Animation: A History of the Photo Camera

Here’s a short film you can watch during your break that takes a look at a dozen or so ground breaking ‘photo cameras’ that shook the world upon their release since 1900.

Uploaded by the creative people at Copilotos, the black and white animation skips through decades like they didn’t exist to concentrate on just a select few models leading up to the current camera of choice used today.

Can you guess what that is? Continue reading

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Nuggets of Gold in Charlotte Cotton’s Reddit AMA

Last week acclaimed photography curator Charlotte Cotton, author of Photography as Contemporary Art and Photography is Magic (PiM), took some time out to do a Reddit AMA (ask me anything). Charlotte answered a whole bunch of questions on photography and it’s current status, and where she thinks it may be headed.

Charlotte Cotton's Reddit AMA proof pic.
Charlotte Cotton’s Reddit AMA proof pic.

She gave us some really interesting pearls of wisdom on how she curates exhibitions and plans her writing alongside some insights into Continue reading

‘Life’ Official Trailer Released and it’s Packed Full of Cameras

The official trailer for the upcoming movie ‘Life’ starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan has been released and promises to be packed full of photography fun:

Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan starring in 'Life'
Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan starring in the movie ‘Life’

Directed by Anton Corbijn, ‘Life’ is based on the true story of Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and his friendship with Hollywood actor Continue reading

Photographer Explodes Gunpowder onto Images to Create Wonderful ‘Works of Fire’

Every once in a while you come across a series of images that explode off the page with a beautiful simplicity and Christopher Colville’s photographs have quite literally done just that – because they’re created using gunpowder!

Christopher Colville's 'Works of Fire' series
Christopher Colville’s ‘Works of Fire’ series

Christopher Colville’s stunning ‘Works of Fire‘ series was created by artfully pouring gunpowder over a silver gelatin print and igniting them, with Continue reading

What I Learned Switching From Digital to Film when Shooting Band Photography

It seems the norm for photographers to shoot digitally these days and yet some still wonder how they’d fare shooting with film. What if you miss ‘that shot’ changing film or even mess up a whole gig if it all goes wrong? Band photography seems particularly difficult with challenging lighting conditions and fast paced movement to contend with, and you never know when someone’s going to throw themselves off stage, so would you shoot film with all that going on?

Ratos de Porao at Republica Da Musica
Ratos de Parão @ Republica Da Musica using Canon EOS 50E + 50mm 1.8 lens

We conducted this interview with ‘Destructive Girl’ Estefânia Silva, a music writer and photographer who has leapt whole heartedly into this delightful film challenge and here’s what Continue reading

Amazing Aurora Time-Lapse Captured from Living Room while Photographer Sleeps.

Have you ever decided to stay up all night to see the aurora borealis and then fallen asleep, only to kick yourself the next morning because you missed it? Just imagine setting all your camera gear up and then dozing off before you’ve even seen the results.

Karen Munro's amazing aurora captured from her living room window while she slept.
Karen Munro’s amazing aurora captured from her living room while she slept!
Well, that’s what happened to amateur photographer Karen Munro but she didn’t just take one photo, luckily she started a time-lapse going Continue reading

Queen buys Rights to Photographers Image, Crops Key Elements and Ruins it

The Queens official photographic portrait by Mary McCartney has just been released to celebrate her status as the longest reigning monarch in British history (achieved 9 September 2015).

Queen copyright image
Copyright: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The candid style of her enjoying a moments pause in her daily work routine is unusual compared to the more obviously regal images previously commissioned by the Queen from photographers like Continue reading

Featured Photographer: Emily Scaife and the Cosmic Crispies

One look around Emily Scaife’s website is all it takes to see that this photographer is full of great ideas. Scaife uses photography, film making and illustration in her work and she has an extraordinary skill in turning the seemingly mundane into a visual delight, creating optical illusions by isolating her subject matter through either a macro lens, microscope or scanner and tricking us into thinking we’re looking at something entirely different. My favourite of these series are the ‘Cosmic Crispies‘. Scaife has given them the byline ‘Meteorological breakfast’ and they certainly make a wonderful feast for the eyes:

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By photographing them in black and white against a pitch black background she makes them snap, crackle and pop in our brains as little asteroids (we’ve seen this type of imagery coming back from NASA – they’re not cheating and using Rice Crispies too are they?!). They are fascinating to look at and compare, who’d have thought each Crispie would be so different?

Here are some more from the series: Continue reading

Study: Using filters on your photos means more views.

Did you know that adding filters to your photos can result in more views and comments? Well the clever bods at Yahoo Labs have just released a very interesting study on ‘Why We Filter Our Photos and How It Impacts Engagement’ and having crunched a whole lot of numbers they found that “filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on by consumers of photographs.”

“We analyzed how filters affect a photo’s engagement (consumers’ perspective) using a corpus of 7.6 million Flickr photos. We find two groups of serious and casual photographers among filter users. The serious see filters as correction tools and prefer milder effects. Casual photographers, by contrast, use filters to significantly transform their photos with bolder effects. We also find that filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on by consumers of photographs.”

Wow! When the sheer volume of smartphone images shared online is so massive (apparently Instagram averages 60 million images uploaded a day, and the iPhone is Flickr‘s most popular camera), will a little filtering really help you get noticed amongst all those pictures?

A lack of views can leave you feeling deflated.
A lack of views can leave you feeling deflated.

There are other elements to take into account of course. The number of followers you have and having an image with a lot of views already automatically puts you high up in the social networking charts and makes sure even more people see your images. Plus, a high level of social interactivity online will also result in more views and more comments on your own work but still, that’s quite some quantitative analysis they’ve done there!

The study found two distinct groups amongst the filter-using photographers on Flickr – the serious hobbyist and the casual photographer – and according to their study the serious photographer uses a more delicate touch, preferring to use correction tools and less obvious filters while the casual photographers like a big, bold, image changing effect on their pictures.  Continue reading

Will ‘Selfies with Selfish’ be Kim Kardashian’s next book release?

When Kim Kardashian released her new photography book ‘Kim Kardashian West: Selfish’ last week it was ironic that any image taking was banned, including anyone wanting to take a selfie of themselves, at her book signing at Barnes & Noble, NY. ‘Selfish’ is a selection of some of the many selfies taken by Kardashian during the last few years and it seemed a little unfair that her fans were blocked from doing the very thing she was selling.

TV Personality Kim Kardashian with security guard Pascal Duvier signs copies cf ‘Selfish’ at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Getty Images).

Well, a few people broke the rules.  Continue reading