Ep. 152: Taking Stupidity to New Heights in Photography – and more

by admin February 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

The prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo announced its 2017 winners this week. A look at the data quietly published alongside the winning shots offers a glimpse into what cameras top photojournalists around the world are using these days.

The Leica M Monochrom is special in the Leica lineup due to the fact that it lacks a color filter, which improves image quality and restricts the camera to shooting black and white. If you’d like a monochrome-only camera but don’t want to shell out $7,450 for the latest Leica M Monochrom, there are now converted Fujifilm cameras for a cheaper alternative.

Russian model Viktoria Odintsova is being harshly criticized online for a photo shoot she did that involved handling by one arm from the edge of a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper in Dubai… with apparently no permission and no safety equipment.

Want to learn how to blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene to create a single photo with greater dynamic range? Here’s a great 17-minute video tutorial by travel photographer and educator Jimmy McIntyre on how to do so in Photoshop CC.

I am one of the lucky few to have grown up with Leica. It is weird to critically think about the irrational purchase of such an expensive camera as new digital models are released, but if you grew up with a Leica in your life it is very hard to let go of the brand.

Fine art photographer Nicky Hamilton just completed an impressive photo series titled “The Lonely Man.” Each photo in the project took him an average of 3 months to sketch, build, light, and shoot.

If you’re curious about what it takes to do well on Instagram, Connor Franta can tell you. He’s one of the biggest stars on the photo sharing service, boasting over 4 million followers. Franta recently published the 6-minute video above with his tips and tricks for shooting and editing photos that attract eyeballs.
Franta’s mobile photo workflow on his iPhone consists of VSCO Cam, Afterlight, Facetune, and SKRWT.

Fashion model Kendall Jenner was a guest on The Tonight Show this week, and one of the subjects she discussed with host Jimmy Fallon was her love of photography and recent cover photos she shot for Love Magazine. You can watch the 3.5-minute segment above.

If you’re new to film photography, chances are that you’ll get into shooting black and white sooner or later because you have been inspired by the masterpieces of old masters. But before you become the next Henri Cartier-Bresson or Sebastião Salgado, there are a few introductory things you should know.

Behind every perfect inspirational travel photo and candid “girls night out” shot is an amateur boyfriend Instagram photographer. He’s always there, sometimes contorted into strange and awkward positions to get the shot, but rarely acknowledged… until now.

Comedian John Crist made this humorous 3-minute video poking fun of the “The Millennial Marriage Proposal,” in which a girlfriend being proposed to (played by Megan Batoon) is too focused on the resulting photos and videos to enjoy the moment.

As I write this post, I have just finished slogging through a tedious and time consuming photo edit that could have been 100% avoided. Here’s the story of what happened.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography. I hope they inspire you.

UK-based photographer Joe Giacomet has published a new set of portraits based on one of the world’s most popular paintings. The photos parody the iconic “Chinese Girl” painting (also referred to as “The Green Lady”), created back in 1952 by Vladimir Tretchikoff.

For his latest project, titled “Reflection of Me,” photographer Isaac Alvarez shot portraits of dogs and their owners, and then combined the dog heads with the owner bodies.

My collection of lenses grows each month; so much so that I recently had to accept the fact that I didn’t buy a big enough cabinet to store them all. In an attempt to free up some room I decided to conduct a culling.

Episode 152 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photographer and digital artist, Nemanja Sekulic

Last year, journalist Esther Honig published a viral series of images showing how photo retouchers in 27 countries around the world “enhanced” a portrait of her according to their cultural preferences. Inspired by that project, the UK medical website Superdrug Online Doctor just published a similar experiment that explores body image.

The international Underwater Photographer of the Year photo contest has announced its winners for the 2017 edition. The winning photo (shown above) was by French photographer Gabriel Barathieu, who captured a “Dancing Octopus” in a lagoon on the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

What better way to explore the far reaches of New Zealand … uhh, I mean Middle Earth… than with Tolkien’s Gandalf as your guide? That’s what photographer Akhil Suhas was thinking when, while planning his 6-month trip across the country after university, he packed a Gandalf costume… just for fun.

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