurately masking, give [...]

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The Fundamental Rules of Street Photography Composition

The Fundamental Rules of Street Photography Composition

Check out this awesome slideshow that walks us through the fundamentals of street photography composition. A helpful resource for photographers, the presentation was created by Eric Kim as an educational supplement to his course on street photography at the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus Exposition in Dubai: The slideshow provides a nice visualization of various rules [...]

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This Timelapse of Melting Ice Cream is Strangely Beautiful

This Timelapse of Melting Ice Cream is Strangely Beautiful

Have you ever wondered what melting ice cream looks like in slow motion? Probably not. The cold creamy substance is best in its frozen state, and we try so desperately to keep it that way before it turns into a soupy mess, either in our bowl or down our arms. But through the wonders of timelapse [...]

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Cheap Photography Hack: Add a Neutral Density Filter to a Fisheye Lens

Cheap Photography Hack: Add a Neutral Density Filter to a Fisheye Lens

Fisheye lenses are infamous for shooting “hot”—the lens captures so much area that the meter often gets confused, allowing in too much light. Normally the answer would be to just screw on a neutral density filter, but the design of most fisheye and wide angle lenses makes it almost impossible on many cameras. The usual [...]

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7 Techniques for Turning Ordinary Subjects into Interesting Photos

7 Techniques for Turning Ordinary Subjects into Interesting Photos

There are times when it seems like the objects around you will not allow you to capture an interesting photo. In these situations, there are some creative approaches you can take to transform ordinary, or even boring, subjects into something that will make a quality photo. In this article we’ll look at seven different techniques [...]

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High-Flying Military Photojournalist Talks Life as a U.S. Air Force Photographer

High-Flying Military Photojournalist Talks Life as a U.S. Air Force Photographer

Imagine hurtling through the clouds at 500 mph in an F-16 fighter jet, a mere three feet away from a formation of six or eight other fighters that you’re “chasing.” Now imagine that you’re a member of the U.S. Air Force and that your commander has tasked you with photographing a particular aerial display. You’ll only have once [...]

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